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Forum: Touring
06-25-22, 03:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 406
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: 159
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: 159
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: 582
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: 634
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: 603
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: 634
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: 603
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: 634
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: 554
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: 554
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: 554
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: 634
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: 634
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: 634
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: 714
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: 582
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: 582
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: 406
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: 406
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: 582
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: 406
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: 582
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: 603
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: 603
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: 603
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: 603
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: 582
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: 582
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: 603
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: 1,113
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: 603
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: 1,113
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: 629
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: 603
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...
Forum: Touring
06-11-22, 10:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 603
Posted By staehpj1

In a sense that is the case. But it is more...

In a sense that is the case. But it is more complicated. I probably should test ride a few bikes.


My wife is supportive of my hobbies and sports, so that helps. I financially comfortable...
Forum: Touring
06-11-22, 08:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 603
Posted By staehpj1

If I were to have only one bike they would serve...

If I were to have only one bike they would serve all of my purposes pretty well these days.
Forum: Touring
06-11-22, 08:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 603
Posted By staehpj1

I have been going the other direction in the last...

I have been going the other direction in the last 7 years or so. I lost track of what went where when, but I think I am down by 6 and have considered getting rid of the folder since I have not had...
Forum: Touring
06-11-22, 07:30 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 603
Posted By staehpj1

Thoughts On Gravel Bike VS Older MTB W/Drop Bar

I look at some of the new gravel bikes and really like the look. The features sound great and like they suit my needs pretty well for a variety of uses including some road touring, gravel touring,...
Forum: Touring
06-10-22, 09:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 616
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, any number of possible shifters could have...

Yeah, any number of possible shifters could have allowed at least some shifting on the rear if not the full range. Friction downtube as you mention would have worked, A bar end, MTB thumb shifter,...
Forum: Touring
06-10-22, 05:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 616
Posted By staehpj1

Personally I dislike bar end shifters and much...

Personally I dislike bar end shifters and much prefer brifters (I also like down tube shifters just fine), but I have no reason to hate on the bar ends when I could just pass them on to someone else...
Forum: Touring
06-09-22, 10:08 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,142
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, that Texas chip seal can be the worst! Did...

Yeah, that Texas chip seal can be the worst! Did you only drop the pressure in the front? I usually lower both. I figure it makes sense to have a balance between front and back.

I like the idea...
Forum: Touring
06-09-22, 06:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 406
Posted By staehpj1

The order went in for a graphite colored Garmin...

The order went in for a graphite colored Garmin Instinct 2 Solar from REI. We will have a local REI store opening soon They say Spring of this year, but they are running out of time and I have not...
Forum: Touring
06-08-22, 03:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 729
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks for the clarification on the flex. ...

Thanks for the clarification on the flex.



I could see doing as you say and doing pretty much the same tour as usual, just no camping. I could also see tours centered around more in town...
Forum: Touring
06-08-22, 07:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 729
Posted By staehpj1

Interesting. Do you credit the to the location of...

Interesting. Do you credit the to the location of the load, the fact that it can sway just a bit, or something else?

I often wondered how I'd pack for a credit card tour. There would be a certain...
Forum: Touring
06-08-22, 05:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 406
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks guys. It sounds like I'll get enough...

Thanks guys. It sounds like I'll get enough function out of it to be worth it. It isn't a complete slam dunk since the phone does most of the same things, but I don't like keeping the phone out in...
Forum: Touring
06-07-22, 08:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 729
Posted By staehpj1

My advice is to gather your gear and test pack...

My advice is to gather your gear and test pack it. Use a cardboard mock up if necessary.

FWIW, I personally don't find trip length has much if any effect on what/how much I pack. I take the...
Forum: Touring
06-07-22, 07:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 406
Posted By staehpj1

I really expected that if I got one it would be...

I really expected that if I got one it would be for collecting workout data more than anything else. A bread crumb trail back to the car on hikes or trail rides even if the phone was dead seemed...
Forum: Touring
06-07-22, 05:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 422
Posted By staehpj1

It looks as if you should be able to fit normal...

It looks as if you should be able to fit normal non disc specific racks on both front and rear if desired. Some of the rear disc models are for weird braze ons that are in a special more forward...
Forum: Touring
06-06-22, 09:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 620
Posted By staehpj1

FWIW, none of my bikes are actually carbon. I do...

FWIW, none of my bikes are actually carbon. I do have one with carbon fork and stays (I haven't toured on that one) and one with a carbon fork that I have toured on. None of my bikes are expensive...
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