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Gear Talk / Buying a Bicycle from Europe
« on: March 30, 2012, 05:02:24 pm »
Anyone bought a bicycle from Europe? Problems? Customs cost?

Not inquiring about buying a bike in Europe, but from Europe, order from USA, shipped from Europe to USA.

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Gear Talk / Re: Old Touring Bicycles
« on: March 24, 2012, 08:59:07 am »
Basically, I agree with Paddleboy17, except his advice on price. The Miyata 1000 is highly sought, and it is optimistic to expect one in good condition at that price. In general, I do not advise on price to pay, noting those that do tend to advise what I would judge as low ball offers.

I toured until last year on an older bike, 1973, a racing bike modified for touring. If the Miyata is in good condition, it is certainly good enough for long distance touring.

In spite of saying that, if you have to ask, the bike may not be right for you. You should be well versed with basic maintenance to have completely overhauled the bike before you start on a long distance tour, be able to able to do basic repairs on road, have a least a minimum set of tools with you, and know where to get the no longer manufactured parts you may need. Not that a bike that old in good condition to start with, completely overhauled before commencing trip, will give you appreciably more trouble than a newer bike, but you never know.

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Classifieds / WANTED: Late Model Touring Bicycle
« on: March 11, 2012, 05:49:39 pm »
52-53cm, med size.

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Gear Talk / Re: Chain Length
« on: March 11, 2012, 09:00:46 am »
"The grease  type lube is intended to protect the chain against rust until used. Some say that lube is also the best for running. I am not sure about that. It will attract more grit than a dry lube. Chain lube is most important between chain parts. If spaces are filled, additional lube won't get in. If spaces are not filled, I don't see much harm if added lube is different.

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Gear Talk / Re: How to avoid saddles sores and rash (hand sanitizer)
« on: February 27, 2012, 06:17:06 pm »
I carry one change of clothes, and wash myself and clothes every day.

Petroleum jelly was not recommended by a specialist who said it clogged pores. Bag Balm is anti-bacterial, besides being a lubricant.

Baby wipes or similar are better than nothing, but I wouldn't rely on them.

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Gear Talk / Re: Trek 520 vs Cannondale T1 or T2
« on: February 01, 2012, 12:49:41 pm »
I have a T2. Query was difference in ride and handling with Trek 520. I'm surprised at advice if you want to know buy one, which could be said in answer to most questions on this forum. Still interested in hearing from anyone who has actual experience with late models Cannondale T1 or T2 and Trek 520 who can give difference in ride and handling.

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Gear Talk / Re: Trek 520 vs Cannondale T1 or T2
« on: January 28, 2012, 10:39:44 am »
"Handling and ride are subjective experiences.  The better bike is the one you're most comfortable on.  Even if people who've ridden both offer opinions, that reflects how the bikes feel to them, not you."

This would mean that all the opinions of handling and ride in all the reviews of bikes have no value. I take a more open view; hence my inquiry.

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Gear Talk / Trek 520 vs Cannondale T1 or T2
« on: January 27, 2012, 12:05:11 pm »
Interested in feedback from anyone who has touring experience with recent models of both, to compare. Not interested in components, advantages of repairing steel over aluminum, choices in other brands, etc. Just these two, differences in handling and ride. (Yes, I know Cannondale has discontinued touring models for now.) Thanks.

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Gear Talk / Re: Rain Gear (yet again...)
« on: January 26, 2012, 02:47:31 pm »
In tests of waterproof shells last spring in Climbing Magazine, Sierra Designs Jive came in first for durability.

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Gear Talk / Re: Novara Randonee
« on: January 18, 2012, 10:49:17 am »
The 2012 Randonee has SRAM bar end shifters. While I prefer bar end shifters for touring, there is question if the SRAM are equal to the Dura Ace bar end shifters usually speced for bar end sifters on touring bikes.

While the Randonee may be a good choice for your needs, randonneuring bikes are usually configured for credit card touring, brifters, lighter tubing, higher gears, etc.

On the road touring I have noticed more Surly LHT. Trek 520 is another popular choice in your price range.

There have been complaints about Bikes Direct for customer service.

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Gear Talk / Re: Folding tires
« on: January 08, 2012, 09:07:35 am »
I have toured on folding and non-folding tires. When I buy, I usually buy non-folding tires; cheaper. The biggest advantage I see for folding tires is weight, minor point for touring. Wide folding tires are available.

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Gear Talk / Re: Rain Gear (yet again...)
« on: December 27, 2011, 11:05:45 am »
I have used a number of breathable waterproof jackets with different fabrics, including Gore-Tex. I cannot say any were a waste of money. If I was buying now, I'd try eVent from good reports I've  read. If durability is paramount, consider waxed cotton, garments made for hunting and camping, where lightweight is not a consideration, and garments made for mountain climbing. Gore-Tex garments for mountaineering are apt to be made for extreme conditions, perhaps a plus to you. In conversation, Gore-Tex told me their bicycling garments are made with the expectation bicyclists will not be cycling in heavy rain (yes, I know, I have been caught in heavy rain, too). Gore-Tex also said they guarantee their garments; if a garment fails to meet your expectations, and the dealer will not refund your money or substitute a garment to your satisfaction, Gore-Tex will.

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Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route
« on: December 17, 2011, 11:47:45 am »
Sept would not be too cold. Expect some rain. State and county campgrounds may have hiker-biker sites; $5 or so a night. Some campgrounds may be closed, depending on when you start. Some campgrounds are "primitive"; outhouse; no showers. Tip: if campground is full, may still accommodate you as a bicyclist. Ask before continuing on.

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Gear Talk / Re: Bike Mirror
« on: December 15, 2011, 10:36:01 am »
Chuck Harris bicycle mirror; models to mount on sunglasses or helmet.

http://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/201104_MirrorMan_Siple.pdf

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Routes / Southern Tier, Louisiana to Florida, or Reverse
« on: December 01, 2011, 07:01:19 pm »
What would be the best times of the year to bicycle from New Roads, LA to St. Augustine, FL, following Southern Tier, or reverse? Better to go east or west?

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