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Forum: Touring
11-15-12, 07:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 909
Posted By keenancook

I know this comes up often enough, but have you...

I know this comes up often enough, but have you done the Baja before? It would be a fairly cheap flight over to San Diego and then pop down. You can get by with pretty minimal Spanish just because...
11-12-12, 11:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 282
Posted By keenancook

Here's my 2008-2009 Canada to Argentina tour: ...

Here's my 2008-2009 Canada to Argentina tour:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6T-PK5QKBzY
Forum: Touring
11-12-12, 08:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 788
Posted By keenancook

I rode the Pacific side a few years ago, and it...

I rode the Pacific side a few years ago, and it was ridiculously steep hills, unlike anywhere else in Panama (or Central America, actually). Just up and down, relentlessly. The Continental Divide...
Forum: Touring
11-12-12, 08:04 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 8,795
Posted By keenancook

Same thing further east in New Brunswick,...

Same thing further east in New Brunswick, Canada...
Forum: Touring
11-08-12, 08:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,445
Posted By keenancook

I took a deck on a year-long tour, and used them...

I took a deck on a year-long tour, and used them once, on day #2. And then carried them the whole rest of the way, just in case...
Forum: Touring
11-08-12, 07:36 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 8,795
Posted By keenancook

+1 - I was thinking the same thing.

+1 - I was thinking the same thing.
Forum: Touring
11-06-12, 06:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 610
Posted By keenancook

For what it's worth, I'd say he's a brilliant...

For what it's worth, I'd say he's a brilliant person, not silly at all.

For clothing, having something like a Merino wool top would be great - something that's going to be warm at cool...
Forum: Touring
11-06-12, 06:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 640
Posted By keenancook

Just wondering... have you been everywhere else...

Just wondering... have you been everywhere else already in Canada? Don't get me wrong, I love Saskatchewan (especially my 'Riders), but it is far from the top of my list in places in Canada that I...
Forum: Touring
11-05-12, 01:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,922
Posted By keenancook

If you can't actually find a hole or seam that is...

If you can't actually find a hole or seam that is split, it could even be that you need to re-treat them with a DWR, like Granger's (http://www.grangers.co.uk/product.cfm?cat=17&productid=40), should...
Forum: Touring
11-05-12, 11:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,379
Posted By keenancook

Hey, Like a couple others here I grew up in the...

Hey,
Like a couple others here I grew up in the area, in Rocky Mountain House. And just to correct Machka, the Forestry Trunk Road is not paved for the southern part - I'm nearly 100% sure it's...
Forum: Touring
07-02-12, 08:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 756
Posted By keenancook

That's all good advice so far. If you're looking...

That's all good advice so far. If you're looking for a ballpark dollar figure, I cycled down the west coast, and I think it was 6 weeks from the Canadian border to the Mexican, and in that time my...
Forum: Touring
07-02-12, 07:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 487
Posted By keenancook

Ah sorry, didn't see that link already posted! ...

Ah sorry, didn't see that link already posted! Good luck in your planning... I'm sure it will be an amazing little trip!
Forum: Touring
07-02-12, 07:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 487
Posted By keenancook

Might also check out the blog of Pete Gostelow,...

Might also check out the blog of Pete Gostelow, on The Big Africa Cycle, at http://www.thebigafricacycle.com/. He just cycled from the UK to Cape Town over 3 years, through west Africa, across the...
Forum: Touring
07-01-12, 09:26 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,283
Posted By keenancook

Are you cooking this food, or eating out, because...

Are you cooking this food, or eating out, because that sounds awesome!
Forum: Touring
06-28-12, 10:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,657
Posted By keenancook

I also am a fan of the rollers - I've got the...

I also am a fan of the rollers - I've got the Front and Rear Roller Pluses. As far as security goes, I just think having the rolled-type dry bag looks harder to get in to, and not as easy for...
Forum: Touring
06-27-12, 09:37 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,283
Posted By keenancook

Seems I've been missing out on Pop tarts and...

Seems I've been missing out on Pop tarts and Coyote steaks. Both might be worth a try on my next unsupported tour... I was actually thinking the same thing with raccoon steaks. I'd imagine they'd...
Forum: Touring
06-26-12, 08:16 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,283
Posted By keenancook

Good Touring Breakfasts?

I'm just wondering - what does everybody do for breakfast when touring? If I'm doing a longer tour and have a camp stove, it's almost always instant oatmeal. And if I'm just doing a light tour...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-12, 12:21 PM
Replies: 2,076
Views: 177,122
Posted By keenancook

I love the song Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae...

I love the song Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen. It gets stuck in my head for days at a time, and I don't mind.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-12, 11:44 AM
Replies: 281
Views: 8,604
Posted By keenancook

Ok, so I just spent about 45 minutes reading...

Ok, so I just spent about 45 minutes reading every post in this thread, which almost completely contradicts the point I was going to make:

It all comes down to us being rational decision makers,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-12, 06:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 561
Posted By keenancook

Yeah, I agree. If I saw that posted for $400 I'd...

Yeah, I agree. If I saw that posted for $400 I'd probably hope I could grab it for $350. If it was advertised at $450, I'd be happy taking it for $400. Also FYI, I just picked up an almost...
Forum: Touring
06-03-12, 08:38 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,939
Posted By keenancook

Man, those are some sweet tours... China to...

Man, those are some sweet tours... China to Turkey sounds amazing - I can't wait to follow that one on crazy guy! I'm going to Prince Edward Island this weekend for a quick tip-to-tip, and then...
Forum: Touring
06-02-12, 11:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 617
Posted By keenancook

100% just go for it. I had the same idea a few...

100% just go for it. I had the same idea a few years ago, and took a couple years off from university to ride from Canada to Argentina. My brother and I went, and neither of us had toured at all...
Forum: Touring
05-28-12, 10:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 912
Posted By keenancook

I've got a pair of Shimano M530s on my touring...

I've got a pair of Shimano M530s on my touring bike, and for me the clip-in side is almost always up. I don't know if it's just because I've ridden it so much and almost always used that side, but I...
Forum: Touring
05-07-12, 03:30 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,468
Posted By keenancook

I did a 13 month tour with my brother, and I...

I did a 13 month tour with my brother, and I think I shaved 4 times - every three months or so. The beard didn't hurt our interactions with people - I think it almost helped, by giving a good...
Forum: Touring
05-07-12, 07:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,171
Posted By keenancook

I don't know if you're only looking at new...

I don't know if you're only looking at new models, but if you see any Cannondale T1 or T2s around, they were great bikes with brifters. I took a 2008 T1 on a 20,000 km tour and with the exception of...
Forum: Touring
04-19-12, 11:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 762
Posted By keenancook

My brother and I (Canadian citizens) rode Canada...

My brother and I (Canadian citizens) rode Canada to Argentina, and didn't need a visa for any countries we passed through. Stamp at the border, that's it. The biggest hassle actually was crossing...
Forum: Touring
04-17-12, 11:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 732
Posted By keenancook

Ha, yeah - OP, I like your ideas. Keep us...

Ha, yeah - OP, I like your ideas. Keep us updated. I want to hear how this goes.
Forum: Touring
04-16-12, 11:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 798
Posted By keenancook

One route I've been looking at is the Gaspé...

One route I've been looking at is the Gaspé peninsula - I haven't done it yet, but hopefully this summer I'll get up there. It's a bit of a trek from Toronto, but VIA does go there as well with a...
Forum: Touring
04-15-12, 09:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 453
Posted By keenancook

Yeah, do it! I think crossing Canada in 3 months...

Yeah, do it! I think crossing Canada in 3 months is a good amount of time, I think if overall if you average 2000 km in a month you can cover a lot of ground, but still take off one to two rest days...
Forum: Touring
03-22-12, 08:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 529
Posted By keenancook

Yeah, I started a tour with Marathon Racers too,...

Yeah, I started a tour with Marathon Racers too, made it from Alberta to southern California but got quite a few flats along the way... Switched to XRs and went thousands and thousands more kms...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-12, 06:06 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,973
Posted By keenancook

M 5'11" 160 You going to update us all...

M
5'11"
160

You going to update us all with your spreadsheet results when this is done?
Forum: Touring
03-13-12, 04:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,984
Posted By keenancook

Come on, if you're going to comment on somebody's...

Come on, if you're going to comment on somebody's punctuation usage at least get your own usage down. :)
Forum: Touring
03-13-12, 06:47 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,984
Posted By keenancook

Pretty much nailed it. But, to give you a...

Pretty much nailed it.
But, to give you a little more help - most people start on the west coast and head east because of the prevailing winds. Makes it a little easier, but if you wanted to start...
Forum: Touring
03-11-12, 08:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,725
Posted By keenancook

Something else similar to the ultralight daypacks...

Something else similar to the ultralight daypacks that a few people have mentioned is the Outdoor Research Drycomp Summit Sack...
Forum: Touring
03-11-12, 07:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,534
Posted By keenancook

Like fietsbob, I use 2 above for water in...

Like fietsbob, I use 2 above for water in standard bottles, and MSR fuel bottle below. Then if I need to carry more water, I just strap a 2 litre pop bottle on the back with bungie cords. Or if...
Forum: Touring
03-11-12, 05:31 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,636
Posted By keenancook

I've got Shimano PD-A530 multi-purpose SPDs...

I've got Shimano PD-A530 multi-purpose SPDs (http://bike.shimano.com/publish/content/global_cycle/en/us/index/products/pedals/mountain/product.-code-PD-A530.-type-.pd_mountain.html), which are flat...
Forum: Touring
03-10-12, 08:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,104
Posted By keenancook

Just to keep the consensus going, I'll jump on...

Just to keep the consensus going, I'll jump on and say go for it too - that's a good frame, and 26" wheels are far more common outside of North America and Europe so if you end up touring through...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-01-12, 08:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 917
Posted By keenancook

Hey, I know this was last August, but just...

Hey, I know this was last August, but just wondering how you like the bike? I'm looking at the same thing, my LBS has one of these left from last season, in my size, and I'm quite curious... never...
Forum: Foo
02-28-12, 07:50 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 823
Posted By keenancook

Playing violin in the finale to a Mahler...

Playing violin in the finale to a Mahler symphony... love it.

And I'd second 'bacon' too.
Forum: Foo
02-28-12, 07:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 446
Posted By keenancook

We keep it at 12 degrees which is... 54 F. It's...

We keep it at 12 degrees which is... 54 F. It's cold in here. But our last heating bill was only $146... That's what sweaters and blankets are for. :)
Forum: Touring
02-23-12, 03:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,182
Posted By keenancook

I like to always have a bottle of red wine on...

I like to always have a bottle of red wine on hand. It's probably never been necessary, because we'd only drink it when we found another one to replace it... but it's always good to know you've got a...
Forum: Touring
02-22-12, 04:03 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,298
Posted By keenancook

I see what you're saying, but I don't know if I...

I see what you're saying, but I don't know if I completely agree that they don't issue these warnings lightly. They issue warnings when there are potential dangers, as there are in so many places. ...
Forum: Touring
02-22-12, 02:46 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,298
Posted By keenancook

In 2008 I cycled Mexico, and before entering all...

In 2008 I cycled Mexico, and before entering all throughout California we had people warning us about the danger. We thought it couldn't be too bad - we cycled the Baja, crossed to the mainland to...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-22-12, 01:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,725
Posted By keenancook

Haha, I'd give a 58 a chance, especially if it's...

Haha, I'd give a 58 a chance, especially if it's rescuing it from somebody's garage... I'm pretty altruistic like that...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-22-12, 12:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,725
Posted By keenancook

Oromocto! Nice. I'm about 5'10 and a half -...

Oromocto! Nice. I'm about 5'10 and a half - 5'11"... looking at a 56 cm frame. Think that would work? There's a 54 cm Specialized that I looked at, but was just too small and couldn't convince...
Forum: Touring
02-22-12, 07:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,779
Posted By keenancook

Yep, completely agree. Cycling for over a year...

Yep, completely agree. Cycling for over a year through Central and South America I carried a water purifier and never once took it out of my pannier. Complete waste of space and weight. The one or...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-21-12, 06:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,725
Posted By keenancook

Thanks a lot! Good stuff to mull over - the guy...

Thanks a lot! Good stuff to mull over - the guy who has it lives about 4 hours away from here, on an island, so it's a bit of a journey to go check it out so thought I'd get some feedback before...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-21-12, 01:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,725
Posted By keenancook

Cervelo Soloist Team?

For the last few years my cycling experience has all been fairly long distance touring. I've got a Cannondale T1, mostly Ultegra set-up (all stock). I'm looking at getting into road cycling, and...
Forum: Touring
02-21-12, 08:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 556
Posted By keenancook

Ha, real helpful everybody's been to the original...

Ha, real helpful everybody's been to the original question. I'd jump on with most of the others and say just ride it too. It isn't too bad. If you're trying to go super cheap LAX makes a decent...
Forum: Touring
02-19-12, 07:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 541
Posted By keenancook

My brother and I carried one with us when we rode...

My brother and I carried one with us when we rode from Canada to Argentina a couple years ago. We had just the basic model (the connect wasn't out at the time), and sent an 'ok' signal from it every...
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