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Forum: Recumbent
06-22-08, 06:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 872
Posted By David in PA

Touring on a High-Racer: Very Specific Tire Question (Gatorskins)

Hello,

I have a Bacchetta Strada (high-racer) bike. The tires I now have are Continental Gatorskins 650c x 23. I plan to do a credit card tour (no camping) with this bike and wonder if those tires...
Forum: Recumbent
04-24-08, 06:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,487
Posted By David in PA

Clipless Pedal Story - Lesson Learned

Hello,

Here's a little story that taught me to check my gear daily.

On my high-racer, I was coasting down a hill about 17 mph on a straight road and then came to tight turn. I slowed somewhat,...
Forum: Recumbent
03-02-08, 06:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,012
Posted By David in PA

I would use the Adventure Cycling maps. Although...

I would use the Adventure Cycling maps. Although not perfect, I've been happy with their maps for PA, NJ, and the TransAm, part of which I road in 2005 (PA to CO). Honestly, I don't know what CGOAB...
Forum: Recumbent
03-02-08, 03:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,373
Posted By David in PA

Thanks again to everyone with your comments,...

Thanks again to everyone with your comments, suggestions, etc. As mentioned, I already ordered the Schwalbe Stelvios, and they're in the mail to me, so I'll just stick with them and hope for the...
Forum: Recumbent
02-28-08, 07:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,373
Posted By David in PA

Hello, Thanks everyone for the comments and...

Hello,

Thanks everyone for the comments and advice; I appreciate it.

I took Ric's and bobbycorno's advice and ordered the Schwalbe Stevios from calhouncycle.com. They cost $46.97 apiece. I...
Forum: Recumbent
02-27-08, 11:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,373
Posted By David in PA

Recommend Performance Tire for Bacchetta Strada?

Hello everyone,

I have a Bacchetta Strada (a high-racer bent) and would like to upgrade its tires. They are 650 x 1.25. (My current tires are Kenda Koncepts) I am looking for a better gripping...
Forum: Recumbent
02-07-08, 02:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,012
Posted By David in PA

How to Tour on a Bacchetta Strada?

Hello everyone,

I have done extensive touring using my mountain/comfort bike, but now I want to try it using my Bacchetta Strada. I would like to go from Melbourne, FL to PA (Philly burbs).

I...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-12-07, 05:58 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,347
Posted By David in PA

Damn, this is funny! Ha LOL!

Damn, this is funny! Ha LOL!
Forum: Recumbent
10-30-07, 09:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,553
Posted By David in PA

Riding a bent is like having sex: It's the most...

Riding a bent is like having sex: It's the most fun you'll ever have without laughing. (Woody Allen)
Forum: Recumbent
10-01-07, 10:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,490
Posted By David in PA

Great information. Thank you everyone for...

Great information. Thank you everyone for responding. I should be getting my bent within the next few weeks. Your info will certainly help me choose the right one!

David in FL
Forum: Recumbent
10-01-07, 10:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,838
Posted By David in PA

Hello, Thank you everyone for the excellent...

Hello,

Thank you everyone for the excellent advice. I really appreciate it!

I'd like a to add a specific question: If you're already on a very steep hill, how difficult (or not) is it to get...
Forum: Recumbent
09-27-07, 10:11 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,549
Posted By David in PA

Hello, I don't own a bent yet, but plan to...

Hello,

I don't own a bent yet, but plan to get one very soon.

I toured much of the TransAmerica Bicycle route (from VA to CO) on a mountain bike in 2003 at 53 years old. The tour was...
Forum: Recumbent
09-24-07, 06:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,838
Posted By David in PA

Beginner's Question - 26" vs. 20" Wheel - Bacchetta Strada/Giro

Hello,

I am close to purchasing my first bent. After much research and finding a local dealer, I may go with the Bacchetta Strada, which has a 26" front wheel. The dealer didn't have one in stock...
Forum: Recumbent
09-18-07, 10:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,490
Posted By David in PA

Several Bent Questions for the Unitiated

Hi,

I have several questions about recumbent bicycles. I would like to get one, but have just started my research. Please feel free to answer some or all of the following questions. Thanks!

1....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-07, 10:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,481
Posted By David in PA

Trek Pilots to be Discontinued?

Hello,

I was waiting for the release of the Trek Pilot 2.1 2008 model, but now my LBS told me that the Pilot line is going to be discontinued. (I didn't see that mentioned on Trek's website.) The...
07-19-07, 10:23 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 852
Posted By David in PA

Happy Birthday Lady Icon! Wishing you the best. ...

Happy Birthday Lady Icon! Wishing you the best.

As for me, Im 55 and only two years ago I went on a self-contained bike tour from VA to CO. It was and still is one of the highlights of my entire...
Forum: Touring
06-25-07, 01:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,125
Posted By David in PA

I was on the TransAmerica route heading west from...

I was on the TransAmerica route heading west from Canon City. I climbed about 3300 ft. to about 9300 feet in several hours. What made it really tough is that area is the high desert, and I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-07, 07:18 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,187
Posted By David in PA

Hello, All of the above. I 'd also recommend...

Hello,

All of the above. I 'd also recommend getting the Topeak Alien (or similar) set of repair tools. Several tools are hinged together, and foldable to a tiny space.

David in FL
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-07, 10:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,619
Posted By David in PA

Lemond Tourlamet - Relaxed Geometry?

Hello,

In another thread, I stated that I was about to buy a Trek 2.1 Pilot, but they're hard to get right now until the 2008s come out in September. One of many reasons I chose the 2.1 was...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-07, 06:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 691
Posted By David in PA

Hello, Thanks to everyone for your replies....

Hello,

Thanks to everyone for your replies. Appreciate it.

I had forgotten to mentioned that two LBSs can get me the Trek Pilot 2.1 SPA. But it's $250 more. I believe the SPA provides some...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-07, 01:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 691
Posted By David in PA

As far as the size, I don't know--need to be...

As far as the size, I don't know--need to be measured I guess. I'm 5" 10" about 180 lbs. This is my first purchase for a higher-end road bike. My budget is around $1,400.

David in FL
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-07, 01:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 691
Posted By David in PA

Want to Buy a Trek Pilot 2.1 - But Not Available

Hello,

I've owned a Cannondale mountain/touring bike for years. But during the last several months I've been shopping for my "perfect" road bike. Based purely on specs, price, and reviews, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-07, 09:46 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,060
Posted By David in PA

I LOL on that one Machka. :) Being a...

I LOL on that one Machka. :)

Being a touring cyclist (like you), with heavy bike, front/rear racks, etc., fat tires, fenders, and my non-cyclist body, I only pass the three-wheelers.

David in...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-07, 09:52 AM
Replies: 247
Views: 9,447
Posted By David in PA

Hello, I've had similar experiences with...

Hello,

I've had similar experiences with snobby, immature boneheads, but while bike touring. Although I tour alone, I always bump into other touring cyclists along the way.

When I encounter...
Forum: Touring
06-11-07, 09:43 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,295
Posted By David in PA

Hi, Fascinating story, and thanks for...

Hi,

Fascinating story, and thanks for sharing.

I believe your wolf story, but I have never heard of that type of "wolf attack" against a human before--unless they were trying to protect their...
Forum: Touring
06-11-07, 09:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 342
Posted By David in PA

Have you tried REI.com? Or...

Have you tried REI.com? Or easternmountainsports.com? I don't know if they ship to UK, but they both sell the Clip Flashlight which is a great tent.

David in FL (USA)
Forum: Touring
06-05-07, 11:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 513
Posted By David in PA

Thanks Dr. Robert for your recommendations. I...

Thanks Dr. Robert for your recommendations. I checked them out, and they look good.

Could you please describe what it "feels like" to cary 100 oz of water on your back for several hours? Very...
Forum: Touring
06-05-07, 10:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 513
Posted By David in PA

Thanks for responding. Yes, I want to try the...

Thanks for responding. Yes, I want to try the water on my back for a while, as I tend to drink less when the water is on the bike. Plus I'll soon be purchasing a new road bike on which racks cannot...
Forum: Touring
06-05-07, 10:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 513
Posted By David in PA

Suggestions for Camelback or Similar

Hello,

I am finally going to spring for a Camelback or something similar, but have no idea which one would be the best for me. I've seen countless varieties. I want to carry no more than, say, 64...
Forum: Touring
05-17-07, 09:58 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,129
Posted By David in PA

Hi, More than a couple of posts in this...

Hi,

More than a couple of posts in this thread referred to wolves as "dangerous." Look. Don't carry a gun because of wolves. They avoid humans at almost all costs. Hell, I would too if I were...
Forum: Touring
05-13-07, 10:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 514
Posted By David in PA

No, I don't at all think it's necessary to do...

No, I don't at all think it's necessary to do another training ride. For example, the last two weeks before the start of my last tour was so nuts that I may only rode once during those two weeks. I...
Forum: Touring
05-11-07, 09:32 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,736
Posted By David in PA

I firmly believe that the above statement is only...

I firmly believe that the above statement is only half right--at least for me. There's been many times when I've felt only mildly thirsty, or I'm bonking but don't feel hungry or thirsty, and then I...
Forum: Touring
05-11-07, 08:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,267
Posted By David in PA

Hi, While self-contained touring, my average...

Hi,

While self-contained touring, my average speed is about 10-11 mph. On steep uphills (like in western VA or KY where the hills are beyond brutal), my speed might be 5-7 mph. In those states I...
Forum: Touring
05-09-07, 10:11 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,736
Posted By David in PA

Ray, You're comment makes me want to give...

Ray,

You're comment makes me want to give the CamelBack a try. (I've never had one.) On tours, I tend to stop to drink the entire bottle at once, or just about, instead of drinking while riding. I...
Forum: Touring
05-07-07, 10:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,032
Posted By David in PA

I kind of like the dings and scratches on my...

I kind of like the dings and scratches on my bike, proof of extreme use for thousands of miles. It still looks good, though; due to its great yellow paint and the big, black "Cannondale" letters on...
Forum: Touring
05-06-07, 11:43 AM
Replies: 337
Views: 271,139
Posted By David in PA

Here's a quick one: If a tourer is not going to...

Here's a quick one: If a tourer is not going to do self-contained touring (with all the extra camping/cooking gear), in other words he or she will be staying at motels/hostels/b & bs etc., I'd like...
Forum: Touring
05-04-07, 10:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,507
Posted By David in PA

Just to add a quick note here, I read in several...

Just to add a quick note here, I read in several places that bear can smell food up to two miles away. Also, if you're hanging food, which I think is the best and most convenient way for touring...
Forum: Touring
04-27-07, 10:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 699
Posted By David in PA

Good for you! You may find that a 20-miler may be...

Good for you! You may find that a 20-miler may be a bit short, but that's OK.

When I was 52, I did my first long tour (850 miles), and when I was 54, I literally quit my job to go on a...
Forum: Touring
04-15-07, 08:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 759
Posted By David in PA

Hi, Here's my 2-cents: * I would do...

Hi,

Here's my 2-cents:

* I would do without the Open Country 5pc Nonstick Set because it's overkill and you don't need the extra weight. Instead, I'd take only one titanium pot. They cost about...
Forum: Touring
04-10-07, 08:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 461
Posted By David in PA

Hello, I rode the TransAm from its start in...

Hello,

I rode the TransAm from its start in VA to about 100 miles into Colorado. (I had to end it for personal reasons, which really sucked.) I hope to do the entire thing some day.

Campsites...
Forum: Touring
04-05-07, 10:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 817
Posted By David in PA

I've ridden several hundred miles of the Atlantic...

I've ridden several hundred miles of the Atlantic Coast Route from near Bridgewater, NJ to near Bel Air, MD. Yes, parts of it have heavy traffic, but only a few times did I really feel "threatened."...
Forum: Touring
03-15-07, 10:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,369
Posted By David in PA

Excellent point. The first time I used front...

Excellent point. The first time I used front panniers was in spring 2005. I was on a backroad in VA next to a ditch. For some reason, I had to turn my wheel just a bit, and the next thing I knew the...
Forum: Touring
03-07-07, 11:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,182
Posted By David in PA

Good question. I can handle (and enjoy) an...

Good question.

I can handle (and enjoy) an occasional McDonald's or Burger King meal during the course of a riding day. But Kentucky Fried Chicken? Hell no. The grease and fat just sits there for...
Forum: Touring
03-07-07, 11:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 768
Posted By David in PA

After my first very long tour, I did the...

After my first very long tour, I did the following to make the next long tour that I took much more enjoyable:

* Attached fenders
* Went to clipless pedals
* Purchased shoe covers and waterproof...
Forum: Touring
02-21-07, 10:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 578
Posted By David in PA

Sounds great. I'd like to add that hearing...

Sounds great.

I'd like to add that hearing about any negative experiences at restaurants, geographical areas, hostels, motels, bike shops, and all the rest would be very helpful.

For example,...
Forum: Touring
02-19-07, 11:38 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,139
Posted By David in PA

Lighthorse, Thanks for the recommendation on...

Lighthorse,

Thanks for the recommendation on the Florida post. I'll definitely check it out.

Your trip to Oregon will be fantastic. Good for you! My longest was VA to eastern CO, but I hope to...
Forum: Touring
02-14-07, 11:04 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,139
Posted By David in PA

Hello, I now live in Florida, complete with...

Hello,

I now live in Florida, complete with new job, new apartment, new things to do, etc. My time is tight, and because of my new geographical location, I plan to at least tour throughout Florida...
Forum: Touring
02-07-07, 10:42 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,615
Posted By David in PA

Good point. However, the spaghetti meal I...

Good point. However, the spaghetti meal I purchased at the restaurant was for lunch. I almost never do any cooking while enroute to my final destination of the day.

David in PA
Forum: Touring
02-06-07, 11:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 361
Posted By David in PA

A Gentler Sunscreen for Face?

Since I moved to Florida, I use sunscreen on my face more than ever when cycling. Now it seems my face is blotchy, especially around the temples and forehead. I must be allergic to this stuff. I have...
Forum: Touring
02-06-07, 10:54 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,615
Posted By David in PA

I have always figured that carrying my food from...

I have always figured that carrying my food from grocery stores has been cheaper than restaurants, but now you have me wondering.

Now that I think about it, food I carry rarely keeps my hunger in...
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