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Gear Talk / Re: (Cyclo)cross-country
« on: January 27, 2014, 01:12:18 pm »

Brakes: Any brakes are fine. Disc brakes on touring bikes are uncommon.

IMHE sidepull brakes are doable, but I would not say "fine". Cantilevers, with greater stopping power, are more standard for touring.

Bar-end shifters: These are sometimes preferred because the cables don't get in the way of your handlebar bag. If that's not an issue for you, then what you have is fine.

Opting for bar-end shifters to avoid cables interferring with handlebar bag is a last reason I would give for making that choice. Of greater importance is robustness of bar ends compared to brifters. Many have toured with brifters (combining shifter/brake), but I have switched several bikes from brifters to bar ends for more reliability for fully loaded touring. Usually, if brifters are standard on touring bike it is on bike made for light touring

Gear Talk / Re: Ortlieb Pannier Shoulder Straps???
« on: January 25, 2014, 03:42:23 pm »
John Nelson apperentely has Classic series; I have BikePacker Plus. I have no use for the shoulder straps, nor for compresion straps. I would like the flap straps longer.

Gear Talk / Re: First Touring Bike
« on: January 23, 2014, 01:35:42 pm »
I suggest you compare Sojourn specs with LHT. Sojourn:

Touring bikes are offered in few sizes; expecting an exact frame fit is optimistic. Frequent advice in this forum is to try the bike. For me, living in a small town, I don't even think of that as a possibility.

Gear Talk / Re: Racks
« on: January 20, 2014, 11:26:06 am »
I switched from Blackburn to Tubus racks because Ortlieb bags fit better. AFAIK Blackburn no longer offers front racks. 20lb per pannier is a reasonable limit. Four bags, 80 lb, plus bike; enough to get you most anywhere; less weight better. While any panniers may do, IMHE waterproof panniers are the way to go.

Gear Talk / Re: Tent - One Person and Freestanding?
« on: January 02, 2014, 01:59:54 pm »
First, understand that "free standing" does not mean no stakes. My tent, which I like,,
needs stakes to be usuable, while meeting the industry definition of free standing.

As  to two person tent for one, I have had a number of two person tents for mostly solo use; I am more happy with the one person tent above.

Gear Talk / Re: tire clearance in brakes
« on: December 31, 2013, 01:50:03 pm »
Do the brakes have quick release? Do you have posts for cantilevers?

All items in very good condition, unless noted, and are plus shipping. Photos, indicated, on request. (Takeoff means mounted, not used, or just tried and taken off.)


*Freewheel, SunRace, 14-28, 6-speed; cogs ramped for better shifting; very clean; $15. Shimano remover fits. (Photo)
*Hub, Shhimano 7-Speed 32 hole LX cassette rear hub, 130mm (add spacers to widen to 135mm), black, $20. No skewer. (Photo)
*Hub, Shimano 9-Speed 32 hole LX cassette rear hub, 135mm, black, $20. No skewer. (Photo)
*Brakes, Avid Single Digit 3R brakes, one pair brake arms, black, new, $15. No cable tube or dust cover. (Photo)
*Brake, Disc Pads, Avid Original Juicy 3, 4, 7, pr, new, sealed package, $9. (Photo)
*Brake, Avid Front Post Mount Bracket, new, packaged, $5. (Photo)
*Brake Cables, Front and rear with housings, blk, new, $6. (Photo)
*Brake Cabe, Rear with housing, blkk, new with instructions, $3 (Photo)
*Brake Lever Covers, Road, aero, blk, new, $5. (Photo)
*Seat Post Collar, 1-1/8 in., polished aluminum, $5 (Photo)
*Saddle, Road or Mountain Bike, Black with white trim, new, $15. (Photo)
*Chainring, Ritchey 42T, 5-bolt, 94mm, new, $20. This chainring sells for $40. (Photo)


*Tire, Ritchey Ele Vader, 26x1.9 in., new, $20. Mud shedding thread. This tire sells for $39.99. This tire is highly rated, 4.33 out of 5! "These tires (rear) are the best for giving you speed and cornering control. You will power slide around the corners but still have control ...They never feel sketchy. The paddles practically lift you up the hills." (Photo)
*Tire, Specialized Turbo, 700x26c, new, $15 (I have used this tire for loaded touring. Also for fast recreational riding.)  This tire is highly rated. (Photo)
*Tube, Specialized Presta 700x41/44c, new, boxed, $5. (Photo)


*Women's Harlow Hooded, Zoic Clothing -  - Grey Size Medium. Three rear pockets, one zipped. Nice design back of jersey. New, with tags, $12. This jersey sells for $55. (Photo)
*Women's Hincape Shorts, lightweight chamois, 2 hidden small side pockets, black with grey side panels, med, excellent condition, $40. These shorts sold for $119.
*Gloves, Chiba Classic QR Blue - Size Small. New, with tags, $5. These gloves sell for $33.  (Photo)
*Vest, Campmor Polartec, blk, med, $10. (Photo)
*Shirt, Hinds Dry Lete, long sleeve mock turtleneck, blk, small, new with tags, $18 This shirt sells for $38. (Photo)

*Lightning V Tektro Sensir TK R 351 Recumbent Brake Levers, Black, New, $6 each. These levers sell for $40 pair. (Photo)
*TerraCycle Easy Racers Sport Return Idler; New, $35. (Photo)


*Drive Belt, new, $30. (Photo)


*Messenger Bag, Sunlite . This is a big bag, apprx 20x14x5 in. Felt lined laptop compartment. Multiple storage compartments. Rugged Cordura type fabric. New, with tags, $20. Smaller Sunlite Messenger Bag sells for $86.48. (Photo)
*Zefal Fender Z-Clips (these are the fishmouth pieces that attach struts to fenders), package, new clips, $5.
*Assos Cinto, the remarkable system that so increased speed it was banned from competition; includes belt, cable, and attachment; (increases power on flats and hills) new, $40. (Photo)
*Assos Cinto, the remarkable system that so increased speed it was banned from competition; includes belt,  cable, and attachment; (increases power on flats and hills). Cable shows slight fraying. $15. (Photo)
*Seat Bag, Pedro's Ethik, blk, new, $7. (Photo)
*Handlebar Holder, Park Holder for Holding Handlebar While Working on Bike, $6. (Photo)
*Stuff Sack, Thermarest, made for 3/4 sleep pad, but could be used for other items, new, $5.
*Waterbottle Cage, Planet Bike aluminum, takeoff, $3.
*Showercap Water Bottle, Trek, new, $4.
*Mt Bike Grips, Montane, blk, made in USA, new, packaged, $5 (These grips sell for $11) (Photo)


*Saw Miter Box, all metal; can be used as portable tool or permanently screwed to bench, $10. (Photo)
*Electro Paint Peeler, $5. (Photo)

Gear Talk / Re: Opinions on refurbishing/re-equipping a 20-year old bike
« on: December 08, 2013, 10:55:39 am »
I modified an older steel racing bike for touring. I found my modified bike had several shortcomings compared to a touring bike. The front end could shimmy descending a long downhill with a full touring load, and the sidepull brakes were at their limit on a long steep descent. You don't say type of touring you will do. For Rando (credit card) touring a lighter steel tubing bike may suffice. Shimano LX is the standard for touring, with a few opting for the more expensive XT components. A common upgrade is an XT rear derailleur on an otherwise LX equipped bike.

Routes / Re: Best way to build a route from scratch?
« on: December 05, 2013, 12:39:06 pm »

The big drawback to pre-planned routes are just that, they are preplanned.  You lose a ton of "adventure of what's around the bend".

True, in part (there's always some adventure, even repeating a known route several times), but an advantage of riding a known route is meeting other touring bicyclists, going your way or in the opposite direction  (some of my most memorable experiences).

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.

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