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Gear Talk / Re: I Found and Purchased My New Bike
« on: March 01, 2014, 11:56:57 am »
I don't know much about powder coating. I take it that it is more expensive, not done on stock bicycles, but is less prone to being damaged and therefore may last longer before repainting is necessary. Correct?

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General Discussion / Re: touring in the rain?
« on: March 01, 2014, 11:46:55 am »
It also depends on your schedule-are you able to take a day off or do you have to catch a flight in x days?
I almost always wear a raincoat unless it is over 90 F. Too easy to get cold if wet. 80 degrees when it starts raining can become 65 degrees in minutes and then you are both cold and wet.

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Gear Talk / Re: tire clearance in brakes
« on: December 31, 2013, 04:56:56 pm »
Yes they have quick releases but they don't open like the brakes of old. I will add posts if I go that route. Easy to do.

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Gear Talk / tire clearance in brakes
« on: December 31, 2013, 10:43:44 am »
I'm frustrated with having to let out the air in my tires  in order to get them past the brake pads. The tires are 28s and the brakes are the original Shimano new in about 2000 medium reach calipers. They just don't far enough. I ride 28 every day. I can push the 28s past the pads but not the 32s I put on for touring. I'm contemplating removing them for cantilevers but before I do I'm wondering if any other calipers of that quality do open farther?

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Gear Talk / Re: best touring frames
« on: December 11, 2013, 05:40:40 pm »
Yes, it's true. I probably am being nostalgic. Nevertheless, there were some great bikes back then.

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Gear Talk / Re: best touring frames
« on: November 22, 2013, 02:16:16 pm »
Well, my question wasn't what was the best bike, but what were the great ones. I guess I didn't give enough context in the question. I was intending to focus on the past such as the 720, and though the Adventure Cycle is current it has been around awhile. Lots of good frames now  such as the Long Haul Trucker, and Co-Motions.   What are the precursors to today's bikes? Nishiki had a couple of good ones, Fuji etc.

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Gear Talk / best touring frames
« on: November 20, 2013, 09:37:24 am »
Besides the Trek 720 in the 80's, & the 520, Waterford's Adventure Cycle, what are some of the great touring frames (without considering how the frame was built up)? Fuji had a pretty good frame once too; the Finest?

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General Discussion / Re: Day Jobs?
« on: October 27, 2013, 07:18:25 pm »
I ran into a guy touring in Death Valley National Park (during the shutdown-a great time to ride there!) whose kids are grown and here is the kicker-he is a tax accountant. Come June he has made enough money for the rest of the year and off he goes.

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Gear Talk / Re: Chain Maintenance vs Replacement
« on: July 07, 2013, 07:53:15 pm »
While WD-40 has some rust preventing qualities it is really a solvent, not a lube.

I'm of the "all lubes are good if used properly" school.  Chain L is really good but time consuming to apply. I have used Pro Link for several years. I pour it into a chain cleaner with brushes that you clamp on the chain. Brushes off grit and soaks each link in the liquid lube at the same time. Much easier way to get it into each pin than drop by drop.

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Gear Talk / Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
« on: July 07, 2013, 07:46:27 pm »
No back pockets, but seersucker is hard to beat in hot weather. Lands End surprisingly doesn't have 'em right now but REI has a number wicking and/or SPF long sleeve shirts

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Whoa, you misunderstood me.  I totally agree that at first glance to the few facts we have I can find no fault with the cyclists. Especially with 7 hit at once.
Sorry for the poorly written post.

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WE WERE NOT THERE to know what happened.  But, I have to wonder when SEVEN cyclists are injured in ONE event, whether there was anything they could have done in the realm of precautions.

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General Discussion / Re: Brooks Sadles
« on: June 28, 2013, 07:13:51 pm »
Brooks saddles do not mean you won't have issues with chafing or saddle sores. I (61 yr old male) ride only Brooks and when it is very hot and a very long ride, or hours in the rain, I have what can be best compared to diaper rash, until I started using Lantiseptic (http://www.lantiseptic.com/). Other creams did not prevent the rash under those harsh conditions.
BTW, my B-17 was comfortable right out of the box, but the Pro has slightly different dimensions and never felt right.

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General Discussion / Re: Need Help With Shifting on Climbs
« on: June 19, 2013, 07:27:17 pm »
Jennifer,
Packer fan, Wheel & Sprocket. Hmmm. I'm thinking you're in eastern Wisconsin and don't have much in the way of hills . You'll need to come west to the Driftless Region (e.g., Dane, La  Crosse counties) to find some real hills before you tackle Washington. Few places are more beautiful to ride either. Good luck!

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Gear Talk / Re: Racks
« on: April 01, 2013, 07:34:14 pm »
It is gorgeous, but the sucker weighs 3#!  One of the best is the Tobus Cargo which weighs only 18 oz. Nitto's beautiful, and strong rear rack is about 22 oz. I applaud you if you don't worry about an extra pound or so but once you load it up the beauty is hidden, so save the weight.

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