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General Discussion / Re: Cycling through Tucson
« on: January 24, 2011, 10:46:01 pm »
Catalina State Park. Watch out for rattlesnakes.
Though Saguaro National Park does not have camping it is a nice ride through the park, especially the east section.

Gear Talk / Re: hub generators
« on: January 16, 2011, 07:15:51 pm »
You are correct that it would constitute a conflict of interest to sell components that the seller is reviewing. When Bicycle Quarterly reviews a product that they sell they disclose that in the article. In this case, I found no evidence that Jan Heine sells any generator hubs on his website, and he does not operate a bike shop. He did disclose that one of the reviewers works for the manufacturer of SON hubs. You will also see that he invited Shimano to respond to his test results. This is what Jan says about conflict of interest: Q:“Doesn't that constitute a conflict of interest when you test these and other components for Bicycle Quarterly?
A: That is a real concern, and we are very aware of it. Our rule is simple: If a product is extraordinary, we sell it. So we usually first test components, and then decide whether to sell them. If we find new extraordinary products, we sell them as well. That way, we have no incentive to criticize components that compete with the ones we offer - we just offer them all. In many cases, the components we sell would not be available in North America otherwise, because the profit margins are too small. We feel that our readers are better served by having these components available, than if we told you about these fabulous parts that you cannot get. We disclose all potential conflicts of interest with each article. Our readers then can make up their own minds. Our main business is publishing Bicycle Quarterly. The components are only a sideline, so we don't feel the need to promote them excessively.With everything we test, we try hard to be objective. If anything, we are more critical of the products we sell. In our test of the Grand Bois "Ourson" tires, we said they weren't worth the extra money over Panaracers, because unlike other Grand Bois tires, they use an older tire mold with a less-than-optimal tread pattern. Conflicts of interest are unavoidable, because the cycling world is small. Most makers of "real-world" bicycles know each other, and many are good friends of ours. This close collaboration improves the quality of the bicycles they offer, so it is a good thing. But it means that conflicts of interest are unavoidable. It's actually a lot easier to criticize a component we sell than one sold by a friend!”
My original point was that just because you have a different experience does not mean that it did not happen to someone else and is not sufficient cause to question someone’s honesty. Questioning  methodology however is fair game.

General Discussion / Re: Brooks saddle: keeping it dry
« on: January 12, 2011, 10:32:15 pm »
Agree that the Brooks cover isn't great. There are others including one by Serfas and one called the Aardvark sold by Rivendell.
by the way, slathering the bottom of the saddle with something like SnoSeal might be helpful too if you don't have fenders.

Gear Talk / Re: hub generators
« on: January 12, 2011, 10:25:09 pm »
Jan Heine is one of the most respected cyclists and authors on cycling in the country, including to Adventure Cycling Magazine. To suggest that "bicycle Quarterly was making this stuff up" is absurd at best and libelous at worst. Your experience may have been different than Jan's but that is not proof of his dishonesty.

General Discussion / Re: Brooks saddle: keeping it dry
« on: January 11, 2011, 08:03:26 pm »
I agree that fenders on a tour is essential to protect a leather saddle. I put on a cover when it is going to rain for a long time because despite me sitting on the saddle it will still get soaked otherwise. I thought I ruined a new Brooks Pro Ti riding without fenders or a cover. I fixed it by later soaking the saddle in a bucket of water and stuffing two tennis balls between the saddle and the rails. Good as new!

General Discussion / Re: Chain Cleaner
« on: January 08, 2011, 11:21:03 pm »
No, I'd never take a cleaning tool with me. Using ProLink I never have to clean grit off anyway, but in any case on a weeks long trip I'd consider the chain getting a little more worn for lack of cleaning brushes just another cost of the tour. ProLink ( is amazing stuff. Used properly (clean chain initially, let sit overnight to soak in, wipe clean) never collects grit.
100 miles only for one application? Sounds like a waste to me. Unless I rode for hours in the rain, no need to reapply ProLink or any lube until the first auditory sign that it is needed, which is usually several hundred miles for ProLink.

General Discussion / Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
« on: January 06, 2011, 09:29:38 pm »
Ditto Chaco & Teva. Only choice.

Gear Talk / Re: hub generators
« on: January 05, 2011, 09:53:35 pm »
Two great sources of information are Peter White Cycles and Bicycle Quarterly

General Discussion / Re: What about your Bike??????
« on: January 04, 2011, 08:21:57 pm »
If rain or dew isn't a consideration I will run my helmet straps through the wheels to slow down any potential thief. Otherwise, I don't do much but move it out of the main line of sight.

General Discussion / Re: Serious back/rump problems
« on: January 03, 2011, 10:48:36 pm »
Here we go slightly off topic again, but...
OK, I paid more than $100 last year I admit it.  There are however two ways to get fit professionally. One involves machinery lonerider refers to. The other way is with a professional that understands physiology and has been trained to look at the body on the bike and make the adjustments from experience not just what a machine says. I have no doubt that the operator also watches and uses his/her judgment, don't get me wrong on that. Pros trained by people like Andy Pruitt ( ( do not need the Serotta. The key here is that your shop may not have either expertise in which case you should look further if you are having physical problems and want the best fit possible. Which is to say, that I agree with lonerider.

General Discussion / Re: Serious back/rump problems
« on: January 02, 2011, 10:22:29 pm »
I second the suggestion of getting a professional bike fit. Best $100 you'll spend on your bike-if you go to a pro.

Gear Talk / Re: Fenders for touring
« on: December 27, 2010, 11:01:54 pm »
The Planet Bike fenders above are too short to do anything but keep the stripe off your back. The ideal fender is lonnnggg, and wider than your tires so that it keeps not only your back clean but your bottom bracket and feet too. Some folks add a mud flap. Even my Planet Bike fenders that have the flap aren't really long enough but are a good start. French bike builders of many years ago used aluminum fenders and prided themselves in how they were mounted: the curve of the fender carefully following the curve of the wheel with equal space between tire and fender all the way around. See photos in the current Bicycle Quarterly

Gear Talk / Re: Is there a difference?
« on: December 05, 2010, 09:20:40 pm »
Warmers are just that, they keep you warm. Compression leggings may or may not depending on which research you read help your legs recover from exertion faster.

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks B17 - Standard or Aged?
« on: December 04, 2010, 07:57:45 pm »
All this assumes that you have been properly fit on the bike, that is, the saddle is located correctly on the post fore and aft, height and tilt. If in doubt see a professional and pay the $100. Also, remember that saddles vary in how they sit above the rails so be sure to measure the fore and aft, tilt (a level can be helpful), and height of a properly fit saddle before swapping for another.

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks B17 - Standard or Aged?
« on: November 17, 2010, 11:59:16 pm »
Break in a B-17? Mine felt great the first ride. Now the Professional model is another story. That may take 1000 miles to break in, but then it lasts 10 times as long too. I've owned both.

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