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Gear Talk / Re: Mirrors
« on: March 05, 2016, 07:08:41 pm »
However, the little screws do seem to come loose and I have to tighten them with those little screwdriver kits for glasses.
Clear nail polish on the threads will make that problem go away.  Use Locktite if you never want to remove the screws for any reason.  Even the "Blue" grade is stronger than those tiny screws.

Gear Talk / Re: Mirrors
« on: March 04, 2016, 07:45:51 pm »
I've tried them all and settled on the Third Eye Barend Mirror.  I could never get a helmet mounted mirror aligned properly and, since I wear prescription glasses the view was always either blurry or unpredictable.

General Discussion / Re: Found on the road
« on: March 01, 2016, 06:10:04 pm »
By far the most common item I have seen is 1 (not both :- ) work glove.
I've seen one, not two, shoes several times along the road.   I always wonder how that happens.

General Discussion / Re: Trans Am advice for newbie?
« on: March 01, 2016, 06:07:58 pm »
I was thinking about 70-90 miles per day, though that will obviously vary with terrain, etc.
How experienced are you as a multi-day loaded bike tourist?  That sounds like a very aggressive mileage schedule unless you have experience that tells you it's possible for you.

General Discussion / Re: Found on the road
« on: March 01, 2016, 09:49:25 am »
I've found a bunch of tools including four various size Vise-Grips, three screwdrivers, two claw hammers, 4" and 6" Crescent wrenches, several combination wrenches and, like you, a rusty but functional Leatherman tool.  I can only assume these have fallen off of commercial trucks as they are by far my most common find.

I once found a wallet just outside a gas station.  The owner had put it on the roof when he went inside to pay with a credit card and had driven off with it still there.  Yes, I did return it to the rather grateful owner.  I also found $2.67 in loose change all in one place but was not able to return it.  ;D   I did find a cell phone but it had been driven over several times and was completely trashed.

Every ride is a treasure hunt!

Gear Talk / Re: LHT with 26 Inch Wheels?
« on: February 28, 2016, 08:27:48 pm »
You seem set on a bike with 700c wheels even if 26" wheels were chosen for several good reasons in this case.   

Gear Talk / Re: LHT with 26 Inch Wheels?
« on: February 28, 2016, 09:47:22 am »
26" wheels are used on smaller frames to reduce the stand-over height and toe overlap  without having to make the geometry odd. 

Tire choice will have a greater effect on your riding than just wheel size.  Smooth road tires and heavy tread or knobby off-road/ gravel tires are both available in 26" so pick the ones that suit where you will ride.

Stems are easy and relatively inexpensive to change and your dealer could provide one that fits you despite what comes standard on the bike.

Any other type of shifter will work on the LHT from downtube to brifters.  The dealer could change the barends for any type you wish.  BTW, consider the Gevenelle/Retroshift type.  They could use the levers from the stock barends and put them in easy reach of you hands on the brake levers. 

There are numerous good touring bikes from other makers too.  The Trek 520 is very popular but Salsa, REI and many others are available.

Gear Talk / Re: Installing rack and fenders tomorrow, quick question
« on: February 25, 2016, 08:03:00 pm »
Since I masquerade as an engineer 40 hours a week, I have to concur.

OTOH, it was easier to put my fenders inside, and didn't have any problem carrying too much weight across the country, so I doubt it matters.  Just use some Locktite and snug the bolt down good.
So did I before I retired and my recommendation was based on good engineering practice, not an assurance the bolt will fail if done the other way.  :P   

Gear Talk / Re: Installing rack and fenders tomorrow, quick question
« on: February 25, 2016, 09:27:08 am »
If there are only one pair of eyelets at the rear dropouts and you need to "double-up" both the rack and fender stays on them, be sure to fit the rack's stays to the inside.  That minimizes the cantilevered load on the single M5 bolt. 

Yea, I know the setup isn't ideal, but the question is can it actually be done with what I have.
Can it be done?  Yes, after a fashion, but I expect you will very quickly find it more of a chore than a pleasant adventure.  Russ' response was a bit harsh but i agree with him completely.

Gear Talk / Re: How to pack my sleeping bag
« on: February 05, 2016, 10:20:52 am »
Because I have nothing better to do, I decided to look up the temperature in Ohio in June.  I picked Columbus since its in the middle of Ohio.  The average low in Columbus is 61 degrees in June.  Average high in June is 82 degrees.
As a friend of mine is fond of saying; "climate is what you expect, weather is what you get".  Averages are just that with the range being ±3 standard deviations. 

The small town in Ohio I was camped in on GOBA in the early '90's did reach 35°F two mornings in a row and those who believed the averages and brought a single blanket or "sleep over" quality sleeping bags suffered very noisily.

The point about individual cold tolerance is well taken but most people are better served with a sleeping bag a bit too warm than a bit too cold.

Gear Talk / Re: How to pack my sleeping bag
« on: February 04, 2016, 05:51:09 pm »
In my experience, a 20 degree sleeping bag is overkill.
No, a true 20 bag is not overkill even in the summer unless you are staying in the deep south and at low altitude.  I've experienced low 30's temperatures in mid-June in Ohio and high altitude can  produce low temperatures any time of year.

However, there are 20 degree bags and 20 degree bags with expensive ones being a lot lighter and easier to compress than cheap ones.

General Discussion / Re: Careful where you buy stuff
« on: February 03, 2016, 10:18:57 pm »
It's a long walk from CA to TN and back to save a few $ on gas. I'm not sure it's an appropriate comparison to the OP's situation.
The comparison was apt.   When you need the item and don't have the time to shop around or access to a lower price you pay the going price.  The OP was away from his home LBS and needed the lock right then like I needed gas in CA. The fact it was available at as lower price elsewhere (like my TN gas) meant nothing at the time since it wasn't practical to get it at that price. 

General Discussion / Re: Careful where you buy stuff
« on: January 31, 2016, 09:22:56 am »
You pay the going rate if you don't have the time or ability to shop competitively.  Last October we paid $4.00/gallon for regular gas in California while it was only $1.78/gallon in Tennessee.  However, since I needed to fill the car right then, I couldn't wait to take advantage of the potentially lower cost. 

Gear Talk / Re: 2016 Cannondale Touring Bikes
« on: January 28, 2016, 11:46:34 am »
I agree the alarm over the 15 ga straight spokes is unwarranted.  These are 32 Hole wheels supported by modestly deep section, rigid rims and cushioned by 40 mm tires.  They should live a very respectable life.  Also, the bike has disc brakes so a broken spoke won't even result in the rim rubbing the brake pads.  I've also ridden home on a wheel with a broken spoke and it wasn't that difficult.

I do agree it's an odd choice but I don't see it as a deal breaker. 

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