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Forum: Touring
10-06-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,438
Posted By staehpj1

Those butane canisters are cheap, available, and...

Those butane canisters are cheap, available, and probably make a lot of sense. They don't fit up without hassle on all stoves since some use the canister to support the burner and those canisters are...
Forum: Touring
10-06-20, 04:27 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,278
Posted By staehpj1

I pack light enough these days that it isn't an...

I pack light enough these days that it isn't an issue, but remember back when I packed similar to what to how you describe. My first tour with that weight was a longish one (73 days) and I gradually...
Forum: Touring
10-01-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,112
Posted By staehpj1

I found that my ceramic cartridge filter (MSR...

I found that my ceramic cartridge filter (MSR Sweetwater) worked okay, but it was not all that light and seemed to clog quickly. I like the Squeeze better. There is still plenty to complain about,...
Forum: Touring
09-22-20, 04:40 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,551
Posted By staehpj1

To answer the question in the title, no I have...

To answer the question in the title, no I have not. If I did I'd use ear buds that fit in a way that allowed me to hear the world around me. I don't mean to start the war over them, but I have found...
Forum: Touring
09-05-20, 06:10 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,539
Posted By staehpj1

First, I find I don't mind going a while between...

First, I find I don't mind going a while between showers or other washing up especially in cooler weather. Yeah it sucks in hot weather, but in cool weather it really isn't that bad. Second, I am...
Forum: Touring
08-28-20, 04:03 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,485
Posted By staehpj1

Bikepacking is an offshoot and a subset of...

Bikepacking is an offshoot and a subset of touring. It is all touring. Personally I call it touring even when I go off road and even if I use bike packing style bags.
Forum: Touring
08-21-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,104
Posted By staehpj1

I did the 300 mile round trip drive to pick up...

I did the 300 mile round trip drive to pick up the Wenonah Escapade yesterday and got out on the local lake this morning for a test paddle. It is a really sweet boat and in pretty much new condition...
Forum: Touring
08-17-20, 05:22 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,104
Posted By staehpj1

Quite a few decades ago I did a little canoe...

Quite a few decades ago I did a little canoe camping in the St Regis area with a few portages. In those days I was carrying a heavy royalex tandem canoe and all my gear. At my current age I can't...
Forum: Touring
08-16-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,104
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks. I almost went that route a couple years...

Thanks. I almost went that route a couple years ago and got distracted with other things. I think maybe I'll give it a go now. In these covid times it seems like an activity where I can get out...
Forum: Touring
08-15-20, 06:48 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,104
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks for the posting. The route looks...

Thanks for the posting. The route looks interesting. I'd like to check it out some day. I have only a sporadic experience with the state in the form of a few trips spread over the decades, none of it...
Forum: Touring
08-10-20, 05:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 797
Posted By staehpj1

I have used stuff sacks strapped on instead of...

I have used stuff sacks strapped on instead of panniers, but that was because I was packing really light and thought the panniers were overkill for what I was carrying or because I wasn't using racks...
Forum: Touring
08-07-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 742
Posted By staehpj1

The Great Plains Trail

Has anyone looked at the Great Plains Trail info? It probably is not very close to completion, but I wonder if some approximation could be strung together by an interested party since much of it is...
Forum: Touring
07-31-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,491
Posted By staehpj1

I figure a boot where not needed is likely to...

I figure a boot where not needed is likely to cause more problems than not using one. It may eventually rub a hole in the tube, but I guess that isn't the end of the world. I just don't see a...
Forum: Touring
07-26-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,887
Posted By staehpj1

I used mine in the Mojave and other areas of the...

I used mine in the Mojave and other areas of the Southwest in 110+ F heat. According to the locals it was probably well above 100 F maybe as high as 118 F, but I didn't document the numbers above 110...
Forum: Touring
07-26-20, 06:43 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,887
Posted By staehpj1

My suggestions on the various items... 1. Buy a...

My suggestions on the various items...
1. Buy a waterproof/water resistant phone. Phones can be expensive, but it is a pretty small portion of the cost of a 14000 mile trip.
2. I have not found...
Forum: Touring
05-19-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,923
Posted By staehpj1

I remember the bridge at Chester IL as being...

I remember the bridge at Chester IL as being unpleasant with a poor surface, no shoulder, lots of traffic, bad expansion joints, and so on. It was a wait for a lull in traffic, take the lane, and...
Forum: Touring
05-19-20, 03:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,495
Posted By staehpj1

Fair enough. We all have different approaches and...

Fair enough. We all have different approaches and preferences.

Myself, I usually think in terms of making progress toward a goal destination when riding. If I want to ride more I ride farther...
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 04:16 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,495
Posted By staehpj1

I guess it depends on your traffic tolerance. I...

I guess it depends on your traffic tolerance. I had both map options and much preferred the ODOT Pacific Coast Bicycle Route Map which essentially followed 101. I found the detours the ACA took to...
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,495
Posted By staehpj1

I am assuming they meant the hills. If so yeah,...

I am assuming they meant the hills. If so yeah, some are very steep, but people tour on tandems on pretty much all of the normal touring routes. I met at least one tandem team on the PCH and a few...
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 04:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,495
Posted By staehpj1

Good point. I was surprised by how much climbing...

Good point. I was surprised by how much climbing and descending there was. I guess I pictured a flatter route and the amount of steep climbing was a surprise.

On a similar note there is some...
Forum: Touring
05-13-20, 04:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,495
Posted By staehpj1

Just me, but, having driven some of your proposed...

Just me, but, having driven some of your proposed route and having ridden from Seattle to Astoria to ride the coast (leaving Seattle via the ferry to Bremmerton), I don't think I'd choose either if...
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,495
Posted By staehpj1

I loved the coast. I only did the portion from...

I loved the coast. I only did the portion from Seattle to San Luis Obispo. The Washington portion was my least favorite. Oregon was amazing and the redwoods just into California were pretty cool...
Forum: Touring
05-11-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,147
Posted By staehpj1

I briefly was in the central valley on one tour...

I briefly was in the central valley on one tour and mostly remember little "mini compounds", composed of small houses with low riders in the driveways with tall fences around them with several mean...
Forum: Touring
05-10-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,073
Posted By staehpj1

A long tour is a pretty great experience. Short...

A long tour is a pretty great experience. Short ones never appealed to me, but others love them, so YMMV. Typing this made me think of Grant's "bike camping" vs "bike touring" and "S24O thing"...
Forum: Touring
05-09-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,073
Posted By staehpj1

It is a bigger deal for some folks than others. I...

It is a bigger deal for some folks than others. I don't really get too excited over it on a touring bike. In the lower gears I don't find a little bit bigger jumps to be a problem on any bike and in...
Forum: Touring
05-08-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,073
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, I have been touring on square taper bottom...

Yeah, I have been touring on square taper bottom brackets and they work fine. On the other hand, they are heavier and the tools are heavier than the tools for some of the other choices. I'll...
Forum: Touring
04-30-20, 04:15 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 9,481
Posted By staehpj1

Cantis are fine. I don't necessarily even see v...

Cantis are fine. I don't necessarily even see v brakes as an upgrade. Good and bad quality brakes are made in most styles. Truth be told I like the old (~1990 vintage) dual pivot 105 brakes on my...
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,865
Posted By staehpj1

I have done a variety of things with the U/L...

I have done a variety of things with the U/L packing. Most of them were a little unconventional and involved strapping stuff sacks on the bike using a light rack on the rear and sometimes a tiny...
Forum: Touring
04-21-20, 06:00 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,815
Posted By staehpj1

It is nice to see the OP post back. All too...

It is nice to see the OP post back. All too often we hear from folks once with a question like this and never again.

I disagree. I crossed KS a couple times and Colorado once and I am not sure...
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,815
Posted By staehpj1

Just to be clear... I have met lots of folks who...

Just to be clear... I have met lots of folks who probably were less fit and had zero experience and were doing longer trips. Some succeeded and some failed. How determined they were had as much to...
Forum: Touring
04-09-20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,040
Posted By staehpj1

I don't get that statement. Maybe it is just me,...

I don't get that statement. Maybe it is just me, but I always figured that a bike is more likely to blow over when on a little stand than when leaning against a nice solid wall, guard rail, or...
Forum: Touring
04-06-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,040
Posted By staehpj1

I've never felt the need for one. I either lean...

I've never felt the need for one. I either lean my bike against something or just lay it on the ground. Out in the open countryside I figure it is the safest from falling if it is already on the...
Forum: Touring
04-01-20, 04:21 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,894
Posted By staehpj1

For me I decided that the best approach was to...

For me I decided that the best approach was to minimize battery usage. I don't use super bright lights or ride long hours at night on tour. I turn my phone off when not in use or at least put it in...
Forum: Touring
03-29-20, 04:12 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,329
Posted By staehpj1

If you are a committed leather saddle user who...

If you are a committed leather saddle user who has a history with them already feel free to ignore this.

Reading the glowing reviews you'd think the Brooks is a magic answer for everyone. That...
Forum: Touring
03-19-20, 04:33 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,168
Posted By staehpj1

It is certainly possible to go without a stove...

It is certainly possible to go without a stove and a reasonable choice for some, but almost no one goes light enough that weight is a good reason for doing so.

Even if I pare down to a total base...
03-18-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 11,787
Posted By staehpj1

My spring trip is off. A trip later in the year...

My spring trip is off. A trip later in the year remains flexible but doubtful. I'd probably do the same even if I was younger, but I am old enough (69 in June) to be in a somewhat elevated risk group...
Forum: Touring
01-07-20, 04:41 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,290
Posted By staehpj1

Just me, but I'd just as soon ride on a knobby...

Just me, but I'd just as soon ride on a knobby tire with lots of low knobs and a nice light supple sidewall as a heavy "flat proof" slick tire with as stiff sidewall. I am not too familiar with the...
Forum: Touring
12-10-19, 05:34 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,449
Posted By staehpj1

Living with less doesn't necessarily carry a...

Living with less doesn't necessarily carry a stigma IMO. I carry about the same amount of weight as was proposed in the post you are replying to here and still travel in reasonable comfort. I am...
Forum: Touring
12-03-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,449
Posted By staehpj1

I have also done a little off/dirt road touring...

I have also done a little off/dirt road touring on my mountain bike. I still didn't chose not to call it bikepacking although I guess I reasonably could have.

I initially assumed a fast and light...
Forum: Touring
11-30-19, 05:23 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,476
Posted By staehpj1

Both of those issues can generally be worked...

Both of those issues can generally be worked around on most bikes in my experience and too much is often made of them.
Heel-pannier clearance issues can generally be mitigated with mounting position...
Forum: Touring
11-23-19, 05:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 693
Posted By staehpj1

Tons of folks here have ridden across the US. ...

Tons of folks here have ridden across the US. Some probably wound up doing it with one or two others. Not sure if anyone recruited companions here. As was already mentioned there is a sub forum...
Forum: Touring
11-22-19, 03:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,328
Posted By staehpj1

The OP seems to be saying it is different than...

The OP seems to be saying it is different than WS. It is not clear to me exactly how. I followed the links and was kind of confused. Without digging deeper than I cared to I didn't get a very good...
Forum: Touring
11-12-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,466
Posted By staehpj1

The Unior Cassette Cracker has served me well...

The Unior Cassette Cracker has served me well with no need an adjustable wrench for any other tool to get the cassette off. I think it weighs about 1/4 - 1/2 ounce.
Forum: Touring
11-09-19, 07:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,397
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah,beautiful, quite shy, and rarely seen. That...

Yeah,beautiful, quite shy, and rarely seen. That said they are in every state in the lower 48 except Delaware and populations are generally stable or growing (only declining here in Florida). There...
Forum: Touring
11-07-19, 09:08 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,966
Posted By staehpj1

Good point, folks vary pretty widely on that. I...

Good point, folks vary pretty widely on that. I am the exact opposite. I typically make it a point know what my options are for likely places to finish my day, but often don't have a clue which of...
Forum: Touring
10-29-19, 06:56 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,355
Posted By staehpj1

I am sure some (all) of this will be considered...

I am sure some (all) of this will be considered heresy by some, but I have come to think there is some merit to it in at least some situations. I try to be pretty visible. I am not convinced that...
Forum: Touring
10-29-19, 04:21 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,985
Posted By staehpj1

These two things are both important to be said...

These two things are both important to be said and often overlooked.

I have seen a lot of terrible setups where folks wind up with locked elbows and arms that look like they are pushing the bars...
Forum: Touring
10-04-19, 06:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,578
Posted By staehpj1

Good way to look at it. By the way, while it...

Good way to look at it.

By the way, while it is advisable to be in as good of shape as possible for a tour, or for life in general for that matter, there really isn't the level of training...
Forum: Touring
09-20-19, 10:58 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,769
Posted By staehpj1

Meeting the local folks and fellow travelers is a...

Meeting the local folks and fellow travelers is a major part of what touring is about for me. I especially enjoy the folks who might be considered misfits :)
Forum: Touring
09-11-19, 06:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,096
Posted By staehpj1

Regarding the comments on rain and whether it is...

Regarding the comments on rain and whether it is miserable riding or camping...

Riding in the rain isn't really all that unpleasant unless it is torrential or unless it is cold and you aren't...
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