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Gear Talk / Sleeping bags
« on: September 18, 2004, 02:27:43 am »
I just did a week supported on Cycle Utah. I am tall and I also dislike tightly confined feet. Plus, temperatures varied from 90 + during the day to 22 Farenheit the coldest night. I brought an EMS Solstice bag, a semi-rectangular model with top and bottom of different fill weights. One side has a 25 degrees limit, the other 45, which lets you flip it depending on the temperature. It's a synthetic, so if it gets damp, no worries. Just the right thing for the conditions. I'd recommend that to almost anyone.

Gear Talk / Prescription Sunglasses
« on: September 18, 2004, 02:31:01 am »
  I have the Bolle model with their prescription inserts, and interchangable gold and grey lenses. No complaints. They are nicer than the normal prescription lenses because they wrap around more and protect you from blowing dirt and crap, especially while you are descending or it's windy.

General Discussion / Big Guy Frame
« on: June 12, 2004, 01:57:07 pm »
     I've been riding my Cannondale T400 for years now, and have about come to end-of-life, if for no other reason than the fact that so many components are badly worn that replacement of the whole system will be cheaper. Most of the miles went on this bike commuting and training, but I am planning more longer rides and tours soon.
     I'm 6'3" tall, weigh 240 lbs and I am hard on bikes since I sometimes climb standing and I tend to mash gears. Right now I am looking at the Rivendell Atlantis, the BG Rock and Road (with Bruce's upgrade for heavy riders) or an Independent Fab Independence (they also will size and stiffen for my needs.)
     I am interested in folks comments on these frame choices, and also on any components they know they would hang on a bike that's going to be used this way. I am leaning towards Phil for hubs and BB, not sure about other parts. Comments?

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