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Gear Talk / tour tool(s) for spoke change
« on: June 30, 2008, 05:20:35 pm »
I carry the freewheel tool,but not a wrench.  Stop at at garage and ask to borrow a wrench and a vise.  I have used tools at garages before.  Before you leave, get that plastic dish removed from the wheel.  With that off, you should be able to replace a spoke on the drive side.  I carry a fibrefix to use if I were to break a spoke and its pouring.  A spoke swap should take you about the same amount of time to fix a flat.


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Gear Talk / Water bottles and bisephenol-A
« on: June 30, 2008, 05:29:30 pm »
Break down an look at Klean Kanteen.  Beautiful stainless steel.  put in dishwasher to clean and no aftertaste. Several diffferent sizes.  teh 27oz. fit in standard cages and come with sip caps.

Ed


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Gear Talk / tools
« on: April 14, 2007, 09:28:38 am »
Apart from my patch kit I carry a Topeak Alien, a $5 version of the Leatherman, a fiberfix spoke, some wire, duct tape and a small tube of nuts & bolts.  I also carry a freewheel tool.  I have borrowed anything else I might need from garages and people who live along the route.  I have never been turned down in an emergency

Ed


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Gear Talk / trekking handlebars
« on: February 20, 2007, 08:01:37 am »
I have a pair from Nashbar and they work great for me.
If you use an bar mirror, the standard ones won't work.  I ended up getting the Zefal "SPY" mirror.
Depending on what bar bag you use, there might not be enough room to mount one.  Cover the bars with a wrap and you will have several different positions for you hands.


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Gear Talk / which racks?
« on: February 20, 2007, 08:16:56 am »
Check out this link  mikebently.com/bike/racks
You might check out Jandd Expedition Rack.
This is the one I'm planning to get

Ed


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Gear Talk / Mirrors
« on: February 20, 2007, 08:19:32 am »
Take a look at teh Zefal "SPY" mirror
good for those with trekking bars

ED


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Gear Talk / Panniers - What Size?
« on: January 01, 2005, 07:47:00 pm »
Look at teh Performance Bike bags.  They have 2 sizes and are well built.  Comperssion straps and their own bright yellow rain covers.  The large bags have several pockets and bungee cords for jackets.  The smaller bags can be used on either fron or rear.  They work the best with the racks that Perf. sells.  Minor mod for other racks

ed


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Gear Talk / butterfly handlebars
« on: January 01, 2005, 07:52:57 pm »
Nashbar had them for $13 and I got a set.  They only thing I had to getwas a new adj. stem to get the correct angle.  My brakes and grip shifters went on with no problem.  You will need to get new padding for the bars as standard grips won't work.  Tyr the Specialized bar tape and if you use a mirror standard bar mirrors won't work either.  Try the Zefal "SPY" mirror.  You will need to adapt a bar bag if you go this route.  The Perf. and Topeak bags work ok


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Routes / East Coast, Maine-Fl or Fl-Maine
« on: January 03, 2009, 08:46:51 am »
I can get you through NYC fairly easy if wou wish.
Contact me off list for route

Ed


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Routes / Cape Cod to Philly ?
« on: December 12, 2008, 07:25:14 am »
Get the Rubels bike maps for Ma.  I have some cues for RI & MA that I used.  I can get you my cues from Springfield MA dto NYC via back roads & rail trails.
Contact me off list for the info

ED


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Routes / Atlantic Coast Route
« on: May 22, 2008, 06:22:48 pm »
I have some cue sheets that will get you from Portsmouth NH to Boston.  Contact me via e-mail address

Ed


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Routes / new biker for coast of maine
« on: April 11, 2008, 12:17:21 pm »
It would depend on weather, your load, camping or motels, sightseeing etc.  Iaverave 70 my firts day out as state campgrounds tend to be far apart in Mass.

Ed


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Routes / new biker for coast of maine
« on: March 29, 2008, 11:59:45 am »
Make sure you check out the Androscoggin River Bicycle Path

Ed


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Routes / Boston to LA
« on: March 07, 2008, 07:49:39 am »
Get the Rubels bike maps to get you through MA.


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Routes / State Bike routes - PA, NY, MA
« on: March 07, 2008, 07:52:07 am »
Get the Rubels bike maps for MA.  If you want to save some time and energy, you can take the commuter train from Worcester to Boston off peak hrs only.


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