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General Discussion / Re: Is this considered bikepacking?
« on: June 16, 2016, 12:17:47 pm »
Actually I think that's a subset of Bike Touring.  I'd call it "Credit Card Touring" since you aren't carrying a tent, sleeping gear or cooking gear. 

If she will ride with you on the tandem but isn't willing to camp, can you consider a "credit card tour"?   That is, you carry your clothing and accessories on the bike but stay in hotels/motels and eat mostly in restaurants.  So no tent, sleeping bags, etc. and minimal to no cooking gear.  It will obviously be more expensive but should get past her dislike of camping.

General Discussion / Re: How to figure average miles per day
« on: May 24, 2016, 06:38:39 pm »
To some extent it depends on who is asking.  A few years ago another couple and my wife and I took a winter vacation in FL.   We were there for 10 days and the other guy and I rode about 300 miles in that time, just day rides for two or three hours in between other activities with our wives.  When we got back and were asked about our riding we got two types of responses.

The non-riders said something like; "WOW, 300 miles!  Did you do anything but ride???"
The riders said; "Only 300 miles huh?  I guess you didn't ride much."

General Discussion / Re: How to figure average miles per day
« on: May 23, 2016, 07:06:18 pm »
Joking aside, I think most tourists say what their typical riding day is and mention the occasional (or routine) day off as not in the calculation.

General Discussion / Re: How to figure average miles per day
« on: May 23, 2016, 10:05:38 am »
Do you want to have the information for yourself or to impress others?  For yourself divide the total distance by the number of total trip days.  For others divide the total distance by the number of riding days.  Also, emphasize the really long day(s) for best effect.

General Discussion / Re: Biking across America
« on: May 20, 2016, 08:46:16 am »
If you are planning for this summer (2016) you are really pushing it and I wouldn't advise it at all.  If you plan for next summer, (2017), yes it's quite doable.

First, do a lot of reading here for advise on bike and camping gear selection and recommendations. 

There are several great touring bikes available in your size.  Some popular choices are the Surly Long Haul Trucker,  Trek 520, and many others.  You will want to try a few out to see which one suits you best. Unfortunately very few bike dealers stock touring bikes so you will have to shop around and probably special order your chosen bike.

Suitable camping gear is available from REI, ACA's catalog and numerous other sources so, again, do your home work.

Finally, ride a lot to get in shape and take a basic maintenance course to learn at least how to fix a flat tire and basic bike adjustments. 

General Discussion / Re: Demands on energy
« on: May 16, 2016, 07:30:10 pm »
I'm not sure I understand the original post.  Eating "wholesome food" is no doubt a laudable goal, but to then supplement that with prepackaged junk seems to defeat the purpose.   
Using "prepackaged junk" as a suplement and quick energy source doesn't defeat the purpose of eating healthy foods most of the time.   We are not recommending junk as a routine diet, just a special event expedient.   

General Discussion / Re: Demands on energy
« on: May 16, 2016, 08:55:04 am »
I'm usually not prone to "bonk" on even long rides if I eat at decent intervals, say every 20 - 30 miles, but on one century ride I really felt hungry and weak at the 85 mile point since I hadn't eaten anything useful at the 75 mile food stop.  A friend noticed I was lagging behind and gave me a couple of "Shot Block" candies.  This was the caffeine and sugar version and it worked miracles.  Within a few minutes I was feeling normal and finished the ride in good shape.

General Discussion / Re: Newbie ISO perfect touring bike
« on: May 12, 2016, 09:16:33 am »
Hmm, a year is a long time to risk going with a non-touring bike. For now, Fuji Touring remains my top choice at the moment. I recently found out I may be able to get a decent discount off Tifosi bikes through my work. The Tifosi Classic looks like it could be decent, any thoughts? Might not have enough gears...
The Tifosi is also not suitable as a touring bike and has the same problems.  Gearing isn't low enough and the components are entry level at best. 

You can spend the money and buy a suitable and durable touring bike right off the bat or spend even more money and frustration trying to make an unsuitable bike work.  It's a "pay me now or pay me later" situation.

The Fuji Touring is the closest you've mentioned to a suitable bike and somewhat lower thasn stock gearing can be had with only a low cost granny chainring change.  Perhaps even a 22T granny chainring will fit if the granny bolt circle is 64 mm as on Shimano's other Trekking cranks.

General Discussion / Re: beckman packs
« on: May 11, 2016, 07:37:04 am »
I believe this should be posted in the "Classified" section of this forum.

I have a Surly Disk Trucker with 48-36-26 chainring and 11-36 cassette. 

Comment on crankset.  Your crank will almost certainly take a 24 tooth inner chainring.  74 mm bolt circle diameter.  So you could change the 26 ring for a 24 tooth ring easily.  $15 and 15 minutes.  Little bit lower low gear.  Probably won't make much if any difference.  But it will be the lowest you can get with your current equipment.
His crank may be one of Shimano's "Trekking" cranks and, if so, would have 104/64 BCDs and take a 22T granny chainring.   22x36 with 700c wheels is 16.5 gear inches and you can't reasonably get any lower.

Gear Talk / Re: "Adventure" bike for short rider?
« on: April 30, 2016, 07:35:58 pm »
Let us know how those 28 spoke wheels hold up. There was previously a lot of discussion about them on another forum.
Yes, I remember that rather heated thread that didn't resolve anything. 

I expect that a rider who takes a very small frame is going to be light enough not to stress even a 28 spoke wheel unless they wildly overload the bike with touring gear.  The 920 comes with 29-2.0 (700c-50) tires and coupled with rims that are modestly deep section should make those wheels adequately sturdy.   

General Discussion / Re: Down Tube Shifters
« on: April 18, 2016, 09:35:07 am »
Down tube shifters are simple and weigh less than any other kind of shifter.
Not to get too far into "weight weeneism" here but, while the downtube lever themselves weigh less than other shifter types, you have to add the weight of the brake levers to get a fair comparison.  STI's, Ergo's and the Gevenalle shifters include the brake levers in their weight claims. 

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.

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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