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General Discussion / Crash number 6.
« on: March 31, 2015, 07:01:37 am »
I was hit 2 days ago by a lady who hit the accelerator before she looked where she was going. I'm detecting a pattern now. This is the third crash I have been involved in that happened in the same way. I have also seen three others I was not involved in that happened the same way. This happens when a driver on a side road looks right then hits the accelerator before they look in front of them. I will be filming this when I get the chance to prove my point.  In all six cases the driver was at fault. This is what you can expect if you travel. I have done 110000 miles on tour. I have heard in other places a cyclist gets hit every 8000 miles. There are two reasons I survived these crashes. During my youth me and my friends spent time knocking each other off our unicycles. Now it's not that easy to knock me down even when I'm not expecting it. The other reason is I spend my youth in a pool hall playing video games. This is good training though foot ball or socker would work also.  I know my place in one crash the police refused to investigate even though it was a hit and run. I proved to the DMV that the man put a non existent address on his drivers license. I recently found the mans grave stone my guess is the police tried to arrest the man after they were ordered to do so by the DMV and he was shot in the arrest. I'm not saying any more about the man may he rest in peace. Of course the police are not happy with me the most danderous thing you can do is prove the police are fools not ride across country.

Gear Talk / Digipower U TC450 charger.
« on: March 17, 2015, 12:07:54 pm »
I've been using the Digipower U TC charger on tour now for 4 months. It will charge most camera batteries AA and AAA NiMh batteries. It looks like it will also charge N sized NiMh batteries also but I have not tried it. The 450 also has the advantage over the 400 of charging 14500 and 10440 lithium ion batteries. For those who are not familiar with these they are the same size as AA and AAA batteries. Since they are 3.7 volt they make a very good single cell pen light.  It looks like it will handle a 16340 lithium battery which is popular in laser pointers though I have not tried it.  It will charge one or two round cells of the same size and chemistry with .6 amps in each channel. Camera batteries also charge at .6 amps. There is a USB outlet rated at 1 amp. Theoretically you can't charge batteries and use the USB at the same time however it will work if you keep the combined power low. The picture shown is a USB charger drawing .36 amp. The charger is very light but there is no weather sealing so keep it in a baggy.

Gear Talk / Re: Too tight spokes causes wheel buckling.
« on: February 06, 2015, 09:07:50 am »
It's true but I have several spokes at close to zero tension with the rest being too tight. Generally I allow this for front wheels but not for the back.

Gear Talk / Re: Too tight spokes causes wheel buckling.
« on: February 04, 2015, 10:23:29 am »
The wheel buckled. I hit an oil slick and the back wheel went sideways. I managed to get it true enough to ride but the rim will need to be replaced. I use Araya VP 20 or Weinmann 519 rims or no name copies of these rims. They have never cracked at the spoke holes keep in mind I have 110000 loaded miles on wheels I have built. The wheel was not heavily loaded at about 160 pounds. I did this once before only it was wet leaves on a board walk. That wheel only needed minor truing.     

Gear Talk / Too tight spokes causes wheel buckling.
« on: December 16, 2014, 02:32:55 pm »
I've done this twice the first time was an experiment. The arguments never end about tight spokes should be so I did a wheel build making the spokes as tight as possible. I build dishless wheels though I expect this also applies to a real wheel with dish. In order to get the spokes as tight as possible I did a standard build then adjusted the out of round 1/4 turn at a time using both a spoke wrench and a screw driver. The spokes were checked for equal tension by comparing the sound of opposite spokes on both the left and right sides and the top and bottom sides. After a certain point the wheel buckled into potato chip shape. This did not hurt the rim and after backing off on the tension I ended up with a useable wheel. The second time was an accident. I used a combination of transmission fluid and Mobil One to lubricate the nipples and the wheel potato chipped while stressing the wheel by squeezing the rim and the chainstay. This did not photograph well but you can see the wheel here after backing off on the tension. I estimate the spokes were twice as tight as the store bought Stay True front wheel by squeezing the spoke and comparing the deflection at the cross. I'm leaving this one tight and will inform you if there is a problem. The wheel is being ridden with 160 pounds on it. Nothing special there is a fh475 hub refitted with a 7 cog freehub. Generic stainless steel spokes of 2 types. A Weinman 519 clone rim. !0mm solid axle. Search for zerodish and spoke protector on flickr to the the wheel.

General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: September 03, 2014, 08:13:38 pm »
I've written about this extensively here and in other places. I have also done 100000 miles in the United States. It is allowed in Oregon Idaho Utah Arizona New Mexico. The law is quite clear and was written by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Later laws were enacted on the frontier because of private property abuse by the railroads. Existing roads are public land these roads cannot be closed for any reason and no one can be barred from the use of these roads. Pedestrians can only be barred from new roads built after the laws were enacted. This means all traffic must be allowed on any interstate built over an existing road unless an alternate route is built near by. Near by is generally 2 miles this information can be found in the law practice of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson. The governors office of Utah and INDOT agrees with my interpretation of federal law. INDOT has ordered the state police not to enforce the pedestrian ban on the newly built interstate 69. I expect it was the Amish that informed INDOT they were breaking the law. If I'm reading the Amish law suit right this means horses and wagons are allow on all interstates period. This is not considered a road law but a constitutional law. This means serious trouble for local governments and police who harass horses and wagon users. The KYDOT in Lexington are aware of this law. Good luck convincing the police of this.

General Discussion / Re: Sour clothing - after washing!
« on: August 24, 2014, 07:23:47 pm »
Look into odor control detergent these can be found in hunting and farm stores. Hunters use activated carbon which absorbs odors and colloidal silver which kills bacteria. Fungus is a greater problem in shoes zinc oxide kills some fungus. Sweat is the biggest problem in shirts and hats it will not wash out with one washing however detergent is not necessary to remove sweat. Bacteria will refuse to grow on silk this is what I generally use for shirts. I never miss an opportunity to wash out clothes. Socks can be soaked in a plastic cup. Use super concentrated soap and don't rinse this will prevent bacteria growth as they dry. Try boiling shoes before a trip this kill everything and removes oil from your skin. Oxy clean is wonderful stuff and works cold if allow it to soak for 8 hours. Oxy clean also destoys  DNA preventing even spores from reproducing.

Gear Talk / A home made flashlight mount.
« on: July 18, 2014, 09:13:08 am » This is why I use the regular front rack folks. Already this is the best bicycle light I have ever had. There is room for a 4D mag light there you could use these with AA to D adapters. These are made that take 3 or 4 AA's each though with the 4 type you have to be careful not to use over sized batteries.

Gear Talk / Re: Ozark Trail OT 500L flashlight.
« on: June 27, 2014, 10:16:55 pm »
It turns out these flashlights are not true 6 cell lights and I have no reason to assume other 4 cell lights by the same makers are true 4 cell lights. Mine works on 3 cells in either compartment. This is both good and bad. Lights with less than 4 cells use boost regulators which are around 75 percent efficient. Lights with 4 or more cells use buck regulators which are 90 percent efficient and can drain more power from each battery. I did manage to find Vivitar batteries and chargers at I have the 2 cell charger which plugs into a USB port and will charge 1 battery at a time. This charger has taken a lot of abuse including being soaked by rain several times. The 4 cell charger will charge 2 or 4 batteries at a time and plugs directly into an outlet. I carry a 1 inch long adapter which allows grounded plugs to be plugged into an outlet without a ground this also helps fit the charger into outlets with weather covers.

Gear Talk / Ozark Trail OT 500L flashlight.
« on: June 03, 2014, 06:56:56 pm »
Just bought an Ozark Trail 500L flashlight. I plan to mount it to the front rack with reflector mounts. The light puts out a good beam that does not blind oncoming traffic and has a run time of 38 hours. The 6AA Coleman and the 6AA Dorcy lights use the same battery compartment so I expect they are made by the same company. Rechargable batteries are very tight in this light and the top does not unscrew so you can't poke them through. I believe the lower capacity batteries will fit better and the lower capacity batteries have more charge cycles and slower drain rate when not used. I put out the word on the flashlight forums to try and solve this problem. 4 cell flashlights are the best choice. With 2 or 3 cells there needs to circuitry to boost the voltage to around 3.6 to 3.8 volts this wastes energy. Also most battery chargers will only charge 2 or 4 cells at a time. If you want a really long run time you can use a Rayovac 40 lumen LED that replaces a flange flashlight bulb in a 4D mag light for a run time of around 300 hours.   

General Discussion / Re: Low Carb and Long Distance Touring
« on: May 01, 2014, 06:27:43 pm »
I did 150 miles last year at age 53 eating only 4 eggs hash browns and coffee with cream for breakfast then 3 Jumex juices at the end. In 2007 I did 2226 miles in 22 days and lost 3 inches from my legs. This quickly came back when the tour was over. When it gets really hot I will drink soda with ice and generally stop eating altogether when the temp is in the 100's Energy drinks work for me when I'm not riding and now days I look for these in the fountains in gas stations. 7 11 has full throttle twisted which uses ribose sugar which has a negative glycemic index. Essently this is not carbs at all but burns more like fat.   

General Discussion / How to eradicate tribulus terrestris.
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:13:00 am »
Government agencies have joined forces to deal with the problem of invasive species. I have been photographing the plant on government property where wheelchairs have no choice to go. Allowing the plant to grow is an ADA violation since it is able to flatten a wheelchair tire. Since they have been nice enough to tell us the government agencies involved I will be looking for the plant on their property. Proving these agencies are unable to keep invasive species off their porperty will embarass them enough to start to deal with the problem. 

The detour runs on the interstate where bicycles are not allowed. Go through south Pittsburg and get back on highway 41 . I used countyroad 156 and was attacked by 5 dogs. I will deal with TDOT and the idiout local governments.

General Discussion / Re: Tools for adventure
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:16:38 am »
Here it is refined by 100000 miles of touring. I also carry two valve core removal caps metal not the ones that come with slime.

Gear Talk / Re: Wheel sizes
« on: April 12, 2014, 10:07:43 am »
Mountain bike wheels are stronger. 700C wheels are faster I calcuated a .25 to .5 mph gain in speed at 10mph using formulas in bicycles and tricycles by Sharp. Mountain bicycle and 700c tires are available at walmart in the United States and Mexico. 650B tires are rare in the United States and they will be fat tires only. 650B tires can be bought in 35 to 42mm widths at bicycle shops in Canada England and France.

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