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Forum: Touring
10-14-13, 07:47 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,953
Posted By spinninwheels

Thanks. It made me realize that you have to just...

Thanks. It made me realize that you have to just BE​ sometimes, and not force things.
Forum: Touring
10-14-13, 05:19 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,953
Posted By spinninwheels

http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/rr166/spinninwh...

http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/rr166/spinninwheels/sundaytree.jpg (http://s480.photobucket.com/user/spinninwheels/media/sundaytree.jpg.html)

A shot that I almost didn't take because I was on a...
Forum: Touring
09-10-13, 04:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,158
Posted By spinninwheels

I do something similar to this, but I don't run a...

I do something similar to this, but I don't run a double crank. I have my commuter chainring, 44T I think, and a touring chainring, 38T. I just swap out the chainring to the desired one as needed,...
Forum: Touring
08-11-13, 01:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 598
Posted By spinninwheels

If you want unadulterated ocean views, the Oregon...

If you want unadulterated ocean views, the Oregon Coast is the ride for you. But the tradeoff is the traffic. Indeed Nanaimo is nasty to get around. Did you go through it or around it?

What...
Forum: Touring
08-09-13, 07:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 598
Posted By spinninwheels

So how was your trip? Did you dawdle or put the...

So how was your trip? Did you dawdle or put the hammer down? How was the Sunshine Coast?
Forum: Touring
08-09-13, 07:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,039
Posted By spinninwheels

Hi John and Tai, Been checking in everyday...

Hi John and Tai,

Been checking in everyday and enjoying your blog. Makes me feel like packing up the panniers and hitting the road. You took some amazing photos, which I'm sure will bring smiles...
Forum: Touring
07-16-13, 06:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 598
Posted By spinninwheels

The Sunshine Coast is awesome. There are long...

The Sunshine Coast is awesome. There are long hills though. Good camping spots would be Saltery Bay Provincial, Porpoise Bay Provincial Park and Roberts Creek PP.

I have some trip notes...
Forum: Touring
07-16-13, 07:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 598
Posted By spinninwheels

the ride from Victoria to Courtenay is so, so. I...

the ride from Victoria to Courtenay is so, so. I would bypass the #1 (http://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) out of Victoria completely. There is a lot of traffic and...
Forum: Touring
01-22-13, 09:38 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,513
Posted By spinninwheels

Probably the dodgiest descent, aside from...

Probably the dodgiest descent, aside from Heart-Break-Hill, was the Anarchist. I checked my air pressures at the top and really watched how much I braked. I re-checked the pressures at the bottom,...
Forum: Touring
01-22-13, 09:31 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,513
Posted By spinninwheels

Before I got my BOB, I had difficulty standing...

Before I got my BOB, I had difficulty standing out of the saddle and climbing with panniers. After I got the BOB, I learned how to wiggle less because of the feedback from the trailer. I then...
Forum: Touring
01-22-13, 09:14 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,513
Posted By spinninwheels

Very similar situations to what dictates whether...

Very similar situations to what dictates whether I take the BOB, of just use panniers. I like to take the stuff I want, thus the BOB. But if our tour involves trains or planes, I usually stuff the...
Forum: Touring
01-22-13, 07:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,200
Posted By spinninwheels

Forgive me if I missed it, but I just skimmed...

Forgive me if I missed it, but I just skimmed this thread. Tofino is mentioned, and I would highly recommend it. If you are doing it during high season, cycle over the Hump to Port Alberni and...
01-13-13, 09:01 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,451
Posted By spinninwheels

CBC's fitness is coming back much better now. ...

CBC's fitness is coming back much better now. Today we rode to town for brunch (~50km roundtrip). Not bad for someone who recently finished chemo and radiation.
12-31-12, 01:40 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,451
Posted By spinninwheels

And that's exactly what it was - an observation. ...

And that's exactly what it was - an observation. An observation of how things can change.

If we would have known that living on an island would have impacted our choice of transportation the way...
12-30-12, 10:32 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,451
Posted By spinninwheels

Life definitely keeps you on your toes. Never...

Life definitely keeps you on your toes. Never say never, and at times you might have to be more flexible than you think. With so many years of car-free living between us, we now have two. The...
Forum: Touring
12-10-12, 08:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,993
Posted By spinninwheels

I have toured in this...

I have toured in this (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/pic/?o=1&pic_id=103341&size=large&v=KA) configuration a number of times. But having since wed crazybikerchick, she willingly carries...
Forum: Touring
12-09-12, 09:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,993
Posted By spinninwheels

It was probably around 60lbs plus the bike. I...

It was probably around 60lbs plus the bike. I can't remember exactly how much food and water I was carrying at that point, but it was consistent with much of the entire trip. I know that the most...
Forum: Touring
12-08-12, 09:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,993
Posted By spinninwheels

One thing you should ask yourself is which way...

One thing you should ask yourself is which way you're going to go - clockwise of counter-clockwise? If it's ccw, you should be aware of Cape Smokey. Clockwise it's gentle going up, and a...
Forum: Touring
03-13-12, 08:07 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 12,554
Posted By spinninwheels

Are you doing the Sunshine Coast-Vancouver Island...

Are you doing the Sunshine Coast-Vancouver Island loop, or just a loop of Vancouver Island?
04-10-11, 04:45 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 5,507
Posted By spinninwheels

that, or maybe some are aware of how energy...

that, or maybe some are aware of how energy intensive our food supply has become;)
01-26-11, 11:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 734
Posted By spinninwheels

I've found little problems (that can turn into...

I've found little problems (that can turn into bigger ones on the road) while cleaning the bike. Things like loosened bolts, metal objects embedded in the tire, metal fatigue and cables ready to...
01-24-11, 01:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 734
Posted By spinninwheels

While I was living in Vancouver and riding...

While I was living in Vancouver and riding through the winter, I cleaned my bike at least twice a week. One of the things that best assisted this ritual was a bike stand. All that I worried about...
12-22-10, 01:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,407
Posted By spinninwheels

Have they found a new boat yet to replace the...

Have they found a new boat yet to replace the Lady Rose? I have taken the Lady Rose, as well as cycled that stretch; and I much prefer the boat ride.
12-12-10, 10:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,418
Posted By spinninwheels

I also love hills, which is good because our...

I also love hills, which is good because our ferry hill is about a km of between 10 and 15 percent. I have been known to go out of my way just to climb a good hill.

Road conditions, namely ice...
12-02-10, 09:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,025
Posted By spinninwheels

I'm pretty sure that Westpoint Cycles did when I...

I'm pretty sure that Westpoint Cycles did when I lived in that area.

http://www.westpointcycles.com/contact-us/
12-01-10, 09:48 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,789
Posted By spinninwheels

Not necessarily. The grit that's present on the...

Not necessarily. The grit that's present on the road that gets thrown up onto the rims (especially the rear rim) is nasty. Add a few steep hills, Wet Coast Style, ten thousand km or so, and that's...
12-01-10, 01:03 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,789
Posted By spinninwheels

Agreed on the wear and tear on the moving parts. ...

Agreed on the wear and tear on the moving parts. The rain was the main reason for buying a Rohloff and swapping the fork and putting a disc brake on my commuting/touring bike. I was going through a...
11-11-10, 09:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,575
Posted By spinninwheels

The last time I lived in TO, we had seen a few...

The last time I lived in TO, we had seen a few bikes that were tagged as abandoned, and were subject to removal in one week. This was in the Leslieville area on Queen east. I didn't really notice...
11-05-10, 10:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,407
Posted By spinninwheels

There are a few hills on the Ucluelet side of the...

There are a few hills on the Ucluelet side of the junction as BengeBoy mentioned, it is kind of straight and flat with trees lining the road. There is a MUP that parallels the road closer to Tofino....
10-27-10, 03:05 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,954
Posted By spinninwheels

If you're looking at newbie commuters, there may...

If you're looking at newbie commuters, there may be that pressure to go with tech fabrics, chamois shorts, etc, etc. But if we, as slightly more seasoned cyclists, impart pertinent information with...
Forum: Commuting
10-24-10, 09:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,461
Posted By spinninwheels

I rode year round in Vancouver from '03-'09 and...

I rode year round in Vancouver from '03-'09 and the only thing that I did was swap my 700-28 for 700-35 (Continental TT-2000). For 5 years I lived at 16th and Dunbar and I never had any problems...
10-22-10, 08:57 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,789
Posted By spinninwheels

I'm not sure if that comment was directed at me,...

I'm not sure if that comment was directed at me, but I'm not a roadie:p

Last night I cycled back in the light rain/drizzle (~25km) into a light headwind (20kph). I wore two light layers of merino...
10-22-10, 08:31 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,789
Posted By spinninwheels

Depending on where you are and how cold the rain...

Depending on where you are and how cold the rain is, wool can be very advantageous.

Here on the coast, once winter sets in (read: lots and lots of rain), wool as a base layer will keep you feeling...
10-15-10, 01:43 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,451
Posted By spinninwheels

Well...after much discussion and deliberation,...

Well...after much discussion and deliberation, we're no longer car-free.:( Over thirteen years for me and around ten for CBC of living car-free has come to an end. We're hoping to be car-lite.
...
09-29-10, 04:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 795
Posted By spinninwheels

Yes, thanks Allen. I actually posted in that...

Yes, thanks Allen. I actually posted in that thread after doing a search, but only got one response.
09-29-10, 03:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 795
Posted By spinninwheels

Okay, it was beautiful here today, and taking the...

Okay, it was beautiful here today, and taking the bus really didn't seem like the right choice. Especially when it looks like this...
...
09-26-10, 06:56 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,522
Posted By spinninwheels

motorcycles and bicycles always get on the...

motorcycles and bicycles always get on the ferries first, here in BC. Even if there is a line-up. And that's a huge plus during the summer with all the cottage, RV and camping traffic.
09-25-10, 11:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 13,814
Posted By spinninwheels

Well I'm glad I found this thread. I had to...

Well I'm glad I found this thread.

I had to take our cat into the vet yesterday, and aside from the bike ride with her in the cat carrier in the trailer, the rest was done with public transit. ...
09-23-10, 09:00 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,013
Posted By spinninwheels

When walking down the street on a bright sunny...

When walking down the street on a bright sunny day, sporting your other sunglasses, you're constantly checking the upper left quadrant where your take-a-look or other similar facsimile would normally...
09-23-10, 12:11 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,522
Posted By spinninwheels

Robert, I understand what you're saying. It's...

Robert,
I understand what you're saying. It's almost similar to vegetarianism. It's a sliding scale, and now so many sub-categories have been defined: ovo, octo, lacto and pescetarian.

At some...
09-23-10, 09:12 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,522
Posted By spinninwheels

Thanks. You know, maybe I misspoke. Maybe...

Thanks.

You know, maybe I misspoke. Maybe it is harder to own a car, and to not use it.
09-23-10, 01:32 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,522
Posted By spinninwheels

Wow, for a minute there I thought this was almost...

Wow, for a minute there I thought this was almost A&S:) Ah, but it's still pretty civil.

Well, Robert, I concede that you do have a point with respect to the definition within this sub forum.
...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-10, 09:47 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,266
Posted By spinninwheels

Interesting article. I am pescetarian...

Interesting article.

I am pescetarian (fish). I haven't really used deodorant in years, other the crystal that has been mentioned. But that has usually been in the summer only.

I found one of...
09-19-10, 09:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,331
Posted By spinninwheels

Sounds can transmit along the frame quite easily....

Sounds can transmit along the frame quite easily. Can you isolate crank area from the rear hub area?

Though the bike isn't old, there shouldn't be issues with pedals or even the BB for that...
09-16-10, 05:09 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,648
Posted By spinninwheels

I can understand this point, for I held a similar...

I can understand this point, for I held a similar view about mass transit. Don't get me wrong, I think that mass transit is a great thing compared to loads of single occupancy vehicles commuting to...
09-16-10, 04:48 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,648
Posted By spinninwheels

This is what I would be tempted to do. Something...

This is what I would be tempted to do. Something that is electric assist, but with smaller than average battery banks. I know that battery technology is coming along, but they're still not the...
09-02-10, 09:48 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,451
Posted By spinninwheels

Thanks Roody. Kayaking around here on sunny calm...

Thanks Roody. Kayaking around here on sunny calm days are truly glorious. When the winter comes (read: rain), it will be a different story. Hopefully by then, I'll have my darkroom up and running....
09-02-10, 03:28 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,451
Posted By spinninwheels

The Sound is pretty sheltered, and where we are...

The Sound is pretty sheltered, and where we are it's only ~2km across. The nasty storms and winds are predominantly south-easters, which blow directly up the Sound.

In the past when I was...
09-01-10, 06:00 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,451
Posted By spinninwheels

We've found another way to procure seafood, beer...

We've found another way to procure seafood, beer and chips if the general store is closed...

http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/rr166/spinninwheels/bike/beerrun.jpg

We're about halfway across...
08-28-10, 02:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,823
Posted By spinninwheels

If you like climbing, you could always jump on...

If you like climbing, you could always jump on the skytrain (provided it's not during rush hour) and take it downtown (Burrard Station). Take West Georgia over the Lion's Gate, get yourself onto...
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