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Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« on: November 19, 2014, 09:11:20 am »
Big dollar shoes are not necessarily a necessity on a bike tour.

On the Nashbar website they have six shoes which take SPD cleats for $29.99 or less.  Before using a 20% off coupon Nashbar frequently has.  On the Amazon site the Crocs shoes are about $25-30.  These are official Croc brand shoes so they might be much more than the copy shoes sold in flea markets.  $30 or less for a pair of shoes does not meet my definition of "Big dollar shoes".  All of the $29.99 or less Nashbar bike shoes looked like sneakers so I would guess they are comfortable.
Big dollar bike shoes are as much a fashion accessory as a necessity and are aimed at competitive riders where weight and great stiffness are important. 

There are plenty of well made, comfortable and fully functional road and MTB type shoes by well known manufacturers available in the $100 or less range, sometimes much less if having the latest color or "style" and the most advanced technology aren't issues. 

General Discussion / Re: Ideas for winter bike tour
« on: November 09, 2014, 05:56:12 pm »
Australia or New Zealand.  January is summer there.

Gear Talk / Re: chain ring sizing
« on: November 05, 2014, 06:27:30 pm »
Agree that your "expert" need more and better information.  I've had several bikes geared 52/42/26 and 53/42/26 and 50/39/26 and they all shift well and reliably.

Edit to add an additional comment:  There is a possible problem with a huge chainring difference.  The top run of the chain can drag on the tail of the front drailleur in the small small combinations so you won't be able to use them, at least not quietly.   No loss as there is no reason to use the granny ring with the smallest few cogs anyway.

General Discussion / Re: Choosing a Bike
« on: November 01, 2014, 11:32:45 pm »
OK, but I never saw anything of even close to those bikes in any of my local Walmarts.  Also, the bike to OP linked to had a sale price of $180 while the bikes you linked to have prices of $360 to $560 which are in the realm of LBS bikes.  They are different animals entirely.   I don't hold much hope for really decent components on that particular one. 

General Discussion / Re: Choosing a Bike
« on: November 01, 2014, 08:42:30 am »
I'll give an opinion on the bike.  What everyone else has said should be considered.  This bike does not appear to be setup for touring/carrying baggage.  There does not appear to be any way to mount racks.  The brakes are sidepull calipers.  They will not be able to fit wide tires.  Anything wider than 28mm likely will not fit.  The shifters are mountain bike shifters mounted on top of the handlebars on either side of the stem.  This does not seem like a good way to shift a road bicycle.  Gearing seems OK.  Triple crankset with at least a medium sized 7 speed cogset in back.  Probably low enough gears if you do not run into anything real steep.  You would need to be a pretty good bike mechanic to grease and tune the bike after you buy it.  And be able to true and build wheels.  Assembly is probably not good.  I think you would be better off finding a used bike more suitable to touring.  You probably need to learn more about bike mechanics.
Everything you mention is correct but it could be summed up in one word: Walmart

General Discussion / Re: Choosing a Bike
« on: October 31, 2014, 06:53:46 am »
I'm trying to to stay as inexpensive as possible.
When trying to use a non-touring bike for touring, it's usually best to consider using a trailer rather than panniers.
This bike cost $180 all-up and the OP is trying to minimize his cost.  Any usable trailer will cost way more than the entire bike.   

General Discussion / Re: BMW 1200GS Motorcycle:
« on: October 27, 2014, 08:08:09 pm »
Just did a quick check and see that the ACA described the GDMBR as:
"The big, bad granddaddy of epic mountain bike routes. 2,700 miles of primarily jeep roads (with a dash of pavement and singletrack)"
That sounds like what the GS and KLR were designed for.
If that's a good description and the single track is both a "dash" and not too tightly wooded or hemmed in by rock walls, then the 1200GS is a suitable machine.   

General Discussion / Re: BMW 1200GS Motorcycle:
« on: October 27, 2014, 01:10:10 pm »
It would be interesting to know the type of motorcycles the above posters saw on the GDMBR.  I suspect most were 250 to 400 cc single cylinder relatively light trail or dual purpose bikes.

The BMW 1200GS you ask about is a very large, very heavy motorcycle of the type called an "Adventure" motorcycle and mainly intended for dirt roads and similar, not single track trails.  Along with it's legality you might try to determine how suitable that particular motorcycle is.

General Discussion / Re: Touring Bicycle
« on: October 25, 2014, 08:41:11 am »
.....high gear 50 x12 and low gear 30x30......i don't believe i will need any lower than bike had a could pull out tree stumps with
That depends on where you tour and how much you carry and, obviously the age and strength of the rider.    For most of us, a 30x30 low gear will allow a modest load to be ridden up fairly steep but short climbs or more shallow but long climbs.  If you get into steep and long (think West Virginia) you will want something significantly lower.

General Discussion / Re: Wireless computer on touring bike
« on: October 21, 2014, 10:22:59 am »
In the past many wireless devices, including cyclometers and heart rate monitors, had serious problems with interference from outside sources of RF like power stations, overhead high voltage wires, radio transmitters, etc..  Sometimes they would even read the signal from a similar cyclometer or HRM on the bike  next to them.

Newer, better models have coded transmitters/receivers that do a pretty good job of ignoring these outside sources so the problems have been minimized.  Despite that, wired models have no issues with any outside signal and have only one battery to worry about and can be less expensive.  As noted, some models (Cat Eye Enduro for one) have heavy gauge, strong wiring harnesses so they are well protected from damage. 

General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« on: October 18, 2014, 11:49:52 am »
I think I'd prefer mud over marring. They do make clip covers, though. Then you'd have the "I'm walking with a big lump on the bottom of my shoe" problem.
Even lugged soled MTB shoes let the cleat touch the ground a bit so you will have both.  AFAIK, cleat covers are only available for road shoes and road cleats like Look, Time, Speedplay, Shimano SPDL, etc.  No one makes them for recessed cleats.

General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« on: October 17, 2014, 10:01:28 am »
Agreed about the tread pattern and mud - I usually take the shoes off when I go into someone's home that is hosting me. Restaurants, not so much. :)
Shimano's "Touring" shoes reduce that problem since the soles are basically flat except for the cleat pocket so there are no lugs to trap mud.  Even then you don't want to walk on someones hardwood or polished tile floor as the cleats do make mild contact with the ground.

General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« on: October 15, 2014, 09:27:32 pm »
DaveB, I have a pair of those on my mtb that I'm thinking about putting onto my touring bike. Just a thought at the moment...
As the old ad used to say; "try it, you'll like it."  I expect the great majority of touring bike use MTB-type clipless pedals.

General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« on: October 15, 2014, 12:36:02 pm »
Another vote for clipless at all times but with the caveat that i use double sided MTB-type pedals (Shimano PD-M515 and PD-M780 in my case) and recessed cleat MTB or Touring style shoes.  I can safely put a foot down at stops, clip in without having to flip the pedal over and walk adequately in the shoes. 

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:07:00 am »
I use normal everyday shoes and not SPD or something similar. I once met a guy who toured with those modern clogs.
I clock around 125 mi pr day.

OK, but I know of a guy who would run marathons in combat boots.  I guess it worked for him but most of us used something we found worked better. 

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