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Gear Talk / Re: Novara Randonee
« on: January 20, 2012, 01:32:01 am »
One thing I will point out about the REI Randonee, check the Q factor, or in other words how far apart the crankarms are from each other. Most bikes have a Q of 140-160mm. The one we bought for a family friend, had a Q of 190, this for a 5ft 5inch woman. It didn't seem to bother her, and big Q doesn't bother everyone. But for some it can make long distance cycling uncomfortable.

This was 3 years ago, so perhaps REI has fixed that 'problem.' Without calipers you can get a qualitative idea of Q by observing the crank. If there is significant space between the inner chainring and the chainstay, and/or significant space between the crankarms and the chainstays, then the Q is big.

Colorado / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: February 27, 2009, 04:19:29 pm »
Hi Fellow Coloradans,

My name is Joe Ramey, living for 10 years in Grand Junction, and a transplant form New Mexico and Oregon. Not much of an adventure cyclist, but ride regularly and am ready to do some overnighters. If you have questions about riding on the West Slope, feel free to contact me.

General Discussion / Tour Report: cycling across the top of the world
« on: January 18, 2009, 09:29:44 am »
Here is a report of what sounds like a wonderful 24 day cycling trip across the tibeten plateau, from Lhasa Tibet to Kathmandu Nepal via the Qomolugma Nature Preserve and Everest Base camp. The rider is from SoCal. He posted this on a ski site!

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