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Forum: Touring
06-06-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,736
Posted By bikenh

Live with it and ride. I did the Gulf Coast in...

Live with it and ride. I did the Gulf Coast in July in 2015 and the only thing I really did was to not use a tent, unless the mosquitoes forced me into it and I used the tent fly as my sleeping bag....
Forum: Touring
05-15-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,540
Posted By bikenh

Fuji, When it is time to tour...you won't...

Fuji,

When it is time to tour...you won't have to ask how to do it. You won't need to. The how will already be there and you will go irregardless of anything else. I believe right now you are...
Forum: Touring
05-14-19, 03:28 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,540
Posted By bikenh

The key secret to life... If you don't spend...

The key secret to life...

If you don't spend the money, you don't have to make the money...

If you don't have to make the money, you have a lot more free time available to do the things you...
Forum: Touring
04-18-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,053
Posted By bikenh

On all my bike trips, 17-18,000 miles worth I...

On all my bike trips, 17-18,000 miles worth I have only locked my bike five or six times. I don't fret it. I just park my bike up against the building I'm about to walk into and then I walk in and...
Forum: Touring
04-12-19, 09:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 852
Posted By bikenh

NH side up close to the river tends to have...

NH side up close to the river tends to have better pavement conditions. Route 5 in VT is an old carriage road that they paved over and widening into a normal two lane highway. As a result the old...
Forum: Touring
04-03-19, 12:13 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,267
Posted By bikenh

I've been using 65-70% merino wool socks year...

I've been using 65-70% merino wool socks year round for years now. I wouldn't use anything else. I pay $3.99 a pair for them at one of the regional chain stores here in New England. They hold up...
Forum: Touring
03-25-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 604
Posted By bikenh

From plenty of experience living in central NH...

From plenty of experience living in central NH and doing 150-200 mile roundtrip day rides all around the area...I can say whenever you cross into Crappyroadsachusetts you don't need to see a...
Forum: Touring
03-12-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 880
Posted By bikenh

I mapped out a route, long compared to what I...

I mapped out a route, long compared to what I know is possible now, for the entire lower 48 several years back that was around 7500 miles...and to think I did an 8500 mile trip back in 2015 and never...
Forum: Touring
02-28-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,799
Posted By bikenh

In 2015 on my 8500 mile trip I only set the tent...

In 2015 on my 8500 mile trip I only set the tent 9 or 10 nights. I was camping out in toen, not out in the wild. I was always looking for places with overhangs in case it rained I would sty high...
Forum: Touring
01-16-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,743
Posted By bikenh

I personally have toured, 5700 miles round trip...

I personally have toured, 5700 miles round trip across t he Appalachians, I live in NH and rode out to the midwest andthen back home. I did it on a single speed bike with 40 pounds of gear in a...
Forum: Touring
01-13-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,151
Posted By bikenh

Gee, why not just usea ziplock bag, you can buy...

Gee, why not just usea ziplock bag, you can buy them pretty darn cheap and they do the trick.
Forum: Touring
11-26-18, 01:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 770
Posted By bikenh

Also one other thing I forgot until after I hit...

Also one other thing I forgot until after I hit the post button. Don't tighten the shoes down as much as you would during the summer months. Again don't constrict the blood flow.
Forum: Touring
11-26-18, 01:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 770
Posted By bikenh

I would not want the neoprene anywhere other than...

I would not want the neoprene anywhere other than on the outside of the shoe. Remember when you start constricting blood flow you start reducing the ability of the body to keep itself warm. ...
Forum: Touring
11-26-18, 10:29 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,881
Posted By bikenh

The funny thing on cotton kills...it only kills...

The funny thing on cotton kills...it only kills if you don't know how to use it correctly. I guess you could say it is like that with anything.

Until someone gave me some arm warmers a couple of...
Forum: Touring
11-26-18, 10:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 770
Posted By bikenh

I think the best way t o think of the scenario is...

I think the best way t o think of the scenario is the neoprene should be off the foot, not on the foot. It should be over the shoe. That way you get a double benefit from wearing the wool socks...
Forum: Touring
11-25-18, 01:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 770
Posted By bikenh

I wear the same shoes year round. I wear the...

I wear the same shoes year round. I wear the same Merino(70%) wool socks year round. I just add neoprene booties below freezing. Above freezing I use neoprene toe warmers. Yes the booties are a...
Forum: Touring
11-01-18, 02:30 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,414
Posted By bikenh

What is fun is when you are riding along and...

What is fun is when you are riding along and someone coming from the opposite direction decides to pass the car in front of them ans turns a two lane road into a three lane road. It is especially...
Forum: Touring
10-24-18, 02:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,099
Posted By bikenh

I didn't reinforce anything and I got 8500 miles...

I didn't reinforce anything and I got 8500 miles on mine during my 2015 bike trip. I continued using the same buckets until late spring the following year and replaced one of the buckets for...
Forum: Touring
10-24-18, 02:14 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,122
Posted By bikenh

In Baraboo, WI back in 2015 on my bike trip I...

In Baraboo, WI back in 2015 on my bike trip I bumped into a guy who was riding the perimeter of the US on an e-bike. He had already ridden from his place in FL along the southern US, up the west...
Forum: Touring
10-20-18, 03:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,099
Posted By bikenh

The best cheap panniers are free, right. Go to...

The best cheap panniers are free, right. Go to your local dump and pick up a couple of used kitty liter buckets. Add the hooks to fit on the rack and you have yourself some free panniers. I used...
Forum: Touring
09-18-18, 04:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,155
Posted By bikenh

No we like to do it the easy way. I rode a 2700...

No we like to do it the easy way. I rode a 2700 mile trip in 2010 with 40 pounds in a backpack. In 2013 the same setup for 1700 miles. 2014, the same setup for 5400 miles. I would only do it with...
Replies: 5
Views: 558
Posted By bikenh

LA/ not AL. Alabama is nice but Mississippi can...

LA/ not AL. Alabama is nice but Mississippi can be down right horrible, chip and seal on federal highway, the chip are size of golf balls. Louisiana on federal highways has not been the best upkept...
Forum: Touring
09-16-18, 08:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 818
Posted By bikenh

I spent around a dollar a mile on the AT back in...

I spent around a dollar a mile on the AT back in 1997 when I thru-hiked. Now on the bike I spend much less. 8500 mile trip in 2015 I spent less than $1500, in 75 nights out, all states east of the...
Replies: 5
Views: 558
Posted By bikenh

One thing to consider is where are you going to...

One thing to consider is where are you going to be able to ride the fastest pace...on country/side roads that may end up being in bad shape, or on a highway with more traffic but also quite possibly...
Forum: Touring
09-13-18, 04:44 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,629
Posted By bikenh

I used cycling shorts when I thru-hiked the...

I used cycling shorts when I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail many years back. I slept with them. The heat that is given off by the body when inside the sleeping bag helps to dry things...
Forum: Touring
09-09-18, 10:52 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,982
Posted By bikenh

I've ridden single speed tours, so its highly...

I've ridden single speed tours, so its highly doable. I guess the only downfall is if you think one gear inch is going to make big difference in what you have to put out when riding. I guess when...
Forum: Touring
09-08-18, 09:13 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,535
Posted By bikenh

I always go prepared to camp out. That's the...

I always go prepared to camp out. That's the best advice. What is the Boy Scout motto? I never take a cell phone with me when I go on a bike trip. I have no one I can call anyways. I don't...
Forum: Touring
09-07-18, 10:33 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,485
Posted By bikenh

I've been riding Bontrager T2 700x25s for the...

I've been riding Bontrager T2 700x25s for the past several years, year round here in New Hampshire, yes on snow and ice as well as rain, and sun. They last a long time, 8000-10000 miles on a front...
Forum: Touring
09-05-18, 12:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 443
Posted By bikenh

I ended up having the crank arm pedal threads...

I ended up having the crank arm pedal threads strip out on me earlier this year on, I believe the same crank arm, trying to find a replacement for it is a joke. Pretty much you would be better off...
Forum: Touring
08-30-18, 07:49 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,936
Posted By bikenh

Gee, the smallest gear I've ridden was something...

Gee, the smallest gear I've ridden was something like a 30x23 and that was on a 22-25% grade climb just on the west side of the state house in Frankfort, KY. I had 30 pounds of gear on me at the...
Replies: 10
Views: 1,217
Posted By bikenh

I agree, design your own race/route. Even your...

I agree, design your own race/route. Even your own race concept. I came up with a race concept many years back. I've never did anything official with it since I know the number of people that...
Forum: Touring
08-25-18, 05:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 592
Posted By bikenh

I designed my all-in-one-bar a couple of years...

I designed my all-in-one-bar a couple of years ago. It attaches using U-bolts to the stem. Its heavy but it does everything I want to do, Sony(1/4 inch bolt)video camera mount, headlight mount, cue...
Forum: Touring
08-25-18, 05:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 724
Posted By bikenh

Regular bike clothes, lycra cycling shorts,...

Regular bike clothes, lycra cycling shorts, cycling jersey, and merino wool socks. I wear them day and night. I change up once every three days two avoid getting saddle sores. I typically do...
Forum: Touring
08-13-18, 02:29 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,923
Posted By bikenh

VERY off topic...Why is it as a beginner, no...

VERY off topic...Why is it as a beginner, no matter what topic you are talking about you are expected to know everything? Why should someone reply to threads they know nothing about? If you don't...
Forum: Touring
07-28-18, 07:47 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,906
Posted By bikenh

The only trouble with platform pedals is you...

The only trouble with platform pedals is you can't pull up on the pedals. What happens, yes it's happen to me, when you strip out a crank arm bolt or the pedal bearing fail on you while on a ride...
Forum: Touring
07-19-18, 07:40 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,303
Posted By bikenh

I guess when you stop to realize their are more...

I guess when you stop to realize their are more than one person on the planet and the weather isn't always perfect than you come to understand that things do go bump in the night and sometimes you...
Forum: Touring
07-18-18, 11:45 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,303
Posted By bikenh

For one thing I stick to pavement. I like to get...

For one thing I stick to pavement. I like to get somewhere and generally since I'm running behind schedule I need to get there fast. The bike paths are generally not paved so you can't keep up the...
Forum: Touring
07-17-18, 05:23 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,303
Posted By bikenh

First I got to agree with both saddlesores. He...

First I got to agree with both saddlesores. He said it quite well. The only thing I will point out to saddlesores is he left a hole for spending money wide open when he bought his house. He bought a...
Forum: Touring
07-16-18, 08:00 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,303
Posted By bikenh

it's not work culture, it's lifestyle culture. ...

it's not work culture, it's lifestyle culture. Turn on the TV tonight and watch it. What are the images they are flashing in front of your face. What is it they are saying to you 'Ask your doctor...
Forum: Touring
07-14-18, 05:51 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,303
Posted By bikenh

11 years traveling the world by bike... ...

11 years traveling the world by bike...
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Forum: Touring
07-14-18, 05:42 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 965
Posted By bikenh

Would really depend on the day in question. Am I...

Would really depend on the day in question. Am I trying to make a certain spot by a certain time and how does any possible alternate route vary me from where I'm trying to get to. I use to try to...
Forum: Touring
07-14-18, 09:26 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,303
Posted By bikenh

Let's see...how much does it cost to raise a...

Let's see...how much does it cost to raise a horse? Not only the simple money side of food and vet care costs but also the how much land does it take to raise a horse? Heck I remember twice on bike...
Forum: Touring
07-13-18, 06:47 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,303
Posted By bikenh

I can see what your saying. I probably do come...

I can see what your saying. I probably do come across that way but that is not my intention. When I read the posts/replies here on BF I see the same thing all the time. I see the same concepts...
Forum: Touring
07-13-18, 09:18 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,303
Posted By bikenh

Yeah, 4'x8' to be exact. About the only thing I...

Yeah, 4'x8' to be exact. About the only thing I use home for is a place to eat and sleep, nothing else. I spend most of my time out and about on the bike, hence why I ride 10,000-20,000 miles a...
Forum: Touring
07-12-18, 04:52 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,303
Posted By bikenh

I live in New Hampshire. I paid cash when I...

I live in New Hampshire. I paid cash when I bought my house, I just made sure to buy wisely, not stupidly like most people. I'm single, live by myself, and have freedom, no honey do this jobs for...
Forum: Touring
07-12-18, 07:53 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,303
Posted By bikenh

10K. What makes you think that. On my 2015,...

10K. What makes you think that. On my 2015, 8500 mile, 3 month long trip I spent $1400. Last year for the entire year of living I spent less than $4000. For that matter over the past decade,...
Forum: Touring
07-09-18, 07:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,133
Posted By bikenh

I use a HP Stream Notebook, 13". I removed...

I use a HP Stream Notebook, 13". I removed Windows 10 first thing and installed Linux Mint. I made a chloroplast carrying case for it and have been carrying it around with me everyday for the past...
Forum: Touring
07-08-18, 07:24 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,559
Posted By bikenh

Who says you have to setup camp early. I...

Who says you have to setup camp early. I generally search out the campsite and find a campsite during daylight but I never set up camp before 11PM. Generally by then the mosquitoes have went to bed...
Forum: Touring
07-05-18, 08:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,065
Posted By bikenh

Do your research and choose your campsites...

Do your research and choose your campsites wisely. Stay away from water, standing water and go to bed late. Don't set up the tent, use the rainfly as your sleeping bag and enjoy the stars. Far...
Forum: Touring
07-02-18, 08:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,308
Posted By bikenh

I ride out of the saddle more than in the saddle...

I ride out of the saddle more than in the saddle it seems like. 30 pounds on the rear only, equally balanced on both sides(key point here), and I notice no problems at all with side to side swing. ...
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