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Gear Talk / Re: New bike too big?
« on: July 11, 2011, 10:16:07 pm »
Mike52, if the above suggestions do not help, may I make a suggestion, I would take the bike and yourself to a good local bike shop and get the bike fitted properly. A comfortable ride, priceless for the rest there is Mastercard. LOL

Gear Talk / Re: Rack Platforms
« on: July 11, 2011, 09:52:10 pm »
Happyrider, was out riding so I didn't check the Forum. I think the mini front rack would be a welcome addition. I would like to keep my Tara front rack and have tried to find a small front rack. This is an ideal solution. Thank you for the suggestion. Even though I have been touring for years, I always learn something new from the Forum and see things from a fresh perspective. Thank you Adventure Cycling.

Gear Talk / Re: Dream Bike Starting with a Long Haul Trucker Frame
« on: June 27, 2011, 04:02:09 pm »
litespeed, I spent a bundle on my Comotion too, but like you said, a lifetime investment. Appreciate the info. Your bike looks great. Be safe.

Gear Talk / Re: Dream Bike Starting with a Long Haul Trucker Frame
« on: June 26, 2011, 07:55:50 pm »
Litespeed, nice bike! I have to say I have not had the opportunity to ride a titanium frame on a long tour, how is it for comfort? The geometry looks good and there is plenty of chainstay clearance for bags at 45cm. Components are top notch, If I may ask, how much did you spend by the time you put the bike together?

Gear Talk / Re: Kona Jake vs Trek 520
« on: June 26, 2011, 04:30:23 pm »
I agree with Nelson. I like a touring bikes because of the relaxed geometry & yet if done correctly, a good balance between stabilty & handling . I like high quality steel, it is more comfortable. Riding position more upright due to a shorter reach on the handlebars. The Chainstays are longer giving you plenty of clearance with panniers. The drivetrain is set up for a much wider range of gears. Low of 19" to a high of 115" gear inches should be more than adequate. I don't know your budget but if you think you may like touring then invest in a bike that rides and handles like a fine piece of machinery. I would also invest in S&S Couplers, 26" wheels and a good airline legal hard case. If you are traveling light, & want to use your current steed, attach a chrome moly rear rack* & two panniers*, providing you have enough heal clearance or attach a trailer as previously mentioned. *can be transfered to another bike

Gear Talk / Re: Dream Bike Starting with a Long Haul Trucker Frame
« on: June 26, 2011, 03:46:24 pm »
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Custom Fit, better tubing, and components. Go with 26" wheels and S&S Couplers and their airline legal travel case. Pass on the Rohloff unless you have another $1300. I would only use it on an expedition bike. 

General Discussion / Re: High Visibility - Always Good or Not?
« on: June 20, 2011, 07:59:59 am »
This is an excellent item and great for daylight visibility front and rear. I like that they offer different colored lights. If they use this to identifiy drop zones it should work great for cycling. Thank for the info.


Thank you for the resources. I will check them out. I will let you and the Forum know what I come up with. Have a good weekend.

General Discussion / Re: B&M e-Werks Cache Battery
« on: June 16, 2011, 11:44:30 pm »
Thanks Ron, I will write my friends in Europe and see what they have to say. They have a lot of experience with this.

General Discussion / Re: B&M e-Werks Cache Battery
« on: June 16, 2011, 08:27:19 am »
Ron, I forgot you changed your name, on the forum. Greetings, I hope you and Petra are well. Sorry to hear about your troubles. What devices are you running with it besides the lighting? Do you have the Cache Battery attached to it?  How long did it work before it stopped working? Did Manny rebuild the wheel and do the set up? I have a source in the UK and one in Germany besides BM that sells alot of them. I will contact them. I have some additional comments to share with you, if you would like, but I am not sure I still have your email address. Safe riding.

General Discussion / Re: B&M e-Werks Cache Battery
« on: June 15, 2011, 11:07:08 pm »
I am sorry you and your friend are having trouble with your E-Werke. It would be nice if they worked properly the first time.  Despite Peter White's comment, I find it hard to believe your situation is unique. However, there may be a silver lining. Diagnosing this problem may help you and others. I too am looking to purchase one. I know someone who has one and likes it. He has it connected with a Schmidt NAB 28. I would consult him, but I believe he and his wife may be touring in Eastern Europe.

I have a few questions and a suggestion or two. What dyno hubs are you using with it? If you are using a Shimano Hub, do you have the proper voltage protection? Did you do the installation? If it was a bike shop, did they check the the way it was wired to the dyno hub? I know the E-werke has different voltage and amperage settings, are you sure they were set correctly? Did you run more than one device at the same time? When it stopped working, were the devices, they were charging, still working? Unfortunately, I am not sure that Peter White, has the inclination or the ability to test your devices and send them back to Germany for a proper evaluation.

I would make two inquires in Europe. I would write to They sell dyno hubs and the E-Werke. Their staff are very knowledgeable, on these matters and may be able to help you come up with a solution. I also know their prices are a lot less than Peter White.

I would also contact Busch Muller in Germany. I am sure Peter White has their email address. It would be ashame to write off these devices without finding out the cause of the problem. If they were working and then stopped, then I believe something caused them to possible short out. Is there a fuse in it? If you provide me the answers to the above questions, I will try to research this and come up with an answer.

Sheldon Brown would have been an excellent resource but sadly died a few years ago.

Paul A +1 I have never thought of that. Good Idea. Have they ever invited you to stay for dinner?

General Discussion / Re: Flying with Bicycle on Small Planes
« on: June 14, 2011, 09:51:46 pm »
Thank you Jennifer, you are the best. Happy & Safe Cycling.

General Discussion / Re: Flying with Bicycle on Small Planes
« on: June 14, 2011, 07:50:58 am »
Syncjeonosogs,  ??? As we say in the South, one of your posts was more than a gracious plenty. I request the moderator to delete these numerous posts. Thank you.

General Discussion / Re: Flying with Bicycle on Small Planes
« on: June 13, 2011, 10:08:54 pm »
Ship it to a hotel or better yet a bicycle shop. If adjustments are needed, the bike will be ready to go. It makes you wish you had S&S couplers. does retro fits on bicycles. Good luck to you and have a good safe tour. 

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