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05-16-18, 09:53 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,554
Posted By tom cotter

You've already gotten some great advice on this...

You've already gotten some great advice on this thread. The best is to lose the HRM and just ride. In the beginning it is about you and the bike. Getting use to the bike and bicycling. Figuring out...
Forum: Touring
02-23-17, 07:20 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,202
Posted By tom cotter

I like the CGOAB journals. I find the transition...

I like the CGOAB journals. I find the transition from digests to telling a story with pictures makes for an improved experience . I especially like journals that give me route information, how the...
Forum: Touring
01-29-17, 08:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,065
Posted By tom cotter

I've seen touring cyclist ride across the the...

I've seen touring cyclist ride across the the river on the Rt 1 bridge. Which is actually a hydro electric dam. Don't know if it's allowed, but, with no shoulder and heavy traffic, it's definitely...
Forum: Touring
01-29-17, 08:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,065
Posted By tom cotter

Just to throw this out there as a suggestion -...

Just to throw this out there as a suggestion - Getting from NYC to south of DC into the Virginia's - Hop the ferry to The Atlantic Highlands and ride down the coast of NJ. There are numerous...
06-14-15, 12:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 988
Posted By tom cotter

Seriously, you need to go onto the A&S forum and...

Seriously, you need to go onto the A&S forum and have an argument with yourself! Decide in advance which one of "You" will be the snarky one.
Forum: Touring
04-14-15, 01:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 926
Posted By tom cotter

Along the coast a 15-20mph wind can develop on...

Along the coast a 15-20mph wind can develop on any day.

From the north - New jersey area which would put you about 300 plus miles out, and if you are riding the coast, and i mean as close to the...
Forum: Touring
04-14-15, 01:19 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,783
Posted By tom cotter

The internet is a resource. As is this forum. it...

The internet is a resource. As is this forum. it is the collected wisdom of those who have done it and chose to share that experience here.

Using the internet is a tool. Though some people will...
Forum: Touring
04-14-15, 01:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 848
Posted By tom cotter

KOA is an expensive option. That said, there are...

KOA is an expensive option. That said, there are many private campgrounds to pick from. So, that option would work.

As for animals? There are a few. Bears - if you take normal precautions...
Forum: Touring
04-07-15, 07:30 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,224
Posted By tom cotter

Hotel/motel versus camping? There is no right or...

Hotel/motel versus camping? There is no right or wrong answer. The answer is purely personal. No different than what color bike do you prefer.

Both choices have advantages and disadvantages.
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04-07-15, 07:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,409
Posted By tom cotter

The more you ride the faster you will gain...

The more you ride the faster you will gain fitness. With better fitness will come longer distances and higher speeds.

That said, just get out and ride!
04-04-15, 08:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,875
Posted By tom cotter

I have to say that, that color isn't for...

I have to say that, that color isn't for everybody. And, that's a good thing! it's the color I would pick! Bright vibrant!!! For years the bike manufacs were following the auto industry. Safe colors,...
Forum: Touring
04-04-15, 07:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,986
Posted By tom cotter

There are no bad years for the Tek 520. Just...

There are no bad years for the Tek 520. Just different choices with regard to components, gearing, frame geometry and materials
04-02-15, 06:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,611
Posted By tom cotter

Bill Engvall has made a career out of stupid...

Bill Engvall has made a career out of stupid questions...

Here's your sign!
04-02-15, 06:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 870
Posted By tom cotter

Check out the long distance rider threads and ask...

Check out the long distance rider threads and ask there. Though, i think if you're asking, you're not quite ready for that schedule.

The LD riders in my neck of the woods are out every weekend...
04-02-15, 06:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,875
Posted By tom cotter

Is that Grabber Orange? That is one good looking...

Is that Grabber Orange? That is one good looking bike!!!! Congrats!!!!!
Forum: Touring
04-02-15, 05:37 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

The LHT has a track record backed up by thousands...

The LHT has a track record backed up by thousands of threads. I guess as i read your post I'm trying to decide whether you are being sincere or just trying to take a cheap shot at an off the rack...
Forum: Touring
04-02-15, 08:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,100
Posted By tom cotter

Adding to what has already been said - wheel/tire...

Adding to what has already been said - wheel/tire weight is the most important factor in making a bike fast. For a touring bike you can't go as light as a racing bike but lighter is better.
04-01-15, 07:53 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,859
Posted By tom cotter

IMO, if the only deciding factor is the bike...

IMO, if the only deciding factor is the bike shop, go with the more expensive bike. You like that shop better which is important. And they, seeing your dilemma, are trying to make it work for you by...
Forum: Touring
04-01-15, 07:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,051
Posted By tom cotter

Wow! What a great idea! THX for posting this!

Wow! What a great idea! THX for posting this!
Forum: Touring
03-31-15, 08:40 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

Yes, that's exactly how i said it on page 3. ...

Yes, that's exactly how i said it on page 3.

Guys, it's not my fault you don't understand what parts bin manufacturing is. And that it has nothing to do with quality and everything to do with...
Forum: Touring
03-31-15, 03:15 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

Where did I write that I stopped? The cars...

Where did I write that I stopped?

The cars were wrung out locally on any side street LOL! Seriously there is an interstate a mile from home. After midnight you are good to go! That and at the Atco...
Forum: Touring
03-31-15, 12:48 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

Because you don't agree, doesn't make it...

Because you don't agree, doesn't make it baseless.

I'm not mad, but you are. Why? I'm not mad because I'm confident in my position. You,OTOH, can't justify the massive price difference and because...
Forum: Touring
03-31-15, 11:30 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

Neil, stop making it personal. We are talking...

Neil, stop making it personal. We are talking about bicycles not each other's mother!


Parts bin isn't a bad thing. It simply means using existing research, parts and materials to build a...
Forum: Touring
03-31-15, 11:19 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

It should be locked LOL!!!

It should be locked LOL!!!
Forum: Touring
03-31-15, 10:16 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

My comment was made with a stock 325 in mind....

My comment was made with a stock 325 in mind. There is are many factors that go into a buying decision. As you can see with BMW I'm a fan of the brand. I wasn't picking on them. using them to make a...
Forum: Touring
03-31-15, 10:06 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

My comment was made with a stock 325/8 in mind....

My comment was made with a stock 325/8 in mind. There are many factors that go into a buying decision. As you can see with BMW I'm a fan of the brand. I wasn't picking on them. Only using them to...
Forum: Touring
03-31-15, 08:33 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

No, it's over-all performance, as well as build...

No, it's over-all performance, as well as build quality. They WRX does well going through the twisties. My criteria doesn't include creature comforts. BMW doesn't bill itself as the Ultimate...
Forum: Touring
03-31-15, 08:15 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

LOL!!!! Seriously, I respect Neil for everything...

LOL!!!! Seriously, I respect Neil for everything he has done for bicycle touring. His site is a fantastic resource. And when he does post here i usually find myself nodding in agreement. That being...
Forum: Touring
03-31-15, 08:02 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

I've owned six BMW cars and seven BMW...

I've owned six BMW cars and seven BMW motorcycles. The cars included two 5 series, a seven series lemon, one M3, one 325i, and one 1975 2002. All bought new and pounded for 40,000 to 50,000 miles....
Forum: Touring
03-30-15, 07:17 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

Neil and i apologised to the group twice for...

Neil and i apologised to the group twice for getting the wheel wrong. Which is all I can do. one misstatement, that doesn't change the basis of my premis. That is the while the quality may be...
Forum: Touring
03-30-15, 05:42 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

Again, a guy on the 50 plus forum has put 21,000...

Again, a guy on the 50 plus forum has put 21,000 miles on low end components without a major issue. Now, that's over 7 years not seven months. Stilll, it's impressive. Every long tour is going to...
Forum: Touring
03-30-15, 05:32 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

Neil, not denigrating the brands? "fine touring...

Neil, not denigrating the brands? "fine touring bikes for what they are' and Just get by" with 520... How else could that be read?

Nowhere did i say that Co motion wasn't a high quality bike....
Forum: Touring
03-30-15, 04:40 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

BTW, over on the 50 plus forum there is thread...

BTW, over on the 50 plus forum there is thread about a guy who has put 21,000 trouble free miles on Sora components. Call it the anti custom bike thread if you'd like. But there is point to be made....
Forum: Touring
03-30-15, 04:30 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

Neil good job putting down Trek and Surly! There...

Neil good job putting down Trek and Surly! There is nothing new in your post that wasn't already said. We agree that Co motion makes a high quality bike. We agree it is worth every dime ( american...
03-30-15, 03:23 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 10,684
Posted By tom cotter

Raystown Lake is a fantastic place! 30 plus miles...

Raystown Lake is a fantastic place! 30 plus miles of undeveloped lake! WE took our kids there when they were teenagers. They asked where's the boardwalk and amusement rides? They predicted our...
Forum: Touring
03-30-15, 03:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,421
Posted By tom cotter

if your local trek dealer doesn't have a 720 in...

if your local trek dealer doesn't have a 720 in stock, 30 seconds on their dealer networked computer can locate the closest dealer that does have one sitting on the floor. They can even find one in...
Forum: Touring
03-30-15, 03:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,224
Posted By tom cotter

Taking a page out of the racer's guide to bike...

Taking a page out of the racer's guide to bike setup, weight on the front stabilizes the bike. For this reason many racers opt for shorter frames with longer stems to help get weight out over the...
Forum: Touring
03-30-15, 02:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,604
Posted By tom cotter

Good stuff!

Good stuff!
Forum: Touring
03-30-15, 02:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,604
Posted By tom cotter

Posting live to a journal is just asking for...

Posting live to a journal is just asking for trouble. Why give the bounty hunters a heads up?
Forum: Touring
03-30-15, 09:05 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

Of course they like them! They are great bikes....

Of course they like them! They are great bikes. Butttt, then again BMW 3 series owners love their cars. That is until they put them to the test and find out they can't keep up with the much less...
Forum: Touring
03-30-15, 08:28 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

I'll stand corrected on the wheel. Why are you so...

I'll stand corrected on the wheel. Why are you so snarky?

I guess i should have checked before I posted. That wheel wasn't offered when i shopped Comotion 12 years ago.

That said, two points:...
Forum: Touring
03-30-15, 08:13 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

For a non purist you sure made the purist's...

For a non purist you sure made the purist's argument.

We are not going to agree. I carefully researched custom frame makers and concluded the value is not there. The higher price is driven more...
Forum: Touring
03-30-15, 07:29 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

And, unfortunately, the Americano rider gave you...

And, unfortunately, the Americano rider gave you his opinion, not fact:

The reason for using front and rear racks is for better handling. Weight distribution plays into fatigue as well as safety...
Forum: Touring
03-29-15, 06:21 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,820
Posted By tom cotter

Best answer - perceived difference. I shopped for...

Best answer - perceived difference. I shopped for a high end tourer before i bought my newest Trek 520 ten years ago. BTW, I still have and ride my 1989 trek 520. Shopping the high end tourers i...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-14, 06:57 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 9,730
Posted By tom cotter

Interesting discussion and some good suggestions....

Interesting discussion and some good suggestions. I didn't realize this was a hot topic. I 'm not disparaging carbon by posting it. Only asking a question. I'm going to inspect the bike and go from...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-14, 11:49 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 9,730
Posted By tom cotter

Old carbon - How safe?

To put this question in context, my wife is an ER nurse. This past weekend a severely injured cyclist was brought in, a woman accompanied by her husband. My wife talked with the husband who told her...
08-20-14, 09:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,247
Posted By tom cotter

Some more good suggestions which I'm boiling down...

Some more good suggestions which I'm boiling down to trying some small adjustments and then moving on to a new saddle if those don't help. I appreciate everyone's help and input. I've added the...
08-19-14, 09:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,247
Posted By tom cotter

THX, good suggestions and info! Sounds like small...

THX, good suggestions and info! Sounds like small adjustments are the place to start. I'll give that a shot for the nxt ride. More suggestions, please feel free to post!
08-18-14, 08:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,247
Posted By tom cotter

A question for the ladies, from a guy

I'm helping a friend get ready to ride a MS ride next month. She's a 50ish woman who hasn't been on a bike since her teen age years. Got her all outfitted and ready to go, and now into training for...
Forum: Touring
07-18-14, 07:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,604
Posted By tom cotter

Machka, good stuff! i have some female friends...

Machka, good stuff! i have some female friends who are just beginning to ride distance. There are some things i just can't help with. A woman's POV with the pix gives me something of value to share...
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