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Forum: Touring
12-22-13, 04:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,889
Posted By simplygib

Worked well for me in Nicaragua a few years back....

Worked well for me in Nicaragua a few years back. Had new Marathons but split one open on some nasty glass. The folding Marathon went on easy and worked well. I wouldn't tour in any 3rd world...
Forum: Touring
12-22-13, 03:25 PM
Replies: 541
Views: 282,751
Posted By simplygib

The post above was from a couple of years ago. ...

The post above was from a couple of years ago. That ivory paint didn't hold up too well so late last summer I repainted the old girl again. On a test ride after getting it all back together the...
Forum: Touring
11-04-13, 09:49 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,479
Posted By simplygib

I rode from Cancun to Panama City in 2009. ...

I rode from Cancun to Panama City in 2009. Nothing but good experiences. I was 56 at the time and would do it again in a heartbeat. We decided to avoid places like San Pedro Sula (in Honduras) and...
Forum: Touring
10-27-13, 10:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,467
Posted By simplygib

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Forum: Touring
10-27-13, 10:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 830
Posted By simplygib

The northern end of the California coast is...

The northern end of the California coast is spectacular but I'd never ride it in January. Late spring or fall would be my preference. North central California (Weed, Mt. Shasta City, Dunsmuir,...
Forum: Touring
09-24-13, 11:42 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,511
Posted By simplygib

Amen to this. Example: Two years ago with my gf...

Amen to this. Example: Two years ago with my gf touring through Northern California she has a blowout in a small town. No bike shops in the town, and the stores that did sell bike tires (Rite Aid,...
Forum: Touring
09-23-13, 01:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,274
Posted By simplygib

Anticipating fulltiming or being stationary...

Anticipating fulltiming or being stationary somewhere? Either way, it's a good way to go. Five years and counting for me, stationary in a 5er on my property in the woods. Never missed the old...
Forum: Touring
09-15-13, 03:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,274
Posted By simplygib

Nope. Just drilled a hole in the struts and put...

Nope. Just drilled a hole in the struts and put small bolts through them. No problems with it over several tours so far.

To fit the rear rack in front I did have to fabricate small brackets to...
Forum: Touring
09-13-13, 09:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,274
Posted By simplygib

It's a basic CyclePro rear rack mounted in front....

It's a basic CyclePro rear rack mounted in front. Added the lower tubes to get the panniers down a bit.
Forum: Touring
09-08-13, 08:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,274
Posted By simplygib

Mountain bikes make great touring bikes. Go for...

Mountain bikes make great touring bikes. Go for it.

Can the fork be locked out? If so, no need to change.

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Forum: Touring
08-02-13, 12:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 860
Posted By simplygib

+1 When I bought my road bike last year I...

+1

When I bought my road bike last year I had narrowed it down to two bikes, went to the LBS 5 days in a row and rode both of them (as well as a few others) each day. It was a tough choice. The...
Forum: Touring
08-02-13, 11:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 452
Posted By simplygib

Agree with the others. The hills just south of...

Agree with the others. The hills just south of Crescent City are not a big deal. Bike lanes on part of it, and where there aren't bike lanes there are two lanes of southbound traffic, so traffic...
Forum: Touring
07-15-13, 09:49 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,398
Posted By simplygib

Wow. The silence in here is deafening. ...

Wow. The silence in here is deafening. :rolleyes:
Forum: Touring
06-14-13, 09:40 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,134
Posted By simplygib

Glad you got it resolved - ride on! :thumb:

Glad you got it resolved - ride on! :thumb:
Forum: Touring
06-10-13, 10:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,134
Posted By simplygib

Exactly what kind of knee pain is your brother...

Exactly what kind of knee pain is your brother experiencing? The same as yours, or something different? Besides looking at the bike fit, taking ibuprofen and icing, you might want to think about...
Forum: Touring
05-03-13, 06:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,643
Posted By simplygib

If it fits you it could make a great touring...

If it fits you it could make a great touring bike. I wouldn't hesitate.
Forum: Touring
05-03-13, 06:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 750
Posted By simplygib

I've cut three tours short. One was my very...

I've cut three tours short. One was my very first tour, because of knee issues. Second one was my gf's first tour. It was hot. There were a lot of shoulderless roads and she hated it. Pushing...
Forum: Touring
04-17-13, 04:05 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,674
Posted By simplygib

JMO, but I would instead fly into PDX, catch a...

JMO, but I would instead fly into PDX, catch a bus to Astoria (if you don't have time to ride it), then ride to Crescent City and pick up a bus or car back to SF, PDX or wherever you're flying out...
Forum: Touring
04-12-13, 03:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,093
Posted By simplygib

Here is a search ...

Here is a search ...
Forum: Touring
03-29-13, 11:21 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,818
Posted By simplygib

When I see an ultralight tourer, I always wonder...

When I see an ultralight tourer, I always wonder what they left behind. I start wondering if they cut the handle on their toothbrush down to save weight, or if they even brought a toothbrush at all....
Forum: Touring
03-25-13, 09:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 428
Posted By simplygib

According to my girlfriend, who is a Physical...

According to my girlfriend, who is a Physical The******, one thing for you to consider and discuss with your doctor is the approach they plan to use for your surgery.

Posterior approach - the...
Forum: Touring
03-24-13, 10:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,338
Posted By simplygib

I have Marathon Plus tires and mount them the...

I have Marathon Plus tires and mount them the same way as shown in the video but without the toe straps. I haven't found them to be necessary. When the tire gets stretched too tight to continue...
Forum: Touring
03-24-13, 10:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,040
Posted By simplygib

If the knee pain continues after verifying that...

If the knee pain continues after verifying that your bike fit is correct, I wouldn't mess around with it on an internet forum. Get professional advice. See a doctor who specializes in sports...
Forum: Touring
03-15-13, 10:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 594
Posted By simplygib

I documented my first tour with paper, pen and a...

I documented my first tour with paper, pen and a 35mm camera. Internet wasn't as universal then as it is now, nor were digital cameras. A couple of years ago I transcribed those journal entries...
Forum: Touring
03-15-13, 09:53 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,844
Posted By simplygib

I had the same issue with mine. It was rubbing...

I had the same issue with mine. It was rubbing my inner thighs raw. Like seeker333, I used a drill and small bit and put two holes on each side. Used a zip tie for lacing. Works great, but I...
Forum: Touring
03-14-13, 09:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 675
Posted By simplygib

Yes, of course you can. What do you have now?

Yes, of course you can. What do you have now?
Forum: Touring
03-14-13, 09:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 496
Posted By simplygib

Good stuff. You're really capturing the essence...

Good stuff. You're really capturing the essence of it. Keep it going.
Forum: Touring
03-13-13, 09:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 675
Posted By simplygib

Yes. 1998 Specialized Hard Rock. Only bike I've...

Yes. 1998 Specialized Hard Rock. Only bike I've ever toured on. Eight or nine tours so far, 25,000 miles on the bike (not all from loaded touring, but many thousands were). MTBs can make great...
Forum: Touring
03-12-13, 06:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,169
Posted By simplygib

Love it. Omiak - great photos. Gotta make...

Love it.

Omiak - great photos. Gotta make it to that part of the world someday. My brother just returned from a trip to Hong Kong, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. Vietnam and Cambodia were his...
Forum: Touring
03-10-13, 10:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,656
Posted By simplygib

I guess it's all a matter of perspective. My ex...

I guess it's all a matter of perspective. My ex wife, a native of Peru, has often stated that I am the bad person. http://www.bikeforums.net/images/smilies/innocent.gif

Honduras has the worst...
Forum: Touring
03-10-13, 10:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,656
Posted By simplygib

Not by itself, no. But to ignore it completely...

Not by itself, no. But to ignore it completely isn't wise either. If you base your risk assessment solely on government reports you are getting a highly exaggerated picture of what is really...
Forum: Touring
03-09-13, 06:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,656
Posted By simplygib

Almost without fail the people who scream the...

Almost without fail the people who scream the loudest about the dangers of another country are the ones who have never been there. This is very common. Friends of mine told me I was going to end up...
Forum: Touring
03-09-13, 09:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,594
Posted By simplygib

I saw an article about Teresa Scanlan...

I saw an article about Teresa Scanlan (http://www.today.com/id/43429358/ns/today-todaytravel/t/here-she-comes-miss-duct-tape/), and I was sold. :)
Forum: Touring
03-08-13, 07:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,594
Posted By simplygib

Please supply your contact information so my...

Please supply your contact information so my lawyer can contact you regarding patent infringement.
Actually, mine is a superior design since it doesn't require the use of one of those h-e-a-v-y...
Forum: Touring
03-05-13, 10:30 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,609
Posted By simplygib

That's unfortunate. In the northern part of the...

That's unfortunate. In the northern part of the state a ranger told me they would always find a spot for a hiker/biker, but I don't remember which campground that was. It should be a universal...
Forum: Touring
03-03-13, 02:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,609
Posted By simplygib

http://www.parks.ca.gov/parkindex/ Click on...

http://www.parks.ca.gov/parkindex/

Click on "By Activity/Facility" then scroll down and check the box next to "Hike or Bike Campsites" on the left under the heading "Overnight Facilities." ...
Forum: Touring
03-03-13, 10:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 877
Posted By simplygib

+1 on the battery pack. Something like this...

+1 on the battery pack. Something like this (http://www.amazon.com/Lightning-Sensation-Thunderbolt-connectors-customized/dp/B009USAJCC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362329275&sr=8-1) would carry you...
Forum: Touring
02-26-13, 12:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 825
Posted By simplygib

Great site. Scroll about a third of the way down...

Great site. Scroll about a third of the way down the page to see videos of, among other things, the Hiawatha and Norpac. Both look very "loaded touring" rideable.
Forum: Touring
02-26-13, 12:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 608
Posted By simplygib

The jitters are those things that happen when you...

The jitters are those things that happen when you are REALLY living. Enjoy them. I get them before every tour, even the ones I've done before. I find that after starting the tour the jitters...
Forum: Touring
02-26-13, 11:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 825
Posted By simplygib

Take this with a grain of salt because it has...

Take this with a grain of salt because it has been about four and a half years since I rode the Hiawatha, but if it is in the same condition now as it was then, I wouldn't hesitate to ride a loaded...
Forum: Touring
02-26-13, 10:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,487
Posted By simplygib

Sure doesn't sound good. Hopefully they will be...

Sure doesn't sound good. Hopefully they will be found safe.

Another incident involving American tourists happened in the same region a couple of months ago. Three tourists traveling around in a...
Forum: Touring
02-11-13, 12:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 757
Posted By simplygib

I'm heading down that way in a couple of hours. ...

I'm heading down that way in a couple of hours. I usually spend a few weeks at Anza Borrego this time of year. Personally I think the Salton Sea area is butt ugly and as others have said it often...
Forum: Touring
02-07-13, 04:55 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 7,228
Posted By simplygib

What kind of touring are you thinking of doing? ...

What kind of touring are you thinking of doing? A compact double could be fine for ultralight touring, credit card touring, etc., or if you're young and a strong rider.

I have a compact double...
Forum: Touring
01-31-13, 07:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,609
Posted By simplygib

+1 on the mirror. Avoided an SUV last year whose...

+1 on the mirror. Avoided an SUV last year whose driver was texting or something while coming up behind me half in the bike lane. Can't see every single car that comes up behind me, but do see a...
Forum: Touring
01-31-13, 06:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,164
Posted By simplygib

Four for me. Wore out the first two, gave the...

Four for me. Wore out the first two, gave the third to my girlfriend, now have a B-17 that's great but could still stand a little more breaking in after nearly 2k miles.
Forum: Touring
01-25-13, 11:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,333
Posted By simplygib

I once picked up a cell phone. At the end of the...

I once picked up a cell phone. At the end of the day's ride I was going to call some of the contacts to try to locate the owner, but before I got the chance the phone rang and it was the woman who...
Forum: Touring
01-25-13, 11:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 523
Posted By simplygib

I usually get "post tour depression" before the...

I usually get "post tour depression" before the tour ends. The last couple of weeks I find myself soaking in every moment with the knowledge that it's soon to be over. By the time I get home...
Forum: Touring
01-23-13, 10:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,263
Posted By simplygib

+1 on the battery packs. I have the earlier...

+1 on the battery packs. I have the earlier version of this one...
Forum: Touring
01-22-13, 03:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,360
Posted By simplygib

Not personally, but I met a couple on my 2008...

Not personally, but I met a couple on my 2008 Pacific Coast tour who did. We've stayed in contact and my girlfriend and I just had a nice visit with them in September. Great folks, great story...
Forum: Touring
01-20-13, 12:38 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,974
Posted By simplygib

From my Pacific Coast (Portland to Sacramento...

From my Pacific Coast (Portland to Sacramento area) tour in 2008, roughly 1100 miles and 27 days, $41.74 per day, pretty close to a dollar per bike mile:
$125.00 - Amtrak
$320.22 - Motels (6...
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