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Forum: Touring
02-26-24, 11:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 509
Posted By gauvins

Over time I've whittled down weight and volume...

Over time I've whittled down weight and volume quite a bit. I plan to ride 2+ months this summer with a base volume of 21L; base weight in the neighbourhood of 10Kg. I use 2 x 5.5L Ortlieb fork...
Forum: Touring
02-23-24, 11:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 788
Posted By gauvins

Cycle.travel has become my go-to app to plan...

Cycle.travel has become my go-to app to plan routes. It'll provide suggestions up to Istanbul...
Forum: Touring
02-19-24, 10:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 722
Posted By gauvins

Clever way to pack a bike

This video showed up in my feed. It shows how to pack a bike for travel aboard high speed trains (TGV) but looks like a viable solution for air travel as well, (The video is in French, but is self...
Forum: Touring
01-24-24, 06:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 331
Posted By gauvins

str thanks for your comments. As I said, these...

str thanks for your comments. As I said, these routes are just early drafts, obtained from cycle.travel by typing endpoints. Before tweaking, I must make up my mind on whether to fly to Paris vs...
Forum: Touring
01-11-24, 05:05 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,389
Posted By gauvins

1. cycle.travel...

1. cycle.travel (https://cycle.travel/map/journey/521097) (the link is for what seems to be your intended route) is perhaps the most useful resource to plan for such a trip.
2. Total distance...
12-15-23, 11:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 565
Posted By gauvins

Thanks for the pointer. Will try, but probably...

Thanks for the pointer. Will try, but probably not what I am looking for (wind speed/direction changes over terrain).
Forum: Touring
12-04-23, 09:24 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,202
Posted By gauvins

Range, when considering 1x vs 3x, is no longer an...

Range, when considering 1x vs 3x, is no longer an issue with the more recent, extremely expensive, 10-52 cassettes (i.e. 520% range).

Steps is something else, however. Shifting down from 12 teeth...
Forum: Touring
11-04-23, 08:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,134
Posted By gauvins

Contact via email. Works well

Contact via email. Works well
Forum: Touring
10-30-23, 08:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 604
Posted By gauvins

WRT wind, I don't remember it having been an...

WRT wind, I don't remember it having been an issue, ever. Wind can be bad along the Atlantic seaboard and sometimes on the Rhône, south of Lyon (Mistral is a near-gale-force northerly) but usually...
Forum: Touring
10-23-23, 08:15 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,609
Posted By gauvins

Thanks for your input. I'll look into this. The...

Thanks for your input. I'll look into this. The route I posted is essentially eurovelo 8. I am a bit surprised at the negative reaction, but haven't done my homework yet. I am also a bit concerned...
Forum: Touring
10-22-23, 01:59 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,609
Posted By gauvins

Funny you should mention this, as we are (were?...

Funny you should mention this, as we are (were? :)) considering doing this. Starting in Lisbon, where we (Wife, 13 yo daughter and I ) will be in June, and riding to Barcelona where we'd take a plane...
Forum: Touring
09-13-23, 07:54 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,618
Posted By gauvins

1. Two summers in a row I've damaged the...

1. Two summers in a row I've damaged the charger's connectors during air transit. Wide tires pulling cable; crunched usb connector when putting handlebars back on the stem. Both user (me) errors....
Forum: Touring
09-10-23, 09:33 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,924
Posted By gauvins

Turn down the flame up to reaching the boiling...

Turn down the flame up to reaching the boiling point. perhaps simmer a few minutes (often unnecessary) and let sit for 30 mins in a pot cozy (e.g. a sheet of Rova -- aerogel, available thru Amazon) ....
Forum: Touring
09-04-23, 07:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,355
Posted By gauvins

Soaked after a night-long rain followed by a...

Soaked after a night-long rain followed by a day-long ride. Once is enough to alter the shape, 3-four times and the saddle gets uncomfortable. WRT Selle Anatomica (by far the most comfortable saddle...
Forum: Touring
09-03-23, 08:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,355
Posted By gauvins

I've switched to Cambium C17 this summer, after...

I've switched to Cambium C17 this summer, after going through my third leather saddle in four years..

The Cambium may not be as comfortable as worn leather, but I could ride 100kms (60 miles)...
Forum: Touring
07-08-23, 08:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,055
Posted By gauvins

Brainstorm: Pump > stakes hammer

I have the one up components EDC pump. Unlike many/most pumps where the piston is a rod connected to a washer+gasket, the EDC is an empty cylinder 27mm ID that can be used for storage (ex:...
Forum: Touring
06-23-23, 04:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 840
Posted By gauvins

What worked

[just completed a Dover Orkney Dover trip in the UK. Very pleasant]

A few observations below:

Energy
. Solar panel (Lixada 7w held in place on top of the lid of my handlebar bag with paracord...
Forum: Touring
05-02-23, 05:43 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 9,299
Posted By gauvins

Mountain Laurel Design...

Mountain Laurel Design (https://mountainlaureldesigns.com/bikepacking/) makes UL bikepacking/touring bags.
Forum: Touring
04-29-23, 03:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 377
Posted By gauvins

Heinz Stücke - a bike is like a passport

Documentary available on Netflix (The Man Who Wanted to See It All). Stücke travelled non-stop for more than 50 years. The documentary is more a reflection on a way of life rather than the narrative...
Forum: Touring
03-27-23, 05:58 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,115
Posted By gauvins

We have 2 Zpacks Duplex. Probably 200 nights...

We have 2 Zpacks Duplex. Probably 200 nights each. Still going strong (a couple of patches here and there. One tent will need dyneema patches to reinforce corners). IIRC, Zpacks claims that they'll...
Forum: Touring
03-23-23, 04:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,316
Posted By gauvins

We've done that frequently. Wife, kids and I...

We've done that frequently. Wife, kids and I pedal out/in the airport, which rules out boxes.

1. Our padded flight bags roll to the size of a large sleeping bag. Easy to carry on the rear rack...
Forum: Touring
03-20-23, 03:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 412
Posted By gauvins

History focused travel guide

Most travel guides focus on sights and facilities (ex: Fodor, Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Let's Go, etc), with perhaps a very short historical account. As I plan to ride the length of the UK this...
Forum: Touring
03-13-23, 02:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 577
Posted By gauvins

That's life great tragedy -- so much to do, so...

That's life great tragedy -- so much to do, so little time. I'd really like to be able to push north to the Shetland Islands. If I were drawn to spend time exploring quaint villages, I could catch a...
Forum: Touring
03-10-23, 11:30 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,520
Posted By gauvins

I would argue that as things stand today, there...

I would argue that as things stand today, there isn't enough traffic on this sub to justify further distinctions. Moreover, as should be clear from the comments in this thread, there's no clear...
Forum: Touring
03-06-23, 08:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,813
Posted By gauvins

Short answer -- this shouldn't be a problem. ...

Short answer -- this shouldn't be a problem.

Available space depends on the model. Desired space depends on your size :). We have a Zpacks Duplex. My wife and I + "some luggage" (i.e. a change of...
Forum: Touring
02-01-23, 09:31 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,497
Posted By gauvins

afrowheels well, posts like this one...

afrowheels well, posts like this one (https://www.bikeforums.net/22785689-post9.html) won't earn many brownie points. Future posts may well be ignored by members of this community who wouldn't want...
Forum: Touring
01-04-23, 04:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,724
Posted By gauvins

For some reason, the link isn't working properly....

For some reason, the link isn't working properly. This should work https://www.youtube.com/user/universewithmecom
Forum: Touring
01-02-23, 11:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 388
Posted By gauvins

Happy new gear!

[sorry. couldn't resist]

My 2023 resolution is to revise my packing system. A couple of times I regretted not having a backpack to hike side trips. Santa was kind enough to find that I am a...
Forum: Touring
12-09-22, 10:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 949
Posted By gauvins

1. We have two DCF (Zpacks Duplex) and one...

1. We have two DCF (Zpacks Duplex) and one silnylon (Big Agnes Tiger Wall) tents. DCF is more waterproof than silnylon (perhaps by a factor of 10). Yet, under heavy downpour, a DCF tent can be...
Forum: Touring
12-06-22, 06:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,318
Posted By gauvins

I'll probably carry a standard cassette tool...

I'll probably carry a standard cassette tool driven with a Wera mini zyklop. The Wera ratchet is tiny, yet rated at 60NM (vs 40 for cassettes). Would be fun if the cassette adapter could fit...
Forum: Touring
11-07-22, 02:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,694
Posted By gauvins

I believe that the easiest way is to open a FB...

I believe that the easiest way is to open a FB account, create a private group to which family/friends can join, and post your material there.

There are several alternatives, but FB is probably...
Forum: Touring
10-12-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 545
Posted By gauvins

Thanks for the link. Right, but a couple of...

Thanks for the link.

Right, but a couple of observations. (1) the quality of the electronics has a non trivial impact. I've recently purchased a lipstick bank rated at 5 000 mAh, from which I...
Forum: Touring
10-12-22, 07:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 545
Posted By gauvins

:) This one...

:)

This one (https://www.amazon.com/FlexEnergy-High-Performance-Monocrystalline-Waterproof-Suitable/dp/B09JFYPDNC). Untested on tour but it fits perfectly on top of my handlebar bag and yielded...
Forum: Touring
09-15-22, 12:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,079
Posted By gauvins

I've travelled with my bike on French trains...

I've travelled with my bike on French trains quite a few times. To the best of my knowledge:

1. There are TGVs with specific places for bikes. When you book on their app (ouigo), you check a box...
Forum: Touring
09-14-22, 09:19 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 5,259
Posted By gauvins

Yes, not much fun although I assume that you've...

Yes, not much fun although I assume that you've been able to eat from convenience stores -- which is what we tended to do in Japan



My current thinking is to rely on a canister stove while...
Forum: Touring
08-27-22, 09:35 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,835
Posted By gauvins

[Update] The situation in Russia, Western...

[Update]

The situation in Russia, Western China and Pakistan is such that Karakoram/Pamir highways have limited appeal for the time being (and foreseeable future).

Umling La, though, has...
Forum: Touring
07-10-22, 08:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 901
Posted By gauvins

Was able to ride Avalanche>Logan pass yesterday....

Was able to ride Avalanche>Logan pass yesterday. Great experience.

WRT biker/hiker sites, you can pay with cc.
Forum: Touring
06-28-22, 08:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,297
Posted By gauvins

Clothing: Long sleeve Ts + lightweight gloves +...

Clothing: Long sleeve Ts + lightweight gloves + beanie + running tights + socks. Feels cooler and is more protective than sunscreen.

I always wear LSTs+gloves. Merino beanie or neck gaiter worn on...
Forum: Touring
06-28-22, 11:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,799
Posted By gauvins

There's no single best. You can get hard data on...

There's no single best. You can get hard data on rolling and puncture resistance from this site (https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/tour-reviews). The best tire for your circumstances will...
Forum: Touring
06-07-22, 10:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,084
Posted By gauvins

1. Breadcrumb nav: several considerations. (a)...

1. Breadcrumb nav: several considerations.
(a) TBT can be annoying. You get the warning (not always, depending on settings) which partially obscures the screen -- I no longer use it;
(b) some...
Forum: Touring
06-04-22, 10:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,084
Posted By gauvins

Garmin offers many models. I've settled on the...

Garmin offers many models. I've settled on the Enduro for its battery life (https://www.garmin.com/en-CA/p/702797#specs) (70-200 hours with GPS) as I don't care for music or maps. I use it as an...
Forum: Touring
05-27-22, 06:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 679
Posted By gauvins

For the return trip I'd probably use a renko bag....

For the return trip I'd probably use a renko bag. We've never boxed our bikes. Typically packed in a padded travel bag. Often in transparent plastic (supplied by the airline) or renko.

We always...
Forum: Touring
04-27-22, 02:30 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,043
Posted By gauvins

Or even more to the point: 3 screen captures from...

Or even more to the point: 3 screen captures from bRouter using different themes. Notice at the far right the display options (more are available). Notice also that the route is colored in deep red...
Forum: Touring
04-22-22, 08:42 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,461
Posted By gauvins

Gillette brand is owned by P&G. My understanding...

Gillette brand is owned by P&G. My understanding is that most Gillette razor blades (Astra, Nacet, Gillette Blue, etc.) are currently made in St. Petersburg (RU). BIC (French brand, manufactured in...
Forum: Touring
04-22-22, 08:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,657
Posted By gauvins

Bike touring road safety

I am trying to assess safety risks while touring, and will probably add factoids to this thread as I retrieve useful tidbits. This is motivated by the fact that we'll have to decide between two...
Forum: Touring
04-05-22, 07:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,935
Posted By gauvins

I have SQlab handlebars + inner bar ends and...

I have SQlab handlebars + inner bar ends and Ergon grips. Very very happy. Feels like riding on the hoods (when hands rest on the inner bar ends) vs typical feel of a MTB when resting on the grips....
Forum: Touring
03-30-22, 12:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 450
Posted By gauvins

Sandals. I do not carry shoes. I ride, hike, even...

Sandals. I do not carry shoes. I ride, hike, even got to 3-star Michelin restaurants, in Tevas
Forum: Touring
03-16-22, 07:37 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,609
Posted By gauvins

Same here. Coffee+oatmeal for breakfast,...

Same here. Coffee+oatmeal for breakfast, ramen+tea for dinner and substantial lunch under way.

Esbit stove is 11g. Fuel is 14g or less for a meal
Forum: Touring
03-07-22, 04:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,817
Posted By gauvins

Zpacks Duplex shelter + sleeping bag + thermarest...

Zpacks Duplex shelter + sleeping bag + thermarest neoair => 49.3 oz. (vs 120) As a side benefit, your wallet becomes ultralight ([EDIT] $1287)
Forum: Touring
02-17-22, 02:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,260
Posted By gauvins

Not sure I understand your question. FWIW, I have...

Not sure I understand your question. FWIW, I have a quadlock mount and a matching case for S10. The mount is roughly 1 inch tall. The case adds probably something like 1/8". The universal (glued)...
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