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Urban Cycling / Re: commuting by bike
« Last post by marti jacobs on October 07, 2016, 01:01:11 pm »
I like to that, I have to make some changes  ::)
General Discussion / What about travel other country to cycling?
« Last post by marti jacobs on October 07, 2016, 12:52:13 pm »
Hi everyone, well I have a little experience in this sport, but I absolutely love it. When I was a kid, i remember I could spend all afternoon crossing the closest streets around the house. Then I went to collage and a few years ago started to riding almost all weekends.

I was thinking on make this more big, I would like to travel other countries with my bike. Has anyone of you started like me? with no clue! :-\

I would like to know Europe, some experience you want to share?
General Discussion / Re: What to do: 15 years of Adventure Cyclist magazines?
« Last post by marti jacobs on October 07, 2016, 12:40:16 pm »
Im a big fan of John Schubert , too
We have just heard that the closed road is now open.
General Discussion / Re: Bikes into Newport News Airport
« Last post by briwasson on October 06, 2016, 06:26:27 pm »
Here's another option I forgot to mention: fly into Philadelphia (PHL) and take the AMTRAK train from there to Williamsburg or Newport News. It's about a 5-6 hour trip, and at least one train a day has roll-on bike service (you have to reserve it, though). That way you wouldn't need a connecting flight. Depending when you come in, I might be able to host you overnight, or at least help you out with logistics.
General Discussion / Re: What to do with a bike box?
« Last post by Rabbit on October 06, 2016, 02:41:24 pm »
Hi there, I'm also doing the Trans Am east to west at the start of May next year - flying out from London. I've been struggling with the same thing about what to do with bike boxes and thinking of bringing the bike over in a (cheap) hard case and then abandoning or giving it away, then boxing it up for the return flight from Seattle. If I thought I could Fed Ex the hard case across country I'd do that but as someone else here has said it may be prohibitively expensive. Either way good luck and I may see you on the road next year!
This is now open.
Gear Talk / Re: Continental Touring Plus
« Last post by sanuk on October 05, 2016, 04:17:14 pm »
My wife rides on Schwalbe Big Apple tires which she says are very comfortable so long as you don't ride continuously on rough surfaces, which could be said about a lot of other tires too. I however have been using Continental Travel Contact tires for the last several years in the US, Asia and Europe on all kinds of surfaces most recently crossing the Alps on some very rough trails with no problems. My wife had no problems there either. The only time we both got punctures was a couple of years back in Romania while crossing a field with thistles. Travel Continentals also come as fold ups.

Classifieds / FS 2014 Burley Nomad
« Last post by aggie on October 05, 2016, 10:49:56 am »
Burley Nomad trailer.  Purchased in 2014 it has Schwalbe Marathon tires for added puncture resistance.  It has about 1000 miles on it so it almost looks new.  $200 includes shipping.
Gear Talk / Re: Tour crankset modifications from a 48-36 to triple - choices??? :-\
« Last post by staehpj1 on October 05, 2016, 07:21:49 am »
I used to insist on having a big top gear and a low enough low to make it up the climbs.  These days I have found that I don't care so much about the high gear being all that high.  I have also begun to care less about super low gears, but that is because I have started to practice a very minimalist and light packing style.

My last long paved road tour (Southern Tier) I went with a 39/26 and a 12-28 (a range of about 25-48 gear inches) carrying 14 pounds base gear weight and was very happy with the choice.  The 39/26 was a triple with the big ring left off. 

Since then I have spent quite a bit of time on a 2x10 mountain bike and based on my experience with that setup I might go with either a 1x10 or a 2x10 if I were setting up a touring bike from scratch.  I think I'd actually favor the 1X10 (or maybe even a 1x11)

Some of the new MTB clusters are really super wide range.  Enough so that a 1x10 really can work fine for just about any road conditions.  I think that if I were starting from scratch I'd consider a 1x10 with an 11-42 MTB cluster and what ever ring gave me the low gear I wanted.

All that said...  In your case I'd probably just go to a MTB double and stick with the 12-32 unless your current crank can take appropriate sized rings.  I'd err on the side of closer spaced rings and accept a lower high gear.  How low would depend on the load and the terrain.  At 60 pounds of gear, in the mountains you will likely need to go lower than I normally would with my lighter load.
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