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Forum: Touring
09-18-19, 04:06 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,780
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: 448
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: 2,198
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: 2,198
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: 957
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: 957
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: 957
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: 957
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: 1,306
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: 8,579
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: 1,064
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: 1,142
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: 1,034
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: 2,124
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: 2,124
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: 2,124
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: 841
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: 834
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: 2,385
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: 2,385
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: 576
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: 576
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: 685
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: 1,268
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: 694
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: 853
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: 936
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: 936
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: 1,107
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...
Forum: Touring
02-05-19, 03:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,107
Posted By schoolboy2

Bike Security in France

Has anyone had trouble with bike theft while traveling along the Loire a Velo in France?
We want to stop and sight see and it may be necessary to lock our loaded bikes to a bike rack while doing so....
Forum: Touring
01-31-19, 05:47 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,756
Posted By schoolboy2

I did the Southern Tier, west to east and had a...

I did the Southern Tier, west to east and had a few days of wondrous tailwinds and a couple of days of really annoying headwinds. Articles I've read over the years say that for a cross the US ride...
Forum: Touring
01-28-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,760
Posted By schoolboy2

I won't travel without a cellphone, and I'm not...

I won't travel without a cellphone, and I'm not cutting the handles off my toothbrush and razor either. But he does have a lot of great ideas. His first recommendation was to buy a gram scale, which...
Forum: Touring
01-28-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,760
Posted By schoolboy2

I traveled across the US on the ACA Southern Tier...

I traveled across the US on the ACA Southern Tier route using my Trek 5200 carbon fiber road bike. I just barely cleared the panniers with my heels, but it worked.
Everyone's touring style is...
Forum: Touring
01-22-19, 01:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,020
Posted By schoolboy2

Mobile Plan for France

As mentioned in an earlier post, my wife and I are off to France for most of the summer. We will end our visit by traveling to Denmark and staying with friends for about three weeks.

We're looking...
Forum: Touring
01-19-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,257
Posted By schoolboy2

The plan is to fly into Paris, take the TGV to St...

The plan is to fly into Paris, take the TGV to St Nazaire and then cross the Loire by bus before starting to pedal in St Brevins les Pins.
Forum: Touring
01-19-19, 12:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,257
Posted By schoolboy2

Thanks for clarifying this for us.

Thanks for clarifying this for us.
Forum: Touring
01-18-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,257
Posted By schoolboy2

Difference between Loire à Vélo and EuroVelo 6

My wife and I are planning to pedal along the Loire River this summer. I have been thinking that Loire à Vélo and the Loire section of EuroVelo 6 are the same route, but wanted to check with this...
Forum: Touring
01-10-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,178
Posted By schoolboy2

Thanks REDBAGSRAMBLER for the insight. I'll be...

Thanks REDBAGSRAMBLER for the insight. I'll be calling the airlines shortly.

JOHNJ80 mentioned his experience with the Airport Ninja bike case and that has piqued my interest as well. At $500...
Forum: Touring
01-09-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,178
Posted By schoolboy2

We're planning to fly with our bikes from...

We're planning to fly with our bikes from Copenhagen to Paris this August. The two airlines who have non-stop flights which work for our schedule are Air France and SAS-Ireland. Both require that we...
Forum: Touring
01-07-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,780
Posted By schoolboy2

This summer it's 89 days in France, Germany and...

This summer it's 89 days in France, Germany and Denmark. We start in Paris, then by train to St. Nazaire to start EuroVelo 6. Stay on the bike route and see how far we get before catching a train to...
Forum: Touring
11-06-18, 05:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 981
Posted By schoolboy2

I did my first self supported tour at 62 with a...

I did my first self supported tour at 62 with a much younger friend who also lacked any self-supported touring experience. We rode the first leg of the ACA Southern Tier from San Diego to El Paso in...
Forum: Touring
11-01-18, 11:56 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,812
Posted By schoolboy2

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/pics/docs/00/01/37...

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/pics/docs/00/01/37/96/small/IMG_1047.JPG?v=0

Touring on a carbon fiber road bike (a 2001 Trek 5200). This generation of Trek CF bikes had steel dropouts with...
Forum: Touring
10-24-18, 11:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 825
Posted By schoolboy2

Congratulations on your plan to tour your country...

Congratulations on your plan to tour your country by bicycle! You will have a great adventure.

I suggest that you start by reading journals of others who have toured your country by bicycle, you...
Forum: Touring
10-20-18, 07:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 283
Posted By schoolboy2

And spend a lot of time riding before setting off...

And spend a lot of time riding before setting off on this adventure. Day after day of cycling is quite different from a few hours squeezed in here and there. It will also help you confirm that your...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-11-18, 11:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 583
Posted By schoolboy2

I did it a couple of times several years...

I did it a couple of times several years ago.Interesting route, great rest stops, plus I love central California. If you're planning to arrive the day before, reserve a room now as the hotels all...
Forum: Touring
10-11-18, 10:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 618
Posted By schoolboy2

I agree about the Ortlieb panniers, although you...

I agree about the Ortlieb panniers, although you may want a larger size. Any Ortlieb rolltop style pannier is an excellent choice and, once setup properly, their mounting system will stick to your...
Forum: Touring
10-10-18, 08:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 733
Posted By schoolboy2

I use Chamois Glide on the portions of my butt...

I use Chamois Glide on the portions of my butt which will be under pressure. On my first tour, in my excitement, I failed to do this the first two days, by the evening of day 2, I had severe chafing...
Forum: Touring
10-06-18, 04:59 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,549
Posted By schoolboy2

Miles from Nowhere by Barbara Savage is a classic...

Miles from Nowhere by Barbara Savage is a classic and highly recommended.
Steven Herrick has written several books about bike touring, I download them to my Kindle and enjoy them one after another....
Forum: Touring
10-03-18, 10:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,431
Posted By schoolboy2

Never had much luck with a Brooks saddle, get a...

Never had much luck with a Brooks saddle, get a Terry Liberator Y Gel. It's been the best saddle for my weary butt.
Forum: Touring
09-27-18, 12:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,229
Posted By schoolboy2

The threaded butane canisters are available in...

The threaded butane canisters are available in France at Decathalon Stores, this chain is throughout France.
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