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Urban Cycling / Re: commuting by bike
« Last post by Mickey... on July 21, 2016, 05:17:01 pm »
I ride to work every day too, but is not long distance... only 3km from house to work..

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Urban Cycling / Re: commuting by bike
« Last post by canalligators on July 21, 2016, 12:02:24 pm »
... i reckon i save around $50 - $60 a week on transport plus if take into account the exercise i get as well then i really don't mins. Takes me a total of 35 minutes door to door which isn't too bad

I've looked at my savings more than once.  It's very dependent on your situation, but I would make a generalization: Unless you can avoid owning a car (first or second), you're not going to save a lot of money.  Fixed car expenses such as insurance, basic maintenance and car payments can't be avoided.  Although smaller, there are fixed and per-mile costs with the bike too.

The other aspect of commuting by bike is the hassle factor.  Frankly, it's time consuming and a pain in the neck to commute to work.  I make it work because it's my chosen exercise and I love to ride, but there are days when I just say "forget it" and drive.
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Routes / Re: Southern Tier
« Last post by JMilyko on July 21, 2016, 10:06:50 am »
Either way you are likely to run into snow in the western mountain passes. Check out this blog post for more thoughts on when to ride the Southern Tier route:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/when-to-ride-southern-tier/

Best,
Jennifer
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Gear Talk / Re: Single best modification to stock LHT for cross-country tour?
« Last post by DaveB on July 21, 2016, 08:56:08 am »
But really, I enjoy my bar-end shifter bike as much as my Ergo shifter bike, and which shifters I use makes approximately zero difference in how well I climb.
My personal objection to barends (and yes, I have them on one of my bikes) is not functionality but accessibility.  The work well but I find them very difficult to get to if I discover I need a lower gear in the middle of a climb.  If you can anticipate your shifts and shift while seated, fine.  If you are surprised by the grade and need to shift while standing, they are awkward at best.

STI/Ergo and "Retroshift" brifters can be shifted any time with minimal hand movement so being in the wrong gear can be corrected immediately.
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General Discussion / Re: Largest tire to put on a 17mm rim?
« Last post by BobG on July 21, 2016, 07:08:06 am »
Here's Sheldon Brown's chart that addresses the width issue more specifically than canalligator's link above. Scroll  down to "Width Considerations"...

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html#iso

For a 17mm inside rim width it recommends a 25-37mm tire with the following note...

"Note: This chart may err a bit on the side of caution. Many cyclists exceed the recommended widths with no problem."

"Although you can use practically any tire/rim combination that shares the same bead seat diameter, it is unwise to use widely disparate sizes.

If you use a very narrow tire on a wide rim, you risk pinch flats and rim damage from road hazards.

If you use a very wide tire on a narrow rim, you risk sidewall or rim failure. This combination causes very sloppy handling at low speeds. Unfortunately, current mountain-bike fashion pushes the edge of this. In the interest of weight saving, most current mountain bikes have excessively narrow rims. Such narrow rims work very poorly with wide tires, unless the tires are overinflated...but that defeats the purpose of wide tires, and puts undue stress on the rim sidewalls."


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Gear Talk / Re: Sleeping Pad Recommendation
« Last post by attaboy on July 20, 2016, 09:58:58 pm »
Another option I've heard is a thermal automobile sunscreen. Least bulky might be tyvek.
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Routes / Southern Tier
« Last post by Pilgrim Farmer John on July 20, 2016, 09:31:32 pm »
I'm planning on riding the entire Southern Tier, starting mid January, 2017. My first major decision is east to west or west to east. Comments from ST veterans, please. I'll have continuous support via my wife driving motor home. We employed the same system riding Lewis and Clark in 2009 and were both happy.
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Gear Talk / Re: Sleeping Pad Recommendation
« Last post by John Nelson on July 20, 2016, 07:04:52 pm »
Wow. I think maybe your requirements are overly constrained. Not inflatable and not bulky seem to be at odds. The only way around it would be something very thin, but then it would also be not comfortable. I notice that you didn't mention comfort anywhere. Personally, I like something 2.5 inches thick. I don't find the one-inch-thick pads comfortable.

Yes, I realize that almost all inflatable pads eventually quit holding air. I think you just accept that and buy a new one when that happens. Usually they fail slowly, such that they still work even if you have to add more air in the middle of the night.

Anyway, maybe somebody knows of something that meets all your requirements. I don't.

Some people like bubble wrap. Not very durable, but cheap.
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Gear Talk / Sleeping Pad Recommendation
« Last post by dkoloko on July 20, 2016, 04:58:42 pm »
Looking for sleeping pad recommendation. Requirements are full length, non-inflatable, not more than a pound or so in weight, and not bulky. Currently have Ensolite pad; should be something better. Non-inflatable I have seen in stores are much too bulky. Had number of inflatable pads, self inflating, blow up, pump, no pump; soured on inflatables when on last trip inflatable valve failed. REI pad; no repair, even if I paid for repair.
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General Discussion / Re: Largest tire to put on a 17mm rim?
« Last post by BobG on July 20, 2016, 02:36:17 pm »
The manufacturer of your rims (Alex?) may also have a suggestion. Here's that page for Velocity...

http://www.velocityusa.com/tech/rims/

A 700c Dyad, for example, has an outside width of 24mm, inside width of 18.6mm. Recommended tire width range is 25-38mm.
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