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Classifieds / FS: Used Scott AT-4 Handlebars
« Last post by markusl on July 27, 2014, 12:42:39 pm »
I don't think these are made anymore and I think many people still like them so I'd thought I'd see if anybody wants mine.  I bought these in 1998-ish, used them on a commuter bike for about 3 years, and they've been sitting on a shelf in my basement ever since.

They measure 22.5 inches from outside to outside at the widest point.

The paint is pretty well scuffed from installing and uninstalling shifters and brake levers.

$30 + shipping (OBO).

marklorie at gmail dot com
Gear Talk / Re: Panniers vs. BOB?
« Last post by mscottweiss on July 27, 2014, 11:39:49 am »
Thanks to you all; I really appreciate the excellent advice. Seems like there are certainly pros and cons to both options. I'm leaning toward panniers, as it seems to be the majority consensus. Once again, much obliged for your help, and I hope your rides are safe and happy.
Routes / Re: Lewis and Clark route: Traffic concerns?
« Last post by mscottweiss on July 27, 2014, 11:37:45 am »
Terrific--thanks so much for your excellent feedback, and congratulations on your epic journey. I look forward to reading your blog. Enjoy Portland!
Connecting ACA Routes / Musselshell River as alternative
« Last post by freightbike on July 26, 2014, 10:42:24 pm »
I rode the musselshell river a couple weeks ago, from White Sulfur Springs to Forsyth. I wish to tell people to check out Ingomar if you go that way. Ingomar is about 40 miles up US Hwy 12 from Forsyth and I found it enchanting as a classic western town, out in the middle of nowhere. There are no services, other than a saloon called the "Jersey Lill' and an old school house with what the locals call a bunk and biscuit that rents for thirty dollars a night. You can also campout in the town park. Food is really good at the saloon but they are only open from ten am to ten pm so no breakfast served.
 There was a stretch of the road that was under construction just west of Harlowton. Roundup had a city park down by the county fair grounds but only one metal picnic table. Harlowton has a nice park called Chief Joseph park. The Conestoga RV in White Sulfur Springs was very nice also. All in all it was a very nice alternative to the interstate hwy along the Yellowstone river or hilly hwy 200 east of Great Falls.
Routes / Re: Lewis and Clark route: Traffic concerns?
« Last post by Tandem Tom on July 26, 2014, 08:27:11 pm »
My wife and I are currently in Portland and started our cross country ride in Delaware. We picked up the L&C in St. Louis. It has been a fantastic route! You can check out our blog on Crazyguyonabike. It is call"Undaunted Perseverance Acrees America "
General Discussion / Re: brooks saddle break-in how long
« Last post by 22hornet on July 26, 2014, 07:40:43 pm »
 I have had a swift for over a year on a bike I ride to work almost every day and I know it's there. Then I picked up a new b17 and swapped it out on the same bike. Day 1 the 17 is a dream and I'm a smaller rider, the swift is a good saddle but it just isn't as comfortable as the 17 for me.
GPS Discussion / Re: FrontPack: new mobile app for cycle touring
« Last post by SlowAndSlower on July 26, 2014, 03:00:27 pm »
Steveres: Thanks for the explanation on the offline usage as I see that being the main advantage for a standalone GPS unit today.
On July 25, we were able to get around the washout by walking the bikes along the edge of the river. This requires getting feet wet, and it's a major hassle to get back up to the road (southbound.) Risk of rockfall, so keep helmets on.
Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« Last post by dkoloko on July 26, 2014, 12:57:30 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.

Unless you're a serious road racer I see very little justification for any kind of clips.

Definitely not true for me. Went from no retention to toe clips to clipless. Moderate learning curve each upgrade. Not having to think is what should be. I suspect your settings were too tight. I set my clipless pedals at lowest release setting. Unless you are a very vigorous pedaler for a recreational cyclist, lowest setting should be sufficient. While the choice it is a matter of preference, I use clipless pedals for fast recreational cycling and touring, and experience the advantages. I suspect a perusal of the archives will find other such pronouncements when clipless first came on the market. I will say now what I said then, if you try clipless you'll probably like them; most did.
General Discussion / Re: cooking stoves for bike travel in Europe
« Last post by adventurepdx on July 26, 2014, 12:40:59 pm »
We checked out a Trangia stove that's available here.  Runs on some kind of spirits not gas. Didn't like it anyway as with all the acompanying pots - aluminum - luck! - and whatnot it looked very bulky.

Hey, don't knock the Trangia stormcooker sets until you try them. They live up to their "stormcooker" name. I've used them in quite windy conditions and they perform well, better than most other stoves. And that "spirits" is alcohol, as pointed out earlier in the thread.
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