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Gear Talk / How to remove keyed steering tube sleeves?
« on: May 17, 2010, 10:13:01 pm »
Replacing the too low handlebars and non-adjustable stem on my new bike, which unfortunately for me, has a keyed steering tube and stem.

Anyone have any ideas on how to remove the sleeve over the steering tube without damaging the steerer?

Bike is a 2010 Novara Safari, replacing the keyed stem with a threadless riser and adjustable stem.


here is the website for the mainradweg, in German but if you have any questions I will gladly translate. the Mainradweg is a completely separate bike path for the vast majority of its length that parallels the river. it also connects with some other bike trails.

Joan and Darren, I lived in Germany four years and not too far from Frankfurt for two of those years. The Main Radweg is very easily accessible. My suggestion would be to assemble your bikes at the airport and then board the S-bahn to the Hauptbahnhof (main train station, about 10 mins). There are several hotels very near the train station and they would probably be accommodating. From the main trainstation you head due north about three blocks to the Main River, walk your bike down the stairs (ramp for that purpose!) mount up and pedal east (hang a right) and enjoy a very good bike trip. I have ridden the Mainradweg in its entirety so please feel free to email me at with any questions. I have some good materials in German as well that I would be willing to share.

Highly recommend Aschaffenburg's Schloss Johannisburg, downtown Wurzburg, and Miltenburg (a very charming little semi-walled town in a huge bend in the Main). I also recommend Dionysius, perhaps the best Greek food in Germany right beside the Main River in Aschaffenburg.

Have a great time on your trip!


Classifieds / Re: Cannondale T800 Touring Bike - For Sale
« on: May 08, 2010, 04:43:42 pm »
message sent on this one.

Rep, I sent you a note. Brad

Let me know what size it is and if you are indeed interested in selling it...I am at

My Novara Safari was stolen today at Franconia Metro in Alexandria VA near DC. Three years of commuting on that bike and as a 2006 model no hope of replacing it. Ironically last night I just put a "Life is Good" sticker on the downtube.

Anyone out there have a line on another Safari? :)

Brad    >:(

Gear Talk / Re: Front Rack for Novara Safari
« on: April 30, 2010, 03:41:38 pm »
Disregard - My Novara Safari was stolen today at Franconia Metro in Alexandria VA near DC. Three years of commuting on that bike and as a 2006 model no hope of replacing it. Ironically last night I just put a "Life is Good" sticker on the downtube.

Anyone out there have a line on another Safari? :)


Gear Talk / Re: Front Rack for Novara Safari
« on: April 29, 2010, 03:11:19 pm »
Hans, Do you have any pics of your OMM rack on the bike? Just wondering if what if any work-arounds you used for the disc brakes. I had to bend one of the fender arms to get it to fit.

Gear Talk / Re: Jamis Aurora 2009 handlebar bag suggestions
« on: April 26, 2010, 07:39:47 pm »
I used to have a Jamis Nova set up the same way and eventually lost the handlebar bag in favor of a fanny pack which I either wore or strapped across my back rack/stuff lashed there. I definitely like the utility of cross brakes.

Classifieds / WTB: Ortleib panniers
« on: April 21, 2010, 10:41:50 pm »
Looking some rear Ortliebs for a commuter bike.

700 vs 26 is indeed a near-religious debate and like you-know-whats I have my opinion too. Personally I think that as long as you are staying in Europe and North America you are fine with 700s. Anywhere else I would go with Shrader valves and 26.

Gear Talk / Front Rack for Novara Safari
« on: April 14, 2010, 04:28:06 pm »
Any other Safari riders out there have their bike fully racked? I have been using a bob and rear rack only but am now looking a front rack. I have tried the blackburn - which I had on two previous touring bikes, but it did not exactly fit very well.

Any other makes models you have found which work?

General Discussion / East Africa: Tanzania
« on: April 13, 2010, 10:48:50 pm »
Anyone have bike touring experience in East Africa or Tanzania? I am moving to Dar es Salaam this July and plan on touring by bike extensively.

I have spent a fair amount of time in Africa but have never had a chance to get out and bike tour. Looking forward to any tips.

Also, if anyone might be interested in touring Tanzania during 2010 - 2012 contact me via PM for my email address.


General Discussion / Re: REI Bikes
« on: April 13, 2010, 10:46:32 pm »
There are a lot of factors, as many here have pointed out, to consider for touring but I would also think about where you are going to be touring. Do you plan to use it in the US? Europe? Africa? etc.

I first got into touring using a Nova Jamis i racked and fendered when I lived in Oklahoma. When I moved to Europe I had the Jamis and eventually I bought a Trek 520 for touring/commuting but when I returned to the US three years ago I sold it and bought a Safari. I have been very happy with the Safari. I have an 07, the one with a tan frame. Also, I have commuted on it daily for the past three years.  I am moving to Tanzania this July and it will be going with me where I plan to tour on it as well.

For me the main reason I went with the Safari was that like the poster above a Koga is my dream bike but since I have a garage full of fly fishing rods, rock climbing, gear, etc my gear budget remains maxed - and most of my tours are within two weeks or so of duration. I found that in Europe the 520 was not ideal because I thought the drop bars kept me crouched over too much and I missed a lot of scenery. Plus, unlike crossing the US and Canada with extremely long distances in between civilization in some areas Europe is the exact opposite. I found myself riding slower, getting off the bike more often for pictures, etc. Also, because of the higher population density and number of urban paths the upright position was much friendlier for city riding.

Just my two cents...the bottom line is that people were riding around the world way before we were all born on bikes less reliable than what we find at wal-mart...

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