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Forum: Touring
08-08-22, 01:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 655
Posted By Doug64

A little off topic but. . . . . . . Northwest...

A little off topic but. . . . . . .
Northwest Nebraska
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Forum: Touring
08-08-22, 11:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 655
Posted By Doug64

I don't remember the rumble strips on 20 through...

I don't remember the rumble strips on 20 through the Sandhills. For most of the ride through Wyoming, Nebraska,and Iowa the traffic was not too bad. But that was 2007.

I agree, but on this trip we...
Forum: Touring
08-07-22, 09:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 655
Posted By Doug64

I tend to ride faster on busy highways, but have...

I tend to ride faster on busy highways, but have a different theory. My wife and I call it "semi-surfing", the pull created by the trucks as they go by. I am not sure the truck's pull adds...
Forum: Touring
08-03-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 360
Posted By Doug64

Before you do anything you might want to remove...

Before you do anything you might want to remove the stiffening material, and some o the hardware if you can. This will make sewing easier. If your panniers are made with nylon material you might also...
08-03-22, 11:49 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,869
Posted By Doug64

There are a couple reasons why I liked the 2006...

There are a couple reasons why I liked the 2006 frame better than the 2013 frame. The 2006 frame was painted which looked much better than the powder coated 2013 frame. The welds were finished on the...
08-02-22, 05:42 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,869
Posted By Doug64

I think of it as a new bike, but I liked the old...

I think of it as a new bike, but I liked the old one better. The frame welds were finished much better on the 2006. I have 2 other touring bikes, a Surly LHT and a Cannondale T2, but the Bianchi is...
08-01-22, 09:07 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,869
Posted By Doug64

This might look like a 2013 Bianchi Volpe, but it...

This might look like a 2013 Bianchi Volpe, but it is what is left of my 2006 Volpe pictured below. Every part on the 2006 except the bars, shifters and stem have been replaced, including the frame...
Forum: Touring
07-30-22, 05:42 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,438
Posted By Doug64

Black Dyad rims that are non-machined seem to...

Black Dyad rims that are non-machined seem to have black sidewalls.

I ordered a set of wheels with Dyad rims from a shop with a top notch wheel builder. The wheels arrived with non-machined...
Forum: Touring
07-29-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,438
Posted By Doug64

There were several cracks along the rear wheel's...

There were several cracks along the rear wheel's spoke holes on the Mavic 119 rim on my wife's bike. She went through the grates of an old storm drain at petty high speed, causing 2 pich flats, that...
Forum: Touring
07-28-22, 05:54 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,087
Posted By Doug64

Just an opinion: My wife and I generally...

Just an opinion:

My wife and I generally take some lightweight, but “presentable” clothes on a tour. Where we tour governs how presentable they are.

Many of our tours include flying or train...
Forum: Touring
07-28-22, 02:09 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,087
Posted By Doug64

I was taking pictures during a 400 km brevet and...

I was taking pictures during a 400 km brevet and saw 3 Surly LHTs there. However, one of them may have been a Surly Cross Check. Maybe these folks should subscribe to the Touring Forum and become...
07-27-22, 09:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 433
Posted By Doug64

What airport are you flying into? Don't put...

What airport are you flying into?

Don't put anything extra in the bike box, except empty panniers. It makes it hard for the TSA folks do do their job, and may require pulling the bike out of the...
07-27-22, 07:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 433
Posted By Doug64

This is the way we have moved our bikes through...

This is the way we have moved our bikes through airports several times. Most of the gear is put in an ultra light duffle bag and is checked baggage. The empty panniers go in the bike box, and...
Forum: Touring
07-27-22, 11:50 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,113
Posted By Doug64

This is the setup my wife used on a 74 day ride...

This is the setup my wife used on a 74 day ride across the US. She used a pair of Ortlieb Sport Packer front panniers on the rear rack along with her camping gear on top the rack. She carried 25-30...
Forum: Touring
07-20-22, 12:32 PM
Replies: 1,745
Views: 343,564
Posted By Doug64

What happened to your feet? Nice pictures.

What happened to your feet? Nice pictures.
Forum: Touring
07-20-22, 10:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 269
Posted By Doug64

A lot depends how you are going to define the...

A lot depends how you are going to define the headwaters of the Rhine River. I've ridden some in Switzerland, and I'm not sure there are any flat routes. I've also ridden quite a bit in Germany. We...
Forum: Touring
07-12-22, 02:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 651
Posted By Doug64

One of Eugen's many bike paths. It is a good way...

One of Eugen's many bike paths. It is a good way to get through town.
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It does not take long to find a quiet rural raod....
Forum: Touring
07-09-22, 11:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 707
Posted By Doug64

Wayne's Touring Store used to sell B&M lights. ...

Wayne's Touring Store used to sell B&M lights. Sadly, he is no longer in business.
Forum: Touring
07-09-22, 11:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 651
Posted By Doug64

you can also go south up Culp Creek, and come...

you can also go south up Culp Creek, and come down the Steamboat Creek Road to the North Umpqua River, one of the most beautiful rivers in Oregon:) That is also a lot of climbing.
Forum: Touring
07-08-22, 11:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 651
Posted By Doug64

No, we started from our place in Sweet Home and...

No, we started from our place in Sweet Home and headed south to Dorena Lake then out Row River Road as far as we felt comfortable. Our route back north would have been on the west side of the valley....
Forum: Touring
07-08-22, 09:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 651
Posted By Doug64

Thank you, it is much appreciated.

Thank you, it is much appreciated.
Forum: Touring
07-08-22, 04:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 461
Posted By Doug64

A nice way to really get a feel for BC would be...

A nice way to really get a feel for BC would be to ride from Seattle to Port Angeles, about 90 miles. Take the ferry to Victoria, a great city, and worth spending a little time there.

Head north...
Forum: Touring
07-08-22, 09:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 682
Posted By Doug64

Your timing is perfect:thumb:

Your timing is perfect:thumb:
Forum: Touring
07-07-22, 09:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 651
Posted By Doug64

Trip report: Making a Short Story Long

My wife and I traditionally do a short tour with our daughters each summer. Occasionally we are able to include a longer rides like two months in Europe. It is all a matter of timing. The older one,...
Forum: Touring
07-07-22, 09:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 682
Posted By Doug64

I'm not sure that Sprague Cr. Campground has a...

I'm not sure that Sprague Cr. Campground has a hike/biker site, but there were a lot cyclist in this small area.

Several people on this forum have camped by that big Western White Pine....
Forum: Touring
07-05-22, 01:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 935
Posted By Doug64

My wife and I started a 3-month tour from Lisbon....

My wife and I started a 3-month tour from Lisbon. We spent a few days is Lisbon, then riding to Evora, before heading east toward Valencia. It only took about 200 miles to ride across the country,...
Forum: Touring
07-03-22, 06:18 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,798
Posted By Doug64

I have to amend my post above, I was a little off...

I have to amend my post above, I was a little off in my estimate of suspension forks on touring bikes in Europe. I did a very scientific sample (1) at a ferry terminal in Denmark. I used the...
Forum: Touring
07-03-22, 03:14 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,798
Posted By Doug64

I think you were being too kind. I would have...

I think you were being too kind. I would have said, "at the top of the hill" after busting butt to get to the top.

I met this German cyclist who had ridden most of the way across Canada on his...
Forum: Touring
06-27-22, 09:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 406
Posted By Doug64

Instead of cycling one of the Cominos "because it...

Instead of cycling one of the Cominos "because it would have better services"; why not look at places or areas you would like to visit, and plan your own route.

Our experience in Spain was route...
Forum: Touring
06-23-22, 10:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,368
Posted By Doug64

I’m not sure if I’d call my planned ride a tour....

I’m not sure if I’d call my planned ride a tour. It planned to start from Trout Lake, Washington to Madras, Oregon; and then riding approximately 4,000” up to Government Camp at the base of MT Hood;...
Forum: Touring
06-22-22, 11:02 AM
Replies: 1,745
Views: 343,564
Posted By Doug64

Is your tent site as steep as it looks in the...

Is your tent site as steep as it looks in the photo?
06-07-22, 12:53 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,003
Posted By Doug64

It is hard to imagine riding a 47 cm frame when...

It is hard to imagine riding a 47 cm frame when 58-62 cm frames are your normal size. I am 6' tall and ride a 57-58 cm frames. When I test "ride" my wife's daughters' bikes (42, 47, 50 cm) after...
Forum: Touring
06-06-22, 08:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 593
Posted By Doug64

You can't always count on bike boxes at the...

You can't always count on bike boxes at the airports. That is the reason we try to plan our tours to end in the Netherlands; they have been reliable about having boxes available. However, we still...
06-04-22, 09:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,610
Posted By Doug64

This could be the culprit. Tensing up when the...

This could be the culprit. Tensing up when the bus went by could do it. When I was racing my bike, a well maintained Peugeot PX10, would get into a wobble on descents, especially when riding with...
Forum: Touring
06-04-22, 06:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 593
Posted By Doug64

There is a repacking area in the lower level of...

There is a repacking area in the lower level of Schiphol Airport. I have not used it to unload, but we packed our bikes in the area at the end of 3 tours there. I don't know for sure, but it probably...
Forum: Touring
06-03-22, 12:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,379
Posted By Doug64

That is a good point. Surly's site does not...

That is a good point. Surly's site does not mention a rack for the Ghost Grappler in any of its rack or bike information.

However, I toured on the bike I raced and the "fender mounts" did just...
Forum: Touring
06-03-22, 11:09 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,379
Posted By Doug64

I believe that if OP used the bottom mounting...

I believe that if OP used the bottom mounting bolt and a rack like the Blackburn Expedition or any other rack where the mounting strut is centered on the rack it would work fine. IMO the bike is OK,...
Forum: Touring
05-30-22, 10:25 PM
Replies: 1,745
Views: 343,564
Posted By Doug64

Valencia, Spain ...

Valencia, Spain
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Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 01:01 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,413
Posted By Doug64

At 79 I've slowed down some, and recovery takes a...

At 79 I've slowed down some, and recovery takes a little longer. I do OK if I don't have to dig down too deep into my reserve.

My wife and I still camp when we can, but it seems like we don't...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 10:21 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,951
Posted By Doug64

I have used my Tubus racks for about 15 years....

I have used my Tubus racks for about 15 years. They have seen a lot of use. I have not got around to painting areas where the finish rubbed off. I just coat the rubbed areas with a coat of auto wax...
Forum: Touring
05-19-22, 06:58 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,935
Posted By Doug64

Headed for Green Bay, Wisconsin The little guys...

Headed for Green Bay, Wisconsin The little guys were guarding the pasty shop.
Lunch
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Forum: Touring
05-17-22, 09:35 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,901
Posted By Doug64

I posted this awhile back(it is tongue-in-cheek)....

I posted this awhile back(it is tongue-in-cheek).

Words of Wisdom

As my wife and I were riding along the beautiful Main River Route in Central Germany an older couple passed us. They were...
Forum: Touring
05-17-22, 08:12 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,901
Posted By Doug64

Here is another at a slightly different angle: ...

Here is another at a slightly different angle:
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I put a set on my bike when I had shoulder surgery to ease the pressure on my...
Forum: Touring
05-15-22, 10:53 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,901
Posted By Doug64

OP, do you have a visor on your helmet. Removing...

OP, do you have a visor on your helmet. Removing it will allow better visibility with less head tilt.

My wife's custom built touring bike puts her in a good riding position. It puts her torso at a...
05-14-22, 11:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,345
Posted By Doug64

My wife and I have toured through 10 European...

My wife and I have toured through 10 European countries during 3 trips totaling 7 months. We always took our bikes and gear. If I am going to spend long days and a lot of them on a bike, I want it...
Forum: Touring
05-12-22, 09:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,189
Posted By Doug64

I don't know if you consider Michigan to be in...

I don't know if you consider Michigan to be in the north eastern part of North America, but it has some great cycling. Michigan has over 2,000 miles of multi-use trails. My wife and I rode close to...
Forum: Touring
05-12-22, 06:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 659
Posted By Doug64

What is your dropout spacing?

What is your dropout spacing?
Forum: Touring
05-10-22, 11:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,189
Posted By Doug64

Ontario by Bike (https://www.ontariobybike.ca/) ...

Ontario by Bike (https://www.ontariobybike.ca/)

Cycling in Ontario (https://www.ontariobybike.ca/cycling-in-ontario-le-velo-en-ontario-guide/2022/)

Adventure Cycling Association...
Forum: Touring
05-08-22, 11:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,234
Posted By Doug64

My wife used a pair of Ortlieb Packer Plus small...

My wife used a pair of Ortlieb Packer Plus small front panniers on her rear rack and her sleeping bag and Therm-a-rest pad in a dry bag on top the rack for a 74 day ride across the U.S. She probably...
Forum: Touring
05-05-22, 10:59 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,234
Posted By Doug64

This is the load I carry in my 31L Rackpack. It...

This is the load I carry in my 31L Rackpack. It holds all my camping gear: blue bag is the 2-person tent, small orange and black bag is pillow, green is 25 degree sleeping bag, black bag is sil-nylon...
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