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Forum: Touring
07-29-22, 08:42 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,496
Posted By boomhauer

If you are bike touring in a dry environment (low...

If you are bike touring in a dry environment (low humidity) you don't have to worry so much about stinkng up a restaurant.
This is one of my concerns because everyone watches you dismount you bike...
Forum: Touring
06-12-22, 10:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,142
Posted By boomhauer

get the one with the lowest gearing. You'll...

get the one with the lowest gearing.
You'll appreciate it at least once.
Forum: Touring
05-02-22, 11:34 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,040
Posted By boomhauer

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Forum: Touring
05-02-22, 04:45 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,138
Posted By boomhauer

you will likely need a sliding dropout for the...

you will likely need a sliding dropout for the Rohloff hub if you want a belt drive. Since you don't have one on the LHT you are probably stuck with a chain and a tension wheel to keep the chain...
Forum: Touring
04-11-22, 10:12 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,040
Posted By boomhauer

I'm in the minority and desire to sit totally...

I'm in the minority and desire to sit totally upright on tour.
Got a spring Brooks saddle and appropriate handlebars that also allow me to stand and pedal.
But most of the day I like to sit...
Forum: Touring
04-06-22, 08:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,447
Posted By boomhauer

I really wouldn't mess around concerning your...

I really wouldn't mess around concerning your hands.
permanent damage is possible. It happened to me.
I've ditched drop bars in the 90's because of this.
It was so bad on my cross country...
Forum: Touring
03-21-22, 03:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,056
Posted By boomhauer

Just bring one pair of shoes. Maybe it will be...

Just bring one pair of shoes. Maybe it will be fine.
If it isn't fine, buy some cheap tennis shoes at the dollar store/general/etc... , which are everywhere.
Forum: Touring
03-16-22, 08:31 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,884
Posted By boomhauer

-camp outside of the town you want to eat...

-camp outside of the town you want to eat breakfast in. Maybe 5 miles? Eat a ton there and drink a lot of coffee, then ride.
-you will pass towns at least a couple times a day (more or less). ...
Forum: Touring
03-15-22, 06:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,466
Posted By boomhauer

I tried to modify my peddling action on the...

I tried to modify my peddling action on the advise of another rider. He suggest I try more of a rolling action in my ankle area.
This resulted in severe Achilles pain after a few days. ...
Forum: Touring
02-12-22, 11:45 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,726
Posted By boomhauer

I've ridden Highway 163 thru Monument Valley...

I've ridden Highway 163 thru Monument Valley once. No shoulder, lots of RV's. Probably one of the worst days of bicycle touring I've ever had.
I don't know anything about the "Loop"
Forum: Touring
01-18-22, 03:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,391
Posted By boomhauer

I cut off the hand rest tubing and just rested my...

I cut off the hand rest tubing and just rested my hands on the bag. It was no problem control-wise.
Forum: Touring
01-17-22, 09:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,391
Posted By boomhauer

Iíve used aero bars on top of butterfly bars for...

Iíve used aero bars on top of butterfly bars for a few long trips.
completely comfortable but very dorky.
i like to sit completely upright on long trips, even into the wind. Using the elbow pads...
Forum: Touring
09-16-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,824
Posted By boomhauer

Avoid!!! Mass holes drive 2 feet from the car...

Avoid!!!
Mass holes drive 2 feet from the car in front of them. If a car swerves to miss you the one behind might not see you.
Used to live there. Never again.
Forum: Touring
08-07-21, 10:36 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 26,395
Posted By boomhauer

Love mine after 5 yrs of urban riding. (if you...

Love mine after 5 yrs of urban riding. (if you live in the east bay I will say a prayer for your bike)
Seriously, there is maintenance but it is minimal.
I just now am now getting a new cog for...
Forum: Touring
07-22-21, 10:07 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,181
Posted By boomhauer

I've always marveled at these machines when going...

I've always marveled at these machines when going outside the US. I had no idea people cared so much about scratched luggage.
Forum: Touring
07-18-21, 05:38 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,181
Posted By boomhauer

I explained to the bike shop that I was riding...

I explained to the bike shop that I was riding across the US (Mexico to Canada ) and they seemed to take some extra care to making my new bike work. They even picked me up from the airport! I just...
Forum: Touring
07-17-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,181
Posted By boomhauer

why don't you buy the bike from the place you...

why don't you buy the bike from the place you start? I've done it. It works.
Forum: Touring
06-25-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,324
Posted By boomhauer

I'm recalling that Google maps worked just fine...

I'm recalling that Google maps worked just fine when I turned off my network connection. The GPS functions is apparently still there and would show me on the map where I was located. I'm in...
Forum: Touring
06-16-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,359
Posted By boomhauer

I got rid of drop bars 20+ years ago because of...

I got rid of drop bars 20+ years ago because of hand issues.
Went with a shallow riser bar on a hybrid next, which was an improvement but my hands still hurt.
Went with a butterfly bar next. ...
Forum: Touring
06-13-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,999
Posted By boomhauer

If you are touring around South Carolina I would...

If you are touring around South Carolina I would say take an extra pair of shoes. Your shoes will be wet if it rains or not.
If you are touring in a dryer climate any mesh top tennis shoe would...
06-11-21, 12:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,061
Posted By boomhauer

Well. It's been a year. Soldering wires together...

Well. It's been a year. Soldering wires together then heat shrink worked. I ride my bike daily in all kinds of weather (but not in a coastal area). This is the first time I haven't had to fiddle with...
Forum: Touring
05-29-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,122
Posted By boomhauer

The worst part will be your third or fourth day...

The worst part will be your third or fourth day when you start the long uphill journey into the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. You won't be in great shape (yet).
I did this route...
Forum: Touring
05-27-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,148
Posted By boomhauer

The lady that runs this place is the best...

The lady that runs this place is the best (Diane?) . It is definitely for RV's but she put me up by the creek behind the house. Hopefully, she would do this for 6 kids.
They had a POT - luck...
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,750
Posted By boomhauer

don't forget about the NRA gun museum south of Raton.

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Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 11:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,750
Posted By boomhauer

Highlights? I would rather call them memories. ...

Highlights? I would rather call them memories.
-The local police let me sleep behind military tank in the Raton city park.
-The VFW Hall (bar) in Clayton, NM had some interesting old dudes.
-Black...
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,534
Posted By boomhauer

I would argue that commuters have it figured out...

I would argue that commuters have it figured out better than the tourist (tourers).
Many people have separate bicycles for touring vs commuting.
The commuting bicycle gets ridden daily, therefore,...
Forum: Touring
05-23-21, 11:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,148
Posted By boomhauer

Mickelson trail might be tough with a six year...

Mickelson trail might be tough with a six year old.
Pretty good uphill if your starting from Dead Wood.
Starting from the south end is easier but a long uphill.
I admire your zeal.

Katy trail...
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,495
Posted By boomhauer

This was my experience two years ago in Iowa. I...

This was my experience two years ago in Iowa. I would call but no one would give a definite answer or tell me to go ahead and make a reservation thru their internet system.
I went from the Missouri...
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 12:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,487
Posted By boomhauer

I used to call my regional tours the "support...

I used to call my regional tours the "support family restaurants" trip.
They used to be my favorite part of riding in the great plains but they have been slowly dying for the last 10 years.
Now...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,953
Posted By boomhauer

Having a low low gear so I didn't have to walk up...

Having a low low gear so I didn't have to walk up a hill.
Forum: Touring
05-10-21, 11:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,146
Posted By boomhauer

It's probably more important to decide if you...

It's probably more important to decide if you want to avoid riding into the sun. Do you ride late in the day or do you ride early? Which ever is safer is the one I would choose.
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 729
Posted By boomhauer

You can actually still find small town...

You can actually still find small town restaurants in Iowa.
They seem to be a dying enterprise in the mid-west.
I rode for 70 miles in northern Missouri without finding on open restaurant....
Forum: Touring
03-30-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,141
Posted By boomhauer

I bought a trek 7200 multi track in 2000 for...

I bought a trek 7200 multi track in 2000 for $400, new. It had an excellent mid-fork rack mount. Used it for a ride from Mexican border to Canada. Very comfortable. I'm sure you can buy them...
Forum: Touring
03-20-21, 12:05 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,463
Posted By boomhauer

Yes. Most the time I already have scoped out...

Yes. Most the time I already have scoped out the town fair grounds but there isn't a sign that says camping is allowed. I call the local police department to see if they mind if I set up a tent...
03-18-21, 07:36 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 8,664
Posted By boomhauer

I've got a rear view mirror. I don't need to hear...

I've got a rear view mirror. I don't need to hear traffic. It is several magnitudes safer than listening for a car.
Forum: Touring
03-18-21, 11:08 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,463
Posted By boomhauer

In the age of smart phones I find very little...

In the age of smart phones I find very little reason to stealth camp. If the campsite is $25 that's where I draw the limit and start looking for other means. Calling the local police station has...
03-15-21, 12:25 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 8,664
Posted By boomhauer

When I move to the side of the road to allow a...

When I move to the side of the road to allow a car to safely pass and they see that I've got ear buds the driver is even more irate....which is awesome.
Forum: Touring
03-15-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,197
Posted By boomhauer

I would just buy the larger rear panniers first. ...

I would just buy the larger rear panniers first. If you are doing just a day trip at the beginning you could fit everything you need in ONE of the rear panniers and leave the other one at home. ...
Forum: Touring
03-08-21, 10:24 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 16,292
Posted By boomhauer

I usually have a can of "chef boyardee" ravioli...

I usually have a can of "chef boyardee" ravioli for back up. It's usually eaten by 5pm. Buy a new one each day.
Forum: Touring
03-07-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,119
Posted By boomhauer

I have to confess.... a lot of my camping after...

I have to confess.... a lot of my camping after dark is on rail-to-trails routes. It doesn't really matter how dark it gets. Camping is easy.
Forum: Touring
03-06-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,119
Posted By boomhauer

Some of the best riding all day is at sunset. I...

Some of the best riding all day is at sunset. I try to time my destination so I get there near dark. This doesn't leave much "downtime" before bed. My downtime is the 6 or 8 breaks I take...
Forum: Touring
02-26-21, 01:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,303
Posted By boomhauer

If a pedal squeaks while on tour you will go...

If a pedal squeaks while on tour you will go insane.
Whatever pedal keeps the grease inside is what I say.
I'm trying a pedal with a cartridge bearing on each end of the spindle this time. A single...
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 09:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,986
Posted By boomhauer

I'm sure ACA maps had their time and place. ...

I'm sure ACA maps had their time and place. Especially if you've never toured before and need some assurance. Especially if you live in a major metro or out east.
However, in the age of Google...
02-17-21, 02:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 975
Posted By boomhauer

i've ridden thru the sand hills on hwy 2. It's...

i've ridden thru the sand hills on hwy 2. It's very beautiful. Camping is not a problem, ever. The towns people are great. Highway 2 follows the Union Pacific rail line so you will see lots of...
Forum: Touring
02-15-21, 03:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,010
Posted By boomhauer

Another great video! I'm going to try that...

Another great video! I'm going to try that place out.
Thanks!
Forum: Touring
02-09-21, 09:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,688
Posted By boomhauer

+1 If you are really going across the country...

+1
If you are really going across the country you will hit road construction along the way....somewhere.....
Its like riding on gravel you didn't count on.
Forum: Touring
02-05-21, 06:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,965
Posted By boomhauer

20 liters is perfect for a six pack and ice from...

20 liters is perfect for a six pack and ice from the bait shop/beer store after you set up camp.
Forum: Touring
02-03-21, 09:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,510
Posted By boomhauer

I rode southern Iowa a couple times. I hardly...

I rode southern Iowa a couple times. I hardly remember it except it was easy. Camping in southern Iowa is easy at reservoirs. Parallel traverse to state highways on gravel roads is easy. When I...
Forum: Touring
12-30-20, 10:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,243
Posted By boomhauer

Yes, you will need some extra space for food for...

Yes, you will need some extra space for food for dinner that night.
40 liter panniers seem like a good fit (for me).
I'm a light packer but this gives ample space for some food, also.
Forum: Touring
12-13-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 904
Posted By boomhauer

Great drone footage! I think you gave a very...

Great drone footage!
I think you gave a very realistic look to people who are considering riding the Katy trail.
You didn't glamorize it at all. Many times in the late fall not much is open and...
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