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Forum: Touring
06-15-19, 07:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 347
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes isn't for a few more...

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes isn't for a few more weeks. I'm currently in Utah.
Forum: Touring
06-15-19, 05:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 347
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Bike Route Across Washington

I'm in the middle of a bike tour that's going to end in Seattle. I plan on riding the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, then across WA to finish up.

On a map I have, it shows two bike routes across WA....
Forum: Touring
05-27-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,409
Posted By BlarneyHammer

The problem is usually sweat. Bandana is a good...

The problem is usually sweat. Bandana is a good idea; think I'll bring one for that purpose, among others. There's always a use for a bandana.
Forum: Touring
05-27-19, 08:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,409
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Keeping Sunglasses Clean

Like many, I don't bring cotton shirts on bike tours. Polyester shirts don't do anything but smear the gunk across the lens. Half the time, I get the same effect from those microfiber eyeglass...
Forum: Touring
05-19-19, 04:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,414
Posted By BlarneyHammer

I'm vaguely threadjacking here. I use padded bike...

I'm vaguely threadjacking here. I use padded bike shorts.

For long-distance hiking, I prefer synthetic boxer briefs. They're small, lightweight, don't take up much space, and don't get drenched in...
Forum: Touring
05-13-19, 11:23 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,438
Posted By BlarneyHammer

I've spent my entire adult life below-average...

I've spent my entire adult life below-average when it comes to income. Money's barely an issue. Once you have a bike, riding it is essentially free. Bike tours are probably cheaper than an average...
Forum: Touring
05-09-19, 04:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 784
Posted By BlarneyHammer

I've done US 50. It's far from the loneliest...

I've done US 50. It's far from the loneliest road, but quite possibly the loneliest US Highway. Overall, I enjoyed it, but be prepared for wind (not always). Small towns about a day apart, no water...
Forum: Touring
05-08-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,434
Posted By BlarneyHammer

42 mm is wide for paved touring, but good if you...

42 mm is wide for paved touring, but good if you know there'll be a fair amount of gravel. The most typical widths for paved touring tend to hover around 35 mm. If you're used to 23 mm, and both you...
Forum: Touring
05-03-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,876
Posted By BlarneyHammer

I've swapped tires before a tour in the past, if...

I've swapped tires before a tour in the past, if I knew the tires currently on my touring bike weren't appropriate for the tour.

I use my touring bike as a full-time commuter, part-time joyride (I...
Forum: Touring
04-27-19, 04:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,057
Posted By BlarneyHammer

As many have mentioned, that's a fast pace....

As many have mentioned, that's a fast pace. Certainly possible, but also difficult. If you're a strong rider, it could be fun. If not, probably not. Is there a reason (work, a wedding in SF) you have...
Forum: Touring
04-25-19, 08:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 833
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Shhhh, you'll blow my cover!

Shhhh, you'll blow my cover!
Forum: Touring
04-25-19, 03:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 833
Posted By BlarneyHammer

I grew up in Plano. If you know where to look,...

I grew up in Plano. If you know where to look, there's good riding to be had.

Plano is laid out in a very grid-like pattern. The major roads all run N-S or E-W, and they're spaced about a mile...
Forum: Touring
04-17-19, 10:10 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,046
Posted By BlarneyHammer

I'm pretty sure any Ortlieb panniers with the QL2...

I'm pretty sure any Ortlieb panniers with the QL2 system (most of the ones with "plus" in the name) can have security cables installed (sold separately). So the pannier has its own cable, with a loop...
Forum: Touring
04-09-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 810
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Bar ends inside grips on flat bar?

Anyone tried a setup as title describes? The idea is to convert my flat bars into something kinda like a Jones H Cut bar or a Velo Orange Crazy bar. As you might imagine, this is for bikepacking,...
Forum: Touring
04-06-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,200
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Most of the time, aerodynamics plays a much...

Most of the time, aerodynamics plays a much larger role than weight. CyclingAbout did an excellent study...
Forum: Touring
04-05-19, 08:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,306
Posted By BlarneyHammer

About two weeks into a long tour, you've gotten a...

About two weeks into a long tour, you've gotten a system down, intentionally or not. A morning routine of what to do and in what order, an evening routine of pitching, eating, and whatever else you...
Forum: Touring
03-29-19, 10:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,411
Posted By BlarneyHammer

In only six days, if you're lucky, you might see...

In only six days, if you're lucky, you might see no rain at all. I'd wait until the day before you leave, check the weather forecast, and decide what to bring then. Ohio's densely populated (at least...
Forum: Touring
03-27-19, 01:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 691
Posted By BlarneyHammer

...and it's called a ________________?

...and it's called a ________________?
Forum: Touring
03-26-19, 03:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 691
Posted By BlarneyHammer

More generally, how do you mount anything at all...

More generally, how do you mount anything at all to a boss-less suspension fork? I know I've seen people using hose clamps before, but what exactly gets clamped to the fork? Nearly all fork mounts I...
Forum: Touring
03-26-19, 08:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 691
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Mounting to boss-less fork

Let's say I want to attach a Nalgene to both sides of my suspension fork. What do you recommend as the best method?
Forum: Touring
03-08-19, 01:53 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,596
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Bingo. Also bingo. And for all we know,...

Bingo.


Also bingo. And for all we know, OP is this guy.


It's been done.
Forum: Touring
03-08-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,596
Posted By BlarneyHammer

So he's a homeless guy with a bike, going on...

So he's a homeless guy with a bike, going on vacation. He's counting on others, even if he's aware it's not a reliable source.

Nothing necessarily wrong with that, I suppose. Hopefully he doesn't...
Forum: Touring
03-08-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,596
Posted By BlarneyHammer

He's gotta eat at some point. Is he doing odd...

He's gotta eat at some point. Is he doing odd jobs or something?
Forum: Touring
03-06-19, 05:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 787
Posted By BlarneyHammer

I'm pretty sure the bridge outside of Big Sur has...

I'm pretty sure the bridge outside of Big Sur has since been rebuilt and Hwy 1 is now open again. I could be wrong.
03-05-19, 04:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 798
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Yes, the surface of a black helmet would get...

Yes, the surface of a black helmet would get warmer, but that added heat ain't gonna make its way through 3-4 cm of styrofoam, which is an insulator. Even if it could, the air whizzing by would act...
03-04-19, 11:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 798
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Favorite Cheap-ish Helmet?

To me, "cheap-ish" means under $60 or so. I might be convinced to go a little higher if there's one that good. I'm especially interested in ventilation (I live in Texas) and a bright color option....
Forum: Touring
02-26-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 606
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Four main components to worry about: Saddle...

Four main components to worry about:

Saddle
Seatpost
Shorts
Your own butt

A couple of these should be obvious: get a comfortable saddle, padded chamois make a difference. A good...
Forum: Touring
02-25-19, 06:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 577
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Drop bars put your hands farther forward, and...

Drop bars put your hands farther forward, and both the Moloko and Jones bars are swept back. The reach of your bike is going to change dramatically. You could try putting a longer stem on to shrink...
Forum: Touring
02-22-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 436
Posted By BlarneyHammer

How necessary is bringing a shock pump?

I'm planning a two-month bikepacking trip on a hardtail. If I'm usually comfortable with a certain amount of pressure in my front suspension, would it be reasonable to set it beforehand and leave the...
Forum: Touring
02-21-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 782
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Sounds like a lot of work for a pair rubber...

Sounds like a lot of work for a pair rubber mitts, but thanks for the advice!
Forum: Touring
02-20-19, 08:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,321
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Colorado's hills pale in comparison to places...

Colorado's hills pale in comparison to places like Utah, Nevada, and California. A day of riding in Texas Hill Country or in the Ozarks will provide you with more elevation gain. On a recent...
Forum: Touring
02-19-19, 11:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 782
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Anyone know where to get dishwashing lobster...

Anyone know where to get dishwashing lobster claws or mittens? In a large enough size to wear gloves underneath?
Forum: Touring
02-14-19, 07:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 746
Posted By BlarneyHammer

I attempted to ride it in July 2017. It's about...

I attempted to ride it in July 2017. It's about 10-20% rideable, unless you have a fat bike and a machete/chainsaw. A lot of it is right next to highway, so you get all the noise of highway without...
Forum: Touring
02-14-19, 03:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 639
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Florida is advertised as warm and sunny. But if...

Florida is advertised as warm and sunny. But if you're from the west coast, one thing you don't realize is everywhere east of the Mississippi, it rains just about every damn day. Even in summer.
Forum: Touring
02-11-19, 08:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 812
Posted By BlarneyHammer

You can mostly bypass Austin to the west by...

You can mostly bypass Austin to the west by taking 360. On a map, it looks like a major highway that you'd avoid, but it consistently has a shoulder the size of a full lane, and the entrance/exit...
Forum: Touring
02-09-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,935
Posted By BlarneyHammer

I rode the Katy Trail in late June 2017. I...

I rode the Katy Trail in late June 2017. I remember being wet the whole time, often cold on top of that. How is it possible to be cold in summer?!? It gets hot where I'm from, but at least it doesn't...
Forum: Touring
02-08-19, 08:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,201
Posted By BlarneyHammer

32 - 38 mm is generally a common range for road...

32 - 38 mm is generally a common range for road touring on 700c tires. That translates to (roughly) 1.25" - 1.5". There aren't a whole lot of 26" tires thinner than 1.5", so I suppose go with that....
Forum: Touring
01-31-19, 08:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,499
Posted By BlarneyHammer

You'd probably want to go northbound anyway,...

You'd probably want to go northbound anyway, based solely on temperature. As summer keeps getting hotter, you'll be farther north. You don't want to be in Texas in July or August, or even late June....
Forum: Touring
01-31-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,499
Posted By BlarneyHammer

From my experience, wind in summer will be from...

From my experience, wind in summer will be from the SW more often than any other direction in the western states. East of the Mississippi, I don't know, but I get the impression it's less windy out...
Forum: Touring
01-30-19, 03:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 549
Posted By BlarneyHammer

I'm too young to remember the name American Youth...

I'm too young to remember the name American Youth Hostels, but I've stayed at Hostelling International Hostels, both in USA and abroad (more abroad), and I've never had a bad experience. Some are...
Forum: Touring
01-28-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,624
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Days? DAYS??? If it typically rained for...

Days? DAYS???

If it typically rained for days at a time, I'd move. How can anyone put up with that??

Thunderstorms are usually over in an hour, maybe two. The worst part is usually about 30...
Forum: Touring
01-26-19, 01:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,624
Posted By BlarneyHammer

I should mention, while mid-March in Texas Hill...

I should mention, while mid-March in Texas Hill Country is a decent time of year temperature-wise, perhaps a little chilly (by our standards), there's also a reasonable possibility of thunderstorms...
Forum: Touring
01-25-19, 09:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,624
Posted By BlarneyHammer

You could do worse than ACA's Texas Hill Country...

You could do worse than ACA's Texas Hill Country loop, or any other tour in Texas Hill Country. Temperatures will probably stay around 50-70 F that time of year, and depending on the year, it's...
Forum: Touring
01-24-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,559
Posted By BlarneyHammer

In camp, tights + pants oughta do the trick. In...

In camp, tights + pants oughta do the trick. In the sleeping bag, tights. And on cold mornings, you can bike in them.
Forum: Touring
01-19-19, 08:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 675
Posted By BlarneyHammer

The Ergon GA grips look like they could be a...

The Ergon GA grips look like they could be a decent compromise. Small wing for comfort, not too pronounced.
Forum: Touring
01-17-19, 10:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,060
Posted By BlarneyHammer

A day (full 24 hours) is probably enough, two is...

A day (full 24 hours) is probably enough, two is plenty, as long as you understand you're going to be slower. Don't push to maintain the pace you'd normally expect; simply be OK with moving slowly.
Forum: Touring
01-16-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,738
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Depends on how far apart those five gears are,...

Depends on how far apart those five gears are, how many hills are on your route, how heavy you pack, how heavy you are, and your level of fitness. I've seen people touring on a single-speed, but most...
Forum: Touring
01-14-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,413
Posted By BlarneyHammer

I almost always carry a paperback. They weigh...

I almost always carry a paperback. They weigh less than a tablet and don't need to be charged. Once you're done with one, give it away and get a new one. Or trade it.

Everything else, smartphone....
Forum: Touring
01-12-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,220
Posted By BlarneyHammer

Paul, that looks like an awesome ride! If I were...

Paul, that looks like an awesome ride! If I were to start all over building out a road touring bike, I'd want something very similar.

For my road touring bike, I use wider-than-normal bullhorns...
Forum: Touring
01-12-19, 01:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,518
Posted By BlarneyHammer

36h is plenty, unless you're on a tandem, or if...

36h is plenty, unless you're on a tandem, or if you and/or your gear is particularly heavy. I tour on 32h (front and rear) and my rims don't go out of true over the course of a 5,000 km tour.

As a...
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