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Gear Talk / Re: Seeking Feedback on new gear system
« Last post by Old Guy New Hobby on November 22, 2014, 10:30:08 am »
There's a lot of potential with this kind of a idea, but this implementation has just 2 teeth engaged at any one time. Instead of spreading the force across 10 or more teeth, the force is focused, which might be tough on the chain and the teeth. It will be interesting to follow the product as it begins to get real-world testing.

I wasn't overly concerned about visiting the web site. My computer patches and updates are all in place. Just visiting a site is not generally a problem. However, once on a site, I am cautions about what I click after that. You might consider putting more information on the home page, to help visitors decide whether they are interested in looking at this in more detail.
Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« Last post by pptouring on November 22, 2014, 09:24:41 am »
This year, we cycled from Germany down to the very bottom of Greece, then all the way up to Nordkapp, Norway before cycling back to Germany wearing hiking boots! Sent our boots home and are now wearing worn out tennis shoes as we cycle around SE Asia.  :o
Gear Talk / Re: Seeking Feedback on new gear system
« Last post by DaveB on November 22, 2014, 09:21:54 am »
I saw the report on your product on Bike Rumors today so it seems you are really not a troll.  I agree that the rotational feel is going to be very lumpy and, indeed, the video clip shows the pedaling action to be almost a ratchet.  I also wonder about keeping the chain on the "chainwheel" teeth since it is unsupported so many places in the rotation.   I think a lot of real world testing will have to be done to show the concept is viable or to conclude it was just another of the many "new and improved" bicycle transmission ideas that didn't work.
General Discussion / Re: Schwalbe Mondial vs Marathon Plus Tour
« Last post by pptouring on November 22, 2014, 09:05:52 am »
We just replaced our Mondials before leaving Europe for Southeast Asia.

18 months and nearly 10,000 miles on all types of terrain and only two flats.

Gear Talk / Re: Seeking Feedback on new gear system
« Last post by BikeFreak on November 22, 2014, 01:12:28 am »
I am sorry yo say, but your product will not have commercial success for 2 main reasons:

1. The wear on the driveline will be 10x bigger than normal due to only 4 sliding members.
2. Due to the 4 sliding members, there will be a large torque variation 4 times for each revolution which will be annoying to the user. Remember, gearing is not determined by the radial distance of the 4 teeth sets, but by the radial, instant distance of the chain in the vertical top position. This position bounces up and down 4 times for each revolution.

However, I do find the automatic changing system interesting.

Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route - Florida
« Last post by fnegron44 on November 21, 2014, 09:10:03 pm »
Hi etsisk:  Check out Larry and Penny Thompson Park.   It's something the locals know about and kind of off the beaten path.  Neighborhood is kind of rough but within the park you'll be fine.  Just a short ride off of US1 on 184 Street (Eureka Drive).  We are hosts on Warmshowers so don't hesitate to contact us if you need a place near Ft. Lauderdale.
Enjoy the ride....
Classifieds / FS: Avid Cantilever Brakes
« Last post by HillClimber on November 21, 2014, 07:54:51 pm »
For Sale:  Avid Cantilever Brakes.  Avid Shorty Ultimate--best cantilever brake available. Two complete brakes (front and rear--enough for one bike), black/red, new in unopened original boxes--$150 shipped and insured, CONUS.  Avid Shorty Ultimate--like new but very slightly used.  Two complete brakes (front and rear--enough for one bike), rare gray color--$125 shipped and insured, CONUS.  Avid Shorty 6 low profile brakes--new with no box. Two complete brakes (front and rear--enough for one bike), silver.  $50 shipped and insured, CONUS.  Avid Shorty 4--used arms with brand new Avid pads, black.  Two complete brakes (front and rear--enough for one bike).  $35 shipped and insured, CONUS.  Paypal accepted. Please PM if interested.  Thanks for reading.
General Discussion / Re: Useless advice/help
« Last post by adventurepdx on November 21, 2014, 05:40:20 pm »
I've definitely gotten my share of bad info in the distance/hills/service/etc. department. And I accept the info graciously, then take what has been said with a grain of salt. So it's easy to fall into the trap of all advice given on the road (that isn't from other tourists or cyclists) is bad. But sometimes it can come back and bite you in the posterior.

For example, when I toured the Pacific Coast in 2006, I ended up staying at the Point Reyes Hostel. This is a bit off the main route. When I called the hostel to confirm that I was coming that night, they warned me of the "big hill" between Point Reyes Station (the town, on route) and the hostel about six miles away. "Pshaw", I thought. I had been biking down the coast for two weeks, over many a hill. I made it up and over the Crescent City Hills and Leggett summit, the dreaded two "big hills" on the route (between Astoria and SF), ones they warn you about in "the book". I figured if I made it over all that, the "hill" the hostel staff mention should be a cakewalk, er, roll, right? Probably nothing at all.

Big mistake! That was quite the hill, almost 850 feet in elevation (starting from near sea level), and some of the steepest pitches that I encountered on that tour. I made it up, yes, but there was a section on the return I needed to walk. It was posted at 17% grade!

So I guess what I'm saying is: Don't get too cocky when offered advice from the locals. While a lot of it may be bad, sometimes they are right.
Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route - Florida
« Last post by Norsman on November 21, 2014, 04:22:29 pm »
I had the same thing happen to me at one of their listed sites in Quebec a few years ago. Now I always check by website, email or phone. I also always contact allstays if I find a mistake. They have fixed all I have sent to them.
Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route - Florida
« Last post by SlowAndSlower on November 21, 2014, 03:59:08 pm »
It is quite useful and often includes a Website link to the campgrounds. One caution. Double check their map locations.  I found several mistakes.

I rode all day to get to a campground listed by AllStays only to find out it was members only. :(
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