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Forum: Touring
04-27-21, 09:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 978
Posted By arctos

El Capitan State Beach to close 9/1/2021 for One Year

From the Santa Barbara Independent Paper 4/14/2021:
"Coastal campers, here’s the bad news: El Capitán State Beach is going to completely close for about one year starting on September 1, 2021....
Forum: Touring
12-20-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,802
Posted By arctos

This thread reminded me of my touring setup in...

This thread reminded me of my touring setup in 1986 on a trip through the Andes of Ecuador.
Two small lowrider mounted panniers up front and a Gregory Day and ½ pack sitting up right on the rear...
Forum: Touring
06-18-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,152
Posted By arctos

When i lived in N.W. Montana in the early 1980's...

When i lived in N.W. Montana in the early 1980's I met a bike tourist heading East. He was complaining about the hot temperatures. I told him to wait a few minutes. A long heavy hail storm dumped on...
Forum: Touring
05-17-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,897
Posted By arctos

I have ridden the Oregon and California coasts on...

I have ridden the Oregon and California coasts on an early Santana road tandem with four panniers for self-contained camping.
Your rear wheel has quality components that (if built properly) should...
Forum: Touring
04-07-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,141
Posted By arctos

Several years ago I researched and bought a...

Several years ago I researched and bought a Luxury Lite/ now Thermarest Cot. The assembly was easy. Compact when stored. Although I was within the weight limits by a large margin I had support poles...
Forum: Touring
04-07-20, 12:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,020
Posted By arctos

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x2000/gatewood_open_2000x_bf9e81d3a3dc575347f48bc98c8810cd29aa59d7.jpg
Gatewood Cape setup fromSMD site

You mention a preference for a...
Forum: Touring
07-27-17, 12:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,287
Posted By arctos

I gave up on United (or as I call them the Untied...

I gave up on United (or as I call them the Untied Airlines) when they lost my tandem for two days on a direct flight. They "found" the tandem and delivered it unharmed but would not tell me where it...
Forum: Touring
07-10-17, 10:34 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,432
Posted By arctos

Nice photos and write up about some of my...

Nice photos and write up about some of my favorite places in NW Montana. i lived in a log cabin off the Blue Slide Road next to the Cabinet Wilderness in the early 1980's. So many logging road routes...
Forum: Touring
06-07-17, 11:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,453
Posted By arctos

32F - (70-35F) equals -3F then divided by 2...

32F - (70-35F) equals -3F then divided by 2 equals -1.5*F
Forum: Touring
06-06-17, 07:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,453
Posted By arctos

Quilt Layering Temperature Formula The formula...

Quilt Layering Temperature Formula
The formula I have always used and found pretty reliable is:

x -(70 – y)/2 = z

x = higher rated/lower degree bag/quilt
y = lower rated/higher degree...
Forum: Touring
06-04-17, 01:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,453
Posted By arctos

Consider using a Climashield Apex synthetic quilt...

Consider using a Climashield Apex synthetic quilt with an adjustable foot box over your down bag such as the one I use from MLD (https://mountainlaureldesigns.com/product/spirit-quilt-48/). Weighs...
Forum: Touring
05-31-17, 12:11 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 10,576
Posted By arctos

I confess without embarrassment to a long history...

I confess without embarrassment to a long history of using wood burning and alcohol stoves under safe/legal and appropriate conditions on bike, ski and kayak tours over the last fifty plus years. The...
Forum: Touring
05-07-17, 10:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,739
Posted By arctos

I will quote myself - Apparently habits and...

I will quote myself - Apparently habits and preconceived notions do not like to be challenged.

- And rest my case as sarcasm is a poor exchange for an experience shared.
Forum: Touring
05-07-17, 05:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,739
Posted By arctos

This thread reminds me of the responses of other...

This thread reminds me of the responses of other kayak tourers in the Queen Charlotte Islands to seeing the 60 inch golf umbrella I carried. Ridicule, laughter and derision flowed until I used it as...
Forum: Touring
05-06-17, 10:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,739
Posted By arctos

I use a dry bag stuffer on top of the rear rack...

I use a dry bag stuffer on top of the rear rack and use the nylon strap holding the dry bag to hold the umbrella in place but accessible.

Yes. There are other sources of the same umbrella such...
Forum: Touring
05-06-17, 07:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,739
Posted By arctos

I use an aluminized umbrella on tour for shade...

I use an aluminized umbrella on tour for shade and/or rain protection when I stop in shadeless places for a drink or lunch. It is eight ounces. The same design is available at Six Moon Designs...
Forum: Touring
02-07-17, 05:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 10,469
Posted By arctos

I rode the Divide Ride on a rigid bike using...

I rode the Divide Ride on a rigid bike using 700x47mm Schwalbe tires. Had to adjust air pressure for worst sand and washboard sections. Weight of equipment was 18 pounds. Most weight up front in two...
Forum: Touring
11-25-16, 08:22 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,894
Posted By arctos

I prepare for every tour to be completely...

I prepare for every tour to be completely self-sufficient even when expecting to tour with others. Then if someone bails out due to injury, family emergency or even a change of mind, I can proceed...
Forum: Touring
11-20-16, 04:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,719
Posted By arctos

Ten years ago I had a 12 inch by 24 inch rack top...

Ten years ago I had a 12 inch by 24 inch rack top stuffer made with six outside side pockets, a rear positioned reflective triangle and slot for a flashing rear light in the center of the triangle....
Forum: Touring
10-31-16, 01:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,220
Posted By arctos

Long ago I researched 4 season tents as Max did...

Long ago I researched 4 season tents as Max did for some more demanding trips I had planned. I chose the Stephenson's Warmlite 2R tent.
It was light and compact at 3# 12 oz. Easy to set up with...
Forum: Touring
10-17-16, 10:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,828
Posted By arctos

I long ago came to prefer the weight up front in...

I long ago came to prefer the weight up front in panniers supplemented only by a dry bag stuffer on top of the rear rack for bulky things. I initially started with everything on the rear rack. I soon...
Forum: Touring
10-11-16, 09:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,662
Posted By arctos

Amtrak rolls out train-side check-in for bicycles...

Amtrak rolls out train-side check-in for bicycles on its L.A.-Seattle route - LA Times (http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-tr-amtrak-bicycle-program-coast-starlight-20161006-snap-story.html)
...
Forum: Touring
08-25-16, 04:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,883
Posted By arctos

Do look at the MLD Spirit Quilt...

Do look at the MLD Spirit Quilt (http://www.mountainlaureldesigns.com/shop/product_info.php?cPath=42&products_id=133) 28,38 and 48F degree versions. I bought the lowest temperature one four years ago...
Forum: Touring
08-20-16, 03:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,627
Posted By arctos

Arkel Seatpacker 15 Review by PathLess Pedaled ...

Arkel Seatpacker 15 Review by PathLess Pedaled

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahzJks2DGPE&ab_channel=PathLessPedaled
Forum: Touring
07-29-16, 03:21 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,114
Posted By arctos

In reading this thread I was struck by the First...

In reading this thread I was struck by the First or Developed World nature of the problem exhibited. First Worlders have the luxury to make these lifestyle choices. The majority of the world's...
Forum: Touring
07-25-16, 03:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,579
Posted By arctos

Ian Hibell, Dervla Murphy, Bettina Selby, Lloyd...

Ian Hibell, Dervla Murphy, Bettina Selby, Lloyd Sumner, Barbara Savage have all written inspirational bike travel books. Great cross cultural perspectives with many stereotypes often shattered for...
Forum: Touring
06-30-16, 09:29 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,491
Posted By arctos

I lived in NW Montana for several years. My...

I lived in NW Montana for several years. My isolated log cabin was adjacent to the Cabinet Wilderness. Disruptive grizzlies from Yellowstone and Glacier NPs were released into that wilderness during...
Forum: Touring
06-27-16, 09:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 755
Posted By arctos

You should try the bag in the store. That is the...

You should try the bag in the store. That is the only way to be sure.
You are slightly longer when the body relaxes to sleep. Likely you will compress the down if you stretch out in the bag and...
Forum: Touring
06-27-16, 09:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,327
Posted By arctos

The Thudbuster is the better choice for the...

The Thudbuster is the better choice for the Divide Ride. The parallelogram movement keeps you in the same up and down position relative to the pedals. Using appropriate elastomers for your weight and...
Forum: Touring
06-26-16, 04:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,327
Posted By arctos

My suspension seat post experience is quite...

My suspension seat post experience is quite different from "spinnaker" above. There are many poor quality suspension posts. Often they are noisy, ineffective, self destruct quickly or have...
Forum: Touring
06-13-16, 07:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,878
Posted By arctos

The TR X-Therm pas has worked very well for me....

The TR X-Therm pas has worked very well for me. The heat retention allows me to use a lighter quilt at lower temperatures. Some noise but seemed to lessen with use.
Forum: Touring
06-08-16, 06:37 PM
Replies: 566
Views: 33,375
Posted By arctos

Thanks for the unexpected response. Sorry to have...

Thanks for the unexpected response. Sorry to have violated some unwritten rule about subject, length and content.

It was merely my story of my touring bike choices over a long period of time. A...
Forum: Touring
06-07-16, 07:35 PM
Replies: 566
Views: 33,375
Posted By arctos

I have to disagree with the title premise of this...

I have to disagree with the title premise of this thread. Almost 50 years ago I spent $100 on a French Gitane road bike. It was a bottom level bike but sturdy and functional for my needs.
A year...
Forum: Touring
06-02-16, 09:05 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,001
Posted By arctos

Decades ago when first touring I stopped to get...

Decades ago when first touring I stopped to get water at a house. The owner in his late 80's in his rocking chair talked while I filled my water bottles. He kept repeating, "i wish I had; Too bad i...
Forum: Touring
05-10-16, 12:06 AM
Replies: 320
Views: 38,956
Posted By arctos

Two medium volume Robert Beckman front panniers...

Two medium volume Robert Beckman front panniers only, on high mount Bruce Gordon Mountain Rack plus a dry bag stuffer on top of rear rack for bulkier sleep,shelter and clothing.The same setup I have...
Forum: Touring
05-09-16, 07:44 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 38,956
Posted By arctos

I have toured off pavement between many of the...

I have toured off pavement between many of the points the site mentioned in Baja Norte. Riding in the Sierra De Juarez mountains in the North, a 47mm/1.75 tire worked well except in the sandiest...
Forum: Touring
04-28-16, 12:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,694
Posted By arctos

I place most weight up front on a high front rack...

I place most weight up front on a high front rack (BG MTN Rack) with a dry bag on rear rack top for lighter bulkier items and prefer this for off pavement touring. This protects the rear wheel from...
Forum: Touring
04-28-16, 12:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,248
Posted By arctos

I use the identical Evac Drybag on top of my rear...

I use the identical Evac Drybag on top of my rear rack. Excellent product. From kayak and canoe touring experience I use the roll down method mentioned above: " 1 and 2 and 3 and Snap!"

Usable...
Forum: Touring
04-25-16, 10:35 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 15,253
Posted By arctos

Every time this fender question appeared over the...

Every time this fender question appeared over the last decade i have given the same answer:

I put fenders on every bike. They have kept me quite clean and dry. And my drivetrains seem to last...
Forum: Touring
03-01-16, 04:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 939
Posted By arctos

Some of those S. American capitals are between...

Some of those S. American capitals are between 3000 and 4000 meters. A 20F bag was survivable at 5000 meters in Ecuador on the flank of Chimborazo. One more layer would have been helpful or a...
Forum: Touring
02-29-16, 08:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 19,293
Posted By arctos

Max: Do the same handling problems exist...

Max:
Do the same handling problems exist without the handlebar bag weight forward of the steering axis and front axle? My experience is that such high and forward weight degrades handling at slow...
Forum: Touring
01-28-16, 12:22 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 16,450
Posted By arctos

I add fenders and mud flaps to each bike I buy....

I add fenders and mud flaps to each bike I buy. My drivetrains seem to last much longer in my experience using fenders.

The choice of always using fenders and mud flaps was reinforced over 30...
Forum: Touring
01-25-16, 08:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,435
Posted By arctos

Plus 1 on the Revelate Terrapin Saddle Bag. More...

Plus 1 on the Revelate Terrapin Saddle Bag. More convenient to load and unload than the original Viscacha design. Just pull out or insert the dry bag to unload or load.
Forum: Touring
01-21-16, 04:01 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,081
Posted By arctos

If a poncho liner interests you, look at the...

If a poncho liner interests you, look at the updated version offered by Kifaru called the Woobie. https://store.kifaru.net/woobie-p72.aspx . I bought the original one which was too short for me. A...
Forum: Touring
01-05-16, 01:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 843
Posted By arctos

While heading toward Sandpoint, Idaho on Hwy 200,...

While heading toward Sandpoint, Idaho on Hwy 200, about two miles outside Thompson Falls, MT take the Blue Slide Road, State hwy 472 which is a paved narrow road that parallels the Clark Fork River...
Forum: Touring
01-04-16, 06:10 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,216
Posted By arctos

Yes it is but I have not even had enough rain for...

Yes it is but I have not even had enough rain for a free shower so far this "rainy"season. El Niño rainfall is usually very erratic in my experience.

The predicted rain last night danced past SB...
Forum: Touring
01-04-16, 12:22 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,216
Posted By arctos

I live in a place where rain only comes for two...

I live in a place where rain only comes for two weeks a year, mostly at once. On tour I have to adjust my attitude a bit to again accept rainy conditions as i do with long climbs.

I try to...
Forum: Touring
12-29-15, 12:12 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 6,694
Posted By arctos

I too have been surprised by the recent increase...

I too have been surprised by the recent increase in negative and abusive remarks. In general people currently seem more fearful and stressed economically and use anonymous forums and comment options...
Forum: Touring
12-20-15, 10:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,164
Posted By arctos

As noted above there are park bear boxes in most...

As noted above there are park bear boxes in most critical regions.

I have used the URsack on tour since it was first available. Has worked well on smaller critters as well as black bears. Used it...
Forum: Touring
12-18-15, 05:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,375
Posted By arctos

Those temperatures sound more like normal Summer...

Those temperatures sound more like normal Summer temps in many mountain areas of the western US and Canada.

A 20F to 30F bag or quilt, a 3 season tent or tarp and bivy, a good pad to insulate...
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