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Gear Talk / Re: B-17 with Aerotech Bibs
« on: May 29, 2013, 11:10:11 am »

On my other bikes, I use Selle Italia Max Flight saddles; the Sojourn came with a B-17.  I followed the directions on using Proofide to the T.

Lo and behold, when I wear my Aerotech bibs, I get a nasty abrasion in the perineal area.  I know the the Brooks takes time to break in and this doesn't happen on the Max Flight saddles which has a huge relief cut-out.  I wasn't sure if this was a need for the leather to soften around the 3 holes in the center of the B-17 or what.

Is this the result of the B-17 not being broken in yet or is it due to the seam running down the center of the shorts, under the chamois?  I do not have an sit bone pain from, thigh rubbing etc.  I have half a mind to swap saddles since I know the Selle Italia works for me and started to experiment with shorts could get expensive...

I have experience with problem.

You say, "when I wear my Aerotech bibs";  change bibs.

If abrasion is more on one side, try slightly offsetting saddle.

Try slight offset from horizontal.

Use ointment, such as Bag Balm. Use hydrocortisone; available without prescription.

Swap for B-17 Narrow.

Have you toured with the Selle Italia? May feel different after many days.

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Trek has produced the 520 for years. Comments have been weak rear rack and not low enough gearing.

Not low enough gearing on the Trek 520?  Bizarre.  It comes from the factory with 26x32 low gear.  Fairly low. 

I agree the stock gears are "fairly low", but criticizing the reporting that the gearing is not low enough is "bizarre" is overly strong. See below,

"The one upgrade I have always thought about is lower crank gears. The stock gear ratio of 48/36/26 is a little high if you are using the bike to carry heavier loads on longer trips with mountains."

http://bicycletouringpro.com/blog/trek-520-touring-bicycle-review/

I  especially agree for a small woman.

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I do not own either bike, but have looked into both. Trek has produced the 520 for years. Comments have been weak rear rack and not low enough gearing. I am turned off by the Kona by the high front rack braze-ons. Front rack bags should be centered on front axle for maximum stability. The difference in weight between the two should be negligible.

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Routes / Re: Across North America
« on: May 07, 2013, 04:00:55 pm »
If you want to bypass all the issues associated getting out of NYC/N. Jersey by bike, you can take Metro North from Grand Central Terminal all the way to Pougkeepsie, which is on Bike Route 9. Bikes are permitted at certain times provided you buy a one-time permit for $5:

http://www.mta.info/mnr/html/getaways/bikerule.htm

Rt 9, Poughkeepsie, is a major highway with heavy traffic. In general, west side of Hudson River is less trafficked.

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Routes / Re: Across North America
« on: May 07, 2013, 10:09:01 am »

This is the route I am thinking of at the moment:
- from New York to Albany (read below)
- from Albany to Buffalo following the Erie Canal (NY State Canalway Trail)


If you get to Buffalo you might as well ride to Niagara Falls, CAN.

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I would certainly appreciate an alternate route to State Bike Route 9.
And is there a store in NYC where I can find the ACA or other bicycle maps?

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If you can't maps airmailed to you in time, order them delivered somewhere you could pick them up in USA. You can have them sent to General Delivery, any USA Post Office. Suggestion: Mark, "Hold for touring bicyclist". Ask, NYC, most bicycle friendly way ride to Newburgh. Email me off list for directions from there.

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Routes / Re: Across North America
« on: May 07, 2013, 07:00:03 am »

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Routes / Re: Across North America
« on: May 07, 2013, 06:56:34 am »

About the ACA Northern Tier: if possible we would like to add more of Canada. So the route we are currently considering is as follows:
- leaving New York City with the NY State Bike Route 9 to Poughkeepsie, NY (85 miles)
- join the ACA Atlantic Coast to Bar Harbor, ME (542 miles)
- start the ACA Northern Tier and follow it until Ticonderoga, NY (401.5 miles)
  (or maybe as an alternative route take the ACA Green Mountains Loop from North Haverhill, NH to Port Kent, NY)
- from there rejoin the NY State Bike Route 9 to Rouses Point on the New York - Quebec border (92 miles)


I've bicycled from New York, where I live, to Bar Harbor, ME, picking up the Atlantic Coast Route. I have also ridden the Norther Tier. I would not do as you plan. You'll be repeating the section in New England where both routes are the same.

I  would avoid Route 9 in New York if you can. It is a very busy road. I would not follow closely NY State Bike Routes. They use too much busy roads.

If you go off and on the Northern Tier, consider including the highlights, Erie Canal bike path in New York, Niagara Falls, Canada (Falls are also in New York, but not as spectacular), Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana, crossing the Continental Divide.

When your plans are more definitive I can give more help bicycling in New York.

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Routes / Re: Across North America
« on: May 07, 2013, 06:42:36 am »

I've heard the North Dakota-Eastern Montana stretch of the Northern Tier can get boring (and with sometimes difficult headwinds and that direction). 


North Dakota was one of my most memorable states to ride when I rode the Northern Tier; this includes the scenery, , the tranquility, and the people, including the Indians who extended hospitality.

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Gear Talk / Re: Bike Sizing
« on: May 05, 2013, 06:20:45 am »
Frankly, I think bicyclists get too hung up on touring bike sizes. Difference between 59cm and 58cm, 3/8 inch; you might alter the bike's height that much by difference in tire size. My Cannondale touring bike only came in four sizes, and they couldn't sell enough to keep selling touring bikes, even in just those few sizes. As far as test riding first, so often recommended, not where I live. Rarely a touring bike on the sales floor, and lots of luck being my size. A knowledgeable bike shop person will know the bike and size you up, with an eye to how your proportions mesh with the other bike parameters beside bike height. That said, I think you'll do fine, with either the 58cm or 60cm bike, after adjustments such as raising or lowering the saddle, tilting handlebars, etc. In fact, I think you'll get more out of fine tuning the various adjustments to size, then you'll get from choosing between the 58cm or 60cm bike.

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Classifieds / FOR SALE: Schwalbe Marathon Tires, New
« on: May 04, 2013, 06:33:42 pm »
*Tires, Schwalbe 700x35c Marathon Racer, the lightest, fastest tire in the Marathon series, wire, new, $35 (have 2). This tire sells for $50 each.

Plus shipping.

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Classifieds / TAKEN: FREE: Assos Insulated Bib Tights
« on: May 03, 2013, 06:35:14 pm »
Size M (minor repair should not be noticed), for cost of shipping. Prefer someone who buys from my sell list, so I get something for pedaling eight miles to post office, but not a requirement.


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Routes / Re: Advice for a ride beginning in NYC
« on: April 25, 2013, 08:07:44 am »
I live in NY. I don't see much problem with getting back. There are more trains that accept bicycles than you state. I cannot give more information, as I do not use trains. You can always take a bus back. Personally, I would do a loop. Ride options include Catskills (hills), Finger Lakes (hills), Eire canal, Adirondacks (hills). There are many routes mapped that you can search online. After you are more decided on a route, you can post here for any details you want more information. I do not recommend following closely the official NY State routes, as they follow too much main roads. You might include Woodstock, NY in your plans.

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Gear Talk / Trailer Plus Bags
« on: April 14, 2013, 12:08:31 pm »
In perusing photos I took of other touring bicyclists I met following Northern Tier I noticed all the cyclists with trailers also had bags on bike, ranging from four panniers on down. Not saying should use trailer, or if use trailer need also bags on bike. Just saying if you are thinking of using a trailer, all the cyclists I saw on trip had bags on bike in addition to trailer.

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Routes / Re: Southern Tier
« on: April 12, 2013, 07:24:28 am »

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