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Forum: Touring
09-23-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 392
Posted By alan s

I’ve been using Topeak racks for years and never...

I’ve been using Topeak racks for years and never had an issue. Just the standard Explorer rack with Ortlieb panniers. Use a Topeak bag for commuting, but not touring. It is not waterproof.
Forum: Commuting
09-23-20, 08:35 AM
Forum: Commuting
09-22-20, 10:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 780
Posted By alan s

My vote barely counts. I barely count in the...

My vote barely counts. I barely count in the grand scope of things. Whether or not I ride a bike to work has so little impact on the environment that for all intents and purposes, it is completely...
Forum: Touring
09-02-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,229
Posted By alan s

I usually ride 75 miles a day on average on...

I usually ride 75 miles a day on average on unpaved surfaces. A bit more is no problem if relatively flat or paved. A bit less if lots of climbing. Leaves plenty of time for stops along the way.
Forum: Touring
08-30-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,155
Posted By alan s

It’s simple. Bike tourers smoke pipes. ...

It’s simple. Bike tourers smoke pipes. Bikepackers smoke blunts.
Forum: Touring
08-23-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,700
Posted By alan s

Is Lance Armstrong still associated with Trek...

Is Lance Armstrong still associated with Trek bikes? I haven’t given them much thought since the cheater was caught.
Forum: Touring
08-17-20, 06:38 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,473
Posted By alan s

I rode the C&O on the July 4th weekend and took...

I rode the C&O on the July 4th weekend and took the train to Cumberland. They had roll on bike service then. If the bike icon doesn’t show up, it may mean they are full.
Forum: Touring
08-15-20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,473
Posted By alan s

Unless the schedule recently changed, the DC to...

Unless the schedule recently changed, the DC to PGH train leaves around 4 pm. I prefer west to east, but it really doesn't make much difference which way you ride. Just make sure you add a bike to...
Forum: Touring
08-12-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 873
Posted By alan s

Monterey aquarium if itís open. Unfortunately...

Monterey aquarium if itís open. Unfortunately the aquarium and most museums will likely be closed. Fortunately most of the must see spots are part of nature.
Forum: Touring
08-05-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,598
Posted By alan s

Same. Definitely not used to staying in a...

Same. Definitely not used to staying in a hostel. Reminded me of my younger days backpacking around Europe on a shoestring budget.
Forum: Commuting
08-05-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,678
Posted By alan s

I would choose “other” or “none of the above” if...

I would choose “other” or “none of the above” if given the option. As it is, I cannot participate in your poll.
Forum: Commuting
07-28-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,832
Posted By alan s

Get a touring bike designed to carry heavy loads....

Get a touring bike designed to carry heavy loads. If someday you decide to take up bike touring, you’ll already have a suitable bike.
Forum: Touring
07-23-20, 09:46 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,748
Posted By alan s

It was probably a harmless snake, but I sure...

It was probably a harmless snake, but I sure would not want to be bitten by any snake. I’ve had little garter snakes on the towpath trying to strike at me.
Forum: Touring
07-23-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,748
Posted By alan s

Ok, sure. ...

Ok, sure.
...
Forum: Touring
07-23-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,748
Posted By alan s

Good idea to avoid snakes in the water. Could...

Good idea to avoid snakes in the water. Could have been a water moccasin, which is venomous, although not native to the area.
Forum: Touring
07-21-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,892
Posted By alan s

To the extent possible, buy Park tools. They...

To the extent possible, buy Park tools. They cost a bit more, but are very high quality. Get a bike repair stand, as well. I also got that from Park. If you can’t afford a stand and have a wall...
Forum: Touring
07-15-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,748
Posted By alan s

Itís a secret. Like finding a geocache. My trip...

Itís a secret. Like finding a geocache. My trip was great. A little hot, but the humidity was OK. The towpath was in excellent condition.
Forum: Touring
07-15-20, 07:12 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,748
Posted By alan s

If you cross the 14th St bridge and ride along...

If you cross the 14th St bridge and ride along the river, you will pass the Mile 0 marker, tucked away behind the building.
Forum: Touring
07-07-20, 09:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,737
Posted By alan s

https://bikepacking.com/bikes/curve-titanosaur-36e...

https://bikepacking.com/bikes/curve-titanosaur-36er/

No need for one, as I will never go near the Outback. Want one? Of course.
Forum: Touring
07-05-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,748
Posted By alan s

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/ab702511_701d_4d38_974b_3e0d6051c22e_c6653e01c39bf5e629879520c0a83ac9c1cc4a47.jpeg
The other end of the Paw Paw tunnel is boarded up...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,748
Posted By alan s

Brunswick is the starting point for tubing...

Brunswick is the starting point for tubing heading to Point of Rocks, so it was jam packed at both ends today.
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 07:27 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,748
Posted By alan s

The resurfacing project is coming along nicely. ...

The resurfacing project is coming along nicely. I really enjoyed riding on miles and miles of smoothness. Hopefully there will be funding for the whole towpath. The original resurfaced section is...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,748
Posted By alan s

There were many people on the canal side, but...

There were many people on the canal side, but couldnít tell for sure whether they had crossed. Far fewer than are usually there if it was open. I never cross into Harpers Ferry, so I didnít stop to...
Forum: Touring
07-03-20, 09:56 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,748
Posted By alan s

Halfway through the ride. In Williamsport for...

Halfway through the ride. In Williamsport for the night. The towpath is in good shape. There are a few mud puddles here and there, but nothing you have to ride through. It was hot today, but the...
Forum: Touring
07-02-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,235
Posted By alan s

Things are not looking good for this trip. As of...

Things are not looking good for this trip. As of now, the border is open for 15 countries, including Canada, but not the US. There is a list of 54 countries from which the 15 were approved, and the...
Forum: Touring
06-28-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,748
Posted By alan s

I’ll be riding from Cumberland to DC next...

I’ll be riding from Cumberland to DC next weekend. Weather looks good all week, so the towpath conditions should be fine, and although a little hot, I plan on camping one night and staying in a...
Forum: Touring
06-23-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,491
Posted By alan s

Crap components. Get the frame and build it...

Crap components. Get the frame and build it yourself.
Forum: Touring
06-23-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,748
Posted By alan s

Bring mosquito repellant

Bring mosquito repellant
Forum: Touring
06-18-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,117
Posted By alan s

If you plan to ride in remote places, I’d...

If you plan to ride in remote places, I’d recommend buying a frame and all the components you want, have some nice wheels built to your specs, get the tools to assemble, and build it yourself. You...
Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 01:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,235
Posted By alan s

The entry rules are slowly moving toward allowing...

The entry rules are slowly moving toward allowing foreign travel there, with further easing expected on July 1 and 15. I’ll have to wait to book a flight until it’s clear I can go, but would expect...
Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,200
Posted By alan s

Whatever you do, make sure the pannier cannot get...

Whatever you do, make sure the pannier cannot get caught in the wheel. That will end your ride in a hurry.
Forum: Touring
06-09-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,235
Posted By alan s

Thanks for all the advice. Aland sounds perfect....

Thanks for all the advice. Aland sounds perfect. Maybe I’ll find a way to get to Turku more quickly than riding there and hop on a ferry. The Hanko-Kasnas side trip could be done on the way back...
Forum: Touring
06-08-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,235
Posted By alan s

Finland trip in August

Planning a trip in southern Finland for early August. Looking for local knowledge from members who have bike toured there (and/or live there elcruxio). Will be starting east of Helsinki near Porvoo,...
Forum: Touring
06-08-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 19,587
Posted By alan s

If you meet someone out touring, an inexpensive...

If you meet someone out touring, an inexpensive tent will be a huge turn off. She’ll think you are a cheap bastard.
Forum: Touring
06-05-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,904
Posted By alan s

ďGoing out of business saleď wheels. They are...

ďGoing out of business saleď wheels. They are decent wheels. 26Ē Rhynolite rims, Shimano disc hubs, straight gauge spokes. Not the lightest, but plenty strong. The regular price was $80. The...
Forum: Touring
06-04-20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,904
Posted By alan s

I did also spend around $1,800 on a Rohloff wheel...

I did also spend around $1,800 on a Rohloff wheel in the last couple years, and that was on a nice rim and built by someone who knows their trade.
Forum: Touring
06-04-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,904
Posted By alan s

The last wheel I bought cost $8 at the...

The last wheel I bought cost $8 at the Performance Bike closeout. Before that, I paid around $20 each for three wheels. Hard to justify building your own at that price. Should be set with wheels...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-20, 08:49 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,701
Posted By alan s

Recently Saw Myself Hunched On the Floor...

Recently Saw Myself Hunched On the Floor Laughing. It’s when you are beyond ROFL.
Forum: Touring
05-25-20, 10:34 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,130
Posted By alan s

That article has some valid points. I hang my...

That article has some valid points. I hang my food so raccoons, mice and squirrels and other assorted critters leave it alone and donít destroy my tent. Never camped in bear country, but would use...
Forum: Touring
05-24-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,130
Posted By alan s

Most of my camping is in warmer weather, so...

Most of my camping is in warmer weather, so trapping heat is not desirable. I also donít bring food into the tent. Usually hang it from a tree or in a bear/critter box if available. I once camped...
Forum: Touring
05-22-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,130
Posted By alan s

I use a two-person tent. The extra room is great...

I use a two-person tent. The extra room is great for bags.
Forum: Touring
05-22-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,749
Posted By alan s

Start with this:...

Start with this: https://www.biking-france.com/destination/france-cycling/loire-valley/

If your relationship survives, take on a more ambitious tour.
Forum: Touring
05-20-20, 10:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,193
Posted By alan s

Be honest from the start. Tell her cycling is a...

Be honest from the start. Tell her cycling is a priority to you, but she can tag along if she wants. Mention that youíll try not to drop her, but if she canít keep up, sheís on her own. She will...
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,749
Posted By alan s

I would be hesitant to go this route.

I would be hesitant to go this route.
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,749
Posted By alan s

If you are in better shape, carry all the gear...

If you are in better shape, carry all the gear and let her ride an unloaded bike. That should even things out until she is able and willing to carry more of the load.
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,441
Posted By alan s

Aside from wind direction, a good reason to ride...

Aside from wind direction, a good reason to ride south is the ocean is on your right, so you have a better view. Also, the shoulder is usually better on the ocean side in California.
Forum: Commuting
05-13-20, 11:58 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,701
Posted By alan s

I would buy a bike named after this guy. Chick...

I would buy a bike named after this guy. Chick magnet!

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.gq.com/story/how-to-have-babies-sperm-donor-ed-houben/amp
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 10:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,441
Posted By alan s

I rode San Francisco to SLO a couple years ago...

I rode San Francisco to SLO a couple years ago and Astoria to Florence, OR last year. Those are really nice segments. Eventually I plan to ride more of the coast, maybe Florence to SFO. A guy I...
Forum: Commuting
05-01-20, 01:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 675
Posted By alan s

I usually park on the street. Not always the...

I usually park on the street. Not always the same place, but 3 or 4 different places. Also park in a National Park Service lot, along with several other bike commuters.
Forum: Touring
04-27-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,610
Posted By alan s

Do a couple overnight out and backs to the C&O as...

Do a couple overnight out and backs to the C&O as training, and work out kinks in your gear and routines. From Gaithersburg, you can ride on roads to Monocacy at Mile 40 on the towpath. Then ride...
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