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General Discussion / Re: Use the "Mark Read" button, people!
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:31:35 am »
One problem is that threads that start out as a useful topic can get co-opted by either a troll or a well meaning but weird contributor.  So until you recognize the name of the most recent contributor, you are likely to open the thread again, only to be annoyed.

And I told to Bicycle Shop to use 14ga Spokes or 14-13,ga spokes and he used 14-15-14ga DT Spokes and I am on a fixed income and I would not be able to go to a bike shop to replace my Spokes on my Wheelsets when I an on my Bicycle Touring Trips and I am Heavy Bicycle Touring  about
Actually 14/15/14 spokes are more fatigue resistant than 14 straight gauge and many hubs don't have spoke holes in the flanges large enough to clear a 13 gauge spoke end.

Yes, up the hill, I have to push my bike by hand. :-\
Pushing a bike up hill is OK for relatively short hills but gets old fast if the climb goes on for many miles as in the Rockies or Appalachians.   Be sure you have a very low low gear and lighten that load a lot.  You have so much there that isn't needed.

Gear Talk / Re: New Master Link Combo Pliers for Bicycle Chain Links
« on: January 10, 2018, 11:43:32 pm »
KMC and, particularly SRAM master links can be pretty tough to remove so a pair of specialized pliers can be needed.  The only master link I know of that can always be disassembled by hand without tools is the Wipperman Connex.

That said, if you break a chain on the road, you need a chain tool to remove the damaged link(s) and an extra master link to rejoin the chain.  You are not going to have to remove the master link during a road side emergency.

Gear Talk / Re: Search for the perfect touring bike mirror
« on: January 07, 2018, 10:34:44 pm »
Maybe the problem isn’t worse because eye dominance comes in degrees. I’ve been told (in shooting instruction) that I can lead with either eye.
I can't and, since I'm left-handed (cross dominant), I have to shoot with only one eye open.

General Discussion / Re: Bike Computer
« on: January 07, 2018, 10:32:18 pm »
The wired Cat-Eyes I have do have two buttons.

You're living in the past.  The OLD Cateye computers had two buttons on the front.  But the newer ones, 5 or so years ago, have only one button.  You just hold it a longer time to erase things or toggle to the second level stuff.  Simple quick pushes toggle between the main level stuff.  I am excluding the tiny button on the back where you press with a pin to reset the whole computer.
Maybe I am but it's a testament to the reliability and durability of Cat-Eyes that I haven't had to replace mine in so long.  I have two of them that are over 10 years old and still working perfectly. 

Note to Pat Lamb:  Yes, I've had Cat-Eyes that retained all of their stored settings after a fast battery change but others that lose them nearly immediately.  It's always a guess as to what's going to happen.  However, my version of the Enduro 8 do allow resetting the odometer after a battery change so, even if it gets amnesia, I can reenter my odometer reading.

Gear Talk / Re: Search for the perfect touring bike mirror
« on: January 07, 2018, 08:22:03 am »
That said, some folks can't get used to an eyeglass or helmet mirror because their dominant eye is on the non-traffic side....
That's my problem.  I'm right eye dominant and, of course, traffic is on your left.  However, the majority of the population is right-eye dominant (like they are right handed) so I'm surprised the problem isn't nearly universal.

General Discussion / Re: Bike Computer
« on: January 07, 2018, 08:13:20 am »
The last time I looked at a CatEye, their products had two buttons and  you had to do a litany of presses to change the display.  And initial programming was far worse, including missed steps in the instructions. 
The wired Cat-Eyes I have do have two buttons.  One toggles through the display (trip distance-->odometer-->ride time-->max speed).  If it is held down it chooses a second trip distance reading so you can monitor both a daily ride and, say, a longer trip.   The other, pushed simultaneously with the first, is used to reset the displays to zero between rides.  The two trip distances can be reset independently.  So that's the "litany of presses".

Initial programing consists of setting the miles/km choice and the wheel circumference value from a table included with the cyclometer or a roll-out measurement.  If you are not intimidated by this very complex procedure so far you can set the clock too.  If you miss a set-up step going back is very easy.  Typically set-up only has to be done once on a new cyclometer and repeated only after several years following a battery change.

Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight stoves
« on: January 03, 2018, 09:31:36 am »
Liquid gas is not as readily obtainable in campgrounds as it used to be.
If you use a multi-fuel stove it will work fine on unleaded regular gasoline from any gas station.  If you go around to pumps that are not in use you may be able to fill a typical pint or quart fuel bottle at no cost  by draining the left-over gas in a few hoses.   Otherwise a quart will cost less than $1.

Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight stoves
« on: January 02, 2018, 05:43:58 pm »
According to the specs, 8 0z. of fuel will last 1 hr. 20 min. at max flame. Average boiling time is 3 min. Sounds like a canister will last more than five days if all you are doing is boiling water for dehydrated food once or twice a day.
I'd take both of those specifications with a large amount of salt and plan on a lot less actual use time.   It's like the weight of bicycle components, a lot of the published specs are created by the Marketing Dept. 

Gear Talk / Re: This Platform Pedals looks great for Bicycle Touring..
« on: January 02, 2018, 08:46:51 am »
Due to bad knees, I use Speedplay Frogs since they have a ton of motion range.  Downside is the cleats are outrageously expensive @ $35/pair and only last about 2,500 miles of touring.  John
Really?  You must walk a great deal in them.  Yes, they are ridiculously expensive but mine lasted 10 to 15 thousand miles each.  Are you aware that the small elastomer locking blocks are available separately as replacement items?  These are the parts that almost always fail first and replacements are relatively cheap.

Gear Talk / Re: Search for the perfect touring bike mirror
« on: December 31, 2017, 06:13:31 pm »
Thanks.  I haven't used a mirror but I think it's time.  Hearing may be going, neck is stiff, etc.
I won't ride without a mirror of some type.  I don't trust the mirror completely so, if it seems there is nothing back of me, I'm not sure and I'll turn around to check but if I see something in it I'm certain it's there.

Gear Talk / Re: Search for the perfect touring bike mirror
« on: December 31, 2017, 05:39:33 pm »
Anyone use those small mirrors that plug into the ends of drop bars?
I use the "Third Eye" bar end mirror which isn't exactly small but works very well.  I've tried about every alternative mirror location and have settled on it.    It is vulnerable to being bumped and prevents the use of bar end shifters but those are minor problems to me.

Gear Talk / Re: Should bicycle helmets be retired after a certain age?
« on: December 30, 2017, 08:22:11 am »
I've read that bike helmets do not really deterioriate in normal use unless you store them out in the sun all day every day.  The helmet makers obviously want you to replace them frequently but they have an incentive to sell more helmets. 

That said, I usually replace mine at no more than 5 year intervals as a precaution although I have several helmets no single one is used daily.  I also wear is "Headsweats" light beanie under mine so the liner and padding aren't exposed to moisture as much. 

One other reason for periodic replacement is that safety standards evolve and newer helmets provide better protection than those several years old.

General Discussion / Re: Anyone know how much this Giant rear rack weighs?
« on: December 25, 2017, 11:00:49 pm »
Take it to the post office at a slow time and have them weigh it.

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