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Posted By tacomee

Just a quick note on Soma, Surly and other steel...

Just a quick note on Soma, Surly and other steel sub $1000 framesets. You don't get what you pay for! Most of the time you actually get much more. Fitting fenders and racks, stopping squeaky brakes...
10-11-12, 10:29 PM
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Posted By tacomee

I'm not sure buying a bike you can't test ride is...

I'm not sure buying a bike you can't test ride is a good idea.... Hunt down a dealer and test ride this bike.

http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/steel-road/commutertouring/clubman-mixte-13/

Good...
Forum: Touring
07-28-11, 08:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,091
Posted By tacomee

I have one with about 400 miles on it. The...

I have one with about 400 miles on it. The Randonee is what it is..... a heavy touring bike. The 10 speed drive train is a mix of Sram and Shimano LX.. it works fine. The Tektro mini-V brakes and...
Forum: Touring
07-18-11, 09:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,991
Posted By tacomee

I'm also a big Nashbar fan.... but I'd stick to a...

I'm also a big Nashbar fan.... but I'd stick to a Surly frame. it's 2X the money, but 3X as good. Plus you can sell a used Surly frame for $250 very easy if he out grows it, or doesn't ride it. But...
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Posted By tacomee

Take a look at these.... ...

Take a look at these....

http://www.rei.com/product/764688

....and keep those Sidi MTB shoes....
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Views: 3,648
Posted By tacomee

I'm going to ad that there is a lot of cycling...

I'm going to ad that there is a lot of cycling wisdom in this one. Riding with a group is faster, and easier than going alone. If you are with a group of riders and making great time and they go a...
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Views: 12,165
Posted By tacomee

I'd just buy that Surly and ride it! (the...

I'd just buy that Surly and ride it! (the Crosscheck or LHT). Both these bikes offer really great value. The parts alone are worth the $1200 you pay for a complete bike. Bike shops sometimes buy...
Forum: Touring
02-10-11, 08:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,858
Posted By tacomee

One of the great things about cycling in 2011 is...

One of the great things about cycling in 2011 is how many lower priced touring bikes are out there. Both these bikes offer great value for money.

Test ride both and buy the one you like more....
Forum: Touring
02-10-11, 08:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 632
Posted By tacomee

All of the stuff is good.... the JANDD rack isn't...

All of the stuff is good.... the JANDD rack isn't a bad choice, but it really helps to buy racks in person with your bike so you can see how it fits.
Forum: Touring
02-09-11, 10:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,154
Posted By tacomee

Everybody has a right to their own opinion.......

Everybody has a right to their own opinion.... but Tubus racks are way, way better than anything Surly has ever come up with. Go check out the Tubus website. Tubus has real engineers who design great...
Forum: Touring
02-06-11, 09:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,255
Posted By tacomee

The Verita uses a Sram Apex drive train mostly--...

The Verita uses a Sram Apex drive train mostly-- that the standard 34/50 compact double teamed with a 10 speed 11-32 cassette. It's really a great system for general riding, long distance riding,...
Forum: Touring
02-05-11, 02:01 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,486
Posted By tacomee

Good stuff costs money and Adventure Cycling is...

Good stuff costs money and Adventure Cycling is good stuff. Now, there are a lot of ways to tour by bike, some of them are really cheap, fly by the seat of your pants ways of having fun! I wouldn't...
Forum: Touring
02-05-11, 01:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 925
Posted By tacomee

You're running 10 speed right? Because of the...

You're running 10 speed right? Because of the narrow chain, don't get aftermarket rings, stick with the same ones you have been running. That way you can be 100% sure it's going to work.
Forum: Touring
02-05-11, 01:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,760
Posted By tacomee

No one really knows? I'd guess the Trek has...

No one really knows? I'd guess the Trek has shorter chainstays, shorter wheelbase, sightly quicker handling? It's OK to like the 520 more than the LHT. I like the Surly bikes for value, but honestly,...
Forum: Touring
01-25-11, 06:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 448
Posted By tacomee

Because you're stopping every week or so for a...

Because you're stopping every week or so for a few days, plus the fact that you're young, 50 miles a day (average) isn't that hard. Plan on less miles in the hills and more on the flats.

As far as...
Forum: Touring
01-23-11, 10:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,339
Posted By tacomee

This a great thread! Money is the thing that...

This a great thread! Money is the thing that stops most would be bike tourists. Getting your financial house in order is the absolute best thing you can do to go on holiday.
Forum: Touring
01-19-11, 10:30 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,322
Posted By tacomee

Stick with tig welding and call Co-Motion. I...

Stick with tig welding and call Co-Motion. I think they are the absolute best touring bikes in the world.
Forum: Touring
01-19-11, 10:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 738
Posted By tacomee

Raim77-- Don't worry another minute about...

Raim77--

Don't worry another minute about the bike, tires, gear, ect .... just slap your new panniers on it, stuff in the camping gear and go!

You'll learn as you go along.
Forum: Touring
01-19-11, 10:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,250
Posted By tacomee

One more thought about bars on a light touring...

One more thought about bars on a light touring bike (also something to think about on a loaded tour bike as well. How the bar is might be way more important than the shape of the bar. Personally I...
Forum: Touring
01-18-11, 10:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,250
Posted By tacomee

It's really a matter of personal choice, but I...

It's really a matter of personal choice, but I like the FSA compact bars as well.... and I also like the FSA headsets (orbit), stems, and seat posts. Don't get carbon... just the middle of the line...
Forum: Touring
01-13-11, 07:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,150
Posted By tacomee

Although it may not fit your *all classic sliver*...

Although it may not fit your *all classic sliver* theme, (and I understand the desire to make a new build that way), why not just roll with the XTR unit you currently own? Finish your build and ride...
Forum: Touring
01-05-11, 06:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,394
Posted By tacomee

the Masi is cool..... great bike for bombing...

the Masi is cool..... great bike for bombing around town on.
Forum: Touring
01-05-11, 06:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 486
Posted By tacomee

What does the LBS say about the fit? Do they have...

What does the LBS say about the fit? Do they have any ideas to fix it? It's still their bike, make them work on fixing it for a sale. It's why your LBS is there.

I'd guess more sweep on the bars,...
Forum: Touring
01-02-11, 06:14 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,308
Posted By tacomee

Ah, I was 19 then. It does look kind of silly...

Ah, I was 19 then. It does look kind of silly looking back, of course. The biggest trouble with the Bike Industry is that it can't seem to really grow up. The core supporters of most bike shops in...
Forum: Touring
01-02-11, 05:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,114
Posted By tacomee

Cool story Gerry, Now that's how to buy a...

Cool story Gerry,

Now that's how to buy a bike. You're going to love your now bike! Sram Apex is really nice stuff.

For anybody who hasn't seen the new bike....
...
Forum: Touring
01-02-11, 11:41 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,308
Posted By tacomee

But it's hard to tour on bike and show off for...

But it's hard to tour on bike and show off for girls! I know groups of racers/hardcore roadies who race bikes... to show of for girls. And they crack off these monster 200 mile rides... with a...
Forum: Touring
01-02-11, 10:39 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,421
Posted By tacomee

Here on the West Coast... Amtrak rocks! Way...

Here on the West Coast... Amtrak rocks! Way better than an airplane.
Forum: Touring
01-02-11, 10:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,027
Posted By tacomee

Buying tires locally is a good idea because no...

Buying tires locally is a good idea because no matter what the manufacturer says, printed widths aren't truthful much of the time.

Go to a shop and get name brand tires. Schwalbe, Conti, Vittoria,...
Forum: Touring
01-02-11, 10:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,114
Posted By tacomee

I :love: Novara! REI isn't a bad place to buy...

I :love: Novara! REI isn't a bad place to buy anything because you can take it back and there are folks there that know a lot about outdoor adventure.
Forum: Touring
01-02-11, 10:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 486
Posted By tacomee

I'd suggest going with a bigger frame and using...

I'd suggest going with a bigger frame and using riser bars or bars with rearward sweep for a better fit. It's OK to be upright when riding a bike.... roadies will tell you otherwise.... but check out...
Forum: Touring
01-02-11, 10:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,114
Posted By tacomee

First off, don't believe anything posted on this...

First off, don't believe anything posted on this board 100%.... it's full of crazy people with strange and outlandish ideas about bikes. I'm the head crack pot, I should know. There is a lot of good...
Forum: Touring
12-27-10, 08:51 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,292
Posted By tacomee

Lucky You! Keep us informed about your trip plans.

Lucky You! Keep us informed about your trip plans.
Forum: Touring
12-27-10, 06:46 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,292
Posted By tacomee

I second the Billings MT. to Rapid City SD and...

I second the Billings MT. to Rapid City SD and maybe on to Minn. even. Really big country, not a lot of cyclists even think about this area. Heat and wind can be tricky, however, in the High Plains....
Forum: Touring
12-24-10, 05:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 454
Posted By tacomee

Lots of touring bikes have low gears of under 30...

Lots of touring bikes have low gears of under 30 gear inches. Most of depends on your riding style and how much gear you're carrying, but lower is better for the most part.
Forum: Touring
12-24-10, 05:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 577
Posted By tacomee

Either one of your rack choices will work fine,...

Either one of your rack choices will work fine, relax and buy one.
Forum: Touring
12-23-10, 08:40 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,679
Posted By tacomee

Cannondale touring frames are very strong......

Cannondale touring frames are very strong... maybe the toughest to break. But then most bike frames never fail, no matter what kinds of loads are piled on them or how many gazillon miles they are...
Forum: Touring
12-20-10, 08:34 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,679
Posted By tacomee

Unless you're really good with bikes.... just buy...

Unless you're really good with bikes.... just buy a new Surly and be done with it. the LHT is the best bike value ever.... new or used.
Forum: Touring
05-22-10, 03:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,081
Posted By tacomee

There are many styles of cantilever...

There are many styles of cantilever brakes....newer low profile, the old, more open style of the Mafacs, and a bunch of styles in between. Get ones that resemble the stock brakes. Some types don't...
Forum: Touring
05-22-10, 03:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,845
Posted By tacomee

89 Miyata 1000 rebuild? San Marcos...

89 Miyata 1000 rebuild?

San Marcos Rolls....great saddle, good price, fits your bike 100% if that doesn't feel good try a Regal.

I ride a Rolls on a commuter bike and I'd take it on tour
Forum: Touring
05-22-10, 02:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,580
Posted By tacomee

The Sojourn is turning out to be a pretty good...

The Sojourn is turning out to be a pretty good bike. Many have been sold over the last couple of years and I don't see them having problems after 5000+ miles that other bikes don't have. It is a tad...
Forum: Touring
05-22-10, 02:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 444
Posted By tacomee

The last word on bikes and wheels...

The last word on bikes and wheels is.....adjustment. It's possible to buy wheels and bikes on the internet for cheaper than a local shop.....but they wouldn't be *professionally adjusted*. Limit...
Forum: Touring
05-22-10, 02:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 531
Posted By tacomee

The best downhill MTB wheels (DT Swiss) have only...

The best downhill MTB wheels (DT Swiss) have only 32 spokes.

You'll be fine with getting another rear wheel AND (this is important!!) getting your old wheelset trued and checked for tension....
Forum: Touring
05-17-10, 08:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 815
Posted By tacomee

Another place that has them in stock right...

Another place that has them in stock right now.....


http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=9289&currency=USD
Forum: Touring
05-10-10, 07:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 755
Posted By tacomee

I think if you're going to mess around with old...

I think if you're going to mess around with old bikes, you should do it because you like to....not to save any money. Although often a project like this comes down pretty cheaply.

Here's what I'd...
Forum: Touring
05-02-10, 10:45 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,470
Posted By tacomee

Start with a tour of your local bike...

Start with a tour of your local bike shops.....ask about the last time they sold a touring bike, if they have ever toured, (anyone on staff) what they think you should buy. Cannondale, Trek, Jamis,...
Forum: Touring
05-01-10, 08:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,470
Posted By tacomee

Ah, don't believe everything you read on the...

Ah, don't believe everything you read on the internet. You need to go to a good local shop and test ride a good touring bike, have the shop fit you for a bike and install racks and fenders for you....
Forum: Touring
05-01-10, 08:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,245
Posted By tacomee

There are standard crank sizes for a good...

There are standard crank sizes for a good reason.....they work. Sure, some folks make goofy double cranksets with huge differences in chain ring sizes, (I have personally done this), but it's nothing...
Forum: Touring
03-26-10, 09:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 882
Posted By tacomee

No, I really think Hurricane ridge is the biggest...

No, I really think Hurricane ridge is the biggest climb in Washington. Yeah, Rainy pass and Washington pass might be higher.....but for climbing on a bike, Hurricane Ridge is huge.
Forum: Touring
03-26-10, 09:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 884
Posted By tacomee

There's a good chance you'll crack the...

There's a good chance you'll crack the frame....lots of people do this, much of the time it works, but cold setting a frame isn't a great idea. Why do it? It's not going to help you on your trip....
Forum: Touring
03-26-10, 09:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 392
Posted By tacomee

Ah, go to a good bike shop and buy a new touring...

Ah, go to a good bike shop and buy a new touring bike?

Really....you'll save money.
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