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Forum: Touring
09-17-11, 12:07 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 12,173
Posted By safariofthemind

10 lbs difference in weight is a 3.3 per cent...

10 lbs difference in weight is a 3.3 per cent delta on 300 lbs combined rider+bike+load on a touring bike. Though it is interesting, it's not as materially different as the rider's shape and the...
Forum: Touring
09-17-11, 03:17 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 12,173
Posted By safariofthemind

Mid-30's with rack but without panniers.

Mid-30's with rack but without panniers.
Forum: Touring
07-18-11, 02:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 664
Posted By safariofthemind

Check these out. US offerings are slim (IMO) but...

Check these out. US offerings are slim (IMO) but UK companies are good, and insure Americans.

http://www.world-first.co.uk/home/travel-insurance/non-uk-residents.aspx...
Forum: Touring
07-01-11, 10:18 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,245
Posted By safariofthemind

Photography, especially of interesting flora and...

Photography, especially of interesting flora and birds.
Forum: Touring
06-29-11, 07:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 544
Posted By safariofthemind

Doing a test ride is good advice. Learning how to...

Doing a test ride is good advice. Learning how to repair broken spokes on the road is also a good idea.
Forum: Touring
06-29-11, 07:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,258
Posted By safariofthemind

The goal of doubles, besides the simpler chain...

The goal of doubles, besides the simpler chain line and shifting pattern) is usually to reduce q factor. Since one usually spends most of the time on a middle ring in a triple, what specific benefit...
Forum: Touring
06-02-11, 06:56 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,946
Posted By safariofthemind

Hard to pin down. For example, meeting a kind...

Hard to pin down. For example, meeting a kind soul that reminds you of "humanity still having a chance" can turn a bad tour into a good one. Definitely ups and downs and hard to describe with a...
Forum: Touring
05-31-11, 06:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,462
Posted By safariofthemind

Just saw a Brazilian near Machu Pichu with a...

Just saw a Brazilian near Machu Pichu with a cheap mountain bike and a 50 dollar backpack strapped to a rear rack. He was happy as could be. He had an entire back wheel with tire strapped to the top...
Forum: Touring
05-19-11, 11:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,322
Posted By safariofthemind

Cool beans! So what was your final build list of...

Cool beans! So what was your final build list of parts? How does it ride?
Forum: Touring
05-18-11, 08:58 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,831
Posted By safariofthemind

Do an overnight trip, at least 20 miles, fully...

Do an overnight trip, at least 20 miles, fully loaded and rigged. You will be able to learn if everything works as expected before you are far from home. Then you can take care of all the kinks while...
Forum: Touring
05-16-11, 09:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 675
Posted By safariofthemind

Touring is supposed to be fun. If you are not...

Touring is supposed to be fun. If you are not having any, call it a day. The only person you have to satisfy is the one you see in a mirror.
Forum: Touring
05-16-11, 09:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 606
Posted By safariofthemind

You may find that a hand built set of wheels is...

You may find that a hand built set of wheels is more reliable than factory wheels. Use quality spokes and brass nipples and check tension regularly. Works wonders though there is no silver bullet of...
Forum: Touring
05-16-11, 09:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,014
Posted By safariofthemind

In these situations local knowledge is...

In these situations local knowledge is invaluable. Have you tried calling one of their local bike shops for info?

http://www.bicycleshops.us/regional/az.htm

Also, try the AZ bike club:...
Forum: Touring
05-15-11, 10:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 676
Posted By safariofthemind

Any chance you could borrow and try a couple of...

Any chance you could borrow and try a couple of different bikes from your friend? A couple of short tours will tell you more than this forum as far as what works for you. People have and do tours on...
Forum: Touring
05-15-11, 01:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,533
Posted By safariofthemind

Antarctica is a dream of mine. How was it? A few...

Antarctica is a dream of mine. How was it? A few years back while visiting Argentina/Chile I made it all the way to Punta Arenas and tried to take a ship to Antartica but was thwarted by high seas....
Forum: Touring
05-15-11, 01:10 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 17,135
Posted By safariofthemind

In the 80's it used to be that, in France and...

In the 80's it used to be that, in France and Spain at least, camping discreetly was tolerated almost anywhere outside the big cities. Even if you were caught unprepared somewhere in the middle of...
Forum: Touring
05-10-11, 08:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 338
Posted By safariofthemind

Akra framepack experiences?

Saw this interesting frame pack and was wondering if anyone here has any experience with them. My kid could use one. Cheers.

http://www.akrapack.com/

http://www.akrapack.com/newbag.jpg
Forum: Touring
05-09-11, 11:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 19,551
Posted By safariofthemind

Typically you are fine with a 30 lb load...

Typically you are fine with a 30 lb load spreading between the back and a handlebar bag. Keep the bag at 5 to 7 lbs, with things like your wallet, jacket, maps, etc. Should work out great. And don't...
Forum: Touring
05-05-11, 12:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,866
Posted By safariofthemind

Nice report. Thanks for sharing.

Nice report. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Touring
05-04-11, 11:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 936
Posted By safariofthemind

Sounds like you are doing alright. Your sense of...

Sounds like you are doing alright. Your sense of humor will carry you a loooong way :)
Forum: Touring
05-04-11, 11:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By safariofthemind

You are not crazy for wanting to improvise. If...

You are not crazy for wanting to improvise. If you have good maps and a gps, keep your daily goal reasonable (say under 40 miles) to allow for the unknown and know when to check in at a motel to...
Forum: Touring
05-04-11, 11:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,380
Posted By safariofthemind

With all due respect, if you are planning a cross...

With all due respect, if you are planning a cross continent ride, you are going to need about 35 to 40 dollars a day to tour with. If your finances are so tight that you can only afford 300 in...
Forum: Touring
05-02-11, 08:48 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 19,551
Posted By safariofthemind

Looking good Chris. Using an MTB with rigid...

Looking good Chris.

Using an MTB with rigid fork is a good low cost way to tour. The caveat is to watch out for front loading. Purpose built rigs have more relaxed front geometry so you can load...
Forum: Touring
05-02-11, 08:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 822
Posted By safariofthemind

http://www.mtbikewnc.com/ ...

http://www.mtbikewnc.com/
http://www.ncbikeclub.org/ncbclink.htm

Have fun. It's a gorgeous area.
Forum: Touring
05-02-11, 08:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 979
Posted By safariofthemind

The south island has much more solitude and...

The south island has much more solitude and extraordinary views but it is more rugged than the north island and the weather can be a challenge (wet). The north island is more populated and logistics...
Forum: Touring
05-02-11, 08:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,533
Posted By safariofthemind

Interestingly, when I was young I would dream...

Interestingly, when I was young I would dream about picking up and emigrating to New Zealand. Once I actually got there it became clear I had idealized the place and totally ignored that every place...
Forum: Touring
05-02-11, 03:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 19,551
Posted By safariofthemind

Nothing wrong with this bike for touring... If...

Nothing wrong with this bike for touring... If you are doing loaded touring the weight of the bike as a percent of the total bike+rider+load is not such a big issue with this type of use. Make sure...
Forum: Touring
05-02-11, 03:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,533
Posted By safariofthemind

50 countries in 27 years. Backpacking and youth...

50 countries in 27 years. Backpacking and youth hosteling before cycling. Hope to do a fair bit more if destiny allows. It's been a long, interesting journey and I am very grateful to have had the...
Forum: Touring
04-26-11, 09:18 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,978
Posted By safariofthemind

Inattentive drivers is number 1. Texting and...

Inattentive drivers is number 1. Texting and web-browsing from cell phones has increased risk to cyclists imo.
04-04-11, 07:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 473
Posted By safariofthemind

Can you post a picture? Generally, you can...

Can you post a picture?

Generally, you can salvage the drivetrain, handlebar, brakes, saddle and wheels and a few other bits and pieces. Everything depends on what shape they are in. Generally a...
04-04-11, 07:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,489
Posted By safariofthemind

The thing is, only a tiny fraction of road bikes...

The thing is, only a tiny fraction of road bikes are pure racing machines. Most of the market (club riders, touring, randonneurs, commuting, CX, cruisers, etc) could benefit with a sturdy 20-25 lb...
04-04-11, 07:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,164
Posted By safariofthemind

BB's are like chains IMO - when they don't work...

BB's are like chains IMO - when they don't work you just replace them. They are cheap enough...
Forum: Touring
04-04-11, 06:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,600
Posted By safariofthemind

Agreed Threecarjam. If one only tours a few weeks...

Agreed Threecarjam. If one only tours a few weeks a year and uses the bike lightly loaded for commuting, day rides, etc, the rest of the year the platform is a very sensible choice.
Forum: Touring
04-04-11, 10:15 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,707
Posted By safariofthemind

Even in countries that are considered safe (like...

Even in countries that are considered safe (like Panama) you can run into trouble simply by meandering into the wrong neighborhood. Panama city is a good example. There's random violence everywhere,...
04-04-11, 09:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,489
Posted By safariofthemind

The weight penalty is small for mechanical disc...

The weight penalty is small for mechanical disc brakes like Avid BB7's. I think they are coming to most road bikes - save for the most extreme racing models and the low end (cost considerations make...
Forum: Touring
04-04-11, 09:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,600
Posted By safariofthemind

Anyone prefer decaleur racks like the V-O Pass...

Anyone prefer decaleur racks like the V-O Pass Hunter http://store.velo-orange.com/index.php/pass-hunter-front-rack-with-integrated-decaleur.html ? Seems like a nicer way to carry things on shorter...
Forum: Touring
04-04-11, 08:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 761
Posted By safariofthemind

That's a nice older bike. If the rims and hubs...

That's a nice older bike. If the rims and hubs are in good shape you don't need new wheels. Instead have them relaced with new 14 gauge spokes by a qualified LBS person in your town. Another thing to...
Forum: Touring
04-02-11, 11:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,750
Posted By safariofthemind

Why did you buy the bike, cost or...

Why did you buy the bike, cost or vintage/nostalgia value? Is your intent to tour cheaply or to learn bike repair?

The reason for the questions is that you'll quickly find out that the cost of...
Forum: Touring
04-02-11, 08:11 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 7,605
Posted By safariofthemind

Look like short tours for me... not that long...

Look like short tours for me... not that long tours are normal over here. Time for work and family just take too much and only a short time is left to spare. Precious moments indeed until the kids go...
Forum: Touring
04-02-11, 08:05 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,698
Posted By safariofthemind

Kudos on your approach. Using this "base camp"...

Kudos on your approach. Using this "base camp" approach is more what I do. It allows so much more flexibility with respect to getting to know an area and, for me at least, not feeling like I have to...
Forum: Touring
03-29-11, 11:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 841
Posted By safariofthemind

http://www.aboutflorence.com/rent-bike-in-Florence...

http://www.aboutflorence.com/rent-bike-in-Florence.html has some prices and phone numbers. Unlike France, Italian rental shops did not have much online presence. You are able to negotiate a better...
Forum: Touring
03-29-11, 11:01 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,214
Posted By safariofthemind

I ignored the unpleasantness from before and...

I ignored the unpleasantness from before and concentrated on the merits of old ways of eating for a modern cyclists' diet, Pukeskywalker.

Actually the points you bring up are very apropos to what...
Forum: Touring
03-29-11, 08:34 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,214
Posted By safariofthemind

McCandless broke the first rule - stay in a...

McCandless broke the first rule - stay in a group. Apparently he got hurt and couldn't hunt/gather. He was a misguided idealist but even historical accounts of hunter gathering societies have plenty...
03-29-11, 07:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 12,512
Posted By safariofthemind

Here's a nifty table to match sizes. ...

Here's a nifty table to match sizes.

http://www.bicycletires.com/a_49/tire_width/article.htm
Forum: Touring
03-29-11, 07:46 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,707
Posted By safariofthemind

Man, what a shame. Saw in the news they took the...

Man, what a shame. Saw in the news they took the guys and left everything behind so theft was not the motive.

Anytime we visit any country, as cyclists or garden variety tourists, there's always...
Forum: Touring
03-29-11, 07:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 617
Posted By safariofthemind

Tire weight savings vs 120kg of...

Tire weight savings vs 120kg of you+bike+racks+luggage+cargo will make the difference imperceptible. Better than new tires you need to concentrate on your fitness, doing some practice runs before...
Forum: Touring
03-28-11, 10:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,698
Posted By safariofthemind

Godspeed. Lots of pictures...

Godspeed. Lots of pictures...
Forum: Touring
03-28-11, 10:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 617
Posted By safariofthemind

Your fat tires will be fine. Cushions the ride....

Your fat tires will be fine. Cushions the ride. No need to change anything.
Forum: Touring
03-28-11, 10:53 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,888
Posted By safariofthemind

Judging from the proliferation of custom bike...

Judging from the proliferation of custom bike builders, bet there would be the odd 1 person in 10 thousand who would buy it... At over 100 million bikes made per year worldwide, that's 10,000 bikes....
Forum: Touring
03-28-11, 10:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,876
Posted By safariofthemind

Gel is not the best way to go for most of us....

Gel is not the best way to go for most of us. Besides Brooks, I like the Arione. http://www.mtbr.com/cat/controls/saddle/fizik/arione-wing-flex-/PRD_414680_140crx.aspx There is no easy way to find ...
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