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General Discussion / Re: Gatoraid (sp?) v Water
« on: March 16, 2010, 07:46:20 pm »
I have used gatoraid, I mix brewed greentea and gatoraid, half and half, and that mixture is mixed with an equal amount of water.  I also pack sandwiches made of whole grain bread w/ peanut butter, honey bananas and cinnamon. However, I have since dropped the gatoraid and added a bit of salt.

Gear Talk / Re: Jamis Aurora vs. Surly LHT
« on: February 06, 2010, 09:11:08 pm »
Try a Bianchi Volpe if you can find one.

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks saddle modification
« on: January 24, 2010, 07:04:41 pm »
The saddle rides fine, just looks rough.  Mine was treated on the underside with sno-seal and proofhide but they seemed to be able to modify it just fine, it does'nt look like the underside leather they applied is likely to come loose.  I have never posted a picture on line and am unsure how to do it.  I'll wait unktil my grandkids come over and they can undoubtedly dot in a 'flash'.

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks saddle modification
« on: January 15, 2010, 08:59:05 pm »
Today I recieved the saddle back in the mail. It's rough! looks bad! Had I a pattern I'd have done it myself.
Hopefully, it will ride better than it looks. Tomorrow I will put 50-60 miles on it and see.

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks saddle modification
« on: January 02, 2010, 09:00:26 pm »
 :)That's exactly what I was looking for, thank you very much.

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks saddle modification
« on: December 27, 2009, 08:45:30 pm »
Though I have perused the brooks site, I have not discovered that they modify saddles.  They do sell saddles with the slot already cut in them.  I should e-mail them and see if they will take a saddle and modify it.  The company I am thinking of will modify a saddle, cut the slot and reinforce the leather, for $45.00.

Gear Talk / Brooks saddle modification
« on: December 26, 2009, 07:03:06 pm »
There is a company that modifies Brooks saddles by cutting a hole lengthwise in the saddle under ones perinium.
I am interested in checking into this to see if this would relieve the soreness I get after 60 miles or so.
If anybody can give me an internet site or address I would appreciate it.

Be A Volunteer and Build Alliances / Re: Intro Thread
« on: April 03, 2009, 09:01:51 pm »
I live in Ohio and would be interested in helping establish routes across and around the state. By the way, the Lincoln Highway, old route 30, has been replaced by a new 4 lane across much of the state.  The Lincoln is now one of the best routes across Ohio. I've ridden part of it and wouldn"t mind riding the rest of it if it would be of interest to you.

Classifieds / FS: 60cm CoMotion Americano
« on: April 06, 2007, 05:38:35 pm »
This bike , and your description makes my mouth water. Just my size too! However, after open heart surgery I am financially unable to aquire her.  If you could post some pictures on this site, I'm sure ther is someone out there willing and able to adopt her.

Gear Talk / cyclocross bike for long distance touring?
« on: March 12, 2008, 08:03:02 pm »
The Bianchi Volpe has eyelets on the front fork and rear.  The chainstays are 425 mm long. Go to, look up Bianchi an you will find that Bianchi Volpes that have made trans-America trips and at least one went completely around the perimiter.

Gear Talk / Rollers and trainers
« on: December 10, 2007, 07:53:55 pm »
Hmmmn...just when I thought I had a plan...rethinking.

Gear Talk / Rollers and trainers
« on: December 07, 2007, 09:29:46 pm »
I think I will wait before I get a trainer, (rollers are out). It seems no one I talk to who have tariners use them much after having them for very long.  I'll ride in the cold, even on snow, but I draw the line on freezing rain. Maybe i'll get a trainer after a few weeks of winter and then again I may not.  Cold weather riding is not too bad if I don't over do it and have to suck cold, lung burning(?) air.

Gear Talk / Rollers and trainers
« on: December 02, 2007, 12:43:54 am »

Rollers or a trainer?  After purchasing a Volpe this last May I've ridden 1,600+ miles and would like to continue to use the bike during the worst of the winter days. Being unfamilier with either of the above I thought I'd ask people who have used them.

Gear Talk / Best touring bike under $1,000
« on: March 07, 2007, 09:21:34 pm »
I'm definately looking at the Volpe.  Trouble is, the list of dealers close to me contains two dealers who no longer sell Bianchi and a third tried to sell me a Soma.  It looks like I'll to drive nearly 100 miles just to see one. The Jamis seems to be geared too high, and, again no local dealers.  There is a local Fuji dealer, did'nt like the bike. The Novara?... 192 miles to the nearest REI store.  I can get a Surly locally but none available to test ride, I'd have to buy it and hope I'd like it.

Gear Talk / Best touring bike under $1,000
« on: March 05, 2007, 04:55:12 pm »
Surly makes a complete bike for $940 now. the Randonee can be had for $949 and REI now offers a 20% discount but I have to drive 193 miles one way to get it. The Volpe is $899 retail and available within 40 miles of my home.  I don"t know what kind of deal I can get on either the Surly LHT or the Volpe.  The Randonee weighs 29 lbs, the Surly 27 lbs, and I don't know what the volpe weighs.  The Volpe seems to be more of a cross type bike and is geared higher than touring bikes, seems to be a light tour/road bike.

Thanks for your input.

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