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09-20-12, 11:16 AM
Replies: 1,799
Views: 320,317
Posted By naisme

Please tell us your age. A month away from 54. ...

Please tell us your age. A month away from 54.

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
Surly Steamroller 48x16 single speed, and fixed, mostly freewheeling these days.
Surly Long Haul...
08-25-12, 11:54 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,509
Posted By naisme

Earlier this summer I thought it might have made...

Earlier this summer I thought it might have made a difference when I put in my resume that I left a company to ride a tour along the Mississippi. I also explained in the interview that I have been...
08-25-12, 11:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,084
Posted By naisme

I had always thought my family rather open to my...

I had always thought my family rather open to my riding and commuting by bike. For a year now I have been car free, and it's never been a concern until this morning. The last Saturday of the month we...
Forum: Touring
08-02-12, 01:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 831
Posted By naisme

I did not follow the MRT but did ride along the...

I did not follow the MRT but did ride along the Mississippi last summer from Minneapolis to St. Louis. I took the WI side of the river. It is very bike friendly on that side of the river. There are...
Forum: Touring
04-27-12, 11:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 721
Posted By naisme

Anyone ride the Cowboy trail in NE?

Have the touring bug again and the Cowboy Trail outside of Norfolk NE to Valentine, doesn't seem to be one whole trail like the KATY, but still looks like a fun tour. Anyone ever give it a shot?
Forum: Touring
04-27-12, 11:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 613
Posted By naisme

I lived in Ft. Collins a long time ago, it's cool...

I lived in Ft. Collins a long time ago, it's cool to see a bike path along the Poudre. We used to drive up to the pass to hike and Cross country ski.

May have to return to CO to see family and...
Forum: Commuting
04-27-12, 11:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 943
Posted By naisme

Has commuting by bike hampered your job search?

Being met with some opposition to being a commuter while looking for employment. It seems future employers are hesitant to take on a qualified employee because they don't have "reliable...
04-27-12, 10:46 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,046
Posted By naisme

Finding work's been difficult

I've been car free for a year now. Last summer I took off on to tour along the Mississippi, and across MO. I decided to come home when I got to KC and Joplin had been hit by the tornadoes. Since...
Forum: Touring
05-10-11, 01:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 371
Posted By naisme

Have made it to Kewanee, IL, about 40 miles north...

Have made it to Kewanee, IL, about 40 miles north of Peoria. Another zero day in the state park, it's hot and windy. The winds along the Hennipen Canal bike path were in my face about 20, and I...
Forum: Touring
05-05-11, 01:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 371
Posted By naisme

Got my wheel out the door!

Yep, I am on the road. I am checking in from Cassville, WI. None of the training I did prepared me for the endless ups and downs of the Mississippi bluff country. This is a great route with some...
Forum: Touring
04-27-11, 04:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,157
Posted By naisme

This is my debate at the moment, do I want to...

This is my debate at the moment, do I want to haul my MacBook or an iPad? iPad's are more compact and would do just about everything I do with the MacBook but edit pictures, and video. I don't...
Forum: Touring
04-27-11, 04:12 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 213
Posted By naisme

Oh yeah, Mount Rushmore Memorial Day weekend.

Could this be a nightmare? Campgrounds full? Hotels full? Do you skip those big holiday weekends and tourist hot spots? My tour plans look like I'll be in the vicinity that week. I'll try to...
Forum: Touring
04-25-11, 06:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 309
Posted By naisme

Been packing and repacking the panniers trying to...

Been packing and repacking the panniers trying to even out the load, or get 40 % over the front wheel and 60% over the rear. Then the stuff I'll need quick access to on the side of the bike I get...
Forum: Touring
04-25-11, 08:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 311
Posted By naisme

Coordinating your tour with other's schedules

This question arose over the ham on Easter, "When are you going to be in the Black Hills?" Seems my brother and his family are taking a week off in June to go to a favorite spot on the planet. I...
Forum: Touring
04-23-11, 11:14 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,141
Posted By naisme

There's too much going on to get bored on the...

There's too much going on to get bored on the bike. I LOVE riding, so like nancy sv I have no idea what being bored is. I get in a zone, and the mind slips away, but I don't think that's being...
Forum: Touring
04-23-11, 10:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 309
Posted By naisme

Breath... Dailing it in.

Today's events, pack and repack. Then hang everything on the bike, ride it, redo. I have forgotten how a loaded bike handles, and this isn't quite everything.

Breath.

Futzed with the saddle,...
Forum: Touring
04-22-11, 01:54 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,854
Posted By naisme

Been packing and unpacking, working out the...

Been packing and unpacking, working out the inventory, and space considerations.

The LHT has been changed, have the dark green Brooks now, added aerobars and front rack, and Surly stainless steel...
Forum: Touring
04-22-11, 12:27 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,854
Posted By naisme

Said good bye to an old friend today. My van was...

Said good bye to an old friend today. My van was hauled off to be junked. I haven't driven it 2 months, the brakes were shot and the shock towers in the wheel wells were rusted out, the repair was...
04-22-11, 11:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 456
Posted By naisme

Just junked my van. I am finally car free...

I didn't drive all winter, haven't really driven the van at all, 'cept some really nasty weather, but the brakes went out and I quit driving all together. Rather than new tabs and another month's...
Forum: Touring
04-20-11, 08:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,111
Posted By naisme

Great story! Looking forward to this on my...

Great story!
Looking forward to this on my trip. Been watching the weather, wondering what May will be bring, it snowed here this morning, fun riding in it, cause it wasn't sticking to the trail. ...
Forum: Touring
04-20-11, 04:11 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,854
Posted By naisme

I so enjoy this. Thanks everyone. It's way...

I so enjoy this. Thanks everyone. It's way early this morning, and the snow that's suppose to be falling isn't yet. I have the final touches to take on in the apartment, and almost a week to go. ...
Forum: Touring
04-18-11, 10:11 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,854
Posted By naisme

I really have been at this hard for some time...

I really have been at this hard for some time now. I look back at my post in 05, and the advice and support are phenomenal, those posts got me here to be able to say I am nervous as hell. I have no...
Forum: Touring
04-18-11, 09:40 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,854
Posted By naisme

I just searched the DB and found an old post...

I just searched the DB and found an old post about the same time 6 years ago, 04-16-05 to be exact... Same thoughts, same feelings, same churning of the gut.
Forum: Touring
04-18-11, 09:16 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,854
Posted By naisme

Help! Date gets closer, chickening out becomes an option...

I am crazy... I am going to check into a psyche ward...
Okay, I'm a bright intelligent guy. I enjoy cycling, I enjoy travel, I enjoy bike touring. I have several "tours" under my belt, but as the...
Forum: Touring
04-18-11, 08:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,391
Posted By naisme

I enjoyed reading this, cause, while I didn't go...

I enjoyed reading this, cause, while I didn't go out on a "short tour" I did go out on a 45 mile ride, and got beat up by the wind, then sat in the apartment contemplating my upcoming tour, and my...
Forum: Touring
04-13-11, 10:56 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,187
Posted By naisme

I hadn't given this much thought, I will be...

I hadn't given this much thought, I will be washing clothing, so this would be a place to set up and charge the extra batteries I will/can carry. Hmm, wonder if this would allow me to bring along...
04-13-11, 10:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,168
Posted By naisme

How sad, sorry for the loss...

How sad, sorry for the loss...
Forum: Touring
04-12-11, 10:42 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,187
Posted By naisme

Great thread. I have been debating this for my...

Great thread. I have been debating this for my open ended tour coming up. My biggest concern with the DSLRs, since I plan to go bare boned budget, is the battery charging. Have yet to find a solar...
03-13-11, 10:12 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,104
Posted By naisme

ROFLOL, me too. I have been commuting into a...

ROFLOL, me too.

I have been commuting into a westerly wind, the past couple days the snow has been melting and puddling on the bike path, then at night when I have a tail wind on the way home, I...
Forum: Touring
03-10-11, 10:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,001
Posted By naisme

Thanks for posting, as I am gong over the...

Thanks for posting, as I am gong over the inventory for my extended trip, wondering what I need and don't. I must not have put the "right" key words in, as my search of the forum revealed nothing.
...
03-07-11, 08:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 641
Posted By naisme

I have not riden RAGBRAI, but that might be...

I have not riden RAGBRAI, but that might be something to do. I work part time at a bike shop where the owner takes off and rides RAGBRAI. Zion looks like a blast, and i'd forgotten about MOAB. ...
Forum: Touring
03-07-11, 07:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 684
Posted By naisme

I enjoyed the just do it before you get to where...

I enjoyed the just do it before you get to where you can't. I wanted to a couple years ago, when i lost my mother, my best friend and my job, but it didn't feel right, but ever since i keep coming...
03-07-11, 08:15 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,542
Posted By naisme

Yep, add me to the list. I learned a lot at my...

Yep, add me to the list. I learned a lot at my first "job." How to change oil, plugs, tires, stuff I still do, that my old man didn't think i could do. Enjoyed it in the summer, hated it in the...
03-06-11, 08:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 754
Posted By naisme

Ride at least five days a week, commute 10 miles,...

Ride at least five days a week, commute 10 miles, and when the weather changes, its get out and ride, I have some favorite loops here in the Twin Cities, and I bike tour during the summer months.
03-06-11, 08:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 508
Posted By naisme

I was hoping for a change over last week, but...

I was hoping for a change over last week, but there is more snow in the forecast, and we usually get dumped on when the high school tournaments for basketball and hockey start up, so there's more...
03-06-11, 08:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,148
Posted By naisme

I started riding fixed in 2000, it was a craze,...

I started riding fixed in 2000, it was a craze, and I liked it. I was riding a huge 52x16, it was like being a freight train, take forever to get to speed and forever to brake. Then I started...
03-06-11, 07:56 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,488
Posted By naisme

Yep. I lived on top of Marshal Ridge Rd, in New...

Yep. I lived on top of Marshal Ridge Rd, in New Canaan, CT, it's a big hill to be riding an old Schwinn converted coaster bike (converted to look like a Stingray, with Ape hanger bars and a banana...
03-06-11, 07:45 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,290
Posted By naisme

That's one tall frame!

That's one tall frame!
03-06-11, 07:42 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,290
Posted By naisme

Just picked up an old Road Ace for riding through...

Just picked up an old Road Ace for riding through the muck of spring. I like to ride fixed gear so that lessens the failure of parts in the spring weather. I ride with fenders, at least off the...
03-06-11, 07:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 641
Posted By naisme

My "Bucket List Tour"

Okay, I'm in my early 50s (yea I made it), I am single, no kids, wife, girlfriend, career that are keeping me where I am. I have for sometime been thinking of going off on a tour to end all tours,...
Forum: Touring
03-06-11, 07:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 598
Posted By naisme

I like to plan, but the planning isn't so...

I like to plan, but the planning isn't so micromanaged. I would like to go out this way, but if it doesn't work then this way, sort of thing, have the alternatives weighed out in advance. And plan...
Forum: Touring
03-03-11, 11:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 598
Posted By naisme

There are a couple irons in the fire, a couple...

There are a couple irons in the fire, a couple jobs that I have applications in, and if they pan out I won't be taking off on an ultra tour, if they don't I've been working on a uber tour for some...
Forum: Touring
03-03-11, 10:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 598
Posted By naisme

Time lines

Okay, I have picked a date. It's about 60 days in the future, if things don't pan out. So I have to ask the seasoned tourers here, what is your time line. When do you call to turn off the...
07-11-10, 04:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 880
Posted By naisme

Having just had a similar experience, a 55 mile...

Having just had a similar experience, a 55 mile ride after which I sacked out on the couch when my legs cramped. Holy cow, pain. Did some research online about cramping and long rides, there isn't...
07-11-10, 04:22 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,051
Posted By naisme

Just think in 20 years Lance will join us on this...

Just think in 20 years Lance will join us on this forum and recant tales of his last TDF.
07-11-10, 03:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 828
Posted By naisme

I want to thank all the thoughts, I'm still...

I want to thank all the thoughts, I'm still pondering the repair, but some of the suggestions I have done in the past. I have had two "junkers" hauled to the impound lot and ignored their demands,...
07-09-10, 11:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 828
Posted By naisme

When you made that final break with your "car" what did you do with it?

I currently have a van sitting in a parking spot behind the apartment building. It has sat there since early January. It doesn't turn over, something about a battery might be dead? I ride to work...
Forum: Touring
05-28-10, 10:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 441
Posted By naisme

luck

luck
Forum: Touring
05-26-10, 09:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,432
Posted By naisme

I own two Brooks B-17s, one tan one green, the...

I own two Brooks B-17s, one tan one green, the tan one seems to be the better of the two saddles, and rode all last summer on it, but I wanted to use this green, and it has been a pain most of my...
Forum: Touring
05-26-10, 09:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,691
Posted By naisme

Armed with all the information, I'm off to LBS,...

Armed with all the information, I'm off to LBS, and start haggling...
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