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Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« Last post by tbessie on May 21, 2015, 10:57:56 pm »
Everyone has different preferrences, but I've been touring in a pair of these that allow me to use spd cleats, but still walk comfortably when off the bike. Sizing does seem to run on the small side. http://shop.pearlizumi.com/product.php?mode=view&pc_id=43&product_id=2328453&outlet=&color_code=021

Thanks! Interestingly, those are one of the pairs I ended up getting.  I like them, though they are around a half-size too small.  I tried the next size up, but they were a bit loose, so I'll see if I can suffer through the ride with them; hopefully they'll stretch out a bit.

- Tim
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Another oil spill has fouled this wonderful beach.
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Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« Last post by administrator on May 21, 2015, 07:02:08 pm »
Everyone has different preferrences, but I've been touring in a pair of these that allow me to use spd cleats, but still walk comfortably when off the bike. Sizing does seem to run on the small side. http://shop.pearlizumi.com/product.php?mode=view&pc_id=43&product_id=2328453&outlet=&color_code=021
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Gear Talk / Re: Touring without fenders - big mistake?
« Last post by indyfabz on May 21, 2015, 11:06:56 am »
Never used them, even on the Northern Tier route, and don't think I ever will. If it's raining hard enough, no fender is going to keep me dry or drier Also, my tent is positioned on the rear rack in line with the bike. Under the tent is a folded 4x8 plastic "tarp." This set up keeps the spray off my jersey and rear end.
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Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« Last post by indyfabz on May 21, 2015, 11:01:11 am »
Sandals are light, small, and multi-purpose.  Take a shower in them (oh, and avoid leather for this purpose and for general water and rain tolerance).  Set up the tent in them.  Heck, I even did a white-water rafting trip in them.  Get a pair that are easily adjustable, put on warm wool socks, and you can go hike for a few miles.

+1. My extremities tend to feel cold and a pair of warm, wool socks and sandals works for me. They don't have to break the bank. For the last two years I have been using a cheap pair of Dexters I got on sale from PayLess for under $30. They are extremely light and flatten out nicely, even at size 12.  I wouldn't take them in the shower, though. For that I carry a pair of cheap flip flops. Those sit under the chords that strap the tent to the rear rack so they take up no pannier space.
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Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast ride
« Last post by indyfabz on May 21, 2015, 10:52:06 am »
Details, including an explanation of how the maps go both ways:

http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/map-features/

In the example used, you can see the bi-directional narratives, eastbound and westbound in that particular example.
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Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« Last post by Pat Lamb on May 21, 2015, 09:44:45 am »
I've toured with a good pair of MTB shoes and sandals (and will likely do so again!).  MTB shoes so you can walk in them, clip in to Frog/Eggbeater/SPD pedals.  Good, stiff soles to avoid hot foot on long riding days.  While you can walk into a store, diner, or library in these, they're not really good for hikes -- the soles are great for riding, but compromised for long distance walking.

Sandals are light, small, and multi-purpose.  Take a shower in them (oh, and avoid leather for this purpose and for general water and rain tolerance).  Set up the tent in them.  Heck, I even did a white-water rafting trip in them.  Get a pair that are easily adjustable, put on warm wool socks, and you can go hike for a few miles.

Now, if you're planning a 10-15 mile day hike, you'll probably want something sturdier.  The more non-cycling activities you want to add to a bike tour, the more you'll end up carrying.  I'd be interested to know how heavy the Vibram soled shoes are, and how good the soles are for long rides.
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Gear Talk / Re: Touring without fenders - big mistake?
« Last post by DaveB on May 21, 2015, 09:03:00 am »

Water from the sky is clean. Water that splashes up from the road, not so much. I was on a group ride on a rainy, muddy road. I was the only one with fenders. We all got wet, but I was the only one that didn't have a muddy streak down the center of the back of my jersey.
I don't have a rear fender but my rear rack has a top plate that acts as a decent splash guard to keep the rear wheel's thrown up water off my back.  It does nothing to keep the spray off the rider following me but it does protect my jersey.
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Gear Talk / Re: Touring without fenders - big mistake?
« Last post by Old Guy New Hobby on May 21, 2015, 07:24:19 am »
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Which model do you have?  I'm using 32mm tires and most of theirs targeted to touring seem to start at 35mm

Tim,

I'm using SKS B53 which goes with my 700 x 38 tires. I don't see any reason why they wouldn't work with smaller tires. In your case, there isn't much of a difference between 32 and 35, so long as there's room in your fork for the width of the fenders.
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Gear Talk / Re: Touring without fenders - big mistake?
« Last post by RonK on May 21, 2015, 03:59:12 am »
Touring without fenders - big mistake?
Nope only a very small mistake. And then only if it rains.
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