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Forum: Touring
10-20-21, 01:01 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,806
Posted By BobG

Post deleted to avoid misunderstanding. I was not...

Post deleted to avoid misunderstanding. I was not also suggesting that OP should use tubulars on a future trip. Was just telling the story of when I successfully did so 53 years ago when sew-ups...
Forum: Touring
10-19-21, 02:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 310
Posted By BobG

Okay, I'll make the first Fred reply! I'm a...

Okay, I'll make the first Fred reply!

I'm a bit chubby and find it hard to get a comfortable fit with a jersey. I prefer a synthetic T shirt with the same breathability of a jersey at a fraction...
Forum: Touring
10-18-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,627
Posted By BobG

I think you're right about that timeline. In 1983...

I think you're right about that timeline. In 1983 I rode the Bikecentennial "Great Parks Odyssey" (Durango > Jasper). Many of us had Blackburn high racks on the front. Occasionally we would see a...
Forum: Touring
10-02-21, 02:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,623
Posted By BobG

That incident was 28 years ago KC, I don't...

That incident was 28 years ago KC, I don't remember the details. I spray painted the repair black to protect it for the remainder of the trip and the frame still hangs in my basement. I cleaned the...
Forum: Touring
09-30-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,623
Posted By BobG

My dropout/chainstay joint snapped while climbing...

My dropout/chainstay joint snapped while climbing a hill in Booneville KY (pop 152). The steel frame was repaired by the village smithy at a local auto repair garage. It was a quick repair while I...
Forum: Touring
09-29-21, 06:05 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,412
Posted By BobG

We did the same on the 1983 Bikecentennial "Great...

We did the same on the 1983 Bikecentennial "Great Parks Odyssey" (Durango > Jasper). Back then there was no money in the budget for motels. Participants were younger, they couldn't be asked to go...
Forum: Touring
09-28-21, 05:58 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,412
Posted By BobG

Our 2009 trip blogger, Bill Maxwell, descibes our...

Our 2009 trip blogger, Bill Maxwell, descibes our stay at the JC with a touch of his British humor ...

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1mr&page_id=116215&v=9M

I actually had a room...
Forum: Touring
09-27-21, 08:13 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,412
Posted By BobG

The JC Motel sign was its most attractive...

The JC Motel sign was its most attractive feature!

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Cash only!
Forum: Touring
09-25-21, 04:04 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,412
Posted By BobG

"Wiring" money??? Doesn't that require a Western...

"Wiring" money??? Doesn't that require a Western Union office with an agent that knows Morse code? :^) Isn't it simpler just to put money into a checking account and access it with a debit card?
...
Forum: Touring
09-18-21, 10:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,127
Posted By BobG

Avoid the traditional style HB bag with the metal...

Avoid the traditional style HB bag with the metal to metal mount. It rattles on every bump. I returned one several years ago.
...
Forum: Touring
09-08-21, 05:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,480
Posted By BobG

I have three widths ... position A- about...

I have three widths ...

position A- about the same as Miele Man's fun bike at 7"/18cm. Awesome mtb braking power up here!
position B- my go-to spot on the hoods at 16"/41cm, my approximate...
09-05-21, 05:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 802
Posted By BobG

Thanks for the suggestion mw. I just ordered a...

Thanks for the suggestion mw. I just ordered a pair. The metal teeth on mine pictured above are indeed a hazard.
09-01-21, 10:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 802
Posted By BobG

I climb a 14% hill on my regular trip home from...

I climb a 14% hill on my regular trip home from the coffee shop. I find the SPDs keep me in the correct position over the pedals and may prevent a sudden lurch off the edge if I lose concentration...
08-31-21, 04:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 802
Posted By BobG

Yep, I use the Shimano M324 dual pedal. Platform...

Yep, I use the Shimano M324 dual pedal. Platform on one side ...

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SPD on the...
08-19-21, 01:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,738
Posted By BobG

zjrog - I passed my final ankle x-ray test on...

zjrog - I passed my final ankle x-ray test on Tuesday. Fusion is almost complete. Total down time was May 25-August 3. The surgeon suggested that I wear my AFO for a few weeks when I do anything...
08-18-21, 04:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 858
Posted By BobG

L+(2xW)+(2xH) cannot exceed 130" without paying...

L+(2xW)+(2xH) cannot exceed 130" without paying oversize (up to 165" max)

57+(2x7)+(2x26) = 123"
53+(2x8)+(2x30) = 129"
53+(2x9)+(2x30) = 131"

Will a 29" high box work? Cutting 1" of height...
Forum: Touring
08-17-21, 07:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,646
Posted By BobG

Stuart- I got curious about Allstays and paid $10...

Stuart- I got curious about Allstays and paid $10 for the mobile app just so I could play with it. I think you told me about it years ago on this forum, thanks. Before I just used the free desktop...
Forum: Touring
08-17-21, 04:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,646
Posted By BobG

Short answer? It has a mind of its own! It...

Short answer? It has a mind of its own!

It seems to be most accurate within one state but will only go so far in distance if you specify a town. I did a search from Gilead ME (near the state line)...
Forum: Touring
08-15-21, 07:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,646
Posted By BobG

No, Burns Lake CG is way the heck up near...

No, Burns Lake CG is way the heck up near Whitefield in Coos County, That's almost 50 miles away from Jackson where my search was directed. Israel River is near Jefferson. Gorham was also out of my...
Forum: Touring
08-12-21, 04:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,646
Posted By BobG

"Walk in" campsites in this part of New England...

"Walk in" campsites in this part of New England are usually out of range for bike tourists. Maybe not so out west where you are. You might mt bike into the Rocky Branch shelter but you're not going...
Forum: Touring
08-12-21, 05:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,646
Posted By BobG

cyccommute - Yes, Allstays was my first...

cyccommute - Yes, Allstays was my first suggestion back at post 3 but I thought I'd suggest Google also. If you crop your photo, zoom in to the boundaries of my Google Map and erase all of the...
Forum: Touring
08-09-21, 03:04 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 8,651
Posted By BobG

Here's the international barrier on Church ST in...

Here's the international barrier on Church ST in Stanstead QC, LOL! ...
...
Forum: Touring
08-09-21, 07:07 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 8,651
Posted By BobG

I told this story before at another thread but...

I told this story before at another thread but here it is again ...

Years ago I was staffing an ACA Cycle VT. One morning I was on the early shift in a van marking turns with chalk spray. At Derby...
Forum: Touring
08-08-21, 04:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,646
Posted By BobG

Nothing works better though than Google Maps...

Nothing works better though than Google Maps "campground near ______" ... fill in the blank. Click on the pin drop for a link to camground details and website. Scroll in on the map for closeup on the...
Forum: Touring
08-06-21, 09:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,062
Posted By BobG

Back in 2000 ACA had a Y2K version of the tour....

Back in 2000 ACA had a Y2K version of the tour. An extra large group with two leaders. Several folks cancelled and some dropped out bringing the group down to the more typical, manageable 14 or so....
Forum: Touring
07-27-21, 01:25 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,190
Posted By BobG

Have airlines stopped providing the HUGE box?...

Have airlines stopped providing the HUGE box? (both wheels on, bars turned with pedals off) It's been a few years since I've flown but in the past I've had absolutely no problem with damage, missing...
07-26-21, 05:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,738
Posted By BobG

zjrog- I'm overweight also, 5'5", 180-190 pounds....

zjrog- I'm overweight also, 5'5", 180-190 pounds.

Supporting yourself one-legged on crutches may be where your weight will be a hindrance. You probably already know this from your knee surgery....
07-24-21, 09:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,738
Posted By BobG

zjrog- I moved my post from the knee thread over...

zjrog- I moved my post from the knee thread over to here for continuity with the previous discussion ...

Well 1 1/2+ years after originally posting above, my injections stopped working. I had...
Forum: Touring
07-19-21, 06:24 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,389
Posted By BobG

I concluded two westbound TransAm tours in...

I concluded two westbound TransAm tours in Portland. I had no problem cycling from the downtown hostel (then on Hawthorne Blvd?) to the airport either. In fact two of our ACA groups cycled from...
Forum: Touring
07-03-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 995
Posted By BobG

The Rixen & Kaul "Vario" hooks in my photo...

The Rixen & Kaul "Vario" hooks in my photo include a center locking clip that prevents bags from disloging vertically from a bump. My rack is constructed with a near vertical front hoop which...
Forum: Touring
07-03-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 995
Posted By BobG

I would too not that low I...

I would too



not that low



I agree
Forum: Touring
06-25-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,063
Posted By BobG

Heh! Reminds me of an experience in Montreal....

Heh! Reminds me of an experience in Montreal. After a 6 week trip in France I flew back to Montreal. After crossing the Cartier Bridge while cycling back to NH I confidently stopped a pedestrian and...
Forum: Touring
06-20-21, 05:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 659
Posted By BobG

11 TransAm maps ... ...

11 TransAm maps ...

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06-08-21, 04:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,377
Posted By BobG

Why don't you just retrofit a conventional...

Why don't you just retrofit a conventional touring bike using the components you like? Pictured below is my Bruce Gordon with a (now unavailable) BionX hub motor. You could do the same with a Surly...
Forum: Touring
04-23-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,588
Posted By BobG

Back in the 60s all I used for light hosteling...

Back in the 60s all I used for light hosteling type touring were tubular (sew up) tires. Clement "Elvezia" was the standard, cheap cotton, throw away model. By "throw away" I mean they only cost...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,419
Posted By BobG

Correction!

I miscalculated mileage earlier. Probably closer to 3000 miles on the worn Snoqualmie Pass tire pictured at post 71 above. Not bad mileage after all for a tire installed late June of 2020!
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,419
Posted By BobG

Pete, I would guess about 1200 miles. That's...

Pete, I would guess about 1200 miles. That's around town unloaded as I can no longer take long tours. In comparison I replaced my rear tire (700x32 Continental?) on a TransAm tour at 3000 miles in...
Forum: Touring
04-06-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,419
Posted By BobG

I gave Jan Heine's 700x44 Rene Herse "Snoqualmie...

I gave Jan Heine's 700x44 Rene Herse "Snoqualmie Pass" tires a try last summer. They rode wonderfully on both paved and gravel roads but I found the smooth tread versions were just too paper thin. I...
Forum: Touring
04-03-21, 05:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,999
Posted By BobG

The link zooms fine on my desktop as would any...

The link zooms fine on my desktop as would any pdf file. Tom, did you click on the + icon at lower right? (or use scroll wheel?)

edit: my ten year old mobile device has trouble with it also.
...
Forum: Touring
03-25-21, 08:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,711
Posted By BobG

Yep, I liked the Keen sandals which fit me best...

Yep, I liked the Keen sandals which fit me best but as stated above they are no longer made. I also have a pair of Shimano sandals. They have a wider, clunkier heel requiring the cleats to be...
Forum: Touring
03-18-21, 02:40 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,936
Posted By BobG

Solo bike touring can be a lonely experience. I...

Solo bike touring can be a lonely experience. I prefer a campground with other folks around. Just the chatter of kids at an adjacent site provides companionship. I also enjoy having a picnic table to...
Forum: Touring
03-14-21, 05:39 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 10,125
Posted By BobG

This 27" wheel (retired in '94 at age 12) has...

This 27" wheel (retired in '94 at age 12) has always been used with rim brakes. It has been ...

-across the US on the TransAm
-from CO to AB Canada (lots of gravel)
-from SK Canada to NM (lots...
Forum: Touring
03-08-21, 12:03 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,441
Posted By BobG

Heh! Each to their own. I think it's the best...

Heh! Each to their own. I think it's the best time of the day to be sipping a coffee at the picnic table and looking over the day's map.

Pete, I've been enjoying your forum posts and articles for...
Forum: Touring
03-06-21, 11:50 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,441
Posted By BobG

I used to lead ACA TransAm tours. The last group...

I used to lead ACA TransAm tours. The last group bored the heck out of me. Why? Many of them were up before the crack of dawn taking their tents down in the dark. They'd rush through breakfast eating...
Forum: Touring
02-28-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 498
Posted By BobG

Better now? :D ...

Better now? :D

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Forum: Touring
02-19-21, 10:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 856
Posted By BobG

I made this trip one year starting and finishing...

I made this trip one year starting and finishing in Geneva. Maybe not the exact same roads but the same order of passes. Just buy the 1/200,000 Michelin maps and connect the dots using the smallest D...
Forum: Touring
02-19-21, 05:22 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,618
Posted By BobG

I always got a chuckle out of this ACA diversion....

I always got a chuckle out of this ACA diversion. Day 2 of a westbound TransAm at the end of the day when you just want to get to camp in Mineral VA. The ACA map takes you on a "scenic" 15 mile side...
02-02-21, 02:34 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 12,791
Posted By BobG

Here's my Litespeed Classic with its original...

Here's my Litespeed Classic with its original Campagnolo Racing Triple ...

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Forum: Touring
01-30-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 10,563
Posted By BobG

Joe- "The ‘Trucker is available in a 26” wheel...

Joe- "The ‘Trucker is available in a 26” wheel size across the size run, with an option for 700c in 56, 58, 60, and 62cm sizes." Those are frame seat tube sizes, not tire widths.
Forum: Touring
01-18-21, 10:29 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,175
Posted By BobG

I found one more old print of the Shafer Trail....

I found one more old print of the Shafer Trail. Here are the switchbacks up high in the canyon on the way down to the White Rim Trail. If you look closely you can see my riding partner at the red...
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