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Bike Europe
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 5th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for all of the advice! Definitely helpful. A trainer, huh? I've never used one, but the idea sounds good. I sent an email to my local bike group to see if I could borrow one, no responses. But a store-owner did write and say he had a new Minoura tire drive for about $130...maybe I should buy it. Though I did find a free 2-month Bally's membership....

I have a hybrid, while the tour group recommended getting dropped handlebars, because it offers more back positions on long rides. They also say you can bring your own saddle and/or shoes if you want. I actually like the saddle that came on my (Bianchi Avenue) bike, at least so far. I might just bring that; I'll double-check that it would work on a racing style bike.

I own a pair of used "duck shoes" that I wear when I ride the back of a tandem. Don't have my own pedals, though I could get some -- I'm kind of afraid of riding alone with them, for fear that I'd (re)injure my knee if I had to get out fast. Perhaps just paranoia...? I feel trapped. Also it would inhibit walking around and touring along the ride, so I was thinking of just using toe-clips. Is that a bad idea?

I've got everything else you mentioned except leg/arm warmers.... and, well, practice. ;)
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