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Old 08-14-2012, 01:49 PM   #24916
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If it's a wide spray there is less velocity and more chance you'll get yourself. Even with bear spray, you don't want to be directly down wind. I know a guy who tried spraying a mama bear and just got himself. I'm amazed he's still alive, honestly..

I picked some up a while ago for my girlfriend that was for sale at a bike shop. She has a lab pup she is doing the basic training for guide service, so takes it where ever she goes (lucky). Needless to say she gets assaulted by off leash dogs all the time, or those on the super duper extendo leashes (..oh he's harmless..), or people that are ignorant enough to just start petting her dog without asking (.. I have a dog, where can I get one of those vests.., umm, no! this is serious what she does, it's not a pet!)

Sorry, anyway, it's called "Halt!" No idea if it's still available. The packaging looked like it could have been twenty years old.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:08 PM   #24917
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indeed, heading straight at the dog has always worked pretty well for me. it freaks them out. trying to avoid the dog by going wide guarantees an intercept attempt, its in their genes as a pack hunter. I bent a few Silca Imperial pumps whacking this one idiot dog on the bottom of the hill I lived on back in the early 70s.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:29 PM   #24918
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i've been curious if the Keen SPD sandals are any good. probably more suited to casual hybrid bike riding than proper road biking but ya never know.
I LOVE my Keen SPD sandals but I ride a recumbent, so the biomechanics are not the same as with a road bike.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:35 PM   #24919
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I LOVE my Keen SPD sandals but I ride a recumbent, so the biomechanics are not the same as with a road bike.
how is their sizing? I have a several year old pair of Keen Newport sandals, size 12 fit me perfectly, just nice and loose without being sloppy. when I recently got a pair of Keen brand casual shoes ('Bidwell Lace' in black), I had to go up to size 13, the 12's were really tight, which surprised me.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:40 PM   #24920
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Anyone have an idea how much it would cost to ship a bike from MA to NM? Thinking about bringing my mountain bike here sometime in the near future if it's cheap to try some unassisted riding.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:56 PM   #24921
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Anyone have an idea how much it would cost to ship a bike from MA to NM? Thinking about bringing my mountain bike here sometime in the near future if it's cheap to try some unassisted riding.
ebay vendor charged me $65 to ship a bike fedex ground from coast to coast, so I imagine its somewhat cheaper than that. it was boxed in a bicycle box, front wheel, handlebars, pedals, and seat removed, a plastic protector was on the fork tips, the front wheel had the skewer removed and plastic protector caps over the axles, the frame, forks, and cranks were wrapped with thin foam held in place with blue masking tape, the loose parts also wrapped in foam, and masking taped to the frame so they wouldn't shift. there was some crumpled butcher paper on top to take up the slack. it arrived in perfect condition.

you can probably get a bike box and those plastic protector bits for free from an LBS when they are unboxing new bikes, call around.
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:25 PM   #24922
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Anyone have an idea how much it would cost to ship a bike from MA to NM? Thinking about bringing my mountain bike here sometime in the near future if it's cheap to try some unassisted riding.
Shop around. Shipping large items is getting pretty expensive.

In my experience, avoid UPS for the shipping of a complete bike.

Try to ship it to a business if you can. It makes it cheaper.
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:33 PM   #24923
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What brand and size works better on a charging dog?.
I have "Muzzle" brand. But, I think most all of them spray a stream. I've stopped a German Shepherd and 2 out of 3 Great Pyrenees (the 3rd got the message, when it saw the other 2 get sprayed). These dogs all stay well away from me, now.
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:38 PM   #24924
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ebay vendor charged me $65 to ship a bike fedex ground from coast to coast, so I imagine its somewhat cheaper than that.
Nope. Businesses get reduced rates, depending on how much they ship through FedEx.

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In my experience, avoid UPS for the shipping of a complete bike.
Yep. UPS, using a standard bicycle box, will be over $100. I shipped a CF TT bike from IL to MN and it was just under $100, even after reducing the box size. UPS is expensive!
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:37 PM   #24925
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Grayhound has been suggested on other bicycle forums as an inexpensive shipper. You might simply ask a bike shop - most appear to get volumn discounts. If you have a buddy who has a fed ex account from his job, you might be able to use his account number and reimburse him.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:00 AM   #24926
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Read the 'drivetrain efficiency' section

Interesting stuff

(for us geeks)

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Old 08-15-2012, 06:20 AM   #24927
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Read the 'drivetrain efficiency' section

Interesting stuff

(for us geeks)
I knew about the sprocket sizes. That's one of the reasons many of the pro tour teams run larger-than-normal idler pulleys. However, I figured cross-chaining would've had more impact.

I read an article, a while back, where one of Cancellara's mechanics said he actually bends normal chainrings. I can't imagine having that much power.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:23 AM   #24928
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:22 AM   #24929
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how is their sizing? I have a several year old pair of Keen Newport sandals, size 12 fit me perfectly, just nice and loose without being sloppy. when I recently got a pair of Keen brand casual shoes ('Bidwell Lace' in black), I had to go up to size 13, the 12's were really tight, which surprised me.
not directed at me but

I have a pair of their coronado sandals in size 9 that fit snugly. When I got the spd sandals I went up 1/2 size so I could wear goretex socks when commuting in the winter. I can wear the spd sandals comfortably with or without socks as they are very adjustable. So as far as I can tell the two different sandals run the same in size.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:54 AM   #24930
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Shop around. Shipping large items is getting pretty expensive.

In my experience, avoid UPS for the shipping of a complete bike.

Try to ship it to a business if you can. It makes it cheaper.
I'll look into this....I know locally owned shops on both ends so maybe it can work out.
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