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Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 03:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 274
Posted By staehpj1

Great to hear from others especially some who...

Great to hear from others especially some who like Doug64 have a few years on me and are still touring.

I just remembered a guy I met when I was riding the TA. He said he wished he could do what I...
Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 10:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 274
Posted By staehpj1

Probably all good advice. My tours tend to...

Probably all good advice.

My tours tend to center around the riding. I do keep the plans flexible. Being retired makes it easier, but I never had fixed schedules or fixed end dates for my tours...
Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 05:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 274
Posted By staehpj1

Aging Tourists

I know quite a few of us are no longer "spring chickens". I am interested in how aging has affected other's touring.

I am about to turn 71 and am blessed with pretty good general overall health....
Forum: Touring
05-24-22, 10:32 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 644
Posted By staehpj1

I have not noticed much sway if any either on...

I have not noticed much sway if any either on racks on my bikes or the bikes I was riding with. I am sure there are lots of variables.... Load, location of load on the rack, specific rack design,...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 04:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 462
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, just be careful not to over do and pop it. ...

Yeah, just be careful not to over do and pop it. I have had good luck kneeling on other inflatable stuff including self inflating pads in the tub to find slow leaks.
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 03:53 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 644
Posted By staehpj1

I haven't broken any of my "cheap" racks. Some...

I haven't broken any of my "cheap" racks. Some certainly have well over 10k miles, but I don't keep track. I have run a variety of racks because they have been on a variety of bikes and carried a...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 02:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 462
Posted By staehpj1

Did you get in the tub and kneel on it? That...

Did you get in the tub and kneel on it? That ought to do the trick for most slow leaks..
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 02:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 462
Posted By staehpj1

That sounds like a great way to add some extra...

That sounds like a great way to add some extra warmth to a pad for cold weather. I think I recall that a piece to fit under my neoair (72x20) was about 8 ounces and obviously a 3/4 length piece...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 02:12 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 644
Posted By staehpj1

That illustrates my point pretty well. I don't...

That illustrates my point pretty well. I don't get why anyone would lose sleep over that as long term wear.
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 09:15 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 644
Posted By staehpj1

I am happy with fairly inexpensive aluminum...

I am happy with fairly inexpensive aluminum models, but steel is fine. Steel bike frames look fine, How many nice $$$ lugged steel frames have you seen that were unsightly rust buckets? I personally...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 07:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 462
Posted By staehpj1

FWIW, by now I have many nights on both the older...

FWIW, by now I have many nights on both the older self inflating models and on the Neoair. Certainly plenty to make some conclusions about reliability. Any way. I have had better luck with the neoair...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 05:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 159
Posted By staehpj1

That mention of clearance for a wobble due to...

That mention of clearance for a wobble due to spoke damage brings up an issue that should be considered in addition to any official recommendation and may vary with the rider and the usage. If you...
Forum: Touring
05-21-22, 04:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 412
Posted By staehpj1

It looked like Rosswheel was selling knock off...

It looked like Rosswheel was selling knock off type stuff for dirt cheap not all that long ago. It seemed too cheap to be any good, but when I ordered a seat pack it was actually real nice IMO. ...
Forum: Touring
05-16-22, 06:49 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,833
Posted By staehpj1

Very good points. I'll add that on a long tour by...

Very good points. I'll add that on a long tour by the time you are 10 days to 2 weeks in (and from then of for the weeks and months of a tour), at least if doing much daily mileage you are likely...
Forum: Touring
05-16-22, 04:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 747
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks.

Thanks.
Forum: Touring
05-15-22, 02:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 747
Posted By staehpj1

To be sure the handlebar post is a major part of...

To be sure the handlebar post is a major part of the problem with the bike. The flex is bad and the bars are higher than I like even when lowered all the way and farther back. I'd prefer drop bars,...
Forum: Touring
05-15-22, 05:10 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,833
Posted By staehpj1

I'd add a caveat to the distinction between those...

I'd add a caveat to the distinction between those numbers for hoods and drops. You can typically be just as low on the hoods as on the drops of you bend your elbows and have your forearms parallel...
Forum: Touring
05-14-22, 03:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 747
Posted By staehpj1

Sounds interesting. I have not been happy with...

Sounds interesting. I have not been happy with the folders I have ridden. Most have been impossible to get the position I wanted and all had real flexy masts. My dahon helios is okay for very casual...
Forum: Touring
05-14-22, 07:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 747
Posted By staehpj1

A bit off topic for the thread, but what bike is...

A bit off topic for the thread, but what bike is that in your picture? Have you toured on a mini velo?
Forum: Touring
05-14-22, 04:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 747
Posted By staehpj1

All of this sounds great to get a map on the...

All of this sounds great to get a map on the screen. Not sure how workable it would be for a trip with dozens of paper map pages. It seems like that might be unworkable or at least tedious. Am I...
Forum: Touring
05-12-22, 08:37 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 735
Posted By staehpj1

True. I hadn't considered that. I do have some...

True. I hadn't considered that. I do have some interest in motorcycles, but not so much in recent years. Still, I have done some recent searching for possible long trips on a dual purpose on/off road...
Forum: Touring
05-12-22, 07:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 735
Posted By staehpj1

For sure. That said, google searches can be at...

For sure. That said, google searches can be at least a vague indication of level of interest in a topic.
Forum: Touring
05-12-22, 05:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 735
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, folks try to get their for sale ads to hit...

Yeah, folks try to get their for sale ads to hit all kinds of topics whether appropriate or not. That is true of just about any category on craigslist.

That said, I doubt if there is that much...
Forum: Touring
05-10-22, 04:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,601
Posted By staehpj1

I am sure everyone was waiting with baited breath...

I am sure everyone was waiting with baited breath since 2008 for an answer to this pressing question.

Why do folks feel the need to revive these really old threads?
Forum: Touring
05-09-22, 05:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 735
Posted By staehpj1

I hesitate to say this for fear of veering into...

I hesitate to say this for fear of veering into the political arena, but the 2016 election changed the US in a lot of ways. For example here in Florida (panhandle) I noticed an immediate downtick in...
Forum: Touring
05-07-22, 09:08 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,180
Posted By staehpj1

Yep there are lots of options for poles. Also...

Yep there are lots of options for poles. Also good point on the natural terrain (or other structure). I have always found something to pitch the tarp. If all else fails the bike will suffice.for a...
Forum: Touring
05-07-22, 08:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,030
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah a bit of bulging of the load wouldn't bother...

Yeah a bit of bulging of the load wouldn't bother me either. That said IME, most stuff I have carried packs pretty easily, compactly, and neatly. One exception could be a large sleeping bag that...
Forum: Touring
05-07-22, 07:41 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,030
Posted By staehpj1

It is indeed a handsome setup. I can see why...

It is indeed a handsome setup. I can see why folks would be attracted to it. Your pictures and comments on the Giles Berthoud panniers made me curious about what they weigh. It took a little...
Forum: Touring
05-06-22, 05:45 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,556
Posted By staehpj1

I find it interesting that newcomers read the...

I find it interesting that newcomers read the forums and get the idea that certain things are a given. I always wondered at it when a newcomer's first decisions seemed to be "of course I'll be...
Forum: Touring
05-06-22, 05:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,030
Posted By staehpj1

The 60:40 number is for the load in references I...

The 60:40 number is for the load in references I have seen, but it is a pretty arbitrary thing based on certain assumptions that may or may not apply. I think of it as one of those rules of thumb...
Forum: Touring
05-06-22, 04:40 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,556
Posted By staehpj1

Perhaps elsewhere there is more variety. I can't...

Perhaps elsewhere there is more variety. I can't recall the last time I saw a leather saddle other than a brooks in the wild here in the US. It has definitely been quite a few decades. I don't see...
Forum: Touring
05-06-22, 04:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,180
Posted By staehpj1

When I read where you are I was thinking dry, but...

When I read where you are I was thinking dry, but read on to see you are having wet weather. So you need some cover. Still since you say elsewhere that bugs aren't a problem a tarp should work. I...
Forum: Touring
05-05-22, 03:19 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,180
Posted By staehpj1

Add a bit of netting over your face for buggy...

Add a bit of netting over your face for buggy nights and you are good to go.

I use a tarp and a hoop-less bivy or bug bivy depending on the trip, but often cowboy camp. I can slide into the bivy...
Forum: Touring
05-05-22, 03:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 747
Posted By staehpj1

After living with the disabled screensaver on the...

After living with the disabled screensaver on the kindle 3 around home for a while I have found the battery life disappointing. I used it for an hour per day and hard shut it down between uses. I...
Forum: Touring
05-05-22, 08:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 297
Posted By staehpj1

Well yeah, but Onza says that is what you are...

Well yeah, but Onza says that is what you are supposed to do, so adding water is arguably "letting the sealant work as designed". I am not saying I completely buy it, but that seems to be their...
Forum: Touring
05-05-22, 06:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 334
Posted By staehpj1

I don't see a link or attachment. I suspect that...

I don't see a link or attachment. I suspect that Tourist in MSN is probably correct as to why. Whatever bike you choose for your off road riding can support a bit of off road touring/bikepacking. ...
Forum: Touring
05-04-22, 08:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,226
Posted By staehpj1

Two things come to mind... One is that you...

Two things come to mind...

One is that you might consider that the front panniers will already be lower due to the smaller front wheel even without low rider racks. Also lots of people use...
Forum: Touring
05-04-22, 08:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 297
Posted By staehpj1

The "never dries up" claim almost certainly is...

The "never dries up" claim almost certainly is BS. There could be a tiny nugget of (almost) truth if you can add water to replenish the sealant rather than adding weight of more latex and...
Forum: Touring
05-04-22, 06:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 593
Posted By staehpj1

Another option I have used on a different trip...

Another option I have used on a different trip was to use a bar roll and hang a little topeak bag over the front of the bar roll by it's shoulder strap. I used it as a camera bag and personal stuff...
Forum: Touring
05-04-22, 05:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 297
Posted By staehpj1

I think that they based the "never" on the notion...

I think that they based the "never" on the notion that a tire will have a life of 8 months. My assumption is that it isn't all that different from other sealants in that regard.

Their 8 month life...
Forum: Touring
05-03-22, 07:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 297
Posted By staehpj1

Sealant for Tubeless

Reading an article about the latest Onza sealant I noticed some interesting claims. The article made me wonder about the claims and whether they were actually true or even anything new. Just...
Forum: Touring
05-02-22, 08:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 593
Posted By staehpj1

One option is to drop the bag down onto a rack. ...

One option is to drop the bag down onto a rack. I have used the little sunlite racks that attach to the canti bosses for that. They show up cheap under that and other brands. I have also mounted...
Forum: Touring
05-02-22, 08:09 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 37,899
Posted By staehpj1

Fun to look at these older bikes. I don't...

Fun to look at these older bikes. I don't generally lust after them myself though. Of course the ones I know are sold on this side of the pond Just maybe if just the right bike came along, one...
Forum: Touring
04-28-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,556
Posted By staehpj1

I suspect that a lot of saddles would be fine if...

I suspect that a lot of saddles would be fine if riders had that level of commitment to making them work. I find that my body breaks in to any remotely decent saddle in 400-500 miles if not a good...
Forum: Touring
04-28-22, 07:34 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,030
Posted By staehpj1

I have not had problems with wobbles due to...

I have not had problems with wobbles due to umbalanced loads or speed wobbles either for that matter. I have ridden a huge amount of miles in my 71 years on the planet.. I rode all kinds of bikes...
Forum: Touring
04-28-22, 05:23 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,030
Posted By staehpj1

More weight up front is better IMO, but not...

More weight up front is better IMO, but not required.

I actually have gone with front panniers only and just a little on the rear rack and liked it pretty well. Not sure what that distribution...
Forum: Touring
04-28-22, 04:19 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,556
Posted By staehpj1

Every one is different in their preferences. I...

Every one is different in their preferences. I found my one and only Brooks just okay when new. It didn't get better with break in though and when it was really well broken in with full dinples I...
Forum: Touring
04-27-22, 10:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 747
Posted By staehpj1

So, it looks like with the current patch level...

So, it looks like with the current patch level and setup it is draining the battery faster than I expected. It is workable, but not up to my expectations. If I were to use it as planned I'd do a...
Forum: Touring
04-27-22, 08:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 747
Posted By staehpj1

I always figured that what held it back more than...

I always figured that what held it back more than anything else was that people wanted it to be something it isn't. By that I mean a fast enough display for video. I think that is not what it is...
Forum: Touring
04-27-22, 08:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 747
Posted By staehpj1

I have read the specs, but not actually...

I have read the specs, but not actually experienced using them. The numbers have kept me from bothering to seek one out to try.
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