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Forum: Recumbent
02-02-07, 08:24 AM
Replies: 1,012
Views: 410,369
Posted By bradw

My new Bacchetta Agio. I've switched the...

My new Bacchetta Agio.

I've switched the tires to Schwalbe Marathons, and I've added the mid-ship rack, lights, and clips & straps. Also a Sigma bike computer.

Bought it Saturday, and used...
Forum: Recumbent
01-30-07, 04:14 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,955
Posted By bradw

Bacchetta Agio (LWB), Bacchetta Giro 20 (SWB) ...

Bacchetta Agio (LWB), Bacchetta Giro 20 (SWB)

I put 2000 miles on the Giro last year, and just got the Agio a few days ago. I also ride a Trek 520.
Forum: Commuting
08-31-06, 01:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,521
Posted By bradw

Bill - where is this? I live in St. Louis (south...

Bill - where is this? I live in St. Louis (south city) and can't quite picture an area with this kind of hill.

My 6 mile commute through the city and "The Hill" neighborhood and into Forest Park...
Forum: Touring
06-09-06, 06:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 682
Posted By bradw

When you start your tour just take it easy. ...

When you start your tour just take it easy. Unless you have a tight schedule planned, you can take all day to make your destination. When I tour I try to forget about the speed and just try to get...
Forum: Touring
05-22-06, 08:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 535
Posted By bradw

I once rode the entire trail and back starting on...

I once rode the entire trail and back starting on a Labor Day weekend. It was busy at the start in St Charles, a little busy around Jeff City, but mostly quiet. Of course I was taking several days,...
Forum: Touring
05-15-06, 09:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,780
Posted By bradw

Yes - but... If it has rained a lot it can...

Yes - but...

If it has rained a lot it can be a little softer on the edges, and you also have runoff that creates gullies in some areas. You always have to keep an eye on the trail, just like...
Forum: Touring
05-15-06, 06:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,780
Posted By bradw

I've done the entire Katy twice: once on 700x32s...

I've done the entire Katy twice: once on 700x32s and once on 700x35s. Either tire was fine, and I weighed over 180 pounds and carried tent, bag, food, clothes, etc. I think the 26x1.95s would be...
Forum: Recumbent
03-06-06, 08:23 AM
Replies: 1,012
Views: 410,369
Posted By bradw

My Giro 20. I've had it a couple weeks and have...

My Giro 20. I've had it a couple weeks and have put about 100 miles on it. I look forward to using it as a moderately loaded touring bike. I'll still use my Trek 520 as a commuter, but I like the...
Forum: Recumbent
02-01-06, 12:47 PM
Forum: Touring
09-11-05, 12:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,031
Posted By bradw

As the others have pointed out, make slow...

As the others have pointed out, make slow changes. My 520 came with a stem that held the handlebar a little too low, and couldn't be flipped for more height. I switched to a more upright stem of...
Forum: Touring
09-09-05, 11:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 654
Posted By bradw

I switched my 520 over to a flat-handlebar with...

I switched my 520 over to a flat-handlebar with extensions. This may give me extra leverage and reduce the possibility of wobbles. Also, I've only had the bike up to about 38mphon a downhill. I'm...
Forum: Touring
09-07-05, 08:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 654
Posted By bradw

Well maybe you had to experiment with the...

Well maybe you had to experiment with the front-to-back weight ratio. Maybe 30lbs up front upset the steering.

I have relatively light items in my front panniers: tent, bag, pad. In the back...
Forum: Touring
09-07-05, 03:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 654
Posted By bradw

Last year I did my touring with most of the load...

Last year I did my touring with most of the load on the back except for a moderate-sized handlebar bag. The bike was generally OK but I didn't like slow speed handling.

This year I installed a...
Forum: Touring
09-05-05, 12:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 464
Posted By bradw

Maybe I just can't make out the details from the...

Maybe I just can't make out the details from the small picture, but:

1) It looks like the crank has only two chainrings up front and fairly small cogs in back. If so, that means it doesn't have...
Forum: Commuting
09-01-05, 02:57 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,733
Posted By bradw

I recently got into a situation where I kept...

I recently got into a situation where I kept passing a guy. I'd get ahead, then he'd pass me by blasting through a red light or stop sign, then I'd catch him again within a block.

Eventually he...
Forum: Touring
08-30-05, 02:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 433
Posted By bradw

I started a ride on Labor Day last year, and it...

I started a ride on Labor Day last year, and it was kind of busy at the St. Charles end, and a little busy at some of the early stops, but it was not anything that detracted from the ride. ...
08-30-05, 12:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,046
Posted By bradw

I have Vittoria Randonneurs on my Trek 520...

I have Vittoria Randonneurs on my Trek 520 touring bike. About 2600 miles, tread looks good, and only one flat, and it was from a large industrial staple. That tire is still OK.

I use the wire...
Forum: Touring
08-30-05, 11:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 850
Posted By bradw

Look at http://www.adventurecycling.org/ for info...

Look at http://www.adventurecycling.org/ for info on routes and equipment.

Look up the state resources in the areas you will pass through. For example, I can get moderately detailed maps rating...
Forum: Touring
08-28-05, 12:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 780
Posted By bradw

I've had no luck with the Bontrager rims on my...

I've had no luck with the Bontrager rims on my 520.

I think the stock rims for my '03 model were Bontrager Fairlanes. The rear rim developed cracks around several eyelets after one year of...
Forum: Touring
08-22-05, 02:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,526
Posted By bradw

The makers of Soma bikes make welded frames, and...

The makers of Soma bikes make welded frames, and say the following (emphasis mine):

We chose REYNOLDS 631Air-Hardened steel for all our frames. Mainly for its lively ride characteristics and more...
Forum: Touring
08-22-05, 12:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,526
Posted By bradw

I think there's some confusion over terms: ...

I think there's some confusion over terms:

Lugged = the steel tubes of the bike are put together using lugs at the joints. I don't now if older trek 520s were lugged, but the newer ones are tig...
Forum: Touring
08-18-05, 09:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,064
Posted By bradw

Do you like the Trek 520 as it is? I have...

Do you like the Trek 520 as it is?

I have a 520, and I have had it modified considerably from the stock configuration. It now has an MTB crank, flat bars with thumb shifters, better rack,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-05, 11:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 694
Posted By bradw

I have a Trek 520 that is modified to have flat...

I have a Trek 520 that is modified to have flat bars, thumb shifters, MTB crank, along with front and rear racks. It weighed about 27 lbs before the switch, I'm guessing it's about 30lbs now.
...
Forum: Touring
08-18-05, 09:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 312
Posted By bradw

What's the lowest chainring you can put on a...

What's the lowest chainring you can put on a compact? I *think* I've seen something like a 48/32 combo. If you can haul your loaded bike up the terrain you wish to cover using a 32 up front and up...
Forum: Touring
08-17-05, 12:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,177
Posted By bradw

One venomous snake (copperhead), lots of harmless...

One venomous snake (copperhead), lots of harmless snakes, lizards, turtles, wild turkeys, hordes of grasshoppers, a cloud of mosquitos, and a standoff with cows (not wildlife - but they were outside...
Forum: Touring
08-16-05, 03:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 681
Posted By bradw

If you've kept the original gear cluster, you...

If you've kept the original gear cluster, you will have a top gear of 46x11.

Unless you are riding in 25mph+ pace lines, or are one of those people (unlike me) who wants to go extremely fast down...
Forum: Touring
08-16-05, 02:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 296
Posted By bradw

Sometimes you can get them to swap those items...

Sometimes you can get them to swap those items out for no fee at all.

Just ask.
Forum: Touring
08-16-05, 08:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 416
Posted By bradw

My only claim to fame (how sad) is that I rode...

My only claim to fame (how sad) is that I rode the Katy Trail up and back last fall.

Here's the thread: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=66178&highlight=katy+trail+548

There's a link...
Forum: Touring
08-11-05, 11:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 349
Posted By bradw

It'll also be a good test of your heat tolerance,...

It'll also be a good test of your heat tolerance, with temps in the 90s and the usual high humidity :eek:

Bring water - although there are towns along the way, it's not always easy or convenient...
Forum: Touring
08-11-05, 09:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 349
Posted By bradw

When I did my two rides last year, I had a...

When I did my two rides last year, I had a different mindset. I wanted to be able to say to myself, "I went X miles in X days". I was challenging myself to complete a task.

This year I'm...
Forum: Touring
08-11-05, 08:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 349
Posted By bradw

I did the entire Katy up and back last year off...

I did the entire Katy up and back last year off of a base of around 125 miles a week.

In January I wasn't riding, in February I started doing about 50 miles a week, by May I was doing 100, etc. I...
Forum: Touring
08-05-05, 08:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 758
Posted By bradw

I have a sigma cyclocomputer, and I'm tempted to...

I have a sigma cyclocomputer, and I'm tempted to tape over the speed display during my next tour. Last year I averaged 11.3mph (yippee) for a week. This year I'll be following a route with some...
Forum: Touring
08-02-05, 12:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 587
Posted By bradw

from www.surlybikes.com on the crosscheck: ...

from www.surlybikes.com on the crosscheck:

Tire Clearance: Fatties Fit Fine (FFF) stays and our beautiful slope-crowned custom fork provide room for tires up to 700x45 with mud and fender...
Forum: Touring
08-02-05, 10:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 587
Posted By bradw

I have a Trek 520 and used Freddy Fenders for...

I have a Trek 520 and used Freddy Fenders for awhile (the rear one was destroyed by a stick in the wheel.)

I used Continental Top Touring 700x32 tires without problems. I then switched to...
Forum: Touring
08-02-05, 10:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,800
Posted By bradw

I took a standard road touring bike and turned it...

I took a standard road touring bike and turned it into something close to a hybrid.

My Trek 520 came with drop handlebars and a road triple crankset. I had the LBS install flat handlebars, bar...
Forum: Touring
08-01-05, 07:17 AM
Replies: 4,536
Views: 2,275,810
Posted By bradw

Don't know about that - I'll have to go to Peru...

Don't know about that - I'll have to go to Peru and measure some guardrails before I can answer.

Now onto other pressing issues...
Forum: Touring
07-27-05, 08:14 AM
Replies: 4,536
Views: 2,275,810
Posted By bradw

Uh, look at the picture closely. The bike (a...

Uh, look at the picture closely. The bike (a cannondale) is sitting in a depression (ditch, culvert?) several inches below the edge of the road and maybe a few feet behind the rider. If you look at...
Forum: Touring
07-25-05, 07:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 419
Posted By bradw

Or one of these: ...

Or one of these:

http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDisplay?storeId=8000&catalogId=40000008000&productId=47943840&parent_category_rn=4500479&vcat=REI_SEARCH

Or if you need less water:
...
Forum: Touring
07-23-05, 10:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,363
Posted By bradw

Some people get different chainrings on the stock...

Some people get different chainrings on the stock 105 triple. I think you can get something like a 24 or 26 inner ring. And smaller outer rings, too.

I went another route and swapped the 105...
Forum: Touring
07-18-05, 01:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,457
Posted By bradw

Note that the Arkel prices includes shipping.

Note that the Arkel prices includes shipping.
Forum: Touring
07-06-05, 12:22 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 9,098
Posted By bradw

LX crank with 44/32/22 11-32 cassette I've...

LX crank with 44/32/22
11-32 cassette

I've never needed anything lower than a 32x32, and only for a short stretch. But I haven't really hit the hills with a full load yet.
Forum: Touring
07-05-05, 02:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 607
Posted By bradw

I have the steel bead version. Over 2000 miles...

I have the steel bead version. Over 2000 miles and no flats. Used for a 550 mile tour with no problems.

At 550 grams (for steel bead) I don't think they fit into the "lively" category. The 430...
Forum: Touring
07-01-05, 06:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,563
Posted By bradw

I had a trek 1000, and now own a trek 1200 and...

I had a trek 1000, and now own a trek 1200 and trek 520 (their loaded touring model).

I think it would be hard to carry a full load on a trek 1000. By that I mean carry a tent, sleeping bag,...
Forum: Touring
06-30-05, 08:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,489
Posted By bradw

I'm using some generic MTB shoes with...

I'm using some generic MTB shoes with clips&straps.
Forum: Touring
06-26-05, 03:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 595
Posted By bradw

Lisa: Dad, do you know what Schadenfreude is? ...

Lisa: Dad, do you know what Schadenfreude is?
Homer: No, I do not know what shaden-frawde is.
[sarcasm] Please tell me, because I'm dying to know.
Lisa: It's a German term for...
Forum: Touring
06-16-05, 08:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,721
Posted By bradw

My '03 Trek 520 came with Kevlar-belted Bontrager...

My '03 Trek 520 came with Kevlar-belted Bontrager tires. I had a couple flats within 2-300 miles, and the sidewalls seemed very flimsy. I dumped them in favor of Continental Top Touring tires, and...
Forum: Touring
06-16-05, 09:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 995
Posted By bradw

I live in St. Louis and have thought of mixing...

I live in St. Louis and have thought of mixing the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) with the Grand Illinois Trail (GIT). The GIT runs around the upper third of the state and goes through the Chicago...
Forum: Touring
06-13-05, 01:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 668
Posted By bradw

When I first had my Trek 520 ('03 model) I had...

When I first had my Trek 520 ('03 model) I had the barcons. I used an Arkel handlebar bag with no problems. The bag mounts on a pair of heavy-duty aluminum extensions that attach to the handlebar...
Forum: Touring
06-02-05, 11:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,033
Posted By bradw

I find that that is the best approach when doing...

I find that that is the best approach when doing something critical like changing lanes. I only use the mirror to monitor traffic, not make major decisions.
Forum: Touring
06-02-05, 09:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,033
Posted By bradw

I like this mirror from Cateye - fits onto end of...

I like this mirror from Cateye - fits onto end of drop bars or flat bars, or even off the barends on flat bars. I find it has a nice angle of view for me, even with rear panniers, and that I can...
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