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Forum: Touring
07-31-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 946
Posted By staehpj1

I figure a boot where not needed is likely to...

I figure a boot where not needed is likely to cause more problems than not using one. It may eventually rub a hole in the tube, but I guess that isn't the end of the world. I just don't see a...
Forum: Touring
07-26-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,992
Posted By staehpj1

I used mine in the Mojave and other areas of the...

I used mine in the Mojave and other areas of the Southwest in 110+ F heat. According to the locals it was probably well above 100 F maybe as high as 118 F, but I didn't document the numbers above 110...
Forum: Touring
07-26-20, 06:43 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,992
Posted By staehpj1

My suggestions on the various items... 1. Buy a...

My suggestions on the various items...
1. Buy a waterproof/water resistant phone. Phones can be expensive, but it is a pretty small portion of the cost of a 14000 mile trip.
2. I have not found...
Forum: Touring
05-19-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,713
Posted By staehpj1

I remember the bridge at Chester IL as being...

I remember the bridge at Chester IL as being unpleasant with a poor surface, no shoulder, lots of traffic, bad expansion joints, and so on. It was a wait for a lull in traffic, take the lane, and...
Forum: Touring
05-19-20, 03:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,291
Posted By staehpj1

Fair enough. We all have different approaches and...

Fair enough. We all have different approaches and preferences.

Myself, I usually think in terms of making progress toward a goal destination when riding. If I want to ride more I ride farther...
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 04:16 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,291
Posted By staehpj1

I guess it depends on your traffic tolerance. I...

I guess it depends on your traffic tolerance. I had both map options and much preferred the ODOT Pacific Coast Bicycle Route Map which essentially followed 101. I found the detours the ACA took to...
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,291
Posted By staehpj1

I am assuming they meant the hills. If so yeah,...

I am assuming they meant the hills. If so yeah, some are very steep, but people tour on tandems on pretty much all of the normal touring routes. I met at least one tandem team on the PCH and a few...
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 04:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,291
Posted By staehpj1

Good point. I was surprised by how much climbing...

Good point. I was surprised by how much climbing and descending there was. I guess I pictured a flatter route and the amount of steep climbing was a surprise.

On a similar note there is some...
Forum: Touring
05-13-20, 04:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,291
Posted By staehpj1

Just me, but, having driven some of your proposed...

Just me, but, having driven some of your proposed route and having ridden from Seattle to Astoria to ride the coast (leaving Seattle via the ferry to Bremmerton), I don't think I'd choose either if...
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,291
Posted By staehpj1

I loved the coast. I only did the portion from...

I loved the coast. I only did the portion from Seattle to San Luis Obispo. The Washington portion was my least favorite. Oregon was amazing and the redwoods just into California were pretty cool...
Forum: Touring
05-11-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,995
Posted By staehpj1

I briefly was in the central valley on one tour...

I briefly was in the central valley on one tour and mostly remember little "mini compounds", composed of small houses with low riders in the driveways with tall fences around them with several mean...
Forum: Touring
05-10-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,724
Posted By staehpj1

A long tour is a pretty great experience. Short...

A long tour is a pretty great experience. Short ones never appealed to me, but others love them, so YMMV. Typing this made me think of Grant's "bike camping" vs "bike touring" and "S24O thing"...
Forum: Touring
05-09-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,724
Posted By staehpj1

It is a bigger deal for some folks than others. I...

It is a bigger deal for some folks than others. I don't really get too excited over it on a touring bike. In the lower gears I don't find a little bit bigger jumps to be a problem on any bike and in...
Forum: Touring
05-08-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,724
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, I have been touring on square taper bottom...

Yeah, I have been touring on square taper bottom brackets and they work fine. On the other hand, they are heavier and the tools are heavier than the tools for some of the other choices. I'll...
Forum: Touring
04-30-20, 04:15 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 8,830
Posted By staehpj1

Cantis are fine. I don't necessarily even see v...

Cantis are fine. I don't necessarily even see v brakes as an upgrade. Good and bad quality brakes are made in most styles. Truth be told I like the old (~1990 vintage) dual pivot 105 brakes on my...
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,695
Posted By staehpj1

I have done a variety of things with the U/L...

I have done a variety of things with the U/L packing. Most of them were a little unconventional and involved strapping stuff sacks on the bike using a light rack on the rear and sometimes a tiny...
Forum: Touring
04-21-20, 06:00 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,746
Posted By staehpj1

It is nice to see the OP post back. All too...

It is nice to see the OP post back. All too often we hear from folks once with a question like this and never again.

I disagree. I crossed KS a couple times and Colorado once and I am not sure...
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,746
Posted By staehpj1

Just to be clear... I have met lots of folks who...

Just to be clear... I have met lots of folks who probably were less fit and had zero experience and were doing longer trips. Some succeeded and some failed. How determined they were had as much to...
Forum: Touring
04-09-20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,851
Posted By staehpj1

I don't get that statement. Maybe it is just me,...

I don't get that statement. Maybe it is just me, but I always figured that a bike is more likely to blow over when on a little stand than when leaning against a nice solid wall, guard rail, or...
Forum: Touring
04-06-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,851
Posted By staehpj1

I've never felt the need for one. I either lean...

I've never felt the need for one. I either lean my bike against something or just lay it on the ground. Out in the open countryside I figure it is the safest from falling if it is already on the...
Forum: Touring
04-01-20, 04:21 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,811
Posted By staehpj1

For me I decided that the best approach was to...

For me I decided that the best approach was to minimize battery usage. I don't use super bright lights or ride long hours at night on tour. I turn my phone off when not in use or at least put it in...
Forum: Touring
03-29-20, 04:12 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,122
Posted By staehpj1

If you are a committed leather saddle user who...

If you are a committed leather saddle user who has a history with them already feel free to ignore this.

Reading the glowing reviews you'd think the Brooks is a magic answer for everyone. That...
Forum: Touring
03-19-20, 04:33 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,994
Posted By staehpj1

It is certainly possible to go without a stove...

It is certainly possible to go without a stove and a reasonable choice for some, but almost no one goes light enough that weight is a good reason for doing so.

Even if I pare down to a total base...
03-18-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 11,355
Posted By staehpj1

My spring trip is off. A trip later in the year...

My spring trip is off. A trip later in the year remains flexible but doubtful. I'd probably do the same even if I was younger, but I am old enough (69 in June) to be in a somewhat elevated risk group...
Forum: Touring
01-07-20, 04:41 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,036
Posted By staehpj1

Just me, but I'd just as soon ride on a knobby...

Just me, but I'd just as soon ride on a knobby tire with lots of low knobs and a nice light supple sidewall as a heavy "flat proof" slick tire with as stiff sidewall. I am not too familiar with the...
Forum: Touring
12-10-19, 05:34 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,136
Posted By staehpj1

Living with less doesn't necessarily carry a...

Living with less doesn't necessarily carry a stigma IMO. I carry about the same amount of weight as was proposed in the post you are replying to here and still travel in reasonable comfort. I am...
Forum: Touring
12-03-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,136
Posted By staehpj1

I have also done a little off/dirt road touring...

I have also done a little off/dirt road touring on my mountain bike. I still didn't chose not to call it bikepacking although I guess I reasonably could have.

I initially assumed a fast and light...
Forum: Touring
11-30-19, 05:23 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,253
Posted By staehpj1

Both of those issues can generally be worked...

Both of those issues can generally be worked around on most bikes in my experience and too much is often made of them.
Heel-pannier clearance issues can generally be mitigated with mounting position...
Forum: Touring
11-23-19, 05:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 671
Posted By staehpj1

Tons of folks here have ridden across the US. ...

Tons of folks here have ridden across the US. Some probably wound up doing it with one or two others. Not sure if anyone recruited companions here. As was already mentioned there is a sub forum...
Forum: Touring
11-22-19, 03:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,299
Posted By staehpj1

The OP seems to be saying it is different than...

The OP seems to be saying it is different than WS. It is not clear to me exactly how. I followed the links and was kind of confused. Without digging deeper than I cared to I didn't get a very good...
Forum: Touring
11-12-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,291
Posted By staehpj1

The Unior Cassette Cracker has served me well...

The Unior Cassette Cracker has served me well with no need an adjustable wrench for any other tool to get the cassette off. I think it weighs about 1/4 - 1/2 ounce.
Forum: Touring
11-09-19, 07:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,366
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah,beautiful, quite shy, and rarely seen. That...

Yeah,beautiful, quite shy, and rarely seen. That said they are in every state in the lower 48 except Delaware and populations are generally stable or growing (only declining here in Florida). There...
Forum: Touring
11-07-19, 09:08 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,887
Posted By staehpj1

Good point, folks vary pretty widely on that. I...

Good point, folks vary pretty widely on that. I am the exact opposite. I typically make it a point know what my options are for likely places to finish my day, but often don't have a clue which of...
Forum: Touring
10-29-19, 06:56 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,199
Posted By staehpj1

I am sure some (all) of this will be considered...

I am sure some (all) of this will be considered heresy by some, but I have come to think there is some merit to it in at least some situations. I try to be pretty visible. I am not convinced that...
Forum: Touring
10-29-19, 04:21 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,464
Posted By staehpj1

These two things are both important to be said...

These two things are both important to be said and often overlooked.

I have seen a lot of terrible setups where folks wind up with locked elbows and arms that look like they are pushing the bars...
Forum: Touring
10-04-19, 06:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,503
Posted By staehpj1

Good way to look at it. By the way, while it...

Good way to look at it.

By the way, while it is advisable to be in as good of shape as possible for a tour, or for life in general for that matter, there really isn't the level of training...
Forum: Touring
09-20-19, 10:58 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,635
Posted By staehpj1

Meeting the local folks and fellow travelers is a...

Meeting the local folks and fellow travelers is a major part of what touring is about for me. I especially enjoy the folks who might be considered misfits :)
Forum: Touring
09-11-19, 06:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,027
Posted By staehpj1

Regarding the comments on rain and whether it is...

Regarding the comments on rain and whether it is miserable riding or camping...

Riding in the rain isn't really all that unpleasant unless it is torrential or unless it is cold and you aren't...
Forum: Touring
09-06-19, 06:57 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,800
Posted By staehpj1

I agree. I have had zero problems with...

I agree. I have had zero problems with waterproof panniers. Wet stuff either stays out or is sealed in ziploc or other waterproof bags to isolate them from dry stuff. No matter the type of...
Forum: Touring
09-04-19, 05:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,466
Posted By staehpj1

Just a caveat... Not sure which cranks you are...

Just a caveat... Not sure which cranks you are referring to, but many cranks take a 24 as the smallest ring that fits their inner bolt circle. That includes all of the ones I have experience with...
Forum: Touring
09-04-19, 05:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,208
Posted By staehpj1

I have always been told that and stopped at San...

I have always been told that and stopped at San Luis Obispo, so I don't have first hand experience south of there. I especially liked Oregon and northern California and think October would be an OK...
Forum: Touring
09-03-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,867
Posted By staehpj1

My thoughts on this... I generally think that...

My thoughts on this...
I generally think that it makes sense to pick what specific route I want to ride and then work out the best transportation to accomplish that. That can be car, bus, train,...
Forum: Touring
08-24-19, 05:47 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,085
Posted By staehpj1

I sometimes wonder about the relative safety and...

I sometimes wonder about the relative safety and have suspected that depending on where you live, what you do for a living, and what your lifestyle is, that it just might actually not be too unusual...
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 06:21 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,778
Posted By staehpj1

Weight is probably a big reason. Ease of taking...

Weight is probably a big reason. Ease of taking the shape of varying loads is another. Probably cost as well. Also you can crush a cloth pannier and not damage it. The contents are usually...
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 04:53 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,085
Posted By staehpj1

I have met quite a few young women on the road...

I have met quite a few young women on the road who were doing exactly what your daughter proposes. Life is a risky proposition for everyone and more so for young women, but this isn't that crazy of...
Forum: Touring
08-19-19, 06:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,082
Posted By staehpj1

Yep, that is a reason/place where it may make...

Yep, that is a reason/place where it may make sense and where heavy stiff tires are the most common approach. My thought has been that before I'd consider carrying tires twice as heavy I'd consider...
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 03:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,693
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks for the clarification.

Thanks for the clarification.
Forum: Touring
07-29-19, 05:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,051
Posted By staehpj1

Yes I too have donated regularly when I was using...

Yes I too have donated regularly when I was using the site more. I have not donated in a number of years, but have given a few hundred dollars over the years and would donate again if I were to...
Forum: Touring
07-29-19, 04:43 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,031
Posted By staehpj1

People have different ideas of weight accounting...

People have different ideas of weight accounting depending on what they are trying to track and what their goals are. I won't knock their methods if they suit their goals, but think my method makes...
Forum: Touring
06-29-19, 05:05 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,031
Posted By staehpj1

I have been going with just the phone and been...

I have been going with just the phone and been pretty happy with that.
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