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This is debatable. US pro team eschewed deep rims on front wheels, fearing while deep rims may be stronger vertically they are weaker in the other direction and may wash out when bike is leaning as when cornering.This isn't a fair comparison. Deep section rims (in this case VERY deep) have stability problems due to side winds, not so much in cornering loads and the pros are using carbon rims, not aluminum. What the pros are concerned with isn't an issue for tourists.
And make sure your wheels are up to touring with at least 32 spokes.High spoke count is useful but isn't the only way to assure durable wheels. Deep section rims are more durable and strong and can tolerate fewer spokes that the usual 36 or even 40 often recommended for touring.
I did consider SD-7s but then thought "what the hell" and sprung for the much more expensive Ultimate. Water under the bridge now, it's quite possible SD-7s would have done the trick.Well, maybe they would have but no one was ever sorry they bought the best. As the saying goes; "buy good, cry once".
. I just learned it's a bad idea to put panniers on my bike...I'll also ask who told you this and what the reasoning was. Nearly any bike can be fitted with a rack and panniers. Obviously touring bikes are designed to do this most easily but most other designs can be adapted if you keep your loads reasonably light.
...with data from the past 40 years shows ave low end of April is approx. 40 in Portland and 47 in Boston.And those statistics imply that half of the time the lows will be below that average!
End of May shows average lows of 51 in Portland and 57 in Boston. Knowing the range might be informative.
........setting up camp, cooking, and packing in the AM I find is the test of handeling the misery.To say nothing of having to ride most of the day in those conditions.
I've no experience with the SD-5 brakes but I did have Avid's higher line SD-7 V-brakes on a Surly Cross Check and chatter, rigidity and centering were no problems with them. They also used the same style slip-in pads as Shimano's canti's and V-brakes and it was easy to replace the mediocre stock pads with Kool-Stop Salmons.QuoteAs long as the calipers are decently rigidThere's the rub (so to speak). I don't think the SD-5 calipers are sufficiently rigid, hence the chatter (i.e. squeal). SD-5s have another drawback. It can be almost impossible to get both arms to spring back the same amount on both sides no matter how you fiddle with the adjusting screws, with Ultimates this is not a problem.
I have a 2009 Trek 520. Depending on model year, your brakes may be different, as components change frequently.That's a point that many riders miss, the real braking is done by the pads. As long as the calipers are decently rigid and the cables aren't in bad shape, almost any brake will work adequately.
I found the stock brakes worked very well, but they wore down fast, were very noisy and kept picking up aluminum bits off the rim. I had to frequently take up slack in the cables and clean the pads.
After a few thousand miles, I replaced the pads with after-market pads. All the problems mentioned above went away, and the brakes still worked very well. As with any brakes, they must be carefully adjusted to work properly.
The same has happened in reverse: I just bought a BOB trailer from someone out of state and he shipped it concurrent with me sending a check.I've done that too and never been cheated. I expect people buying or selling special interest items of not huge value are not likely to be frauds.
Yes, it's currently cold in the U.S. But the weather in February has no correlation to the weather in April, so you really cannot use today's temperatures to predict the temperatures for your trip.That's correct but my decades of experience with Northeast US weather have taught me that April can indeed be "the cruelest month" as TS Eliot said. The chance of snow and the certainty of cold rain makes me strongly recommend against starting a bike trip in April in New England if you have any choice in the matter. May is about the earliest I'd recommend.