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09-16-18, 11:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,864
Posted By Takara

Cycles of Change is a bicycle education nonprofit...

Cycles of Change is a bicycle education nonprofit that runs a shop called The Bikery on 23rd Avenue a half block off International Boulevard in Oakland. The Bikery often makes time for people who...
Forum: Touring
04-26-16, 10:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,938
Posted By Takara

Physical characteristics of tires matter less...

Physical characteristics of tires matter less than how inflated they are and how much weight (all of you, all your gear) they bear down the road.

Pump them up, lose some weight, carry less stuff,...
Forum: Touring
08-19-13, 02:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 444
Posted By Takara

Tijuana is actually pretty amazing, but it's a...

Tijuana is actually pretty amazing, but it's a gritty, fast-paced city of 1.8 million people. The road to Ensenada, about 100 miles south on the coast, is a ferociously busy expressway, and Ensenada...
Forum: Touring
08-14-13, 10:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,597
Posted By Takara

(And somehow I survived the 1970s braking with...

(And somehow I survived the 1970s braking with the original wiggly "suicide levers" of my department-store Huffy, so anything can happen!)
Forum: Touring
08-14-13, 10:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,597
Posted By Takara

My brother's old Royal Enfield, and I think other...

My brother's old Royal Enfield, and I think other older English motorcycles, have the rear brake pedal on the left. I used to feel like I'd just drunk a couple of beers when I switched between his...
Forum: Touring
08-14-13, 09:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,597
Posted By Takara

I'm not afraid that you're all going to die...

I'm not afraid that you're all going to die tomorrow, but I'm generally against these extra brake levers.

You want your muscle memory to be performing the panic stop -- you don't want your choosy...
Forum: Touring
05-24-13, 09:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 553
Posted By Takara

I have had great success asking bike shops to...

I have had great success asking bike shops to watch my bike and/or gear while I go around town. Why would they say no? You just arrived as a traveling ambassador for all things bike, and the next...
Forum: Touring
03-07-13, 12:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,103
Posted By Takara

Thank you for the link to Spa Cycles saddles --...

Thank you for the link to Spa Cycles saddles -- I'm a Brooks user but wasn't aware of this shaped leather competitor.
Forum: Touring
03-04-13, 01:50 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,839
Posted By Takara

Everything affects everything; the question is,...

Everything affects everything; the question is, how much? The question here is, what is a "sluggish tire?" I'm not sure I know what that is. If I have two tires, one made by Schwalbe and another made...
Forum: Touring
03-02-13, 11:18 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,839
Posted By Takara

I've been riding bikes for over 40 years, touring...

I've been riding bikes for over 40 years, touring and not touring. Here's what matters for touring: fit, saddle, handlebars, gearing, packing list. That's it, because that's all that matters to make...
Forum: Touring
03-02-13, 05:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,233
Posted By Takara

. . . trying to fly to Montreal is going to be...

. . . trying to fly to Montreal is going to be insanely expensive, which is a great shame.

The Amtrak (http://tickets.amtrak.com/itd/amtrak) train from New York to Montreal is $72.00.
Forum: Touring
03-02-13, 05:25 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,839
Posted By Takara

I'll bet your customers are reacting to your nice...

I'll bet your customers are reacting to your nice wheels, not your nice tires.
Forum: Touring
03-02-13, 02:00 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,839
Posted By Takara

I would venture further to say that the...

I would venture further to say that the availability of replacement tire sizes is dispositive on tour. On tour in 1983 in the American South, before the Internet and one-day delivery, I had a long...
Forum: Touring
03-02-13, 01:45 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,839
Posted By Takara

I can also feel tire differences on a road or...

I can also feel tire differences on a road or track bike, and I'd pay close attention to tires if I were a racer. But on tour, the number of camera lenses you bring and whether or not you carry a...
Forum: Touring
03-01-13, 10:50 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,839
Posted By Takara

Neither do I, but I'd suspect poor tire changing...

Neither do I, but I'd suspect poor tire changing or wheel maintenance technique long before blaming the tires. If you randomly reassigned all the tires in your group, it's likely that nobody would...
Forum: Touring
03-01-13, 05:15 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,839
Posted By Takara

I am hugely skeptical that tourers can actually...

I am hugely skeptical that tourers can actually experience differences among different tire brands. For a given diameter and width and comparable weight and pressure, your options all give you...
Forum: Touring
03-01-13, 04:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,233
Posted By Takara

All three cities are great places to begin a...

All three cities are great places to begin a tour, but for your purposes Montreal would be my pick. The other two choices are certainly not grave mistakes, but Montreal gives you a lot more...
Forum: Touring
02-18-13, 02:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 836
Posted By Takara

Is this your first tour? If so, building a new...

Is this your first tour? If so, building a new bike on paper is fun, but you're really not in a position yet to know what features are going to matter to you (or even if you'll be interested in...
Forum: Touring
10-02-11, 12:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,678
Posted By Takara

http://www.troubling.info/wp/wp-content/uploads/20...

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Forum: Touring
05-31-11, 11:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 634
Posted By Takara

You definitely don't need, and don't sound like...

You definitely don't need, and don't sound like you want, a gaudy expensive touring-marketed new bike. Just find a more respectful and less avaricious shop to tune up your fine old bike. Those old...
Forum: Touring
05-31-11, 11:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 376
Posted By Takara

Have her stop at a thrift store and buy a...

Have her stop at a thrift store and buy a department store mountain bike carcass. Its triple chainwheel will fit perfectly on her bike. Thirty dollars at the thrift store and half an hour of work...
Forum: Touring
05-31-11, 10:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,338
Posted By Takara

Do a, say, four-day, three-night shakedown tour...

Do a, say, four-day, three-night shakedown tour now, a loop from home to home, equipped as you describe. I'm certain that it will convince you to abandon the backpack idea.

(Where does this...
Forum: Touring
05-26-11, 08:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 611
Posted By Takara

I've been lost many times because I do it...

I've been lost many times because I do it deliberately. If you're in Georgia, headed for New Orleans, you're not going to wind up accidentally in Vancouver -- so try it without maps and see what...
Forum: Touring
05-15-11, 12:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 593
Posted By Takara

This forum does give the impression that you need...

This forum does give the impression that you need about $1,000 of extremely carefully thought out bicycle parts to assemble an adequate touring bike. Fortunately, you don't. Your existing bike...
Forum: Touring
04-07-11, 03:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,001
Posted By Takara

196790196791 Slab City surrounds Salvation...

196790196791

Slab City surrounds Salvation Mountain, a monument in straw bales, adobe, and hundreds of thousands of gallons of house paint that must be seen to be believed. More images here...
Forum: Touring
03-26-11, 11:09 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,929
Posted By Takara

Thanks, cyccommute, for your attempt to educate...

Thanks, cyccommute, for your attempt to educate this rude fellow about basic metabolism. It doesn't appear to have helped him, but your patient explanation will be around for the next person who...
Forum: Touring
12-12-10, 12:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 525
Posted By Takara

That's a tougher, more durable bike than most new...

That's a tougher, more durable bike than most new bikes available today. It can absolutely be used to tour. Just make sure it's adjusted to fit you (any bike can ruin a tour if the geometry is wrong).
Forum: Touring
09-02-10, 04:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 512
Posted By Takara

Ride them and see which is most comfortable....

Ride them and see which is most comfortable. That's the only thing that matters. The rest is Tarot cards and fortune cookie fortunes.
Forum: Touring
09-02-10, 03:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 298
Posted By Takara

I'm just starting to read, but I'm already hooked...

I'm just starting to read, but I'm already hooked on Day 3 when the truck that gets you across the no-bikes bridge in Delaware is driven by a guy who grew up 30km distant from your home in Portugal....
Forum: Touring
08-29-10, 03:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 377
Posted By Takara

Ha! I drove much of this route in May (Bonners...

Ha! I drove much of this route in May (Bonners Ferry ID to Castlegar, 3A and 6 to the north end of Slocan Lake, back down to Castlegar and into Washington State via Trail BC), and did a couple of...
Forum: Touring
08-17-10, 08:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,388
Posted By Takara

Oh, and I have a Bob trailer, and I love it, for...

Oh, and I have a Bob trailer, and I love it, for moving beer around, or sand. It's not for tour: It's crazy to carry so much that you'd consider hauling somthing heavy on a trailer behind you. Look...
Forum: Touring
08-17-10, 08:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,388
Posted By Takara

Trailers suck for touring unless you are the mule...

Trailers suck for touring unless you are the mule for a big group of, say, little girls and you are carrying all their My Little Ponies or, say, you're bicycling across the Antarctic and need a...
Forum: Touring
08-17-10, 04:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,021
Posted By Takara

I've never toured outside of North America and...

I've never toured outside of North America and Europe, so I've always faced a softer version of your Bolivia example. For me, though, it's more about your approach to touring: Are you a nomad or an...
Forum: Touring
08-15-10, 09:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 473
Posted By Takara

Ah, Ligonier -- cute little town! Suburban...

Ah, Ligonier -- cute little town!

Suburban Chicago is vast, and not very interesting. Going around means going WAY around.

One option is to head into Michigan and take one of several ferry...
Forum: Touring
07-21-10, 12:11 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,340
Posted By Takara

Camelback? I wear three! One for water, one for...

Camelback? I wear three! One for water, one for stove fuel, one for chain lube. I strap my tent to my left leg and my sleeping bag to my right leg. My camera gets taped into my left underarm, and I...
Forum: Touring
07-19-10, 05:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 737
Posted By Takara

All three bikes would make perfectly competent...

All three bikes would make perfectly competent tourers. Which is the most comfortable to ride for eight hours? Pick three Saturdays and find out. That bike is the one you want to pick. All the other...
Forum: Touring
07-14-10, 03:02 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 5,538
Posted By Takara

Dude . . . The socially acceptable way for...

Dude . . .

The socially acceptable way for most Americans to take time off is they can't. It does not present as a choice.

I think you're almost at the point of grasping this.

Try just a...
Forum: Touring
07-14-10, 02:05 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 5,538
Posted By Takara

John, maybe it's hard to wrap your mind around...

John, maybe it's hard to wrap your mind around it, but the fact that you can take unpaid time off, believe you can find a better job, or capitalize a small business in this economy means that you are...
Forum: Touring
07-14-10, 09:19 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 5,538
Posted By Takara

What colossal *********y. Nice that you can take...

What colossal *********y. Nice that you can take a sabbatical, but that's not a word that most workers in the USA can even define. If we get what we want by demanding it, then we must be demanding to...
Forum: Touring
07-13-10, 07:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 532
Posted By Takara

Cosenza, not quite on the Mediterranean coast in...

Cosenza, not quite on the Mediterranean coast in Calabria, is a great base for coasting up and down the ankle of Italy and striking inland to the Parco Nazionale di Calabria and other wilder and less...
Forum: Touring
07-10-10, 07:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,101
Posted By Takara

A lot of 1970s and 1980s ten-speeds have frames...

A lot of 1970s and 1980s ten-speeds have frames with the long geometry that sounds appropriate -- some of the early mountain bikes do, too. A little Craigslist searching and used bike shop visiting...
Forum: Touring
07-10-10, 07:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 819
Posted By Takara

Can you tour from San Francisco to Eureka in five...

Can you tour from San Francisco to Eureka in five days on a single-speed bicycle? Sure you can (I'm assuming you're fairly fit and haven't blown out your knees already). You will have some long days...
06-08-10, 07:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 921
Posted By Takara

The supermajority requirement for state budget...

The supermajority requirement for state budget approval is killing California -- the Republican rump blocks every attempt to raise revenue by taxing the rich, so all the state legislature can do is...
06-08-10, 06:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,016
Posted By Takara

As others have noted, a 700C inner tube is...

As others have noted, a 700C inner tube is exactly the same as a 27" inner tube. The radius difference between the two wheels is 4mm. You can be certain that no inner tube manufacturer ever retooled...
Forum: Commuting
04-06-10, 09:30 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,471
Posted By Takara

The ranking evidently favors cities with...

The ranking evidently favors cities with extensive off-road bike paths (Minneapolis, Madison, Seattle), which is fine. I think it's funny, though, that New York City ranks #8 when it's really in a...
Forum: Touring
01-29-10, 12:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,276
Posted By Takara

I rode the long way from the bottom of Illinois...

I rode the long way from the bottom of Illinois to the top of Kansas while holding a roofing nail under my tongue.
Forum: Touring
01-18-10, 09:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,337
Posted By Takara

"Hybrid" is a term invented by salespeople to...

"Hybrid" is a term invented by salespeople to make consumers anxious that they have the wrong bicycle and need to buy another. All a bike has to do to be a candidate for touring is have good granny...
Forum: Touring
01-03-10, 12:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 589
Posted By Takara

Really? Headwinds only discourage me when they...

Really? Headwinds only discourage me when they make it hard to get somewhere I've committed to being at the end of the day. If you plan for headwinds by accepting more modest daily mileage goals,...
Forum: Touring
11-07-09, 09:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 355
Posted By Takara

All the territory up the coast is lovely, and...

All the territory up the coast is lovely, and your friend is no longer grimly pursuing a cross-country goal; so why not just improvise north for half the time and improvise back the rest of the time?...
Forum: Touring
11-07-09, 08:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 641
Posted By Takara

This this. It's rare for the existing brakes to...

This this. It's rare for the existing brakes to fail to adjust to the 4mm difference.
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