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Forum: Touring
07-05-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,051
Posted By alan s

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The other end of the Paw Paw tunnel is boarded up...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,051
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: 54
Views: 3,051
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: 54
Views: 3,051
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: 54
Views: 3,051
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: 681
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: 54
Views: 3,051
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: 71
Views: 2,980
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: 54
Views: 3,051
Posted By alan s

Bring mosquito repellant

Bring mosquito repellant
Forum: Touring
06-18-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,540
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: 681
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: 792
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: 681
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: 681
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: 19,020
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: 4,421
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: 4,421
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.
Forum: Touring
06-04-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,421
Posted By alan s

The last wheel I bought cost $8 at the...

The last wheel I bought cost $8 at the Performance Bike closeout. Before that, I paid around $20 each for three wheels. Hard to justify building your own at that price. Should be set with wheels...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-20, 08:49 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,617
Posted By alan s

Recently Saw Myself Hunched On the Floor...

Recently Saw Myself Hunched On the Floor Laughing. It’s when you are beyond ROFL.
Forum: Touring
05-25-20, 10:34 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,437
Posted By alan s

That article has some valid points. I hang my...

That article has some valid points. I hang my food so raccoons, mice and squirrels and other assorted critters leave it alone and don’t destroy my tent. Never camped in bear country, but would use...
Forum: Touring
05-24-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,437
Posted By alan s

Most of my camping is in warmer weather, so...

Most of my camping is in warmer weather, so trapping heat is not desirable. I also don’t bring food into the tent. Usually hang it from a tree or in a bear/critter box if available. I once camped...
Forum: Touring
05-22-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,437
Posted By alan s

I use a two-person tent. The extra room is great...

I use a two-person tent. The extra room is great for bags.
Forum: Touring
05-22-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,077
Posted By alan s

Start with this:...

Start with this: https://www.biking-france.com/destination/france-cycling/loire-valley/

If your relationship survives, take on a more ambitious tour.
Forum: Touring
05-20-20, 10:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,246
Posted By alan s

Be honest from the start. Tell her cycling is a...

Be honest from the start. Tell her cycling is a priority to you, but she can tag along if she wants. Mention that you’ll try not to drop her, but if she can’t keep up, she’s on her own. She will...
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,077
Posted By alan s

I would be hesitant to go this route.

I would be hesitant to go this route.
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,077
Posted By alan s

If you are in better shape, carry all the gear...

If you are in better shape, carry all the gear and let her ride an unloaded bike. That should even things out until she is able and willing to carry more of the load.
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,005
Posted By alan s

Aside from wind direction, a good reason to ride...

Aside from wind direction, a good reason to ride south is the ocean is on your right, so you have a better view. Also, the shoulder is usually better on the ocean side in California.
Forum: Commuting
05-13-20, 11:58 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,617
Posted By alan s

I would buy a bike named after this guy. Chick...

I would buy a bike named after this guy. Chick magnet!

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.gq.com/story/how-to-have-babies-sperm-donor-ed-houben/amp
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 10:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,005
Posted By alan s

I rode San Francisco to SLO a couple years ago...

I rode San Francisco to SLO a couple years ago and Astoria to Florence, OR last year. Those are really nice segments. Eventually I plan to ride more of the coast, maybe Florence to SFO. A guy I...
Forum: Commuting
05-01-20, 01:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 582
Posted By alan s

I usually park on the street. Not always the...

I usually park on the street. Not always the same place, but 3 or 4 different places. Also park in a National Park Service lot, along with several other bike commuters.
Forum: Touring
04-27-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,578
Posted By alan s

Do a couple overnight out and backs to the C&O as...

Do a couple overnight out and backs to the C&O as training, and work out kinks in your gear and routines. From Gaithersburg, you can ride on roads to Monocacy at Mile 40 on the towpath. Then ride...
Forum: Commuting
04-27-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 924
Posted By alan s

It could be a time bomb, waiting to assplode. ...

It could be a time bomb, waiting to assplode. Send it to me and I’ll dispose of properly.
Forum: Touring
04-22-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,449
Posted By alan s

I wouldn’t go with the Jamaican company Bikemon,...

I wouldn’t go with the Jamaican company Bikemon, as your frame could have traces of ganja, which could get you into hot water at airports. OTOH, I’ve heard good things about Bikeman.
Forum: Touring
04-20-20, 11:17 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,655
Posted By alan s

You might want to get another 80 years out of...

You might want to get another 80 years out of your knees. Mashing for days on end can lead to serious lifelong problems. Especially if you start to experience pain and think you can just push...
Forum: Touring
04-20-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,104
Posted By alan s

The only thing worse than coming home to a...

The only thing worse than coming home to a nagging wife is having her right behind you the whole time.
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 04:30 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,830
Posted By alan s

None of these bike were around in 2005. Whether...

None of these bike were around in 2005. Whether they are stronger or not is debatable, but at least they would be considered today.

https://www.cyclingabout.com/best-bikepacking-bikes-2020/
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 01:51 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,830
Posted By alan s

. . . and bikepacking was born, greatly...

. . . and bikepacking was born, greatly increasing the definition of ”touring bike.” What was considered strong for road touring would hardly suffice on singletrack.
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,115
Posted By alan s

There is a reason 99.99% of the people who...

There is a reason 99.99% of the people who actually bike tour and camp use a tent or hammock. I understand the dog needs a trailer, so you will be pulling one anyway, but pulling a small RV for any...
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 12:52 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,655
Posted By alan s

Singlespeed is great until you need to shift...

Singlespeed is great until you need to shift gears. Pedaling into a 20 mph headwind is like riding uphill. Pedaling with a 20 mph tailwind is like riding downhill. So the terrain may be flat, but...
Forum: Touring
04-17-20, 04:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 793
Posted By alan s

30% chance it will go as scheduled, 45% chance it...

30% chance it will go as scheduled, 45% chance it will be delayed, and 60% chance it will be canceled.
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 11:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,115
Posted By alan s

I saw a video of someone a long time ago that...

I saw a video of someone a long time ago that made a camper out of coroplast and zipties. Probably wasn’t too heavy or expensive. Still, you are never going to get around the weight and windage...
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,115
Posted By alan s

Can I suggest getting a small RV and doing day...

Can I suggest getting a small RV and doing day rides instead? You and your dog will be much more comfortable and happy.
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 06:04 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,799
Posted By alan s

The only big ticket item I have had to replace in...

The only big ticket item I have had to replace in the last 10 years is my supposedly high quality REI tent. If you can find a used one in good condition, go for it. However, as I mentioned, the...
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 03:06 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,799
Posted By alan s

I wouldn’t buy a used tent. They only last so...

I wouldn’t buy a used tent. They only last so long, even with light use. Once the seams start leaking, it’s either spending time and money to reseal, or live with a leaking tent.
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 710
Posted By alan s

I’ve used Keen sandals for years, and they are...

I’ve used Keen sandals for years, and they are great for riding and walking. My suggestion is replace your pedals with SPDs.
Forum: Commuting
04-16-20, 01:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 813
Posted By alan s

I’ve never found the bike itself to be a good...

I’ve never found the bike itself to be a good investment. Over its life, you will spend more than its initial cost in maintenance and repairs. And in the end it will be worth almost nothing. ...
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 687
Posted By alan s

Usually avoid, but you can’t always completely...

Usually avoid, but you can’t always completely avoid, especially if traveling by air. On my most recent trip, I flew into and out of Portland, OR, and spent a few hours in the city looking around...
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 793
Posted By alan s

All virus related threads get moved somewhere...

All virus related threads get moved somewhere else, sooner or later. Where that place is, I do not know or care.
Forum: Touring
04-14-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,104
Posted By alan s

Bike touring is not for everyone. If she is...

Bike touring is not for everyone. If she is selfish, you need to match it with the same level of selfishness. If it doesn’t work out, then at least you got in some bike touring. Maybe you’ll meet...
Forum: Commuting
04-14-20, 07:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,268
Posted By alan s

I run one on my helmet, but that’s because my...

I run one on my helmet, but that’s because my route is almost entirely bike paths. I’ll add one to the bike if my commute is on the road.
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