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Forum: Touring
04-23-21, 06:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 635
Posted By redbagsrambler

Plenty of good suggestions giving me some...

Plenty of good suggestions giving me some solutions to consider.

Thanks, everyone. Much appreciated.
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 635
Posted By redbagsrambler

Packing an iPad

Hi, Everyone.


I will be departing coastal North Carolina in mid-May. I have a time window of nearly four months and a general route in mind. Other than that, I'm pretty much simply heading...
Forum: Touring
05-24-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 10,859
Posted By redbagsrambler

A couple of other things I forgot to mention in...

A couple of other things I forgot to mention in my first post since I was in a bit of a rush. These involve finding the money for a tour.

4. With every weekly paycheck I received, I took out a...
Forum: Touring
05-24-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 10,859
Posted By redbagsrambler

I read some of the responses and they were all so...

I read some of the responses and they were all so interesting. I'm in a little bit of a time crunch right now so will have to come back and read the rest. In the meantime, I'll do my best to answer...
Forum: Touring
04-21-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,970
Posted By redbagsrambler

I had my passport stolen in a Paris railway...

I had my passport stolen in a Paris railway station while waiting for a train to Amsterdam (it was in a small bag that had my passport and other travel documents in it). By the time I got that...
Forum: Touring
04-17-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,977
Posted By redbagsrambler

Some of the countries I have visited had a...

Some of the countries I have visited had a requirement for bicycles to be equipped with a bell. I THINK Germany was one of them, but not certain. Also, some countries have confusing laws about when...
Forum: Touring
04-17-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,970
Posted By redbagsrambler

As said before, everything of obvious value...

As said before, everything of obvious value (cash, passport, credit cards, camera, phone, etc) are in a detachable handlebar bag which never leaves my side whenever I'm away from the bike. ...
Forum: Touring
03-28-19, 06:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,649
Posted By redbagsrambler

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Forum: Touring
03-28-19, 05:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 723
Posted By redbagsrambler

I'll be in the south of France.

I'll be in the south of France.
Forum: Touring
02-25-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,831
Posted By redbagsrambler

This pretty much mirrors my experience as well. ...

This pretty much mirrors my experience as well. The only time I've ever met other touring cyclists was when I was riding south along the Mississippi River in Wisconsin. Bumped into only two other...
Forum: Touring
02-24-19, 10:39 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,831
Posted By redbagsrambler

Most of my tours are on paved roads. ...

Most of my tours are on paved roads. Occasionally the pavement runs out but it's still a road which is maintained at some minimum level of standard. I do not consider myself bikepacking at all. I...
Forum: Touring
02-23-19, 07:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,169
Posted By redbagsrambler

I've yet to find a bicycle shipping service for...

I've yet to find a bicycle shipping service for overseas tours that are less expensive than checking the bike on your flight. On some past tours the airline waived the fee for the bike since I did...
Forum: Touring
02-12-19, 10:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,017
Posted By redbagsrambler

Like you, I also recommend this book. It is a...

Like you, I also recommend this book. It is a good read, even though I thought the author tended to wander and wax philosophical a bit too much. Nevertheless, it is a fabulous expedition and a...
Forum: Touring
01-15-19, 08:50 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 19,108
Posted By redbagsrambler

I can't believe I'm about to contribute to this...

I can't believe I'm about to contribute to this zombie thread.

I have toured on a Trek 520 regularly for well over a decade. It has served me well and I adore the bike. I can't speak highly...
Forum: Touring
01-15-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,783
Posted By redbagsrambler

Just my two cents based on the original post. ...

Just my two cents based on the original post.

For relaxed and logistically easy touring, I recommend following portions of one of the European river routes such as the Rhine, Danube, Loire or...
Forum: Touring
01-11-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,580
Posted By redbagsrambler

Always. It's my duty as a responsible user of...

Always. It's my duty as a responsible user of our roadways. I do everything as expected as a part of traffic because I believe it is in my best interest to not behave in a manner which is contrary...
Forum: Touring
01-10-19, 10:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,711
Posted By redbagsrambler

Okay...here is my related experience. Bear in...

Okay...here is my related experience. Bear in mind I was flying Lufthansa and not the airlines you mentioned.
In September 2017 I toured from Dresden to Budapest. All of my flights were on...
Forum: Touring
01-09-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,711
Posted By redbagsrambler

I've done both. I have a hard shell bike case...

I've done both. I have a hard shell bike case but now I almost exclusively fly with the bike in a cardboard box because:

Most of my trips begin and end at separate airports and I don't want to...
Forum: Touring
01-07-19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 1,493
Views: 256,215
Posted By redbagsrambler

That is simply mind bending. It stinks to think...

That is simply mind bending. It stinks to think something is standing right there in full view of the public realm and yet you'd have to pay a licensing fee to distribute an image of it.
Forum: Touring
01-07-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 16,316
Posted By redbagsrambler

I began touring in toe clips, then migrated to...

I began touring in toe clips, then migrated to SPD's for a number of years, then returned to toe clips. Among my reasons:

It was annoying to me to have to click in and click out numerous times...
Forum: Touring
01-06-19, 10:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,394
Posted By redbagsrambler

Like others said, I keep anything of value in my...

Like others said, I keep anything of value in my handlebar bag with a detachable shoulder strap. This bag goes everywhere I go. I lock the bike either with a U-lock or a cable lock, though I use...
Forum: Touring
01-06-19, 09:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 714
Posted By redbagsrambler

Of the route you described, I have toured between...

Of the route you described, I have toured between Memphis and St Louis. The short answer is that is is possible to cover this without camping and stay pretty much within your daily mileage...
Forum: Touring
01-06-19, 09:33 PM
Replies: 1,493
Views: 256,215
Posted By redbagsrambler

Those were the only brown fenders I was able to...

Those were the only brown fenders I was able to find at my LBS. They are inexpensive plastic Sunlite fenders. You really can't see it in the picture, but they have the faux wood finish. The saddle...
Forum: Touring
01-05-19, 08:48 AM
Replies: 1,493
Views: 256,215
Posted By redbagsrambler

Germany. ...

Germany.
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Bulgaria...
Forum: Touring
01-04-19, 07:41 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,750
Posted By redbagsrambler

Absolutely true. I've made a lot of compromises...

Absolutely true. I've made a lot of compromises over the past 30+ years. Wish my wife would make a few.
Forum: Touring
01-02-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,410
Posted By redbagsrambler

I did this in reverse a few years ago, visiting...

I did this in reverse a few years ago, visiting Normandy and then going to London. One stop I'm really glad I made was in Bayeaux to see the Bayeaux Tapestry. It was more fascinating than I...
Forum: Touring
01-02-19, 01:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,383
Posted By redbagsrambler

I have toured fairly regularly throughout much of...

I have toured fairly regularly throughout much of Europe and have always avoided a car rental for many of the reasons mentioned by others. Rental cars often open up additional logistical issues such...
Forum: Touring
01-02-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 12,804
Posted By redbagsrambler

Already purchased my flights to/from southern...

Already purchased my flights to/from southern France in April. Flying into Bordeaux and out of Nice. It's a little earlier than I typically tour, but the airfare was so cheap I couldn't pass it up.
Forum: Touring
12-28-18, 09:57 AM
Replies: 396
Views: 173,390
Posted By redbagsrambler

This is my 2006 Trek 520 while on a tour through...

This is my 2006 Trek 520 while on a tour through Poland.
Great bike. I couldn't be happier with its performance and dependability.
...
Forum: Touring
10-11-18, 10:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,166
Posted By redbagsrambler

I used to get minor saddle sores on multi-day...

I used to get minor saddle sores on multi-day tours when I averaged better than 60 miles a day. At other times it would be just long term soreness with no sores, per se. I made two changes:

The...
Forum: Touring
10-02-18, 10:45 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,121
Posted By redbagsrambler

[/b] I had a very similar experience. I had...

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I had a very similar experience. I had a u-lock in my carry on. I have no recollection why. I usually packed it in the bike box which I check. It raised a bit of discussion among the TSA...
Forum: Touring
10-01-18, 06:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,565
Posted By redbagsrambler

Searching for a helmet

Yesterday my favorite touring helmet bit the dust. Nothing dramatic, just one of the plastic straps which make up the inside liner of the helmet snapped beyond repair. Now the helmet doesn't fit as...
Forum: Touring
09-14-18, 07:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,202
Posted By redbagsrambler

To answer the OP's original question. Yes. ...

To answer the OP's original question.
Yes. Lone Peak makes rack bags for front and rear racks. The front bag is smaller than the rear. I have them on my commuter/errand runner.
...
Forum: Touring
08-28-18, 10:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,281
Posted By redbagsrambler

The countries of eastern Europe I've cycled...

The countries of eastern Europe I've cycled through include Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czechia (aka Czech Republic), Slovakia, Hungary and Bulgaria. Never had any issues in any of those...
Forum: Touring
08-17-18, 05:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
Posted By redbagsrambler

I've toured in all three of the Baltic countries...

I've toured in all three of the Baltic countries so have some experience riding there. It should be quite feasible to fashion a tour which would meet your expectations and fall within your time...
Forum: Touring
08-03-18, 02:23 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,474
Posted By redbagsrambler

I gave up clipless years ago and went back to toe...

I gave up clipless years ago and went back to toe clips and straps. No regrets. I like having stiff soles when I pedal so I still wear bike specific SPD type shoes, but without installing the...
Forum: Touring
08-03-18, 09:59 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,335
Posted By redbagsrambler

I have complete sets of Lone Peak bags in...

I have complete sets of Lone Peak bags in different colors I bought from Wayne. Bits and pieces from the Touring Store have been with me on every tour I've taken. Wayne and his exceptional products...
Forum: Touring
06-06-18, 09:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,456
Posted By redbagsrambler

I've recently retired also and would like to do a...

I've recently retired also and would like to do a transcontinental tour. I've been bicycle touring since the 1970's and I'm sure I have the physical capability. It's the mental discipline where I...
Forum: Touring
04-30-18, 09:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,134
Posted By redbagsrambler

+1. I've started to run into problems because...

+1. I've started to run into problems because more and more campgrounds seem to be transforming into RV "resorts" which do not permit tenting.
Forum: Touring
04-26-18, 09:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,575
Posted By redbagsrambler

I don't know if it's around anymore, but I still...

I don't know if it's around anymore, but I still have a pyramid rear rack on my commuter bike. It's carried some pretty heavy loads over the years and never given me any cause for concern. Cost...
Forum: Touring
04-23-18, 11:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,013
Posted By redbagsrambler

Toured Ireland just before the euro became the...

Toured Ireland just before the euro became the national currency....
Man, that placed has changed a lot since then, especially for the daily budget. But one thing remains the same....the Irish are...
Forum: Touring
04-23-18, 10:45 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,275
Posted By redbagsrambler

Maybe it's just me, but... if someone takes...

Maybe it's just me, but...

if someone takes his/her first tour by embarking on a solo journey through what would be for many experienced bicycle tourists a cultural and physical challenge; using a...
Forum: Touring
04-03-18, 07:27 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,903
Posted By redbagsrambler

Also consider the Bianchi Volpe. It's a...

Also consider the Bianchi Volpe. It's a jack-of-all-trades bike for the purposes you've listed. I've had two and was always impressed with the service I got out of them.
Forum: Touring
04-03-18, 07:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,855
Posted By redbagsrambler

Amen. I know this all to well.

Amen. I know this all to well.
Forum: Touring
03-25-18, 04:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,364
Posted By redbagsrambler

Good information there, everybody. Much...

Good information there, everybody. Much appreciated.
Forum: Touring
03-17-18, 05:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,364
Posted By redbagsrambler

Quebec question

Considering a tour in Quebec for mid to late June, between Montreal and Gaspe. Any suggestions whether to ride Montreal to Gaspe or Gaspe to Montreal? Any wind advantages one way or the other? Any...
Forum: Touring
03-14-18, 03:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,052
Posted By redbagsrambler

I usually email a local taxi company in advance...

I usually email a local taxi company in advance and ask the airport delivery rate and if they have a vehicle large enough to transport me and my boxed bike. Virtually all of them do, and the...
Forum: Touring
03-01-18, 11:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,537
Posted By redbagsrambler

I use these for short tours. Lot less expensive...

I use these for short tours. Lot less expensive than the Hermosa bags, even with paying extra for rain covers.
https://lonepeakpacks.com/index.php/packs/panniers/p099.html
Forum: Touring
02-06-18, 11:17 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,935
Posted By redbagsrambler

I just pack my empty panniers and gear into a...

I just pack my empty panniers and gear into a single large duffel. Sometimes I take the duffel as my carry-on item and sometimes I check it usually depending on airline policy for international...
Forum: Touring
01-25-18, 07:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,614
Posted By redbagsrambler

Which is exactly what I do. On camping tours, my...

Which is exactly what I do. On camping tours, my sleeping system (tent, mattress, sleeping bag) are all in the rear right pannier. My kitchen (stove, fuel, kit, groceries) go in the left rear. Up...
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