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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.

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.

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.

Gear Talk / Re: New Master Link Combo Pliers for Bicycle Chain Links
« on: January 10, 2018, 07:14:46 pm »
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gear Talk / Re: Search for the perfect touring bike mirror
« on: December 30, 2017, 02:30:31 pm »
For the past 20 years I have used the Take A Look eyeglass mounted mirror.  Works perfectly on seeing eyeglasses and on sunglasses.  Just need a flat arm on the glasses frame to mount it.  25 years ago I used a mirror that mounted over the brake hood.  It was metal and tough.  Still have it in the parts boxes in the basement.  Had bar end shifters then.  Worked well but the eyeglass mirror works better since I can rotate my head and see anywhere behind me.  Brake hood mounted mirrors, or the ones stuck in the end of handlebars are fixed so can only see certain spots behind.  Don't like helmet mounted mirrors because I take my helmet on and off many times on a ride and its not always treated gently.  So the mirror would get moved every time.  And helmets do not sit in the exact same spot on my head every time I put them on.  Unlike eyeglasses which always hook over my ears and rest on my nose.  Same spot.  Or I push the helmet up and back occasionally when it slides too low.  So I can see always constantly adjusting where the mirror is pointing with helmet mounted mirrors.  Imagine driving a car where you adjusted the side and rear mirror ten times every time you drove the car.  You would get tired of that nonsense after one trip.

Routes / Re: Cross country in 8 weeks?
« on: December 26, 2017, 01:57:22 pm »
I'd recommend mid to late June for a start date and mid to late August for a finish date.  Plenty of daylight and no cold.  Go the Northern Tier since you live in New Hampshire.  You can ride home.  You don't have to stay on the official route the whole way.  Once you get to New York, make your own route and ride home.  No need to ride to the ocean either.  Start in Washington and ride the Canadian border to home.  4000 miles or so.  Easily doable in 7-8 weeks.  70 miles per day.  Tailwinds across the whole middle of the country because the winds blow out of the west.  No hot weather up on the Canadian border.  Not sure how many hotels are on the Northern Tier.  Towns may be far apart in the middle of the country.

General Discussion / Re: Across America 2018
« on: December 19, 2017, 03:35:10 pm »
That's 110 km per day, no days off, no margin for bad weather, bad stomach, bad bicycle.

We actually plan on riding 80 miles (130 km) each riding-day and take one day off every 7 days. :)

jamawani said:  110k per day, no rest days, is 770k per week.  68.75 miles per day.
SaemiVald said:  130k per day for six days, one rest day, is 780k per week.  69.64 miles per day.
Seems pretty close to me.
For me, 70 miles per day is not very difficult.  Its nice to have a 60 mile day every now and then, but 70 miles is not a hard day.  You need to be above 80 miles per day to start getting more difficult.

From Chicago west you can cut across Iowa - again, via historic routes.

Highway 92 is a scenic route across Nebraska - cutting south to Ogalalla.

Hwy 92 in Iowa is a busy road with lots of high speed traffic.  Not suitable for bicycling.  Maybe somehow Hwy 92 becomes a peaceful nice road to ride in Nebraska to the west.  I doubt it though.  I know several bicyclists who have ridden Hwy 92 across Iowa.  They did not like it but took it because it was the most direct route between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.  Unless you are trying to sprint across Iowa as fast as possible, stay off it.  As for Hwy 92 in Nebraska, I'm doubtful its pleasant to ride.

For crossing Iowa you want to stick with county roads.  Not main major state highways.  Stay off the state highways and stay on the county roads.

Early April in the northeast USA can and will be cool/cold and wet.  You will be in the Midwest in May.  It can be fine and dandy in the afternoon.  But cool in the morning.  And wet.  I'd suggest you postpone your start by one to two months.

General Discussion / Re: Bike from NYC to Las Vegas?
« on: December 01, 2017, 03:06:13 pm »
Google Maps says its about 2550 miles from New York City to Las Vegas.  Via the Interstate system.  Maybe a bit longer if you can't ride on the Interstate.  But maybe these electric battery bikes are more or less mopeds that can maintain a minimum of 45 mph.  I think 45 mph minimum is the speed needed to use the Interstate in the USA.  Since the company is providing all the expense of the trip, I assume they will also have several trucks for support along the way.  Trucks could easily carry a few dozen extra bikes and batteries to mitigate any decrease in charge.  And generators to recharge the batteries overnight.  And the company would also be able to provide a follower car with flashing lights to stay 10 feet behind the bikes/mopeds and provide cover from traffic.  Assuming all of the above, it sounds kind of fun.  Sort of.  Ride a moped across the USA!!!  Free!!!  Wearing a snow mobile suit, pac boots, motorcycle helmet, ski goggles and gloves.  Only bad part is the early January factor.  That is stupid, stupid, stupid.  You will likely have high temperatures of freezing or close to that from New York to Nevada.  Even in the daylight hours.  I know we are well into the global warming.  Its happening in my state in the middle of the country.  Its 55 degrees today on December 1.  But global warming does not mean its going to be 80 degrees in January in the north half of the USA.  It will be 30 to 40 degrees for highs, not 80.

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