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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.

Gear Talk / Re: One link in the chain
« on: February 27, 2015, 06:41:52 pm »
Pat is correct if your current chain was sized to just allow big-big or, worse, wouldn't allow it before it broke.  One absolute necessity for chain length is that it has to clear big-big as dreadful things can happen if you inadvertently shift into it and the chain is too short.   Yes, we all know you shouldn't cross-chain but some day you will.

If your now shorter chain will still allow big-big, you are mechanically ok but be SURE it will.

Gear Talk / Re: One link in the chain
« on: February 27, 2015, 12:13:35 pm »
The answer depends on two things:

1. What width of chain is it?
2. How did you do the repair?

If the chain is 8-speed or narrower and you repaired it by reusing one of the original pins, the chain is badly compromised and should be replaced.

If the chain is an older 5/6-speed or you repaired it with a specific joining pin for Shimano chains or a master link such as a KMC Missing Link or SRAM master link it should be OK.  That assumes it didn't break initially because it was so worn or badly damaged prior to the repair.

If you do replace it with a new chain and the old one had significant miles on it, the new one may skip badly on your old freewheel or cassette.  You may have to replace the freewheel or cassette also.

General Discussion / Re: Question About Minimum Stay Requirements
« on: February 08, 2015, 08:44:09 am »
Are you just bike touring or are you bringing a SAG vehicle and just doing day rides?  Many commercial campgrounds, particularly in desirable areas,  are aimed at motorhome/travel trailer "campers" that remain for an entire season so if you are bringing a motorhome or similar vehicle, they may indeed require a minimum stay. 

State Park, National Park and most local campgrounds don't have that requirement and particularly don't have it for tent campers.  There are national chains like KOA that also allow one night stays.

General Discussion / Re: folders
« on: January 28, 2015, 08:25:45 am »
Are you looking for a foldable standard upright bike or a recumbent?  For an upright, Bike Friday is the standard "folder" and S&S coupled allow compact disassembly of regular frames. As to foldable recumbents, I don't know what's out there.

Gear Talk / Re: Should I be worried about my frame?
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:04:54 pm »
Your LBS is trying to sell you a new bike.  He wants the sale, you don't.  If there are no cracks or other obvious problems, your frame should be good indefinitely.  Steel (and Ti) have the advantage of nearly infinite fatigue life unless badly abused so plan on another 46,000 miles or more. 

I have a '96 Litespeed Ti frame with well over 75,000 miles and it's in perfect condition.  No reason your Trek can't last at least that long.

General Discussion / Re: TransAm summer 2015 - timing and solo female
« on: January 23, 2015, 05:58:55 pm »
To cross the Appalachians easily, take the C&O Trail/GAP out of DC to Pittsburgh.  Lots of single females on that run.  Again your option.
The GAP is pretty easy riding but the C&O can be miserable riding, particularly if it's wet.   Neither are particularly good on a narrow tire road bike so plan on 700-28 or larger tires if you go that route.

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