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Routes / Kansas City to ACA Lewis and Clark Route?
« Last post by rim2u505 on Today at 01:45:50 am »
I need advice on the best way to cycle from the Amtrak station in Kansas City, MO to the Lewis and Clark route. On Google maps I see a lot of bridges over rivers, but I cannot figure out which if any has bike lanes or a sidewalk. I'll be headed towards Atchitson, KS the first day. Thanks!
Gear Talk / Re: Trek 520 Disc - Compatible Fenders
« Last post by BikerBobABQ on Today at 01:20:55 am »
An internal cam is slightly heavier, but better made than an external cam skewer. Sometimes they are referred to as eccentric and center pull cams. Nevertheless either type can loosen up on a disc brake wheel even when "properly" tightened. However if you cannot close either type all the way due to design issues, then you are a accident going somewhere to happen. However, that was never the point of this discussion to begin with. I merely demonstrated a simple solution to mounting SKS fenders on a Trek 520 disc bicycle. I never intended to sidetrack the discussion. Trek has voluntarily recalled about a million bicycles to address the skewer problem, which my Trek dealer mechanic readily remedied with an internally cammed skewer. I know it can loosen, so I check it periodically.. At least the shape of this one allows me to "properly" close it. For my part that is the end of the discussion, because I need to get some riding in. Have fun. Be safe.

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Gear Talk / Re: Trek 520 Disc - Compatible Fenders
« Last post by BikerBobABQ on Today at 12:04:21 am »
You cannot close the skewer all the way when you have a front rack mounted. Apparently Trek never tried to mount a rack before they shipped.

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General Discussion / Re: Flying With Touring Gear
« Last post by rickpaulos on May 29, 2015, 11:42:39 pm »
Baggage theft at airports is far too common in the USA.  As a result of all those thefts, airlines have very restrictive policies on values on claims for "lost luggage".  The thieves are airport workers, airline workers and people just walking in off the street and taking bags from the carousels.  Airport baggage handlers have been arrested removing items from bags or swapping tags to reroute baggage.  The USA average theft reports is about 200 items per airport per year.  Considering how many people fly each day, it is a very small number of items stolen.  It could be far higher but the logistics of hauling away a semi load of bags every day would overwhelm most thieves.

One of my former bosses racing bikes was "lost" by the airlines.

Do a web search on baggage theft to find countless news reports on the topic. Some defy all belief.

General Discussion / Re: United Airline Policy on Bikes
« Last post by rickpaulos on May 29, 2015, 11:16:45 pm »
Last time I few United with a bicycle, I felt very fortunate to get it back in 1 piece. That was quite a while ago, when "Bikes Fly Free" at United if you are a member of various cycling organizations. That's gone now.

1: the standard bike box is too big to fit in many of the the bomb scanners so the TSA ripped it open to do a swab inside the box.  The TSA just put 1 piece of tape over the top.
2: on the return, the TSA ripped open the bottom of the box where the staples are and did their swab.  No tape or anything else added to keep the box shut.  Once the staples are gone, the standard cardboard bike box loses all it's strength.  Big items go in first, meaning a few tons of suitcases are dumped on your bike for the duration.  FYI, you are not allowed to assist!
3: when i got off the plane, I was waiting for the bike at the baggage carousel.  I caught a glimpse of a service door opening and my bike box came flying into the room and the door slammed shut.  Fortunately I had put all the loose parts in a plastic grocery bag, knotted that shut, put that bag inside another plastic grocery bag and tied that to the frame.  Otherwise all the parts would have been lost too.  I'm glad I didn't take an expensive bike that trip.

I would never fly again with a good bike in a card board box.  Or my Trico Iron case as that is difficult to close up, far beyond the ability of the TSA.

Flying to Europe? There are plenty of European air lines that don't charge for bikes, don't require they be boxed or crated and treat flyers like customers instead of criminals.

It can be well worth driving hours to get to an international airport and just bypassing USA regional airlines.  I'm a four hour drive from O'Hare. The gas & parking are much less than the extra puddle hopper flight to get there. The drive time isn't much different when you include layover time and check ins. And I can use a foreign airline directly.

For all domestic trips involving air travel, we now ship our bikes fedex ground or ups in advance in Trico Iron cases.

There are other sports specific shipping companies that can work well.

Sometimes you will be way ahead to just buy or rent a bike at your destination.

Gotta have a good bike of your own? Consider getting a Bike Friday, a Ritchie Breakaway or a bike with S&S couplings. All those can fit in large suitcases that the TSA and airlines handle just like all the other baggage.  Just don't wear your cycling gear to check in to give yourself away.

General Discussion / Re: Should I pack an Air Pillow
« Last post by rickpaulos on May 29, 2015, 10:53:13 pm »
Taking a pillow has made all the difference for me. It enables me to sleep at night.  I can't sleep in my own bed without a pillow.  Being on the road its just as important.  I used to take an old bed pillow but a few years ago I got a stuff-able couch sized model that works okay.  It's still a bit bulky so an air pillow may work.  I think a pillow case will still be needed as any air pillow will be plastic and won't breath at all.  Skin on plastic = sweat.

But can you sleep at home without a pillow?  Try it at home now.  If you don't need one at home you probably can get by on the road without one.
General Discussion / Re: Lengthy bike tour next year with dog
« Last post by ducksfan on May 29, 2015, 10:09:19 pm »
Too bad you couldn't take a car to So Cal to start, store it and take it back home at the end.

Southern Tier in the late winter, Atlantic Coast (or East Coast Greenway) in the spring, TransAm or Northern Tier in the summer, then down the Pacific Coast Bike Trail in the early fall. This is the ride I would want to do.
General Discussion / Re: Baton Rouge to Miami
« Last post by Westinghouse on May 29, 2015, 09:53:12 pm »
LA and FL can be unexpectedly cold. I had 7- 10 F in Fort Walton Beach with wind chill and about 19 F in Perry, FL in November. You may very well have very wet weather with the cold. Hwy. 20 running EW and miles south of 90 is much closer to level than 90, faster and easier. It is not quite as scenic as 90, and less historical. In LA one winter when I cycled through Baton Rouge, the cold created a state-wide emergency closing government offices and schools. Roads iced. The governor cautioned people not to drive. Of course, some did and some wrecked and some died. Be prepared for cold wet weather.
Gear Talk / Auxetic tires.
« Last post by zerodish on May 29, 2015, 08:50:00 pm »
The main problem with bicycle tires is they stretch when inflated. This pulls the rubber apart when it is cut and allows glass to cut deeper.  There are ways to solve this problem by introducing particles into the rubber that are in compression. Gorilla glass works this way. However as usual nature has come up with something better. Auxetic materials get fatter when stretched or thinner when compressed. Use of these materials in a tire would introduce a compression force at the point of a puncture preventing further cutting. Don't hold your breath. I'm still waiting for spiralock threads for bicycles. The bicycle industry is around 100 years behind the automobile industry.
Gear Talk / Re: Flashlights for bike are needed
« Last post by zerodish on May 29, 2015, 08:40:23 pm »
Rayovac sells a plastic 2 AA light with an LED bulb or you can just buy the bulb. This fits in my teeth and is very useful for fixing flats at night. I also use an Ozark Trail with portable power as a headlight. This light has a USB port that can recharge your phone. Stay away from the flashlights that take 6 AA batteries. All of them Ozark Trail Coleman etc are made by the same company. The problem with these is rechargable batteries are to fat and jam in the light.
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