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Forum: Touring
10-17-21, 02:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,399
Posted By staehpj1

You are right at least to some extent. I suspect...

You are right at least to some extent. I suspect I manage to enjoy the people and the country a bit more than you might imagine though even with most of the day spent riding. I still manage to meet...
Forum: Touring
10-17-21, 04:30 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,399
Posted By staehpj1

I have never been one to bring much of my gear...

I have never been one to bring much of my gear inside even when I had a big tent. Panniers typically stayed on my bike for the duration of the tour when I used panniers. So it would be fine for...
Forum: Touring
10-16-21, 07:55 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,494
Posted By staehpj1

I really don't find tour length to be a factor in...

I really don't find tour length to be a factor in that. My first tour was over 4300 miles and my tours are all generally at least 900-1000 miles, but I carry the same gear regardless of tour length....
Forum: Touring
10-16-21, 04:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 350
Posted By staehpj1

That pretty much sums it up. I agree that the...

That pretty much sums it up. I agree that the seatpost collar looks like the way go if you want a rack on the Diverge Comp or other carbon frame with no built in top mount points.
Forum: Touring
10-15-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 350
Posted By staehpj1

I'd be a bit leary of addig a collar on the post...

I'd be a bit leary of addig a collar on the post other that the one that is holding it in the frame since I believe that bike has a carbon seat post. The Specialized one a few posats above looks...
Forum: Touring
10-15-21, 04:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 350
Posted By staehpj1

I wouldn't advise using p-clamps on a carbon...

I wouldn't advise using p-clamps on a carbon frame. That seatpost clamp with threads for rack mount looks like the way to go assuming it is available and fits your frame.

I have often advised...
Forum: Touring
10-14-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 377
Posted By staehpj1

It looks like they have loops to use both head...

It looks like they have loops to use both head and down tube straps in the pictures. That may make for a bit more steady mounting in the forward position.

Not sure why it makes much difference...
Forum: Touring
10-14-21, 08:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 390
Posted By staehpj1

I like simple directions where you don't need to...

I like simple directions where you don't need to give the route much thought. I considered ditching the ST maps at Van Horn in favor of going with my own variation of "Stay on US 90 for 1633 miles to...
Forum: Touring
10-14-21, 07:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 390
Posted By staehpj1

He probably already has some good advice then. ...

He probably already has some good advice then. Certainly more and better than I can provide for back roads touring, so I'll bow out.
Forum: Touring
10-14-21, 04:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 390
Posted By staehpj1

While my experience isn't really helpful here...

While my experience isn't really helpful here since my preference runs toward highways with a US designation, it occurs to me that for some routes you might be able to do the opposite. I tend to...
Forum: Touring
10-13-21, 05:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 563
Posted By staehpj1

Personally I prefer to do without one. If you...

Personally I prefer to do without one. If you feel the need for one, go for it.
Forum: Touring
10-12-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 377
Posted By staehpj1

Depending on what you want to carry in the bag...

Depending on what you want to carry in the bag and how/when you need to access it I might suggest cheap options. Do you need quick or frequent access during the day? How waterproof does it need to...
Forum: Touring
10-12-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 377
Posted By staehpj1

It looks like it is an under the top tube and...

It looks like it is an under the top tube and supposedly one size fits all deal according to the pictures on the Ortleib site. How well it will fit your frame could be iffy. There is a PDF file of a...
Forum: Touring
10-11-21, 10:32 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,933
Posted By staehpj1

Indeed. I think I'd be fine with them. I know...

Indeed. I think I'd be fine with them. I know folks who need bullet proof gear and manage to break that.
Forum: Touring
10-11-21, 08:20 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,933
Posted By staehpj1

Sounds like they require a fair amount of care in...

Sounds like they require a fair amount of care in handling. That may be a reason for some who won't take that care to avoid them. It is also possible that they may fail even if that care is taken,...
Forum: Touring
10-10-21, 03:25 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,933
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks for the comments.I have avoided using...

Thanks for the comments.I have avoided using stoves in truly cold conditions (never below the teens F) so I found the cold weathe comments interesting. Not sure if I'll ever snowshoe camp again. I...
Forum: Touring
10-08-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,312
Posted By staehpj1

I didn't catch that or I wouldn't have replied. ...

I didn't catch that or I wouldn't have replied. I wish old threads would be locked or at least flagged in some way.
Forum: Touring
10-08-21, 08:52 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,886
Posted By staehpj1

Not commenting on the belt, but I seriously doubt...

Not commenting on the belt, but I seriously doubt the comments about how chain wouldn't have worked. In my younger years I rode some of the worst conditions that Western Maryland, West Virginia,...
Forum: Touring
10-08-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 593
Posted By staehpj1

No to the turn lane. I have ridden on a lot of...

No to the turn lane. I have ridden on a lot of road like that with light to moderate traffic, riding in the right tire track or hugging the white line on the right depending on traffic conditions. I...
Forum: Touring
10-08-21, 05:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,312
Posted By staehpj1

It is possible to camp really light if you want...

It is possible to camp really light if you want to. A very lightly loaded bike is a joy on tour. By the way, you don't have to fall into the crazy money pit of really expensive gear either. ...
Forum: Touring
10-06-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 657
Posted By staehpj1

Those are really cool little bikes. If I lived...

Those are really cool little bikes. If I lived near there and had a family member who it fit I'd jump on that sale at that price assuming the crack in the frame looked repairable (I think it does).
Forum: Touring
10-06-21, 06:40 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,655
Posted By staehpj1

It doesn't just depend on the bike, it also...

It doesn't just depend on the bike, it also depends on the rider and their expectations.

I didn't say it would be my choice of ways to tour, but it is one way and the guy I met seemed to be having...
Forum: Touring
10-06-21, 04:30 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,655
Posted By staehpj1

On a somewhat similar note I met a guy from Japan...

On a somewhat similar note I met a guy from Japan who bought a cheap bike and cheap gear here rather than ship stuff. It was all walmart level stuff. Some of it lower end walmart type stuff. He...
Forum: Touring
10-05-21, 07:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 638
Posted By staehpj1

I am skeptical of their reply. The frame looks...

I am skeptical of their reply. The frame looks twisted to me. It looks like something is bent or broken. I set it on a dead flat surface and support the nose so that it isn't resting on the leather...
Forum: Touring
10-04-21, 10:46 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,933
Posted By staehpj1

Glad the offense wasn't intended. FWIW, I...

Glad the offense wasn't intended.


FWIW, I think a caution is in order, but personally think you overstate the issue. The product generally gets good reviews even when you look on venues where...
Forum: Touring
10-04-21, 07:12 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,933
Posted By staehpj1

Given that I am apparently in Cyccommute's words...

Given that I am apparently in Cyccommute's words " stupid enough to buy another" and "that dumb" I wonder about the gravity setup as sold by Sawyer. It is maybe a little heavier than necessary (8.8...
Forum: Touring
10-04-21, 05:26 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,559
Posted By staehpj1

That reminds me of a conversation I had way back...

That reminds me of a conversation I had way back in the day when I was getting ready to head off on a long trip with a beater car. My boss (who had previously had to cancel a vacation because of car...
Forum: Touring
10-03-21, 10:57 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,655
Posted By staehpj1

Maybe. At least it is a lower temp more...

Maybe. At least it is a lower temp more forgiving process. Also someone previosly mentioned slip joining and precise fitment. That fails to consider the possibility of using fillets. There is...
Forum: Touring
10-03-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 972
Posted By staehpj1

I really like brifters, but if it comes down to...

I really like brifters, but if it comes down to choosing between down tube and bar end Ill take down tube shifters. And I really can't say I missed the brifters on the ST.
Forum: Touring
10-03-21, 07:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 445
Posted By staehpj1

I thought I had previously replied, but don't see...

I thought I had previously replied, but don't see my reply so I'll try again...

Great job. I enjoyed reliving that section of the TA by seeing it via your video. It is a great intro for folks...
Forum: Touring
10-03-21, 07:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 972
Posted By staehpj1

I still love my DT shifter equpped Cannondale. ...

I still love my DT shifter equpped Cannondale. It is currently configured for the tour I did on the ST route. I keep threatening to put it back to racing configuration or maybe even box stock...
Forum: Touring
10-03-21, 07:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 972
Posted By staehpj1

That reminded me that when I suggested cowboy...

That reminded me that when I suggested cowboy camping, I didn't mention that in the middle of the country much of the camping I have done was in little town parks that often had a picnic pavillion or...
Forum: Touring
10-03-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 972
Posted By staehpj1

Good luck with your endeavor. I rode my old race...

Good luck with your endeavor. I rode my old race bike on the Southern Tier and greatly enjoyed it. It wasn't as old as your Mercier, but was old enough to be 7 speed and have down tube shifters (1990...
Forum: Touring
10-02-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,933
Posted By staehpj1

I have (rarely) had gear go bad while in storage....

I have (rarely) had gear go bad while in storage. The waterproof coating in particular went bad on a few items. They were never put away wet, but the coating broke down. It flaked off and peeled in...
Forum: Touring
10-01-21, 08:41 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,933
Posted By staehpj1

Absolutely. I'd have probably given up on the...

Absolutely. I'd have probably given up on the product if I had the same experience. The thing is that I have too often seen guys who get burned and then make it their life's work to bad mouth a...
Forum: Touring
10-01-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,559
Posted By staehpj1

I didn't mention the frames I broke (not on...

I didn't mention the frames I broke (not on tour). I think I wrecked a few bikes as a kid including my teen years, but no longer remember details. Since then I only remember two. The first was a...
Forum: Touring
10-01-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,933
Posted By staehpj1

I am curious about the alcohol. Was that...

I am curious about the alcohol. Was that suggested by sawyer, something others do, or your own idea? What is the point? To inhibit bacterial growth? To keep from freezing?

I'd agree that a...
Forum: Touring
10-01-21, 05:42 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,933
Posted By staehpj1

From what I read the filter isn't definitely...

From what I read the filter isn't definitely unsafe after a freeze, but not to be trusted. So I'd be inclined to not worry too much about it if I had to use it for a bit until I could replace it. ...
Forum: Touring
09-30-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,559
Posted By staehpj1

Broken Frames on Tour

In another thread there was another round of talk of broken frames and welding. This seems to come up again and again, usually as an argument against aluminum frames for touring. It made me wonder...
Forum: Touring
09-30-21, 06:57 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,933
Posted By staehpj1

One like in that picture, no. I have prefiltered...

One like in that picture, no. I have prefiltered at times depending on the water. I have used a tech tee shirt as a makeshift filter once in a pinch. I have let water settle in a container for a...
Forum: Touring
09-29-21, 02:40 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,354
Posted By staehpj1

Wow, it would never have occured to me that how...

Wow, it would never have occured to me that how much cash I had would be used as a measure of my ability to afford my visit and possibly affect whether I was allowed entry. Maybe some number of...
Forum: Touring
09-29-21, 07:02 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,354
Posted By staehpj1

I never tried that, sounds like it would work...

I never tried that, sounds like it would work well. I'd still want to heat them up though and I find they hydrate pretty quickly as I heat them with limited water. One thing I forgot to mention. A...
Forum: Touring
09-29-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,354
Posted By staehpj1

Yep, we stayed free a good percentage of the time...

Yep, we stayed free a good percentage of the time and never resorted to stealth. I assumed at the time that it was because the trail was so well blazed on the TA, but later did tours in other places...
Forum: Touring
09-29-21, 06:26 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,354
Posted By staehpj1

If you are fuel stingy you can cook pasta with...

If you are fuel stingy you can cook pasta with less water than is usual and almost cook it down to cooking to where is little to no liquid when done. The works better with finer pasta like...
Forum: Touring
09-28-21, 06:30 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,354
Posted By staehpj1

Not sure what your planned route or camping...

Not sure what your planned route or camping preferences are, but on a route like the Trans America, Southern Tier, or Northern Tier camping can be free much of the way especially in the middle of the...
Forum: Touring
09-28-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,354
Posted By staehpj1

We camped at an RV oriented kind of campground in...

We camped at an RV oriented kind of campground in Rawlins and were pretty happy with it. They had a tent area, laundry facilities, and nice showers. I probably wouldn't have noticed if there was...
Forum: Touring
09-28-21, 10:13 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,354
Posted By staehpj1

When we ate at the restaurant twe were waited on...

When we ate at the restaurant twe were waited on by a girl who was maybe 9. She seemed to be in charge of that side of the place. I am sure the staff on the bar side must have been older.

We...
Forum: Touring
09-28-21, 05:20 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,655
Posted By staehpj1

I didn't answer because the question seemed a...

I didn't answer because the question seemed a little muddy to me. First there were two different questions, the one in the title that seemed to address flat bars and the one in the actual survey...
Forum: Touring
09-27-21, 03:48 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,933
Posted By staehpj1

FWIW, after reading Cyccommutes comments again it...

FWIW, after reading Cyccommutes comments again it occurred to me to run the searh he suggested "Sawyer mini flow issues" vs "Sawyer Squeeze flow issues" and the bigger Squeeze fared a good bit...
Forum: Touring
09-27-21, 05:43 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,933
Posted By staehpj1

Nice summary. I have always managed to...

Nice summary.

I have always managed to backflush with something other than the syringe, which I don't carry and have probably misplaced long ago. The smartwater bottle you mention is one way. Even...
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