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Forum: Touring 05-22-16, 05:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,419
Posted By skookum
All of the cool kids are switching to bikepacking...

All of the cool kids are switching to bikepacking bags. I saw an article recently that referred to traditional bike tourists as luddites.
Since I'm a retrogrouch I'll stick to panniers.
Forum: Touring 05-12-16, 05:18 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,141
Posted By skookum
I have cooked on an open fire in the past. It...

I have cooked on an open fire in the past. It takes al ittle practice to get your particular mode of cooking down pat. but it can be quite effective and has a certain aesthetic and sense of...
Forum: Touring 05-06-16, 01:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 892
Posted By skookum
I rode the first 1000 miles last year from...

I rode the first 1000 miles last year from Canmore south. I used Kenda small block 8s 26X2.1 which were perfectly adequate. I would use as big a tire as I could get away with and run the pressure low...
Forum: Touring 07-20-15, 07:38 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,750
Posted By skookum
I am happy that someone else is trying it, not...

I am happy that someone else is trying it, not me. Good luck with it.
Forum: Touring 07-20-15, 08:46 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,750
Posted By skookum
I'm enough of a retro grouch that I can't quite...

I'm enough of a retro grouch that I can't quite get my head around carbon belt drives. I see their advantages, they're totally cool, but how well they do over time, and what problems will people have...
Forum: Touring 06-21-15, 03:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 735
Posted By skookum
Ithink the prevailing winds are from the North,...

Ithink the prevailing winds are from the North, although a quick google was unable to bring up anything definitive.
I was there last week, but unfortunately had to abort the ride at the icefields...
Forum: Touring 06-21-15, 03:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,412
Posted By skookum
Westjet now charges for every piece of luggage. ...

Westjet now charges for every piece of luggage.

Pretty soon it will be cheaper to buy a bike at the other end, rather than fly it.
Forum: Touring 06-21-15, 03:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,725
Posted By skookum
Honjo hammered aluminum! No, I d use a plastic...

Honjo hammered aluminum!
No, I d use a plastic fender as it is just easier to deal with if you have to manipulate it.
Although people who ride in rain a lot say metal fenders are better.
Forum: Touring 06-21-15, 09:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,412
Posted By skookum
I phoned Westjet about flying my bike, suitably...

I phoned Westjet about flying my bike, suitably boxed, from Calgary to Victoria.
I was quoted a price of $100. The ticket itself was only $150. The bike box was an extra piece of baggage and a bike...
Forum: Touring 04-19-15, 07:10 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,269
Posted By skookum
Excellent. I will just pass on a word of...

Excellent.

I will just pass on a word of advice from my good friend Dr. Chu, who is a skin doctor.
He says liquid hand soaps are easier on your skin than bar soaps.
Forum: Touring 04-19-15, 08:29 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,269
Posted By skookum
I think you're obsessing about the wrong kinds of...

I think you're obsessing about the wrong kinds of things.

I just use Campsuds for everything, maybe carry a hotel sized bottle of shampoo.

Anti bacterial soaps are not a great idea, unless you...
Forum: Touring 04-17-15, 09:13 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,496
Posted By skookum
I had this set up, but I didnt like where the...

I had this set up, but I didnt like where the brakes are positioned, and I couldn't find another place for them that worked.
Forum: Touring 04-07-15, 01:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 454
Posted By skookum
I've ridden it on May Long, but not for a number...

I've ridden it on May Long, but not for a number of years. Who knows what this spring will bring?
Forum: Touring 04-07-15, 12:45 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,819
Posted By skookum
I'm not up on all this new fangled bikie tech...

I'm not up on all this new fangled bikie tech stuff. I'd never heard of planing but I am familiar with Jan Heine. So I looked up planing.
It sure seems to have pissed some people off. Lots of...
Forum: Touring 04-04-15, 02:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 454
Posted By skookum
Highwood Pass. Its a 3-4 day loop from Calgary,...

Highwood Pass.
Its a 3-4 day loop from Calgary, with a couple of different option for the parts close to town.
The pass is closed from Highwood Junction to Peter Lougheed Provincial Park until June...
Forum: Touring 09-07-13, 10:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 503
Posted By skookum
Hope your knee gets better.

Hope your knee gets better.
Forum: Touring 09-06-13, 10:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,498
Posted By skookum
Oh that is what he was getting at. Thanks for...

Oh that is what he was getting at. Thanks for clarifying.
Forum: Touring 09-06-13, 08:59 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,244
Posted By skookum
For touring I forego the lycra bike shorts and go...

For touring I forego the lycra bike shorts and go for something with pockets and wear cycling underwear like Novara or Andiamo.
Its very much personal preference though. Avoid shorts that have heavy...
Forum: Touring 09-06-13, 08:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,498
Posted By skookum
I have a Thorn Raven Nomad with a Rohloff 16...

I have a Thorn Raven Nomad with a Rohloff 16 tooth rear 39 front on a 175 crank.
The gearing seems low to me, but the bike is heavy and designed for heavy duty touring.

Sheldon Brown has a gear...
Forum: Touring 09-04-13, 08:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,244
Posted By skookum
Go now. Before its gets too cold.

Go now. Before its gets too cold.
Forum: Touring 09-01-13, 07:56 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 11,339
Posted By skookum
I had an old Peugeot from the 70s that I bought...

I had an old Peugeot from the 70s that I bought when I was in junior high school. Steel wheels, wing nuts instead of quick releases, simplex derailleurs. The lowest end, entry level European road...
Forum: Touring 08-31-13, 04:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,138
Posted By skookum
I have this 6 Watt portable solar USB charger....

I have this 6 Watt portable solar USB charger. (http://www.portablesolarpower.biz/collections/portable-solar-cell-phone-chargers/products/6-watt-portable-solar-usb-mobile-phone-charger)
Its very...
Forum: Touring 08-27-13, 08:37 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,401
Posted By skookum
I have flown across the atlantic with my bike in...

I have flown across the atlantic with my bike in a cardboard box a couple of times. If you are careful packing the box everything will be okay.
the problem now days is that airlines are reducing the...
Forum: Touring 08-26-13, 07:44 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 11,339
Posted By skookum
Now the Toyo built Atlantises are collector's...

Now the Toyo built Atlantises are collector's items.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 11-15-11, 03:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 433
Posted By skookum
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