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Forum: Touring
06-23-22, 11:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 124
Posted By mev

For what it is worth, in 2017 I cycled from...

For what it is worth, in 2017 I cycled from Catagena to Ushuaia through the same six countries you listed - scc2ush.com

I used the same maps you are likely have found such as those from ITM. I...
Forum: Touring
06-20-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 614
Posted By mev

When touring I have stayed in and crossed larger...

When touring I have stayed in and crossed larger cities e.g. Lima, Medellin, Novosibirsk, Bangkok, Chicago, etc..

However, I find that when I am in these cities, a bicycle is not my primary mode...
Forum: Touring
06-19-22, 06:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 403
Posted By mev

I wrote up a brief synopsis as an introduction to...

I wrote up a brief synopsis as an introduction to my bike touring book - copied it below...

Fully working brakes can't be that important. After the brakes slow you down enough, then you put your...
Forum: Touring
06-17-22, 07:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 645
Posted By mev

By the time an eastbound TA cyclist gets to...

By the time an eastbound TA cyclist gets to Hoosier Pass, they will have gone over Togwotee Pass (~9600ft) after coming across Yellowstone and spent time in Walden (~8000ft) and then Summit County...
Forum: Touring
06-17-22, 06:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 645
Posted By mev

Yes, although several things also come from...

Yes, although several things also come from practical experience:
- Altitude definitely varies by person
- There seems to be a fairly sharp effect at what point it cuts in for individuals. For...
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 11:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 645
Posted By mev

For what its worth, grew up in Colorado and spent...

For what its worth, grew up in Colorado and spent half my working career in Fort Collins where I have still have property. Parents with condo in Frisco. Four Ride the Rockies and five BTC during...
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 08:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 645
Posted By mev

Even that probably overstates things. 8% is...

Even that probably overstates things.

8% is 400ft climb per mile, 10% is 500ft climb per mile. Consider what Google Maps tells us about the very last bit from Chambers Lake to the Summit:...
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 06:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 645
Posted By mev

I tend to agree with statements made on Colorado...

I tend to agree with statements made on Colorado passes and would not put it as a strong consideration if it were my choice. I have cycled both Hoosier and Cameron Passes.

I'll also suggest that...
Forum: Touring
06-06-22, 07:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,386
Posted By mev

For what it is worth, I had some experience with...

For what it is worth, I had some experience with Tbilisi bike shops. On a trip through Georgia and Armenia in 2014, I had the stupidity of accidentally mis-threading my pedals. I'll blame it on...
Forum: Touring
06-06-22, 03:35 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,386
Posted By mev

Here is the way I approach this issue in my...

Here is the way I approach this issue in my travels[see #1 below]
1. I don't expect to pick up spare parts in those small villages. I do carry some basics with me e.g. rotors, disk pads, quality...
Forum: Introductions
06-02-22, 04:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 375
Posted By mev

Welcome back. Enjoyed your previous posts in...

Welcome back. Enjoyed your previous posts in touring forum.
Forum: Touring
05-31-22, 11:48 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,312
Posted By mev

I have more than one tent and which one I take...

I have more than one tent and which one I take depends on the trip.

On the small end, I have a basic tube tent. Lightweight and keeps the rain off. Ends are open so no bug protection. I'll take...
Forum: Touring
05-29-22, 12:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 459
Posted By mev

Chiclayo is a large enough city that you should...

Chiclayo is a large enough city that you should be able to find a spot in the city that can help you pack the bike. I would start with some of the bicycle shops. Some may do mostly repairs but...
Forum: Touring
05-20-22, 06:29 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,625
Posted By mev

Apparently, there are variations of similar theme...

Apparently, there are variations of similar theme in other places as well - https://thetakeout.com/hand-pies-around-the-world-from-empanadas-and-pasties-t-1839895574

Meanwhile there are subtle...
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 11:39 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,625
Posted By mev

Spelled with an "ie" in Tasmania and where I took...

Spelled with an "ie" in Tasmania and where I took this photo was also associated with miners......
Forum: Touring
05-08-22, 07:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,027
Posted By mev

Change from "US" to "Worldwide" and you will see...

Change from "US" to "Worldwide" and you will see the boom continue through 2018, 2019 and even 2020. Pick "Canada" and the peak also appears slightly later (except for an interesting spike in 2004)....
Forum: Touring
04-22-22, 03:41 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,152
Posted By mev

Try http instead of https

Try http instead of https
Forum: Touring
04-22-22, 12:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,152
Posted By mev

If you are getting to the point of considering...

If you are getting to the point of considering buses...

Is MT 83 an option to Missoula? I cycled along this route to Clearwater in 2016 and don't recall large shoulders but also no big issues...
Forum: Touring
04-22-22, 11:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 973
Posted By mev

A few items that come to mind: 1. I would be on...

A few items that come to mind:
1. I would be on the lookout for a few things before going to traffic counts:
-- Travel at night vs daylight hours
-- Travel when the sun is low on the horizon, in...
Forum: Touring
04-21-22, 02:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 499
Posted By mev

It depends - and RAGBRAI is probably a special...

It depends - and RAGBRAI is probably a special case.

On some organized rides I have been on, e.g. Ride the Rockies, the need to get between start/end points is a common issue for many cyclists and...
Forum: Touring
04-09-22, 09:58 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,283
Posted By mev

Another interesting visualization:...

Another interesting visualization: https://windhistory.com/map.html#7.00/38.609/-99.384

Click on the wheel on the top left and you can see for example the average winds during months of June/July...
Forum: Touring
04-09-22, 07:15 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,283
Posted By mev

I will give you a slightly different point to...

I will give you a slightly different point to look at...a little further south on the great plains: Garden City, Kansas -...
Forum: Touring
03-27-22, 10:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,052
Posted By mev

Grizzlies definitely give me pause... Black...

Grizzlies definitely give me pause...

Black bears seem common on rides I've done through BC. Most often it seems like they are on the road ahead and either someone lets me know or one has enough...
Forum: Touring
03-20-22, 10:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,013
Posted By mev

My primary rain gear is a red shell jacket. The...

My primary rain gear is a red shell jacket. The label says Columbia Sportswear and believe I bought it at REI, but forget exact model or if they still sell it.

I found a helmet cover to be useful,...
Forum: Touring
03-17-22, 09:18 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,283
Posted By mev

Also Jeffrey City with the Split Rock Cafe about...

Also Jeffrey City with the Split Rock Cafe about half-way between Lander and Rawlins....
Forum: Touring
03-17-22, 09:13 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,283
Posted By mev

It can be a matter of personal preference and I...

It can be a matter of personal preference and I am someone who has gone without a stove and instead use a mix of cafes and no-cook alternatives.

I learned some of this on a long remote trip up the...
Forum: Touring
03-16-22, 10:39 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,235
Posted By mev

The 2021 crew was more terse than before - and...

The 2021 crew was more terse than before - and 2022 group also seems to have borrowed this by posting a few photos without as much text.

However, you can see a bit of the general pattern by...
Forum: Touring
03-16-22, 10:31 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,235
Posted By mev

That is either a bug or a feature of CGOAB vs....

That is either a bug or a feature of CGOAB vs. the other methods...

In general, FB and Instagram give you some control over who sees your pictures/posts. For example, if you want to share your...
Forum: Touring
03-16-22, 08:49 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,235
Posted By mev

Here is an example of using Instagram to document...

Here is an example of using Instagram to document a bike trip: https://www.instagram.com/mitspokes/

There seems to be a different group of MIT undergraduates that each year make a bike ride across...
Forum: Touring
03-15-22, 05:00 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,235
Posted By mev

I have created journals in a variety of formats: ...

I have created journals in a variety of formats:

1. I used Crazy Guy on a Bike for a few journals. Two nice things about CGOAB (a) is there is a certain structure template that you can use with...
Forum: Touring
03-14-22, 01:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,012
Posted By mev

For a 2000 mile trip and ample sag space, I might...

For a 2000 mile trip and ample sag space, I might consider a spare bike with some interchangeable parts e.g. wheels, pedals, saddle with the other bikes - or usable by itself.
Forum: Touring
03-10-22, 05:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,961
Posted By mev

Note: Some group tours might provide a common...

Note: Some group tours might provide a common station for charging phones. A good example is Pedal the Plains in eastern Colorado where the largest sponsor (Viaero Wireless) had a booth where you...
Forum: Touring
02-23-22, 07:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,183
Posted By mev

Depends on what you want most to do. I have...

Depends on what you want most to do. I have several of these and here is how I see the tradeoffs for me:

Kindle paperwhite
- lighter weight
- black and white, not so good for books with...
Forum: Touring
02-15-22, 07:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 894
Posted By mev

A good luck credit/debit card can make sense...

A good luck credit/debit card can make sense depending on where you are touring. A few examples:

1. I was on a trip through Ukraine and Russia. I had informed my credit union that I would be...
Forum: Touring
02-12-22, 03:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 349
Posted By mev

Depends a bit what you want to do. I've...

Depends a bit what you want to do.

I've taken a short (4-day) supported trip in Mekong Delta with Spice Roads and also taken a different (non-Vietnam) trip with Spice Roads in Thailand/Cambodia.
...
Forum: Touring
02-11-22, 07:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,331
Posted By mev

Bicycling the Pacific Coast or Adventure Cycling...

Bicycling the Pacific Coast or Adventure Cycling Maps are a good resource.

I have done the route end-to-end twice and some segments like Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo or LA to San Diego many...
Forum: Touring
02-11-22, 10:45 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,455
Posted By mev

The lock in the photo doesn't have a "0", so each...

The lock in the photo doesn't have a "0", so each wheel has 6 combinations and the total combinations are 6x6x6x6 = 1296.

I think I have the same lock and might be able to get a slight feel for...
Forum: Touring
01-28-22, 08:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,552
Posted By mev

Agree with this. I'd probably simplify this...

Agree with this.

I'd probably simplify this to say - if you plan on using a using a local sim, make sure you have an unlocked phone.

Carriers like Verizon have typically sold phones that are...
Forum: Touring
01-27-22, 07:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,552
Posted By mev

A note about the US and not Canada. In the...

A note about the US and not Canada.

In the US, I have a Motorola Android phone with a sim card on the Verizon CDMA network. It uses this sim card:...
Forum: Touring
01-09-22, 02:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,104
Posted By mev

World's smallest Target store. This one has a...

World's smallest Target store. This one has a partial explanation below...
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1500x1000/target_a07cb3426180d64328c836f2b39903f673b9193a.jpeg
Since...
Forum: Touring
01-04-22, 09:56 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,153
Posted By mev

Follow up question: How did you install the...

Follow up question:
How did you install the ArriveCan application?

For curiosity, I also got an HiSense a5 over the holidays. I noticed there were instructions online on how to get Google Play...
Forum: Touring
01-02-22, 05:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,104
Posted By mev

Not quite pop culture, but one of the more...

Not quite pop culture, but one of the more interesting sights was Agdam in the Nagorno-Karabakh...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agdam_Mosque

This was 2015, prior to the 2020 war when Agdam was...
Forum: Touring
01-01-22, 04:38 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,433
Posted By mev

One step at a time... First to renew may...

One step at a time...

First to renew may passport as it expires at end of 2022.

The trip I want to do is one originally scheduled for 2020 and then postponed: Timor-Leste and Western Timor...
Forum: Touring
12-27-21, 08:32 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,773
Posted By mev

+1 I also can't recall getting lost or...

+1

I also can't recall getting lost or separated in a lot of touring, with one exception.

It was 2007 and I was cycling across Russia with a cycling partner. We were leaving the city of Kazan...
Forum: Touring
12-25-21, 06:39 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,773
Posted By mev

For what it is worth, unless you circumnavigate...

For what it is worth, unless you circumnavigate with a large arc - you could end up worse off than just going through the city.

To use Chicago as an illustration, there is a riverfront trail and...
Forum: Touring
12-23-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,773
Posted By mev

Here is what I do with high population areas: ...

Here is what I do with high population areas:
(1) prior to arrival, I spend some time with Strava heat maps and a copy of a map (electronic or paper). That typically gives me a rough route and often...
Forum: Touring
12-22-21, 09:22 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,511
Posted By mev

That has been my experience. Prior to the...

That has been my experience. Prior to the baggage feeds being added, I flew at least 25 times with my bike and was just able to pick up a box at a US airport. Occasionally, it one airline didn't...
Forum: Touring
12-21-21, 04:39 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,511
Posted By mev

For what it is worth, I've found Alaska Airlines...

For what it is worth, I've found Alaska Airlines to have some of the better boxes at least at airports I've flown most often. Not as large as a Amtrak box, but my large frame bike still fits by...
Forum: Touring
12-19-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,439
Posted By mev

Note: The Netherlands has gone into a strict...

Note: The Netherlands has gone into a strict lockdown with many services closed until January 14th:...
Forum: Touring
12-10-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 808
Posted By mev

A few comments: 1. I've also done 281 up...

A few comments:
1. I've also done 281 up through to Dallas - as well as US 83 from Brownsville to the Canadian Border.
2. As far as US 281 goes:
- Entering San Antonio from the southbound is...
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