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General Discussion / Re: ti trike
« on: December 27, 2016, 11:24:22 pm »
thanks. i saw the greenfields and will dig a little deeper on them.

General Discussion / Re: ?How easy are SPD pedals to get use too?
« on: December 26, 2016, 08:08:29 pm »
i agree withe the post that you will fall twice. but i will add that the spds put a lot of pressure on the balls of you feet. i got major pain in one foot and had to stop them for a year, on advice of podiatrist. just getting back and hoping for the best.

General Discussion / ti trike
« on: December 26, 2016, 08:03:10 pm »
thinking about a recumbent trike. bought a terratrike, but my wife liked it so much she took it over. i liked it too, but kind of heavy. since, i have discovered the TiTrike. titanium, of course, with 20 speed shimano. patterson 28/45 planetary gear in front, sturmey archer drum brakes. to me, some unusual components. although i have heard the names. also has a huge load limit -- 400 pounds, although i would not go past 250-275 for fully loaded touring. also choice of 20 or 26 rear wheel. any thought from anyone who owns one or thoughts in general. red flags? like enough gears for transamaerica? thanks

Gear Talk / Re: trailers vs panniers
« on: November 29, 2016, 07:07:30 pm »
thanks to all.

General Discussion / Re: trikes
« on: November 29, 2016, 06:47:18 pm »
thanks, everybody. i DID own a 2-wheel recumbent (bachetta) and tried it off and on for a year. hated it. could not keep my balance. starting and stopping were hell. at speed it was doable, but still squirrely. i cannot imagine it loaded for a tour. i was hoping a trike would have the advantages of recumbent without balance issues. the two brands that seem the most common are rated for 275-300 pounds, and i do not need nearly that much gear. so, next question: i've got a dutch dog 2-wheel trailer rated to 50 pounds. any comments for that over two big panniers over the rear wheel of the trike?

Gear Talk / Re: trailers vs panniers
« on: November 29, 2016, 03:11:32 am »
Thanks, everybody, for trying, but not not much help. I've done tons of research, but was hoping my fellow ACA folks could be more specific/aggressive in their advice.
So, sigh, I'll go to trial and error.

General Discussion / trikes
« on: November 29, 2016, 02:53:25 am »
I seem to be having increasing problems with hand, arm, foot and butt pain, as well as some balance issues. I've tried all sorts of shoes, cleats, old cages, saddles, etc. I'm thinking about a trike, but my touring goal is Transam. I'm worried about seeing and being seen as well as weight. Any thoughts? Yes, big topic.

Gear Talk / trailers vs panniers
« on: November 02, 2016, 03:56:51 am »
I've heard various opinions on trailer versus  panniers. At 200 pounds and over 6 feet, the bike, tires and wheels, etc., already have a substantial load. A trailer seems a good solution. I realize it adds weight and rolling resistance. So, is there consensus or an "absolute," or is it all personal preference? Has anyone done any science on the topic? I'm talking about long, self-contained tours on pavement. Thanks

General Discussion / folders
« on: January 27, 2015, 02:52:48 am »
I rode road bikes for years, but have been riding a Trek FX 7.5 with road tires for mostly rails=to-trails rides of 25 to 30 miles and occasionally longer. And I'm breaking into a Bacchetta recumbent thanks to lots of hand, arm, foot and other numbness. The goal is touring, building up to south-north florida, maybe the cross georgia and cross-iowa tours and eventually cross-country.  This summer, we plan a car tour across the southern tier, into new mexico, Utah and Colorado. Idea is to drive half-day, then take a scenic loop or up and back to camp to hotel. And some days take turns driving and playing sag wagon. Since space is limited I'm thinking about a foldable. Any advice on whether a foldable is practical for 40 to 50 miles a day? Would one of the brands with an 8-speed internal and gates belt be at all practical? any preferred brands? thanks. roger

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