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Forum: Touring
09-15-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 827
Posted By staehpj1

For that kind of conditions I don't take much...

For that kind of conditions I don't take much more than my summer gear. I rode across the Southern Tier in February with a 14# base and was fine with the numerous nights below freezing (coldest...
Forum: Touring
09-12-20, 08:05 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,238
Posted By staehpj1

If it was me I think I'd probably: Forget...

If it was me I think I'd probably:

Forget different crank lengths. It won't help.
Use as much difference in insole height as I could get by with,
Use 3 bolt road cleats to take advantage of...
Forum: Touring
09-08-20, 06:44 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,423
Posted By staehpj1

Just me but... One thing I never really...

Just me but...

One thing I never really understood was why folks seemed to equate drop bars value only with the use of the drops and see a lack of fitness or a gut as a reason to not use them. I...
Forum: Touring
09-06-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,906
Posted By staehpj1

No doubt that it is a good idea to wash or at...

No doubt that it is a good idea to wash or at least rinse out shorts frequently. I have gotten by with being pretty lax on that sometimes though. I found that for me there isn't nearly as much room...
Forum: Touring
09-06-20, 08:25 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,906
Posted By staehpj1

Actually, in my experience getting out of bike...

Actually, in my experience getting out of bike shorts and airing them out and getting my body aired out is the key more so than washing. I have gone on multi week and multi month tours with one pair...
Forum: Touring
09-06-20, 07:35 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,906
Posted By staehpj1

I found too often the limitations of the Pocket...

I found too often the limitations of the Pocket Shower made it not worth carrying, for me at least. Said limitations include:

It is only useful where water is fairly plentiful.
It is only...
Forum: Touring
09-05-20, 06:10 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,906
Posted By staehpj1

First, I find I don't mind going a while between...

First, I find I don't mind going a while between showers or other washing up especially in cooler weather. Yeah it sucks in hot weather, but in cool weather it really isn't that bad. Second, I am...
Forum: Touring
09-05-20, 04:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,179
Posted By staehpj1

Overdoing the mileage especially at the start can...

Overdoing the mileage especially at the start can spoil the trip, but I don't agree with comments that often come up suggesting that riding all day doesn't allow doing anything else or enjoying the...
Forum: Touring
09-04-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,423
Posted By staehpj1

At age 69 I have experimented with a variety of...

At age 69 I have experimented with a variety of setups and really still prefer drop bars and set pretty low at that. I have not found raising them to add comfort and find riding with hands on the...
Forum: Touring
09-03-20, 06:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,179
Posted By staehpj1

For me it would depend greatly on the tour. ...

For me it would depend greatly on the tour. Things like difficulty of terrain and distance between services factor heavily. Also at age 69 I am slowing down a bit. That said I might still do long...
Forum: Touring
09-02-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,109
Posted By staehpj1

Different strokes, but I am inclined to call any...

Different strokes, but I am inclined to call any of the incarnations of overnight or longer rides bike touring. I don't call day rides touring. I don't call going somewhere and doing day rides from...
Forum: Touring
08-29-20, 07:42 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,109
Posted By staehpj1

It is easy to make incorrect assumptions based on...

It is easy to make incorrect assumptions based on appearances. People often say they thought I was on a day ride, an over-nighter, or moteling it when I am on a self supported tour and some folks...
Forum: Touring
08-28-20, 05:04 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,109
Posted By staehpj1

The term may not be as new as we suggest, but...

The term may not be as new as we suggest, but bike touring predates that catalog by quite a bit. Like almost a century. So the term bikepacking probably is pretty new if that catalog is an early...
Forum: Touring
08-28-20, 04:03 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,109
Posted By staehpj1

Bikepacking is an offshoot and a subset of...

Bikepacking is an offshoot and a subset of touring. It is all touring. Personally I call it touring even when I go off road and even if I use bike packing style bags.
Forum: Touring
08-21-20, 04:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,005
Posted By staehpj1

Btw, even if I don't use the bike to get to the...

Btw, even if I don't use the bike to get to the local lake there are lots of destinations here where a bike shuttle makes sense. I have a nashbar trailer that might be a good source for parts. I...
Forum: Touring
08-21-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,005
Posted By staehpj1

I did the 300 mile round trip drive to pick up...

I did the 300 mile round trip drive to pick up the Wenonah Escapade yesterday and got out on the local lake this morning for a test paddle. It is a really sweet boat and in pretty much new condition...
Forum: Touring
08-19-20, 02:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 634
Posted By staehpj1

Most here always wear helmets when riding. I...

Most here always wear helmets when riding. I have toured with various hats at different times as well as with a helmet at others. I never found a perfect answer hat wise. I have used the old...
Forum: Touring
08-19-20, 06:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,279
Posted By staehpj1

Not necessarily relevant to your post, but that...

Not necessarily relevant to your post, but that reminded me... On the bar roll that I mentioned hanging a bag in front of, you can thread the straps for the bar roll through short lengths of pvc...
Forum: Touring
08-19-20, 04:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 965
Posted By staehpj1

How suitable leather is will depend on how it is...

How suitable leather is will depend on how it is tanned, how it is treated, and what animal it comes from. The leather bar tape I tried years ago I did not like. It was slippery when wet, took...
Forum: Touring
08-18-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,005
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks to the inspiration of this thread I have a...

Thanks to the inspiration of this thread I have a lead on a nice 17' Wenonah Escapade that I plan to pick up Thursday (a 5 hour drive away) if all goes well. I have a nice water trail near by that is...
Forum: Touring
08-18-20, 06:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,279
Posted By staehpj1

I probably didn't really sell the approach, so...

I probably didn't really sell the approach, so I'll comment a bit more to say I really liked it and found it superior to a handlebar mount for those cases where it is an option. I even went so far as...
Forum: Touring
08-17-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,009
Posted By staehpj1

I have started out a couple hours before daylight...

I have started out a couple hours before daylight quite a few times and never bothered with a headlight. I could see the white line okay. I was usually in really empty country on very lightly...
Forum: Touring
08-17-20, 05:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,009
Posted By staehpj1

Why not just wear the headlamp? I have ridden...

Why not just wear the headlamp? I have ridden while wearing a headlamp and found it to work pretty well. I used to even go single tracking with a little Petzl. It didn't offer much light, but it...
Forum: Touring
08-17-20, 05:22 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,005
Posted By staehpj1

Quite a few decades ago I did a little canoe...

Quite a few decades ago I did a little canoe camping in the St Regis area with a few portages. In those days I was carrying a heavy royalex tandem canoe and all my gear. At my current age I can't...
Forum: Touring
08-16-20, 04:15 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,005
Posted By staehpj1

I wasn't aware of that one. Looks interesting.

I wasn't aware of that one. Looks interesting.
Forum: Touring
08-16-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,005
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks. I almost went that route a couple years...

Thanks. I almost went that route a couple years ago and got distracted with other things. I think maybe I'll give it a go now. In these covid times it seems like an activity where I can get out...
Forum: Touring
08-15-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,005
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, I often have done outdoor stuff alone and...

Yeah, I often have done outdoor stuff alone and greatly enjoyed it even some whitewater and other stuff where I probably should know better.

We moved to Tallahassee 5-1/2 years ago. I haven't done...
Forum: Touring
08-15-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,005
Posted By staehpj1

I bet the weather can turn quickly in winter...

I bet the weather can turn quickly in winter there. We succeeded on a second attempt at Mt Marcy on that trip after turning back due to at least hip deep snow on a Memorial day attempt a previous...
Forum: Touring
08-15-20, 06:48 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,005
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks for the posting. The route looks...

Thanks for the posting. The route looks interesting. I'd like to check it out some day. I have only a sporadic experience with the state in the form of a few trips spread over the decades, none of it...
Forum: Touring
08-15-20, 04:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,279
Posted By staehpj1

If you have canti brake bosses the cheap tiny...

If you have canti brake bosses the cheap tiny front sun lite rack that was everywhere a few years ago makes a great way to carry a camera bag as a front bag. It is just big enough for a camera bag. ...
Forum: Touring
08-14-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 756
Posted By staehpj1

I have not used them as panniers, but I have used...

I have not used them as panniers, but I have used those buckets for other stuff around home. I will suggest the following based on that experience:
1. Don't count on an absolutely waterproof seal. ...
Forum: Touring
08-12-20, 05:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 528
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: 820
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: 13
Views: 742
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: 13
Views: 756
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: 52
Views: 2,400
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: 820
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: 52
Views: 2,400
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: 700
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: 700
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: 700
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: 700
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: 820
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: 820
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: 820
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: 820
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: 31
Views: 1,588
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: 52
Views: 2,400
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: 52
Views: 2,400
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: 31
Views: 1,588
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...
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