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Forum: Touring
05-07-17, 11:43 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,547
Posted By Jim Kukula

I had a flat out riding a few days ago. Pumping...

I had a flat out riding a few days ago. Pumping up after patching, and then unscrewing the chuck of my Lezyne HV, ouch, indeed the removable Presta valve core came off and all the air followed in a...
05-07-17, 11:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,385
Posted By Jim Kukula

I'm riding with ESS Crossbow sunglasses these...

I'm riding with ESS Crossbow sunglasses these days & am very happy with their performance.
05-07-17, 11:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,855
Posted By Jim Kukula

I've got Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour tires on my...

I've got Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour tires on my bike. These are very tough tires! I don't get flats often, but just a few days ago a long staple went right through and punctured the tube. I patched...
03-01-17, 10:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,450
Posted By Jim Kukula

I am thinking of riding up Jeremy Ranch Rd from...

I am thinking of riding up Jeremy Ranch Rd from I-80 to the other end, by East Canyon state park. Will that be open in early June? I have no idea about altitudes, snow, etc.

Thanks!
08-05-16, 07:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,361
Posted By Jim Kukula

Tour of Utah

I rode to a spot on US-89 on the hill from South Weber up to Layton and snapped a few photos as the racers whizzed past: Tour Of Utah 2016 by Jim Kukula | Photobucket...
07-06-16, 07:35 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 11,069
Posted By Jim Kukula

Wow.... that's a challenge!

Wow.... that's a challenge!
07-06-16, 06:01 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 11,069
Posted By Jim Kukula

A little cooler today... I got up North Ogden...

A little cooler today... I got up North Ogden Canyon!

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r6/kukulaj/Nomad/north%20ogden%20canyon%202016%2007%2006/IMG_2682_zpskkebtpwf.jpg
06-12-16, 10:27 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 11,069
Posted By Jim Kukula

Working my way slowly higher up the canyon! Nice...

Working my way slowly higher up the canyon! Nice cooler day today!

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r6/kukulaj/Nomad/2016%2006%2012/IMG_2536_zps0mq67jqc.jpg
Forum: Touring
05-31-16, 08:56 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 7,714
Posted By Jim Kukula

actually weight vs mass is not a matter of...

actually weight vs mass is not a matter of density but of the acceleration due to gravity. Like anyone would have a clue if you mentioned Newtons. Better shot than slugs, I guess!

My beast weighs...
05-31-16, 03:56 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 11,069
Posted By Jim Kukula

arrived in Riverdale, Utah last week, for the...

arrived in Riverdale, Utah last week, for the summer at least. Brought my bike! Farmington Canyon looks like a good challenge!
...
Forum: Touring
04-09-16, 09:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 446
Posted By Jim Kukula

I like to find campgrounds with: Tent Camping in...

I like to find campgrounds with: Tent Camping in New York| Tenting Map | AllStays (http://www.allstays.com/Campgrounds/New-York-am-tentsallowed.htm#Mapp)

A sequence that might work for NY to...
Forum: Touring
04-09-16, 08:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,618
Posted By Jim Kukula

I wear a Duluth Trading shirt a lot, in orange,...

I wear a Duluth Trading shirt a lot, in orange, like this: Men's Armachillo Long Sleeve Cooling Shirt - Duluth Trading...
Forum: Touring
03-23-16, 03:59 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,521
Posted By Jim Kukula

This brings up the broader question of "why...

This brings up the broader question of "why tour"? You can ride your bike to go places, or you can go places to ride your bike. Of course it can be a bit of both, too.

One reason I use platform...
Forum: Touring
03-22-16, 06:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,318
Posted By Jim Kukula

learning how to build a wheel, that sounds good!...

learning how to build a wheel, that sounds good! Seems to me the thing to do is just buy another rim, too, and end up with two wheels! You can put different cassettes on - what fun!
Forum: Touring
03-22-16, 09:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,909
Posted By Jim Kukula

Those are the tires on my bike these days. They...

Those are the tires on my bike these days. They are indeed "nearing solid tire construction"! But I live in the mountains so most of my power is fighting gravity anyway, and then going downhill the...
Forum: Touring
03-21-16, 03:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,013
Posted By Jim Kukula

That doesn't sound totally crazy, but still it is...

That doesn't sound totally crazy, but still it is off the center of the target, it seems to me...

Peter White recommends the Synergy rims only up to 35mm tires: Velocity Rims from Peter White...
Forum: Touring
03-21-16, 10:10 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,013
Posted By Jim Kukula

yeah, 3K miles is nuts! Too much pressure with...

yeah, 3K miles is nuts! Too much pressure with too wide a tire on too narrow a rim, that is a very good idea for what could be causing that problem!

Here is one chart on tire width vs rim width:...
Forum: Touring
03-20-16, 03:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,437
Posted By Jim Kukula

"base load" means without food and water, right?...

"base load" means without food and water, right? One thing about bike touring vs backpacking is that bike touring is more often in the midst of civilization... of course, one can ride a bike in...
Forum: Touring
03-20-16, 03:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 841
Posted By Jim Kukula

That's about 250 watts, hauling 225 pounds. It'd...

That's about 250 watts, hauling 225 pounds. It'd still be 200 watts at 170 pounds, and that's as light as I could reasonably get (in my dreams!)

yeah I think the range of rider capabilities is...
Forum: Touring
03-19-16, 07:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 841
Posted By Jim Kukula

A nice question, whether subtracting or dividing...

A nice question, whether subtracting or dividing is the appropriate operation.

Is e.g. 19 vs 21 inches about as noticeable as 89 vs 91 inches?

I think dividing will correspond to experienced...
Forum: Touring
03-19-16, 06:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 841
Posted By Jim Kukula

That's about 13%. You'll definitely notice it!...

That's about 13%. You'll definitely notice it! It's pretty close to the difference between a 30 tooth sprocket and a 34 tooth sprocket. About one gear change for a moderate spacing.
Forum: Touring
03-18-16, 05:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,337
Posted By Jim Kukula

Looking at Bike Calculator...

Looking at Bike Calculator (http://bikecalculator.com/) - say the total weight is 225 pounds (it is for me) and I am climbing a 12% grade at 5 mph... that's about 300 watts!

Makes perfect sense......
Forum: Touring
03-18-16, 11:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,761
Posted By Jim Kukula

I use the HS 404 Plus Tour 47-559 tires on Ryde...

I use the HS 404 Plus Tour 47-559 tires on Ryde Andra 30 rims. I use Schwalbe levers to pull them off. I just put them back on a week or so ago, taking off the studded tires. I gotta say, getting...
Forum: Touring
03-18-16, 11:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,337
Posted By Jim Kukula

I don't know anything about the Blue Ridge...

I don't know anything about the Blue Ridge Mountains. But my bike has a low gear of about 17 inches and I use it constantly here in the Catskills. Lots of 11% grades.

I think the practical limit...
Forum: Touring
03-17-16, 05:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 704
Posted By Jim Kukula

maybe you can clip a rear light there? ...

maybe you can clip a rear light there?

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r6/kukulaj/Nomad/little%20pond%202013/IMG_1759_zps4c9ced73.jpg
Forum: Touring
03-17-16, 01:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,518
Posted By Jim Kukula

Yeah Montana is a big empty place! I've been...

Yeah Montana is a big empty place! I've been speculating about routes through central Oregon, like say through Shaniko. Looks pretty empty out there too!
Forum: Touring
03-17-16, 11:00 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,518
Posted By Jim Kukula

There are some mighty remote places you can get...

There are some mighty remote places you can get to in the lower 48, even staying on roads.

This guy was on a trail, but still, it wasn't a viper or lion: Mountain biker found dead in Cleveland...
Forum: Touring
03-16-16, 04:18 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,518
Posted By Jim Kukula

Taking Risks

Here is a report about a hiker who died recently in the Adirondacks: ?A fatal mistake? - LakePlacidNews.com | News and information on the Lake Placid and Essex County region of New York - Lake Placid...
Forum: Touring
03-10-16, 10:40 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,276
Posted By Jim Kukula

I have a rowing machine with a power meter. 120...

I have a rowing machine with a power meter. 120 watts is pretty much what I can sustain on that. I think out on a bike I can probably sustain a bit more - cooling is really important, so getting a...
Forum: Northeast
03-02-16, 04:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 889
Posted By Jim Kukula

ha! I'll be sure to keep that in mind!

ha! I'll be sure to keep that in mind!
Forum: Northeast
03-02-16, 02:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,473
Posted By Jim Kukula

Looking at the Strava heatmap, it seems like Main...

Looking at the Strava heatmap, it seems like Main St. through Fort Lee is the way to go, then Fort Lee Rd. through Leonia, then Degraw Ave over the turnpike, to Central Ave. through Hackensack. I...
Forum: Northeast
03-02-16, 01:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 889
Posted By Jim Kukula

Thanks again for those tips, indyfabz! Staying in...

Thanks again for those tips, indyfabz! Staying in NJ south of Easton seems very practical so I will plan on that. Bike paths are fun enough but I bet I will get my fill on the Paulinskill!

My...
Forum: Northeast
03-01-16, 05:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 889
Posted By Jim Kukula

It looks like maybe Headquarters Rd could be my...

It looks like maybe Headquarters Rd could be my friend & a nice way to avoid hills!

Here is a strange thing. Google Maps seems to show two segments of Headquarters Rd with no connection. But...
Forum: Touring
03-01-16, 04:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,707
Posted By Jim Kukula

ya, that is very close to my ultimate dream...

ya, that is very close to my ultimate dream ride... a loop, Chengdu to Lijiang then up G214 to Xining then back to Chengdu. Who knows, maybe four months?

I will post your route on the facebook...
Forum: Northeast
03-01-16, 03:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 889
Posted By Jim Kukula

Is that Dogwood Haven on Lodi Hill Rd? Not much...

Is that Dogwood Haven on Lodi Hill Rd? Not much out of my way... I will have to study the hills around there! Here is my plan for the following day:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12344059
...
Forum: Northeast
02-28-16, 02:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 889
Posted By Jim Kukula

hmmm, I'm thinking, from Belvidere to...

hmmm, I'm thinking, from Belvidere to Phillipsburg, better to take River Rd instead of that up and over Marble Hill. A few extra miles to avoid a big hill, seems worth it!
Forum: Northeast
02-28-16, 01:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 889
Posted By Jim Kukula

here's the whole route for the day... any advice...

here's the whole route for the day... any advice on improvements would be much appreciated!

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12344688
Forum: Northeast
02-27-16, 09:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 889
Posted By Jim Kukula

Paulinskill Valley Trail

I am working on a bike tour plan... one day's ride will go from Swartswood State Park near Newton, NJ to Ringing Rock campground in Upper Black Eddy, PA. The first part of the ride I have sketched so...
Forum: Touring
01-03-16, 06:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,668
Posted By Jim Kukula

We have lots of bears in the Catskills! Here is...

We have lots of bears in the Catskills! Here is my bike with a Counter Assault Bear Keg:

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r6/kukulaj/Nomad/little%20pond%202013/IMG_1770_zps3e2e401d.jpg
Forum: Touring
12-02-15, 01:30 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,159
Posted By Jim Kukula

Here is an Exhibition Expedition! ...

Here is an Exhibition Expedition!

Exhibition Expedition: Escape from LA | Adventure Cycling Association (http://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/exhibition-expedition-escape-from-la/)
Forum: Touring
12-01-15, 11:40 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,159
Posted By Jim Kukula

There is also travel by bicycle which is not...

There is also travel by bicycle which is not quite the same thing as a tour. I would call it a tour if the purpose is spread along the whole route, whether that purpose is just riding or whatever...
Forum: Touring
12-01-15, 10:03 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,159
Posted By Jim Kukula

another example - birding! Biking for Birds:...

another example - birding! Biking for Birds: Adventure overview (http://bikingforbirds.blogspot.com/p/adventure-overview.html)
Forum: Touring
11-30-15, 05:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,159
Posted By Jim Kukula

a few examples: ?Johnny Appleseed Of Bikes?...

a few examples:

?Johnny Appleseed Of Bikes? Spreads Joy Of Cycling | Gear Junkie (http://gearjunkie.com/ian-kleptar-bicycle-benefits/)

BICICLOWN.COM :: WEB OFICIAL DE BICICLOWN Y PROYECTO MOSAW...
Forum: Touring
11-30-15, 05:17 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,159
Posted By Jim Kukula

One way to categorize bike touring is by the...

One way to categorize bike touring is by the "how" of it. Another way is the "why".

Maybe just riding the bike is the main objective. Could be e.g. to ride a long distance in a short time. Maybe...
Forum: Touring
11-25-15, 08:47 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,540
Posted By Jim Kukula

Since I love hacking formulas... maybe something...

Since I love hacking formulas... maybe something like:

total weight of load in pounds < 0.5 * square root ( 150 * rider weight in pounds)
Forum: Touring
11-25-15, 07:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,029
Posted By Jim Kukula

I haven't yet, though I would like to! I very...

I haven't yet, though I would like to! I very rarely start or end a ride anywhere except home, i.e. I don't usually put my bike in/on the car. But it'd be fun to go out riding with folks and to learn...
Forum: Touring
11-25-15, 06:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,029
Posted By Jim Kukula

Yeah it'd be easy to take the train up from the...

Yeah it'd be easy to take the train up from the city and start/stop the circuit at say Beacon or Poughkeepsie. I want to put together a guidebook to make it easy for folks to find their way and to...
Forum: Touring
11-24-15, 09:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,029
Posted By Jim Kukula

Very cool! I don't know that area much at all! If...

Very cool! I don't know that area much at all! If you could share any route tips, it'd be much appreciated! For example, that hill climbing up out of Wurtsboro looks rather scary! Is there any...
Forum: Touring
11-24-15, 08:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,029
Posted By Jim Kukula

ah, so strava has a route planner! Let's see that...

ah, so strava has a route planner! Let's see that that does!

Day 4: Oquaga Creek to Bear Spring: https://www.strava.com/routes/3700301

47.5 miles, 3545 feet climbing

Day 5: Bear Spring to...
Forum: Northeast
11-24-15, 08:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,216
Posted By Jim Kukula

Thanks for that pointer to the Strava route...

Thanks for that pointer to the Strava route planner! Very handy!
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