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Routes / Re: Great Rivers South in November/December
« on: October 17, 2016, 01:21:41 am »
I live about equal with Muscatine, Iowa.  Same north level.  Not sure if that is latitude or longitude.  November in Iowa usually has lows at night of 30s-40s.  And daytime highs of 30s to 50s.  Sometimes its warmer.  Or colder.  But count on upper 30s to upper 50s for all 24 hours.  If its a sunny day, its pleasant daytime riding weather.  But you still may want tights and a jacket and a long sleeve jersey.  You can get by without gloves usually.  But its not hot or really even warm.  Its OK in the sunshine.  From about Noon until 4PM its OK for riding in November at the northern end of your route.  You will have no problem doing the ride at this time of year.  But I am not sure it will be all that enjoyable weather wise.  You won't jump out of bed and say lets ride.  You will say, its chilly.  Brrrr.  From St. Louis south it will be nicer riding weather.  But the first week may not be too pleasant.

Gear Talk / Re: Advice for choosing components to reduce gear inches
« on: October 12, 2016, 03:39:06 pm »
If you go nutty and try a 36 rear cog, then your derailleur hanger my not be low enough and the rear derailleur will not fit underneath the 36 cog.  So that will not work. 

I add that changing components to get below 20 gear inches can be much more challenging than being satisfied with a 20 inch low.

24x32 low gear with 700C wheels gets you down to 20 gear inches.  It used to be very easy to get a triple crank with a 74mm bcd inner ring.  Put a 32 cassette on the bike and you are at 20 gear inches.  Very easy.  Every touring bike ever made can fit this.  Going to a mountain bike triple with 22 inner ring gets you another 1-2 gear inches lower.  Going to a 34 or 36 cassette gets you another 1-2 gear inches.  All very small changes.  Once you get to 20 low, you are low enough.  Everything else will probably not even be noticed.

Gear Talk / Re: Advice for choosing components to reduce gear inches
« on: October 11, 2016, 10:39:04 pm »
Unfortunately, you seem to have picked the most messed up crankset Shimano makes.  A FOUR bolt crankset that uses 110/74mm bcd.  Until now I had never heard of such a thing.  And looking around, there are ZERO chainrings available for this goofy size.  So it looks like this crankset is stuck with the factory 50-39-30 configuration.  Maybe the simplest and cheapest solution is to just replace the crankset with a Sora triple.  See following links.  It has a 74mm bcd FIVE bolt inner chainring.  You can cheaply and easily put a 24 tooth inner ring on it.  Then your low becomes 24x32.  Should be low enough.  You could also try a 11-34 cassette.  Get a little lower and probably not much chance your rear derailleur will not work with that.  If you go nutty and try a 36 rear cog, then your derailleur hanger my not be low enough and the rear derailleur will not fit underneath the 36 cog.  So that will not work.  34 most likely not a problem.  But you have to try it to know.  Going with a mountain bike triple crankset will allow you to get a 22 tooth inner ring.  Little lower than the Sora 24 inner ring.  Not sure it makes much difference.  Safest is to go with the Sora.  Positive it will work 100% fine.  24 inner ring is low enough.  I rode the Dolomites and Alps with a 24x32 low gear and four panniers and other bags.

My current touring bike has Shimano 105 triple STI 10 speed shifters, Tiagra triple front derailleur, and 9 speed Deore rear derailleur.  10 speed cassette 11-32.  Shifting is 100% perfect always.  Crank is old 7 speed Deore with TA 44-33-20 rings.  Inner ring is down to 20 through a Avid Tri-Adaptor thing that allows me to replace the separate spacers and bolt on a 58mm bcd inner ring.  Perfect shifting always.  Doubt there is enough room to allow the rear derailleur to get under a 34 ring on the cassette.  No way in He-- it could ever fit under a 36 ring.  Rear derailleur hanger length will decide if your bike can fit a 32, 34, or other rear cog.  32 cog always works. 34 may or may not work.  36 is very doubtful unless the bike was specifically built to work with that pie plate.

General Discussion / Re: Bike all lower 48 states
« on: September 21, 2016, 03:32:45 pm »
STEP great grand father.  When you add the step, I'm not sure it even qualifies for anything more than the husband part.

Your thread title said "...for Touring?"  You are not touring.  You are commuting.  Riding around town.  Etc.  There is a big difference between "Touring" and riding around town.  Different bikes, different gear, maybe different clothes too.  If someone asked which panniers to buy for riding around the world and which panniers to buy for going to the grocery store, I might give slightly different answers.  And if someone asked which bike to buy for touring around the world and which bike to buy for commuting to an eating place in the evening, I'd likely give a different answer.  My original comments about needing six different lights on a touring bike still apply.  You don't need them.  Touring is a daylight activity.

Please change the title of your thread to "3 AAA Battery Bike Lights Vs USB Battery Bike Light for COMMUTING?"

General Discussion / Re: Bike all lower 48 states
« on: September 19, 2016, 11:05:29 pm »
BTW I am a 50 year old greatgrandfather.

???  You had a child at 17.  That makes you a father.  Your kid had a child at 17.  That makes you a grandfather and you 34 years old.  This grandkid had a child at 16.  That makes you a great grandfather and you 50 years old.  Is that about right?

As for your bike trip I'd suggest just starting in one corner of the country and keep riding and zig zagging until you hit all the states.  It will likely take a few years.

Unfortunately it sounds like you don't know much of anything about bike mechanics.  So maybe the best advice is to go to a local bike shop and have them do it after you explain what you want.  But what the hell, I'll give advice.

Assume your double cross check bike has the bar end shifters.  So it will shift any front derailleur, double or triple.  And any 10 speed cassette.  Simplest might be to put a triple crank on the bike, any of the ones you mention would work.  Get the smallest inner chainring possible.  22 tooth or at worst 24 if that is the smallest that fits.  Keep the outer chainring somewhat small too.  44 outer is great.  May need a new longer bottom bracket to space the inner ring out from the seattube.  And a triple front derailleur.  Some double front derailleurs shift a triple fine.  Have to try it to see if yours works.

Another option is to put a mountain bike double crankset on the bike.  These have around a 40 outer ring and can go down to a 22 inner ring.  Usually sold with a bigger inner ring so have to replace.  This keeps all your derailleurs the same.  Look at Nashbar.  They sell lots of Shmano double mountain cranks.  Not sure there are any that take a square taper bottom bracket like you have now.  So may need a new bottom bracket with the crank.  That is easy.  You could easily get 42-22 rings on the crank.  With your 11-32 cassette, you will have enough high and low gears for anything.  Derailleurs stay the same.  Look for double cranks that take 104mm bcd outer and 64mm bcd inner.  All 4 bolt.

Another possibility is to replace your 11-32 ten speed cassette with a 11-34 ten speed cassette.  Get a little lower low gear.  Not a lot but a little lower.  Might not be cost effective to replace new with new.  But if replacing an old worn out cassette, look at the 11-34 option.

The IRD triple adaptor would work OK.  Get a 24 tooth inner chainring for it.  Add the right spacers and bolts for the inner ring.  Go to a bike shop.  You would have to replace the bottom bracket with a longer one.  Easy and cheap.  Current derailleurs will work fine with it.  May or may not need to change your current double front derailleur with a triple front derailleur.  Try it to tell.  Current chain and cassette also work fine.  You're worried about breaking it?  Ha Ha Ho Ho.  I suppose you worry about winning the lottery too.  Terrible problem.

I have the Princeton Tec EOS helmet light.  Stays there year round.  Always available.  It runs for several hours on low.  Low is enough to ride by.  Not fast or great.  But its enough.  And I use three rear blinky lights with 2 AA or AAA lights.  Usually only use two of them.   Why the great interest in front lights on a touring bike?  I would think you would plan to ride during the daylight.  For rain and early starts, the EOS is enough to be seen.  Why the desire for 3 or 4 different front lights?  Once you have enough front light to see and be seen, more does you no good.  Are you planning on touring through the night?  Bit hard to see much that way.

My usual lights use AA or AAA batteries.  They seem to last long enough.  And batteries are easy to get.

General Discussion / Re: southern tier
« on: September 15, 2016, 03:37:10 pm »
I'm on a medtonic pump with Novalog.  My normal pattern with a long ride is to bolus covering my meal, then after an hour of riding, turn the pump off.  I do not use a CGM because of constant false readings when riding.   CGMs don't work well with exercise -- interstitial levels don't match well with blood glucose when levels are changing rapidly.  I have learned to check manually frequently and I have pretty good awareness.  I know this is important and dangerous so I pay attention.

On the Medtronic MiniMed 530G myself.  Using the built in CGMS with it.  Can't speak to the not working with exercise comment.  But during exercise is not really when its important to have CGMS.  When riding I am very alert and aware of everything.  So know when the glucose is low.  Usually not a concern when riding.  It can be but not usually.  Its at night and when not riding that is the problem.  Exercise can and does have the effect of reducing glucose levels long after the exercise has stopped.  Particularly during the night after exercise.  That is when the CGMS would be very helpful.

With just the 2 week unsupported section in the middle you should not have too many troubles with supplies.

General Discussion / Re: southern tier
« on: September 14, 2016, 10:55:27 pm »
I have been cycling a lot, 550 mile trips, over 1700 miles this year.  I will also be supported most of the time (daughter, wife).  I will have to self-support for a bit.

My experience is that riding every day reduces insulin needs, but can increase frequency of changing infusion sites.  Carrying lots of cliff bars and fig newtons to deal with hypoglycemia has been effective.

Resupplying insulin should be possible.  My endocrinologist will give me written prescriptions to carry and even if I can't get Medicare to cover it, I'll just pay for it.

I'd still like to know which regime you are on now.  Manual injections with regular bolus, Lantus/Levemir/NPH basal?  Or pump?  CGMS too?  You mention infusion sites so assuming pump.  CGMS too?  Having support will make things easier.  Your support can drive to a pharmacy 50 miles away while you are riding that day.  There will still be issues with ordering supplies each month and getting them delivered to you.  Assuming you do not fill a new prescription at a pharmacy every time you run out of something.  But get an old prescription refilled at home and shipped to you on the road.  But probably less critical if you have mobile support along.  And can resupply for an entire month before you start the unsupported sections.  Assume the unsupported sections will be one month or less in duration.  Guessing a "support-no-support-no-support" pattern.

Yes riding does reduce insulin quantity.  Maybe one fourth to one half less basal and less bolus too during the rides.  Same bolus amounts after the rides in the evening.  But you will want to increase the amount of blood tests during the day.  Glucose can change quickly.  A blood test every hour during the ride would not be out of line.  So you will be using more blood test strips during this trip than at home.  And with more frequent infusion site changes, then more cannula changes.

General Discussion / Re: southern tier
« on: September 12, 2016, 03:26:47 pm »
I have never done anything like this before, so want as much information as possible.  I have the ACA maps and support (my daughter) for the the first 3 weeks.  Being almost 70, artificial hip and type 1 diabetic,

Have you ever toured on a bike before?  Do you ride a bike now?  If the answer to these questions is NO, then I would suggest you forget this idea.  Jumping in at the deep end and trying to figure out how to swim is not good.  You could easily be DEAD with your health problems.  Assuming you ride now and maybe toured before, then here are some answers.

I ride with lots of guys early mid 60s.  They could all ride across the US without any problems.  Can't see why adding 5-10 years to their ages would change much.  Being 70 should not be a problem.  Artificial hip?  Does not sound good.  But I'll assume you ride now with this issue.  So you should be able to cope with it.

Type 1 diabetic.  Pump?  CGMS?  Or injections?  If pump and CGMS, then you will have problems with the supplies required.  They take up a lot of space and you have to carry a lot of supplies because you are changing sites every 3-6 days.  About one half of a pannier at the beginning of a 30 day cycle.  Less space required as you use the supplies during the month.  Insulin does OK at room temperature but can spoil if it gets into the 80s, 90s for several days straight.  I don't know if you can carry all the supplies you would need for three months of touring.  The space required would be huge.  So you will need to resupply several times during the trip.  How?  Can you buy supplies along the way?  Or must you have someone at home get the supplies and then ship them to you at a designated US Post office you will pass by.  I think the post office can receive packages and then you pick them up.  Or use a UPS or FedEx office.  Lot of potential issues doing it this way.  Long ago I used long acting insulin and short acting via injections.  Easy to carry everything for the entire summer the whole time.  No resupply issues.  Pump and CGMS does provide better control.  But there are supply issues.  Think of it like this.  Injections, 100% OK control.  Pump/CGMS, 95% great control, 5% dead or emergency room.  Which is better?  The 5% dead is due to the issues of carrying and resupplying medical devices when you are a long way from home.  If you could arrange to have your daughter meet you and resupply you every 2-3 weeks, then no issues at all.  Its easy to carry 2-3 weeks of supplies.  But if you are trying to figure out how to get 3 weeks of supplies, three to six months in the future, delivered in a one week period, and you being in that exact spot in a day or two window, good luck.  Does your state have a lottery?  If you can master this, then you better buy a lottery ticket.  You will win easily.  Buying and carrying blood test supplies may be an issue too.  Assume eight tests per day.  Three month trip.  Seven hundred plus strips.  Fair amount to buy and carry ahead of time.  Maybe put this in the resupply equation too.

Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« on: August 30, 2016, 01:50:55 pm »
Interesting, I've never heard of well-fitting shoes reducing foot sweating.

Foot sweating is your concern?  Oh my.

SPD sandals reduce this "problem" considerably because the socks are exposed to the wind you generate when pedaling.

Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« on: August 29, 2016, 10:12:20 pm »
If I may interject a question, how do you stand staying in one pair of shoes all day?

I may be very abnormal, but I frequently wear one pair of shoes all day long.  Sun up to sun down.  Frequently it is my pair of sneakers.  Same pair of socks all day too.  Put them on when I get up and take them off when I go to bed.  One pair of socks all day long.  Same shoes too.  My shoes are comfortable.  Don't hurt my feet at all.  When riding my bike I sometimes use my SPD sandals.  They are very comfortable and I can wear them all day long.  No need to ever take them off unless going to bed.

I'd suggest you get to a podiatrist and get some properly fitting shoes.

Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« on: August 29, 2016, 03:54:41 pm »
If I didn't care if the shoes I were using had cleat attachments, I'd have a world of shoes to choose from.  But since I DID want to put cleats on them (without using some kind of jury-rigged third-party gadget)

Not sure I would call toeclips and straps a "jury rigged third party gadget".  They are sold about everywhere in the world and have been used for about the past 100 years.  Now, to mention clipless pedals and shoes in the same sentence as toeclips and straps is blasphemous, humorous, disgusting, etc.

Routes / Re: Weather concerns for fall cross country?
« on: August 26, 2016, 02:47:36 pm »
I live about 350 miles west of Chicago.  On the route between Chicago and Denver.  If you start on the east coast in September, you will get to the Midwest in October.  The Midwest can be wonderful in the fall.  Sunshine, breezes, pleasant temperatures.  It can also, and frequently, be cool to cold and very windy and rainy.  The climate is very variable in the fall in the Midwest.  Winds out of the west and north are almost guaranteed.  In the fall my friends and I use the riding technique of getting up early in the morning, looking out the windows to see what the weather is doing that morning, rain, snow, wind, cold, then deciding to ride or go back to bed.  If you could plan your rides for afternoon every day it would be much better.  From about 1 to 4 every afternoon its usually good riding weather.  Last year Halloween was 60 degrees.  Other years the kids needed a winter coat and mittens and stocking hat.  By starting so late in the year, you are almost guaranteeing a wide variety of weather.  From great to awful.  Great meaning 60 degrees.  60 degrees is fine for riding, but its not really warm.  You might want to wear long sleeves and maybe tights too.  Awful is rain and maybe 30 to 40 degrees and headwind.

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