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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!

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 ( on your skin. It has solved that horrible problem for me.

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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