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Gear Talk / Touring Bikes ($1000 Range)
« on: March 10, 2004, 03:37:43 pm »
I've been looking for the exact same thing for the last 6 months and after a lot of research, test riding, and head scratching I finally came up with a bike I'm very happy with so far.

First off I wanted an upright position, similar to a mountain bike.  I did not want a drop down handle bar position.  Next I wanted bigger tires, the mountain bike I've had has tires of 1.9 inch.  I test road a bike that had 25mm and I swear I could feel every pebble on the road so I knew I wanted bigger tires.

Anyways I finally came up with the Specialized Sirrus Comp, a hybrid model.  The price tage was $899 at a local bike shop.  I made a couple of additions.  I put bar extenders on the handle bars, a kick stand, rear view mirror on the handle bar, 3 bottle cages (it has eyelets for 3), a solid rear rack (eyelets for that also), and I changed the 28 mm tires to 38 mm tires.

I've been on a few long distance rides already with it, no touring yet or heavy loads.  I'm very happy with it and I think this will do very well.  The only bad thing has been the seat, not as comfortable as they lead you to believe, so I switched back to a Trek seat I bought about six months ago.

My initial plan is to use a trailer and the guys at the bike shop said this would do very well with a trailer or bags.

Once all was put on the bike the total was $1065, about where I figured I would pay for a good solid bike.

Need more information let me know!

Devin Holmes
devin at gingerloop dot com

Gear Talk / Wraparound Prescription Sunglasses
« on: October 29, 2003, 03:40:21 am »
Very nice suggestion, I'll have to take a look, they have a store here in Sacramento.  Thanks much!

Devin Holmes

Gear Talk / Wraparound Prescription Sunglasses
« on: October 28, 2003, 04:19:56 pm »
I wear prescription glasses and was hoping to find a pair of wraparound frames that I can take to an optometrist to have prescription lenses put in.  Anyone have any suggestions?  And I already know about the glasses that you put over your glasses, that's not very appealing.  Thanks in advance....

Devin Holmes

Routes / Southern Route
« on: March 10, 2004, 06:34:13 pm »

Do you have your trip online somewhere?  I would love to read it.  I am planning a trip on the Southern Tier in April 2006 and love reading anything about the route.  Thanks much!

Devin Holmes
devin at gingerloop dot com

Routes / Southern Tier in January - February
« on: November 04, 2003, 06:04:07 pm »
Nice map!  Thanks for the information, I'll print it and use it on my tour in 2006!

Devin Holmes

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