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Forum: Touring
09-15-22, 12:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 524
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: 87
Views: 2,010
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: 1,023
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: 779
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: 950
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: 1,276
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: 683
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: 683
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: 559
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: 2,642
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: 5,904
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: 1,026
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: 22
Views: 1,563
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: 381
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: 5,615
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: 2,014
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: 1,925
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)...
Forum: Touring
02-14-22, 10:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 915
Posted By gauvins

Geez... and I wanted to ask about a good loch for...

Geez... and I wanted to ask about a good loch for touring... :)
Forum: Touring
01-12-22, 02:15 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,928
Posted By gauvins

I went thru a similar process this past fall....

I went thru a similar process this past fall. I've opted for SQLab handlebar (https://www.sq-lab.com/en/products/handlebars/sqlab-lenker-310-2-0-31-8.html) + innerbarends...
Forum: Touring
12-22-21, 12:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,339
Posted By gauvins

I have a somewhat similar charger (forumslader...

I have a somewhat similar charger (forumslader (http://www.forumslader.de/aheadlader-v6/)). Easy to install -- you need an expandable steerer plug...
Forum: Touring
11-05-21, 02:49 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,253
Posted By gauvins

well... depends on how you look at it. (AM)OLED...

well... depends on how you look at it. (AM)OLED does require much more energy than adding a light in front of an e-ink display. Honestly, I do not notice any drain when reading at night (compared to,...
Forum: Touring
11-03-21, 08:04 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,253
Posted By gauvins

Perhaps a better touring phone

I've used this e-ink phone as my main phone for about a month. It is a competent device with, unfortunately, a fatal flaw -- the custom ROM isn't recognised as a safe platform by some applications....
Forum: Touring
10-26-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,055
Posted By gauvins

1. download maps and offline routing app so you...

1. download maps and offline routing app so you do not depend on a network connection to navigate. I emphasise offline routing because there seems to be some confusion between being able to display a...
Forum: Touring
10-04-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,790
Posted By gauvins

WRT frames, we should probably make a distinction...

WRT frames, we should probably make a distinction between the (ultimate) probability of failure (which will always be 1) and the hazard rate (the instantaneous probability of failure).

Any frame...
09-21-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 875
Posted By gauvins

Thanks for the pointer. I ended up purchasing a...

Thanks for the pointer. I ended up purchasing a smaller (and cheaper) unit (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005003149490136.html?spm=a2g0o.cart.0.0.2c5f3c00eq5r6c&mp=1) that'll fit inside Ortlieb's...
09-21-21, 07:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 875
Posted By gauvins

Perhaps... but technology is rapidly progressing....

Perhaps... but technology is rapidly progressing. My energy needs have been greatly reduced and solar panel technology now delivers more efficiently and cheaply. I'll try a couple of things and...
Forum: Touring
09-07-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,251
Posted By gauvins

I've used butterfly bars for several years and...

I've used butterfly bars for several years and was quite pleased with them, although like staehpj1 I felt that most positions were not that great, with the exception of the main position (i.e. where...
Forum: Touring
09-05-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,063
Posted By gauvins

Hiking shorts (and underwear). I find capilene...

Hiking shorts (and underwear). I find capilene underwear easier to wash every night compared to padded shorts.
Forum: Touring
08-30-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 1,803
Views: 347,963
Posted By gauvins

Great work. [Would you happen to have...

Great work.

[Would you happen to have geo-located your pictures?]
Forum: Touring
08-29-21, 12:03 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,715
Posted By gauvins

In larger stores (e.g. Carrefour/Leclerc/Auchan)...

In larger stores (e.g. Carrefour/Leclerc/Auchan) security will probably ask that you leave your bag at the courtesy desk. In smaller ones, you may have to waste time at checkout for the cashier to...
Forum: Touring
08-28-21, 10:39 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,715
Posted By gauvins

You may prefer to secure your tent to your rack,...

You may prefer to secure your tent to your rack, by itself. It'll allow it to dry (assuming a day without rain). And if it rains, it'll be wet anyway.
Forum: Touring
08-27-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,104
Posted By gauvins

But you'll have had a couple of days to get used...

But you'll have had a couple of days to get used to cycling for several hours; and you've planned several days in Québec -- plenty of time to recover.

Take care
Forum: Touring
08-27-21, 07:07 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,715
Posted By gauvins

Well, in my experience a larger pump makes a...

Well, in my experience a larger pump makes a significant difference, and being stored on the bike frame, doesn't take more space to carry. This being said, I've used my pump once 1 six weeks. So...
Forum: Touring
08-26-21, 10:19 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,715
Posted By gauvins

1. I have spent 6 weeks self-supported this...

1. I have spent 6 weeks self-supported this summer, crossing an area where re-supplying was challenging at best. Everything did fit in 2x12.5L panniers + my tent & Ursack (for food items) attached to...
Forum: Touring
08-23-21, 05:51 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,808
Posted By gauvins

I do not worry, in general. So perhaps poor...

I do not worry, in general. So perhaps poor answer to your question.

In my experience, I tend to sleep in accommodations when in large cities. Most will let you store your bike (and obviously...
Forum: Touring
08-22-21, 07:30 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,104
Posted By gauvins

You may want to take a look at Velo Quebec's...

You may want to take a look at Velo Quebec's (https://www.routeverte.com/en/discover/) map. You'll notice that they do not show Quebec to Tadoussac (north shore of the St-Lawrence) as suitable for...
Forum: Touring
08-02-21, 07:12 PM
Replies: 4,679
Views: 2,466,735
Posted By gauvins

Actually, a play on words. La Patate du Coin...

Actually, a play on words. La Patate du Coin would translate to something like The Corner Fries. It happens to be next to a lake called Gouin. So... La Patate du Gouin is hilarious if you are from...
Forum: Touring
08-02-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 4,679
Views: 2,466,735
Posted By gauvins

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/20210628_171926_036d0872e798a5da3ebe29be9a040e3869777990.jpg

Taken here (https://maps.app.goo.gl/gdHxYu3PcLinpu3WA). Quite isolated,...
Forum: Touring
06-20-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,648
Posted By gauvins

FWIW -- spent the morning replacing cables. Upon...

FWIW -- spent the morning replacing cables. Upon inspection, the front derailleur cable was starting to fray under the bottom bracket, and the front brake cable had something of a kink. Reading about...
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,882
Posted By gauvins

Either the bike or a folding pole -- assuming I'd...

Either the bike or a folding pole -- assuming I'd go for the Hexamid -- a single pole shelter.
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,900
Posted By gauvins

Our daughter once got onset hypothermia...

Our daughter once got onset hypothermia (uncontrolled shivering) during what was supposed to be a benign ride back to base camp, in the middle of July somewhere in Western Europe -- heavy downpour...
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 03:46 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 9,318
Posted By gauvins

Thanks for the feedback on sleep systems. ...

Thanks for the feedback on sleep systems.

Being impulsive, I've almost ordered an OR Helium bivy (reviews are extremely positive). But as I must also try to be reasonable, I'll probably try a dry...
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,011
Posted By gauvins

This...

This (https://www.cyclingabout.com/fascinating-aerodynamics-bikepacking-bicycle-touring/) is perhaps the most comprehensive discussion on touring aerodynamics. Worth reading.
Forum: Touring
03-31-21, 03:21 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 15,866
Posted By gauvins

Another iteration wrt the question of how to...

Another iteration wrt the question of how to select food items when volume is a consideration (ex: a trip segment w/o resupply option for a week, in bear country --> 10L for a bear canister/Ursack)....
Forum: Touring
03-07-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 9,695
Posted By gauvins

1. Very doubtful. This recent account...

1. Very doubtful. This recent account (https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/14-5m-canadians-to-be-immunized-by-june-updated-vaccination-timeline-shows-1.5314048) puts the figure at somewhere...
02-26-21, 08:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,024
Posted By gauvins

(F5 + 2nd gen speed/cadence) My experience...

(F5 + 2nd gen speed/cadence)

My experience is that the watch will display speed based on sensor data, whenever available. Noticeable at traffic lights - w/o sensor, you'll see speed going down...
Forum: Touring
02-02-21, 02:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,274
Posted By gauvins

Interesting decision... If I may: (1) when; (2)...

Interesting decision... If I may: (1) when; (2) how long; (3) where are you from?

Asking because Portugal is currently the worst country in the Western World...
Forum: Touring
01-31-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,923
Posted By gauvins

Read great things about the Empire Trail (NY)....

Read great things about the Empire Trail (NY). But I'd go in the Southwest for a variety of reasons (Utah, Arizona). We really enjoyed circling the Grand Canyon 2 years ago. Your dates are near ideal...
Forum: Touring
01-27-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,387
Posted By gauvins

Probably 125W (in my case.) IIRC elite...

Probably 125W (in my case.)

IIRC elite cyclists average close to 400W (tour de France).

Young and fit riders will probably sustain 200W. You may want to play with Garmin insights to compare...
12-04-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 11,005
Posted By gauvins

I have a reasonably good caliper, certified at...

I have a reasonably good caliper, certified at 0.02mm accuracy.

The problem wrt measuring a bike chain is that the way you position your caliper will have a definite impact on the reading. I took...
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