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Forum: Touring 07-25-16, 08:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 407
Posted By andrewclaus
Some of us use Tarptents. I wouldn't trade my...

Some of us use Tarptents. I wouldn't trade my Contrail for anything. The newer model is the Protrail. They are single wall, though, which have a learning curve.
Forum: Touring 07-24-16, 05:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 601
Posted By andrewclaus
I smile because that was my first touring set-up...

I smile because that was my first touring set-up in 1975, except it was my old high school gym duffel bag on my Schwinn Continental. I'd never even heard the word "pannier."

I managed to cycle...
Forum: Touring 07-23-16, 05:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 601
Posted By andrewclaus
I converted from standard five-bag touring to two...

I converted from standard five-bag touring to two bags a few years ago. A career in long distance backpacking showed me how to leave lots of stuff behind. I kept my two rear panniers--one for wet...
Forum: Touring 07-22-16, 12:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 502
Posted By andrewclaus
Another vote for the Road Morph. I got mine on...

Another vote for the Road Morph. I got mine on sale at Nashbar for under $20.
Forum: Touring 07-20-16, 08:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 349
Posted By andrewclaus
On my Northern Tier ride, I stayed at a free...

On my Northern Tier ride, I stayed at a free primitive site at Diablo, past Marblemount, then another free night at Jim Gregg's Bike Barn outside Mazama (on the ACA map, probably on warmshowers too)....
Forum: Touring 07-19-16, 07:13 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,249
Posted By andrewclaus
On the PCT or any trail like that where bailing...

On the PCT or any trail like that where bailing out is so easy, I'd take advantage and pack almost nothing beyond what's normally on my bike--lunch and a windbreaker in addition to basic sleeping...
Forum: Touring 07-19-16, 07:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 546
Posted By andrewclaus
Is the strength of the 11-speed chain an issue on...

Is the strength of the 11-speed chain an issue on tour? I've heard it could be, but nobody's mentioned it yet, from what I could see from a quick perusal.

What about wheel strength--is the...
Forum: Touring 07-17-16, 07:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 718
Posted By andrewclaus
My touring bike fully packed only weighs about 45...

My touring bike fully packed only weighs about 45 pounds (27 pound bike/accessories, 18 pound packs/load). 25mm tires are fine for that bike, that load. It's a light, lively, fun and fast ride,...
Forum: Touring 07-15-16, 08:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 449
Posted By andrewclaus
I'd do it as in post #2. 80+ miles per day is...

I'd do it as in post #2. 80+ miles per day is reasonable for an experienced and fit touring cyclist with a light load. Especially if you can grab the westerly winds across the Basin. I once...
Forum: Touring 06-24-16, 06:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 794
Posted By andrewclaus
The square kitty litter buckets are fairly...

The square kitty litter buckets are fairly common--they have a good lid and are durable. There are plenty of on-line instructions on how to mount. I made a set for hauling groceries from materials...
Forum: Touring 06-22-16, 04:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 541
Posted By andrewclaus
A piece of dead clincher sidewall. Cut the bead...

A piece of dead clincher sidewall. Cut the bead and tread off with tin snips. If needed, glue in with patch kit cement.

Last time I used a dollar bill, I was able to turn in the bill at a bank...
Forum: Touring 06-15-16, 06:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,064
Posted By andrewclaus
If you ride a quarter million miles, you will be!...

If you ride a quarter million miles, you will be! Every octogenarian cyclist I meet says, "Don't ever stop."
Forum: Touring 06-15-16, 06:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 436
Posted By andrewclaus
Ditto the above. I'll add that electronic apps...

Ditto the above. I'll add that electronic apps like Google Maps can be a powerful tool, but you really need some local knowledge to make them work. If I google a route in my mountainous...
Forum: Touring 06-12-16, 12:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 897
Posted By andrewclaus
I forgot to mention that I often think about...

I forgot to mention that I often think about cycling tomorrow. If at any point you start thinking that you don't want to do this again the next day, it's probably time to stop. This is especially...
Forum: Touring 06-12-16, 06:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,064
Posted By andrewclaus
Spokes are the main one for me. I've lost...

Spokes are the main one for me. I've lost shifter cables while riding, but only in my brifters because I can't see those ends (the only drawback to brifters I've encountered, but twice in twenty...
Forum: Touring 06-12-16, 06:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 897
Posted By andrewclaus
This is a good question, and one I often ponder. ...

This is a good question, and one I often ponder. I listen to what my body is trying to tell me, and I don't mask the symptoms with painkillers. You don't remove the smoke detectors and ignore a...
Forum: Touring 06-10-16, 12:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,385
Posted By andrewclaus
I know an accomplished athlete (long distance...

I know an accomplished athlete (long distance hiker and runner) who likes to train to 30% of his goal. For instance, if he eventually wants to hike 20 miles per day all summer, he'll train in the...
Forum: Touring 06-08-16, 06:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 655
Posted By andrewclaus
Your route through the Canyon is the route of the...

Your route through the Canyon is the route of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, which some people ride on a mountain bike. Those who traverse the Canyon have to carry their bikes on their backs, as...
Forum: Touring 06-05-16, 06:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 611
Posted By andrewclaus
You may want to visit the Sheldon Brown website...

You may want to visit the Sheldon Brown website for some tutorial on parts and compatibility, for better explanations, with graphics, of what you're just starting to see here. Then go to YouTube for...
Forum: Touring 06-05-16, 06:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,085
Posted By andrewclaus
If you decide to embark on this crazy summer-time...

If you decide to embark on this crazy summer-time desert crossing, I'd suggest you read up about desert travel, go slowly and gain experience as you travel.

With the water consumption you'll need,...
Forum: Touring 06-04-16, 02:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,313
Posted By andrewclaus
From one hiker trash to another; I think the only...

From one hiker trash to another; I think the only reason to buy a folding tire is if you're going to carry a spare. Riding on high quality tires in a developed nation, I don't see the need. I use...
Forum: Touring 06-04-16, 05:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 387
Posted By andrewclaus
The only problems I've ever had with cold on a...

The only problems I've ever had with cold on a bicycle have been on long mountain descents after a long sweaty, rainy, or even snowy climb. That's when I'm sure to have an extra dry layer. ...
Forum: Touring 06-03-16, 05:24 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,444
Posted By andrewclaus
Tarptent Protrail.

Tarptent Protrail.
Forum: Touring 06-01-16, 06:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 419
Posted By andrewclaus
Before I'd heard of warmshowers or this site, I...

Before I'd heard of warmshowers or this site, I saw a road-worn couple outside my local library and invited them home. They were Germans, on their way from Alaska to Argentina. They stayed five...
Forum: Touring 05-28-16, 04:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,063
Posted By andrewclaus
There may be some challenges mounting mudguards...

There may be some challenges mounting mudguards on that bike with its wheel to frame clearance, and your heel striking the rear pack may be a problem. Touring bikes are built with a long wheelbase...
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