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Forum: Touring
06-22-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 470
Posted By gauvins

:) Perhaps expect one taken in front of the...

:)

Perhaps expect one taken in front of the Patate du Gouin...
Forum: Touring
06-21-21, 03:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 470
Posted By gauvins

Katadyn's beFree is a filter -- I also carry...

Katadyn's beFree is a filter -- I also carry purifier tablets. And the seekers will apparently take care of the taste :)
Forum: Touring
06-21-21, 02:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 470
Posted By gauvins

Small things add down

Just about to leave for a 6-week solo, self-supported tour. Going through my packing list, I've made a couple of interesting finds. Everything fits nicely inside 2x12.5L Ortlieb front rollers + tent...
Forum: Touring
06-21-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,617
Posted By gauvins

djb planning to leave this week. Won't have time...

djb planning to leave this week. Won't have time to ride extensively, but (1) brakes work better; (2) after a couple of tweaks, FD works like a charm; (3) RD, not sure yet, but minor adjustments can...
Forum: Touring
06-20-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,617
Posted By gauvins

FWIW -- spent the morning replacing cables. Upon...

FWIW -- spent the morning replacing cables. Upon inspection, the front derailleur cable was starting to fray under the bottom bracket, and the front brake cable had something of a kink. Reading about...
Forum: Touring
06-19-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,617
Posted By gauvins

Yes, and yes. And I have plenty of spares as...

Yes, and yes. And I have plenty of spares as well. I "think" I've decided to carry spares with me (there's no point changing cables that are working perfectly after all).
Forum: Touring
06-18-21, 04:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,617
Posted By gauvins

Interesting tip. Thanks

Interesting tip. Thanks
Forum: Touring
06-18-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,617
Posted By gauvins

Preemptively replace brake/shifters cables?

Just about to leave for a tour that'll take me to places where servicing a bike is not possible. I'll replace the (rim) brake pads, cassette and chain; tires are in good shape. The bike is sturdy and...
Forum: Touring
06-16-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,713
Posted By gauvins

Looks like you've been very thorough :) I'd...

Looks like you've been very thorough :)

I'd add that the amount of advisable precautions depends on where you tour. If you a in a remote area where access to a store is out of the question,...
Forum: Touring
06-10-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,167
Posted By gauvins

I also prefer 2 front rollers and tent + food bag...

I also prefer 2 front rollers and tent + food bag on the rear rack (i.e. no rear panniers).

If you pack your sleeping back in the rack pack along your tent, consider stuffing your sleeping bag and...
Forum: Touring
06-09-21, 04:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,538
Posted By gauvins

Could you elaborate a bit on your rear rack?...

Could you elaborate a bit on your rear rack? (what model, what capacity, why not a "conventional" rear rack?)
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 369
Posted By gauvins

Well, then... Looks like a summer at home... :/

Well, then... Looks like a summer at home... :/
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 369
Posted By gauvins

happyfeet Thanks for the pictures. This...

happyfeet Thanks for the pictures. This TransCanada trails is turning out to be a major disappointment...

So I guess that we'll either forget about the whole thing of figure out a reasonable...
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 07:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 369
Posted By gauvins

BC Trail - Hike & Bike etc.

Trying to adapt to our evolving travel restricted environment, we are now considering riding the BC trail (https://bikepacking.com/routes/bc-trail/), west to east, up to Kelowna.

Anyone familiar...
Forum: Touring
06-03-21, 07:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 617
Posted By gauvins

This represents something like 60h total, at an...

This represents something like 60h total, at an easy pace. (14kmh on level, 500m/h up, 1000m/down). I am a slow rider and typically beat these estimates (locus pro)/Android).


Hot weather on a...
Forum: Touring
06-03-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,988
Posted By gauvins

Curious: what kind of rain can you deal with by...

Curious: what kind of rain can you deal with by simply pulling a tarp over your bivy (drizzle, brief downpour, all-nighter -- as long as there's not much wind, you stay dry?) I am quite interested in...
Forum: Touring
06-02-21, 04:38 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,988
Posted By gauvins

Personally, I wouldn't cowboy camp (no protection...

Personally, I wouldn't cowboy camp (no protection from the elements) on any kind of extended trip.

Might be useful to list the components of your sleeping system, including weight, your budget,...
Forum: Touring
06-02-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,105
Posted By gauvins

1. Do not worry too much about your bike (Cube is...

1. Do not worry too much about your bike (Cube is a well known, quality brand). 40mm tires are perfectly suited for your plans (I assume that you'll mostly ride on pavement/gravel paths). And since...
Forum: Touring
06-01-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,538
Posted By gauvins

Only place I could find is Merlin...

Only place I could find is Merlin (https://www.merlincycles.com/schwalbe-glueless-patches-148938.html).
Forum: Touring
06-01-21, 07:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,538
Posted By gauvins

I see that you use Schwalbe's aerothan tubes....

I see that you use Schwalbe's aerothan tubes. What patch kit do you use? (1) Looks as if Schwalbe's is out of stock; (2) I read somewhere that Park's self-adhesive patches work fine (!?)
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,943
Posted By gauvins

[I've read the thread with interest, but I don't...

[I've read the thread with interest, but I don't see how the concept of "reliability" can be discussed in the absence of a clear understanding of what is meant and what the trade-offs are. To...
Forum: Touring
05-24-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,199
Posted By gauvins

+1 for the pump 1. Perhaps a spoke wrench...

+1 for the pump

1. Perhaps a spoke wrench (tiny, sometimes priceless).
2. Gloves (I find them essential) and perhaps a merino beanie (I always have one in my bag).
3. Instead of a second set of...
Forum: Touring
05-20-21, 05:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,362
Posted By gauvins

The simple way would be to use gmaps directions,...

The simple way would be to use gmaps directions, for bikes, specifying *your* (rider) starting/ending points. Otherwise, create a gmap with your routes, and share it with the driver.

Now, I don't...
Forum: Touring
05-20-21, 07:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,948
Posted By gauvins

Thanks for the pointer. Didn't know about them....

Thanks for the pointer. Didn't know about them. Looks like this is exactly what I was looking for (a solo version of my Duplex).

Will look into this. Thanks again
Forum: Touring
05-20-21, 07:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,362
Posted By gauvins

Edbu Gmaps location sharing would show both, and...

Edbu Gmaps location sharing would show both, and do tbt navigation for the driver. What feature exactly is missing?
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,948
Posted By gauvins

Yes, I remember worrying that my kit wasn't...

Yes, I remember worrying that my kit wasn't freestanding. Interestingly, I don't recall a single instance of not being to set camp because of the ground surface. I "think" that once I might have had...
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 02:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,948
Posted By gauvins

Tourist in MSN yeah.... I guess that I am...

Tourist in MSN yeah.... I guess that I am striving to achieve ultralight wallet status :) Your pick is certainly a wiser decision for most use cases. I went for the Duplex in the context of a...
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,948
Posted By gauvins

Actually, less than 600g...

Actually, less than 600g (https://zpacks.com/products/duplex-tent?variant=32436468023332) if you use your trekking poles. Yes, remarkable. Volume is debatable. The 7L+ figure is nominal -- that's the...
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,948
Posted By gauvins

Either the bike or a folding pole -- assuming I'd...

Either the bike or a folding pole -- assuming I'd go for the Hexamid -- a single pole shelter.
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,948
Posted By gauvins

Rick Interesting argument. If I may -- lost a...

Rick Interesting argument. If I may -- lost a bike while touring?

I saw a review of the OR Helium where the tourer used the bike to support the tarp (bike upside-down, guy-lines to the grass....
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 12:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,948
Posted By gauvins

The bivy thing

I keep considering a bivy + tarp combo (hereafter b+t). One frequent b+t use case that is mentioned in reviews is solo bikepacking, because b+t packs small and is a better system for stealth camping...
Forum: Touring
05-18-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,362
Posted By gauvins

:) thanks for this.

:) thanks for this.
Forum: Touring
05-17-21, 06:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,362
Posted By gauvins

I don't understand where the problem is. The SAG...

I don't understand where the problem is. The SAG driver will use a navigation system. For the sake of simplicity, assume Google maps on an Android device. The driver will therefore see "his/her"...
Forum: Touring
05-16-21, 04:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,362
Posted By gauvins

Would you happen to be able to share a link?

Would you happen to be able to share a link?
Forum: Touring
05-16-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,362
Posted By gauvins

You could also share a Google map (including your...

You could also share a Google map (including your route) and ask your friends to use it as their base map. And organize a seminar to explain how to do this 😃.
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 347
Posted By gauvins

Maybe find someone (club, LBS) who could use your...

Maybe find someone (club, LBS) who could use your older tubes?

As is often the case, I've jumped the gun and ordered a couple of tubolitos that will be used as travelling spares at first. In...
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,920
Posted By gauvins

Depends on your circumstances. PLBs are standard...

Depends on your circumstances. PLBs are standard issue on boats (required by law in some jurisdictions). On land, I've rarely bothered. Even in areas where there's no cell coverage, you can usually...
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 347
Posted By gauvins

Experiences with TPU tubes?

This next generation of tubes (tubolito, aerothan, revoloop) might be a good thing for touring, since they pack to roughly half the size of standard butyl tubes. They are also said to be more...
Forum: Touring
05-13-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 7,296
Posted By gauvins

Pre COVID, that was my strategy (one debit + 2...

Pre COVID, that was my strategy (one debit + 2 credit + some cash).

This being said, since COVID I've relied exclusively on Google Pay and I don't recall a single instance where I couldn't pay...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,443
Posted By gauvins

Our daughter once got onset hypothermia...

Our daughter once got onset hypothermia (uncontrolled shivering) during what was supposed to be a benign ride back to base camp, in the middle of July somewhere in Western Europe -- heavy downpour...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 10:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,920
Posted By gauvins

1. You carry a lighter and an Usack. But no...

1. You carry a lighter and an Usack. But no kettle/stove/fuel (I assume that you travel stoveless. Yet a spork but a single collapsible mug...)
2. Some kind of first aid.
3, You do not list any...
Forum: Touring
05-10-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,418
Posted By gauvins

You can always look at some numbers here...

You can always look at some numbers here (http://bikecalculator.com/veloMetric.html).

And consider that (in no meaningful order) : (1) winds are more variable than elevations; (2) quite often,...
Forum: Touring
05-05-21, 12:03 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,936
Posted By gauvins

We've had a good downpour in cold (7c / 45F)...

We've had a good downpour in cold (7c / 45F) weather today. 40 minutes commute. Socks are perfect (wet but warm). Gloves totally waterproof, although water coming down my sleeves was starting to wet...
Forum: Touring
04-29-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,936
Posted By gauvins

Thanks for this side-by-side comparison. Made me...

Thanks for this side-by-side comparison. Made me re-install my front fender, as I expect several rainy days, many on dirt roads.
Forum: Touring
04-29-21, 07:40 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,048
Posted By gauvins

Well, the upside of a canister wasn't big enough...

Well, the upside of a canister wasn't big enough to justify the expense since I already have an Ursack. But yes, I appreciate the advantages of a canister. Perhaps in another life :)
Forum: Touring
04-27-21, 10:48 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,936
Posted By gauvins

Yes, the general situation. Personally aOK.

Yes, the general situation. Personally aOK.
Forum: Touring
04-27-21, 08:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,936
Posted By gauvins

hmmm... neoprene socks work differently -- you...

hmmm... neoprene socks work differently -- you get wet, but not cold. Whereas booties try to keep you dry.

Those I've settled on are the NRS...
Forum: Touring
04-27-21, 04:59 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,936
Posted By gauvins

Will do (well, if there's a trip this summer....

Will do (well, if there's a trip this summer. Things took a turn for the worst...]


Became aware searching for DCF booties on Zpacks' site. I have 3mm (on a boat) but wouldn't consider bringing...
Forum: Touring
04-27-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,936
Posted By gauvins

Thanks elcruxio , djb and Trevtassie for chipping...

Thanks elcruxio , djb and Trevtassie for chipping in. It consolidates my understanding (that wet isn't the problem, but it is rather "cold" that is the issue). As you may have read above, I've...
Forum: Touring
04-25-21, 11:17 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,936
Posted By gauvins

Actually, found some yesterday, in a municipal...

Actually, found some yesterday, in a municipal park. :)

[but since then I've pulled the trigger on thin neoprene socks, so I guess I'll not mess with the dog-poop supplies]
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