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Forum: Touring
09-14-19, 06:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 444
Posted By BigAura

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/LHTSerialNumber.jpe...

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/LHTSerialNumber.jpeg

From my LHT, AFAIK it's the same place for all Surly bikes
Forum: Touring
09-14-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,640
Posted By BigAura

Although not touring, I found (and ate-->duh!)...

Although not touring, I found (and ate-->duh!) wild blueberries while backpacking this summer.

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/WidlPickedBlueberries.jpeg
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Forum: Touring
09-14-19, 05:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,640
Posted By BigAura

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/PerfectBlueberryPan...

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/PerfectBlueberryPancake.jpg
Blueberry Pancakes on my Blueridge Parkway tour
Forum: Touring
09-14-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,549
Posted By BigAura

I'm a fan of your B&Ws, but this is nice too!

I'm a fan of your B&Ws, but this is nice too!
Forum: Touring
09-14-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,549
Posted By BigAura

Surly World Troller - Surly ExtraTerrestrial 26 x 2.5

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/TrollTourReady.jpg
Forum: Touring
08-28-19, 03:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,127
Posted By BigAura

From my experience it sounds like cat-behavior...

From my experience it sounds like cat-behavior vs. skunk-behavior. I've seen skunks wandering through campsites, seeming rather aimless, but never approaching humans, once they are aware of you....
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 07:33 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,651
Posted By BigAura

If he does have a 25yo daughter I wouldn't want...

If he does have a 25yo daughter I wouldn't want to be her ;)

AND if this hypothetical-adult-daughter is anything like my daughter, I wouldn't want to be him!
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 06:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,039
Posted By BigAura

My guess is they weigh a good bit more, maybe 2x...

My guess is they weigh a good bit more, maybe 2x or 3x.
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 06:07 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,651
Posted By BigAura

good My feeling is she will. ...

good



My feeling is she will.



Worry is what you signed up for as a Parent.
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 05:13 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,651
Posted By BigAura

Bear-spray is legal in US & Canada, BUT some...

Bear-spray is legal in US & Canada, BUT some pepper-sprays are not. That confuses people so border guards will want to inspect what you are carrying.
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,651
Posted By BigAura

+1 to bear spray. It can stop virtually ANY...

+1 to bear spray. It can stop virtually ANY mamailian-critter. That side-arm thing is a very bad idea.

During my time cycling-touring & backpacking I've met quite a few solo-female-adventurers....
08-19-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,215
Posted By BigAura

I'd start there as what not to do. But...

I'd start there as what not to do.

But riding is always good IMO.
08-17-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,215
Posted By BigAura

August 14, 2014

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/ParisSportWashingtonMonument.jpg

August 14, 2014 - my bike was red - had a lovely ride in DC area
Forum: Touring
08-16-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,248
Posted By BigAura

Huh? Where were you that you couldn't pickup...

Huh? Where were you that you couldn't pickup chain-lube or some equivalent?
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 05:22 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,052
Posted By BigAura

Big Savage from my tour in 2015 ...

Big Savage from my tour in 2015

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/BigSavageTunnel.jpg

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/BigSavageTunnelInside.jpg
Forum: Touring
08-10-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,755
Posted By BigAura

You're basically feeding the Insurance Companies...

You're basically feeding the Insurance Companies money you could use for touring. Insurance companies make money based on fear. They know the odds, they win, customers lose.

For me part of the...
07-22-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,222
Posted By BigAura

Try hardware stores for old-school tube repair...

Try hardware stores for old-school tube repair kits (https://www.acehardware.com/departments/outdoor-living/sporting-goods/bicycle-parts-and-accessories/80284)
07-19-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,605
Posted By BigAura

Twelve years ago I converted my ParisSport...

Twelve years ago I converted my ParisSport 10-speed, that I originally purchased in 1970, to a fixed year. I'm 66 now and it's still my go-to bike for pure riding enjoyment.
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07-16-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 33,122
Posted By BigAura

Yep, because I was explaining a cadence sensor....

Yep, because I was explaining a cadence sensor. Which is used on the majority of eBikes.Then you decided to say:
07-16-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 33,122
Posted By BigAura

Pedal Assist vs. Throttle

Pedal Assist vs. Throttle
07-16-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 33,122
Posted By BigAura

National Park Service definitions as defined in...

National Park Service definitions as defined in 36 C.F.R. 1.4 (https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/36/1.4)

Bicycle means every device propelled solely by human power upon which a person or...
07-16-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 33,122
Posted By BigAura

My point is that eBikes ARE NOT BICYCLES and they...

My point is that eBikes ARE NOT BICYCLES and they are being properly identified as a motor-vehicle. If the road allows motorized vehicles, then eBikes should be fine. It seems that they are now...
07-15-19, 07:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,626
Posted By BigAura

Calorie calculators are bogus as far as accurate...

Calorie calculators are bogus as far as accurate calorie measurement for virtually everyone. Too many factors for a real number to materialize. They can help you understand relative adjustments. So...
Forum: Touring
07-15-19, 01:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,192
Posted By BigAura

Here are my Ortliebs (Front & Back Roller Plus...

Here are my Ortliebs (Front & Back Roller Plus series). They are 11 years old, 17,000 touring miles, plus periodically used around town for shopping.

The logo and reflector appliqués have started...
07-15-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,516
Posted By BigAura

61 years! I grew up in 1950's suburbia. I lived...

61 years! I grew up in 1950's suburbia. I lived at the end of a dead-end street so and that's where I learned to ride at five years old. Back in those days we were free-range so over the years I...
07-14-19, 08:35 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 33,122
Posted By BigAura

Two years ago I was a commuter in Washington DC...

Two years ago I was a commuter in Washington DC and saw first hand what the eBike has wrought. Commuters rushing to work down the bike path at high speed. Teenagers were another group that stood out...
07-14-19, 07:56 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 33,122
Posted By BigAura

If my legs don't work AND I can't ride with the...

If my legs don't work AND I can't ride with the super-low gears I might buy a MOTORBIKE and ride it on the roads and byways that are for MOTORIZED vehicles. I will not PRETEND that my MOTORBIKE is a...
07-14-19, 05:31 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 33,122
Posted By BigAura

Sheesh Mom.., You're on a bicycle-lovers-site...

Sheesh Mom.., You're on a bicycle-lovers-site trying to tell us to MOTORIZE our bikes so we can experience joy. I think you're very misguided. I'm 66, a grandpa, and truly do love the simplicity and...
07-14-19, 04:32 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 33,122
Posted By BigAura

I think you're the one who needs an education in...

I think you're the one who needs an education in The History of the Bicycle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_bicycle)

Motors have never been part of a bicycle!

Maybe you're mixing...
07-14-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 33,122
Posted By BigAura

I have not modified my point of view at all. ...

I have not modified my point of view at all.

Here are my points as they have always been and continue to be.

1. eBikes ARE NOT bicycles (whether they have a throttle or not) and should be...
07-13-19, 06:46 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 33,122
Posted By BigAura

If your point is eBikes should replace cars then...

If your point is eBikes should replace cars then you're in the wrong place. We ARE bicycle riders. What you're promoting is giving up human-powered bicycles and going to a MOTORIZED vehicle. The...
07-13-19, 05:52 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 33,122
Posted By BigAura

Most recreational non-motorized riders crank 150...

Most recreational non-motorized riders crank 150 watts. Legal eBikes motors can produce up to 750watts (ONE HORSEPOWER). So potentially a lot more than 300%.

eBikes aren't in the same power-class...
07-13-19, 04:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,293
Posted By BigAura

Do longer rides more often. You'll get stronger...

Do longer rides more often. You'll get stronger and your body will adjust.
07-13-19, 04:10 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 33,122
Posted By BigAura

No they don't. With geared bikes you have to...

No they don't. With geared bikes you have to sacrifice speed/distance for the ease-of-effort. You don't get energy for free. Any no-motor geared-bike is 100% human powered --> no matter what the...
Forum: Touring
07-12-19, 02:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,064
Posted By BigAura

Nice! I love the aesthetic you capture. I'm...

Nice! I love the aesthetic you capture. I'm totally in-line with your touring-style.
Forum: Touring
07-03-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,634
Posted By BigAura

I carry one spare tube and a repair kit. That's...

I carry one spare tube and a repair kit. That's always worked for me. The likely hood that you'll destroy (as in unrepairable) two tubes before passing some place to purchase a replacement is...
Forum: Touring
05-29-19, 10:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,656
Posted By BigAura

Yep dish soap (eg Dawn), has excellent wetting...

Yep dish soap (eg Dawn), has excellent wetting agents and is optimal from my experience.
Forum: Touring
05-29-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 15,997
Posted By BigAura

Another example of less-is-more ;)

Another example of less-is-more ;)
Forum: Touring
05-29-19, 08:03 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 15,997
Posted By BigAura

DO: be careful of deadwood in trees or dead-trees...

DO: be careful of deadwood in trees or dead-trees that may fall, especially in wind.
Forum: Touring
05-24-19, 06:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,443
Posted By BigAura

Cool that REI is into reuse. Maybe free for...

Cool that REI is into reuse.

Maybe free for Co-op members to reuse would be a good idea. But then you'd have to return it for reuse?
Forum: Touring
05-24-19, 03:56 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,143
Posted By BigAura

Bread has been eaten for 10,000 years....

Bread has been eaten for 10,000 years. Agriculture has been practiced for 20,000. I agree some of the science-chemical-crap developed in the passed 100 years may not be healthy, but food eaten for...
Forum: Touring
05-23-19, 11:47 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,290
Posted By BigAura

Good call! Great deal and that's the right...

Good call!

Great deal and that's the right kind of tent for solo touring use.
Forum: Touring
05-23-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 11,078
Posted By BigAura

I too currently use saint pedals & keen sandals....

I too currently use saint pedals & keen sandals. But most of my earlier tours were on cleated-keens and SPD pedals. I think flat-pedals work just as well as clipless for touring. For me sandals are...
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 03:20 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 35,306
Posted By BigAura

I used Sno-Seal on my leather saddle and it...

I used Sno-Seal on my leather saddle and it lasted for 38 years. My more recently purchased Brooks leather saddles I've used Proofied. Picked up a Cambium about two years ago, for commuting, but have...
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 03:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,056
Posted By BigAura

Dual low-riders and a Martini shaker. Cool baby! ...

Dual low-riders and a Martini shaker. Cool baby!

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...
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 02:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,364
Posted By BigAura

Nice job. You've created a great starting place...

Nice job. You've created a great starting place for new cycle-tourists, and a good resource for the experienced to hone their lists.

One thing that I've always done is attach the actual weight of...
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 01:53 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,563
Posted By BigAura

I did my first long tours in my early...

I did my first long tours in my early twenties...then took a 27-year break for career & family-raising. Started back at 54, I was self-employed, so I gave myself the well-deserved :) time off. I’m...
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 01:03 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,290
Posted By BigAura

If shared by 3-5 people a 10lb tent might be OK,...

If shared by 3-5 people a 10lb tent might be OK, for solo use it is a waste of energy. $8 is a great deal if you can use it for car-camping, or backyard play :)
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 09:52 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,290
Posted By BigAura

3-season means it won't hold up to snow. 4-season...

3-season means it won't hold up to snow. 4-season tents will. 3-season category has little to do with warmth per-say.
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,290
Posted By BigAura

Most tents of that caliber work, but tend to be...

Most tents of that caliber work, but tend to be heavy. The five-year-warranty is probably more about average-user use predictions, than a testament to it's actual longevity. Keep in mind that you...
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