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Gear Talk / Re: Touring tandem: experience with different makes
« on: January 06, 2017, 09:54:00 am »
The 26" wheeled bikes are definitely easier to fit in S&S cases.
+1  I've never had a tandem but i did own a 700c wheel Co-Motion S&S single bike.  The wheels, even with 23 mm tires, were a press fit into the packing case and the tires had to be deflated.  I highly recommend 650B or MTB 26" wheels with modest width tires as a very desirable option.

General Discussion / Re: ?How easy are SPD pedals to get use too?
« on: January 05, 2017, 08:57:14 am »
No need for the condescension. it hasn't happened to me but I did meet someone stuck at the side of the road who said he had that very problem. Perhaps I should have told him he was dreaming? I can see how ONE bolt can come loose and well fall out while the other one remains tight then the other one starts to work loose...
I don't doubt that there are riders who are unperceptive (condescending?) enough not to notice a loose cleat until it falls off entirely and you are correct the thread engagement depth is quite small.  However, assuming one bolt falls out first I would think that disengaging from that side would be difficult enough to notice.   The now one-bolt cleat would tend to rotate in the shoe sole rather than unclip unless the pedal's retention spring is set very loose. 

General Discussion / Re: ?How easy are SPD pedals to get use too?
« on: January 03, 2017, 05:48:42 pm »
You would then get out your 3mm Allen wrench and tighten them. 
Details, details, it's a 4mm allen wrench.  However, I agree with your thesis that any rider would notice a loose cleat well before it actually fell off the shoe.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring tandem: experience with different makes
« on: January 02, 2017, 08:54:58 am »
As you have discovered, tandems are expensive and good ones are even more expensive.  The S&S couplers and the packing case are a big cost all by themselves so no one is going to make a cheap tandem with them.  Co-Motion is a great and well respected maker so, as you noted, you can't go wrong going with them.

For me, the highlight were the Cookie Lady's house.....
I assume you are referring to June Curry from Alton VA.  Unfortunately she died in 2012 so that's one highlight newer travelers won't have a chance to enjoy.

Gear Talk / Re: Long distance tour bike for small lady
« on: December 24, 2016, 04:53:27 pm »
Just this summer got a chance to test ride the 42cm Surly Trucker (not too many stores seem to stock that tiny size) and finally, stand-over height was ok (still don't have the recommended 2" clearance) and the reach was great -- for the first time, I didn't feel like I would have to shorten the stem!  So this is the bike for me.
Well, standover clearance isn't as big a deal for women as it is for men so long as you can reach the ground flatfooted at all.   It's also not as big a consideration for a road/touring bike as it is for an MTB or cyclocross bike.

General Discussion / Re: Planet Bike Air Kiss CO2 Bicycle Inflator woes
« on: December 22, 2016, 09:57:34 pm »
OK, I see what happened.  The Air Kiss is quite different from the Zeppelin inflator.  Mine threads onto the tire valve like a floor pump and the gas flow is then started and controlled by a miniature water valve handle so you can turn off the CO2 flow completely while there is still gas in the cartridge.   You can even retain remaining gas for future use, at least for a while. 

General Discussion / Re: Planet Bike Air Kiss CO2 Bicycle Inflator woes
« on: December 22, 2016, 06:37:52 pm »
That's odd.  The instructions for my "Red Zeppelin" inflators say nothing about not removing a cylinder with remaining gas and even so I can't see why that would damage the piercing pin.  I can see how the remaining pressure could be a hazard to the  user but not to the inflator.

General Discussion / Re: Planet Bike Air Kiss CO2 Bicycle Inflator woes
« on: December 22, 2016, 08:50:27 am »
I don't have that particular inflator but I do have a couple of Planet Bike's "Red Zeppelin 2" inflators which are similar but use a rotating valve handle instead of a lever to control the CO2 flow.  The first (and fortunately only) time I've had to use one of them it worked perfectly so Planet Bike inflators can work. 

There are two possible reasons for the failure you experienced:

1) The inflator is indeed defective.  The piercing needle is too short or the female threads aren't deep enough.
2) The CO2 cylinder you have is poorly threaded and doesn't thread in deep enough.  These cylinders aren't exactly precision machined.

So, I'd try another cylinder and if that doesn't work, contact Planet Bike for a replacement. 

General Discussion / Re: trikes
« on: November 29, 2016, 04:14:13 pm »
Trikes are slow.
...and heavy.  I wonder if a low gear in the low 20 gear-inch is low enough for serious touring.  There are no balance problems no matter how slow you go and you can't stand up to use your body weight over the cranks so you might as well be geared to take advantage of the benefits and compensate for the drawbacks.

Gear Talk / Re: trailers vs panniers
« on: November 29, 2016, 08:59:46 am »
Thanks, everybody, for trying, but not not much help. I've done tons of research, but was hoping my fellow ACA folks could be more specific/aggressive in their advice.
So, sigh, I'll go to trial and error.
As I noted in my posting above, this is a contentious issue and there is absolutely no universal consensus.  If you expect a definitive answer you are going to be disappointed.  The best you will find is the pros and cons of each method.

General Discussion / Re: Riding with golf clubs
« on: November 28, 2016, 08:43:53 am »
This begs for a trailer.  Attach a BOB to your bike, bungee the golf bag in, and tie a red bandana to the club heads.
+1  this is one of the few times I think a bike trailer is certainly the best option.  Either a single wheel BOB-type or a two wheel kid trailer will do.  Kid trailers are often found used at give-away prices once the parent no longer need it and don't want to store it.   

Gear Talk / Re: Long distance tour bike for small lady
« on: November 27, 2016, 10:54:30 am »
Surly makes the Long Haul Trucker and Disc Trucker (same bikes but for rim or disc brakes respectively) touring bikes down to 42 cm with 26" wheels and that should fit people smaller than you.  They also offer it in 46, 50 and 52 cm and one of those four sizes will certainly work. 

Trek offers the 520 in disc brake only in 48 and 50 cm sizes and one of them should fit also.

These are both steel frames and very popular among tourists.

Trek also offers the aluminum frame, disc brake 920 touring bike in 49 and 52 cm sizes.

There are lots of others but these are a couple of suggestions.

General Discussion / Re: Surly Review
« on: November 27, 2016, 08:40:11 am »
They have been reviewed (favorably) in the past but are well known touring bikes so there isn't much new to say.  They, particularly the LHT and Cross Check, are favorite touring bikes of the AC membership so that's a good endorsement.

I went with a 39/26 and a 12-28 (a range of about 25-48 gear inches).....
Assuming 700c tires this is a gear range of 88 to 25 gear-inches so I assume your high gear figure was a typo.

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