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Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 11:30 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 856
Posted By staehpj1

True, but even if you make packing mistakes on a...

True, but even if you make packing mistakes on a long tour, there is the option of mailing stuff home and buying things or having things sent from home. So it isn't like you can't learn and adjust...
Forum: Touring
04-06-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 429
Posted By staehpj1

Actually lots of little low knobs roll better...

Actually lots of little low knobs roll better than fewer larger higher ones. Not like a slick but closer. Something like the Kenda Slant Six rolls pretty well on pavement if you want/need knobs for...
Forum: Touring
03-27-21, 04:46 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,464
Posted By staehpj1

I still love my alcohol stove when and where fire...

I still love my alcohol stove when and where fire bans are not in place.
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 05:56 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,574
Posted By staehpj1

I thought 32mm was pretty much a standard road...

I thought 32mm was pretty much a standard road touring size. I tour on much narrower, but tour ultralight. When I packed heavier 32mm was what I used.

FWIW, I'd suggest that you allow plenty of...
Forum: Touring
03-13-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 7,262
Posted By staehpj1

I think it is a factor. For some mayne not much...

I think it is a factor. For some mayne not much of one for others a bigger one, depending in part on the usage and conditions. Before discs were popular I never complained about wearing rims out...
Forum: Touring
03-13-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 7,262
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, I have ridden place where you could descend...

Yeah, I have ridden place where you could descend 5000' without braking. I have also ridden where the turns were super tight or the surface really bad and speed needed to be kept low.

Depends on...
Forum: Touring
03-13-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,464
Posted By staehpj1

Fire bans vary with the locale, but most places I...

Fire bans vary with the locale, but most places I am familiar with do not allow any stove that doesn't have a shut off valve. That rules out most alcohol stoves and any wood stoves that I know of. ...
Forum: Touring
03-06-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,173
Posted By staehpj1

I agree that I am in a fairly small minority, but...

I agree that I am in a fairly small minority, but there are others doing the same or similar. It is doable and can provide reasonable comfort with practice. I really don't find I am giving up much...
Forum: Touring
02-23-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,540
Posted By staehpj1

Just an observation... In the interest of the...

Just an observation...
In the interest of the arbitrary collecting of states as a goal you miss many interesting regions completely. You miss the beauty of the Pacific coat, the MI upper peninsula,...
Forum: Touring
02-16-21, 10:13 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,554
Posted By staehpj1

Sounds like a terrible idea to me. You will have...

Sounds like a terrible idea to me. You will have a constant stream of angry drivers going past and an incredibly bored support driver when they aren't dealing with angry drivers. Most of the time...
Forum: Touring
01-29-21, 06:35 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,656
Posted By staehpj1

Funny, I don't like to rely on getting rooms much...

Funny, I don't like to rely on getting rooms much preferring to camp and figured that getting rooms would solve some of my problems with touring during a pandemic.


Seriously? I am starting to...
Forum: Touring
01-02-21, 05:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 957
Posted By staehpj1

Sounds like a good idea to me. I'll do that if I...

Sounds like a good idea to me. I'll do that if I take my tubeless MTB anywhere that I figure I need to carry a backup. I have not toured on my MTB that is running tubeless and the tubeless setup...
Forum: Touring
12-20-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,633
Posted By staehpj1

I appreciate your post's as well. I try not...

I appreciate your post's as well.

I try not to push my views too hard on others, but do feel I have something a bit unique to share in that I started out packing heavy and went through all the...
Forum: Touring
12-19-20, 08:25 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,633
Posted By staehpj1

I used to say the same thing. Then on one trip in...

I used to say the same thing. Then on one trip in the desert southwest I wore a camelback full of ice and found it comfortable enough. I figured that was mostly just because I was enjoying the wet...
Forum: Touring
12-04-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,478
Posted By staehpj1

I think that Surly threw some of the folks who...

I think that Surly threw some of the folks who made them who they are under the bus. They grew by selling to a number of niche markets, one of them being the LHT buyers.

I personally never liked...
Forum: Touring
12-04-20, 06:32 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,690
Posted By staehpj1

I am not inclined to carry much if any food from...

I am not inclined to carry much if any food from home on most bike trips for weight reasons. My strong preference is to buy daily or even as close to meal time as possible. That said I do make an...
Forum: Touring
11-11-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,835
Posted By staehpj1

I will use the term self supported rather than...

I will use the term self supported rather than unsupported. I think unsupported is a great term for the more legalistic needs of those competitively racing across the country where rules matter.
...
Forum: Touring
11-02-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,093
Posted By staehpj1

Personally I skip breathable fabrics and find...

Personally I skip breathable fabrics and find that keeps the cost down for touring or any use where I will be sweating profusely. I just don't expect to be dry when riding. I figure I'll be wet from...
Forum: Touring
10-06-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 5,759
Posted By staehpj1

Those butane canisters are cheap, available, and...

Those butane canisters are cheap, available, and probably make a lot of sense. They don't fit up without hassle on all stoves since some use the canister to support the burner and those canisters are...
Forum: Touring
10-06-20, 04:27 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,895
Posted By staehpj1

I pack light enough these days that it isn't an...

I pack light enough these days that it isn't an issue, but remember back when I packed similar to what to how you describe. My first tour with that weight was a longish one (73 days) and I gradually...
Forum: Touring
10-01-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,817
Posted By staehpj1

I found that my ceramic cartridge filter (MSR...

I found that my ceramic cartridge filter (MSR Sweetwater) worked okay, but it was not all that light and seemed to clog quickly. I like the Squeeze better. There is still plenty to complain about,...
Forum: Touring
09-22-20, 04:40 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,280
Posted By staehpj1

To answer the question in the title, no I have...

To answer the question in the title, no I have not. If I did I'd use ear buds that fit in a way that allowed me to hear the world around me. I don't mean to start the war over them, but I have found...
Forum: Touring
09-05-20, 06:10 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,111
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
08-28-20, 04:03 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,585
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, 09:04 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,712
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
08-17-20, 05:22 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,712
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, 02:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,712
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, 06:48 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,712
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
08-10-20, 05:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 948
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
08-07-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 914
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
07-31-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,193
Posted By staehpj1

I figure a boot where not needed is likely to...

I figure a boot where not needed is likely to cause more problems than not using one. It may eventually rub a hole in the tube, but I guess that isn't the end of the world. I just don't see a...
Forum: Touring
07-26-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,443
Posted By staehpj1

I used mine in the Mojave and other areas of the...

I used mine in the Mojave and other areas of the Southwest in 110+ F heat. According to the locals it was probably well above 100 F maybe as high as 118 F, but I didn't document the numbers above 110...
Forum: Touring
07-26-20, 06:43 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,443
Posted By staehpj1

My suggestions on the various items... 1. Buy a...

My suggestions on the various items...
1. Buy a waterproof/water resistant phone. Phones can be expensive, but it is a pretty small portion of the cost of a 14000 mile trip.
2. I have not found...
Forum: Touring
05-19-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,154
Posted By staehpj1

I remember the bridge at Chester IL as being...

I remember the bridge at Chester IL as being unpleasant with a poor surface, no shoulder, lots of traffic, bad expansion joints, and so on. It was a wait for a lull in traffic, take the lane, and...
Forum: Touring
05-19-20, 03:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,816
Posted By staehpj1

Fair enough. We all have different approaches and...

Fair enough. We all have different approaches and preferences.

Myself, I usually think in terms of making progress toward a goal destination when riding. If I want to ride more I ride farther...
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 04:16 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,816
Posted By staehpj1

I guess it depends on your traffic tolerance. I...

I guess it depends on your traffic tolerance. I had both map options and much preferred the ODOT Pacific Coast Bicycle Route Map which essentially followed 101. I found the detours the ACA took to...
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,816
Posted By staehpj1

I am assuming they meant the hills. If so yeah,...

I am assuming they meant the hills. If so yeah, some are very steep, but people tour on tandems on pretty much all of the normal touring routes. I met at least one tandem team on the PCH and a few...
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 04:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,816
Posted By staehpj1

Good point. I was surprised by how much climbing...

Good point. I was surprised by how much climbing and descending there was. I guess I pictured a flatter route and the amount of steep climbing was a surprise.

On a similar note there is some...
Forum: Touring
05-13-20, 04:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,816
Posted By staehpj1

Just me, but, having driven some of your proposed...

Just me, but, having driven some of your proposed route and having ridden from Seattle to Astoria to ride the coast (leaving Seattle via the ferry to Bremmerton), I don't think I'd choose either if...
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,816
Posted By staehpj1

I loved the coast. I only did the portion from...

I loved the coast. I only did the portion from Seattle to San Luis Obispo. The Washington portion was my least favorite. Oregon was amazing and the redwoods just into California were pretty cool...
Forum: Touring
05-11-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,523
Posted By staehpj1

I briefly was in the central valley on one tour...

I briefly was in the central valley on one tour and mostly remember little "mini compounds", composed of small houses with low riders in the driveways with tall fences around them with several mean...
Forum: Touring
05-10-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,552
Posted By staehpj1

A long tour is a pretty great experience. Short...

A long tour is a pretty great experience. Short ones never appealed to me, but others love them, so YMMV. Typing this made me think of Grant's "bike camping" vs "bike touring" and "S24O thing"...
Forum: Touring
05-09-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,552
Posted By staehpj1

It is a bigger deal for some folks than others. I...

It is a bigger deal for some folks than others. I don't really get too excited over it on a touring bike. In the lower gears I don't find a little bit bigger jumps to be a problem on any bike and in...
Forum: Touring
05-08-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,552
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, I have been touring on square taper bottom...

Yeah, I have been touring on square taper bottom brackets and they work fine. On the other hand, they are heavier and the tools are heavier than the tools for some of the other choices. I'll...
Forum: Touring
04-30-20, 04:15 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 11,108
Posted By staehpj1

Cantis are fine. I don't necessarily even see v...

Cantis are fine. I don't necessarily even see v brakes as an upgrade. Good and bad quality brakes are made in most styles. Truth be told I like the old (~1990 vintage) dual pivot 105 brakes on my...
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,286
Posted By staehpj1

I have done a variety of things with the U/L...

I have done a variety of things with the U/L packing. Most of them were a little unconventional and involved strapping stuff sacks on the bike using a light rack on the rear and sometimes a tiny...
Forum: Touring
04-21-20, 06:00 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,042
Posted By staehpj1

It is nice to see the OP post back. All too...

It is nice to see the OP post back. All too often we hear from folks once with a question like this and never again.

I disagree. I crossed KS a couple times and Colorado once and I am not sure...
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,042
Posted By staehpj1

Just to be clear... I have met lots of folks who...

Just to be clear... I have met lots of folks who probably were less fit and had zero experience and were doing longer trips. Some succeeded and some failed. How determined they were had as much to...
Forum: Touring
04-09-20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,400
Posted By staehpj1

I don't get that statement. Maybe it is just me,...

I don't get that statement. Maybe it is just me, but I always figured that a bike is more likely to blow over when on a little stand than when leaning against a nice solid wall, guard rail, or...
Forum: Touring
04-06-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,400
Posted By staehpj1

I've never felt the need for one. I either lean...

I've never felt the need for one. I either lean my bike against something or just lay it on the ground. Out in the open countryside I figure it is the safest from falling if it is already on the...
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