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Routes / Re: Best way to build a route from scratch?
« on: December 05, 2013, 12:32:57 pm »

Another pitfall is that (Google) bicycle directions don't mind using dirt roads, rugged hiking trails and even private property. Sometimes, the directions will even use routes that don't even exist.

Google bicycle directions are good for getting to the grocery store. They are awful for getting across the country.

Pitfall, in some part, is true, but Google is working to improve its bicycle routes. Every route suggestion I have sent has been considered and most often adopted.

"Awful" for getting cross country is strong. Google bicycle maps are in Beta, meaning use them if wish, but we are still working on them, and you can help (see above).

Gear Talk / Re: Front Platform Racks
« on: November 13, 2013, 09:07:03 am »
Went with Phantom Bags Map Case and Handlebar Bag; rackless bags. Like fact not on bike, except on trips. Use rack with panniers on back. Want rack on rear, as use rack for shopping. Road touring.

Classifieds / FOR SALE: Shogun Bicycle
« on: September 21, 2013, 06:55:53 pm »
Shogun Katana, 58cm c-to-c, made in Japan with lugged Tange tubing. Twelve speed, Shimano 105-Exage components. 700x25c tires. All components have been checked out to work well. Weight as shown apprx 23 lb. Very nice clean condition, except for rubs from transporting on one side of top tube. This could probably be color matched in oil enamel by a paint store and touched up to have frame be just about perfect. Vetta cyclometer included needs battery; should work, but no guarantee of its operation. $200 plus $25 for professional packing plus cost of shipping. More photographs on request.

Optional, highly rated Specialized Turbo 700x26c new tire for this bike, $15. Photo on request.

Gear Talk / Re: Of Tires and Roads
« on: September 16, 2013, 05:13:45 pm »
It can be done. See If you do it on a road bike I recommend for your sandy conditions the widest tires your bike will mount.

Gear Talk / Re: Of Tires and Rims
« on: September 13, 2013, 06:52:25 pm »

dkoloko -- By the way 35s fit on the Open Sport/MA2.  My bike came with Avocet Cross inverted tread 700 x 35s, and I have run Conti touring 700 x35 also with no issue.  It's a size bigger than recommended, but works fine (I did the Pacific Coast with Contis).

I specified 35mm measured. If you are successful mounting 35mm tires (actual measurement), fine. I couldn't mount 35mm Marathon tires on rims, not MA2, but same width, and yes, with hooked beads. There is also question of performance when such size tire is mounted on such size rim.

Gear Talk / Re: Of Tires and Rims
« on: September 13, 2013, 12:48:58 pm »
I have a 15 year old Randonee that came with Mavic MA2 rims.  The rear needs replacement now

So now the question - Do I just get a new Mavic (now Open Sport) and spokes and call it a day, or do I replace both rims?  The reason I ask is that if I am going to do both, I'll switch to A 319s.

I have examined the front rim, and there are none of the micro-cracks Mavic rims are known to develop, but I can feel i slight ridge near the lip, indicating that there is noticable wear on the breaking surfaces. The wheel has been fine, with only minor truing over 15 years and about 25,000 miles, but is that the point of wear out?

So - Those of you with lots of experience:

The MA2s did fine on a loaded Portland to SF trip 15 years ago, but should I really consider stouter wheels for the TransAM? That would tip me to replace both.

Or should I just replace the rear rim?

Personally, I would just replace the one rim. As to stout, MA2 rims should be fine; the build  quality is more important. As you know, MA2 or its successor will limit you to 32mm width tires (actual measurement), which should be adequate, although you may think you need wider rubber. I've found the Open Sport rim easier to build, which also means it should stay true longer. I have not noticed micro cracks on my Mavic rims. Is this something more particular to anodized rims? If I was switching to A319 rims it would be because I want to install wider rubber, not because I thought MA2 rims weren't stout enough to tour.

Routes / Re: Florida
« on: September 05, 2013, 10:45:27 am »

The west coast is, frankly, a lot more scenic and interesting than Florida. If you could do a trip there between Labor Day and mid-October you should have a fine, if physically demanding, tour. This would avoid the summer crowds and the winter storms.

I did 1100 miles of Pacific Coast Route during time you recommend. Still heavy traffic on highways. Scenery is worth it, but traffic is a factor. Also, that time of year number of campgrounds are closed.

Gear Talk / Re: Front Derailleur for Half-Step plus Granny
« on: August 29, 2013, 10:40:54 am »
The simplest way to get half step and the one I'd recommend is to change 40T to 45, and that's all. You will be using the 50 with half step. Whether you lower the 28T chainring to 24 depends on low gearing you need and how it works out for half step. Each shift on front should be half of each shift on the rear.

Gear Talk / Front Platform Racks
« on: August 11, 2013, 06:53:22 pm »
Anyone have experience with


? Or, with both, to compare?

I would not be mounting front panniers.

Routes / Re: North Teir
« on: July 15, 2013, 02:05:45 pm »

DK: Irene was late August of 2011. Sandy was October of last year.

You posted correction before I had a chance to. It was an earlier hurricane. I did hole up during tropical storm Irene in NH doing another bicycle trip.

Classifieds / WANTED: Harness for Sigma 1009 Cyclometer
« on: July 15, 2013, 11:50:19 am »

Routes / Re: North Teir
« on: July 15, 2013, 10:22:17 am »
First question if you can get over the pass in Glacier Nat. Park if you follow Going to the Sun Rd. As to the East, I rode Northern Tier New England section in Oct. I encountered torrential rain, hail, snow flurries, hurricane winds, and temperatures down to the 20s.

Was that due to Hurricane Sandy, which is not the norm?

Irene. Which says could be another storm in future.

In addition to my previous comments, add campgrounds closed.

Routes / Re: North Teir
« on: July 15, 2013, 08:16:55 am »
First question if you can get over the pass in Glacier Nat. Park if you follow Going to the Sun Rd. As to the East, I rode Northern Tier New England section in Oct. I encountered torrential rain, hail, snow flurries, hurricane winds, and temperatures down to the 20s.

Routes / Re: Mapquest Maps/Routes
« on: July 10, 2013, 08:01:18 am »
Apparently they are following Google; good for them. Google bicycle routes are still in Beta, meaning you can use them, but expect mistakes. Accordingly, I expect Mapquest to be farther behind with producing optimal bicycle routes. I do not pay much attention to estimated time to bicycle routes.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring crankset
« on: June 30, 2013, 07:17:40 am »
24 to 39 still seems like a big jump but much less than the 24 to 42 possibility.

I shift from 24 to 49; no problem.

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