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Gear Talk / Re: flat pedal shoe combination for all day comfort¡?¡?¡?¡?¡?¡
« Last post by roadrunner on January 23, 2015, 10:39:01 pm »
Julie - I'm not particular about the shoes I use, just that they have a fairly stiff sole, are shaped to fit the Power Grip straps, and are comfortable for walking.  The most recent ones I got were Nike, more of a tennis shoe look, rather than an exotic running shoe look.  Sorry I can't be more specific, but with the setup I use, many shoes will work well.  For rides up to 25 miles, regular Teva sandals work fine.
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Gear Talk / Re: Should I be worried about my frame?
« Last post by DaveB on January 23, 2015, 06:04:54 pm »
Your LBS is trying to sell you a new bike.  He wants the sale, you don't.  If there are no cracks or other obvious problems, your frame should be good indefinitely.  Steel (and Ti) have the advantage of nearly infinite fatigue life unless badly abused so plan on another 46,000 miles or more. 

I have a '96 Litespeed Ti frame with well over 75,000 miles and it's in perfect condition.  No reason your Trek can't last at least that long.
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General Discussion / Re: TransAm summer 2015 - timing and solo female
« Last post by dayjack119 on January 23, 2015, 06:03:45 pm »
I road it in the rains from Hurricane Irene and it wasn't that bad, but you bring up tire size.  I had 700x35s.  If she has the narrow tires, that could be a problem.  Glad you brought that up.

I wouldn't do a cross country with narrow tires.  There are too many places where they are useless.
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General Discussion / Re: TransAm summer 2015 - timing and solo female
« Last post by DaveB on January 23, 2015, 05:58:55 pm »
To cross the Appalachians easily, take the C&O Trail/GAP out of DC to Pittsburgh.  Lots of single females on that run.  Again your option.
The GAP is pretty easy riding but the C&O can be miserable riding, particularly if it's wet.   Neither are particularly good on a narrow tire road bike so plan on 700-28 or larger tires if you go that route.
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Gear Talk / Re: Should I be worried about my frame?
« Last post by Pat Lamb on January 23, 2015, 05:39:52 pm »
Just MHO; I'd give it a very careful once-over, and if everything looks OK, enjoy the ride.  Hang the frame up on something (ropes tied to rafters, bike stand, car rack), take the wheels off, clean everything as best you can, and inspect the frame under bright light at close range.  If it's outside, check it once, turn it around and check again; if inside, use a bright work light.  Look for things like bubbles in the paint, hairline cracks, paint delaminating, etc.  While riding, listen carefully for unexplained clicks, groans or squeaks.  Drop the fork out and give it the same kind of once-over.  Look particularly near the joints (head tube, bottom bracket, seatstays), dropouts, around penetrations into the tubes, like the water bottle bracket bolts, and near the braze-ons.

The good news is that steel will normally fail gradually, giving you time to catch (and possibly correct) impending failure.  The bad news is that most of us, like me, cheerfully go for a ride instead of spending that lovely spring afternoon checking the bike.
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Gear Talk / Should I be worried about my frame?
« Last post by PeteJack on January 23, 2015, 02:58:59 pm »
I have a Trek520 that I love dearly with 46000+ miles on it. I was in an LBS the other day and mentioned this to the fella and he asked if I was getting cracks in the frame. I haven't found any cracks but then I haven't done a penetrant dye inspection on it or any such thing. About the only thing that hasn't been replaced is the bottom bracket which still seems smooth as silk. Should I be undertaking another big tour with this bike or should I be looking to replace it? If I do it will probably be with a Disc 520, my one beef with my current bike was the brakes it came with were very noisy and not very good.
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General Discussion / Re: TransAm summer 2015 - timing and solo female
« Last post by staehpj1 on January 23, 2015, 02:23:07 pm »
I'd recommend West to East because of the prevailing winds.  I remember meeting people coming from your direction.  When I asked them how they were doing, they said that besides riding against the wind for 3,000 miles, they were doing just peachy. But that's your option.

My experience is that with the Trans America route, summer winds favor going  E-W, but I really don't advise choosing direction of travel on the TA based on wind direction.    In the middle of the country the TA tends toward southeast and the prevailing summer surface winds tend to be out of the southeast.  The map below matches what we found on the TA pretty well.
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General Discussion / Re: Fort Myers to Key west
« Last post by dayjack119 on January 23, 2015, 01:41:48 pm »
The Everglades to me was a boring run of 70-90 miles (can't remember which).  My choice would be to take the ferry to Key West and come back up the Keys.  But then again, you may have a special affinity for alligators.
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General Discussion / Re: TransAm summer 2015 - timing and solo female
« Last post by dayjack119 on January 23, 2015, 01:36:15 pm »
I'd recommend West to East because of the prevailing winds.  I remember meeting people coming from your direction.  When I asked them how they were doing, they said that besides riding against the wind for 3,000 miles, they were doing just peachy. But that's your option.

To cross the Appalachians easily, take the C&O Trail/GAP out of DC to Pittsburgh.  Lots of single females on that run.  Again your option.

Whatever, have a great ride.  You will never regret it, no matter what happens.
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General Discussion / Re: How picky are you?
« Last post by dayjack119 on January 23, 2015, 01:26:42 pm »
I don't oil until it squeaks.
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