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pierce 10-01-2010 10:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Gummee!
One caveat with breaking Shimano chains: you need a new special pin every time you break it AND never push out said special pin once its in. :nono

With Sachs chains, its not an issue.

HTH

M

isn't that mostly the 9-10 speed chains ? We're stuck back here in 7 speed land :gerg

zippy 10-02-2010 02:08 AM

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Originally Posted by TheYeti
Two things 1) Are those Honjo fenders, 2) What is that rack pack, looks like a hard case.



honjos yes.

Topeak rack which has a slot that'll fit either a normal tail bag or topeaks laptop carrier which is what you see in the picture. Not exactly a hardcase but stout.

trailer Rails 10-02-2010 06:25 AM

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Originally Posted by pierce
isn't that mostly the 9-10 speed chains ? We're stuck back here in 7 speed land :gerg

I know it is true for shimano 8 speed chains, not sure about old 7 speed.

ducnut 10-02-2010 06:38 AM

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Originally Posted by TheYeti
Yeah I just bought one a couple of weeks ago. It's heavy duty and heavy 30lbs before racks. It comes with 700x37 tire a hell of a lot more rolling resistance than my 700x23 tires on the other bike,also the other bike weighs 17lbs.

You gotta' adapt a different attitude on the LHT. I went from a tri bike, as an everyday bike, to a 'cross bike with aerobars and fenders. Likewise, 23mm to 37mm tires. I no longer hurry and don't care. I enjoy the improved comfort and just the fact that I'm out riding. Before, I was always pushing for time.

Mastodon 10-02-2010 07:46 AM

I haven't ridden a bicycle in over 15 years. Took a bad spill as a kid when my bike slipped on some sand on the side of the road as I was taking a turn. Somehow ended up tangled inside the bike, with a bit of road rash on my legs and arm, and hit my head on a curb. Not quite sure how long I lay there, might have been a few seconds, or a few minutes, but I blacked out for a short time. (Missouri didn't have a helmet law, and so I didn't wear one. Lesson learned.) I walked home, using the bike as a crutch, and never really touched a bike again.

So a little more than a year ago, I found out I was getting orders to DC. I did was doing a lot of running then, so when I was researching where in the area I wanted to live, I looked for places that had a lot of capability for that. But what I found was that almost the whole Virginia side of the area is set up well for cycling, with a lot of off road paths, some on road lanes, and several scenic rides.

The idea interested me, so I looked into getting a bike, something I could use to both commute to the grocery store and for long distance cruises. Having not ridden in so long, and nothing more than a basic Huffy, I was a little confused on a lot of things, but ended up settling on the Cannondale Bad Boy, with disc brakes. I spent a little extra on things to get it set up for what I thought would make a good urban bike, and then it sat in my apartment for a year.

http://i823.photobucket.com/albums/z...02-00022-1.jpg

I'm only just now starting to take it out and getting used to riding it, but first impressions seem good. Rode it down to Subway the other day, bought a footlong and a bottled drink, stuck 'em in the saddlebags, and rode back home. Sandwich was still warm. Rode to the local Whole Foods and back, and did fine there too.

I'm still a little apprehensive while riding, especially after not riding for so long, but my confidence is starting to return.

ducnut 10-02-2010 08:08 AM

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Originally Posted by TStorm
So a little more than a year ago, I found out I was getting orders to DC. I did was doing a lot of running then, so when I was researching where in the area I wanted to live, I looked for places that had a lot of capability for that. But what I found was that almost the whole Virginia side of the area is set up well for cycling, with a lot of off road paths, some on road lanes, and several scenic rides.

There are a ton of places to ride in that area.

http://www.traillink.com/trailsearch...st=DC&ct=&sp=N

http://bicycling.trimbleoutdoors.com...0of%20columbia

Mastodon 10-02-2010 08:35 AM

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Originally Posted by ducnut

Yep, and that's the main reason I'm trying to get into the whole cycling gig. It's excersize, and I get to see a lot of the area without going through gas, or putting miles on the SUV.

I'd even like to bike all the way to work, but I don't quite have my endurance built up yet for a 40 mile round trip commute.

zippy 10-02-2010 08:37 AM

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Originally Posted by ducnut
You gotta' adapt a different attitude on the LHT. I went from a tri bike, as an everyday bike, to a 'cross bike with aerobars and fenders. Likewise, 23mm to 37mm tires. I no longer hurry and don't care. I enjoy the improved comfort and just the fact that I'm out riding. Before, I was always pushing for time.

Yes sir ! I switched to 28mm conti top contacts on the Pistola recently for comfort/flatproofness over speed. Speed is relative. I feel like I am flying when riding the fargo :huh .

zippy 10-02-2010 08:45 AM

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Originally Posted by TStorm

I'm only just now starting to take it out and getting used to riding it, but first impressions seem good. Rode it down to Subway the other day, bought a footlong and a bottled drink, stuck 'em in the saddlebags, and rode back home. Sandwich was still warm. Rode to the local Whole Foods and back, and did fine there too.

I'm still a little apprehensive while riding, especially after not riding for so long, but my confidence is starting to return.


Nice ride ! Have always liked the bad boys. Shopping via bicycle is a warm & fuzzy for sure. When leaving bike have proper lock(s), take any lights/computers off if leaving bike for a bit. People will steal every and anything.
Reflective or bright colored gear certainly helps one be seen. Saddle time will bring additional comfort and joy. Be safe.

Gummee! 10-02-2010 08:46 AM

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Originally Posted by pierce
isn't that mostly the 9-10 speed chains ? We're stuck back here in 7 speed land :gerg

:nono Hyperglide and on

M

Gummee! 10-02-2010 08:48 AM

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Originally Posted by ducnut

The whole DC area is great for riding. Get out past Dulles and the roads open up. :nod

The W&OD trail will take you about as far west as ya wanna go. :nod Just watch out 'cause for some reason people turn their brains off when riding there.

M

k7 10-02-2010 10:18 AM

Call me crazy but....
 
...I'd love to attempt (notice the word, "attempt" as opposed to "do") a trip like this.

Linky

jocflier 10-02-2010 10:31 AM

Riding and other rider space question.

This morning I went out and put 30 miles in while it was cool and a couple of riders came past me going up hill ( of course:lol3 ), but I was able to hang with them and once we got to the down hill section of the ride, it was on.

My question is this. Should you ask if you can drop in with them if you are keeping pace, in the back of course? Should you take you turn out front and pull for a while?

I would not want to invade anyone space or upset them, but at the same time, i do not want to lose my pace that I was riding at. I have to believe you ask first, but just checking.

What say you...:ear

Joc :D

ducnut 10-02-2010 10:31 AM

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Originally Posted by k7
...I'd love to attempt (notice the word, "attempt" as opposed to "do") a trip like this.

Linky

^^^ That environ is brutal.

I want to do this, to this, then pickup this, and head home on this. I really want to see the Great Divide and CO.

An alternate would be to start on the Lewis & Clark, to this, to this, and head home on this. I really want to see the Pacific coast.

I'm hoping for 2013. Got the bike. Just gotta' start on equipment.

Wadester 10-02-2010 10:32 AM

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Originally Posted by pierce
if you haven't punched bike chains before, play with an old one a few times, breaking and reconnecting it (at different pins). a clean well lubed chain is always easier to work on. or, mess with your old one before replacing it. its not at all hard with a little practice.

http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=25

A Park CT-3 is like $25 and all you need.

The Park CT-3 is a very good shop-weight chain tool, I've had one for a long time and got a lot of good out of it.

What I really like for a shop tool is the Rohloff Revolver! The only limitation of this tool is that it doesn't completely push a pin out of the chain - it hits on internal stop just as you need to stop to keep the pin in the last plate, which is perfect most of the time. For the rest of the time you've still got the Park CT-3, which pushed things completely thru unless you stop at the right time (which is where careful attention and practice come in).

The Revolver also rivets pins - which is the most useful feature. I've had trouble with SRAM pins coming out on 9spd chains, but riveting them cures the finickyness.

One other usefull feature of the Park CT-3 is loosening a stiff link. Note that there are 2 sets of tabs in the tool:
http://www.parktool.com/images/produ...1222_98083.jpg
Using the set shown in the pic, you're pushing the pin out of all the plates, but installing a new pin tends to push all the link plates together - giving you a stiff link. Put the chain on the other set of tabs and youre pushing the pin into the closer pair of links, instead of pushing all the links against the anvil. Opens up some clearance where the roller is.

Oh yeah - both the CT-3 and the Revolver are big heavy shop tools. You need something for trailside too.

I've got the Park CT-5 Mini Chain Brute Chain Tool
http://www.parktool.com/images/produ...81120_7664.jpg
and the Topeak Super Chain Tool
http://www.topeak.com/mediafiles/products/177/

Both are very good - have enough of a handle to give leverage w/o killing your palm, but small/light enough to carry around full time.


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