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General Discussion / Re: importance of componentry
« Last post by paddleboy17 on Today at 01:05:36 pm »
It is important to know what application a component group was designed for because price is not the only consideration.  Durace is designed for racing road bikes and focus is on weight and not durability.  So Durace generally not a good choice for touring bikes because it not durable enough.  People who race well enough to buy Durace are generally superb athletes, so you are not going to find gearing appropriate for touring either.  There is one and only one exception to Durace not belonging on touring bikes, Shimano in their quest to maximize income, puts a Durace sticker on a barcon shifter.  Components from other vendors racing groups are limited as Durace, and that includes XTR.

I do not believe that there is a touring specific group.  Shimano at one time had a trecking group but it did not seem to be a good match for touring.

I will continue to stick with Shimano components, but similarities exist for Cane Creek, SRAM, etc.

Feel free to choose from road (Tiagra, 105, Ultegra) and mountain (Deore, LX, XT) groups to get what you want.  Buy the best group you can afford, just remember that weight that rotates is more important that weight that does not.  The importance of rotating weight is amplified by the radius it rotates on.  So in a hub, durability is more important than weight.  In a rim, durability and weight are important.

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General Discussion / Re: brooks saddle break-in how long
« Last post by JDFlood on Today at 12:58:57 pm »
Paddleboy is correct. i have retired a couple when they have stretched too far.
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General Discussion / Re: brooks saddle break-in how long
« Last post by paddleboy17 on Today at 12:38:51 pm »
I guess it depends on what exactly is meant by "broken in". I found it pretty comfortable right out of the box, but then it seems to get more comfortable as time goes by. When does the breaking in stop and the breaking down start? Hard to say, but I would say that my saddle got progressively more comfortable throughout the first 4000 miles.

I don't think they ever stop breaking in... That said, what is "breaking in".   

You buy a new saddle.  Once you start riding, your pelvic bones hammer away at the saddle until dips start form that match your pelvic bones.  Your left pelvic bone is slightly bigger, so it works longer to create a bigger dip.  Those dips form because the leather stretches in response to your body's protrusions.  As you get older and your protrusions change, the leather continues to stretch and adapt to fit you.

The saddles have tension mechanisms because of stretch too, and that is still technically "breaking in".  As long as you can apply tension, the saddle is still useful.  When there is too much stretch, we retire the saddle.  Brooks is generous with their leather choices, so over stretch does not happen too often.

 
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General Discussion / Re: Great Divide: Bears & Blogs
« Last post by BikeFreak on Today at 12:14:25 pm »
I saw bears but did not have any direct encounters ... I used a whistle to make noise when descending fast downhill into curves. You will have grizzlies on the northern section, but black bears are everywhere, even in NM.

Lucas
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Routes / Re: The Great Divide - question
« Last post by mathieu on July 29, 2014, 03:34:18 pm »
Depends on how fast you go. Have a look at the chart in www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=PS&page_id=310078&v=4J . If you can do the route in 1 month (i.e. about 100 mi/day), you may get to the US-Mex border, but if you need 2 months probably not. But this is not rocket science; every year is different.
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General Discussion / Re: brooks saddle break-in how long
« Last post by John Nelson on July 29, 2014, 02:58:18 pm »
I guess it depends on what exactly is meant by "broken in". I found it pretty comfortable right out of the box, but then it seems to get more comfortable as time goes by. When does the breaking in stop and the breaking down start? Hard to say, but I would say that my saddle got progressively more comfortable throughout the first 4000 miles.
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Hey Randy, thanks for the headsup on the alternate path! Anyways I really want to attempt the great divide but won't have time to get out there until early September. Do you think it will still be doable, weather-wise if I started September 1st? Anything you could relay would be greatly appreciated, thanks again!
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General Discussion / Re: Fighting off boredom?
« Last post by sanuk on July 29, 2014, 04:00:09 am »
Some quotes from 'The Tao of Travel' by Paul Theroux:

Go alone.  Travel light.  Bring a map. Keep a journal.  Read a novel that has no relation to the place you're in.  If you must bring a cell phone, avoid using it - same I would add goes for a GPS or any other electronic gear.  Make a friend.
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Do you think the great divide will be do-able if I attempt it starting early September? Thanks and good luck!
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Routes / The Great Divide - question
« Last post by RadioFlyer on July 29, 2014, 01:31:04 am »
Hey guys looking for some information on riding the Great Divide. Basically I am wondering if I will still be able to get through the whole thing (weather wise) if I don't start until early September. I am wondering if I will get snowed out by the time I reach the southern states. Anything you guys could relay would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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