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08-16-22, 06:24 AM
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Posted By staehpj1

Tires for Tallahassee

I have been in Florida (Tallahassee) for 6 or 7 years now and am back to riding more off the road on my mountain bike after a hiatus. Tallahassee is hilly for Florida, but obviously we don't have...
Forum: Touring
08-15-22, 02:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 248
Posted By staehpj1

Sounds like a sensible approach. I probably...

Sounds like a sensible approach. I probably wouldn't replace tubes with them when not changing tires or at least remounting them for some other reason. Also with a light supple tire they make...
Forum: Touring
08-15-22, 02:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 248
Posted By staehpj1

Cheaper than converting to tubeless unless you...

Cheaper than converting to tubeless unless you are already tubeless compatible. Worth it? That depends on the rider. I think it just might be for me in some situations.
Forum: Touring
08-15-22, 02:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 248
Posted By staehpj1

That hadn't occurred to me. I wonder if that is...

That hadn't occurred to me. I wonder if that is an issue and if so how much.


They are also a lot smaller. This is a bigger deal for a bike with bigger tires so for a MTB it amounts to a good bit...
Forum: Touring
08-15-22, 08:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 248
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, not gonna happen. I will forget about that...

Yeah, not gonna happen. I will forget about that worry.
Forum: Touring
08-15-22, 08:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 248
Posted By staehpj1

I guess that one place where I am real likely to...

I guess that one place where I am real likely to use one first is as a spare tube for my tubeless equipped MTB. As it is I don't carry a spare since a suitable butyl tube is so big and I am pretty...
Forum: Touring
08-14-22, 02:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 248
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks, That is helpful. When you say "start to...

Thanks, That is helpful. When you say "start to soften" do you think that is actually close to failure? Or is there yet more room for error?

It is possible to get a rim above 185 F but I am pretty...
Forum: Touring
08-14-22, 06:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 248
Posted By staehpj1

TPU tubes with rim brakes?

It seems the recommendations vary on this. Some brands say disc brakes only because of potential heat problems. Anyone have thoughts or personal experience with this? It seems the advantages are...
Forum: Touring
08-13-22, 07:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 229
Posted By staehpj1

I have on ocasion asked if they had some rags and...

I have on ocasion asked if they had some rags and a place to wash a bike before bringing it in if it was exceptionally muddy, explaining that I didn't want to muddy their carpets. The rare times I...
Forum: Touring
08-13-22, 04:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 229
Posted By staehpj1

I have wheeled my bike into rooms in motels both...

I have wheeled my bike into rooms in motels both with outside access and ones where I had to enter through the lobby. I have had a few offer a safe place to store the bike but usually declined. The...
Forum: Touring
08-11-22, 06:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 670
Posted By staehpj1

FWIW, I am way more likely to use the stove in...

FWIW, I am way more likely to use the stove in the evening since I too like to hit the road at the crack of dawn and have coffee and maybe a diner breakfast later. Often that winds up meaning...
Forum: Touring
08-11-22, 05:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 670
Posted By staehpj1

In deciding how to handle your TA remember that...

In deciding how to handle your TA remember that it will likely be different than your Rochester to DC tour when it comes to a lot of factors.

The road portion will be like the TA in some ways, but...
Forum: Touring
08-10-22, 08:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,328
Posted By staehpj1

The places where I have had things go missing off...

The places where I have had things go missing off the top of my load were not places I considered sketchy. One was a Walmart in a town just big enough o have a walmart. The bike was left in the...
Forum: Touring
08-10-22, 06:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,328
Posted By staehpj1

I do have one concern about that. The only times...

I do have one concern about that. The only times I have had theft issues when touring were when stuff was right out an easy to grab. I'd think that a basket might be a bit tempting to casual thieves....
Forum: Touring
08-09-22, 08:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 670
Posted By staehpj1

That has been my experience too. I have done the...

That has been my experience too. I have done the TA and a bunch of tours of a month or so as well as some shorter ones of a week to 10 days. I don't recall ever taking a day off because it rained....
Forum: Touring
08-08-22, 05:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 670
Posted By staehpj1

I am inclimed to tour alone most of the time or...

I am inclimed to tour alone most of the time or with someone I am close with now and then. I have never done an organized tour. Some folks prefer one some the other. It is hard to advise someone...
Forum: Touring
08-08-22, 05:57 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 716
Posted By staehpj1

Two ways to look at the extra miles that might...

Two ways to look at the extra miles that might justify opting for I-90:

An extra 30 miles on what would otherwise would be a easy length day is pretty significant.
That is 44% longer. If you...
Forum: Touring
08-07-22, 06:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 716
Posted By staehpj1

Not so much about traffic. My guess is that due...

Not so much about traffic. My guess is that due to the better grading and smoother surfaces I go a lot quicker pace in likely with the same effort.

The next question is do I ride at the same...
Forum: Touring
08-07-22, 05:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 343
Posted By staehpj1

Looks like a nice setup. Mine was pretty much...

Looks like a nice setup. Mine was pretty much just a bargain basement version of that. Similar rack location and size similar bag location, size, and form factor. Mine was about 1/8 the cost, but...
Forum: Touring
08-06-22, 08:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 358
Posted By staehpj1

Yep. Keep an eye on those trailer wheel bearings...

Yep. Keep an eye on those trailer wheel bearings and repack more frequently than you would your bike wheels. Boat trailer grease is pretty good stuff. It is long lasting and works well for wet...
Forum: Touring
08-06-22, 06:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 499
Posted By staehpj1

Some trips necessitate carrying lots of food and...

Some trips necessitate carrying lots of food and water, especially water. I find it interesting to see the gear folks use for either, but long ago decided to forgo any routes that required me...
Forum: Touring
08-05-22, 05:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 343
Posted By staehpj1

Interesting. I used one of those little sunlite...

Interesting. I used one of those little sunlite racks that mounted on canti bosses to carry a big handlebar bar that had all the mounting hardware and some of the stiffening removed. It sat there...
Forum: Touring
08-04-22, 09:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 776
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, sadly I don't see the covid situation being...

Yeah, sadly I don't see the covid situation being controlled enough that it would be prudent for me, this coming year. I might consider it I my wife were not on drugs that suppress her immune system...
Forum: Touring
08-04-22, 07:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 776
Posted By staehpj1

Ah, great. Thanks. I am an early riser who...

Ah, great. Thanks. I am an early riser who tends to break camp quickly and hit the road. On bike tours, canoe trips, and other group events I am almost always the first one up and first on the go....
Forum: Touring
08-04-22, 05:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 776
Posted By staehpj1

Care to elaborate? What lines does using an...

Care to elaborate? What lines does using an outfitter avoid? Does avoiding lines mean staying in different locations, eating in a different venue, and so on or just having them schlep your gear? I am...
Forum: Touring
08-02-22, 03:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 776
Posted By staehpj1

It is pretty much the opposite of what I usually...

It is pretty much the opposite of what I usually look for in a tour, but it might be fun to experience it once.
Forum: Touring
08-02-22, 02:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 776
Posted By staehpj1

It does sound like a lot of participants...

It does sound like a lot of participants contracted covid based on what I read on their forums. It is enough to make me hesitant unless the covid situation is better next year. I might be less...
Forum: Touring
08-02-22, 10:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 776
Posted By staehpj1

Looks like folks had fun. I used to think I...

Looks like folks had fun. I used to think I wanted to do RAGBRAI, then I decided I liked "real touring" better than a rolling party. These days I am starting to think maybe it would be worth doing it...
Forum: Touring
08-02-22, 08:05 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,701
Posted By staehpj1

Just curious... Those who hate on the Sawyer Mini...

Just curious... Those who hate on the Sawyer Mini (and Squeeze?), do you also avoid all hollow fiber filters including Katydin BeFree and others? Or is it brand specific.
Forum: Touring
07-31-22, 03:49 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,701
Posted By staehpj1

Pretty much said it before, but... I've had a...

Pretty much said it before, but...
I've had a few Squeeze and Mini models myself, in the family, and among friends. I am aware of no issues with any of them. I'll test before heading outafter...
Forum: Touring
07-30-22, 02:38 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,511
Posted By staehpj1

I just bought more Mavic Open Pros back in the...

I just bought more Mavic Open Pros back in the day. It was easy to find them in the size spoke count I was using. Also back then there was far less variation in rim depth so ERD varied a lot less...
Forum: Touring
07-30-22, 05:18 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,511
Posted By staehpj1

I cried about that too when I had a rim fail. I...

I cried about that too when I had a rim fail. I would have taken them all out and mailed them home with the hub when he replaced the wheel. He was snipping them before I could say anything. Am I...
Forum: Touring
07-29-22, 03:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 358
Posted By staehpj1

I agree, but some folks do like one wheeled...

I agree, but some folks do like one wheeled trailers. It seems pretty crazy to use a 22 pound one to me, but I know folks who like similar trailers. I'd suggest the OP figure out how much they need...
Forum: Touring
07-29-22, 02:42 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,121
Posted By staehpj1

I just had a thought on...

I just had a thought on apropriateness/inapropriateness of clothing when wearing clothes from athletic activities in restaurants and so on. It occurred to me that my bike clothes were probably no...
Forum: Touring
07-29-22, 05:37 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,121
Posted By staehpj1

I am more likely to do 45 minute stops in museums...

I am more likely to do 45 minute stops in museums or other points of interest. Full day stops are pretty rare for me. Most weeks there will be none. I think we took one full day on the Trans America...
Forum: Touring
07-28-22, 04:41 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,121
Posted By staehpj1

It has been quite a while since I have been canoe...

It has been quite a while since I have been canoe camping. So to be honest I have not really packed all that light on a canoe trip. I did pack moderately light in the Adirondaks a few years back. I...
Forum: Touring
07-28-22, 04:30 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,121
Posted By staehpj1

I have never been too worried about looking like...

I have never been too worried about looking like a cyclist when on a bike tour. If it is just for the day I figure I can definitely be forgiven my fashion faux pas. I have not done the two days in...
Forum: Touring
07-28-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,121
Posted By staehpj1

I find that I can get into the UL range without...

I find that I can get into the UL range without going crazy expensive and without resorting to any Cuben fiber or what not. I do splurge a little here and there but pretty selectively and not really...
Forum: Touring
07-28-22, 09:12 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,121
Posted By staehpj1

Meh, people can be well or poorly prepared...

Meh, people can be well or poorly prepared backpacking with 75# of stuff or 15# or stuff. Most of the UL folks I know have taken great pains to optimize their gear and supplies carried. Those folks...
Forum: Touring
07-28-22, 07:25 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,121
Posted By staehpj1

Interesting to browse. I was surprised to see...

Interesting to browse. I was surprised to see such a wide range of rigs. Some were pretty heavy, some pretty light, and everything in between. I'd consider a few heavy or fully loaded touring if they...
Forum: Touring
07-28-22, 07:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,328
Posted By staehpj1

I have used those racks with a home made bracket...

I have used those racks with a home made bracket with two p-clamps on a bike with no canti bosses. I wouldn't try it with carbon fiber, but on metal tubes it would work on front or back. They are...
Forum: Touring
07-28-22, 06:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,328
Posted By staehpj1

Oh one other thing... My light setups really are...

Oh one other thing... My light setups really are not lacking for anything functionally. I couldn't help but notice that when I was camping with a group and some item was needed but not at the ready...
Forum: Touring
07-28-22, 05:45 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,121
Posted By staehpj1

I find that I do indeed find that an unladen bike...

I find that I do indeed find that an unladen bike is a joy to ride and that enjoyment factor does increase as weight decreases for the time while riding. So how it impacts the total experience...
Forum: Touring
07-27-22, 07:24 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,131
Posted By staehpj1

I am a big fan of fanny packs for hiking and...

I am a big fan of fanny packs for hiking and carrying camera gear. I also like one pretty well for carrying some stuff on the MTB on the trails. It keep the weight near your center of mass and...
Forum: Touring
07-27-22, 05:11 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,131
Posted By staehpj1

I know that some here will say they hate them,...

I know that some here will say they hate them, but another option is to use a little backpack to carry a small portion of gear. I used to think it was a bad idea. Then I tried it and found that with...
Forum: Touring
07-26-22, 02:21 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,131
Posted By staehpj1

It looks like a bike that would work out great...

It looks like a bike that would work out great for bikepacking with a light load. My suggestion would be to concentrate on keeping the load light and enjoying the unencumbered ride. You can actually...
Forum: Touring
07-26-22, 05:00 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,131
Posted By staehpj1

A bar roll can be a nice way to add some capacity...

A bar roll can be a nice way to add some capacity to the front. It can be as simple as a stuff sack and two straps. A couple pieces of pvc pipe can be used to get the roll away from the bar a bit. ...
Forum: Touring
07-19-22, 03:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 302
Posted By staehpj1

Maybe you can either find a bike club in the area...

Maybe you can either find a bike club in the area or someone who did a tour and used the bus there to get better intel. Finding them via one of the journal sites (cycleblaze or cgoab) might work if...
Forum: Touring
07-19-22, 08:20 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,033
Posted By staehpj1

No I am from the mid Atlantic area and moved to...

No I am from the mid Atlantic area and moved to Tallahassee some years ago. I did travel to the left coast for most of my tours though. Also we have been having plenty of heat here in Tallahassee.
Forum: Touring
07-19-22, 08:17 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,033
Posted By staehpj1

I didn't mention that shoe choice matters quite a...

I didn't mention that shoe choice matters quite a bit. Some shoes soak up a lot of water and others don't. It depends on the material they are made from. Paired with socks that don't hold much...
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