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Classifieds / TAKEN: FREE: Assos Insulated Bib Tights
« on: May 03, 2013, 09:35:14 pm »
Size M (minor repair should not be noticed), for cost of shipping. Prefer someone who buys from my sell list, so I get something for pedaling eight miles to post office, but not a requirement.

Routes / Re: Advice for a ride beginning in NYC
« on: April 25, 2013, 11:07:44 am »
I live in NY. I don't see much problem with getting back. There are more trains that accept bicycles than you state. I cannot give more information, as I do not use trains. You can always take a bus back. Personally, I would do a loop. Ride options include Catskills (hills), Finger Lakes (hills), Eire canal, Adirondacks (hills). There are many routes mapped that you can search online. After you are more decided on a route, you can post here for any details you want more information. I do not recommend following closely the official NY State routes, as they follow too much main roads. You might include Woodstock, NY in your plans.

Gear Talk / Trailer Plus Bags
« on: April 14, 2013, 03:08:31 pm »
In perusing photos I took of other touring bicyclists I met following Northern Tier I noticed all the cyclists with trailers also had bags on bike, ranging from four panniers on down. Not saying should use trailer, or if use trailer need also bags on bike. Just saying if you are thinking of using a trailer, all the cyclists I saw on trip had bags on bike in addition to trailer.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier
« on: April 12, 2013, 10:24:28 am »

I prefer panniers as well.   Just don't purchase giant rear panniers and overload your back end.   I think my bike handles really well with medium sized panniers in back and small front panniers mounted on low-rider style front rack. 


Maybe best for you. Tests show best to have more weight on front, or at least have equal weight front and back. For that reason I see no reason for smaller bags on front. I use same size medium rear bags front and rear.

Gear Talk / Re: Rack mounted tail lights
« on: April 07, 2013, 10:06:50 am »
I'm having a terrible time finding a rack-mounted tail light, since everything on the market these days seems to be designed to mount on a seat post or drop tube, or even on clothing.  Can anyone recommend a tail light that is designed to be mounted on the rear rack using a bolt through the mounting hole provided on a rack?


I have removed the clip that comes with a bicycle taillight and screwed the light through the rack hole into the clip screw hole. That may make the taillight on-off switch too close to the rack to operate. I got around this by inserting a small tube between the light and rack, and using a longer screw through tube.

Gear Talk / Re: Racks
« on: April 03, 2013, 12:34:24 pm »
Blackburn racks.  EX-1 for the rear.  FL-1 lowrider for the front.  $80 for both racks.

Western Bike Works says low rider is out of stock. Is Blackburn still making front racks? I thought Blackburn discontinued them under new ownership.

As to load carrying capacity, I found Blackburn racks fine, particularly if used the Expedition rack , stoutest of the three rear racks they used to make, and used the hoop front rack or the hoopless to fork braze-ons. I have heard of Blackburn racks breaking, but that's more strain I ever put on them. I switched to Tubus racks when I bought Ortlieb bags; the Ortblieb bags fit better on the Tubus racks.

Gear Talk / Re: Racks
« on: April 02, 2013, 01:16:18 pm »
It is a strange choice for touring. Although weight rating is adequate, it lacks triangulation usually associated with a strong bicycle frame. I would also be concerned with maintaining a wood top on tour.

Routes / Re: Transamerica Cost
« on: March 30, 2013, 12:47:16 pm »
If you pay for campground space, private or government, expect to pay no less than $15 night. Sometimes it'll be less, sometimes more, sometimes much more. If more at a private campground, sometimes you can negotiate a lower rate, sometimes not. Free camping opportunities are listed on the ACA maps for the route.

Wild camping, also called stealth camping, information here,

Gear Talk / Re: Touring bikes...
« on: March 24, 2013, 12:22:52 pm »
It is nearly a month since this woman posted her initial question, and she has yet to decide even the type of bike she should  buy. I suggested she concentrate on that....

I can´t resist cutting a quote from dkoloko.  :) I almost became a farmer this month too, so I have struggeld with quite a few decisions during these past months...  :P
Anyways - you have been very helpful - I thought I let you know what bike it is going to be.

Ta da!

The brakes will be upgraded, the gearing might be a triple and the tires won´t be that fat.


No criticism intended for time it took you to choose a bike. I questioned side-track to ultra lightweight bicycle travel niche. I thought as a novice you had enough to think about in choosing a bike to buy. I stated even type of bike, because earlier you had not settled on a touring bike, considering also a cross bike. Best wishes on your choice, and may you have a very enjoyable and memorable tour.

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« on: March 24, 2013, 11:24:02 am »
So you are saying that you can have waterproof and breathable?  I guess that depends on how much you sweat and how hard you are exercising.   My experience has been and remains that waterproof and breathable fabrics are never breathable enough that I am not wet with sweat when wearing them while riding at my usual pace.

This is an example of what I mean by "old". It is almost invariable that someone in these conversations will begin, "I have never found a...that...or words to that effect.

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« on: March 23, 2013, 03:56:19 pm »
Waterproof, breathable.

This is old. I hope it doesn't branch out into a side discussion here. I am sure the archives is loaded with this topic.

So, since this is old and you started the thread, have you found anything?

The "this" is argument can't have waterproof and breathable.

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« on: March 22, 2013, 11:32:20 am »
Waterproof, breathable.

This is old. I hope it doesn't branch out into a side discussion here. I am sure the archives is loaded with this topic.


I have toured with a BOB Yak myself and I fully agree with your analysis. However there is something most trailer people never mention. Something which annoys me a lot and explains why I switched back to panniers again. When pulling a trailer, especially standing in the pedals going uphill, I feel a large dead mass behind me. A mass which tries to live its own life. I would describe it as inertia. The trailer gives me small sideways "counter forces" when pedaling and I don't like that.

I have a two wheeled trailer. Yours is one reason I tour with panniers, leaving the trailer at home for shopping, hauling. I call it pulsing; there is a lag between force applied at pedals and force transmitted to trailer, especially felt up hills.

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