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Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 05:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 311
Posted By staehpj1

I can't offer current on the ground info for any...

I can't offer current on the ground info for any of those locations, but I can offer some advice. I have camped in the town parks in many of those towns without issue. I have done similarly in...
Forum: Touring
05-13-21, 06:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 370
Posted By staehpj1

I can't say what is worth it for you, but for me...

I can't say what is worth it for you, but for me I'd say absolutely not to both bringing in the bike and to the cot. I am not a big fan of trailers either although they can make sense in some cases....
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 08:01 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 830
Posted By staehpj1

I am curious what you would include in that...

I am curious what you would include in that category. It isn't something that comes to mind for me when packing. Anything I ever took that fit that category either got sent home or was probably...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 05:17 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,097
Posted By staehpj1

Credit cards are great if you don't fall for...

Credit cards are great if you don't fall for their traps. Some of them have rewards. Getting 1%, 2%, or 5% back on purchases is a wonderful perk with some of them. Fraud protection is a plus. Just...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 830
Posted By staehpj1

My first tour was the Trans America. I wish I...

My first tour was the Trans America. I wish I had been taught all about goat head thorns, Where they grow, what the plants look like, how to avoid them.
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 443
Posted By staehpj1

I am sure it is fine if applied sparingly and...

I am sure it is fine if applied sparingly and wiped off thoroughly, but... White Lightening was the biggest fail for me of any lube I ever used. I followed the directions on the bottle on our Trans...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 05:14 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,097
Posted By staehpj1

Okay below are some weights for Forte tubes....

Okay below are some weights for Forte tubes. Other brands would be similar, but these were handy and available in an appropriate size for the same model tube in different sizes. It happens to be an...
Forum: Touring
05-10-21, 09:24 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,097
Posted By staehpj1

Interesting, but I never thought that the reason...

Interesting, but I never thought that the reason I go lighter is to go faster.

For me the difference is more about the quality of the experience. To me it is so much more pleasant to ride an...
Forum: Touring
05-09-21, 04:23 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,184
Posted By staehpj1

I have considered using part of my REI dividend...

I have considered using part of my REI dividend to get one. Maybe I will.
Forum: Touring
05-08-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 682
Posted By staehpj1

I hate that term. It absolutely makes my skin...

I hate that term. It absolutely makes my skin crawl to see it.
Forum: Touring
05-08-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 682
Posted By staehpj1

Sad. REI, here in the US has suffered a bit...

Sad.

REI, here in the US has suffered a bit in the move to being a bit too focused on a market that really isn't focused on outdoor activities, but they still do both markets pretty well. I fear...
Forum: Touring
04-30-21, 05:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,005
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks for the update!

Thanks for the update!
Forum: Touring
04-29-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,097
Posted By staehpj1

It is quite possible to go pretty light without...

It is quite possible to go pretty light without going to nosebleed level prices. I'd wager that my total gear expenditure for my current setup is probably below average if compared with the run of...
Forum: Touring
04-28-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,610
Posted By staehpj1

The problem with a dog travelling along with a...

The problem with a dog travelling along with a bike is that the dog will likely be able to go much faster on the climbs and the bike much faster on the descents. I found that for short climbs and...
Forum: Touring
04-26-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,431
Posted By staehpj1

I am a little confused about what the OP is...

I am a little confused about what the OP is asking for. The concern over ATVs seems to imply riding off road or on dirt roads. Not sure though, I may be reading them wrong. If so please ignore my...
Forum: Touring
04-23-21, 09:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,005
Posted By staehpj1

If you go to the California State Parks page they...

If you go to the California State Parks page they have the info on which ones have Hiker Biker sites, it is just harder to find than it used to be. I think there is a link to "Find a Park"...
Forum: Touring
04-23-21, 05:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,005
Posted By staehpj1

I'd try calling a few different times of day. ...

I'd try calling a few different times of day. Then again there may be no one there except a camp host most of the time even when they are open.

Good luck. Please do let us know how you make out...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 06:43 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,059
Posted By staehpj1

It depends on the temperature. I have had fairly...

It depends on the temperature. I have had fairly frequently had overnight freezing temperatures at times and subfreezing temps in the morning a few times, but never had any problem with hands or feet...
Forum: Touring
04-21-21, 05:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 556
Posted By staehpj1

It really has to be an individual choice because...

It really has to be an individual choice because the pluses for either can be a big minus for some users.

I have owned a wide variety of mostly inexpensive panniers shared with and used by friends...
Forum: Touring
04-18-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,093
Posted By staehpj1

I had bad luck with sealant in tubes. More mess...

I had bad luck with sealant in tubes. More mess than it was worth. It just delayed the leaks and patches didn't hold. Maybe if we tried different sealants or something we would have had better luck,...
Forum: Touring
04-18-21, 06:39 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,097
Posted By staehpj1

The hooped bivy and really minimal ones are very...

The hooped bivy and really minimal ones are very different solutions in IMO. Neither one is a probably really good substitute for the other. The hooped bivy to me is a tiny tent and is a pretty...
Forum: Touring
04-18-21, 06:06 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 48,780
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, I just don't get why they don't just lock...

Yeah, I just don't get why they don't just lock them at some point. They could always be linked to if there was a good reason to refer to them.
Forum: Touring
04-17-21, 04:28 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 48,780
Posted By staehpj1

This thread was started in 2010. Man I wish they...

This thread was started in 2010. Man I wish they would lock old treads or at least flag them somehow when resurrected.
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 03:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 336
Posted By staehpj1

Just going by listed specs... The crank is...

Just going by listed specs...

The crank is listed as a Shimano FC-M521-S, 48/36/26 on the rei site. https://www.rei.com/product/807245/novara-safari-bike-2014

It looks like the Shimano FC-M521...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 11:30 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,364
Posted By staehpj1

True, but even if you make packing mistakes on a...

True, but even if you make packing mistakes on a long tour, there is the option of mailing stuff home and buying things or having things sent from home. So it isn't like you can't learn and adjust...
Forum: Touring
04-06-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 739
Posted By staehpj1

Actually lots of little low knobs roll better...

Actually lots of little low knobs roll better than fewer larger higher ones. Not like a slick but closer. Something like the Kenda Slant Six rolls pretty well on pavement if you want/need knobs for...
Forum: Touring
03-27-21, 04:46 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,909
Posted By staehpj1

I still love my alcohol stove when and where fire...

I still love my alcohol stove when and where fire bans are not in place.
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 05:56 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,836
Posted By staehpj1

I thought 32mm was pretty much a standard road...

I thought 32mm was pretty much a standard road touring size. I tour on much narrower, but tour ultralight. When I packed heavier 32mm was what I used.

FWIW, I'd suggest that you allow plenty of...
Forum: Touring
03-13-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 7,890
Posted By staehpj1

I think it is a factor. For some mayne not much...

I think it is a factor. For some mayne not much of one for others a bigger one, depending in part on the usage and conditions. Before discs were popular I never complained about wearing rims out...
Forum: Touring
03-13-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 7,890
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, I have ridden place where you could descend...

Yeah, I have ridden place where you could descend 5000' without braking. I have also ridden where the turns were super tight or the surface really bad and speed needed to be kept low.

Depends on...
Forum: Touring
03-13-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,909
Posted By staehpj1

Fire bans vary with the locale, but most places I...

Fire bans vary with the locale, but most places I am familiar with do not allow any stove that doesn't have a shut off valve. That rules out most alcohol stoves and any wood stoves that I know of. ...
Forum: Touring
03-06-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,323
Posted By staehpj1

I agree that I am in a fairly small minority, but...

I agree that I am in a fairly small minority, but there are others doing the same or similar. It is doable and can provide reasonable comfort with practice. I really don't find I am giving up much...
Forum: Touring
02-23-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,587
Posted By staehpj1

Just an observation... In the interest of the...

Just an observation...
In the interest of the arbitrary collecting of states as a goal you miss many interesting regions completely. You miss the beauty of the Pacific coat, the MI upper peninsula,...
Forum: Touring
02-16-21, 10:13 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,623
Posted By staehpj1

Sounds like a terrible idea to me. You will have...

Sounds like a terrible idea to me. You will have a constant stream of angry drivers going past and an incredibly bored support driver when they aren't dealing with angry drivers. Most of the time...
Forum: Touring
01-29-21, 06:35 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,843
Posted By staehpj1

Funny, I don't like to rely on getting rooms much...

Funny, I don't like to rely on getting rooms much preferring to camp and figured that getting rooms would solve some of my problems with touring during a pandemic.


Seriously? I am starting to...
Forum: Touring
01-02-21, 05:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 981
Posted By staehpj1

Sounds like a good idea to me. I'll do that if I...

Sounds like a good idea to me. I'll do that if I take my tubeless MTB anywhere that I figure I need to carry a backup. I have not toured on my MTB that is running tubeless and the tubeless setup...
Forum: Touring
12-20-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,809
Posted By staehpj1

I appreciate your post's as well. I try not...

I appreciate your post's as well.

I try not to push my views too hard on others, but do feel I have something a bit unique to share in that I started out packing heavy and went through all the...
Forum: Touring
12-19-20, 08:25 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,809
Posted By staehpj1

I used to say the same thing. Then on one trip in...

I used to say the same thing. Then on one trip in the desert southwest I wore a camelback full of ice and found it comfortable enough. I figured that was mostly just because I was enjoying the wet...
Forum: Touring
12-04-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,784
Posted By staehpj1

I think that Surly threw some of the folks who...

I think that Surly threw some of the folks who made them who they are under the bus. They grew by selling to a number of niche markets, one of them being the LHT buyers.

I personally never liked...
Forum: Touring
12-04-20, 06:32 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,829
Posted By staehpj1

I am not inclined to carry much if any food from...

I am not inclined to carry much if any food from home on most bike trips for weight reasons. My strong preference is to buy daily or even as close to meal time as possible. That said I do make an...
Forum: Touring
11-11-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,967
Posted By staehpj1

I will use the term self supported rather than...

I will use the term self supported rather than unsupported. I think unsupported is a great term for the more legalistic needs of those competitively racing across the country where rules matter.
...
Forum: Touring
11-02-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,128
Posted By staehpj1

Personally I skip breathable fabrics and find...

Personally I skip breathable fabrics and find that keeps the cost down for touring or any use where I will be sweating profusely. I just don't expect to be dry when riding. I figure I'll be wet from...
Forum: Touring
10-06-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 5,889
Posted By staehpj1

Those butane canisters are cheap, available, and...

Those butane canisters are cheap, available, and probably make a lot of sense. They don't fit up without hassle on all stoves since some use the canister to support the burner and those canisters are...
Forum: Touring
10-06-20, 04:27 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,964
Posted By staehpj1

I pack light enough these days that it isn't an...

I pack light enough these days that it isn't an issue, but remember back when I packed similar to what to how you describe. My first tour with that weight was a longish one (73 days) and I gradually...
Forum: Touring
10-01-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,836
Posted By staehpj1

I found that my ceramic cartridge filter (MSR...

I found that my ceramic cartridge filter (MSR Sweetwater) worked okay, but it was not all that light and seemed to clog quickly. I like the Squeeze better. There is still plenty to complain about,...
Forum: Touring
09-22-20, 04:40 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,313
Posted By staehpj1

To answer the question in the title, no I have...

To answer the question in the title, no I have not. If I did I'd use ear buds that fit in a way that allowed me to hear the world around me. I don't mean to start the war over them, but I have found...
Forum: Touring
09-05-20, 06:10 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,176
Posted By staehpj1

First, I find I don't mind going a while between...

First, I find I don't mind going a while between showers or other washing up especially in cooler weather. Yeah it sucks in hot weather, but in cool weather it really isn't that bad. Second, I am...
Forum: Touring
08-28-20, 04:03 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,835
Posted By staehpj1

Bikepacking is an offshoot and a subset of...

Bikepacking is an offshoot and a subset of touring. It is all touring. Personally I call it touring even when I go off road and even if I use bike packing style bags.
Forum: Touring
08-21-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,925
Posted By staehpj1

I did the 300 mile round trip drive to pick up...

I did the 300 mile round trip drive to pick up the Wenonah Escapade yesterday and got out on the local lake this morning for a test paddle. It is a really sweet boat and in pretty much new condition...
Forum: Touring
08-17-20, 05:22 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,925
Posted By staehpj1

Quite a few decades ago I did a little canoe...

Quite a few decades ago I did a little canoe camping in the St Regis area with a few portages. In those days I was carrying a heavy royalex tandem canoe and all my gear. At my current age I can't...
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