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Forum: Touring
06-01-21, 02:27 PM
Replies: 61
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Posted By philbob57

I agree. The only thing I'd change is to say...

I agree. The only thing I'd change is to say 'rotate the bars clockwise,' but that's just another way of saying the same thing. Try it out ... it's a lot easier to adjust the tilt of the 'bars than...
Forum: Touring
06-01-21, 10:56 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By Cougrrcj

For handlebar positioning - To me it looks like...

For handlebar positioning - To me it looks like you might want to rotate the bars forward a bit - making the 'drops' angle downward to put less strain on the wrists when in that position. That said,...
Forum: Touring
06-01-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By djb

Nice that you checked back in, but most...

Nice that you checked back in, but most importantly that you enjoyed it and want to do some more.
Doesn't matter about how far or how long, main thing is that you did it and figured out stuff from...
Forum: Touring
05-28-21, 04:17 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By Cougrrcj

Cycle touring isn't racing. No need for...

Cycle touring isn't racing. No need for form-fitting lycra jersey or shorts while on tour - OR going to get groceries.

40+ years ago, I rode many a century ride wearing 'regular' shorts. I...
Forum: Touring
05-28-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By pdlamb

Wear what you want to wear, certainly. But I'm...

Wear what you want to wear, certainly. But I'm not at all sure there's much commonality between clothing for a bicycle tourist riding 40-60 miles a day and a Belgian housewife riding 1 km to the...
Forum: Touring
05-28-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By Lambkin55

Ride half as far as you can the first few days.

Ride half as far as you can the first few days.
Forum: Touring
05-28-21, 05:40 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By djb

You gotta love the anonymous internet, either she...

You gotta love the anonymous internet, either she didn't take bear spray and got eaten by a bear, or maybe simply didn't go in the end.

not a peep unfortunately, which is a shame. It is nice...
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 06:29 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By Cougrrcj

My first 'tour' was over 40 years ago when I rode...

My first 'tour' was over 40 years ago when I rode from Cleveland to Milwaukee/Madison then back. Waaaay back before internet. I looked at the map(s) before I left and that was that. well, maybe I...
Forum: Touring
05-23-21, 05:14 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I did a lot of camping (canoeing, kayaking,...

I did a lot of camping (canoeing, kayaking, backpacking) before I started bike touring. Worked in a bike shop as a mechanic years ago, so I knew bike stuff well enough, I built up my touring bikes...
Forum: Touring
05-22-21, 08:16 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By TCollen

... and with fitted clothing, if you add a cape...

... and with fitted clothing, if you add a cape you'll look like a super hero. But joking aside, if your "baggy street clothes" are comfortable, then go ahead and wear them. That's what 200,000,000...
Forum: Touring
05-22-21, 03:49 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By veganbikes

The one tip is DON'T BRING SO MUCH GODDAMN FOOD!...

The one tip is DON'T BRING SO MUCH GODDAMN FOOD! I hauled a kid trailer and we loaded that sucker up like we were going to be out for weeks because we figured we would want to eat more but it was so...
Forum: Touring
05-21-21, 04:30 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By djb

I seriously considered getting a Terry bike for...

I seriously considered getting a Terry bike for my wife a bunch of years ago, with the smaller front wheel. Even had a nice conversation on the phone with Ms Terry herself trying to figure out if any...
Forum: Touring
05-21-21, 04:30 AM
Forum: Touring
05-20-21, 05:53 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By indyfabz

IDK. Iíve encountered park bathrooms that have...

IDK. Iíve encountered park bathrooms that have left me wanting to use the bushes or even the side of the road. :D
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 08:37 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By indyfabz

If it could be wet/snowy and/or cold, Iím taking...

If it could be wet/snowy and/or cold, Iím taking rain/cold weather gear even if I may not end up needing it.
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 01:49 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By mrv

lighten up

don't take more than you'll use.
- except for a few tools you'll hope you don't need (chain tool, tube, tire levers, etc)
- except for a small first aid kit (Benedril, immodium AD -- really hopin'...
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 01:43 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By Ghazmh

If you ride by a park and see a porta-potty stop...

If you ride by a park and see a porta-potty stop and use it, even if you donít need to! The next one may be another 6 hours away.
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By Brett A

Being from New England and doing my fist tour out...

Being from New England and doing my fist tour out west, goat head thorns are the only thing that took me by surprise. (There is no vegetation in the northeast that can damage a bicycle)

However,...
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 01:06 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By fourfa

Huh, fitted cycling clothing is far more...

Huh, fitted cycling clothing is far more comfortable than baggy street clothes for long days in the saddle. Almost makes you wonder if, you know, it’s designed for that purpose

But whatever, if...
Forum: Touring
05-18-21, 11:11 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By MAK

Do you carry CO2 or a pump? I carry both. CO2...

Do you carry CO2 or a pump? I carry both. CO2 is easy, quick and not strenuous. The pump is because you can never run out of air
Forum: Touring
05-18-21, 10:07 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By MarcusT

For me: Don't try to look like a pro cyclist....

For me: Don't try to look like a pro cyclist. Forget the lycra outfits and sponsored jerseys. Wear comfortable, baggy clothes and any comfortable shoes you want.
Forum: Touring
05-18-21, 06:10 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By JaccoW

The hypothermia story brought me back to this...

The hypothermia story brought me back to this Radavist post (https://theradavist.com/2021/02/the-hypothermics/) about two guys who cycled up a mountain in winter but got hypothermia on the way down...
Forum: Touring
05-17-21, 07:42 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By RohloffRoller

What tip do you wish you had been given

What others have said, don't take too much stuff BUT have enough warm clothing to avoid hypothermia.
In a hypothermic emergency just pitch your tent and get into your sleeping bag asap

Mike
Forum: Touring
05-17-21, 01:36 PM
Forum: Touring
05-17-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By Jbarcs

Ride your bike fully loaded and find every...

Ride your bike fully loaded and find every expected kind of grade for trial rides. On my first tour... a seven day ride... I was on a familiar bike but with panniers and bar bag (Ortlieb like yours)...
Forum: Touring
05-13-21, 03:22 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By Lazyass

A travel pack of baby wipes and a small cloth to...

A travel pack of baby wipes and a small cloth to dry your hands. Just to clean your face off when you're taking a break/go in a store or clean your hands if you work on the bike. Can also be used to...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By RandomlyWest

Learn to read a map really well, and get a map...

Learn to read a map really well, and get a map that shows elevation changes/grades.

On an early tour, I had a simple map and I did not read it well. The first 50 miles of the first day were flat...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By Bassmanbob

I've done two very short test tours. One was two...

I've done two very short test tours. One was two days/one night and the other was three days/two nights. They both were in Florida's hot weather. I can't emphasize enough to properly hydrate...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By mark d

I have all of one tour under my belt. C&o canal...

I have all of one tour under my belt. C&o canal last year. Will be doing it again starting next Monday. I also brought too much stuff. In my case tools and liquor. Crank puller ? Really ? Daughter...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By robow

I agree, a small ziplock baggie containing...

I agree, a small ziplock baggie containing various size zip ties, gorilla tape, screws and nuts, and a few feet of strong para cord can solve a whole lot of problems.
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 10:41 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By fettsvenska

Don't trust anyone but yourself with the...

Don't trust anyone but yourself with the operating condition of your bike. Even though you are having your bike checked out by your LBS, they will not necessarily check every single bolt or mounting...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By gauvins

Our daughter once got onset hypothermia...

Our daughter once got onset hypothermia (uncontrolled shivering) during what was supposed to be a benign ride back to base camp, in the middle of July somewhere in Western Europe -- heavy downpour...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By Altair 4

In my case, it would have been: "Despite the...

In my case, it would have been: "Despite the forecast, the weather will do what it will do." My first tour was three days and the weather was predicted to be absolutely perfect even the night I...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By timdow

If I only get one tip, I will re-state a...

If I only get one tip, I will re-state a recurring statement: Don't overpack. The most important items to take are ones that you can't get on the road.... glasses, prescriptions, CC's/ID, etc. I now...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By djb

this may go without saying, but given that you...

this may go without saying, but given that you are leaving in a few days, on a new to you bike, that a bike store has quote "checked over", it would be wise to pack your panniers, stick them on and...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 08:01 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By staehpj1

I am curious what you would include in that...

I am curious what you would include in that category. It isn't something that comes to mind for me when packing. Anything I ever took that fit that category either got sent home or was probably...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By djb

My first trip was on a 12 speed (6 gears at back)...

My first trip was on a 12 speed (6 gears at back) with a double crank, your '88 bike is probably a 5 speed, but probably has a triple, so maybe less walking up hills, so hey it will work, even if...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By pdlamb

Just two nights, have fun. (Take chocolate!) ...

Just two nights, have fun. (Take chocolate!)

Longer than that, figure out where the post offices are on your route that'll have boxes. You can load a lot of stuff into a large priority mail box...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By indyfabz

Define ďsafety.Ē For example, is rain gear within...

Define ďsafety.Ē For example, is rain gear within your definition? I may not use mine every day, but itís sure nice to have for rainy days.
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 06:45 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By IPassGas

Nothing really, bring stuff to have fun. Good to...

Nothing really, bring stuff to have fun. Good to start as you are on a short trip to figure things out. My 1st tour was on a similar bike in late '70s. 2 years ago, we did a long tour in Pacific NW....
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 06:41 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By GhostRider62

Lay your stuff out on the carpet. Ask yourself...

Lay your stuff out on the carpet. Ask yourself if you will use an item every day. If not, is it a safety or repair/maintenance item? If no to both, ditch it.
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 06:25 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By JaccoW

Reminds me of my first short solo tour last...

Reminds me of my first short solo tour last november. The first day I wanted to get some mileage in and planned nearly 130km (80 miles) of riding.

That day turned out to be hilly, wet, with a...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 06:22 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By andrewclaus

1) Pack for the trip you want to go on. If you...

1) Pack for the trip you want to go on. If you like camping, pack a lot of camping gear. If you like cycling, pack less camping gear and the cycling part will be more fun.

2) All the clothing you...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 04:34 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By saddlesores

take. less. stuff. you're only gonna be...

take.
less.
stuff.

you're only gonna be gone for two days, so you can probably get by with
about half of what you've got laid out on the couch.

the ride is longer than you thought, there's...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By robow

Excellent question. I'm sure the responses will...

Excellent question. I'm sure the responses will be well thought out and all over the place.

My 2 cents....Keep your daily mileages reasonable, error on the low side at first. Just because you've...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 05:57 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By indyfabz

Make sure your wheels are up to the task of...

Make sure your wheels are up to the task of carrying your load.

The two pieces of very helpful advice I got re: issues I did not consider were bring a warm hat and a good flashlight.
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 04:06 PM
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 03:46 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By bikemig

Have a great time! Bring more than one spare...

Have a great time!

Bring more than one spare tube. Bring what you need to boot a tire. You can improvise with most mechanical issues, but you're going nowhere fast without air in the tires.
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By staehpj1

My first tour was the Trans America. I wish I...

My first tour was the Trans America. I wish I had been taught all about goat head thorns, Where they grow, what the plants look like, how to avoid them.
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,810
Posted By mstateglfr

dont overpack. its easy to prepare for anything...

dont overpack. its easy to prepare for anything and everything, and its tough to accept the odds arent good that you will need all that stuff.
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