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Forum: Touring
09-22-20, 04:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 531
Posted By mev

When I spent eight months cycling around...

When I spent eight months cycling around Australia, it was far more common for people to guess I was Canadian than American. I thought that was somewhat interesting. Not sure how true, but one person...
Forum: Touring
09-22-20, 10:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 450
Posted By mev

A few thoughts from my experiences: 1....

A few thoughts from my experiences:

1. Different Amtrak trains are slightly different.
a. Some you have spots in the cars themselves to put bikes.
b. Some have a roll-on/roll-off service...
Forum: Touring
09-20-20, 05:10 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 885
Posted By mev

Not quite a tarp, but I've camped with a heavy...

Not quite a tarp, but I've camped with a heavy wet snow storm using my tube tent. Normally the ends of a tube tent are open, but I was able to close off one end and orient the other to avoid too much...
Forum: Touring
09-03-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,282
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: 2,075
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: 2,075
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: 2,020
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
08-09-20, 08:27 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,811
Posted By mev

For what it is worth, I think there is trade off...

For what it is worth, I think there is trade off of different programs - so let me first describe what I like about each in the context of touring in South America:
1. Maps.ME is offline, very...
Forum: Touring
08-07-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 704
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
08-06-20, 07:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,601
Posted By mev

When I started touring as a college student, I...

When I started touring as a college student, I used the hostels on and near to Cape Cod quite a bit. It was an easy two day ride from Boston to the Cape before taking the ferry back. As a result,...
Forum: Touring
08-04-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,601
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: 2,811
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: 2,811
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
07-07-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,838
Posted By mev

At the risk of being too political, I am curious...

At the risk of being too political, I am curious of one aspect from the Canadian's who have identified as such in this string.

How much do you see more of a unified "Canadian" approach/attitude to...
Forum: Touring
07-05-20, 11:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,981
Posted By mev

If you tour for long enough, it is potentially...

If you tour for long enough, it is potentially *less expensive* for insurance than staying in the US (assuming you are allowed to travel).

For 2017 I realized I was going to meet criteria to not...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 04:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,981
Posted By mev

?? I don't remember being asked for proof of...

??

I don't remember being asked for proof of health coverage in ~35 countries I've toured . There were sometimes more specific requirements such as a yellow fever certificate. Also, there was an...
Forum: Touring
07-03-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,838
Posted By mev

I have a tour in tentative plans for end of...

I have a tour in tentative plans for end of September to ride from Austin to Oklahoma City.
I am evaluating and watching things based on three aspects:

Risks to me. I see a severe reaction as a...
Forum: Touring
06-30-20, 03:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,524
Posted By mev

I did that once. First night camping on a long...

I did that once. First night camping on a long trip where I discovered I had a 1-person Hubba tent instead of a 2-person Hubba Hubba tent. It all worked out since I was the only one using it, but it...
Forum: Touring
06-28-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 11,501
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
06-18-20, 06:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,925
Posted By mev

The Tour Divide has always had two variations: a...

The Tour Divide has always had two variations: a Grand Depart the second Friday of June from Banff and possibility of riding it as an individual time trial with variations such as riding south to...
Forum: Touring
06-17-20, 04:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,925
Posted By mev

Speaking of that was there a formal...

Speaking of that was there a formal delay/cancellation of tour divide this year? Since the US/Canada border is still closed, at least a strong modification would have been necessary.
Forum: Touring
06-12-20, 04:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,112
Posted By mev

I remember running 700x38 on my C-dale but was...

I remember running 700x38 on my C-dale but was mostly using 700x35. This was a time where I was slowly switching from Continental Top Touring tires to Schalbe tires but I forget exactly when I...
Forum: Touring
06-11-20, 05:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,112
Posted By mev

I had a 1992 T1000 and a 1994 or 1995 T600...

I had a 1992 T1000 and a 1994 or 1995 T600 touring bike. I believe both had similar frames.

Overall, I really liked my Cannondale frames as providing the right mix of stiffness and flexibility. I...
Forum: Touring
06-11-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,983
Posted By mev

I haven't toured much below 0C daytime/ -10C...

I haven't toured much below 0C daytime/ -10C overnight.

The days are a somewhat larger constraint. I find there is definite boundary around -5C where despite gloves/mittens my extremities are...
Forum: Touring
05-28-20, 12:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,103
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: 5,141
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: 5,141
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
05-26-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 471
Posted By mev

Bike Travel Weekend, Bike Your Park Day

Adventure Cycling has an organized "Bike Travel Weekend" scheduled the last weekend of September...
Forum: Touring
05-16-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,055
Posted By mev

July to September gives you nice weather in a lot...

July to September gives you nice weather in a lot of the USA, but let me build a bit on your Denver conference idea. I have a more relaxed suggestion and then one a bit more ambitious:

The more...
Forum: Touring
05-13-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,445
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
05-11-20, 02:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,074
Posted By mev

Wow! There is a reason to create new threads...

Wow! There is a reason to create new threads rather than reviving really old threads. Things can change. For example:

In 2003, I asked almost the equivalent question in the group...
Forum: Touring
05-09-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 760
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, 08:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 352
Posted By mev

It is a great ride, I did something similar in...

It is a great ride, I did something similar in 2016/2017 at http://www.scc2ush.com (https://www.scc2ush.com)

Hope you find someone, but in any case a few pointers on things I found useful:
1. You...
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 08:21 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 9,342
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
04-24-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,875
Posted By mev

Here is my take on that topic... Back in...

Here is my take on that topic...

Back in days of 6-speed cassettes, to cover a wide range, the gap between adjacent gears was larger than today to cover same gap with 9 or 10 speeds. This and an...
Forum: Touring
04-22-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,875
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
04-21-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,801
Posted By mev

My guess is the largest gap is ~85 miles prior to...

My guess is the largest gap is ~85 miles prior to St Francis (assuming other motels are still open). However, coming across US 34 instead in this section has multiple towns with a closer spacing.
...
Forum: Touring
04-21-20, 12:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,801
Posted By mev

I see this much more as a comment about a...

I see this much more as a comment about a single-speed bike than a pace of 70 miles/day. If he gets lucky and prevailing winds prevail, he may have more tailwinds than headwinds. The headwind days...
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 07:58 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,801
Posted By mev

For me, it would be more a question of abilities...

For me, it would be more a question of abilities than equipment.

I worked up to it, but my first trip >1000 miles was an 1194 mile loop I cycled over 8 riding days + 1 rest day - some 35 years...
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,801
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: 1,801
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
04-18-20, 12:26 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,623
Posted By mev

+1 That area isn't my neck of the woods, but...

+1

That area isn't my neck of the woods, but I would second comment above. The way I think about it is a bit of contingency planning. For example:
- What happens if remnants of a tropical...
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 749
Posted By mev

+1 Not always 30 miles, but I've paid the...

+1

Not always 30 miles, but I've paid the most attention to the concentric ring around the urban core where there is both high-speed traffic and high traffic density. Once I get in close to...
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 749
Posted By mev

It depends. I won't completely avoid a city if...

It depends. I won't completely avoid a city if the most straightforward way is to go through it. On the other hand, I also don't expressly seek them out. It is sometimes useful to also spend some...
Forum: Touring
04-07-20, 06:41 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,815
Posted By mev

I haven't used them but was on a trip where they...

I haven't used them but was on a trip where they were used and in that scenario, generally worked well for individuals.
The scenario was on a 2013 supported ride across Africa (TDA). It was a...
Forum: Touring
04-02-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,875
Posted By mev

Yes, interesting. I think it is also context...

Yes, interesting. I think it is also context dependent on how much power are you burning where - and what are your opportunities for recharging.

In general, my largest need is my bike computer if...
Forum: Touring
04-01-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,862
Posted By mev

Only one weekend in March as a camping weekend. ...

Only one weekend in March as a camping weekend.



Cancelled my other March trips and Easter Hill Country ride is also cancelled. I set up to organize a ride for 50th anniversary of Earth Day...
Forum: Touring
04-01-20, 02:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,147
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, 07:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,875
Posted By mev

I got one prior to my 18-month trip across the...

I got one prior to my 18-month trip across the Americas. I used it to charge battery packs that then get used to charge my cycle computer - particularly in a few gaps of multiple days with no charge...
Forum: Touring
03-31-20, 06:49 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,147
Posted By mev

No, not an SOL bivy, but I do have a regular...

No, not an SOL bivy, but I do have a regular bivy. I haven't really end up using it much. I get more condensation and it is a bit more claustrophobic to get all the way in. If I was either in an...
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