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Gear Talk / Re: Trek 520
« on: March 12, 2017, 10:03:57 pm »
Read this from Adventure Cycling Magazine to learn about trail etc.

General Discussion / Re: Application for keeping a journal
« on: February 20, 2017, 04:33:31 pm »
Nope. Post cards and a 3"x2" spiral notebook.

Gear Talk / Re: Trekking bars vs Jones H bar
« on: February 18, 2017, 11:01:16 am »
Here is just one example of a trekking bar
Google trekking handlebar and you'll find numerous photos of trekking bars and the variety  of ways to set them up.

Not to get too far off topic, but the  handling of a true  touring bike is excellent with weight on the front.

General Discussion / Re: How to transport bike box?
« on: December 16, 2016, 09:58:06 am »
I like BikeFlights because you can pay ahead of time and they pick up and deliver. Asking a motel to hold the box with the promise of your business makes perfect sense to me. I use that technic when driving a few hours to begin a week long tour: I walk into a bar and grill and eat lunch then promise another meal a week later if they let me leave the car in their lot for the week. Works even better when there are 4 of us: that translates into 8 meals which is a good incentive for the owner for no effort on his/her part.

Gear Talk / Re: Recommendation for front light?
« on: November 30, 2016, 11:06:15 am »
The Minoura T shaped mount clamps to the stem between the cap and the handlebar and has room for two items. It might have room for the light on one side and the phone on the other. Good luck.

Toured for two weeks recently camping in parks. Every time we stopped at a diner for breakfast and pie we charged our lights. Left them overnight in some campground rest rooms charging. Check the owner's manuals for run times; they vary widely and you'll want the mode that lasts the longest.

Gear Talk / Re: Recommendation for front light?
« on: November 29, 2016, 02:11:59 pm »
There are many options for mounting a light up front starting with these at Adventure Cycling and
Minoura also makes this T shaped device and this bar end holder
I've used them all, they all work. I like the stem cap mount because it gets it up above the handlebar bag but only works on
the bike with threadless headset. The other bikes either have the bar end or the T mount. I didn't like the axle mount because I couldn't turn on/off the light on the fly and one the bike with a front rack it didn't fit well.

Gear Talk / Re: Prius and racks
« on: November 22, 2016, 11:39:40 am »
I was not clear in my OP request for information. I was looking for how well roof rack towers fit on the car, and any issues that arose from having to narrow the distance between bars to max of 30" (I have them 39" apart now for a large bike on my Jetta Sportswagen). Will have to replace short tray mounts with long trays. Re the MPG, yeah it makes it worse, but when you start at high MPG v. crappy MPG it is still probably a good deal in the long run. The total miles driven with a bike on top, let alone 4 bikes once a year, is insignificant for the overall miles driven.

Gear Talk / Re: Prius and racks
« on: November 07, 2016, 05:41:50 pm »
So basically, no one has experience with roof racks on a Prius. Interesting.

Gear Talk / Re: trailers vs panniers
« on: November 02, 2016, 09:25:34 pm »
Agree that it is the bike that matters. I am 6'2", not quite 200#. Used a trailer happily for a decade but then bought a real touring bike (Gunnar) and I won't go back to the trailer. If I had only one bike it wouldn't be a touring bike and thus would still be happily using the BOB.

Gear Talk / Re: Prius and racks
« on: October 31, 2016, 11:34:23 am »
ok, but what specifically makes Thule better than Yakima for a Prius? I've used Yakima for 30 years on a variety of cars and see no reason to switch. I'm looking for specifics not generalities for the  Prius only.

Gear Talk / Prius and racks
« on: October 29, 2016, 04:46:58 pm »
I'd like to know what your experience has been with a roof rack on the Prius. Do the feet fit well? Does it have enough power when there are four bikes up top? How about with a hitch rack out back?

Gear Talk / Re: Handlebar Rearview Mirror
« on: July 26, 2016, 09:23:14 am »
I've tried many handlebar mirrors and only Third Eye seems to have optics that I like. No vibration if you install it correctly.
I have it on 3 of 4 of my bikes and feel naked riding the one without it.

General Discussion / Re: Anyone have any TIPS on Shimano SPD pedals??
« on: July 26, 2016, 09:17:55 am »
You'll need to replace the cleats several times before the pedals wear out. Replace them when you have difficulty releasing from the pedal-assuming the cleat isn't rusty, use lube as was mentioned- or when your shoe/cleat feels loose or rocks vertically on the pedal. A clacking sound while pedaling is a cue that the cleat is worn.

There is a range of quality of the bearings across the Shimano line of pedals. Some wear out quickly, some last longer.

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