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Forum: Touring
10-23-18, 02:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 457
Posted By Roughstuff

Yeah...a lot of good advice. I usually use the...

Yeah...a lot of good advice. I usually use the 60-40 rear front allocation as an initial guide. I tend to have my food, quick repair equipment, and stuff I need on a quick notice (raingear etc) in...
Forum: Northeast
10-12-18, 03:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 704
Posted By Roughstuff

Was cycling in the Sierra, Cascades, and the...

Was cycling in the Sierra, Cascades, and the Rockies from April 1 to late September.....so I had very little heat and humidity till I got back east. ARF...glad to kiss it goodbye. Bring on the colors...
Forum: Touring
10-10-18, 02:24 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,294
Posted By Roughstuff

Loved all the photos and comment about how steep...

Loved all the photos and comment about how steep this-and-or-that pass was. Since I've done them so many times, both ways, I guess I have seen the best and worst of all of them.

One thing I will...
Forum: Northeast
10-09-18, 08:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,970
Posted By Roughstuff

Love all the replies! EVERYONE has their favorite...

Love all the replies! EVERYONE has their favorite hill. I enjoy the climb up Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts from the west side (Lanesboro/NEw Ashford). BE careful not to burn out on the VERY STEEP...
Forum: Touring
10-09-18, 07:55 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,294
Posted By Roughstuff

I've done the Going to the Sun road many times;...

I've done the Going to the Sun road many times; and also the south road along the border of the park (US Rt 2, actually).

Obviously the GTTS road is more spectacular for the scenery, but there are...
Forum: Touring
10-07-18, 10:14 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 9,084
Posted By Roughstuff

very old thread but still.....

Well I am getting a Surly long haul something soon...go to a good local bike shop, get fully measured and analysis, and make sure i get the right bike. I've never doe it that way before...I usually...
Forum: Touring
10-07-18, 09:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 971
Posted By Roughstuff

EVERY tour is a success! A BAD DAY touring beats...

EVERY tour is a success! A BAD DAY touring beats a GOOD DAY Workin'!
Forum: Touring
10-03-18, 07:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 664
Posted By Roughstuff

LOVE GOOD NEWS about folks bicycle tours. GABBA...

LOVE GOOD NEWS about folks bicycle tours. GABBA GABBA HEY. It was your MAGNUM OPUS......arf!

I will ask: did you feel intimidated by being at the "same level as cars?" Was it difficult for you to...
10-02-18, 01:39 PM
10-01-18, 07:41 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,948
Posted By Roughstuff

I look at the bike lane like any other lane, no...

I look at the bike lane like any other lane, no matter WHAT THE LAW says. Since so few infractions are capable of being reported to the law, to me it is COURTESY which rules the road. The law comes...
Forum: Touring
09-30-18, 10:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,679
Posted By Roughstuff

I always had just two bottles and supplemented...

I always had just two bottles and supplemented them as needed in very dry areas. When I was in the Atacama, I had my two water bottles and 3 liters extra: one on the front rack (I don't use low...
09-30-18, 10:19 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,608
Posted By Roughstuff

HAven't studies shown that many helmets are more...

HAven't studies shown that many helmets are more aerodynamic than a plain noggin', and also cooler because they keep the sun directly off my bald head...or mop of hair if ya got one?

I leave...
09-30-18, 08:35 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,669
Posted By Roughstuff

I wave and/or give thumbs up to folks who show me...

I wave and/or give thumbs up to folks who show me courtesy and roadspace, and whenever I feel it might just be a nice thing to do. AS many people point out, the vast majority of drivers---and this...
Forum: Northeast
09-29-18, 04:43 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 279
Posted By Roughstuff

Calling all Greater Albany NY bikers....

I have been doing bicycle tours almost every summer since 1980, and usually got a bike by going to my local shop and ordering FUJI....one time the Fuji s-12-s; another time the Fuji touring, 27...
Forum: Touring
09-24-18, 11:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 683
Posted By Roughstuff

My experience with bike flights has always been...

My experience with bike flights has always been great. Door to door service, no delays. I always make sure I send my bike well in advance, the folks I am sending it too when I start my six month...
Forum: Touring
02-24-18, 12:17 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,977
Posted By Roughstuff

What you learned the hard way is what I call the...

What you learned the hard way is what I call the "Ortlieb Obsession." I am biased: as an older touring guy from the 1970s, I was spoiled rotten by a fantastic set of Kirtland Tour pacs. Each rear...
Forum: Touring
02-24-18, 11:45 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 13,506
Posted By Roughstuff

For the third time in the last four years, I am...

For the third time in the last four years, I am going to do an individualized version of the Sierra Cascade route, with some variations throughout Southern California and the Sierra. I"ll be out for...
Forum: Touring
02-07-18, 03:04 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,743
Posted By Roughstuff

A couple comments. When I was in parts of Idaho...

A couple comments. When I was in parts of Idaho (near Riggins, north to White Bird), in the very dry areas I occasionally saw signs and posters in the camping/rest areas advising folks they better...
Forum: Touring
06-27-17, 01:13 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,941
Posted By Roughstuff

On my world cycling website I have a sub-page,...

On my world cycling website I have a sub-page, with some serious stuff and other stuff in jest, about "cycling in dangerous places." One of them, very effective, is early day riding, especially when...
06-09-17, 11:29 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,805
Posted By Roughstuff

I am usually singing while I am riding, so I...

I am usually singing while I am riding, so I don't need music. I have always worn a helmet, along with a helmet mounted mirror. Between that and my hearing I've done probably a quarter million miles...
Forum: Touring
03-03-17, 09:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,124
Posted By Roughstuff

I've run the gamut: since I was a college...

I've run the gamut: since I was a college instructor (not really a "professor.") I had summers off. Even so, I got the 3 or 4 year itch and moved from faculty spot to faculty spot, and during the...
Forum: Touring
02-24-17, 10:55 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,461
Posted By Roughstuff

I agree: will take a busy road with a good...

I agree: will take a busy road with a good shoulder any day. Dollar for dollar, the best improvement in safety for cyclists on our roadways is a firm commitment to increasing the size and quality of...
02-07-17, 09:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,255
Posted By Roughstuff

Genec: Gee I wish all of that very reasonable...

Genec: Gee I wish all of that very reasonable advice could be summarized as, "When in doubt, don't pull out!" But i bet the average roadway user would find that too much to memorize, as well....
Forum: Touring
02-02-17, 07:09 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,126
Posted By Roughstuff

I have one many tours where this is an issue,...

I have one many tours where this is an issue, from stretches in the Canadian rockies to a tour of the Sayan Mountains in Siberia when I lived in Irkutsk. I have never had Mtn House on a tour: i tried...
01-24-17, 10:08 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,838
Posted By Roughstuff

I found the climate for cycling in Montana to be...

I found the climate for cycling in Montana to be excellent, from the touristy areas around Glacier and Yellowstone parks to the flat rural areas in the east, e.g. Glendive. Have mixed feelings on...
01-24-17, 09:53 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,838
Posted By Roughstuff

I found the climate for cycling in Montana to be...

I found the climate for cycling in Montana to be excellent, from the touristy areas around Glacier and Yellowstone parks to the flat rural areas in the east, e.g. Glendive. Have mixed feelings on...
Forum: Touring
01-04-17, 02:53 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,528
Posted By Roughstuff

No. It is the sign on the right hand side of the...

No. It is the sign on the right hand side of the road as you approach the town from the south on rt 3 from Fernie. It was early evening, I had some food already, so I figured I'd pitch my tent behind...
Forum: Touring
01-04-17, 01:48 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,528
Posted By Roughstuff

Here is my camping spot in Sparwood! ...

Here is my camping spot in Sparwood!


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Forum: Touring
01-04-17, 01:44 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,528
Posted By Roughstuff

A repeat of a tour I made two years ago: start...

A repeat of a tour I made two years ago: start near San Diego, ride thru the Southern California mountains, the Sierra, into the Siskiyous/Cascades, all the way to British Columbia, where I will...
11-29-16, 08:55 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,868
Posted By Roughstuff

Or more accurately, the concept that it is "up to...

Or more accurately, the concept that it is "up to the cyclist" to decide how far to right is "possible," is just a manifestation of the concept that "I own the road," which cyclists are always...
11-28-16, 11:32 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,868
Posted By Roughstuff

It probably is simply a choice on the part of the...

It probably is simply a choice on the part of the driver to avoid a "close pass" with oncoming traffic by not moving as far to the left as they might otherwise have done. Traffic is a dynamic flow of...
11-23-16, 01:18 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,163
Posted By Roughstuff

Try the same thing in Kansas with the locusts....

Try the same thing in Kansas with the locusts. They fly away at the last second but you can bag one now and then.
11-22-16, 08:55 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,163
Posted By Roughstuff

I had a Honda 650 XR motorcycle for a few years....

I had a Honda 650 XR motorcycle for a few years. I usually kept the big knobby tires on so that if I saw a nice dirt path, I could follow it to hell and back. I ran over a squirrel one day on a local...
Forum: Touring
11-16-16, 12:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,694
Posted By Roughstuff

Beautiful!!!!!!!!

Beautiful!!!!!!!!
Forum: Touring
11-15-16, 07:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,045
Posted By Roughstuff

I rode in Iran and on their...

I rode in Iran and on their Freeways--specifically, the Qom Autobahn-- quite often. You are better off on the Freeways than the side feeder/service roads. The latter have just as much traffic, with...
Forum: Touring
11-15-16, 07:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,694
Posted By Roughstuff

I am planning next summer's tour already,...

I am planning next summer's tour already, although there is much still out in the open waiting for decisions. My original intention was to a Donald Trump victory tour: riding thru every state he won...
Forum: Touring
11-07-16, 02:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 817
Posted By Roughstuff

I look for the green! BY this I don't mean cold...

I look for the green! BY this I don't mean cold hard cash sittin' on the road, though that would be nice.

Instead, using Rand McNally maps and similar things, I look for forested and farmed...
11-05-16, 07:08 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,868
Posted By Roughstuff

Yes..I notice the same. When I was in Tegucigalpa...

Yes..I notice the same. When I was in Tegucigalpa there were VW buses type of buses that would be full (the guys butt in front of you would be in your face if you were sitting by the aisle! :) but...
11-05-16, 08:50 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,868
Posted By Roughstuff

I wonder how feasible it would be to replace the...

I wonder how feasible it would be to replace the monstrosities that busses are with smaller type van vehicles that can scoot around more easily and don't destroy sight lines for drivers, pedestrians...
Forum: Touring
11-01-16, 08:46 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,282
Posted By Roughstuff

When I get a flat on the road, I simply replace...

When I get a flat on the road, I simply replace both the tube and tire with a brand new set, and fix the flat later in my tent when it is easier, in most cases. I certainly do this on rainy days. I...
Forum: Touring
10-31-16, 05:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,195
Posted By Roughstuff

I had the wind behind me on my way from Waterton...

I had the wind behind me on my way from Waterton village toward Calgary, as I was taking a different route to Banff on that trip. I was going north from Rt 2 on Fort Mcleod, and it seemed the traffic...
Forum: Touring
10-31-16, 01:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,195
Posted By Roughstuff

I loved the gigantic truck they had located...

I loved the gigantic truck they had located downtown. As I climbed the hill over the rockies to "community of crows nest pass" (which was awesome) I managed to outrace a series of thundershowers and...
Forum: Touring
10-30-16, 01:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,195
Posted By Roughstuff

The photo is a bit far away but it also shows my...

The photo is a bit far away but it also shows my ideal"wild" camping site south of the Canadian town of Sparwood, BC.

Just a plain and simple Fuji touring bike and assorted equipment.

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10-27-16, 05:09 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,481
Posted By Roughstuff

Thats OK, I'm not worried. WE got through the...

Thats OK, I'm not worried. WE got through the "famines," the "ozone holes", "acid rain," of the 1990s......whatever, whatever decade it was for any of em. Still waiting for the pesticide die-off,...
10-27-16, 01:11 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,481
Posted By Roughstuff

What I really look forward to is the death of...

What I really look forward to is the death of mass transit...

"Mass transit, the lifeblood of cities worldwide, is under threat from the biggest innovation in automotive technology since Henry...
Forum: Touring
10-27-16, 08:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,044
Posted By Roughstuff

Ahhh...the irony. I was out one time in Montana...

Ahhh...the irony. I was out one time in Montana in the steaming summer heat and someone threw a paper cup of ice water on me....ahhhhhhhh.

The road has always been a romantically dangerous place....
Forum: Touring
10-26-16, 07:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,044
Posted By Roughstuff

On my world tour, I had numerous incidents but...

On my world tour, I had numerous incidents but keep in mind this was over a TWO YEAR period. Still, the worst areas for me were parts of central/South America (no surprise there); Eastern Turkey (was...
10-23-16, 08:39 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,399
Posted By Roughstuff

Chris...you don't drive a car! GOOD GRIEF WHAT AN...

Chris...you don't drive a car! GOOD GRIEF WHAT AN INFERIOR MEMBER OF OUR SPECIES THIS MAKES YOU! :)

Of course there is a thread about car-less-ness elsewhere. I've been carless off and on a many...
10-22-16, 08:27 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,399
Posted By Roughstuff

Or, more generally...if as cyclists we think WE...

Or, more generally...if as cyclists we think WE own the road, we think WE have first use of a lane, we think OUR riding skills are all that matter on the roadway, we had basically turned into the...
10-21-16, 10:25 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,399
Posted By Roughstuff

Do you mean it is an electronic doo-hickey that...

Do you mean it is an electronic doo-hickey that tells the car, "this is a bike! Watch out dude!" Or something like that?
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