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05-16-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 18,460
Posted By bikebark

700 x 28 or 32 on paved roads. 700 x 40 on...

700 x 28 or 32 on paved roads. 700 x 40 on gravel and for touring.
06-15-18, 06:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,214
Posted By bikebark

We tour on 40 mm Schwable Marathon Supremes.

We tour on 40 mm Schwable Marathon Supremes.
Forum: Touring
05-25-18, 06:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,083
Posted By bikebark

We usually ask at the police station or state...

We usually ask at the police station or state parks and normally there is a lot that we can park in. The only time that we were turned down was a town in Mississippi when we were riding part of the...
Forum: Touring
04-20-18, 07:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,647
Posted By bikebark

I had an old Blackburn floor pump with a lifetime...

I had an old Blackburn floor pump with a lifetime warranty. I had a problem with the pump head and I inquired about getting a replacement part. Blackburn sent me a brand new pump.

The map case...
Forum: Touring
04-02-18, 06:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 996
Posted By bikebark

Options that I have used include taking inside to...

Options that I have used include taking inside to lock if possible; locking it outside and taking panniers inside; locking outside in view of ticket office, security guard, or parking attendant if...
02-11-18, 12:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,939
Posted By bikebark

Do you still have he panniers?

Do you still have he panniers?
Forum: Touring
01-23-18, 07:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,976
Posted By bikebark

I just rode Supremes on month long tandem tour,...

I just rode Supremes on month long tandem tour, 180+kg load, with not problems.
12-28-17, 11:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,488
Posted By bikebark

For some reason that link is not posting.

For some reason that link is not posting.
12-28-17, 11:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,488
Posted By bikebark

The link showing that tandems are allowed in...

The link showing that tandems are allowed in Kyoto is ******************************????2**************************************** (http://www.pref.kyoto.jp/fukei/kotu/koki_k_t/jitensha/tandemu.html)
12-28-17, 11:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,488
Posted By bikebark

These are some links that I have found that may...

These are some links that I have found that may be helpful. It appears that a number of prefectures have recently changed their laws to specifically allow tandems.
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09-22-17, 07:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,412
Posted By bikebark

We switch to 40 mm tires when riding gravel. We...

We switch to 40 mm tires when riding gravel. We rode the Flint Hills Nature Trail earlier this year and sections between Pomona and Council Grove were not in good shape. I would not recommend...
Forum: Touring
09-20-17, 06:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,026
Posted By bikebark

We ride 32mm 4 Seasons on our tandem and have...

We ride 32mm 4 Seasons on our tandem and have good luck with them. They are a comfortable tire and we have had very few flats riding 4 Seasons. We have also toured on 23mm 4 Seasons with no problem.
09-13-17, 08:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,709
Posted By bikebark

I had a similar experience that was caused by a...

I had a similar experience that was caused by a bent rim. The tire blew off several times in my basement before I discovered that the rim had got bent.
06-20-17, 06:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,653
Posted By bikebark

I have had better luck with the Ritchey...

I have had better luck with the Ritchey connectors than the Davinci connector. In my experience the Davinci connectors strip out easier.
Forum: Touring
03-27-17, 06:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,788
Posted By bikebark

We use two rectangular sleeping bags that we can...

We use two rectangular sleeping bags that we can zip together. One is older and the down has been crushed so it is not as warm. This allows us to decide which bag goes on top depending on the...
Forum: Touring
01-26-17, 08:07 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,659
Posted By bikebark

My wife and I have traveled in many countries...

My wife and I have traveled in many countries where we did not speak the language. We try to learn some basic things like greetings, numbers, and the names of some basic foods, but for most things...
Forum: Touring
10-26-16, 06:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,466
Posted By bikebark

I never had a problem in Morocco in four weeks...

I never had a problem in Morocco in four weeks there. Most people and children were very polite there.
10-22-16, 08:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,463
Posted By bikebark

We have used a CDX belt for three years and have...

We have used a CDX belt for three years and have not had any problems. In the past we carried a spare belt on our long foreign tours, but this year we decided not to carry a spare due to the fact...
Forum: Touring
10-17-16, 06:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,383
Posted By bikebark

If you lock you case, make sure you use a TSA...

If you lock you case, make sure you use a TSA approved lock. Otherwise, the TSA may cut the lock or force the case open. I never lock our bags.
Forum: Touring
09-22-16, 07:11 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,564
Posted By bikebark

I have a great situation. I tour with my wife...

I have a great situation. I tour with my wife and we are able to get a month off work each year. Most other tourists we meet are either retired, or young and either just out of school or between...
Forum: Touring
09-19-16, 06:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 960
Posted By bikebark

I have hosted a few people from warm showers and...

I have hosted a few people from warm showers and one was a Korean two years ago.
Forum: Touring
08-09-16, 07:47 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,674
Posted By bikebark

I use a Carradice Super C handlebar bag, which I...

I use a Carradice Super C handlebar bag, which I really like. lt is not too large and has a great map case. I used to use a large Arkel handlebar bag, but it was uncomfortable to carry off the bike...
Forum: Touring
08-09-16, 07:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 977
Posted By bikebark

I have only had one motel in the U.S. not let us...

I have only had one motel in the U.S. not let us our bikes in our room. It was a small, privately owned motel. The hotels that I have stayed at in other countries have either let us bring our bikes...
Forum: Touring
08-03-16, 07:18 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,676
Posted By bikebark

I have used both kinds. It is not difficult to...

I have used both kinds. It is not difficult to put things that you need to keep dry in plastic bags when using non-waterproof panniers. Waterproof is nice to keep things dry, but when you put damp...
Forum: Touring
07-09-16, 09:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,631
Posted By bikebark

Missouri is developing another cross state trail,...

Missouri is developing another cross state trail, the Rock Island Trail, from Kansas City, crossing the Katy trail in western Missouri and then going across the state and ending near St. Louis. It...
Forum: Touring
07-06-16, 08:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 756
Posted By bikebark

I toured Morocco last year. Morocco was very...

I toured Morocco last year. Morocco was very easy to tour. Obtaining drinking water was not a problem. Moroccan tap water is generally okay to drink. There are long stretches south of the Atlas...
07-05-16, 07:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,497
Posted By bikebark

We use one 26"x26"x10" homemade soft-sided case...

We use one 26"x26"x10" homemade soft-sided case and one regular suitcase. Our front triangle and wheels are the only parts that will not fit into our regular suitcase. We then put our soft-sided...
Forum: Touring
06-15-16, 07:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 822
Posted By bikebark

Most state's publish bicycle maps. Check with...

Most state's publish bicycle maps. Check with each state's department of transportation. They vary in the amount of information they have.
Forum: Touring
04-22-16, 07:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 738
Posted By bikebark

S and S Machine makes the couplers and also sells...

S and S Machine makes the couplers and also sells cases to framebuilders. You may want to contact them. http://www.sandsmachine.com (http://www.sandsmachine.com/)
04-22-16, 07:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,309
Posted By bikebark

We have toured extensively on out tandems. We...

We have toured extensively on out tandems. We like the Tubus Tara front rack. It is strong and light. We have no problem carrying large panniers on the front racks. When we are camping we use...
12-23-15, 08:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,201
Posted By bikebark

I have ordered from them several times with no...

I have ordered from them several times with no problems. They got my orders shipped quickly, but the last order I made with them took almost a month to get delivered. DHL delivered it to the USPS...
Forum: Touring
12-13-15, 07:55 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,122
Posted By bikebark

I originally started by touring developed...

I originally started by touring developed countries, but as I got more comfortable touring I have been touring developing countries more including Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Mexico, and...
Forum: Touring
09-16-15, 11:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,183
Posted By bikebark

I like the Carradice Super C that I have. Its...

I like the Carradice Super C that I have. Its light, has a great map case, a nice shoulder strap, and a zippered pocket inside the main compartment to keep money and other valuables in. It uses a...
09-16-15, 10:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,759
Posted By bikebark

You cannot get 700c wheels in any regular...

You cannot get 700c wheels in any regular suitcase that I have found. We use one 26x26 case and one regular suitcase for our tandem.
Forum: Touring
09-09-15, 07:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 780
Posted By bikebark

We flew in and out of Malaga 12 years ago. We...

We flew in and out of Malaga 12 years ago. We rode directly out of the airport and back to the airport. At that time there was no problem riding to and from the airport. We rode directly to a...
Forum: Touring
08-31-15, 07:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,719
Posted By bikebark

I have ridden Keen sandals on many tours. I...

I have ridden Keen sandals on many tours. I apply sunscreen to the top of my feet in sunny weather to avoid sunburns. I prefer having my toes covered for protection. Many times I have had rocks...
Forum: Touring
08-24-15, 06:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,300
Posted By bikebark

I like the Garmin Touring Plus that I have. I...

I like the Garmin Touring Plus that I have. I have been using it for about 18 months. I use it as my daily bicycle computer, and I also used it on a month long tour of southeast Asia. The open...
08-06-15, 07:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,759
Posted By bikebark

We fly overseas with our coupled tandem at least...

We fly overseas with our coupled tandem at least once a year. TSA always inspects at least one of our suitcases, but we have never had the bike damaged due to anything TSA has done and have never...
07-01-15, 07:58 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 11,230
Posted By bikebark

We have had a CDX belt for almost two years and...

We have had a CDX belt for almost two years and have over 6000 miles on it including lots of miles on gravel and loaded touring. We also run lower tension on the belt. The only problem we have had...
05-18-15, 06:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,179
Posted By bikebark

I have seen some beautiful titanium bikes that...

I have seen some beautiful titanium bikes that are partially painted and partially bare, but I would recommend not painting it. We have an unpainted Ti Cycles coupled tandem, and it is nice not...
Forum: Touring
05-05-15, 06:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,841
Posted By bikebark

I have never had a problem with brake cables...

I have never had a problem with brake cables breaking. I have had derailleur cables go bad. They will not break immediately, but they can go bad over a few days once you notice that some of the...
03-16-15, 08:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,090
Posted By bikebark

We have two S&S coupled tandems. It takes me...

We have two S&S coupled tandems. It takes me about an hour to pack them and several hours to put them back together. We have never had a problem checking them at the airport. We put the wheels and...
Forum: Touring
01-29-15, 08:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,016
Posted By bikebark

New Zealand and Thailand are great places to go...

New Zealand and Thailand are great places to go when it is winter in the northern hemisphere.
Forum: Touring
01-09-15, 08:50 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 13,260
Posted By bikebark

On our tandem we regularly use Ortlieb...

On our tandem we regularly use Ortlieb Back-Rollers on a Tubus Tara front rack without any problems.
Forum: Touring
10-17-14, 07:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,424
Posted By bikebark

I had a rack fail at the welds about 20 years...

I had a rack fail at the welds about 20 years ago. It was probably a Blackburn. I was touring in Wisconsin at the time. I was able to hold the rack together with pull ties and ride to a bike shop...
10-15-14, 08:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,453
Posted By bikebark

We ride with the captain being 90 degrees behind...

We ride with the captain being 90 degrees behind the stoker. My stoker prefers it that way. You will just have to try in both ways to determine which way you prefer. I once set up out bike the...
Forum: Touring
09-29-14, 07:55 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 16,978
Posted By bikebark

We use both Ortliebs and Arkels when touring on...

We use both Ortliebs and Arkels when touring on our tandem. We have Arkel TT-84 tandem panniers on the rear and Arkel back-roller pluses on the front. I like both brands. The Ortliebs weigh...
Forum: Touring
08-25-14, 09:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 631
Posted By bikebark

I have been touring for many years with my wife...

I have been touring for many years with my wife on a tandem. We have toured in many different countries.
07-30-14, 07:13 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 11,270
Posted By bikebark

Ti Cycles is another custom builder. We are very...

Ti Cycles is another custom builder. We are very happy with out custom, coupled, titanium tandem.
Forum: Touring
07-02-14, 08:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,692
Posted By bikebark

I toured the southern part of Vietnam several...

I toured the southern part of Vietnam several years ago. Much of the time we were on Highway 1, the main north-south highway. Traffic is not that bad outside of the cites other that near Ho Chi...
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