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Gear Talk / Mtn Crank?
« on: June 16, 2006, 11:26:40 am »
Use this crank on my "commuter" bike, (no car by choice) and am planning replacing crank on recumbent tadpole trike with something approximately the same. Good overall gearing for touring unless one goes for Rohloff's, Schlumpf's etc. excellent gearing options as well.  Enjoy the Voyage.....Mark of the Dalton Boys

Gear Talk / Dream Bike for Touring
« on: April 28, 2006, 09:40:43 am »
Tofu/Cyclesafe - N-i-i-c-c-e.  Thanks also for being detail oriencted in listing componenents to include such things as H2O cages. I neglected Surly & Co-Motion in my apologies for they are fine companies...fine products.  enjoy the voyage....Mark of the Dalton Boys

Gear Talk / Dream Bike for Touring
« on: April 27, 2006, 03:54:44 pm »
Bike - Rivendall/Bruce Gordon or Independent Fabrication.....Recumbent Trike got it already...WizWheelz Tour. Enjoy the voyage.....Mark of the Dalton Boys

Gear Talk / Mr Tuffy's
« on: April 25, 2006, 01:18:20 pm »
cyclesafe - Slime liners WITH Schwalbe Marathons so I too speak "overkill". Make sure your rim tape is good. You might try to reduce the overlap a little if its alot right now, and finally don't go too far over recommended tire pressure with all the protection inside the tire. Enjoy the voyage.....Mark of the Dalton Boys

Gear Talk / Trek 520 v Cannondale T2000
« on: April 18, 2006, 10:52:41 am »
trspthelicopter - 47D, 53E? When you get your bike and you're loaded up it will be like flying except you can't go for long periods of time with one hand on the of fortune and Enjoy the Voyage.....Mark of the Dalton Boys...PS - and you won't vibrate as much! CAVU

This message was edited by TheDaltonBoys on 4-18-06 @ 6:54 AM

Gear Talk / Need advice for bringing guitar
« on: March 21, 2006, 08:38:24 am »
....maybe a mandolin?? Enjoy the voyage...Mark of the Dalton Boys

Gear Talk / bob vs yakima trailers
« on: March 02, 2006, 06:23:09 pm »
They all work more or less the the owners manual before use, one can download the manuals if a trailer is bought used. Use the flag, or a flag for the trailer,  heed the owners manuals instructions, and enjoy the voyage.....Mark of the Dalton Boys  PS - I have used BoB trailers exclusively since l993 with no big issues.

Gear Talk / Koga no customer service
« on: March 02, 2006, 08:50:08 am »
I also remember reading rather glowing things about Koga-Myata in Bicycling Magazines article on the Las Vegas Bike Show. Hopefully this is just an isolated (and very unfortunate) disconnect between the product and customer service....kind of like our cars and customer non-service.   Regards......Mark of the Dalton Boys (Car-Free since 2000)

Gear Talk / Fenders
« on: March 15, 2006, 10:35:49 am »
Have "partials" on my Miyata Mtn. bike slick tired (Schwalbe Marathons) commuter bike. Car-Free since 2000, and I only get slightly less wet with them. Full Planet Bike fenders on my Recumbent Trike and am now looking to put full version of same on the commuter and take the partials off...the BoB has its own fender and has always worked well. Enjoy the voyage........Mark of the Dalton Boys

Gear Talk / trailer and rear pannier?
« on: January 18, 2006, 10:46:06 am »
All - my compliments to those with offerings but do not own are all indeed well read and all of your offerings are absolutely true. As a BoB owner since the late 90's you can put some stuff on the back over the rear wheel, just not much. If you need that much more do front panniers with the trailer, and/or re-evaluate what you're taking. Being in the winter of a 35 year military career and about to retire I'd like to relate a story, (not a fairy tale).  After decades of a rucksack that was one size, the military appropriated their first, widely distributed internal frame (as opposed to our old external frame)rucksack with all the bells and whistles that included a separable "day pack". Total available space was 7200 cubic inches. What NEARLY everybody did was fill that puppy up and all of a sudden even the youngsters found they were having a really hard time land navigating with their gear. While BoB's are rated to 70 lbs. max. I have never taken  that much at all on a tour, indeed most conventional wisdom is 35 lbs. and I cannot disagree as a rule of thumb.  Now I'm not a minimalist touring camper, but I have learned that when packing, everything that goes must serve a daily use type of purpose and if it can perform much the better. Also, BoB's were designed primarily for single track touring...if you are on more pavement than less then maybe a trailer with two wheels should be considered. Hope this helps....Enjoy the voyage...Mark of the Dalton Boys

Gear Talk / Will an Americano/BOB Rig Handle the Great Divide?
« on: December 23, 2005, 09:02:24 am »
Yup the Americano will certainly be robust enough. When you do the Divide I would recommend front panniers for some counter balance as you have found what some trailer dynamics can result in when it comes to handling. I would also recommend (if fiscally/practically possible) that you get forks for your bicycle before the divide and maybe a seat post with suspension. Yeah you could go the entire distance and get and Ibex BoB but as long as your not trash riding with the Yak then that trailer will do fine. I have owned and still own BoB trailers and am a fan of them. Enjoy the voyage...Mark of the Dalton Boys

Gear Talk / Schwalbe
« on: December 20, 2005, 10:52:31 am »
No car...MTB commuter w/Schwalbe Marathons 26X1.75's and they are incredible!!!! Will always go with Schwalbe's, or Specialized Armadillo's.  Enjoy the voyage AND the Christmas Season....Mark of The Dalton Boys

Gear Talk / Rain Covers
« on: October 26, 2005, 09:10:50 am »
Condensation/Ventilation...enjoy the voyage  Mark of the Dalton Boys

Gear Talk / Recumbent advice?
« on: March 14, 2006, 08:40:46 am »
 ICE Q......N-i-i-i-c-e. I read constantly of innovative folks building a "HPV" style body with Coroplast. I'm riding a "Tank" of a Trike (WizWheelz 3.6/Touring), and after only 4 or so months of ownership I also have way exceeded 18 mph. I just read the owners manual plus Trike sites and found that the notion that high speeds sometimes lead to twitchy handling, and that when that occurs....less control is better....a light touch and its stable. Had to have a cable replaced on my front derailleur yesterday....mechanic hadn't ever rode one and asked if she could take a know make sure her work was good...she did....she wants one now. The roadies in my local area call me "Trikezilla". Lovin' the Voyage in a "Lawn Chair"...Mark of the Dalton Boys

Gear Talk / Recumbent advice?
« on: March 07, 2006, 09:14:00 am »
....I have to admit that given my car-free existence and its attendant bicycle commuting, I ride an "upright" for obvious resons (lots of cars, trike too wide etc.) but the rest of the time its trike time.....also as its said in our human powered can not own too many bikes.  Enjoying the voyage....Mark of the Dalton Boys

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