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Gear Talk / Re: Back To Bar Cons
« on: August 20, 2015, 09:10:48 am »
also this option
I've used both "Retroshift" brifters and Kelly Takeoffs and the Retroshift arrangement is both lighter and more convenient.  Either is better than barends.

Gear Talk / Re: Back To Bar Cons
« on: August 19, 2015, 09:39:48 am »
I'm not a fan of barend shifters either and far prefer STI/Ergos or the better alternative described below.  That said, I recently "upgraded" an older 9-speed STI equipped bike to 10-speed using Shimano SL-BS79 barends since they were only $50 at Nashbar and the entire upgrade was less than $100 for the shifters, 105 cassette, 10-speed SRAM chain.

However, there is an alternative to both barends and brifters that is much cheaper than most brifters, as reliable as downtube and barends and nearly as convenient as brifters.  The Gevenelle (formerly Retroshift) "brifters" are standard Tektro brake levers (available in both caliper/cantilever and V-brake/MTB disc brake form and even a hydraulic disc brake version) fitted with brackets to which are bolted downtube or barend levers.  They put the shift levers right under your hands while riding the hoods just like brifters.  I have these on three bikes, two 10-speed and one 8-speed, and couldn't be happier with them.  All the convenience of brifters but with out the high price and durability issues.

I expect the definition varies with the organizers but to me a "fully supported ride" would include all meals as well as specified overnight locations and luggage transport.  A "supported ride" would leave the riders on their own for some or all meals.

Gear Talk / Re: 9 speed or 10 speed for my new bike build up?
« on: August 14, 2015, 09:04:02 am »
The biggest annoyance I had on the back roads of Kentucky were drivers who refused to pass even when they could see well ahead and I waved them by.  We ran across a few of them and I found them really annoying.
I've had this happen in several places, not just KY.   The real problem isn't with the driver who won't pass, it's with the cars trapped behind them.  They tend to blame the bicyclist, not the incompetent driver in front of them. 

Note to Slow and Slower: Yes, the recent generation of Shimano 10-speed barend and downtube shifters do lack a friction option.  It's unfortunate but friction shifting a 10-speed cassette is a bit tricky due to the close cog spacing and barend and downtube shifters are so reliable that perhaps the friction option as a bail-out was deemed unnecessary.

Gear Talk / Re: 9 speed or 10 speed for my new bike build up?
« on: August 13, 2015, 08:22:53 am »
[The problem of balance and control comes when you suddenly are going downhill and not uphill at that gearing.
That's why bikes have shift levers.  When the grade breaks, you shift to a higher gear.  Roads don't suddenly change grades like falling off a cliff, you should be able to easily see it approaching. 

And, yes, I've ridden back roads in both Virginia and Kentucky, particularly in Western Virginia, and have never had to "dive suddenly" to the side of the road.  If I'm climbing slowly i'm already at the edge of the pavement. 

Gear Talk / Re: 9 speed or 10 speed for my new bike build up?
« on: August 12, 2015, 08:41:14 am »
So I am grinding up hill using 20 inch gearing and now have to dive towards the side of the road. No way I can spin fast enough to maintain control of the bike and stay out of the ditch!!
Uh, why would you have to "dive toward the side of the road"?  Do you ride right down the middle normally? 

Well SlowAndSlower, you are not living up to your nom de plume.
22x36@90rpm yields around 5mph on my 29er tires. Balance and control is not particularly difficult at that pace.
That's why I can't understand those who claim they don't want very low gears because they can; "walk the bike faster".   No one can push a loaded bike up a steep hill as fast as they can ride it.

Gear Talk / Re: 9 speed or 10 speed for my new bike build up?
« on: August 11, 2015, 07:40:49 pm »
Shimano Deore mountain bike long rear derailleur, fairly new, 9 or 10 speed model.
For use with 10-speed road shifters you must use a 9-speed era MTB rear derailleur.  The current 10-speed MTB rear derailleurs have a different cable pull requirement and won't work with 10-speed road shifters.

Gear Talk / Re: 9 speed or 10 speed for my new bike build up?
« on: August 10, 2015, 04:58:00 pm »
9-speed is obsolete and rapidly getting hard to source and it will get worse, not better, in the future.  10-speed is still current and will be available in a wide range of components for many years to come despite the existence of newer 11-speed stuff.  I agree with Russ, why build a new bike with already out dated components?  9-speed has absolutely no advantages.  You will hear 9-speed chains, etc. last longer.  They don't.

General Discussion / Re: Riding distance questions (noob)
« on: August 01, 2015, 06:11:24 pm »
You have 8 to 9 months to get into shape for the trip and it sounds like you are in decent shape now.  The main thing is to get used to the saddle and to being on the bike 5 or more hours at a time.  If you increase you daily riding gradually until next spring you should do fine.

Broken screws are "common" in auto repair so there are a few devices available that will allow you to retrieve it.  Most auto parts store will most likely have one you can purchase.  Sears may also have them in stock.
They are called EZ-Outs but require drilling a pilot hole in the broken stub to let them work.  That's not easy with a typical M5 bolt. 

Gear Talk / Re: Gearing for Touring Bike Followup
« on: July 30, 2015, 07:47:07 am »
I have 52/11 and very often wish I had a higher gear, and I have never raced.
Really?  A 52/11 is 127 gear-inch and gives 38 mph at 100 rpm.  Can you really ride that fast except on a big downhill where you would go as fast or faster by just tucking in and coasting?  My problem with the excessive use of 11T cogs is that you give up a far more useful interior cog to get it. 

General Discussion / Re: Bicycle tools for a cross country ride
« on: July 29, 2015, 09:15:19 am »
One should also consider that you can walk up to a farm and ask if you can use their wrenches etc for a few minutes.
I wonder how many farm have a set of metric Allen wrenches.  Some tools you should carry with you.

General Discussion / Re: Bicycle tools for a cross country ride
« on: July 27, 2015, 08:05:41 am »
Yes, a master link :)  I had no idea what they were called!  I never had a broken chain on tour, but did once when I borrowed a rusty old bike for a day. Resulted in a 9 mile walk back.  Master links are very cheap and take no space at all. Well worth having just in case!
Remember, master links aren't universal.  They come in a variety of widths to match 7/8, 9, 10 and 11-speed chains and you need to have the one that matches your chain.   

Gear Talk / Re: Gearing for Touring Bike Followup
« on: July 16, 2015, 11:11:25 am »
Keep in mind that touring bikes are a very small part of the overall bike market and, as noted, not all of them are used for actual touring.  If you know what you need it is very possible to customize an over-the-counter "touring bike" to be exactly what you require.  Yes, it costs a bit but it's quite possible.  My pet-peeve is the prevalence of 11T smallest cogs that are  spec'ed on a huge range of inappropriate bikes, not just tourers.

Gear Talk / Re: Gearing for Touring Bike
« on: July 14, 2015, 05:26:28 pm »
Here we are crossing Brenner Pass, Austrian and Italian Border. Made it with a 38x17 on my 26" Co-Motion Pangea Rohloff.....
Seem you left that word out of your earlier posting.

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