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General Discussion / Re: Cycling in Iceland
« on: January 16, 2017, 08:37:03 pm »
I believe a biking trip around Iceland was written up in a past issue of Adventure Cycling also.  Try a search of the archives.

Gear Talk / Re: Shifters-integrated vs bar-end
« on: January 11, 2017, 08:54:58 am »
I went through this very same thing when I started looking into getting my tour bike. They all came with bar-end shifters and after road bike riding for years with STI's trying to adjust to bar-ends was not working. I like to tour on both paved roads and also unpaved Rail Trails and just couldn't get comfortable maintaining my line while shifting with bar-end. Even though my first road bike used down tube shifters. STI's are so much quicker and stable with two hands on the bar, when in gravel this is nice. I also like to have a mirror mounted on the end of my left bar end.

The problem I ran into with STI's with a triple crank and low cassette gearing is that the newer Shimano parts won't work, as per bike shop. Apparently Shimano changed things around so STI's would no longer work with Mt. bike gearing/derailleurs which is what is used on touring bikes. After some research and convincing the bike mechanic I was able to change out the small chainring and front derailleur to get my gearing lower, though still not as low as I need or want.

So your decision comes down to what you need for gearing to suit you're riding needs. If you want STI's you won't get as low of gearing then if you go with bar-end. There is always the possibility of finding some used older shifting components and a good mechanic.
At the risk of redundancy I'm going to again suggest the Gevanelle brifters.  They are available in 9,10 and 11-speed versions and offer shifters compatible with both Shimano's Dyna-Sys MTB rear derailleurs as well as road rear derailleurs and both mechanical (caliper, disc and V) brakes and hydraulic disc brakes.   All front shifting is friction so they work with nearly any crank and front derailleur.  Low low gears are no problem and the cost is equal to or lower than most brifters.

As I noted above they offer all the accessibility of brifters with the durability and versatility of barends. 

Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight touring bike?
« on: January 10, 2017, 09:21:40 am »
[quote author=staehpjJust one data point.  I did the ST with a 25" low gear.  I was 60, not especially fit, and carrying 14 pounds of gear (base weight).  The 25" gear was okay.
Doesn't the ST route avoid the high mountains of the west and the steepest hills of the Appalachian/Blue ridge/Smokies if TN,KY and VA?

Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight touring bike?
« on: January 09, 2017, 07:41:09 pm »
I am guessing back in 1976 many of the first cross country riders did not have super low gearing.  They made it over the Sierras, Rockies, Appalachians. 
Yes but the great majority of those first Bikecentennial riders were young, fit and you never heard of how many of the worse hills they walked.  The fact that someone got away with that equipment 40 years ago doesn't mean it was a good idea then or we should do it now.

General Discussion / Re: Finishing my TransAm ride - Where to Start
« on: January 07, 2017, 09:43:37 am »
Can you wait until September?.......5 or 6 weeks from mid-Sept to late-Oct would be really sweet if you could swing it.
By mid to late October the weather in the Northeast can get pretty cold and unpleasant.  Here in Pittsburgh we have had snow on more than one Halloween and 40º rain is common.  I would try to start in early September at the latest.

General Discussion / Re: Finishing my TransAm ride - Where to Start
« on: January 06, 2017, 12:03:58 pm »
It's not all wheat fields!  There's also corn fields!

And soybeans, lot and lots of soybeans.  :)

Gear Talk / Re: Touring tandem: experience with different makes
« on: January 06, 2017, 09:54:00 am »
The 26" wheeled bikes are definitely easier to fit in S&S cases.
+1  I've never had a tandem but i did own a 700c wheel Co-Motion S&S single bike.  The wheels, even with 23 mm tires, were a press fit into the packing case and the tires had to be deflated.  I highly recommend 650B or MTB 26" wheels with modest width tires as a very desirable option.

General Discussion / Re: ?How easy are SPD pedals to get use too?
« on: January 05, 2017, 08:57:14 am »
No need for the condescension. it hasn't happened to me but I did meet someone stuck at the side of the road who said he had that very problem. Perhaps I should have told him he was dreaming? I can see how ONE bolt can come loose and well fall out while the other one remains tight then the other one starts to work loose...
I don't doubt that there are riders who are unperceptive (condescending?) enough not to notice a loose cleat until it falls off entirely and you are correct the thread engagement depth is quite small.  However, assuming one bolt falls out first I would think that disengaging from that side would be difficult enough to notice.   The now one-bolt cleat would tend to rotate in the shoe sole rather than unclip unless the pedal's retention spring is set very loose. 

General Discussion / Re: ?How easy are SPD pedals to get use too?
« on: January 03, 2017, 05:48:42 pm »
You would then get out your 3mm Allen wrench and tighten them. 
Details, details, it's a 4mm allen wrench.  However, I agree with your thesis that any rider would notice a loose cleat well before it actually fell off the shoe.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring tandem: experience with different makes
« on: January 02, 2017, 08:54:58 am »
As you have discovered, tandems are expensive and good ones are even more expensive.  The S&S couplers and the packing case are a big cost all by themselves so no one is going to make a cheap tandem with them.  Co-Motion is a great and well respected maker so, as you noted, you can't go wrong going with them.

For me, the highlight were the Cookie Lady's house.....
I assume you are referring to June Curry from Alton VA.  Unfortunately she died in 2012 so that's one highlight newer travelers won't have a chance to enjoy.

Gear Talk / Re: Long distance tour bike for small lady
« on: December 24, 2016, 04:53:27 pm »
Just this summer got a chance to test ride the 42cm Surly Trucker (not too many stores seem to stock that tiny size) and finally, stand-over height was ok (still don't have the recommended 2" clearance) and the reach was great -- for the first time, I didn't feel like I would have to shorten the stem!  So this is the bike for me.
Well, standover clearance isn't as big a deal for women as it is for men so long as you can reach the ground flatfooted at all.   It's also not as big a consideration for a road/touring bike as it is for an MTB or cyclocross bike.

General Discussion / Re: Planet Bike Air Kiss CO2 Bicycle Inflator woes
« on: December 22, 2016, 09:57:34 pm »
OK, I see what happened.  The Air Kiss is quite different from the Zeppelin inflator.  Mine threads onto the tire valve like a floor pump and the gas flow is then started and controlled by a miniature water valve handle so you can turn off the CO2 flow completely while there is still gas in the cartridge.   You can even retain remaining gas for future use, at least for a while. 

General Discussion / Re: Planet Bike Air Kiss CO2 Bicycle Inflator woes
« on: December 22, 2016, 06:37:52 pm »
That's odd.  The instructions for my "Red Zeppelin" inflators say nothing about not removing a cylinder with remaining gas and even so I can't see why that would damage the piercing pin.  I can see how the remaining pressure could be a hazard to the  user but not to the inflator.

General Discussion / Re: Planet Bike Air Kiss CO2 Bicycle Inflator woes
« on: December 22, 2016, 08:50:27 am »
I don't have that particular inflator but I do have a couple of Planet Bike's "Red Zeppelin 2" inflators which are similar but use a rotating valve handle instead of a lever to control the CO2 flow.  The first (and fortunately only) time I've had to use one of them it worked perfectly so Planet Bike inflators can work. 

There are two possible reasons for the failure you experienced:

1) The inflator is indeed defective.  The piercing needle is too short or the female threads aren't deep enough.
2) The CO2 cylinder you have is poorly threaded and doesn't thread in deep enough.  These cylinders aren't exactly precision machined.

So, I'd try another cylinder and if that doesn't work, contact Planet Bike for a replacement. 

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