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Gear Talk / Re: Cateye time & average speed funky readings
« Last post by DaveB on April 21, 2014, 05:54:47 am »
:-[ Oh the embarrassment. Somehow I'd managed to turn off the Automatic Mode for the thing. i.e. the timer keeps running until you press the start/stop button. There should be a little AT on the display. When all else fails RTFM
Well, I'm glad it was that simple and maintains my faith in Cat-Eye cyclocomputers.  As I said above I've been using them for many years and never had a reliability problem.  Sometimes versatility (auto start vs manual start, odometer reset ability, etc.) leads to inadvertent changes and unwanted changes.  Thanks for the update.
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Gear Talk / Re: 11-32 vs 11-34
« Last post by mathieu on April 21, 2014, 05:54:36 am »
Slopes of  8 degrees is about the maximum you will see on the TransAm.
I think you'll find a lot of people who would dispute that.

John, there are probably few people who are more knowledgeable about the TransAm route than you, so I reverently give way. Still I tried to remember where those wickedly steep slopes occurred. Maybe in Kentucky, where the adrenalin from the many dogs in ambush drove me over the hills?

Did your remark take into account that I mentioned a slope of 8 degrees? More often slopes are expressed as the ratio of rise over run, which for an angle of 8 degrees amounts to a grade of 14%?
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Gear Talk / Re: Retiring, getting into self contained touring
« Last post by PeteJack on April 21, 2014, 05:06:03 am »
There are good rim squeezers and not so good rim squeezers. My 520 came with Single Digit SD-5 brakes and for years I put up with noise and poor performance. On a steep downhill I just couldn't stop by braking from the hoods, I had to reach round to the drops and squeeze like hell. And they were almost impossible to center, I'd use up all the adjustment on one side without it lifting off the rim. Eventually I sprang big bucks $111 for a Single Digit Ultimate as opposed to $17 for a replacement SD-5 on the front. It's like night and day: powerful, modulated braking from the hoods, silent, center perfectly. Everything a vee brake should be. While I was at it I replaced the brake levers with Tektro RH520s  I do believe the new levers are a help too i.e. they have better ergonomics.

I've still got the old SD-5 on the rear and it seems plenty adequate so it's staying. I reckon you don't want too powerful braking at the back, locked wheel etc.
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Gear Talk / Re: solo bike security
« Last post by PeteJack on April 21, 2014, 04:38:50 am »
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Carry a light cable lock to keep people honest, perhaps, and a detachable handlebar bag with ID, camera, cash, credit cards, etc. stays with you all the time. 

+1 Also be aware of what nice gizmos are on your handlebars because they can attract the eye. The only theft I experienced was with a device on the handlebars. I ride with a GPS. When I'm off the bike, the GPS goes in my handlebar bag, and the bag stays with me.
+1 One of our club members had a GPS disappear on a Washington State ferry.
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Gear Talk / Re: Cateye time & average speed funky readings
« Last post by PeteJack on April 21, 2014, 04:30:28 am »
 :-[ Oh the embarrassment. Somehow I'd managed to turn off the Automatic Mode for the thing. i.e. the timer keeps running until you press the start/stop button. There should be a little AT on the display. When all else fails RTFM
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General Discussion / Re: newbie planning Belgium tour
« Last post by PeteJack on April 21, 2014, 04:11:22 am »
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I took some French in college
Do learn how to pronounce the letters of the alphabet, most people are not taught this. It's very helpful if you want to find route D123 say. (e.g. D in French is pronounced 'day').  See http://french.about.com/od/pronunciation/a/alphabet.htm And be aware that locals often don't know route numbers; roads often have local names that don't appear on maps.
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General Discussion / Re: Any advise on Bicycle choice greatly appreciated.
« Last post by PeteJack on April 21, 2014, 03:33:36 am »
+1 for Safari. You you can fit a bar bag on those bars. My wife's has one of these http://www.rei.com/product/852189/ortlieb-ultimate-6-plus-handlebar-bag
 BTW make sure you have some good electrical tape with you. So far our only grouse is that the bar tape started to unwrap. The original tape on the Safari seems a bit thin to me, though Mrs PJ hasn't complained. You may want to have them put some more padded tape on before you pick it up.
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General Discussion / Re: Any advise on Bicycle choice greatly appreciated.
« Last post by RandomGuyOnABike on April 20, 2014, 09:56:23 pm »
After touring last year on a loaded mountain bike, I've been looking at touring bikes this year. Last week, I finally test rode a Disc Trucker.. and words cannot express the comfort and ease of the bike as compared to my beast. Can't really go wrong with a bike that has been toured on by hundreds, if not thousands of people, right?

Of course, it also depends on where your touring as well. I wouldn't want to take the Trucker out on a 500 mile trip through single track / expedition style touring, that's for sure.

So the best advice, attempt to ride the bike before you buy. You might find something that you just fall in love right when you get on it and ride it for a couple of feet.
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Routes / Re: Seattle to Missoula
« Last post by mbattisti on April 20, 2014, 07:51:54 pm »
One way is to head north and pick up the Northern Tier to Whitefish, MT. Then due south thru Seeley Lake.  Not the most direct, but very scenic.
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General Discussion / Re: van supported Transam
« Last post by randy-56 on April 20, 2014, 07:04:23 pm »
Hi,

I have decided to join the self-contained ACA TransAm tour that begins on May 3rd.  Hope to see you on the road and have a wonderful trip!!
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