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General Discussion / Re: brooks saddle break-in how long
« Last post by Pat Lamb on July 24, 2014, 04:45:22 pm »
Not a Swift, but I've broken in four B-17s.  All of them felt pretty good once they were adjusted correctly when new.  It took 300-500 miles for each saddle to disappear, such that I stopped noticing it.

I've read the Team Pro is supposed to have thicker leather, so it takes longer to break in.  Some people say those take 1,000 miles to break in.  I'm not sure where on the B-17/Team Pro line the Swift falls.

Two notes.  First, adjustment is critical for a Brooks saddle.  I prefer two-bolt seatposts for the ease in making minor adjustments (without starting over every time you unscrew the single bolt on the other design).  Second, while many tourists prefer Brooks saddles - half or more, in my observations - not every bottom matches up with a Brooks.
General Discussion / brooks saddle break-in how long
« Last post by drew5889 on July 24, 2014, 04:23:37 pm »
I am think about buying an all most new brooks swift might have  25 miles or less. Q has any one used or broke-in a swift ? how did it fill as new ? how long did it take to break it in ? did any one use any short cuts ? does any one have any pictures they could show ?  thanks
General Discussion / Re: Bike / Hike Campsites on southern PCR
« Last post by litespeed on July 24, 2014, 03:36:08 pm »
The major problem in the parks on the southern California coast is not lack of camping spots it is the "homeless" (to use a polite term) stumbling around. The last time I went down the coast they were such pests that I cut inland at Paso Robles to get away from them.

If I sound unsympathetic it is because I got to really know them after I got out of the army. I spent a few years knocking around the country, staying in cheap rooms and working out of rent-a-drunk labor outfits and government employment centers. I always had a buck in my pocket, clean clothes on my back and a roof over my head because I was willing to work at whatever I was offered. I never met any homeless person who was "down on his luck" or mentally ill. They ALL had simply made a life decision to beg, drink cheap wine and use drugs instead of work.
General Discussion / Re: dogs and security
« Last post by litespeed on July 24, 2014, 03:09:49 pm »
My favorite trick is to swerve back and forth if there is room to do it safely. This really confuses the dogs. I have had them run into signposts, telephone poles and culverts, get all tangled up with each other and go down in a tumbling, dusty heap, even just trip all over themselves. They can't handle a swerving target.
General Discussion / Re: Washington Hiker/Biker Campsites?
« Last post by JMilyko on July 24, 2014, 01:57:20 pm »
Slight seqway on this topic.  How were the hiker/biker sites in California from SF south to the border?  I've head that quite a few no longer have hiker/biker sites (eg South Carlsbad).

From the Pacific Coast Section 5 addenda (

Some of the CA state parks have closed their hiker/biker sites due to vagrants. You can find a updated list of hiker/biker sites by searching "Activity/Facility" at this site:

Hope that helps.
General Discussion / Re: cooking stoves for bike travel in Europe
« Last post by sanuk on July 24, 2014, 11:15:35 am »
So what exactly is the stove you like to use more Irqo?  We fly to Kerkines first week of August aiming to ride the Iron Curtain Trail down to Helsinki.  We still haven't decided what stove to get.  It's entirely determined by what they have in the outdoor equipment stores in Stuttgart  - there's only two decent ones it seems and only one has MSR stoves - in fact last time we looked they only had one - total.  An MSR would be my prefered choice if, as you say, gasoline and/or other suitable flamable liquids are easily available in Finland.  Otherwise it'll have to be a gas canister fueled thing, none of which look very stable although certainly light weight.  This weekend looks like decision time.
Gear Talk / A folding bike for touring?
« Last post by sanuk on July 24, 2014, 10:58:57 am »
Think I'm joking?  Look at this:  and all you need is a spare $2,000 or so.  However, even if you have the cash finding one might be tricky.  Although introduced earlier this year I still cannot find a full independent on-the-road review of the S18.  Maybe it's just an illusion afterall. 
Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
« Last post by Backwoods Mountain Sports on July 23, 2014, 06:25:28 pm »
Hay all, This is Mike from Backwoods Mountain Sports in Ketchum. We are pumped to see so many of the adventure riders out riding our trails. We are your local Salsa, Surly and fat bike headquarters. We have talked to many of you on your way through and for those that have not don't hesitate to stop on by for local beta and any restocks you need. Great to hear stories from the trail. Call, stop on in or just wave on your way by.

General Discussion / Re: Can live/work wherever I want - why not on a bike?
« Last post by JonnieCycle on July 23, 2014, 05:41:13 pm »
Seems like a style that would work would be, plunk down in one place for four days of work (assuming 40 hours a week is your objective). Then move and tour for three or four days. Then plunk down. I have traveled / worked for a couple decades, and always found myself needing continuous time to work ( I was a Geologist for a decade, and then a IT Project Manager (all over the world) for a couple.

Yup - that's it exactly - but more like - one "general" location, say (just picking a city of the top of my head) Caspar, WY ...i'd probably go to the middle of the town - cafe's etc. (starbucks -w hatever) be in that general vicinity from Monday thru Friday (biking back and forth from wherever I'm camping or staying) going from workable location to workable location each day ...then come Friday afternoon - trek to my next destination.  If I were diligient I might be able to do all 50 states in 18 months to 2 years, lol
Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« Last post by dkoloko on July 23, 2014, 04:42:17 pm »
Cycling shoes have been some kind of plastic for about a decade or two now.  Wet cycling shoes is not really an issue.  If you wear socks, the socks will get wet from sweat or rain.  But plastic shoes getting wet is not a problem.

I suspect this is true only for some shoes. Shoes I wore and am wearing around town are usual mix of synthetics found in low end mountain bike shoes; what I found a good choice for touring (if not get wet) and around town.
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