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Forum: Touring
09-28-22, 07:03 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,178
Posted By staehpj1

The last project I used tent pole tubing for...

The last project I used tent pole tubing for wasn't touring or even camping related, but I happened to buy a more than long enough shock corded anodized T6 aluminum pole make poles fo any 2 pole...
Forum: Touring
09-28-22, 04:30 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,178
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, there are lots of places that sell tent...

Yeah, there are lots of places that sell tent pole replacements that can provide something. A few companies sell poles specificalls designed for trekking pole tents that are intended to be carried on...
Forum: Touring
09-27-22, 02:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 805
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah I was only suggesting it for rides where a...

Yeah I was only suggesting it for rides where a shuttle made sense. I can't imagine doing that across the country, but I do recall a guy said he was going to do something like that. I thoght it a...
Forum: Touring
09-27-22, 02:18 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 781
Posted By staehpj1

I've only been here in Florida for several years....

I've only been here in Florida for several years. I lived most of my life in Maryland. Most of my tours have at least started out in the west. Much of my backpacking has been in the western mountains...
Forum: Touring
09-27-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,178
Posted By staehpj1

I don't use poles to hike so they aren't an...

I don't use poles to hike so they aren't an advantage for me either way, but some folks may like to have them even for short hikes when touring. So maybe in that case they might be an advantage.
Forum: Touring
09-27-22, 08:41 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 805
Posted By staehpj1

Maybe just set the shuttle first before riding....

Maybe just set the shuttle first before riding. That is, get someone to help you drop your car at the end and you and your bike at the start. That is probably what I would do. Then there is no...
Forum: Touring
09-27-22, 07:04 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 781
Posted By staehpj1

I've always slept well in camp when touring,...

I've always slept well in camp when touring, backpacking, canoe camping or whatever. As far as bears go follow good camping practices wrt food and scented products and don't worry. I will confess...
Forum: Touring
09-27-22, 05:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 249
Posted By staehpj1

I am a little surprised at all the recommends for...

I am a little surprised at all the recommends for 28mm. People acted like I was weird when I put 28mm on my Windsor Touring way back when. Also, didn't the 520 come with 32s and many (most )...
Forum: Touring
09-27-22, 05:07 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 781
Posted By staehpj1

Looks like a nice bag. I'd use something like...

Looks like a nice bag. I'd use something like that for winter camping when it is really cold (XC skiing? Snowshoeing?), but it is more bag than I'd probably ever tour with. Some folks sleep a lot...
Forum: Touring
09-26-22, 03:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 805
Posted By staehpj1

It can tend to be that way and I am not a fan. ...

It can tend to be that way and I am not a fan. That said some folks like it and some trails are better than others.
Forum: Touring
09-26-22, 05:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 467
Posted By staehpj1

You can find places that sell chain by the foot....

You can find places that sell chain by the foot. Also there is chain on big (50 meter?) spools. Selection may be pretty limited. Google searches for "bicycle chain by the roll" and "bulk bicycle...
Forum: Touring
09-26-22, 05:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 455
Posted By staehpj1

This old thread from way back when was mine. It...

This old thread from way back when was mine. It was interesting in that it lead to me building a few hundred travel sized dulcimers (actually ranging from full sized to tiny) and strumstick like...
Forum: Touring
09-26-22, 04:54 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,981
Posted By staehpj1

Did you change jets to burn the diesel or use the...

Did you change jets to burn the diesel or use the DG jet? I didn't see mention of changing jets. I know some folks who say they get by without changing jets with diesel or even kerosene in a pinch...
Forum: Touring
09-25-22, 06:09 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 781
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, I'd agree that buying a nice bag is a real...

Yeah, I'd agree that buying a nice bag is a real treat and well worth indulging yourself. I think we may have been thinking of different things when we refer to a "good" sleeping bag. I think there...
Forum: Touring
09-24-22, 06:07 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 781
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks for the update.

Thanks for the update.
Forum: Touring
09-24-22, 06:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 805
Posted By staehpj1

They have seemed pretty shy of humans everywhere...

They have seemed pretty shy of humans everywhere I encountered them. I would have concern about them grabbing pets and livestock. They prey on cats and sometimes dogs sometimes not far from here. ...
Forum: Touring
09-24-22, 07:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 563
Posted By staehpj1

Not much fun without a picture to prove it, but...

Not much fun without a picture to prove it, but some time after riding the Trans America I was on another tour in Missouri. I was being chased by a couple dogs when there was suddenly a big king...
Forum: Touring
09-24-22, 05:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 805
Posted By staehpj1

I have hoped to see one on various trips, but...

I have hoped to see one on various trips, but never have. I did see a wolf on the TA and back then was excited to see a coyote in Virginia (now of course they are everywhere). I've seen bobcats here...
Forum: Touring
09-24-22, 05:07 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 781
Posted By staehpj1

I hesitated to comment on this since I have mixed...

I hesitated to comment on this since I have mixed feelings. I have gone with a wide range on this and can't resist putting in my $0.02 worth. Particularly for summer or three season camping you...
Forum: Touring
09-23-22, 02:10 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 781
Posted By staehpj1

Have fun and let us know how it goes.

Have fun and let us know how it goes.
Forum: Touring
09-23-22, 09:00 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 805
Posted By staehpj1

If considering the TA, then I'd say the section...

If considering the TA, then I'd say the section in MT was doable, but the state isn't the most bike friendly as far as things like shoulders and rumble strip placement. We rode places where there...
Forum: Touring
09-23-22, 08:21 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 781
Posted By staehpj1

Yep, I really like a thin one that is like pile...

Yep, I really like a thin one that is like pile inside and windproof on the outside. One of mine feels like neoprene wetsuit on the outside. Both are thin enough to wear under a helmet. They are a...
Forum: Touring
09-23-22, 08:13 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 805
Posted By staehpj1

Yep, Lots of steep climbs in the Ozrks and...

Yep, Lots of steep climbs in the Ozrks and Appalachians on the TA and using the C&O and GAP avoid much of it. The Eastern Express is a popular option for doing that.



I don't know much about...
Forum: Touring
09-23-22, 07:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 805
Posted By staehpj1

I'll pipe up on that one. Rail trails may be a...

I'll pipe up on that one. Rail trails may be a way to stay off of roads to avoid traffic and so on, but I seriously doubt they are less monotonous. I guess what you perceive as monotonous is a very...
Forum: Touring
09-22-22, 06:03 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,981
Posted By staehpj1

Enforcement of either has been a non issue the...

Enforcement of either has been a non issue the few times I have purchased very small quantities or used non-standard containers. The first reason is probably that here most stations have attendents...
Forum: Touring
09-21-22, 05:27 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,981
Posted By staehpj1

I am a little surprised that after having used it...

I am a little surprised that after having used it enough to master it you would find the process troublesome enough to avoid the stove. It probably is more annoying depending on fuel choice in that...
Forum: Touring
09-19-22, 09:02 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,981
Posted By staehpj1

A google search for "puncturing butane canisters"...

A google search for "puncturing butane canisters" will turn up pictures of a few tools specifically made for the task. I have always managed with whatever bottle or can opener I had with me. At...
Forum: Touring
09-19-22, 04:57 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,981
Posted By staehpj1

It has been posted by some in past threads that...

It has been posted by some in past threads that they won't use butane because the canisters won't be recycled. That always puzzled me since they usually were still burning white gas or alcohol that...
Forum: Touring
09-18-22, 08:08 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,981
Posted By staehpj1

After some thought I still wondered about what...

After some thought I still wondered about what the consequences of using the MSR bottles with alcohol woule be. I figure that most alcohol stoves are really simple devices and not likely to suffer...
Forum: Touring
09-18-22, 05:31 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,981
Posted By staehpj1

Do you have any reference from MSR or other solid...

Do you have any reference from MSR or other solid source to verify that is the reason? It makes sense, but I have seen a lot of unofficial mentions of a problem with a coating in the bottles. Also I...
Forum: Touring
09-16-22, 04:23 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,981
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah wind screens can be a problem with a variety...

Yeah wind screens can be a problem with a variety of stoves if misused. I have used craft foil screens with pop can stoves, canister stoves, and liquid fuel stoves without incident. The key is to...
Forum: Touring
09-16-22, 06:38 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,178
Posted By staehpj1

FWIW, I agree. I posted that only to identify...

FWIW, I agree. I posted that only to identify what indy was talking about. I tend to use a hoopless bivy (basically just a bugproof envelope) and tarp much of the time. When I do use a tent my fav of...
Forum: Touring
09-15-22, 05:12 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,981
Posted By staehpj1

I think what I have read is that despite looking...

I think what I have read is that despite looking like plain aluminum inside they are actually coated and alcohol attacks the coating. I could be wrong since info on this seems scarce. At a quick...
Forum: Touring
09-15-22, 03:06 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,981
Posted By staehpj1

FWIW, MSR says their regular fuel bottles will be...

FWIW, MSR says their regular fuel bottles will be damaged by putting alcohol in them. I have carried it in the bottles that bottled water came in. There is the danger that someone might drink it...
Forum: Touring
09-15-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,981
Posted By staehpj1

I bet that adds a little excitement to the trip!

I bet that adds a little excitement to the trip!
Forum: Touring
09-15-22, 09:02 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,981
Posted By staehpj1

I've always read and been told that gasoline in...

I've always read and been told that gasoline in the SVEA123 was a no no. I have heard that folks did it, but thought is was an "at your own risk, only in an emefgency" kind of thing. Did you...
Forum: Touring
09-14-22, 01:21 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,981
Posted By staehpj1

That is true of the 70%. In my limited test of...

That is true of the 70%. In my limited test of it it was something that you could use in a pinch, but a long way from ideal. Not sure about the 90% stuff, but I'd expect it to be better. I think I...
Forum: Touring
09-14-22, 11:19 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,981
Posted By staehpj1

It varies widely in what percentage of alcohol it...

It varies widely in what percentage of alcohol it is. I have some that is 90%. It is from a local distillery and I am saving it unopened in case I ever want to fly with it, but suspect that the TSA...
Forum: Touring
09-14-22, 07:36 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 869
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, I agree. As a fellow septagenarian I...

Yeah, I agree.

As a fellow septagenarian I still can't relate to his unwillingness to be at all flexible with his setup. We apparently are talking about going for a few days at a time given the...
Forum: Touring
09-14-22, 05:50 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,981
Posted By staehpj1

A lot will depend on how much fuel you personally...

A lot will depend on how much fuel you personally use. Then the next is how the fuels in question are available in what quantities where you will be.

A few notes from my personal experience:

I...
Forum: Touring
09-11-22, 02:51 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,403
Posted By staehpj1

Sounds like you are happy with what you are...

Sounds like you are happy with what you are carrying and you are not exactly weighed down with a big burden. You could probably cut quite a bit if really motivated to, but if you are happy with how...
Forum: Touring
09-11-22, 02:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 377
Posted By staehpj1

Between my family, friends, and acquaintences...

Between my family, friends, and acquaintences there have been a lot of nights on inflatable pads. Only a very few unrepairable defects have occurred. Those were all of two types:

The newer...
Forum: Touring
09-11-22, 02:20 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,403
Posted By staehpj1

Looks and sounds like a nice functional setup. ...

Looks and sounds like a nice functional setup. That said, It sounds like it more or less illustrates my point that while it is possible to credit card camp with a lot less folks mostly don't. Your...
Forum: Touring
09-11-22, 07:17 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,403
Posted By staehpj1

In actual practice I have found that the folks I...

In actual practice I have found that the folks I have met who stay in motels every night tend to carry a lot of clothing and other stuff. They typically carry more than the ultralight campers. ...
Forum: Touring
09-09-22, 06:55 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 9,724
Posted By staehpj1

Those are good factors to take into account. The...

Those are good factors to take into account. The second bullet point may have different numbers for different riders and I'd suggest that the numbers need be more conservative at the start and can...
Forum: Touring
09-05-22, 04:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 315
Posted By staehpj1

I have been happy with my neoair. I had an issue...

I have been happy with my neoair. I had an issue with my first one when they very first came out, but they replaced it free of charge out of warranty. That was after a baffle issue due to sleeping...
Forum: Touring
09-04-22, 04:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,037
Posted By staehpj1

I like it. It is a nice sturdy well made rack. ...

I like it. It is a nice sturdy well made rack. I find the narrow top to be a plus. It keeps the whole load a bit more narrow. Some who need a wide platform on top may find that a disadvantage.
Forum: Touring
09-01-22, 01:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 692
Posted By staehpj1

It was a bit of a novelty for me to use the train...

It was a bit of a novelty for me to use the train bridge on tour, but not too much because I was some what accustomed because some of the MTB trails I rode regularly back in the day relied on using...
Forum: Touring
09-01-22, 01:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 585
Posted By staehpj1

64 is pretty far in the rear view mirror for for...

64 is pretty far in the rear view mirror for for both my wife and me by now.
Forum: Touring
09-01-22, 07:32 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 585
Posted By staehpj1

The preference for indoor accomodations could for...

The preference for indoor accomodations could for some mean that they might be willing to go really minimal for their camping gear and consider it to be a bail out type of option and to watch their...
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