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Forum: Touring
03-02-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By alan s

I was there right after Irma, and it is much...

I was there right after Irma, and it is much better now. Some of the infrastructure at Bahia Honda has been replaced and repaired, but still half of the park is closed. Long Key is still mostly...
Forum: Touring
03-01-21, 11:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By alan s

Florida Keys tour

Managed to get in a tour this winter in the Keys last week. Rode from Key West to Miami and drove back in a rental car. Beautiful weather except for the one shower that hit right as I was packing up...
Forum: Touring
02-16-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,554
Posted By alan s

I feel sorry for your support driver. Can’t...

I feel sorry for your support driver. Can’t imagine how boring and frustrating it would be driving across the country at that speed. Most support drivers go ahead and set up hotel rooms and are on...
Forum: Touring
12-31-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,264
Posted By alan s

I rode from San Francisco to SLO in December a...

I rode from San Francisco to SLO in December a couple years ago. Lucked out between storms. The day before I started, the wind was blowing 60 out of the south. The day I finished it started...
Forum: Touring
12-27-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,451
Posted By alan s

Same everything except a different adapter to...

Same everything except a different adapter to move the caliper to the correct position.
Forum: Touring
12-26-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,451
Posted By alan s

I switched from 160s to 180s on the front on my...

I switched from 160s to 180s on the front on my Troll, and like it. Seems to have slightly better stopping power, and better modulation.
Forum: Touring
12-19-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,451
Posted By alan s

I’m glad I have a Troll and World Troller. I can...

I’m glad I have a Troll and World Troller. I can run any size wheels. 26” with wide tires and fenders to 29”. Most versatile bikes I have.
Forum: Touring
12-03-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,674
Posted By alan s

While I greatly prefer cooking off the road, if...

While I greatly prefer cooking off the road, if you insist, make sure the traffic is light and keep a sharp lookout for oncoming vehicles.
Forum: Touring
11-16-20, 01:20 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,781
Posted By alan s

Supported bike touring is for wussies who can’t...

Supported bike touring is for wussies who can’t carry their own stuff. Real men, women and children carry their own stuff.
Forum: Touring
10-27-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,875
Posted By alan s

That depends. Many are grassy and great for...

That depends. Many are grassy and great for camping in the rain. Many sections of the towpath have been and are continuing to be improved, making the mudfest a thing of the past.
Forum: Touring
10-20-20, 08:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,013
Posted By alan s

Rivendell still sells these bikes.

Rivendell still sells these bikes.
Forum: Commuting
10-01-20, 10:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,050
Posted By alan s

Lifting weights is free and will get you in shape...

Lifting weights is free and will get you in shape to carry any bike up and down stairs.
Forum: Touring
09-27-20, 11:08 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,834
Posted By alan s

I carry bandaids of various sizes, gauze, tape,...

I carry bandaids of various sizes, gauze, tape, Advil and alcohol wipes. Water from a water bottle will clean up most cuts and scrapes. Most other medical issues can be addressed in a hospital or...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 10,431
Posted By alan s

This is what retired aging bike racers have to...

This is what retired aging bike racers have to look forward to riding in their final years. Kind of depressing.
Forum: Touring
09-23-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,160
Posted By alan s

I’ve been using Topeak racks for years and never...

I’ve been using Topeak racks for years and never had an issue. Just the standard Explorer rack with Ortlieb panniers. Use a Topeak bag for commuting, but not touring. It is not waterproof.
Forum: Commuting
09-23-20, 08:35 AM
Forum: Commuting
09-22-20, 10:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,344
Posted By alan s

My vote barely counts. I barely count in the...

My vote barely counts. I barely count in the grand scope of things. Whether or not I ride a bike to work has so little impact on the environment that for all intents and purposes, it is completely...
Forum: Touring
09-02-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,836
Posted By alan s

I usually ride 75 miles a day on average on...

I usually ride 75 miles a day on average on unpaved surfaces. A bit more is no problem if relatively flat or paved. A bit less if lots of climbing. Leaves plenty of time for stops along the way.
Forum: Touring
08-30-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,577
Posted By alan s

It’s simple. Bike tourers smoke pipes. ...

It’s simple. Bike tourers smoke pipes. Bikepackers smoke blunts.
Forum: Touring
08-23-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,529
Posted By alan s

Is Lance Armstrong still associated with Trek...

Is Lance Armstrong still associated with Trek bikes? I haven’t given them much thought since the cheater was caught.
Forum: Touring
08-17-20, 06:38 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,257
Posted By alan s

I rode the C&O on the July 4th weekend and took...

I rode the C&O on the July 4th weekend and took the train to Cumberland. They had roll on bike service then. If the bike icon doesn’t show up, it may mean they are full.
Forum: Touring
08-15-20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,257
Posted By alan s

Unless the schedule recently changed, the DC to...

Unless the schedule recently changed, the DC to PGH train leaves around 4 pm. I prefer west to east, but it really doesn't make much difference which way you ride. Just make sure you add a bike to...
Forum: Touring
08-12-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,068
Posted By alan s

Monterey aquarium if it’s open. Unfortunately...

Monterey aquarium if it’s open. Unfortunately the aquarium and most museums will likely be closed. Fortunately most of the must see spots are part of nature.
Forum: Touring
08-05-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,074
Posted By alan s

Same. Definitely not used to staying in a...

Same. Definitely not used to staying in a hostel. Reminded me of my younger days backpacking around Europe on a shoestring budget.
Forum: Commuting
08-05-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 32,789
Posted By alan s

I would choose “other” or “none of the above” if...

I would choose “other” or “none of the above” if given the option. As it is, I cannot participate in your poll.
Forum: Commuting
07-28-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,678
Posted By alan s

Get a touring bike designed to carry heavy loads....

Get a touring bike designed to carry heavy loads. If someday you decide to take up bike touring, you’ll already have a suitable bike.
Forum: Touring
07-23-20, 09:46 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,573
Posted By alan s

It was probably a harmless snake, but I sure...

It was probably a harmless snake, but I sure would not want to be bitten by any snake. I’ve had little garter snakes on the towpath trying to strike at me.
Forum: Touring
07-23-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,573
Posted By alan s

Ok, sure. ...

Ok, sure.
...
Forum: Touring
07-23-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,573
Posted By alan s

Good idea to avoid snakes in the water. Could...

Good idea to avoid snakes in the water. Could have been a water moccasin, which is venomous, although not native to the area.
Forum: Touring
07-21-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 9,928
Posted By alan s

To the extent possible, buy Park tools. They...

To the extent possible, buy Park tools. They cost a bit more, but are very high quality. Get a bike repair stand, as well. I also got that from Park. If you can’t afford a stand and have a wall...
Forum: Touring
07-15-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,573
Posted By alan s

It’s a secret. Like finding a geocache. My trip...

It’s a secret. Like finding a geocache. My trip was great. A little hot, but the humidity was OK. The towpath was in excellent condition.
Forum: Touring
07-15-20, 07:12 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,573
Posted By alan s

If you cross the 14th St bridge and ride along...

If you cross the 14th St bridge and ride along the river, you will pass the Mile 0 marker, tucked away behind the building.
Forum: Touring
07-07-20, 09:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,990
Posted By alan s

https://bikepacking.com/bikes/curve-titanosaur-36e...

https://bikepacking.com/bikes/curve-titanosaur-36er/

No need for one, as I will never go near the Outback. Want one? Of course.
Forum: Touring
07-05-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,573
Posted By alan s

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/ab702511_701d_4d38_974b_3e0d6051c22e_c6653e01c39bf5e629879520c0a83ac9c1cc4a47.jpeg
The other end of the Paw Paw tunnel is boarded up...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,573
Posted By alan s

Brunswick is the starting point for tubing...

Brunswick is the starting point for tubing heading to Point of Rocks, so it was jam packed at both ends today.
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 07:27 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,573
Posted By alan s

The resurfacing project is coming along nicely. ...

The resurfacing project is coming along nicely. I really enjoyed riding on miles and miles of smoothness. Hopefully there will be funding for the whole towpath. The original resurfaced section is...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,573
Posted By alan s

There were many people on the canal side, but...

There were many people on the canal side, but couldn’t tell for sure whether they had crossed. Far fewer than are usually there if it was open. I never cross into Harpers Ferry, so I didn’t stop to...
Forum: Touring
07-03-20, 09:56 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,573
Posted By alan s

Halfway through the ride. In Williamsport for...

Halfway through the ride. In Williamsport for the night. The towpath is in good shape. There are a few mud puddles here and there, but nothing you have to ride through. It was hot today, but the...
Forum: Touring
07-02-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,367
Posted By alan s

Things are not looking good for this trip. As of...

Things are not looking good for this trip. As of now, the border is open for 15 countries, including Canada, but not the US. There is a list of 54 countries from which the 15 were approved, and the...
Forum: Touring
06-28-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,573
Posted By alan s

I’ll be riding from Cumberland to DC next...

I’ll be riding from Cumberland to DC next weekend. Weather looks good all week, so the towpath conditions should be fine, and although a little hot, I plan on camping one night and staying in a...
Forum: Touring
06-23-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,571
Posted By alan s

Crap components. Get the frame and build it...

Crap components. Get the frame and build it yourself.
Forum: Touring
06-23-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,573
Posted By alan s

Bring mosquito repellant

Bring mosquito repellant
Forum: Touring
06-18-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,732
Posted By alan s

If you plan to ride in remote places, I’d...

If you plan to ride in remote places, I’d recommend buying a frame and all the components you want, have some nice wheels built to your specs, get the tools to assemble, and build it yourself. You...
Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 01:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,367
Posted By alan s

The entry rules are slowly moving toward allowing...

The entry rules are slowly moving toward allowing foreign travel there, with further easing expected on July 1 and 15. I’ll have to wait to book a flight until it’s clear I can go, but would expect...
Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,394
Posted By alan s

Whatever you do, make sure the pannier cannot get...

Whatever you do, make sure the pannier cannot get caught in the wheel. That will end your ride in a hurry.
Forum: Touring
06-09-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,367
Posted By alan s

Thanks for all the advice. Aland sounds perfect....

Thanks for all the advice. Aland sounds perfect. Maybe I’ll find a way to get to Turku more quickly than riding there and hop on a ferry. The Hanko-Kasnas side trip could be done on the way back...
Forum: Touring
06-08-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,367
Posted By alan s

Finland trip in August

Planning a trip in southern Finland for early August. Looking for local knowledge from members who have bike toured there (and/or live there elcruxio). Will be starting east of Helsinki near Porvoo,...
Forum: Touring
06-08-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 21,080
Posted By alan s

If you meet someone out touring, an inexpensive...

If you meet someone out touring, an inexpensive tent will be a huge turn off. She’ll think you are a cheap bastard.
Forum: Touring
06-05-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,789
Posted By alan s

“Going out of business sale“ wheels. They are...

“Going out of business sale“ wheels. They are decent wheels. 26” Rhynolite rims, Shimano disc hubs, straight gauge spokes. Not the lightest, but plenty strong. The regular price was $80. The...
Forum: Touring
06-04-20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,789
Posted By alan s

I did also spend around $1,800 on a Rohloff wheel...

I did also spend around $1,800 on a Rohloff wheel in the last couple years, and that was on a nice rim and built by someone who knows their trade.
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