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Bicycle Chain Whip Vs Lightweight Chainwhip for Bicycle Touring?

Feedback is appreciate? Anyone using the J.A. Stein Mini Cassette Lockring Tool "Hypercracker Redux"
for Bicycle Touring?

I think about two years ago I got the Spin Doctor Chain Whip Tool from Performance Bicycle Shop in Oceanside, CA for my Bicycle Touring Trips. and I do understand that the Spin Doctor Chain Whip Tool
is Heavy and bulky for Bicycle Touring. and I also got the Spin Doctor Cassette Lockring Tool. and I am trying to lighting my load on my Surly LHT 26in 52cm 2008

I have found the J.A. Stein Mini Cassette Lockring Tool reborn from the old one J.A. Stein Mini Cassette Lockring Tool Hypercracker Redux! When original Pamir "Hypercracker" went out of production, there was been no small, portable tool available that would allow on-the-road cassette removal.
Such a tool is of vital importance to the touring cyclist, because it's the only way to be able to replace a broken spoke on the right side of the rear wheel, the most common spot for spokes to break.
http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/tools/cassette.html

YouTube Stein Lock Ring Tool
https://youtu.be/dRiVuCI6c1Y

Removing the Cassette from the Surly with the Portable Cassette Cracker
https://youtu.be/knbQxWo4nn8

I did not like the old Stein "Hypercracker" Mini Lock Ring Tool
Since the original Pamir "Hypercracker" went out of production a couple of years ago, there has been no small, portable tool available that would allow on-the-road cassette removal.
Such a tool is of vital importance to the touring cyclist, because it's the only way to be able to replace a broken spoke on the right side of the rear wheel, the most common spot for spokes to break.
Jim Stein has come to the touring cyclist's rescue with the new Stein Mini Cassette Lock tool.
Although this tool is a bit more expensive than the original Hypercracker, it is lighter, smaller and made with more precision.
http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/stein-mini-lock/index.html

I have seen damage to bicycle framesets from the old Stein "Hypercracker" Mini Lock Ring Tool
online. and I do not want to Damage my Surly LHT Frameset by any means

I am looking to buy the J.A. Stein Mini Cassette Lockring Tool "Hypercracker Redux" on 2-3-2018 for my
Bicycle Touring Trips



Today I found this Post!
Lightweight Chainwhip?
https://forums.adventurecycling.org/index.php?topic=4826.0


Thanks You
Touring on a Bicycle
Tim
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Routes / Re: Cross Country, combining routes
« Last post by EmilyG on January 14, 2018, 03:11:40 pm »
Thanks, indyfabz, for the info
Given your input, we've re-routed, and plan to do the glacier park ride as a short summer ride in  2019.
Now we are taking TransAm 2,3, then Lewis & Clark 6, 4, Then Northern Tier 4-6, North Lakes, Lake Erie connector, and Northern Tier 9-11.
We're routing off of ACA routes, south-east around Sharon, Vt, in order to take major rail-trails down to Portsmouth, and then we'll take train into Boston.
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Gear Talk / Anyone using this Showers Pass Waterproof Cycling Gloves?
« Last post by Touring on a Bicycle on January 14, 2018, 09:56:04 am »
Anyone using this Showers Pass Waterproof Cycling Gloves for Bicycle Touring or
Bikepacking?

I maybe able to order the Showers Pass Waterproof Crosspoint Knit Cycling Gloves for my Bicycle Touring Trips in the USA. and this is to keep my hand dry on rainy days on my Touring Bicycle...and I have about 20 days before i am buying them...

Feedback is Appreciated thanks again.

https://youtu.be/oatYzLAti5E

Aero Tech Designs
https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/showers-pass-waterproof-crosspoint-knit-gloves.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiAnOzSBRDGARIsAL-mUB2QztHjQLc6wUBfZJbRZNcAXrsIYqzhowVpfhajAuVkDlxPkNMvygAaAkuoEALw_wcB
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General Discussion / Re: From NY to Florida. From Florida to California and beck no NY&
« Last post by Loader on January 13, 2018, 09:56:22 pm »
Quote
Get out and ride!

I ride and quite a lot.

But I'm getting old and my body is changing every year.

Earlier, like most cyclists, I used а drop bars, but later it was too low to bend over to it.

Then I began to use the handlebar from a mountain bike, it's better for the back, but my hands are numb.

Only on this I fool the brains of the respected public, in the hope of a magical recipe.
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General Discussion / Re: New to bike touring, minneapolis-->marfa-->eureka
« Last post by John Nettles on January 13, 2018, 02:56:55 pm »
Pat made all the valid points to consider.  Only thing I would add is could you change your departure date to say early September and if not could you reverse your route to reduce the time in the heat a little bit.  If you are fixed on your departure date, the southern portion will be quite warm.  The 50-70 miles per day is reasonable by itself.  It is the heat that makes it so you have to ride very early (before dawn) and end by 11am max.  Then you have to find a place to hang out until night.  Not always easy in very rural areas where the only "public" place might be a convenience store.

Check out WeatherSpark.com for weather averages (temp, wind, rain, clouds, etc.) for anywhere in the world.  Best, John
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General Discussion / Re: New to bike touring, minneapolis-->marfa-->eureka
« Last post by Pat Lamb on January 13, 2018, 02:41:53 pm »
I'm guessing this itinerary is driven, at least in part, by friends and family along the route?  Anyhow, a few thoughts:

Texas to southern California in the summer is insane.  How many consecutive days of 100 degree heat can you tolerate?  How much water and salt do you need to keep going?  You might be able to do it, but it's hot and dry, and many of the snowbird services (restaurants, etc.) in the deserts are closed in summer, so you can't count on them for water.  If your waypoints are fixed, I'd suggest starting later in the year, like August/September, to hit the southern part of your ride in October/November.

If you don't have to go through Memphis and Texas, I'd suggest heading west towards Montana and Washington, and then down towards California.

Since you're just starting bike touring, it'd be worth looking at Adventure Cycling maps (see https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/interactive-network-map/ ).  They're well worth the price - especially if you're planning to camp, since they'll help identify camping spots.  You could cobble together a route from parts of the Northern Tier, Great Rivers South, Southern Tier, Route 66, and Pacific Coast routes that would solve 90% of your routing problems. 

50 miles a day isn't a bad average overall.  If you're planning to increase mileage above that, make sure you're packed very lightly, bikepacking style.  There's some hills to get over, and they're not easy, particularly when you're loaded down.
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General Discussion / New to bike touring, minneapolis-->marfa-->eureka
« Last post by pearsa on January 13, 2018, 12:49:11 pm »
Hi all,

I am beginning to plan a bike trip, starting in May, perhaps late April. I am an experienced bike commuter, mostly riding on city roads with bike lanes, and I'm used to a 8 mile-each-way commute. Planning on camping the whole time. But I am determined!

Ideally, my route would be:

Minneapolis, MN
Memphis TN
Austin, TX
Marfa, TX
LA
Point Reyes, CA
Eureka, CA

Is this a crazy trip idea??? Aiming pretty low for my milage at the beginning of the trip, like 50 a day, hopefully increasing as the trip goes. My main concern is ending up in Texas when it is insanely hot. Any advice would be appreciated, especially how to plan the routes and things to avoid/look for when planning what roads to ride on.

Thanks!

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Which bicycle handlebar do you prefer for long journeys?

Drop bars, they came on my bike.  This is another of those "anything will work, but we can debate 'best' for months" questions. 

Get out and ride!  If you don't have a bike, get one, get out and ride!  If you're going to tour, probably the single best predictor of success is how much saddle time on the bike you have before you start.  A red bike may be faster than a black one, and a green bike easier to hide while stealth camping, but none of that matters if you ride 150 miles, decide it's too much, and pack it in.
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I am planning to go on a Bicycle Touring trip on the Southern Tier Bicycle Route from Tampa, FL to San Diego, CA.
Why Tampa?

Why Tampa? and My Mom lives in St. Petersburg, FL and I use to live in Tampa/Clearwater, FL from
11-1991 to 2-1993 and I was going to be doing small Bike Touring Trips from 11-2019 to 2-2020/3-2020 and start slowly to San Diego, CA on the Southern Tier Bicycle Route.
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I am planning to go on a Bicycle Touring trip on the Southern Tier Bicycle Route from Tampa, FL to San Diego, CA.

Why Tampa?
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