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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.

Classifieds / FOR SALE: Items; None Posted Before
« on: June 29, 2013, 12:09:03 pm »
All items in very good condition, unless noted, and are plus shipping. Photos of any item on request.

*Pedals, Saeke MTP-129 Low Fat Aluminum, very smooth, slight scratches on soles, $20.
 *Chainring, Sugino M Type, 42T, 5-bolt, 144mm, new, $30.
 *Mirror, Third Eye Eyeglass, new, $6. (This mirror sells for $11)
 *Mt Bike Grips, Montane, blk, made in USA, new, packaged, $6 (These grips sell for $11)
 *Saddle Bag, Schwinn Series Z, large zippered door for easy access, new with tag, $10.
 *Tube, Specialized Presta 700x41/44c, new, boxed, $5.
 *Bag Support, Front, might also be used to hold basket, tray, etc., $15.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring crankset
« on: June 26, 2013, 08:54:18 am »
If it were me, I would invest in a mountain bike compact triple crank set and the tools to do the job.  It sounds like the crank would be more that you want to budget, but the tools could be cheaper than what the dealer would charge you to do things.

Why are you advising the author to throw money in the toilet?  Your advice is very expensive compared to changing the chain rings.  The mountain bike triple you recommend can get down to a 22 tooth inner ring.  He currently has a road triple crankset with 130mm bcd for the outer and middle positions and 74mm bcd for the inner ring.  He can put a 24 tooth ring on his current crankset.  There is so little difference between a 22 and 24 inner ring that its not worth talking about. 

I previously advised that the most economically sensible choice is to just change rings, so we agree on that. However, you error in dismissing difference between 22 and 24 ring as "not worth talking about". It is not the two tooth difference, but the percentage difference in gear inches that is determinative. It is significant enough to determine choice.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring crankset
« on: June 24, 2013, 01:39:43 pm »
On a compact triple, aluminum generally is not strong enough for the small chain ring. 

I don't know why should be more a factor with compact triple than with any other triple, but my thousands of miles experience touring with aluminum small chainring says strength is not a question. I suspect most who opt for steel instead of aluminum for small chainring do it for anticipated less tooth wear than for perceived strength.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring crankset
« on: June 23, 2013, 10:06:44 am »
The TA chainrings are nice, but you won't need anything that fancy, as the bar end shifter will shift anything. I have the Sugino cranks and they are perfect for touring. If you go that route, just watch which model crank you get, the lower end one has heavy steel chainrings.

While I choose alu chainrings, don't go overboard with concern with "heavy"; you're talking about a couple ounces. Some mountain bike/touring cranksets have just two out of the three rings steel. Some prefer steel over alu for inner ring.

Gear Talk / Re: new to bike touring
« on: June 23, 2013, 10:00:43 am »
All Ortlieb bags are waterproof. The roll tops can be dunked, the others keep out rain but can't be dunked.

Surly racks lack triangulation.

Sierra Clip Flashlight is a very old design. If that is what you have, go for it. If buying new, I'd consider other designs.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring crankset
« on: June 22, 2013, 10:36:27 am »
The most cost sensible thing for you to do is swap your inner chainring for a 24 tooth chainwheel. If you change cranks, then you might as well go for a touring or mountain bike cranks that accommodate chainrings as low as 22 teeth. You could lower the large and middle chainrings you have; I wouldn't; not worth it. Chainline has little to do with size chainrings.

Routes / Re: Going To The Sun Road...after 4 PM
« on: June 20, 2013, 03:28:27 pm »
I would still like to know if anyone actually rode up after 4. Thanks all.

Routes / Re: Going To The Sun Road...after 4 PM
« on: June 20, 2013, 08:04:44 am »
Depends somewhat on whether you are starting after 4PM, or whether you will be on the climb, finishing after 4PM. If the latter, no problem. If the former, if you see three or more motor vehicles piling up behind, get off the road and let them pass, same as you should do on any road.

Gear Talk / Re: stability
« on: June 17, 2013, 11:40:48 am »
Post back if you still have stability problems on a calm wind day. If so, then something else is going on and we should discuss further.

Good thought.

Gear Talk / Re: stability
« on: June 12, 2013, 07:25:15 pm »
Need more information on what concerns you had as to "stability" on descents. Bike shaking? what? Bike, itself, as differentiated from tires, no problem? Headset correctly adjusted?

Gear Talk / Re: B-17 with Aerotech Bibs
« on: May 29, 2013, 02:10:11 pm »

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.

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."

I  especially agree for a small woman.

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.

Routes / Re: Across North America
« on: May 07, 2013, 07:00:55 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:

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

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