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Forum: Touring
09-22-22, 01:36 PM
Replies: 1,793
Views: 347,217
Posted By Doug64

The road, U.S. Hwy 20 into the Cascade...

The road, U.S. Hwy 20 into the Cascade Mountains, was closed to through traffic for about 3 weeks. It was hard to resist the ride..
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Forum: Touring
09-21-22, 07:48 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,324
Posted By Doug64

I made these "security" cables for my Orltlieb...

I made these "security" cables for my Orltlieb Back Roller panniers. They were made from 3/32" cable, but 1/8" could have also be used. They would deter an opportunistic thief, and were easy to make....
Forum: Touring
09-19-22, 04:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 486
Posted By Doug64

My wife and daughters rode into Paris from CDG, a...

My wife and daughters rode into Paris from CDG, a local guy led us to a canal that went straight into Paris. Where did you want to be today? Is there any flex in your train ticket. can you assemble...
Forum: Touring
09-16-22, 08:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 486
Posted By Doug64

Your experience is more current than ours, 2011. ...

Your experience is more current than ours, 2011. We were also in Europe in 2015, but we did not get into France.
Forum: Touring
09-16-22, 04:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 486
Posted By Doug64

Sometimes loading a bike on any train is a...

Sometimes loading a bike on any train is a challenging job, and French trains are no exception. My wife and I were in Dijon, France, and I needed to be in Paris for a Doctor's appointment, and we...
Forum: Touring
09-14-22, 10:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 392
Posted By Doug64

I have a XT 770 on my LHT, and have toured at...

I have a XT 770 on my LHT, and have toured at least 15,000 miles, plus a lot of prep miles on it without any problems. What makes it a lemon? The main concerns I've heard are the 13 3/16" bearings...
Forum: Touring
09-13-22, 09:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 176
Posted By Doug64

My wife and I rode from Copenhagen to Prague as...

My wife and I rode from Copenhagen to Prague as part of a 2-month ride. Our route was: Copenhagen> Berlin> Poznan, Poland>Wroclaw, Poland>Prague>Frankfurt> Belgium> Netherlands. It was a great ride,...
Forum: Touring
09-13-22, 01:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 392
Posted By Doug64

My guess is that your shifting problems could...

My guess is that your shifting problems could have been caused by your chainline. Most mountain bike cranks use a 50 mm chainline and most road bikes use 45 mm. I use a mountain bike drivetrain on my...
Forum: Touring
09-04-22, 10:58 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,324
Posted By Doug64

:thumb:

:thumb:
Forum: Touring
09-03-22, 10:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 328
Posted By Doug64

The Patigonia Nano Puff or the Micro Puff might...

The Patigonia Nano Puff or the Micro Puff might meet your needs. I've used both, and prefer the Micro Puff. It goes on most of our tours especially during the shoulder seasons , or where cooler...
09-02-22, 08:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 375
Posted By Doug64

I leave my bike rack (carrier) on my car all the...

I leave my bike rack (carrier) on my car all the time, except in the winter. It has a locking hitch pin, and I have not ha any issues with damage or attempted theft. I've used my hitch racks this way...
Forum: Touring
08-31-22, 10:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 617
Posted By Doug64

We were heading south from Calgary, Alberta to...

We were heading south from Calgary, Alberta to Whitefish, Montana just after the floods in 2013. We talked to guy stationed near the closure sign, which was about 6-5 miles from the bridge. He did...
Forum: Touring
08-18-22, 06:04 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,324
Posted By Doug64

My wife has a small snack bag that straps to her...

My wife has a small snack bag that straps to her toptube and headtube. One night at a campground in California, a raccoon unzipped the top, and got away with her bag of M&Ms. It just left a few dirty...
Forum: Touring
08-18-22, 11:39 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,324
Posted By Doug64

My wife and I left our bikes secured to the...

My wife and I left our bikes secured to the fence, with a cable, while we walked a mile to a nearby town, and took 2 trains to get to a place we wanted to see. We left before daylight and got back...
Forum: Touring
08-08-22, 01:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,153
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: 31
Views: 1,153
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: 31
Views: 1,153
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: 500
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: 2,121
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: 2,121
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: 2,121
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: 54
Views: 2,035
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: 54
Views: 2,035
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: 1,346
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: 1,346
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: 484
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: 484
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: 49
Views: 1,386
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: 1,793
Views: 347,217
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: 370
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: 19
Views: 939
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: 866
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: 19
Views: 939
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: 19
Views: 939
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: 19
Views: 939
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: 514
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: 776
Posted By Doug64

Your timing is perfect:thumb:

Your timing is perfect:thumb:
Forum: Touring
07-07-22, 09:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 939
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: 776
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: 1,012
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: 1,932
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: 1,932
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: 450
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: 29
Views: 1,675
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: 1,793
Views: 347,217
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: 2,028
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: 740
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: 1,647
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: 740
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: 1,451
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...
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