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Forum: Touring
07-07-11, 06:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 498
Posted By thesearethesuns

Thanks Ray. That post brings up some good points...

Thanks Ray. That post brings up some good points like dropping to your knees and curling up into a ball (in order to reduce your surface area, and to not be the highest object in your vicinity.)...
Forum: Touring
07-06-11, 08:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 498
Posted By thesearethesuns

Practical Advice on Avoiding Lightning Strikes While Touring the Plains

I posted this as a response to a related comment in another thread, but I figured I'll start a fresh thread for this topic. A major concern of mine (and I would wager some others here) is imagining...
Forum: Touring
06-25-11, 07:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 526
Posted By thesearethesuns

I know, right? I'm in the same conundrum,...

I know, right? I'm in the same conundrum, although I don't have any background in mechanics whatsoever. I am having specific issues, namely dealing with putting on a headset and figuring out how long...
Forum: Touring
06-25-11, 04:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 756
Posted By thesearethesuns

Do some dry runs. Get all your stuff packed into...

Do some dry runs. Get all your stuff packed into your panniers and/or trailer, and ride for a couple of days doing your intended daily distance, or try to set a slightly easier goal like between 30...
06-18-11, 05:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,716
Posted By thesearethesuns

Gotcha! Thanks buddy, big help!

Gotcha! Thanks buddy, big help!
06-18-11, 12:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,792
Posted By thesearethesuns

Same issue. I am 30, male, 143 pounds and 5'11. I...

Same issue. I am 30, male, 143 pounds and 5'11. I have a fast metabolism. I have been experimenting with whey protein shakes over the last three months, but I've seen very little improvement, a...
06-18-11, 12:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,716
Posted By thesearethesuns

Shimano 105 Front Derailleur Question

Hey all,

I am in the process of doing my first bicycle build up. I'm trying to install a Shimano 105 Front Derailleur on my Kona Sutra '06 frame, and I can't find the right place to mount it...
Forum: Touring
06-18-11, 07:26 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,595
Posted By thesearethesuns

Haha. If you had read the rest of the post, you...

Haha. If you had read the rest of the post, you would have understood that I wasn't trying to put the guy in a noble light at all. I simply pointed out the slippery slope fallacy of the writer I was...
Forum: Touring
06-17-11, 10:25 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,595
Posted By thesearethesuns

Not for nothing, but this statement is hyperbolic...

Not for nothing, but this statement is hyperbolic to say the least, and slipshod in its presentation. There are many people around the world, for example, who choose to cross borders illegally, in...
Forum: Touring
06-14-11, 07:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,067
Posted By thesearethesuns

Cool--these both seem like good guides from which...

Cool--these both seem like good guides from which I will cherry pick from. So, minimum front looks like 20l, or maybe a little larger. I can't imagine that a 40l set would fit nice on my Axiom...
Forum: Touring
06-14-11, 07:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,067
Posted By thesearethesuns

I believe I'd buy one waterproof set for the...

I believe I'd buy one waterproof set for the front because, as I wrote, they will be riding low, so since they'll have closer contact to the occasional wet street surface, puddles--it seems like a...
Forum: Touring
06-14-11, 01:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,067
Posted By thesearethesuns

I would love to see pictures! :P ...

I would love to see pictures! :P




Yeah, I have the same approach when it comes from backpacking. If I have the right size vessel, I can sort out how to place stuff after the fact. I plan on...
Forum: Touring
06-14-11, 09:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,067
Posted By thesearethesuns

Panniers--Minimum Size Rear Panniers for a Cross Country Tour

Hey all,

I'm looking into buying a proper set of panniers that can handle a cross country tour. I am trying to keep costs down, and figure that one set of waterproof panniers for my front,...
Forum: Touring
06-08-11, 11:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 601
Posted By thesearethesuns

Also, if you plan to do mostly camping, check out...

Also, if you plan to do mostly camping, check out campgrounds along your route with the campground finder on http://www.trails.com
Forum: Touring
06-08-11, 11:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 601
Posted By thesearethesuns

Go to the DOT (Department of Transportation)...

Go to the DOT (Department of Transportation) sites for the states you're running through. Pennsylvania, for example, has loads of free maps in PDF form. Also, check out as many state parks along or...
Forum: Touring
06-04-11, 03:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 659
Posted By thesearethesuns

I added in Cherokee, NC (the Cherokee Nation...

I added in Cherokee, NC (the Cherokee Nation Reservation) into Google Bike Maps as it seemed like an interesting stop along the way, plus I would still be in the vicinity of Smoky Mountain Parkway...
Forum: Touring
06-03-11, 01:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 627
Posted By thesearethesuns

Sorry to hear it. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Sorry to hear it. Wishing you a speedy recovery!
Forum: Touring
06-03-11, 01:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 659
Posted By thesearethesuns

Asheville, NC to Chattanooga, TN

Hey Everyone,

I'm just trying to tie some loose ends together for my summer tour route. Does anyone know of a safe and short cycling route between Asheville and Chattanooga?

Thanks for any help.
Forum: Touring
05-30-11, 08:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,951
Posted By thesearethesuns

Yeah, I actually talked to someone today who...

Yeah, I actually talked to someone today who recommended a recumbent. I never thought I'd actually consider it, because I enjoy the romantic experience of riding up high on a bike (akin to riding on...
Forum: Touring
05-29-11, 09:47 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,839
Posted By thesearethesuns

Did it. Hope you all win it!

Did it. Hope you all win it!
Forum: Touring
05-29-11, 08:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,951
Posted By thesearethesuns

Is a Saddle with Springs for a Bad Back Appropriate?

Hello everyone. I was just wondering if I should look into getting a saddle with springs on it like a Brooks Flyer series because I have a back issue. My concern is that the springs would somehow...
Forum: Touring
05-24-11, 03:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,239
Posted By thesearethesuns

Haha, probably not considering it's a monastery...

Haha, probably not considering it's a monastery and considered a very sacred place. :D


And yes, I think you're probably right about not getting very far by bike on Mt. Athos...
Forum: Touring
05-23-11, 12:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,239
Posted By thesearethesuns

Haha, well, like I said, I haven't really...

Haha, well, like I said, I haven't really experienced Northern Greece at all, but Haldidiki looks fabulous! I probably wouldn't want to roll into Thessoloniki (or any large city in Greece) on a...
05-23-11, 08:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By thesearethesuns

The date is getting closer and I am concerned...

The date is getting closer and I am concerned about finding a suitable charity to ride for. I think that I might try to find an individual who needs financial help with medical bills, or needs a bone...
Forum: Touring
05-23-11, 07:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,239
Posted By thesearethesuns

If you can do the first route, I think it would...

If you can do the first route, I think it would be well worth the extra miles to see Thessaloniki, Haldidiki (Sithonia is really set up for tourists from what I hear, and the beaches are nice), and...
Forum: Touring
05-20-11, 10:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,239
Posted By thesearethesuns

If you will be in Northern Peloponnesos, there is...

If you will be in Northern Peloponnesos, there is the old national highway, with absolutely fantastic vistas of mountains, sea, sunsets, and incredible nature. You will encounter water the color of...
Forum: Touring
05-18-11, 05:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,280
Posted By thesearethesuns

Yeah, it's my first time building a bike up from...

Yeah, it's my first time building a bike up from frame, much less a tourer, and I'm concerned about this common position that I keep finding in Google image searches.

I would like to mount my...
Forum: Touring
05-17-11, 03:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,245
Posted By thesearethesuns

Thanks Boomhauer! That's really encouraging of...

Thanks Boomhauer! That's really encouraging of you. It's always been a sort of dream or fantasy of mine to travel through a desert, ever since I was very young. I'd like to make it happen.
Forum: Touring
05-17-11, 10:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,245
Posted By thesearethesuns

Thanks for the heads up! I will reconsider! ...

Thanks for the heads up! I will reconsider!



Really good point about how the economy factors in. Just looking at some streets in Shiprock, NM on Google Earth I came across a few boarded up...
Forum: Touring
05-17-11, 09:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,245
Posted By thesearethesuns

Geez, Poison Spring? Is that anywhere near...

Geez, Poison Spring? Is that anywhere near Arsenic Lake or Depleted Uranium Creek? I didn't even think about getting a water bladder/hydration bag. I thought I would be alright with the water bottles...
Forum: Touring
05-16-11, 06:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,245
Posted By thesearethesuns

Good ideas man! Upon checking that link I was...

Good ideas man! Upon checking that link I was unable find any bike shops in the area that I plan on riding through.

The areas that I would like to go through and that I am most concerned about...
Forum: Touring
05-16-11, 08:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,245
Posted By thesearethesuns

Water Supply & Desert Riding (Western Express) How much water to bring/availability?

I am planning on utilizing a large portion of the Western Express as a major section of my cross country route. I intend on riding US 40 through Northern New Mexico heading west. The last town I will...
Forum: Touring
05-15-11, 03:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 339
Posted By thesearethesuns

Sounds cool man, I have similar aspirations so I...

Sounds cool man, I have similar aspirations so I can relate to your enthusiasm. Just a word of caution though--I think that a world tour would cost "big money" by default if you factor in visas,...
Forum: Touring
05-15-11, 05:16 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 18,194
Posted By thesearethesuns

Wow, so many great stories, comments, and ideas...

Wow, so many great stories, comments, and ideas on this thread so far!


Here's my next big question: How about snakes? Any run-ins with rattlesnakes and the like popping out from under the brush...
Forum: Touring
05-14-11, 07:57 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 18,194
Posted By thesearethesuns

Wow, that's great! I'd love to do a tour in some...

Wow, that's great! I'd love to do a tour in some Right to Roam designated countries in Europe. I just did a search on Right to Roam, and it seems that many countries in Northern Europe seem to have...
Forum: Touring
05-13-11, 03:40 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 18,194
Posted By thesearethesuns

Stealth Camping: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Okay everyone--I want to hear about experiences while stealth camping. Since all these threads about touring dangers have cropped up as of late, I'd like to focus on specific dangers related to...
Forum: Touring
05-10-11, 11:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 20,623
Posted By thesearethesuns

Good point. I personally like the idea of...

Good point. I personally like the idea of employing a variety of handlebar grip combinations on the trekking bar, and for different riding positions and situations. For example, having a harder...
Forum: Touring
05-10-11, 06:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 20,623
Posted By thesearethesuns

Foam Grips vs Handlebar Tape

I am thinking about installing (what I imagine will be) comfy foam grips on a set of trekking handlebars for my first touring bike build up. Are there are any real drawbacks associated with going...
Forum: Touring
04-30-11, 05:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,819
Posted By thesearethesuns

Yes, this is exactly what I was looking for!...

Yes, this is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks fks!
Forum: Touring
04-30-11, 01:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,819
Posted By thesearethesuns

Let me make the question a little clearer--is...

Let me make the question a little clearer--is there some sort of adapter kit available for bar ender shifters that has mounts which would allow a person to mount bar end shifters on the part of the...
Forum: Touring
04-29-11, 05:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,819
Posted By thesearethesuns

Trekking Bars and Bar-End Shifters

Is it possible to install bar end shifters on a set of trekking (butterfly) bars?
Forum: Touring
04-28-11, 06:45 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 355
Posted By thesearethesuns

US 64 -- Is it ridable?

I am planning out a cross country route, and am considering linking up with US 64 in Chattanooga, Tennessee in order to head west towards Memphis, and beyond. Does anyone have experience with this...
04-25-11, 04:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By thesearethesuns

Tentative Itinerary: I'm just going to...

Tentative Itinerary:

I'm just going to layout my intended route in hopes that someone can chime in with any and all holes I have in my planning stage. I am planning on leaving sometime in late...
04-25-11, 04:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By thesearethesuns

Thanks Snowy Jack--Cycling wasn't one of my...

Thanks Snowy Jack--Cycling wasn't one of my father's hobbies, but perhaps it would be nice to invite some of his friends over to see me off on the first day.
Forum: Touring
04-20-11, 08:36 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,003
Posted By thesearethesuns

I was just reading your blog. How were you able...

I was just reading your blog. How were you able to enter Tibet on bicycle by yourself?
Forum: Touring
04-20-11, 08:46 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,203
Posted By thesearethesuns

Uh, dude, southeast I hope... otherwise you'll be...

Uh, dude, southeast I hope... otherwise you'll be heading to Armenia by my calculations...

Who are you going with? I was just living in The Republic of Georgia not too long ago.
Forum: Touring
04-18-11, 02:34 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,068
Posted By thesearethesuns

This sounds like good advice to me personally....

This sounds like good advice to me personally. Just walk through it, step by step. Abstract ideas like touring across country on a bicycle must seem overwhelming when put into reality if you view...
Forum: Touring
04-18-11, 01:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,743
Posted By thesearethesuns

Wondering if anyone can chime in on my route...

Wondering if anyone can chime in on my route plan. Here's my proposed route again (the line in blue)...
Forum: Touring
04-18-11, 09:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 464
Posted By thesearethesuns

Wow, sounds kind of fantastic! Like The...

Wow, sounds kind of fantastic! Like The NeverEnding Story, but on a bike...
Forum: Touring
04-17-11, 05:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 464
Posted By thesearethesuns

Where's your destination city? I've heard good...

Where's your destination city? I've heard good things about the Blue Ridge Parkway, 35 mph speed limits and incredible views of the Smokeys. If you're heading towards somewhere inland, I would give...
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