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Forum: Touring
03-12-13, 12:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,609
Posted By paxtonm

We were just at Kirk Creek, which has six...

We were just at Kirk Creek, which has six hiker/biker sites, and they're beautiful. The camp is DRY, so pack water. I believe the cost is $5 per night for H/B sites.
Forum: Touring
02-05-13, 03:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,222
Posted By paxtonm

This time of year, if you're interested in an...

This time of year, if you're interested in an inland route, you should aim for Hwy 25. Order a Krebs Map, which are cycling specific. You'll want the Bay Area map. It outlines preferred routes,...
Forum: Touring
02-01-13, 12:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,653
Posted By paxtonm

I've got a heavy beard as well. I don't care for...

I've got a heavy beard as well. I don't care for electric shavers, for the noise, dependence on power outlets, and their inability to exfoliate as well as cut hair. After much trial and error, I...
Forum: Touring
01-30-13, 03:02 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,512
Posted By paxtonm

We are very fortunate to live in a small town...

We are very fortunate to live in a small town with a superb bicycle shop, and Off the Chain (in Hollister, CA) gets our business. It doesn't stock the kind of bikes we favor. Like most, the floor...
Forum: Touring
01-30-13, 02:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,290
Posted By paxtonm

Ask for a scrap of Tyvek at a construction site,...

Ask for a scrap of Tyvek at a construction site, or buy it. We don't use a footprint, and when it's damp I sometimes wish we had. Before washing (it's really noisy and cumbersome if you don't) sit...
Forum: Touring
01-24-13, 04:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,491
Posted By paxtonm

I have one of each, both with lots of miles. I...

I have one of each, both with lots of miles. I keep thinking that I'll put the B17 (one with skivved skirts, copper rails and hand-hammered copper rivets -- purty) with the Champion Flyer on my...
Forum: Touring
01-24-13, 03:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,607
Posted By paxtonm

I've ridden these for a few years, and they mate...

I've ridden these for a few years, and they mate perfectly with Schwalbe's Marathon series tires. Love them. In four years, I've really only spent one dedicated session truing up that back wheel,...
Forum: Touring
02-29-12, 12:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 606
Posted By paxtonm

As has been noted, part of the problem seems to...

As has been noted, part of the problem seems to be the article cited. The piece mentions San Francisco to Santa Cruz as the target area, but goes on to talk about Big Sur. I'd vote a resounding no...
Forum: Touring
02-22-12, 12:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 877
Posted By paxtonm

That's the way I went when I built up my tourer,...

That's the way I went when I built up my tourer, and I did it for two reasons. First, it "defaults" to the big end of the cassette, as you said. But second, like you, it was my first foray into...
Forum: Touring
02-06-12, 12:51 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,429
Posted By paxtonm

The Salsa Woodchippers are interesting, but you...

The Salsa Woodchippers are interesting, but you might give the 46 cm. Nitto Noodle bars a look. I'm 6-4, and I find them very comfortable.

You might have a look at these components:

VO...
Forum: Touring
02-03-12, 11:42 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,863
Posted By paxtonm

I have the Sugino/Phil combination you describe. ...

I have the Sugino/Phil combination you describe. The best thing I can say for it is that I never, never have to think about it. Works perfectly.
Forum: Touring
11-14-11, 11:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,087
Posted By paxtonm

I ride a 64 cm King of Mercia. I've had all...

I ride a 64 cm King of Mercia. I've had all kinds of bikes, dating back to the 1970s, from hand-built steel (Tom Ritchey), to aluminum, to titanium (Litespeed). The KoM is the best riding bike I've...
Forum: Touring
10-10-11, 02:13 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,939
Posted By paxtonm

When it's warmer, I favor searsucker shirts. ...

When it's warmer, I favor searsucker shirts. They're SUPPOSED to look wrinkled, they're cool, and mine all have buttoned pockets. My favorites are made by Patagonia, and they've all been purchased...
Forum: Touring
10-05-11, 01:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 415
Posted By paxtonm

I'd wait, especially if you plan to camp. Short...

I'd wait, especially if you plan to camp. Short days will mean long, long nights in the dark at night. There are accommodations at scattered locations south of Monterey (Big Sur, Lucia, Gorda) but...
Forum: Touring
09-07-11, 11:49 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,374
Posted By paxtonm

I'll add a vote for Schwalbe tires. I have...

I'll add a vote for Schwalbe tires. I have Supremes on my tourer and Pluses on my fixed gear town bike. The plus tires are heavy, but I never worry about flats. I purchased some Slime tubes, and...
Forum: Touring
08-02-11, 11:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,452
Posted By paxtonm

Shimano A530s

I like them fine. That said, I'm finding that I lace up the spd shoes less and less. Yesterday and Sunday, it was Teva sandals on the flat side of the pedals, and it felt great. If I had to do it...
Forum: Touring
07-21-11, 01:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 605
Posted By paxtonm

Great one

I'm at work, so I just read a couple of the Scotland entries at lunch. Great journal! Was it early enough in the year that the notorious Scottish midges were not about?
Forum: Touring
06-28-11, 10:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 385
Posted By paxtonm

You asked if there's an established route, and...

You asked if there's an established route, and the answer is most definitely yes. "Bicycling the Pacific Coast" by Kirkendall and Spring is not perfect, but it's the agreed-upon Bible for the trip. ...
Forum: Touring
06-27-11, 11:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 406
Posted By paxtonm

+1 for purchasing a Krebs Map. They're a great...

+1 for purchasing a Krebs Map. They're a great resource. You've got lots of good options. There are a few through the Santa Cruz Mountains if you like climbing. The route from Fremont described...
Forum: Touring
06-02-11, 02:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,246
Posted By paxtonm

It's a sub-24-hour outing. I think it may have...

It's a sub-24-hour outing. I think it may have been coined by Grant Peterson at Rivendell. He writes about them on his site (rivbike.com). I think the attraction depends to an extent on where you...
Forum: Touring
05-20-11, 10:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 425
Posted By paxtonm

A photo above prompts this addition. The No. 1...

A photo above prompts this addition. The No. 1 vector for the fleas that carry bubonic plague in California is the common ground squirrel. A few cases are reported each year. It's best (for a...
Forum: Touring
05-18-11, 11:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 425
Posted By paxtonm

What's been said. I've encountered the odd...

What's been said. I've encountered the odd rattlesnake here and there, not more often than once a year. Raccoons are an issue in California as well. Ticks are everywhere and you'll likely pick...
Forum: Touring
05-13-11, 10:25 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,059
Posted By paxtonm

I think it's wise to season professional bike fit...

I think it's wise to season professional bike fit with a large pinch of salt. I've been fitted, and then over the course of riding, did my own tinkering to get the fit I wanted (saddle forward,...
Forum: Touring
05-05-11, 11:12 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,003
Posted By paxtonm

I'd second the recommendation for Shimano combi...

I'd second the recommendation for Shimano combi pedals. With the spd cleat system, it's quite comfortable to walk around (the cleats are recessed), and when I want to adjust position, I can just...
Forum: Touring
04-01-11, 04:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By paxtonm

If you can run it fixed, you'll find your fitness...

If you can run it fixed, you'll find your fitness improving quickly. If not, riding anything is better than sitting.
Forum: Touring
03-24-11, 04:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,656
Posted By paxtonm

Don't own them, but I kind of like these. And at...

Don't own them, but I kind of like these. And at $60, not too bad compared to most cyclewear. Lots of pockets, not skintight, fast-drying synthetic, and some reflective piping.
...
Forum: Touring
03-08-11, 03:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 733
Posted By paxtonm

I do. No issues, and shifts are clean and quick.

I do. No issues, and shifts are clean and quick.
Forum: Touring
02-24-11, 05:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,902
Posted By paxtonm

I got some from Wayne at the Touring Store, and...

I got some from Wayne at the Touring Store, and my wife liked them enough that I got her a set. So far, the only issue is that one of the little string pulls attached to a zipper pull fell off when...
Forum: Touring
12-15-10, 02:51 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,346
Posted By paxtonm

Chuck the itinerary

Don't overplan, and don't be afraid to change plans, stop, explore, ride less than you thought you would this morning or ride more than you thought you would when you threw a leg over the bike this...
Forum: Touring
11-05-10, 04:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,446
Posted By paxtonm

I have Marathon pluses on a fixed gear commuter...

I have Marathon pluses on a fixed gear commuter and supremes on my tourer. Love the supremes so much that if I can EVER wear out the pluses I'
ll reach deep into my wallet for supremes there too. ...
Forum: Touring
10-29-10, 04:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,224
Posted By paxtonm

If you're looking for an attractive, very solid...

If you're looking for an attractive, very solid rack that compliments classic looking fenders, I'd second the suggestion to consider Nitto. I use this one:...
Forum: Touring
10-12-10, 04:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 593
Posted By paxtonm

Nicely done. It didn't look particularly...

Nicely done. It didn't look particularly ultralight to me (full-sized stove, cooked food), but it did look just plain fun. It's not a lot of hassle to get out of SF and into the Marin Headlands,...
Forum: Touring
10-06-10, 04:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,567
Posted By paxtonm

Big Sur is beautiful, but I think (but for...

Big Sur is beautiful, but I think (but for Devil's Slide) the trip from SF down to Monterey Bay is pretty darn stunning, too. It's just different. The landscape is more gentle, but the views are...
Forum: Touring
10-05-10, 10:57 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,772
Posted By paxtonm

Not American but...

Others have said it, but I love my King of Mercia like no other bike I've ever ridden. The guys at Mercian were a pleasure to work with and the price was very attractive. Mine's 64 cm, oversize 725...
Forum: Touring
09-29-10, 11:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 832
Posted By paxtonm

Not sure if money is a big issue, but I've been...

Not sure if money is a big issue, but I've been in Baja in January, and I like it. I might start in California and just head south down the coast, perhaps busing it through the Tijuana madness to...
Forum: Touring
09-28-10, 09:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,039
Posted By paxtonm

I have VO Elkhide on one bike and perforated...

I have VO Elkhide on one bike and perforated leather wrap on the other. I used Specialize gel capsules under the perfed leather wrap. Very comfy. Proofided both when they were brand new and then...
Forum: Touring
09-14-10, 10:20 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,270
Posted By paxtonm

I don't know if it matters to you, but I...

I don't know if it matters to you, but I neglected to note that Patagonia uses organic cotton for much of its gear, fleece made in part with recycled plastic bottles, and much of its clothing is...
Forum: Touring
09-13-10, 11:30 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,270
Posted By paxtonm

Anto: Couldn't get your location from your...

Anto:

Couldn't get your location from your profile, but there are a few Patagonia Outlet stores. I frequent one in Santa Cruz, CA. It's usually last year's stuff, but it's great, and the prices...
Forum: Touring
09-10-10, 10:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,297
Posted By paxtonm

Imonabike, That was my bad. Apologies. The...

Imonabike,

That was my bad. Apologies. The EP-2 is the one I was looking at in making comparisons with the GF-1.
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Forum: Touring
09-08-10, 11:31 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,793
Posted By paxtonm

Not that I have the money, but if I did, I think...

Not that I have the money, but if I did, I think it would still be a "no thanks." It's interesting weight isn't mentioned. With the addition of Gordon's wonderful racks, fenders and a week's worth...
Forum: Touring
09-08-10, 11:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,297
Posted By paxtonm

I'm waiting for Photokina, mostly because I just...

I'm waiting for Photokina, mostly because I just can't decide between the E-PL1 and the Lumix GF1. The EP-2 seems more rugged, and I like the in-body IS. I believe that means it works with older...
Forum: Touring
08-13-10, 04:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,433
Posted By paxtonm

I went with what Shimano calls "rapid rise" on an...

I went with what Shimano calls "rapid rise" on an XT with barcons. It works very intuitively to me, and I've used everything from non-indexed downtube shifters to brifters to mountain bike setups. ...
Forum: Touring
08-13-10, 03:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,892
Posted By paxtonm

32s. I Think the plusses run a little small. ...

32s. I Think the plusses run a little small. They're better rollers than the cyclocross rubber I had on the bike for a while. Definite tradeoffs. I've yet to put a hole in one, and that's great...
Forum: Touring
08-11-10, 03:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,892
Posted By paxtonm

Supremes. Love them. I do have pluses on a...

Supremes. Love them. I do have pluses on a fixed-gear commuter. D*** I wish I could wear those things out so I could replace them. Ultra tough, ultra heavy, pretty hard to mount and they feel...
Forum: Touring
08-11-10, 03:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,020
Posted By paxtonm

It's vast, and what pavement there is is good. ...

It's vast, and what pavement there is is good. If you can lay hands on mountain bikes, that's the way to go. I'd love to pedal out of the park (east into Nevada) to Rhyolite, near Beatty. Then...
Forum: Touring
07-27-10, 11:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 760
Posted By paxtonm

I most frequently ride on two bikes, one with a...

I most frequently ride on two bikes, one with a B17 and the other with the Ch. Flyer. I notice three differences: the Flyer is heavier, but that's not apparent on the touring bike that it rides on. ...
Forum: Touring
06-21-10, 11:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,029
Posted By paxtonm

The guys at Rivendell seem to do a lot of s24o...

The guys at Rivendell seem to do a lot of s24o camping around Mt. Diablo. You might call there for some suggestions. Further south, state parks in the Santa Cruz Mtns are a possibility.

A nice...
Forum: Touring
06-10-10, 11:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 11,335
Posted By paxtonm

You should be just fine. I'm 6-4, and my tourer...

You should be just fine. I'm 6-4, and my tourer is 64 cm. Ignore the advice to get fitted. I've had it done, then extensively adjusted things afterward to get it right for me. Fit formulas tend...
Forum: Touring
06-10-10, 11:33 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,118
Posted By paxtonm

If you come across a natural foods store (even...

If you come across a natural foods store (even some larger supermarkets) the stuff that you actually process on site is incomparable. I'm talking about these machines topped with a large plastic...
Forum: Touring
06-04-10, 11:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 584
Posted By paxtonm

Wow! The things we can conjur up to worry about!...

Wow! The things we can conjur up to worry about! I've often walked, camped and ridden in bear country. Seen a few as well. You may better apply your paranoia to fears of being abducted by aliens....
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