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Forum: Touring
06-24-06, 10:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,508
Posted By sakarias

A few desultory thoughts: I think one of the...

A few desultory thoughts:
I think one of the keys is avoiding the "long, hard days of biking" feeling. Bikes are a slow way of getting any place. You have to enjoy the travelling. The one tour I did...
Forum: Touring
06-18-06, 12:54 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,972
Posted By sakarias

I wondered if you could provide some reference(s)...

I wondered if you could provide some reference(s) to this lead in (older) aluminum pots statement.

Thanks

Mike
04-14-06, 07:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 29,522
Posted By sakarias

The rolling circumference of a weighted wheel is...

The rolling circumference of a weighted wheel is slightly smaller than an unweighted wheel.

Hmmm. What about recalibrating for tire wear? What if your tire is 5 psi low in pressure? What if you...
Forum: Touring
04-12-06, 05:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 575
Posted By sakarias

Cleaning bottles out with with denatured alcohol...

Cleaning bottles out with with denatured alcohol works to remove the "white gasoline" odor. SW Airlines forced me to toss my clean and dry, but used bottles, but allowed me to keep my stove -- for a...
03-15-06, 02:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,168
Posted By sakarias

A first guess would be that the spokes on the...

A first guess would be that the spokes on the drive side might be rubbing as you climb. A second guess would be under-tensioned spokes. I would think that any spoke twist (from wheel building) would...
Forum: Touring
11-04-05, 12:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,006
Posted By sakarias

Are you serious about this change? Or, is this...

Are you serious about this change? Or, is this some instant web myth, if-you-haven't-heard-a-rumor-by-noon-start-one?

I've ridden high normal rear deraileurs for 35 years, road and MTB. It would...
Forum: Touring
10-17-05, 10:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 653
Posted By sakarias

We've used ours to cycle tour in France twice...

We've used ours to cycle tour in France twice recently (just got back a week ago, Pyrenees in September. Simply grand). They are up for renewal, next year -- and, we'll be renewing as we are not done...
Forum: Touring
10-16-05, 07:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,754
Posted By sakarias

I have ridden with bar end shifters, for years...

I have ridden with bar end shifters, for years (three decades, actually). They have never failed.

When deciding between the Trek 520 and the comparable Cannondale touring bike with STI shifters,...
10-11-05, 01:00 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 249
Posted By sakarias

If your local bike show can't help, try...

If your local bike show can't help, try http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/index.html or http://www.biketoolsetc.com.

The image you attached it hard to decipher, but I think you are looking for a...
08-26-05, 09:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,865
Posted By sakarias

Or, in the case of the mandated WHEEL REFLECTORS,...

Or, in the case of the mandated WHEEL REFLECTORS, make no sense whatsoever for either the morons, the skilled riders, or the 60%. But, somehow the CPSC found a reason to justify them.
Forum: Touring
08-23-05, 12:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 799
Posted By sakarias

My bars are 43cm across the ends of the drops,...

My bars are 43cm across the ends of the drops, center-to-center. The space between each brake lever and the stem is 18 cm.

Two stems? Interesting idea. With a short head tube and short stack above...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-05, 11:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 673
Posted By sakarias

Lance had ridden the TdF mountain stages with a...

Lance had ridden the TdF mountain stages with a downtube front derailleur shifter since the 2000 TdF. He did not use it in the 1999 TdF, though.

Mike
Forum: Touring
08-19-05, 02:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 799
Posted By sakarias

My experience (with Paul Component cross brake...

My experience (with Paul Component cross brake levers) is that the Arkel mounting bracket gets in the way. The movable end of the cross levers (with the cable housing running out of it) runs into the...
Forum: Touring
08-16-05, 02:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 370
Posted By sakarias

Give yourself as much time in Europe as you can....

Give yourself as much time in Europe as you can. In 2003, we were in Belgium, Brittany and the Pyrenees (where we saw parts of four stages of the Tour de France). We spent six weeks there. We could...
08-16-05, 02:24 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,865
Posted By sakarias

Those stupid spoke protectors, pedal reflectors,...

Those stupid spoke protectors, pedal reflectors, front and rear reflectors, wheel reflectors -- all courtesy of those folks at the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Added to bikes several decades...
08-16-05, 02:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 623
Posted By sakarias

It's been a while, but from memory, you have to...

It's been a while, but from memory, you have to remove the derailleur cable. Then, remove the shift lever (the pivot is a special nut/bolt deal). Last time I did one, a couple decades ago, it just...
Forum: Touring
08-16-05, 02:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 642
Posted By sakarias

Raise your saddle? Too low and you put strain on...

Raise your saddle? Too low and you put strain on your knees. Does the bike even fit right? Is it set up right? Spin at 90 rpm (80-100). If you're grinding along at 60 rpm (pedal cadence) you are...
08-14-05, 01:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 872
Posted By sakarias

I have no experience with these (so, why am I...

I have no experience with these (so, why am I posting an answer?). From photos, they look like they are single sided pedals. Compared to the double sided SPD pedals we use, I can see that it might be...
08-09-05, 09:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,308
Posted By sakarias

If your cleats are being rotated by the pedals...

If your cleats are being rotated by the pedals (when you take your foot off), you need to tighten your cleats. How much to tighten? Enough so that your cleats don't get twisted out of position.
Forum: Touring
08-07-05, 10:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 463
Posted By sakarias

Visit a hardware store with a garden section. We...

Visit a hardware store with a garden section. We have some quite light weight ones we use for gardening. OR, you could bring along a piece of foam rubber (like for a sleeping bag pad) to kneel on.
...
08-07-05, 10:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 725
Posted By sakarias

Sounds like your freewheel isn't freewheeling. Do...

Sounds like your freewheel isn't freewheeling. Do you have any problems when you coast on your bike. Your freewheel/cassette (whatever your rear gear cluster is called) may need a cleaning and...
Forum: Touring
08-04-05, 08:59 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,227
Posted By sakarias

Here is a pertinent article from VeloNews.com ...

Here is a pertinent article from VeloNews.com

http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/8653.0.html
07-31-05, 08:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 10,304
Posted By sakarias

When I was trying to find a Bontrager stem, a...

When I was trying to find a Bontrager stem, a couple years ago, they told me they do not allow they stuff to be sold via the internet/mail order -- only through your local bike shop. That said, I...
Forum: Touring
07-30-05, 06:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 547
Posted By sakarias

Like axoloti, we avoid riding in significant...

Like axoloti, we avoid riding in significant rain; but are prepared if we get caught. I too would "steam bath" in any sort of rain suit. Gortex simply does not get rid of the heat and moisture fast...
Forum: Touring
07-23-05, 12:52 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,336
Posted By sakarias

What we realized part way into a tour along the...

What we realized part way into a tour along the southern Oregon coast is that bikes are SLOW means of getting somewhere. Beating your self up because you "need to get to this or that place, today" or...
07-21-05, 12:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 706
Posted By sakarias

No need to say "probably pretty small" ...

No need to say "probably pretty small"

2124mm - 2105mm = 19mm
19mm/2105mm = 0.009261 (a ratio, so no units)
0.009261 x 100 = 0.9261 per cent

So, the cyclometer was measuring speed and...
Forum: Touring
07-19-05, 11:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 390
Posted By sakarias

Ack! Cut them down to make them fit your shoulder...

Ack! Cut them down to make them fit your shoulder width??! You must be referring to flat bars and not drop bars. Whew! Had me scared, there.

To Cyclemanic:
Get out your tape measure to check if...
Forum: Touring
07-18-05, 12:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,352
Posted By sakarias

I prefer Bag Balm to a hydrocortisone cream --...

I prefer Bag Balm to a hydrocortisone cream -- though, I also use the latter. One issue with hydrocortisone cream (according to something in a Bicycling Magazine book I thumbed through in a...
06-19-05, 12:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 437
Posted By sakarias

Lizard Skins Lever Grip Installation

After finally getting tired of the slimy feel of sweat-drenched fingers on smooth aluminum brake levers (when riding on hot, humid days after hitting the top of a climb), I thought I'd give the brake...
06-13-05, 08:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 999
Posted By sakarias

Personally, I am not a fan of most of these combo...

Personally, I am not a fan of most of these combo tools. They have things I don't need and what I would use don't look as effective as a few single tools (3 or 4 Allen wrenches, a couple tire levers,...
06-09-05, 11:03 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,799
Posted By sakarias

MEK = methyl ethyl ketone It will be labeled...

MEK = methyl ethyl ketone

It will be labeled that way. Mineral Spirits is a different solvent and will be labelled "Mineral Spirits." Kerosene will be labelled "Kerosene."

MEK (a.k.a. methyl...
06-09-05, 10:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,799
Posted By sakarias

methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) is one of those nasty...

methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) is one of those nasty organic solvents. It's a good thing it really doesn't have any use for tar removal. For example:

Methyl Ethyl Ketone can affect you when breathed in...
Forum: Touring
06-05-05, 10:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,030
Posted By sakarias

I've always benefited in this area of bike riding...

I've always benefited in this area of bike riding by living in hilly places. My regular bike commute for years featured a mile long 12% grade near the end and a couple other lesser grades along the...
Forum: Touring
06-02-05, 03:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,872
Posted By sakarias

I am a helmet/eyeglasses mirror fan from WAY...

I am a helmet/eyeglasses mirror fan from WAY back. Since I have to wear glasses, that is what I use -- from Third-Eye. There are no blind spots, since you can turn your head, if you need to. Also, to...
05-29-05, 08:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 682
Posted By sakarias

You can also check the tire from the outside,...

You can also check the tire from the outside, looking to places where something dug into it (cut, holes). A piece of glass may still be at the bottom. Dig it out. Even it it didn't cause THIS flat,...
05-29-05, 01:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,328
Posted By sakarias

Making a bent fork rideable (so we could finish a...

Making a bent fork rideable (so we could finish a tour in the Canadian Rockies) using a piece of 1" tubular nylon webbing and a heavy wooden picnic table in the campground.
05-27-05, 05:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,739
Posted By sakarias

Assming that you can pull the brake away from the...

Assming that you can pull the brake away from the rim by hand, check for cable drag that might be preventing the return spring from pulling the brake away from the rim. Maybe the tension/return...
05-27-05, 05:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 534
Posted By sakarias

>> "I never run with more than one patch on a...

>> "I never run with more than one patch on a tube."

Seems a bit extreme, to me. I am not bothered by several patches on a tube.
05-23-05, 12:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,774
Posted By sakarias

They should be tightening by hand or with a...

They should be tightening by hand or with a torque wrench. A "driver/drill" for tightening bike parts is totally dumb. [BTW, in carpentry, the clutch driver/drill has other uses than just avoiding...
Forum: Touring
05-23-05, 12:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 281
Posted By sakarias

Southern Region? Alaska is a big state. Are...

Southern Region?

Alaska is a big state. Are you referring to Southeast Alaska, a.k.a. "The Panhandle?" (What looks on a map like it might actually be part of "NW British Columbia?") SE Alaska is...
Forum: Touring
05-21-05, 09:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 483
Posted By sakarias

Ride with it this way. If it seems awkward, make...

Ride with it this way. If it seems awkward, make come changes to deal with the problems you are having. Also, how you pack may change as the tour progresses. For example, string of clear, dry days...
Forum: Touring
05-21-05, 12:17 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 10,106
Posted By sakarias

We've never bothered with more than two sets of...

We've never bothered with more than two sets of cycling clothes, each. One to wear, one drying for the next day. I really don't want to carry around a lot of dirty laundry. We do not always change...
Forum: Touring
05-21-05, 12:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,899
Posted By sakarias

Good to hear. Now your mind can relax.

Good to hear. Now your mind can relax.
Forum: Touring
05-17-05, 10:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 688
Posted By sakarias

One tour, I started a bit overweight and out of...

One tour, I started a bit overweight and out of shape (it had been a very wet summer, so training rides weren't happening). I probably lost 5-7 pounds over the month we were gone (riding 1000+ miles...
Forum: Touring
05-17-05, 10:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,899
Posted By sakarias

FWIW, I had two issues with my knees,...

FWIW, I had two issues with my knees, Chrondomalacia and a patella that was being pulled to the outside of the knee. This later problem was due to a very sturdy ligament on the outside of both knees...
Forum: Touring
05-14-05, 06:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,433
Posted By sakarias

The other term is "Chambres d'Hôtes" Towns...

The other term is "Chambres d'Hôtes"

Towns of any size will have an Office du Tourisme (older ones are called "Syndicat d'Initiative") where you can stop for info AND, where you can arrange for...
Forum: Touring
05-13-05, 02:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,433
Posted By sakarias

You might also consider...

You might also consider http://www.bretonbikes.com/ if you want to ride in Brittany. They do guided and self-guided tours. And, can supply equipment.

We thought about them, but our plans (in 2003)...
Forum: Touring
05-10-05, 11:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 360
Posted By sakarias

For August/Early September, sounds like you're...

For August/Early September, sounds like you're doing fine. (Do you have any clue how long your days will be on the tour? Or, are you just going to explore and go with the flow?) If you have a route...
Forum: Touring
05-04-05, 01:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 404
Posted By sakarias

I opt for a vest. Pearl Izumi makes one. I find...

I opt for a vest. Pearl Izumi makes one. I find that I over-heat in a sleeved windbreaker jacket, and get sweaty inside. My wife accepted my encouragement to get one for her.
Forum: Touring
05-02-05, 06:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,899
Posted By sakarias

Uh, may be time to see an orthopedist. Walking...

Uh, may be time to see an orthopedist. Walking should not cause pain. That is what humans are designed for.

My wife and I were touring in the Canadian Rockies. While walking in a grocery store,...
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