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Forum: Touring
08-02-21, 04:51 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,633
Posted By staehpj1

Seems like you might have lead with that. You...

Seems like you might have lead with that. You might have gotten different answers/suggestions. You might have gotten more filter suggestions for specific options with charcoal elements. I have...
Forum: Touring
08-01-21, 05:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 460
Posted By staehpj1

Current info from folks currently on the TA can...

Current info from folks currently on the TA can also usually be found on the ACA forums (https://forums.adventurecycling.org/index.php) as well as in the ACA route addenda...
Forum: Touring
07-30-21, 02:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 460
Posted By staehpj1

Since we are talking about the Trans America...

Since we are talking about the Trans America Route, I think it is reasonable to refer to going east or west.
Forum: Touring
07-29-21, 02:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 460
Posted By staehpj1

The good news is that since you start the TA at...

The good news is that since you start the TA at sea level you are somewhat used to elevation by the time you get to Hoosier Pass. East bound you will have often been at 9000-10000' often so even...
Forum: Touring
07-29-21, 07:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 354
Posted By staehpj1

Seriously? Must be large (high volume) size and...

Seriously? Must be large (high volume) size and low pressure.
Forum: Touring
07-29-21, 07:44 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,633
Posted By staehpj1

That is how it is for me most of the time. ...

That is how it is for me most of the time. Something I don't like but mostly live with.
Forum: Touring
07-29-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 460
Posted By staehpj1

The climbs on the TA in the West are long but...

The climbs on the TA in the West are long but generally are not super steep. Just be ready to do the long grinds. I remember the ones in the Appalachians and Ozarks actually being much harder, not as...
Forum: Touring
07-28-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 95
Posted By staehpj1

50th Anniversary of Bikecentennial

The 50th Anniversary of Bikecentennial is coming up in 2026 I am curious if there is likely to be any big surge of folks riding the TA for that. I am entertaining the notion if I am still able at...
Forum: Touring
07-27-21, 03:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 501
Posted By staehpj1

I have had very little damage. None of it really...

I have had very little damage. None of it really significant. The biggest issue was that once they opened my little seat wedge. and slit the liner. I guess they were looking for something hidden...
Forum: Touring
07-27-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 525
Posted By staehpj1

That is typically what I do on day rides....

That is typically what I do on day rides. Sometimes the mini pump may be on the bike, depending on the bike. Given the Tallahassee heat there may also be two bottles sometimes.

The only other...
Forum: Touring
07-27-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 354
Posted By staehpj1

One thing I didn't mention in my first response...

One thing I didn't mention in my first response is that whether on not it is worth it may depend on whether you will ride much in goat head thorn country. Even with no goat heads here in Tallahassee...
Forum: Touring
07-27-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 354
Posted By staehpj1

I have still been using gatorskins with tubes. ...

I have still been using gatorskins with tubes. Since I pack crazy light I have been using skinny sizes.

I absolutely love the tubeless setup on my mountain bike. I went from at least a thorn...
Forum: Touring
07-27-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 525
Posted By staehpj1

The only time I have used the camelbak was in the...

The only time I have used the camelbak was in the desert in extreme heat and the reason was that if filled with ice in the morning the ice lasted all day. Also the the cool ice and steady drip on my...
Forum: Touring
07-27-21, 06:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 525
Posted By staehpj1

I have struggled with this issue a little. ...

I have struggled with this issue a little. Stopping and putting feet on the ground to drink has mostly been a non starter for me so far except for breaks in towns or for the scenery. I really have...
Forum: Touring
07-27-21, 05:08 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,633
Posted By staehpj1

Some friends traveled around Asia extensively by...

Some friends traveled around Asia extensively by bicycle back in the 70-80s. They treated their water with iodine and reported that they developed health issues as a result. I don't recall for...
Forum: Touring
07-26-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 785
Posted By staehpj1

Also the same stuff can take up more of less...

Also the same stuff can take up more of less space depending on how you pack it. I manage to compress stuff with tiny sil-nylon stuff sacks without needing to resort to compression sacks, but it is...
Forum: Touring
07-26-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,633
Posted By staehpj1

Yep, it is possible, but it is a rare enough and...

Yep, it is possible, but it is a rare enough and very short term event that it isn't something that it raises a lot of concern for me. Not enough that I am going to go to bottled water (there have...
Forum: Touring
07-26-21, 07:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,222
Posted By staehpj1

I always ask for a discount when on a long tour. ...

I always ask for a discount when on a long tour. I wait until I have been quoted the rate (I figured out that they often quote you a higher rate if they know you ask for a discount). When I started...
Forum: Touring
07-26-21, 05:04 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,633
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah. that is my thought on the topic as well. It...

Yeah. that is my thought on the topic as well. It kind of seems like looking for a problem to solve. In general water has been quite good the very large majority of places I have been on my fairly...
Forum: Touring
07-24-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,633
Posted By staehpj1

If you are buying gallons, that means carrying...

If you are buying gallons, that means carrying more at a time than I want to with only the exception of the few places where there is no resupply for all day or longer. I don't recall the need to...
Forum: Touring
07-24-21, 05:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 785
Posted By staehpj1

I think I'd really be sold if the carry off bike...

I think I'd really be sold if the carry off bike was good. I have a crazy notion that I might try to rig up a way of carrying a Mountainsmith lumbar pack in that position on the bike. I have a big...
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 785
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks.

Thanks.
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 02:46 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,633
Posted By staehpj1

A charcoal filter helps, but my experience has...

A charcoal filter helps, but my experience has been that my other filters like we use for backpacking make water safe, but don't do much for the taste.

I will say that I have toured, backpacked,...
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 02:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 785
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks for the follow up answers guys. I think...

Thanks for the follow up answers guys. I think if I go for a Carradice it is likely to be a Camper. I'd want to easily move from bike to bike and I don't want to switch saddles from what I am...
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 785
Posted By staehpj1

You guys have saddles with loops to hang the bag...

You guys have saddles with loops to hang the bag on. Any thoughts on using these bags on saddles without loops? It looks like they (Carradice) offer a couple solutions and a diy one would probably be...
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 05:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 785
Posted By staehpj1

Regardless of the bike choice... Minimizing the...

Regardless of the bike choice...
Minimizing the load and prudence in choosing when to get off and walk will go a long way toward making things work whatever the bike chosen.

I did some mixed...
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 04:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 785
Posted By staehpj1

I am not a Carradice user, but as someone who...

I am not a Carradice user, but as someone who packs in a minimal style and has experimented with a wide variety of unusual baggage. Various baggage styles have always interested me. I have always...
Forum: Touring
07-22-21, 11:50 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,365
Posted By staehpj1

I tend to use those as well. I don't necessarily...

I tend to use those as well. I don't necessarily plan for comfort at the 90 percentile numbers, but it is important to be at least safe at them. Survival and keeping all your fingers and toes at an...
Forum: Touring
07-22-21, 08:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 275
Posted By staehpj1

Racks tend to have places get rubbed bare...

Racks tend to have places get rubbed bare regardless or the coating. I'd be inclined to get it powder coated if you must do something, but personally I'd live with a color that I could find in...
Forum: Touring
07-22-21, 05:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 742
Posted By staehpj1

That raises a question in my mind. Were Sturmey...

That raises a question in my mind. Were Sturmey Archer 3 speed or similar equipped bikes ever widely used as touring bike anywhere? My guess would be no.

I know that folks toured on various...
Forum: Touring
07-22-21, 04:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,365
Posted By staehpj1

These days it seems like we often get way worse...

These days it seems like we often get way worse than the averages and records seem to fall frequently. I like to plan for comfort in average conditions, but you also need to think about survival...
Forum: Touring
07-21-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 742
Posted By staehpj1

I wondered too, but figured it best to not ask....

I wondered too, but figured it best to not ask. Maybe we will get clarification, but a few possibilities are:
1. They are self publishing
2. They are delusional and think they will get a book deal...
Forum: Touring
07-21-21, 07:29 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,636
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, I am surprised that folks seem to regularly...

Yeah, I am surprised that folks seem to regularly interact with the TSA regarding their baggage. Almost everywhere I have flow baggage disappears and the inspection is somewhere out of sight. I have...
Forum: Touring
07-21-21, 07:23 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,636
Posted By staehpj1

I have only toured in the US so I have no...

I have only toured in the US so I have no experience with that. I am curious though...

Some years back I loaned a friend my folding bike and she took it to Europe for a year (she had a teaching...
Forum: Touring
07-21-21, 05:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 742
Posted By staehpj1

Does it have to be new? A google for sale search...

Does it have to be new? A google for sale search for "Raleigh Tourist" turns up a couple 2018 models that may or may not be your size. You could also try facebook marketplace, craigslist, and ebay....
Forum: Touring
07-21-21, 04:35 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,636
Posted By staehpj1

That is one reason that while my bike flies with...

That is one reason that while my bike flies with me to my tours, I usually stop by a bike shop and let them box it up and ship it home if I am flying home. At the end of a long tour in a strange...
Forum: Touring
07-20-21, 10:11 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,636
Posted By staehpj1

I have usually managed to ride toward home on...

I have usually managed to ride toward home on real long tours like coast to coast. When riding some that were on the opposite coast I managed to score "friends and family" tickets and flew stand by....
Forum: Touring
07-20-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,636
Posted By staehpj1

By the way there is a ton of info on getting...

By the way there is a ton of info on getting refunds on non refundable tickets if you google "getting refunds on non refundable tickets". I wouldn't' plan on getting a refund on the cheapest ticket...
Forum: Touring
07-20-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,636
Posted By staehpj1

They may state that only the bike goes in the box...

They may state that only the bike goes in the box on some airlines in the policy somewhere. Not sure which ones, but I recall seeing that somewhere. I have put everything in my soft case, but tend...
Forum: Touring
07-20-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 742
Posted By staehpj1

Fun is in the eye of the beholder so it is hard...

Fun is in the eye of the beholder so it is hard to say for sure. The route is a rail trail right? So just maybe.

Those bikes wouldn't be my choice, but you can tour on anything if you really want...
Forum: Touring
07-20-21, 08:04 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,636
Posted By staehpj1

I wasn't aware of the bump in the weight limit...

I wasn't aware of the bump in the weight limit for first class.

When I have priced tickets from one coast to the other an upgrade to first class has typically been 300-400 more than the very...
Forum: Touring
07-20-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,636
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, absolutely avoid overweight charges. They...

Yeah, absolutely avoid overweight charges. They can be heinous. I have never paid one though. I too always make sure to be a pound or two under, but agents will let you shuffle things between bags...
Forum: Touring
07-20-21, 05:54 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,636
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah it flies as a checked bag so typically not...

Yeah it flies as a checked bag so typically not completely free, but pretty cheap. Generally it flies for the coast of a checked bag. I can think of a couple instances where you wouldn't pay more for...
Forum: Touring
07-19-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,636
Posted By staehpj1

I think things have changed for the better since...

I think things have changed for the better since you have been flying. I believe both delta and america dropped their domestic bicycle fees to zero. United is one of the few that still had a big...
Forum: Touring
07-19-21, 05:09 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,636
Posted By staehpj1

Depending on the airline, baggage fees may well...

Depending on the airline, baggage fees may well be zero. Otherwise the bike may be the cost of a regular bag. Several of the airlines have dropped their bike fees. With a little care everything...
Forum: Touring
07-19-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,365
Posted By staehpj1

I know you directed this to Jama, but I'll chime...

I know you directed this to Jama, but I'll chime in to say that you will still be at elevation for a week or so in Colorado (maybe less depending on daily mileage, but at least a few days). From...
Forum: Touring
07-19-21, 05:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 442
Posted By staehpj1

Sounds like you had a good time. I enjoyed the...

Sounds like you had a good time. I enjoyed the pictures, thanks for sharing.

S24O tours don't appeal to me personally, but it was interesting to read about this one. It is an area I am not very...
Forum: Touring
07-19-21, 04:58 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,636
Posted By staehpj1

I feel the same way, but if I did decide to start...

I feel the same way, but if I did decide to start out on a new unfamiliar bike. I think if I were the type to have a schedule (I am not), I'd allow some time to get it sorted in case I needed to. I...
Forum: Touring
07-18-21, 04:28 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,636
Posted By staehpj1

True it was the Bike Centennial start in 1976,...

True it was the Bike Centennial start in 1976, but they have listed Florence as an alternate starting point for quite a while. I don't know how long, but I don't think it was a new option when we...
Forum: Touring
07-17-21, 05:20 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,636
Posted By staehpj1

We flew to Portland and rented a car. We drove...

We flew to Portland and rented a car. We drove around and did some non bike sight seeing before we started our tour. We drove to a bit up the coast from Florence so we could ride a little of the...
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