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International / Re: Biking New Zealand
« Last post by briancoop on Today at 02:51:36 am »
Thanks for all the pertinent information, RonK - it's exactly what I was looking for.

I'm currently using Continental Travel Contacts in 26 x 1.75, but while they've been tough as nails and work reasonably well on all surfaces, they're also very wobbly - enough that it really affects handling. My wife has Schwable Marathon Pluses in 26 x 1.75 - they seem much higher quality, but are ridiculously heavy. I have the Marathon Supremes on my shortlist, but didn't know if they'd be sufficient for gravel or less technical mountain bike tracks.

We aren't going to arrive in Auckland until January 28th and we plan to take transit to the south island to avoid traffic. We figured that doing the south island first made sense so we could move north as the weather cooled off. We do plan to camp some as it seems like we'll be able to explore more out of the way places (especially in the far south) if we don't always have to rush back to town before the evening.

Now I just need to get a copy of those books.
Gear Talk / Re: trikes
« Last post by rtool on October 22, 2014, 10:47:53 pm »
I have ridden an ICE Sprint FSX for nine months now and feel just as safe on it as I did on a diamond frame.  I have two high intensity rear flashing lights and a flashing headlight.  I also have a large flag that is also highly reflective at night.  I mainly road ride, even though I live in the Dayton OH area where we have over 320 miles of paved rail trails.  I have noticed that almost all drivers give me a lot more room than when I rode a diamond frame.  The only close call was when a  young girl cut me off making a right turn in front of me.  Now have over 2,000 miles on my trike this year and I don't really worry about traffic much.  I also have two fender mirrors and a helmet mounted mirror which keep me in touch with what is coming up behind me.  The ICE Adventure is an excellent trike that will give you many miles of carefree riding.  Main things are:  you must be visible and above all predictable.  Drivers need to know what you are doing and what you are going to do. 
General Discussion / Re: Ideas for winter bike tour
« Last post by staehpj1 on October 22, 2014, 04:38:54 pm »
In the US, or are you considering other places?

If in the US, the Southern Tier is the only longish tour I have done that is really suited well to that time of year.  I rode it starting in February and finishing in April and the weather was OK.  There were some cold nights, but daytime temperatures were mostly nice.

If you are considering somewhere else, it would be summer in the southern hemisphere so lots of options there.  I have no first hand experience riding there so I have no specific suggestions.
General Discussion / Ideas for winter bike tour
« Last post by rariaz22 on October 22, 2014, 04:29:09 pm »
Hey guys,

So, I want to do a bike tour this winter starting in January and ending in february or beginning of march.  Does anyone have any suggestions on places to go?  I am honestly open to all ideas big or small! But I am ready for an adventure. 

THanks for the ideas!!!

Pacific Northwest / Re: bicycle friendly accomodation in Portland
« Last post by Pat Lamb on October 22, 2014, 02:35:30 pm »
I'd expect most mid-range or higher hotels would be willing to store bags for you, if you ask when making reservations.  (Mid-range and up meaning Holiday Inn, Country Inn and Suites, Hampton, Marriott, and their various brands.)  Most airport hotels have their own shuttle buses, although it might take two trips to get everyone and their bikes moved.  So pick a few and ask.  Twelve bags might be a lot, but so's 18-36 room-nights.

I cringe when I read "bike bags" and "wrapped bikes," though I've heard it's common in European travel.  You might get lucky when American baggage handlers start moving them, but there was a luggage commercial some years back that showed great apes throwing and jumping on top of the advertised luggage.  Most travelers I know think that was illustrating the hub they usually fly through.  At least if you're staying two nights you have time to work on fixing any problems caused by travel and mis-handling.
I'm 6' 2" and ride a 60 cm frame.  However, when I was younger (and almost 6'4"), i could ride any "larger than average" bike and be fine on tours and everything.  In my 50s things started to change and I even quit biking for a while due to aches and pains that would not go away.  After a couple of years off the bike completely, i went and got a bike fit ($150) and have been happily riding pain free (with occasional numb hands).  Anyway, I think zzzz's comments earlier may be apt in many cases like mine, but given that you are 6' 4", RussSeaton has a point too.  You probably would really benefit from some longish rides in the bikes you are considering.
Pacific Northwest / bicycle friendly accomodation in Portland
« Last post by neil on October 22, 2014, 11:39:26 am »
Last piece of a large jigsaw for September 2015
Can anyone recommend
1) Cycle friendly accommodation in Portland where 12 of us can stay 2 nights after flying in from the UK and 1 night before leaving (I need to leave bike bags there)
2) A provider of transport for 12 people and 12 wrapped bikes from and too the airport in Portland in above accommodation

   Thanks in advance
Routes / Re: Amsterdam to Paris Route?
« Last post by lesliew on October 22, 2014, 05:38:41 am »
Check out this Rapha link:
And then check out Ride with GPS to search for routes:
General Discussion / Re: Bike Question
« Last post by PeteJack on October 21, 2014, 01:39:04 pm »
Be careful. I'm not familiar with the OP's bike but I did part of the TransAm with a guy on an Orbea road bike towing a Bob. I suspect his gearing was inappropriate because he spent noticeably more time out of the saddle than the rest of us. He also kept breaking spokes in his rear wheel. Make sure your wheels are robust enough, something a good LBS will help with. Broken spoke(s) can be a major downer.
General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« Last post by PeteJack on October 21, 2014, 01:29:41 pm »
  Of course, until one learns how to get out of the clips fast, falls are likely. 
Too true. The experience of being stationary and not being able to unclip is not to be missed. I always urge people to first try clipless pedals in a spinning class, i.e. on a stationary bike, to get the hang of unclipping something I didn't do and ended up teetering and falling off at a traffic light. Another suggestion: when you try them on a real bike for the first time do it on grass just in case. Having said all that I wouldn't ride without them now.
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