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General Discussion / Re: Road bike vs. Cyclo-cross bike
« on: February 12, 2018, 07:05:34 pm »
Unless you plan to ride a majority on dirt, maybe gravel, roads, why would you choose cyclocross tires?  Cyclocross tires are sort of like knobby tires for BMX bikes.  They are designed for dirt and mud.  Cyclocross wheels can also fit regular road bike tires just fine.

Assuming you mean a real cyclocross bike, like what the pros use, then a cyclocross bike is more or less a road racing bike.  Except for dirt, mud instead of paved roads.  Similar geometry, similar handling.  Similar weight too, except a little bit heavier.  Disc brakes.  Slightly different cable runs.  Both gear cables run along the toptube.  Front derailleur cable runs down the seattube.  Rear derailleur cable runs down the seatstays.  Cyclocross bike will fit wider tires if you want.  But you can also put the exact same tires as your road bike too.  Should be same speed too since the tires are the same.
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To me it comes down to what roads you are going to spend a majority of your time on.  If dirt and gravel, then go cyclocross bike and maybe run 28-30mm tires.  Smooth or maybe a little tread.  If majority paved roads, then go with a road bike.  I like your plan of going light touring and using just a large saddle bag and backpack.  Although I would not wear a backpack for very long.

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General Discussion / Re: Greyhound Bus vs Amtrak Train
« on: February 08, 2018, 05:26:46 pm »
I'm not even sure what question you are asking.  But here is my experience with Amtrak train about a dozen or so years ago.  Middle of Iowa to Denver.  Boxed the bicycle.  Might have paid a bit to send the bike box.  Can't recall since it was over a dozen years ago.  I either put the panniers inside the box or carried them on as baggage.  Can't recall.  Put the box and panniers on the train in Iowa and got them in Denver.  No changing trains or nothing.  Simple and easy.  Cost was low.  Train ride was OK.  I was a bit disappointed it was not at 100mph straight through.  Had to stop and slow down many times for no apparent reason.  But it was OK.  Over long distances I don't think bus riding would be nearly as good.  And not sure how large baggage is handled with long bus rides.  Not good I guess.

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Gear Talk / Re: Thoughts on Nashbar Touring bike?
« on: February 06, 2018, 02:11:09 am »
Might be time to switch to decaf.

Never drank coffee in my life, my boy.  I merely gave a response to a question that doesn't even rise high enough to be considered foolish.

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Gear Talk / Re: Thoughts on Nashbar Touring bike?
« on: February 05, 2018, 08:07:49 pm »
Was size did you get and how did it fit you?

Why, how on earth is this relevant?  Are you the EXACT same size as the other person?  Do you have the EXACT same torso, leg, arm, dimensions as the other person?  Do you ride in the EXACT same position as the other person?  Same back angle, same saddle height, same stretched out or scrunched up position?  What size bike someone else rides and how it fits them is pretty close to 100% irrelevant.  WHY didn't you ask him what shoe size he wears?  WHY didn't you ask him what width handlebars he uses?  WHY didn't you ask him how wide his saddle is?  WHY didn't you ask him what size helmet he uses?  All of those questions are exactly as relevant as what bike size he uses.

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General Discussion / Re: What about Sock's?
« on: February 02, 2018, 03:14:08 pm »
Like wool jerseys they don't stink after just one day

How smelly are you?  Do you have a natural repugnant odor about you at all times?  I can never smell my own socks.  My nose is almost always five feet away from my socks.  Unless you are talking about a large pile of manure, odors don't travel that far.  I've biked many miles over many years with many people.  But even after a century in horrendous heat and standing next to the person while eating at a convenience store, I can't say I have ever smelled anyone on rides.  And that is after their jersey and shorts and socks have been soaked numerous times with sweat.  I think all you smell people are a bit wacky.

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What if you or someone would 2 or more Broken Spokes on the Rear Wheels?
I carry two FiberFix. I also carry the Stein and several metal spokes of each length. I'm not walking because of spokes.

I agree.  Goofy, goofy, goofy question this person asked.  In my saddlebag, which I carry at all times on every bicycle ride I do.  I carry a spoke wrench.  So if I broke 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 spokes, I could just true the wheel and continue without replacing any spokes.  This person seems to think a broken spoke will stop you.  Ha Ha Ha Ha.  For those who know how to work on bicycles, and have the right emergency tools, its very easy to keep going with no troubles at all.  I could easily finish the entire coast to coast ride with several broken spokes.  Not necessary to replace them until long after the ride is over.  Of course I probably would prefer to get them replaced as soon as I came across a bike shop.  But not necessary.

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Gear Talk / Re: New Master Link Combo Pliers for Bicycle Chain Links
« on: January 10, 2018, 10:35:05 pm »
Some may say is easy to disengage master links with your fingers, but that's not my experience - I have encountered lots of stubborn, stuck master links.
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Some master links lock in place and require pliers to squeeze them together to disengage.  But other master links just click together with no force and require no force to disengage.  I would suggest you test which master link you have before installing it.  And then be sure to choose only those that unclick with ease using your hands.  Neither is better or worse than the other.  Unless you are stuck on the side of the road and for some reason you need to disconnect your master link and you foolishly chose the one that requires pliers to disengage.

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Gear Talk / Re: New Master Link Combo Pliers for Bicycle Chain Links
« on: January 10, 2018, 07:14:46 pm »
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Handy and interesting, but unnecessary.
Why? unnecessary?

Most master links can be assembled and undone by your hands.  So why carry an extra tool to do something you can do with your fingers?  Unless you are scared and frightened to get a bit of extra grease on your hands.  Or just carry a pair of those latex vinyl gloves and toss them afterwards.  Those gloves take up less space and weigh much less than this.  About the only thing interesting about this nonsense is it allows you to carry a couple master links inside the handle.  For me, I just carry a 9 and 10 speed master link in my small tool pouch (plastic bag).  It adds a couple grams total and take up as much space as two pennies.

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Gear Talk / Re: Which Master Link for my Trek 520
« on: January 10, 2018, 07:07:20 pm »
You have a 9 speed chain.  So use 9 speed master links that you snap together and unsnap by hand, sort of.  Doesn't matter what brand as long as it is 9 speed.

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my question was aimed at figuring out when the highs and lows within the day would be.

Lows happen one hour before sunrise up to sunrise.  4-5-6 AM depending on the month.  Highs happen mid to late afternoon.  2-3-4 PM all year long.  Except of course if a front or major weather change is blowing through.  Then the highs or lows could happen at any time of day.

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I am planning a west-east TransAmerica tour between mid-June and mid-August. Have found a great deal of information on this forum including average temperatures (highs and lows).
However, I have not been able to figure out what kind of low temperatures I could expect in the late afternoons/evenings or in the early mornings, particularly in high altitudes.
I am not worried about the temperature during the night as I will carry camping equipment including an insulating sleeping mat and sleeping bag. However, I wonder what kind of clothing is needed for an early morning start and a late finish.

I think we have some confusion about when the low temperatures occur during a day.  Usually the low temperature will occur at about sunrise.  5-6-7 AM.  About the time you are getting up and starting the riding for the day.  The low temperature does not happen when you are sleeping if you are an early riser and rider.

The late afternoons and early evenings (5-6-7 PM) are close to the hottest part of the day.  High will be about 3 PM and then it will "cool" off a couple degrees a couple hours later.

These high and low time ranges happen all year long, summer or winter.  With the exception of fronts blowing through or big changes in weather patterns.  If a front is blowing through, you could have the high at midnight and the low at noon.

As for the actual temperatures, read what the others said.  Lows of around freezing if you camp at the top of mountains in the Sierras or Rockies and highs of around 100 in the middle of the afternoon in the Midwest.

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Gear Talk / Re: Best brakes and wheels for S&S Coupled touring bike?
« on: January 07, 2018, 02:12:19 pm »
While we are talking about cable splicing take a look at SRAM red WiFli  e-tap.  Compact crank up front and 11-32 cassette in the rear.  No cables to splice and you can put blips wherever you want for shift points on your bars.

Maybe I am missing something or not following closely.  The SRAM wireless is for shifting.  No cables to splice for derailleurs.  Its wireless derailleur operation.  But that does not do anything for splicing BRAKE cables.  S&S coupled bikes would also need you to splice the rear brake cable.  Whether its a cable like for road rim brakes or cantilever brakes or a cable for your cable actuated hydraulic disc brakes you talk about.  I don't know if you can splice hydraulic fluid rear brake "cables".  SRAM, Shimano, Campagnolo wireless shifting units are only wireless for the front and rear derailleurs.  None of them change brake cables.

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General Discussion / Re: Bike Computer
« on: January 07, 2018, 02:00:53 pm »
The wired Cat-Eyes I have do have two buttons.

You're living in the past.  The OLD Cateye computers had two buttons on the front.  But the newer ones, 5 or so years ago, have only one button.  You just hold it a longer time to erase things or toggle to the second level stuff.  Simple quick pushes toggle between the main level stuff.  I am excluding the tiny button on the back where you press with a pin to reset the whole computer.

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Gear Talk / Re: Should bicycle helmets be retired after a certain age?
« on: January 01, 2018, 03:03:26 pm »
I replace my helmets every 5-10 years or so.  Almost always because the inside sizing system that fits around your head and is adjustable becomes unstuck from the helmet itself.  So the helmet stops fitting right.  I think the material helmets are made of, Styrofoam and plastic, are pretty much impervious to everything on earth and time too.  Its just the darn fitting, sizing systems tend to break after awhile.

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Gear Talk / Re: Search for the perfect touring bike mirror
« on: December 30, 2017, 09:45:00 pm »
I have used the Blackburn mirror mounted over the hoods on my touring bike for a few years now.

Blackburn!  That's the one I had 25 years ago.  Steel bracket to go over the brake hood and a Velcro strap to wrap around it.  Mine never vibrated loose.  They probably changed it from 25 years ago.

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