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Gear Talk / Re: good handlebar bags?
« on: May 18, 2009, 10:48:32 pm »
Arkels are great. I liked a Vaude alot but d/t STI had to install "noodles" to route the cables down.  Any of these bags that have the large quick release mounting make it hard to fit a computer on the bar too. Last year I bought a Banjo Brothers which is smaller but uses straps top and bottom and was very happy with it on tour. See it at http://www.banjobrothers.com/products/handlebarbags.php.

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Gear Talk / Re: touring wheels
« on: May 11, 2009, 10:35:16 pm »
I have 10,000 miles on my Ultegra hubs including loaded touring from 1-6 weeks in duration, and the occaissonal gravel road. No problems whatsoever. The strength of the wheel overall is the most important factor. In fact, I just bought some super light wheels for daily riding and will relegate my Ultegra/Velocity Fusion wheels for touring.

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Gear Talk / Re: Bike Jersey vs. Under Armour
« on: May 04, 2009, 09:18:48 pm »
For touring nothing beats wool jerseys. They don't stink even after several days of wear and are cool in hot weather too. Lots of sellers: Ibex here at Adventure Cycling, Jones Wear, Boure', Kucharik, Wasabi to name a few.

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Gear Talk / Re: chain suck gouge question
« on: May 04, 2009, 09:15:29 pm »
Sorry to hear of the gouge in the paint. Been there. I can't answer the question of the stay. You might want to contact Grant Peterson at Rivendell since he designed the bike (grant@rivbike.com). 3500 miles isn't much for a chainring (the chain yes.) . Hold it up against a new one and compare the wear. Is yours getting pointy instead of nice flat tops? I suggest a chain watcher such as the one by Third Eye. It's a big thumb that pushes the chain onto the small ring and doesn't let it past on the inside.  There are others. Pros are even using a specific one for big carbon frames on their bikes. Mine has saved many a chain suck.
Good luck.

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General Discussion / Re: Violent Crime Alert Atlantic Coast Route
« on: May 04, 2009, 08:59:51 pm »
I'm not sure what your point is for posting this non-cycling information in this forum.

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I don't buy the argument that there is more to go wrong with a trailer.   A trailer drags behind you with very little force on the bike. Racks and panniers have all the weight on the frame which to me would seem like the bike itself would be more prone to problems. One thing to be careful of with trailers is that the wheel is not high quality and will need grease more often than the bike wheels. The tire wears more quickly because it has more revolutions per mile than a 700C tire.

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General Discussion / Re: Brooks saddle damage
« on: April 03, 2009, 05:17:20 pm »
I tried tensioning last year but it didn't help as the problem is deep depressions under the sit bones. I may try to soaking it and putting some kind of weight under it to push out the dents again. FENDERS! If I had had on fenders 6 hours of rain wouldn't have splashed the underside of the saddle because I did have a cover on. I've learned that for $75 Brooks will recover it, plus the cost of shipping to England.
I'll put back on my 35 year old Brooks which is still in better shape than the new one.

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General Discussion / Brooks saddle damage
« on: March 18, 2009, 11:13:20 pm »
I got caught in the rain on a century last June and my new Brooks Pro, which should take years to show any wear, broke down (sagged) under my sit bones. Anybody have any experience reversing the damage?

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Gear Talk / Re: Considering New Handlebar Setup
« on: March 15, 2009, 10:42:56 pm »
The first thing to do is to go to a shop that specializes in fitting you to your bike. Many problems can be solved by a different stem or bar height or the position of the saddle. I go every few years (I'm now 57) and am amazed at how a minute adjustment can make a difference. It isn't cheap but if the person knows what they are doing it is  well worth it.

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Gear Talk / Re: big, wide feet need touring shoes
« on: March 15, 2009, 10:38:54 pm »
Lake has wide sizes and two they call touring shoes plus the mountain shoes. http://www.lakecycling.com. I just bought the MX 90 only because the sole was less agressive than the MX 101. The factor told me they were the same as far as stiffness. Don't believe the website which says the wides are out of stock. call or write them because I got the wide only because of direct communication.  Most local stores unfortunately don't stock wides.

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General Discussion / Re: Is it worth installing a kick stand?
« on: February 17, 2009, 11:01:27 pm »
Then there is this option, I first saw in this forum a couple of years ago: http://www.click-stand.com/Home_Page.html.

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General Discussion / Re: What gear?
« on: February 15, 2009, 10:39:48 pm »
Also consider wool jerseys and undershirts. They are as cool in the heat as synthetic shirts but don't stink without laundering for several days!

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General Discussion / Re: passport/CAN/US
« on: February 10, 2009, 11:48:39 pm »
Here is the page for the official information: http://travel.state.gov/passport_cal/passport_travel_requirements.php.

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General Discussion / Re: How do you like the new forum?
« on: January 14, 2009, 09:52:46 pm »
Too complicated and too much stuff. Don't need all the bells and whistles. I liked the simpler forum better.

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There is one other option to all the hills I mentioned. The New Berlin Trail leaves Milwaukee and the you can hook onto the Glacial Drumlin trail to Cottage Grove about 15 miles outside of Madison. About 60 miles NW of Madison in Reedsburg you can take the first of 3 contiguous state trails (http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/parks/specific/findatrail.html) to La Crosse: 400 Trail, Sparta-Elroy Trail, and the La Crosse River Trail. All nice fairly flat hard packed dirt trails. Then you can ride down the Mississippi River on WI Highway 35 all the way to Cassville which is fairly flat and then take the little ferry across the river and ride the Iowa side to Dubuque. This is much longer but much less hilly and more scenic.


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