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Forum: Touring
09-02-10, 03:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,845
Posted By Neil G.

Not exactly a website, but Google Earth FINALLY...

Not exactly a website, but Google Earth FINALLY added Elevation Profiles to the latest version (5.2) a couple months ago. Google Earth has always had elevation information embedded since the first...
Forum: Touring
08-28-10, 09:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 887
Posted By Neil G.

Just wait, I'm about to make you look like the...

Just wait, I'm about to make you look like the coolest kid in school, in comparison!

In general, I agree with the others who said that all the other variables that affect speed (wind resistance,...
Forum: Touring
08-16-10, 07:26 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,678
Posted By Neil G.

Wow, that exactly describes my own feelings on...

Wow, that exactly describes my own feelings on the matter. Seeing things at 15mph, camping, and having all the micro-experiences that happen on a tour are the attractive parts to me. The riding is...
Forum: Touring
08-13-10, 11:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,598
Posted By Neil G.

There's actually no need for you to clear that...

There's actually no need for you to clear that hurdle.

People have different personalities and desires. Given your apprehension (and also your time windows), you sound like you're a planner, and...
Forum: Touring
08-12-10, 10:58 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,288
Posted By Neil G.

I use a light cable lock, lock the bike to...

I use a light cable lock, lock the bike to something usually fairly close to the doors, often near the employee break area (not for security, but because that's a nice place to repack my bags). Then...
Forum: Touring
08-12-10, 10:26 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,529
Posted By Neil G.

Some are interpreting your question as "if I...

Some are interpreting your question as "if I switch from a 'road bike' to a 'touring bike' on my weekend road rides, how much will my speed change?" Instead, I'm interpreting it as "how much will my...
Forum: Touring
09-04-09, 02:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 661
Posted By Neil G.

I've done four multi-week tours and "blazed my...

I've done four multi-week tours and "blazed my own trail" for all of them, and have only had one thing thrown at me, so I'll call that a success!

I think successful trail-blazing requires a...
Forum: Touring
09-04-09, 01:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 856
Posted By Neil G.

Perhaps View->Status Bar? That displays a...

Perhaps View->Status Bar?

That displays a translucent bar at the bottom of the window containing Latitude/Longitude, altitude ("elev") and "eye alt" (how high in the air you're "flying"). I'm...
Forum: Touring
09-01-09, 08:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 597
Posted By Neil G.

Isn't your gear already all bagged up in some...

Isn't your gear already all bagged up in some fashion? Or do you simply balance it all on your head when you ride? :D

With an allowance of 3 checked bags and 2 carry-on bags, you should have no...
Forum: Touring
08-15-09, 01:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 567
Posted By Neil G.

Having toured with a computer throughout the US...

Having toured with a computer throughout the US in 2003, 2004, 2007,and 2009, I can confirm that open WiFi access has only become steadily more prevalent in that time. Residential access may have...
Forum: Touring
08-13-09, 08:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 671
Posted By Neil G.

I once got a much larger gash in my Marathon...

I once got a much larger gash in my Marathon Supreme. Well, really "hole" would be a better word than "gash", as it was a two-dimensional opening that you could see through. I stuck a piece of duct...
Forum: Touring
08-12-09, 01:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,879
Posted By Neil G.

The only times I've ever crapped in a hole on...

The only times I've ever crapped in a hole on tour is when I was stealth/dispersed camping.

Otherwise, I've barely even considered it an issue to use a toilet. I can't ever remember thinking "oh...
Forum: Touring
08-06-09, 02:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 952
Posted By Neil G.

My old 9" Fujitsu (a "netbook" from the days...

My old 9" Fujitsu (a "netbook" from the days before they invented the word "netbook") has survived 100+ days of touring over 5 years simply wrapped in a homemade bubble-wrap envelope carried in my...
Forum: Touring
08-02-09, 09:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 664
Posted By Neil G.

I think there are two distinct situations: parks...

I think there are two distinct situations: parks that have designated hiker/biker campsites, and parks that don't. For those with hiker/biker sites (Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Canyon, probably some...
Forum: Touring
07-31-09, 03:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 735
Posted By Neil G.

Yeah, you're probably over-thinking it. ...

Yeah, you're probably over-thinking it.

There's no clanging bell that signifies the end of the "break-in" period, transforming the saddle into an immutable piece of steel. Even if the butt-saddle...
Forum: Touring
07-31-09, 02:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,534
Posted By Neil G.

Well, it's an Adventure Cycling Route...

Well, it's an Adventure Cycling Route (http://adventurecycling.org/routes/grandcanyon.cfm), have you looked there?

Would you really be going from Flagstaff to the Canyon, since the South Rim is...
Forum: Touring
07-30-09, 08:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 629
Posted By Neil G.

I suppose it depends on the conditions and where...

I suppose it depends on the conditions and where you're hiking, but you could ask if you actually need hiking boots to do off-the-bike day-hikes. I worked in about 70 miles of hiking in the course...
Forum: Touring
07-30-09, 07:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,157
Posted By Neil G.

To my mind, one of the biggest advantages you get...

To my mind, one of the biggest advantages you get with a DSLR over a P&S is good low-light (high ISO) capability. But on tour, your low-light/indoor photography opportunities are going to be pretty...
Forum: Touring
07-29-09, 07:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,204
Posted By Neil G.

Arkel has a nice page...

Arkel has a nice page (http://arkel-od.com/technical/shiftersBB.asp) showing which handlebar widths require modification for their two bag sizes.

Their modification suggestions include both the...
Forum: Touring
07-28-09, 11:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 702
Posted By Neil G.

My last month-long tour was near $50/day. There...

My last month-long tour was near $50/day. There were more motels near the beginning, but in the second half when I was on my own and camping the whole time, it still averaged to nearly $40/day.
...
Forum: Touring
07-28-09, 10:56 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,541
Posted By Neil G.

I've always toured with dual-sided pedals...

I've always toured with dual-sided pedals (platform on one side, clipless on the other), and have had both clipless shoes and normal sandals. On every tour, I've done multiple days in my sandals on...
Forum: Touring
07-24-09, 08:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,251
Posted By Neil G.

On my last tour, I crossed paths with seven other...

On my last tour, I crossed paths with seven other touring parties. They included:

1 family (man, woman, child)
1 ex-couple (man, woman)
1 temp-group (solo man and solo woman riding together for...
Forum: Touring
07-17-09, 11:18 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,380
Posted By Neil G.

I think I good way to answer questions like these...

I think I good way to answer questions like these is to gauge yourself against a dataset of people who have done such a thing.

Certainly people have done 90 miles per day across the country, but...
Forum: Touring
07-17-09, 08:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 924
Posted By Neil G.

A bit unrelated, but here in Illinois Governor...

A bit unrelated, but here in Illinois Governor Blagojevich did actually follow through on his threat to close several state parks for budget reasons.

Of course, several months later, he got...
Forum: Touring
07-16-09, 08:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,256
Posted By Neil G.

I just replaced the shockcord in the poles of my...

I just replaced the shockcord in the poles of my Sierra Designs tent. It was very simple, the ends of the poles screw off, I untied the shockcord that was knotted to the end cap, and replaced it...
Forum: Touring
07-13-09, 05:07 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,184
Posted By Neil G.

Here's a specific example from my experience. ...

Here's a specific example from my experience.

I think I had a similar mindset as you when shopping for a touring bike. I was a bit impatient, didn't want to deal with the hassle of hunting down...
Forum: Touring
07-08-09, 09:16 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,173
Posted By Neil G.

Ha! In my last post I excerpted a section from...

Ha! In my last post I excerpted a section from my journal. The line just before that section was this:



Though I actually think there were two or three Mexican joints in Miami, so no...
Forum: Touring
07-08-09, 09:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,173
Posted By Neil G.

I did the section on US 60 between Superior and...

I did the section on US 60 between Superior and Miami at the end of May, and it was probably the closest I've ever felt to death on tour. And I'm not much of a wuss about roads/traffic either. Very...
Forum: Touring
07-04-09, 04:00 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,862
Posted By Neil G.

Why not upload it to Google Spreadsheets...

Why not upload it to Google Spreadsheets (http://docs.google.com)? Then it will be readable by anyone without having to download it, and updates would be automatically there when people view it. ...
Forum: Touring
07-02-09, 08:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 708
Posted By Neil G.

Cool. Your route from Prineville, OR to Rexburg,...

Cool. Your route from Prineville, OR to Rexburg, ID is exactly the route I took a couple years ago (though I did it east-to-west). It's nice to see that route getting some more attention.

See ...
Forum: Touring
06-29-09, 08:20 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,895
Posted By Neil G.

Thanks. Connecting a female cigarette-lighter...

Thanks. Connecting a female cigarette-lighter adapter to the unterminated wires coming off the solar panel was absolutely the only electronics work I had to do. That's what makes it attractive to...
Forum: Touring
06-24-09, 08:05 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,895
Posted By Neil G.

Hmm, is my post invisible? :P The flexible...

Hmm, is my post invisible? :P

The flexible panels are a lot less efficient than the rigid ones. To get equivalent power out of a Brunton SolarRoll (http://www.brunton.com/product.php?id=256),...
Forum: Touring
06-24-09, 07:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 431
Posted By Neil G.

Check out the Grand Illinois Trail...

Check out the Grand Illinois Trail (http://www.bikelib.org/git/index.htm). It will give you three different options for heading into Chicago from the west. They even have maps and cue sheets you...
Forum: Touring
06-24-09, 09:54 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,895
Posted By Neil G.

I've toured with a solar panel, and it's been...

I've toured with a solar panel, and it's been pretty successful. The trick is that it has to be a real solar PANEL, not one of those tiny gimmicky "solar chargers". Mine is a 10-watt panel. It...
Forum: Touring
06-24-09, 08:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 836
Posted By Neil G.

My T800 has more than 8000 loaded touring miles...

My T800 has more than 8000 loaded touring miles on it, in addition to being my daily commuter for five years, and it's held up just fine. Of course, the only original parts left are probably the...
Forum: Touring
06-19-09, 09:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,364
Posted By Neil G.

It seems like bike-free pictures are the norm for...

It seems like bike-free pictures are the norm for me on tour, I guess because most of the time I'm on my bike, so it doesn't make it in the shot! Anyhow, here are a few I like from my recent...
Forum: Touring
06-18-09, 08:55 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,900
Posted By Neil G.

Yep, that's pretty much what I do too. At home,...

Yep, that's pretty much what I do too. At home, lately I usually have some form of a beard anyway; normally I'll take it down to stubble (along with the hair on the top of my head) using hair...
Forum: Touring
06-08-09, 04:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,395
Posted By Neil G.

Then you'll probably be fine going back to...

Then you'll probably be fine going back to non-padded/chamois'ed shorts.

I've done all my touring in Andiamo Skins (unpadded lycra underwear) under baggy shorts, on a Brooks B-17. Never had a...
Forum: Touring
06-04-09, 01:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 927
Posted By Neil G.

I got mine from http://www.excelsports.com/ and...

I got mine from http://www.excelsports.com/ and they're currently selling it for $99.95, which is less than Amazon. Only downside is that then they'll send you catalogs chock full of crazy racing...
Forum: Touring
06-03-09, 01:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 927
Posted By Neil G.

I'll put in another vote for the VDO MC1.0 (the...

I'll put in another vote for the VDO MC1.0 (the wired version). I've used it for 3 years and ~10,000 miles and haven't had a single problem with it. On top of that, it's awesome, it does exactly...
Forum: Touring
06-02-09, 08:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,402
Posted By Neil G.

Luckily, my tour ended at a wedding, and my...

Luckily, my tour ended at a wedding, and my parents were flying in, so my mom was able to collect some alternate forms of ID from my house and deliver them to me. Still, the best thing I had was an...
Forum: Touring
05-29-09, 10:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 738
Posted By Neil G.

Damn straight. I rode around the UP and northern...

Damn straight. I rode around the UP and northern Wisconsin a few years back, and damn, does a pasty do a good job of refueling the touring-cyclist's engine. I've now been through many other states...
Forum: Touring
05-29-09, 10:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,402
Posted By Neil G.

Report: Sending bicycle via Amtrak / Amtrak Express

I just completed a 4-week tour (http://www.gregie.com/neil/words/category/bike/2009tour/) through the canyons of Utah and Arizona (starting in Grand Junction, CO and finishing in Tucson, AZ), and I...
Forum: Touring
04-09-09, 01:16 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,195
Posted By Neil G.

Yep, they don't call themselves Arkel OverDesigns...

Yep, they don't call themselves Arkel OverDesigns for nuthin', I guess! Total volume is listed as 82 liters...I really have no idea how "large" that is, though I know the handlebar bag is huge...
Forum: Touring
04-09-09, 08:57 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,195
Posted By Neil G.

ha...my bike (Cannondale T800) + bags (Arkel GT...

ha...my bike (Cannondale T800) + bags (Arkel GT series) weigh 50 lbs too...but that's before I put anything in the bags!

The low total weights make me envious, but on the other hand, me and my...
Forum: Touring
04-06-09, 03:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,712
Posted By Neil G.

I was always under the impression that having one...

I was always under the impression that having one wheel up in the air was normal operation.

It seems like a tripod (two kickstand legs + one tire) is more stable than four contact points,...
Forum: Touring
04-06-09, 03:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,712
Posted By Neil G.

Quite the opposite, actually. I don't have a...

Quite the opposite, actually. I don't have a LHT, but on my Cannondale T800, the derailluer cable has worn a nice groove into the kickstand plate. So, no need to have someone grind it down, the...
Forum: Touring
04-02-09, 03:20 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,904
Posted By Neil G.

On my last tour, I did almost exactly what you...

On my last tour, I did almost exactly what you need to do, so I guess it's doable. In the first 7 days of the trip, I went 676 miles (96.6 miles per day average), from Chicago to South Dakota (so,...
Forum: Touring
05-28-08, 07:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,450
Posted By Neil G.

I'm rather surprised how few people here use it...

I'm rather surprised how few people here use it to actually carry water. I figured it was pretty much "standard" for long-distance tourists. I might only dip into the third bottle once every other...
Forum: Touring
03-17-08, 06:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,269
Posted By Neil G.

Before my first tour in 2004, I think I did two...

Before my first tour in 2004, I think I did two weekend trips (two days riding, one night camping), about a month and two months before my tour. I don't remember really learning anything shocking,...
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