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Forum: Touring
07-03-22, 06:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 658
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. There were 8...
Forum: Touring
07-03-22, 03:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 658
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: 250
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: 15
Views: 521
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: 1,720
Views: 339,797
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: 1,779
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: 457
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: 1,420
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: 457
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: 1,199
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: 1,199
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: 1,720
Views: 339,797
Posted By Doug64

Valencia, Spain ...

Valencia, Spain
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Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 01:01 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,067
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: 59
Views: 1,356
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: 1,688
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
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52084026474_711af314f2_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2nmufus)...
Forum: Touring
05-17-22, 09:35 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,380
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: 4,380
Posted By Doug64

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

Here is another at a slightly different angle:
https://live.staticflickr.com/4360/35775012504_6a4ee67204_c.jpg

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: 4,380
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: 32
Views: 1,312
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: 1,075
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: 622
Posted By Doug64

What is your dropout spacing?

What is your dropout spacing?
Forum: Touring
05-10-22, 11:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,075
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: 1,028
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: 1,028
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...
Forum: Touring
05-03-22, 09:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,028
Posted By Doug64

I use the large Ortliebb Rackpack, and have never...

I use the large Ortliebb Rackpack, and have never clipped them to my Ortlieb Back Roller panniers. I have used two 1/4" shock cord bungees.
I have used them for 15 years and a lot of miles without...
04-23-22, 10:59 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,796
Posted By Doug64

When Co-Motion fixes your bike, you will never be...

When Co-Motion fixes your bike, you will never be able to tell it was damaged.

My wife's Co-Motion touring bike was damaged shipping it home from a tour. We were supposed to start on another...
Forum: Touring
04-20-22, 03:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,102
Posted By Doug64

I made both sets of panniers for our road bikes....

I made both sets of panniers for our road bikes. I modeled then after normal size panniers, but made them smaller and with more taper on the front side. They were made out of coated packcloth, with...
Forum: Touring
04-18-22, 09:31 PM
Replies: 1,720
Views: 339,797
Posted By Doug64

Alberta ...

Alberta
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Saskatchewan-- Land of the Living Skies
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Manitoba-- What...
Forum: Touring
04-16-22, 08:28 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,328
Posted By Doug64

+1 My road bike has a similar spoke pattern,...

+1

My road bike has a similar spoke pattern, only it has 24 spokes instead of 20. The only complaint I have is that it does not take much to knock the wheels out of true. That is with no load and...
Forum: Touring
04-15-22, 03:55 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,328
Posted By Doug64

My wife and daughters carry most of their gear...

My wife and daughters carry most of their gear weight on the rear of their bikes. Nobody has had a problem with this setup, and I know they are not light packers:) My wife has pulled away from me on...
Forum: Touring
04-12-22, 10:20 PM
Replies: 1,720
Views: 339,797
Posted By Doug64

Icefield Parkway, Alberta, Canada ...

Icefield Parkway, Alberta, Canada

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Forum: Touring
04-08-22, 06:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,059
Posted By Doug64

Good point, the card was printed in the UK, The...

Good point, the card was printed in the UK, The pictures can be taken anywhere.
Forum: Touring
04-08-22, 01:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,059
Posted By Doug64

This was the picture on the front of my birthday...

This was the picture on the front of my birthday card that was sent from a friend. Thought some of you might get a smile from the manipulated photo. How do I know it was manipulated; they don't have...
Forum: Touring
04-06-22, 09:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 458
Posted By Doug64

Being self supported, you might consider...

Being self supported, you might consider modifying your route to make it an actual loop. My wife and I have ended three tours at Schiphol Airport, all were open jaw routes terminating there. It would...
Forum: Touring
03-31-22, 10:48 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,328
Posted By Doug64

If you have a foot that is smaller than a size10,...

If you have a foot that is smaller than a size10, The Bianchi Volpe is a great all-around bike. Volpes from 2013 on had rack mounts on the fork blades.

2013 Volpe...
03-31-22, 08:27 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,926
Posted By Doug64

I've used this post 2 times already in this...

I've used this post 2 times already in this forum. It also seems to fit in this thread. FYI i was 64 when we rode across the U. S.. We averaged over 50 miles a day for 74 consecutive days.
Forum: Touring
03-27-22, 07:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,059
Posted By Doug64

mev, that is a nice bear picture.

mev, that is a nice bear picture.
Forum: Touring
03-27-22, 10:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,059
Posted By Doug64

A black bear walked between the food box and our...

A black bear walked between the food box and our breakfast on the way down to the river. It was a pretty exciting few minutes. Luckily I was getting something out of my bar bag, and was able to reach...
Forum: Touring
03-26-22, 10:36 AM
Forum: Touring
03-25-22, 11:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,434
Posted By Doug64

I was hesitant to make this comment, but you...

I was hesitant to make this comment, but you asked for comments. I know you have the experience and ability to ride more than 60km a day without any trouble, what about your wife and 11 year old...
Forum: Touring
03-22-22, 12:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,014
Posted By Doug64

I have good results keeping my outer layer...

I have good results keeping my outer layer breathable and water proof. I live in western Oregon, and have worked mostly outdoors. I've used breathable fabrics since they were introduced. They have...
Forum: Touring
03-20-22, 05:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,014
Posted By Doug64

I've posted this picture at least a dozen times,...

I've posted this picture at least a dozen times, but this seems to fit here.

Sometimes there are situations where it is best to seek cover. We were riding through Astoria, Oregon on a Pacific...
Forum: Touring
03-20-22, 10:29 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,014
Posted By Doug64

I can't remember a tour that it did not rain . On...

I can't remember a tour that it did not rain . On one tour my wife and I experienced 35 days of rain. Showers Pass and REI brands are good gear. IMO REI (COOP) brand rain gear is the best value for a...
03-13-22, 06:26 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,291
Posted By Doug64

Yah Indyfabz, I think I know what your saying:) ...

Yah Indyfabz, I think I know what your saying:)


Those little nuts come in handy for all sorts things.
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Forum: Touring
03-10-22, 02:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 972
Posted By Doug64

That big White Pine looks familiar. ...

That big White Pine looks familiar.
https://live.staticflickr.com/4307/35952022002_4645884270_c.jpg

My wife and I discussed riding around the Yellowstone area for this summer, but decided against...
Forum: Touring
03-05-22, 02:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 607
Posted By Doug64

It is good to hear from you!

It is good to hear from you!
Forum: Touring
03-02-22, 12:34 PM
Replies: 1,720
Views: 339,797
Posted By Doug64

Alberta, Canada ...

Alberta, Canada
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51913129368_40dc51bd99_c.jpg
Forum: Touring
03-01-22, 08:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,700
Posted By Doug64

Do you have fenders? Which wheel was rubbing? ...

Do you have fenders? Which wheel was rubbing?

You will need 10 posts to post picture.
Forum: Touring
03-01-22, 04:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,499
Posted By Doug64

Yes, the hooks are a great indicator, but I also...

Yes, the hooks are a great indicator, but I also use zip ties on my panniers: red for port and green for starboard. More importantly to me, the red indicates the gear, toiletries, towel and clothes I...
Forum: Touring
03-01-22, 12:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 413
Posted By Doug64

My wife and I rode through Berlin toward Poznan,...

My wife and I rode through Berlin toward Poznan, but turned southeast to Wroclaw before reaching Poznan. We were rolling our own route, but we did ride on Europaradwag R1 (Eurovelo2) from Berlin into...
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