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General Discussion / Re: Down Tube Shifters
« Last post by staehpj1 on April 18, 2016, 10:38:14 am »
Down tube shifters are simple and weigh less than any other kind of shifter.
Not to get too far into "weight weeneism" here but, while the downtube lever themselves weigh less than other shifter types, you have to add the weight of the brake levers to get a fair comparison.  STI's, Ergo's and the Gevenalle shifters include the brake levers in their weight claims.
I am a pretty obsessive weight weenie when it comes to packing gear, but a bit less so on the bike.  That said brifters are typically heavier than the combined weight of brake levers and down tube shifters.  Additionally there is less cable and cable housing.  Those differences are kind of moot to me though since my preference on how they work is a bigger deal.
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General Discussion / Re: Down Tube Shifters
« Last post by DaveB on April 18, 2016, 09:35:07 am »
Down tube shifters are simple and weigh less than any other kind of shifter.
Not to get too far into "weight weeneism" here but, while the downtube lever themselves weigh less than other shifter types, you have to add the weight of the brake levers to get a fair comparison.  STI's, Ergo's and the Gevenalle shifters include the brake levers in their weight claims. 
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General Discussion / Re: Down Tube Shifters
« Last post by bikemig on April 17, 2016, 11:17:46 pm »
I like brifters and bar end shifters better than downtube shifters but I happen to like downtube shifters just fine. Mechanically they're very simple and they do force you to think ahead in shifting.

Also keep in mind that some of the real improvement in shifting came less from moving the shifters to the bars than with newly designed cassettes and chainrings. You'll get better shifting with downtube shifters using the new cassettes than you ever could with older freewheels.
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General Discussion / Re: Down Tube Shifters
« Last post by bikemig on April 17, 2016, 11:08:17 pm »
LOTS of downtube shifting here in Madison WI and LOTS of manual transmission cars Russ. Jetta especially sells lots of them without having to special order them.

I doubt it.  I've cycled in Wisconsin.  Some parts are very hilly.  Dairyland Dare for instance.  Tell me how many downtube shifters you see on that ride.  None.  Downtube shifters are used by old men who are reliving their youth by clinging to the old time ways of cycling.  Back when chamois were leather, shorts were wool, and cleats were nailed to the shoes.  Anyone who has taken up cycling in the last 30 years does not use downtube shifters.  And all the hip, chic, swinging cool cats ride single speed, man.  Downtube shifters are for the old fogeys with more hair on their chins than top.

Jetta?  Volkswagen?  Volkswagen can't even give their F-ing cars away after the latest diesel emissions scandal.  I think the CEO was kicked out.  The Feds and California are suing them.  And a bunch of other states too.  Volkswagen sales have plummeted recently.  Last year they got hold of the number one car sales title from Toyota.  I think they lost it with this recent disaster.  Go to any car lot in your town.  Look at the cars and see how many are manual.  Even the little cars are automatic.

I saw more than a few downtube shifters on the Dairyland Dare last year; I might use them myself this year. I like brifters and bar ends better than downtube shifters, though.

By the way, I'm more than happy to be one of those "old fogeys with more hair on their chins than top" who likes downtube shifters. That's an intelligent and thoughtful criticism by the way.
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GPS Discussion / Re: Where is the Download Data??
« Last post by mdxix on April 17, 2016, 06:44:40 pm »
Open link Tracks and Service Points (limited) for detailed instructions to:
  • Download digital data,
  • Upload data to your device,
  • Navigate tracks,
  • Edit tracks,
  • Find services using our digital data, and
  • Manage your device
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GPS Discussion / Re: Where is the Download Data??
« Last post by gflewis on April 17, 2016, 03:52:42 pm »
I am a member and can only seem to find the low res trail data without the waypoint data you used to provide.

Am I missing something. I logged in as a member. Am using a Mac / FIrefox.
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Routes / Maine-New Brunswick
« Last post by Fleabit on April 17, 2016, 03:20:01 pm »
Planning to head north from the end of the Northern Tier Route at Bar Harbor, Maine to St John's, NB and then ferry to Nova Scotia.  Hope to take the Deer Island Ferries between Lubec, Maine and L'Etete, NB.  Anyone have any information on riding Hwy 1 along this route or suggestions for alternate roads to get us to Lubec and St Johns?
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General Discussion / Re: East to West Transam start suggestions?
« Last post by Pat Lamb on April 17, 2016, 01:59:22 pm »
Also, when you make motel or hotel reservations, check to see if they offer a free airport shuttle.  Many do (especially the ones near the airport!).
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General Discussion / Re: East to West Transam start suggestions?
« Last post by emfausto on April 16, 2016, 11:38:55 pm »
Hi John,
Thanks for clarifying that the location of the wheel dipping "traditional" is at Yorktown. I will check the ACA map and Google map to give me the relative distance of those places.  Being a foreigner, its hard to visualize the distance and the logistics challenges to start the tour.
Regards,
Ed :-)
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General Discussion / Re: East to West Transam start suggestions?
« Last post by John Nelson on April 16, 2016, 09:31:12 pm »
The "traditional" wheel dip is not at Virginia Beach, but at Yorktown, where the official start of the TransAm is. Some have issues with Yorktown is that it isn't officially on the Atlantic Ocean, but it's close enough for most people. If you decide to start in Yorktown, you can fly into Newport News, assemble your bike in the airport and ride the short distance to Yorktown. If you decide to start at Virginia Beach, it's not possible to ride directly to Yorktown, but you can ride to Jamestown, a little ways down the TransAm route.
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