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General Discussion / Re: BMW 1200GS Motorcycle:
« on: October 27, 2014, 01:10:10 pm »
It would be interesting to know the type of motorcycles the above posters saw on the GDMBR.  I suspect most were 250 to 400 cc single cylinder relatively light trail or dual purpose bikes.

The BMW 1200GS you ask about is a very large, very heavy motorcycle of the type called an "Adventure" motorcycle and mainly intended for dirt roads and similar, not single track trails.  Along with it's legality you might try to determine how suitable that particular motorcycle is.

General Discussion / Re: Touring Bicycle
« on: October 25, 2014, 08:41:11 am »
.....high gear 50 x12 and low gear 30x30......i don't believe i will need any lower than bike had a could pull out tree stumps with
That depends on where you tour and how much you carry and, obviously the age and strength of the rider.    For most of us, a 30x30 low gear will allow a modest load to be ridden up fairly steep but short climbs or more shallow but long climbs.  If you get into steep and long (think West Virginia) you will want something significantly lower.

General Discussion / Re: Wireless computer on touring bike
« on: October 21, 2014, 10:22:59 am »
In the past many wireless devices, including cyclometers and heart rate monitors, had serious problems with interference from outside sources of RF like power stations, overhead high voltage wires, radio transmitters, etc..  Sometimes they would even read the signal from a similar cyclometer or HRM on the bike  next to them.

Newer, better models have coded transmitters/receivers that do a pretty good job of ignoring these outside sources so the problems have been minimized.  Despite that, wired models have no issues with any outside signal and have only one battery to worry about and can be less expensive.  As noted, some models (Cat Eye Enduro for one) have heavy gauge, strong wiring harnesses so they are well protected from damage. 

General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« on: October 18, 2014, 11:49:52 am »
I think I'd prefer mud over marring. They do make clip covers, though. Then you'd have the "I'm walking with a big lump on the bottom of my shoe" problem.
Even lugged soled MTB shoes let the cleat touch the ground a bit so you will have both.  AFAIK, cleat covers are only available for road shoes and road cleats like Look, Time, Speedplay, Shimano SPDL, etc.  No one makes them for recessed cleats.

General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« on: October 17, 2014, 10:01:28 am »
Agreed about the tread pattern and mud - I usually take the shoes off when I go into someone's home that is hosting me. Restaurants, not so much. :)
Shimano's "Touring" shoes reduce that problem since the soles are basically flat except for the cleat pocket so there are no lugs to trap mud.  Even then you don't want to walk on someones hardwood or polished tile floor as the cleats do make mild contact with the ground.

General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« on: October 15, 2014, 09:27:32 pm »
DaveB, I have a pair of those on my mtb that I'm thinking about putting onto my touring bike. Just a thought at the moment...
As the old ad used to say; "try it, you'll like it."  I expect the great majority of touring bike use MTB-type clipless pedals.

General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« on: October 15, 2014, 12:36:02 pm »
Another vote for clipless at all times but with the caveat that i use double sided MTB-type pedals (Shimano PD-M515 and PD-M780 in my case) and recessed cleat MTB or Touring style shoes.  I can safely put a foot down at stops, clip in without having to flip the pedal over and walk adequately in the shoes. 

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:07:00 am »
I use normal everyday shoes and not SPD or something similar. I once met a guy who toured with those modern clogs.
I clock around 125 mi pr day.

OK, but I know of a guy who would run marathons in combat boots.  I guess it worked for him but most of us used something we found worked better. 

General Discussion / Re: northern tier - how to start in bar harbor
« on: October 13, 2014, 09:04:11 am »
PPS: As far as I know people usually dont have jetlag going from Europe to USA ... only the other way around. I for instance started biking right away and did not need time to adjust.
Don't count on this.  Europe to the USA makes for a loooong day. If your flight leaves Europe at a typical 11:00AM CET, it will arrive at most East coast USA airports about 1:00 PM EST (8 hour flight  minus 6 hours time difference) so your day will be long and you will be ready for bed about normal dinner time here.  It's not necessarily a major problem but you will most likely take a couple of days to adjust.

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« on: October 12, 2014, 10:39:44 am »
  I have found that bike shoes are like running shoes in that, if I have the shoe that fits me properly, they are comfortable from the start.  If they weren't I'd keep shopping for something else that was.
I agree and i've found the same thing.  Modern running and biking shoes with synthetic uppers and soles don't "break in" and mold to fit your foot the way leather shoes do (did?).  If they aren't comfortable right from the start they won't be later either.   

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« on: October 11, 2014, 09:47:28 am »
I use Shimano Deore XT MTB pedals (PD-M780) on my road bikes along with Shimano "Touring" shoes ( mine are the older SH-T090. The current version is SH-RT82).   

The pedals are double sided and reasonably light at 340 gms/pair.   The shoes take the standard recessed Shimano SPD cleat but have flat soles without the typical MTB lugs and allow comfortable walking but are stiff enough for good pedaling efficiency.   Shimano also make a couple of "Trekking" shoes that are more conventionally styled but also take SPD cleats.

General Discussion / Re: northern tier - how to start in bar harbor
« on: October 08, 2014, 09:34:03 am »
If you do decide to rent a one-way car be sure to check with the rental company about drop-off charges as these can be very high.  Contact several rental agencies to find the best deal. 

Several years ago we rented a car in San Francisco and dropped it off in Seattle.  Before the trip I contacted a bunch of rental companies and got quotes varying from; "we don't rent one-way" to a $400 drop-off charge to no drop-off charge at all.  Guess which car we rented? So be sure what you are getting before you rent.

General Discussion / Re: Handlebar Grips
« on: October 03, 2014, 12:07:17 pm »
I haven't dealt with Gripshifters in decades but are you sure the shifter part can't be loosened and moved inboard on the bars the needed amount?

Gear Talk / Re: Panniers vs. BOB?
« on: September 27, 2014, 06:43:38 pm »
It will be interesting to see how long this thread goes.  Panniers vs Trailer has the same potential for heated discussion and disagreement as Shimano vs Campy and "whats the best chain lube?" questions.

General Discussion / Re: Gear Calculator for Android
« on: September 25, 2014, 02:05:33 pm »
The calculator app should do the trick. Divide the ring teeth by the cog teeth and multiply by your wheel diameter.
That only gives one gear at a time.  The Sheldon Brown "app" gives the entire gear chart.

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