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  1. Funny thing is while in your neck of the woods,...

    Funny thing is while in your neck of the woods, Annapolis, during RAAM I had one of the MANY people that saw me and my bike right around the finish line ask me where I was planning on staying. He...
  2. Okay, I'll clarify to your very good point. ...

    Okay, I'll clarify to your very good point. Where I'll be going there won't be much in the way of trees, you alone state or national forest lands. I'm talking eastern Midwest, MI/IN/OH...
  3. Finding non-stealth/non-campground campsites

    I'm looking at a short 2-3 nighter, actually a couple of them coming up over the next couple of weeks. I'm very use to finding campsites on Google Earth after I get into town. I can do a quick...
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    Poll: Laptop. I have too many things I use that are...

    Laptop. I have too many things I use that are programs I've written myself that aren't available on stupid/idiot phones. I don't want my every move tracked so I hardly ever use/carry a cell phone...
  5. I'm looking at a 4500-5000 mile loop trip right...

    I'm looking at a 4500-5000 mile loop trip right now. I'm over 3100 miles currently and at the bare minimum I'm still 800+ miles from home. I'm probably going to take the route home that I was...
  6. Okay, I'm being a smartass here:)...but it is...

    Okay, I'm being a smartass here:)...but it is something to think about.

    You go on a car trip...when you get to your destination do you just ship your car home??? Of course not, you drive it...
  7. A couple of things you have to keep in mind when...

    A couple of things you have to keep in mind when packing...where are you going, when are you going, and how long will you be gone. That all determines what you should carry.

    If you are doing a...
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    Yesterday I crossed the 3000 mile mark on my...

    Yesterday I crossed the 3000 mile mark on my current trip. My bike, as of the end of yesterday has 41,799 miles on it. It's handling it fine. I'm on a Specialized Allez Comp. The only thing I'm...
  9. I will fess I overpack simply because its a must....

    I will fess I overpack simply because its a must. I have an idea, not a certainty, of where I'm going/how long I'm going to be gone but things change during the trip and I'm not going to need...
  10. I don't use a mirror. I can look over my...

    I don't use a mirror. I can look over my shoulder just fine and see what traffic is coming up from behind me and make my move accordingly. Sometimes when coming up to the end of an on ramp on a...
  11. I'm currently on a trip in western IN, 2800+...

    I'm currently on a trip in western IN, 2800+ miles thus far, and I'm using a Mountainsmith backpack I bought 17-18 years for a thruhike of the Appalachian Trail that I did back in 1997. I been on...
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    I'm on tour/trip right now using 25cs and haven't...

    I'm on tour/trip right now using 25cs and haven't had any kind of trouble with them. I do stick to pavement other than a couple small stretches on the Fox River Trail in NE Illinois that has pack...
  13. I currently have over 2800 miles on the trip I'm...

    I currently have over 2800 miles on the trip I'm on right now. I'm riding a regular road bike, no touring bike, no braze ons. I carry everything in a backpack so I have no rack weight. I'm...
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    Anything above 60 degrees for overnight temps I...

    Anything above 60 degrees for overnight temps I just toss the unsetup tent over top of me. As long I've did my smart location choosing and don't try to put myself right up next to water I don't have...
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    I carry mine in a neoprene protector toward the...

    I carry mine in a neoprene protector toward the top of the backpack. So far no problems. I also carry my GoPro camera in my handlebar bag...so far no problems...at least once I got the darn wifi...
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    I left a month ago for a bike trip that is now...

    I left a month ago for a bike trip that is now over 2,000 miles long and still going. I don't have a bike lock with me. I'm currently inside a McDonalds surfing the web and my bike is outside...I'm...
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    Someone who doesn't want to always be...

    Someone who doesn't want to always be experiencing riding in the green tunnel...someone who wants to ride and be able to see something other than trees all the time. Someone who is time pressed and...
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    Not to make matters more confusing. Last...

    Not to make matters more confusing. Last Saturday I rode into a rather interesting situation in central MD. I was riding south on MD222 down to US40 and was going to take US40(yes, non-interstate)...
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    Let me ask this question... Is the GAP more...

    Let me ask this question...

    Is the GAP more loose crushed stone or packed dirt and stone?

    Just a couple of weeks ago I was, unplanned on, on a dirt road, well packed and had no trouble riding...
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    Tires for rail trails?

    I'm WAY beyond ignorant in this scenario and I'm currently sitting in the worst possible location to have this bit of ignorance.

    What are usable tires for rail trails, aka GAP/C&O? Any paved...
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    Two years I rode the RAAM stretch from Athens, OH...

    Two years I rode the RAAM stretch from Athens, OH to Hancock, MD. I just got into Cumberland from Hancock, riding the RAAM course backwards. I was about to hop off the road and go for C&O but it...
  22. I can only speak from what I've heard and a bit...

    I can only speak from what I've heard and a bit what I've experienced as well.

    My old, now dead, Cannondale appears to have had a much more relaxed head tube angle as it handled much better,...
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    I didn't start in Cleveland but I've ridden a...

    I didn't start in Cleveland but I've ridden a couple of times in the general area now.

    Last year on the my way back to NH from NW Ohio I went over Pymatuning Reservoir. Saw a nice storm off in...
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    Maybe so but I've haven't noticed any problems...

    Maybe so but I've haven't noticed any problems with the breathing or the butt.
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    I've been on two full trips, 2700 miles in 2012...

    I've been on two full trips, 2700 miles in 2012 and 1700 miles last year and I'm right now 400+ miles into this years trip, 150+ miles today alone. I haven't noticed any problems with the butt...
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