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Forum: Touring
07-12-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 884
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: 884
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: 1,373
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: 1,593
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: 38
Views: 1,921
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: 1,364
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: 44
Views: 2,453
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: 1,914
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: 2,932
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: 2,932
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: 2,932
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: 1,593
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: 30
Views: 1,722
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: 44
Views: 2,453
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: 3,330
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: 1,997
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: 1,364
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: 3,330
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...
Forum: Touring
06-24-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,330
Posted By Rob_E

I use a hammock, which is likely lighter and...

I use a hammock, which is likely lighter and packs smaller than a 3-person tent, and no mattress or sleeping pad is required. I find it very comfortable to sleep in, but not perfect to lounge in. You...
Forum: Touring
06-23-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,364
Posted By Rob_E

Right on both counts, I expect. The crossing felt...

Right on both counts, I expect. The crossing felt plenty sturdy, but the person I talked to about about it expressed the same reservations about it's ability to stand up to more flooding. After all,...
Forum: Touring
06-21-19, 03:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,364
Posted By Rob_E

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Forum: Touring
06-21-19, 03:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,364
Posted By Rob_E

C & O canal towpath washout in the 50s mile markers near Brunswick

Sorry, I know there was just a thread on this, but I'm not seeing it. After worrying that the weather was going to make the stream crossing less feasible, I learned that a temporary crossing had been...
Forum: Touring
06-16-19, 08:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,476
Posted By Rob_E

I have a small, soft sided, “six pack” cooler....

I have a small, soft sided, “six pack” cooler. Currently only has two beers in it. I think the brand is Polar Bear? I find it’s pretty efficient. Helps if you keep it pretty full. If not, you have to...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,675
Posted By Rob_E

If that's an option, it might be the way to go. I...

If that's an option, it might be the way to go. I was just looking at the 2 foot+ box with all the warnings and thinking it was not very touring-friendly to carry a spare.
...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 06:52 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,889
Posted By Rob_E

Yeah, I did Ohiopyle once. Lesson learned. My...

Yeah, I did Ohiopyle once. Lesson learned. My plan is Roundbottom, but Iím not averse to the Connelsville site if for some reason I donít want to stop sooner. Might be annoying that close to town,...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 02:49 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,732
Posted By Rob_E

That part intrigued me, too. I feel like...

That part intrigued me, too. I feel like "forums" were more like "bulletin boards" back then. I have to say, forums like this are the reason I got back into bike touring, so thank goodness for the...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 02:41 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,889
Posted By Rob_E

I'll explain it when you're older. Funny, I...

I'll explain it when you're older.

Funny, I had that campground on my list as an early bail out option, but now that you've directed me to the website, I see that they want you to place a...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 02:07 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,889
Posted By Rob_E

I'll keep that in mind, but my plan is to not...

I'll keep that in mind, but my plan is to not stay in Dravo unless I really drag my feet. I padded this trip with the possibility for some easy days, but I don't want to use up all my slack on Day 1....
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 922
Posted By Rob_E

No, it was less than a year age. The OP is...

No, it was less than a year age. The OP is probably reading replies and putting new brake cables in their Amazon shopping cart while biking up the Amazon. ;-)
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,675
Posted By Rob_E

That was the impression I had when I got this...

That was the impression I had when I got this bike. I just thought it odd to find it advertised as lasting twice as long as a chain. I replace my chain once or twice a year. The Gates Drive bike gets...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,889
Posted By Rob_E

Yeah, my plane doesn't get in until 5:30, and...

Yeah, my plane doesn't get in until 5:30, and it's 45 minute bus ride to downtown. Even if my bike magically reassembles itself on the plane, it's still almost 6:30 before I get downtown, and I'll...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 01:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,675
Posted By Rob_E

It's an 8-speed Downtube.

It's an 8-speed Downtube.
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,675
Posted By Rob_E

If I were biking cross country, that'd be an...

If I were biking cross country, that'd be an acceptable diversion. I'd just wait for special orders or make sure spare items were left with someone who could overnight them two me. I've actually...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,889
Posted By Rob_E

Where is Bicycle Heaven? My itinerary is pretty...

Where is Bicycle Heaven? My itinerary is pretty tight for the Pittsburgh part of this trip, but depending on where it is and how quickly I get into town and get settled, I might be able to check it...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,675
Posted By Rob_E

Anyone tour with a Gates belt drive?

I have a low mileage, credit card tour coming up later this summer, and I thought I might skip some bike fees by bringing the folding bike. The folding bike has a belt drive that has been pretty much...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 10:55 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,732
Posted By Rob_E

It will depend on where you want to tour. I live...

It will depend on where you want to tour. I live in a mid-size city, and because I will often use some kind of mass transit to get to the start of a trip, I will end up in a major city for at least a...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,889
Posted By Rob_E

I grew up in northeast Ohio, and we never thought...

I grew up in northeast Ohio, and we never thought twice about bears. If there was ever a bear sighted, it made the news, and they were quick to point out that it was likely just passing through since...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 07:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,176
Posted By Rob_E

I think my only time riding out west was with...

I think my only time riding out west was with tubes, but I've been mostly tubeless in the east for a few years now. The set-up was a pain, but with an air compressor, it goes much better. Once it's...
Forum: Touring
06-12-19, 09:44 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,889
Posted By Rob_E

Bear precautions on the GAP/C&O?

Last time I didnít bother. I camped 3 nights on the GAP, there were never any bear boxes, and no one else was hanging their food, so I figured western PA must not be bear country, so I did nothing....
Forum: Touring
06-12-19, 09:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,194
Posted By Rob_E

There was a rebellion against the SAG wagon in my...

There was a rebellion against the SAG wagon in my family. By me. My wife, aunt, and uncle anted to do a GAP ride, staying at B&Bs. I’m more of a camper, but no one else is. We booked it through an...
Forum: Touring
06-11-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,273
Posted By Rob_E

I have one bike with trigger shifters and one...

I have one bike with trigger shifters and one with a twist shifter. I don't care for the twist shifter and will switch it out when I can. But, as fietbob said/implied, your options depend on your...
Forum: Touring
06-11-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,019
Posted By Rob_E

Yes, durability is key. That's why I wouldn't...

Yes, durability is key. That's why I wouldn't postpone any purchasing decisions decisions until this is actually on the market and has been for a while. Personally, it's still a little dodgy as far...
Forum: Touring
06-11-19, 05:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,019
Posted By Rob_E

Can actually work with standard dropouts. Thatís...

Can actually work with standard dropouts. Thatís part of the appeal: one hub can be swapped between different wheelsets or different bikes with different widths. Now if youíve never been tempted by a...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,019
Posted By Rob_E

I think “on paper” is the only place this exists....

I think “on paper” is the only place this exists. If it ends up being what they’re promising, it could be very good, but it’s not for sale yet as far as I can tell, and it’s certainly untested. If I...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,818
Posted By Rob_E

I like that. I've been wanting to go on the...

I like that. I've been wanting to go on the inclines since my first visit to Pittsburgh and I've never gotten around it. That's another thing I thought I might try if I got in and settled early...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,818
Posted By Rob_E

I think that's what I did last time. Actually...

I think that's what I did last time. Actually both times I think what I did was take the Boulevard up to the point the night before, just so we could say we biked all the way from the point to...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,818
Posted By Rob_E

Good to know. I should be kicking off a trip...

Good to know. I should be kicking off a trip Saturday morning. I was going to cross at the Hot Metal Bridge yet again because it's further south and will shave off a little of the backtracking from...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,997
Posted By Rob_E

I wanted an "action camera" but didn't want to...

I wanted an "action camera" but didn't want to pay GoPro prices. A couple of years ago I got a Firefly 7S. Since getting that camera, I got a new phone with a wide angle lens. In general, I'll use...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 08:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,036
Posted By Rob_E

I think it's already been said that there are...

I think it's already been said that there are several factors which can/should affect your decision. I've camped in rain and thunderstorms a number of times. It make me nervous, but accidents are...
Forum: Touring
06-07-19, 09:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,285
Posted By Rob_E

Sometimes I feel like it's less about the time...

Sometimes I feel like it's less about the time you spend in the saddle, and more about the recuperating time you need out of the saddle. I know I can ride 10 or 20 miles at a stretch, chill out for...
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