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Gear Talk / Re: Sources for Ultra Violet Protective Clothing
« on: February 16, 2017, 03:50:15 pm »
Thanks for information and pointing errors of my ways...

Gear Talk / Sources for Ultra Violent Protective Clothing
« on: February 16, 2017, 02:34:52 pm »
I'm looking for sources for cycling clothing which offers a UV rating. Any guidance will be appreciated.


Gear Talk / Rohloff Speedhub
« on: February 16, 2017, 02:32:50 pm »
Currently I've a Surly LHT I use primarily for self-contained rides. My current triple ring gearing range extends approx. from 18 gear-inches to 109 gear-inches. I do need the 18 - 19 range for climbing loaded but I do run out of top end gearing on a regular basis.

I'm looking to go to a Rohloff Speedhub. My question is, has anyone had any experience running a double ring on the front with a Rohloff speedhub? This is the only way I can see reaching the gear inch range I desire.

I'm told by CycleMonkey, US Rohloff distributor, it can be done, but I wonder on pro vs. cons, maintenance and durability.

Thanks for the help.

Gear Talk / Re: Trekking bars vs Jones H bar
« on: February 16, 2017, 02:26:28 pm »
I have a Surly Long Haul Trucker. Previously I had the manufacturer's drop bars with end shifters on the bike. This past summer I switched to the Jones H bar. I've been extremely pleased with the conversion. Since I primarily use this bike for self-contained rides very seldom was I going to the drops.

With the Jones H bar:
1. I have more hand positions.
2. I'm in a more upright riding position which I'm enjoying since I'll never set any speed records.
3. In the more upright position I feel as if I'm getting more oxygen in my lungs.
4. I like the positioning of the shifters and brakes - easy to use.
5. The negative has been I was using an Ortlieb Ultra 6 Handlebar Bag which I haven't figured out how to properly attached yet.

I did a 10 day self-contained ride around Hawaii's Big Island this past fall with the new handlebars and won't go back.

Sorry, I'm not sure what you mean by trekking bars.

Routes / Re: Has anybody cycled through the entire continental 48 states???
« on: December 02, 2015, 11:14:25 am »
There is a Texas couple in this month's issue of Adventure Cycling who has cycled in all 50 states over a number of years. I've just started but I've added cycling in all 50 states to my bucket list. I've only got 15 done and am 68 so I need to get on my bike...

General Discussion / Re: Cyclocross Bike for Southern Tier
« on: December 01, 2015, 12:06:40 pm »
Thanks, this is all GREAT information. I'm really glad I got on here and got input from such experienced riders! As to the one question on my existing road bike. Its a Cannondale CAAD8 and I've had it for about 10 years. It's aluminum with carbon fork. I rode it recently on the North Carolina Mountain to Coast ride and did NOT feel safe or comfortable.

Anyhow been wanting a ride which I can use for touring other than my LHT. Here was my criteria, comfortable but not leisurely, wide mounts to accept many different tire widths, hydraulic brakes (may not need for Southern Tier, but planning ahead), drop handlebars, steel for the ride - titanium for the weigth savings, quality components.

The point everyone makes about availability of replacement parts is very valid and I will double check on that point, especially on the wheels. I had been looking at the Force 22 for set-up so I think that is the way to go.

Anything else will be greatly appreciated. Getting excited already!

General Discussion / Re: Surly LHT/Disc Trucker
« on: November 30, 2015, 05:21:49 pm »
I had the exact same dilemma when I purchased my LHT. I wanted the 700 tires but my normal fit is a 54CM bike. I was able to go to another town a couple of hours away which had Surly's in stock for a test ride. I had no problems fitting on the larger bike for the 700 tires. I've done about 3000 miles so far on my LTH. I'm 60+ in age, stand 5'9" and weight approx. 195. My pants have a 30" inseam.

Hope that helps...

General Discussion / Cyclocross Bike for Southern Tier
« on: November 30, 2015, 05:15:16 pm »
I'm planning to do the supported Southern Tier in 2016. I've only been touring for a just over a year so I have a lot to learn. I usually do self-contained on my LHT but I don't need all that weight for this ride. My road bike is great for local but won't meet my needs for this adventure.

I've been looking at a Titanium Cyclocross frame from Foundry. I've test ridden twice and was very comfortable on the bike both times. Not as upright ride as the Surley but not as bent over as a road bike. I want the Titanium as I love the solid ride of steel. The bike is able to handle up to 41cm tires so I'll be able to use paved or non-paved in the future.

My questions are:
1. Thoughts on cyclocross bike in general for Southern Tier?
2. This frame is set-up for disc brakes, should I go with cable or hydraulic? My local bike shop is promoting a Trek hybrid disc brake, cable activates the hydraulics.
3. Recommended wheel set? One bike shop is promoting Bontrager and another shop is promoting the HED Belgium+. Since I'm new to all of this have no clue on wheels. I do know I'll use Schwabe tires.

Any and all help, input, and/or suggestions will be greatly appreciated!!!!

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