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Forum: Touring
06-19-22, 03:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 550
Posted By skookum

I use a light lock even for a 5 minute in/out...

I use a light lock even for a 5 minute in/out visit to a convenience store.

A friend had his bike stolen from inside the Banff Safeway. He wheeled it in, 15 minutes later it was gone.
Forum: Touring
06-19-22, 02:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 502
Posted By skookum

Interesting points about racks. I have a...

Interesting points about racks.


I have a 40 year old aluminum Blackburn rack, on my 40 year old Stumpjumper. The bike was a mountain bike, a touring bike, a commuter bike, an urban pathway bike...
Forum: Touring
06-19-22, 01:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 622
Posted By skookum

Marias Pass is totally not scenic, but its a...

Marias Pass is totally not scenic, but its a reasonable ride.
Used to do a 2.5 day loop, drive from Calgary to St. Mary's, ride to a private campground near Marias Pass (can't remember its name),...
Forum: Touring
06-19-22, 08:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 622
Posted By skookum

I would expect it to be clear by then, but who...

I would expect it to be clear by then, but who knows? More precip is expected for that area this week.


Also the Chief Mountain border crossing is closed indefinitely.
...
Forum: Touring
06-18-22, 01:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 544
Posted By skookum

I'm pretty sure you could clean em up, post them...

I'm pretty sure you could clean em up, post them online and sell them as "vintage" components.
Forum: Touring
06-18-22, 11:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 544
Posted By skookum

I dump mine in the bin in back of the nearest...

I dump mine in the bin in back of the nearest bike shop.
City of Calgary has no provision for recycling metal other than cans and alu pans and plates.
The dump will charge you a minimum fee. None...
05-20-22, 04:07 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,082
Posted By skookum

I have the same stand and the same comment. ...

I have the same stand and the same comment.

I have a 25 year old Park Tool stand that has a better clamp, but everything else about the park tool is worse. The bike hand stand is higher, yet is...
Forum: Touring
03-25-22, 06:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,414
Posted By skookum

When was that ? It has been pretty bad the last...

When was that ? It has been pretty bad the last few years, much more traffic, and no improvements to the road. No plans to pave it.
Its been pretty dry lately but we are coming into the wettest part...
Forum: Touring
03-25-22, 08:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,414
Posted By skookum

I am in general agreement with jama et. al. to...

I am in general agreement with jama et. al. to change your route and ride Going to the Sun. It is one of my favourite rides and is much more rewarding than following the GDMBR on the west side of the...
Forum: Touring
02-24-22, 12:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 933
Posted By skookum

I have them on my Tumbleweed Prospector. I like...

I have them on my Tumbleweed Prospector. I like them. No issues. Rohloff shifter.
Forum: Touring
01-12-22, 12:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,376
Posted By skookum

I would concur with the opinions on the Trans...

I would concur with the opinions on the Trans Canada Trail. It is a great idea in concept but its actual implementation leaves much to be desired. It really is a topic suitable for another thread on...
12-16-21, 10:22 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,790
Posted By skookum

That is encouraging to hear about that kind of...

That is encouraging to hear about that kind of thing. Here at the CTrain stations there are racks for bikes but no lockers or security.
12-15-21, 01:42 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,790
Posted By skookum

On some of the ebike forums there is some...

On some of the ebike forums there is some speculation that ebikes will replace cars for shorter distance errands and commuting. I think this is wrong for a number of reasons but one of the major ones...
Forum: Touring
11-17-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,427
Posted By skookum

Its a unique place and a great location for a...

Its a unique place and a great location for a bicycle tour.
Forum: Touring
11-11-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,427
Posted By skookum

Derail here to talk about random camping in...

Derail here to talk about random camping in Canada.
There has been a lot of controversy the last couple of years about about random camping in the foothills of the Rockies, especially the Municipal...
Forum: Touring
11-11-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,427
Posted By skookum

I think you might be right, it is a contrast with...

I think you might be right, it is a contrast with the "allemannsretten" of some of the Scandinavian countries, that they are trying to emphasize.
Forum: Touring
11-10-21, 09:01 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,427
Posted By skookum

So even if you have permission it is illegal to...

So even if you have permission it is illegal to camp on private property?

I think Netherlands is a great country for a first bicycle tour, but I wouldn't go in winter.
Forum: Touring
11-10-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,427
Posted By skookum

Probably not a great idea to suggest illegal...

Probably not a great idea to suggest illegal activities to somebody who will be a guest in the country.

In my experience the Dutch are friendly and accommodating. Maybe just ask if you want to...
11-08-21, 08:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 376
Posted By skookum

I read somewhere ( endless sphere?) that...

I read somewhere ( endless sphere?) that Tongsheng is about to introduce a new model. I don't know if that is something that will affect your decision.
10-25-21, 06:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,155
Posted By skookum

Not if you want a mid-drive. But check them out...

Not if you want a mid-drive. But check them out anyway.
10-14-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,920
Posted By skookum

I think that is a common tactic among electric...

I think that is a common tactic among electric car manufacturers. Over build the batteries in terms of capacity then charge only to 80% and make sure they can't discharge more than 30%. That greatly...
10-12-21, 07:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,026
Posted By skookum

I have a Jones LWB (non-electric) and it is an...

I have a Jones LWB (non-electric) and it is an awesome bike, but I think in your situation I would look for a used hardtail and convert that.
Forum: Touring
10-07-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,971
Posted By skookum

Exactly

Exactly
Forum: Touring
10-06-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,971
Posted By skookum

Those are two of the most annoying you tube...

Those are two of the most annoying you tube personalities, but I persisted in watching because I have a Gates belt on my Jones Plus, and I have experiended the New Mexico mud.
It was so thick I...
Forum: Touring
09-30-21, 09:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,609
Posted By skookum

It's a fun topic to discuss on a warm autumn...

It's a fun topic to discuss on a warm autumn night, dreaming of further expeditions.

I wouldn't buy a used aluminum touring bike, especially after reading the short piece that MSN linked, but a...
Forum: Touring
09-30-21, 02:43 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,870
Posted By skookum

The worst is not being able to get money. In...

The worst is not being able to get money. In Indonesia my Canadian bank card would only work occasionally. The problem being if that machine didn't accept your card, it would do something
so that...
Forum: Touring
09-30-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,870
Posted By skookum

If I remember correctly it was about $4 or $5 at...

If I remember correctly it was about $4 or $5 at every ATM in the US, using a Canadian bank card.
I am sure it is the same for you guys when you are in Canada. It just annoys me that I have to pay...
09-29-21, 11:13 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,822
Posted By skookum

Bacl in the '80s, people were worried when...

Bacl in the '80s, people were worried when production shifted to Taiwan from Japan, because of the high value of the yen. There was a feeling that Taiwanese products were inferior.
I don 't know if...
Forum: Touring
09-29-21, 03:29 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,870
Posted By skookum

When I go to Asia I usually carry about $1000 USD...

When I go to Asia I usually carry about $1000 USD in cold hard cash, because I have had problems accessing my bank account and many places don't take credit cards.

In the continental USA, I find...
Forum: Touring
09-29-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,870
Posted By skookum

This was about five years ago. They just have to...

This was about five years ago. They just have to think of question s to ask you to justify their existence.

Back in the olde days, I was leaving on a multi month bicycle tour of the South Pacific...
Forum: Touring
09-29-21, 03:10 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,971
Posted By skookum

As somebody that has belts and chains on...

As somebody that has belts and chains on different bikes, I think they are both good depending on how you intend to use them. I agree with MSN about changing gear ratios, I have had the same...
Forum: Touring
09-29-21, 01:51 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,870
Posted By skookum

Crossing into the US from Canada at Roosville by...

Crossing into the US from Canada at Roosville by bicycle, border guard asks how much US cash we are carrying. I have about $200, Chris has $20.

"That's all?"

" I have two credit cards and my...
Forum: Touring
09-29-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,870
Posted By skookum

There is a Montreal style bagel place here in...

There is a Montreal style bagel place here in Calgary that only takes cash. My niece thinks that is very appropriate.

I (along with the vast majority of Calgarians) am vaccinated. I can show you...
Forum: Touring
09-28-21, 05:28 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,870
Posted By skookum

Since the pandemic started there are some places...

Since the pandemic started there are some places that wont take cash only debit or cc. Unless they are Montreal style bagel places, who only take cash.
Because they are owned by the mob according to...
Forum: Touring
09-28-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,870
Posted By skookum

i thought the Rawlins KOA was okay. Cheaper rate...

i thought the Rawlins KOA was okay. Cheaper rate for cyclists.
Windy as all heck and yes next to the Interstate, but that comes with the territory.
We were on the Divide and if we had known a...
Forum: Touring
09-28-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,859
Posted By skookum

Thanks for posting that. Nice to see that his...

Thanks for posting that. Nice to see that his friends organized a bike trip to remember him.
09-25-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,832
Posted By skookum

It does have pedals, but the pedal system is...

It does have pedals, but the pedal system is independent of the electric motor, it is not pedal assist. It weighs 100kg, so it won't be easy to pedal.
I'm not sure if it would qualify as an ebike...
Forum: Touring
09-20-21, 12:05 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,732
Posted By skookum

We were Canadians in the US and it wasnt always...

We were Canadians in the US and it wasnt always straight forward to use a credit card at the pump. Often you had to go inside and get them to authorize it. Although I don 't know why you couldn't get...
09-20-21, 09:59 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,832
Posted By skookum

How does that work, do they impound your bike and...

How does that work, do they impound your bike and take it in for testing?

As long as your ride looks like a bike and not a motorcycle, and you don't act like an entiled jerk, you're probably going...
09-20-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 698
Posted By skookum

Its interesting because some of my non ebike...

Its interesting because some of my non ebike friends seem to think that is how a regular ebike works.
09-20-21, 08:16 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,832
Posted By skookum

I don't have a problem with throttles as long as...

I don't have a problem with throttles as long as the maximum speed is still limited. A throttle is quite useful in city riding.
The problem is how to differentiate an e ebike from an e motorcycle,...
Forum: Touring
09-20-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,732
Posted By skookum

Touring with a friend who had the MSR that can...

Touring with a friend who had the MSR that can burn gasoline, he would go to a gas station and ask if he could buy a few ounces of fuel. They usually just gave him a funny look
and said "No". then...
09-19-21, 09:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,832
Posted By skookum

Car society is not going to break down. Its just...

Car society is not going to break down. Its just going to shift from petroleum powered to elecrically powered.
In cities, ebikes if properly regulated and if proper infrastructure is provided, could...
09-19-21, 09:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,832
Posted By skookum

Slight derail but I don't think you could import...

Slight derail but I don't think you could import this into Canada as an ebike, but it appears you can produce it and sell it here.

Of course it depends on the province too, but as far as I know...
09-18-21, 11:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,832
Posted By skookum

If it is throttle only, no pedal assist, its not...

If it is throttle only, no pedal assist, its not considered an ebike anyway,it will be an electric scooter and require insurance and registration. Might as well have the full 2000 watts available,...
Forum: Touring
09-18-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,532
Posted By skookum

Seems like a classic collectible bike and fun to...

Seems like a classic collectible bike and fun to ride as well. Good luck with it.
09-15-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 871
Posted By skookum

Totally cool bike. Who cares how much it cost...

Totally cool bike.
Who cares how much it cost if you can afford it and you are having fun with it.?
What colour is yours?
Forum: Touring
09-13-21, 07:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,147
Posted By skookum

I used a bike with tubeless tires on the last...

I used a bike with tubeless tires on the last third of the GDMBR, my buddy used regular tubes. He had half a dozen flats in that section, he eventually startted using slime tubes. I had no problems,...
09-06-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 718
Posted By skookum

I'm sceptical about the 300 km range, even with a...

I'm sceptical about the 300 km range, even with a 2000wh battery, which must weigh a tonne.
Forum: Touring
09-01-21, 11:39 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,668
Posted By skookum

I actually have two, but I can't locate either...

I actually have two, but I can't locate either one. Years ago I did a 40 km back country ride on my Thorn and didnt have the wrench. One of the couplers started to loosen, and I had to stop every km...
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