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Forum: Touring
04-25-19, 08:00 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,845
Posted By Bikesplendor

Mojave Rattlesnakes; Multiple rattlesnakes in Camp; Low Sound; Appropriate Responses

Okay, this is a reasonably serious situation, so please put the BS on a leash for this one.

I've had four encounters, two in less than twenty-four hours, three of the four right in camp; two of...
Forum: Touring
03-09-19, 07:09 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 8,265
Posted By Bikesplendor

Texas style, https://youtu.be/sxDlsfpBKqA ...

Texas style,

https://youtu.be/sxDlsfpBKqA

"ya only live once — let's do it"
Forum: Touring
03-09-19, 06:44 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,190
Posted By Bikesplendor

Thanks for that. Interesting points and details. ...

Thanks for that. Interesting points and details.

In case you're interested, I got a UDAP three-pack (at a sporting goods store). It includes one bear spray, one joggers' size pepper spray, and one...
Forum: Touring
03-09-19, 06:25 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 8,265
Posted By Bikesplendor

If there's a problem cat around (cougar or...

If there's a problem cat around (cougar or bobcat), either attacking or acting strangely or unusually boldly around humans, it deserves another level of caution. Otherwise, it seems (in my view...
Forum: Touring
03-09-19, 06:07 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 8,265
Posted By Bikesplendor

Bison vs pitbull (predictions?), ​​​​​ ...

Bison vs pitbull (predictions?),
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https://youtu.be/qiQqScJCxpI

Bison vs bold tourist,

​https://youtu.be/PNvTHOrTf_Y
Forum: Touring
03-08-19, 01:32 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,982
Posted By Bikesplendor

I don't want to judge anyone for begging or...

I don't want to judge anyone for begging or living off handouts. However, I would like to see someone do the same sort of trip without accepting any handouts from anyone, and finding ways to earn...
Forum: Touring
03-08-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,982
Posted By Bikesplendor

McCandless died because he starved trying to live...

McCandless died because he starved trying to live off the land without really knowing how to do it properly (he didn't have the right knowledge), and because he was stubborn and made some bad...
Forum: Touring
03-08-19, 01:02 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,177
Posted By Bikesplendor

Just one take: Sometimes all the emphasis on the...

Just one take: Sometimes all the emphasis on the improvements in technology just goes too far.

It's similar to Apple's early commercials that made their innovations look so "revolutionary." And...
Forum: Touring
03-08-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,982
Posted By Bikesplendor

Interesting attitudes and approaches. The...

Interesting attitudes and approaches. The potential of faith often goes largely unexplored. People tend not to have faith in it, and don't take it very far.
Forum: Touring
03-07-19, 09:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,807
Posted By Bikesplendor

Some things I've found helpful: two or more...

Some things I've found helpful: two or more layers of sturdy cardboard. Like you, I've had gaping holes — the baggage handlers can be rough. Closed cell foam pipe insulation (or swimming pool floats)...
03-07-19, 02:32 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 7,113
Posted By Bikesplendor

Do you have any articles or links that would give...

Do you have any articles or links that would give additional information about this?
03-07-19, 02:27 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 7,113
Posted By Bikesplendor

Somehow the bike world manages to get some people...

Somehow the bike world manages to get some people to spend a lot of unnecessary money. Not everyone, but some.
There are certainly hobbies that are worse in this regard, and hobbies that are better....
Forum: Touring
03-07-19, 01:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,138
Posted By Bikesplendor

Thanks for that link. Interesting information....

Thanks for that link. Interesting information. Some of it even useful information.

It would be great to talk with an allergist. It just isn't in the cards near-future, though.

What I wonder...
Forum: Touring
03-07-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,138
Posted By Bikesplendor

A quick thanks to those who think they know what...

A quick thanks to those who think they know what I "need" to do, should do, or am doing so much better than I do.

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Forum: Touring
03-07-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,575
Posted By Bikesplendor

If you add up the cost over the long run,...

If you add up the cost over the long run, cannister stoves become very expensive. In the long run, gasoline stoves save a surprising amount of money, even over alcohol stoves.

Does anyone know of...
Forum: Touring
03-07-19, 08:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,138
Posted By Bikesplendor

Maybe I should add that I had allergic reactions...

Maybe I should add that I had allergic reactions to bee stings as a child, along with a fair number of stings. I learned to be careful and have not been stung since.
​​​​Another sting may involve...
Forum: Touring
03-07-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,575
Posted By Bikesplendor

I agree that the gasoline burning stoves have...

I agree that the gasoline burning stoves have advantages.

I prefer them, except for the noise.
03-06-19, 09:50 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,637
Posted By Bikesplendor

She is looking for them to apply (her word). She...

She is looking for them to apply (her word). She might have some filters there.

She never asked for advice, or interference, she asked if anyone wanted to come along.

You don't have to conclude...
03-06-19, 09:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,804
Posted By Bikesplendor

Bikepacking might make sense.

Bikepacking might make sense.
Forum: Touring
03-06-19, 07:44 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,190
Posted By Bikesplendor

What are the best ways you've found for dealing...

What are the best ways you've found for dealing with the unsavory street characters? Some of them do seem a little concerning, to me at least.
Forum: Touring
03-06-19, 07:35 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 8,265
Posted By Bikesplendor

Thanks for sharing that. Interesting lifestyle. I...

Thanks for sharing that. Interesting lifestyle. I would like to hear more about your adventures.

​​​​​I've camped more in forested areas up north. But I don't like the winters there. The Sonoran...
03-06-19, 07:12 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,570
Posted By Bikesplendor

I really appreciate your contributions to the...

I really appreciate your contributions to the thread. If you come up with anything else, please feel free to post whatever you find. Thanks.
Forum: Touring
03-06-19, 05:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,138
Posted By Bikesplendor

Yet among nonhuman animals, the creatures that...

Yet among nonhuman animals, the creatures that cause more American deaths than any other are bees and wasps. In a typical year, nearly 100 American deaths are caused by bee stings. In fact, this...
Forum: Touring
03-06-19, 12:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,138
Posted By Bikesplendor

Africanized Honey Bees, AKA Killer Bees

My experiences: I accidentally dislodged a rock that tumbled down a hillside over or very close to a spot where bees were nesting. A lot of them poured out of a hole in the ground. They were agitated...
03-06-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,637
Posted By Bikesplendor

Plenty of homeless people have dogs. Check...

Plenty of homeless people have dogs.

Check the stats on dogs in "shelters" and pounds. Numbers and percentages, and average lifespans. What percentage make it out?

I've seen some happy dogs...
Forum: Touring
03-06-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 8,265
Posted By Bikesplendor

The creatures that seem most worthy of being...

The creatures that seem most worthy of being careful about, at this point in my education at least, in the Sonoran desert, are rattlesnakes, scorpions, and desert giant centipedes. If not fatal,...
03-06-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,637
Posted By Bikesplendor

I'm not sure what is meant by "little money." ...

I'm not sure what is meant by "little money."

Enough for a day? A week? Six months?

For some people "little money" is four thousand dollars. For others, four hundred. For others less.

You...
03-06-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,637
Posted By Bikesplendor

She's wanting to escape from LA. A worthy...

She's wanting to escape from LA. A worthy endeavor. Maybe help her out rather than put obstacles in her way.

I say do it.

No plans? No problem. It may scare some people, but for others it's an...
03-06-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,637
Posted By Bikesplendor

There are lots of ways to make enough money with...

There are lots of ways to make enough money with art, on the road. Don't let the ignorant naysayers slow you down.
Forum: Touring
03-05-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 8,265
Posted By Bikesplendor

It's surprising how many people are felled by...

It's surprising how many people are felled by scorpions.

Fatality is not the only concern, though. Painful and extremely painful bites are also worth avoiding.

I notice that Coyote Peterson...
03-05-19, 09:14 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,637
Posted By Bikesplendor

Dogs can enjoy the journey too: ...

Dogs can enjoy the journey too:

https://youtu.be/VTeYSZ4EyVg
03-05-19, 09:00 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,637
Posted By Bikesplendor

There is a chance the OP is a troll, but there's...

There is a chance the OP is a troll, but there's also a chance she's not. So let's not be too sure about conclusions here. It seems better to give the benefit of the doubt than to accuse with false...
03-05-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,637
Posted By Bikesplendor

It was after your (also obviously impractical)...

It was after your (also obviously impractical) examples. The point was that there are many other ways to make money with art (ways that are not so impractical).

Bike touring doesn't require a lot...
03-05-19, 07:07 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,637
Posted By Bikesplendor

Or maybe she makes life-sized dinosaurs out of...

Or maybe she makes life-sized dinosaurs out of welded scrap metal.

You seem to be unaware of the wider range of possibilities.

It isn't that hard to do.
03-05-19, 06:06 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,637
Posted By Bikesplendor

She can make and sell art along the way.

She can make and sell art along the way.
03-05-19, 06:05 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,637
Posted By Bikesplendor

There are dogs that can be carried pretty easily.

There are dogs that can be carried pretty easily.
03-05-19, 04:30 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,637
Posted By Bikesplendor

Can you make money with your art? What kind of...

Can you make money with your art? What kind of art do you do? I've been an artist, and there are ways of doing it.

If you stay on quiet backroads, the dog might be okay. What kind of dog? Are you...
03-05-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,570
Posted By Bikesplendor

I wanted to express my appreciation for this....

I wanted to express my appreciation for this. Interesting stuff. It's what I was hoping to find with the original post.

Some people just seem to have more of an engineering mindset and...
03-05-19, 11:55 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 7,113
Posted By Bikesplendor

I'm not sure this has been mentioned: The bike...

I'm not sure this has been mentioned: The bike world is full of psychological traps that can become expensive. Clever marketing becomes a form of hypnosis. For susceptible people, it can result in a...
Forum: Touring
03-05-19, 10:34 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 8,265
Posted By Bikesplendor

Which animals kill the most humans? National...

Which animals kill the most humans? National Geographic has listed the top five. Can you guess what the animals are, and the number of deaths per year? Interesting to give it a shot. Some surprises...
03-05-19, 09:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 647
Posted By Bikesplendor

Hubs from Bikesdirect — Specific and Shortfalls

Often mentioned in these forums is that Bikesdirect cuts corners in order to sell bikes for less, and hubs are one area where they do this. But I haven't seen the specifics. Where, exactly,...
03-05-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,375
Posted By Bikesplendor

Park Tools' bicycle greases are, iirc, polyurea...

Park Tools' bicycle greases are, iirc, polyurea based. When I compared Park to Lucas, they looked identical, and I suspect they are.
03-05-19, 07:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,375
Posted By Bikesplendor

A meaningful difference, for some, is the...

A meaningful difference, for some, is the longevity of the grease. Polyurea greases last substantially longer than most. They are recommended for applications in which service intervals are long or...
03-04-19, 02:37 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,927
Posted By Bikesplendor

Freedom.

Freedom.
Forum: Framebuilders
03-04-19, 02:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,610
Posted By Bikesplendor

Premium Steels — How Much Have They Changed Since the 1990s?

Hoping there might be some people here who are familiar enough with the steels used in bike frames to answer this. If you were building frames (road, gravel, mountain, touring frames) with the...
Forum: Touring
03-04-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,354
Posted By Bikesplendor

Or figure out what you are doing, why you are...

Or figure out what you are doing, why you are doing it, and what is really worth doing with your finite free time. Before it's over and you never did figure it out.
Forum: Touring
03-04-19, 01:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 972
Posted By Bikesplendor

If there are glaciers or snow available, that's...

If there are glaciers or snow available, that's another option. There are portable distillation devices that would take care of heavy metals and minerals. Also, it's a very different situation when...
Forum: Touring
03-04-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,608
Posted By Bikesplendor

I prefer the Cosmo.

I prefer the Cosmo.
03-04-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 7,113
Posted By Bikesplendor

You can begin and end a ride from home. ...

You can begin and end a ride from home.

"Performance" is another unexamined box.
Forum: Touring
03-04-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,237
Posted By Bikesplendor

This guy has a lot of experience with drones and...

This guy has a lot of experience with drones and with photography, and he brings up some good points,

https://youtu.be/J5CIw15efS8
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