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07-31-14, 02:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,077
Posted By ChooseTheWrench

I find Hybrid bikes to be a bad decision in...

I find Hybrid bikes to be a bad decision in almost all ventures. There are a lot of comfortable road bikes out there that are built more for endurance than racing. Just ask your LBS about which would...
Forum: Commuting
05-30-14, 03:28 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 25,287
Posted By ChooseTheWrench

Critical Cycles: Too Good To Be True?

Is there anyone that rides or has ridden a bike from Critical Cycles? They seem like such a good deal, but I have no way of testing the quality. Is there a catch? Is it too good to be true? Or is it...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-14, 03:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,445
Posted By ChooseTheWrench

My advice is to get two great bikes! You can get...

My advice is to get two great bikes! You can get plenty of good bikes for $1250. I got my Giant Defy 2 for $970 and put another $400 into it and it is perfect for anything I can throw at it. I have...
Forum: Touring
05-29-14, 08:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,586
Posted By ChooseTheWrench

I've ridden both the Erie Canal and the C&O....

I've ridden both the Erie Canal and the C&O. Neither is much fun in the rain/mud, but you'll get down the road just the same. The C&O has some interesting water, but if you are thirsty enough, it...
Forum: Touring
05-29-14, 08:25 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,646
Posted By ChooseTheWrench

I'm interested in that saddle as well. I wonder...

I'm interested in that saddle as well. I wonder if any Brooks purists out there are offended by Brooks creating a synthetic saddle. I love being able to leave my synthetic saddle out in the rain.
Forum: Touring
05-29-14, 08:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 518
Posted By ChooseTheWrench

Check out the Adventure Cycling Association's...

Check out the Adventure Cycling Association's Southern Tier route. It goes from Jacksonville, FL, to San Diego, CA. Their routes are well planned out and updated every year. The maps are easy to...
Forum: Touring
05-29-14, 08:17 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,307
Posted By ChooseTheWrench

The best is the Topeak Road Morph tire pump. It...

The best is the Topeak Road Morph tire pump. It is a frame pump that has a tire gauge and a fold out toe hold. It also has an extending hose. This is the best option and only runs $40-45. There is...
Forum: Touring
05-29-14, 08:13 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,646
Posted By ChooseTheWrench

Brooks vs. Synthetic Saddles

I understand the appeal behind Brooks saddles once they are truly broken in, but I still prefer my Fizik Arione. What does the rest of the touring community prefer and why? Are there any riding...
Forum: Touring
05-29-14, 08:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,551
Posted By ChooseTheWrench

If things get seriously wet, which is sadly one...

If things get seriously wet, which is sadly one of my largest bits of experience, the best way to go is a truly waterproof jacket. Your legs will stay warm if you are pedaling away, but your upper...
Forum: Touring
05-29-14, 07:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,748
Posted By ChooseTheWrench

I believe in Conti Gator Skins above all else. I...

I believe in Conti Gator Skins above all else. I don't know if they come in the 26" size to fit 95% of the LHT frames, but they are the best if you're only going to tackle pavement. You won't need...
Forum: Touring
05-29-14, 07:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,007
Posted By ChooseTheWrench

Splurge on a Garmin. I have the Edge 605 and it...

Splurge on a Garmin. I have the Edge 605 and it has saved my neck time and again. The battery will normally get you through two full days of touring. You can get the full map memory card for North...
Forum: Touring
05-29-14, 07:12 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 14,063
Posted By ChooseTheWrench

I am happy with a mixed-material bicycle frame...

I am happy with a mixed-material bicycle frame for touring. Mine has a carbon fork and seatpost, but the rest is aluminum. It is a common set-up, but also offers a mount for a rear rack. With some...
Forum: Touring
05-29-14, 07:04 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,226
Posted By ChooseTheWrench

I used to be opposed to riding on the road with...

I used to be opposed to riding on the road with headphones. But I have always enjoyed MTBing with headphones. Everything changed for me on the road, however, when I was biking across Ohio and the...
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