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Forum: Touring
06-16-19, 09:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 304
Posted By DropBarFan

Yup, 69-yr old, 70-yr old & a 54-yr old. 35-yr...

Yup, 69-yr old, 70-yr old & a 54-yr old. 35-yr old Indiana Shulz is killing the competition with 170 miles/day. Ms Lindsay Shepard in 2nd place with very impressive 120 miles/day. Very tough...
06-15-19, 08:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 617
Posted By DropBarFan

Hmm, folks are posting some good info but seem to...

Hmm, folks are posting some good info but seem to focus on longer rides, does "intense" mean shorter faster rides perhaps? Higher speed makes bumps more punishing. I assume that a long-time flat...
Forum: Touring
06-15-19, 06:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 774
Posted By DropBarFan

Good for you. When I was young I rode racing...

Good for you. When I was young I rode racing bikes, I liked the speed & workout & the occasional local race...I liked the idea of touring but figured I'd do it later. In hindsight I should have...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 10:13 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 211
Posted By DropBarFan

Garmin Edge Explore?

I have an old Garmin eTrex Legend HCx & was thinking about trying to load Open Street Maps but the slow GPU & small memory card capacity means that might be a rather fruitless task. I happened to...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 07:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 624
Posted By DropBarFan

Belt case might be a fun DIY project for folks...

Belt case might be a fun DIY project for folks handy with metalwork? Belts require less maintenance than chains but if they get muddy/gritty etc one is still supposed to rinse them off, right? ...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 07:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 322
Posted By DropBarFan

TSA questioned me about the U-lock once or twice...

TSA questioned me about the U-lock once or twice which I suppose isn't too unreasonable (I once used a u-lock to scare off a couple trouble makers in downtown DC). Pedals/cassette etc, not sure why...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 06:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 774
Posted By DropBarFan

I'm 60 & much slower on hills than in the old...

I'm 60 & much slower on hills than in the old days. OTOH I used to ride 250 miles/week, now much less. For a hilly tour I'd need to do more intensive training. Also the slower metabolism means...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 06:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 388
Posted By DropBarFan

Very nice, reminds me of those old-fashioned...

Very nice, reminds me of those old-fashioned souvenir post-card-type books. Heh, those cols would kill me for sure.
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 07:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,235
Posted By DropBarFan

Are raccoons that big a problem on the GAP? In...

Are raccoons that big a problem on the GAP? In various threads I haven't seem them mentioned much. Seems sort of a hassle to use a box, not cook/eat in tent etc.
Forum: Touring
06-12-19, 11:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 805
Posted By DropBarFan

Quite an adventure you have planned. I haven't...

Quite an adventure you have planned. I haven't done a tour like that but I'd seriously consider the hydraulic discs. Route surely includes many steep hills where hydros shine. I have TRP Spyre &...
Forum: Touring
06-12-19, 11:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 590
Posted By DropBarFan

LULZ, Nevada now has a law forbidding employers...

LULZ, Nevada now has a law forbidding employers from pre-screening folks for weed use. A bit ironic since the state used to have ultra-strict penalties on mere possession. Some western tourers...
Forum: Touring
06-12-19, 11:06 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,235
Posted By DropBarFan

Long ago I car-camped at a spot in WV...at night...

Long ago I car-camped at a spot in WV...at night a guy stopped by in his pickup & asked if we had seen his dog running along since they were bear hunting. I've never seen bears up in the hills...
Forum: Touring
06-12-19, 10:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 766
Posted By DropBarFan

Why does it have to be either/or? A bike can get...

Why does it have to be either/or? A bike can get thru areas where rides aren't available & hitching can cover miles that are less interesting. In the 80's I saw an Indian guy that traveled 'round...
06-12-19, 10:05 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,103
Posted By DropBarFan

I see you're posting from Des Moines Iowa...in...

I see you're posting from Des Moines Iowa...in some ways the Midwest is a reservoir of sanity IMO. In my DC suburb area there's very few kids playing outside, in my neighborhood about 1 traditional...
06-12-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,103
Posted By DropBarFan

Those kids I mentioned liked biking, hiking,...

Those kids I mentioned liked biking, hiking, skiing etc before but their parents didn't really encourage it & it was never self-directed. The helicopter parents encouraged organized activities like...
Forum: Touring
06-11-19, 09:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 766
Posted By DropBarFan

Good to hear some folks have luck hitching rides....

Good to hear some folks have luck hitching rides. On a tour to DelMarVa Eastern Shore I tried hitching a ride to avoid the $25 taxi to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. No takers despite numerous...
Forum: Touring
06-11-19, 09:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 823
Posted By DropBarFan

Dive bike idea sounds cool; trailer could work...

Dive bike idea sounds cool; trailer could work for XC or even downhill skiing too? On drives to Whitetail PA downhill ski spot I was surprised that it's very near the C&O Canal trail so the thought...
Forum: Touring
06-11-19, 08:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 862
Posted By DropBarFan

Well I'm impressed that it's only a bit more cost...

Well I'm impressed that it's only a bit more cost than the Rohloff. 3-sp Sturmey-Archer hub used to be more popular than derailleur despite being more complicated. With economies of scale, advanced...
06-11-19, 07:43 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,103
Posted By DropBarFan

I'm sure the safety aspect (real or exaggerated)...

I'm sure the safety aspect (real or exaggerated) plays a part. When I was a kid, very few parents would wait with kids at the school bus stop or pick them up with the car. We actually felt sorry...
06-11-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,735
Posted By DropBarFan

Yes...sidewalks OK at very low speeds but...

Yes...sidewalks OK at very low speeds but otherwise not great. There was a true-crime TV show: murder perp is driving along (in California IIRC) & a bicyclist zooms off the sidewalk & into the...
06-11-19, 06:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By DropBarFan

I forgot about US Bicycle Route 1/ACA Atlantic...

I forgot about US Bicycle Route 1/ACA Atlantic Route. I rode from NoVA down to Richmond, nice quiet roads, a lot of locals riding up to Glen Allen (IIRC) & back. BR 1 also goes from Richmond south...
06-10-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,103
Posted By DropBarFan

That's what it boils down to. In the older days...

That's what it boils down to. In the older days TV then video games then computer IM occupied a lot of kids' time but Phones are at hand constantly. Friends' kids stay in their rooms 8-12 hours/day...
06-10-19, 09:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By DropBarFan

You could do one ride to downtown Richmond &...

You could do one ride to downtown Richmond & another ride to hook up onto Virginia Capital Trail. In 2015 I drove to Richmond & took bike in 2015 to see the cycling championships & stayed at...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 08:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 823
Posted By DropBarFan

Looks super-comfy & nice for snow too.

Looks super-comfy & nice for snow too.
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,088
Posted By DropBarFan

Woodrow Wilson Bridge bike path near DC has nice...

Woodrow Wilson Bridge bike path near DC has nice wide curves on the Maryland-side ramp. First time I rode I thought, "Wow, they really spent big for the bikers!". I soon realized it was probably...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 862
Posted By DropBarFan

Pretty slick, esp being able to mount same hub on...

Pretty slick, esp being able to mount same hub on different bikes. I bought a 2nd touring bike a couple of years ago & one thing I hadn't thought of was that I'm more disinclined to buy fancy stuff...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 07:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,482
Posted By DropBarFan

Once visited Miami area in the summer rainy...

Once visited Miami area in the summer rainy season...every other day there's a good chance of getting soaked in a late-afternoon thunderstorm. The locals rarely wear rain jackets but somehow have an...
06-10-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,395
Posted By DropBarFan

Heh, it's kinda funny to see folks on 30 minute...

Heh, it's kinda funny to see folks on 30 minute walks carrying a water bottle. But I take water on bike rides unless it's a quick trip to the grocery; often I haven't drank enough water that morning...
Forum: Touring
06-08-19, 11:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 954
Posted By DropBarFan

You have already done long rides but with serous...

You have already done long rides but with serous fatigue & butt pain; perhaps forget about the group ride & do an easier credit-card tour? BTW I recently saw a bunch of skateboarders doing a 42 mile...
Forum: Touring
06-08-19, 11:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 937
Posted By DropBarFan

A famous name, I didn't know he learned the trade...

A famous name, I didn't know he learned the trade from Al Eisentraut. Back in the day an Eisentraut frame was quite prestigious; I met a local racer who had a cool black over chrome Eisentraut frame.
Forum: Touring
06-08-19, 11:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,482
Posted By DropBarFan

I sympathize; I don't hate riding in the rain but...

I sympathize; I don't hate riding in the rain but prefer dry. OTOH with proper clothes & fenders (disc brakes also help) rain is tolerable as Doug64 notes. I used to ride 250 miles/week in all...
Forum: Touring
06-08-19, 09:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,597
Posted By DropBarFan

Interesting about the Disney World mosquito...

Interesting about the Disney World mosquito program. I've bike toured etc in South Florida coastline & had no problems. Main thing I think is to avoid woods & scrub areas if possible. Once camped...
06-08-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 875
Posted By DropBarFan

I prefer a helmet-mount mirror: wider field plus...

I prefer a helmet-mount mirror: wider field plus sometimes one might not to wear glasses.
06-07-19, 09:09 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 7,942
Posted By DropBarFan

Electric would seem to be eco but I think most...

Electric would seem to be eco but I think most Tesla owners (esp S & X) have 1 or 2 other vehicles so one has to consider the energy/pollution used to make an additional vehicle. In re the bike...
06-07-19, 08:16 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,395
Posted By DropBarFan

Couple months ago I rode to local Lidl (German...

Couple months ago I rode to local Lidl (German chain similar to Aldi) & saw clipless cycling shoes for $35.
Forum: Touring
06-07-19, 07:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,597
Posted By DropBarFan

Yeah, I remember motorcycling in So Florida, no...

Yeah, I remember motorcycling in So Florida, no skeeters on the road but stepping a couple meters into the scrub (in mid-day) they swarmed like crazy (I've read the tiger mosquitoes, a more recent...
06-07-19, 07:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 875
Posted By DropBarFan

Those look nice. I got the Smith entry-level ski...

Those look nice. I got the Smith entry-level ski goggles & they worked well.
Forum: Touring
06-07-19, 06:49 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,140
Posted By DropBarFan

Awesome mitts! If I lived up north I might try...

Awesome mitts! If I lived up north I might try the Conti winter (non-studded) tires. Apparently they have microcell compound like car winter tires; that stuff is claimed to work pretty well.
Forum: Touring
06-06-19, 11:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,597
Posted By DropBarFan

A friend is from Suriname; she doesn't like when...

A friend is from Suriname; she doesn't like when DC gets hot & humid but she's a bit spoiled.. Out of curiosity I researched the climate: yes it's humid but the weather is very consistent, temps...
Forum: Touring
06-06-19, 10:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,367
Posted By DropBarFan

No need for panniers, backpacks or the full...

No need for panniers, backpacks or the full bikepacking complement. 2 pair shorts, 2 pair each long top/bottom base layers plus rain jacket & tights & socks. Gel packets or drink powder for avoiding...
Forum: Touring
06-06-19, 09:26 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,140
Posted By DropBarFan

Clipless in snow sounds pretty challenging unless...

Clipless in snow sounds pretty challenging unless bike has fat or studded tires. Of course DC area barely gets any snow anymore so I'm out of practice. When it does snow the roads & paths get...
Forum: Touring
06-06-19, 08:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,500
Posted By DropBarFan

Yes, Henlopen is pretty neat with the lookout...

Yes, Henlopen is pretty neat with the lookout towers & abandoned base roads. I was a bit surprised to see Amish families fishing at the pier, only time I've seen Amish on vacation.
06-06-19, 08:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 875
Posted By DropBarFan

Yeah, I don't think the extra-dark glasses are...

Yeah, I don't think the extra-dark glasses are very necessary, maybe out West they can help. Also helps I think to have a separate clear pair for twilight when there can be lots of bugs. My main...
06-06-19, 08:15 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,735
Posted By DropBarFan

I think the most important part is to ring or...

I think the most important part is to ring or announce before making the pass which I'm sure you do. My local MUPS have a lot of foreigners (most speak at least a little English) but there's so many...
06-06-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 7,942
Posted By DropBarFan

Weird coincidence, tonite a neighbor mentioned he...

Weird coincidence, tonite a neighbor mentioned he was getting a Tesla 3 delivered soon, I told him about the Seasucker issue, just for fun 'cause he doesn't cycle anyway.
06-04-19, 10:45 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,735
Posted By DropBarFan

I use Crane bike bells & ring with enough time...

I use Crane bike bells & ring with enough time for folks to hear & comprehend. On the local MUP a lot of bikers announce pass 1/2 second before doing so which is irritating. IMO a good bike bell is...
06-04-19, 10:29 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 7,942
Posted By DropBarFan

A friend has a Tesla X that contains absurd...

A friend has a Tesla X that contains absurd square meters of glass. Difficult to clean; Tesla seems to be the only company that advises against using Rain-X etc. Not surprised the Mod 3 glass...
06-04-19, 10:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 875
Posted By DropBarFan

I had a couple of pairs of Tifosi Vogels. Good...

I had a couple of pairs of Tifosi Vogels. Good price, no top bar to block vision, fit nice & close. OTOH both broke after a couple of years. Now using Oakley Flight Jacket that are pretty awesome,...
Forum: Touring
06-04-19, 09:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,500
Posted By DropBarFan

Rehoboth Beach MD also started as a Methodist...

Rehoboth Beach MD also started as a Methodist religious retreat. Now they sell alcohol but still known as a family-friendly spot vs the more party-type atmosphere of OC MD. Anyway the whole...
Forum: Touring
06-04-19, 09:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,367
Posted By DropBarFan

Backpack wouldn't be esp fun on a road bike. A...

Backpack wouldn't be esp fun on a road bike. A seatpack & perhaps also a small handlebar pack should tote clothes/snacks/camera. Mailing stuff/buying new clothes seems like more hassle than it's...
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