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Forum: Touring
07-12-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,366
Posted By mev

...and then there is the following sign I found...

...and then there is the following sign I found on the Dalton Highway cycling past Joy, AK....
Forum: Touring
06-22-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,193
Posted By mev

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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How often are the turns?
For much of my touring, I won't have much in the way of...
Forum: Touring
06-18-21, 05:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,746
Posted By mev

Seems reasonable. I have had up to 3 flats...

Seems reasonable.

I have had up to 3 flats in a day while touring and once on San Diego Christmas Ride had 6 flats. Cycling TDA across Africa the record for one of my fellow cyclists was 11 flats...
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,120
Posted By mev

The parts I enjoyed most were between Astoria and...

The parts I enjoyed most were between Astoria and Pismo Beach, California.

So immediately south of San Francisco is interesting. I didn't enjoy areas leading into and south of Santa Barbara as...
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 05:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,955
Posted By mev

I am going to question some of the premise behind...

I am going to question some of the premise behind this. I have done my share of tours and had my set of failures... everything from cracked frames, failed hubs, broken rims, snapped cables, burst...
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 05:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 711
Posted By mev

By the way, will you be able to get your bike off...

By the way, will you be able to get your bike off in Raton?

Looking at the Amtrak site for bicycle service - https://www.amtrak.com/onboard/bring-your-bicycle-onboard.html The Southwest Chief...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,457
Posted By mev

Working brakes are more important than you...

Working brakes are more important than you think...

First tour was in college. Overall plan was to cycle from Boston to tip of Cape Cod and take the ferry back. I was the leader in that I had...
Forum: Touring
04-01-21, 01:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,462
Posted By mev

How frequently do the trains go from Chicago to...

How frequently do the trains go from Chicago to Milwaukee? If multiple per day, I'd just take what they give you and if something is late, then you'll bump to the next train anyways.

Last time I...
Forum: Touring
03-24-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,979
Posted By mev

Agreed. I think you can make a variety of...

Agreed. I think you can make a variety of different routes work pretty well, and depends a bit on where you want to travel.

I've gone across three times and once across Canada:
-- 1992:...
Forum: Touring
03-09-21, 12:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,904
Posted By mev

Worst stretch of mosquitoes, horseflies, biting...

Worst stretch of mosquitoes, horseflies, biting flies, etc. I've encountered was in the West Siberian plain, between the Ural Mountains and Lake Baikal. Essentially five weeks where except for large...
03-01-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 523
Posted By mev

20 years since I last owned an automobile

On February 28, 2001 I dropped car keys under the floor mat for a friend to retrieve. Next morning, I cycled away on a one year bicycle tour that brought me across the USA, one lap around the...
Forum: Touring
02-24-21, 07:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,044
Posted By mev

> However, I'm not sure that the rental places...

> However, I'm not sure that the rental places have a bike rack option.
A basic trunk mounted bike rack may not be too difficult or expensive to find. I've occasionally done this when the price of...
Forum: Touring
02-17-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,416
Posted By mev

In some of the western US states, there isn't...

In some of the western US states, there isn't always an easy alternative, e.g. took the following photo getting onto the shoulder of I-25 a little ways north of Socorro. I have cycled on interstates...
Forum: Touring
02-13-21, 08:09 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,083
Posted By mev

I've long described Kansas or Nebraska as best...

I've long described Kansas or Nebraska as best being seen either in excess of 100mph or at about 10mph.

When you drive across, you get the worst of both worlds. Often one ends up on the interstate...
Forum: Touring
01-28-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,455
Posted By mev

I don't go out of my way, e.g. reflective vest. ...

I don't go out of my way, e.g. reflective vest. However, when I have other choices, I'll pick for a brighter color that stands out. For example, red panniers instead of black; red rain jacket...
Forum: Touring
01-25-21, 05:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 951
Posted By mev

My info is old, but I did a good portion of the...

My info is old, but I did a good portion of the Yellowhead Highway between Edmonton and Winnipeg as part of a trip across Canada (Fairbanks AK to St John's NF). I also did other parts of Yellowhead...
Forum: Touring
12-02-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,121
Posted By mev

Your subject line is rather misleading. ...

Your subject line is rather misleading.

Anyways, here is Stu with his bike cycling through northern Australia....
Forum: Touring
11-09-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,208
Posted By mev

Not sure why it matters but seems pretty...

Not sure why it matters but seems pretty straightforward to me:
Support is someone else helping along the way. Most common examples is carrying gear or being there to address issues that come up...
Forum: Touring
11-01-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,275
Posted By mev

I think you might be creating a bit of a straw...

I think you might be creating a bit of a straw man when you refer to a "norm". In my experience, slamming miles, 100 miles a day and gram counting is much more an exception that what I see myself...
Forum: Touring
10-01-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,920
Posted By mev

I agree there are limited uses on water filters -...

I agree there are limited uses on water filters - but think the description is a bit too limiting. Here are some examples from my trips:

1. Some places in the developing world, the drinking water...
Forum: Touring
09-03-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,923
Posted By mev

For me it has changed over time as I've gotten...

For me it has changed over time as I've gotten older. I also tend to think a bit more in terms of hours in the saddle than specifically mileage.

For a while, I found a rough estimate of 10...
Forum: Touring
09-02-20, 03:21 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,691
Posted By mev

Depends a bit on what else is in the bike box. I...

Depends a bit on what else is in the bike box. I had a big enough bike and tightly packed that I couldn't quite fit it in the same box on a trip I took through Kashmir, India. As it turned out, the...
Forum: Touring
08-31-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,691
Posted By mev

For what it is worth, given this has also touched...

For what it is worth, given this has also touched on trailers...

I have toured a fair amount, most of it with panniers. I also own three trailers and have toured for about ~8 weeks total with an...
Forum: Touring
08-13-20, 11:29 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,427
Posted By mev

Thank you for posting. I've long been a fan of...

Thank you for posting. I've long been a fan of Maine once you get past Bangor. Also a demonstration that there are lovely places as you get off US-1.
It has been a while since I lived in New...
Forum: Touring
08-07-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 958
Posted By mev

Some years ago, I set out to bicycle every...

Some years ago, I set out to bicycle every official county road in Weld County, CO. I only got ~600 of the 3000 miles done before I moved and a majority of them were gravel roads.

So I looked...
Forum: Touring
08-04-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,217
Posted By mev

I think there are 49 left in the US -...

I think there are 49 left in the US - https://www.hiusa.org/
Forum: Touring
07-27-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,860
Posted By mev

That has gotten quite a bit better. Most unlocked...

That has gotten quite a bit better. Most unlocked phones I've found are "quad band" that I've found work well between US / Europe and Latin America - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GSM_frequency_bands...
Forum: Touring
07-26-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,860
Posted By mev

Note: Many of those areas without much phone...

Note: Many of those areas without much phone coverage also don't have a dense road network, so turns are quite far apart and not uncommon that you'll follow the same highway all day.

In contrast,...
Forum: Touring
06-28-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,248
Posted By mev

+1 I am reminded of that during the current...

+1

I am reminded of that during the current pandemic.

In 2016, I quit my job, put everything in storage and took off for an 18-month trip. Some months prior to departure, I was tempted to defer...
Forum: Touring
05-28-20, 12:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,460
Posted By mev

Bells can be particularly important in some...

Bells can be particularly important in some countries.

I was touring in India and everything on the roads seemed to make noise. Large horns from trucks/buses, beeps from cars, small toots from...
Forum: Touring
05-26-20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,375
Posted By mev

After having tried a bivy sack is why I went back...

After having tried a bivy sack is why I went back to a tube tent like this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FB7XYRS/
I can unzip it into a tarp, or put a string through it and pitch it like...
Forum: Touring
05-26-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,375
Posted By mev

Thanks for sharing the review and photo. At...

Thanks for sharing the review and photo.

At least as much as the one vs. two - what seems nice on this tent is the overall height. I finally got rid of my last tent with a low enough ceiling that...
Forum: Touring
05-13-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,891
Posted By mev

I enjoyed parts between Astoria, OR and Pismo...

I enjoyed parts between Astoria, OR and Pismo Beach, CA the best.

Further north between Vancouver, BC and Portland/Astoria I've done multiple times though never out the Olympic Peninsula. I found...
Forum: Touring
05-09-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 961
Posted By mev

Not backroller, but I've used bikepacker plus as...

Not backroller, but I've used bikepacker plus as both front end rear panniers. Photo below in Amsterdam at start of trip (new looking panniers) on my way to Vladivostok.

As others have pointed...
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 08:21 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 12,274
Posted By mev

Some of us rode older model bikes when they were...

Some of us rode older model bikes when they were new... while I appreciate the disc brakes I have now more than what I had... at the time, I didn't see cantilever brakes as a big encumbrance on my...
Forum: Touring
04-22-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,971
Posted By mev

Others have explained how to calculate, so I'll...

Others have explained how to calculate, so I'll add a note...

Gear inches are the equivalent diameter of direct a drive wheel. In other words, imagine a scenario where each rotation of your...
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,150
Posted By mev

Trivia note: Wikipedia tells us Haskell County is...

Trivia note: Wikipedia tells us Haskell County is the flattest county in Kansas (still not flatter than a pancake...)...
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 09:21 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,150
Posted By mev

The way you have posed your question, makes your...

The way you have posed your question, makes your plan seem unrealistic.

However, people vary in abilities including ability to train. So, I offer a suggestion as well as a few notes:
...
Forum: Touring
04-01-20, 02:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,661
Posted By mev

While a head net would be better than nothing,...

While a head net would be better than nothing, seems like it is better when mostly moving around than as a good solution overnight in a tarp.

Some bugs seem to find the smallest of gaps or bite...
Forum: Touring
03-31-20, 12:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,661
Posted By mev

No problems. Onida is a small town of ~650...

No problems. Onida is a small town of ~650 people. I came to the hotel and learned they were full. The next town with a likely hotel was another 30 miles away. I had both time and energy to do...
Forum: Touring
02-26-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,732
Posted By mev

I didn't have a maple leaf, but when I bicycled...

I didn't have a maple leaf, but when I bicycled around Australia, I was surprised on several occasions to have people guess I was Canadian. I found it amusing.

Someone then explained, if you had...
Forum: Touring
02-21-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,732
Posted By mev

I am a native Dutch speaker. I have what I...

I am a native Dutch speaker.

I have what I call my "fake German" - that mostly consists of trying a mixture of the few German words I know, Dutch words with German accents and English words with...
Forum: Touring
02-01-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,908
Posted By mev

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/480x640/587_51e61d37f7b8face0442a9991ceb8302836bd550.jpg
Forum: Touring
01-30-20, 08:32 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,908
Posted By mev

Do you enjoy touring in Tassie? Some suggestions...

Do you enjoy touring in Tassie? Some suggestions in similar vein:

The "edges" of North America have often been my favorites.
- On the Alaska Panhandle, taking the ferry to Haines and then...
Forum: Touring
01-10-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,686
Posted By mev

A few things to note: 1. The pinned comment...

A few things to note:
1. The pinned comment with this video on YouTube tells us the shelter was built on private property. So this isn't a case of someone going onto public lands, building a shelter...
Forum: Touring
01-10-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,092
Posted By mev

Good that you find riding with another...

Good that you find riding with another reassuring.

My past experience suggests it hasn't been as much of a concern for me on several accounts:
- My experience with mechanical breakdowns has been...
Forum: Touring
12-31-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,686
Posted By mev

It depends. There are several assumptions I...

It depends.

There are several assumptions I would need to sort out. For example are there particular constraints that make this space desirable/constrained? E.g.
- Access to water?
- Places to...
Forum: Touring
12-30-19, 08:25 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,092
Posted By mev

Helmets off to those who lead these cross-country...

Helmets off to those who lead these cross-country trips. I've led club rides and a few multi-day rides with friends... but also have a sense leading/staffing an extended trip like this with paying...
Forum: Touring
12-30-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,065
Posted By mev

Topeak road morph has been reliable for me and I...

Topeak road morph has been reliable for me and I like the gauge.
Forum: Touring
12-02-19, 08:19 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,248
Posted By mev

I'm not sure what problem is solved by creating a...

I'm not sure what problem is solved by creating a separate forum.

I do see value in updating the description....
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