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Gear Talk / Re: Racks
« on: April 01, 2013, 10:34:14 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.

General Discussion / Re: Training: Schedule Critique Needed
« on: March 30, 2013, 08:08:29 pm »
You're 22 years old. Enough said.

Gear Talk / Re: Selle Anatomica Titanico X
« on: March 25, 2013, 10:36:16 pm »
I bought a SA because they're made here in Wisconsin but sold it because FOR ME it didn't match any of my three Brooks (a Pro bought in 1974 which I still ride sometimes, and 2 B-17s).

General Discussion / Re: Touring Question
« on: March 12, 2013, 11:14:32 pm »
I know the itch. Maybe you only get to go for a couple of weeks, but hey, that is better than nothing.
I took 6 weeks 6 years ago but 3 were without pay. I won't be able to do that again until I retire which is exactly 5 years and 18 days from now. Until then it is one week (two weekends makes it 10 days) and two weeks every other year.
Don't scratch the itch; soothe it on the road!

MY editorial thinking on the subject spoken in many a rant but published only here.

"Buy newspapers each day and send postcards" was an editorial on what I think of taking electronics on a tour.

General Discussion / Re: Bicycle tourism route mapping advice and examples?
« on: December 20, 2012, 10:18:47 pm »
Talk to the League of American Bicyclists

Buy newspapers each day and send postcards.

Gear Talk / Re: Cheap Breathable Rain Gear and Shelter
« on: December 16, 2012, 11:12:29 pm »
I love it. I googled Tyvek rain jacket and tent and came up with this and lots more:

Gear Talk / Re: sleeping bags
« on: December 09, 2012, 11:43:19 pm »
If I were using panniers that use covers (in other words, not Ortlieb type that are water proof) or used a crummy tent I would go with synthetic. With a BOB dry bag and a good tent I've never had a wet bag and thus can take a down bag.

Gear Talk / Re: shifters
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:11:05 pm »
Just because it is marketing hype, selling us stuff we don't need, doesn't mean the new stuff isn't pretty cool.
I'm a retro-grouch some days and long for Campy Electronic system other days.

Gear Talk / shifters
« on: November 28, 2012, 10:57:51 pm »
Don't want bar ends but also leery of STI breaking mid tour (I've seen it and it is ugly)? Check out these

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks Saddle help
« on: November 21, 2012, 10:42:10 pm »
Yes we do. Good shorts help prevent chafing in addition to some padding.

General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure
« on: October 22, 2012, 09:26:53 pm »
Here is one expert's take on tire pressure:

Gear Talk / Re: Surly and Jeff Jones H-Bars
« on: September 09, 2012, 10:47:31 pm »
First of all get yourself into a good shop and get a professional bike fit. Just throwing on different bars may not solve the problem.
Good luck!

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