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Forum: Touring
07-04-16, 03:53 PM
Replies: 4,391
Views: 2,064,592
Posted By m5nardi

Here's my bike loaded and relatively clean near...

Here's my bike loaded and relatively clean near the beginning of my holiday weekend trip across Wisconsin, from La Crosse to Milwaukee. The other pic is a frustrating attempt to get a good picture of...
09-20-09, 03:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,571
Posted By m5nardi

I use a styrofoam box that Omaha Steaks came in...

I use a styrofoam box that Omaha Steaks came in on my trailer (http://pics.livejournal.com/laced_more/pic/00077x54/g48), because it weighs next to nothing, and I have a few different fabric coolers...
Forum: Touring
05-29-09, 09:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 897
Posted By m5nardi

My kids have a little travel mancala and cribbage...

My kids have a little travel mancala and cribbage board. That, a deck of cards and a Go board made out of a bandana has kept us amused for years. Well, did, I need to make a new bandana, my Go grid...
Forum: Touring
04-23-09, 01:33 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 6,787
Posted By m5nardi

I didn't see any inflammatory wording aside from...

I didn't see any inflammatory wording aside from yours there.

You have written that the likelihood that women will misunderstand an innocent encounter (stupidity) or make up harassment claims...
Forum: Touring
04-22-09, 11:29 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 6,787
Posted By m5nardi

I'm female. And he's not advocating avoiding men...

I'm female. And he's not advocating avoiding men and women. Cyclesafe is saying he avoids, obsessively so if his posts are to be believed, only women. His reasons for it are not the tiniest bit...
Forum: Touring
04-22-09, 10:44 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 6,787
Posted By m5nardi

I very strongly disagree with this opinion....

I very strongly disagree with this opinion. That's not what Cyclesafe seems to be doing at all, it's merely an accidental byproduct of his... I'm not sure how to describe it in nice, polite terms....
Forum: Touring
03-14-09, 11:27 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,040
Posted By m5nardi

3G is mobile networking, not memory. Basically,...

3G is mobile networking, not memory. Basically, you can put a SIM card right into the computer to use the internet on your cellphone plan. Their point was basically that if you plan to add upgrades...
Forum: Touring
02-24-09, 12:36 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,040
Posted By m5nardi

Maybe try eeeXubuntu...

Maybe try eeeXubuntu (http://wiki.eeeuser.com/ubuntu:eeexubuntu:home)? Linpus Lite, what my Acer Aspire One uses, is also Xfce, though I had to add the menu and other features myself.

In general...
02-06-09, 12:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,485
Posted By m5nardi

I've used a seatpost mounted hitch, but it was a...

I've used a seatpost mounted hitch, but it was a two-wheel trailer and handled completely differently. http://www.bikexprt.com/bicycle/reflectors/images/trailer.jpg
It tended to hold my bike up for...
12-02-08, 09:57 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,710
Posted By m5nardi

I have Wald baskets on my bike and I highly...

I have Wald baskets on my bike and I highly recommend them. I have the smaller rear stationary baskets, the folding ones are great too. I wanted to comment on the weights you expect to carry. 100# is...
Forum: Touring
12-02-08, 12:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 465
Posted By m5nardi

I have an eBookwise 1150. It has huge advantages...

I have an eBookwise 1150. It has huge advantages over paper books, mostly that its like carrying one book that holds hundreds (we have the 64mb memory card). We can keep as many more as we like...
Forum: Touring
11-25-08, 05:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,355
Posted By m5nardi

+1 for Hefty One Zip freezer bags for durability....

+1 for Hefty One Zip freezer bags for durability. Even generic bags with that slider on it seem to be stronger than regular zip bags.

I'm mostly using reusable bags now. I found some called Blink...
Forum: Touring
11-20-08, 12:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,796
Posted By m5nardi

I couldn't abandon my current partner(s), I'd end...

I couldn't abandon my current partner(s), I'd end up in trouble for child neglect since I tour with one or more of my children. In the future I'll be touring with my husband so I suppose we'd be in...
11-16-08, 02:57 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 13,169
Posted By m5nardi

They've priced me out of the market, but...

They've priced me out of the market, but obviously Xtracycle sells quite nicely at that price point so it appears they haven't hurt their business any. There's a pretty big difference between being...
10-28-08, 10:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 854
Posted By m5nardi

I wonder why they ignored the Kona Ute in that...

I wonder why they ignored the Kona Ute in that article.
10-12-08, 07:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 9,332
Posted By m5nardi

When I use inner tubes as bar tape I cover it in...

When I use inner tubes as bar tape I cover it in a single layer of sport wrap (that stuff you use on hockey sticks and stuff). It is very sticky the first few times you ride, but we all wear gloves...
Forum: Touring
09-20-08, 09:20 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,765
Posted By m5nardi

10 overnights and 4 longer trips this year, the...

10 overnights and 4 longer trips this year, the longest was five nights out and back to a family picnic. As a teenager I did quite a few epic trips with my cousins, and lots and lots of little...
Forum: Touring
09-18-08, 01:15 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,639
Posted By m5nardi

My youngest daughter's is Red, oldest daughter...

My youngest daughter's is Red, oldest daughter rides Wembley, my son has Gobo and Boober, my daily driver is Mokey, and my mountain bike conversion is Milly. Originally it was named Marjory the trash...
09-16-08, 11:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,593
Posted By m5nardi

I'm in Wisconsin, about as real as winter gets. I...

I'm in Wisconsin, about as real as winter gets. I had studded tires on my bike but not my kiddie trailer, for several years. That trailer was just about the worst possible solution, but as I was...
Forum: Touring
09-05-08, 08:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,462
Posted By m5nardi

I found lip balm and sunblock sticks in SPF 30 at...

I found lip balm and sunblock sticks in SPF 30 at the dollar store (Dollar Tree, I believe). The balm is waxy and tastes terrible, but works ok. The sunblock sticks are great. They are essentially...
Forum: Touring
08-28-08, 12:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,439
Posted By m5nardi

My daughter has the smaller Axiom handlebar bag...

My daughter has the smaller Axiom handlebar bag from the same waterproof line as the Typhoons, and it's fabulous. Axiom makes a good solid product at great prices, I'd buy more of their stuff in a...
08-07-08, 10:02 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 12,811
Posted By m5nardi

Actually, quite a few pictures in this thread...

Actually, quite a few pictures in this thread show them.

I use GreenBags, I'm especially fond of the little ones I have that fold up into a pocket. I have lots of canvas totes, as well, but they...
Forum: Touring
08-03-08, 03:13 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,933
Posted By m5nardi

Ah yes, we have gas station convenience stores...

Ah yes, we have gas station convenience stores and fast food restaurants pretty much everywhere we travel, scattered so thick we can hit 4 or 5 a day without changing our course. Sorry about that, I...
Forum: Touring
08-03-08, 09:58 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,933
Posted By m5nardi

Chocolate milk! I feed my skinny 12 year old a...

Chocolate milk! I feed my skinny 12 year old a chocolate milk made with whole milk and meal replacement powder or protein powder after long rides, and at our lunch stops on tour. On longer days I'll...
07-18-08, 10:03 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 12,811
Posted By m5nardi

Groceries for my family of 5, this store is about...

Groceries for my family of 5, this store is about a 4 mile round trip.

http://pics.livejournal.com/laced_more/pic/00077x54/s640x480 (http://pics.livejournal.com/laced_more/pic/00077x54)

Click...
05-28-08, 10:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,309
Posted By m5nardi

The short answer is yes. The long answer is...

The short answer is yes.

The long answer is that it isn't really about the practice, it's a matter of the average endurance of a five year old child. At times he'll be fine, other days he will be...
05-28-08, 10:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,309
Posted By m5nardi

I bike commuted with very small children years...

I bike commuted with very small children years ago and I can tell you that a mile might be too far for a kindergartener to ride unassisted every day. The ride home at the end of the day will...
05-23-08, 10:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,297
Posted By m5nardi

Our new neighbors are loads of fun. It's a...

Our new neighbors are loads of fun. It's a side-by-side duplex with a shared garage and of course my side is stuffed full of bikes and parts, and I've caught one of the neighbors on his phone telling...
05-18-08, 08:44 PM
Replies: 907
Views: 404,904
Posted By m5nardi

I started converting my Schwinn for my fair...

I started converting my Schwinn for my fair weather ride. I found this wicker basket on eBay over the winter. It came without any way to attach it so for now it's strapped down with bungie cord. This...
05-16-08, 11:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,519
Posted By m5nardi

I almost always get stares and questions about my...

I almost always get stares and questions about my TW Bents trailer. Trailers are pretty common around here to haul kids, but cargo trailers are very rare and I seem to be the only one with a...
05-16-08, 11:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,645
Posted By m5nardi

Since we just finished moving to a new house I...

Since we just finished moving to a new house I thought I'd try a run to my favorite LBS from the new place. A set of pedals, 2 tires, 4 tubes, 2 bells, a brake cable, QR springs, loads of stainless...
Forum: Touring
04-30-08, 09:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,903
Posted By m5nardi

I also have the Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 2. I...

I also have the Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 2. I like it for slightly different reasons, reasons that will influence my future tent purchases. It has a roll back rainfly that I absolutely love, it...
04-16-08, 02:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,111
Posted By m5nardi

Wike trailers (http://www.wicycle.com/about.php)...

Wike trailers (http://www.wicycle.com/about.php) are in Ontario, but their shipping within Canada is very reasonable. The DIY kit is pretty cool, and cheap. It would allow you to make it the right...
04-08-08, 01:29 AM
Replies: 907
Views: 404,904
Posted By m5nardi

Mine and my daughter's bikes hauling a few day's...

Mine and my daughter's bikes hauling a few day's groceries. I really have to find her a bigger basket.
http://pics.livejournal.com/laced_more/pic/0006caw4/s800x600
Forum: Touring
03-27-08, 10:05 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,411
Posted By m5nardi

I really like it. I work as many hours as I can...

I really like it. I work as many hours as I can cram in, both with a chain tax service and helping an accounting firm process routine forms for their regular clients, and volunteer at our senior...
Forum: Touring
03-27-08, 06:26 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,411
Posted By m5nardi

Tax preparer and home schooling mom. I work like...

Tax preparer and home schooling mom. I work like mad during the season, but it's worth the 7-odd month vacation.
Forum: Touring
03-27-08, 03:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 453
Posted By m5nardi

I've seen someone use industrial strength mesh...

I've seen someone use industrial strength mesh laundry bags as "over luggage". He got them from a commercial laundry service and I'm sure you can find a source online. Nylon mail sacks would also be...
Forum: Touring
03-15-08, 09:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 624
Posted By m5nardi

For the four of us I use a cookset with a 1.5L...

For the four of us I use a cookset with a 1.5L and 2L pot and small fry pan. Mine are lighter, essentially a cheap version of the MSR Blacklite set. Most of the time this combo was fine, there were a...
03-12-08, 10:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 830
Posted By m5nardi

+1 the Wike trailer I'm getting that one for...

+1 the Wike trailer

I'm getting that one for my dad, because it seemed the easiest to detach and use as a course cart. I really like their hitch.
Forum: Touring
03-07-08, 12:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,658
Posted By m5nardi

I get my hooks at Farm and Fleet, if that helps...

I get my hooks at Farm and Fleet, if that helps at all. My local mom 'n pop hardware store stocks them but they are always out when I need more.

Having worked with the heavy materials you are...
Forum: Touring
03-07-08, 01:35 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,658
Posted By m5nardi

I've made mine out of buckets with lids (kitty...

I've made mine out of buckets with lids (kitty litter), and also used rope hooks. Mine are single rope tie-down hooks, rather than a double cleat. They've been sufficiently strong, I use mine mostly...
Forum: Touring
02-28-08, 06:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 378
Posted By m5nardi

I have two different pairs of Skechers "mule"...

I have two different pairs of Skechers "mule" type shoes, one heavier cross trainer style and my new light biker pair. They've been ok, though they are more comfortable with clips/straps on long...
Forum: Touring
02-25-08, 10:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,643
Posted By m5nardi

I've been considering women's specific frames for...

I've been considering women's specific frames for my youngest, in particular the Dawes Sheila on bikesdirect.com. They seem to have a geometry more forgiving to kids, usually with smaller bars and...
Forum: Touring
02-22-08, 12:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,317
Posted By m5nardi

We had a 3-man tent from Aldi for several years...

We had a 3-man tent from Aldi for several years that held up nicely. I bought the tent for $15 and used a little spray waterproofing on the rain fly and lower body of the tent, and sealed the seams,...
Forum: Touring
02-21-08, 09:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,195
Posted By m5nardi

This is my favorite alternative. Some of the...

This is my favorite alternative. Some of the other places I've seen it: gas stations, grocery stores, large chain pharmacies, discount/dollar stores, hardware stores and farm supply shops. Some of...
Forum: Touring
02-12-08, 09:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,353
Posted By m5nardi

Least: the day after it's over. I hate looking at...

Least: the day after it's over. I hate looking at our gear and seeing a pile of filthy mess I have to clean and put away. It depresses me to look at our beloved stuff and see it through those happy...
Forum: Touring
01-24-08, 12:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 932
Posted By m5nardi

Maybe until you can find parts you can use an...

Maybe until you can find parts you can use an alcohol stove?

http://jwbasecamp.com/Articles/SuperCat/index.html

It's a very easy to make cat can stove. A small can and a few holes and at least...
Forum: Touring
01-18-08, 06:12 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,328
Posted By m5nardi

Three kids, two dogs and one frazzled mom hoping...

Three kids, two dogs and one frazzled mom hoping to circle Lake Michigan this summer. We have a bunch of family to visit along the way, and I'm hoping to stop for a while at Mackinac Island. That's...
Forum: Touring
01-17-08, 08:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 800
Posted By m5nardi

I say go for it, my daily driver is a 10 year old...

I say go for it, my daily driver is a 10 year old Pacific I got at Toys R Us. I'd suggest a tune up, checking everything for proper assembly, lubrication and to check that the nuts/bolts will hold up...
01-17-08, 12:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,184
Posted By m5nardi

The problem of bike racks is in eyelets and...

The problem of bike racks is in eyelets and attachment points. I've seen heavy duty racks and heavy loads bust the eyelet or sheer bolts. Carrying a person is going to take some creative fixtures....
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