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Gear Talk / Re: Reliable rear hub
« on: December 07, 2010, 10:05:22 pm »
Thanks Wittie, some good tips on there that I, until now, was unaware of. I have just recently learned some tricks just by doing it to result in a nice frictionless spin for loose bb hubs. I guess my main concern on the tour is getting dirt and grime in the bearings and having it crap out on me in middle America. Am I being overly cautious to think this? Should I be prepared for something like this somewhere along the tour?

Gear Talk / Reliable rear hub
« on: December 07, 2010, 08:58:25 pm »
I just picked up my new bike and it has Formula hubs on it. Nothing special, just stock Formula hubs and although stock they roll beautifully(brand new). I was curious to see what kind of, if any, reliability issues any of you guys have had with an unsealed hub and what I can expect as far as maintenance when I make my trip coast to coast on the TA trail in May

General Discussion / Re: WHY RIDE A BIKE?????!
« on: November 19, 2010, 04:49:05 pm »
haha you've got a good point. thats awesome! ive done that at the college, although its not my class, my professors dont seem to mind if my bike sits in the back. gotta love it.

Gear Talk / FYI
« on: November 16, 2010, 10:38:05 am »
IM GETTING MY BIKE TODAY OWWW! OWWWWWWW! Gonna be ripping around on the 2011 Jamis Aurora Elite. Weather permitting ill be able to put in some decent miles in before I have to go under the knife. Ill let everyone know how it performs.

That is all.

Classifieds / Re: cannondale t2
« on: November 14, 2010, 11:17:04 pm »
if it hasn't been used much, try taking what you paid for it and knock off 25% or just multiply by .75 and that is a good price for a new-used bike. if that doesn't work you'll know what to do, lower it some more. good luck!

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks B17 - Standard or Aged?
« on: November 14, 2010, 09:46:00 pm »
Just like the first guy said, the little bit of frictionless wiggle on the original B-17 is really a nice thing to have and you will probably only be uncomfortable on your new saddle for the first few rides, as was the case with me at least. Either way, you won't regret the decision to get one. They are all the hype you've heard, endless love for both the Brooks I own.

General Discussion / Re: WHY RIDE A BIKE?????!
« on: November 14, 2010, 07:58:08 pm »
GEEG! That was awesome! Not to mention a very convincing argument.  Thanks for the help everyone

General Discussion / WHY RIDE A BIKE?????!
« on: November 12, 2010, 04:38:57 pm »
So, in my public speaking class I have to present a persuasive essay and I came to the conclusion that if I can convince at least one person in the class to want to ride a bike, it'll make the world a better place (or maybe even the scene in NJ) so.. I wanna hear what you guys have as far as clever ways of persuasion to get the average joe on a bike. The obvious being that its fun, good exercise, and saves money on gas but if I could throw some creativity in there, myself and the teacher alike, would really love that. WHAT D'YA GOT PEOPLE OF ADVENTURE CYCLING??

Gear Talk / Touring Platforms
« on: November 11, 2010, 06:41:00 pm »
Pedals. Ive taken a liking to the Crank Bros. Mallet pedals, they look like a nice big, grippy platform with SPD access from both sides as opposed to the Shimano A530 pedals being only single sided and a not so stellar platform. What kind of experiences have any of you guys had with the Mallet pedals on a touring rig?

Gear Talk / Re: Touring Tent Talk
« on: November 09, 2010, 08:19:50 pm »
 :o THAT SEATS A MONSTER! BTW Im still going with the Northface tent but this thread gave me some helpful info. Thanks riders.

Routes / Re: Western end of the Southern Tier
« on: November 05, 2010, 10:25:42 am »
Still a "tourist" haha thanks Fred

Routes / Western end of the Southern Tier
« on: November 05, 2010, 03:10:36 am »
Ill be taking TA across but my dilemma is - Do I want to take the Grand Canyon Connector to the ST and be in the desert midsummer OR bypass GCC and just take Western Express???

The only thing that I dont like the thought of is the brutality of a midsummer desert crossing. What are your experiences on the westernmost leg of the ST from Tempe, AZ to San Diego, CA in July/August?

Beautiful just goes without saying here...

Gear Talk / Re: Touring Tent Talk
« on: November 03, 2010, 09:04:27 pm »
Thanks for all the advice and anecdotes you guys! Its all been a good help. On my search for the perfect portable home, I decided I am definately going to have a 2 person tent just so there is enough room for me to sleep (being that im a pretty big guy) but also some room to hang out if we do get stuck with an off rainy day. Also, the use of a vestibule seems logical to me so I can store my bike under shelter during the rainy night, is this necessary? Like I said, seems "logical" to me but even if the bike doesnt have to go in its a good spot for at least the groups panniers. North Face Big Fat Frog 24 is what I decided on for now. Any feedback?

Also, hammock under the stars sounds like a dream haha good looking out with that suggestion

Gear Talk / Re: Touring Tent Talk
« on: November 01, 2010, 07:06:00 pm »
Suggestions/success stories with certain gear? I'm open for anything that will enhance my trip in any way. What kind of sleeping mats do you tourists out there prefer?

Gear Talk / Re: Touring Tent Talk
« on: November 01, 2010, 10:02:09 am »
Thats a very valid argument against, these are things that I didn't even think of when I first came across it. Thanks for the incite

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