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General Discussion / Re: Paniers vs. Trailer
« on: April 09, 2016, 01:48:11 pm »
If you do enough reading you will find this is one of the more contentious issues among bike tourists with both sides eagerly (and sometimes heatedly) defending why their choice is better.  It's in the Ford vs Chevy and Shimano vs Campy style of argument.

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Gear Talk / Re: Wheels without spokes?
« on: April 04, 2016, 07:47:52 pm »
Something has to connect the rim of the wheel to the hub and, thus far for bicycles, individual spokes are the lightest, strongest, most durable, most stable and least expensive method.  If weight were absolutely no object and side winds could be ignored, you could make a solid steel or aluminum wheel like automobiles use.  A solid carbon disc wheel is available but limited to time trials and triathlons and rear wheel use only due to cost and side wind sensitivity.

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General Discussion / Re: Down Tube Shifters
« on: April 01, 2016, 09:33:16 am »
LOTS of downtube shifting here in Madison WI and LOTS of manual transmission cars Russ. Jetta especially sells lots of them without having to special order them.
I'm with Russ on this one.  Maybe in very flat areas downtube shifters and manual transmissions are a bit more common but nowhere else.   I think you have seen a few of both and generalized that they are far more common than they really are.

Most newer cars aren't even available with a manual transmission and how many new bikes are available with downtube shifters? 

Yeah, VW really shot themselves in the foot but that's a discussion for a different time and place.


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General Discussion / Re: Bike Insurance
« on: March 29, 2016, 09:37:56 am »
You can buy a "floater" insurance for nearly anything with the premium, obviously, dependent on the value you declare.   

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General Discussion / Re: My Custom Built Surly Disc Trucker
« on: March 20, 2016, 06:00:19 pm »
I wanted my touring bike to have 700c tires and with the Surly Truckers to get the 700c tires they start at 56cm, nothing smaller.  I could of looked at other bikes but I chose not to as I wanted the trucker.
We've had this discussion here before and several of us recommended not compromising the frame size for your unnecessary insistence on 700c wheels.  Too late now and I'm sure the bike you have will be adequate.

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General Discussion / Re: My Custom Built Surly Disc Trucker
« on: March 19, 2016, 10:56:45 pm »
Thanks.  Yep, Its a Zefal HPX Classic Aluminum Pump.  I bought mine from eBay, but there are other places to buy it from.  I saw them on www.chainreactioncycles.com for around $28.
I bought mine back in the late '80's before they were called "Classic" and were just standard frame pumps.  Still works but is so heavy that I never use it. 

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General Discussion / Re: My Custom Built Surly Disc Trucker
« on: March 19, 2016, 07:44:27 pm »
Nice! What kind of pump is that?
Zefel HPX

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General Discussion / Re: Trek X Caliber 9
« on: March 19, 2016, 08:52:39 am »
The bike your looking at has a suspension fork if I'm correct. I'm curious to see if anyone has thoughts on that for a touring bike.
The OP is planning on riding the "GDMB" (Great Divide Mountain Bike) route which is an off-road route and a suspended mountain bike, or at least  a suspension fork is highly recommended.  This is not a road tour and a standard road touring bike is not recommended.

To the OP: The bike seems suitable.  The frame appears to have mounting points for a rear rack but be sure the one you buy will work with disc brakes.  There seems to be no provisions for a front rack so, if you are really going to be self-contained at times, plan to travel light.

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Gear Talk / Re: Compatible front rack for a Trek 520 disc
« on: March 17, 2016, 07:56:42 pm »
Old Man Mountain ( http://www.oldmanmountain.com/SFNT.html ) lists front racks for bikes with disc brakes.  They should have what you need.

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Gear Talk / Re: Shimano Hollowtech experience anyone?
« on: March 09, 2016, 08:25:32 am »
Let me say something about how 'improvements' come to market........NB No discussion of whether it's a better product for the average Joe It all boils down to making the most money

I've no idea whether Shimano operates like this but over a lifetime in manufacturing I have sat in similar meetings.
I think you are too cynical about how component changes occur.  A lot of the changes are driven by performance rider's constant demands for the holy grails of "stiffer and lighter" and the new designs provide both of those.  Touring riders are not that concerned but they are a tiny portion of the market anyway. 

As to just making changes because the machinery is worn out, note that Shimano still makes both square taper and Octalink bottom bracketrs despite the fact that the vast majority of the OEM market has made them obsolete.   

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Gear Talk / Re: Shimano Hollowtech experience anyone?
« on: March 08, 2016, 06:01:43 pm »
Early failures on Hollowtech II bottom brackets can be caused by poorly faced, out-of-alignment bottom bracket shells.  If those reporting the early failures have badly aligned frames, it would explain a lot as no bearing will tolerate much of that. 

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Gear Talk / Re: Shimano Hollowtech experience anyone?
« on: March 08, 2016, 11:57:18 am »
I've got Hollowtech II bottom brackets on two bikes with over 10,000 miles on each and they are still in excellent condition.  I don't know who told you about 2,000 mile failures  but that seems absurd unless they criminally abused their bikes. 

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Gear Talk / Re: Mirrors
« on: March 05, 2016, 07:08:41 pm »
However, the little screws do seem to come loose and I have to tighten them with those little screwdriver kits for glasses.
Clear nail polish on the threads will make that problem go away.  Use Locktite if you never want to remove the screws for any reason.  Even the "Blue" grade is stronger than those tiny screws.

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Gear Talk / Re: Mirrors
« on: March 04, 2016, 07:45:51 pm »
I've tried them all and settled on the Third Eye Barend Mirror.  I could never get a helmet mounted mirror aligned properly and, since I wear prescription glasses the view was always either blurry or unpredictable.

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General Discussion / Re: Found on the road
« on: March 01, 2016, 06:10:04 pm »
By far the most common item I have seen is 1 (not both :- ) work glove.
I've seen one, not two, shoes several times along the road.   I always wonder how that happens.

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