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Forum: Touring
06-24-19, 05:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 589
Posted By staehpj1

I'd agree with that. That said sleeping pad...

I'd agree with that. That said sleeping pad comfort can be pretty important for most people so choose carefully. I like the Thermarest NeoAir family, but you might consider others from Exped, Sea...
Forum: Touring
06-23-19, 06:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 589
Posted By staehpj1

It is a personal preference, but I don't equate a...

It is a personal preference, but I don't equate a bigger heavier tent with more comfort. If I am in the tent I am usually sleeping, reading, or lying quietly. None of those require much space and I...
Forum: Touring
06-21-19, 05:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,011
Posted By staehpj1

There is a lot of variability in what may be...

There is a lot of variability in what may be wanted/needed. It will depend on bag size and shape as well as mounting position (fore and aft as well as up and down). Foot size, foot position on the...
Forum: Touring
06-19-19, 05:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,093
Posted By staehpj1

Tons of variables here. I leave the stand alone...

Tons of variables here. I leave the stand alone gps home for on the road tours, but might take it for off road tours. I manage to do that mostly thru minimal phone usage.

Battery issues vary...
Forum: Touring
06-16-19, 05:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,459
Posted By staehpj1

I think a lot of folks start touring when they...

I think a lot of folks start touring when they are over 50 or 60 and their careers start to allow them more freedom. I know I did. I celebrated my 56th birthday on my first tour (transamerica). ...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 04:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 921
Posted By staehpj1

Have a great time hiking. Nothing wrong with...

Have a great time hiking. Nothing wrong with that.

OTOH, I do suggest trying some long distance touring on the road at some point with no sag if you haven't already. It is a whole different...
Forum: Touring
06-12-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,101
Posted By staehpj1

I really dislike your concept. Ride the bike or...

I really dislike your concept. Ride the bike or don't take it. Don't create a stigma around bike touring. I have hitch hiked across the country once and have ridden across the country a couple times...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 06:33 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,157
Posted By staehpj1

Different strokes... I always figured 50F and...

Different strokes... I always figured 50F and raining was fairly pleasant. It might get a little chilly on the long descents, but I can still work up a sweat on the climbs or even the flats.

I...
Forum: Touring
06-09-19, 03:15 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,157
Posted By staehpj1

Good points, but there are places in the US and I...

Good points, but there are places in the US and I assume other places where the roads are remote and empty enough that for those locales your points can be kind of moot. For example a good portion...
Forum: Touring
06-09-19, 04:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,157
Posted By staehpj1

Usually I just make do as best I can. I try to...

Usually I just make do as best I can. I try to be in camp during the actual thunderstorms. That usually means riding early and finishing up before the storms hit when they are expected since they...
Forum: Touring
05-31-19, 05:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,342
Posted By staehpj1

Late June is a fine time to start in the West. By...

Late June is a fine time to start in the West. By the time you get to the Great Plains your daily average will be probably be higher and even if you took a very long time or started later, October...
Forum: Touring
05-29-19, 05:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,187
Posted By staehpj1

Your proposed time frame is about when I went and...

Your proposed time frame is about when I went and I found it ideal.

I don't want to rain on your parade, but will say that I found the ST pretty dismal scenery wise. It is a long ways between...
05-28-19, 06:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,617
Posted By staehpj1

If the problem continues. Shake it up good, add...

If the problem continues. Shake it up good, add some extra sealant (a couple ounces), ride right away after adding, and be patient if it takes a few days or a week of daily riding before it seals. I...
Forum: Touring
05-27-19, 03:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,563
Posted By staehpj1

Could the "counter weight" actually be a...

Could the "counter weight" actually be a reinforcement to make up for the larger hole for the valve stem, especially since it looks like they used a thick grommet? A counter weight in that location...
Forum: Touring
05-26-19, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 729
Posted By staehpj1

Not sure if my experience is relevant or not, It...

Not sure if my experience is relevant or not, It may depend on the tire size you plan to run. I have no experience with the Ryde Andra 30 rims at all and have not toured on tubeless so my experience...
Forum: Touring
05-26-19, 05:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 894
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, hiker biker sites sometimes are not a great...

Yeah, hiker biker sites sometimes are not a great deal for for groups. We were at times successful in convincing them to let us stay in a regular site if that was cheaper for our group of three...
Forum: Touring
05-25-19, 03:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 894
Posted By staehpj1

Sounds amazing. I don't have any route advice,...

Sounds amazing. I don't have any route advice, having only ridden the TransAmerica and Pacific coast portions of your route. Hopefully others will chime in. If not maybe post a question specific...
Forum: Touring
05-25-19, 06:23 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,032
Posted By staehpj1

Meh, usually it really isn't that big of a deal....

Meh, usually it really isn't that big of a deal. Getting rained on isn't the end of the world and it is usually best to just tough it out in my experience, but if you have the flexibility of using...
Forum: Touring
05-24-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 894
Posted By staehpj1

I look forward to seeing a more fleshed out...

I look forward to seeing a more fleshed out route. Lots of options between those distant waypoints. Sounds like quite a trip though.
Forum: Touring
05-23-19, 06:31 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,894
Posted By staehpj1

I haven't done it, but if the tour was long...

I haven't done it, but if the tour was long enough or the roads/terrain changed drastically enough, why not change mid tour? I could see it especially for tours that spanned multiple continents. Also...
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 06:30 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,654
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks. I am doing some day riding mostly off...

Thanks. I am doing some day riding mostly off road and plan some touring in the fall.

To the OP... I didn't mention it in my first post, but obviously if long tours are tough on your current...
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 06:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,064
Posted By staehpj1

Here is an old list and picture from a mixed...

Here is an old list and picture from a mixed road/dirt trip. It isn't current, but it is the easiest one for me to list at the moment. Base gear weight was 14 pounds. I have replaced quite a few...
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 05:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 856
Posted By staehpj1

I won't claim to have compared a bunch of tires...

I won't claim to have compared a bunch of tires for this usage, but will say that I was surprised just how well I liked 26x2.1 Kenda Slant Sixes. I am usually inclined to want a racy road tire for...
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 05:29 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,654
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks. I took a few years off from touring to...

Thanks. I took a few years off from touring to do other stuff.
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,743
Posted By staehpj1

I almost agree. The only reason I don't is that...

I almost agree. The only reason I don't is that there are so many competing stupid ideas out there that I can't choose the single stupidest one.
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 07:03 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,654
Posted By staehpj1

Time off - It is something you need to prioritize...

Time off - It is something you need to prioritize in your selection when choosing career and employer if you want to take long trips while still working. You may also need to save up leave if...
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 06:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,383
Posted By staehpj1

A few things that help a lot: Choosing a...

A few things that help a lot:

Choosing a phone that has a removable battery helps a lot
Buy extra phone batteries if your phone has that option. I have generally found them cheaply from...
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 05:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 748
Posted By staehpj1

Some things to consider... Not all of this may...

Some things to consider... Not all of this may apply to you, but I found the following:


I found that the long masts made my Dahon Helios less pleasant to ride for much more than than shortish...
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 04:58 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,706
Posted By staehpj1

For those conditions for sleeping, running shorts...

For those conditions for sleeping, running shorts with a 4" inseam are all I wear. As it gets colder I might add tights (yeah I know you said no tights).
Around camp I have used a variety of things...
12-29-18, 09:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,116
Posted By staehpj1

I like getting out into the woods, getting some...

I like getting out into the woods, getting some exercise, enjoying the scenery, seeing wild life, and riding over a bit of challenging terrain. It combines a lot of what I like about bicycling and...
Forum: Touring
09-24-18, 04:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,079
Posted By staehpj1

Yes, it is always a challenge to be comfortable...

Yes, it is always a challenge to be comfortable when it is hot and buggy with a regular bivy. I typically use an all mesh topped bug bivy if it will be buggy and hot. The problem is that there is...
Forum: Touring
09-24-18, 04:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,079
Posted By staehpj1

There is no single "one size fits all" answer. ...

There is no single "one size fits all" answer. It is a balance of weight tolerated vs coverage needed/desired. It also matters whether the bivy is weatherproof or a bug bivy and whether the...
Forum: Touring
09-20-18, 06:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,079
Posted By staehpj1

Yes I am still using the same setup with the...

Yes I am still using the same setup with the exception of the fact that I did add a bigger tarp (Sea2Summit Escapist M 6'6" x 8'6") as another option for when I think i may I want more coverage. In...
Forum: Touring
08-04-18, 05:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 705
Posted By staehpj1

I don't have a huge amount of experience with the...

I don't have a huge amount of experience with the Seattle area, but did fly in to there for one tour. I used the Bremmerton Ferry to get out of Seattle. It seemed like a nice enough option for my...
Forum: Touring
08-01-18, 05:34 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,602
Posted By staehpj1

If someone finds them to be a good deal that is...

If someone finds them to be a good deal that is great, but they don't appeal to me at all. For me touring is about going it alone or with a very small group of friends or family and usually on the...
Forum: Touring
07-15-18, 04:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 972
Posted By staehpj1

I said an 15 extra miles, but don't think it...

I said an 15 extra miles, but don't think it really represents what I do very well for a variety of reasons. How strong I am feeling factors in as do other things. I may actually just do the hilly...
Forum: Touring
07-05-18, 06:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 891
Posted By staehpj1

I love my Neo Air X-Lite and have used it for a...

I love my Neo Air X-Lite and have used it for a broad range of conditions. I found it fine even for cold nights in winter on the ST or cold spring and Fall nights elsewhere.

The thing is that...
Forum: Touring
06-29-18, 05:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 891
Posted By staehpj1

I elected to go a different route. My route may...

I elected to go a different route. My route may be a little extreme, but I think most could apply some of the principles of it to their advantage. I prefer to minimize power consumption and charge...
Forum: Touring
06-29-18, 05:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,348
Posted By staehpj1

First... It is impossible to answer without...

First...
It is impossible to answer without applying personal criteria.

Second...
Your list is made up of kind of odd choices and conspicuous omissions. You leave out the NT, ST, WE, SC, Great...
Forum: Touring
06-27-18, 05:44 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,581
Posted By staehpj1

It wouldn't worry me a bit if mine didn't match. ...

It wouldn't worry me a bit if mine didn't match.

On the TA, my companions had a different kind of mismatch. They had one front pair of roll top and one with zippers and pockets between them. ...
Forum: Touring
06-27-18, 05:38 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,039
Posted By staehpj1

Just me, but I look at these same decisions in...

Just me, but I look at these same decisions in quite a bit different way. Obviously, there are plenty of different approaches and the one that works for you is the way to go. Here is what has...
Forum: Touring
06-26-18, 05:37 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,039
Posted By staehpj1

Build or reassemble? I am a little confused. ...

Build or reassemble? I am a little confused. The word build to me implies putting it together for the first time usually from parts. You say build, but the description sounds more like you had a...
Forum: Touring
06-25-18, 06:31 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,006
Posted By staehpj1

I too would have said that the Oregon Coast. To...

I too would have said that the Oregon Coast. To me it would be the prototypical low stress tour. Since that wasn't to your liking the choices get harder to find.

The Gap/C&O is all off road as is...
Forum: Touring
06-12-18, 05:04 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,583
Posted By staehpj1

Definitely a personal preference thing. I pack...

Definitely a personal preference thing. I pack really light and have been touring on 25mm tires lately. That said I did a mixed dirt/pavement tour on fat mtb tires with lots of low knobs and was...
Forum: Touring
06-07-18, 04:44 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,761
Posted By staehpj1

I met a guy doing similarly. He had a greyhound...

I met a guy doing similarly. He had a greyhound Saluki mix in a kid trailer and was more or less living on the bike. He too said that the dog ran alongside up the long grades. He mentioned that it...
Forum: Touring
06-06-18, 06:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,728
Posted By staehpj1

After thinking about it a bit more I'll say...

After thinking about it a bit more I'll say this...
Is it touring, yes sure.
Is the experience anything like what we usually think of as touring, no. It feels way more like an organized century or...
Forum: Touring
06-03-18, 05:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 933
Posted By staehpj1

+1 on this. Some of the pumps had water that I...

+1 on this. Some of the pumps had water that I found decidedly unpalatable. I would consider taking a filter since some now only about 2 ounces.
Forum: Touring
06-03-18, 05:08 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,222
Posted By staehpj1

I think the Streamliner line are all nice racks...

I think the Streamliner line are all nice racks and one would be a good choice for this bike.

I am not crazy about seat post racks they tend to be heavy, awkward and easily knocked crooked.
Forum: Touring
05-30-18, 05:18 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,117
Posted By staehpj1

On the TA and my other early tours when I was...

On the TA and my other early tours when I was packing more heavily I used 48/36/26 and 12-32 to start with and swapped out the 26 for a 24. It was adequate.

Since I started packing much lighter...
Forum: Touring
05-29-18, 05:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,230
Posted By staehpj1

My observations... As a host, I enjoyed most...

My observations...

As a host, I enjoyed most of our guest's visits. I liked giving back especially after all the hospitality I have experienced when touring. Since I moved to Tallahassee I am...
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