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Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 650
Posted By Rob_E

I have the Rat Trap Pass, and really like them,...

I have the Rat Trap Pass, and really like them, but they are likely too wide for the OP. But I bet the Naches Pass would be a good bet. I haven't had my Rat Trap tires long enough to know how well...
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 650
Posted By Rob_E

26 x 46 Surly Extraterrestrials

26 x 46 Surly Extraterrestrials
Forum: Touring
08-14-19, 02:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 661
Posted By Rob_E

Yeah, having a kid in the mix makes a difference....

Yeah, having a kid in the mix makes a difference. Good that you have options.
Forum: Touring
08-14-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 661
Posted By Rob_E

Makes me think the odds of being found are very...

Makes me think the odds of being found are very unlikely if you set up after the gates are locked. I realize you're trying to do it by the book, but they sure don't seem to be facilitating that. My...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 10:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 661
Posted By Rob_E

I hear you. I found something similar on the Ohio...

I hear you. I found something similar on the Ohio to Erie trail if you want to stay in the Cuyahoga River Valley. It's at the end of the trail, so the hardest to predict if you were going to wing it,...
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 01:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 804
Posted By Rob_E

Space. Like you said, there's only room for half...

Space. Like you said, there's only room for half a dozen. Met a guy on my trip who was travelling with his brother. First bike tour and pulling some serious miles because the train was full up over...
Forum: Touring
08-08-19, 02:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 662
Posted By Rob_E

https://www.peterwhitecycles.com/

https://www.peterwhitecycles.com/
Forum: Touring
08-08-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,904
Posted By Rob_E

I did switch to TRP, but I'd still take BB7s over...

I did switch to TRP, but I'd still take BB7s over rim brakes. I am not in very hilly territory, but I do ride in whatever weather comes my way. As a result, I wore right through my rim after a few...
Forum: Touring
08-08-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,092
Posted By Rob_E

To be fair, I had some fat, knobby tires on that...

To be fair, I had some fat, knobby tires on that buzzed like crazy on pavement. Also, I might have hopped on to Western Maryland except that the first few connections I saw were unsigned, and I...
Forum: Touring
08-08-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,202
Posted By Rob_E

I imagine it's been posted here before (because...

I imagine it's been posted here before (because it's likely that this is where I got the info to start with), but my Troll kickstand solution is the Specialized Two Bolt kickstand:...
Forum: Touring
08-08-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,092
Posted By Rob_E

I thought I remembered some paved sections...

I thought I remembered some paved sections between Harper's Ferry and Brunswick and some pavement around 10 miles outside of DC, but my photos don't back that up, so likely that's poor memory on my...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 05:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,092
Posted By Rob_E

I was surprised, too, but there was a pavement...

I was surprised, too, but there was a pavement stretch southeast of Harper's that appeared to have been there for a while. New surface looked like it would extend the pavement a couple of miles...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 804
Posted By Rob_E

You might check here:...

You might check here: https://www.nobleinventionbiketouring.com/
They set up hotel and B&B trips along the route, and they have, or hire, a shuttle service. They may be able to set you up or point...
Forum: Touring
08-06-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,092
Posted By Rob_E

I went through in mid June, so I don't know if...

I went through in mid June, so I don't know if the construction situation or detour has changed. Coming from the north-west, I exited just north of Conococheague Creek and headed upstream to the...
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 944
Posted By Rob_E

I have generally found that I prefer more weight...

I have generally found that I prefer more weight on the front than the back when I can manage it. For a while I ran a front rack and packed most of my gear into my Backrollers on the front rack. But...
Forum: Touring
08-01-19, 09:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,858
Posted By Rob_E

No bolts. This is a 3 tab cog for a gear hub....

No bolts. This is a 3 tab cog for a gear hub. Itís for Shimano, but the same type of connection as Sturmey Archer. Held on with a spring clip. Looks for the Nexus cogs here if youíre curious to see...
Forum: Touring
08-01-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,858
Posted By Rob_E

It's on a gear hub that freewheels in reverse. I...

It's on a gear hub that freewheels in reverse. I can't see where pedaling in reverse would have put under stress on it, not that I spend a lot of time pedaling backwards. Unless you are suggesting...
Forum: Touring
08-01-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,315
Posted By Rob_E

I have a wider, 26" Ranger on the front of my...

I have a wider, 26" Ranger on the front of my Troll. It rolls pretty well on pavement, but I haven't used it for loaded touring, and I don't know that I'd want something that knobby in the rear if...
Forum: Touring
08-01-19, 07:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 799
Posted By Rob_E

What is a maximal nb? I ride a 26"-tire bike...

What is a maximal nb?

I ride a 26"-tire bike most days and 20"-tire folding bike on occasion. There are differences in how the bikes handle, but I don't think speed is a major difference. But then...
Forum: Touring
08-01-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,858
Posted By Rob_E

I haven't gone on my trip yet. I decided that I...

I haven't gone on my trip yet. I decided that I was worrying unnecessarily, and I would take the belt-drive bike and leave the spare at home. It's not the bike I usually ride, so I wanted to...
Forum: Touring
07-29-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,644
Posted By Rob_E

Echoing what others have said, the longest, paved...

Echoing what others have said, the longest, paved trial(s) I can think of is the Ohio to Erie: https://www.ohiotoerietrail.org/
But it's not 100% paved, and it's not 100% trail. Biggest on-road gap...
Forum: Touring
07-29-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,922
Posted By Rob_E

I often carry a small iPad, and I don't have too...

I often carry a small iPad, and I don't have too much of a problem keeping it charged. I also don't use it as often on a trip as I do at home. I have used a dynamo hub and a solar panel to keep a...
Forum: Touring
07-29-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,595
Posted By Rob_E

There's a lot I like about CGOAB and a lot I...

There's a lot I like about CGOAB and a lot I don't like. I love the location tagging. If I'm ever passing through an area I'm curious about, I can usually find a couple journals of people who have...
Forum: Touring
07-26-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,381
Posted By Rob_E

I agree with cyccomute that the Topeak bag is not...

I agree with cyccomute that the Topeak bag is not the ideal touring/bike-packing choice. It might do the job if it's what you have. I love that bag as a commuting accessory. But as a touring...
Forum: Touring
07-25-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 956
Posted By Rob_E

I had this problem with my S&S bike, and I solved...

I had this problem with my S&S bike, and I solved it by using a seat-post-mounted rack. Mine is a Topeak rack with optional side panels...
Forum: Touring
07-25-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,634
Posted By Rob_E

I'm not touring year round, but, if anything,...

I'm not touring year round, but, if anything, I've found that the shorter the trip, the more gear I'm willing to carry. I like to think that if I were to go on an extended tour, I could pare down the...
Forum: Touring
07-25-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,562
Posted By Rob_E

How current is your information? This has been...

How current is your information? This has been discussed extensively, assuming you are talking about the washed out bridge between Point of Rocks and Brunswick. It was closed without detours for a...
Forum: Touring
07-22-19, 02:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,562
Posted By Rob_E

I didn't see any listed. A couple of minor,...

I didn't see any listed. A couple of minor, signed detours. The biggest issue I'm aware of is the bridge washout around 50 miles out of DC. It was closed for a while without great detour options, but...
Forum: Touring
07-19-19, 12:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,563
Posted By Rob_E

Yes. The actual couplers are not so bad, but...

Yes. The actual couplers are not so bad, but removing the fork, disconnecting shifters and brakes, etc. Pulling my bike out of the box with the handlebars still connected to their cables and only...
Forum: Touring
07-19-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,563
Posted By Rob_E

Stove issue is one reason I've stuck with my...

Stove issue is one reason I've stuck with my alcohol stove. Mine can use the alcohol burner or Esbit tablets. Tossed the burner, open and completely dried out, in my checked bag. Picked up some...
Forum: Touring
07-19-19, 07:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,563
Posted By Rob_E

Yeah, once you step up from a fabric/cardboard...

Yeah, once you step up from a fabric/cardboard box, the weight of the container becomes significant. My last trip was one-way, though, so having a disposable box was far easier than when I had...
Forum: Touring
07-19-19, 07:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,563
Posted By Rob_E

I think I had only just made enough trips to...

I think I had only just made enough trips to justify my same purchase when my S&S bike died an early death. I've been debating the wisdom of having my new frame cut in half, but between Delta and...
Forum: Touring
07-12-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,524
Posted By Rob_E

I have a double-walled, insulated growler that I...

I have a double-walled, insulated growler that I use the same way. Fits perfectly in my Anything Cage and gives me a nice source of ice water on a long, hot ride. And if that long, hot ride is to the...
Forum: Touring
07-08-19, 08:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,524
Posted By Rob_E

Generally if it's hot outside, and you're riding...

Generally if it's hot outside, and you're riding all day, your water will get to air temperature fairly early on and stay that way. Maybe a darker color will absorb more light and get a little...
Forum: Touring
07-01-19, 12:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,766
Posted By Rob_E

I was thinking the same. To answer the OP's...

I was thinking the same. To answer the OP's question about a lighter tire than the Marathon Plus: pretty much all of them. ;-)

But, yeah, even once I replaced my Marathon Plusses with lighter,...
Forum: Touring
07-01-19, 08:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,940
Posted By Rob_E

I think the whole idea works better with a ...

I think the whole idea works better with a folding bike because the case can be smaller, but it can likely be adapted to a full-sized case. I used the base of the Bike Friday suitcase trailer...
Forum: Touring
07-01-19, 08:22 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,240
Posted By Rob_E

That's how I use mine. If I'm traveling in...

That's how I use mine. If I'm traveling in unfamiliar areas, I sign up for different data service than what my phone uses. A couple of times on my last trip, I was only able to check in with my wife...
Forum: Touring
07-01-19, 07:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,591
Posted By Rob_E

Went the length of the trail two weeks ago and it...

Went the length of the trail two weeks ago and it sounds pretty much the same. Fenders and relatively wide, knobby tires kept me from having to put a foot down in general and kept my back mostly...
Forum: Touring
06-28-19, 09:57 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,875
Posted By Rob_E

Interesting. I have always thought that a...

Interesting. I have always thought that a yellowjacket was species of bee, and never realized it was actually a wasp. I don't know what the technical differences are, but I do think that...
Forum: Touring
06-25-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,215
Posted By Rob_E

I know there's a situation in a nearby city where...

I know there's a situation in a nearby city where you can book Amtrak all the way to Winston-Salem, but what actually happens is that you get off the train in High Point and switch to a bus to...
Forum: Touring
06-25-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,445
Posted By Rob_E

GC series is, I think, meant for swept back bars,...

GC series is, I think, meant for swept back bars, and itís supposed to shift the angle of the grip closer to that of straight/flat bars. I prefer the grip angle of a swept back bar, so I was...
Forum: Touring
06-25-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,445
Posted By Rob_E

Yes, it's the mount for my 360 degree camera. It...

Yes, it's the mount for my 360 degree camera. It doesn't usually lay quite like that, but the camera was in its waterproof case, and the stick kept getting used to hang stuff on.
Forum: Touring
06-25-19, 09:43 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,445
Posted By Rob_E

Guess my camera got a little wet. ...

Guess my camera got a little wet.
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Forum: Touring
06-25-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,940
Posted By Rob_E

If you're going to try Uber, download the app...

If you're going to try Uber, download the app ahead of time and set up your payment methods and all that jazz. I hate when I go to use it after a long absence and find that I have deleted the app or...
Forum: Touring
06-25-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,911
Posted By Rob_E

I wear my Keen sandals on and off the bike....

I wear my Keen sandals on and off the bike. They're not perfect, but they're the best I've found. On the bike, off the bike, on a hike, walking in town, in the shower, in the river, in rain, in the...
Forum: Touring
06-25-19, 07:40 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,875
Posted By Rob_E

Hung up my hammock tent last week Monday. Ducked...

Hung up my hammock tent last week Monday. Ducked under the tarp to make an adjustment and came out in a hurry. Stung right between the shoulder blades. I did not locate the hive, but I must have...
Forum: Touring
06-24-19, 02:56 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,924
Posted By Rob_E

Solo stand:...

Solo stand: https://www.tensaoutdoor.com/product/tensa2-hammock-stand-formerly-tiggzcraftworkz-carcamp-tele/
Kind of destroys all the weight benefits of a hammock system, but you get to keep the...
Forum: Touring
06-24-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,211
Posted By Rob_E

For me it's worth it just to have some kind of...

For me it's worth it just to have some kind of point-and-shoot camera handy. I have my phone, but there are multiple steps to get from the camera being in my pocket or on my handlebars to being...
Forum: Touring
06-24-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,591
Posted By Rob_E

The 2nd set of photos I took are of the washed...

The 2nd set of photos I took are of the washed out bridge and of the railroad crossing. They were taken while crossing the new, temporary crossing, so it's downstream of both previous bridge and the...
Forum: Touring
06-24-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,924
Posted By Rob_E

This is my chair:...

This is my chair: https://www.rei.com/product/877258/rei-co-op-flexlite-chair
I don't take it "touring," but I do take it "bike camping." The difference being how much time I expect to spend in...
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