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Forum: Touring
07-03-22, 04:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 286
Posted By staehpj1

It is skim milk not whole milk at least what I...

It is skim milk not whole milk at least what I see in stores that I go to. Nido is the only powdered whole mik I have reliably found. Nothing eles is even 2% that I know of so if you want any...
Forum: Touring
07-02-22, 06:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 286
Posted By staehpj1

FWIW, Nido comes in a few sized cans and keeps...

FWIW, Nido comes in a few sized cans and keeps pretty much forever if unopened. Once opened it keeps quite long, but does go bad eventually. When it goes bad it doesn't disolve well and is kind of...
Forum: Touring
07-01-22, 04:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 514
Posted By staehpj1

Here in the US I have never seen anything like...

Here in the US I have never seen anything like that. I wonder how tubeless users manage. The tires on my tubeless bike would probably stay mounted and not make a mess even with the valves open. Even...
Forum: Touring
07-01-22, 03:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 514
Posted By staehpj1

I have never had any contact with airport...

I have never had any contact with airport employees or TSA personel other than when I passed my closed box through the opening in the counter (or more rarely in an outdoor baggage check). I have...
Forum: Touring
07-01-22, 03:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 514
Posted By staehpj1

I wondered what most folks did with tubeless when...

I wondered what most folks did with tubeless when flying. I'd probably just run really low pressure for packing. Enough to keep the beads seated. That said I have not flown with my tubeless setup.
Forum: Touring
07-01-22, 03:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 286
Posted By staehpj1

Yep Nido.

Yep Nido.
Forum: Touring
07-01-22, 05:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 562
Posted By staehpj1

That is a distinction I have never been incilned...

That is a distinction I have never been incilned to make, but probably a good and significant one. Just my ignorance maybe, but I have tended to lump Brits and mainland Europeans all together in...
Forum: Touring
06-30-22, 04:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 562
Posted By staehpj1

I think that it fits pretty well if looking for a...

I think that it fits pretty well if looking for a term that includes everything that isn't drop bars, which I was. I am guessing you object to a term that vague.
Forum: Touring
06-30-22, 06:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 562
Posted By staehpj1

For the purposes of this thread, I'd call all of...

For the purposes of this thread, I'd call all of those non drop bars flat bars. I think pretty much everything I have seen anyone tour on can be divided into drops or flat. I guess I would have...
Forum: Touring
06-30-22, 06:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 562
Posted By staehpj1

Hence my question here to get a better impression.

Hence my question here to get a better impression.
Forum: Touring
06-30-22, 06:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 514
Posted By staehpj1

Just noting that folks will run a really wide...

Just noting that folks will run a really wide range of tires for touring. The Rene Herse 700x44 Endurance casing @ 425g and while a lot wider is way lighter than the widest marathon plus (700x38 and...
Forum: Touring
06-29-22, 08:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 562
Posted By staehpj1

I do recall two different times I met Europeans...

I do recall two different times I met Europeans with drop bars, one was Dutch and one was German.
Forum: Touring
06-29-22, 08:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 562
Posted By staehpj1

Drop bars?

Someone here a while back claimed that dropped bars for touring was a US thing and everywhere else folks toured with flat bars. I know that at best that is an exaggeration since I have seen plenty...
Forum: Touring
06-29-22, 04:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 581
Posted By staehpj1

I was going to mention a suspension corrected...

I was going to mention a suspension corrected rigid fork. The only reason I didn't was that the OP didn't sound receptive to that. Now that a few people mentioned not needing suspension, I will say...
Forum: Touring
06-28-22, 05:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 581
Posted By staehpj1

Old Man Mountain makes front racks for bikes with...

Old Man Mountain makes front racks for bikes with suspension forks, so that might be something to look it if you do stay with a suspension fork. https://oldmanmountain.com/ Also there are other ways...
Forum: Touring
06-25-22, 03:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 487
Posted By staehpj1

So I got the Instinct 2 Solar. It has been...

So I got the Instinct 2 Solar. It has been interesting and fun to have a bunch of data to wade through. The sleep and heart rate data have both been interesting and useful. I continue to be a...
Forum: Touring
06-24-22, 05:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 202
Posted By staehpj1

Folks from the forums can be helpful. I have had...

Folks from the forums can be helpful. I have had quite a few offer help including advice, logistic support, and hospitality and I have done the same for others.
Forum: Touring
06-23-22, 03:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 202
Posted By staehpj1

I have ridden into or out of a number of major...

I have ridden into or out of a number of major airports and never found it that bad, but typically there are other options than riding to get away from airports if you need them. These include...
Forum: Touring
06-22-22, 07:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 660
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, I'd make some if I didn't have some that my...

Yeah, I'd make some if I didn't have some that my dad made 50 or so years ago. It is a nice project for anyone who needs some chain whips. I'd probably make some nicer ones, but the ones my dad...
Forum: Touring
06-21-22, 01:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 701
Posted By staehpj1

Yes, Yellowstone has a lot of motor homes. Worse...

Yes, Yellowstone has a lot of motor homes. Worse yet many of them are rentals driven by folks who probably have no previous experience driving a large vehicle. I do think it is possible to minimize...
Forum: Touring
06-21-22, 10:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 698
Posted By staehpj1

I think the Shimano version is the SHIMANO...

I think the Shimano version is the SHIMANO PD-M324. FWIW, I much prefer to be firmly attached to the pedals even in gnarly terrain. I find I can put a foot down just as fast and never slip off when...
Forum: Touring
06-21-22, 08:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 701
Posted By staehpj1

Taking a bus tour or even renting a car are...

Taking a bus tour or even renting a car are options I have not taken often enough in various places on tours. I regret not taking a day or a few days to see a few places that I have been near and...
Forum: Touring
06-21-22, 07:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 698
Posted By staehpj1

Okay so I rode the old MTB with drop bars on my...

Okay so I rode the old MTB with drop bars on my mixed road trail ride today because I realized my newer mountain bike was in bad need of a chain and I didn't want to ruin the rings and cogs. Il...
Forum: Touring
06-21-22, 05:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 701
Posted By staehpj1

The last info I saw said that was that odd even...

The last info I saw said that was that odd even license plate days would be used for entry to the park and it didn't mention bikes at all. I did see sometthing in the closure info that mentioned that...
Forum: Touring
06-20-22, 05:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 649
Posted By staehpj1

I haven't either, but I have done it myself quite...

I haven't either, but I have done it myself quite a few times in both large-ish grocery stores and in walmart or similar big box stores and no one has ever said a word to me about it. I'd advise...
Forum: Touring
06-19-22, 02:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 649
Posted By staehpj1

Yes I generally do carry a light cable lock. I...

Yes I generally do carry a light cable lock. I have only very rarely gone on a tour without a lock. Right off the top of my head I don't recall which ones, but likely something like a mixed surface...
Forum: Touring
06-19-22, 08:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 649
Posted By staehpj1

I don't spend too much time in cities when on...

I don't spend too much time in cities when on tour, but when I do I typically leave the bike in the room and use public transportation or am just very careful about where I leave my bike.

I have...
Forum: Touring
06-19-22, 06:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 701
Posted By staehpj1

I didn't think the traffic was bad enough to...

I didn't think the traffic was bad enough to warrant bypassing Yellowstone if you have not seen the geothermal stuff before. It will depend on your traffic tolerance though, I guess. Picking lower...
Forum: Touring
06-19-22, 04:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 701
Posted By staehpj1

Not first hand, but I do see that the NPS is...

Not first hand, but I do see that the NPS is posting some progress on Yellowstone. The southern part of the park is opening with an odd even license tag entry system on June 22nd. No mention of...
Forum: Touring
06-18-22, 07:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 701
Posted By staehpj1

Yellowstone Flooding

I'd imagine some of the westbound Trans America riders would be dealing with Yellowstone closures by now. Anyone here dealing with that? Are you detouring to the south? It looks like folks will...
Forum: Touring
06-18-22, 06:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 806
Posted By staehpj1

Maybe because a touring bike just might not wind...

Maybe because a touring bike just might not wind up being the right tool for the kind of touring they wind up wanting to do. There are a lot of possibilities. They might wind up pursuing a lot of...
Forum: Touring
06-17-22, 09:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 664
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, it was nice going W-E. If you hit it as...

Yeah, it was nice going W-E. If you hit it as early as is reasonable weather wise and when McKenzie pass is first open there is a good chance of missing too much smoke and having decent weather until...
Forum: Touring
06-17-22, 07:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 664
Posted By staehpj1

All of that raises some questions in my mind. I...

All of that raises some questions in my mind. I wonder about how much difference there is in dealing with altitude for TA riders going E-W vs ones going W-E. I don't recall it as being a huge deal...
Forum: Touring
06-17-22, 04:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 487
Posted By staehpj1

I guess there really isn't a compelling reason to...

I guess there really isn't a compelling reason to get the data for all sports into one place. It would be kind of nice to be able to look back and see continuity or lack of it for any given period of...
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 02:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 487
Posted By staehpj1

In what way? My first impression has been quite...

In what way? My first impression has been quite favorable, but I have not used it enough to really judge.
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 08:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 664
Posted By staehpj1

The hardest part of the TA was in the east IME....

The hardest part of the TA was in the east IME. The Colorado mountains had LONG climbs, but I found the Oarks and Appalachians much harder. The EE cuts out a ton of climbing there in the Appalachians...
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 07:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 487
Posted By staehpj1

Okay, so I am sorting out the myriad features of...

Okay, so I am sorting out the myriad features of the Instinct 2 Solar, Garmin Connect, and the various other services that I want to use it with. It was really confusing to start, but is starting to...
Forum: Touring
06-15-22, 09:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 660
Posted By staehpj1

I bet chainsaw chain would grip well I...

I bet chainsaw chain would grip well


I may have to try some iron around my blueberry bushes. Not sure about using a bike chain given that I don't know what is in the lube. Rusty nails or...
Forum: Touring
06-15-22, 07:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 698
Posted By staehpj1

I may take the SVEA, but don't think I'll go too...

I may take the SVEA, but don't think I'll go too far toward the classic theme. I'll see what my mindset is by then. Who knows? I might even take a tent (a Timberline would be the classic choice,...
Forum: Touring
06-15-22, 07:38 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 698
Posted By staehpj1

Not thinking new wheels. I have two wheel sets...

Not thinking new wheels. I have two wheel sets and planned to try setting up an existing one as tubeless. I also have some tubeless rated tires. I plan to try running tubeless on the non tubeless...
Forum: Touring
06-15-22, 06:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 698
Posted By staehpj1

Yep, I will. I rode the crit bike on the ST and...

Yep, I will. I rode the crit bike on the ST and didn't find it to be a handicap in knocking out miles. It rolled out the miles well. Fatter tires would have given a more plush ride though. Tubeless...
Forum: Touring
06-15-22, 04:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 698
Posted By staehpj1

By the way I am thinking ahead to 2026 and...

By the way I am thinking ahead to 2026 and considering riding one or the other of these two bikes on the TA on the anniversery of Bikecentennial and the anniversery of signing of the declaration of...
Forum: Touring
06-14-22, 04:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 664
Posted By staehpj1

I think I misunderstood some of the rest as well....

I think I misunderstood some of the rest as well. I still probably wouldn't choose it myself, but it upon rereading it makes more sense than I thought.

FWIW, from what I have been reading the EE...
Forum: Touring
06-14-22, 03:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 664
Posted By staehpj1

I don't "get" your route. You 'd miss all the...

I don't "get" your route. You 'd miss all the best of the TA in the east and skip the west altogether if I understand correctly. You'd miss out on doing a coast to coast ride

I'd suggest just...
Forum: Touring
06-14-22, 07:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 698
Posted By staehpj1

It is handy to have a bike that can be used for...

It is handy to have a bike that can be used for shuttles on backpacking and canoe trips. I have used mine for that, but it is a poor choice because I'd be heart broken if it were stolen. I really...
Forum: Touring
06-14-22, 06:10 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By staehpj1

I have no doubt he could just buy almost any...

I have no doubt he could just buy almost any normal rack. In some cases it may require a little spreading and bending of the rack legs and/or a spacer on the bolt at the braze on, but I have not...
Forum: Touring
06-14-22, 04:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 698
Posted By staehpj1

True on all counts. I like the bike a lot...

True on all counts.


I like the bike a lot for what it is, but... I suspect that as much as that I like it for what it has been to me. It was one of the two bikes that were my primary bikes...
Forum: Touring
06-14-22, 03:57 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By staehpj1

Most, but have a look at post #40 in this thread....

Most, but have a look at post #40 in this thread. Surly has some frames that have them part way up the seat stay on models where the disc brakes are potentially in the way of a regular rack. They...
Forum: Touring
06-13-22, 07:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 726
Posted By staehpj1

Yep, Never put a sleeping bag in the tent bag or...

Yep, Never put a sleeping bag in the tent bag or in the same bag with the tent bag. Even in dry weather the tent get damp. There might be condensation inside. There might be moisture under the floor....
Forum: Touring
06-13-22, 07:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 698
Posted By staehpj1

I may buy a gravel bike, but in the mean time...

I may buy a gravel bike, but in the mean time plan to ride the Cannondale more than I have been to gauge how much I enjoy the bike. There is a lot of nostalgia there, but also it is still a nice...
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