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Forum: Touring
09-22-22, 04:44 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,686
Posted By Tourist in MSN

A couple years ago when it looked like Covid...

A couple years ago when it looked like Covid would collapse the economy and crude oil futures briefly traded at a negative price, a local gas station was charging $0.99 USD a gallon. I have a couple...
Forum: Touring
09-22-22, 06:48 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,686
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I recall over the past decades a few times when...

I recall over the past decades a few times when there were gas shortages and stations or state govts proposed to make a minimum purchase requirement to get rid of the long lines of people that were...
Forum: Touring
09-21-22, 04:05 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,276
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If he does not answer, I think those are the...

If he does not answer, I think those are the Cannondale Overland panniers from the 1980s. I have a set of the rear ones in black with red trim.

A friend of mine has a set like that with a Nashbar...
Forum: Touring
09-21-22, 03:51 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,686
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Good luck with that goal of less than half the...

Good luck with that goal of less than half the fuel use I use when I am backpacking.

I usually use unfiltered water when boiling water for food or hot drink, rely on the boiling for disinfection....
Forum: Touring
09-20-22, 02:31 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,686
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I am not TCS, but I will give a few answers. ...

I am not TCS, but I will give a few answers.

1 - I was low on white gas on a bike tour, I added 15 cents of gasoline to my stove fuel bottle directly from a gas pump. The MSR, Brunton, and Optimus...
09-19-22, 03:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 342
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Whatever you do, do not use a flashing headlamp...

Whatever you do, do not use a flashing headlamp at night. If you want a flasher during daytime when drivers won't be blinded, go ahead.

The better lights have a fairly flat and wide beam to...
Forum: Touring
09-19-22, 09:53 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,276
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Steger and Schurke (and a few others) that took...

Steger and Schurke (and a few others) that took their dog sled teams to the N Pole carried a lot of butter for that same reason. If I recall (I read their book decades ago), Steger had a lot of...
Forum: Touring
09-19-22, 08:36 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,686
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Empty butane canisters that I have at home, I...

Empty butane canisters that I have at home, I puncture them several times. Let them sit outside for several days punctured until all smell is gone. Then put them in the metal recycling bin. That has...
Forum: Touring
09-18-22, 08:08 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,686
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Good analysis. My recent backpacking trip,...

Good analysis.

My recent backpacking trip, almost every day had 7 cups of water to boil, days usually started in 40s (F) (or about 5 C). Since teh coffee drinking was in the morning, most of the...
Forum: Touring
09-18-22, 08:20 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,686
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Different fuel types have different air to fuel...

Different fuel types have different air to fuel mixture ratios. Thus different jets are often needed to get the right air to fuel mixture.

Some stoves claim to be able to handle multiple fuels...
09-18-22, 05:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 162
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I fully agree, but some people that want to...

I fully agree, but some people that want to pretend they are in a race with others on the internet want more.

Several years ago I saw a couple bikes leaning against a garbage can for pickup. Once...
Forum: Touring
09-18-22, 04:42 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,686
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I will never forget that. In mid 1980s in...

I will never forget that. In mid 1980s in Minnesota, they changed the tax structure to promote more ethanol use in what was called Gasahol at that time. (Minnesota being a big corn producing state.)...
09-17-22, 08:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 162
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Agree with Kai Winters, move the computer...

Agree with Kai Winters, move the computer receiver to be closer to sender. Putting the sender on the rear chainstay as close to the rim as practical may help get the sender closer to where you might...
Forum: Touring
09-17-22, 04:58 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,276
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I got home a couple days ago from two weeks of...

I got home a couple days ago from two weeks of backpacking. After a re-supply, I had 5.0 kg of food, pack without food or water was 16.1 kg. Water at 1.5 kg. And I weigh about 80 kg. Thus, pack...
Forum: Touring
09-17-22, 04:41 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,276
Posted By Tourist in MSN

This was heavy enough that I did not want to...

This was heavy enough that I did not want to weigh it, preferred to stay ignorant.
...
Forum: Touring
09-17-22, 05:26 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,686
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I had bought one of those and immediately the O...

I had bought one of those and immediately the O ring fell off and was lost. I will send you a private message.
Forum: Touring
09-16-22, 05:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 393
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I do not really know if it was just the early...

I do not really know if it was just the early ones or not. But one other problem was that some of the early ones had a freehub that was not well attached to the hub shell. But that was over a decade...
Forum: Touring
09-16-22, 05:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 393
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Regarding shifting, almost all of my bikes use...

Regarding shifting, almost all of my bikes use friction shifting for front. With a triple and if you have any mis-matched shifter and front derailleurs, friction is often the simplest way to go.

...
Forum: Touring
09-16-22, 05:04 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,686
Posted By Tourist in MSN

In some previous threads over the past few years...

In some previous threads over the past few years I mentioned that I have seen some larger RV parks had a small store and sold the tall skinny canisters (I refer to them as the nozzle type canisters,...
Forum: Touring
09-16-22, 04:28 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,686
Posted By Tourist in MSN

My Optimus 111T is supposed to be able to operate...

My Optimus 111T is supposed to be able to operate on alcohol, besides white gas and kerosene. But I do not have the jet for it. The alcohol conversion also needs a tube to restrict airflow to make...
Forum: Touring
09-16-22, 04:25 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,686
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I just got home from backpacking on the Superior...

I just got home from backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail, not as long or well known as the PCT, but it had its share of thru hikers. (I was not one of them, I only did two weeks. Probably will...
Forum: Touring
09-16-22, 08:09 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,686
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have been out of town for a few weeks, did not...

I have been out of town for a few weeks, did not see this before today. Lots of topics here.

Flying:

On flying with a stove, I have cleaned my stove and fuel bottle to an odor free status and...
Replies: 17
Views: 658
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Do not forget electrolytes. A year or two ago,...

Do not forget electrolytes. A year or two ago, on an exercise ride I was doing of about 70 miles, on the last 20 miles I had no energy. I had ridden that ride several other times in similar weather...
09-16-22, 06:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 136
Posted By Tourist in MSN

When you get it, photos will help. I think you...

When you get it, photos will help. I think you can't post photos if you only have a few posts so posting a photo might not work for you.

Is there some reason that this bike does not allow a...
Forum: Touring
08-31-22, 11:17 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 979
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I was wondering what the elevation was in...

I was wondering what the elevation was in Yellowstone and nearby when you were there. Logan pass in Glacier was not very high at 2025 M.

Pushing a bike, you can do that at any speed where pedaling...
Forum: Touring
08-30-22, 03:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 627
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Positive mid teens (F) is not too bad at all,...

Positive mid teens (F) is not too bad at all, especially if most days it is above freezing. That said, if it is windy, that could be pretty miserable.

Some on this thread spoke highly of wool. I...
Forum: Touring
08-30-22, 09:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 627
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I found that winter camping in February in...

I found that winter camping in February in Florida Keys and Everglades was much hotter than I like.
...
Forum: Touring
08-30-22, 09:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 627
Posted By Tourist in MSN

What is the longest period of time that you would...

What is the longest period of time that you would need to be prepared for sub freezing temps? A week? A few weeks? Over a month? Longer?

Do they sell food there? Or are you carrying weeks of...
Forum: Touring
08-30-22, 05:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 627
Posted By Tourist in MSN

What is your plan? Is this for the few days or...

What is your plan? Is this for the few days or maybe few weeks associated with crossing a high elevation pass? Or are you talking months of sleeping in sub freezing temps?

If you do your round the...
Forum: Touring
08-29-22, 03:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 580
Posted By Tourist in MSN

https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1255371-how-dis...

https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1255371-how-dismount-loaded-tour-bike.html
Forum: Touring
08-29-22, 03:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 710
Posted By Tourist in MSN

When I bought them, they came with or without...

When I bought them, they came with or without holes. I doubt that the sand will freeze into the holes on a warm day.

Perhaps the non drilled or non-punch pressed variety sold too slow.
Forum: Touring
08-29-22, 02:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 710
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have some snow stakes that work great in sand,...

I have some snow stakes that work great in sand, but they work best if you put two in at different angles but you need twice as many that way. Have used them in beach sand.

Not sure why they only...
Forum: Touring
08-29-22, 11:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 627
Posted By Tourist in MSN

There was a thread a ways back on cold weather...

There was a thread a ways back on cold weather cycling, but not for touring. Mainly clothing. Not really cold, roughly the temps you are talking about....
Forum: Touring
08-29-22, 08:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 580
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I rode the GAP and the C&O in 2013. Most of the...

I rode the GAP and the C&O in 2013. Most of the GAP was not too wet when I rode it, my comments are mainly about the C&O.

I was surprised at the lack of mud that you sink into. Even saturated, the...
Forum: Touring
08-29-22, 04:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 580
Posted By Tourist in MSN

When I did GAP and C&O there were three of us,...

When I did GAP and C&O there were three of us, all three thought we had the right tires for a rainy trip (rained several days), I had 50mm width, one guy had 47mm and the third had 35mm width. We...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-28-22, 08:07 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,328
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If you feel that you are incapable of physically...

If you feel that you are incapable of physically pedaling 30 to 40 miles, then I understand the desire for electric.

Do not assume that diameter of wheels is what will determine how far you can...
Forum: Touring
08-28-22, 04:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 710
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I use a Big Agnes Scout Plus for bike touring, I...

I use a Big Agnes Scout Plus for bike touring, I think they stopped making it several years ago. Single wall roof, uses two trekking poles, not self supporting.

You are obviously on a budget and...
Forum: Touring
08-27-22, 10:00 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,072
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Nice stand.

Nice stand.
Forum: Touring
08-27-22, 09:56 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 979
Posted By Tourist in MSN

So this is not wishful thinking but serious...

So this is not wishful thinking but serious consideration?
Forum: Touring
08-27-22, 01:22 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 979
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I would expect that stem is more useful on...

I would expect that stem is more useful on narrower tires at higher pressure for rough pavement and vibration. I do not think it would be a substitute for a suspension front fork on rough trails.
...
Forum: Touring
08-26-22, 06:01 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 979
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have been wondering about those stems, thanks...

I have been wondering about those stems, thanks for your positive comments. I might go for one some day. My light touring bike has 37mm tires.
Forum: Touring
08-26-22, 03:31 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 979
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have been really happy with the folding version...

I have been really happy with the folding version of the Schwalbe Extremes that have been out of production for almost a decade. My heavy duty touring bike (I call it my expedition bike) has 57mm...
Forum: Touring
08-26-22, 11:23 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 979
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I really think that elevation acclimation ability...

I really think that elevation acclimation ability is quite dependent on how old you are. In my early 20s, we lived at about 1,000 feet of elevation, would drive to about 10,000 feet, camp there for a...
Forum: Touring
08-26-22, 10:27 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,072
Posted By Tourist in MSN

TSA is the USA agency for transportation...

TSA is the USA agency for transportation security, other countries have similar agencies of different names.

Ticketing at Halifax NS sent me to oversize even though my bags were not oversize, that...
Forum: Touring
08-25-22, 06:48 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 979
Posted By Tourist in MSN

When I was in my early 20s I backpacked in...

When I was in my early 20s I backpacked in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado at around 4000M. But youth makes acclimation faster and easier.

When you are exerting yourself, you are breathing hard and it...
08-24-22, 12:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 363
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Yes. I was self reliant for power on my last two...

Yes. I was self reliant for power on my last two bike tours. That said, during one of those tours I found that a high resistance cable got into my bag of cables, thus was only self-reliant for the...
Forum: Touring
08-24-22, 05:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,787
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Great that you got the new bike, although I am...

Great that you got the new bike, although I am sure you lost a lot of hours in the process to get a new one, and likely are out some of the cost for replacement.

Interesting that the thief put...
08-24-22, 05:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 228
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Can you move the light further away from the...

Can you move the light further away from the computer? Or is there no other viable place to mount the light?

If the light is a handlebar mounted headlight and you are only using it as a to-be-seen...
Forum: Touring
08-23-22, 03:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 661
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Sounds like an epic trip. Glad to have you back. ...

Sounds like an epic trip. Glad to have you back. Thanks again for posting.
Forum: Touring
08-22-22, 04:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 661
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Thanks for posting. We do not often get good...

Thanks for posting. We do not often get good detail from a long tour on what worked well, what failed, etc.

On electric power supply, if I recall correctly you used to use a Forumslader. If so,...
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