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Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: September 07, 2019, 10:33:02 am »
Hey, dkoloko,
What are the nut and bolts of rewaxing a chain on the road?  I'm a paraffin fan and at home I just keep my paraffin/moly/teflon concoction in a junk-store mini crockpot.  But I haven't figured out exactly what I would do on a long tour.     

Regarding variations in chain life,  I think one factor could be the type of aggregate used regionally in the pavement, as worn-away aggregate is likely a good part of our chain gunk.  I expect the granite aggregate here is more abrasive than, say, the limestone aggregate used in Florida.

Wax I take on trips is in a can with lid. I put the can in a pot that has a bit of water. I carry a stove, so this is no trouble. I do not play chemist and add ingredients to "improve" the wax, although I start with a new chain and throw it with the lube it comes with into the pot. I cannot see all the bother waxing a chain is supposed to be. I do not clean the chain when rewaxing, beyond giving it a wipe. For mitigating chaindrive wear, numerous studies over the years have wax coming out on top. I tried liquid bicycle wax and found it very unsatisfactory; messy and not long lasting. I get about 500 miles between waxing. This means for a 1000 mile trip, I wax once on road.

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Routes / Re: Your thoughts on a New York Bike Route 9 tour?
« on: June 17, 2019, 11:31:40 am »
This has been covered many times; see archives. Unless the state bike route has changed from what I know of it, it follows too many busy roads to be bicycle friendly. In general, roads on west side of Hudson River are less busy than on east. Cross over railroad bridge in Highland or at Newburgh. Avoid Rt 32 north of Saugerties and all Rt 9 on either side of the Hudson .

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I recommend getting tubeless rims; then if you decide to go tubeless, you are set for rims, even if you have no plans to go tubeless now.

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Routes / Re: Rails To Trails missing segments.
« on: May 10, 2019, 11:46:34 am »
I am not enamored with rail trails when touring. Perhaps not as steep as mountains I have ascended, but twisty and bumpy and may be overloaded with bicyclists and walkers.

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Routes / Re: bicycling NYC to Montreal
« on: April 17, 2019, 10:08:18 am »
Over and over I see cyclists planning on using Rt 9 or 9W traveling north from New York City. Both are very busy and not recommended. West side of Hudson River less trafficked than east. Cross Hudson over Newburgh bridge or railroad bridge in Highland. Rt 32 not bad from Newburgh to New Paltz. From New Paltz there are better alternatives.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tire Width?
« on: April 11, 2019, 09:32:55 am »
The book you referenced is old, published in 1994. Trend is to wider tires. I would say 32mm width is standard for touring (was standard on my 2017 Trek 520), and is at the low end for width now recommended for touring. I've gone from 32mm to 35mm for mostly payment touring. The tires you say were recommended are wider than most touring tires currently in use, and have a reputation for being durable, but very slow. I would go for a more modern touring tire (tire you mentioned is a very old model), whatever width you choose.

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Gear Talk / Re: Panniers. Waterproof or non waterproof?
« on: March 28, 2019, 12:46:08 pm »
I only buy waterproof bags. Tried water resistant bags and covers; nuisance, and never completely protected contents. Condensation only happens if you put wet things inside bag; waterproof fabric keeps outside moisture out, inside moisture in. Have little trouble finding things inside bags; everything is organized; toiletries in one small bag; kitchen utensils in another, etc.

Not nitpicking, but this is what I don't get.  If people are going to use bags to separately organize things--and most do--why not just make those bags dry bags and not worry about whether the panniers themselves are waterproof?  Please understand, this is not a "You're doing it wrong, you should do it my way" post.  I'm just trying to understand the thinking behind waterproof panniers.

In the first place, everything I have in bags is not in waterproof bags. Secondly, everything is not in bags (sorry for that confusion); small things I might have trouble finding are in bags; rest not. Even when I was using bags that were just water resistant, I found using number of waterproof bags inside was a poor way to go; easier I found was to use one stout waterproof liner to protect all; better yet was to just use waterproof panniers, which is what I am doing.

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Gear Talk / Re: Panniers. Waterproof or non waterproof?
« on: March 27, 2019, 10:44:05 am »
I only buy waterproof bags. Tried water resistant bags and covers; nuisance, and never completely protected contents. Condensation only happens if you put wet things inside bag; waterproof fabric keeps outside moisture out, inside moisture in. Have little trouble finding things inside bags; everything is organized; toiletries in one small bag; kitchen utensils in another, etc.

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Gear Talk / Re: Bike tour headlight recommendation needed
« on: March 21, 2019, 12:21:46 pm »
I carry a powerful, compact headlamp. Use night, if caught short of camp. Use dimmed in camp (have free hands). Use day in tunnels.

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Gear Talk / Re: Fork material on Cannondale Touring Bikes
« on: February 17, 2019, 10:43:03 am »
Magnet will tell you if fork is steel.

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Classifieds / FOR SALE: Ortlieb Panniers Price Reductions
« on: October 09, 2018, 03:42:27 pm »
Back Roller Classic. Pair. Rear. 40L capacity. Blue with design (maybe the only pair like this you'll ever see). Bought last year; used one weekend trip and shopping. These sell for $180 plain; $220 with a design. $109.99.

Sport Packer Plus. Pair. Designed for use front or rear. 30L capacity. Black and graphite. Used for one 30 mile trip. Look brand new. These sell for $210. $139.99.

What you see is what you get. Both pairs use Ql2 mounting system; this is the late version with half instead of full mounting circles on the back. Both sets are waterproof. Both have double pockets inside; full and small zip. All the bags have 3M reflectors front and rear.

Not be a bad idea; to use both; have advantages of each. Buy both and I'll throw in a free messenger bag. All prices plus shipping. Will include on request for each set a pair of robust plastic bags I've found useful when touring; isolate wet bathing suit, dirty clothes for example.

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Routes / Re: Poughkeepsie to NYC
« on: July 26, 2018, 12:29:19 pm »
I don't recommend routes 9 on either side of the Hudson R. Traffic is lighter on the west side of Hudson. For a route 9 on the east side, I recommend 9G. This was discussed in an earlier thread.

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Gear Talk / Re: Gear weight
« on: May 11, 2018, 10:40:52 am »
I'm heading out on the TransAm May 26th. I just returned from my shakedown ride. Gear (incl water) weighed 63.6 lbs.  Bike + gear (incl water) weighed 97.6lbs
It always puzzles me when folks include water in the gear weight.

It bothers me that water is not included, also food, fuel, etc. For me, weight carried is everything included ready to roll. I start with the same number of bottles, filled, for trips lasting weeks, months.

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Classifieds / FOR SALE: Maps, Atantic Coast Route, Section 1, 2, 3
« on: May 02, 2018, 12:16:54 pm »
Very good condition. One map has some sticky notes. Remove or benefit from the wisdom. $30 postpaid. Only sold as a set of three.

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Routes / Re: ACR section 2 Hyde Park NY
« on: April 10, 2018, 11:54:18 am »
Rt 9G better for cyclists. Rt 9 is used to access Roosevelt Museum. If don't need to be on east side of Hudson R., less traffic on the west side (avoid Rt 9W).

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