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Messages - John Nelson

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Gear Talk / Re: Drivetrain spare parts for a long tour
« on: September 26, 2020, 01:36:23 am »
If you want to keep moving 100% of the time, consider carrying one spare. But I’m not sure I’d even do that. Anticipate your needs and order ahead and have it sent to where you’re going. I’d only carry spares if you’re in a big hurry or going through a 5000-mile long jungle.

Gear Talk / Re: Tubus Tara Lowrider Front Rack Mounting Question
« on: September 03, 2020, 10:17:12 pm »
It took me a bit of fiddling around, but I eventually got the Tubus Tara mounted dead level on my 2009 Trek 500.

Yes, I'm pretty sure that all the county, state and federal highways that traverse the Navajo Nation are still open. It's only the Nation-owned roads (5000 miles of them) that are closed to visitors.

General Discussion / Re: A musty item -
« on: August 25, 2020, 12:20:02 am »
Not pleasant when your chain lube leaks all over your clothes.

General Discussion / Re: A Bicycle Chain
« on: August 17, 2020, 12:47:40 am »
Yes, I've never known anybody to get as many miles out of a chain as Pete does. I don't understand his secret, and I don't think he does either. I've heard him explain his theories, but I doubt that they completely explain his results. There's something else going on.

Food Talk / Re: Recovery time when cycling across USA?
« on: August 17, 2020, 12:44:55 am »
I never found recovery days to be helpful. I occasionally take a day off, but only because there's something there I want to see, never just as a recovery day. I think the trick is to always cycle within yourself, so that you can fully recover each night. On a long tour, you can't afford to get into debt. Get plenty of sleep each night, whatever your body tells you that you need. In almost all cases, I sleep until I wake up. Only rarely do I set an alarm on tour, and that's always because of some constraint.

But I've never tried to get across the country "as fast as possible." I understand why some people would do it that way, but not me.

California / Re: Need advice
« on: August 16, 2020, 05:46:44 pm »
Check too. You can also price it out directly with FedEx and UPS  Even though the bike shippers are merely FedEx or UPS resellers, they often offer better rates.

I don’t know what price you consider high nor where you are shipping from, but it’s never what I would call cheap. Also investigate what it would cost to take it with you as luggage (my preference). Different carriers charge wildly different amounts, so consider the total cost before you buy your ticket.

Gear Talk / Re: Compression sacks - do you use them?
« on: August 08, 2020, 08:27:14 pm »
I do not use them. I don't need one more thing to fuss with.

Gear Talk / Re: Tents Designed for Bike touring
« on: August 06, 2020, 12:29:24 pm »
Thanks BikeliciousBabe for the information. I really like the two doors and two vestibules. I store stuff in one vestibule, like my helmet, shoes, gloves and sunglasses, which remains easily accessible but doesn't get in my way as I go in and out the other vestibule. There is one downside, however, in storing stuff in the vestibule. On a particularly windy night in Arizona, the vestibule guy line broke and my gloves left home and never returned.

General Discussion / Re: The Truth about $8.00 Walmart Break Pads.
« on: August 02, 2020, 07:21:59 pm »
There are so many things we want out of our brake pads in addition to wear. They have to be smooth and not grab, they have to work wet and dry, they have to stop quickly, they have to not excessively wear out your rims, they need to be quiet, they have to shed grit, etc.

Gear Talk / Re: A must item
« on: July 28, 2020, 01:07:30 am »
If you can't live without it, it doesn't matter what it costs.

General Discussion / Re: maximum tire width for bikes on Amtrak
« on: July 27, 2020, 08:26:32 pm »
Check your pedals. On many bikes, the space to get a wrench in is very narrow, too narrow for an ordinary wrench.

Gear Talk / Re: Bag volume, weight, cost for touring/bike packing?
« on: July 27, 2020, 05:00:09 pm »
I don't get it either. I just try to answer the questions asked. Perhaps if and when the OP comes back, he'll fill us in a bit on his thinking.

California / Re: bike on Amtrak - California Zephyr
« on: July 27, 2020, 04:53:58 pm »
I just use a cardboard box.

General Discussion / Re: maximum tire width for bikes on Amtrak
« on: July 27, 2020, 04:48:04 pm »
Can your pedals be removed/installed with an allen wrench?

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