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Forum: Touring
10-09-19, 09:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,029
Posted By acantor

Bicycle touring was not on my radar when, while...

Bicycle touring was not on my radar when, while hitchhiking near Big Sur (California) around 1978, I met a British Columbian couple at a campground. They were bicycle touring south along the coast of...
Forum: Touring
09-06-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,003
Posted By acantor

Water-resistant panniers have served me nicely...

Water-resistant panniers have served me nicely for the kinds of touring I do: mostly day trips, an occasional weekend outing, and an infrequent one to two week tour.

I find water resistant...
Forum: Touring
08-26-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,490
Posted By acantor

I've been cycletouring with brifters for 15...

I've been cycletouring with brifters for 15 years. My bike has fallen over a few times, and I've had a few minor spills.

So far, no problems with the brifters. I especially appreciate the quick...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 09:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,451
Posted By acantor

The situation may have changed since I did a bike...

The situation may have changed since I did a bike tour in northern Italy (and Ticino, the Italian-speaking canon in Switzerland) many years ago.

I didn't notice local folks doing long-distance...
Forum: Touring
07-25-19, 07:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,326
Posted By acantor

Yes, I biked the entire way to Kingston, but I...

Yes, I biked the entire way to Kingston, but I started at Rouge Hill (on one trip) and Oshawa (on the other trip).

I don't recall a problem getting around Darlington, although the route was...
Forum: Touring
07-24-19, 09:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,326
Posted By acantor

If the tires are in good shape and not too worn,...

If the tires are in good shape and not too worn, you should be fine for this relatively short trip. I've biked from Toronto to Kingston twice. The trip takes me four days, not counting extra time I...
Forum: Touring
07-21-19, 06:21 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,930
Posted By acantor

When I find myself needing to replace the drive...

When I find myself needing to replace the drive train on my bike -- which happens once or twice a decade -- I opt for smaller gears than I did the previous time. This evolution is, at least in part,...
Forum: Touring
06-17-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,790
Posted By acantor

Touring during the shoulder seasons might be an...

Touring during the shoulder seasons might be an option. Using insulated cases, it's going to be harder to keep medication at the appropriate storage temperatures when you're cycling in extreme heat...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,439
Posted By acantor

Location, location, location! Are you...

Location, location, location!

Are you passing through New York City or Amsterdam? Use two, maybe three different theft deterrents.

Cycling through rural upstate New York or towns in central...
Forum: Touring
06-12-19, 06:25 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,393
Posted By acantor

I have toured in places that are extremely hot...

I have toured in places that are extremely hot and humid during the summer. Over the years, I have developed strategies that I think help me to prevent bonking -- at least not too much and not as...
Forum: Touring
06-06-19, 08:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,771
Posted By acantor

There is no need to haul tons of stuff. For...

There is no need to haul tons of stuff. For example, instead of carrying extra cycling clothes, you can wear them every day and wash them every evening. (That's what I do.) You will probably want...
Forum: Touring
06-04-19, 04:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,771
Posted By acantor

I have crossed the Alps on a touring bicycle...

I have crossed the Alps on a touring bicycle carrying 10 or 12 kg of gear, and I stayed at an inn, pension, or hotel every night. It's physically demanding to ride uphill all day at high altitudes....
Forum: Touring
06-01-19, 06:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,660
Posted By acantor

I think your decision to favour the lower gears...

I think your decision to favour the lower gears is a good one. When I am touring, I use super-low gears far more often than I use my highest gears. I rarely use my top two gears.

I have ridden...
Forum: Touring
05-06-19, 02:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,766
Posted By acantor

No need to carry all of your stuff, and there is...

No need to carry all of your stuff, and there is nothing wrong with wanting to avoid camping or take an organized tour. I've been bike touring for decades, and not once have I carried a sleeping bag...
Forum: Touring
04-22-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,526
Posted By acantor

I have two touring bikes, one purchased 34 years...

I have two touring bikes, one purchased 34 years ago, other 16 years ago. Both are awesome for touring and commuting. But if I had to choose between the two, I would opt for the newer one. Now that...
Forum: Touring
03-24-19, 09:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,131
Posted By acantor

When I cycled over the Alps, I found it unnerving...

When I cycled over the Alps, I found it unnerving to ride through tunnels, even with flashing lights on. I waited for gaps in the traffic, and then rode as quickly as my legs would carry me.

That...
Forum: Touring
03-22-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,803
Posted By acantor

I've come to view fenders in the same category as...

I've come to view fenders in the same category as lights, rear view mirrors, and fluorescent vests -- essential for touring. You never know when it is going to rain, and I am happy avoiding a muddy...
Forum: Touring
03-03-19, 10:52 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,837
Posted By acantor

I am in the mirror-as-indispensable-accessory...

I am in the mirror-as-indispensable-accessory camp. I feel safer when I've got one. I tried one or two helmet mounted models, but they didn't work for me. For many years now I have ridden with a...
Forum: Touring
02-28-19, 09:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,326
Posted By acantor

There are plenty of foods that will deliver...

There are plenty of foods that will deliver sufficient protein without meat: eggs and dairy products, as you suggest, but other sources include beans, lentils, tree nuts, peanuts, seeds, and whole...
Forum: Touring
02-27-19, 11:31 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,792
Posted By acantor

It could be cool and rainy in April. The weather...

It could be cool and rainy in April. The weather may be more pleasant if you were to wait until the beginning or middle of May.
Forum: Touring
02-27-19, 11:12 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,326
Posted By acantor

It's easy to overdo it on the first day of a...

It's easy to overdo it on the first day of a bicycle trip. I've made this mistake, as well. I try to limit my first day of a cycling tour to 4 to 5 hours.

I also have come to believe in the...
Forum: Touring
01-20-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,282
Posted By acantor

While I am not an expert on Murphy's Law, my...

While I am not an expert on Murphy's Law, my understanding is that the law predicts that a fall will occur in a manner that maximizes damage to the most valued item a cyclist is carrying, or owns. I...
Forum: Touring
01-19-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,282
Posted By acantor

My guess is that the likelihood of falling on one...

My guess is that the likelihood of falling on one side or the other is more luck than anything else. I don't fall often, but when I have taken a tumble, the circumstances were unique: Wiped out on a...
Forum: Touring
01-17-19, 09:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,160
Posted By acantor

I live a little above sea level, and flew to...

I live a little above sea level, and flew to Switzerland when I was 48 for a bike holiday. I began at about 400 metres, slowly headed uphill for a couple of days, and then began to ascend a 2100...
Forum: Touring
01-09-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 11,106
Posted By acantor

I toured using toe clips for 15 years,...

I toured using toe clips for 15 years, double-sided pedals (platform/clipless) for 2 years, and clipless (SPD) pedals for 10 years.

Last year, I switched to platforms, and wear whatever shoes I...
Forum: Touring
01-06-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,800
Posted By acantor

Before a multi-week bike tour to France, I spent...

Before a multi-week bike tour to France, I spent weeks reading about the areas I was heading to. I bought maps, studied them, and outlined a plan. I knew where I wanted to start, where I wanted to...
Forum: Touring
12-18-18, 11:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 921
Posted By acantor

Like you, I am not the most mechanically-inclined...

Like you, I am not the most mechanically-inclined person. Like you, I can fix a flat tire. I recently saw a YouTube video on how to remove the rear wheel, and that was tremendously helpful the last...
Forum: Touring
12-08-18, 03:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,273
Posted By acantor

Maybe there are two Southern Ontarios. The one...

Maybe there are two Southern Ontarios. The one you are referring to sounds like Holland!

The Southern Ontario I live in, although by no stretch of the imagination can be considered mountainous, is...
Forum: Touring
12-07-18, 10:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,273
Posted By acantor

The wheelbase geometry of the Nishiki looks more...

The wheelbase geometry of the Nishiki looks more tour-worthy than the Panasonic. The gearing on both appear to be on the high side, at least for me. (I prefer to have a wide range of super low gears,...
Forum: Touring
12-06-18, 08:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,205
Posted By acantor

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One of your dad's photos looks like he snapped it at almost...
Forum: Touring
09-22-18, 11:25 AM
Replies: 558
Views: 333,287
Posted By acantor

Touring lessons I am still learning!

1. It's easy to underestimate how much water you might need while touring. If you are planning on carrying one bottle, double that!

2. Carry enough food, and eat frequently. Your body will need...
Forum: Touring
09-04-18, 07:41 AM
Replies: 558
Views: 333,287
Posted By acantor

On all tours, long or short, I carry a patch kit...

On all tours, long or short, I carry a patch kit and a pump.

On a long tour, I bring a replacement inner tube. On a short tour, or if I am going out for just the day, I may or may not carry one.
...
Forum: Touring
07-10-18, 07:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,427
Posted By acantor

I have crossed international borders with...

I have crossed international borders with bicycles more times than I can count, and custom agents have never asked me about the provenance of my bike.

No bicycle, including yours, is...
Forum: Touring
06-29-18, 01:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,176
Posted By acantor

I've done the route from Toronto to Kingston and...

I've done the route from Toronto to Kingston and area a few times, and agree that it's possible to avoid heavily trafficked roads, at least most of the way. I'm not sure it qualifies as a...
Forum: Touring
06-16-18, 09:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 992
Posted By acantor

Being a pannier is a hard life. The materials are...

Being a pannier is a hard life. The materials are exposed to UV light, heat, cold, mud, dust, water, snow, slush, vibration, gravity, abrasions, wear-and-tear on the mechanical bits, etc. No pannier...
Forum: Touring
06-06-18, 07:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,274
Posted By acantor

Lower gearing is possible, and good to have when...

Lower gearing is possible, and good to have when climbing extreme hills, facing headwinds, or both. My bail-out gear is 22-36, and I use it. Next time I refurbish my drive train, I will see whether...
Forum: Touring
06-05-18, 02:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,544
Posted By acantor

I have cycled in Holland many times and during...

I have cycled in Holland many times and during many visits. My cycling experiences have been enjoyable. My absolute favourite was cycling around Texel Island. I would do it again in a flash.

My...
Forum: Touring
05-20-18, 07:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,775
Posted By acantor

This is my favourite mirror, but unfortunately,...

This is my favourite mirror, but unfortunately, it is only compatible with Shimano brifters made before 2010. The older brifters included built-in clips to accommodate third-party accessories, but...
Forum: Touring
05-14-18, 11:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 952
Posted By acantor

Oops. There are two places called "Belleville" in...

Oops. There are two places called "Belleville" in France, and I was basing my directions on the wrong one.

Mācon to Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy, can be biked in a day or two. One of my...
Forum: Touring
05-13-18, 05:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 952
Posted By acantor

Sounds like a nice tour. Also consider...

Sounds like a nice tour.

Also consider heading south east from Beaujolais to Dijon, a two or three day ride. Then head south into Burgundy, another spectacular bike touring region with good food...
Forum: Touring
05-07-18, 12:26 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 5,850
Posted By acantor

I would give it a go to find out how to works...

I would give it a go to find out how to works out.

A few times, I biked around town with a friend who rode a small scooter. Even when the scooter was going slow, I couldn't keep up, at least not...
Forum: Touring
04-22-18, 10:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,121
Posted By acantor

I find both of my touring bicycles are...

I find both of my touring bicycles are comfortable, both loaded and unloaded.

Both feel like station wagons carrying cargo when I am touring: stable and secure.

When I am riding around town...
Forum: Touring
04-17-18, 02:26 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 4,886
Posted By acantor

If I were to cycle into a large city and needed...

If I were to cycle into a large city and needed to find my way through or around it, I would put away my paper maps and switch on the GPS on my phone. As much as I prefer paper maps, in combination...
Forum: Touring
04-15-18, 03:26 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 4,886
Posted By acantor

I have nothing against using a GPS for a tour,...

I have nothing against using a GPS for a tour, but I have always relied on paper maps.

At the start of each day of a multi day tour, I spread out my maps on a table. On a sheet of paper, I sketch...
Forum: Touring
04-15-18, 03:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,042
Posted By acantor

Profile Design has been exemplary. I have...

Profile Design has been exemplary. I have Airstryke aerobars on both of my touring bikes. I purchased the first set in 1994, and the second set in 2004. The warranty for both was two years.

After...
Forum: Touring
04-13-18, 03:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,667
Posted By acantor

I have flown a bunch of times with my bicycle,...

I have flown a bunch of times with my bicycle, sometimes in a box, other times in a plastic bag provided by the airline.

The bicycle held up fine on every flight – except once.

By...
Forum: Touring
04-01-18, 06:36 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,380
Posted By acantor

It's not a question I have given a lot of thought...

It's not a question I have given a lot of thought to! I don't mind washing my clothes every day.

I suppose the opposite of what I do would be to carry of shorts and a jersey for each day of a...
Forum: Touring
04-01-18, 04:08 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,380
Posted By acantor

I have one pair of cycling shorts and one jersey...

I have one pair of cycling shorts and one jersey on my tours, but not because I'm trying to save weight. If I wanted to minimize my load, I would carry running shoes, sandals, but not both. Or I...
Forum: Touring
03-18-18, 12:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,174
Posted By acantor

I enjoyed riding the bike path on the south side...

I enjoyed riding the bike path on the south side of the St. Lawrence east of Quebec City. Consider it if you want an easy route.

The north shore east of Quebec City is extremely hilly, and there...
Forum: Touring
03-11-18, 08:43 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,760
Posted By acantor

I personally do not spend a lot of energy...

I personally do not spend a lot of energy thinking about the possibility of theft or damage. If you have a choice between different bicycles, consider taking the one that is best suited to the task....
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