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Forum: Touring
10-22-20, 06:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 624
Posted By KC8QVO

Another point - Yes, Ohio to Erie. Just n of...

Another point - Yes, Ohio to Erie. Just n of Columbus. My plan is to get back for election day. Then maybe Ill do the southern end down to the river and back. We'll see. Was going to try and make it...
Forum: Touring
10-22-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 624
Posted By KC8QVO

First off - I am still enjoying my adventure....

First off - I am still enjoying my adventure. That is what it was meant to be from the start. Yea, the rain is a drag, but I am managing it OK thus far.

Secondly - to all the critics - ride your...
Forum: Touring
10-20-20, 04:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 624
Posted By KC8QVO

Day 5, 3rd day with rain in a row

Its been wet and slower going than I anticipated, but its going. This was yesterday morning - trying to break camp in breaks in the rain. Breakfast was pancakes under the tarp. Over-night it was the...
10-16-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 693
Posted By KC8QVO

Thanks for the info and stories all. It has...

Thanks for the info and stories all.

It has come up a few times to not trust tires I've had issues with. I agree - I put a new set of tires on yesterday. I will take the old tire I haven't had an...
Forum: Touring
10-15-20, 08:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,033
Posted By KC8QVO

Sarcasm noted. What is your beef?

Sarcasm noted. What is your beef?
10-15-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,006
Posted By KC8QVO

I pump tires/check pressure every ride. I don't...

I pump tires/check pressure every ride. I don't ride every day, though. The few times I don't is if I am going a short distance or if I worked on the bike the day before. If I know I am going to ride...
10-15-20, 07:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 693
Posted By KC8QVO

That was the purpose of doing a full inside...

That was the purpose of doing a full inside inspection - and I've done that twice. To see if there was any damage to the bead or tire itself - such as the "snapped cords inside the casing" that you...
10-14-20, 11:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 693
Posted By KC8QVO

What is "booting" a tire? What is "looping" a...

What is "booting" a tire?
What is "looping" a wire bead tire?
10-14-20, 10:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 947
Posted By KC8QVO

Thanks for the replies. I replaced just the...

Thanks for the replies.

I replaced just the cables, for what it is worth.

And yes - the rear shifter cable is the one that was frayed at the shifter. Oddly enough, that was the only "bad" cable...
10-14-20, 10:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 693
Posted By KC8QVO

Dealing with blow outs on tour - possible repairs?

First off, I am not talking simple "flat tires".

What I am referring to are two types of "blow outs":
1. Bead separating from rim bead seat
2. Blown side wall where tire tears away from bead
...
Forum: Touring
10-14-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 372
Posted By KC8QVO

For winter/cold temp riding I prefer regular...

For winter/cold temp riding I prefer regular mitts. I have never tried bar mitts, but that is a thought. The mitts I use are made by Hestra. I want to say they are C-Zone models? They are insulated...
Forum: Touring
10-14-20, 08:27 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,722
Posted By KC8QVO

Good thoughts. The tent I have now (the main...

Good thoughts.

The tent I have now (the main one, the Hammerhead 2) is a 2 person tent and I have had 2 people in it fine. The tent is big for just me - which isn't usually a bad thing. However,...
Forum: Touring
10-14-20, 08:14 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,416
Posted By KC8QVO

You are correct. That was exactly the idea -...

You are correct. That was exactly the idea - sleep on the ground, but have the fly/tarp set up for weather protection. So the poles would only be used to support the tarp pitch and bug netting - with...
Forum: Touring
10-14-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,416
Posted By KC8QVO

Mark - the only canvas-type material I am aware...

Mark - the only canvas-type material I am aware of for tents is the hunting/wall tent type - which is asininely heavy and not suited at all to travel by human power (cycling, backpacking).

Other...
Forum: Touring
10-13-20, 08:47 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,722
Posted By KC8QVO

What all can you tell me about the protrail? How...

What all can you tell me about the protrail? How do you find the ergonomics of getting in and out of it after a hard day of riding? Can you sit up in it or do you hit the sides near the peak very...
Forum: Touring
10-13-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,722
Posted By KC8QVO

That is a good point. On my coming trek I...

That is a good point.

On my coming trek I will have both the tent and hammock. I think the hammock tarp is pretty close to 10x10. I've done the "group shelter" thing with it on backpacking trips -...
Forum: Touring
10-13-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,033
Posted By KC8QVO

What I came up with is adding foam packing sheet...

What I came up with is adding foam packing sheet to a standard 32oz Nalgene bottle. I did 2 wraps. The foam is about 3/16" I believe.

It seems to work. However, being short it has to be lined up...
Forum: Touring
10-13-20, 06:56 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,722
Posted By KC8QVO

One of my riding buddies made the comment,...

One of my riding buddies made the comment, regarding free-standing tents, that the ones he has he can pick up and move to flatter ground if need-be.

I am not overly concerned with the flat ground...
Forum: Touring
10-12-20, 09:11 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,722
Posted By KC8QVO

You are correct. Tarptent sells them in various...

You are correct. Tarptent sells them in various lengths for $16/ea.

https://www.tarptent.com/product/vertical-support-pole/

For what its worth - those poles could be used with any tent that is...
Forum: Touring
10-12-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,722
Posted By KC8QVO

Hmm. Interesting thoughts. Of the tents that...

Hmm. Interesting thoughts.

Of the tents that you can put in your category of a more robust tent - why do you say the Tarptent models closest to that still don't cut the mustard?

Reason I ask,...
Forum: Touring
10-11-20, 10:05 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,416
Posted By KC8QVO

Looks like the complete tent comes in at 8.2lbs....

Looks like the complete tent comes in at 8.2lbs. So that is lighter than I figured. I am not sure on the accuracy of the scale, but I took several readings to see if I got a mix and did not - it was...
Forum: Touring
10-11-20, 12:38 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,722
Posted By KC8QVO

You missed the boat. I am asking if anyone...

You missed the boat.

I am asking if anyone has modern experience with Tarptent tents - they are commercially made tents.

Where Tyvek came in was my comment that over 10 years ago a fellow...
Forum: Touring
10-11-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,722
Posted By KC8QVO

Any experience with modern Tarptent tents?

Does anyone have any experience with Tarptent tents in recent years?

The only one Ive seen in use was well over 10 years ago. It was a single wall Tyvek material design (white fabric) that a...
Forum: Touring
10-10-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,416
Posted By KC8QVO

Well said. I still need to weigh my dome tent. I...

Well said. I still need to weigh my dome tent. I want to say it is under 9 lbs. It seems to me it was always 8lbs and change. However, I added a trash bag ground cover (big trash bags and duct tape...
10-10-20, 10:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 947
Posted By KC8QVO

Yep. Everything works fine. Of course, things...

Yep. Everything works fine. Of course, things have been tuned and adjusted numerous times but that is just normal maintenance. No sticking cables.
10-10-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 947
Posted By KC8QVO

How necessary is it to replace cable sheaths?

All,

I am contemplating replacing the cables on my bike - brake and shifter cables. They are actually the original cables - from 2014.

How necessary is it to replace the sheaths? or can I get...
Forum: Touring
10-10-20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 842
Posted By KC8QVO

Regular rear rack. Get your drill out and poke...

Regular rear rack. Get your drill out and poke holes in the seat stays for bolts to pass thru instead of threading braze-on screws.

Seriously though, hindsight problem solving is harder than...
Forum: Touring
10-09-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,671
Posted By KC8QVO

Got the waterproofing reconditioned on both the...

Got the waterproofing reconditioned on both the hammock tarp and the tent fly. I did some seam sealing on the tent fly a couple months ago. However, I set it up and gave it a hose-down to test it the...
Forum: Touring
10-08-20, 09:09 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,416
Posted By KC8QVO

That is a good point. I do have trekking poles....

That is a good point. I do have trekking poles. Reason for the tent poles is they are more compact and lighter than the trekking poles.

I am not sure ground pitching the hammock is going to end up...
Forum: Touring
10-07-20, 10:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 547
Posted By KC8QVO

Thanks The main concern with the...

Thanks



The main concern with the hammock and tarp in heavy weather is the "wind tunnel" affect. If a torrential rain storm ensued and the wind kicked up to where air was blowing through the...
Forum: Touring
10-07-20, 09:46 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,416
Posted By KC8QVO

fishboat - you missed the boat a long time ago. ...

fishboat - you missed the boat a long time ago.



Ground pitching is the subject. Not hanging. That should have been beyond obvious in the pictures if the terminology wasn't clear. Not sure how...
Forum: Touring
10-07-20, 05:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 547
Posted By KC8QVO

How does this answer: speak to my frame...

How does this answer:


speak to my frame of reference here for which to base comments off of?



If you're thinking I'm over-thinking the scenario - how can you predict the weather out to...
Forum: Touring
10-07-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 547
Posted By KC8QVO

Shelter options... Complicating things too much? Thoughts?

I've been working on my shelter options here over the past month or so. Long story short, I've been making do with some "other" options as my hammock has been MIA for a long time. Those "other"...
Forum: Touring
10-07-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,416
Posted By KC8QVO

Great minds think alike. Perhaps mine just went...

Great minds think alike. Perhaps mine just went further out of the box.

...
Forum: Touring
10-07-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,416
Posted By KC8QVO

Excellent info. Now that you say that and showed...

Excellent info. Now that you say that and showed the pictures - I think I remember seeing you posting about this method last year or the year before. That is pretty cool.

I will have to keep that...
Forum: Touring
10-07-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,416
Posted By KC8QVO

Ground pitching is an "in case I can't find a...

Ground pitching is an "in case I can't find a place to hang" idea. Hopefully I don't need it at all, but I don't want to not have the option. So I am trying to figure it out so I know how to do it.
...
Forum: Touring
10-06-20, 10:04 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,416
Posted By KC8QVO

Mark - the goal is to have a solution that...

Mark - the goal is to have a solution that doesn't add much to the packed bulk/weight of the hammock set up as it already was.

Trekking poles, for example, are more bulk than the tent poles.
...
Forum: Touring
10-06-20, 09:17 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,416
Posted By KC8QVO

Ground pitching a hammock - ideas?

I got my hammock out today. It was MIA for over a year but I got lucky and found it. I am trying to come up with a method to ground pitch it that is still fairly compact. The idea is to use the...
Forum: Touring
10-06-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,671
Posted By KC8QVO

As of right now my insides are saying "no way". I...

As of right now my insides are saying "no way". I am hoping that changes soon.
Forum: Touring
10-06-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,351
Posted By KC8QVO

Lol. Never heard that term before, but I can see...

Lol. Never heard that term before, but I can see it.

The catch is I don't think I'll be reliably able to do that. My intent is to be solo and away from others for the most part. So the idea of...
Forum: Touring
10-06-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,351
Posted By KC8QVO

If the trangia type stove you are referring to is...

If the trangia type stove you are referring to is what I found when I googled it - that is an alcohol stove. There are a lot of forms of "alcohol" that will burn in them - Heet is popular, as is...
Forum: Touring
10-06-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,351
Posted By KC8QVO

This doesn't look as well made but looks similar...

This doesn't look as well made but looks similar in function:...
Forum: Touring
10-05-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,351
Posted By KC8QVO

I've never tried to run anything but "white gas"...

I've never tried to run anything but "white gas" in my stove - MSR Simmerlite. I know they have an "International" version that will run on a lot of different fuels, but mine is not that.

Can you,...
Forum: Touring
10-05-20, 07:04 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,351
Posted By KC8QVO

That calculation was from using 2/3 of an 11oz...

That calculation was from using 2/3 of an 11oz bottle over the course of basically 2 full days camping - dinner night 1, a full day in camp, then breakfast and drinks the next day before hiking out....
Forum: Touring
10-05-20, 06:13 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,351
Posted By KC8QVO

Fuel resupply - white gas

Are there any others that prefer white gas?

What is your methodology for resupplying on a trip?

Why I question it is I buy it in 1 gallon jugs. That isn't practical on a trip to buy a 1 gallon...
10-04-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 243
Posted By KC8QVO

The tires are Continentals, one of their Tour...

The tires are Continentals, one of their Tour models of one variant or another. I want to say they are rated for 80-90psi max. I've never gone higher than 80, and that wasn't for riding - just...
10-04-20, 02:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 243
Posted By KC8QVO

Bead seating

I noticed my front wheel had a bit of a thump to it. It wasn't a ride killer, and honestly I let it be for quite some time. Well, in prepping for a trip I went over my bike with a finer tooth comb...
Forum: Touring
10-04-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,671
Posted By KC8QVO

Thanks the additional info. I think its pretty...

Thanks the additional info. I think its pretty clear I'll have the layers and gloves along at this point. Just not a good idea not to, even with the added bulk/weight of the foul weather suit....
Forum: Touring
10-02-20, 06:36 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,671
Posted By KC8QVO

Helmet cover and gel cover came. The helmet cover...

Helmet cover and gel cover came. The helmet cover isn't seam taped - just fabric sewn together. Will give it a shot anyway. Fluorescent yellow so it is at least a wind break and visibility catcher.
...
Forum: Touring
09-30-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,872
Posted By KC8QVO

Original post/thread beginning was July 13 of...

Original post/thread beginning was July 13 of 2019 - over a year old.

With a single wheel (extra wheel) type design - weight up high would be extremely dangerous due to the center of gravity. The...
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