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Gear Talk / Re: Davidson Titanium Road Bike
« on: April 19, 2017, 09:09:00 am »
I have a ti bike and it is extremely comfortable on a tour.  It has the eyelets to mount a rear rack.  I tow a trailer and prefer it to panniers.
There are indeed Ti bikes suitable for touring but they were purpose built for that use.  In the past Litespeed offered a suitable frame called the "Blue Ridge" but they don't anymore. 

I have a couple of Litespeed Ti road frames but they would be unsuitable as tourers.

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Sometimes the decision of what is "essential" is difficult, but it's worth the trouble to figure out.
Lights and a mirror definitely fall in the "essential" category even for daily rides.

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I've tried every type of mirror available and settled on the Third Eye handle bar end mirror (for drop bars) and I have one one every bike I own.  I will not ride without one.  Their only negative is that they don't work if you have barend shifters.

A rear flasher is always a good idea everywhere, all the time. 

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Gear Talk / Re: 700X40 on LHT?
« on: April 03, 2017, 03:33:01 pm »
Surly says it will.  Here is the tire clearance spec from their web site: 

"700c: 42mm with fenders, 45mm without fenders Individual tire and rim combos affect tire clearance."

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General Discussion / Re: Hire of touring bike in Seattle
« on: March 27, 2017, 09:12:54 am »
I wonder if a renter could work it out to pick up the bike at REI in Seattle and drop it off at REI in........  (I'm thinking out loud here, I haven't actually called REI).
I'd definitely call REI about that possibility but I seriously doubt they'd do it or they very likely would want a significant drop-off charge.  One way rentals of automobiles are difficult to find and usually expensive and I expect for bikes it will be even harder to arrange.   

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General Discussion / Re: Hire of touring bike in Seattle
« on: March 26, 2017, 09:30:51 am »
Most rental shops expect you to pick up and drop off the bike at the same location.  If you are riding part of the Northern Tier route together, how are you going to get the rental bike back to the shop where you got it?   

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Gear Talk / Re: 48 tooth gear on a triple chainring?
« on: March 23, 2017, 12:14:47 pm »
Pat has it right that over thinking equipment choices can be a needless distraction but there is one real reason a 48T chainring probably won't work on your crank.  Your current 52/42 chainrings are 10 teeth apart.  Changing to a 48T will give you only a 4 tooth separation and your front derailleur cage's inner plate will hit the 42T chainring if the derailleur is positioned properly over the 48T chainring.   Front derailleurs have a "minimum tooth difference" specification and I'm nearly certain yours requires more than 4 teeth. 

In the past, there were front derailleurs that had shallow inner plates and would work with "half-step" crank gearing but they are no longer common.
 

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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendations for thermometers?
« on: March 22, 2017, 10:31:32 am »
If you carry a cell phone and remain in an area with coverage, your phone should have a weather app that will give you the current temperature and projection for that day.  You would also have  internet access (assuming you have a data plan) to the various commercial or government weather sites for both forecasts and history.
The problem with that is that a lot of the time on tour when I have cared the most about what the temperature was I was on top of a pass or somewhere that would be a lot different than the nearest weather station which even if you count all the little personal ones on WeatherUnderground, might be far away and thousands of feet different in elevation.  The differences can be pretty substantial.
That's right for current temperature at your exact location and for that info a little zipper-pull or similar thermometer is truly local.  However, the OP also wanted the daily temperature history and the cell phone app is about the best way to get that.

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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendations for thermometers?
« on: March 22, 2017, 08:01:28 am »
If you carry a cell phone and remain in an area with coverage, your phone should have a weather app that will give you the current temperature and projection for that day.  You would also have  internet access (assuming you have a data plan) to the various commercial or government weather sites for both forecasts and history.

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General Discussion / Re: Cycle the Erie Canal Event
« on: March 14, 2017, 12:00:16 pm »
......we were both disappointed in the dinner at the Syracuse Zoo.
This opens so many opportunities for wisecracks I don't know where to begin.....  ;D

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General Discussion / Re: Cycle the Erie Canal Event
« on: March 06, 2017, 10:03:19 pm »
Dave - I live in the South Hills also....Bridgeville area.  Where are you?   The getting-back-to-your-car part of RAGBRAI seems like it will take some effort to make it work.  But I do plan on attending one day and giving it a shot.
John, 

We're close. I live off of Bower Hill Rd. about a mile from St. Clair Hospital.   Are you a WPW member?  There has been a group from the club that has done RAGBRAI a few times and i can put you in touch with a couple of them if you wish.

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General Discussion / Re: Cycle the Erie Canal Event
« on: March 05, 2017, 04:38:19 pm »
John,

I figured they had to make some provisions to get you to the start or finish.   I rode RAGBRAI back in 1986 and all the stories you have heard about it are understated!  It's a logistic problem as the organizers don't make any provisions to bus you either way so you either need a personal sag wagon or belong to a bike club that brings their own vehicle.   I rode with my son and his friends and  one of them had relatives in Eastern Iowa so we were part of their group and sag service. 

You are from Pittsburgh?  I live in the South Hills. 

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General Discussion / Re: Cycle the Erie Canal Event
« on: March 05, 2017, 09:08:50 am »
I have not done that particular ride but I have done many similar week long supported rides including RAGBRAI, GOBA, XOBA, Bike Virginia, DALMAC and Bon Ton Roulet.  They vary in both cost and amenities (some include all meals, some include some meals and some you are completely on your own for food) but all have been a lot of fun. 

Most of them are "loop" routes, i.e. you park your car for the week and  the route takes you back to the same location at the end of the ride.  A couple were point-to-point rides and had bus transportation for you, your bike and luggage from the end point, where you left your car, to the start (XOBA) or from the end of the ride back to the starting point (DALMAC).   

How is The Erie Canal ride going to get you from Albany back to Buffalo? 

An advantage to this type of ride is you don't have to pack particularly light since your luggage is transported for you.   Don't go nuts with the extras but you can take some comfort items such as a roomy tent, a camp chair and extra changes of clothes without burdening your bike.  I take enough riding and off-bike clothes that i don't have to do a wash during the week.  I've got better things to do than spend an entire afternoon in a Laundromat!  ;)

 

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General Discussion / Re: Receiving mail on the road
« on: March 01, 2017, 04:44:13 pm »
Assuming your medication isn't very rare or highly regulated could you carry copies of your doctor's prescription with you and have it filled at drugstores along the way?  Also, I believe some large national chain drug stores (Walgreens, CVS, etc.) can look up your prescription from the store you usually use and refill it locally.

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General Discussion / Re: Transamerica trail temperatures
« on: February 27, 2017, 08:48:44 am »
May in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana you can easily get 40s at night.  Likely upper 40s.  June in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, east Colorado expect lows of 50s likely. 
I can tell you from personal experience that overnight temperatures in the high 30's have occurred in mid-Ohio in mid-June.   

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