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11-30-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,065
Posted By Reynolds

My trailer is built that way - it's a...

My trailer is built that way - it's a CarryFreedom Y-frame clone with a big wooden crate strapped to the flatbed. Both the flatbed and crate floor are 3/8" plywood. 90% of the time I use the crate,...
Forum: Touring
11-24-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,088
Posted By cyccommute

So you built a nest in the trees every night?

So you built a nest in the trees every night?
Forum: Touring
11-20-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,088
Posted By a_d_a_m

That is why our long days are south of Columbus....

That is why our long days are south of Columbus. If you check mileage, We have nothing over 50 after Mount Vernon.
Forum: Touring
11-13-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,860
Posted By Oldbill

Both Bars

The best is a combination. Brake handles on both bars.
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Both bars....
Forum: Touring
11-13-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,088
Posted By JeffL

I rode the Ohio-to-Erie Trail in July this year....

I rode the Ohio-to-Erie Trail in July this year. What I did was perhaps the exact opposite of your tour: I did it in three days (340 miles) on a very lightly loaded single speed.

Journal here:...
Forum: Touring
11-11-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,214
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
11-09-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,214
Posted By 79pmooney

That was '85 or '86. First two week long tours...

That was '85 or '86. First two week long tours were to Michigan in '73 and '75 from opposite directions; Boston to Windsor, Ontario where my housemate picked me up at customs Second was from...
Forum: Touring
11-09-20, 11:10 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,214
Posted By jadocs

Unsupported to me means self sufficient. Doesn't...

Unsupported to me means self sufficient. Doesn't matter if I carry everything or acquire it on my own accord, such as purchasing meals, etc...

Supported to me means there is someone or some...
Forum: Touring
11-09-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,214
Posted By CargoDane

Unsupported does not mean "cashless" or...

Unsupported does not mean "cashless" or "homeless". Buying stuff - including food or going into a laundromat or sleep in a hotel does not mean you're suddenly on a supported tour.
Forum: Touring
11-09-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,214
Posted By andrewclaus

Just to complicate matters, there's...

Just to complicate matters, there's "self-supported." I use that term for my style. I'll ride into town for groceries, meals, showers, motels, etc. I'd consider "unsupported" doing none of the above,...
Forum: Touring
11-09-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,214
Posted By CargoDane

I think you're overcomplicating things. I'd...

I think you're overcomplicating things.

I'd define "support" as having someone doing things for you at the backend. Be it sending you stuff at the right time or driving a van with all your gear....
Forum: Touring
11-06-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,019
Posted By CargoDane

Space is always great in a tent. I remember...

Space is always great in a tent. I remember buying a bivvy sack to try it out (as I used a coastal rowboat at the time and slept on the beaches). Right after that I ordered a Golite Hex pyramid tent,...
Forum: Touring
11-02-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,207
Posted By phughes

Don't feel bad... ...

Don't feel bad...


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Forum: Touring
11-01-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,286
Posted By djb

no doubt about it, having to carry food and water...

no doubt about it, having to carry food and water adds a lot. Ive been lucky in that Ive pretty much always had access to enough water, so havent had to carry more than maybe 4 litres or so, so about...
Forum: Touring
10-29-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,286
Posted By djb

oh, I got that all wrong about the bike, thought...

oh, I got that all wrong about the bike, thought it was new. I still like getting a mechanic to go over tensions with their tension gauge, figure they do a much better job than me.

oh, cool...
Forum: Touring
10-29-20, 10:54 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,286
Posted By robow

I know we have shown this before but for those...

I know we have shown this before but for those that have not seen it, how to fold a wire bead tire into a smaller more manageable package.
...
Forum: Touring
10-13-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,019
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I also have trekking poles, but they are much...

I also have trekking poles, but they are much longer than would fit in my panniers. If I travel light and do not have a bag on top of the rear rack, I want everything to fit in the panniers.
...
Forum: Touring
10-11-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,019
Posted By andrewclaus

Tarptents are extremely sturdy. Don't let the...

Tarptents are extremely sturdy. Don't let the single wall of lightweight fabric fool you. My Contrail had 10,000 hiking miles and 6,000 biking miles on it before I replaced it a few years ago. And...
10-10-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,456
Posted By curbtender

If your shifting is working proper, then cable...

If your shifting is working proper, then cable replacement is all you need.
Forum: Touring
10-08-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,756
Posted By mtnbud

Awesome! :) I really like the paper clips! ...

Awesome! :) I really like the paper clips! Simple and creative!

If you feel comfortable sewing some tabs on the bottom of your hammock, you could strategically square off the floor. Since it's...
Forum: Touring
10-07-20, 07:11 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,756
Posted By phughes

These are the same anchors used by the Tensa...

These are the same anchors used by the Tensa hammock system, which uses one pole, for when you have only one tree. I have hung this way, so have many, many others. The Tensa Solo is a pole and...
Forum: Touring
10-07-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 866
Posted By indyfabz

Yes. Just like with the rain gear. Worried...

Yes. Just like with the rain gear.

Worried that you might get wet and/or not be able to find trees? Then pack for the “worst case scenario”: a quality, light tent (my tent with ground sheet comes...
Forum: Touring
10-07-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,756
Posted By phughes

They aren't a conventional stake. These are the...

They aren't a conventional stake. These are the same stakes that Tensa uses for their hammock suspension systems. They will not come out. The Orange Screws I use are good for soft ground, but the...
Forum: Touring
10-07-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,756
Posted By phughes

I used my bike to hang the hammock using only one...

I used my bike to hang the hammock using only one tree. You need a good ground anchor, I am using Orange Screws. I will also be getting Boom Stakes from Tensa for rocky ground. I am able to hang off...
Forum: Touring
10-06-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,273
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Some vintage Swedish stoves could be fitted with...

Some vintage Swedish stoves could be fitted with an alcohol jet. I have an Optimus 111T, and I have seen internet references to an alcohol jet and also needing some form of an air restriction tube to...
Forum: Touring
10-06-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,273
Posted By andrewclaus

You don't like my bumming option? In the long...

You don't like my bumming option? In the long distance hiking world, that's an acceptable tactic and it even has a name--Yogiing. You can Yogi a meal, a ride, a night in a bed. There's a well-known...
Forum: Touring
10-05-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,273
Posted By andrewclaus

Back when I carried a gas stove, I'd beg for fuel...

Back when I carried a gas stove, I'd beg for fuel at campgrounds every couple of weeks. Of course I'd offer to pay, but nobody ever accepted money. Usually a few stories were welcome, and that often...
Forum: Touring
09-28-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,169
Posted By indyfabz

Thanks for clarifying the novel definition of...

Thanks for clarifying the novel definition of "first-aid," which in parlance applies to the person.

During my recent tour I managed to lose my P38 the first evening. I was about to cook on the...
Forum: Touring
09-25-20, 08:14 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,711
Posted By robow

We traveled from Urbana south to Xenia and really...

We traveled from Urbana south to Xenia and really enjoyed that portion of trail but we heard mixed reviews about the trail north of Urbana up to Bellefontaine. Has anyone ridden that piece and can...
Forum: Touring
09-23-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,224
Posted By Digger Goreman

I like this for quick rain exits: ...

I like this for quick rain exits:
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Forum: Touring
09-20-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,671
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Touring, I carry two tubes, plus a patch kit....

Touring, I carry two tubes, plus a patch kit. Reason for two tubes is that it is rare, but on occasion I have a blow out. Example, about a month ago I used a new tube in a new tire, while pumping it...
Forum: Touring
09-20-20, 07:23 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,224
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Reading a post above from Doug64, I thought of...

Reading a post above from Doug64, I thought of this particular campsite I was in. I was the only tent camper, am in the middle of five tent sites at this RV park and campground.

Ground was very...
Forum: Touring
09-19-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,224
Posted By Doug64

I think a tent is a lot more appropriate for...

I think a tent is a lot more appropriate for harsh conditions. Most of our tours are at least a month long, and I'd rather have a tent than get stuck out somewhere wishing I had one. That is my...
Forum: Touring
09-19-20, 07:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,224
Posted By Doug64

A tarp is pretty handy when bugs are not a...

A tarp is pretty handy when bugs are not a problem. My wife and I carry an 8' x 10' sil-nylon tarp on short winter ski trips, and for an emergency shelter in our ski patrol packs; we are backcountry...
Forum: Touring
09-19-20, 06:06 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,711
Posted By a_d_a_m

The NE Ohio forecast looks (surprisingly) good...

The NE Ohio forecast looks (surprisingly) good for most of the coming week, but if you plan to get up near Cleveland anytime in the last few 2-4 days of this month, rain appears imminent. Not sure of...
Forum: Touring
09-18-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,711
Posted By djb

KC (and the sunshine band) all good points on...

KC (and the sunshine band) all good points on layers abd whatnot. Re rain gear that is more bike friendly, i replaced my old rain pants with some north face nice ones a few years ago one sale, and...
09-18-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 635
Posted By Gresp15C

I made my own for Sturmey-Archer and Bendix hubs....

I made my own for Sturmey-Archer and Bendix hubs. Just a couple cuts with a hacksaw, bend the piece back and forth till it breaks out, clean up with a file. Works like a charm.
Forum: Touring
09-17-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,711
Posted By djb

totally unrelated to your planned trip, but man I...

totally unrelated to your planned trip, but man I wish I had the free time right now, we have about a good week of clear weather right now , would have been great for a trip....
Forum: Touring
09-16-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,711
Posted By robow

On this occasion, we traveled 75 miles south on...

On this occasion, we traveled 75 miles south on Trail 1 from Xenia down to Cincy, through downtown onto the Ohio River and then crossed over into Kentucky.
09-16-20, 09:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 635
Posted By 79pmooney

Nice! I have a soft spot for A36, My first job...

Nice! I have a soft spot for A36, My first job as engineer with steel fish boats was with a yard that used A36 for the vast majority of its plate. Just not 1/8" 5/16 or higher for hull plating. ...
Forum: Touring
09-16-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,711
Posted By robow

Just got back from 8 days touring Ohio. Several...

Just got back from 8 days touring Ohio. Several hundred miles of trails surrounding Dayton and Xenia within the Miami River valley and of course the Ohio to Erie Trail as well. I feel the weather in...
09-16-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 268
Posted By aggiegrads

1000th Post - Thank you

I thought that I would take my 1,000th post to take the opportunity to say thank you to the many people who have helped me and helped others on this forum. I am posting this in the mechanic’s forum...
Forum: Touring
09-16-20, 08:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,582
Posted By Happy Feet

This topic comes up every so often and I usually...

This topic comes up every so often and I usually say the same thing. It all depends on your power needs and whether you do other outdoor activities that require similar power supply.

For the most...
Forum: Touring
09-15-20, 09:32 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,711
Posted By djb

when we car camped with the kids in a tent, I...

when we car camped with the kids in a tent, I always used to bring my spring load candle lantern, and when it was cold and damp, regularly would hang it from a permanent strung up piece of cord we...
Forum: Touring
09-14-20, 08:47 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,711
Posted By djb

As you say, bad luck and a big bad weather front...

As you say, bad luck and a big bad weather front would be a drag, but at least nowadays it's fairly easy to get really good predictions and weather radar access on line, so at least that helps a bit....
Forum: Touring
09-14-20, 06:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,582
Posted By mbusky

I LOVE SOLAR... that feels good to get out of...

I LOVE SOLAR... that feels good to get out of the way. My setup includes a Anker 15 watt folding power sport panel a 22 kma Ravpower storage battery and a meter (Ebay $2.99 from China with...
09-14-20, 06:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,221
Posted By IPassGas

We tour long distance and like the pump (non-batt...

We tour long distance and like the pump (non-batt version) much. The foot peg can break easily, but not essential. We no longer ride with pump on frame, gets too dirty no matter where it is on frame....
09-14-20, 02:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 942
Posted By JoeTBM

I see a chain whip in your pictures, it is not...

I see a chain whip in your pictures, it is not needed to remove a freewheel.

As others have pointed out, put your "tool" into a vise with the tabs facing up. Slip the wheel onto the tool and turn...
Forum: Touring
09-13-20, 05:50 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,924
Posted By sloar

I’ve settled on flared drop bars, I just feel...

I’ve settled on flared drop bars, I just feel more comfortable with them.






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Forum: Touring
09-12-20, 06:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,924
Posted By sloar

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