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Forum: Touring
01-11-22, 12:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,385
Posted By dgodave

No. In fact the sign seemed to promise a number...

No. In fact the sign seemed to promise a number of interesting characters that I didnt get to meet. Maybe it was for the best.

(Japan seems to offer more weird or interesting or beautiful sights...
Forum: Touring
01-11-22, 09:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,385
Posted By dgodave

Amakusa, Japan. Stayed at this hotel one night....

Amakusa, Japan.
Stayed at this hotel one night. Read the sign in both pics.
(I shouldn't pick on this hotel because it was really quite nice and they had decorated the interior with lots of cool...
Forum: Touring
01-07-22, 06:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,385
Posted By dgodave

Oita Prefecture, Japan ...

Oita Prefecture, Japan

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Forum: Touring
01-07-22, 06:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,385
Posted By dgodave

Oita Prefecture, Japan ...

Oita Prefecture, Japan

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Forum: Touring
01-05-22, 02:14 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,524
Posted By dgodave

I can usually tell pavement from trails or gravel...

I can usually tell pavement from trails or gravel just with the satellite view.

Heatmaps is far from a flawless method. But I find that almost all cyclists want to avoid horrible busy roads if...
Forum: Touring
12-06-21, 09:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 743
Posted By dgodave

Close to 3 weeks. But I stayed 2 or 3 nights at...

Close to 3 weeks. But I stayed 2 or 3 nights at certain locations to do day rides rather than moving on every single day.

I toured "credit card" style on a Brompton folding bike. This was...
Forum: Touring
12-05-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 743
Posted By dgodave

Wish I could go. Did this Kyushu trip in 2019....

Wish I could go. Did this Kyushu trip in 2019. Looks like it might overlap with your route for a few days.
...
Forum: Touring
10-31-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,524
Posted By dgodave

Strava Heatmap. Useful as a supplement to...

Strava Heatmap.

Useful as a supplement to other planning tools. Tells you where local cyclists are choosing to ride
09-04-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,356
Posted By dgodave

I'm doing quite a bit of gravel riding on a 1986...

I'm doing quite a bit of gravel riding on a 1986 Ritchey Ascent. Its great! Hope this helps.
Forum: Touring
09-03-21, 10:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,125
Posted By dgodave

Quite a few years ago I arrived in Toulouse...

Quite a few years ago I arrived in Toulouse France planning to backpack around the country taking trains here and there.

But on day 2 I rented a bike just to roll around for the day and decided...
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 12:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,304
Posted By dgodave

Yeah, on average I think Sept is better than high...

Yeah, on average I think Sept is better than high summer in CO for weather and for car traffic.
Forum: Touring
07-21-21, 04:49 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,304
Posted By dgodave

Odds are, no problem. But snowstorms do...

Odds are, no problem. But snowstorms do occasionally strike that time of year in the CO Rockies. My sense is its well worth chancing it. But everybody's risk tolerance is different.
Forum: Touring
07-21-21, 02:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,304
Posted By dgodave

Did you already say where youd be crossing the...

Did you already say where youd be crossing the Rockies at?
Forum: Touring
07-21-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,027
Posted By dgodave

Looking forward to another Japan touring vid. ...

Looking forward to another Japan touring vid.

Wondering when I will go back for more touring. Circled Kyushu by myself back in 2019 and it was the most amazing tour.
07-12-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,220
Posted By dgodave

I have one. Its great for exactly this kind...

I have one.

Its great for exactly this kind of problem. If fact it takes the unpleasant edge off all my gravel riding. No I am not sponsored.
06-20-21, 09:18 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 26,469
Posted By dgodave

Thats how I got into mountain biking in like...

Thats how I got into mountain biking in like 1982. I'd ride my road bike by your store in San Anselmo / Fairfax and Gary had some kind of "try a mountain bike" arrangement. So I borrowed one of...
06-17-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 26,469
Posted By dgodave

Here's the current incarnation of my 1986 Ritchey...

Here's the current incarnation of my 1986 Ritchey Ascent. (This was my 2nd mountain bike). Only the frame, brakes,& headset are original now. Sorry!
...
Forum: Touring
06-16-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,565
Posted By dgodave

I rode my Brompton folding bike. So many...

I rode my Brompton folding bike.

So many lovely rides. Maybe my favorite was Rd 8 from Taketa to Takachiho, and then the next day along the Gokase River out to the coast. Rd 8 was very hilly,...
Forum: Touring
06-15-21, 10:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,565
Posted By dgodave

Bike touring Kyushu by myself a couple years...

Bike touring Kyushu by myself a couple years ago.... so memorable, in a good way. Japan is dense with things to stop and look at. And strange little roads winding through the mountains.
Forum: Touring
06-14-21, 07:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,574
Posted By dgodave

Let me repeat my response in that other shoes...

Let me repeat my response in that other shoes thread:

It depends. My take:

A. Japan: Keen Sandals on platforms.. lots of things to stop at and walk around. Many temples and other shoes-off...
Forum: Touring
06-13-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,534
Posted By dgodave

It depends. My take: A. Japan: Keen Sandals...

It depends. My take:

A. Japan: Keen Sandals on platforms.. lots of things to stop at and walk around. Many temples and other shoes-off situations. Warm weather.

B. England: Regular shoes &...
06-06-21, 10:56 PM
Replies: 5,092
Views: 3,607,719
Posted By dgodave

Gravel bikes are just '86 Ritchey Ascents?.......

Gravel bikes are just '86 Ritchey Ascents?.... Maybe with a Microshift Acolyte 8 speed setup using a modified old "Deer Head" friction shifter and a Surly chainring. And some Soma Oxford bars....
06-06-21, 10:45 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,854
Posted By dgodave

50mm min (on 650b). Sometimes I get caught up in...

50mm min (on 650b). Sometimes I get caught up in some singletrack or other rough stuff.
02-08-21, 02:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,972
Posted By dgodave

Thats pretty impressive. Looks like a bridge...

Thats pretty impressive. Looks like a bridge will be needed here too.
02-07-21, 11:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,972
Posted By dgodave

I think a year would be pretty speedy actually,...

I think a year would be pretty speedy actually, adding up design, engineering, construction.
Forum: Touring
12-03-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,417
Posted By dgodave

I blame my bike.

I blame my bike.
Forum: Touring
12-03-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,417
Posted By dgodave

Haha. I was totally kidding. No offense taken.

Haha. I was totally kidding. No offense taken.
Forum: Touring
12-03-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,417
Posted By dgodave

Mods please move^^^ to politics section.

Mods please move^^^ to politics section.
Forum: Touring
12-03-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,417
Posted By dgodave

"Surly" sounds like an appeal to 90's pre-teen...

"Surly" sounds like an appeal to 90's pre-teen wanna be skaters.

(Disclosure: I love my Surly Krampus, which Surly named after a very mean northern European anti-Santa beast.)
Forum: Touring
12-03-20, 08:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,417
Posted By dgodave

Why does there need to be "bomb" in the name? ...

Why does there need to be "bomb" in the name?

Its like "Surly". Who wants a bike named after behaving like a spoiled jerk? (Well, I do... but thats despite the name, not because of it).
Forum: Touring
12-01-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,175
Posted By dgodave

Some raw hotel numbers for Kyushu early May 2019....

Some raw hotel numbers for Kyushu early May 2019. Single traveler. My first few nights:
Fukuoka $55/nite decent modest hotel in a good location (Fuk. is a big city)
Kitsuki $35 Airbnb, whole...
Forum: Touring
12-01-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,175
Posted By dgodave

Perhaps it depends on where you go in Japan. I...

Perhaps it depends on where you go in Japan. I found touring around Kyushu staying in cheaper hotels and Airbnbs pretty affordable. Much cheaper than my England bike tour. Definitely a no-camping...
Forum: Touring
11-24-20, 02:01 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,556
Posted By dgodave

Anymore my tours have a very laid back approach. ...

Anymore my tours have a very laid back approach. Maybe tons of climbing, but no need to keep up with a fast group - or any group at all.

This might seem crazy to some people, but when I toured...
Forum: Touring
11-23-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,556
Posted By dgodave

34x11 would work ok for me as a high gear. I...

34x11 would work ok for me as a high gear. I might get "pedaled out" on descents tho. What crankset is it? Can you get a 38T ring for it?

I seem to choose exceedingly hilly areas for touring and...
Forum: Touring
11-22-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,899
Posted By dgodave

"Unsupported". Thats when no one approves of...

"Unsupported".

Thats when no one approves of you taking off and going bike touring.
Forum: Touring
11-22-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,174
Posted By dgodave

I had a trip cut short exactly because I...

I had a trip cut short exactly because I aggravated a knee trying to keep up with fitter cyclists day after day. A few years prior I did ride from Oregon to Maine with these same guys, and almost...
Forum: Touring
11-22-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,175
Posted By dgodave

Doesnt seem odd to me. I loved bike touring...

Doesnt seem odd to me. I loved bike touring around Kyushu in 2019, and I'm surprised Japan isnt widely considered a top bike touring destination. Cant wait to go back. But I'm more of a dig-in and...
06-03-20, 05:26 PM
Replies: 8,000
Views: 2,416,185
Posted By dgodave

Super nice bike. What bars are you using...

Super nice bike.

What bars are you using there? I Ask because I have and old Shogun with that exact type of stem, and I'd like to set it up like yours.
04-10-20, 06:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 667
Posted By dgodave

Totally like mine for gravel and lite singletrack.

Totally like mine for gravel and lite singletrack.
04-09-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 1,591
Views: 326,437
Posted By dgodave

Ah... those are Soma Oxford bars. Basically a...

Ah... those are Soma Oxford bars. Basically a Nitto Albatross copy. Mounted "upside down". I like them a lot and have them right side up on some other bikes. Very upright riding position.
...
Forum: Touring
02-01-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 11,981
Posted By dgodave

Probably the most spectacular area to tour in the...

Probably the most spectacular area to tour in the whole USA, in my opinion. But June? Could be cooking hot.
09-18-19, 08:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,915
Posted By dgodave

Ha. Well its all in the past for me, as I'm now...

Ha. Well its all in the past for me, as I'm now riding a totally different 650b bike with 50mm MSO's on one wheelset and 2.35" Schwalbe Rock Razors on the other.
09-18-19, 08:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,915
Posted By dgodave

As much as I liked the Resolute, in hindsight I...

As much as I liked the Resolute, in hindsight I might have preferred the Riddler just for the extra bit of fattness. I've heard the Riddler rolls quite nicely.
09-17-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,915
Posted By dgodave

Loved the WTB Resolute 42.

Loved the WTB Resolute 42.
09-16-19, 03:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,213
Posted By dgodave

I have 1 brand new DT wheelset and a 2nd DT...

I have 1 brand new DT wheelset and a 2nd DT wheelset thats maybe 4 or 5 years old. Thru axles. Dont need to adjust anything. Using mech disc brakes.
Forum: Touring
09-09-19, 12:54 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,311
Posted By dgodave

I recall an afternoon touring when I got hungry...

I recall an afternoon touring when I got hungry and couldnt find a store or restaurant so I had to eat a Clif Bar.
Forum: Touring
09-09-19, 11:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,855
Posted By dgodave

Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan 2019. Coast road...

Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan 2019. Coast road between Miyazaki city and Nichinan.

I speak no Japanese except for thank you, excuse me, and may I have a beer please. Nor can I comprehend barely a...
Forum: Touring
08-18-19, 08:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,873
Posted By dgodave

Japan. Warm/dry weather. Keens sandals. No...

Japan.
Warm/dry weather.
Keens sandals.
No socks.

Was convenient for visiting temples, etc, where the custom is shoes-off.
08-05-19, 04:07 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 27,628
Posted By dgodave

I wish we lived in a world where people had the...

I wish we lived in a world where people had the attention span for a 12 min jingle.

tldl
08-05-19, 03:34 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 27,628
Posted By dgodave

"Pebble bikes" Thats the next big...

"Pebble bikes"

Thats the next big thing.
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