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Forum: Touring
07-27-21, 01:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 399
Posted By BobG

Have airlines stopped providing the HUGE box?...

Have airlines stopped providing the HUGE box? (both wheels on, bars turned with pedals off) It's been a few years since I've flown but in the past I've had absolutely no problem with damage, missing...
07-26-21, 05:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,956
Posted By BobG

zjrog- I'm overweight also, 5'5", 180-190 pounds....

zjrog- I'm overweight also, 5'5", 180-190 pounds.

Supporting yourself one-legged on crutches may be where your weight will be a hindrance. You probably already know this from your knee surgery....
07-24-21, 09:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,956
Posted By BobG

zjrog- I moved my post from the knee thread over...

zjrog- I moved my post from the knee thread over to here for continuity with the previous discussion ...

Well 1 1/2+ years after originally posting above, my injections stopped working. I had...
Forum: Touring
07-19-21, 06:24 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,472
Posted By BobG

I concluded two westbound TransAm tours in...

I concluded two westbound TransAm tours in Portland. I had no problem cycling from the downtown hostel (then on Hawthorne Blvd?) to the airport either. In fact two of our ACA groups cycled from...
Forum: Touring
07-03-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 687
Posted By BobG

The Rixen & Kaul "Vario" hooks in my photo...

The Rixen & Kaul "Vario" hooks in my photo include a center locking clip that prevents bags from disloging vertically from a bump. My rack is constructed with a near vertical front hoop which...
Forum: Touring
07-03-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 687
Posted By BobG

I would too not that low I...

I would too



not that low



I agree
Forum: Touring
06-25-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,106
Posted By BobG

Heh! Reminds me of an experience in Montreal....

Heh! Reminds me of an experience in Montreal. After a 6 week trip in France I flew back to Montreal. After crossing the Cartier Bridge while cycling back to NH I confidently stopped a pedestrian and...
Forum: Touring
06-20-21, 05:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By BobG

11 TransAm maps ... ...

11 TransAm maps ...

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06-08-21, 04:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,000
Posted By BobG

Why don't you just retrofit a conventional...

Why don't you just retrofit a conventional touring bike using the components you like? Pictured below is my Bruce Gordon with a (now unavailable) BionX hub motor. You could do the same with a Surly...
Forum: Touring
04-23-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,464
Posted By BobG

Back in the 60s all I used for light hosteling...

Back in the 60s all I used for light hosteling type touring were tubular (sew up) tires. Clement "Elvezia" was the standard, cheap cotton, throw away model. By "throw away" I mean they only cost...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,675
Posted By BobG

Correction!

I miscalculated mileage earlier. Probably closer to 3000 miles on the worn Snoqualmie Pass tire pictured at post 71 above. Not bad mileage after all for a tire installed late June of 2020!
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,675
Posted By BobG

Pete, I would guess about 1200 miles. That's...

Pete, I would guess about 1200 miles. That's around town unloaded as I can no longer take long tours. In comparison I replaced my rear tire (700x32 Continental?) on a TransAm tour at 3000 miles in...
Forum: Touring
04-06-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,675
Posted By BobG

I gave Jan Heine's 700x44 Rene Herse "Snoqualmie...

I gave Jan Heine's 700x44 Rene Herse "Snoqualmie Pass" tires a try last summer. They rode wonderfully on both paved and gravel roads but I found the smooth tread versions were just too paper thin. I...
Forum: Touring
04-03-21, 05:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,957
Posted By BobG

The link zooms fine on my desktop as would any...

The link zooms fine on my desktop as would any pdf file. Tom, did you click on the + icon at lower right? (or use scroll wheel?)

edit: my ten year old mobile device has trouble with it also.
...
Forum: Touring
03-25-21, 08:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,515
Posted By BobG

Yep, I liked the Keen sandals which fit me best...

Yep, I liked the Keen sandals which fit me best but as stated above they are no longer made. I also have a pair of Shimano sandals. They have a wider, clunkier heel requiring the cleats to be...
Forum: Touring
03-18-21, 02:40 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,726
Posted By BobG

Solo bike touring can be a lonely experience. I...

Solo bike touring can be a lonely experience. I prefer a campground with other folks around. Just the chatter of kids at an adjacent site provides companionship. I also enjoy having a picnic table to...
Forum: Touring
03-14-21, 05:39 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 9,114
Posted By BobG

This 27" wheel (retired in '94 at age 12) has...

This 27" wheel (retired in '94 at age 12) has always been used with rim brakes. It has been ...

-across the US on the TransAm
-from CO to AB Canada (lots of gravel)
-from SK Canada to NM (lots...
Forum: Touring
03-08-21, 12:03 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,119
Posted By BobG

Heh! Each to their own. I think it's the best...

Heh! Each to their own. I think it's the best time of the day to be sipping a coffee at the picnic table and looking over the day's map.

Pete, I've been enjoying your forum posts and articles for...
Forum: Touring
03-06-21, 11:50 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,119
Posted By BobG

I used to lead ACA TransAm tours. The last group...

I used to lead ACA TransAm tours. The last group bored the heck out of me. Why? Many of them were up before the crack of dawn taking their tents down in the dark. They'd rush through breakfast eating...
Forum: Touring
02-28-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 474
Posted By BobG

Better now? :D ...

Better now? :D

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Forum: Touring
02-19-21, 10:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 833
Posted By BobG

I made this trip one year starting and finishing...

I made this trip one year starting and finishing in Geneva. Maybe not the exact same roads but the same order of passes. Just buy the 1/200,000 Michelin maps and connect the dots using the smallest D...
Forum: Touring
02-19-21, 05:22 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,409
Posted By BobG

I always got a chuckle out of this ACA diversion....

I always got a chuckle out of this ACA diversion. Day 2 of a westbound TransAm at the end of the day when you just want to get to camp in Mineral VA. The ACA map takes you on a "scenic" 15 mile side...
02-02-21, 02:34 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,695
Posted By BobG

Here's my Litespeed Classic with its original...

Here's my Litespeed Classic with its original Campagnolo Racing Triple ...

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Forum: Touring
01-30-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 10,177
Posted By BobG

Joe- "The ‘Trucker is available in a 26” wheel...

Joe- "The ‘Trucker is available in a 26” wheel size across the size run, with an option for 700c in 56, 58, 60, and 62cm sizes." Those are frame seat tube sizes, not tire widths.
Forum: Touring
01-18-21, 10:29 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,911
Posted By BobG

I found one more old print of the Shafer Trail....

I found one more old print of the Shafer Trail. Here are the switchbacks up high in the canyon on the way down to the White Rim Trail. If you look closely you can see my riding partner at the red...
Forum: Touring
01-17-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,911
Posted By BobG

Yes!! ...

Yes!!

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BobG on White Rim Trail 1991 ^
...
01-15-21, 03:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,231
Posted By BobG

I've inquired about cancellation with a friend...

I've inquired about cancellation with a friend who works at Tin Mt. Their website says "TBD". I've deleted two posts until I hear back.
01-14-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,231
Posted By BobG

You don't need a sanction from Tin Mt to ride the...

You don't need a sanction from Tin Mt to ride the Century Russ! I was riding the Pinkham/Crawford Notch loop back in the 70s before Tin Mt existed. I ride Bear Notch loop often also. There are plenty...
01-13-21, 11:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,231
Posted By BobG

Living in Jackson and previously in Gorham I've...

Living in Jackson and previously in Gorham I've done this ride many times solo over the years. I have a great respect for Tin Mountain Conservation Center and know many of the staff there. That said,...
Forum: Touring
01-13-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,911
Posted By BobG

I'm guessing that's a 26" wheel in TCS' photo as...

I'm guessing that's a 26" wheel in TCS' photo as he figures a 104" high ...

26x40/10 = 104"

An 11 tooth small cog would produce a 94.5" high ...

26x40/11 = 94.5"
Forum: Touring
01-11-21, 02:21 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,911
Posted By BobG

I broke two of them when I was in high school....

I broke two of them when I was in high school. Each one was a left crank of the Nuovo Record vintage that snapped at the pedal hole. Like this one -
...
Forum: Touring
01-09-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,489
Posted By BobG

Sorry, I can't resist posting this clip from...

Sorry, I can't resist posting this clip from Airplane!

https://youtu.be/s0CYtHnkhXg

Now back to our regularly scheduled thread topic :D ...
Forum: Touring
01-09-21, 08:37 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,489
Posted By BobG

Heh! I'm kind of retro also. I've been using use...

Heh! I'm kind of retro also. I've been using use 3x9 for so long I could do it with my eyes shut. I even find indexed clicks to be a distraction and still prefer friction levers for 9 speed. I did...
12-28-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,645
Posted By BobG

The high Blackburn rack worked fine for me. These...

The high Blackburn rack worked fine for me. These photos were taken in 1983. I eventually bought a low rider which was just becoming popular then. The older style high rack provided a platform for my...
Forum: Touring
12-24-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,644
Posted By BobG

Buddy, These were all self-supported tours with...

Buddy, These were all self-supported tours with no van. An occasional motel but mostly camping.
Forum: Touring
12-24-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,644
Posted By BobG

TransAm vets over 70

I've led four ACA TransAm tours. The most recent was at age 61 in 2009. On three of the tours the oldest participants were Gavin in his late 70s (1999), Myron in his mid 70s (2000) and Carl in his...
Forum: Touring
12-12-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,027
Posted By BobG

Just recently I threw away the threaded cap to my...

Just recently I threw away the threaded cap to my old Bluet stove. I had drained what I thought was my last cannister during a recent power outage and started using a newer MSR with its threaded...
Forum: Touring
12-12-20, 05:50 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,027
Posted By BobG

The original non-threaded "Camping Gaz/Bluet"...

The original non-threaded "Camping Gaz/Bluet" cannister looked like this ...

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Forum: Touring
11-17-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,819
Posted By BobG

As you can see the Cowbell is close to a...

As you can see the Cowbell is close to a conventional drop bar ...

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Forum: Touring
11-16-20, 09:21 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,819
Posted By BobG

I tried flared "On One Midge" bars once on my...

I tried flared "On One Midge" bars once on my "gravel" touring bike (a BG Rock'n'Road). They did improve comfort and control in the drops slightly but it was at the expense of comfort on the hoods....
Forum: Touring
11-12-20, 07:36 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,356
Posted By BobG

Greg LeMond? He's a young pup! I'm so old I can...

Greg LeMond? He's a young pup! I'm so old I can remember one of Jacques Anquetil's Gitanes on display in the window at my teen age LBS (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Pinto). His TDF number was...
Forum: Touring
11-08-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,356
Posted By BobG

Ti, for me I would say the room to carry extra...

Ti, for me I would say the room to carry extra food when needed and extra clothing for foul weather. The pictured trip was 37 years ago, an ACA group trip from Durango CO to Jasper AB. I was carrying...
Forum: Touring
11-08-20, 07:09 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,356
Posted By BobG

This was my first bike intended for loaded...

This was my first bike intended for loaded touring. The frame was born in 1982 but it was assembled with 70s parts from organ donors. It featured a TA Cyclotouriste crankset with half step + grampy...
Forum: Touring
11-07-20, 10:43 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,356
Posted By BobG

Brent, Here are some photos I posted a few years...

Brent, Here are some photos I posted a few years ago. It's an older BF photo format where you need to log in before they will appear. Originally it was blue with red pin striping and lettering ...
...
Forum: Touring
11-05-20, 07:32 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,356
Posted By BobG

Well I suppose this photo is more of me than the...

Well I suppose this photo is more of me than the bike but it's the only one I have of it. The bike predates your time frame slightly but I rode it well into the 70s. That's my classic 1968 WB Hurlow...
Forum: Touring
11-02-20, 05:35 PM
Replies: 1,516
Views: 265,280
Posted By BobG

This was the coolest unusual lodging I've ever...

This was the coolest unusual lodging I've ever stayed at on a bike trip, the Blue Nose fire lookout near Shoup ID. Not a caboose but the same cozy feel and this one was free! Here's an artistic...
Forum: Touring
09-24-20, 05:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,574
Posted By BobG

In 199? I staffed a two week ACA Cycle Montana...

In 199? I staffed a two week ACA Cycle Montana tour that concluded at Red Lodge after exiting Yellowstone over Bear Tooth Pass. On the day from Livingston to Gardner I was assigned to one of the...
Forum: Touring
09-22-20, 08:28 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,574
Posted By BobG

Some cheap flip phones include a radio. Small and...

Some cheap flip phones include a radio. Small and light, use it just for your radio and save your other phone for emergencies. You may need to use earbuds or headphones though and yes, one more...
Forum: Touring
09-03-20, 03:55 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,196
Posted By BobG

MAK, Which "self-supported" ACA tours did you...

MAK, Which "self-supported" ACA tours did you take that had two leaders? :foo: I led four ACA TransAm tours and one partial Northern Tier over a period of 16 years and am not familiar with any that...
Forum: Touring
08-29-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,486
Posted By BobG

Ha! I had to look that one up in the Urban...

Ha! I had to look that one up in the Urban Dictionary. Google told me it was a radio station in Knoxville!
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