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Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 267
Posted By staehpj1

You guys have saddles with loops to hang the bag...

You guys have saddles with loops to hang the bag on. Any thoughts on using these bags on saddles without loops? It looks like they (Carradice) offer a couple solutions and a diy one would probably be...
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 05:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 267
Posted By staehpj1

Regardless of the bike choice... Minimizing the...

Regardless of the bike choice...
Minimizing the load and prudence in choosing when to get off and walk will go a long way toward making things work whatever the bike chosen.

I did some mixed...
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 04:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 267
Posted By staehpj1

I am not a Carradice user, but as someone who...

I am not a Carradice user, but as someone who packs in a minimal style and has experimented with a wide variety of unusual baggage. Various baggage styles have always interested me. I have always...
Forum: Touring
07-22-21, 11:50 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,015
Posted By staehpj1

I tend to use those as well. I don't necessarily...

I tend to use those as well. I don't necessarily plan for comfort at the 90 percentile numbers, but it is important to be at least safe at them. Survival and keeping all your fingers and toes at an...
Forum: Touring
07-22-21, 08:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 163
Posted By staehpj1

Racks tend to have places get rubbed bare...

Racks tend to have places get rubbed bare regardless or the coating. I'd be inclined to get it powder coated if you must do something, but personally I'd live with a color that I could find in...
Forum: Touring
07-22-21, 05:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 373
Posted By staehpj1

That raises a question in my mind. Were Sturmey...

That raises a question in my mind. Were Sturmey Archer 3 speed or similar equipped bikes ever widely used as touring bike anywhere? My guess would be no.

I know that folks toured on various...
Forum: Touring
07-22-21, 04:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,015
Posted By staehpj1

These days it seems like we often get way worse...

These days it seems like we often get way worse than the averages and records seem to fall frequently. I like to plan for comfort in average conditions, but you also need to think about survival...
Forum: Touring
07-21-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 373
Posted By staehpj1

I wondered too, but figured it best to not ask....

I wondered too, but figured it best to not ask. Maybe we will get clarification, but a few possibilities are:
1. They are self publishing
2. They are delusional and think they will get a book deal...
Forum: Touring
07-21-21, 07:29 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,142
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, I am surprised that folks seem to regularly...

Yeah, I am surprised that folks seem to regularly interact with the TSA regarding their baggage. Almost everywhere I have flow baggage disappears and the inspection is somewhere out of sight. I have...
Forum: Touring
07-21-21, 07:23 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,142
Posted By staehpj1

I have only toured in the US so I have no...

I have only toured in the US so I have no experience with that. I am curious though...

Some years back I loaned a friend my folding bike and she took it to Europe for a year (she had a teaching...
Forum: Touring
07-21-21, 05:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 373
Posted By staehpj1

Does it have to be new? A google for sale search...

Does it have to be new? A google for sale search for "Raleigh Tourist" turns up a couple 2018 models that may or may not be your size. You could also try facebook marketplace, craigslist, and ebay....
Forum: Touring
07-21-21, 04:35 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,142
Posted By staehpj1

That is one reason that while my bike flies with...

That is one reason that while my bike flies with me to my tours, I usually stop by a bike shop and let them box it up and ship it home if I am flying home. At the end of a long tour in a strange...
Forum: Touring
07-20-21, 10:11 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,142
Posted By staehpj1

I have usually managed to ride toward home on...

I have usually managed to ride toward home on real long tours like coast to coast. When riding some that were on the opposite coast I managed to score "friends and family" tickets and flew stand by....
Forum: Touring
07-20-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,142
Posted By staehpj1

By the way there is a ton of info on getting...

By the way there is a ton of info on getting refunds on non refundable tickets if you google "getting refunds on non refundable tickets". I wouldn't' plan on getting a refund on the cheapest ticket...
Forum: Touring
07-20-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,142
Posted By staehpj1

They may state that only the bike goes in the box...

They may state that only the bike goes in the box on some airlines in the policy somewhere. Not sure which ones, but I recall seeing that somewhere. I have put everything in my soft case, but tend...
Forum: Touring
07-20-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 373
Posted By staehpj1

Fun is in the eye of the beholder so it is hard...

Fun is in the eye of the beholder so it is hard to say for sure. The route is a rail trail right? So just maybe.

Those bikes wouldn't be my choice, but you can tour on anything if you really want...
Forum: Touring
07-20-21, 08:04 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,142
Posted By staehpj1

I wasn't aware of the bump in the weight limit...

I wasn't aware of the bump in the weight limit for first class.

When I have priced tickets from one coast to the other an upgrade to first class has typically been 300-400 more than the very...
Forum: Touring
07-20-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,142
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, absolutely avoid overweight charges. They...

Yeah, absolutely avoid overweight charges. They can be heinous. I have never paid one though. I too always make sure to be a pound or two under, but agents will let you shuffle things between bags...
Forum: Touring
07-20-21, 05:54 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,142
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah it flies as a checked bag so typically not...

Yeah it flies as a checked bag so typically not completely free, but pretty cheap. Generally it flies for the coast of a checked bag. I can think of a couple instances where you wouldn't pay more for...
Forum: Touring
07-19-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,142
Posted By staehpj1

I think things have changed for the better since...

I think things have changed for the better since you have been flying. I believe both delta and america dropped their domestic bicycle fees to zero. United is one of the few that still had a big...
Forum: Touring
07-19-21, 05:09 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,142
Posted By staehpj1

Depending on the airline, baggage fees may well...

Depending on the airline, baggage fees may well be zero. Otherwise the bike may be the cost of a regular bag. Several of the airlines have dropped their bike fees. With a little care everything...
Forum: Touring
07-19-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,015
Posted By staehpj1

I know you directed this to Jama, but I'll chime...

I know you directed this to Jama, but I'll chime in to say that you will still be at elevation for a week or so in Colorado (maybe less depending on daily mileage, but at least a few days). From...
Forum: Touring
07-19-21, 05:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 334
Posted By staehpj1

Sounds like you had a good time. I enjoyed the...

Sounds like you had a good time. I enjoyed the pictures, thanks for sharing.

S24O tours don't appeal to me personally, but it was interesting to read about this one. It is an area I am not very...
Forum: Touring
07-19-21, 04:58 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,142
Posted By staehpj1

I feel the same way, but if I did decide to start...

I feel the same way, but if I did decide to start out on a new unfamiliar bike. I think if I were the type to have a schedule (I am not), I'd allow some time to get it sorted in case I needed to. I...
Forum: Touring
07-18-21, 04:28 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,142
Posted By staehpj1

True it was the Bike Centennial start in 1976,...

True it was the Bike Centennial start in 1976, but they have listed Florence as an alternate starting point for quite a while. I don't know how long, but I don't think it was a new option when we...
Forum: Touring
07-17-21, 05:20 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,142
Posted By staehpj1

We flew to Portland and rented a car. We drove...

We flew to Portland and rented a car. We drove around and did some non bike sight seeing before we started our tour. We drove to a bit up the coast from Florence so we could ride a little of the...
Forum: Touring
07-12-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,983
Posted By staehpj1

Certainly a valid choice, but it eliminates some...

Certainly a valid choice, but it eliminates some beautiful country. How strict are you on what you call Grizz country? Anywhere there is any chance there could be one or places where they are...
Forum: Touring
07-10-21, 06:50 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,983
Posted By staehpj1

First... This is a very tragic story, but in the...

First... This is a very tragic story, but in the grand scheme of things risk of death or injury from bear attacks is a pretty small one especially if you follow good sensible camping practices....
Forum: Touring
07-07-21, 03:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 524
Posted By staehpj1

I have a knack for picking dates when there are...

I have a knack for picking dates when there are record heat waves so I often find I want extra ventilation, besides it is nice sleeping in the open or barring that just having mesh over you. It is...
Forum: Touring
07-07-21, 03:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 868
Posted By staehpj1

I am retired so I don't commute any more, but...

I am retired so I don't commute any more, but when I did commute I did it on my race bike the years that I had one. Before that I just had a general purpose do everything bike. I always considered...
Forum: Touring
07-06-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 524
Posted By staehpj1

I figure that in the hiker biker sites folks are...

I figure that in the hiker biker sites folks are way less likely to care much about whether you are in a tent with opaque walls or not. Fairly often I have found others there were sans rain fly or...
Forum: Touring
07-05-21, 06:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 524
Posted By staehpj1

I've done that lots of times when I used a tent. ...

I've done that lots of times when I used a tent.

These days I usually don't use the tent and rely on a small tarp and hoopless bivy or bug bivy. Often I sleep on top of them and don't pitch the...
Forum: Touring
07-05-21, 10:46 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,507
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, probably true, but there are still the...

Yeah, probably true, but there are still the "cable stretch" issues and any issue that might be introduced by the installation.
Forum: Touring
07-05-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 497
Posted By staehpj1

Yes it was in one of his two recent tdf wins. I...

Yes it was in one of his two recent tdf wins. I saw another picture with his chain off from a previous sprint where the same thing happened. The article seemed to imply that it wasn't an unusual...
Forum: Touring
07-05-21, 04:35 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,507
Posted By staehpj1

I wouldn't replace cables unless there were...

I wouldn't replace cables unless there were broken strands or other signs of wear or poor shifting that I suspected were cable related. I always replace them at first broken strand spotted though. ...
Forum: Touring
07-05-21, 04:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 497
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, I have been noticing it a lot in recent...

Yeah, I have been noticing it a lot in recent times and more often than just that it is likely to be a lack of care in shifting. These guys are pros and are selecting the big big for long climbs and...
Forum: Touring
07-03-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 497
Posted By staehpj1

Cross Chain Gears

I was noticing during the time trial stage of the TDF that some of the Pro Tour riders seem to use the big - big gear surprisingly often. Today I have been watching Tadej Pogačar climb like an angel...
Forum: Touring
07-03-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 620
Posted By staehpj1

When I have been in coastal California hiker...

When I have been in coastal California hiker biker sites, they were not usually too crowded, but when they were it sometimes was because the campground used regular sites and assigned however many...
Forum: Touring
07-02-21, 05:17 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,525
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah I can see that, but are small town motels...

Yeah I can see that, but are small town motels actually booked very far ahead other than just a few in places or could you maintain a fairly flexible schedule and book only a few days ahead where...
Forum: Touring
07-01-21, 04:17 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,525
Posted By staehpj1

Everyone is different, but I have never planned...

Everyone is different, but I have never planned day to day stops. I typically don't know where I will stop until I am there. I do look ahead a few days because there are places where the spacing of...
Forum: Touring
07-01-21, 05:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,015
Posted By staehpj1

Not specifically there, but in places where...

Not specifically there, but in places where options were limited I have sometimes cruised the campground and found someone willing to share a site. I only resort to that in a pinch, but it has been...
Forum: Touring
06-30-21, 11:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,015
Posted By staehpj1

I wouldn't say I regretted it at all. It was the...

I wouldn't say I regretted it at all. It was the best choice for the time frame of when I wanted to go. I am not even sure I'd say I was disappointed, since I pretty much knew what to expect. I...
Forum: Touring
06-30-21, 05:58 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,525
Posted By staehpj1

If you have doubts. I agree that is an easy way...

If you have doubts. I agree that is an easy way to go. I find that I can just go with pretty much no planning when I use an ACA map.

I also agree that you might consider just riding right out of...
Forum: Touring
06-30-21, 05:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,015
Posted By staehpj1

FWIW, I didn't find that the ST had much going...

FWIW, I didn't find that the ST had much going for it other than that 1- it can be ridden in winter, 2- it is the easiest way over than the mountains, and 3- the food and people were interesting,...
Forum: Touring
06-29-21, 03:45 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,015
Posted By staehpj1

If I understand correctly and the wedding is in...

If I understand correctly and the wedding is in the East before you go, I'd forget going E-W and start in the West. Jama knows what he is talking about take his advice.
Forum: Touring
06-27-21, 07:02 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,281
Posted By staehpj1

I'd suggest that you might consider whether you...

I'd suggest that you might consider whether you want to support airlines with heinous bicycle baggage policy even when not flying with a bike. When possible try to give your business to bike...
Forum: Touring
06-23-21, 02:18 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,789
Posted By staehpj1

Sounds like your needs when touring on the road...

Sounds like your needs when touring on the road are pretty close to mine when hiking. Mine when on the road require only a pretty general idea of which way is N, S, E, and W and most places I ride...
Forum: Touring
06-23-21, 06:26 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,789
Posted By staehpj1

Map and compass? Heck I have pretty much never...

Map and compass? Heck I have pretty much never used a compass on a road tour. Choices are usually binary, left or right turn? I think most have enough awareness to pick between the two in most...
Forum: Touring
06-20-21, 04:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 530
Posted By staehpj1

The AC maps are about 3-3/4" x 8-1/4" when...

The AC maps are about 3-3/4" x 8-1/4" when folded. The NT has 11 maps. I just checked a stack of 11 AC maps. How thick the stack is will depend on how well you compress them. If you squeeze them...
Forum: Touring
06-19-21, 07:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,264
Posted By staehpj1

I can see where having a bike just show up at the...

I can see where having a bike just show up at the hotel when on a business trip would be nice. Dealing with lugging a bike box to an airport shuttle and so on on a business trip is a hassle. Then...
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