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Gear Talk / Re: Surly Disc Trucker v. LHT
« on: April 11, 2012, 09:59:35 pm »
I've been riding a disc brake Giant OCR Tour bike since 2003 with no real issues.

Disc brakes aren't without their own set of issues.  However I always got where I was going.  They do stop oh so very nice.


Gear Talk / Re: Essentials
« on: March 04, 2012, 11:45:56 am »
Pedals.. Road clipless for many years and gave them up year and a half ago.  It's preference only.  Don't let anyone say you have to have them.  I don't use toe clips either and the freedom of shoes is wonderful.

Bibs.. I gave up spandex at the same time I gave up clipless.. Ride your bike without spandex at all .. Spend some time and see .. Then try padded underwear if some padding is needed or regular shorts. Point being there are no rules.  Regardless .. If you don't put miles in arse will hurt.. I was surprised how much more comfortable going without padding at all has become.

It's your comfort.. Trust what feels right for you and ignore those saying you HAVE TO WEAR anything.


Gear Talk / Re: Brooks saddle dye.
« on: December 31, 2011, 08:08:45 pm »
I'm curious if you have had an issue or just worried about an issue.  I ride in Tan North Face shorts and convertible pants all the time and have yet to see discoloration due to my black or honey Brooks Saddles.  I am not implying that is doesn't happy as I'm sure it does in many cases. Just hasn't happened to me.  (thank goodness)   ;D

Good Luck

Routes / Re: Deciding / Finding / Parameters for Routes
« on: December 31, 2011, 06:03:40 pm »
Thanks and Missouri and other states have the traffic counts.. I also found a motorcycle route of Historic Bridges in Missouri mostly gravel.... I thought that at one time maps used to show dirt/gravel/paved via dotted lines or something.  Now I don't seem to be able to find those. 

Thanks for the info.. I'll study those a bit


Routes / Deciding / Finding / Parameters for Routes
« on: December 31, 2011, 04:49:06 pm »
Now how to type this up without writing a book ... (super long post)

I was just working on a weekish long ride from Kansas City Missouri to St Louis.  It will have portions of the Katy involved but as I was looking from the future connector of Pleasant Hill, Mo to Windsor I was once again miffed. How do you know when you're on gravel .. or truly back country low traffic low speed limit roads.  When riding from Boulder Colorado to St Louis we started out running along 36 that lasted till some place in Kansas when cars were just to noisy.  It was plenty safe with wide shoulders and all..maybe boring at worst.    Anyway sometimes it feels like routes are for the road bikes or mountain bikes never mixed.  I run 700x50 tires with fenders .. so for me less traffic and more scenery is my joy.  Finding them is a nightmare... to me in many cases single track is nicer than heavily graveled roads... I could to C&O type double track all day even in rain and rejoice ..

So how to find routes that incorporate a bit of everything.. the 20 miles of single track that cuts of a noisy highway or a sidewalk that gets your through town better than the roads while still getting where we want to go.  For me riding the shoulder of an interstate is safer than a two lane 60mph farm road with no shoulders... give me gravel there.. not car counts... if you see what I mean.. I'm not against or afraid of truly low traffic high speed roads... but how do we find them on them maps.. .the popular routes tend to be popular with cars in some cases.. If I'm wrong say so but it l looks like we simplify and put up with a busier road to save the complexity of the route at times.  What trade offs are made ...

Is there a national gravel / dirt road mapping system .. a mapping system that takes into account bike routes (google is trying but  not there yet) Not to mention those dirt farm roads.. sweet! (well when dry anyway)

Routes that may be uncomfortable for a skinny tired (under 700x32 say) .. doesn't mean I don't want new ice smooth asphalt .. just not at the expense of stuff like this..

Nothing wrong with having to traverse a railroad track without an actual crossing if it takes you where you want to go without traffic.  :)  Now how to find these wonderful cut throughs and off the chart routes between locations.

How do you do it?


Gear Talk / Re: Cycling Shorts vs. Padded Liners?
« on: December 31, 2011, 03:33:26 pm »
I just use wool underwear and hiking shorts paying attention to seams.  Not for everyone but you don't "have" to wear padded shorts at all.  Saves room too if you are one of those who can be comfortable on a bike saddle without all the extra stuff.


Gear Talk / Re: Hub Generator Lights
« on: December 31, 2011, 03:30:16 pm »
I believe dyno systems to be the way to go.  However the Supernova E3 Triple is not that good for road use unless you just want cars flashing their lights at you.  That was the first light I purchased and then sold it at a loss to get the Edelux.  Not as bright but it does put the light where you need it.  On the road in front of you.  I have no problems with high speed down hills at night with it.   Brightest is not always best.

It will spoil you no matter what light you buy.  Not to mention on a recent tour up the Coast of Michigan I used my dyno hub to charge my cell phone and garmin gps and friends phones a couple of times.  The drag is  not noticeable by me .. however there is some.  For more information go to

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