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Gear Talk / Sun protective clothing
« on: August 09, 2004, 02:21:11 am »
Judy and I are wearing our Solumbra outfits.  they do keep you cool. We both recomend it.

Gear Talk / Sun protective clothing
« on: July 04, 2004, 04:32:40 am »
There is a product line of clothing called Solumbra.  There clothing has an SPF rating of 30 plus. Judy and I just placed and order, heat to toe.  It was recommended by Judy's dermaltologist and I work with a fella that has used it for years.  Search the web and it will turn up.

Gear Talk / Ultralite rack and panniers?
« on: April 29, 2004, 12:25:17 am »
I have been told that Jandd will do custom modifications to their equipment or custom make gear for very reasonable prices.

Peter and Judy Spirito

Gear Talk / Panniers
« on: April 08, 2004, 02:09:11 am »
Look into a set of roll top waterproof panniers made by Vaude, Ortlieb, or Nashbar.  This is the only way to keep your gear dry.  Wet gear is no fun.  I have the large and small pairs of the Nashbar waterproof panniers.  They are just like the Vaude and Ortlieb for about a third of the price. This is my second season with them and I am very happy with them especially for the price.  

Dry Gear = Happy Camper

Peter Spirito

Gear Talk / Shoes!?!?!?!
« on: January 22, 2004, 12:45:32 am »
My wife, Judy, and I really like our Shimano sandals with spd cleats. they are very confortable and cool to ride and walk in.

Peter and Judy Spirito

Gear Talk / Tandem choice
« on: January 02, 2004, 12:35:19 am »
And today is your lucky day.  I just happen to have a Raleigh SC Sport Comfort tandem for sale. Seriously, we do. $450.00 South Florida,  New in 2000 it was $875.00

We are selling it now that both Judy and I are riding recumbents and we will be getting a custom tandem recumbent trike in 2004.  Riding a tandem is a blast. The Raleigh has treated us just fine. 24 speeds, twist grip shifters, suspension fork for the captain, and a suspension seat post for the Rear Admiral.

How experienced is your wife on a bike?  Do not forget she is back there.  The best thing you can do is to have a cadence computer up front. Let her set the pace and then you maintain that pace using the cadence computer.  I made the initial mistake of forgetting Judy was back there and beating here little legs to death when I would spin it up to 90 rpm. It is a team effort and so much fun. Keep it fun for her and she will want to ride with you. Make it a fittness event and you will lose a riding partner.

The Raleigh is a hybrid but we changed the tires to a more road tread and changed the pedals to spd clip ins.

Peter and Judy Spirito

This message was edited by pmspirito on 1-1-04 @ 8:35 PM

Gear Talk / tires
« on: January 02, 2004, 12:40:59 am »
May I recomend tires reinforced with Kevlar, Velox rim tape, Tuffy liners, and thorn proof tubes.  Over the years this set up has never let me down.  I just gave my EZ racer a tune-up and picked out glass embedded in the tread so deep that I know I would have had a flat if not for the combo I use.

Peter Spirito

Gear Talk / tools - cross country
« on: January 07, 2004, 02:36:07 am »
Which tools did I use?   Why none of them of course.  Thats why you bring all of those tools and spare parts.  What you bring you don't need.  Its like always having a jack and spare tire in the trunk of your car.  How often do you use it?  I haven't had a flat tire in my S-10 pickup in 114,000 miles. But if I decided to leave that spare tire at home tomarrow I'd have a blow out half way to work.  Thats how life works.  Ask me how often I have helped a stranded biker who didn't have tools and spare parts.......

Peter (well prepared) Spirito

Gear Talk / tools - cross country
« on: January 02, 2004, 12:50:42 am »
I am part of that second half.  Your list is very good. I ride an EZ racer recumbent that has a 16 inch front wheel and a 20 inch rear wheel.  I carry 3 spokes and 2 tubes for each wheel, and a patch kit. Several CO2 cartridges of bottled air.  I also picked up at a  Walgreens drug store a bicycle sized can of fix-a-flat. I figure it might be good for the slow leak till I get to camp. Park Tools makes a "tire boot" that looks like a thick piece of wide scotch tape you apply to the inside of a tire if the tire sidewall or tread splits.

I believe the more you carry the less you need.

Peter Spirito

Gear Talk / Tandem Tour Equipment
« on: October 13, 2003, 02:00:32 am »
I am not a fan of trailers.  However, the only type of panniers, duffle bags, etc to use, need to be like the Vaude or Nashbar roll top waterproof type.  If your pannier comes with or requires a rain cover plan on your gear getting wet.  

Roll top dry bags are also available thru kayak and camping suppliers.  

With a roll top pannier or dry bag you will never have to pack your gear in garbage bags or have wet gear.

I have a recumbent with a front set of Nashbar Panniers tucked under the seat, and a rear set on the rear rack. Vertically behind the seat I have a dry bag with my thermo-rest mattress and my full size pillow.  I have got to have my pillow.

Gear Talk / Any suggestions on which bike is best for ....
« on: October 13, 2003, 02:02:46 am »
I love my recumbent.  It is sure comfort for the long haul. Not worth a hoot off road.  

Routes / Bike Lanes For Cape Hatteras
« on: August 19, 2006, 07:43:13 pm »
This is good news and thanks for taking the time to make this post.  There is a wealth of info on touring the Outer Banks.  It is a beautiful place to ride and there is so much to see and do.  New bike lanes are so welcomed.

best wishes from the back of the pack,  Peter & Judy Spirito

Routes / Florida Bike Tour
« on: March 20, 2006, 09:16:26 pm »
I recently road from key Largo to Key West and back and I tell you it is one sweet ride. Very bike friendly. The bridges have a very wide 6-10 feet wide shoulders.  The motorists were pleasent.  When you get to Key West the "Southern most marker" is NOT the end of US-1.  You turn back torwards the West and go another couple of miles to mile marker Zero which is down town across from the old main post office as I recall. ;)

best wishes from the back of the pack,  Peter & Judy Spirito

Routes / What Makes a route a Route?
« on: March 20, 2006, 09:26:58 pm »
Grueling ?  You want grueling ?  Then go to and search for Heidi Domieson and read her two journals.  The first from NC to Alaska and back in 2004 and from NC, down the Great Divide in to Mexico (not just New Mex) and back to NC just completed this February.  This girl knows gruelling. She is a great writer and photographer too.  ;)  Grueling....You don't know what grueling is... :mad:

best wishes from the back of the pack,  Peter & Judy Spirito

Routes / NC Outer Banks
« on: October 16, 2005, 09:38:10 pm »
I am looking forward to a follow up on that Outer Banks trip.  

best wishes from the back of the pack,  Peter & Judy Spirito

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