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Gear Talk / Re: Best type of saddle (besides Brooks)
« on: December 05, 2017, 08:04:12 am »
I tried a lot of saddles before I got my Brooks. In the beginning, I didn't like Brooks. Then I learned that the Brooks has to be level. Even a little "nose down" makes it an awful saddle for me. Once I got it level, it became a great saddle. I've only purchased one Brooks.  I'm still using it.

Of the other saddles I used, I found that the most important factor in comfort seemed to be the ability for me to keep my weight on my sitz bones. Saddles that were too wide or too narrow were just plain uncomfortable. The Brooks adjusts itself to my bottom. Maybe that's their secret.

I found price to be a poor predictor of saddle comfort. A cheap saddle was often more comfortable than an expensive one. One of the better saddles I had was the one that came on my "starter" Schwinn. Although I must admit I didn't use any of them for long. It's possible that an expensive comfortable saddle would last longer than a cheap one. I must say, though that the Brooks seems to last forever, making it the cheapest saddle per mile out there.

As DaveB said, saddles are the most personal component on a bike. But if you like your Brooks, why not stay with it?

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Gear Talk / Re: Liners for riding shorts.
« on: August 13, 2017, 09:08:43 am »
Honestly, I just saw them and bought them. Two sets, slightly different, from different stores at different times.

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Gear Talk / Re: Liners for riding shorts.
« on: August 09, 2017, 09:11:17 am »
Under Armor works for me. I wear them under regular sports shorts.

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Gear Talk / Re: Bottles or Backpack with Water Bladder?
« on: June 02, 2017, 09:00:43 am »
Bottles are simple. They are low cost. They can be washed so you can put drinks other than water in them. It's easy to add Nunn tablets if you need some electrolytes.

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Gear Talk / Re: Rohloff Speedhub
« on: February 17, 2017, 04:56:41 pm »
I forgot one disadvantage of using the Rohloff hub for touring. If you want low gears for climbing hills on a loaded bike, you are liable to void your warranty. See page 19 of the user manual. http://www.proactiv-gmbh.com/documents/UK_BA_Rohloff_general_use.pdf

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Gear Talk / Re: Rohloff Speedhub
« on: February 17, 2017, 09:06:15 am »
I used a Rohloff for a few years. In my opinion, it is too complex (internally), too expensive, and over rated. If anything goes wrong, it is virtually non-repairable. Recommended oil changes kits add to the cost. Using a Rohloff on an existing bike requires some undesirable compromises. Initially, the rear cable mount was on my rear brake calipers. This proved to be unreliable because water got into it, causing the rear brakes to work poorly. Also, there was too long a lever-arm that caused the mounting to get weak. Not to mention, a Rohloff on an existing bike requires a custom wheel build.

Conventional gearing is inexpensive, reasonably reliable, and easily repaired. If something goes wrong, one can generally limp through to get to parts that are widely available.

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Gear Talk / Re: Should have learnt the easy way.. some advice guys
« on: February 06, 2017, 04:10:07 pm »
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it turned out the driver hadn't seen us (It was daylight with great visibility so maybe 1:1000 chance?)

Actually, it happens all the time. Drivers have to ignore a lot of what they see. Their subconscious decides what's important to bring up to the conscious mind. Make yourself seen. Use the brightest flashing lights you can find.

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Gear Talk / Re: 30 Day Tour Packing List? Hotel every 5 days'ish!
« on: February 01, 2017, 05:42:26 pm »
I have a "kitchen sink" list in Excel. I use filters to mark which items I'm taking, then mark things as they are packed. When I walk out the door, there should be nothing left on the list. If you are interested, PM me your Email and I'll send it to you.

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Gear Talk / Re: Electric Assist Kits
« on: January 06, 2017, 08:20:28 am »
I talked to my LBS about a similar kit. He said it took a lot of pedaling effort before the electric assist kicked in. I don't know the characteristics of this kit. But it points out the importance of trying before you buy, and the value added by your LBS.

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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendation for front light?
« on: November 28, 2016, 09:12:48 am »
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I recommend you don't take a light at al

John - I hope I misunderstood you. Most drivers drive by "mental auto-pilot" at least part of the time. That part of the brain responds well to common situations, and poorly to unusual ones. Cyclists are still in the unusual category. We need "be seen" lights to draw the attention of drivers who are thinking about something other than their driving.

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I agree with John. On the other hand, two new Michelin Airstop from Amazon is a pretty insignificant expense. I put new inner tubes on when I put new tires on. They out last the tire. I enjoy the piece of mind.

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Gear Talk / Re: Any suggestions on how to start my personal Bicycle Travel?
« on: November 08, 2016, 09:24:41 am »
Starting is very easy. Get on your bike and ride. As you gain experience, ride longer. Reading advice can be quite useful. But there is no substitute for experience.

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Gear Talk / Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« on: August 02, 2016, 04:33:13 pm »
Nobody can tell you what your money is worth. I'm wondering how much gear you take on tour. If you are an ultralight specialist, the difference in bike weight *might* make a difference. If you pack a lot of gear, then what's a few extra pounds.

Personally, at 5-9 and 170#, I'm more concerned with taking some weight off my frame (not the bike).

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Gear Talk / Re: Brooks saddle and bike shorts
« on: May 20, 2016, 09:23:58 am »
+1 on Pat's comment. Make sure especially that the saddle is level.

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Gear Talk / Re: Lookin for rain poncho
« on: November 27, 2015, 07:59:30 am »
If it rains long and hard, you get wet. Fenders keep the slimy grime down. A jacket is important if it's cool as well as rainy.

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