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Forum: Touring
08-12-20, 05:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 261
Posted By staehpj1

Looks quite a bit bigger than 54 to me.

Looks quite a bit bigger than 54 to me.
Forum: Touring
08-12-20, 05:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 498
Posted By staehpj1

For me that would be a pretty big hit. I like to...

For me that would be a pretty big hit. I like to ride right out of the airport. Shipping the case would add ground transportation and probably a motel/hotel stay at the start of the trip. Rooms in...
Forum: Touring
08-11-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 307
Posted By staehpj1

Ride the one that you think will be the most fun....

Ride the one that you think will be the most fun. For me, these days I tend to ride the sportiest one that I can get by with. Will the CF one carry the gear and provide low enough gearing? If so it...
Forum: Touring
08-10-20, 05:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 281
Posted By staehpj1

I have used stuff sacks strapped on instead of...

I have used stuff sacks strapped on instead of panniers, but that was because I was packing really light and thought the panniers were overkill for what I was carrying or because I wasn't using racks...
Forum: Touring
08-08-20, 07:55 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,094
Posted By staehpj1

Ah, okay. Still wouldn't worry much about it. ...

Ah, okay. Still wouldn't worry much about it. Glad the shoe goo did a good job of covering it. If I had any concern it would be long term UV damage and the shoe goo should address that.

Have a...
Forum: Touring
08-08-20, 07:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 498
Posted By staehpj1

My trips are usually more simple in that I fly to...

My trips are usually more simple in that I fly to another city and ride out of the airport. I do generally fly home from a different city though so hard cases are not a great idea for me unless they...
Forum: Touring
08-08-20, 06:52 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,094
Posted By staehpj1

Something just occurred to me regarding the level...

Something just occurred to me regarding the level of the damage and risk tolerance,

As I said, I figured the risk was low enough that I would have just used the tire and probably would have done...
Forum: Touring
08-08-20, 06:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 470
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah that worries me as well. Water would require...

Yeah that worries me as well. Water would require careful planning and is probably my biggest concern on may trips (even more so backpacking, but also touring in some places).

Filtering isn't an...
Forum: Touring
08-07-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 470
Posted By staehpj1

I suspect that a fair amount of the roue is less...

I suspect that a fair amount of the roue is less flat than one might expect for the Great Plains. I have not dug in to it too deeply, but just poking around on the map I see some pretty large...
Forum: Touring
08-07-20, 08:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 470
Posted By staehpj1

I don't know how well fleshed out the route is at...

I don't know how well fleshed out the route is at this point, but I do think it has the making of a great route. Folks may not realize how interesting the areas it passes through are, but there are...
Forum: Touring
08-07-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 470
Posted By staehpj1

The Great Plains Trail

Has anyone looked at the Great Plains Trail info? It probably is not very close to completion, but I wonder if some approximation could be strung together by an interested party since much of it is...
Forum: Touring
08-07-20, 07:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 498
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah the folder in a 62" bag goes free, Since...

Yeah the folder in a 62" bag goes free, Since Southwest gives you two free checked bags the $75 bicycle fee for a bike in a box over 62" isn't too painful either. I have put a full size bike in a...
Forum: Touring
08-07-20, 04:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 498
Posted By staehpj1

I worried a lot about that with mine. The...

I worried a lot about that with mine. The process of packing it was pretty tricky and there was no room for error in packing or it just didn't fit. It was really snug when everything was perfect. ...
Forum: Touring
08-06-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 498
Posted By staehpj1

I have done the same as your friend for getting...

I have done the same as your friend for getting my gear to and less often from some of my tours, but not my bike. I find soft or hard sided luggage for $6-8 and use it for a one way trip.

I'd...
Forum: Touring
08-05-20, 06:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 498
Posted By staehpj1

My Dahon Helios 20" can be packed in a 62"...

My Dahon Helios 20" can be packed in a 62" Samsonite Oyster. Not sure if they still make that hard shell case, but you can find one in a thrift shop for a few bucks if you look hard enough. I paid $7...
Forum: Touring
08-05-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 950
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, my preference is to camp most of the time. ...

Yeah, my preference is to camp most of the time. Hiker/biker sites are my fave when possible, but I like to wild camp in plain sight a lot too. Now and then a motel room is a nice change of pace.
Forum: Touring
08-05-20, 04:53 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,094
Posted By staehpj1

I'd agree if the damage was enough that I was...

I'd agree if the damage was enough that I was worried about the integrity of the tire. I'd have no worries about the tire pictured in the first post in the thread unless it looks a lot worse in...
Forum: Touring
08-05-20, 04:43 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,094
Posted By staehpj1

Every few hundred miles? Is that on shoes or...

Every few hundred miles? Is that on shoes or tires? I m hoping that is on shoes. On shoes that would be fine, on tires it doesn't sound so great. On something like the damage shown in the...
Forum: Touring
08-05-20, 04:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 950
Posted By staehpj1

In my limited experience, they vary pretty widely...

In my limited experience, they vary pretty widely in price, vibe, and accommodations. One was pretty expensive, nice, and had rigid rules, but didn't include much. It did have local artist's work...
Forum: Touring
08-04-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 950
Posted By staehpj1

I figure some will but many won't reopen if they...

I figure some will but many won't reopen if they closed.

I stayed in one in Seattle at the start of one tour. It was an interesting experience, but not my preferred mode of touring. I prefer to...
Forum: Touring
08-01-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,190
Posted By staehpj1

Pretty sure mine was older. I think it might have...

Pretty sure mine was older. I think it might have been this model. Not sure since I owned a few different ones....
Forum: Touring
08-01-20, 05:15 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,094
Posted By staehpj1

I hope you manage to get a great trip in.

I hope you manage to get a great trip in.
Forum: Touring
08-01-20, 05:08 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,190
Posted By staehpj1

I don't recall how long ago it was that I carried...

I don't recall how long ago it was that I carried and used one on a tour and am not sure where mine even is, but... It was really nice to be able to use rechargeable AA or AAA batteries and throw in...
Forum: Touring
07-31-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,094
Posted By staehpj1

As a teenager working part time in a gas station...

As a teenager working part time in a gas station for a buck an hour I put lots of tubes in tubeless car tires when someone had a tire that wouldn't hold air if they didn't want to spring for a new...
Forum: Touring
07-31-20, 03:23 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,094
Posted By staehpj1

Sounds prudent. If you do see signs of...

Sounds prudent. If you do see signs of structural damage and are nervous about it a boot isn't the end of the world, but I generally only go there if either there is a hole or the tire bulges a...
Forum: Touring
07-31-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,094
Posted By staehpj1

I figure a boot where not needed is likely to...

I figure a boot where not needed is likely to cause more problems than not using one. It may eventually rub a hole in the tube, but I guess that isn't the end of the world. I just don't see a...
Forum: Touring
07-31-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,094
Posted By staehpj1

Shoe goo is often recommended, but truth be told...

Shoe goo is often recommended, but truth be told I usually just ignore such abrasions. Not saying that is the best approach, but I have not generally found that tires actually fail at the sites of...
Forum: Touring
07-30-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,760
Posted By staehpj1

The weight number works out quite well for the...

The weight number works out quite well for the RW-1 if you want/need to carry a 32 mm headset wrench as well as have the capability of removing pedals.

Truth be told I have not always carried a...
Forum: Touring
07-29-20, 03:54 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,760
Posted By staehpj1

That is the tool I was thinking of when I...

That is the tool I was thinking of when I suggested the HCW-15. Sorry I suggested the wrong part number. I was indeed thinking of the RW-1. Sorry to read that it is no longer available.
For a...
Forum: Touring
07-27-20, 08:18 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,449
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, the guy who asked is either long gone or...

Yeah, the guy who asked is either long gone or has solved his problem long ago. That said I'll post on the topic again out of boredom...
I have found carrying a fly rod a great addition on...
Forum: Touring
07-26-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,190
Posted By staehpj1

I used mine in the Mojave and other areas of the...

I used mine in the Mojave and other areas of the Southwest in 110+ F heat. According to the locals it was probably well above 100 F maybe as high as 118 F, but I didn't document the numbers above 110...
Forum: Touring
07-26-20, 06:43 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,190
Posted By staehpj1

My suggestions on the various items... 1. Buy a...

My suggestions on the various items...
1. Buy a waterproof/water resistant phone. Phones can be expensive, but it is a pretty small portion of the cost of a 14000 mile trip.
2. I have not found...
Forum: Touring
07-25-20, 04:27 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,760
Posted By staehpj1

Nice idea on the pedal wrench, but if you have a...

Nice idea on the pedal wrench, but if you have a hex nut on the headset the short park wrench that has a pedal wrench on one end and a headset wrench on the other might be worth considering. I think...
Forum: Touring
07-19-20, 07:59 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,760
Posted By staehpj1

I wouldn't have even installed it. As soon as I...

I wouldn't have even installed it. As soon as I saw a splice I'd have probably requested a refund or replacement. Multiple splices would have been a slam dunk especially given the price of that...
Forum: Touring
07-17-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,760
Posted By staehpj1

I typically don't ask, but do wheel them through...

I typically don't ask, but do wheel them through the lobby when I have to and they never seem to bat an eye. I have been a little surprised that the nicer places tended to be more accommodating than...
Forum: Touring
07-17-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,760
Posted By staehpj1

I haven't looked since I am unlikely to fly any...

I haven't looked since I am unlikely to fly any time soon. I doubt I will fly again until there is either an effective available covid 19 vaccine or it is truly under control. I'd be shocked if...
Forum: Touring
07-17-20, 05:51 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,760
Posted By staehpj1

I have always been kind of fascinated by those,...

I have always been kind of fascinated by those, but when I looked in to them never really found them to fit ant real use case for me.

I don't really see any advantage for taking the bike into...
Forum: Touring
06-24-20, 03:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,612
Posted By staehpj1

Good info for those who may be planning to...

Good info for those who may be planning to travel. I would caution that the spacing between open services will be more of a problem for a cyclist when some places are closed and not be noticed as...
Forum: Touring
06-23-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,612
Posted By staehpj1

The camaraderie of meeting other riders along the...

The camaraderie of meeting other riders along the way won't be there or will be very minimal this year. You will likely face many closed resources. You certainly will face less open and welcoming...
Forum: Touring
06-22-20, 03:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,872
Posted By staehpj1

A lot depends on how much you plan to carry and...

A lot depends on how much you plan to carry and how you load it. I have camped and cooked with similar or perhaps more aggressive geometry and enjoyed the choice. I was packing super light using...
Forum: Touring
06-19-20, 04:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,724
Posted By staehpj1

At one point in the past I used some inexpensive...

At one point in the past I used some inexpensive panniers with covers. They worked fine. The fact that they were high visibility was a nice plus.

I have also used inexpensive roll top waterproof...
Forum: Touring
06-17-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,782
Posted By staehpj1

I only use WD40 on tour for those fairly rare...

I only use WD40 on tour for those fairly rare times that I get a drive train loaded up with sand that doesn't easily rinse off. In those few cases I bought a spray can, used it for one cleaning and...
Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 604
Posted By staehpj1

I have no experience with their panniers, but do...

I have no experience with their panniers, but do have a roswheel bikepacking style seat bag. The quality is good for the price IMO.

I have used inexpensive waterproof panniers from Nashbar and...
Forum: Touring
06-15-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,305
Posted By staehpj1

Wow, that is bad news for those wanting to tour...

Wow, that is bad news for those wanting to tour the coast. The hiker biker sites are one of the nicest perks of the route. I wasn't planning on touring this year any way unless there was some much...
Forum: Touring
06-15-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,782
Posted By staehpj1

I don't own one, but could imagine a fat bike...

I don't own one, but could imagine a fat bike being a fun choice, I agree on the skis or snowshoes though. Also as I get older, hut to hut starts to sound more and more interesting.
Forum: Touring
06-15-20, 04:03 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,782
Posted By staehpj1

What are you considering cold? For me it depends...

What are you considering cold? For me it depends on your definition of cold. I definitely am not a fan of hot weather and cool weather is great, but truly cold weather can be pretty rough for...
Forum: Touring
06-11-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,782
Posted By staehpj1

I should have probably noted that it has been...

I should have probably noted that it has been cold enough at higher elevations that water bottles froze solid from time to time on some tours even in summer in the US. So for touring where there are...
Forum: Touring
06-11-20, 04:59 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,782
Posted By staehpj1

I hate really hot weather and don't mind touring...

I hate really hot weather and don't mind touring when there are cold nights or at least is overnight frost. That said I am not inclined to tour in real winter conditions. My Southern Tier ride was...
Forum: Touring
06-10-20, 04:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,612
Posted By staehpj1

In a normal year my suggestion would be to ride...

In a normal year my suggestion would be to ride one of the popular routes at a time and in a direction that was fairly popular. That way you would meet other cyclists along the way and could camp...
Forum: Touring
05-26-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,741
Posted By staehpj1

I could see a gravel bike with two wheel sets...

I could see a gravel bike with two wheel sets doing everything for me. I don't mind drop bars or a pretty aggressive riding posture even on technical single track and for touring so the same bike for...
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