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Gear Talk / Re: Shoes/pedals for a cross country ride?
« on: November 03, 2015, 04:39:40 pm »
IMHO clips or SPD are unnecessary for on road touring.
Perhaps they are unnecessary for you.  Many of us disagree

My shoes are good for walking a little, but I can't wear them to work, I have to bring shoes for being on my feet all day.
Why not just leave a pair of suitable shoes at work.  That way you don't have to carry them back and forth each day.

Gear Talk / Re: Shoes/pedals for a cross country ride?
« on: November 02, 2015, 10:16:17 am »
Glenn, I wish you luck with your spiked platform pedals.  I'm afraid you're going to need it!
I agree.  I further suggest you ride a fair amount with these new pedals before committing to use them on a tour.  I expect they will not be the as wonderful as you think.

General Discussion / Re: Dogs n' bears
« on: October 30, 2015, 07:22:42 pm »
The best dog deterrent is "pepper spray", available in various sizes and strength, in many big box and sporting goods stores.  There was a low strength OC spray called "Halt", developed for the Postal service for issue to their mail carriers to use on aggressive dogs, that was often sold in bike shops and may still be.   High strength OC spray is even more effective on dogs and the rare 2-legged nuisance too.   

General Discussion / Re: cassettes
« on: October 29, 2015, 09:27:39 am »
Ultimate (9 sp dura ace) and a Classic(8sp dura ace).  Both have "braze on" front der mounts.

Not to belabor my question but are you sure the frames actually have a welded on front derailleur tab on the seat tube or are they clamp-on adapters that use a "braze-on" type front derailleur.  As I noted, none of my Litespeed frames (1996 Catalyst, 2005 Firenza and 2006 Tuscany) or my son-in-law's 2002 Classic have welded-on tabs but use clamp-on adapters  to mount braze-on type front derailleurs.

My reason for questioning this is that if the bike really has a clamp-on adapter, it can be adjusted as low as needed to match smaller chainrings while a true welded/brazed on mounting tab may limit the adjustability.

General Discussion / Re: cassettes
« on: October 26, 2015, 09:50:00 pm »
Changing the rear derailleur is easy and cheap.   Pretty all the Shimano stuff is compatible. ie, you can mix road & mtb parts.  Dura-ace, ultegra, 105, xtr, xt, deore, etc.  A mtb der (xt or xtr or deore or alivo, etc) will work with the road shifters you have.

I tried smaller chain rings on my Litespeed. I could not lower the front derailleur enough on the braze-on mount to work well with the rings I wanted.
If that frame goes back for polishing & decals (and new cage mounts), I'll ask for that mount to be removed so I can use a clamp on der instead.


That's not quite correct.  Earlier 9-speed mtb rear deraillerrs are compatible with road shifters and 8, 9 or 10-speed cassettes.  Newer 10-speed mtb rear deraillers are not.

Also, what Litespeed do you have?  I have three Ti frame Litespeeds and none of them have a braze-on front derailleur tab.

General Discussion / Re: Transporting 8-12 Bikes
« on: October 13, 2015, 10:32:41 pm »
Do option 3.  Commercial bike touring companies do just that, towing an enclosed U-haul or similar trailer behind a passenger van.  The trailer can haul all of the bikes and luggage, if you get the right size, and the van hauls all the people.

Gear Talk / Re: Shoes/pedals for a cross country ride?
« on: October 09, 2015, 09:01:33 pm »
Another vote for "clipless" pedals.  Try them and you will never go back to clips and straps.

The now obsolete Shimano FC-5703 and FC-4503 triple cranks had 130/74 mm bolt circles and the 30T granny can be replaced with down to a 24T chainring.  You have to find these NOS somewhere.   

Shimano's "Trekking" cranksets come geared the way the Aurora does at 48/36/26 and these cranks are available from a couple of German internet suppliers.  They don't seem to be sold in the US.

Your existing front and rear derailleurs will work with either type.

Shimano's 10-speed ROAD rear derailleurs will work with the Microshift barends.  Shimano's 10-speed MTB rear derailleurs (aka Dyna-Sys) will NOT shift properly with the Microshift barends as the cable pull requirement was changed.  A Shimano 9-speed  MTB rear derailleur will shift properly with the Microshift 10-speed barends.

Gear Talk / Re: List of tools
« on: September 15, 2015, 12:53:19 pm »
Wow, are you touring or operating a mobile bike repair shop? 

General Discussion / Re: How much is this bike worth?
« on: September 15, 2015, 12:49:25 pm »
I agree that $9000 price is absurd and the bike includes a great number of items of very little interest to most potential buyers.   This "prize package" sounds a bit like the awards made on TV game shows.

The bike alone, assuming it fits you and is the type you want, may be worth $3500 - $4000 new and a lot less if made for someone else.

Oh, one thing to consider.  If the  bike is really assessed as worth $9000 the winner (you) may be considered by the IRS as having earned $9000 in extra income that year and be taxed on that value.

Trek used to have their WSB (women specific bicycle) line, but I don't know if that is still around anymore.
Yes, Trek's WSD line is still around and pretty extensive but has no touring models.

I assume you mean you need a 47-49 cm frame. :) 

Surly offers the Long Haul Trucker and Disc Trucker frames in sizes down to 42 cm with 26" wheels and Trek sells their 520, both caliper and disc brake models, in a 48 cm size. Both are well respected touring frames and the sell comfortably within your budget. 

I don't know of any off-the-shelf Women's specific touring frames. 

General Discussion / Re: cassettes
« on: September 04, 2015, 08:52:34 am »
My son had a Fuji Pro that came with Dura-Ace 7800 equipment and a tight cassette.  When his racing days were over, he put a cassette with 28 teeth on and it shifted fine.  The crank-set had 53/39 rings.  If your chain-rings are that big, you may want to swap them for a compact.
Remember, you can't just switch standard 53/39 chainrings for a compact set-up (typically 50/34) on the same crank since the bolt circles are not compatible.  You would need an entirely new crank.

General Discussion / Re: cassettes
« on: September 03, 2015, 08:24:09 am »
Most road rear derailleurs are rated to handle at least a 27T rear cog and newer ones often 28 or even 32T.  Experience has shown that even those rated for a 27T maximum will work with a 28T and often a 30T.  Probably the most useful 10-speed cassette for you is the Tiagra 12x30 although the 11x28 will also work but for most riders an 11T small cog is a waste of time.

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