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General Discussion / Re: Trans Am bike: GT Peace Tour or Fuji Touring?
« on: January 09, 2015, 09:20:24 am »
Three of us each rode Windsor Touring bikes ($599 delivered) on the Trans America and a few other longish tours.  It is as far as I can tell a rebadged Fuji Touring.  We were all pretty happy with them.  So I feel like I can readily recommend the Fuji (or the Windsor Touring).
To the OP: 

"Windsor" is a house brand of Bikes Direct, a company that sells bikes mail-order.  Their prices can be very attractive and the bikes are generally well equipped for the money BUT the term "some assembly required" definitely applies.   You will hear a wide variety of experiences from customers varying from:

"Assembly was very easy, everything worked well right from the start and I'm very pleased".


"Assembly was a nightmare, nothing came adjusted properly, parts were missing and the wheels required complete retensioning and truing". 

The upshot of this is that if you buy from Bikes Direct you should either be a reasonably competent bike mechanic or plan to use some of your cost savings to have an LBS properly assemble and adjust the bike before you ride it.   

Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: January 07, 2015, 09:15:57 pm »
In Bellevue WA there is a bike mechanic who seems to know his stuff (claims to have been a wrench on the TdF and have worked for Shimano. Very nice guy) he reckons you should use the cheapest chains you can get and change them every 500 miles! I kid you not.
Pro mechanics treat chains like they are free because, for them, they are.  The sponsors provide them by the case.  Team mechanics scrub the rider's bikes every day and change chains every couple of days.  It doesn't mean the rest of us can or should do that.

For the wheel change options, cost out the rims and spokes first.  You may find, as is often the case, buying complete wheels is less expensive than rebuilding existing hubs with new rims and spokes, even if you do the labor yourself.

Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: December 30, 2014, 08:52:50 am »
On my road bikes I currently use ProGold Xtreme but when it runs out I'm going to try Rock and Roll Gold, but either lube requires that I clean the chain every 150 to 200 miles, a bit impractical while touring.
"Cleaning" doesn't have to mean removal, solvent soaking, etc., etc.  It can be as simple as a wipe down by running the chain, still on the bike, through a rag or paper towel followed by dripping on fresh lube.  It can be done in a minute every few days.  Don't over think or over complicate it.

Gear Talk / Re: Seeking Feedback on new gear system
« on: December 29, 2014, 09:06:49 am »
..... it continues to generate interest, and, I take it, that indicates desirability.
That's a reach.  "Interest" can mean only curiosity and a desire to see if it works at all, not intent to purchase.

Gear Talk / Re: Rohloff Hubs
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:43:51 am »
Jan Heine is such a French bike chauvinist that I discount his opinion of the Rohloff.
Yes, I put him in the same category as I do Grant Peterson.  They are so narrow in their attitudes that they get tiresome quite quickly.

Gear Talk / Re: How this forum works
« on: December 13, 2014, 12:32:49 pm »
On many sites, when you log in there will be a little box that says "Remember me on this site" that you can click on to check.  From then on, when you open the site you should be already logged in if you are on the same computer.  Your computer has to allow "cookies" to use this feature.

Gear Talk / Re: Seeking Feedback on new gear system
« on: December 11, 2014, 12:11:44 pm »
The simplest answer is to build a few tool-room models and let a bunch of rider try them out.  That will tell you far more about the practicality and desirability then the opinions of a bunch of Internet posters who have never seen or used it.  The video tells us nearly nothing.

General Discussion / Re: That go-to meal
« on: November 23, 2014, 05:56:37 pm »
There never seems to be a Subway when I need one, though!
You must ride is some very remote areas.  Those things are EVERYWHERE.

Gear Talk / Re: Seeking Feedback on new gear system
« on: November 23, 2014, 09:07:23 am »
I actually expected most of the resistance to be from those who know other expanding chainring devices have not succeeded.  I think the advantages of mine over predecessors is its simplicity, which leads to it being lightweight and inexpensive to produce, and that I have designed it to be interchangable with (or as easily installed as) other components.
I will warn you to have the initial trial and production products made by a company that really knows what it is doing.   Even if the concept is practical, nothing will kill a product faster than a series of breakages and early mechanical failures from manufacturing defects. 

Gear Talk / Re: Seeking Feedback on new gear system
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:21:54 am »
I saw the report on your product on Bike Rumors today so it seems you are really not a troll.  I agree that the rotational feel is going to be very lumpy and, indeed, the video clip shows the pedaling action to be almost a ratchet.  I also wonder about keeping the chain on the "chainwheel" teeth since it is unsupported so many places in the rotation.   I think a lot of real world testing will have to be done to show the concept is viable or to conclude it was just another of the many "new and improved" bicycle transmission ideas that didn't work.

Gear Talk / Re: Seeking Feedback on new gear system
« on: November 21, 2014, 08:52:09 am »
I don't know if you have had any responses at your web site but I'm very reluctant to click on a link from someone I don't know and who has no history or former presence here.

General Discussion / Re: Useless advice/help
« on: November 21, 2014, 08:49:37 am »
The most untrustworthy statement you ever receive is, as you reach the top of a really tough climb; "it's all downhill from here".

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« on: November 19, 2014, 09:11:20 am »
Big dollar shoes are not necessarily a necessity on a bike tour.

On the Nashbar website they have six shoes which take SPD cleats for $29.99 or less.  Before using a 20% off coupon Nashbar frequently has.  On the Amazon site the Crocs shoes are about $25-30.  These are official Croc brand shoes so they might be much more than the copy shoes sold in flea markets.  $30 or less for a pair of shoes does not meet my definition of "Big dollar shoes".  All of the $29.99 or less Nashbar bike shoes looked like sneakers so I would guess they are comfortable.
Big dollar bike shoes are as much a fashion accessory as a necessity and are aimed at competitive riders where weight and great stiffness are important. 

There are plenty of well made, comfortable and fully functional road and MTB type shoes by well known manufacturers available in the $100 or less range, sometimes much less if having the latest color or "style" and the most advanced technology aren't issues. 

General Discussion / Re: Ideas for winter bike tour
« on: November 09, 2014, 05:56:12 pm »
Australia or New Zealand.  January is summer there.

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