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Gear Talk / Re: Ironman and Europe Tour on one bike??
« on: February 07, 2013, 10:47:15 am »
 Personally, I would buy two bikes. I met several who were touring on tri bikes. If you are competitive and insist on one bike, I recommend the tri bike. An alternative is a light touring bike, rather than a fully loaded touring bike, where you are carry everything you need to camp and cook. Typically, a light touring bike will have two bottle mounts, instead of three, braze-ons for rear, but not front, saddle bags, and brifters, instead of separate shift and brake levers. The light touring bike should have room for wide tires; use wide, heavy duty tires for touring and switch to narrow lightweight tires for tri events.

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Routes / Re: Louisana Information Sought
« on: January 13, 2013, 06:20:35 pm »
Highway 90 out of New Orleans will take you to Florida. From Baton Rouge, take 190 to 90. You can get to Covington, LA and ride Tammany Trace to Slidel. From there catch 90 a bit farther south.

Is this preferred to ACA route?

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Routes / Re: northern tier route Aug to Oct.
« on: January 10, 2013, 11:23:27 am »
I finsihed Northern Tier in Oct, 2003, riding west to east. I finished before maximum fall foliage color. I encounterd hurricane winds, hail, torrential rain, and snow flurries, with temperature down to the 20s. Many campgrounds were closed.

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Routes / Louisana Information Sought
« on: December 29, 2012, 12:24:25 pm »
Planning trip, LA to FL. What place best to, arrive airport, start riding, New Roads, LA vicinity, starting ACA route?

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Gear Talk / Re: sleeping bags
« on: December 11, 2012, 11:05:32 am »

"New synthetics are lighter and/or pack smaller than a good down bagNew synthetics are lighter and/or pack smaller than a good down bag". ???? Wherever you got that, it not something I would say.
I got that from your previous post where you said:
My experience is much different from your comparison of your down bag and catalog description of synthetic bag. My down bag weighed nearly twice my synthetic bag; I keep just as warm in the synthetic bag and bulk is less.

That is creative reading. I stated my experience with a down bag compared to synthetic bag that replaced it. I did not say, what you posted, that across the spectrum, "New synthetics are lighter and/or pack smaller than a good down bag".

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Gear Talk / Re: sleeping bags
« on: December 10, 2012, 05:01:29 pm »

I'd just hate to see someone believe comments earlier in this thread that the new synthetics are lighter and/or pack smaller than a good down bag.  That is just not true.  Comparing similar quality bags rated at similar temperatures:
  • Down will be lighter by a large margin
  • Down will pack smaller again by a large margin
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"New synthetics are lighter and/or pack smaller than a good down bag". ???? Wherever you got that, it not something I would say.

I do disagree with your statements above "by a large margin". I would say by a small margin, too small in my experience to be worth my using down bags again.

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Gear Talk / Re: sleeping bags
« on: December 10, 2012, 04:52:20 pm »

It is advisable to not store down bags compressed for long periods, but they tolerate being stored compressed during the day while on tour quite well.
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The key word here is "over". I stand by my statement that overly compressed down bags do not regain their full loft well. In fact, I had a stuff sack that tightly compressed my down bag. and discarded it because it unduly retarded the bag's regaining full loft.

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Gear Talk / Re: sleeping bags
« on: December 08, 2012, 05:44:18 pm »
"I doubt that would be a big problem for most tourists since I would be surprised if that many folks launder their bag during a tour the length of a typical coast to coast US tour, and those who did probably would do so on a day off."

I am not getting into how often long distance bicyclists wash their sleeping bags or on what days. My comment was to preempt those who retort to recommendations of a down bag by saving it'll get wet and not dry. As I posted, had no problems keeping bag dry on long tour, but when washed bag took long time to dry.

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Gear Talk / Re: sleeping bags
« on: December 08, 2012, 04:57:08 pm »
"Never heard of washing a down bag.  For fun I went to the Marmot website and looked at their synthetic bags.  They have a 2 pound synthetic that is rated about 32 F for men and 42 F for women.  Cloudbreak 30 model.  Retail price of $169.  I have a Vaude down bag with similar temperature ratings.  It weighs 1 pound.  Half as much.  Paid about $90.  It packs up to about the size of a large grapefruit.  Probably 1/4 the size of the above synthetic bag.

Double the weight.  Four times as much space.  Not automatic deal breakers.  But easily apparent disadvantages.  If everything on your bike trip weighed twice as much and took four times as much space to carry, you would not be able to tour by bike.  Unless you wanted full panniers and pull a BoB.  And only rode 30 miles a day.  Would you tour with a large 8 pound tent?  Most bike tourers probably try to find a small 3-4 pound tent.  Would you tour with biking shoes, hiking boots, sneakers, and thongs?  Or just use your biking sandals for everything or maybe also include a set of sneakers with the biking sandals."

Washing rather than dry cleaning is recommended. Although down bags can be dry cleaned without damage, only a dry cleaner with extensive experience dry cleaing down is likely to do it correctly.

As I suspected from your prior post you haven't been keeping up with synthetic fills. My experience is much different from your comparison of your down bag and catalog description of synthetic bag. My down bag weighed nearly twice my synthetic bag; I keep just as warm in the synthetic bag and bulk is less. While volume is a consideration, I wouldn't place undue emphasis on it for a down bag. Over compression may harm the down, and tight compression can significantly retard the down's restoration to original loft. I would expect in time more original loft is lost in a down bag than synthetic.

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Gear Talk / Re: sleeping bags
« on: December 07, 2012, 01:38:52 pm »
"Three season synthetic?  Synthetic are great when you have unlimited space and a motor to carry your gear.  Car camping for instance.  When you have to carry the gear with your own muscles and have limited space like panniers or a backpack, DOWN sleeping bags are the choice.  Small and traveling on your bike with a synthetic sleeping bag?  Good luck."

I traveled cross-country with a down bag. Bag getting wet when camping was not a problem. Problem was bag drying after being washed; took too long. After that trip I switched to high grade synthetic bag. I don't plan on going back to down. My synthetic bag packs small. In looking for a synthetic bag I set weight limit at two pounds. That's what my bag weighs. I suggest a high grade synthetic bag. Highest grade synthetic fill gives you just about all down fill provides, with a lot less care. I used to buy down vests, jackets, etc; now all synthetic.

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Gear Talk / Re: Chain Maintenance on Tour
« on: October 16, 2012, 06:55:44 am »
" I don't clean chains and look on them as a consumables. I put a new one  on after no more than 1000 miles: every few hundred I oil with Dumond lubricant and it's a five minute or less job changing a chain with a Quicklink. This way you don't get the chain stretch"

On tour of 5000 miles, that would be five new chains. Traveling that distance I bought one new chain, starting with a used chain. Perhaps your method would mitigate chain stretch; whether your method and choice of lubricant would mitigate grit more than wax I use is a question. In what Berto called a definitive study on chain lubricants wax caused least drivetrain wear.

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Gear Talk / Re: Best touring tires
« on: October 12, 2012, 09:06:22 am »
Your question holds part of it "Top 700c touring" or more specifically "Top Touring" which is what Continental used to call their touring tires.
Expensive to buy, but less $ / mile.  When I used them from Portland OR to SF I never even craked my pump in the 2 1/2 weeks, and continued to use them for another couple thousand miles of commuting.

"I never even craked my pump". If means not need replenishing of air, all tires lose air. If means not gotten flats, luck on flats can be just that, granting that some tires have better reputation for flat resistance than others. I used Top Touring tires and had flats. In general, the tires that have the best reputation for flat resistance are the heaviest.

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Gear Talk / Re: What kind of bike?
« on: October 08, 2012, 09:18:10 am »
"If you are capable of bike maintenance (and if not you should learn before the transam), Bikes Direct has a bike that looks interesting for $800. Of course you will not be able to ride it first, but if you know what you want adequqtely it is an option."

Bike maintenance is good to know with any bike you own, and on tour may be necessary with any bike.  Bikes Direct has been mentioned many times; see archives. Cautions are name brands may not be what you think; merely purchased names of bankrupt companies; if dissatisfied you may receive less than stellar customer service.

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Gear Talk / Re: tent for transam
« on: October 08, 2012, 09:12:57 am »
" I can clean up and keep my JanSport -
LOTS of room, but even with new poles (~$50), a new fly (~25 fabric) it will still weigh ~ 4 #."

Four pounds is not a lot for a lightweight tent for 1-2 persons. Yes, I know there are lighter tents, but in my experience, that'll be about average for 1-2 person tent weight (inc fly, poles, etc) of other bicycle tourers you'll meet.

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