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Forum: Touring
06-26-22, 10:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 222
Posted By Pratt

He may be retired, but Bob Beckman made a line in...

He may be retired, but Bob Beckman made a line in lightweight, high modulus fabric that looked pretty light. they zipped together to make bigger or smaller panniers to fit the tour. Years ago, he...
06-25-22, 03:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 262
Posted By Pratt

I believe the condition describes a sliding of...

I believe the condition describes a sliding of the tendon upon flexion of the joint. It does not, in English, refer to rupture of the tendon.
If I were in the position the original poster, I would...
Forum: Touring
06-24-22, 02:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 589
Posted By Pratt

Yeah, I know. I spoke to him by phone shortly...

Yeah, I know. I spoke to him by phone shortly before his demise. He never really got the recognition and remuneration he deserved, IMHO.
Forum: Touring
06-23-22, 04:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 589
Posted By Pratt

Bruce Gordon racks are nice. They are welded,...

Bruce Gordon racks are nice. They are welded, chrome-molybdenum tubing, light and sturdy. I don't know how easily they would mount on another brand of bike.
Forum: Touring
06-22-22, 02:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 388
Posted By Pratt

Ticks?

Ticks?
Forum: Touring
06-18-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 680
Posted By Pratt

Warm Showers?

Warm Showers?
Forum: Touring
06-18-22, 12:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 767
Posted By Pratt

Whatever is recommended will have one glaring...

Whatever is recommended will have one glaring omission, the recommenders, despite being both knowledgeable, and well intentioned, are not you. What ever bike you choose will have strong points you...
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 04:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 362
Posted By Pratt

"New rain caps" interesting, I have a lot of...

"New rain caps" interesting, I have a lot of trouble getting mine to go back in completely, and flush. I may be taking advantage of their great service myself someday.
Forum: Touring
06-11-22, 04:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 410
Posted By Pratt

Have not biked much in Maine, but that is tour#2...

Have not biked much in Maine, but that is tour#2 this year, a little ride up and back on the coast, after Labor Day. The hope is that the crowds will have thinned out, but the services and...
Forum: Touring
06-10-22, 06:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 410
Posted By Pratt

Although I have never bike toured in Quebec, I...

Although I have never bike toured in Quebec, I plan to change that this summer. It is about 50 miles, or about 90 kilometers, to the Vermont border. The terrain is relatively flat and there are...
06-10-22, 06:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 632
Posted By Pratt

What Sano said. Additionally, you might start...

What Sano said. Additionally, you might start with what ratio will raise you 6" for one full turn of your rear wheel, then look at what combination of front and rear teeth gives you that ratio.
Forum: Touring
06-05-22, 05:57 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,262
Posted By Pratt

I had this same question a couple of years ago...

I had this same question a couple of years ago and asked the builder, Bruce Gordon (RIP) and he was against the idea, firmly against. He claimed a stick will eventually get caught. I have a little...
06-05-22, 05:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 414
Posted By Pratt

If you get a bike with nice skinny tires, you...

If you get a bike with nice skinny tires, you will be pumping them up before each ride anyway, so swapping the wheel set should be no big thing. As a bonus, you will get so good at it you will look...
Forum: Touring
06-05-22, 05:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 677
Posted By Pratt

djb raises a good point, and if the trailer hitch...

djb raises a good point, and if the trailer hitch perishes, the tour may come to a grinding halt. Can said hitch be made to be a universal joint? That way, when the bike falls, well cushioned by...
Forum: Touring
06-03-22, 05:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 677
Posted By Pratt

Clickstand? I think that is what it is called. ...

Clickstand? I think that is what it is called.
I've seen pictures of a longish strut that has the "Y" on the top, it goes under the top tube and then the bike leans on it.
Rubber bands on the...
Forum: Touring
06-02-22, 05:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,049
Posted By Pratt

If you go to CGOAB and put "tour" in the search...

If you go to CGOAB and put "tour" in the search box, it returns 1.3+ million records. If you scroll down, you can get a sense of which ones are most popular. Or just see something that fires your...
06-02-22, 05:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 830
Posted By Pratt

And, judging by your avatar, you know recumbents!

And, judging by your avatar, you know recumbents!
05-31-22, 05:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,124
Posted By Pratt

I like Stef's masking suggestion. What I have...

I like Stef's masking suggestion. What I have done is cover the whole area, after sanding and prep, place the hardware item and run a sharp blade around it. Then remove the tape that was under the...
05-30-22, 03:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,124
Posted By Pratt

With existing holes like those, I would consider...

With existing holes like those, I would consider a couple of screws threaded, lightly into the holes to reinforce a composite stop. There looks to be plenty of surface area to roughen, clean, and...
05-30-22, 03:29 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 935
Posted By Pratt

Does sunny California have a Prop 65 warning at...

Does sunny California have a Prop 65 warning at the border about the carcinogenic danger of sun exposure?
Forum: Touring
05-28-22, 05:05 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,008
Posted By Pratt

I've always buried the 220 minus my age. At one...

I've always buried the 220 minus my age. At one time, I ran across another formula which was more involved, but that one seemed to predict my max more better. Sorry I have no memory of even where I...
Forum: Touring
05-28-22, 04:59 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,308
Posted By Pratt

Among Others

Coons, marmots, mice, et al.
Forum: Touring
05-26-22, 06:06 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,308
Posted By Pratt

I use a NEMO Hornet which is nominally 2 person,...

I use a NEMO Hornet which is nominally 2 person, but they will need to be petite, and very friendly. It is pretty light, sets easily and is gratifyingly waterproof. The extra room is nice for, as...
05-26-22, 06:00 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,124
Posted By Pratt

A sort of hybrid solution might be to use a clamp...

A sort of hybrid solution might be to use a clamp on, but just clamped lightly, just enough to hold it in place until the epoxy resin under it sets, not hard enough to crush, or even distort the...
Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 05:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,008
Posted By Pratt

One of the advantages of getting old is training...

One of the advantages of getting old is training doesn't seem to make much difference, so I skip it. Another advantage is, being retired, I can tour without a schedule. Last year I started in...
05-25-22, 05:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,124
Posted By Pratt

Epoxy should be as strong as the original (should...

Epoxy should be as strong as the original (should have been),
Ditto on avoiding drilling a hole.
If the picture in the OP is the before, I might be tempted to try to reduce the height, and thus the...
05-24-22, 06:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 381
Posted By Pratt

The Atlantic.

The Atlantic.
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 06:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 950
Posted By Pratt

I have a Sea to Summit inflatable. It takes me...

I have a Sea to Summit inflatable. It takes me about 7 full breaths to inflate. It packs up into its own stuff sack and is about as big as a 12 oz beer can. I have been happy with its performance.
05-23-22, 06:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,207
Posted By Pratt

I have a very nice little kit from Mineral. It...

I have a very nice little kit from Mineral. It looks a lot like TCS' home made one, but the handle is not ratcheted, and is magnetic. I think it is out of production which is a pity.
It does have...
05-23-22, 05:27 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,162
Posted By Pratt

Several times, I have been on the brink of going...

Several times, I have been on the brink of going for a ride, but the conditions looked too hot/cold/rainy/threatening rain/etc. and I stayed home.
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 06:20 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,612
Posted By Pratt

She was probably wearing pasties.

She was probably wearing pasties.
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 05:50 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,612
Posted By Pratt

Empanadas?

Empanadas?
Forum: Touring
05-13-22, 01:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,049
Posted By Pratt

The GAP and the C&O are both well documented and...

The GAP and the C&O are both well documented and well served with bicycle friendly lodging, bike shops, shuttle services, etc.
On a related note, I would like to find maps that showed the Canada...
Forum: Touring
05-06-22, 04:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 687
Posted By Pratt

I use a cheap plastic bag. I start with one and...

I use a cheap plastic bag. I start with one and save the ones I get buying groceries and snacks at convenience stores. On the C&O, I put items in the panniers in separate bags, just to be safe. I...
Forum: Touring
05-06-22, 04:19 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,190
Posted By Pratt

My packing system is more by accessibility and...

My packing system is more by accessibility and when I'll use stuff. If I think I'll need it on the road, it goes on the left, quick access in front, and slower in the rear. Tent and Sbag are on the...
Forum: Touring
05-05-22, 03:00 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,426
Posted By Pratt

If it is reliably dry, cowboy camping would solve...

If it is reliably dry, cowboy camping would solve your problem. Here in the NE, it rains about 30% of the time, and has bugs 100% of the time in the warm months, so a tent is pretty much a given.
Forum: Touring
05-05-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,190
Posted By Pratt

Is that 60:40 for the load, or 60:40 for the load...

Is that 60:40 for the load, or 60:40 for the load and rider?
Since the rider's weight is mostly on the rear, it would seem that almost the whole load would have to be on the front.
05-04-22, 03:44 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,836
Posted By Pratt

Amen

A Physical Therapist once told me "Pain, no brain."
05-02-22, 06:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 594
Posted By Pratt

Agree! Not a small win, KOM!

Agree!
Not a small win, KOM!
Forum: Touring
05-01-22, 01:47 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,402
Posted By Pratt

Good points, djb and axolotl, I have been...

Good points, djb and axolotl, I have been similarly surprised by riverside roads. Not infrequently, what appears on a map to be a nice meander along a river turns into an epic. The net gain or loss...
Forum: Touring
05-01-22, 09:25 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,402
Posted By Pratt

It looks like no map of Corsica will really help...

It looks like no map of Corsica will really help with avoiding hills. Overall, it seems more mountainous in the interior and flatter around the edges. If you are planning a coastal ride, any detour...
04-29-22, 03:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 637
Posted By Pratt

Failing eyesight works for me, and low personal...

Failing eyesight works for me, and low personal standards.
Forum: Touring
04-25-22, 06:12 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,402
Posted By Pratt

The military have a saying that no plan survives...

The military have a saying that no plan survives its first contact with the enemy. I have a policy that 'bicycle' and 'schedule' should never be used in the same sentence, probably not even in the...
Forum: Touring
04-23-22, 09:17 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,321
Posted By Pratt

Lots of excellent advice, from well meaning and...

Lots of excellent advice, from well meaning and extremely knowledgeable people. What they all lack however is, they are not you. My view is that any bike is fine for a first tour. The less...
Forum: Touring
04-23-22, 09:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 972
Posted By Pratt

A few comments: During the quarantine the...

A few comments:
During the quarantine the number of drivers decreased substantially, but the incidence of accidents increased.
The second graph would probably not look as impressive or as...
04-20-22, 04:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,674
Posted By Pratt

Wonder what percentage of the time recreational...

Wonder what percentage of the time recreational cyclists coast?
Forum: Touring
04-18-22, 03:58 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,248
Posted By Pratt

MSN, White Ibis would be a nice name for a wine...

MSN, White Ibis would be a nice name for a wine brand.
TCS, the regional cuisine argument is a strong one.
I am planning to go to Montreal and La Route des Bleuets this July. I am looking forward...
04-17-22, 02:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 556
Posted By Pratt

May not be waterproof, but prolly wouldn't work...

May not be waterproof, but prolly wouldn't work well in the rain any way, or at night, for that matter.
04-16-22, 05:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 556
Posted By Pratt

I have an Anker Power Port rated at 21 watts that...

I have an Anker Power Port rated at 21 watts that seems to work fine. It has three 5"x10" panels and the whole thing is 25'X11". It seems pretty robust. I have used it to charge my phone, and to...
Forum: Touring
04-16-22, 05:04 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,248
Posted By Pratt

LOL, my P-38 has a much larger than necessary...

LOL, my P-38 has a much larger than necessary piece of paranoid on it for just that reason.
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