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Forum: Touring
09-16-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 723
Posted By boomhauer

Avoid!!! Mass holes drive 2 feet from the car...

Avoid!!!
Mass holes drive 2 feet from the car in front of them. If a car swerves to miss you the one behind might not see you.
Used to live there. Never again.
Forum: Touring
08-07-21, 10:36 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 17,774
Posted By boomhauer

Love mine after 5 yrs of urban riding. (if you...

Love mine after 5 yrs of urban riding. (if you live in the east bay I will say a prayer for your bike)
Seriously, there is maintenance but it is minimal.
I just now am now getting a new cog for...
Forum: Touring
07-22-21, 10:07 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,275
Posted By boomhauer

I've always marveled at these machines when going...

I've always marveled at these machines when going outside the US. I had no idea people cared so much about scratched luggage.
Forum: Touring
07-18-21, 05:38 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,275
Posted By boomhauer

I explained to the bike shop that I was riding...

I explained to the bike shop that I was riding across the US (Mexico to Canada ) and they seemed to take some extra care to making my new bike work. They even picked me up from the airport! I just...
Forum: Touring
07-17-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,275
Posted By boomhauer

why don't you buy the bike from the place you...

why don't you buy the bike from the place you start? I've done it. It works.
Forum: Touring
06-25-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,841
Posted By boomhauer

I'm recalling that Google maps worked just fine...

I'm recalling that Google maps worked just fine when I turned off my network connection. The GPS functions is apparently still there and would show me on the map where I was located. I'm in...
Forum: Touring
06-16-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,388
Posted By boomhauer

I got rid of drop bars 20+ years ago because of...

I got rid of drop bars 20+ years ago because of hand issues.
Went with a shallow riser bar on a hybrid next, which was an improvement but my hands still hurt.
Went with a butterfly bar next. ...
Forum: Touring
06-13-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,463
Posted By boomhauer

If you are touring around South Carolina I would...

If you are touring around South Carolina I would say take an extra pair of shoes. Your shoes will be wet if it rains or not.
If you are touring in a dryer climate any mesh top tennis shoe would...
06-11-21, 12:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,871
Posted By boomhauer

Well. It's been a year. Soldering wires together...

Well. It's been a year. Soldering wires together then heat shrink worked. I ride my bike daily in all kinds of weather (but not in a coastal area). This is the first time I haven't had to fiddle with...
Forum: Touring
05-29-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 609
Posted By boomhauer

The worst part will be your third or fourth day...

The worst part will be your third or fourth day when you start the long uphill journey into the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. You won't be in great shape (yet).
I did this route...
Forum: Touring
05-27-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,270
Posted By boomhauer

The lady that runs this place is the best...

The lady that runs this place is the best (Diane?) . It is definitely for RV's but she put me up by the creek behind the house. Hopefully, she would do this for 6 kids.
They had a POT - luck...
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 935
Posted By boomhauer

don't forget about the NRA gun museum south of Raton.

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Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 11:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 935
Posted By boomhauer

Highlights? I would rather call them memories. ...

Highlights? I would rather call them memories.
-The local police let me sleep behind military tank in the Raton city park.
-The VFW Hall (bar) in Clayton, NM had some interesting old dudes.
-Black...
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,380
Posted By boomhauer

I would argue that commuters have it figured out...

I would argue that commuters have it figured out better than the tourist (tourers).
Many people have separate bicycles for touring vs commuting.
The commuting bicycle gets ridden daily, therefore,...
Forum: Touring
05-23-21, 11:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,270
Posted By boomhauer

Mickelson trail might be tough with a six year...

Mickelson trail might be tough with a six year old.
Pretty good uphill if your starting from Dead Wood.
Starting from the south end is easier but a long uphill.
I admire your zeal.

Katy trail...
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 827
Posted By boomhauer

This was my experience two years ago in Iowa. I...

This was my experience two years ago in Iowa. I would call but no one would give a definite answer or tell me to go ahead and make a reservation thru their internet system.
I went from the Missouri...
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 12:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,694
Posted By boomhauer

I used to call my regional tours the "support...

I used to call my regional tours the "support family restaurants" trip.
They used to be my favorite part of riding in the great plains but they have been slowly dying for the last 10 years.
Now...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,796
Posted By boomhauer

Having a low low gear so I didn't have to walk up...

Having a low low gear so I didn't have to walk up a hill.
Forum: Touring
05-10-21, 11:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,551
Posted By boomhauer

It's probably more important to decide if you...

It's probably more important to decide if you want to avoid riding into the sun. Do you ride late in the day or do you ride early? Which ever is safer is the one I would choose.
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 649
Posted By boomhauer

You can actually still find small town...

You can actually still find small town restaurants in Iowa.
They seem to be a dying enterprise in the mid-west.
I rode for 70 miles in northern Missouri without finding on open restaurant....
Forum: Touring
03-30-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,793
Posted By boomhauer

I bought a trek 7200 multi track in 2000 for...

I bought a trek 7200 multi track in 2000 for $400, new. It had an excellent mid-fork rack mount. Used it for a ride from Mexican border to Canada. Very comfortable. I'm sure you can buy them...
Forum: Touring
03-20-21, 12:05 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,882
Posted By boomhauer

Yes. Most the time I already have scoped out...

Yes. Most the time I already have scoped out the town fair grounds but there isn't a sign that says camping is allowed. I call the local police department to see if they mind if I set up a tent...
03-18-21, 07:36 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,085
Posted By boomhauer

I've got a rear view mirror. I don't need to hear...

I've got a rear view mirror. I don't need to hear traffic. It is several magnitudes safer than listening for a car.
Forum: Touring
03-18-21, 11:08 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,882
Posted By boomhauer

In the age of smart phones I find very little...

In the age of smart phones I find very little reason to stealth camp. If the campsite is $25 that's where I draw the limit and start looking for other means. Calling the local police station has...
03-15-21, 12:25 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,085
Posted By boomhauer

When I move to the side of the road to allow a...

When I move to the side of the road to allow a car to safely pass and they see that I've got ear buds the driver is even more irate....which is awesome.
Forum: Touring
03-15-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,058
Posted By boomhauer

I would just buy the larger rear panniers first. ...

I would just buy the larger rear panniers first. If you are doing just a day trip at the beginning you could fit everything you need in ONE of the rear panniers and leave the other one at home. ...
Forum: Touring
03-08-21, 10:24 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 13,313
Posted By boomhauer

I usually have a can of "chef boyardee" ravioli...

I usually have a can of "chef boyardee" ravioli for back up. It's usually eaten by 5pm. Buy a new one each day.
Forum: Touring
03-07-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,312
Posted By boomhauer

I have to confess.... a lot of my camping after...

I have to confess.... a lot of my camping after dark is on rail-to-trails routes. It doesn't really matter how dark it gets. Camping is easy.
Forum: Touring
03-06-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,312
Posted By boomhauer

Some of the best riding all day is at sunset. I...

Some of the best riding all day is at sunset. I try to time my destination so I get there near dark. This doesn't leave much "downtime" before bed. My downtime is the 6 or 8 breaks I take...
Forum: Touring
02-26-21, 01:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 902
Posted By boomhauer

If a pedal squeaks while on tour you will go...

If a pedal squeaks while on tour you will go insane.
Whatever pedal keeps the grease inside is what I say.
I'm trying a pedal with a cartridge bearing on each end of the spindle this time. A single...
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 09:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,523
Posted By boomhauer

I'm sure ACA maps had their time and place. ...

I'm sure ACA maps had their time and place. Especially if you've never toured before and need some assurance. Especially if you live in a major metro or out east.
However, in the age of Google...
02-17-21, 02:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 786
Posted By boomhauer

i've ridden thru the sand hills on hwy 2. It's...

i've ridden thru the sand hills on hwy 2. It's very beautiful. Camping is not a problem, ever. The towns people are great. Highway 2 follows the Union Pacific rail line so you will see lots of...
Forum: Touring
02-15-21, 03:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 845
Posted By boomhauer

Another great video! I'm going to try that...

Another great video! I'm going to try that place out.
Thanks!
Forum: Touring
02-09-21, 09:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,413
Posted By boomhauer

+1 If you are really going across the country...

+1
If you are really going across the country you will hit road construction along the way....somewhere.....
Its like riding on gravel you didn't count on.
Forum: Touring
02-05-21, 06:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,748
Posted By boomhauer

20 liters is perfect for a six pack and ice from...

20 liters is perfect for a six pack and ice from the bait shop/beer store after you set up camp.
Forum: Touring
02-03-21, 09:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,982
Posted By boomhauer

I rode southern Iowa a couple times. I hardly...

I rode southern Iowa a couple times. I hardly remember it except it was easy. Camping in southern Iowa is easy at reservoirs. Parallel traverse to state highways on gravel roads is easy. When I...
Forum: Touring
12-30-20, 10:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,747
Posted By boomhauer

Yes, you will need some extra space for food for...

Yes, you will need some extra space for food for dinner that night.
40 liter panniers seem like a good fit (for me).
I'm a light packer but this gives ample space for some food, also.
Forum: Touring
12-13-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 745
Posted By boomhauer

Great drone footage! I think you gave a very...

Great drone footage!
I think you gave a very realistic look to people who are considering riding the Katy trail.
You didn't glamorize it at all. Many times in the late fall not much is open and...
Forum: Touring
12-06-20, 11:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,010
Posted By boomhauer

I'm sill trying to figure out how to attach my 10...

I'm sill trying to figure out how to attach my 10 lbs insulated carhart jumpsuit to my bike .
It's very unwieldly.,....but a necessity after 5 pm sundown. It's cold camping now.
Forum: Touring
12-06-20, 07:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,132
Posted By boomhauer

I've had bad luck with pedals that squeak. I...

I've had bad luck with pedals that squeak.
I decided that bearings at both ends of the spindle might be better. So far so good with Shimano PD -8040 are good. Not sure if still available.
Forum: Touring
11-12-20, 09:52 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,586
Posted By boomhauer

or you could buy a pair of Mr. Tuffy's tire...

or you could buy a pair of Mr. Tuffy's tire liners and never worry about it again.
Forum: Touring
11-07-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,046
Posted By boomhauer

I've got a high of about 85-95 and it isn't...

I've got a high of about 85-95 and it isn't enough. Not because I like speed. I seldom go over 16 mph while pedaling. It's because I like to slow pedal and keep up the pace with the slight...
Forum: Touring
09-17-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 684
Posted By boomhauer

I usually stay in the midwest/ high plains area. ...

I usually stay in the midwest/ high plains area. Signal is good. I listen to non-stop Pandora music throughout the day. My dynamo hub keeps up but that's about it.
No intermediate battery. Just...
Forum: Touring
09-07-20, 12:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 994
Posted By boomhauer

Great photo... where is that?

Great photo... where is that?
Forum: Touring
09-05-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,552
Posted By boomhauer

https://www.amazon.com/Microfiber-Cleaning-Supplie...

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09-04-20, 07:38 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,068
Posted By boomhauer

You are going to want that 26 tooth chain ring...

You are going to want that 26 tooth chain ring around Birmingham and Branson. Very steep hills in those areas. 18 gear inches is what you want for all that weight. I can speak from...
Forum: Touring
09-04-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,012
Posted By boomhauer

I think your assumption is correct. Most people...

I think your assumption is correct. Most people that have toured can do 100 miles per day, I believe. Doing 100 miles per day for 2 days, or more, in a row has always been a problem for me. I can do...
Forum: Touring
09-02-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,938
Posted By boomhauer

Sorry to be off-topic.....but I'm impressed as...

Sorry to be off-topic.....but I'm impressed as hell that you packed 2 weeks worth of food. Can you briefly explain what you ate for two weeks? I'd like to remotely camp for a couple weeks on my...
Forum: Touring
08-13-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 27,102
Posted By boomhauer

My experience exactly. The B67 was my first...

My experience exactly. The B67 was my first Brooks. Very comfortable out of the box and around town. Then I went on a 1500 mile tour and received the same abrasions you described. I used...
Forum: Touring
08-12-20, 09:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,479
Posted By boomhauer

I used zip ties on the shoulder strap ring of an...

I used zip ties on the shoulder strap ring of an old camera bag mount to my trekking style handlebars.
I recall getting very creative with zip ties. The bag would always want to tilt so I...
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