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Gear Talk / Re: Velocity Fusion wheels
« on: January 31, 2012, 07:21:52 pm »
I use the Velocity Aerohead extensively, which is supposed to be a less durable wheel that the fusion. My masses are approximately equivalent to yours (180 to 195 pounds, 42 pound bicycle, and 30 to 40 pound loads). My wheels are 32h, 3x, DB spokes. I have no issues with these rims. I am quite unkind to these wheels. On one of my bikes, I ride down stairs, jump off curbs, hop over potholes.

I think you'll be just fine, as long as the wheelbuilder knows your intended use and keeps the tension high. On my Aerohead wheels, I run the tension near the stated maximum (140kgf). Bulletproof.

General Discussion / Re: Farfarer trailer
« on: January 31, 2012, 07:02:34 pm »
That is a pretty interesting design. I own both seatpost mount-trailers (Burley Travoy) and own(ed) axle-mount trailers (Carry Freedom City, BOB, Burley Nomad, Bike Friday, and Wike). I have used Bikes@Work and CycleTote with the brake option.

The seatpost mount in my experience provides the best handling. By attaching at the seatpost, elastomer-coupled trailers are less likely to porpoise. In general, the spherical bearing-coupled trailers felt better (B@W and CycleTote), but the CycleTote felt better under load. The Burley Travoy, even with a load, is almost sports-car like in its nimbleness and ability to corner at speed. I believe the reason for this is that the moment arm of the trailer connects close to the CoG of the bike. Stability feels increased both at speed and while crawling. At speeds less than 3 MPH, the advantage goes to the axle-mounts.

Gear Talk / Re: removing tabs on fork
« on: January 31, 2012, 01:48:22 pm »
If the bike ends up in the windshield of someone behind you, that will be a new reason to call the Lawyers' Lips. Are you going to get a different rack system, add a hold-down bar, or replace your fork?
The rear wheel strap would assure that the bike only flails the bejeezus out of the carrying automobile.

Gear Talk / Re: removing tabs on fork
« on: January 31, 2012, 09:10:06 am »
Mine were filed off years ago. The only problem is that I can't load it on a roof rack securely. No matter how tightly I batten down the fork, it pulls out of the rack at high speeds.
I've experienced this too. It's not the linear speed that does it, but rather lateral acceleration. The carrier was so tight that I had to use a rubber mallet to tap the latch closed. Even taking it easy, my friend's Peugeot slipped out of the fork carrier and creased the dropout. Ugh.

Gear Talk / Re: Xtracycle
« on: January 30, 2012, 01:24:51 pm »
Successor addresses the applicability well. As far as suitability, these guys went from Alaska to the southern tip of South America with an Xtracycle. I'd say it's up to the task, despite some of the issues they experienced.

General Discussion / Re: Long distance trip alone?
« on: January 28, 2012, 10:43:35 pm »
Road ID is the best known supplier but are pricy and only offer wrist bands.

They actually have a a wide range of products. But what I find most useful is their interactive service, $10 per year if I recall correctly. A lot more information can be included in the interactive service. In addition to notifying my worrywart mother (typical Asian mom), I use it to drop a "dead man switch" for my employer, passing on control of key systems, critical documentation, et al.

The new sport version has a deployment clasp and the silicone band is remarkably stink-resistant. It does fade in the sun, but so what? So does everything else.

The benefit of the metal chain is that it's not going to get cut and lost if the EMS people have to cut off your shirt or jersey after an accident. 
A close friend of mine is an EMT and he stated that they are explicitly trained to check for medical alert items, be they dog tags, wrist straps, ankle straps, or shoe tags. It seems excessively remote that an EMS/EMT would cut off my RoadID. Dog tags, even with silencers make noise and are pretty annoying when in the drops. A RoadID is pretty inert and inconspicuous.

Gear Talk / Re: Alcohol Stoves
« on: January 25, 2012, 10:39:24 pm »
Another vote for the alcohol stoves. I decided to give it an all-in try and bought the Evernew Titanium stove, windscreen/stand, and adapter ring. I thought that they would be slow. Not so. It boils a liter of water (there's that water thing, again) in less than four minutes. My Optimus stove that uses the butane/propane blend is about as fast.

I have an MSR Seagull pot. Everything folds up and fits in this pot nicely. It works well for two and is plenty fast. A pint of denatured alcohol was more than plenty for an overnight trip while using the stove as a heat source (long story).

General Discussion / Re: Favorite Eating Spots
« on: January 25, 2012, 10:32:44 pm »
In Utica NY:
Joey's Restaurant
815 Mohawk St
Utica, NY 13501
Be sure to get the greens with meat. Wowza! If there is a seafood special that day, order that too.

New Wonton Garden
56 Mott St
Manhattan, NY 10013
Seriously the best wonton soup ever. Get the noodles with wonton. Add tendon, beef, or tripe if you like them. How good is this place? When I lived in VT, I would drive eight hours to NYC just to get soup, turn around and go home.  It's that good.

Gear Talk / Re: How to clean a hydration system (tube)???
« on: January 21, 2012, 01:43:49 am »
Hydrogen peroxide. It is very reactive, cheap, readily available, and decays quickly. I have used H2O2 to flush my CamelBak and Platypus on both brevets and tours. I'm pretty sensitive to taste of my water, to the point where I would rather carry a smaller stainless bottle and refill more often, rather than suffer through the taste of polymer water vessels.

General Discussion / Re: Started a new bikepacking website
« on: January 21, 2012, 01:24:59 am »
Looks like a good start. Quite a bit of delicious eye candy all over yer site. Another site with which you can coordinate or from which you can take inspiration is VeloDirt. While VeloDirt is generally focused on the PacNW, you seem to have a lot of really good general information. I like the gear lists, stories... hell, I like it all. I am really looking forward to where you go and what you do with your site.

Gear Talk / Re: Helmets
« on: January 14, 2012, 02:46:25 pm »
Most certainly. If you look at the immense popularity of Nutcase helmets (similar in style), such helmets are frequently used for general road riding.

I also have a large head, and oddly shaped to boot. After much gyrating through various models, I finally stumbled on the Bell Solar. It is a "universal" fit helmet and is comfortable on my noggin. Obviously, everybody's head is different, but if you wanted a lighter, more vented helmet, it might be worth a look. The added bonus is that it is inexpensive, too.

Gear Talk / Re: Cassette Life
« on: January 11, 2012, 10:34:54 am »
I often wonder about that when I read about folks replacing chains at 2000 miles.  I know that much longer chain life has been my result as well as that of friends and family whose bikes I have dealt with.  My theory is that folks tend to either:
  • Kill their chains with kindness.  I am convinced that the best thing is to not clean chains unless you really have to.  I only do it reluctantly and infrequently if at all.  I tend to lube regularly, and wipe the chain off as the only cleaning and forget it.  If the chain gets loaded with sand or something I use the most gentle cleaning I can usually either water from a hose with no nozzle gently run over the chain or WD 40 follow by a relube.  I am convinced that either stong detergents of solvents get into the chains deep recesses taking grit with them and killing the lube there.
  • Kill their chains with neglect by not lubing them or using a poor lube.
  • Or worst case alternate between the previous 2.
You forgot:
               4.  Don't ride in the rain, or where there is salt, sand, or grit.

My chain gets attention once to twice per week depending on coditions, but I typically only get about 2500 miles out of it in the rainy season, about 5000 miles in the dry season.  Any more maintenance than that and I am at the point of diminishing returns. When I first moved to Portland, I didn't notice any increase in wet-season chain life with increased maintenance beyond twice a week. Besides, a chain is a wear item. Replace it when it reaches the .5% wear mark and the cassette will last much, much longer.

Gear Talk / Re: Bike saddle issues
« on: January 09, 2012, 10:27:16 am »
I've tried quite a few saddles and any of them will work for me on a 30-40 mile ride and some of them will work on a long ride, 80-100 miles. By far the most comfortable one is the SMP.  I've tried others that are supposed to offer less pressure "down there" but they all, after a certain number of miles created numbness and discomfort, except the SMP!! It really is amazingly comfortable, kinda goofy looking, but comfy.  I did have to fiddle with positioning a little, and ended up doing just what they said to do, it didn't adjust like other saddles when it came to fore and aft and level.  Try one, if you haven't already.  I demo'd one from Pro's before I bought it.

I ride Selle SMP Forma (no padding) on all of my bikes now. It is amazing just how comfortable these saddles are. Everywhere on the saddle is a comfortable place to sit. Twenty miles or 280 (most I've done in 24 hours), I don't get any issues with the SMP Forma.

The cost of entry, though, is enough to cause nosebleeds.

General Discussion / Re: Woman riding by herself
« on: January 04, 2012, 08:08:11 am »
I wonder how many of Jill's contrary friends have actually embarked on any kind of adventure? Crabs in a bucket, I tell ya! Our culture of fear has us afraid of all the wrong things.

Gear Talk / Re: Water Filter vs. Steripen
« on: January 01, 2012, 01:21:24 pm »
Most folks seem to use filters but the Steriped (uses UV light to mess up viral and bacterial DNA so they can't reproduce) seems to be a light weight and dependable device. From what I can tell, the only issue is cloudy water since UV light doesn't travel well through the haze. Otherwise, looks like a great alternative to the traditional filter.
A pre-filter is suggested for turbid water.

Kent Peterson put the SteriPen and an inline water filter through serious testing in his GDMBR races. His system sounds like a nice variety of options, with redundancy and immediate gratification.

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