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Gear Talk / Re: fenders....fairly lame question.
« on: October 16, 2009, 09:17:55 am »
On some recumbents, the front tire creates a fierce spray that comes right into the face. It's not just unpleasant, it's dangerously intense and one risks eye damage or ingestion of lots of crud. Touring isn't much different than commuting. The distance changes, but the bike is outfitted about the same.

I run a front fender all the time but the rear comes off for summer. Protecting my recumbent and my back/butt from road spray is a pleasant result of running fenders and the presence of the fenders offers a bike-favorable psychological boost on those mornings when the weather suggests I might want to drive.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: First trip - need tire advice
« on: October 16, 2009, 09:08:35 am »
I disagree with all of these endorsements. There is no combination of tire casing-liner-tube that will prevent all flats without a severe penalty of weight, price, or practicality. If there is air in a tube, it will eventually find its way out. A shop owner may have a wealth of valuable anecdotal information from his customers but no one here has ridden a broad collection of tires over the same terrain under controlled test conditions to offer objective analysis of the individual tires. We just have some favorites that have happened to worked out for us.
Touring off road does not require a bombproof tire, it does not exist anyway. It requires good riding technique and experience  changing and repairing tubes. You want a tire that fits your rim properly and can be removed/replaced under weirdly adverse conditions. You should  practice in rain and cold so you know how the rubber and your fingers work. You may decide you want to carry spare tires into the backcountry, or wherever you decide to explore, in which case you need only consider folders.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Transporting a bike: box or bag?
« on: October 08, 2009, 01:06:45 am »
"The best service for me and least stressful was after this years ride I shipped from San Francisco back to Orlando by UPS, very impressed with the service and they did the packing."
How much did they charge you for all that?

I have friends who ship their bikes all over the planet. They retired with better investment strategy than most of us will and think little of jetting off to tour on their bikes. They use UPS but they always have a bike shop pack the bike. Most shops charge  $50-100. UPS can run $100-200 in the States.

If I could afford to travel like this, I'd either rent a bike at the other end or go with a Bike Friday. I could not handle the stress of shipping my recumbent.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: Info on Trainers please
« on: September 24, 2009, 11:45:47 pm »
Thanks, paddle, probably the best information on trainers I've seen!
To the OP, that Amazon link had a wide range of devices. Huge differences in quality, resistance method, and froofroo doodads like interactive video and energy metering reflected in the pricing. Be sure to check the online bike suppliers like Nashbar and Performance as well as REI for bargains and closeouts. You local shop might have some devices that have been returned.

david boise ID

Two things to point out that may not be relevant to this discusssion:
1. My buddies who wear heavy reservoir/cargo systems often have a blinky light fastened to their backpacks. It's way up at the top and when they ride it mostly shines up into the air.
2. These things can get so bulky that they are aerodynamic bricks. Buddy of mine likes to get aero on long downhills but I finally had to show him a picture of his silly reality. When down in the drops, his backpack actually extended higher then his helmet does when riding in the drops but not crouched.
3. I still dont get the point of going weight weenie, reducing one's steed by a few pounds, if you're going to carry a hydration and cargo backpack.

My recumbent has all the carrying capacity I need. Nice backrest has lots of room.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Minimalist overnighter
« on: September 12, 2009, 10:37:55 pm »

A couple of years ago, AC ran an article about nipping off on spontaneous overnighters. The idea was to have a small bag all packed and ready to go. Feel like hitting the road or the trail? You carry just what you need to on your road or mtn bike to ride out, spend the night, and ride home.

Kent does this regularly, it seems, bailing off into the woods uphill from Issaquah WA.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Potential Resale Value
« on: August 31, 2009, 08:40:08 am »
Don't know about your tax situation on foreign soils, bt there may be more value in donating the bike to a good cause. If you decie to sell it, you've got to figure the hassle of doing so as part of the cost of the transaction. How will you advertise, offer test rides, and then accept payment in the limited time before your flight leaves?

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Packing panniers???????
« on: August 31, 2009, 08:34:50 am »
There might of been this ??? 

Yes, we answer this question about twice a month around here, lots of suggestions and helpful information already in the forums. All you have to do is look for it. Many books on the topic of bicycle touring can be found at your local library.
Also, spend a few hours researching "ultra-light backpacking" for many practical and safe ways to reduce your proposed load from 6o pupnds to something approaching 25 pounds.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: cranks
« on: August 28, 2009, 12:19:54 am »
my question is how do you tell when to replace your crank....
and why do i ask....
i have 2,500 miles on my original "Bontrager crank" on my trek fuel.....

I put more than 20k on my recumbent's bottom bracket and the cranks  have 34k on them. The chainrings have been replaced three times; rear cassette twice; five chains, maybe six.

Cranks don't go bad, they get bent, destroyed, or broken.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Why SPD pedals?
« on: August 28, 2009, 12:15:29 am »
It seems to me that many bike tourist use SPD pedals?  What are the pros and cons for using the SPD vs regular road pedals.  Thanks.

There are no regular pedals of any kind, road or mountain. Not even platforms or traps are regular any more.
SPD is a commonly used term that describes a more or less universally compatible cleat/pedal interface that Shimano has licensed to many mfrs. SPD is said to stand for Shimano Pedal Device but that's oepn for conjecture and argument.

The single advantage to the SPD system over many others is sheer ubiquitousness. You can get SPD parts anywhere good bikes are sold. but that alone does dnot make them superior to any other pedal/cleat system. It just makes them appealing to the bike traveler.

Drop by and see what all the fuss is about.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 28, 2009, 12:05:23 am »
You can miss the Cascades of Washington and oregon by going down the Columbia River gorge, but can hit tremendous headwinds there in spring and summer. 

That's rather like saying your ride from Canada to Mexico can be flat and mostly dry if you miss the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington and all that rain and surf and fog and traffic by turning south at Yakima.

Ride the Columbia Gorge till you get to Yakima Bend. Cross the bridge to visit the Maryhill Museum but then take off up into the mountains! You will forever regret not seeing these spectacular ranges.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: food
« on: August 27, 2009, 11:59:23 pm »
for me stopping along the side of the road with a group to enjoy a big ass cheese burger...that drips down your chin
is not going to happen in my case....

So don't eat the bun.
You may be celiac but the last person I met on a bike tour with a gluten intolerance had it because it was suddenly the hip thing to be.

People with dietary restrictions cope at every meal, everyday. I don't suffer allergies but I still try to prepare and consume high quality nutritious foods instead of the typical American diet. I'm sure there are innumerable off-the-shelf products you can safely eat and, like someone who keeps Kosher, you can create lovely meals with a bit of study and creativity.
I just spent a few minutes at Remarkable, this Internet thing.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: panniers
« on: August 23, 2009, 11:25:25 am »
Today's date is August 24, 2009, and REI OUTLET has some downscale panniers from Sunlite on deep discount. Cheap way to get started and to see if panniers are right for you.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: panniers
« on: August 22, 2009, 09:10:52 am »

Several dead links but Mike's old pannier listings will give you many more options to explore.

Asking for opinions about a top of the line product like Arkel is not going to help you make a decision, only to rationalize your purchase.
What do you need in a pannier besides the implied status of the Arkel brand?
Durability, waterproofness, capacity, convenience, mounting system, completeness of system components and other bags, cost, mass, external lashing options, off-bike functionality, and other factors are what usually contribute to pannier purchase decisions. 

The Arkel could probably last 20 years of intensive use for which you pay in cash and weight; do you need that kind of longevity?

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Cycling in thunderstorms
« on: July 30, 2009, 12:08:51 am »
In which tent was that?

Most good tents will keep you dry in a raging thunderstorm as long as you have the fly guyed out properly and securely.

A great test is to pitch your tent in the backyard and hit it with a spray nozzle. Have someone you trust spry it with you in it. The idea isn't to try to get you soaked, it's to find out where the weaknesses in your setup are, if any of the seams leak, and to get experience with the guying requirements. 


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