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Gear Talk / Re: Biking Shorts/Pants
« on: December 21, 2010, 05:03:03 pm »
Thanks for the good advice John... I really should relax more and just ignore the flies....
You got a lot of direct answers to your posting but your basic premise for it was also questioned. There is no problem with that.  

It's just like someone posted asking what new bike they should buy and was asked "what's the matter with your current one"?  It's a valid response.

General Discussion / Re: West Nile anyone?
« on: December 21, 2010, 04:56:59 pm »
I assume the British Tabloids have done their usual carefully researched and low key reporting on this.  It's a non-issue here.

Hey Dave don't knock our wonderful tabloids as you never know one day they might rise above the gutter, but it would only be momentarily admitted and shock us all.  Then you will have to eat your words  ;)
When that happens, I'll ask you to pass the salt but I don't expect it any time soon. :)

General Discussion / Re: DIY Tips
« on: December 21, 2010, 04:55:23 pm »
Some flashlights have a nasty habit of turning themselves in your pack leaving you with dead batteries just when you need it.  Reverse the battery in the light or remove it and pack it separately to keep that from happening. For a sliding switch, tape the switch in the off position. 

General Discussion / Re: West Nile anyone?
« on: December 20, 2010, 02:16:45 pm »
......can't find anyone who has but my friend in the UK seems to think you're likely to drop dead of it if he comes over here.
I assume the British Tabloids have done their usual carefully researched and low key reporting on this.  It's a non-issue here.

Gear Talk / Re: Biking Shorts/Pants
« on: December 18, 2010, 05:57:30 pm »
... I agree that almost no one else is going to worry about how you look or pay any attention to you.  They are too busy worrying what others think about them.  

As noted several times above, there are many shorts available that have a lycra liner to make riding comfortable and a loose fitting outer short that won't offend the viewing public.  

Gear Talk / Re: Biking Shorts/Pants
« on: December 16, 2010, 10:32:55 am »
There are many models of "MTB" shorts which are a lycra and padded  inner short combined with a loose fitting nylon or polyester outer short as one unit.  The viewing public sees a standard street-type short and the inner short makes riding comfortable.  The best of all worlds. 

There are many brands of this type of short including house-brands from Nashbar, Performance, etc.  I have a pair of Nashbar's version and they have proven very comfortable on long rides where I plan on stopping to do some errands, shopping. etc. 

Gear Talk / Re: Reliable rear hub
« on: December 09, 2010, 09:40:37 am »
I'm not familiar with "Formula" hubs but if they are "sealed bearing" or cartridge bearing hubs, you really can't do much mainrenance on them so.   You just ride them until they develop some side play then you replace the bearing cartridges and repeat.   That should take a long time.

If they are cup-and-cone hubs you can regrease them and adjust the cones periodically.  I overfill this type of hub with excess grease.  It's messy for the first couple of rides after an overhaul as the excess oozes out so I have to wipe them off once or twice but that assures a good grease seal and keeps out dirt and water for a long time.

Gear Talk / Re: Is there a difference?
« on: December 08, 2010, 07:50:43 am »
I guess the general difference is warmers fir relatively loosely and compression items are TIGHT.   As noted, compression gear may or may not have any benefits.

Gear Talk / Re: Reliable rear hub
« on: December 08, 2010, 07:49:03 am »
Unless you submerge those hubs completely and often or badly misdajust the cone clearance they are likely to last a very long time with only reasonable care and maintenance.

I have a set of 7700-series (9-speed) Dura Ave hubs with over 50,000 miles on them and the cones and freehub body are all original.  They were overhauled with new bearing balls and relubed about every 6000-8000 miles but that is all. 

I also have and have worked on 105 and Ultegra hubs with 30,000 miles or more that are also in fine condition with about the same maintenence schedule.   So the probability of your hubs failing suddenly on a 3000 mile trip is remote.   

General Discussion / Re: folding bike
« on: December 08, 2010, 07:39:19 am »
A Bike Friday could work, but I'd be inclined to use a regular bike and stay with bike friendly airlines like Northwest or Frontier.
Uh, do you mean Southwest Airlines whose current motto is "Bags Fly Free"?

Even at that a full size bike will pay significant excess baggage charges.  A Bike Friday or S&S coupled bike packs into a case that meets standard size luggage requirements so there is no surcharge.

Gear Talk / Re: Tires ?
« on: December 03, 2010, 08:37:02 pm »
The only Vittoria tires I've had experience with are their 700x23 Rubino Pro and Rubino Pro Slicks which are folding bead mid-level training and sports tires and fairly light at less than 230 grams. 

They have been durable beyond anything I've ever used before.  I've over 4500 miles on two of them as rear tires which is well over my norm of about 3000 miles on anything else. 

Whether this durability carries over to their other models, I have no experience. 

General Discussion / Re: Funny......but not so much fun.
« on: December 03, 2010, 08:27:51 pm »
It's a very common problem and not likely to go away as you get fitter, only as the weather warms up. 

Notice most riding and skiing gloves have an absorbent patch on the back of both thumbs.  It's there for a reason.

The only convenient method is to use your gloves and wash them often.

Gear Talk / Re: Thoughts on 2011 Salsa Fargo Complete bike build?
« on: November 21, 2010, 06:53:36 pm »
27/36 gets you 21.8 gi, but 22/36 gets you 17.7 gi.  Not everyone will be happy off the asphalt, fully loaded, with the former.

It looks like Salsa is marketing the Fargo to the bike packer sub segment of cycle tourers.  These guys don't carry much stuff. 
There is no way a double can have the overall range of a triple unless it leaves huge gaps in the gearing.  An 11x34 10-speed cassette will have a lot of big gaps between adjacent cogs that something like a 12x27 easily avoids and mated with a suitable triple the closer spaced cassette not only has an adequate overall range but better intermediate gear spacing. 

Gear Talk / Re: Newbie question re: tire size
« on: November 21, 2010, 05:46:17 pm »
Bicycle rim and tire sizes are enormously varied and complex since they came from a variety of national and manufacturer's backgrounds with little thought of interchangability.  Several years ago an organization, the European Tire and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO) was formed to develop standards so any ETRTO specified rim would match with a tire having the same specs.  Their standards were later adopted by the International Standards Organization so you will see them also referred to as ISO standards.

Sheldon Brown wrote an article explaining these standards and giving a table of current and former sizes.  It's very instructive reading:

Gear Talk / Re: Your views on Easton EA90SLX wheels
« on: November 18, 2010, 05:47:23 pm »
You don't give any idea what you want these wheelsfor.  "XC" usually means cross country MTB use.  If that's the case, you are asking the wrong people.

As a general rule, Easton products are very good for their intended use.  Just be sure you intend to use them for what Easton designed them for. 

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