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09-07-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,927
Posted By BigAura

top-tube is part of frame bar(s) is usually...

top-tube is part of frame

bar(s) is usually in reference to handlebars
09-06-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,927
Posted By BigAura

Jandd makes a nice-and-simple handlebar...

Jandd makes a nice-and-simple handlebar (https://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FBB) bag. It can also be used as a seat-bag.
Forum: Touring
08-19-20, 02:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 930
Posted By BigAura

Yep from the RD-RX812 spec...

Yep from the RD-RX812 spec (https://www.coloradocyclist.com/shimano-grx-rd-rx812-1x11-speed-rear-derailleur)

Total capacity: 31T
Low sprocket: Maximum 42T/Minimum 40T
Top sprocket: Maximum...
Forum: Touring
07-31-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 772
Posted By BigAura

No idea about the pannier specifics, but if you...

No idea about the pannier specifics, but if you don't paint yer bike that violet color, you'd be making a mistake ;)
Forum: Touring
07-31-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,016
Posted By BigAura

Nice! Did you ride directly from your home?

Nice! Did you ride directly from your home?
Forum: Touring
07-29-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 11,983
Posted By BigAura

I did keep them for years and contemplated using...

I did keep them for years and contemplated using them, but never did. I sold them on ebay to someone who hopefully used & enjoyed them :)
Forum: Touring
07-29-20, 04:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,334
Posted By BigAura

I rattle-can paint my fixed gear every couple of...

I rattle-can paint my fixed gear every couple of years. $5 for a can!. Always looks good! After a few scuffs & chips it's time for a new color.
...
Forum: Touring
03-24-20, 07:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,765
Posted By BigAura

My post-point stands. BUT I agree...

My post-point stands.

BUT I agree thinking-dreaming about future tours is a good-thing. The current crisis will pass and touring will survive as a doable endeavor.
Forum: Touring
03-24-20, 06:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,765
Posted By BigAura

overly self-centered(IMO)

Until you're in the Covid-recovered-group doing a tour is a bad idea and overly self-centered(IMO).

Possible Exception: Touring in remote area, with zero-interaction with others. Which means...
Forum: Touring
03-11-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 895
Posted By BigAura

Soak & wash canned beans to reduce sodium

Soak & wash canned beans to reduce sodium
Forum: Touring
03-02-20, 07:16 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 14,132
Posted By BigAura

Your point context-is-everything is true. BUT the...

Your point context-is-everything is true. BUT the CONTEXT here IS bicycle-touring not RV camping nor backpacking.

The fact that a rocket can do a US-coast-to-coast trip in less than an 40 minutes...
Forum: Touring
03-01-20, 06:10 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 14,132
Posted By BigAura

This IS NOT minimalist, most touring cyclists...

This IS NOT minimalist, most touring cyclists have shelter-sleeping-systems that are 2 to 5 lbs, and pack down to a few liters in size.

BTW: I'll admit his engineering is fun and well done. But...
Forum: Touring
02-28-20, 09:02 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,165
Posted By BigAura

I think y'all have lost focus --> we are talking...

I think y'all have lost focus --> we are talking about bicycle touring.
None of this makes any sense for a tour longer than a weekend.
Maybe you can plan a dry weekend and bring your pots home for...
Forum: Touring
02-26-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,165
Posted By BigAura

Possible but impractical for real-world,...

Possible but impractical for real-world, constantly-nomadic, cycle touring.

ISSUES:
1. Procuring properly dry wood at nightly campsites.
2. Preping and starting when conditions are not ideal....
Forum: Touring
02-03-20, 11:10 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 16,368
Posted By BigAura

https://s3.amazonaws.com/images.gearjunkie.com/upl...

https://s3.amazonaws.com/images.gearjunkie.com/uploads/2016/04/bike-packing-bike.jpg
SOURCE (https://gearjunkie.com/ultimate-tour-divide-mtb-bike-packing-build-for-2745-miles)

MY Culture War...
Forum: Touring
02-03-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,200
Posted By BigAura

I did the Gap-C&O on 26x2" Schwalbe touring (but...

I did the Gap-C&O on 26x2" Schwalbe touring (but not knobbies) tires. Mostly due to weather, and maybe to a minor extent the rigging, I got very muddy. Had a great time :)

I also did the C&O on...
Forum: Touring
02-02-20, 07:33 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 16,368
Posted By BigAura

This forum is an enthusiast's site about-and-for...

This forum is an enthusiast's site about-and-for Bicycle Touring. As with all enthusiast groups, people have very strong opinions. For long-time practioners these opinions become more ingrained by...
Forum: Touring
02-02-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 16,368
Posted By BigAura

Sorry, I thought this thread was about clarifying...

Sorry, I thought this thread was about clarifying definitions that are unclear. My attempt started on my post No.111 (https://www.bikeforums.net/21306275-post111.html)

My touring rig at Salmon...
Forum: Touring
02-02-20, 10:23 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 16,368
Posted By BigAura

I think you missed my point which is: Bikepacking...

I think you missed my point which is: Bikepacking --> you are limited to trails. Others would add rackless framepacks are required. I agree with your point that trails don't need to be published.
...
Forum: Touring
01-31-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 16,368
Posted By BigAura

I did the C&O on my fixed-gear and definitely...

I did the C&O on my fixed-gear and definitely called it touring. Part of my adventure I rode to the C&O Towpath and later off it, on paved & unpaved. As you can see, I used a unique packing...
Forum: Touring
01-31-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 16,368
Posted By BigAura

It's more than dirt. Based on Bikepacking.com...

It's more than dirt. Based on Bikepacking.com remoteness seems a factor. Bikepacking routes (https://bikepacking.com/bikepacking-routes/)

TO NOTE: NO bikepacking routes in the Northeastern US
01-30-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,575
Posted By BigAura

I purchased my ParisSport bicycle new in June...

I purchased my ParisSport bicycle new in June 1970. So it's about to turn 50. It started life as 10-speed and has gone through many incarnations. It's been a fixed-gear since 2006, with it's...
Forum: Touring
01-30-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 16,368
Posted By BigAura

Bikepacking is a subset of Bicycle Touring. ...

Bikepacking is a subset of Bicycle Touring.

Bikepacking is limited to non-paved surfaces, generally single and/or double track trails. Touring may include paved & non-paved, any trail type, and...
01-08-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,995
Posted By BigAura

I started feeling my age in my early thirties...

I started feeling my age in my early thirties when I first started going to a gym.

BEFORE: I just did stuff --> backpacking, cycling, soccer, hockey, skiing, plus some related excersising. I had...
01-08-20, 05:11 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 24,239
Posted By BigAura

SIMPLE: When it no longer feels good.

SIMPLE: When it no longer feels good.
Forum: Touring
12-15-19, 08:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,817
Posted By BigAura

Because it needs a charged battery to operate...

Because it needs a charged battery to operate means I'd need to carry a hand-pump as a backup. If I'm carrying a hand-pump I wouldn't need the extra weight of an electric-pump.

If you're looking...
Forum: Touring
09-14-19, 06:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 918
Posted By BigAura

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/LHTSerialNumber.jpe...

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/LHTSerialNumber.jpeg

From my LHT, AFAIK it's the same place for all Surly bikes
Forum: Touring
09-14-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,354
Posted By BigAura

Although not touring, I found (and ate-->duh!)...

Although not touring, I found (and ate-->duh!) wild blueberries while backpacking this summer.

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/WidlPickedBlueberries.jpeg
...
Forum: Touring
09-14-19, 05:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,354
Posted By BigAura

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/PerfectBlueberryPan...

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/PerfectBlueberryPancake.jpg
Blueberry Pancakes on my Blueridge Parkway tour
Forum: Touring
09-14-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,516
Posted By BigAura

I'm a fan of your B&Ws, but this is nice too!

I'm a fan of your B&Ws, but this is nice too!
Forum: Touring
09-14-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,516
Posted By BigAura

Surly World Troller - Surly ExtraTerrestrial 26 x 2.5

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/TrollTourReady.jpg
Forum: Touring
08-28-19, 03:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,369
Posted By BigAura

From my experience it sounds like cat-behavior...

From my experience it sounds like cat-behavior vs. skunk-behavior. I've seen skunks wandering through campsites, seeming rather aimless, but never approaching humans, once they are aware of you....
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 07:33 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 9,030
Posted By BigAura

If he does have a 25yo daughter I wouldn't want...

If he does have a 25yo daughter I wouldn't want to be her ;)

AND if this hypothetical-adult-daughter is anything like my daughter, I wouldn't want to be him!
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 06:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,156
Posted By BigAura

My guess is they weigh a good bit more, maybe 2x...

My guess is they weigh a good bit more, maybe 2x or 3x.
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 06:07 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 9,030
Posted By BigAura

good My feeling is she will. ...

good



My feeling is she will.



Worry is what you signed up for as a Parent.
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 05:13 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 9,030
Posted By BigAura

Bear-spray is legal in US & Canada, BUT some...

Bear-spray is legal in US & Canada, BUT some pepper-sprays are not. That confuses people so border guards will want to inspect what you are carrying.
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 9,030
Posted By BigAura

+1 to bear spray. It can stop virtually ANY...

+1 to bear spray. It can stop virtually ANY mamailian-critter. That side-arm thing is a very bad idea.

During my time cycling-touring & backpacking I've met quite a few solo-female-adventurers....
08-19-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,854
Posted By BigAura

I'd start there as what not to do. But...

I'd start there as what not to do.

But riding is always good IMO.
08-17-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,466
Posted By BigAura

August 14, 2014

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/ParisSportWashingtonMonument.jpg

August 14, 2014 - my bike was red - had a lovely ride in DC area
Forum: Touring
08-16-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,530
Posted By BigAura

Huh? Where were you that you couldn't pickup...

Huh? Where were you that you couldn't pickup chain-lube or some equivalent?
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 05:22 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,940
Posted By BigAura

Big Savage from my tour in 2015 ...

Big Savage from my tour in 2015

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/BigSavageTunnel.jpg

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/BigSavageTunnelInside.jpg
Forum: Touring
08-10-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,480
Posted By BigAura

You're basically feeding the Insurance Companies...

You're basically feeding the Insurance Companies money you could use for touring. Insurance companies make money based on fear. They know the odds, they win, customers lose.

For me part of the...
07-22-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,152
Posted By BigAura

Try hardware stores for old-school tube repair...

Try hardware stores for old-school tube repair kits (https://www.acehardware.com/departments/outdoor-living/sporting-goods/bicycle-parts-and-accessories/80284)
07-19-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 16,543
Posted By BigAura

Twelve years ago I converted my ParisSport...

Twelve years ago I converted my ParisSport 10-speed, that I originally purchased in 1970, to a fixed year. I'm 66 now and it's still my go-to bike for pure riding enjoyment.
...
07-16-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 46,274
Posted By BigAura

Yep, because I was explaining a cadence sensor....

Yep, because I was explaining a cadence sensor. Which is used on the majority of eBikes.Then you decided to say:
07-16-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 46,274
Posted By BigAura

Pedal Assist vs. Throttle

Pedal Assist vs. Throttle
07-16-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 46,274
Posted By BigAura

National Park Service definitions as defined in...

National Park Service definitions as defined in 36 C.F.R. 1.4 (https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/36/1.4)

Bicycle means every device propelled solely by human power upon which a person or...
07-16-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 46,274
Posted By BigAura

My point is that eBikes ARE NOT BICYCLES and they...

My point is that eBikes ARE NOT BICYCLES and they are being properly identified as a motor-vehicle. If the road allows motorized vehicles, then eBikes should be fine. It seems that they are now...
07-15-19, 07:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,096
Posted By BigAura

Calorie calculators are bogus as far as accurate...

Calorie calculators are bogus as far as accurate calorie measurement for virtually everyone. Too many factors for a real number to materialize. They can help you understand relative adjustments. So...
Forum: Touring
07-15-19, 01:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,124
Posted By BigAura

Here are my Ortliebs (Front & Back Roller Plus...

Here are my Ortliebs (Front & Back Roller Plus series). They are 11 years old, 17,000 touring miles, plus periodically used around town for shopping.

The logo and reflector appliqués have started...
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