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General Discussion / Re: Lewis and Clark and TransAmerica West East
« on: May 13, 2014, 06:35:32 pm »
Hi! I live in Bend and don't have time for the full E--->W route at this time, but would love to hook up locally. Let us know when you'll be in Central Oregon. I may be able to swing a few days heading West.
You mis-read the OP.  He is heading EAST.

Gear Talk / Re: Advice on a Bicycle for Trip to France
« on: May 13, 2014, 09:09:12 am »
If money is tight then I would stick with the Bike Friday. A loaded down bike on tour is a different animal from a racing bike. You ride it differently, it feels differently. I actually like a loaded bike. Your young, a few extra pounds aren't going to make a lot of difference. I haven't tried the case as trailer. You could always store the trailer and just use panniers. Picking out a tour bike is much easier after you have done some touring.
I'm beginning to think this is the best solution if money is tight and the model Bike Friday you have is suitable for racks and panniers.  I've ridden a Bike Friday a modest amount (my son-in-law has one) and, while it's initial handling is different from a 700c wheel bike, you get used to it pretty quickly.  After that, it's just another bike and only seems strange when you look down. 

Gear Talk / Re: Cassette 11x32,34,36? With 50x34 crankset
« on: May 09, 2014, 11:54:07 am »
There is probably more to it than just changing the cassette.  If you have a road rear derailleur, most won't handle a 32T large cog and certainly not a 34 or 36T.  You will most likely need a MTB rear derailleur and also a longer chain. 

General Discussion / Re: My First Tour (Need tips)
« on: May 04, 2014, 08:50:43 pm »
A bit more information would be helpful before any specific recommendations can be offered.   How many riding day and miles per day have you planned for? Are you camping or staying in motels, cooking on your own or eating in restaurants?  What type of bikes and luggage capacity will you have?

As to training, the simplest recommendation is "ride lots" and try to train in terrain similar to what you will encounter on the trip.

General Discussion / Re: Low Carb and Long Distance Touring
« on: May 02, 2014, 10:10:01 am »
I have been managing an active lifestyle with a fasting BGL of <100 through eliminating grains and eating 100-150 g carbs/day....
Uhhh, if grains aren't carbohydrates, please tell me what they are.

I will also bet that solo travellers receive more "acts of kindness."
About the only type of bike tourists that might receive more "acts of kindness" are a couple (man and woman) traveling together, particularly if middle age or above.   

Gear Talk / Re: Novara Safari to LHT 2013 project
« on: April 28, 2014, 05:44:55 pm »
I had an '07 Safari that was stolen, replaced with an '08. I hate the '08 frame.

Gear Talk / Re: Parrafin heads only
« on: April 25, 2014, 09:20:50 am »
My, my, we all do feel strongly about our chains.

dkoloko, where can I find that Berto reference?  Google fails me.
Yes, in many bike forums "lube wars" are second only to Shimano vs Campy wars in the amount of heat they generate. 

As to the Berto reference, I don't know either but Velo News magazine has done guantitative lube tests in the past couple of years and they should be accessible on their webs site:   And yes, paraffin did win their tests but they were dealing with newly treated chains, not durability.

General Discussion / Re: TransAm season
« on: April 24, 2014, 10:45:14 am »
A caution.  Even if riding East to West and staring in mid-May, take clothes for cold (say mid-30's) conditions.  The Appalachian /Blue Ridge mountains can produce cold days and nights and even in summer and the Rockies are always unpredictable.  Don't let the Great Plains in mid-summer fool you into sending the tights, jackets, etc. home.   

The "conventional wisdom" is that the prevailing wind is from the West so many riders go West to East to take advantage of expected tailwinds.  Apparently that is a myth and the headwinds going West to East can be just as pervasive as the other way.

Gear Talk / Re: Parrafin heads only
« on: April 23, 2014, 09:32:43 pm »
Been there, done that, gave it up years ago.   Benefits are extreme cleanliness and decent lubricating properties when fresh.  Negatives are very poor durability, dreadful water resistance and a difficult and potentially dangerous application technique.  It's trouble enough to do at home, I can't imagine trying to do it on a tour.

General Discussion / Re: Pleae help me watch the Tour
« on: April 22, 2014, 12:01:34 pm » has live feed from Eurosport in various languages, including English.  You have to fiddle around a bit to get rid of the ads and popups and the picture quality is mediocre but the coverage is good. It's not Phil and Paul but the commentators are knowledgeable and  the color guy is Sean Kelly.

Gear Talk / Re: Retiring, getting into self contained touring
« on: April 21, 2014, 12:09:44 pm »
Being able to brake from the drops is a good skill to have for any brakes.
It's good as a skill.  It's not so good as an absolute necessity.

As to SD5's defects, I've never used them but I did have SD-7s on one bike and they were very strong and powerful.  Noisy but strong.  One thing I did do was change the OEM pads for Kool Stop Salmons which improved the feel and control, particularly in wet conditions.

Gear Talk / Re: Cateye time & average speed funky readings
« on: April 21, 2014, 08:54:47 am »
:-[ Oh the embarrassment. Somehow I'd managed to turn off the Automatic Mode for the thing. i.e. the timer keeps running until you press the start/stop button. There should be a little AT on the display. When all else fails RTFM
Well, I'm glad it was that simple and maintains my faith in Cat-Eye cyclocomputers.  As I said above I've been using them for many years and never had a reliability problem.  Sometimes versatility (auto start vs manual start, odometer reset ability, etc.) leads to inadvertent changes and unwanted changes.  Thanks for the update.

Gear Talk / Re: Disc Trucker + Schwalbe Marathon Deluxe.. rim?
« on: April 20, 2014, 09:58:35 am »
As for rim, use what came on the bike.  Heavy, wide rims with lots of spokes are great.  36 spokes is best.  I suppose 32 will work if you have to use it.  But 36 is best.  Heavy rims are best for touring.  For touring you do not want light.  Heavy!
Well, I'd  qualify that statement.  You want STRONG rims and if they have to be heavy, so be it.  There are plenty of heavy but not very strong rims and they aren't what you want.  Modern modestly deep section rims can be very strong and support 32 spoke lacing without being excessively heavy.

+1 About using the rims that came on the bike. Surly knows a thing or two about touring bikes and, within reasonable price constraints, has spec'ed very functional components.

General Discussion / Re: Hand Signs
« on: April 20, 2014, 09:37:52 am »
Actually it's the responsibility of the overtaking rider to be sure they pass safely, not yours. They will often announce "on your left" to let you know they are passing and so you are aware of them. 

If you want to be courteous and ARE CERTAIN there are no passing motor vehicles that would endanger the passing rider, a sideways wave (sort of "come on") of your left hand is the usual signal you want them to pass.

BTW, I'm leery of using "on-your left" announcements on some mass rides or on Rail Trails. There are so many inexperienced and inept riders there that their response is often to veer to the left which is exactly what you DON'T want them to do.

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