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Messages - dkoloko

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Routes / Re: Northern Tier Alternate
« on: June 20, 2016, 08:34:30 pm »
A slightly longer route but flatter would be to follow the Erie Canal to Albany and then follow the Hudson River south.  The finger lakes area is often very hilly with steep inclines, especially around Ithaca.

If you can get yourself south of the steep inclines in the Finger Lakes, which I have bicycled, and angle southeast, to the general area of Rt 209, you will have glorious downhills, and I think a more satisfying route than following the Hudson River south. If you decide to follow the Hudson River south, avoid Rt 9W.

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Routes / Re: Northern Tier Alternate
« on: June 20, 2016, 06:32:27 pm »
I advise, in general, avoid main roads. If you travel through the Allegheny Mountains, you will have lots of hills to climb.

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Routes / Re: Northern Tier Alternate
« on: June 19, 2016, 07:48:06 am »
Official NY state bike route may follow busy roads; direct, but not most enjoyable or safest. Avoid Rt 17.

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Gear Talk / Re: saddles and sores
« on: June 17, 2016, 10:59:06 am »
I could comment on several others' comments, but I'll just make one comment.

The saddle you rave about after a 50 mile ride, may not prove to be any better than the one you used before when you ride 50 miles (or so) a day for weeks or more on tour.

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Gear Talk / Re: saddles and sores
« on: May 30, 2016, 12:30:46 pm »
I had no problem with saddles I mentioned on day rides. Touring, riding daily, eight hours or so, weeks or months, I have the problem you have. Last tour, two months, had the blisters, but none exploded, would would have acerbated problem. Newest saddle, mentioned, or topical medicine doctor says he can prescribe for me may inhibit getting the saddle sores next tour. Have to wait and see.

Asked, earlier, there be separate Forum for medical issues. Got reply good idea, but not initiated. Could be well received.

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Gear Talk / Re: saddles and sores
« on: May 30, 2016, 09:47:28 am »
I have your problem. Among the saddles mentioned in this thread that I have tried are Brooks B-7, narrow and regular, Brooks Professional, and Selle San Marco Regal and Rolls. I have not used a Specialized Romin, but I have used other saddles with similar trough, such as Fizik Arione . I am currently using a Selle Anatomica that I have yet to use on an extended tour.

I do not think you will cure your problem by buying a new B-17. A doctor, specialist, recommended against using Vasoline; clogs pores. My doctor recommended 1% Hydrocortisone, available without a prescription, which I use. Does not eliminate the problem, but reduces chance of eruptions, and gives more comfort when riding if eruptions have occurred.

I have not found "That ugly little problem can be cured by a wash up before every ride with soap and water (do not use alcohol!)." This does not mean I am saying you should not keep the area clean; recommend that. I am saying, in my experience, cleanliness will neither prevents or cures the problem.

I have not found shorts the answer. I have used Assos shorts, both regular and bib, among other brands. Assos are tough and fit well, but I haven't gotten more wear from them than much cheaper shorts, and I have find the padding too thick for my comfort.

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Classifieds / FOR SALE: $2000 Guarantee Kryptonite Evolution Lock
« on: April 15, 2016, 10:24:34 am »
Nine x three inches inside of shackle. One key; extra keys available from manufacturer. Two inch rub one side of shackle protective coating; minor cosmetic only.  Guarantee is from manufacturer; my mention is to indicate quality of lock. $15 plus $15 shipping in USA. Similar Kryptonite Evolution locks sell for $60-80.

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Classifieds / Re: WTB: few PC-971 links
« on: March 14, 2016, 09:16:05 am »
I have been able to get a few links free or by paying at a bike shop. May not be exact model chain you are using; hasn't bothered me.

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Gear Talk / Re: On the edge - small, or extra small troll?
« on: March 05, 2016, 10:19:14 am »
Worry about standover height with a bike with a sloping top tube?

My local bike shop's owner/mechanic, who I have a lot of respect for, says if between sizes buy the smaller bike; easier to adjust for size from there.

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Classifieds / SOLD: MSR Hubba Lightweight Solo Tent
« on: March 01, 2016, 09:46:08 pm »
MSR Hubba Tent in very good condition; free standing, double walled, bathtub floor, vestibule. Fly seams triple sealed Side entrance for easy access. Floor: 86 x 26 in. Height: 40 in. Packed size: 20x6 in. Little over 3 lb including tent, fly, poles, stakes, tent bag, pole bag, and stakes bag. Can be used without fly or with fly alone (groundsheet available). $200 plus shipping. New model sells for $349.95. (Will have groundsheet to sell separately.)

Photo is representative; not actual. Ground still frozen to erect outside.

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Classifieds / FOR SALE: New Messenger Bag with tags
« on: March 01, 2016, 06:56:57 pm »
New Sunlite Messenger Bag with tags. Apprx 20x14x5 in. Felt lined laptop compartment. Multiple storage compartments. Rugged Cordura type fabric. Smaller Sunlite Messenger Bag sells for $86.48. $19.49, plus shipping.

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Gear Talk / Re: How to pack my sleeping bag
« on: February 04, 2016, 11:46:05 am »
In my experience, a 20 degree sleeping bag is overkill. I pack my bag in an ordinary stuff bag in a waterproof pannier. If you cannot get your bag inside your pannier, I recommend lashing it to your rack in a dry bag (waterproof seal) or two waterproof stuff sacks, with openings facing opposite. I am not much for garbage bags or other disposable plastic bags, except in an emergency.

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Gear Talk / Re: 2016 Cannondale Touring Bikes
« on: January 29, 2016, 11:30:53 am »
I want a bike that can be ridden in group rides at a moderate pace without being dropped.
The Cannondale Touring 1 is going to weigh in at around 30lbs or more. Hard to see you keeping up with a group of riders on lightweight road bikes.

I thought of that. Don't know if the Cannondale weighs 30lbs or more; that's a lot; could with fenders, racks, etc, and heavy tires. Even at minimum weight, with just one rack and narrow, lightweight tires (narrow for a touring  bike), expect it to weigh 24 lb or so; decent for a touring bike, but not lightweight.

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Gear Talk / Re: 2016 Cannondale Touring Bikes
« on: January 27, 2016, 09:52:14 pm »
Rivendell Atlantis fills that niche; not so popular since price went up, but will illustrate concept; all everything bike, suitable for light touring, http://www.rivbike.com/Rivendell-Atlantis-p/f-atlantis.htm. Number of lower cost similar alternatives. It's not aluminum; very limited choices in aluminum touring bikes. Had several Cannondale touring bikes; satisfied with them, but not so I would limit myself to aluminum buying a new touring bike. The fat tubing causes problems, such as finding replacement front derailleur; also the thin walled aluminum dents easily; more problem touring than general riding.

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Gear Talk / Re: 2016 Cannondale Touring Bikes
« on: January 27, 2016, 06:44:21 pm »
In general, credit card, randonneuring, bicycles differ from fully loaded touring bikes in having slightly lighter tubing, brifters instead of bar end shifters, slightly higher gearing, two instead of three water bottle cage mounts, narrower rims and tires, and rack braze-ons rear, but not front.

While I understand the merit of double butted spokes instead of straight gauge, they are not high on my list of desirables. I have toured many thousands of miles with straight gauge spoked wheels, factory built and built by me, without problem. I would not reject a bike because the wheels have straight gauge spokes.

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