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Gear Talk / Re: One link in the chain
« on: February 27, 2015, 06:41:52 pm »
Pat is correct if your current chain was sized to just allow big-big or, worse, wouldn't allow it before it broke.  One absolute necessity for chain length is that it has to clear big-big as dreadful things can happen if you inadvertently shift into it and the chain is too short.   Yes, we all know you shouldn't cross-chain but some day you will.

If your now shorter chain will still allow big-big, you are mechanically ok but be SURE it will.

Gear Talk / Re: One link in the chain
« on: February 27, 2015, 12:13:35 pm »
The answer depends on two things:

1. What width of chain is it?
2. How did you do the repair?

If the chain is 8-speed or narrower and you repaired it by reusing one of the original pins, the chain is badly compromised and should be replaced.

If the chain is an older 5/6-speed or you repaired it with a specific joining pin for Shimano chains or a master link such as a KMC Missing Link or SRAM master link it should be OK.  That assumes it didn't break initially because it was so worn or badly damaged prior to the repair.

If you do replace it with a new chain and the old one had significant miles on it, the new one may skip badly on your old freewheel or cassette.  You may have to replace the freewheel or cassette also.

General Discussion / Re: Question About Minimum Stay Requirements
« on: February 08, 2015, 08:44:09 am »
Are you just bike touring or are you bringing a SAG vehicle and just doing day rides?  Many commercial campgrounds, particularly in desirable areas,  are aimed at motorhome/travel trailer "campers" that remain for an entire season so if you are bringing a motorhome or similar vehicle, they may indeed require a minimum stay. 

State Park, National Park and most local campgrounds don't have that requirement and particularly don't have it for tent campers.  There are national chains like KOA that also allow one night stays.

General Discussion / Re: folders
« on: January 28, 2015, 08:25:45 am »
Are you looking for a foldable standard upright bike or a recumbent?  For an upright, Bike Friday is the standard "folder" and S&S coupled allow compact disassembly of regular frames. As to foldable recumbents, I don't know what's out there.

Gear Talk / Re: Should I be worried about my frame?
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:04:54 pm »
Your LBS is trying to sell you a new bike.  He wants the sale, you don't.  If there are no cracks or other obvious problems, your frame should be good indefinitely.  Steel (and Ti) have the advantage of nearly infinite fatigue life unless badly abused so plan on another 46,000 miles or more. 

I have a '96 Litespeed Ti frame with well over 75,000 miles and it's in perfect condition.  No reason your Trek can't last at least that long.

General Discussion / Re: TransAm summer 2015 - timing and solo female
« on: January 23, 2015, 05:58:55 pm »
To cross the Appalachians easily, take the C&O Trail/GAP out of DC to Pittsburgh.  Lots of single females on that run.  Again your option.
The GAP is pretty easy riding but the C&O can be miserable riding, particularly if it's wet.   Neither are particularly good on a narrow tire road bike so plan on 700-28 or larger tires if you go that route.

General Discussion / Re: Trans Am bike: GT Peace Tour or Fuji Touring?
« on: January 09, 2015, 09:20:24 am »
Three of us each rode Windsor Touring bikes ($599 delivered) on the Trans America and a few other longish tours.  It is as far as I can tell a rebadged Fuji Touring.  We were all pretty happy with them.  So I feel like I can readily recommend the Fuji (or the Windsor Touring).
To the OP: 

"Windsor" is a house brand of Bikes Direct, a company that sells bikes mail-order.  Their prices can be very attractive and the bikes are generally well equipped for the money BUT the term "some assembly required" definitely applies.   You will hear a wide variety of experiences from customers varying from:

"Assembly was very easy, everything worked well right from the start and I'm very pleased".


"Assembly was a nightmare, nothing came adjusted properly, parts were missing and the wheels required complete retensioning and truing". 

The upshot of this is that if you buy from Bikes Direct you should either be a reasonably competent bike mechanic or plan to use some of your cost savings to have an LBS properly assemble and adjust the bike before you ride it.   

Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: January 07, 2015, 09:15:57 pm »
In Bellevue WA there is a bike mechanic who seems to know his stuff (claims to have been a wrench on the TdF and have worked for Shimano. Very nice guy) he reckons you should use the cheapest chains you can get and change them every 500 miles! I kid you not.
Pro mechanics treat chains like they are free because, for them, they are.  The sponsors provide them by the case.  Team mechanics scrub the rider's bikes every day and change chains every couple of days.  It doesn't mean the rest of us can or should do that.

For the wheel change options, cost out the rims and spokes first.  You may find, as is often the case, buying complete wheels is less expensive than rebuilding existing hubs with new rims and spokes, even if you do the labor yourself.

Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: December 30, 2014, 08:52:50 am »
On my road bikes I currently use ProGold Xtreme but when it runs out I'm going to try Rock and Roll Gold, but either lube requires that I clean the chain every 150 to 200 miles, a bit impractical while touring.
"Cleaning" doesn't have to mean removal, solvent soaking, etc., etc.  It can be as simple as a wipe down by running the chain, still on the bike, through a rag or paper towel followed by dripping on fresh lube.  It can be done in a minute every few days.  Don't over think or over complicate it.

Gear Talk / Re: Seeking Feedback on new gear system
« on: December 29, 2014, 09:06:49 am »
..... it continues to generate interest, and, I take it, that indicates desirability.
That's a reach.  "Interest" can mean only curiosity and a desire to see if it works at all, not intent to purchase.

Gear Talk / Re: Rohloff Hubs
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:43:51 am »
Jan Heine is such a French bike chauvinist that I discount his opinion of the Rohloff.
Yes, I put him in the same category as I do Grant Peterson.  They are so narrow in their attitudes that they get tiresome quite quickly.

Gear Talk / Re: How this forum works
« on: December 13, 2014, 12:32:49 pm »
On many sites, when you log in there will be a little box that says "Remember me on this site" that you can click on to check.  From then on, when you open the site you should be already logged in if you are on the same computer.  Your computer has to allow "cookies" to use this feature.

Gear Talk / Re: Seeking Feedback on new gear system
« on: December 11, 2014, 12:11:44 pm »
The simplest answer is to build a few tool-room models and let a bunch of rider try them out.  That will tell you far more about the practicality and desirability then the opinions of a bunch of Internet posters who have never seen or used it.  The video tells us nearly nothing.

General Discussion / Re: That go-to meal
« on: November 23, 2014, 05:56:37 pm »
There never seems to be a Subway when I need one, though!
You must ride is some very remote areas.  Those things are EVERYWHERE.

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