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02-28-10, 09:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,123
Posted By Luis Vivanco

Robert Hurst has a couple of books that are both...

Robert Hurst has a couple of books that are both readable and useful:
The Art of Cycling: A Guide to Bicycling in 21st Century America
The Cyclist's Manifesto: The Case of Riding on Two Wheels...
12-30-09, 07:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 831
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I suggest you have a look at x-country skiing and...

I suggest you have a look at x-country skiing and winter running equipment. I have a pair of Sport Hill x-country ski pants and love them. They're rated down to zero degrees F. Paired up with some...
04-22-09, 07:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,175
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I've been down this road myself... The problem is...

I've been down this road myself... The problem is that trail-a-bikes aren't made for such things--they're "recreational," not utility-oriented--so they don't have rack mount eyelets, for example. Or...
04-20-09, 07:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,319
Posted By Luis Vivanco

Yes, definitely something fishy...I "won" the...

Yes, definitely something fishy...I "won" the first time he put it up (my "winning" bid at $2200) but it didn't meet reserve, then seller immediately put it back up without reserve. I didn't put any...
04-15-09, 07:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,599
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I asked myself this very same question last week,...

I asked myself this very same question last week, as I'm about to drink the Kool Aid. So I started pricing out a build from a frame. Not even making it my "dream build" and looking for the cheapest...
Forum: Touring
03-16-09, 10:52 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,511
Posted By Luis Vivanco

Bravo Mike! I just watched this film with my 4...

Bravo Mike! I just watched this film with my 4 year old--both of us fascinated with you, your bike, and glimpses of Canada. You've captured a complex phenomenon--the desire to ride a bike a long...
Forum: Touring
03-11-09, 06:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,690
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I'm one of those die-hard LHT folks, I...

I'm one of those die-hard LHT folks, I guess...and I use it in conditions very much like you describe. Here's my take. They are both versatile, very strong bikes. Of the two, the bike you'd choose...
03-10-09, 06:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,164
Posted By Luis Vivanco

Before you go "reinventing the wheel," have you...

Before you go "reinventing the wheel," have you seen the OGK chainguard for triple ring/front derailleur set-up?: http://www.rivbike.com/products/list/cranks_bottom_brackets#product=12-269. Mind you,...
Forum: Touring
03-06-09, 03:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,900
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I ride Grip King pedals and love the freedom of...

I ride Grip King pedals and love the freedom of being able to move my foot around the pedal as I crank, and the ability to get off the bike and worry not about if I'm going to grind something with...
03-06-09, 03:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 673
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I've attached the little bike on my rear rack,...

I've attached the little bike on my rear rack, kid riding in the trailer, until we get to the park so he can ride. Hardest part is getting the little bike solidly on the rack without poking me up...
03-06-09, 06:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,735
Posted By Luis Vivanco

My first kid was 4.5 when we got it. She's 7 and...

My first kid was 4.5 when we got it. She's 7 and still uses it (when we're pressed for time, otherwise she rides her own bike). I also have a 3.5 year old who uses it. The first time he used it he...
03-02-09, 07:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,717
Posted By Luis Vivanco

Get a bunch of stuff that the kids can decorate...

Get a bunch of stuff that the kids can decorate their bikes with--party supply stores have lots of good raw materials--and then after everyone has a decorated bike, have a parade. We had something...
03-01-09, 09:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 739
Posted By Luis Vivanco

It happens sometimes on my mountain bike, but not...

It happens sometimes on my mountain bike, but not on my Surly LHT. The difference is that the LHT has longer chain stays so the trailer sits farther back. Most mountain bikes, hybrids, etc. have...
02-27-09, 11:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 874
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I too would like to attach Reel Lights to the...

I too would like to attach Reel Lights to the Burley. I think the only way to do it would be something along the lines of what this handy person did on Instructables, detaching the led lights from...
02-26-09, 05:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 874
Posted By Luis Vivanco

Utility Trail-a-Bike

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It struck me that the trail-a-bike concept is all about "recreation" and utility isn't really part of the equation. So I've enhanced my kids' trail-a-bike with utility in mind, since I'm...
02-21-09, 05:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,034
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I always wondered what winter cycling "porn" was...

I always wondered what winter cycling "porn" was like, and I think I found it here on this Pugsley thread....
Forum: Touring
02-21-09, 05:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 591
Posted By Luis Vivanco

+1 for Adirondacks. I don't know the ACA loop. I...

+1 for Adirondacks. I don't know the ACA loop. I planned out a trip using a park map and had the ride of a life. Amazing scenery, long stretches with very few cars, great camping. There's a lot to do...
02-21-09, 05:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 829
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I think it was with a deep tone of ambivalence...

I think it was with a deep tone of ambivalence...
02-19-09, 07:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 829
Posted By Luis Vivanco

My wife tells me I'm a bike geek...

-- because I wear my ankle strap for most of the day, even when I'm not riding the bike
-- most of my pants have permanent grease and oil stains on them
-- I wear my Carradice bike cape to walk...
02-18-09, 07:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,223
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I use a Kryptonite Evolution 4 U-lock and have...

I use a Kryptonite Evolution 4 U-lock and have had no problems with it in winter. It has a cover over the key hole to keep the lock mechanism from filling with water and freezing. I do think you need...
02-16-09, 08:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,260
Posted By Luis Vivanco

Aside from the point made earlier that what you...

Aside from the point made earlier that what you do with them will seem normal (at least for the early years), it also depends on how your friends, neighbors, and other people in your community regard...
Forum: Touring
02-10-09, 08:24 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,793
Posted By Luis Vivanco

At the risk of alienating everyone here who loves...

At the risk of alienating everyone here who loves their clipless pedals, egg beaters, etc.:(, I'd suggest you seriously consider the delights and efficiency of free pedaling. If you've not considered...
02-08-09, 08:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,557
Posted By Luis Vivanco

My t-a-b is a gary fisher freeloader. It being...

My t-a-b is a gary fisher freeloader. It being basically a Trek product, its attachment is the same as you'd find on any of the Trek Mountain Train:...
02-06-09, 08:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,557
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I actually find the seat-post hitch on my...

I actually find the seat-post hitch on my trail-a-bike annoying.

If it's too tight, the trail-a-bike turns very hard, and can even turn the seat-post/seat. Backing up on a turn when dismounted, or...
02-06-09, 08:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,714
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I agree, there's not a perfect solution, only...

I agree, there's not a perfect solution, only trade-offs.

A Burley-type trailer is great for carrying a kid or two, plus it has the trunk to carry a couple of bags of groceries, picnic stuff, or...
02-03-09, 02:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,932
Posted By Luis Vivanco

Based on your title and much of the thread so...

Based on your title and much of the thread so far, it seems you're trying to choose between two jackets, of which I know nothing. But lack of knowledge has never stopped me from making a comment.... ...
Forum: Touring
01-30-09, 07:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 790
Posted By Luis Vivanco

The bike ferry only operates during weekends in...

The bike ferry only operates during weekends in August, as well as Labor Day weekend. Our local bike advocacy group Local Motion (www.localmotion.org) provides that service, and is working on a...
Forum: Touring
01-28-09, 08:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,756
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I can confirm Moleman's observations. My SKS...

I can confirm Moleman's observations. My SKS fenders on my touring bike (700c wheels) are short, requiring a mudflap to keep my feet from catching road spray. I installed a Velo Orange leather mud...
01-20-09, 07:53 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,222
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I just experienced a new one today (for me at...

I just experienced a new one today (for me at least): a flat tire. I know they're fairly uncommon because the plows push a lot of the sharp junk off the road, but man, what a major BUMMER that was....
01-20-09, 06:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,365
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I seem to remember this question being posed in a...

I seem to remember this question being posed in a recent thread on the touring forum here on Bike Forums....
01-19-09, 09:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,365
Posted By Luis Vivanco

Your price range came in as I was composing my...

Your price range came in as I was composing my answer...I agree with sheddle. Jamis Aurora would be your least expensive option. Or a used Surly...
01-19-09, 09:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,365
Posted By Luis Vivanco

Given what you express here, you're in the...

Given what you express here, you're in the ballpark of the Jamis Aurora, Salsa Casseroll, Kona Jake, and a couple of Surly bikes, the Cross-Check and the Long Haul Trucker. I'm partial to Surly's (I...
01-18-09, 05:55 PM
Replies: 1,335
Views: 440,640
Posted By Luis Vivanco

9232492325 Out and about in Burlington's...

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Out and about in Burlington's Intervale on my '96 Fisher Mt. Tam. Primary use is as a winter run-around/errand bike around town, but I have been getting it out on trails too, as you can...
Forum: Touring
01-17-09, 09:03 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,542
Posted By Luis Vivanco

Pepper spray his camera crew; without an...

Pepper spray his camera crew; without an audience, he'll probably just slink back into the bushes...
Forum: Touring
01-17-09, 07:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,942
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I have a Flyer Special on my touring bike, a B17...

I have a Flyer Special on my touring bike, a B17 on my mountain bike/icebike. I absolutely love the springs for touring, and wouldn't trade the Flyer for the B17 on my touring bike. And I wouldn't...
01-16-09, 06:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,029
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I find a blow dryer usually does the trick.

I find a blow dryer usually does the trick.
Forum: Touring
01-15-09, 07:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 907
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I second the recommendation above about riding...

I second the recommendation above about riding around Lake Champlain. There is a tremendous network of interconnected routes (1,100 miles!) listed on the Lake Champlain Bikeways website:...
01-15-09, 08:49 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,222
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I hate the fact that I don't have 20-20 vision,...

I hate the fact that I don't have 20-20 vision, and all the complications that flow from the fact that I wear glasses.
01-14-09, 08:21 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 42,546
Posted By Luis Vivanco

My preferred LBS here in Burlington, Vermont is...

My preferred LBS here in Burlington, Vermont is Old Spokes Home http://www.oldspokeshome.com (http://www.oldspokeshome.com/). These folks believe in the bicycle-centered lifestyle--bikes for everyday...
Forum: Touring
01-14-09, 07:56 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,542
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I've been thinking about mounting a can on the...

I've been thinking about mounting a can on the handlebar. Just wondering how you do it.
Forum: Touring
01-14-09, 07:40 PM
Replies: 4,491
Views: 2,198,235
Posted By Luis Vivanco

91971 On tour in the Adirondacks this past...

91971

On tour in the Adirondacks this past summer on my LHT's first long distance haul. It worked beautifully.
Forum: Touring
01-13-09, 09:12 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 339
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I think we're still a long way off from such a...

I think we're still a long way off from such a reality, but a hopeful scenario nonetheless. For a more detailed portrait of Congressional supporters of cycling, including Blumenauer and Oberstar--not...
Forum: Touring
01-09-09, 08:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 14,464
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I find a lot to agree with here. I am 5'9", 30"...

I find a lot to agree with here. I am 5'9", 30" inseam. I rode both a 54 and a 56 and decided to go with a 56. Intellectually, I knew I should have been leaning toward the 54. But there was a...
01-08-09, 08:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 634
Posted By Luis Vivanco

Thoughts on a kickstand for icebike?

I've been weighing the possibilities of installing a kickstand on my icebike, aka mountain-bike-gussied-up-for-winter. I have a couple of other bikes--summer use only--that have them and I really...
01-06-09, 08:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,272
Posted By Luis Vivanco

I've had this problem a couple of times, but only...

I've had this problem a couple of times, but only because I forgot to wear my bike shorts underneath my capilene long johns and outer pants. That Brookes saddle sure is seductive, until three miles...
01-06-09, 08:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,163
Posted By Luis Vivanco

As someone who spends a lot of time at...

As someone who spends a lot of time at universities (I'm a prof), I've got to second (and third and fourth) the comments about thievery -- at every university I've been at, well-organized gangs of...
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