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Gear Talk / Mirrors
« on: November 08, 2006, 02:19:58 am »
several years ago, an old timer loaned me a mirror that actually hooked to your hand with a strap (elastic-I think)This mirror worked very well and could be "aimed" with some hand movement.Does anyone know if anyone still makes this? Would love to get one. Greg

Gear Talk / Brooks Saddles
« on: February 04, 2006, 09:03:40 pm »
Thanks, I will check that website out..Giantrider

Gear Talk / Brooks Saddles
« on: January 12, 2006, 11:43:37 pm »
Thank you for all your responses. I have decided on the B17 and have ordered it from Nashbar. Thanks, Greg

Gear Talk / Brooks Saddles
« on: January 03, 2006, 06:19:56 pm »
I have just purchased a new bike for touring. I was wondering if I could get some opinions about Brooks leather saddles. I have heard people sing praises about these. Are they good for touring? Does it take a lot of breaking in? Would you recommend the seats with springs? Or unsprung but use a shock type seat post? I have always just used the standard saddles that came new on the bike, and have been satisfied, but would like to equip my new bike with good stuffTextText

Gear Talk / Bianchi? Trek? Bruce Gordon?
« on: January 02, 2006, 10:19:22 pm »
Have you considered the Jamis Aurora? It is slightly lower in cost than the Volpe. ACA did a product reveiw on it a few months back. I think that the only negative they came up with, was the lack of a third water bottle mounting. Also The 2006 models come with the "extra" brake levers on the upper part of the bars.

Gear Talk / online gear
« on: January 03, 2006, 01:26:16 am »
I like which is in North Carolina, and which is in Ohio.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / What can GPS do for you?
« on: December 13, 2004, 03:11:53 am »
Bein a geocacher, I often carry my inexpensive and simple Garmin e-trax on the bike. I find it to be a poor substitute for a cyclecomputer, but a great suppliment to it. Geocaching and especially benchmarking can be great fun and can be done on a bike. I received the etrax for a gift and found very little use for it until I discovered geocaching. see for details.

Routes / PA Bike Route G?
« on: January 03, 2006, 10:02:22 pm »
Bentrider, I haven't ridden the G route, and I'm sure you know how to find the maps, as I have read many of your postings, but here is the web address for the PA routes for the benefit of other readers.  

Routes / which route is best?
« on: January 03, 2005, 02:10:57 am »
I am planning a crossing of the USA. I would like to hear some pros and cons of the trans america,the northern and the southern routes and when is best time of year.I live in Pennsylvania. Thanks.

General Discussion / Best gearing for touring?
« on: January 24, 2006, 12:28:35 am »
My Jamis Aurora does not seem to have low enough climbing gears for loaded touring. It has a 32-11 cassette, and the Crank has 52-42-32. It has 700 wheels. I would like to hear your opinions on what gear ratios are the best and what combinations of sprockets to use. Would it be practical to just replace the small chainring with a smaller one?  

General Discussion / Keeping Clean
« on: January 18, 2006, 01:26:14 am »
What does one do about keeping clean clothes and underwear while on extended tours. I have observed in some of the packing lists that 3 pairs underwear and bike shorts might be all that you would pack. Do you wash them out daily? How do you dry them? I know from the little bit of touring that I did on the C&O canal, finding a way to wash clothes or bathe was limited to washing in the Potomac or using the handpumps.

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