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Forum: Touring 05-21-17, 01:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 547
Posted By raybo
How to compare touring with riding?

I am currently in Luxembourg and I met a gaggle of riders doing some fully supported riding in the Ardennes. The guy I was talking to said they did 120K the previous day in the mountains. I did about...
Forum: Touring 04-27-17, 05:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 517
Posted By raybo
I rode the route Jamawani suggested above (he was...

I rode the route Jamawani suggested above (he was the one who suggested it to me, as well). I started in Bellingham and rode over Deception Pass (don't miss this if you can help it), across Whidbey...
Forum: Touring 04-24-17, 12:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 545
Posted By raybo
You might find this detailed article about...

You might find this detailed article about bicycle saddles useful: Saddle Comfort for Cyclists: The Best Bicycle Touring Seats - CyclingAbout...
Forum: Touring 04-06-17, 08:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,062
Posted By raybo
This site is a bit more up than date: ...

This site is a bit more up than date:

https://www.yellowjersey.co.uk/bike-luggage-charges-infographic-worldwide/
Forum: Touring 04-04-17, 11:02 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,392
Posted By raybo
I take an iPad on tour and download books from...

I take an iPad on tour and download books from the San Francisco library as I go.

I also take a couple dozen audio books with me that I listen to while I ride.

If I can get a book I'm...
Forum: Touring 04-02-17, 01:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 412
Posted By raybo
Just to be sure. You are using Marathon not the...

Just to be sure. You are using Marathon not the Marathon plus tires. Is this correct?
Forum: Touring 04-01-17, 05:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 412
Posted By raybo
Tires for Bike Friday New World Tourist

I recently bought a Bike Friday New World Tourist (NWT) folding bicycle (my first impressions (http://www.biketouringtips.com/showTipComments.php?tipID=2373)). I have yet to take it on a tour (soon)...
Forum: Touring 03-25-17, 10:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 772
Posted By raybo
I have ridden the ACA Western Express Trail...

I have ridden the ACA Western Express Trail (https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/western-express/) from San Francisco past Folsom to Carson City (and...
Forum: Touring 03-25-17, 07:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,049
Posted By raybo
I have crashed on tour and had to take time off...

I have crashed on tour and had to take time off the bike mid-tour to assess my ability to continue. Obviously, in your case, the tour was over. It is hard to go from exhilarated bike tourist to...
Forum: Touring 03-24-17, 12:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 696
Posted By raybo
I have no relevant experience for you, though I...

I have no relevant experience for you, though I have been to Venice a couple times.

When they say you can't ride a bike in Venice, does that mean you can't even have a bike in Venice? I don't...
Forum: Touring 03-13-17, 08:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 842
Posted By raybo
Like the others, I tried the neoprene ones,...

Like the others, I tried the neoprene ones, seal-skinz socks, and the nylon ones. They either didn't work well, were hard to put on, or weren't comfortable. I would just go without, but really...
Forum: Touring 03-05-17, 03:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,020
Posted By raybo
This page has 5 links to information about water...

This page has 5 links to information about water filters (http://www.biketouringtips.com/searchTips.html?country=&state=&place=&id=Water&subtopic=21.3).

I don't know if any of them are of interest...
Forum: Touring 03-05-17, 03:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 582
Posted By raybo
+1 Note that Germany and Austria don't allow...

+1

Note that Germany and Austria don't allow street view, so some of the roads have to be taken on faith.

Once I have a rough outline, I contact people on warmshowers.org who live in the area I...
Forum: Touring 02-26-17, 08:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 444
Posted By raybo
I always write a journal of my tours. I am...

I always write a journal of my tours. I am always looking for a catchy title.

Sometimes, it comes to me as I am riding. Other times, I come up with it while I am planning. Occasionally, I just...
Forum: Touring 02-25-17, 01:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 529
Posted By raybo
I was there late in the day, rush-hour,...

I was there late in the day, rush-hour, essentially. When I drive with my wife, we were there in the mid-morning and the traffic was much lighter. So, timing is the key.

The road is a bit curvy,...
Forum: Touring 02-24-17, 09:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 529
Posted By raybo
I rode from Bellingham to Oak Harbor, the big...

I rode from Bellingham to Oak Harbor, the big town on Whidby Island using Chuckanut Drive. Here is my journal entry for that day (http://www.biketouringtips.com/showDailyEntryDetail.php?entryID=254)....
Forum: Touring 02-19-17, 04:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,062
Posted By raybo
I take 2 wool jerseys, one long-sleeve, on short....

I take 2 wool jerseys, one long-sleeve, on short. I also take a wool t-shirt as an underlayer. Note that wool can be worn several days without stinking. It also dries overnight.

I carry both...
Forum: Touring 02-16-17, 03:08 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,869
Posted By raybo
I recently fell off my bike and know that...

I recently fell off my bike and know that surviving is always a blessing. I hope his recovery proves quick and complete.
Forum: Touring 02-15-17, 06:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 669
Posted By raybo
I don't like to camp and try to do "credit card"...

I don't like to camp and try to do "credit card" tours every time. But, I do several week tours, so I have to bring more than minimal gear along with me. I use 2 front panniers, a frame pack, and a...
Forum: Touring 02-10-17, 08:51 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,304
Posted By raybo
This page has 6 links to information about riding...

This page has 6 links to information about riding the Blue Ridge Parkway (http://www.biketouringtips.com/textSearch.php?searchText=blue ridge parkway).

While not all of them will be of value to...
Forum: Touring 02-01-17, 09:23 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,181
Posted By raybo
This page has 33 links to bike touring food...

This page has 33 links to bike touring food topics. (http://www.biketouringtips.com/searchTips.html?country=&state=&place=&id=Food&subtopic=)

Not all of them will be of interest to you but several...
Forum: Touring 01-28-17, 06:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 910
Posted By raybo
I rode from Missoula, MT to Jasper in July, 2013....

I rode from Missoula, MT to Jasper in July, 2013. I rode east of the mountains and went through Browning (don't miss Indian Days if you get the chance). My host there drove me around East Glacier,...
Forum: Touring 01-25-17, 06:40 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,636
Posted By raybo
If you haven't ridden from Glacier NP up to...

If you haven't ridden from Glacier NP up to Jasper, Alberta, you should do that next.
Forum: Touring 01-14-17, 08:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 581
Posted By raybo
If you have a smartphone, check out...

If you have a smartphone, check out www.trackmytour.com . It is an app that lets you enter waypoints while you are riding and then creates a map showing your route. If you make these maps public...
Forum: Touring 01-12-17, 02:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 605
Posted By raybo
How long are you riding in Spain or is it a...

How long are you riding in Spain or is it a permanent move?

Taking that much equipment on a plane will be expensive, unless it all breaks down to an airline acceptable size.

Instead of shipping...
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