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Losing Pads – Avid Mechanical Disc Brakes

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avid_disc7.jpgUpdate:6/19/08 Lost another pad. This time the local bike shop adjusted my brakes. I had a flat and when I fixed it the one of the pads must have fallen out. It was obvious when I had no rear brakes.  Take away – always carry a spare set of pads while touring.

On Monday, I finally figured out why I have been losing disc pads on my Slipstream and it is my fault. The problem is being set up when I improperly adjust the brakes.

Avid’s Instruction for Installing and Adjusting Brakes in PDF format can be found at Avid Brakes or you can use the better illustrated instructions from the Park Tool Site. The process is simple and easy, almost fun-to-do. I can’t believe it is not working well for me.

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Written by Roland

September 8, 2006 at 9:37 am

Filling The Coffin – Packing a LWB USS Recumbent

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Weighing the Coffin

The Loaded Coffin Being Weighted

I covered the selection of the shipping case in an earlier post “The Coffin – A Shipping Case for a LWB Recumbent”.

Now comes the moment of truth will it actually fit into the case. The numbers were pretty close.

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June 28, 2006 at 6:15 am

The Coffin – A Shipping Case for a LWB Recumbent

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Bike Pro USA Tandem Case

I have been searching for a shipping case for my Longbikes Slipstream. The issue is length, the Slipstream is a little longer than most tandems. I think I have the answer but won’t be sure until the bike is packed and ready to go.

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Written by Roland

June 19, 2006 at 7:26 am

Touring Equipment List

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This is the equipment list I made up a few years ago for for Touring with my Ryan Vanguard. It inclued some special tools needed to make common adjustments on the Vanguard.

Vanguard Equipment List

Here's my new list updated for riding in the Northwest on a Longbikes Slipstream in 2006,

Slipstream Equipment List

The biggest changes are updating technology, eliminating SAE Allen wrenches, and self sealing tubes for riding in thorn country.

Written by Roland

June 10, 2006 at 10:46 am

Quieting the Slipstream

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CIMG0001.JPGThe Slipstream is an excellent bike but it does have few annoyances (this is how we make the bike our own). One is the way the front brake cable rattles against the top stay. This could have been easily fixed by adding a few rubber beads on the cable.
I would have fixed it that way if I could have found a source for rubber beads but I couldn't. If anyone knows of a source for these rubber beads please let know. Instead I used a piece of 3/8" split cable wrap from Radio Shack.

Written by Roland

May 30, 2006 at 1:11 pm

Longbikes Slipstream / Ryan Vanguard Comparison Part 2

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 Contunued from Longbikes Slipstream First Impressions.

After, almost a year of riding the Longbikes Slipstream I am still very impressed by the Slipstream. This is a great long distance, self contained touring bike. As I get ready for my first long ride (>1000 miles) on the Slipstream, I find myself discovering nice touches that I’ve missed before.

In Part 2 of the Slipstream/Vanguard Comparison I will be discussing how the Slipstream addresses the Vanguard weaknesses. The Ryan Vanguard is a great touring bike and the Longbikes folks seem to recognize that. They have maintained what was great about the Vanguard, comfort, reliability, and stability. But they have also recognized the Vanguards weaknesses and improved the bike significantly.

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Written by Roland

May 27, 2006 at 3:24 pm

The Tire That Saved My Newfoundland & Labrador Tour

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p_pa_tg.jpgMy Ryan Vanguard is hard on rear tires (26 X 1.5 typically) especially when loaded for self contained touring. The worst situation I’ve encountered was while touring in Newfoundland and Labrador.

I started the 1000 mile ride with more gear than usual because of the weather (July is typically low 60’s during the day and high 40’s at night with a wind you can’t believe unless you have been there). I had been riding on Avocet Slicks and knew they wouldn’t last too long loaded so I brought 4 spares (2 Avocets and 2 Hutchinson Top Slicks) with me and 8 tubes.

My gear was heavier than normal about 60 pounds (I still had a 7 pound tent and a Holofil Sleeping Bag). Of course, we hit rain the first day and what started out as 60 pounds of gear probably weighted around 90 pounds. I am not light about 220 at that time. Combine a ton of wet gear with a heavy rider, a heavy bikes (about 40 pounds with faring), and the Vanguard’s poor weight distribution, you have a plan for rear wheel disasters.

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Written by Roland

May 23, 2006 at 10:11 pm