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Gear Talk / Re: Touring without fenders - big mistake?
« on: May 20, 2015, 12:54:49 pm »
During actual rain, fenders do very little as you are getting wet from above, not below.  On wet roads they are a real benefit as they keep the road splash off of you and off of your drivetrain.  If you ride with a friend or a group the rear fender, assuming it's long enough, does your buddies a real favor by keeping the "rooster tail" from the rear wheel out of their faces.

"You can take bicycles on board an ICE train as long as they are folded away in a bike bag.
If you’d like to take a bike that doesn’t fold away, you may want to consider the luggage courier service. Your bike will be delivered to your destination for a charge of (currently) €25.80."
Does this mean you can take a standard bike but it just has to be packed in a bag or that the bike must also fold, like a Bike Friday, Dahon, S&S coupled frame or similar?  If it requires a true folding bike, just having the bag won't be enough.

General Discussion / Re: How much water to carry?
« on: April 29, 2015, 09:30:00 pm »
 Give a lot of consideration to a Camelback or similar backpack-type water reservoir.  Even the small ones hold the equivalent of two water bottles and the big ones up to four.  They also make drinking more convenient and thus less likely to be ignored until you are dehydrated.  I have used one on long rides and was very happy to have it.

Do a Google search for "Bicycle Repair Videos" and I'm sure you will get hours, maybe days, of stuff to watch.  There is a shop called "Art's Cyclery" that has produced dozens of specific bike videos for on-line watching.  A simil;ar search for specific repairs and component installation will turn up similar, more focused, videos.

As to internet tutorials of the written kind, Park Tools web site has them in abundance and is a great resource.  For suitable books, Lennard Zinn's "Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance" (there is also an MTB version)  is very good.

General Discussion / Re: USA visa at Canadian border.
« on: April 09, 2015, 09:41:03 am »
Assuming you are not a US citizen, you could contact the  US INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) and get the official answer.

General Discussion / Re: Shipping bicycle back home question
« on: April 01, 2015, 09:22:46 am »
Took a couple weeks for the shop in Anacortes to get to mine and ship it, so I was back home waiting on the bike.
Which is why every tourist or other serious rider should have at least two bikes! ;D

Gear Talk / Re: What tires?
« on: March 22, 2015, 08:34:22 pm »
Are all of these Schwalbe's still made in Germany or just have a German brand name?  So many tires have been outsourced to Asian manufacture in the past years that a careful reading of the sidewalls is needed to determine where they are really made. 

The bears in the Eastern US are Black Bears, which are typically shy and go out of their way to avoid people.  The bears that are a serious potential danger (Grizzly,  Brown and Kodiak, which are geographic variations of the same animal) are confined to the West, Western Canada and Alaska.  You will not ever come across one in the East.

Black Bears have been seen in some pretty urban and suburban areas in recent years but attacks by them have been pretty much non-existant.  If you are wild or park camping, always store your food out of your tent and either hang it high from a tree limb or in a bear locker that campgrounds provide.   Black Bears aren't likely to attack you but will do a lot of damage to your tent get to food they can smell. 

Gear Talk / Re: New Adventure Bike...from Trek!
« on: March 21, 2015, 07:47:31 pm »
why oh why drop handle bars? Unless you're into down hill racing or fancy yourself in the Tour de France, no one on a long distance bike ride needs drop bars - IMHO. 
I couldn't disagree with you more.  Having ridden flat bars a bit I wouldn't ever use them for  anything more than local and short distances.  Drop bars are far more versatile in the number of hand positions and riding positions they permit.  There is a good reason almost all touring bikes and most tourists use them.

I'm also a backer at the $29 level.  Apparently the campaign has met it's financial goal so now we wait for the product to be delivered.  I hope it works as promised.

Assuming a) you make your kickstarter goal, b) the pump head works the way it's supposed to and c) the selling price is about $25 you should be successful.  Right now by far the best pump head I know of is the Hirame but it's Presta-only and sells for $60 to $75. 

Quote from: corey1989 link=topic=13053.msg67441#msg67441 date=1425185084I
am a 25-yo woman of very small size. I am 147 cm tall and I weigh 80 lbs. I am now riding a 24" wheel road bike (Giant R2400). I ride it not very often, only on weekends. Btw I suck at directions and map reading.

Things I'm going to do for preparation:
- Ride more and longer (so far my longest was only 63 km but that's not my limit yet)
- Join classes on bike repair
- Try some guided bike tours in Southern China
- Try solo bike round-tour in Taiwan
- Learn to drive, to get myself more familiar with road rules (yes I come from a very small place where driving is not necessary)

My questions include but are not limited to:
- Is there a travelling bike for my size?
- Any way to cut down the baggage so that even a 80lb-body can carry it?
- Any good book or good website for a newbie like me?
- Do you recommend a woman doing solo biking and camping?
- Can I rely on GPS as I suck at map reading?
- Any specific advice?

Thank you a lot!

First, yes, by all means ride a lot more and learn at least the basics of bike repair and maintenance.  A few guided tours will give you insight into how you like touring but won't give you any experience riding solo, carrying a touring load or having to find your own way.

You are indeed small (~4' 10" in real measurements ;) ) but there are suitable bikes available.  I would consider a true touring bike and one that uses a more standard wheel size.  Finding 24" tires (of whatever ISO size they are) in remote areas is going to be difficult to impossible.  The Surly Long Haul Trucker (or Disc Trucker if you want disc brakes) is available as small as a 42 cm frame and comes with 26" (ISO 559) wheels which is the same wheel size as most mountain bikes.  Tires and tubes in this size are widely available.

Your touring load can be as light as you wish.   Riders have traveled long distances with loads lighter than 15 pounds but that's pretty Spartan and requires some fairly expensive and specialized gear.   A realistic load is 25 to 30 pounds if you don't insist on taking every comfort known to man (or woman) with you.  Also, are you going to cook all of your meals or eat in restaurants, etc. as that will have a significant effect on the weight and bulk of your load?

Web sites include this one, crazyguyonabike and many others.  A Google search should turn up a lot.

As to relying strictly on a GPS, I'd be leery of having nothing else.  Keeping it charged and away from harm will be problems (a generator front hub would be a good idea) but there a places like cities and mountainous areas where the signal is not good enough.

You've got time to do a lot of homework and I hope you enjoy doing it.

General Discussion / Re: Shipping bike to Astoria/ Logistics
« on: March 02, 2015, 09:15:28 am »
If Bikes and Beyond is that busy and you are going to use them for work, I think it would be wise to get on their schedule way in advance. Glacier Cyclery in Whitefish, MT is a busy shop that, among other things, receives a lot of bikes. We were advised to be on their schedule more than a month in advance.
Excellent advice, particularly if you need to have the shop unpack, assemble and adjust your bike.  If you can do the reassembly yourself, a lot less notice is needed other than to be sure they have room to store the box for the few days until you arrive.  Of course if you can do the setup yourself you aren't limited to shipping it to a bike shop.

Gear Talk / Re: One link in the chain
« on: March 01, 2015, 09:56:15 am »
As to dire results mentioned, I have shifted  many times to big big combination and had no worst result than having to get off the bike to free the chain. I have reused pin in chain many times without failure. Not all chain brands warn against replacing pin.
Apparently your chain was long enough to make the big-big shift because if it wasn't, getting off the bike to free the chain would not have done any good. 

Reusing a chain pin in older 5/6-speed chains was done safely all the time.  Reusing a pin in an 8-speed or narrower chain is a gamble.  You may get away with it and you may not but the chain has certainly been compromised.  I don't know of any maker of 8, 9 10 or 11-speed chains that does not warn against reusing a standard pin.   They all provide specific joining pins or a master link. 

General Discussion / Re: Newbie questions on solo touring.
« on: March 01, 2015, 09:48:35 am »
Six weeks and $1200 allows you $28/day.  Whether that's enough depends on how and where you camp and eat.  If you do a lot of stealth camping and prepare you own food from grocery stores, that should be quite enough.  If you stay in commercial or National Park campgrounds or, worse, motels and eat restaurant or prepared food meals it won't be nearly enough.

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