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General Discussion / Re: suggestions for ball of feet pain from lock in pedals
« Last post by Pat Lamb on July 28, 2014, 01:20:19 pm »
Not going to email back -- you post here, I post here.

You probably need new shoes.  Either your shoes are not wide enough for your feet, such that after a few hours your feet have swollen and are being constricted by your shoes; or the soles are not stiff enough, so that the soles of your feet have to flex around the pressure point of the small pedals and cause problems.

Larger pedals might also distribute the pressure.  Shimano A530 or Crank Brothers Mallet pedals have a platform surrounding the clip that might help.
General Discussion / Re: brooks saddle break-in how long
« Last post by JDFlood on July 28, 2014, 12:53:17 pm »
The Swift is intended to be a lighter saddle for racing. Mine has titanium rails. It is not as comfortable as a B17. But much more comfortable than the Italian racing saddles.
General Discussion / suggestions for ball of feet pain from lock in pedals
« Last post by deanandeileen on July 28, 2014, 12:42:04 pm »
 My husband & I ride tandem recumbents.
One is made by Longbikes - the other - a TRIKE was made by ICE.
 My feet are on FIRE a majority of pedaling 50+ miles!
ALL health issues have been ruled out.
 We have tried to move the cleats BACK - it doesn't help! Ditto with pro orthodics & cycling sandals!
ANY suggestions please???
 Please e-mail
1,000,000 thanks!
Routes / Re: Lewis and Clark route: Traffic concerns?
« Last post by Tandem Tom on July 28, 2014, 12:23:40 am »
Yes , I know we missed going there due to the rerouting.
Ochoco Complex Fire Update - July 24, 2014
Highway 26 east of Prineville is now open to the public, with a reduced speed limit, headlights on, and no stopping in burned areas.
Routes / Re: Lewis and Clark route: Traffic concerns?
« Last post by TwoWheeledExplorer on July 27, 2014, 11:02:06 pm »
ACA rerouted the L&C in ND to address those very concerns, It gets away from the Missouri River for a while, but also avoids the oil boom traffic in the Williston area. The problem is it also takes one away from Ft. Mandan and their beautiful new Visitor's Center.

Ride safe,
Connecting ACA Routes / Green Mt. Loop alternate
« Last post by mbattisti on July 27, 2014, 08:55:58 pm »
Doing the Green Mt. Loop in Vermont in a week or so, and our group does not have enough time to do the entire loop.  Starting near Burlington and going in a clockwise direction, we are considering leaving the ACA route in Lyndonville (near St. Johnsbury) and riding through So. Wheelock, Stannard, and Greensboro Bend before jumping on rt. 15 near Hardwick.  Then taking rt. 15 west all the way to Cambridge.  If anyone can shed any light on the riding conditions/grades along this proposed alternative, I would greatly appreciate it!  Also, if anyone has any recommended backroads to take us from Cambridge north to Sheldon Springs, that would be very helpful also.
General Discussion / Great Divide: Bears & Blogs
« Last post by martynbob on July 27, 2014, 04:40:53 pm »

I am new to this site but am very interested in hearing from others who have ridden the Great Divide Trail.  My hubby (Bob) is going to start the Divide Trail in just a few days.

I've got two interests:

1.  I would like to know how many people either see or encounter bears in the northern parts of the ride.  (And I'll be honest here, I'm hoping to hear that most people don't even see a bear.)

2.  If anyone created and maintained a blog, I'd like to see it!  I've started one for my husband but am looking for some ideas.  I've seen some that are detailed about the day-by-day experience, and I hope to put some of that in there, but since communications may be limited I'm interested other suggestions and ideas.  Blog thus far:


Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« Last post by Pat Lamb on July 27, 2014, 03:49:10 pm »
For all those eager advocates of SPD clips, or any other mechanical method of attaching your feet to the pedals, here's something few of the clip using fraturnity rarely tell you.  Unless you aquaint yourself at an early stage in your cycling life and feel very comfortable getting in and out of clips at split-second notice without having time to think you might end up as I did a few years back, running out of momentum on a steep hill and quite suddenly face down on the black-top.

I think most people would say it is rather foolish to start any kind of major tour with new equipment that you are not completely familiar with.  Sorry to hear about your troubles, but what were you thinking?

The flip side, of course, is that clipless (or even toe clips and straps) allows a cyclist with adequate low gears to spin up many grades and save his or her knees from pushing too hard, and the problems that come with that.  "Attaching" feet to pedals prevents a foot from slipping off and forcibly acquainting one's crotch with the top tube.

It boils down to a personal choice, of course.  If a rider has put in some training time with bike (including pedals) before starting off on tour, either clipless or rattrap/flat pedals can get you where you're going.
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