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Forum: Touring
05-16-10, 05:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 673
Posted By birvine

I have done both, too. Just did some cycling in...

I have done both, too. Just did some cycling in Cuba with a front rack/panniers and the BOB at the back. I know the trailer adds more weight, but what I have found through a number of tours, is that...
Forum: Touring
05-16-10, 04:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 813
Posted By birvine

No, to your title - no regrets. My first 'real'...

No, to your title - no regrets. My first 'real' tour was in 1986 through the UK and I can still remember the trepidation as I approached the day of departure as a young kid just over twenty. Last...
Forum: Touring
04-18-09, 12:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,398
Posted By birvine

Rando - thanks for the link - I'll be sure to try...

Rando - thanks for the link - I'll be sure to try it next time.

As for AC, they may not always be the most pleasant, but my bikes have always arrived trouble-free.

B
04-18-09, 12:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 701
Posted By birvine

Great idea, but someone could pick up your bike...

Great idea, but someone could pick up your bike and then you'd never see it again.
04-18-09, 12:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 785
Posted By birvine

What a thought-provoking and clever branch?!?!?!...

What a thought-provoking and clever branch?!?!?! Sometimes I wonder.
Forum: Touring
04-11-09, 07:46 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,900
Posted By birvine

I am 40 and have been touring since I was 20....

I am 40 and have been touring since I was 20. Over the years I have met some riders in their twenties, but the majority were in their 40's or 50's. Interesting.

B
Forum: Touring
12-28-08, 08:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 334
Posted By birvine

Air Transat into Varadero with a bike

I have also posted this on TT's Forums, but I wanted access to the collective here, too...

I suppose I should have asked this some time ago and not within a few days of heading out... What are...
Forum: Touring
12-28-08, 07:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 531
Posted By birvine

More Economics: Gear Economics

Since I have been reading these threads the past few days it was with these thoughts of economics when I read the latest issue of a certain bicycling magazine. I think in the whole issue, from front...
Forum: Touring
12-27-08, 09:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,008
Posted By birvine

My economics depend on where I am going and how...

My economics depend on where I am going and how long I am going. A few times I brought along camping gear only to find within a few nights that after riding all day in the rain, what I wanted most...
Forum: Touring
12-24-08, 09:18 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,623
Posted By birvine

My first "long distance" ride of 25 km was when I...

My first "long distance" ride of 25 km was when I was 11 or 12. My first multi-day trip was when I was 20 and I spent six weeks cycling through England, Scotland and Wales.
12-23-08, 11:41 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,359
Posted By birvine

My wife of 3+ years had less than no interest in...

My wife of 3+ years had less than no interest in cycling when we met. Even when we were married she said she'd never come on a cycling tour - it was not her thing. Well, next week we're packing up...
Forum: Touring
12-23-08, 11:01 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,422
Posted By birvine

We're heading to Cuba right at the new year,...

We're heading to Cuba right at the new year, taking the bikes with us, and will be cycling into small villages to donate med supplies and baby clothes to hospitals or med centres over a two-week...
Forum: Touring
12-23-08, 10:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 311
Posted By birvine

Merry Xmas & Happy New Year

May everyone's touring wishes be granted and may you tour more in the new year than ever before! All the best.

Brent Irvine
Cochrane, ON
Forum: Touring
12-22-08, 01:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,649
Posted By birvine

Interesting feedback. I certainly am not...

Interesting feedback. I certainly am not attempting to criticize anyone or anyone's company for earning their living. It must cost a lot to organize, plan and operate a tour company - not to mention...
Forum: Touring
12-21-08, 03:54 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,649
Posted By birvine

Independent vs Organized

This site is more about the former than the latter. Just the same, I am curious. When I tour I use a rough rule of thumb at $100 per day for a tour. Thus, a three-week tour will cost me about $2100....
Forum: Touring
12-21-08, 03:37 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,222
Posted By birvine

Five years ago I was in the perfect position to...

Five years ago I was in the perfect position to do a trip somewhat like this. Our family ran a business in which staff could cover for me while I was away for three and a half months. There were some...
Forum: Touring
12-21-08, 03:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 753
Posted By birvine

From what I am told, you will not find any boxes...

From what I am told, you will not find any boxes in Cuba, so make sure you store it when you're there. From the airport, depending on which way you're going, take a cab into Varadero or Matanzas and...
Forum: Touring
12-21-08, 03:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,944
Posted By birvine

I don't need another bike, but what a great idea....

I don't need another bike, but what a great idea. Please be sure to post what you hear back from the eventual "winner".

Brent
Forum: Touring
12-21-08, 03:13 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,726
Posted By birvine

When the cycle is on "high" we get them a lot....

When the cycle is on "high" we get them a lot. Not only that, but we are a tiny town in northern Ontario (Cochrane, Ontario, CANADA) with no large city nearby so there is virtually no light pollution...
12-14-08, 07:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 652
Posted By birvine

So, what this tells me is that it is cheaper to...

So, what this tells me is that it is cheaper to post the advertising (oops, I mean magazine) online than send out physical product.
Forum: Touring
11-23-08, 02:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,618
Posted By birvine

OP: Why don't you buy a pair of new bags so...

OP:

Why don't you buy a pair of new bags so they are matched, then sell your single bag to someone who has lost one of their bags? I am no trying to be rude, just looking at the other side of the...
10-11-08, 04:41 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,010
Posted By birvine

I had the same problem years ago with the same...

I had the same problem years ago with the same lock while at uni. The grounds crew came with a torch and cut through the lock within a few seconds or minutes. I was on my way to class so had to bring...
10-01-08, 03:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,161
Posted By birvine

718 - 312 - 8533 This is my number from work...

718 - 312 - 8533

This is my number from work . Ask for Ronny.

Thanks,
Ronny.

On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 3:15 PM, BIrvine wrote:
What is your phone number? I have a few questions about the...
09-27-08, 01:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,161
Posted By birvine

With a further question just to see what would...

With a further question just to see what would happen... I got no reply.
09-27-08, 12:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,161
Posted By birvine

Thanks for the heads-up. I e-mailed, too, and the...

Thanks for the heads-up. I e-mailed, too, and the answers were identical to above. What made me wonder was that he apologized for being late with his reply -- which was within ten minutes. Then free...
Forum: Touring
09-27-08, 11:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,166
Posted By birvine

Cascadia here, too. They are fairly easy to...

Cascadia here, too. They are fairly easy to remove if necessary. Great coverage. Look good (my opinion; certainly not my wife's!).file:///E:/DCIM/201CANON/IMG_0176.JPG
09-20-08, 07:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Posted By birvine

I'm sorry, but what is a mup?

I'm sorry, but what is a mup?
Forum: Touring
09-20-08, 07:40 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,764
Posted By birvine

I guess I would have to say a little bit of all...

I guess I would have to say a little bit of all of the above. Over the last few years I have built up my touring gear - new bags, racks, etc - but have only been on day tours. However, every few...
Forum: Touring
09-15-08, 07:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 526
Posted By birvine

See my site below. Can be cold.

See my site below. Can be cold.
09-14-08, 05:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 751
Posted By birvine

I have cycled "seriously" for more than twenty...

I have cycled "seriously" for more than twenty years and have subscribed for as long. I have to say that according to the mag there are only good products out there. They periodically have the next...
Forum: Touring
09-13-08, 11:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 775
Posted By birvine

I have a BOB and have both the Dry Sac and a...

I have a BOB and have both the Dry Sac and a large black duffel bag with a waterproof liner. These hold a lot, but why not consider a second bag for the camping gear so as to protect your clothes and...
09-13-08, 10:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 904
Posted By birvine

How timely! Just this morning I was thinking...

How timely! Just this morning I was thinking about going on a cycling holiday with my little guy when he gets a bit older. And gave thought for the first time of getting a tandem (so have been...
Forum: Touring
09-13-08, 10:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 498
Posted By birvine

+1 I have the Sherpa F and R. An added...

+1

I have the Sherpa F and R. An added benefit is that there are holes on the brackets to which I attached fenders only yesterday. Can't go wrong.

B
Forum: Touring
09-13-08, 09:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 615
Posted By birvine

I think there's a Planet Bike LED light that is...

I think there's a Planet Bike LED light that is inexpensive, bright and frugal with its battery usage. It comes on its own or with a bright flashing rear light. It was in a recent issue of "that"...
09-13-08, 09:14 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,379
Posted By birvine

Playing devil's advocate... If Dorel pushed...

Playing devil's advocate...

If Dorel pushed C'dale down into a different market (a lower one) one would hope that there are enough of us to merit the growth or introduction of another company to...
Forum: Touring
09-13-08, 09:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 649
Posted By birvine

Thanks for the input. Everything you said...

Thanks for the input. Everything you said confirmed all that I have felt on different tours. My most difficult touring was in cold rain. Soaked to the bone. Hands numb. Feet squishing. Had shorter...
09-13-08, 08:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,379
Posted By birvine

Further to my previous comments... a company with...

Further to my previous comments... a company with which we were previously affiliated used to supply granite markers. They switched to Chinese product. It is cheaper to have granite cut, shaped,...
09-13-08, 08:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,379
Posted By birvine

First off, I'm not sure why any of the comments...

First off, I'm not sure why any of the comments are being labelled as "troll" - what exactly does that mean? I'm finding this discussion rather interesting. I have always been a questioning person so...
Forum: Touring
09-13-08, 08:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 649
Posted By birvine

Wet Weather Comfort on a Tour

I plan my tours by the weather so that I miss all of the rainy days... ok, end of dreamworld!

When it's raining, I'm wet whether I'm covered or not. If not covered I get rained on; if covered,...
Forum: Touring
09-13-08, 05:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,499
Posted By birvine

I have to drive a lot (often 50 to 150 km per...

I have to drive a lot (often 50 to 150 km per day), wear a suit (no time to clean up when I arrive) and carry loads of documents (cannot be wet, crumpled or lost).
Forum: Touring
09-12-08, 09:33 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,499
Posted By birvine

Now that sounds awesome. I think 2 is a bit young...

Now that sounds awesome. I think 2 is a bit young for our youngest, but he'll be old enough soon enough. One of his first words was "bikel" (ie bicycle)

B
Forum: Touring
09-12-08, 09:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,116
Posted By birvine

By the way... I did not list the bike. Only...

By the way... I did not list the bike. Only surmising what is going on here.

Brent
Forum: Touring
09-12-08, 09:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,116
Posted By birvine

Is it within the realm of possibility that a...

Is it within the realm of possibility that a person could list on eBay, shill bid (today is the first I heard of this term), but if nobody 'really' bids, have a friend in 'UK' bid it up to make it...
Forum: Touring
09-12-08, 09:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 355
Posted By birvine

I just mounted my Planet Bike fenders on the...

I just mounted my Planet Bike fenders on the Cannondale. I went to the hardware store to add a bracket to my OMM front rack to which I attached the fender bolts - works beautifully. I zip-tied the...
Forum: Touring
09-11-08, 07:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,499
Posted By birvine

And here is the other issue that makes long trips...

And here is the other issue that makes long trips tough for me at the moment - a 7 yr old and a 2 yr old. Hard to ask my wife to be the only one for x number of days while I traipse around the globe...
Forum: Touring
09-11-08, 07:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,305
Posted By birvine

As good as the idea sounds, I have to admit that...

As good as the idea sounds, I have to admit that I would not buy one. I don't carry my Rebel on the bike but prefer the lightness of my point-and-shoot camera instead which I can stash almost...
Forum: Touring
09-11-08, 06:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,482
Posted By birvine

Thanks to everyone for your responses. Very...

Thanks to everyone for your responses. Very interesting, indeed.

As with so much in the cycling/touring world, much depends on personal preference and circumstances. Before we head to Cuba I'll...
Forum: Touring
09-08-08, 08:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,499
Posted By birvine

What's your day job?

I know there are a lot of people who read though this forum, but it almost sounds like everyone has all kinds of time to dedicate to lengthy tours to far reaches of the world. How often does everyone...
Forum: Touring
09-08-08, 08:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,482
Posted By birvine

Front vs rear weighting of panniers

Since I started touring 20+ years ago, I only used rear panniers. I recently added a front rack and bought some Arkel panniers to ride 2x2 instead. From what I had previously read, I was going to...
Forum: Touring
09-06-08, 07:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,230
Posted By birvine

A few years ago when I was cycling across Europe...

A few years ago when I was cycling across Europe I sent a few packages home. After a few weeks I decided that hotels were what I wanted... home went all of the camping gear. When I had burned a disc...
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