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Gear Talk / Re: Flashlights for bike are needed
« on: May 27, 2015, 09:06:44 pm »
Sorry for that I did not provide enough information. I would like to get a "See" flashlight for I like night riding. As for the running hour for the flashlight, I would a a full charge can run more than 2 hours, and the budget is around $150, I will choose one from the Sure Fire or Tank007 flashlight site
It sounds like you don't need a flashlight at all but a bike headlight.  See my posting above for a few reliable names and there are others. A true flashlight can be used as a bike headlight but the beam isn't ideal and mounting it is a bit of a problem.  A true bike headlight solves both problems.  Surefire, etc. do not make what you say you want.

Gear Talk / Re: Flashlights for bike are needed
« on: May 26, 2015, 08:18:25 am »
How much light do you need and for how long at a time and for what use?   

For an around-camp or utility light get an LED flashlight with enough output that uses AA batteries.  Those "Tactical" lights like Surefire and Streamlight tend to be overbuilt and very expensive and use expensive CR123 batteries.   Maglite's AA LED lights come in very powerful versions (200+ lumens) using two AA batteries and are reasonably priced and durable. 

For on-bike use as a headlight, a powerful (300 lumens or above) LED rechargable headlight is the way to go and there are many makes like NiteRider, Cygolight, Light and Motion, etc. that work well.  The headlight can double as a camping light but you need to be able to recharge it every day or two.

Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« on: May 22, 2015, 09:00:22 am »
I find any true riding shoe, even MTB shoes with recessed cleats, to be uncomfortable for anything but short walking distances.  A shoe stiff enough to be efficient on the bike isn't a good hiker.  However, I won't compromise my riding so I take either a pair of flip-flops or light "running" shoes for off the bike use depending on how much walking is to be done.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring without fenders - big mistake?
« on: May 21, 2015, 09:03:00 am »

Water from the sky is clean. Water that splashes up from the road, not so much. I was on a group ride on a rainy, muddy road. I was the only one with fenders. We all got wet, but I was the only one that didn't have a muddy streak down the center of the back of my jersey.
I don't have a rear fender but my rear rack has a top plate that acts as a decent splash guard to keep the rear wheel's thrown up water off my back.  It does nothing to keep the spray off the rider following me but it does protect my jersey.

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. 

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