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Forum: Touring
12-02-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,126
Posted By mev

Your subject line is rather misleading. ...

Your subject line is rather misleading.

Anyways, here is Stu with his bike cycling through northern Australia....
Forum: Touring
11-09-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,397
Posted By mev

Not sure why it matters but seems pretty...

Not sure why it matters but seems pretty straightforward to me:
Support is someone else helping along the way. Most common examples is carrying gear or being there to address issues that come up...
Forum: Touring
11-01-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,538
Posted By mev

I think you might be creating a bit of a straw...

I think you might be creating a bit of a straw man when you refer to a "norm". In my experience, slamming miles, 100 miles a day and gram counting is much more an exception that what I see myself...
Forum: Touring
10-01-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,662
Posted By mev

I agree there are limited uses on water filters -...

I agree there are limited uses on water filters - but think the description is a bit too limiting. Here are some examples from my trips:

1. Some places in the developing world, the drinking water...
Forum: Touring
09-03-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,698
Posted By mev

For me it has changed over time as I've gotten...

For me it has changed over time as I've gotten older. I also tend to think a bit more in terms of hours in the saddle than specifically mileage.

For a while, I found a rough estimate of 10...
Forum: Touring
09-02-20, 03:21 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,988
Posted By mev

Depends a bit on what else is in the bike box. I...

Depends a bit on what else is in the bike box. I had a big enough bike and tightly packed that I couldn't quite fit it in the same box on a trip I took through Kashmir, India. As it turned out, the...
Forum: Touring
08-31-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,988
Posted By mev

For what it is worth, given this has also touched...

For what it is worth, given this has also touched on trailers...

I have toured a fair amount, most of it with panniers. I also own three trailers and have toured for about ~8 weeks total with an...
Forum: Touring
08-13-20, 11:29 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,406
Posted By mev

Thank you for posting. I've long been a fan of...

Thank you for posting. I've long been a fan of Maine once you get past Bangor. Also a demonstration that there are lovely places as you get off US-1.
It has been a while since I lived in New...
Forum: Touring
08-07-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 859
Posted By mev

Some years ago, I set out to bicycle every...

Some years ago, I set out to bicycle every official county road in Weld County, CO. I only got ~600 of the 3000 miles done before I moved and a majority of them were gravel roads.

So I looked...
Forum: Touring
08-04-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,943
Posted By mev

I think there are 49 left in the US -...

I think there are 49 left in the US - https://www.hiusa.org/
Forum: Touring
07-27-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,227
Posted By mev

That has gotten quite a bit better. Most unlocked...

That has gotten quite a bit better. Most unlocked phones I've found are "quad band" that I've found work well between US / Europe and Latin America - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GSM_frequency_bands...
Forum: Touring
07-26-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,227
Posted By mev

Note: Many of those areas without much phone...

Note: Many of those areas without much phone coverage also don't have a dense road network, so turns are quite far apart and not uncommon that you'll follow the same highway all day.

In contrast,...
Forum: Touring
06-28-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 12,218
Posted By mev

+1 I am reminded of that during the current...

+1

I am reminded of that during the current pandemic.

In 2016, I quit my job, put everything in storage and took off for an 18-month trip. Some months prior to departure, I was tempted to defer...
Forum: Touring
05-28-20, 12:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,317
Posted By mev

Bells can be particularly important in some...

Bells can be particularly important in some countries.

I was touring in India and everything on the roads seemed to make noise. Large horns from trucks/buses, beeps from cars, small toots from...
Forum: Touring
05-26-20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,629
Posted By mev

After having tried a bivy sack is why I went back...

After having tried a bivy sack is why I went back to a tube tent like this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FB7XYRS/
I can unzip it into a tarp, or put a string through it and pitch it like...
Forum: Touring
05-26-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,629
Posted By mev

Thanks for sharing the review and photo. At...

Thanks for sharing the review and photo.

At least as much as the one vs. two - what seems nice on this tent is the overall height. I finally got rid of my last tent with a low enough ceiling that...
Forum: Touring
05-13-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,732
Posted By mev

I enjoyed parts between Astoria, OR and Pismo...

I enjoyed parts between Astoria, OR and Pismo Beach, CA the best.

Further north between Vancouver, BC and Portland/Astoria I've done multiple times though never out the Olympic Peninsula. I found...
Forum: Touring
05-09-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 811
Posted By mev

Not backroller, but I've used bikepacker plus as...

Not backroller, but I've used bikepacker plus as both front end rear panniers. Photo below in Amsterdam at start of trip (new looking panniers) on my way to Vladivostok.

As others have pointed...
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 08:21 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 10,363
Posted By mev

Some of us rode older model bikes when they were...

Some of us rode older model bikes when they were new... while I appreciate the disc brakes I have now more than what I had... at the time, I didn't see cantilever brakes as a big encumbrance on my...
Forum: Touring
04-22-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,305
Posted By mev

Others have explained how to calculate, so I'll...

Others have explained how to calculate, so I'll add a note...

Gear inches are the equivalent diameter of direct a drive wheel. In other words, imagine a scenario where each rotation of your...
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,929
Posted By mev

Trivia note: Wikipedia tells us Haskell County is...

Trivia note: Wikipedia tells us Haskell County is the flattest county in Kansas (still not flatter than a pancake...)...
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 09:21 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,929
Posted By mev

The way you have posed your question, makes your...

The way you have posed your question, makes your plan seem unrealistic.

However, people vary in abilities including ability to train. So, I offer a suggestion as well as a few notes:
...
Forum: Touring
04-01-20, 02:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,297
Posted By mev

While a head net would be better than nothing,...

While a head net would be better than nothing, seems like it is better when mostly moving around than as a good solution overnight in a tarp.

Some bugs seem to find the smallest of gaps or bite...
Forum: Touring
03-31-20, 12:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,297
Posted By mev

No problems. Onida is a small town of ~650...

No problems. Onida is a small town of ~650 people. I came to the hotel and learned they were full. The next town with a likely hotel was another 30 miles away. I had both time and energy to do...
Forum: Touring
02-26-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,562
Posted By mev

I didn't have a maple leaf, but when I bicycled...

I didn't have a maple leaf, but when I bicycled around Australia, I was surprised on several occasions to have people guess I was Canadian. I found it amusing.

Someone then explained, if you had...
Forum: Touring
02-21-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,562
Posted By mev

I am a native Dutch speaker. I have what I...

I am a native Dutch speaker.

I have what I call my "fake German" - that mostly consists of trying a mixture of the few German words I know, Dutch words with German accents and English words with...
Forum: Touring
02-01-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 9,522
Posted By mev

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/480x640/587_51e61d37f7b8face0442a9991ceb8302836bd550.jpg
Forum: Touring
01-30-20, 08:32 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 9,522
Posted By mev

Do you enjoy touring in Tassie? Some suggestions...

Do you enjoy touring in Tassie? Some suggestions in similar vein:

The "edges" of North America have often been my favorites.
- On the Alaska Panhandle, taking the ferry to Haines and then...
Forum: Touring
01-10-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,292
Posted By mev

A few things to note: 1. The pinned comment...

A few things to note:
1. The pinned comment with this video on YouTube tells us the shelter was built on private property. So this isn't a case of someone going onto public lands, building a shelter...
Forum: Touring
01-10-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,760
Posted By mev

Good that you find riding with another...

Good that you find riding with another reassuring.

My past experience suggests it hasn't been as much of a concern for me on several accounts:
- My experience with mechanical breakdowns has been...
Forum: Touring
12-31-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,292
Posted By mev

It depends. There are several assumptions I...

It depends.

There are several assumptions I would need to sort out. For example are there particular constraints that make this space desirable/constrained? E.g.
- Access to water?
- Places to...
Forum: Touring
12-30-19, 08:25 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,760
Posted By mev

Helmets off to those who lead these cross-country...

Helmets off to those who lead these cross-country trips. I've led club rides and a few multi-day rides with friends... but also have a sense leading/staffing an extended trip like this with paying...
Forum: Touring
12-30-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,491
Posted By mev

Topeak road morph has been reliable for me and I...

Topeak road morph has been reliable for me and I like the gauge.
Forum: Touring
12-02-19, 08:19 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,137
Posted By mev

I'm not sure what problem is solved by creating a...

I'm not sure what problem is solved by creating a separate forum.

I do see value in updating the description....
Forum: Touring
11-13-19, 10:07 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,762
Posted By mev

Tough to know 100% but suspect it would have been...

Tough to know 100% but suspect it would have been very difficult to see something even if you knew what you were looking for...

Reason I say this is when I looked at the break, the cross section...
Forum: Touring
11-12-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,762
Posted By mev

I didn't start out on that trip carrying a spare...

I didn't start out on that trip carrying a spare wheel. It was more a mix of circumstances:
1) My rim cracked when I was cycling on the Alaska Highway near mile marker 500. Prior to internet being...
Forum: Touring
11-12-19, 07:26 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,762
Posted By mev

Not sure why the emphasis on "field repairable",...

Not sure why the emphasis on "field repairable", since if necessary I've walked or hitched a ride to a point where I could get things fixed from there.

A few examples in reverse chronology of when...
Forum: Touring
10-16-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 901
Posted By mev

If you haven't found it yet, there is a Facebook...

If you haven't found it yet, there is a Facebook Group "Bike Touring Americas: Alaska to Patagonia"

Participants in the group include a number of people also currently on tour. So I found it...
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 07:15 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 12,218
Posted By mev

One suggestion google "rv state residency" you...

One suggestion google "rv state residency" you will find accounts/advice of how a different group of nomadic individuals handle the similar residency issue...
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 12,218
Posted By mev

I have not done it. What I have done in 2016...

I have not done it.

What I have done in 2016 was
- quit my job
- empty my townhouse, put everything in storage and get a management company to rent it out
- go touring for 18 months (Alaska to...
Forum: Touring
07-03-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,637
Posted By mev

One of my favorite camping spots. Looking one...

One of my favorite camping spots. Looking one direction:
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/533x400/img_1104_47decb03f47849aee9ec5bac00fc596fc928b544.jpg
From the same spot, a...
Forum: Touring
05-14-19, 06:05 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 10,394
Posted By mev

Single, no kids. I live below my means, not...

Single, no kids.

I live below my means, not too different than I did as a college student, except in college I owned a car. I sold the car in 2001, went touring for a year and haven't quite bought...
Forum: Touring
05-07-19, 07:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 990
Posted By mev

I've cycled across that stretch twice. Journals...

I've cycled across that stretch twice. Journals below:
US 50 Nevada: Bicycling Reno to Salt Lake City, via US 50, "the Loneliest Road" (http://mvermeulen.com/nevada/index.htm)
US 40 Utah: Salt Lake...
Forum: Touring
04-30-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,419
Posted By mev

I grew up in Northern Colorado, not far from the...

I grew up in Northern Colorado, not far from the eastern plains. One the of aspects that intrigued me for a while was how the Great Plains were settled and the role water played in that.

In areas...
Forum: Touring
02-26-19, 03:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,601
Posted By mev

Count me suspicious when someone starts a thread...

Count me suspicious when someone starts a thread about something generic like "touring gear" and then magically produces a somewhat obscure URL a few posts later. It makes me wonder whether there is...
06-12-18, 04:00 PM
Replies: 295
Views: 43,314
Posted By mev

Technically speaking sentence for each of the...

Technically speaking sentence for each of the five deaths are not concurrent:
- death #1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) = 8 to 15 years (operating while...
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