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General Discussion / Re: State Park Camping
« on: February 20, 2016, 05:19:40 pm »
It is true in Wisconsin but we have had to ask for the ranger as sometimes the clerk wasn't aware of the policy.

Gear Talk / Re: Lookin for rain poncho
« on: December 29, 2015, 09:57:35 pm »
Here is one
I have one but I'm tall and it didn't work well with drop bars which were too far forward. Best coverage seems to be for upright commuter bikes. Check out these examples.¬

Most Washington mountain passes that allow bikes, i.e., not I-90, will be closed in March. Olympic Peninsula, San Juan Islands, SE Washington, anywhere west of the divide all great areas to ride, if as  you say, a bit damp.

General Discussion / Re: camping sites in the Western USA
« on: October 06, 2015, 09:30:36 pm »
" Search "campgrounds near [name of town and state]". Zoom out to widen the results if nothing shows up. The results will not be exhaustive since the search will not return town parks that allow camping, but it is a good start."

This does work usually with regular Google searching, not Google maps. Plus if you see a town go to that town's website and see if they have parks that allow camping.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring without fenders - big mistake?
« on: August 14, 2015, 11:09:46 pm »
Fenders help protect leather saddles from the water  coming off the rear wheel underneath the saddle.
Choose wider if there is any doubt what size to put on.

Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:51:24 pm »
Discussions about chain and cassette longevity are interesting if only because the variation is so great. I don't want to doubt those who get 10,000 miles but that hasn't been my experience. What is missing from these discussions is what our personal tolerance is for the manifestations of chain and cassette wear. I swap out a chain when the shifting begins to be anything but perfect. I love the exact crispness of a good quick shift. That is just my preference. Others may be more tolerant of shifting that isn't as precise.   If I was riding downtube or barend shifters, maybe I  could also get 10,000 miles because I would have more direct control over the shifting with those systems than with any indexing system.

ZZZZ is absolutely correct in saying that much depends on the age and flexibility of the rider, though I'm not sure anyone 6'4" would be comfortable for long on a 58. I'm 6'2+" and ride a 64 cm and love it.

General Discussion / Re: Sour clothing - after washing!
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:46:45 pm »
I find that Kookaburra Wash works pretty well.
(in addition, it is all I use for my wool jerseys)

General Discussion / Re: Quick fixes for cyclist's palsy?
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:40:45 pm »
There may indeed be a medically treatable problem. But wouldn't you rather take care of it if you could by having a thorough professional fit? If that doesn't work, then see the orthopod or PT or whatever medical professional you choose. A good MD will ask if you've tried all the non-invasive options first (including medications).

General Discussion / Re: Nishki bikes
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:34:45 pm »
That's what I thought. Thanks for confirming it. I'm watching ebay-you never know when a Cresta or Trek 720 frame will show up ready for modernizing. Trouble has been, I need a 64 cm.

Gear Talk / Re: Thule towbar rack and fenders help please
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:15:52 pm »
Looking at the picture it appears that the bar that holds the bike tight would sit on top of the fender and not be a good connection and possibly bend the fender. Have you put the bike on it and tried it?

General Discussion / Nishki bikes
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:11:14 pm »
Anyone know the difference between the Nishiki Olympic and the Cresta from the 80's?

General Discussion / Re: importance of componentry
« on: August 23, 2014, 08:27:40 am »
Seems to be two questions here. First, barcons v. STI. I tour with STI and haven't had breakdowns but tour with a guy whose Ultegra levers have failed twice. Long, slow climbs the rest of the day for him. Second, top of the line STI v. lower. I notice difference between Sora and my 105 but not between 105 and Deore or Ultegra. Mostly difference of weight, name and shine.

General Discussion / Re: general advice on making a tour happen
« on: July 01, 2014, 10:57:39 pm »
Jobst Brandt has this to say about shimmy: "Bicycle shimmy is the lateral oscillation of the head tube about the road contact point of the front wheel and depends largely on frame geometry and the elasticity of the top and down tubes. It is driven by gyroscopic forces of the front wheel, making it largely speed dependent. It cannot be fixed by adjustments because it is inherent to the geometry and elasticity of the bicycle frame. The longer the frame and the higher the saddle, the greater the tendency to shimmy, other things being equal. Weight distribution also has no effect on shimmy although where that weight contacts the frame does. Bicycle shimmy is unchanged when riding no-hands, whether leaning forward or backward." Complete article at
I watched a friend almost go down two days ago during a shimmy at 35 mph. He stopped it by grabbing the top tube with both knees. Like JDF he was a tall guy with a big bike (steel).

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