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Forum: Commuting
11-19-15, 05:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,476
Posted By pasopia

Me too! It's surprising there are not more pedals...

Me too! It's surprising there are not more pedals like this on the market.
Forum: Commuting
11-18-15, 05:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,476
Posted By pasopia

Soma Oxford Pedal Review

I haven't seen to much info out there for the Soma Oxford Pedal, so I thought I'd write a quick review.

In short, I really like them. They are large platform pedal from soma that can take toe...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-15, 04:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,055
Posted By pasopia

I've had two pairs of the Northwave Celsius...

I've had two pairs of the Northwave Celsius boots. The first pair I bought back in 2008, and I used them for several winters commuting in NY happily. It tends not to drop below 20 degrees F in NYC in...
Forum: Touring
12-29-13, 07:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,892
Posted By pasopia

Thanks! Feel free to contact me if you have any...

Thanks! Feel free to contact me if you have any specific questions.
Forum: Touring
12-23-13, 05:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,892
Posted By pasopia

As long as the parts are solid, I would go with...

As long as the parts are solid, I would go with the trek. Decent replacement parts for 700c wheels are hard to find, especially if you want big tires. Getting new parts fedexed can be a nightmare. I...
Forum: Touring
10-05-13, 09:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 390
Posted By pasopia

Sure, you just need to get flat bar levers that...

Sure, you just need to get flat bar levers that are meant to be used with cantilever brakes, instead of V or linear pull brakes.

These would work, but are not the only option:
...
Forum: Touring
09-29-13, 10:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,407
Posted By pasopia

Most of the best routes through the Andes are...

Most of the best routes through the Andes are dirt roads. I would look into getting a surly troll, or an LHT with a flat bar setup. I spend 7 months on a 26" surly LHT in south america. It worked...
Forum: Touring
10-26-12, 12:11 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,111
Posted By pasopia

I'm a big fan of that Exped pillow as well, it...

I'm a big fan of that Exped pillow as well, it goes on every trip I take, bike or no bike.
Forum: Touring
10-26-12, 08:33 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,063
Posted By pasopia

No, this guy was an extreme case, he certainly...

No, this guy was an extreme case, he certainly doesn't represent all the people I met.
Forum: Touring
10-25-12, 01:39 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 7,414
Posted By pasopia

In Chile I was camping at packed campsite on New...

In Chile I was camping at packed campsite on New Year's Day. In the middle of the night two drunk girls opened up my tent, started to climb inside, and asked if they could sleep in their with me. I...
Forum: Touring
10-25-12, 12:54 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,063
Posted By pasopia

I did a 7 month tour through South America, I was...

I did a 7 month tour through South America, I was regularly asked if I had a girlfriend or was married. I'd say at least 50% of conversations that were longer than, "where is this place", they asked....
Forum: Touring
09-27-12, 06:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 942
Posted By pasopia

Adidas Sambas work really well with non-clipless...

Adidas Sambas work really well with non-clipless pedals. The sole is flat and somewhat stiff, and they are narrow in the front, so they fit in and out of toe clips really well. I'm using them with...
Forum: Commuting
07-03-12, 09:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 512
Posted By pasopia

Yeah I hear you, I have had that same thought....

Yeah I hear you, I have had that same thought. But I really appreciate being able to hop on my bike in a pair of vans, ride to meet some friends in another part of town, and hang out all day in...
Forum: Touring
06-27-12, 09:29 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,440
Posted By pasopia

Then it's time to go home.

Then it's time to go home.
Forum: Commuting
06-18-12, 12:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 512
Posted By pasopia

Oh, combined with a flat soled shoe, like 5.10...

Oh, combined with a flat soled shoe, like 5.10 impacts, or something like a pair of vans, the grip with bmx pedals is excellent. I downhill mountain bike with 5.10 shoes and bmx pedals. They stick...
Forum: Commuting
06-18-12, 12:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 512
Posted By pasopia

I'm not a big fan of rat trap style pedals (mks...

I'm not a big fan of rat trap style pedals (mks touring, etc). I find that bmx style pedals grip better, and provide a bigger platform of support for my size 12 feet.

You may be right about the...
Forum: Commuting
06-18-12, 12:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 512
Posted By pasopia

That's a pretty good idea, there is a shoe repair...

That's a pretty good idea, there is a shoe repair place a few blocks down from my office, I can ask them what they would charge to sand down the rubber a bit.
Forum: Commuting
06-18-12, 11:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 512
Posted By pasopia

Removing lugs from running shoes to make them work better with flat pedals

I've started commuting on flat pedals after years of clipless, and I'm still trying to sort of the shoe situation. I'm riding on big pinned bmx style pedals ( deity compound).

I have a pair of...
Forum: Touring
06-07-12, 08:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 565
Posted By pasopia

I like Patagonia capilene layers. On tour I live...

I like Patagonia capilene layers. On tour I live in 2 capilene 2 T-shirts that I rotate, and a capilene 4 long sleeve that functions as a sweater. Both pieces are really comfortable, dry fast,...
Forum: Touring
06-06-12, 09:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 408
Posted By pasopia

Looks like a great trip, thanks!

Looks like a great trip, thanks!
Forum: Touring
06-01-12, 10:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,968
Posted By pasopia

I really love my soma double cross dc. I replaced...

I really love my soma double cross dc. I replaced my trucker with it after a big tour. (future tours are all going to be off road, so I don't need a road touring bike anymore. It's more fun to ride...
Forum: Touring
06-01-12, 10:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 588
Posted By pasopia

You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Forum: Touring
05-31-12, 03:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 588
Posted By pasopia

Go for it! Lots of people do this trip solo,...

Go for it!

Lots of people do this trip solo, you should be OK. I rode from Ushuaia to Ecuador solo, and I only felt unsafe in a few spots. Do some research on safe routes in Mexico and parts of...
Forum: Touring
05-21-12, 10:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 516
Posted By pasopia

Wow, this looks great! I wish I had it when I...

Wow, this looks great! I wish I had it when I rode through Bolivia a couple of years ago! Thanks.
Forum: Touring
05-11-12, 03:56 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,973
Posted By pasopia

Most likely too much weight in the back, it makes...

Most likely too much weight in the back, it makes the front end feel wobbly. Try to lighten your load, or move some gear to the front.
Forum: Commuting
05-04-12, 03:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,029
Posted By pasopia

I've been commuting daily in NYC for the last 7...

I've been commuting daily in NYC for the last 7 years. I've never had anything stolen.

I always lock using a kryptonite ny chain. I never lock to signs that are weaker than my lock. I like to...
Forum: Touring
04-25-12, 09:10 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,031
Posted By pasopia

Awesome, nice to see people starting to build...

Awesome, nice to see people starting to build these up! I was planning on getting one, but I ended up going with a Soma Double Cross DC instead.
Forum: Commuting
04-23-12, 03:25 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 4,053
Posted By pasopia

It sounds like a problem with your setup. I...

It sounds like a problem with your setup.

I recently built a soma double cross with avid road bb7s, and Tiagra brifters. The brakes are great, and noticeably stronger than any canti I've used...
Forum: Touring
04-12-12, 03:41 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,498
Posted By pasopia

There is a big thread running on mtbr: ...

There is a big thread running on mtbr:

http://forums.mtbr.com/bikepacking-bike-expedition/post-your-bikepacking-rig-gear-layout-765533.html
Forum: Touring
04-02-12, 08:01 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,820
Posted By pasopia

I did this ride 4 or 5 years ago, but...

I did this ride 4 or 5 years ago, but unfortunately I don't remember my exact route. In general, stay off of the main route 9. It can get confusing because there is 9w, 9D, etc, but in general, the...
Forum: Touring
04-02-12, 01:53 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,177
Posted By pasopia

You really should get this sorted out before you...

You really should get this sorted out before you leave.

Last year I spent 8 months cycling from Argentina to Ecuador. The summer before I left I started having serious knee problems, for the...
Forum: Touring
03-20-12, 09:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 571
Posted By pasopia

I had a set of wheels built by...

I had a set of wheels built by www.chainreactioncycles.com. The price was good and the wheels were well built.
Forum: Touring
02-23-12, 10:09 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,062
Posted By pasopia

I have a friend that was abducted while bike...

I have a friend that was abducted while bike touring in Mexico. She was riding from Villa Santo Domingo in San Luis Potosi to the city of Zacatecas in the state of Zacatecas when she was kidnapped at...
Forum: Touring
02-22-12, 11:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,565
Posted By pasopia

I agree with the other posts. I cycled through...

I agree with the other posts. I cycled through South America for 8 months last year and just drank bottled water. It's everywhere there is a town. In Argentina and Chile I drank from the tap, and in...
Forum: Touring
02-18-12, 12:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,471
Posted By pasopia

You should go with a non-phone gps. Iphones are...

You should go with a non-phone gps. Iphones are dependent on cell service, which will vary from place to place, AFAIK. Also battery life is much better on a stand alone unit. I really like my Garmin...
Forum: Touring
02-18-12, 12:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,471
Posted By pasopia

Good luck, you'll have a great time. You...

Good luck, you'll have a great time.

You should look around and see if there is an internet group for cyclists touring in that area. If not, maybe start one? Last year when I was riding through...
Forum: Commuting
02-17-12, 01:28 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,951
Posted By pasopia

Dickies original work pants are great for riding,...

Dickies original work pants are great for riding, that's what I commute in year round. They are stiff when you first get them, but after a few washes they soften up. They dry really quickly if they...
Forum: Touring
02-15-12, 03:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,192
Posted By pasopia

Sounds fun! That cervelo is less expensive then I...

Sounds fun! That cervelo is less expensive then I thought it would be.

I'm not familiar with Tern bikes, but now my curiosity is piqued. Why are you going with that over something like a bike...
Forum: Touring
02-10-12, 09:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 769
Posted By pasopia

FYI, if you have an iphone or ipod touch, you can...

FYI, if you have an iphone or ipod touch, you can change the audio to mono. This is what I do if I ride with one earbud while riding.
Forum: Touring
02-09-12, 09:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 731
Posted By pasopia

You could mount your bar end shifters to flat...

You could mount your bar end shifters to flat bars with Paul's Thumbies:

http://paulcomp.com/thumbies.html

I've used them, it's a nice bombproof system.
Forum: Touring
01-26-12, 10:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,885
Posted By pasopia

The spec on the Surly is better in my opinion,...

The spec on the Surly is better in my opinion, other than the saddle. The crankset is geared too high on the Raleigh for loaded touring. I don't know why everyone but Surly always does this with...
Forum: Touring
01-24-12, 03:49 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 215
Posted By pasopia

Tektro CR720 thick or thin washer?

I'm putting a set of Tektro CR720's (wide cantilever) on my LHT. I have the stock pad holders, and I replaced the pad with Kool Stop inserts. Which washer on the pads do I put closer to the rim, the...
Forum: Touring
01-18-12, 12:24 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,111
Posted By pasopia

+1 on the exped air. I love mine.

+1 on the exped air. I love mine.
Forum: Touring
01-18-12, 12:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 717
Posted By pasopia

Nope. Ride with what you got, replace it if it...

Nope. Ride with what you got, replace it if it ever breaks.
Forum: Touring
01-10-12, 05:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,517
Posted By pasopia

Also, I should add, peanut butter and jelly is...

Also, I should add, peanut butter and jelly is great cycle touring food.
Forum: Touring
01-10-12, 05:04 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,517
Posted By pasopia

Are talking about touring in America? It all...

Are talking about touring in America? It all depends on where you are.

In general, it's like other kinds of vegan travel. You will probably have decent restaurant options in cities, in small...
Forum: Touring
01-04-12, 10:29 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,653
Posted By pasopia

Really nice article, thanks! I'm going to look...

Really nice article, thanks! I'm going to look into getting something like that REI flash bag. I really missed having a backpack for day trips on my last long tour, handlebar bags don't cut it for me.
Forum: Touring
01-04-12, 10:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,021
Posted By pasopia

Thanks for the update, looks like a fun trip! I...

Thanks for the update, looks like a fun trip! I love seeing these Trolls out in the wild.

You should try moving those rear panniers to a front rack, the handling will most likely be much better.
Forum: Touring
12-10-11, 12:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,819
Posted By pasopia

Avid SD 7 ...

Avid SD 7

http://www.sram.com/avid/products/single-digit-7-rim-brake

On my 26" LHT I can easily fit 2" tires and fenders. I have 10,000 trouble free miles with these brakes, they are great. I'm...
Forum: Touring
12-08-11, 02:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,644
Posted By pasopia

Great if the load is balanced and you have the...

Great if the load is balanced and you have the proper bike. My Long Haul Trucker is rock solid on fast loaded descents. Other non touring bikes I've used had a bit of speed wobble.
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