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Forum: Touring
06-23-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,931
Posted By alan s

Crap components. Get the frame and build it...

Crap components. Get the frame and build it yourself.
Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 778
Posted By alan s

Whatever you do, make sure the pannier cannot get...

Whatever you do, make sure the pannier cannot get caught in the wheel. That will end your ride in a hurry.
Forum: Touring
06-08-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 19,011
Posted By alan s

If you meet someone out touring, an inexpensive...

If you meet someone out touring, an inexpensive tent will be a huge turn off. She’ll think you are a cheap bastard.
Forum: Commuting
06-02-20, 08:49 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,553
Posted By alan s

Recently Saw Myself Hunched On the Floor...

Recently Saw Myself Hunched On the Floor Laughing. It’s when you are beyond ROFL.
Forum: Touring
05-22-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,432
Posted By alan s

I use a two-person tent. The extra room is great...

I use a two-person tent. The extra room is great for bags.
Forum: Touring
05-22-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,068
Posted By alan s

Start with this:...

Start with this: https://www.biking-france.com/destination/france-cycling/loire-valley/

If your relationship survives, take on a more ambitious tour.
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,068
Posted By alan s

I would be hesitant to go this route.

I would be hesitant to go this route.
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,068
Posted By alan s

If you are in better shape, carry all the gear...

If you are in better shape, carry all the gear and let her ride an unloaded bike. That should even things out until she is able and willing to carry more of the load.
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,003
Posted By alan s

Aside from wind direction, a good reason to ride...

Aside from wind direction, a good reason to ride south is the ocean is on your right, so you have a better view. Also, the shoulder is usually better on the ocean side in California.
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 10:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,003
Posted By alan s

I rode San Francisco to SLO a couple years ago...

I rode San Francisco to SLO a couple years ago and Astoria to Florence, OR last year. Those are really nice segments. Eventually I plan to ride more of the coast, maybe Florence to SFO. A guy I...
Forum: Touring
04-20-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,093
Posted By alan s

The only thing worse than coming home to a...

The only thing worse than coming home to a nagging wife is having her right behind you the whole time.
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 12:52 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,650
Posted By alan s

Singlespeed is great until you need to shift...

Singlespeed is great until you need to shift gears. Pedaling into a 20 mph headwind is like riding uphill. Pedaling with a 20 mph tailwind is like riding downhill. So the terrain may be flat, but...
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 11:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,109
Posted By alan s

I saw a video of someone a long time ago that...

I saw a video of someone a long time ago that made a camper out of coroplast and zipties. Probably wasn’t too heavy or expensive. Still, you are never going to get around the weight and windage...
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,109
Posted By alan s

Can I suggest getting a small RV and doing day...

Can I suggest getting a small RV and doing day rides instead? You and your dog will be much more comfortable and happy.
Forum: Commuting
04-16-20, 01:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 813
Posted By alan s

I’ve never found the bike itself to be a good...

I’ve never found the bike itself to be a good investment. Over its life, you will spend more than its initial cost in maintenance and repairs. And in the end it will be worth almost nothing. ...
Forum: Touring
04-14-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,093
Posted By alan s

Bike touring is not for everyone. If she is...

Bike touring is not for everyone. If she is selfish, you need to match it with the same level of selfishness. If it doesn’t work out, then at least you got in some bike touring. Maybe you’ll meet...
Forum: Touring
04-13-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 611
Posted By alan s

Next up, backpacking vs trekking.

Next up, backpacking vs trekking.
Forum: Touring
04-07-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 620
Posted By alan s

I rode along the Katy Trail in Missouri. There...

I rode along the Katy Trail in Missouri. There is an occasional sign about their journey. If you think bike touring is slow, try traveling upstream like Lewis and Clark did.
Forum: Commuting
04-07-20, 07:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 763
Posted By alan s

At least your your son wasn’t killed and your...

At least your your son wasn’t killed and your marriage didn’t crumble.

https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0094606/
Forum: Commuting
04-03-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,599
Posted By alan s

I don’t repair tires. Too many bad things can...

I don’t repair tires. Too many bad things can happen, the least bad of which is you are stranded without a way to fix. Temporary repairs to get you to your destination are fine, but they are...
03-30-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 416
Posted By alan s

One dog park I usually go to was locked. Doesn’t...

One dog park I usually go to was locked. Doesn’t make sense, because dogs require exercise, they don’t get coronavirus, and you can stay away from other people. Fortunately the other one I go to...
Forum: Commuting
03-14-20, 06:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,867
Posted By alan s

That’s a tough one. I’ve lost stuff, and it...

That’s a tough one. I’ve lost stuff, and it sucks. I always wonder what kind of lowlife finds it and doesn’t have the heart to return it. I’ve also found plenty of stuff, and always return it if...
Forum: Commuting
02-20-20, 12:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,925
Posted By alan s

Power plant: legs Wheels: 2

Power plant: legs
Wheels: 2
Forum: Commuting
02-14-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 929
Posted By alan s

Move to Florida

Move to Florida
Forum: Touring
02-09-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,133
Posted By alan s

Try it with what you have. If it sucks, turn...

Try it with what you have. If it sucks, turn around, make adjustments and try at a later date.
Forum: Touring
02-04-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 788
Posted By alan s

I have a fat bike with 5” tires for local...

I have a fat bike with 5” tires for local singletrack riding, where I’m basically going nowhere. It’s more fun to ride than a roller coaster and very comfortable over gnarly terrain. Can’t imagine...
Forum: Touring
02-03-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,351
Posted By alan s

The Oregon Coast is hilly and you are riding next...

The Oregon Coast is hilly and you are riding next to highway traffic a good part of the way.

...
Forum: Touring
02-02-20, 12:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,526
Posted By alan s

Knobby tires will only slow you down on both the...

Knobby tires will only slow you down on both the GAP and C&O. Worse yet, they would pick up a lot of mud on the towpath if wet. I ride the towpath every day with Big Apples or Marathon Supremes as...
Forum: Touring
01-29-20, 12:01 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,351
Posted By alan s

You could also get off the Capitol Limited train...

You could also get off the Capitol Limited train before Chicago if you plan to head north into Michigan. Maybe South Bend, IN, where you could meet their former mayor perhaps.
...
Forum: Touring
01-28-20, 11:11 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,351
Posted By alan s

You could start in Washington, DC, ride 335 miles...

You could start in Washington, DC, ride 335 miles off-road to Pittsburgh on the C&O/GAP trails, catch the train to Chicago, and ride around the Great Lakes in Wisconsin/Michigan, then return on the...
Forum: Touring
01-27-20, 10:34 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 10,656
Posted By alan s

This would work for me. ...

This would work for me.

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1334/b54c5e32_afc0_4bd0_b765_ce9ce3850e99_6cc88e7c08a42b24f696b489c19ed7906250bd74.jpeg
Forum: Commuting
01-23-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 762
Posted By alan s

Sounds like you are going through a lot. ...

Sounds like you are going through a lot. Hopefully you will be back on your bike soon.
Forum: Touring
01-21-20, 12:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,628
Posted By alan s

https://kickasstrips.com/2013/05/three-men-on-a-bi...

https://kickasstrips.com/2013/05/three-men-on-a-bike-cycling-across-africa-on-a-3-seat-bike-called-trandem/

What did I win?
Forum: Touring
01-04-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,383
Posted By alan s

C&O and GAP between DC and Pittsburgh is 335...

C&O and GAP between DC and Pittsburgh is 335 miles off-road and fairly flat, unless you consider the RR grade of the GAP and locks on the C&O climbing/descending.
Forum: Commuting
01-02-20, 01:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 762
Posted By alan s

Assess yourself for 2020!

How are things looking for the year ahead? What did you learn last year that you can apply for this year? I found that slowing down a bit and varying the route makes for an enjoyable commute.
Forum: Touring
12-31-19, 09:40 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,943
Posted By alan s

I carry a Lezyne pump and CO2 inflator and...

I carry a Lezyne pump and CO2 inflator and cartridges. The pump mounts on the water bottle bosses.

...
Forum: Touring
12-29-19, 11:46 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,782
Posted By alan s

Schwalbe Marathon Supreme

Schwalbe Marathon Supreme
Forum: Commuting
12-21-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,450
Posted By alan s

Rode most of the year. Didn’t set any goals. ...

Rode most of the year. Didn’t set any goals. Went on several 7-10 day bike tours. Katy Trail, Oregon coast, Florida Keys, plus several shorter trips. Planning a European trip next summer, maybe...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-19, 09:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,260
Posted By alan s

I noticed you didn’t have a headset or seatpost...

I noticed you didn’t have a headset or seatpost binder, but didn’t want to ruin your dream. Also, might want to throw a couple tubes in there if you plan to inflate your tires, or sealant if going...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-19, 12:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,260
Posted By alan s

If you are dreaming, go with the ti spaceframe...

If you are dreaming, go with the ti spaceframe with truss fork.
Forum: Touring
12-15-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,807
Posted By alan s

The front of my bike is bikepacking gear and the...

The front of my bike is bikepacking gear and the rear is traditional touring gear. Best of both worlds. Last week on the 7 Mile Bridge in the Keys.

...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-19, 10:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,055
Posted By alan s

Looks like someone had a budget to spend and kind...

Looks like someone had a budget to spend and kind of threw everything in there, including at least 28 lockers. Field of Dreams?
Forum: Touring
12-02-19, 01:10 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,917
Posted By alan s

I think the touring forum should be removed and...

I think the touring forum should be removed and replaced with bikepacking to bring in more newbs. Let’s face it. Bike touring is boring. Bikepacking is exciting.

I’ll be bikepacking in the Florida...
Forum: Touring
11-16-19, 12:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,176
Posted By alan s

Odd to design it that way, but Soma is a good...

Odd to design it that way, but Soma is a good brand, so I guess they know what they are doing. Glad to hear it’s not an issue. Looking forward to seeing the build.
Forum: Commuting
11-01-19, 11:12 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 19,282
Posted By alan s

Maze of Unpredictable People

Maze of Unpredictable People
Forum: Touring
10-29-19, 09:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,441
Posted By alan s

This thread is worthless without pitchers. GO...

This thread is worthless without pitchers. GO NATS!!!
...
Forum: Touring
10-22-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,523
Posted By alan s

For me, it was “goat.”

For me, it was “goat.”
Forum: Touring
10-20-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 672
Posted By alan s

Standing for days on end sounds like a lot of fun.

Standing for days on end sounds like a lot of fun.
Forum: Touring
10-16-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,916
Posted By alan s

R.I.P. Tom Stormcrowe

R.I.P. Tom Stormcrowe
Forum: Touring
10-13-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,160
Posted By alan s

I have a similar setup, except this is fully...

I have a similar setup, except this is fully loaded touring. Went with smaller water bottles, rather than moving the cages. The center of gravity is fairly high, but once you are rolling along it...
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