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Forum: Touring
09-13-16, 08:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,704
Posted By BigBlueToe

I have a BoB trailer I've taken on two tours. I...

I have a BoB trailer I've taken on two tours. I didn't like it. It added unnecessary weight. Climbing the pass on the North Cascades Highway it felt like an anchor! I use it now for grocery shopping....
Forum: Touring
09-13-16, 08:00 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 6,170
Posted By BigBlueToe

Lht

I bought an LHT frame right before Surly came out with the complete. I had to spray Framesaver inside the tubes - a hassle, but not a big one. My impression is that it is a fantastic tourer. It's...
Forum: Touring
09-13-16, 07:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 981
Posted By BigBlueToe

Weight Management on Tour

When I began my first multi-week tour, down the west coast, I had a little pot belly I wanted to get rid of. I weighed myself before and after and I gained a few pounds, even after riding 1500 miles....
Forum: Touring
08-29-16, 09:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 14,414
Posted By BigBlueToe

Good inexpensive tourer

I met a young guy at the hiker/biker site at Glacier. He was riding a Fuji tourer from upstate New York to a new life in Portland. He said he had chosen it because he didn't have much money. It had...
Forum: Touring
08-24-16, 07:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 890
Posted By BigBlueToe

Brooks B17

Brooks B17
07-16-16, 07:45 PM
Replies: 2,889
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Posted By BigBlueToe

Me too!

I have the 50+ jersey. When I turned 60 I hoped Mr. Corlew would produce a 60+, but I think I read a post saying he wasn't interested. Hmmmmm......
02-20-14, 06:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 557
Posted By BigBlueToe

I have a 2006 aluminum Allez and with a Brooks...

I have a 2006 aluminum Allez and with a Brooks saddle it is so comfortable I can't justify buying something more comfortable. If I could I might buy one of these. Enjoy!
Forum: Touring
02-17-14, 11:12 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,357
Posted By BigBlueToe

+1. My Ace hardware store sells little Velcro...

+1. My Ace hardware store sells little Velcro straps. I use them for organizing cords - mic cords, speaker wire, etc. - but they also work great for parking brakes and for keeping my pants out of...
02-17-14, 11:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,223
Posted By BigBlueToe

I bought some large Ergon grips for my Great...

I bought some large Ergon grips for my Great Divide bike. They have bar ends which are connected to the grips. This is a bad thing. When I get the grips rotated so they feel perfect, the bar ends...
Forum: Touring
02-09-14, 10:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,765
Posted By BigBlueToe

I think touring elevates things, including...

I think touring elevates things, including stress. I have a little experience touring in groups, and have heard stories. My nephew rode the west coast with a close friend from childhood. They...
Forum: Touring
01-30-14, 07:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 828
Posted By BigBlueToe

What kinds of guitars are you taking?

What kinds of guitars are you taking?
01-24-14, 08:25 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,590
Posted By BigBlueToe

If you're doing a supported tour and not carrying...

If you're doing a supported tour and not carrying weight I have very little advice: ride as much as possible prior to the trip and get used to successive 60 mile days and you'll be fine.

If you're...
01-12-14, 08:36 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,018
Posted By BigBlueToe

A few years back while touring the Oregon Coast,...

A few years back while touring the Oregon Coast, my group encountered a couple in their 70's who had been touring together happily for decades. A couple of us had been trying to get our wives to try...
Forum: Touring
01-01-14, 10:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,030
Posted By BigBlueToe

I rode the ACA Lewis and Clark route from...

I rode the ACA Lewis and Clark route from Portland to Missoula a few years ago. I took the Oregon side as far as I could, then rode across the bridge at Biggs and continued east on 14 on the...
12-26-13, 11:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,661
Posted By BigBlueToe

Back in the day I used to choose polarized...

Back in the day I used to choose polarized sunglasses over others. On a recent tour I did what I often do - broke or lost my sunglasses. I stopped at Fred Meyer for provisions, including a...
Forum: Touring
12-07-13, 09:22 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,205
Posted By BigBlueToe

My recommendation is to average about 50 miles a...

My recommendation is to average about 50 miles a day on your first trip, and start out easy - the first day go no more than 35 miles.

That's what I recommend. I like to enjoy my trips, not...
Forum: Touring
11-22-13, 08:07 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,744
Posted By BigBlueToe

Would you consider an electric piano? I've...

Would you consider an electric piano? I've thought about bringing one of those - the kind with 88 keys, speakers, and battery power.
10-21-13, 06:42 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,835
Posted By BigBlueToe

I like to collect jerseys as souvenirs of rides...

I like to collect jerseys as souvenirs of rides I've done - centuries, ACA routes, etc. I also like to collect jerseys that appeal to me for whatever reason. Now I've got so many it's kind of...
Forum: Touring
10-17-13, 06:51 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,111
Posted By BigBlueToe

I knew some gals who were crossing the country in...

I knew some gals who were crossing the country in thirds - a third each year for three successive years. Whatever you can do.
Forum: Touring
10-08-13, 07:27 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,980
Posted By BigBlueToe

I bought a Garmin Etrex after missing a turn and...

I bought a Garmin Etrex after missing a turn and riding past a campground one year. I found it useful sometimes, but clunky other times. It takes a long time to transfer waypoints from Adventure...
Forum: Touring
10-08-13, 07:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 595
Posted By BigBlueToe

I almost always tour alone, but I often meet...

I almost always tour alone, but I often meet people along the way and "fall in with" them for awhile. The one time I went with a group (I met via the internet) it didn't go well. Most of the group...
Forum: Touring
09-26-13, 06:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 764
Posted By BigBlueToe

My rig is too heavy as it is. My tool bag is...

My rig is too heavy as it is. My tool bag is part of the problem. I carry repair equipment based on how likely it is I'll use it and how light it is. I've never needed to replace a cable on a...
Forum: Touring
08-21-13, 07:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,280
Posted By BigBlueToe

It depends on the route. On some tours I've...

It depends on the route. On some tours I've carried a Camelbak in addition to my three water bottles. However, if I know that I'll be able to refill them all during the day I never have all of them...
Forum: Touring
08-14-13, 09:07 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,115
Posted By BigBlueToe

I installed some of those similar-purpose "upper...

I installed some of those similar-purpose "upper brake levers" ("suicide bars"?) on my 10-speed in the 70's. I found them very convenient, especially when negotiating busy MUP paths around campus. ...
08-01-13, 08:03 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,347
Posted By BigBlueToe

I don't know what's common for others. For me,...

I don't know what's common for others. For me, stopping for a sit-down breakfast is very enjoyable. My favorite breakfast café is about 6 miles from home. I ride over, get a nice breakfast, then...
Forum: Touring
07-31-13, 08:22 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,225
Posted By BigBlueToe

I got into a group put together via the internet....

I got into a group put together via the internet. It was for a ride on the Great Divide where the thought of being alone was daunting. Most of us got along great. One person drove the rest of us...
Forum: Touring
07-30-13, 08:56 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,225
Posted By BigBlueToe

For almost all of my tours over the past 40 years...

For almost all of my tours over the past 40 years I've gone alone, but I've often met people along the way who became partners. If you tour on one of the ACA routes you will meet other tourers. The...
Forum: Touring
07-20-13, 08:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,355
Posted By BigBlueToe

I built my own wheels on my tourer and a 29er I...

I built my own wheels on my tourer and a 29er I built for a ride on the Great Divide. Neither has broken a spoke. The tourer has been on about 6 tours and I carry a lot of weight. So it's possible...
Forum: Touring
07-07-13, 09:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,060
Posted By BigBlueToe

My Ace has these. I also recommend stainless...

My Ace has these. I also recommend stainless steel. I've had rust problems, though never anything I couldn't crack, so stainless is worth looking for. I concur on the thread locker. The only...
Forum: Touring
07-03-13, 08:50 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,123
Posted By BigBlueToe

My personal view is that any shifter...

My personal view is that any shifter configuration will be fine. I've toured with bar-ends, downtube shifters, and thumb levers on my mountain bike. They were all fine. Each has advantages and...
Forum: Touring
07-03-13, 08:40 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,908
Posted By BigBlueToe

I did the clothes-in-a-stuff-sack for years. The...

I did the clothes-in-a-stuff-sack for years. The results were mixed, from night to night, even from hour to hour. Sometimes it was comfy, but lost of times it was lumpy and I'd spend a lot of time...
Forum: Touring
06-04-13, 06:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 553
Posted By BigBlueToe

I rode the Lewis and Clark from Portland to...

I rode the Lewis and Clark from Portland to Missoula. It was great! The wind was blowing me through the Columbia Gorge - no mountain passes there; the Columbia cuts right through the Cascades. ...
Forum: Touring
05-27-13, 07:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,332
Posted By BigBlueToe

I have an Allez and an LHT. I think you can tour...

I have an Allez and an LHT. I think you can tour on pretty much any bike if you really want, and I've done some touring on "unsuitable" bikes like the Allez. However, I much prefer to tour on a...
Forum: Touring
03-10-13, 07:32 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,594
Posted By BigBlueToe

Agreed back at ya.

Agreed back at ya.
Forum: Touring
03-10-13, 07:30 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,685
Posted By BigBlueToe

I take a Swiss army knife. I use the blade to...

I take a Swiss army knife. I use the blade to slice food and cut rope. I use the can opener to...open cans. The tweezers are nice for splinters, and they've also pulled out some things from my...
Forum: Touring
03-08-13, 07:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,594
Posted By BigBlueToe

I just put my tools in a ziploc. It's...

I just put my tools in a ziploc. It's lightweight, and the same one has lasted for several tours.
Forum: Touring
03-06-13, 07:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 717
Posted By BigBlueToe

I have an LHT with 700c wheels, and I have size...

I have an LHT with 700c wheels, and I have size 14 feet. There is no problem with toe overlap in front. It never happens. Likewise, with Ortlieb Roller Classics on my Tubus rack in back I never...
Forum: Touring
03-04-13, 07:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,609
Posted By BigBlueToe

I live just outside Morro Bay. There was an...

I live just outside Morro Bay. There was an article in the local paper recently saying that they had turned off the water at Kirk Creek. I don't know if there's a creek handy where you can filter,...
02-25-13, 07:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,537
Posted By BigBlueToe

To me, Bicycling is a joke. It's like a Saturday...

To me, Bicycling is a joke. It's like a Saturday Night Live skit of a bike magazine. However, it evidently keeps selling. I'm guessing people who are new to cycling keep it going. I like Road...
Forum: Touring
02-25-13, 07:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 436
Posted By BigBlueToe

I've toured on both mountain bikes and tourers. ...

I've toured on both mountain bikes and tourers. I prefer my tourer, but there's nothing wrong with a mountain bike if you have enough room to avoid heel strike with your panniers. I have size 14s...
Forum: Touring
02-18-13, 08:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,155
Posted By BigBlueToe

I have type 2 diabetes and starchy foods tend to...

I have type 2 diabetes and starchy foods tend to raise my blood sugar - potatoes, sourdough bread, white rice, pancakes, etc. The good news is that touring burns up a lot of sugar and I can have...
Forum: Touring
02-18-13, 08:05 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,748
Posted By BigBlueToe

I carry a Stein cassette tool...

I carry a Stein cassette tool (http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/tools/cassette.html).
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I had to use it twice - not for broken spokes, but because I had installed my cassette without adequate...
Forum: Touring
02-05-13, 07:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,222
Posted By BigBlueToe

From the top of the grade there's an alternative...

From the top of the grade there's an alternative to 101 to get down to SLO - Stagecoach Road. It's a dirt road but I've ridden it plenty of times with my road bike (though never with a load.) It's...
Forum: Touring
01-28-13, 07:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,535
Posted By BigBlueToe

I met a guy in Glacier N. P. who was riding one...

I met a guy in Glacier N. P. who was riding one of these from Buffalo, NY to Portland OR. He liked it a lot. He did say he had to replace the stock rear wheel around Yellowstone. I think it should...
Forum: Touring
01-25-13, 07:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,492
Posted By BigBlueToe

I have the Champion Flyer on my tourer and B-17...

I have the Champion Flyer on my tourer and B-17 on my road bike. I've taken the Flyer on several tours and ride the B-17 when I'm home. I can't say that I notice much benefit from the springs. The...
Forum: Touring
01-23-13, 08:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 888
Posted By BigBlueToe

Coming up with the perfect packing list is a...

Coming up with the perfect packing list is a neverending task. I still modify mine after each tour, even after all these years. There are also some modifications that are specific to the area I'll...
Forum: Touring
01-15-13, 07:36 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,578
Posted By BigBlueToe

I toured on a Raleigh like that when I was first...

I toured on a Raleigh like that when I was first starting out. It was a 10-speed with steel rims. I could have used a granny gear for hills, but I was young and strong and could grunt my way up. I...
01-06-13, 08:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 907
Posted By BigBlueToe

Duh, what is PDX?

Duh, what is PDX?
01-06-13, 08:36 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,358
Posted By BigBlueToe

I put mirrors on all my bikes. I consider them...

I put mirrors on all my bikes. I consider them an important part of my staying safe in what can be a dangerous hobby. I don't see any downside. My $.02.
Forum: Touring
01-05-13, 09:07 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,038
Posted By BigBlueToe

My choice would be XT hubs and 36 spokes. I had...

My choice would be XT hubs and 36 spokes. I had a tour ruined by broken spokes and I'd rather have overkill to try and prevent a repeat occurence. I weigh 200 lbs. and carry a heavy load. Since I...
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