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Forum: Touring
05-13-22, 01:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 514
Posted By Pratt

The GAP and the C&O are both well documented and...

The GAP and the C&O are both well documented and well served with bicycle friendly lodging, bike shops, shuttle services, etc.
On a related note, I would like to find maps that showed the Canada...
Forum: Touring
05-06-22, 04:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 473
Posted By Pratt

I use a cheap plastic bag. I start with one and...

I use a cheap plastic bag. I start with one and save the ones I get buying groceries and snacks at convenience stores. On the C&O, I put items in the panniers in separate bags, just to be safe. I...
Forum: Touring
05-06-22, 04:19 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 962
Posted By Pratt

My packing system is more by accessibility and...

My packing system is more by accessibility and when I'll use stuff. If I think I'll need it on the road, it goes on the left, quick access in front, and slower in the rear. Tent and Sbag are on the...
Forum: Touring
05-05-22, 03:00 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,065
Posted By Pratt

If it is reliably dry, cowboy camping would solve...

If it is reliably dry, cowboy camping would solve your problem. Here in the NE, it rains about 30% of the time, and has bugs 100% of the time in the warm months, so a tent is pretty much a given.
Forum: Touring
05-05-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 962
Posted By Pratt

Is that 60:40 for the load, or 60:40 for the load...

Is that 60:40 for the load, or 60:40 for the load and rider?
Since the rider's weight is mostly on the rear, it would seem that almost the whole load would have to be on the front.
05-04-22, 03:44 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,509
Posted By Pratt

Amen

A Physical Therapist once told me "Pain, no brain."
05-02-22, 06:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 487
Posted By Pratt

Agree! Not a small win, KOM!

Agree!
Not a small win, KOM!
Forum: Touring
05-01-22, 01:47 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,653
Posted By Pratt

Good points, djb and axolotl, I have been...

Good points, djb and axolotl, I have been similarly surprised by riverside roads. Not infrequently, what appears on a map to be a nice meander along a river turns into an epic. The net gain or loss...
Forum: Touring
05-01-22, 09:25 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,653
Posted By Pratt

It looks like no map of Corsica will really help...

It looks like no map of Corsica will really help with avoiding hills. Overall, it seems more mountainous in the interior and flatter around the edges. If you are planning a coastal ride, any detour...
04-29-22, 03:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 533
Posted By Pratt

Failing eyesight works for me, and low personal...

Failing eyesight works for me, and low personal standards.
Forum: Touring
04-25-22, 06:12 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,653
Posted By Pratt

The military have a saying that no plan survives...

The military have a saying that no plan survives its first contact with the enemy. I have a policy that 'bicycle' and 'schedule' should never be used in the same sentence, probably not even in the...
Forum: Touring
04-23-22, 09:17 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,110
Posted By Pratt

Lots of excellent advice, from well meaning and...

Lots of excellent advice, from well meaning and extremely knowledgeable people. What they all lack however is, they are not you. My view is that any bike is fine for a first tour. The less...
Forum: Touring
04-23-22, 09:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 822
Posted By Pratt

A few comments: During the quarantine the...

A few comments:
During the quarantine the number of drivers decreased substantially, but the incidence of accidents increased.
The second graph would probably not look as impressive or as...
04-20-22, 04:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,532
Posted By Pratt

Wonder what percentage of the time recreational...

Wonder what percentage of the time recreational cyclists coast?
Forum: Touring
04-18-22, 03:58 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,933
Posted By Pratt

MSN, White Ibis would be a nice name for a wine...

MSN, White Ibis would be a nice name for a wine brand.
TCS, the regional cuisine argument is a strong one.
I am planning to go to Montreal and La Route des Bleuets this July. I am looking forward...
04-17-22, 02:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 491
Posted By Pratt

May not be waterproof, but prolly wouldn't work...

May not be waterproof, but prolly wouldn't work well in the rain any way, or at night, for that matter.
04-16-22, 05:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 491
Posted By Pratt

I have an Anker Power Port rated at 21 watts that...

I have an Anker Power Port rated at 21 watts that seems to work fine. It has three 5"x10" panels and the whole thing is 25'X11". It seems pretty robust. I have used it to charge my phone, and to...
Forum: Touring
04-16-22, 05:04 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,933
Posted By Pratt

LOL, my P-38 has a much larger than necessary...

LOL, my P-38 has a much larger than necessary piece of paranoid on it for just that reason.
Forum: Touring
04-16-22, 05:02 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,933
Posted By Pratt

Yeah, counting grams and touring are sort of...

Yeah, counting grams and touring are sort of different worlds. Also, the P-38 can get lost easily.
Forum: Touring
04-16-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,323
Posted By Pratt

A recent, maybe this week's, New England Journal...

A recent, maybe this week's, New England Journal of Medicine has an article on the relative efficacy of different treatments of Achilles tendon rupture. The article is free and understandable by a...
Forum: Touring
04-16-22, 01:29 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,933
Posted By Pratt

Nice set up. You might save a few grams with a...

Nice set up. You might save a few grams with a P-38 can opener instead of the crank.
04-12-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 375
Posted By Pratt

I don't know about geared hubs, but the Pinion...

I don't know about geared hubs, but the Pinion literature makes a big point of how robust their gears are. The Pinion, like my memory of SA three speeds, requires a slight unloading to shift easily,...
04-11-22, 04:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 479
Posted By Pratt

Agree that the acronym DAPPER might be better; ...

Agree that the acronym DAPPER might be better; Direct, Accessible, Presentable, Practical, Equitable, Responsible.
Emphasizing that the planned project is achievable and not some pie-in-the-sky...
04-11-22, 04:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 618
Posted By Pratt

If I were in your position, I might think of...

If I were in your position, I might think of picking a local hill and riding it multiple times. That way I would be sure that it did not have unexpected road hazards, and after the first time, I...
04-10-22, 02:48 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 5,068
Posted By Pratt

Pretty much, all to he women I see riding while I...

Pretty much, all to he women I see riding while I am, pass me. Last Fall, one of them had an AK amp, and she was riding ~30 mm tires on the GAP.
04-09-22, 01:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 828
Posted By Pratt

Electrician's tape?

Electrician's tape?
04-09-22, 01:55 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 5,068
Posted By Pratt

A couple of years ago I rode the Erie Canal, E to...

A couple of years ago I rode the Erie Canal, E to W. I passed the W to E, official ride at a feed stop. They invited me to partake, and I told them I was a freeloader, they said eat anyway, so I...
04-04-22, 06:01 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 3,510
Posted By Pratt

I try to discourage them with command voice...

I try to discourage them with command voice orders to stop, stay, etc. My bike is not likely to hurt them, but a car could, so I try not to encourage bad habits.
04-03-22, 02:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 185
Posted By Pratt

Agree with Rolla. On the Erie Canal Towpath, the...

Agree with Rolla. On the Erie Canal Towpath, the GAP, and the C&O, 50mm tires seemed entirely adequate to me.
Forum: Touring
04-03-22, 01:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 572
Posted By Pratt

I really like the self-contained self-sufficiency...

I really like the self-contained self-sufficiency of having cooking gear with me. On the other hand, I plan to eat out a lot; both for good food, and for the experience o being in a foreign country....
Forum: Touring
04-02-22, 07:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,323
Posted By Pratt

Stay out of Greece. Sorry, I couldn't resist...

Stay out of Greece.
Sorry, I couldn't resist any longer.
Forum: Touring
04-02-22, 06:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 572
Posted By Pratt

Cooking on Route des Bleuets, or Not?

I'm planning on doing the Route des Bleuets around Lac St. Jean this July. Would it be reasonable to camp, but eat in restaurants and the Quebec equivalents of convenience stores?
Forum: Touring
04-02-22, 06:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,400
Posted By Pratt

People can, and have, toured on fixed gears, and...

People can, and have, toured on fixed gears, and even unicycles. The real question is Do you want to tour with a 1x? After every tour, I have ideas about how the bike was perfect for the tour, how...
04-02-22, 06:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 654
Posted By Pratt

I'm getting it from not riding. Now that Spring...

I'm getting it from not riding. Now that Spring is here, I think it will subside.
04-02-22, 06:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 525
Posted By Pratt

Monty Python would say "Tis but a...

Monty Python would say "Tis but a scratch."
03-31-22, 05:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 404
Posted By Pratt

I don't so much 'store' tires as keep them in my...

I don't so much 'store' tires as keep them in my underseat bag. There, the sit in an ordinary ZipLoc bag with a little cornstarch so when I do use them they can slide into position in the tire. A...
03-25-22, 05:22 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,770
Posted By Pratt

I understand that pros have a technique for...

I understand that pros have a technique for detecting tarsal disproportionality on bicycles; they call it a "test ride."
On a serious note, my Bruce Gordon touring bike has it and it always puzzled...
03-23-22, 01:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 414
Posted By Pratt

Maybe elbow and wrist guards like inline skaters...

Maybe elbow and wrist guards like inline skaters wear.
03-22-22, 12:33 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,994
Posted By Pratt

On the positive side, It won't make you look fat.

On the positive side, It won't make you look fat.
Forum: Introductions
03-22-22, 12:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 92
Posted By Pratt

Welcome, bienvenue! Hope to be in Montreal this...

Welcome, bienvenue!
Hope to be in Montreal this Summer.
03-17-22, 05:10 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,000
Posted By Pratt

There you go, making sense again.

There you go, making sense again.
03-17-22, 05:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 903
Posted By Pratt

One thing I have only recently noticed is that...

One thing I have only recently noticed is that lights can be a very good idea on rural roads. In the Summer there can be a large change in ambient light between full sun and the deep shade of mature...
Forum: Touring
03-16-22, 12:45 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,891
Posted By Pratt

Electrical needs in a large group ride should be...

Electrical needs in a large group ride should be lower since navigation is not an issue.
A question that has nagged me for years, why don't the charger cables have stackable plugs so the first one...
Forum: Touring
03-13-22, 06:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,015
Posted By Pratt

It looks like Chambly Road will bring me to Route...

It looks like Chambly Road will bring me to Route Verte #1 which then enters Montreal over a bridge that debouches in a neighborhood full of bike friendly lodging.
Merci mille fois for all the good...
Forum: Touring
03-13-22, 06:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 961
Posted By Pratt

Credit card.

Credit card.
Forum: Touring
03-13-22, 01:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,846
Posted By Pratt

Found it! My tent, sleeping bag and air...

Found it!
My tent, sleeping bag and air mattress together, weigh 6 lb. 8 oz.
That is with waterproof stuff sack on s'bag. The bag is a little too light for Fall going North, or above about 1000'. ...
Forum: Touring
03-10-22, 05:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,891
Posted By Pratt

One bike has a dynamo hub. It powers lights,...

One bike has a dynamo hub. It powers lights, that's taken care of. It will also recharge AA batteries in a little Sunjack charger. The batteries will power the eTrex. It will, at speed, charge...
Forum: Touring
03-09-22, 05:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,015
Posted By Pratt

Pretty Much What I Expected

Does the website list acceptable places to get tested?
Forum: Touring
03-08-22, 05:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,846
Posted By Pratt

Somewhere, I have the weight of my tent and...

Somewhere, I have the weight of my tent and sleeping gear written down, somewhere.
Being snug and dry in your tent, in a heavy rainstorm is a very good feeling, and leads you to decide that what...
Forum: Touring
03-08-22, 08:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,015
Posted By Pratt

Great stuff! Pretty much confirms what I was...

Great stuff!
Pretty much confirms what I was tending towards. I'm sort of giving Canada another few months to settle the entrance requirements, and find out where to get a test that they will...
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