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Forum: Touring
03-24-20, 07:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,522
Posted By BigAura

My post-point stands. BUT I agree...

My post-point stands.

BUT I agree thinking-dreaming about future tours is a good-thing. The current crisis will pass and touring will survive as a doable endeavor.
Forum: Touring
03-24-20, 06:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,522
Posted By BigAura

overly self-centered(IMO)

Until you're in the Covid-recovered-group doing a tour is a bad idea and overly self-centered(IMO).

Possible Exception: Touring in remote area, with zero-interaction with others. Which means...
Forum: Touring
03-11-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 620
Posted By BigAura

Soak & wash canned beans to reduce sodium

Soak & wash canned beans to reduce sodium
Forum: Touring
03-02-20, 07:16 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,399
Posted By BigAura

Your point context-is-everything is true. BUT the...

Your point context-is-everything is true. BUT the CONTEXT here IS bicycle-touring not RV camping nor backpacking.

The fact that a rocket can do a US-coast-to-coast trip in less than an 40 minutes...
Forum: Touring
03-01-20, 06:10 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,399
Posted By BigAura

This IS NOT minimalist, most touring cyclists...

This IS NOT minimalist, most touring cyclists have shelter-sleeping-systems that are 2 to 5 lbs, and pack down to a few liters in size.

BTW: I'll admit his engineering is fun and well done. But...
Forum: Touring
02-28-20, 09:02 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,291
Posted By BigAura

I think y'all have lost focus --> we are talking...

I think y'all have lost focus --> we are talking about bicycle touring.
None of this makes any sense for a tour longer than a weekend.
Maybe you can plan a dry weekend and bring your pots home for...
Forum: Touring
02-26-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,291
Posted By BigAura

Possible but impractical for real-world,...

Possible but impractical for real-world, constantly-nomadic, cycle touring.

ISSUES:
1. Procuring properly dry wood at nightly campsites.
2. Preping and starting when conditions are not ideal....
Forum: Touring
02-03-20, 11:10 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 10,748
Posted By BigAura

https://s3.amazonaws.com/images.gearjunkie.com/upl...

https://s3.amazonaws.com/images.gearjunkie.com/uploads/2016/04/bike-packing-bike.jpg
SOURCE (https://gearjunkie.com/ultimate-tour-divide-mtb-bike-packing-build-for-2745-miles)

MY Culture War...
Forum: Touring
02-03-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,537
Posted By BigAura

I did the Gap-C&O on 26x2" Schwalbe touring (but...

I did the Gap-C&O on 26x2" Schwalbe touring (but not knobbies) tires. Mostly due to weather, and maybe to a minor extent the rigging, I got very muddy. Had a great time :)

I also did the C&O on...
Forum: Touring
02-02-20, 07:33 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 10,748
Posted By BigAura

This forum is an enthusiast's site about-and-for...

This forum is an enthusiast's site about-and-for Bicycle Touring. As with all enthusiast groups, people have very strong opinions. For long-time practioners these opinions become more ingrained by...
Forum: Touring
02-02-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 10,748
Posted By BigAura

Sorry, I thought this thread was about clarifying...

Sorry, I thought this thread was about clarifying definitions that are unclear. My attempt started on my post No.111 (https://www.bikeforums.net/21306275-post111.html)

My touring rig at Salmon...
Forum: Touring
02-02-20, 10:23 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 10,748
Posted By BigAura

I think you missed my point which is: Bikepacking...

I think you missed my point which is: Bikepacking --> you are limited to trails. Others would add rackless framepacks are required. I agree with your point that trails don't need to be published.
...
Forum: Touring
01-31-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 10,748
Posted By BigAura

I did the C&O on my fixed-gear and definitely...

I did the C&O on my fixed-gear and definitely called it touring. Part of my adventure I rode to the C&O Towpath and later off it, on paved & unpaved. As you can see, I used a unique packing...
Forum: Touring
01-31-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 10,748
Posted By BigAura

It's more than dirt. Based on Bikepacking.com...

It's more than dirt. Based on Bikepacking.com remoteness seems a factor. Bikepacking routes (https://bikepacking.com/bikepacking-routes/)

TO NOTE: NO bikepacking routes in the Northeastern US
01-30-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,493
Posted By BigAura

I purchased my ParisSport bicycle new in June...

I purchased my ParisSport bicycle new in June 1970. So it's about to turn 50. It started life as 10-speed and has gone through many incarnations. It's been a fixed-gear since 2006, with it's...
Forum: Touring
01-30-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 10,748
Posted By BigAura

Bikepacking is a subset of Bicycle Touring. ...

Bikepacking is a subset of Bicycle Touring.

Bikepacking is limited to non-paved surfaces, generally single and/or double track trails. Touring may include paved & non-paved, any trail type, and...
01-08-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,637
Posted By BigAura

I started feeling my age in my early thirties...

I started feeling my age in my early thirties when I first started going to a gym.

BEFORE: I just did stuff --> backpacking, cycling, soccer, hockey, skiing, plus some related excersising. I had...
01-08-20, 05:11 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 18,792
Posted By BigAura

SIMPLE: When it no longer feels good.

SIMPLE: When it no longer feels good.
Forum: Touring
12-15-19, 08:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,507
Posted By BigAura

Because it needs a charged battery to operate...

Because it needs a charged battery to operate means I'd need to carry a hand-pump as a backup. If I'm carrying a hand-pump I wouldn't need the extra weight of an electric-pump.

If you're looking...
Forum: Touring
09-14-19, 06:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 553
Posted By BigAura

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/LHTSerialNumber.jpe...

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/LHTSerialNumber.jpeg

From my LHT, AFAIK it's the same place for all Surly bikes
Forum: Touring
09-14-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,388
Posted By BigAura

Although not touring, I found (and ate-->duh!)...

Although not touring, I found (and ate-->duh!) wild blueberries while backpacking this summer.

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/WidlPickedBlueberries.jpeg
...
Forum: Touring
09-14-19, 05:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,388
Posted By BigAura

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/PerfectBlueberryPan...

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/PerfectBlueberryPancake.jpg
Blueberry Pancakes on my Blueridge Parkway tour
Forum: Touring
09-14-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,700
Posted By BigAura

I'm a fan of your B&Ws, but this is nice too!

I'm a fan of your B&Ws, but this is nice too!
Forum: Touring
09-14-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,700
Posted By BigAura

Surly World Troller - Surly ExtraTerrestrial 26 x 2.5

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/TrollTourReady.jpg
Forum: Touring
08-28-19, 03:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,270
Posted By BigAura

From my experience it sounds like cat-behavior...

From my experience it sounds like cat-behavior vs. skunk-behavior. I've seen skunks wandering through campsites, seeming rather aimless, but never approaching humans, once they are aware of you....
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 07:33 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,001
Posted By BigAura

If he does have a 25yo daughter I wouldn't want...

If he does have a 25yo daughter I wouldn't want to be her ;)

AND if this hypothetical-adult-daughter is anything like my daughter, I wouldn't want to be him!
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 06:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,720
Posted By BigAura

My guess is they weigh a good bit more, maybe 2x...

My guess is they weigh a good bit more, maybe 2x or 3x.
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 06:07 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,001
Posted By BigAura

good My feeling is she will. ...

good



My feeling is she will.



Worry is what you signed up for as a Parent.
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 05:13 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,001
Posted By BigAura

Bear-spray is legal in US & Canada, BUT some...

Bear-spray is legal in US & Canada, BUT some pepper-sprays are not. That confuses people so border guards will want to inspect what you are carrying.
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,001
Posted By BigAura

+1 to bear spray. It can stop virtually ANY...

+1 to bear spray. It can stop virtually ANY mamailian-critter. That side-arm thing is a very bad idea.

During my time cycling-touring & backpacking I've met quite a few solo-female-adventurers....
08-19-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,545
Posted By BigAura

I'd start there as what not to do. But...

I'd start there as what not to do.

But riding is always good IMO.
08-17-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,310
Posted By BigAura

August 14, 2014

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/ParisSportWashingtonMonument.jpg

August 14, 2014 - my bike was red - had a lovely ride in DC area
Forum: Touring
08-16-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,893
Posted By BigAura

Huh? Where were you that you couldn't pickup...

Huh? Where were you that you couldn't pickup chain-lube or some equivalent?
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 05:22 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,150
Posted By BigAura

Big Savage from my tour in 2015 ...

Big Savage from my tour in 2015

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/BigSavageTunnel.jpg

http://ziligy.com/photos/posts/BigSavageTunnelInside.jpg
Forum: Touring
08-10-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,081
Posted By BigAura

You're basically feeding the Insurance Companies...

You're basically feeding the Insurance Companies money you could use for touring. Insurance companies make money based on fear. They know the odds, they win, customers lose.

For me part of the...
07-22-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,649
Posted By BigAura

Try hardware stores for old-school tube repair...

Try hardware stores for old-school tube repair kits (https://www.acehardware.com/departments/outdoor-living/sporting-goods/bicycle-parts-and-accessories/80284)
07-19-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,625
Posted By BigAura

Twelve years ago I converted my ParisSport...

Twelve years ago I converted my ParisSport 10-speed, that I originally purchased in 1970, to a fixed year. I'm 66 now and it's still my go-to bike for pure riding enjoyment.
...
07-16-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 37,326
Posted By BigAura

Yep, because I was explaining a cadence sensor....

Yep, because I was explaining a cadence sensor. Which is used on the majority of eBikes.Then you decided to say:
07-16-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 37,326
Posted By BigAura

Pedal Assist vs. Throttle

Pedal Assist vs. Throttle
07-16-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 37,326
Posted By BigAura

National Park Service definitions as defined in...

National Park Service definitions as defined in 36 C.F.R. 1.4 (https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/36/1.4)

Bicycle means every device propelled solely by human power upon which a person or...
07-16-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 37,326
Posted By BigAura

My point is that eBikes ARE NOT BICYCLES and they...

My point is that eBikes ARE NOT BICYCLES and they are being properly identified as a motor-vehicle. If the road allows motorized vehicles, then eBikes should be fine. It seems that they are now...
07-15-19, 07:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,897
Posted By BigAura

Calorie calculators are bogus as far as accurate...

Calorie calculators are bogus as far as accurate calorie measurement for virtually everyone. Too many factors for a real number to materialize. They can help you understand relative adjustments. So...
Forum: Touring
07-15-19, 01:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,674
Posted By BigAura

Here are my Ortliebs (Front & Back Roller Plus...

Here are my Ortliebs (Front & Back Roller Plus series). They are 11 years old, 17,000 touring miles, plus periodically used around town for shopping.

The logo and reflector appliqués have started...
07-15-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,671
Posted By BigAura

61 years! I grew up in 1950's suburbia. I lived...

61 years! I grew up in 1950's suburbia. I lived at the end of a dead-end street so and that's where I learned to ride at five years old. Back in those days we were free-range so over the years I...
07-14-19, 08:35 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 37,326
Posted By BigAura

Two years ago I was a commuter in Washington DC...

Two years ago I was a commuter in Washington DC and saw first hand what the eBike has wrought. Commuters rushing to work down the bike path at high speed. Teenagers were another group that stood out...
07-14-19, 07:56 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 37,326
Posted By BigAura

If my legs don't work AND I can't ride with the...

If my legs don't work AND I can't ride with the super-low gears I might buy a MOTORBIKE and ride it on the roads and byways that are for MOTORIZED vehicles. I will not PRETEND that my MOTORBIKE is a...
07-14-19, 05:31 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 37,326
Posted By BigAura

Sheesh Mom.., You're on a bicycle-lovers-site...

Sheesh Mom.., You're on a bicycle-lovers-site trying to tell us to MOTORIZE our bikes so we can experience joy. I think you're very misguided. I'm 66, a grandpa, and truly do love the simplicity and...
07-14-19, 04:32 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 37,326
Posted By BigAura

I think you're the one who needs an education in...

I think you're the one who needs an education in The History of the Bicycle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_bicycle)

Motors have never been part of a bicycle!

Maybe you're mixing...
07-14-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 37,326
Posted By BigAura

I have not modified my point of view at all. ...

I have not modified my point of view at all.

Here are my points as they have always been and continue to be.

1. eBikes ARE NOT bicycles (whether they have a throttle or not) and should be...
07-13-19, 06:46 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 37,326
Posted By BigAura

If your point is eBikes should replace cars then...

If your point is eBikes should replace cars then you're in the wrong place. We ARE bicycle riders. What you're promoting is giving up human-powered bicycles and going to a MOTORIZED vehicle. The...
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