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I have always just used garbage bags inside various non-waterproof panniers. 

This is commonly suggested. I tried garbage bags; also compactor bags. The solution I posted is far easier to use, neater, and tougher. I also see no reason for belt and suspenders, waterproof stuff sacks inside waterproof panniers. I bag or pouch like items, but the bags or pouches maybe net, or otherwise not waterproof.

I had water repellant panniers with pannier covers for several years. Switched to waterproof bags; will not go back. The pannier covers help with water repellant bags, but are a nuisance taking on and off, sometimes several times a day when rain comes, ceases, then comes again. If you insist on water repellant bags I would do as I eventually did before I sold the water repellant bags. Get a sturdy plastic bag that just fills the space for each pannier with preferably a little extra height so you can fold the top over. I got what I was looking for by asking in bike shops that I stopped by on tour. Much better than a number of small waterproof bags.

Classifieds / FOR SALE: Swrve Pants; Messenger Bag
« on: February 28, 2015, 11:36:35 am »
31wx30 Swrve Cordura Skinny Jeans Urban Pants. These sell for $100. Like new condition. $30 plus $7.95 shipping. See description,

New Sunlite Messenger Bag. apprx 20x14x5 in. Felt lined laptop compartment. Multiple storage compartments. Cordura type fabric. Smaller Sunlite Messenger Bag sells for $86.48. $9.99 plus $14.95 shipping.

Gear Talk / Re: One link in the chain
« on: February 28, 2015, 11:10:30 am »
Not sure about one link; most times two links add or subtract. As to dire results mentioned, I have shifted  many times to big big combination and had no worst result than having to get off the bike to free the chain. I have reused pin in chain many times without failure. Not all chain brands warn against replacing pin. For those, I carry spare links to replace ones can't reuse. Tool less chain link connectors are also option. Of course, if you have to ask, maybe it is better to take the most conservative advice.

Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: January 01, 2015, 12:36:23 pm »
Here is a site with various manufactures recommendations on how to care for their chains:¬

I stated to begin with I did not want to get into pros and cons of waxing; that's been done; as I said, if interested in that, see archives. I made clear I was simply stating what I use and how long it lasts. You couldn't resist, however, and had to give a dig. Into what Berto called the most definitive test of chain lubricants waxing caused the least wear to drive train components. Sorry if that does not agree with your experience. I don't always agree with Sheldon; example, his embrace of biopace chainwheels.

Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: December 31, 2014, 10:46:12 pm »
The Sheldon Brown article is an old article based on chains that use to use bushings, new chains are bushingless which improves the flow of lubricant to all parts of the chain, but even back in the day all of us pulled our chains off and soaked them and reoiled with no problems but the claim is that the oil couldn't get into the tight spaces of the bushings; today I no longer pull my chains off because I'm lazy so I just use a Park Cyclone chain cleaning machine.

Anywho, Sheldon revised that earlier comments with this:

I'm not sure I understand this post. Sheldon said not to soak chains, and then said it's OK?

When did bushingless chains become the norm?  Bicycling Magazine advised not to soak chains at least as late as 2007.

I mentioned this caveat FWIW. I use wax; I do not use any cleaner. Just passed on the caution which I understand comes from chain manufacturers.

Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: December 31, 2014, 04:01:52 pm »
"Since Bicycle chains do not have O-rings seals like Motorcycle chains have you will never have an issue with cleaning lube out of places you cannot get lube back into."

FWIW, chain manufacturers say not to soak chains in cleaner, so that original lubricant is not removed from innermost areas.
Sheldon Brown had the following to say about that:
"Factory Lube
New chains come pre-lubricated with a grease-type lubricant which has been installed at the factory. This is an excellent lubricant, and has been made to permeate all of the internal interstices in the chain.
This factory lube is superior to any lube that you can apply after the fact.

Some people make the bad mistake of deliberately removing this superior lubricant. Don't do this!

The factory lubricant all by itself is usually good for several hundred miles of service if the bike is not ridden in wet or dusty conditions. It is best not to apply any sort of lube to a new chain until it is clearly needed, because any wet lube you can apply will dilute the factory lube."

Excerpted from

Actually, Sheldon is answering a different question: should the lubricant that is on the chain when new be removed? Is that lubricant just for protection until sold?

My response you replied to answers the question, if you clean your chain, is it wise to soak it?

Someone, listening to Sheldon, may run the chain with the original lubrication until dirty, then soak it before re-lubing.

Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: December 31, 2014, 12:24:06 pm »
"Since Bicycle chains do not have O-rings seals like Motorcycle chains have you will never have an issue with cleaning lube out of places you cannot get lube back into."

FWIW, chain manufacturers say not to soak chains in cleaner, so that original lubricant is not removed from innermost areas.

Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: December 30, 2014, 10:27:09 am »
I use wax; not drip on wax, which I tried and found wanting, but melted wax. Lasts about 500 miles. Not the trouble those who don't wax think it is; I carry a stove anyway. Advantages besides cleanliness is not having to clean chain before re-lubing and better drive train durability than other lubricants. Not want to get into a discussion of pros and cons of waxing; see archives if interested in that. Just saying what I use and how long it lasts.

Gear Talk / Re: chain ring sizing
« on: November 05, 2014, 12:32:48 pm »
Answer no. Ran 50-45-24 for many years, no problems. Your chain problem is another matter.

Classifieds / Re: FOR SALE: New and Very Good Items, Cheap
« on: August 24, 2014, 08:57:36 pm »
No Cannondale T600 bicycle for sale; the only items listed for sale are above. If interested in any item listed, contact me off web.

Classifieds / FOR SALE: Update, All New or Very Good Condition
« on: August 20, 2014, 07:38:41 pm »
All items in very good condition, unless otherwise noted. All plus shipping. Photos for all.

Tires, New Pair Kenda 24x1.75 in. Blackwall, $18. 4 out of 5 reviewers gave 5-star rating. 55 sold with rim strips and tubes for $53.43 plus $13.75 shipping.

Tire, New with tag, Specialized Turbo Sport, 700x26c, Highly Rated! $10. This tire sells for $30.  SOLD.

Front Derailleur, New take-off Shimano Tiagra Double, Clamp-on, Bottom Pull, Multi clamp:28.6, 31.8mm (28.6mm: 31.8 w/adapter) $17.50. This derailleur sells for $47.99.

Front Hub, New Ritchey type 32 hole polished aluminum, $6. Have two. No skewer. BOTH SOLD.

Messenger Bag, New Sunlite; 20x14x5 in. Felt lined laptop compartment. $15. Smaller Sunlite Messenger Bag sells for $86.48.

Rear Wheel, Velocity Arrowhead Shimano LX 9-Speed, 32 hole, 700c, 135mm wide, with skewer, in excellent condition, $102.50. This wheel with Tiagra hub (no better than LX) sells for $210.00.

Hub Set, 6-7 Speed Freewheel, with skewers; inspected, cleaned, repacked, and adjusted, $29. SOLD.

Chainwheel, 32 Tooth Silver Ramped & Pinned 104mm Steel; black insert has shifting ramps and protects chainring, $9. SOLD.

Headset Wrench, Axis 36, $3. Made in USA.  SOLD.

Headset Wrench, New 595897 WF04 Pro, $6. This tool sells for $20. Made in USA.

Cassette, New Shimano 8-Speed 11-30, $24.50;  Cassettes of this series with common sprocket selections sell for $41.99. SOLD.

Shorts, Hincape Women's Tri Bicycling, Medium, padded seat, small hidden pockets for keys, money, etc. $24.50.

Freewheel, Sun-Race Shimano Remover Compatible 6-Speed, 14-28 tooth cogs; ramped for better shifting, $9.

Cassette Hub, Shimano LX, 32 hole, 130mm, Fits 7 speed mountain bike, or 8, or 9, or 10 speed road bike. Professionally checked and adjusted. No skewer, $15.

Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:57:30 pm »
For all those eager advocates of SPD clips, or any other mechanical method of attaching your feet to the pedals, here's something few of the clip using fraturnity rarely tell you.  Unless you aquaint yourself at an early stage in your cycling life and feel very comfortable getting in and out of clips at split-second notice without having time to think you might end up as I did a few years back, running out of momentum on a steep hill and quite suddenly face down on the black-top.

Unless you're a serious road racer I see very little justification for any kind of clips.

Definitely not true for me. Went from no retention to toe clips to clipless. Moderate learning curve each upgrade. Not having to think is what should be. I suspect your settings were too tight. I set my clipless pedals at lowest release setting. Unless you are a very vigorous pedaler for a recreational cyclist, lowest setting should be sufficient. While the choice it is a matter of preference, I use clipless pedals for fast recreational cycling and touring, and experience the advantages. I suspect a perusal of the archives will find other such pronouncements when clipless first came on the market. I will say now what I said then, if you try clipless you'll probably like them; most did.

Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« on: July 23, 2014, 04:42:17 pm »
Cycling shoes have been some kind of plastic for about a decade or two now.  Wet cycling shoes is not really an issue.  If you wear socks, the socks will get wet from sweat or rain.  But plastic shoes getting wet is not a problem.

I suspect this is true only for some shoes. Shoes I wore and am wearing around town are usual mix of synthetics found in low end mountain bike shoes; what I found a good choice for touring (if not get wet) and around town.

Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« on: July 22, 2014, 01:00:01 pm »
I gave up cycling shoes when they got wet and stayed wet. Switched to bicycling sandals with clipless cleats. Only footwear.

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