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Forum: Touring
01-17-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 164
Posted By Brian25

There are some you tube videos of tourists doing...

There are some you tube videos of tourists doing tours like that.
Forum: Touring
01-15-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 275
Posted By Brian25

Check out the weather as to when you might want...

Check out the weather as to when you might want to go, as this is in northern Spain, and it tends to be cold. I am going over there at the end of March, but I decided on southern Spain because it's...
Forum: Touring
12-22-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 268
Posted By Brian25

seeking maps and possible comanion for Spain, France & Italy

I am planning a tour in Spain, France and Italy. and am looking for good physical paper maps that hopefully show less traveled, or and wide shouldered roads or/ and bike ways (paved or gravel.) ...
Forum: Touring
12-04-19, 05:52 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,438
Posted By Brian25

I think that you have too much time on your hands...

I think that you have too much time on your hands and now are starting to use your interpretation to twist what I am saying so you can remedy all your free time with creating drama on this post. ...
Forum: Touring
12-04-19, 05:42 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,438
Posted By Brian25

I could see how you could reach that conclusion,...

I could see how you could reach that conclusion, but it's a little more complicated. An example:

In To Santos I found a water spicket in front of someones house. I filled my pocket shower...
Forum: Touring
12-04-19, 03:12 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,438
Posted By Brian25

CLARIFICATION: Everyone has a different idea...

CLARIFICATION: Everyone has a different idea about what bike packing is. After a better introduction, I will dive into the Bike packing definition is or at least my version of it.
...
Forum: Touring
12-04-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,438
Posted By Brian25

Originally Posted by Brian25 View Post...

Originally Posted by Brian25 View Post (https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1189344-help-me-bikepacking.html#post21230728)
1.0 lb Pocket shower, backpack, rope shower floor/ ground cover and flip...
12-04-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,568
Posted By Brian25

I tend to loose motivation to respond to...

I tend to loose motivation to respond to sarcastic trolls
Forum: Touring
12-03-19, 08:36 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,438
Posted By Brian25

Great insight and advice, everyone. I am trying...

Great insight and advice, everyone. I am trying to use some organizational skills; lets see how this works. I am a bit overloaded with all of the ideas/ comments/ feedback. Before I start I just...
Forum: Touring
12-03-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,438
Posted By Brian25

Thank you for your nice comments. O.K. Even...

Thank you for your nice comments. O.K. Even though I listed my gear and weights, I am not necessarily trying to loose weight with the gear. Truth be told that I must disclose that at 5-6", I used...
Forum: Touring
12-02-19, 08:12 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,438
Posted By Brian25

Oh yea, all my stuff fits just fine in my...

Oh yea, all my stuff fits just fine in my panniers. I put on the bike clothing in the left front, so as the day goes (usually warms up) I can shed clothing and put them in the easily accessible left...
Forum: Touring
12-02-19, 07:58 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,438
Posted By Brian25

Since I do frame building, I took an older 26"...

Since I do frame building, I took an older 26" wheeled Bridgestone mountain bike, disc cut most of the frame up. I reconfigured it with a lower bottom bracket (45mm drop.) this was to make it to...
Forum: Touring
12-02-19, 07:35 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,438
Posted By Brian25

Quote: Originally Posted by Brian25 View Post...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brian25 View Post (https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1189344-help-me-bikepacking.html#post21230728)
I use about 90% of my gear daily. I am not one of those people...
Forum: Touring
12-02-19, 06:53 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,438
Posted By Brian25

In 2006, I was in a ladder slide out accident...

In 2006, I was in a ladder slide out accident where I broke both of my heels quite massively, as a result, I lost a lot of my planter and dorsey flection in my feet. I have had a bit of problem...
Forum: Touring
12-02-19, 04:54 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,438
Posted By Brian25

O.K. --- we are off to a good start, because if I...

O.K. --- we are off to a good start, because if I used those water bottle holders, that would free up my frame triangle to have a (small) frame bag. Can those be mounted forward, because my top tube...
Forum: Touring
12-02-19, 04:03 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,438
Posted By Brian25

Help me with bikepacking

Hi,
I recently wrote in this forum that I classified bike packing as a type of credit card touring. I did not mean to ruffle any feathers.
Maybe some of you seasoned bike packers can clue me in....
Forum: Touring
12-02-19, 08:09 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,689
Posted By Brian25

Sometimes I would like to make it manditory that...

Sometimes I would like to make it manditory that when someone writes Bicycle touring, they clarify A) credit card touring B) fully loaded/ self sustained (I hate calling it contained, because you...
Forum: Touring
12-02-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,822
Posted By Brian25

You may be onto something as to your comment...

You may be onto something as to your comment about age because I am 58.
Forum: Framebuilders
11-28-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 858
Posted By Brian25

Looks really bad.... RUN

Looks really bad.... RUN
11-14-19, 07:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 585
Posted By Brian25

I am 5' - 6". I used to cyclocross on a 54 cm...

I am 5' - 6". I used to cyclocross on a 54 cm (way too big). I have downsized to 42cm (much better). I think that you should find a store with some sub 40 cm bikes if at all possible, and try...
11-13-19, 07:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,745
Posted By Brian25

In 1977, I lived less than a mile away from a...

In 1977, I lived less than a mile away from a bike shop. I found an old 3 speed frame that I dumpster dived, so along with some wheels and stuff, all I needed to buy was the fixed cog. That got me...
Forum: Touring
11-04-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 221
Posted By Brian25

Calling around to bike shops is your best option....

Calling around to bike shops is your best option. You are going to " road cycling paradise" I lived there for 18 yrs and rode up to 12,000 miles/ yr on the peninsula. There are no gravel roads...
Forum: Touring
10-25-19, 09:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 579
Posted By Brian25

Please take notice that I added to my original...

Please take notice that I added to my original post.
Forum: Touring
10-25-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 579
Posted By Brian25

I toured from Cabo northward last spring. The...

I toured from Cabo northward last spring. The ride along the west cost to Todos Santos is really nice (65 miles). The roads are fine, traffic is ok at signals. You will need to be super careful at...
Forum: Touring
10-20-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 685
Posted By Brian25

I always look at the tour duration to how long is...

I always look at the tour duration to how long is it going to get there ratio. Since you are only talking about two weeks, I would not recommend traveling really far. Cancun / Yucatan area would...
Forum: Touring
10-18-19, 06:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 578
Posted By Brian25

I do not see any route 445, not sure if it's a...

I do not see any route 445, not sure if it's a typo?
Forum: Touring
10-18-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,975
Posted By Brian25

Tioga Pass coming down from Yosemite. 55mph

Tioga Pass coming down from Yosemite. 55mph
10-16-19, 03:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 660
Posted By Brian25

Dropping your heels makes a huge difference.

Dropping your heels makes a huge difference.
10-14-19, 07:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,317
Posted By Brian25

You have to be really careful about shopping for...

You have to be really careful about shopping for a tent. There are no regulations on what manufacturers claim on sizing. I have this one tent that measures (from the staking points) 1 meter by 2...
10-06-19, 05:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 798
Posted By Brian25

Beyond being described as "short" ---- More...

Beyond being described as "short" ---- More specifically, she's how tall**********
09-24-19, 07:31 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,568
Posted By Brian25

Wow, I thought I was the last one on the planet...

Wow, I thought I was the last one on the planet who thinks this way. I was a bike store owner for over 12 years. I have been mountain biking since the mid 80's. before 1990 there were no shocks,...
Forum: Touring
09-22-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,822
Posted By Brian25

I don't see me going to bars. Barflies aren't...

I don't see me going to bars. Barflies aren't really a type that I would enjoy being social with. (I generally avoid drinkers and smokers). I guess that makes me sound prejudiced against motor...
Forum: Touring
09-21-19, 08:43 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,822
Posted By Brian25

Let's keep it civil, I did not intend to start a...

Let's keep it civil, I did not intend to start a war here. Forgot to mention that I have done warm shower hosting myself. I have met some really nice tourists at home.
Anyways, yea, I would like...
Forum: Touring
09-21-19, 05:26 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,822
Posted By Brian25

Thank you for all of your perspectives. To...

Thank you for all of your perspectives. To clarify: For those who guessed that I do not drink, You would be right. I just don't any urge to drink while out on tour. Actually, the last beer...
Forum: Touring
09-20-19, 07:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,822
Posted By Brian25

Degrees of sociality while out on tour.

Hi fellow tourists. I have been touring since the mid '80s. My tours tend to be run like a military operation. I tour from town to town, cruise about the town, shop for food, figure what to do...
09-18-19, 09:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,142
Posted By Brian25

I have no idea if this helps: A downward tilted...

I have no idea if this helps: A downward tilted seat of 6mm/ 1/4", or more is a real hand killer.
09-17-19, 06:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,141
Posted By Brian25

Oh, I read your post again. The reason that the...

Oh, I read your post again. The reason that the artistic cyclists use a non offset stem, is that when they spin the handlebars, they are the same regardless to which way they are when they stop...
09-17-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,141
Posted By Brian25

I have been intrigued with artistic cycling for...

I have been intrigued with artistic cycling for quite a while. The key to become any good at it is to first become really, really really proficient on a unicycle first. Since I am a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-19, 05:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 794
Posted By Brian25

As a former bike store owner, I know about bike...

As a former bike store owner, I know about bike stores that bilk their customers. True story; the guy that I sold one of my stores to in Solana Beach was ripping people off left and right/...
Forum: Touring
09-05-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,402
Posted By Brian25

Water proof is a feature with panniers. My...

Water proof is a feature with panniers. My opinion is that having a bunch of pockets is another feature that the waterproof ones tend to lack. It really comes down to how much you value being...
Forum: Touring
09-04-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 716
Posted By Brian25

I forgot to mention that since your new "project"...

I forgot to mention that since your new "project" bike will likely get new paint, I noticed that the Nishiki has horizontal drop outs. The disadvantage being that there is the likely hood of pulling...
Forum: Touring
09-04-19, 04:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 716
Posted By Brian25

I am a frame builder/ bike tourist; The low...

I am a frame builder/ bike tourist; The low rider rack attaches to the rear (behind the fork) mount, the fender mounts to the front, or not at all if you use a (slide -on) clip on fender.

The...
09-02-19, 05:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,069
Posted By Brian25

When you wrote that you degreased them, did you...

When you wrote that you degreased them, did you submerge them in a solvent. I used to own bike stores and have see/ fixed hundreds of (mostly mtn bike) shifters, where the grease that shimano uses...
Forum: Touring
08-26-19, 06:53 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,389
Posted By Brian25

Busses in the U.S. ... not so good. Much more...

Busses in the U.S. ... not so good. Much more viable in Mexico. I do not know where you want to travel to from Florida, but one thing that you could consider is craigslist/ rideshare???
Forum: Touring
08-26-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,877
Posted By Brian25

I am all in for brifters for touring because, to...

I am all in for brifters for touring because, to me bar cans are really not any better than down tube shifters ( neither one can be shifted when you are riding out of the saddle). I love the...
Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 05:10 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 7,307
Posted By Brian25

You are being too protective, don't worry about...

You are being too protective, don't worry about her, she'll be fine.
Forum: Touring
08-16-19, 06:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,000
Posted By Brian25

Touring Arizona's cow butt hole

I do not know if you are aware of it but Arizona has some of the nations largest cow feed lots. Because of the size of those lots, there is the smell that goes with it. I know largely from...
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,000
Posted By Brian25

If you decide on the Sierra Cascade route, I do...

If you decide on the Sierra Cascade route, I do not recommend riding the central valley up the 49, even though it's not the desert, it's plenty hot, also I believe most people tour up the 120 through...
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,000
Posted By Brian25

I was going to write to ask which part of Arizona...

I was going to write to ask which part of Arizona you are located, but then it does not matter because no matter where you are the desert that you need to get across this time of year is...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,015
Posted By Brian25

Almost. I have a 1973 Atala. When I went to...

Almost. I have a 1973 Atala. When I went to put on an 8 cog cassette, the Suntour VGT derailleur would not cover the range, so I "modernized" the bike a bit.
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