• posted an update 7 years, 6 months ago

    Two things happen today (22 Feb, 12)
    1. I gave written notice to my employer that my last day is 30 March
    2. My wife (Diane) stated that she is concerned that she cannot make 6200 to 7200 miles on the bike. I personally believe that she can, so it will take a lot of encouragement on my part for her to continue on.

    The image is a straight-line map of our proposed route

    • Wow real happy for you Gary! Sure she can do it, just don’t push her too much… Wait you are touring on a tandem anyways? LOL so you just need to pedal for her when she get’s tired, hehe…

      Have fun Gary and keep us updated ๐Ÿ™‚

      • LOL so you just need to pedal for her when she getโ€™s tired, heheโ€ฆ I know I have all ready done that for her in the past, and she admitted to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

        At this date and time she wants to ride our Trek 520s for this trip. She does not like the cadence that I ride at, high 70s to mid 80s, hers is slower, but on the tandem by the end of the season she normally has increased hers even while riding her single.

        We still have a few months before we depart so I have not a clue what bike(s) we will be riding. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • UPDATE

        As of today, Diane now wants to take the tandem. This is okay, but I have been getting parts, supplies, and accessories for the singles. I had to order a new rim and a dynamo hub today. Our tandems and MTN bikes have 559 wheels while the singles have 622 wheels.

        Now I need to take some stuff off my 520 and move it to the Santana as well as going over the tandem to make sure it is ready for a long trip

        Now I’ll have a front wheel with generator hub for any bike I what to ride, one for each size.. Swap it out and make some adjustments and I’ll be ready to go. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Sounds like a plan Gary! Keep us updated and send some pictures ๐Ÿ˜›

        • New wheel is built and on the bike. Test rode it over the weekend, and it held together. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          While doing an inspection of the bike, I determined that we have wore out the middle chainring and the cluster (cassette). We have over 10,000 miles (16,000 K) on the bike and both items are original. New items are on order as well as a bunch of chains. It takes 2.5ยฑ chains each time I change them and currently they too need to be replaced.

          Trying something new for us on this trip (no matter what bikes). We both ride with shoes that have SPD cleats so we are used to having our feet attached to the pedals. I put new pedals on that are for MTN bikes. There are flat on one side and SPD on the other. We had purchased these pedals for our MTN bikes, but did not get them installed (thatโ€™s normal). Our thought process here is when we are riding in an area where we will have to stop frequently (a city) for stop sign or lights etc., I will not have to worry about getting released from the pedal. Also if we ride on any rails to trails that are not paved, having the feet loose may also be good. Any thought on this?