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Forum: Touring
10-15-17, 05:08 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,072
Posted By Recycle

The grips are standard grips, not Ergo grips. ...

The grips are standard grips, not Ergo grips.

I'm guessing the bars are inclined at 20-30deg
Forum: Touring
10-14-17, 01:44 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,072
Posted By Recycle

Butterfly bar conversion on a LHT. The...

Butterfly bar conversion on a LHT.

The setup has Bontrager cork tape, rubber hand grips, and the original bar end shifters re-mounted on the bars using Paul's thumbies. A new stem was installed...
Forum: Touring
08-24-17, 11:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,537
Posted By Recycle

Last time my wife and I took Amtrak on a tour we...

Last time my wife and I took Amtrak on a tour we needed to change trains in St Louis from the Illinois Service train with roll on, to the Missouri River Runner train with roll on. Changing trains...
08-11-17, 07:35 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,065
Posted By Recycle

Never mind ... I found a CDC source that produces...

Never mind ... I found a CDC source that produces a number close to that for overall nonfatal cyclists injuries.
08-11-17, 04:17 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,065
Posted By Recycle

Just curious ... Where did you find that 485,000...

Just curious ... Where did you find that 485,000 bike related ER visit number?
04-27-17, 12:00 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 6,633
Posted By Recycle

Hills and the wind are our friends. They speed...

Hills and the wind are our friends. They speed us along or they make us strong.
04-25-17, 12:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,149
Posted By Recycle

Or maybe look at a set of Continental Travel...

Or maybe look at a set of Continental Travel Contacts? (semi-slick with side knobs) This was the first source that came up in a google search.
Continental Travel Contact Duraskin Tire >...
02-26-17, 12:45 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,473
Posted By Recycle

Indeed I was! And I'm still teaching the LAB...

Indeed I was! And I'm still teaching the LAB classes. Glad you enjoyed it.

The manuals have changed, but the material is only slightly different. There is a little less emphasis on bike...
02-20-17, 11:24 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,473
Posted By Recycle

There are excellent road riding suggestions in...

There are excellent road riding suggestions in the Illinois bicycle safety quiz (http://www.bikesafetyquiz.com/) It is specific to Illinois, so you should also check your own state's laws...
07-18-16, 10:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 936
Posted By Recycle

When I first start on a ride I adjust the mirror...

When I first start on a ride I adjust the mirror to view overtaking traffic about 100 ft back in the lane to my left without having to move my head from a "normal" riding position. The view also...
07-13-16, 08:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 936
Posted By Recycle

Mirror looks good. I use a velcro cable tie...

Mirror looks good.

I use a velcro cable tie or a zip tie to additionally secure mine to the visor. It helps keep the mirror from getting bumped off when the helmet is laying around.
Forum: Touring
03-07-16, 12:24 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,167
Posted By Recycle

LHT - 26" wheels, 9 speed, with front 24/36/48 ...

LHT - 26" wheels, 9 speed, with front 24/36/48 rear 12-36 . Granny calcs out to 17.1"
HTML5 Gear Calculator...
02-28-16, 09:18 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 22,684
Posted By Recycle

I keep track of mileage by type of ride (e.g....

I keep track of mileage by type of ride (e.g. club miles, touring miles, commute miles, etc.) Looking at my log for the last 10 years it was:
Group rides 10%
Alone: 30%
Just me and my wife: 60%
02-24-16, 01:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,692
Posted By Recycle

Both my wife and I have used Topeak racks and...

Both my wife and I have used Topeak racks and bags since 2005. The MTX bags with the drop-down panniers are great for daily riding, runs to the store, and credit card trips of a couple of days. ...
Forum: Touring
02-17-16, 07:12 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,525
Posted By Recycle

Might want to check the largest cog again. LHTs...

Might want to check the largest cog again. LHTs came with 11-32 and 11-34 cogs depending on year of manufacture.
Enjoy the lower gearing.
Forum: Touring
02-16-16, 05:40 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,525
Posted By Recycle

Indy, No derailleur nor chain changes were...

Indy,
No derailleur nor chain changes were needed. The bike is a stock 2008, 50 cm with 26 in wheels and bar end shifters. The FD is a Shimano Tiagra, and RD is a Shimano Deore XT long cage. ...
Forum: Touring
02-16-16, 12:44 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,525
Posted By Recycle

My 9 speed LHT came with a 26/36/48 and an 11/34...

My 9 speed LHT came with a 26/36/48 and an 11/34 cassette. I swapped one chain ring to get 24/36/48 then, a few years later, changed to a 12-36 cassette. There are some duplicate gear...
Forum: Touring
02-10-16, 03:30 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,977
Posted By Recycle

The official policy is to remove the front wheel...

The official policy is to remove the front wheel and store the bike in the overhead rack, though some conductors will allow you to simply roll the bike into a storage area at one end of the car.
...
Forum: Touring
02-08-16, 12:06 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 12,364
Posted By Recycle

My wife has 32s on her Jamis Aurora and regularly...

My wife has 32s on her Jamis Aurora and regularly rides crushed stone trails and gravel roads with 35 lb in rear panniers. That includes an Clinton to St Charles trip on the Katy a few years back.
12-29-15, 12:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 581
Posted By Recycle

Topeak MTX rack attached to seat post. It's...

Topeak MTX rack attached to seat post. It's just the standard mounting hardware plus a p-clamp and piece of inner tube around the seat post

495665

As for general capacity, I've carried 45...
Forum: Touring
12-20-15, 05:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,541
Posted By Recycle

Two excellent organizations that run or arrange...

Two excellent organizations that run or arrange supported tours are Adventure Cycling https://www.adventurecycling.org/guided-tours/ and Bike Tours https://www.biketours.com/
Forum: Touring
12-17-15, 04:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 998
Posted By Recycle

They're back! Looks like the feedback to Google...

They're back! Looks like the feedback to Google Maps paid off.

Bike paths are again visible at zoom level 9 and on-road bike routes are visible at zoom level 13. The issue was fixed for...
12-07-15, 11:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,999
Posted By Recycle

+1 on the Conti Travel Contacts (26 x 1.75) 655...

+1 on the Conti Travel Contacts (26 x 1.75) 655 gr., recommended pressure range from Conti is 50-80 psi continental bicycle Travel CONTACT...
Forum: Touring
11-09-15, 04:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 998
Posted By Recycle

Google Maps layer/tile change makes it harder to use for tour planning than before

Google Maps is a lot less useful for long distance bike ride planning than it was last week.

Prior to Friday, 11/06/2015 Google Maps displayed all bike routes and bike trails at zoom level 9 ......
Forum: Touring
10-08-15, 09:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,104
Posted By Recycle

Pearl Izumi has a padded liner...

Pearl Izumi has a padded liner (http://shop.pearlizumi.com/product.php?pc_id=42&product_id=1963354&outlet=) that works fine.

Though on a tour I prefer to wear regular padded lycra bike shorts...
06-25-15, 09:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,300
Posted By Recycle

My wife and I were riding the Katy Trail a few...

My wife and I were riding the Katy Trail a few years back when we noticed a squirrel sitting at the side of the trail ahead of us. The front wheel of her bike was about even with the squirrel when...
06-22-15, 10:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,509
Posted By Recycle

Here is an example of what seems to be a...

Here is an example of what seems to be a reasonable routing of a cycle track onto a sidewalk.

A cycle track on Central Parkway (US 27) in Cincinnati is routed off street and onto the sidewalk for...
Forum: Touring
03-13-15, 05:46 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,480
Posted By Recycle

I have had trekking bars on my LHT for about...

I have had trekking bars on my LHT for about 6,500 mi (of a total of 12,000 mi on the bike) , and find them far more comfortable than drop bars. The open end is towards the rear and lower than the...
12-21-14, 08:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,018
Posted By Recycle

1. Teach them bike control. By starting,...

1. Teach them bike control. By starting, stopping, signaling and maneuvering smoothly, they will avoid falling or running into other cyclists, dogs, cars, and pedestrians.
2. Teach them to follow...
Forum: Touring
11-25-14, 04:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,988
Posted By Recycle

Last 2 weeks of May are nice, too

Last 2 weeks of May are nice, too
11-12-14, 04:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,568
Posted By Recycle

That is certainly possible if he was riding in...

That is certainly possible if he was riding in either direction in the northbound lanes of Rte83/Torrence Ave.

Also, that is a particularly nasty interchange http://goo.gl/maps/r8xm5 It's...
11-07-14, 11:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,018
Posted By Recycle

I just had a conversation with the Bike Friday...

I just had a conversation with the Bike Friday office about this particular issue. Step through frames, like the Electras, typically have a "step over" height of about 18 inches. The top tube on a...
10-28-14, 04:17 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,239
Posted By Recycle

Bike Portland...

Bike Portland (http://bikeportland.org/2014/10/27/national-bicyclist-safety-report-today-well-intentioned-mess-112735) has a good response to the Governor's Highway Safety association report. Too...
Forum: Touring
07-06-14, 01:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,068
Posted By Recycle

My wife and I love multimodal trips. E.g....

My wife and I love multimodal trips.

E.g. a few in your area: Bike from home in Chicago's south 'burbs to Muskegon, MI,( or Ludington, MI) take a lake ferry to Milwaukee, WI ( or Manitowoc,...
Forum: Touring
06-17-14, 02:14 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,218
Posted By Recycle

11,000 miles with a Greenfield rear kickstand and...

11,000 miles with a Greenfield rear kickstand and no problems. It is mounted with a few sections of inner tube as spacers so as to protect the seat and chain stays and not interfere with the spoke...
06-06-14, 07:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,079
Posted By Recycle

It's not just sidewalks. There are a places on...

It's not just sidewalks. There are a places on several NW Indiana rail trails ( particularly Erie-Lackawana and Prairie Duneland ) where facilities are located next to the trail in such a way that...
03-22-14, 11:34 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,852
Posted By Recycle

Chicago's Divvy program pays it's own operating...

Chicago's Divvy program pays it's own operating costs, but some capital for bikes and docking stations came from a mix of private and public finds, like the Federal CMAQ program...
03-18-14, 03:09 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,398
Posted By Recycle

A couple years back a Chicago cyclist was doored...

A couple years back a Chicago cyclist was doored by a taxi passenger as she passed the taxi on the right. The seriously injured cyclist was ticketed for passing on the right. At the time Illinois...
Forum: Touring
03-16-14, 04:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,136
Posted By Recycle

Those look like regular butterfly/trekking bars...

Those look like regular butterfly/trekking bars available from Harris Cyclery: Harris Cyclery (http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/handlebars/index.html)
Forum: Touring
03-11-14, 03:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,184
Posted By Recycle

A velcro cable tie around the handlebar and brake...

A velcro cable tie around the handlebar and brake lever works. When you ride the tie can be left around on the handlebar or tossed in a bar bag.
03-06-14, 11:25 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,488
Posted By Recycle

I have 11,000 mi on my 26" LHT. I love the bike...

I have 11,000 mi on my 26" LHT. I love the bike and find it extremely comfortable and stable, regardless of the load. I have made a number of changes to the original equipment.

1) Replaced the...
Forum: Touring
02-08-14, 10:50 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,926
Posted By Recycle

I'm surprised no one mentioned the Arkel AC Low...

I'm surprised no one mentioned the Arkel AC Low Rider. http://www.arkel.ca/ca_e/all-categories/bicycle-bike-pannier-rack-front.html?noredirect=1&___from_store=ca_f

Curious that Arkel advertises...
01-28-14, 12:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 663
Posted By Recycle

From an April 13 2013 article in Time / World ...

From an April 13 2013 article in Time / World

Women in Saudi Arabia can now ride bicycles in public, but officials are saying 'only for entertainment.'
...
Forum: Touring
01-17-14, 03:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 779
Posted By Recycle

Mine are about 20 deg. I noticed on a recent...

Mine are about 20 deg. I noticed on a recent trip that cyclists in Germany and Austria have their trekking bars mounted more steeply ... about 45 deg.
Forum: Touring
12-18-13, 01:10 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,930
Posted By Recycle

^ We did a Lake Michigan ferry crossing around...

^
We did a Lake Michigan ferry crossing around the south half of Lake Michigan in 2012. This year we just puttered around for a week in Lake Michigan Harbor Country, but only from Chicago to...
12-04-13, 06:39 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,822
Posted By Recycle

Check some of the 1 minute Ride Smart videos from...

Check some of the 1 minute Ride Smart videos from the League of American Bicyclists. http://www.bikeleague.org/ridesmartvideos
12-04-13, 01:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 871
Posted By Recycle

Check the height of the handlebars. The head...

Check the height of the handlebars. The head tube length is 105 on the Jamis , and 150 on the Specialized. If the difference in handle bar height is also 45 mm (1.8 in) it could be that you are...
10-14-13, 08:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,821
Posted By Recycle

We always bring bikes when we go on trips. If...

We always bring bikes when we go on trips. If traveling with our van, the bikes stay in the van at night. If using the sedan with a hitch rack, the bikes go in the hotel room.

When touring by...
Forum: Commuting
05-29-13, 04:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,449
Posted By Recycle

Yes, the trunk bag does block the pannier...

Yes, the trunk bag does block the pannier mounting rails. The Explorer rack will hold the trunk bag (with or w/o built in panniers) or independent panniers, but not both at the same time. Topeak...
05-19-13, 06:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,463
Posted By Recycle

The take-a-look on my helmet visor is reasonably...

The take-a-look on my helmet visor is reasonably steady, even on some pretty rough roads. The mirror uses the normal mounts, and is additionally tied onto the visor with multiple wraps of a 1/2...
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