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Gear Talk / Re: Gunnar frames - are they any good????
« on: September 17, 2010, 11:06:19 pm »
It used to be that all Waterfords were lugged and no Gunnars were, but Waterford does offer some non-lugged frames.
Not only are their frames great but Richard Schwinn has been a terrific advocate for bicycling in the state included president of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin not too long ago.

General Discussion / Re: Invitation to join
« on: September 17, 2010, 10:51:01 pm »
I have to agree that staying with strangers has been highlights of my tours. Once, at a restaurant in the woods in the middle of nowhere in Oregon, a couple heard us lament that our intended campground didn't exist so they invited us to stay with them. Great night of conversation, pizza and beer. Everyone should read Travels With Willie by Willie Weir (available in Adventure Cycling website) where he "initiates kindness" by seeking out strangers and gets himself invited into their homes or yards.

General Discussion / Re: Water Filters
« on: January 30, 2010, 11:15:44 pm »
Not on a road tour.

Gear Talk / Re: 3-4 person tent
« on: January 30, 2010, 11:14:56 pm »
I advise always using a tent that holds one more person than the quantity that you want to put in it. Three in a three person is tight. Compare the weight for two tents v. one 4 person and the 4 wins easily. Only you can decide whether to split up the family.

General Discussion / Re: Biker vs World
« on: January 02, 2010, 09:18:10 pm »
So as not to assume that any cyclist is unable to do their own repairs I always ask if they have everything they need rather than "do you need help"?"

General Discussion / Re: Carrying Pepper Spray
« on: January 02, 2010, 09:15:35 pm »
Don't bring your concealed weapon here to Wisconsin. We're still somewhat civilized and concealed carry is illegal.

Now to your question, being robbed the way you describe is extremely rare. The tales of anything like this far exceed the reality and yet I have never heard of a case.

Gear Talk / Re: loose spokes
« on: December 02, 2009, 10:19:08 pm »
How many spokes? At 270# anything less than 36 or even 40 is asking for problems.

« on: November 29, 2009, 10:56:08 pm »
Go to the Adventure Cycling website (see the address in the top right) and read it! Lots of answers to the questions you are asking.

General Discussion / Re: Cycling in Snow
« on: October 11, 2009, 09:45:47 pm »
Snow riding is slow with studded tires when the road is  untrampled and nearly impossible when others have come before you. Nokian tires are great but expensive. Riding on ice with them is quite fun and on a clear winter night it is delightful just to be out riding safely. The studs really do make it safe on ice. 

Gear Talk / Re: fenders....fairly lame question.
« on: September 19, 2009, 09:13:47 pm »
Bolt-on fenders always for tours. Clip-on if it looks like rain for a non-touring ride, to keep my Brooks saddle safe from getting wet from the underside.

General Discussion / Re: Boston to Washington State 2010
« on: September 19, 2009, 09:11:00 pm »
Go to the Adventure Cycling website. All the information you want is in there. You can then ask specific questions here and get lots of opinions.

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks saddle break in period
« on: September 04, 2009, 10:36:55 pm »
Brooks Pros can take a thousand or more miles to break in but then last for decades if you take care of it. B-17's often feel good within minutes.

General Discussion / Re: ACA Maps are Way Small.
« on: September 04, 2009, 10:32:42 pm »
I love my stick on lenses! They have made my very expensive cycling sunglasses bifocals and I can read even the ACA maps and my computer. is another source.

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks saddles and rain
« on: August 09, 2009, 04:46:55 pm »
The damage to my saddle was where I sit, not sagging in the middle. A couple of weeks ago I soaked in for 6 hours in a bucket of water and then crammed a tennis ball under each rail as far back as it would go. It's almost like new! which also means hard, but hey, I'm not complaining.,

Gear Talk / Re: 10 speed triple Cranksets compatible with 9 speed?
« on: June 16, 2009, 10:25:25 pm »
Buy your replacement 105 shifters now because Shimano has already stopped making them.

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