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Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,958
Posted By Tourist in MSN

As I was typing my comment on bear spray, I was...

As I was typing my comment on bear spray, I was thinking that if she went into Canada, that might be considered a weapon and be confiscated, but it sounded like she would stay in USA.
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 08:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 414
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Agree with you on rumble strips. I...

Agree with you on rumble strips.



I thought of the wider bike too, but the OP said he rides a trike already so I assumed he knew that. Also, when I tour on a bike I usually have my tires about...
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 05:24 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,958
Posted By Tourist in MSN

That is why I suggested you give her a can of...

That is why I suggested you give her a can of bear spray.

In 2014 I did the Pacific Coast from Astoria to San Fransisco, I met a gal in one of the campgrounds that was on year seven of her long...
Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,644
Posted By Tourist in MSN

That is why I was there in February. ...

That is why I was there in February.




I had wanted to go to the Everglades for decades, still happy I went there to see the sights. I would post a few photos, but I do not want to hijack...
Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 02:46 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,958
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I did a five week tour in the Canadian Maritimes...

I did a five week tour in the Canadian Maritimes in June and part of July this year. I saw more solo women bicyclists than I saw any other solo or group riders.

Give her a small bottle of bear...
Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 631
Posted By Tourist in MSN

You are fortunate that you probably already own...

You are fortunate that you probably already own the type of camping gear you would need if you attempt loaded touring (camping) on a bike, you already know how to use the gear, and you can estimate...
Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 414
Posted By Tourist in MSN

When I commented above about the trike rider that...

When I commented above about the trike rider that was hard to see from behind because he was so low, his trike was like the one in the photo below. But the one I was commenting on did not have...
Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 414
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have never ridden a trike, but I was in one...

I have never ridden a trike, but I was in one group tour where one member of the group had a trike and he pulled a trailer with his gear.

My only advice is that you mount a flag pole with a flag...
Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 06:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 631
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Many of us refer to staying indoors at motels or...

Many of us refer to staying indoors at motels or B&Bs or hostels as credit card touring. You only need to carry a day or two of clothing, maybe rain gear, maybe some snacks and a small toiletries...
Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 06:23 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,644
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Sounds like your trip was a bit warmer by a few...

Sounds like your trip was a bit warmer by a few degrees than the trip I did in February of 2017 in southern Florida. Dewpoints were upper 60s to lower 70s the whole time we were there. We started...
Forum: Touring
08-19-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 448
Posted By Tourist in MSN

In the 1970s, good quality camping gear was quite...

In the 1970s, good quality camping gear was quite expensive. You might think it is expensive now, but back then most of the good brands were still sewn in USA, not asia, it cost a fortune. I think...
Forum: Touring
08-19-19, 02:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 781
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Rear panniers range anywhere from about 30 liters...

Rear panniers range anywhere from about 30 liters to over 50 for the pair, in the low 40s is a common average. Do you have any idea on how much volume you would need? Some people pack much lighter...
08-18-19, 02:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,011
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If you buy some Li Ion batteries, there are a lot...

If you buy some Li Ion batteries, there are a lot of counterfeit ones out there and there are lots of ones that claim great power which they do not have. I have bought several that were worthless.
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08-18-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,412
Posted By Tourist in MSN

In Post 2 above I showed some Thermos brand...

In Post 2 above I showed some Thermos brand bottles that I modified to fit the cages. And in post 17 above I mentioned a bad experience with Home Despot on some oversize bottles.

But my more...
Forum: Touring
08-18-19, 06:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 869
Posted By Tourist in MSN

A friend of mine almost never used the drops on...

A friend of mine almost never used the drops on drop bar bikes, even in a strong headwind. He switched to bullhorn bars, uses bar end shifters on them. That way his hand positions are very similar...
Forum: Touring
08-17-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,580
Posted By Tourist in MSN

When I read a statement like, "waxing my chain or...

When I read a statement like, "waxing my chain or getting it lubed", when I read "getting it lubed" it sounds like you are getting someone else to apply the lube. Or when I read "I got a LBS to...
Forum: Touring
08-16-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,120
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Agree, but most people are mathematically...

Agree, but most people are mathematically challenged these days, especially those that grew up with calculators so they did not have to develop the mental skills to do complicated math in their head....
Forum: Touring
08-16-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 869
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Here is an example of why my comment on Ortlieb...

Here is an example of why my comment on Ortlieb price in Europe. If you type in Germany as location, the price for these panniers is 104.90 Euros which includes VAT....
Forum: Touring
08-16-19, 05:15 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,120
Posted By Tourist in MSN

My Triumphs had a very wide power band, that is...

My Triumphs had a very wide power band, that is why the gearbox only had four gears, you only needed four.




Over a decade ago I was still standing on the pedals to power up hills or...
Forum: Touring
08-16-19, 04:48 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,580
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I used to keep my chain lube in my tools and...

I used to keep my chain lube in my tools and spares bag that resided in the bottom of a pannier. I never thought of lubing my chain when in the campground so it never got used.

For the past three...
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 07:10 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,120
Posted By Tourist in MSN

My late 1960s and early 1970s Triumph T100R...

My late 1960s and early 1970s Triumph T100R Daytona motorcycles had four speed transmissions, with only four you always knew which gear you were in.

But a bicycle that has two different...
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 04:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 869
Posted By Tourist in MSN

My advice is that if you do find something there...

My advice is that if you do find something there that you can't buy here, make sure that the dealer or retailer can provide any paperwork you need to get the VAT tax refunded once you leave the EU. ...
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 03:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,120
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I suspect that is the difference. The top of my...

I suspect that is the difference. The top of my bars is usually pretty close to the top of saddle height, the bars might be slighly lower but are likely within a half inch. My folding bike is an...
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 04:19 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,120
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I am guessing you have a much smaller size frame...

I am guessing you have a much smaller size frame than me. The front downtube shifter on my rando bike is a significant reach. I have to stop pedaling, swing my left knee way out so I can reach my...
Forum: Touring
08-14-19, 06:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,253
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I applaud your efforts to avoid discarding...

I applaud your efforts to avoid discarding perfectly good components, I too have bent axles so I would not want to use a older freewheel type hub for touring.

A friend of mine tours with...
Forum: Touring
08-14-19, 12:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 869
Posted By Tourist in MSN

There were two lines at the airport, I was in the...

There were two lines at the airport, I was in the line for those that checked one or more boxes yes on the form, yes I had food with me.

The woman next to me in line was a teacher that had been...
Forum: Touring
08-14-19, 11:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,253
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Nice set of panniers. A year and a half ago at a...

Nice set of panniers. A year and a half ago at a swap meet I picked up a pair of the rear Cannondale panniers that had hardly been used, paid something like $10 USD for them. Two or three other...
Forum: Touring
08-14-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 771
Posted By Tourist in MSN

On some lights the standlight uses different LEDs...

On some lights the standlight uses different LEDs than the main beam. On those lights, if you are not moving the main beam would not be lit when you "stand in front of the bike with the light on...
Forum: Touring
08-14-19, 10:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 869
Posted By Tourist in MSN

That is why I keep the receipt for my Rohloff hub...

That is why I keep the receipt for my Rohloff hub and separate receipt for my bike frame as PDF files on my phone.

But the only thing that USA customs was interested in the two times that I came...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 07:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,253
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I assume you are talking about touring on a steel...

I assume you are talking about touring on a steel frame bike with 120 or 126mm rear dropouts.

If the frame was steel and had 126mm dropouts, you should be able to put a modern freehub type hub...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 869
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I like a Rohloff for touring, but there are...

I like a Rohloff for touring, but there are advantages and disadvantages to a Rohloff just like there are advantages and disadvantages for derailleurs. I have three touring bikes, two use...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 04:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 869
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If you start looking in Germany at the touring...

If you start looking in Germany at the touring bikes, you will start seeing more Rohloff bikes. They are pretty rare here in the USA. I would not say they are common in Europe, but they are less...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 09:03 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,120
Posted By Tourist in MSN

When I used a Suntour high normal front...

When I used a Suntour high normal front derailleur where pushing both down tube levers forward put you into the highest gear, I usually used the right hand for both front and rear shifting. Cresting...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 869
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If you buy in Italy, you are likely paying a VAT...

If you buy in Italy, you are likely paying a VAT tax. If you bring a bike to Italy to keep it there for more than 90 days from outside the EU, you might have to pay a customs duty when you bring it...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,120
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I am successfully resisting the temptation to...

I am successfully resisting the temptation to refer to my Rohloff shifter as a bar end shifter on my expedition bike.
...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 05:42 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,120
Posted By Tourist in MSN

A friend of mine that has competed in ironman...

A friend of mine that has competed in ironman competitions saw one of my touring bikes one time and commented that he was unaware that you could put tri shifters on the ends of a handlebar like I had...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,120
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I really do not like downtube friction shifters,...

I really do not like downtube friction shifters, but I have bar end shifters on my two derailleur touring bikes and on my folding bike. The rear bar end shifters are indexed, not the old friction. ...
08-12-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,011
Posted By Tourist in MSN

My rainy month touring in Iceland, several cables...

My rainy month touring in Iceland, several cables died from corrosion at the plugs, as did one of my two taillights. So, yes, on a bike tour I bring spare cables. And I always bring two taillights....
08-12-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,011
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I do not have anything that uses USB C yet, so I...

I do not have anything that uses USB C yet, so I am intentionally remaining ignorant.

But if you get it, you will have two power banks so your worst case scenario would be that you could charge...
08-12-19, 09:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,011
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Very good point. Fully agree. My last bike...

Very good point. Fully agree.

My last bike tour, I planned to be fully self sufficient on electrics from my dynohub and Sinewave Revolution USB charger that was powered by the dynohub. Before...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 07:46 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,120
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I was not going to say anything on the knee...

I was not going to say anything on the knee thing, but I think I once bumped my knee on a bar end shifter and the unplanned whack on the side of the handlebar coupled with an unplanned sudden upshift...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 07:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,761
Posted By Tourist in MSN

That is a heavy rack. I did my first couple...

That is a heavy rack. I did my first couple tours with Surly racks. Then I bought a Tubus Ergo for the front and Tubus Logo EVO for the rear for touring.

The Surly front rack I decided was...
08-12-19, 07:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,011
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If it is 62 watt hours, that is a pretty big...

If it is 62 watt hours, that is a pretty big power bank. I can't imagine you would be able to push a lot of current through the electronics in that one unit for charging regardless of how big your...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 03:52 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,120
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I recall back in the early 70s seeing bar end...

I recall back in the early 70s seeing bar end shifters listed in a catalog of Campy components but never actually saw any. A couple years ago I saw some vintage Campy bar end shifters for the first...
Forum: Touring
08-11-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,365
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Some credit cards have an extra benefit of...

Some credit cards have an extra benefit of extended warranty and some credit cards have said in their advertisements that it covers loss for almost any reason. I believe that the generic credit card...
Forum: Touring
08-10-19, 10:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,319
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I never realized until looking at the Surly...

I never realized until looking at the Surly photos in this thread how fortunate I was that on my Nomad I could put on the Greenfield type stand without any difficulty.
...
Forum: Touring
08-10-19, 06:18 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,365
Posted By Tourist in MSN

About a month ago when I was touring in the...

About a month ago when I was touring in the Candian Maritimes, I met a Brit that flew to Toronto, he bought a used bike there for something like $250 CAD, he had ridden it to the Nova Scotia...
Forum: Touring
08-08-19, 04:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 771
Posted By Tourist in MSN

In addition to the light and wire, you likely...

In addition to the light and wire, you likely need one of these too.
https://www.amazon.com/Shimano-3C41-Nexus-Retainer-Internal/dp/B001EIAZVQ

Peter White likely sells those too. Peter White...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 06:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,319
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I really prefer a kickstand. ...

I really prefer a kickstand.

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/922x691/20imgp2845_4073d3c7868621657834ba5b09dc1fcb4cd0967a.jpg

That said, I am afraid of putting one on my...
08-07-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,349
Posted By Tourist in MSN

An example of a longer bracket is the one on the...

An example of a longer bracket is the one on the canti brake post on my rando bike, the red bike pictured above.
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