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General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« Last post by johnsondasw on October 19, 2014, 02:10:27 pm »
I use regular road biking shoes with Crank Brothers "eggbeater" type pedals.  I love 'em. They are much easier to get out of than the old pedals with straps.  They also stick out above what would be the platform area of most other clipons and therefore don't fill with dirt and mud making it hard to get into.  I've been on rides where my partners' system got too muddy/dirty and they had a heck of a time cleaning them out so they could get clipped in. I have never had that happen.

I definitely like being clipped in and will never go back to the old pedals with straps.  Clipped in, you get much more effective pedaling power, especially if you learn to "circle" with each rotation.  Of course, until one learns how to get out of the clips fast, falls are likely.  I took one very soon after getting my new pedals. But that was 11 years ago. 
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General Discussion / Re: Strange sounds from below
« Last post by johnsondasw on October 19, 2014, 01:59:13 pm »
Do you hear it only when pedaling, or also when coasting? I assume it's a pedaling thing. Over the past 60 years or so I've dealt with many knocking/clicking sounds.  The last time, it was more of a clicking one, that seemed to be around only when pedaling under pressure, not under just "maintenance" pedaling.  Of course, it was a slightly loose pedal.  That does not sound like your deal. I have also had the slightly loose rear skewer deal. I once had a much more pronounced knock and it was in the BB.  I had to tighten the lock ring a little more and it fixed the issue. That was on an old 1970s Nishiki.  Great durable bike that died when my son had it in the back  of a pickup, went around a corner too fast and the bike flew onto the pavement. Hmmm, just how fast to you have to turn to throw a bike out of the back of a pickup?
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General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« Last post by bogiesan on October 19, 2014, 10:35:54 am »
A third option is Power Grip straps.  I haven't tried them, but they have a small, dedicated following.


My late riding partner put 10-15K on his powergrip straps and Nike running shoes.
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General Discussion / Re: Bike Question
« Last post by bogiesan on October 19, 2014, 10:33:10 am »
There is a complete how-to-buy-a-touring-bike section someplace here on the Adventure Cycling site.

But before you decide to invest in a new bike, figure out if bike touring is for you. There are several ways to do that. You can try credit card touring, just ride from one town to the next with a backpack and stay in motels. You can try a fully supported tour. You can do a self-supported tour and rent  or borrow a bike.
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General Discussion / Re: Strange sounds from below
« Last post by PeteJack on October 19, 2014, 10:23:27 am »
I had a periodic knocking last year. Turned out I had a crack in my cassette body cover.
Not trying to be smart but just what is a  cassette body cover? I've never heard the term before.
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Routes / Re: Southern Tier, highway 78 Glamis to Palo Verde, Ca
« Last post by Catherine on October 19, 2014, 12:23:50 am »
Thank you!
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Routes / Re: Southern Tier, highway 78 Glamis to Palo Verde, Ca
« Last post by staehpj1 on October 18, 2014, 08:01:54 pm »
I just rode Rt-78 for that section when I did the ST but someone suggested an alternate route at the time.  Sorry but I don't recall what it was.  It looks like Blythe Olgilby road parallels rt 78, but I don't think it is paved and do not know how ride-able it is.

I didn't really mind Rt 78, but I have a pretty high tolerance for traffic.

I just remembered that it was Nancy Mercury who suggested the alternate route (if my memory is correct).  She was offering to host cyclists near there (for a fee I think).  I didn't stay there but did speak to her on the phone.  If she is still listed on the AC maps or with warmshowers.org you might look her up and ask her.
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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by Catherine on October 18, 2014, 05:43:49 pm »
Alisha,

I just started the route.  Did you decide to do it?

Catherine
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Routes / Re: Southern Tier, highway 78 Glamis to Palo Verde, Ca
« Last post by Catherine on October 18, 2014, 05:42:31 pm »
I'm about a week from this area, have you heard back from anyone?

thanks,

catherine
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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Welcome to Bicycle Route 66!
« Last post by sam21fire on October 18, 2014, 05:39:55 pm »
I'm hopeful..but not expectant...that this sort of project will generate enough publicity and thus funding to improve the road condition for a large part of this route.  I just finished riding from Hesperia to Goffs in SoCal and most of that section is poor with parts being almost unridable.   Here's a crazyguy link to my blog for the trip.  Feel free to email me if you have any other questions at sam21fire at gmail.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/MojaveDesert

Sam
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