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Forum: Touring
08-12-20, 10:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 871
Posted By schoolboy2

Spend the night at Kirk Creek Campground if it's...

Spend the night at Kirk Creek Campground if it's open. It's the only campground in the Big Sur area which is on the ocean side of the highway. It does have a hiker-biker section, but you must bring...
Forum: Touring
07-29-20, 11:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,536
Posted By schoolboy2

having a variety of colors and sizes stocked in...

having a variety of colors and sizes stocked in the warehouse would add to the cost you would have to pay..[/color]

Go full custom and you have more options..]

I'm not asking for multiple...
Forum: Touring
07-28-20, 12:29 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,536
Posted By schoolboy2

Much as I love my LHT, the factory paint was...

Much as I love my LHT, the factory paint was ugly. Surly called it Khaki, but it looked like baby diarrhea brown. I finally took it to a local powder coating facility and had it stripped and redone...
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 06:49 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,731
Posted By schoolboy2

Congrats on the new gf. Regarding bike touring...

Congrats on the new gf. Regarding bike touring with her: start with getting her comfortable on some short day rides. Borrow or rent an appropriate sized bike for her, make certain it is fitted...
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 05:43 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,434
Posted By schoolboy2

I'd ride the whole route if there are no...

I'd ride the whole route if there are no constraints like time, money or fitness. Last October I rode from my home in Santa Rosa, California to the Mexican border in 14 days (I'm 69, so a bit...
Forum: Touring
05-07-20, 10:08 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,411
Posted By schoolboy2

My 2 cents: I rode a couple of week long charity...

My 2 cents: I rode a couple of week long charity rides in my late 40's; these were fully supported and fully sagged if needed. But, my first true self supported ride was the Southern Tier from San...
Forum: Touring
04-03-20, 12:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,671
Posted By schoolboy2

I'm stuck in Oz until it's safe enough to fly...

I'm stuck in Oz until it's safe enough to fly back to the US again and it's coming into autumn in the Southern hemisphere. Sadly, I think 2020 is going to be a tour free year.
Forum: Touring
03-19-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 731
Posted By schoolboy2

If you have concerns about pedaling your bike...

If you have concerns about pedaling your bike around the hills of VT, I suggest you start by investigating changing your gearing and riding for fitness until you can easily climb VT hills unloaded....
Forum: Touring
03-12-20, 12:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 765
Posted By schoolboy2

My wife is petite (~5'1") and rides a 47cm frame...

My wife is petite (~5'1") and rides a 47cm frame Trek Madone road bike. We fitted it with a handlebar bag and a rear rack carrying two small Ortlieb rolltop panniers (<12 lbs. packed), plus a bundle...
03-10-20, 08:21 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 11,585
Posted By schoolboy2

I am planning to participate in a five day event...

I am planning to participate in a five day event in Louisiana in April called Cycle Zydeco. And hopefully a 1000+ mile ride from Dayton, OH to Pueblo, CO in the summer. Unless things get a lot worse,...
Forum: Touring
03-08-20, 10:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 423
Posted By schoolboy2

Agree about avoiding non-refundable situations...

Agree about avoiding non-refundable situations until the coronavirus is better understood.
If you do go, I highly recommend the Loire a Velo in France. It's well marked, there's towns and villages...
Forum: Touring
01-27-20, 06:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,155
Posted By schoolboy2

Anyone can tour with enough preparation. I...

Anyone can tour with enough preparation. I started touring at age 62. If I were starting again, here is how I would proceed:

#1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1)...
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,284
Posted By schoolboy2

There are many ways to solve this problem. As...

There are many ways to solve this problem. As another poster noted, there are foldable lightweight handtrucks that would probably do the trick; buy two and bring them with you. Or, if the walk is as...
Forum: Touring
01-05-20, 11:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,926
Posted By schoolboy2

When I first retired in 2018, I started a cross...

When I first retired in 2018, I started a cross country tour from Boston to my home in Santa Rosa, CA. Just before I left, I changed my front bars from the Surly standard drop bar to a Jones H-Bar....
Forum: Touring
12-05-19, 12:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 897
Posted By schoolboy2

According to the REI website, the 089 has been...

According to the REI website, the 089 has been discontinued but Shimano has an ME3 shoe which looks very, very similar.
https://www.rei.com/product/141419/shimano-me3-mountain-bike-shoes-mens
Forum: Touring
11-22-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,315
Posted By schoolboy2

warmshowers.com has been doing this exact thing...

warmshowers.com has been doing this exact thing for years. Check them out!
Forum: Touring
11-21-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,960
Posted By schoolboy2

Domestically, I have used Shipbikes, Bikeflights...

Domestically, I have used Shipbikes, Bikeflights or brought with me as checked baggage. Generally speaking, checked baggage is more expensive, although I have heard that Delta and American have...
Forum: Touring
11-13-19, 01:11 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,948
Posted By schoolboy2

Ramen Bomb is a pkg of ramen plus a package of...

Ramen Bomb is a pkg of ramen plus a package of instant mashed potatoes plus some chopped up Spam.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2n5A5dKOeo
11-10-19, 11:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,581
Posted By schoolboy2

Back to the original question: "Has anyone ridden...

Back to the original question: "Has anyone ridden Cycle Zydeco?" I am thinking about doing the ride and have some questions about hotels: should I stay in Lafayette or move daily to a new destination...
Forum: Touring
11-07-19, 02:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,935
Posted By schoolboy2

I trained for my first week long charity ride...

I trained for my first week long charity ride back in 1997. But once I had completed that ride, I knew that I could cover distance and I really didn't train much again beyond at least one fully...
Forum: Touring
10-23-19, 11:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,652
Posted By schoolboy2

Forty years ago, I worked with a guy who would...

Forty years ago, I worked with a guy who would tell me stories about bike touring down the Oregon and California coasts to San Francisco. At the time I was carrying a full load of engineering classes...
Forum: Touring
09-18-19, 04:06 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,895
Posted By schoolboy2

Rode the Loire a'Velo across France in June/July....

Rode the Loire a'Velo across France in June/July. Had to take some trains when the heat waves became unbearable, but had a really good time. This was my wife's first self supported tour and it worked...
Forum: Touring
09-13-19, 01:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 567
Posted By schoolboy2

I have an LHT and it's under the BB, and often...

I have an LHT and it's under the BB, and often unreadable due to thick paint.

Happy Hunting!
Forum: Touring
09-11-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,251
Posted By schoolboy2

I got most of my philosophy from this guy:...

I got most of my philosophy from this guy: Ultralight bicycle touring (http://ultralightcycling.blogspot.com/)
He's way more extreme than I will ever be, but I like his basic ideas: weigh...
Forum: Touring
09-11-19, 09:22 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,251
Posted By schoolboy2

I did the ST on my Trek 5200 carbon fiber bike...

I did the ST on my Trek 5200 carbon fiber bike with a triple. It was older and had metal drop-outs with threaded holes that allowed me to mount a rack. My gear weight was under 20# not counting food...
Forum: Touring
09-07-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,217
Posted By schoolboy2

Restaurants mostly; there's no smoking indoors,...

Restaurants mostly; there's no smoking indoors, but the outside seating is filled with smokers. BTW, this was true across Europe. I used to smoke, although I haven't smoked since 1977; I had no idea...
Forum: Touring
09-07-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,217
Posted By schoolboy2

Until the heat waves hit, France was really fun....

Until the heat waves hit, France was really fun. Great cycling infrastructure with well marked routes that were often on dedicated paths or lightly traveled agricultural roads, friendly people,...
Forum: Touring
09-06-19, 09:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,217
Posted By schoolboy2

My thanks to everyone that posted answers and...

My thanks to everyone that posted answers and suggestions about my upcoming tour. Based on the answers I plan to go a bit earlier as I want to avoid any possibility of rain.
Forum: Touring
09-02-19, 12:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,217
Posted By schoolboy2

San Francisco to San Diego in October

I'm just back from a summer of riding across France with my wife. It was generally fun, but her fitness level limited us to 20-30 miles per day along mostly flat ground. I'm craving a bit more of a...
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 01:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,435
Posted By schoolboy2

I rode the Southern Tier (mostly) a few years...

I rode the Southern Tier (mostly) a few years ago. I did deviate from the ACA route as I wanted to visit New Orleans for Jazz Fest (Great Fun!!). After New Orleans, I think I was on Highway 90 most...
Forum: Touring
05-14-19, 11:54 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 10,044
Posted By schoolboy2

Just Do It!

I always dreamed of coast-to-coast bike touring, it was a bucket list thing with me. But like you, the time, equipment, partners, cost, etc. seemed overwhelming so I never did any. One afternoon,...
Forum: Touring
04-29-19, 10:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,144
Posted By schoolboy2

You are suggesting a large volume of storage for...

You are suggesting a large volume of storage for a two week trip. My observation of my behavior is that the amount of "stuff" I need will grow to fill the available space. Perhaps the same is true...
Forum: Touring
04-27-19, 10:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,294
Posted By schoolboy2

Your schedule is extremely aggressive at 100...

Your schedule is extremely aggressive at 100 miles per day. There will be days with climbing, brutal headwinds, bad weather, etc. when 100 miles/ day may be impossible to complete.
Any chance of...
Forum: Touring
04-23-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,111
Posted By schoolboy2

I was of the same mind as the OP last spring. I...

I was of the same mind as the OP last spring. I swapped out my drop bars, shifters and brake levers for a Jones H-Bar. This seemed like a great solution for me as I was older and wanted to have a...
Forum: Touring
04-19-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,594
Posted By schoolboy2

Thank you TCS and others for your thoughtful...

Thank you TCS and others for your thoughtful comments and answers.
Forum: Touring
04-18-19, 04:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,594
Posted By schoolboy2

Thanks for all the great info. I'll be getting us...

Thanks for all the great info. I'll be getting us bells as we don't have them currently.

Why are blinking rear lights forbidden??
Forum: Touring
04-16-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,594
Posted By schoolboy2

Bike Regulations in Europe

We're about to start a three month bike tour across France, Germany and Denmark. Are there any regulations requiring headlamps, tail lights, fenders or any other bike safety gear in Europe that I...
Forum: Touring
04-11-19, 12:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 992
Posted By schoolboy2

Terry Liberator X. My wife swears by hers.

Terry Liberator X. My wife swears by hers.
Forum: Touring
04-01-19, 03:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,035
Posted By schoolboy2

Bring your Bromptons! My daughter and son-in-law...

Bring your Bromptons! My daughter and son-in-law took a year off to bike tour and did it entirely on Bromptons. They traveled through Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Japan, several countries in...
Forum: Touring
03-21-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,879
Posted By schoolboy2

Almost forgot ... The Trek 520 will have 700 mm...

Almost forgot ...
The Trek 520 will have 700 mm wheels and the LHT in your size will have 26" wheels. This may make a difference to you, or maybe not. I have heard that for tours in less developed...
Forum: Touring
03-21-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,879
Posted By schoolboy2

Why wouldn't they let you test ride it? I...

Why wouldn't they let you test ride it? I wouldn't buy any bike that I couldn't test ride it or a similar model beforehand.
Fit is very critical for touring; you're in the saddle for hours each day...
Forum: Touring
03-12-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 657
Posted By schoolboy2

Thanks everyone. I appreciate all the tips and I...

Thanks everyone. I appreciate all the tips and I think I have a notion of how to proceed. I plan to book my tickets this weekend for travel on 7-June, hopefully that is enough advance time that I'll...
Forum: Touring
03-11-19, 03:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 657
Posted By schoolboy2

TGV to St Nazaire with our bikes

We want to travel by TGV from Paris to St Nazaire. The SNCF website says that I can do this provided there is space aboard the train. I can find the train I want easily, but I don't see how to...
Forum: Touring
02-27-19, 02:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 851
Posted By schoolboy2

Based on recommendations here and in other media,...

Based on recommendations here and in other media, my wife and I just got Orucase Airport Ninja bags for our upcoming trip to France. The savings in bike transport fees should pay for the cases this...
Forum: Touring
02-27-19, 01:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,560
Posted By schoolboy2

I buy most of my camping gear from REI. You get...

I buy most of my camping gear from REI. You get 10% back and they stand behind their stuff 100%.

Panniers and racks I usually research on line and then buy wherever it's cheapest. I found some...
Forum: Touring
02-26-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 801
Posted By schoolboy2

Great question, one that concerns most riders....

Great question, one that concerns most riders. Here are my thoughts:
1. Ride a lot before the tour. Every Spring, my first long rides are painful as my butt gets back in shape. The only cure is...
Forum: Touring
02-25-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,087
Posted By schoolboy2

I don't know your route, but if BART is the...

I don't know your route, but if BART is the problem, skip BART, pedal across the Golden Gate Bridge and just ride the perimeter of SF. It's easily done, ping me if you need more info.

Regarding...
Forum: Touring
02-14-19, 05:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,226
Posted By schoolboy2

https://www.shipbikes.com/ebike-shipper/ ...

https://www.shipbikes.com/ebike-shipper/

Try this web address. Turns out that Uline makes the boxes used by Shipbikes.com

Sorry for the confusion.

Dan
Forum: Touring
02-14-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,226
Posted By schoolboy2

I have used a Trico case and also eBike shipper...

I have used a Trico case and also eBike shipper boxes from Uline. I have never flown without TSA opening my bike carrier. Generally TSA is careful, although they are careful in the way someone who...
Forum: Touring
02-07-19, 03:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,210
Posted By schoolboy2

Just for clarity, we plan to lock our bikes...

Just for clarity, we plan to lock our bikes whenever we leave them. But since most bike locks are easily defeated by a determined thief, I was wondering if others had problems.

BTW, thanks...
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