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  1. Thread: motion alarm?

    by gorshkov
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    One very low-tech option is to take a piece of...

    One very low-tech option is to take a piece of line, and tie it to the bike. Run the line under your tent, then tie the other end to a tree or something. That way, if your bike is moved, the line...
  2. It's been a while since I have shipped a bike,...

    It's been a while since I have shipped a bike, but when I worked at a bike shop, we always used FedEx rather than UPS because the owner of the shop maintained that UPS was likely to damage the bike. ...
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    Hobo, I don't tour year round, and I've never...

    Hobo, I don't tour year round, and I've never encountered very cold weather on a tour, so this may not answer your question, but I generally don't wear gloves in warm weather. For cool weather...
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    Once back when I was unemployed, I tried to...

    Once back when I was unemployed, I tried to convince a local Wal-Mart to hire me on a contract basis to build bikes for them. My pitch (which didn't work) was to find a manager and show him all of...
  5. Thread: Tools on tour

    by gorshkov
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    Not sure about that particular model of hubs, but...

    Not sure about that particular model of hubs, but the locknut on most of the shimano hubs I've worked on is 17mm. You typically don't need two cone wrenches, but you do need two wrenches - one to...
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    It's actually more aerodynamic the way it is. ...

    It's actually more aerodynamic the way it is. Turning it around will place a larger vertical surface at the back, which will cause enormous vortices from the air coming around the sides. For...
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    I've done this in a couple of different ways. ...

    I've done this in a couple of different ways. Unless I'm in a big hurry (which generally only happens when the weather is turning bad), I stop at pretty much all of the historical markers,...
  8. I don't use ACA maps, but it isn't to save money,...

    I don't use ACA maps, but it isn't to save money, its because I enjoy the route research and making my own route. I haven't tried to follow the great divide route specifically, but I suspect that I...
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    I have woodchipper bars on my Raleigh Sojourn -...

    I have woodchipper bars on my Raleigh Sojourn - original spec. They're pretty good, but I haven't noticed them being any more or less comfortable long-term than the normal drop bars on my go-fast...
  10. I rode the parkway south to north in 2008, and I...

    I rode the parkway south to north in 2008, and I stealth camped a couple of times without problems. Yes, it is illegal, but as long as you stay out of sight of the parkway, don't camp in picnic...
  11. I did something like what chrobi is planning last...

    I did something like what chrobi is planning last summer - I used a bicycle to ride to the trailheads of a number of different 14ers in Colorado. Nothing higher than class 3 scrambling, so I didn't...
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    I've toured with panniers and with a B.O.B., and...

    I've toured with panniers and with a B.O.B., and I prefer the panniers for almost any situation. In addition to the weight penalty, the trailer typically puts all of your stuff in one bag, which...
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    If you're a Warmshowers member, you might ask on...

    If you're a Warmshowers member, you might ask on the forums there - that site seems to have a larger number of European users compared to Bikeforums and Crazyguy.
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    My two cents: (1) Why not get a button-head bolt...

    My two cents:
    (1) Why not get a button-head bolt and put the bolt head on the inside of the fork blade, with the nut on the outside? That makes the bolt length a little less critical. Also,...
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    If you're on warmshowers, you might contact some...

    If you're on warmshowers, you might contact some hosts there and ask if you can park your car at their house. I've done that on a short loop tour before.
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    I use a pair of running shorts that I got at...

    I use a pair of running shorts that I got at Walmart for about $10 a few years back. They pack down small enough to (barely) fit in a jersey pocket, though I don't generally keep them there.
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    I used a 2-wheel burley trailer with front...

    I used a 2-wheel burley trailer with front panniers several times, none of which were on tour. I briefly did a mobile bike shop operation where I carried tools and a repair stand in the trailer, and...
  18. This is the sort of thing that makes me wish I...

    This is the sort of thing that makes me wish I still lived in Colorado and could go take advantage of this. This is the way to go if its still open to bikes but closed to cars when you get there. ...
  19. There are four paved roads into Leadville: (1)...

    There are four paved roads into Leadville:
    (1) Highway 24 from the South from Salida and Buena Vista. This is the flattest option - you gain about 3000 feet over 60 miles, but there are no big...
  20. Sounds like me, but in 2002. I had an old MTB...

    Sounds like me, but in 2002. I had an old MTB that I rode to and from school, and then used for Ride the Rockies the summer after I graduated. Someone else noticed how badly out of true my rear...
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    I really don't understand this recall. It seems...

    I really don't understand this recall. It seems like not having your QR skewers tight enough puts you at serious risk of crashing even if the lever doesn't lodge in the brake rotor. From, you...
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    From what I remember of Wyoming, water sources...

    From what I remember of Wyoming, water sources are few and far between. Make sure that you know where you can get water, and then plan to carry enough to get you across whatever the longest stretch...
  23. Thread: Route Advice

    by gorshkov
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    It isn't clear exactly what advice you're looking...

    It isn't clear exactly what advice you're looking for - do you want suggestions on how to get between each successive pair of places?

    I haven't toured in any of those places except the Great...
  24. I have a 2009 Sojourn. It does not have a pump...

    I have a 2009 Sojourn. It does not have a pump peg, but its entirely possible that Raleigh may have added one for later model years.
  25. I rode across TN, then across Great Smokies, and...

    I rode across TN, then across Great Smokies, and up the Blue Ridge parkway through NC and VA back in July/August 2008. My first piece of advice is not to ride too much in the heat of the summer...
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