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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:
http://gossamergear.com/wp/tips/tip-of-the-week-make-a-hooded-tyvek-rain-jacket-and-chaps-for-under-10

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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.

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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.

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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 http://retroshift.com/.

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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.

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General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure
« on: October 22, 2012, 09:26:53 pm »
Here is one expert's take on tire pressure: http://www.bikequarterly.com/images/BQTireDrop.pdf

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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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General Discussion / Re: Chamoix cream is it worth it?
« on: July 29, 2012, 11:12:59 pm »
Chamois Butt'r does a good job of dealing with friction but does not last in long, very hot or wet rides. If you are like me and suffer heat rash in those conditions you want a moisture barrier such as Lantiseptic (http://www.lantiseptic.com/) on your skin. It has solved that horrible problem for me.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tour Bike Gearing
« on: July 04, 2012, 10:58:52 pm »
Good choice of a Wisconsin made bike. I'm from La Crosse and Madison and love those hills in the Mississippi River Valley. I agree that touring in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin you can't get too low with your gearing.
In September I toured halfway around Lake Michigan  from Manitowoc north then across the UP, across the bridge [you can't ride across actually] and along the lake down to Luddington and then took the ferry back to our car in Manitowoc. 95% of that route won't require extremely low gearing but that 5% did.
It's a great route. Lots of great retaurants and fresh fish. Have fun.

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Gear Talk / Re: Bike Shorts
« on: June 22, 2012, 11:17:20 pm »
Regarding bibs and taking a leak: depends on how stretchy or not the straps are. Jersey always over the bibs or risk tittering.

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Gear Talk / Re: Gear increments
« on: June 22, 2012, 11:14:00 pm »
I'm with Russ in advocating for replacing the 30 with a 24 for loaded touring. Shifting is not the smoothest but hey, the view of the mountains more than makes up for that.

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Gear Talk / Re: Any suggestions for headlights that are tour-worthy?
« on: June 21, 2012, 10:16:30 pm »
I have 2 Planet Bike (http://ecom1.planetbike.com/headlights.html) Blaze 1W and like them alot. $45.00. When the battery is charged I find I don't ride faster than the beam allows.  For another $10 get lots more lumens.

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I have left my car more than once in parking lots of small town bars or cafes-after buying a meal. Get to know the owner over a burger and you'll likely get a ready offer.
Can't help you with the return.

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Gear Talk / Re: Fitting a Brooks Saddle
« on: June 12, 2012, 10:14:18 pm »
OK, I was a little  too optimistic about how good the saddle felt right away. After the 30 and 80 milers, I did 107 Saturday then 60 Sunday this past weekend and ended up with bruises under my sit bones.

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Gear Talk / Re: Fitting a Brooks Saddle
« on: June 02, 2012, 08:07:06 pm »
Put on a new B-17 this week. Rode 35 two days ago then 80 today. Not as soft as my older B-17 but felt good nevertheless. I think the key was I put it on at exactly the same spot as the one I took off which was set by my professional fit. I had to adjust the tilt (hardest part of keeping true to the fit when putting it on) up a couple of degrees  to keep from sliding forward. Now I sit right where I should. The slipperyness lasted only 20 miles. By contrast my Brooks Pro took hundreds of miles to feel as good as this one did in less than 100. Again, the key was the professional fit.

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