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Gear Talk / Re: Advice for choosing components to reduce gear inches
« on: October 12, 2016, 11:23:11 am »
If you go nutty and try a 36 rear cog, then your derailleur hanger my not be low enough and the rear derailleur will not fit underneath the 36 cog.  So that will not work. 

No trouble for me changing to 36 rear cog. I add that changing components to get below 20 gear inches can be much more challenging than being satisfied with a 20 inch low.

Gear Talk / Re: Getting bike and gear to start of tour
« on: September 26, 2016, 06:40:45 pm »

I don't know what happens if a Greyhound staffer flops the box on its side and pile crap on top of it. 

In my experience, it's what they do.

Gear Talk / Re: Getting bike and gear to start of tour
« on: September 26, 2016, 03:02:59 pm »

I have always thought Greyhound Freight was interesting.  They ship from one Greyhound bus depot to another bus depot.  It has been a while, but Greyhound was pretty flexible on box size--it just has to be low enough to fit in a cargo hold.

Just because it is a Greyhound bus station don't count on it being a station that will accept or receive a bike, and if does one, don't count on it doing the other; my experience.

Russ Seaton has some good comments. I add that, according to Berto, switching from double to triple crank, 80 percent of the time it is not necessary to change to a triple BB. That has been my experience. Also, if changing cassette to get lower gears, you might as well get one with a 36 tooth cog, as a long cage rear derailleur that shifts to a 34 tooth cog is likely to shift to a 36. That is my experience.

Gear Talk / Re: Getting bike and gear to start of tour
« on: September 13, 2016, 09:51:18 am »
I use to ship bike ahead. Picked up at your house, delivered to destination, insured for damage, loss. Take with to airport, you are charged a substantial extra fee, and are insured against loss, but not damage, and you have to transport to and from airports.

Routes / Re: connecting the Eastern Seaboard route with the Northern Tier
« on: September 05, 2016, 09:04:32 am »
The Northern Tier route travels the Erie Canal from about Albany, NY to Buffalo, NY, and is one of the features of the route. The canal towpath is composed of very fine crushed stone, smoother than gravel, and asphalt, which I found less appealing aesthetically and more troublesome to pedal, at least when I rode the path, as the asphalt was buckled in a number of places. 

Gear Talk / Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« on: August 16, 2016, 05:00:03 pm »
I just can't determine the advantage of a custom bike at this point (having no experience), so seems foolish to spend the money on a bike I can't even test and hope it will be 250% better!

You'd be lucky if it was 50% better; you pay a lot for small improvements, custom or stock. You can expect the best values in the most popular models.

Gear Talk / Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« on: August 05, 2016, 09:12:56 am »

Definitely consider the ultra light method.  Several on this site have talked about that way.  I have a loaded touring bike and panniers.  So heavy loaded for me.  But if I was starting from scratch again, I would seriously consider the ultra light method with a regular road bike.  Adventure Cycling sells several bags that attach under the saddle and inside the main triangle for carrying a large amount of gear.

I tried the ultra light method, rackless bags, on an extended tour last year, on front; kept rack and panniers on back, as I use the rack. The rackless bags were a disaster; weren't that secure, and high load caused falls. I do not recommend the ultra light method for a novice. Lighten the load carried in the bags instead. After experience, you can explore options.

Gear Talk / Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« on: August 04, 2016, 10:54:28 am »

Another person argues against buying a frame and building it yourself because the cost is usually more than buying it direct already built as a complete bike.  With the Terry it is very easy to see if this is true or not.  Terry says it is a Gunnar frame/fork.  Gunnar sells its frames direct to the public and lists its prices.  Price both the standard and custom options.  Terry also lists all the parts on the bike.  Simple to find all those parts on the internet and list their prices.  See if the totals work out right or wrong.  Biggest benefit for building it yourself is you get to pick every part yourself and get what you want. 

A lot of work when historically building a bike from a frame costs a lot more money than a comparable complete bike. You suggest making changes; more research. Who is going to decide final component choices? Who is going to install the components? We're talking here of a comparative novice. There is the problem of compatibility of presumptively superior components, a problem you should be well aware. I built a bike from a custom frame; took months after receiving frame (back order of components, etc). Satisfaction in specifying what you want, but more work, and more value in buying complete comparable bike.

Gear Talk / Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« on: August 03, 2016, 05:31:52 pm »
Russ, thanks I had not really priced the Gunnar frames/forks, etc. I don't think the 480 frame will work for me (too big) but I should compare the specs with the Terry and LHT and also contact Gunnar, especially if I can save $$. Will have to ask what the frame weighs also.

Maybe you will save on buying a frame and building bike yourself, but historically, building a bike from a frame costs a lot more than buying a comparable complete bicycle. Also, for what appears your experience, there are a lot of choices when building a bike. A bike shop can build up a frame and help with choices, but don't expect it to be cheaper than a comparable complete bike.

Gear Talk / Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« on: August 03, 2016, 12:03:51 pm »
This is a review of Pangea, Co-Motion's off road tourer. Co-Motion makes tourers more dedicated to road touring, but the Pangea might be interesting, as there is a 26 in. version specifically for shorter riders.

Gear Talk / Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« on: August 03, 2016, 10:10:18 am »
Thank you all for your replies. I forgot to mention, I am a 5'1", 120 lb. woman, so a 30 lb. bike with another 30-50 lbs. of gear is relatively a bigger concern to me than a bigger rider (I think). So a savings of ~ 8-10 lbs. in bike alone is substantial.

If you read the bike description
it says it's designed for loaded touring

 So does the lighter weight alone make it less stable under load (shimmy)?

RussSeaton, I'll look into other custom frame makers as you suggested, but I think they are all in this $3500 range , from some cursory investigation I have done. I liked this bike, but think I've convinced myself I prefer 26" wheels for touring.

You would not be saving 8-10lb. My Trek 520 weighs 24 lb. At 21 lb., you'll save 3 lb. With a load, I doubt you'll note much difference. A full waterbottle weighs 2lb. Think you'll go faster after you've drained a waterbottle?

Yes, you can have shimmy with a loaded lightweight bike. However, I'd trust Terry that this bike, although lightweight, is designed for fully loaded touring.

I'd investigate Co-motion, highly respected proven model at same price, with advantage of being semi-custom fitted to you.

Gear Talk / Re: Sleeping Pad Recommendation
« on: July 22, 2016, 12:22:39 pm »
Do the geometry in your head. Something full length and non-inflatable that is even a mere 1" thick is going to be bulky when folded or rolled. You are not going to find such a pad that packs down to a size comparable to an inflatable.

Not criterion that the pad "packs down to a size comparable to an inflatable". Not bulky means to me, fit in pannier. Also, non-inflatable does not mean non-compressible.

Gear Talk / Sleeping Pad Recommendation
« on: July 20, 2016, 04:58:42 pm »
Looking for sleeping pad recommendation. Requirements are full length, non-inflatable, not more than a pound or so in weight, and not bulky. Currently have Ensolite pad; should be something better. Non-inflatable I have seen in stores are much too bulky. Had number of inflatable pads, self inflating, blow up, pump, no pump; soured on inflatables when on last trip inflatable valve failed. REI pad; no repair, even if I paid for repair.

Back when I owned a Surly LHT I made several mods to it, each of which improved it significantly.

3. Moved the bar end shifters to Paul Thumbies

Be interested in more information. Paul Thumbies on drop bars? Thanks.

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