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12-11-06, 02:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 469
Posted By BigGuy

Hi Trans... Way to go - you're determination...

Hi Trans...

Way to go - you're determination is admirable!! You could make Alaska part of the journey and not just the goal. I've now crossed North America twice since I started cycling in 2002...
12-11-06, 01:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,410
Posted By BigGuy

Yep -'tis no fun. I'm on my 3rd post now... and...

Yep -'tis no fun. I'm on my 3rd post now... and 4th saddle in 16,000 kms. They usually sheer where the post clamps on to the under-saddle rails (whatever they're called). Metal fatigue I guess.
Forum: Touring
06-18-06, 09:38 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 259
Posted By BigGuy

Wanderlust - to the Great White North

Just can't help myself - got this craving to see new territory.

My overall goal is to cycle from CtoC then CtoC (Pacific to Atlantic -done, then Gulf of Mexico to Arctic Ocean) - all solo,...
06-18-06, 09:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 329
Posted By BigGuy

Wanderlust - to the Great White North

Just can't help myself - I've gotta get on my faithful steed and head off to see some new territory. Leaving tomorrow (Mon). Alaska highway to Whitehorse, Klondike highway to Dawson City, then the...
Forum: Touring
06-17-06, 10:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 939
Posted By BigGuy

Finishing a tour from the Gulf of Mexico to the...

Finishing a tour from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean - 2,000 kms will take me to Tuktoyaktuk in the North West Territories (Canada). This includes the (in)famous Dempster Highway - 740 kms of...
06-17-06, 12:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 552
Posted By BigGuy

Hope your trip is a real slice!

Hope your trip is a real slice!
06-17-06, 12:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,022
Posted By BigGuy

I'm thoroughly sold on the idea of a mirror - I...

I'm thoroughly sold on the idea of a mirror - I haven't tried a handlebar style, but the helmet type is excellent - it takes a few rides to get used to and set up right. All it takes is a twitch in...
06-12-06, 09:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 503
Posted By BigGuy

Oooops -- sorry s boy - that's what happens with...

Oooops -- sorry s boy - that's what happens with us old geezers - we tend to forget what the original thread was all about.........WELCOME!

Murray
06-12-06, 09:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 503
Posted By BigGuy

It seems to me the "handling" should be...

It seems to me the "handling" should be free!
Forum: Touring
06-11-06, 08:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 596
Posted By BigGuy

Your equipment list will vary according to where...

Your equipment list will vary according to where you're touring - where are you touring? If you're going thru mountains you'll need some heavier/warmer stuff.

I tend to take some things that...
Forum: Touring
06-11-06, 08:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 648
Posted By BigGuy

Jamawani: Good question - I've wondered...

Jamawani:

Good question - I've wondered about that too....Seems to me we need to coin a new term for a north/south tour. "Cross Canada" is pretty well set in our minds as east/west. I'm starting...
Forum: Touring
06-11-06, 05:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 648
Posted By BigGuy

Hey IM: I am slightly prejudiced here - I...

Hey IM:

I am slightly prejudiced here - I think it's legitimate to break it up into bite size portions -- I did it in 2 summers (Calgary to Ottawa then Ottawa to Calgary via St John's and...
05-29-06, 09:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,952
Posted By BigGuy

HI Farhorizon and fellow clydes... Guess I'm...

HI Farhorizon and fellow clydes...

Guess I'm in the uberclyde category at 265 lbs, down from 295. I'm 6'3". I do long distance touring - about 4,000 kms per summer so my days are usually 3-6...
04-20-06, 10:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,379
Posted By BigGuy

While touring I had a serious problem with...

While touring I had a serious problem with chafing, and mentally designed a seat along the lines you've suggested. But before actually spending the time and effort to make the seat, I decided to...
Forum: Touring
04-19-06, 04:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,589
Posted By BigGuy

Because I often tour far removed from a repair...

Because I often tour far removed from a repair shop, I carry most of the stuff mentioned above, plus a hub remover to replace broken spokes on the cassette side. Also I'll be sure to have spokes to...
Forum: Touring
04-19-06, 12:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 895
Posted By BigGuy

I had a good sports watch stolen from my bar bag...

I had a good sports watch stolen from my bar bag - the irony is that I found it on the shoulder a week before!
Forum: Touring
04-17-06, 10:12 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,320
Posted By BigGuy

Won't leave home without it.

Won't leave home without it.
Forum: Touring
04-17-06, 05:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 644
Posted By BigGuy

Up until now I've done a lot of humming - even...

Up until now I've done a lot of humming - even singing. I've been known to start multi-animal stampedes at the very hint of a song beginning... it's great for dogs too - just start to sing and they...
Forum: Touring
04-17-06, 04:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,056
Posted By BigGuy

Wow!! Some of you guys have had amazing trips -...

Wow!! Some of you guys have had amazing trips - stuff of my dreams.....

I haven't done anything like many of you, but I've been fairly proud of what I've been able to do since I started 4 summers...
04-15-06, 01:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 292
Posted By BigGuy

Planning to finish a tour that ended prematurely...

Planning to finish a tour that ended prematurely last year with heart fibrilation - Dr. says OK for this year. The tour started in Corpus Christie, TX (Gulf of Mexico) and is slated to end at...
Forum: Touring
04-14-06, 10:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 594
Posted By BigGuy

An easy way to cross the Fraser River is to use...

An easy way to cross the Fraser River is to use the free ferry at Fort Langley assuming your ferry from Vancouver Island is landing at Tsawwassen - there are many different ways to get to Fort...
04-13-06, 11:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 483
Posted By BigGuy

If you have a rash of flats and can never find...

If you have a rash of flats and can never find the cause - they may be caused by pinching the tube against the rim --- I know this is simplistic, but while I was on a long tour (and I'm very heavy) I...
Forum: Touring
04-13-06, 10:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 944
Posted By BigGuy

There's so much unusual stuff that I began to...

There's so much unusual stuff that I began to keep track of it in my tour journal - then when it came time to send a bi-weekly e-mail to friends back home, I included a section entitled "The Great...
04-04-06, 09:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 301
Posted By BigGuy

This has gotta be the shortest post in the...

This has gotta be the shortest post in the history of BF - maybe it got caught in the time warp of "spring foreward" to Daylight saving time!
04-04-06, 09:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 426
Posted By BigGuy

Hi Hawkjohn: A couple summers ago while on a...

Hi Hawkjohn:
A couple summers ago while on a long tour I had a similar problem, but there was no LBS nearby to try out different shoes (to say nothing of the added expense) - I went to the drug...
04-01-06, 08:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,255
Posted By BigGuy

Sorry guys, no wise-cracks here! During my...

Sorry guys, no wise-cracks here!

During my first summer touring I was on the verge of quitting several times because of constant chaffing. I had a good ergonomic saddle - don't remember the...
Forum: Touring
03-12-06, 03:17 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,508
Posted By BigGuy

My plans are to finish a CtoCtoCtoC (Pacific to...

My plans are to finish a CtoCtoCtoC (Pacific to Atlantic, Gulf of Mex to Arctic Oc.) - I'd planned on finishing it last summer, but had a heart problem intrude. Doc says Ok for this summer. I have...
Forum: Touring
03-11-06, 02:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 680
Posted By BigGuy

Hi Camel - I use an "Exponent" made by ICP...

Hi Camel - I use an "Exponent" made by ICP Technologies and sold under the Coleman brand -- it is a foldable charger with a peak output of 300 mAmps @14.8V. It weighs 9.2 oz. You have to get a...
Forum: Touring
03-11-06, 01:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,411
Posted By BigGuy

Chains don't stretch -- they wear. I doubt a 9...

Chains don't stretch -- they wear. I doubt a 9 speed would wear faster than an 8. (I have a 9 speed on a Cannondale touring bike - T800)
Forum: Touring
03-04-06, 11:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,629
Posted By BigGuy

I carry an 8" adjustable wrench for the pedals,...

I carry an 8" adjustable wrench for the pedals, which doubles as a hub wrench in combo with a chain whip. The secret is to not overtighten the pedals or the hub.
03-04-06, 09:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 468
Posted By BigGuy

I stick mine outside and let it freeze-dry!

I stick mine outside and let it freeze-dry!
Forum: Touring
03-01-06, 06:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 666
Posted By BigGuy

Hi SF! Please note that bicycles are not...

Hi SF!
Please note that bicycles are not allowed on the Trans Canada from Vancouver to Abbotsford. I took Highway 7 on the north side of the Fraser River all the way to Hope, where you can join the...
03-01-06, 06:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 757
Posted By BigGuy

Ah, who can forget their first one? Moving from...

Ah, who can forget their first one? Moving from the vertical to the horizontal in such an agonizingly slow, mentally numbing certainty -- I'm gonna hit, and it's gonna hurt. The Turtle Tumble -...
Forum: Touring
02-27-06, 01:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,790
Posted By BigGuy

I can't talk about group touring because I've...

I can't talk about group touring because I've always gone solo (cross-continent). If you can't stand to be with yourself, you may have a problem! On a lot of trips you will encounter many other...
02-27-06, 12:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 836
Posted By BigGuy

I always try to get an emergency row seat. I'm...

I always try to get an emergency row seat. I'm 6'3" and that extra several inches makes a huge difference in comfort. Besides, if something goes wrong on the ground I can be one of the first outa...
Forum: Touring
02-26-06, 04:20 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,379
Posted By BigGuy

I've used Blackburn racks, front and back -- I...

I've used Blackburn racks, front and back -- I did have to replace the front racks because one broke right at the mid point joint and bend. That was after about 10,000 kms. I also started with...
Forum: Touring
02-22-06, 08:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 442
Posted By BigGuy

Hey Eclectic! Re: sleeping pads. I now have...

Hey Eclectic!

Re: sleeping pads. I now have a thermarest, and really like it. BUT they are expensive and that may make one prohibitive for you. For many years while backpacking in the Rockies,...
02-22-06, 08:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 352
Posted By BigGuy

Too bad you're not going to Alaska this summer,...

Too bad you're not going to Alaska this summer, maybe our paths would cross. I'll be finishing a C to C (Gulf of Mex to Arctic Ocean) this summer and afterwards should have enough time for at least...
02-22-06, 01:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 352
Posted By BigGuy

Great start! Do you have a bike on order, or is...

Great start! Do you have a bike on order, or is it still in the dream category? And just where is that "Grand Tour lookin' o'er the hill" focusing on?

Good Luck!
02-21-06, 06:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,020
Posted By BigGuy

Hey Masked Man: I've managed to lose 32 lbs in...

Hey Masked Man:
I've managed to lose 32 lbs in the last 6 months - doctor's orders after developing a heart problem. He said 30-40 lbs, and I said 70.

I don't look at this as a fad diet (I ran...
02-20-06, 12:42 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,855
Posted By BigGuy

Burned out College prof; former College...

Burned out College prof; former College administrator; now into a technical trade - a very rare one at that--- I'm a piano technician (tuning, regulating, repair, rebuilding).
02-19-06, 11:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 356
Posted By BigGuy

Hi Machka - I drove thru your territory today...

Hi Machka - I drove thru your territory today (from Ft. McMurray to Didsbury) and I too saw 2 cyclists all decked out in bike finery. Only they were closer to Camrose. I did a double-take on the...
02-19-06, 11:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,219
Posted By BigGuy

While I'm riding, cadence is far and away...

While I'm riding, cadence is far and away referred to the most; but at the end of the day it's distance.
Forum: Touring
02-19-06, 11:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,115
Posted By BigGuy

Hi Steve: I seem to have a chemical...

Hi Steve:

I seem to have a chemical signature that brings in all the mosquitos within 100 meters! They drive me crazy! Even with Deet or some other repellant they seem to find some access point....
02-19-06, 10:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 582
Posted By BigGuy

Hi Stokell....Yes, I've stealth camped a few...

Hi Stokell....Yes, I've stealth camped a few times (though I never knew the term for it then). But usually I'm either at a campground, or set up in some farmer's yard (with permission of course). ...
02-19-06, 10:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,051
Posted By BigGuy

Well, PastorBob, I'm not a pastor, but I am...

Well, PastorBob, I'm not a pastor, but I am ordained and taught in a Bible College for 17 years before burning out. M. Div. - Asbury Seminary. While doing undergraduate studies in Illinois, I...
Forum: Touring
02-17-06, 02:42 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,390
Posted By BigGuy

61 - touring since I was 58.

61 - touring since I was 58.
Forum: Touring
02-17-06, 01:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 695
Posted By BigGuy

I bought my first bike (since high school) in...

I bought my first bike (since high school) in 2002 and that summer started my first self-supported tour when I was 58. I had planned to go across Canada, but my dream had to be finished in '03. ...
02-15-06, 05:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,724
Posted By BigGuy

Seems to me jcm that you'll have to add another...

Seems to me jcm that you'll have to add another piece of equipment to your cyling kit - every Canadian knows that you gotta protect yourself with a hockey cup. It changes the contour a bit, but...
02-13-06, 11:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 450
Posted By BigGuy

Talk about bizarre weather... Here in central...

Talk about bizarre weather... Here in central Alberta, CANADA our temps for most of Jan and Feb until today, have been in the 50's and 60's (F). Gary, who needs California at that rate?

Usually...
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