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Forum: Touring
07-01-21, 09:45 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,657
Posted By alan s

The GAP is also a mess when wet. It’s part of...

The GAP is also a mess when wet. It’s part of the charm. If you want paved paths, there are plenty of good ones elsewhere.
Forum: Touring
06-12-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,204
Posted By alan s

Hereís my setup for longer tours. Weight...

Hereís my setup for longer tours. Weight distributed evenly. Great stability climbing out of the saddle and downhill at 50 mph.

...
Forum: Touring
05-10-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,343
Posted By alan s

You’re better off bringing water with you. The...

You’re better off bringing water with you. The pump handles are in on the C&O, but the water is treated with iodine and tastes bad. Plenty of places along the way to refill bottles. If riding in...
Forum: Touring
03-01-21, 11:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 556
Posted By alan s

Florida Keys tour

Managed to get in a tour this winter in the Keys last week. Rode from Key West to Miami and drove back in a rental car. Beautiful weather except for the one shower that hit right as I was packing up...
Forum: Touring
02-16-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,747
Posted By alan s

I feel sorry for your support driver. Can’t...

I feel sorry for your support driver. Can’t imagine how boring and frustrating it would be driving across the country at that speed. Most support drivers go ahead and set up hotel rooms and are on...
Forum: Touring
12-03-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,035
Posted By alan s

While I greatly prefer cooking off the road, if...

While I greatly prefer cooking off the road, if you insist, make sure the traffic is light and keep a sharp lookout for oncoming vehicles.
Forum: Touring
11-16-20, 01:20 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,209
Posted By alan s

Supported bike touring is for wussies who can’t...

Supported bike touring is for wussies who can’t carry their own stuff. Real men, women and children carry their own stuff.
Forum: Commuting
09-24-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 10,735
Posted By alan s

This is what retired aging bike racers have to...

This is what retired aging bike racers have to look forward to riding in their final years. Kind of depressing.
Forum: Touring
09-02-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,924
Posted By alan s

I usually ride 75 miles a day on average on...

I usually ride 75 miles a day on average on unpaved surfaces. A bit more is no problem if relatively flat or paved. A bit less if lots of climbing. Leaves plenty of time for stops along the way.
Forum: Touring
08-30-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,511
Posted By alan s

It’s simple. Bike tourers smoke pipes. ...

It’s simple. Bike tourers smoke pipes. Bikepackers smoke blunts.
Forum: Touring
08-12-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,095
Posted By alan s

Monterey aquarium if itís open. Unfortunately...

Monterey aquarium if itís open. Unfortunately the aquarium and most museums will likely be closed. Fortunately most of the must see spots are part of nature.
Forum: Commuting
08-05-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 33,499
Posted By alan s

I would choose “other” or “none of the above” if...

I would choose “other” or “none of the above” if given the option. As it is, I cannot participate in your poll.
Forum: Commuting
07-28-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,040
Posted By alan s

Get a touring bike designed to carry heavy loads....

Get a touring bike designed to carry heavy loads. If someday you decide to take up bike touring, you’ll already have a suitable bike.
Forum: Touring
07-23-20, 09:46 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,985
Posted By alan s

It was probably a harmless snake, but I sure...

It was probably a harmless snake, but I sure would not want to be bitten by any snake. I’ve had little garter snakes on the towpath trying to strike at me.
Forum: Touring
07-05-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,985
Posted By alan s

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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The other end of the Paw Paw tunnel is boarded up...
Forum: Touring
06-23-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,061
Posted By alan s

Crap components. Get the frame and build it...

Crap components. Get the frame and build it yourself.
Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,524
Posted By alan s

Whatever you do, make sure the pannier cannot get...

Whatever you do, make sure the pannier cannot get caught in the wheel. That will end your ride in a hurry.
Forum: Touring
06-08-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 21,974
Posted By alan s

If you meet someone out touring, an inexpensive...

If you meet someone out touring, an inexpensive tent will be a huge turn off. She’ll think you are a cheap bastard.
Forum: Commuting
06-02-20, 08:49 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,955
Posted By alan s

Recently Saw Myself Hunched On the Floor...

Recently Saw Myself Hunched On the Floor Laughing. It’s when you are beyond ROFL.
Forum: Touring
05-22-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,413
Posted By alan s

I use a two-person tent. The extra room is great...

I use a two-person tent. The extra room is great for bags.
Forum: Touring
05-22-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,709
Posted By alan s

Start with this:...

Start with this: https://www.biking-france.com/destination/france-cycling/loire-valley/

If your relationship survives, take on a more ambitious tour.
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,709
Posted By alan s

I would be hesitant to go this route.

I would be hesitant to go this route.
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,709
Posted By alan s

If you are in better shape, carry all the gear...

If you are in better shape, carry all the gear and let her ride an unloaded bike. That should even things out until she is able and willing to carry more of the load.
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,027
Posted By alan s

Aside from wind direction, a good reason to ride...

Aside from wind direction, a good reason to ride south is the ocean is on your right, so you have a better view. Also, the shoulder is usually better on the ocean side in California.
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 10:01 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,027
Posted By alan s

I rode San Francisco to SLO a couple years ago...

I rode San Francisco to SLO a couple years ago and Astoria to Florence, OR last year. Those are really nice segments. Eventually I plan to ride more of the coast, maybe Florence to SFO. A guy I...
Forum: Touring
04-20-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,031
Posted By alan s

The only thing worse than coming home to a...

The only thing worse than coming home to a nagging wife is having her right behind you the whole time.
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 12:52 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,154
Posted By alan s

Singlespeed is great until you need to shift...

Singlespeed is great until you need to shift gears. Pedaling into a 20 mph headwind is like riding uphill. Pedaling with a 20 mph tailwind is like riding downhill. So the terrain may be flat, but...
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 11:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,453
Posted By alan s

I saw a video of someone a long time ago that...

I saw a video of someone a long time ago that made a camper out of coroplast and zipties. Probably wasn’t too heavy or expensive. Still, you are never going to get around the weight and windage...
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,453
Posted By alan s

Can I suggest getting a small RV and doing day...

Can I suggest getting a small RV and doing day rides instead? You and your dog will be much more comfortable and happy.
Forum: Commuting
04-16-20, 01:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,079
Posted By alan s

I’ve never found the bike itself to be a good...

I’ve never found the bike itself to be a good investment. Over its life, you will spend more than its initial cost in maintenance and repairs. And in the end it will be worth almost nothing. ...
Forum: Touring
04-14-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,031
Posted By alan s

Bike touring is not for everyone. If she is...

Bike touring is not for everyone. If she is selfish, you need to match it with the same level of selfishness. If it doesn’t work out, then at least you got in some bike touring. Maybe you’ll meet...
Forum: Touring
04-13-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 786
Posted By alan s

Next up, backpacking vs trekking.

Next up, backpacking vs trekking.
Forum: Touring
04-07-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 812
Posted By alan s

I rode along the Katy Trail in Missouri. There...

I rode along the Katy Trail in Missouri. There is an occasional sign about their journey. If you think bike touring is slow, try traveling upstream like Lewis and Clark did.
Forum: Commuting
04-07-20, 07:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,059
Posted By alan s

At least your your son wasn’t killed and your...

At least your your son wasn’t killed and your marriage didn’t crumble.

https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0094606/
Forum: Commuting
04-03-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 12,281
Posted By alan s

I don’t repair tires. Too many bad things can...

I don’t repair tires. Too many bad things can happen, the least bad of which is you are stranded without a way to fix. Temporary repairs to get you to your destination are fine, but they are...
03-30-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 666
Posted By alan s

One dog park I usually go to was locked. Doesn’t...

One dog park I usually go to was locked. Doesn’t make sense, because dogs require exercise, they don’t get coronavirus, and you can stay away from other people. Fortunately the other one I go to...
Forum: Commuting
03-14-20, 06:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,754
Posted By alan s

That’s a tough one. I’ve lost stuff, and it...

That’s a tough one. I’ve lost stuff, and it sucks. I always wonder what kind of lowlife finds it and doesn’t have the heart to return it. I’ve also found plenty of stuff, and always return it if...
Forum: Commuting
02-20-20, 12:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,315
Posted By alan s

Power plant: legs Wheels: 2

Power plant: legs
Wheels: 2
Forum: Commuting
02-14-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,145
Posted By alan s

Move to Florida

Move to Florida
Forum: Touring
02-09-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,329
Posted By alan s

Try it with what you have. If it sucks, turn...

Try it with what you have. If it sucks, turn around, make adjustments and try at a later date.
Forum: Touring
02-04-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,230
Posted By alan s

I have a fat bike with 5” tires for local...

I have a fat bike with 5” tires for local singletrack riding, where I’m basically going nowhere. It’s more fun to ride than a roller coaster and very comfortable over gnarly terrain. Can’t imagine...
Forum: Touring
02-03-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,935
Posted By alan s

The Oregon Coast is hilly and you are riding next...

The Oregon Coast is hilly and you are riding next to highway traffic a good part of the way.

...
Forum: Touring
02-02-20, 12:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,110
Posted By alan s

Knobby tires will only slow you down on both the...

Knobby tires will only slow you down on both the GAP and C&O. Worse yet, they would pick up a lot of mud on the towpath if wet. I ride the towpath every day with Big Apples or Marathon Supremes as...
Forum: Touring
01-29-20, 12:01 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,935
Posted By alan s

You could also get off the Capitol Limited train...

You could also get off the Capitol Limited train before Chicago if you plan to head north into Michigan. Maybe South Bend, IN, where you could meet their former mayor perhaps.
...
Forum: Touring
01-28-20, 11:11 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,935
Posted By alan s

You could start in Washington, DC, ride 335 miles...

You could start in Washington, DC, ride 335 miles off-road to Pittsburgh on the C&O/GAP trails, catch the train to Chicago, and ride around the Great Lakes in Wisconsin/Michigan, then return on the...
Forum: Touring
01-27-20, 10:34 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 15,593
Posted By alan s

This would work for me. ...

This would work for me.

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Forum: Commuting
01-23-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 940
Posted By alan s

Sounds like you are going through a lot. ...

Sounds like you are going through a lot. Hopefully you will be back on your bike soon.
Forum: Touring
01-21-20, 12:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,142
Posted By alan s

https://kickasstrips.com/2013/05/three-men-on-a-bi...

https://kickasstrips.com/2013/05/three-men-on-a-bike-cycling-across-africa-on-a-3-seat-bike-called-trandem/

What did I win?
Forum: Touring
01-04-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,715
Posted By alan s

C&O and GAP between DC and Pittsburgh is 335...

C&O and GAP between DC and Pittsburgh is 335 miles off-road and fairly flat, unless you consider the RR grade of the GAP and locks on the C&O climbing/descending.
Forum: Commuting
01-02-20, 01:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 940
Posted By alan s

Assess yourself for 2020!

How are things looking for the year ahead? What did you learn last year that you can apply for this year? I found that slowing down a bit and varying the route makes for an enjoyable commute.
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