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Forum: Touring
09-19-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 206
Posted By raybo

It seemed that some chance of rain was in every...

It seemed that some chance of rain was in every day's forecast. But, mostly, I had sunny days with billowy white clouds. Pretty skies.

I had a few drops here and there in the southern part.
...
Forum: Touring
09-18-22, 11:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 206
Posted By raybo

Selected photos from my recent Ireland tour

I selected 69 photos (https://www.biketouringtips.com/showTipComments.php?tipID=2586) from the nearly 1,000 I took on my recent (Aug/Sep, 2022) bike/bus/train/ferry tour of Ireland. Mostly, I rode on...
Forum: Touring
09-14-22, 12:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 191
Posted By raybo

You have to decide if you want to ride through...

You have to decide if you want to ride through the Alps or not. The Alps are south of Prague, so would take longer than riding directly, like Doug64's route.

I rode from Amsterdam (south of...
Forum: Touring
09-10-22, 12:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 202
Posted By raybo

Just finished a brief tour in Ireland

I just spent 2 weeks riding (and busing) in Ireland. Mostly, on the Wild Atlantic Way, the west coast. I sent out 3 updates during this trip.

The first one...
Forum: Touring
08-06-22, 07:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 669
Posted By raybo

In 2017, I rode from Amsterdam to Passau. The...

In 2017, I rode from Amsterdam to Passau. The first day, I rode to The Hague. By my odometer, it was 48 miles. I used bike paths that went west through the coastal dunes. Be aware of wind. Here is my...
Forum: Touring
07-19-22, 07:53 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,169
Posted By raybo

I've tried various shoe covers and waterproof...

I've tried various shoe covers and waterproof socks. Either they were very hard to put on and take off or wore out quickly when I walked on them. I came up with an idea using a slit water bottle and...
Forum: Touring
06-28-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 458
Posted By raybo

Sorry. I have fixed the link.

Sorry. I have fixed the link.
Forum: Touring
06-27-22, 07:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 458
Posted By raybo

This page has 3 links to information about the...

This page has 3 links to information about the Camino in Spain (https://www.biketouringtips.com/searchTips.html?country=Spain&state=&place=Camino+de+Santiago&id=&subtopic=). They might provide a...
Forum: Touring
06-22-22, 06:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,026
Posted By raybo

A tour that involves the Icefield Parkway in...

A tour that involves the Icefield Parkway in Canada. When I rode it (on pavement), I started in Missoula, MT and went into Glacier National Park and while I had planned an off-road, camping kind of...
Forum: Touring
06-19-22, 04:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 644
Posted By raybo

I ordered the Shimano HG400 9-speed cassette. I...

I ordered the Shimano HG400 9-speed cassette. I used the hypercracker tool to remove the lock ring, installed the cassette, and then tightened the lock ring. The whole thing took maybe 20 minutes....
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 06:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 644
Posted By raybo

I have a hypercracker that has worked in the...

I have a hypercracker that has worked in the past. If I can’t make that work, I am willing to get the proper tools or have a shop install the new cogs.

i don’t have a work bench, so don’t have a...
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 03:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 644
Posted By raybo

Which cassette to buy?

My local bike mechanic recently retired and now his shop is an optometrist. There aren't any other bike shops particularly close and I am willing to do some repair work myself.

I recently...
Forum: Touring
06-15-22, 05:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 359
Posted By raybo

I did a 2 week loop in Switzerland that started...

I did a 2 week loop in Switzerland that started and ended in Schaffhausen. I didn’t go to Zurich but rode some of the places shown on your route map. Here is a link to my detailed journal of that...
Forum: Touring
06-14-22, 06:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,100
Posted By raybo

What to do with old bicycle chain?

I just replaced my bike's chain and wonder if the old one can be recycled in any way?

I'm not into bicycle chain crafts, so I won't be making a belt or lamp out of it. Besides, it is quite greasy...
Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 08:30 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,507
Posted By raybo

I'm a year younger than you, having just turned...

I'm a year younger than you, having just turned 70. I've given up tennis and running, due to creaky knees. Walking and biking are my main aerobic exercises.

I had a month-long tour planned when...
Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 08:07 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 910
Posted By raybo

Sonoma County has fairly good bus services. You...

Sonoma County has fairly good bus services. You can see their transit network here: https://sctransit.com/ .

Amtrak has stops in Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond. From Richmond, you can take a...
Forum: Touring
05-14-22, 07:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 571
Posted By raybo

On my last tour (2019), I took two trains from...

On my last tour (2019), I took two trains from Vienna to Bolzano, in northern Italy. I had to buy a separate bicycle ticket (reservation) for €3.50. The train was very crowded and the hook for my...
Forum: Touring
04-13-22, 07:34 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,066
Posted By raybo

Last week, the opportunity presented itself for a...

Last week, the opportunity presented itself for a 4 day ride down the California coast. I managed four 50 miles days from Mendocino down to San Francisco. A route I've done before.

First tour in...
Forum: Touring
04-08-22, 07:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 427
Posted By raybo

I’ve written a guide for biking from SF to LA...

I’ve written a guide for biking from SF to LA (https://www.biketouringtips.com/Testing/showTipComments.php?tipID=2130) that you might find useful.

There are overnight options in Big Sur NP and in...
Forum: Touring
03-12-22, 08:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,041
Posted By raybo

You might consider a PedalCell...

You might consider a PedalCell (https://pedalcell.com) rim generator. I've had one now for about 9 months. With a reasonable heavy load (strava real-time route tracking, cell connection, audiobook),...
Forum: Touring
03-05-22, 08:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 946
Posted By raybo

So sorry to hear about Rowan's injury and...

So sorry to hear about Rowan's injury and limitations. It is good that his recovery has been better than expected and he continues to improve. I wish him (and you) the best of luck in his future...
Forum: Touring
02-28-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 612
Posted By raybo

I created my own site...

I created my own site (https://www.biketouringtips.com) where I've posted a couple dozen bike touring journals. Originally, I set up the site to let anyone post journals there. But, after a few years...
Forum: Touring
02-11-22, 09:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,340
Posted By raybo

I live in SF and have family in LA. I’ve ridden...

I live in SF and have family in LA. I’ve ridden between them half a dozen times. To help people doing this route, I wrote a guide to riding from SF to LA...
Forum: Touring
01-27-22, 08:40 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 226
Posted By raybo

Experience riding down the Inn River from Nauders west to Lake Como

I am planning yet another bike trip that likely won't happen. This time, it is a loop from Trento, Italy. It will head north to Merano, over to Nauders, Austria via the Reschen Pass, and then west to...
Forum: Touring
01-04-22, 06:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,180
Posted By raybo

I was riding up the Passo del Bracco that is in...

I was riding up the Passo del Bracco that is in the hills above the Cinque Terre in Italy. I happened to look down and saw this silhouette of two leaves painted into the road's white line.

...
Forum: Touring
12-31-21, 02:02 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,066
Posted By raybo

I'd like to do the last tour I planned: A week in...

I'd like to do the last tour I planned: A week in Puglia (heel of Italy), ferry to Dubrovnik, ride over to Montenegro and up to Durmitor NP (World Heritage Site), over to Bosnia, back to Bari. The...
Forum: Touring
12-20-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,772
Posted By raybo

There is a long list of choices that I had to...

There is a long list of choices that I had to make when I ordered my Bike Friday. I did mine at a LBS. But, you can see what the options are here...
Forum: Touring
12-17-21, 05:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,772
Posted By raybo

I have sent my hard-sided bike case to my...

I have sent my hard-sided bike case to my destination several times. While it is one more step in the process of preparing to leave, I don't find it all that much trouble. I've shipped things in the...
Forum: Touring
12-17-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,772
Posted By raybo

I have both an S&S coupled (Waterford) touring...

I have both an S&S coupled (Waterford) touring bike and a New World Tourist Bike Friday. I have toured on both of them on over 4 week trips. I've written articles about both of them, as well. One is...
Forum: Touring
12-16-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,614
Posted By raybo

It is hard to tell from your map what roads you...

It is hard to tell from your map what roads you are planning to take. I rode some of this area in April and May, 2011. I started in Land's End and made it up to Fort William before turning south.
...
Forum: Touring
11-28-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,528
Posted By raybo

Often, there is a country I want to visit by...

Often, there is a country I want to visit by bicycle. When I don't have one of those, I look for Unesco World Heritage Sites that offer stunning scenery/experience and plan a tour around it/them.
...
Forum: Touring
11-20-21, 09:24 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,463
Posted By raybo

When I started bike touring, I wore synthetics...

When I started bike touring, I wore synthetics because that was what was available at the stores where I bought biking clothes. After reading about merino wool, I tried one and really liked the way...
Forum: Touring
10-14-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,385
Posted By raybo

Missoula north to Jasper. ACA Great Parks North...

Missoula north to Jasper. ACA Great Parks North (https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/great-parks/) route.

Here is my journal of that route...
Forum: Touring
10-12-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,714
Posted By raybo

I decided that I could replace two panniers by...

I decided that I could replace two panniers by not carrying cooking or camping gear and getting a frame bag. Since I carry water in a camelbak, I don't have a need for water cages and wanted a bag...
Forum: Touring
09-14-21, 11:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,298
Posted By raybo

In June, 2017 me wife and I and some friends did...

In June, 2017 me wife and I and some friends did a bicyclist-only boat trip from Passau to Budapest and back in one week. There was biking every day but no connected in any way. The boat would move,...
Forum: Touring
09-12-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 670
Posted By raybo

I suspect you've checked this but here is a...

I suspect you've checked this but here is a website dedicated to the Veloroute des Bleuets (https://veloroutedesbleuets.com/en/).
Forum: Touring
09-03-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,806
Posted By raybo

I had plans for 2 tours (Italy - Montenegro -...

I had plans for 2 tours (Italy - Montenegro - Bosnia - Italy and a circumpedal of Ireland) cancelled in 2020. I was fully trained for the Montenegro trip when it was cancelled. So, I just kept on...
Forum: Touring
08-31-21, 05:30 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,005
Posted By raybo

Like cyccommute, I wear a Camelbak on every ride,...

Like cyccommute, I wear a Camelbak on every ride, whether it is local or on tour. LIke him, on hot days, I put ice in the bag and drink cooling water for hours. I also use it to keep foods I don't...
Forum: Touring
08-26-21, 07:40 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,715
Posted By raybo

Have you put all of this on your bike and done an...

Have you put all of this on your bike and done an overnight test? The first time I toured, I did that and it convinced me to take out a lot of heavy clothes. Instead of all those off-bike clothes,...
Forum: Touring
08-18-21, 03:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,235
Posted By raybo

On one of my routes, I go down a short steep hill...

On one of my routes, I go down a short steep hill and hit close to 40 MPH for the briefest of times. When riding with the PedalCell, I didn't do anything besides slow down a little to keep it below...
Forum: Touring
08-16-21, 06:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,235
Posted By raybo

I would have to concentrate on hearing the...

I would have to concentrate on hearing the PedalCell when I am riding to actually hear it.

In this video, the reviewer has a brief comment on the sound produced when the PedalCell is engaged:
...
Forum: Touring
08-16-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,235
Posted By raybo

My review of the PedalCell, an impressive rim dynamo

I just finished testing of the PedalCell, a new rim dynamo that is designed to charge USB devices while you ride. I was impressed by how much charge it delivered. If you tour with USB-chargeable...
Forum: Touring
08-15-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,623
Posted By raybo

While I have ridden the entire Atlantic Coast, I...

While I have ridden the entire Atlantic Coast, I have ridden from Charleston, SC to Lambertville, NJ and from Lehighton, PA to Bar Harbor, ME. Both of these rides I rode mainly on the ACA Atlantic...
Forum: Touring
08-08-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,130
Posted By raybo

Here are a few to check out: ...

Here are a few to check out:

https://freecampsites.net/

US AND CANADA CAMPGROUNDS - FORMAL AND DISPERSED PUBLIC CAMPING LOCATIONS - Website Map...
Forum: Touring
08-05-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,849
Posted By raybo

This is a common topic on various biking sites....

This is a common topic on various biking sites. Here are 34 links to information about food to take while touring...
Forum: Touring
08-03-21, 05:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 483
Posted By raybo

Here is the route I created:...

Here is the route I created: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36929424

I know that I can turn off some of the announcements. Having used this voice navigation a couple times, I found that it often...
Forum: Touring
07-26-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 483
Posted By raybo

I'm looking into paying to get voice navigation...

I'm looking into paying to get voice navigation on my tours. I have a trial month Basic subscription to rideWithGPS. The cue sheets it generates are incredibly verbose. It appears you need a Premium...
Forum: Touring
07-06-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 356
Posted By raybo

I've used mapmyride.com for this.It provides an...

I've used mapmyride.com for this.It provides an app that will do this. The interactions are a starting, pausing (if necessary) and ending. It is free for this basic service. There is a for pay...
Forum: Touring
06-27-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,913
Posted By raybo

A few miles north of Big Sur is another...

A few miles north of Big Sur is another campground that might allow you to extend your stay in Big Sur. It is a primitive campground at Andrew Molera State Park...
Forum: Touring
06-19-21, 04:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,334
Posted By raybo

I have both an S&S coupled touring bike...

I have both an S&S coupled touring bike (Waterford Adventure Cycle) and a Bike Friday New World Tourist folding bike. I have flown dozens of times with the Waterford (I bought it in 2003). It takes...
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