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Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« on: August 22, 2014, 10:44:45 am »
I have never worn any kind of cycling shoe other than mtb.  Can't stand the duck walk necessary with road shoes.  Also, I never wear socks with them.  When off the bike I have a pair of flip flops that are super comfy but may try crocs.  They get the award for ugly but comfort is the priority. 
As for pedals my touring bike is fitted with Shimano A530 spd/flat pedals.  Wonderful when you just want to jump on the bike and not bother with cleats. 

General Discussion / Re: Sour clothing - after washing!
« on: August 22, 2014, 10:32:36 am »
I'm beginning to think that the recommendation for washing out at the end of the day and air drying is probably the best solution.  No more plastic bags loaded with unwashed clothes for me. 

General Discussion / Re: Sour clothing - after washing!
« on: August 20, 2014, 09:44:45 am »
Thanks all for the help.  I tried hot water wash with Tide and it seemed to do the trick but I've been told that the next time I wear them and start to sweat the funk could return.  We'll see.  I have borax and baking soda on hand as we make our own laundry soap.  The homemade laundry soap with borax and soda didn't touch the stink but perhaps there wasn't enough in the mix to perform the task.  I intend to use all of your suggestions and thank you again for your help. 

General Discussion / Sour clothing - after washing!
« on: August 18, 2014, 12:06:15 pm »
Yes, they stink.  After arriving home from a 1 day drive, a 3 day ride on the GAP and a 1 day return drive with clothes in plastic bags I unloaded them in the washing machine immediately upon arrival.  Riding clothes, shorts, undies, etc all went in the wash then the dryer.  Upon removal the worst offenders were the not the riding clothes but the civies.  They still smell sour.  The riding clothes do also but not like the civies, some of which were microfiber, some nylon/poly.  Is there a cure?  Do I have to toss them and start over?  They were washed in a name brand laundry detergent and cold water.  Would hot water help?  Maybe a quart of vinegar in the wash or rinse?  Help, some of the offending articles went beyond plain old stink all the way to OMG! before hitting the washer. 

General Discussion / Re: importance of componentry
« on: August 13, 2014, 11:33:40 am »
I have used shimano and campy gear for over 25 years.  I too am not a racer and am much more interested in dependability and availability.  I now have Shimano Sora on my Surly Pacer and Tiagra on my Surly LHT.  To me they are the ford or chevy of cycling.  I see no reason to spend more as these serve me well.  The LHT has bar end shifters loved by some, hated by others.  They work well for me and I prefer them on my trucker.  I also put them on an old Raleigh to replace the down tube shifters.  Simplicity, availability, dependability.  Shimano is the go to for me and for my purposes Sora and Tiagra are top of the line.

I have the hot spot problem with my right foot only.  I fixed it by inserting an old credit card (expired) into the shoe between the cleat and insole, raised numbers down.  After resetting their location a couple of times when they slipped, a couple of small pieces of duct tape to hold them in place worked quite well.  Worked for me.

Mid-Atlantic / Re: Washington DC to Pittsburgh shuttle
« on: August 13, 2014, 11:01:20 am »
Does anyone have any suggestions about finding someone to shuttle four people and bicycles from Washington DC to Pittsburgh?

From the official GAP web site:

There are several service providers that provide shuttle service for people and bikes between D.C. and PGH.

Or you could take the train as there is checked baggage service in D.C. and PGH.

This may be a bit late but just having finished the trail it might help others.  The Cumberland Trail Center bicycle shop provided transport of bikes and gear to Pittsburgh for two of us and will pick up and drop off wherever you want.   They were on time and efficient, waiting for us to arrive at the B&B in Cumberland before the expected time.

Gear Talk / Re: "SKS" Fenders??
« on: February 28, 2014, 02:29:58 am »
SKS Longboards on my Surly 700C LHT.  I like em.  They were ok when I got them but great after riding in the rain.

Link with pics and installation video:

Gear Talk / Re: 9spd-10spd chains
« on: February 28, 2014, 02:24:02 am »
The only time I have broken a chain was the result of seeing how high a gear I could climb a hill with while carrying a load.  In other words, testosterone overload more than likely.  Since that side of the road debacle I have learned to use lower gears and preserve my chains.  I have never broken a chain since.
Even at that did the sideplate crack or did you just pull out a pin?  Most chain failures are from improperly installed special joining pins or, more commonly, from reusing a standard pin on a narrow (8-speed and above) chain.  Sideplate failures are very rare and usually are the result of corrosion or chemical attack from poor cleaning methods.

I certainly agree with staehpj1 that more chains are ruined by aggressive cleaning methods than by neglect.  Particularly harmful is soaking the chain in water based degreaser.  Unless you thoroughly rinse out all of the detergent and completely dry ALL of the water out of the interior the new chainlube will never go where it's needed.

I don't recall what caused the break but do now love my chains enough to set them free and not coddle them.  The occasional wipe when they begin to look chunky from funk and a good soaking with lube.  They are ugly but happy.

Gear Talk / Re: 9spd-10spd chains
« on: February 27, 2014, 01:17:01 pm »
The only time I have broken a chain was the result of seeing how high a gear I could climb a hill with while carrying a load.  In other words, testosterone overload more than likely.  Since that side of the road debacle I have learned to use lower gears and preserve my chains.  I have never broken a chain since. 

Gear Talk / Re: best touring frames
« on: December 10, 2013, 03:58:06 pm »
The advent of specific touring bikes probably came from the specialization of bikes that began back in the 80's and 90's.  As "road" bikes became more and more specialized and less and less suitable for touring use, designs that were purpose built for touring were created. 

In the past even sports frames had sufficient frame and fork clearance for reasonably wide tires, long reach brakes, long enough chainstays to provide adequate heel clearance, dropout eyelets were standard and somewhat "relaxed" geometry the norm.   You could mount larger tires, a rear rack, panniers and go tour on it.  As sports framed evolved, clearances got tighter, short reach brakes became standard, eyelets disappeared and geometry got more aggressive.  Hence the touring frame as a separate type.

I have a 1983 Trek 400, sold as a sports bike, and a 1996 Litespeed, also in the same category.  The differences are just what I mentioned above.  The Trek has plenty of clearance for 32 mm tires, dropout eyelets, long reach calipers, a long wheel base and rather relaxed handling.  The Litespeed accepts 23 mm tires and not much more, no eyelets and more aggressive handling.

BTW, a currently available throwback to my Trek 400 is the Surly Pacer.  Again, clearance for large tires, long reach brakes, eyelets, etc.  It's not a pure touring bike but it certainly would work well for all but the heaviest touring.

My old 1991 Raleigh Technium with long cage derailleur was used for club rides and touring.  I loved that bike but it was set aside for others.   It still rests in my garage and is ridden once in a while, but I now prefer my LHT for long distance slower excursions and touring.  My son and I built a Pacer earlier this year and it is wonderful.  It has a triple chainrig and Nitto noodle bars.  I use it for my daily rides with my buds and century rides.  I love both of my Surlys.  They are perfect --- for me.   8)

General Discussion / Re: I wonder why...........
« on: August 13, 2013, 12:03:35 pm »
Sometimes I'm slow, sometimes I'm fast.  It only matters that I am riding.  The sights and smells are the same, enjoyed differently depending on my mood.  I love to ride in a driving rainstorm. 

South / Re: Cycling The Natchez Trace
« on: February 19, 2012, 02:28:26 pm »
Oldie but newbie tourer also wants to ride the Natchez Trace from Nashville to Natchez in spring 2012.  Very inexperienced, I've only done a couple of overnighters.   Maybe Natchez to Nashville. 

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