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Forum: Touring
09-05-18, 01:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 580
Posted By gorshkov

I'm not familiar with any of those models, but my...

I'm not familiar with any of those models, but my experience with Nishiki MTBs back in the 90s was good - at that time, at least, they made very solid steel frames - my Dad has a Nishiki Colorado...
Forum: Touring
05-02-18, 09:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 776
Posted By gorshkov

I've recently switched to a tarp + bug bivy for...

I've recently switched to a tarp + bug bivy for backpacking, but I haven't used it for bike touring yet. I've only used it for 6 nights out (4 in Great Smokies NP and 2 in SE Oklahoma) but haven't...
Forum: Touring
11-01-17, 01:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,023
Posted By gorshkov

I toured around the big island in 2012, and here...

I toured around the big island in 2012, and here are some recollections that may help you with planning. Some of these may have changed in the last 5 years, so be sure to verify.

First, as...
Forum: Touring
03-31-17, 11:01 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,806
Posted By gorshkov

NSAIDs (Ibubrofen, etc.) don't just mask...

NSAIDs (Ibubrofen, etc.) don't just mask symptoms. They're anti-inflammatories too, so they are really helpful for minor stress injuries. Topical anti-inflammatories are useful too. Once on tour,...
Forum: Touring
03-05-17, 09:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,768
Posted By gorshkov

I have had a Sawyer for a couple of years now,...

I have had a Sawyer for a couple of years now, and I haven't found it hard to back-flush. And running some bleach solution through it before storage has prevented mold so far. One thing you do have...
Forum: Touring
10-28-16, 02:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,082
Posted By gorshkov

Congrats +1. Check out crazyguyonabike.com as a...

Congrats +1. Check out crazyguyonabike.com as a way to post tour journals - you can also upload pictures and maps there.
Forum: Touring
10-25-16, 08:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,689
Posted By gorshkov

I haven't found anything that works well when...

I haven't found anything that works well when wet, so what I usually do is replace the inner tube, then patch the punctured tube later when I'm not in the rain.
Forum: Touring
10-24-16, 04:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,547
Posted By gorshkov

Tubus makes just the product you're looking for:...

Tubus makes just the product you're looking for: https://ortliebusa.com/product/lm-1-fork-adapter/

It's kind of pricey, but I used these to put a front rack on an MTB conversion, and they worked...
Forum: Touring
10-05-16, 01:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 931
Posted By gorshkov

Try getting a backpack rain cover - they come in...

Try getting a backpack rain cover - they come in different sizes, and one of the smaller ones would probably fit a typical bike pannier. If you have a sporting goods store in the area (Dick's, REI,...
Forum: Touring
08-26-16, 04:12 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,385
Posted By gorshkov

If you do use a water sprayer to clean your chain...

If you do use a water sprayer to clean your chain (I do this after riding my MTB in the mud), spray from above or behind the bike so you're never directing the spray directly into the hub or bottom...
Forum: Touring
08-25-16, 04:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,478
Posted By gorshkov

This is very true. If you're riding in the...

This is very true. If you're riding in the morning, you'll have the roads to yourself. Get up even earlier (sunrise or so), and you'll also be more likely to see wildlife.

I'd avoid Old Faithful...
Forum: Touring
08-10-16, 09:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 631
Posted By gorshkov

I have ridden most of Route 66 in Oklahoma, and...

I have ridden most of Route 66 in Oklahoma, and at least for this state, 700x25 tires will work. Just make sure they're inflated to the pressure specified on the sidewall. There are potholes, but...
Forum: Touring
06-11-16, 03:11 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,120
Posted By gorshkov

Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas are great...

Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas are great places to tour in the spring and fall (not so much in the summer; too hot). Talimena Drive is an awesome ride if you like hills, and there are plenty...
Forum: Touring
05-19-16, 10:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,522
Posted By gorshkov

+1 to Doug's comments. I have XT hubs with...

+1 to Doug's comments.

I have XT hubs with aluminum axles on both my touring bike (7 years old, 10,000+ miles) and my mountain bike and have not had any problems with them yet. The only axle...
Forum: Touring
05-12-16, 05:35 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,439
Posted By gorshkov

This looks a lot like the Raleigh Sojourn - same...

This looks a lot like the Raleigh Sojourn - same basic idea, similar spec, a bit lighter. How long have they made the Mazama? I don't remember seeing it on the market when I bought my Sojourn in...
Forum: Touring
04-07-16, 04:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,630
Posted By gorshkov

I have several synthetic t-shirts that I got at...

I have several synthetic t-shirts that I got at Ace Hardware of all places. They were selling them for $4 each, and they've actually worked better than the $25 under armor synthetic I used to use. ...
Forum: Touring
04-07-16, 04:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,658
Posted By gorshkov

That's actually not too far from how these things...

That's actually not too far from how these things are actually tested - they fill them with something that smells good to bears (salmon guts?), then give it to zoo bears.
Forum: Touring
02-14-16, 09:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,668
Posted By gorshkov

I have an older quarter dome (purchased in 2008),...

I have an older quarter dome (purchased in 2008), and I have been very happy with it. No durability problems at all in 7 years, and that includes three bike tours, a backpacking trip, and lots of...
Forum: Touring
01-07-16, 02:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 861
Posted By gorshkov

One very low-tech option is to take a piece of...

One very low-tech option is to take a piece of line, and tie it to the bike. Run the line under your tent, then tie the other end to a tree or something. That way, if your bike is moved, the line...
Forum: Touring
01-06-16, 09:25 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,072
Posted By gorshkov

It's been a while since I have shipped a bike,...

It's been a while since I have shipped a bike, but when I worked at a bike shop, we always used FedEx rather than UPS because the owner of the shop maintained that UPS was likely to damage the bike. ...
Forum: Touring
12-20-15, 04:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 783
Posted By gorshkov

Hobo, I don't tour year round, and I've never...

Hobo, I don't tour year round, and I've never encountered very cold weather on a tour, so this may not answer your question, but I generally don't wear gloves in warm weather. For cool weather...
Forum: Touring
10-30-15, 08:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,077
Posted By gorshkov

Once back when I was unemployed, I tried to...

Once back when I was unemployed, I tried to convince a local Wal-Mart to hire me on a contract basis to build bikes for them. My pitch (which didn't work) was to find a manager and show him all of...
Forum: Touring
10-30-15, 08:11 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,977
Posted By gorshkov

Not sure about that particular model of hubs, but...

Not sure about that particular model of hubs, but the locknut on most of the shimano hubs I've worked on is 17mm. You typically don't need two cone wrenches, but you do need two wrenches - one to...
Forum: Touring
10-22-15, 01:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,566
Posted By gorshkov

It's actually more aerodynamic the way it is. ...

It's actually more aerodynamic the way it is. Turning it around will place a larger vertical surface at the back, which will cause enormous vortices from the air coming around the sides. For...
Forum: Touring
09-28-15, 03:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 848
Posted By gorshkov

I've done this in a couple of different ways. ...

I've done this in a couple of different ways. Unless I'm in a big hurry (which generally only happens when the weather is turning bad), I stop at pretty much all of the historical markers,...
Forum: Touring
09-13-15, 12:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 734
Posted By gorshkov

I don't use ACA maps, but it isn't to save money,...

I don't use ACA maps, but it isn't to save money, its because I enjoy the route research and making my own route. I haven't tried to follow the great divide route specifically, but I suspect that I...
Forum: Touring
09-08-15, 04:55 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,509
Posted By gorshkov

I have woodchipper bars on my Raleigh Sojourn -...

I have woodchipper bars on my Raleigh Sojourn - original spec. They're pretty good, but I haven't noticed them being any more or less comfortable long-term than the normal drop bars on my go-fast...
Forum: Touring
08-10-15, 01:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,162
Posted By gorshkov

I rode the parkway south to north in 2008, and I...

I rode the parkway south to north in 2008, and I stealth camped a couple of times without problems. Yes, it is illegal, but as long as you stay out of sight of the parkway, don't camp in picnic...
Forum: Touring
06-15-15, 11:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 853
Posted By gorshkov

I did something like what chrobi is planning last...

I did something like what chrobi is planning last summer - I used a bicycle to ride to the trailheads of a number of different 14ers in Colorado. Nothing higher than class 3 scrambling, so I didn't...
Forum: Touring
06-09-15, 09:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,182
Posted By gorshkov

I've toured with panniers and with a B.O.B., and...

I've toured with panniers and with a B.O.B., and I prefer the panniers for almost any situation. In addition to the weight penalty, the trailer typically puts all of your stuff in one bag, which...
Forum: Touring
06-02-15, 11:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,255
Posted By gorshkov

If you're a Warmshowers member, you might ask on...

If you're a Warmshowers member, you might ask on the forums there - that site seems to have a larger number of European users compared to Bikeforums and Crazyguy.
Forum: Touring
05-30-15, 05:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,774
Posted By gorshkov

My two cents: (1) Why not get a button-head...

My two cents:
(1) Why not get a button-head bolt and put the bolt head on the inside of the fork blade, with the nut on the outside? That makes the bolt length a little less critical. Also,...
Forum: Touring
05-18-15, 08:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 876
Posted By gorshkov

If you're on warmshowers, you might contact some...

If you're on warmshowers, you might contact some hosts there and ask if you can park your car at their house. I've done that on a short loop tour before.
Forum: Touring
05-10-15, 12:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,747
Posted By gorshkov

I use a pair of running shorts that I got at...

I use a pair of running shorts that I got at Walmart for about $10 a few years back. They pack down small enough to (barely) fit in a jersey pocket, though I don't generally keep them there.
Forum: Touring
05-07-15, 09:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,591
Posted By gorshkov

I used a 2-wheel burley trailer with front...

I used a 2-wheel burley trailer with front panniers several times, none of which were on tour. I briefly did a mobile bike shop operation where I carried tools and a repair stand in the trailer, and...
Forum: Touring
05-05-15, 12:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 819
Posted By gorshkov

This is the sort of thing that makes me wish I...

This is the sort of thing that makes me wish I still lived in Colorado and could go take advantage of this. This is the way to go if its still open to bikes but closed to cars when you get there. ...
Forum: Touring
05-01-15, 03:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 819
Posted By gorshkov

There are four paved roads into Leadville: (1)...

There are four paved roads into Leadville:
(1) Highway 24 from the South from Salida and Buena Vista. This is the flattest option - you gain about 3000 feet over 60 miles, but there are no big...
Forum: Touring
04-27-15, 05:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,412
Posted By gorshkov

Sounds like me, but in 2002. I had an old MTB...

Sounds like me, but in 2002. I had an old MTB that I rode to and from school, and then used for Ride the Rockies the summer after I graduated. Someone else noticed how badly out of true my rear...
Forum: Touring
04-23-15, 08:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 995
Posted By gorshkov

I really don't understand this recall. It seems...

I really don't understand this recall. It seems like not having your QR skewers tight enough puts you at serious risk of crashing even if the lever doesn't lodge in the brake rotor. From, you...
Forum: Touring
04-17-15, 02:37 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,757
Posted By gorshkov

From what I remember of Wyoming, water sources...

From what I remember of Wyoming, water sources are few and far between. Make sure that you know where you can get water, and then plan to carry enough to get you across whatever the longest stretch...
Forum: Touring
04-14-15, 10:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 837
Posted By gorshkov

It isn't clear exactly what advice you're looking...

It isn't clear exactly what advice you're looking for - do you want suggestions on how to get between each successive pair of places?

I haven't toured in any of those places except the Great...
Forum: Touring
03-30-15, 10:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 877
Posted By gorshkov

I have a 2009 Sojourn. It does not have a pump...

I have a 2009 Sojourn. It does not have a pump peg, but its entirely possible that Raleigh may have added one for later model years.
Forum: Touring
03-25-15, 01:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 845
Posted By gorshkov

I rode across TN, then across Great Smokies, and...

I rode across TN, then across Great Smokies, and up the Blue Ridge parkway through NC and VA back in July/August 2008. My first piece of advice is not to ride too much in the heat of the summer...
Forum: Touring
03-10-15, 12:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,591
Posted By gorshkov

I like Vittoria Randonneur Cross for mixed...

I like Vittoria Randonneur Cross for mixed paved/gravel riding. I also like Schwalbe Marathon Mondial, but for something that's 80% paved, its probably not as good as the Vittorias. How much tire...
Forum: Touring
03-09-15, 06:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,254
Posted By gorshkov

I use the Mondial 700x40 on my touring bike, and...

I use the Mondial 700x40 on my touring bike, and that has worked well for dirt roads.
Forum: Touring
03-03-15, 12:52 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,436
Posted By gorshkov

My guess would be that most people are looking...

My guess would be that most people are looking primarily for "good enough" components on a touring bike. Tiagra (about $300 for the groupset), for example, shifts well and shifts reliably. So why...
Forum: Touring
02-27-15, 11:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,626
Posted By gorshkov

Whitefish state park in Montana has hiker-biker...

Whitefish state park in Montana has hiker-biker sites; I suspect that at least some other MT state parks do to. Fall Creek Falls SP in Tennessee also has hiker-biker sites (and hot showers for no...
Forum: Touring
02-27-15, 10:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 688
Posted By gorshkov

I went on a tour with a buddy once, and he had an...

I went on a tour with a buddy once, and he had an MTB with disc brakes. The cheap trek rack he got avoided the disc brakes by using a 1" spacer on the bottom bolt. After about five days of riding...
Forum: Touring
02-27-15, 10:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 561
Posted By gorshkov

When you put the front wheel next to the bike,...

When you put the front wheel next to the bike, make sure the rotor faces inward, and zip tie the wheel to your frame in a couple of places so they stay together. Also, IGH's suggestion about the...
Forum: Touring
12-19-14, 02:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 856
Posted By gorshkov

About four years ago, I hosted a touring cyclist...

About four years ago, I hosted a touring cyclist going from Austin to Minneapolis. He didn't blog about his trip, and I don't remember what his route was, but it went through Tulsa. If you do go...
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