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Forum: Touring
06-12-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 798
Posted By gerryl

I use flat pedals, footwear is season dependent....

I use flat pedals, footwear is season dependent. In the warmer months I wear sandals.
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,337
Posted By gerryl

Every time I've gone to wider tires its been a...

Every time I've gone to wider tires its been a huge upgrade, as a matter of fact the best upgrade I could have made to my bike. On my last bike I could only fit 38mm with fenders, which made getting...
Forum: Touring
03-15-21, 12:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 975
Posted By gerryl

I would go with the larger size. Like others have...

I would go with the larger size. Like others have said you don't have to fill them up, but it's nice to have the flexibility. They might be the only panniers you'll ever need, However if you buy the...
Forum: Touring
03-06-21, 03:29 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,394
Posted By gerryl

Here is a small independent frame builder near...

Here is a small independent frame builder near Toronto that has a license to make Pinion fitted bikes - True North Cycles (https://truenorthcycles.com/buying-custom)
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,238
Posted By gerryl

Sure could be done, and I suspect without too...

Sure could be done, and I suspect without too much difficulty. Probably a lot of mistakes and wrong turns at the beginning of the trip, but as time when went on and the rider gained experience...
Forum: Touring
02-17-21, 06:40 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,806
Posted By gerryl

Depending on the nature of your tour, have you...

Depending on the nature of your tour, have you thought of buying a bike at your destination? If you're simply there for a month or so, no use spending a fortune on a bike, buy something cheap at a...
Forum: Touring
02-13-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,810
Posted By gerryl

Yes that bike is certainly sturdy enough. As...

Yes that bike is certainly sturdy enough. As noted above you might want to make a few teaks to the setup for comfort and safety.
Forum: Touring
11-27-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,045
Posted By gerryl

I would change nothing. If you do as djb...

I would change nothing. If you do as djb recommends, there is no reason why that bike wouldn't last you for years to come.
Forum: Touring
11-23-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,216
Posted By gerryl

You need a warmer sleeping bag and an insulated...

You need a warmer sleeping bag and an insulated sleeping pad. The main difference between 3 season tents and 4 season tents is one can withstand the weight of snow, it will not keep you any warmer.
...
Forum: Touring
09-28-20, 10:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 696
Posted By gerryl

I rode through southern Poland from Germany to...

I rode through southern Poland from Germany to Ukraine a couple of years ago. Poland is not overrun with campgrounds, in fact they were hard to find. The good news is that hotels/Airbnbs are...
Forum: Touring
09-13-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,652
Posted By gerryl

Other then being really really expensive, one...

Other then being really really expensive, one thing that really sticks out for me are how heavy they are. The Berthoud with its titanium rail comes in at almost half a kilo at 440 grams, while the...
Forum: Touring
09-07-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,937
Posted By gerryl

Arkel = Lifetime transferable no receipt required...

Arkel = Lifetime transferable no receipt required warranty, i.e. if you buy them used they are still under warranty.
Ortlieb = 5 year non-transferable warranty.
Forum: Touring
09-07-20, 02:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 629
Posted By gerryl

I cycled in Israel quite awhile ago on my way to...

I cycled in Israel quite awhile ago on my way to Egypt (crossed into Egypt at Rafah in Gaza, that was interesting.:)) I'll second everything in post #3...
Forum: Touring
09-06-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,937
Posted By gerryl

Have a look at Arkel. I've had mine for years....

Have a look at Arkel. I've had mine for years. They have seen rough service, they've been exposed to road salt, sea salt, blistering +40C days of endless sunshine, -40C winter cold. A couple of...
Forum: Touring
08-19-20, 05:27 PM
Replies: 1,494
Views: 258,525
Posted By gerryl

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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A cool rail to trail conversion in France near Le Puy...
Forum: Touring
06-17-20, 08:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,875
Posted By gerryl

One minor thing that caught my eye are the 700 X...

One minor thing that caught my eye are the 700 X 32 tyres.That sounds extremely narrow for type of touring you're contemplating. I would tell the frame builder that you want clearance for at least...
Forum: Touring
06-03-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,162
Posted By gerryl

I've build my own. In my case all I need was a...

I've build my own. In my case all I need was a spoke key and Youtube. I remember being told by a person in a local bike shop that my wheel would "explode" is not done to (their) perfection. I'm...
Forum: Touring
05-29-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 1,494
Views: 258,525
Posted By gerryl

After a leisurely two day crossing of the Black...

After a leisurely two day crossing of the Black Sea from Bulgaria this is one of the first things you see after disembarking in Georgia.:)

...
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 11:19 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,099
Posted By gerryl

Yes you can do it, and you should. However as...

Yes you can do it, and you should. However as others have pointed out a single speed bike would be difficult. Proper gearing makes all the difference in the world, it decreases the physical demands...
Forum: Touring
04-12-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 1,494
Views: 258,525
Posted By gerryl

After 5 days of eating dust, ain't nothing like a...

After 5 days of eating dust, ain't nothing like a meal at McDoner's:)

Beyneu, Kazakstan...
Forum: Touring
04-08-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,255
Posted By gerryl

I borrowed one from a friend, a Thermarest model....

I borrowed one from a friend, a Thermarest model.
As a side sleeper I found it to be much too firm, I don't think I had a good night sleep for the week that I used it. I happily returned to my...
Forum: Touring
02-12-20, 08:49 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,651
Posted By gerryl

Like others above I only take one pair of...

Like others above I only take one pair of footwear. If the tour is long enough and the weather conditions change I simply dump whatever I had and purchase whatever I need.
Weather permitting -...
Forum: Touring
01-18-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,513
Posted By gerryl

Finally a gravel bike I wouldn't be ashamed to be...

Finally a gravel bike I wouldn't be ashamed to be seen on. If they hike up the price a bit I might consider buying it.
Forum: Touring
12-24-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 813
Posted By gerryl

If the reason you don't want to bring your pliers...

If the reason you don't want to bring your pliers for your chain is weight, buy smaller lightweight pliers. I bought a little set of pliers ( about the length of my thumb ) to break/assemble my...
Forum: Touring
12-24-19, 05:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,090
Posted By gerryl

I know nothing of the Eurovelo route. However I...

I know nothing of the Eurovelo route. However I have cycled from Rijeka to Athens. I would definitely start in Venice. There is much more to see between Venice and Kotor then there is between...
Forum: Touring
12-23-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 1,494
Views: 258,525
Posted By gerryl

I suspect you don't have to go that far to find...

I suspect you don't have to go that far to find one. 😉
Forum: Touring
12-22-19, 06:37 PM
Replies: 1,494
Views: 258,525
Posted By gerryl

A Vladimir Putin doormat. Lviv...

A Vladimir Putin doormat.
Lviv Ukraine.https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/800x600/img_20180727_132513614_01_453ef81c0a835bebdbde6a16f4385fb837ce1748.jpg
Forum: Touring
12-18-19, 11:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,021
Posted By gerryl

Two apps you can look at that don't require a...

Two apps you can look at that don't require a phone plan.
Osmand
Mapsme
Forum: Touring
12-18-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,021
Posted By gerryl

If all you're interested in is navigation, you...

If all you're interested in is navigation, you don't need a phone plan.
You need off line maps, your phone has a GPS chip.
Forum: Touring
11-27-19, 10:07 AM
Replies: 1,494
Views: 258,525
Posted By gerryl

Rajastan is littered with forts, castles and...

Rajastan is littered with forts, castles and palaces etc.
Below is the fort in the town of Amer.
...
Forum: Touring
11-25-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 1,494
Views: 258,525
Posted By gerryl

In this part of India, Rajasthan, forts dwarfed...

In this part of India, Rajasthan, forts dwarfed anything I've ever seen anywhere in Europe.
Forum: Touring
11-25-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 1,494
Views: 258,525
Posted By gerryl

A once in your lifetime bargain. 😉

A once in your lifetime bargain. 😉
Forum: Touring
11-25-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 1,494
Views: 258,525
Posted By gerryl

Love the pic. Nothing better than a quiet...

Love the pic. Nothing better than a quiet country road.
Forum: Touring
11-24-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 1,494
Views: 258,525
Posted By gerryl

Jaisalmer Rajastan India. Sort of hard to get to...

Jaisalmer Rajastan India. Sort of hard to get to but almost worth the effort.
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/800x460/jaisalmer_ca73fc0f856893aea3522dc8e8b03ec784d0e718.jpg

...
Forum: Touring
11-23-19, 07:59 PM
Replies: 1,494
Views: 258,525
Posted By gerryl

Never a boring moment on Indian roads. What...

Never a boring moment on Indian roads.

What could possibly go wrong?

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/800x460/in_truck_b8abd77e8bfe61cb4670c36df30d03f244651b25.jpg
...
Forum: Touring
11-03-19, 06:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 859
Posted By gerryl

How do you feel about being target practice for...

How do you feel about being target practice for kids with rocks?
Forum: Touring
10-22-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 896
Posted By gerryl

1. Depends where you travel. Last summer while...

1. Depends where you travel. Last summer while touring eastern Europe and central Asia I was hard pressed to spend $50 a day on lodging, food and entertainment.
2. I eat pretty much whatever I want,...
Forum: Touring
10-13-19, 09:10 PM
Replies: 1,494
Views: 258,525
Posted By gerryl

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/344x193/mombasa_01_a73a9c0d6f6c0637e3dea9253a5d6ba83f2bdf81.jpg

Riding around Mombasa Kenya.
Forum: Touring
09-22-19, 11:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,266
Posted By gerryl

As many have recommended you can buy stuff on the...

As many have recommended you can buy stuff on the road as needed, however don't forget to discard stuff as you go along. If feasible you can mail the no longer required stuff home, or simply donate...
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 1,494
Views: 258,525
Posted By gerryl

To complement Str's excellent photos. The border...

To complement Str's excellent photos. The border between Georgia and Azerbaijan. ( He is clearly a good photographer, I am not.)
...
Forum: Touring
08-18-19, 08:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,136
Posted By gerryl

If you can find some used Arkel panniers buy...

If you can find some used Arkel panniers buy them. They come with a transferable lifetime warranty.
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 07:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,740
Posted By gerryl

When I was in Italy a couple of years ago I came...

When I was in Italy a couple of years ago I came across a Argentinian couple who bought their touring bikes on arrival. They bought their bikes in a shop in Ostia (port of Rome). I don't remember...
Forum: Touring
08-06-19, 08:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,339
Posted By gerryl

Excellent! Nice photos too.😀

Excellent! Nice photos too.😀
Forum: Touring
07-30-19, 10:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,209
Posted By gerryl

Some people make their own boxes out of wood, and...

Some people make their own boxes out of wood, and do a damn fine job. Some people go to their local bicycle shop and have them pack it. Some people make their own cardboard boxes. Some people pretty...
Forum: Touring
07-23-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,917
Posted By gerryl

27 inch tires are a real pain in the ass: limited...

27 inch tires are a real pain in the ass: limited supply and poor selection, as you have no doubt noticed. You would be much better off with 700C. That being said, 27" is what you have so you have...
Forum: Touring
07-17-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,910
Posted By gerryl

In my forty years of riding and touring I would...

In my forty years of riding and touring I would say hub problems are rare, if you bother to maintain your hubs. I ride on heavily salted winter roads which will destroy any hub ( I've replaced...
Forum: Touring
07-08-19, 05:32 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,910
Posted By gerryl

I would not hesitate for one second to use either...

I would not hesitate for one second to use either 105 or Ultegra hubs. I'd choose them over expensive boutique hubs any day. On my last bike I had what was probably Shimano's lowest end hubs,...
Forum: Touring
06-26-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,367
Posted By gerryl

In warm weather it's sandals, no need for two...

In warm weather it's sandals, no need for two pairs of shoes. In colder weather, near and below freezing I'll wear whatever is appropriate for the conditions.
Forum: Touring
06-19-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 1,494
Views: 258,525
Posted By gerryl

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/964x554/elephant3_40cbdb4cc3bf13936a120861d72ddbe624c71173.jpg

Heavy traffic on Tanzanian roads.
Forum: Touring
06-15-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,217
Posted By gerryl

Like many people here who are over 50 I make no...

Like many people here who are over 50 I make no conscious concessions due to my age. Last year while riding in Uzbekistan where daytime temperatures routinely hit the mid 40C I noticed no difference...
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