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Forum: Touring
08-03-15, 09:01 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,644
Posted By Cyclesafe

Fielding questions on the bike can be irksome. ...

Fielding questions on the bike can be irksome. Accepting proffered goodies can create an obligation to endure endless proselytizing or Ayn Rand inspired rants of the makers (them) versus the takers...
Forum: Touring
04-19-15, 09:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,443
Posted By Cyclesafe

Maybe? This deserves its own thread!

Maybe? This deserves its own thread!
Forum: Touring
04-14-15, 07:44 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,721
Posted By Cyclesafe

OP's observation squares with mine. I have never...

OP's observation squares with mine. I have never met anyone on the road who admits to posting either here or CGOAB. I've been a gear head; had the conventional best circa 2006, but replaced it as...
Forum: Touring
11-26-14, 09:50 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,588
Posted By Cyclesafe

I live in San Diego. Nobody I know who lives...

I live in San Diego. Nobody I know who lives here would EVER consider crossing the border to ride their bike.

Nevertheless, there is a constant stream of (usually European) cycle tourists...
Forum: Touring
11-26-14, 09:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,134
Posted By Cyclesafe

There are two kinds of touring wheels. One kind...

There are two kinds of touring wheels. One kind that fails, one that doesn't. It's easy to overthink this.

If you already have good hubs, then you only need spokes and a rim.

With regard to...
Forum: Touring
11-20-14, 06:49 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,940
Posted By Cyclesafe

It's nonsense that a relationship is 50/50. ...

It's nonsense that a relationship is 50/50. Equality would only be by accident. Each partner brings different skill sets and interests into a relationship, which, if complementary result in...
Forum: Touring
11-18-14, 09:44 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,940
Posted By Cyclesafe

OP It sounds like you have spent enough time...

OP

It sounds like you have spent enough time worrying about your wife. Perhaps you should worry about yourself. If you think that you will ultimately regret not touring and ultimately regret not...
Forum: Touring
11-17-14, 07:52 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,940
Posted By Cyclesafe

Every relationship is different, so YMMV. ...

Every relationship is different, so YMMV.

It's not a bad thing for you to have your own life. Your wife married you - the sum total of your own individual nature and nurture to that point - not...
Forum: Touring
11-07-14, 03:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,828
Posted By Cyclesafe

My understanding is that a company may position a...

My understanding is that a company may position a trip as being for participants of certain ages or certain sexes, but cannot refuse to accept someone who doesn't fit their desired criteria. Perhaps...
Forum: Touring
06-13-14, 07:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,741
Posted By Cyclesafe

With my 2006 disc braked Americano I recall that...

With my 2006 disc braked Americano I recall that the Tubus mounting was trial and error with the skewer causing me a fit. I managed to be able to get it on without having to remove the skewer,...
Forum: Touring
05-30-14, 10:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 947
Posted By Cyclesafe

I suppose that if you cherry picked the section...

I suppose that if you cherry picked the section you plan to do, you can stay in motels. The ACA map should help you out there.

South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite would be OK if you can ride between Lee...
Forum: Touring
05-25-14, 07:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 942
Posted By Cyclesafe

Seven years of cycling in Japan... Tokubin...

Seven years of cycling in Japan...

Tokubin and other delivery services are available just outside of baggage claim at Narita. Probably a 3000 yen charge for next day delivery. Offer to have your...
Forum: Touring
05-23-14, 06:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,922
Posted By Cyclesafe

As tires get wider, they get taller, possibly...

As tires get wider, they get taller, possibly interfering with fenders. You may be able to jury-rig something to remount the fenders higher. Or not. Welcome to the fitment issues of cycle touring....
Forum: Touring
05-22-14, 09:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,747
Posted By Cyclesafe

On the 2006 ACA North Star, a gentleman with a...

On the 2006 ACA North Star, a gentleman with a Waterford bent his chain stay when crashing towing a BOB. As luck would have it, and I mean luck, there was a US Navy certified welder and a bike store...
Forum: Touring
05-21-14, 05:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,705
Posted By Cyclesafe

Schwalbe Marathon Plus (or Plus tour): No flats,...

Schwalbe Marathon Plus (or Plus tour): No flats, very durable
Schwalbe Marathon Supreme: Smooth, good grip in the rain.

For offroad

Schwalbe Smart Sam: Durable and somewhat puncture resistant.
Forum: Touring
04-22-14, 04:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,027
Posted By Cyclesafe

Schwalbe has a vast array of touring tires. They...

Schwalbe has a vast array of touring tires. They introduce some (not always better) and remove others (not always worse). I have used Schwalbe almost exclusively for 47000 miles on my Americano and...
Forum: Touring
04-21-14, 10:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,573
Posted By Cyclesafe

I rode from San Diego to Camus WA in three weeks....

I rode from San Diego to Camus WA in three weeks. Not ideal to go South to North, but doable. I don't recall any headwinds, but I was lucky.
Forum: Touring
04-21-14, 07:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,027
Posted By Cyclesafe

I hadn't seen the linked Schwalbe site before. ...

I hadn't seen the linked Schwalbe site before. Now it seems much easier to compare their offerings.

Double the weight gets one far fewer flats. Pick your poison. The plus model lends to the...
Forum: Touring
04-15-14, 08:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,100
Posted By Cyclesafe

This works great if used sparingly. Rural post...

This works great if used sparingly. Rural post offices have odd hours and you might find yourself hanging out for quite a while until somebody shows up. Also, the package might not be there, then...
Forum: Touring
04-15-14, 08:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,325
Posted By Cyclesafe

Of course less weight is always better than more...

Of course less weight is always better than more weight. But one needs to find ones own sweet spot. This depends on personal preference, length of tour, and the conditions one is touring under. ...
Forum: Touring
04-15-14, 07:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,549
Posted By Cyclesafe

Shower's Pass here. For you, I'd worry less...

Shower's Pass here.

For you, I'd worry less about cycle-specific gear and more about breathability and packability. There are many other sports besides cycling that require these characteristics....
Forum: Touring
04-14-14, 11:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 765
Posted By Cyclesafe

sstorkel: Correct. I pump it up so that I have...

sstorkel: Correct. I pump it up so that I have acceptable travel when panniers are attached.
fietsbob: True. Getting the clamp to work on my (Fox F29) fork was a challenge, but ultimately doable. ...
Forum: Touring
04-14-14, 07:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 765
Posted By Cyclesafe

I use a Tubus Swing rack on the front of my hard...

I use a Tubus Swing rack on the front of my hard tail. This rack mounts above the shock and thus has no effect on the handling of the bike. OTOH, the rack you mention (as well as OMM and others)...
Forum: Touring
04-13-14, 09:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,325
Posted By Cyclesafe

I use Shower's Pass, but this stuff gets good...

I use Shower's Pass, but this stuff gets good reviews and is cheaper

Waterproof Jackets from People Who Really Know Waterproof Jackets! (http://www.bicycleclothing.com/Waterproof-Rain-Jackets.html)
Forum: Touring
04-13-14, 07:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,325
Posted By Cyclesafe

This. Also, you forgot rain gear (shell,...

This.

Also, you forgot rain gear (shell, pants, gaitors/booties). Leave out at least one set of non-cycling clothing. Make sure that the jacket/sweater you bring will still keep you warm if it...
Forum: Touring
04-12-14, 06:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,299
Posted By Cyclesafe

My experience exactly. Bear sightings dropped...

My experience exactly. Bear sightings dropped dramatically north of B.C. On the Cassiar there was a mama black bear and her cub(s) around nearly corner. Once on the Robert Campbell (Yukon) nada...
Forum: Touring
04-12-14, 06:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,119
Posted By Cyclesafe

You must be quite fit to run 34/32 as your lowest...

You must be quite fit to run 34/32 as your lowest combination whist touring with 10 kg, never standing in your pedals. Only you can answer your question whether would want to chance losing your...
Forum: Touring
04-11-14, 06:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,299
Posted By Cyclesafe

In order of preference food lockers (duh!), in a...

In order of preference food lockers (duh!), in a bear-resistant trash can between the plastic trash bag and the steel walls of the can, in a rest room, then lastly hanging up in a tree well away from...
Forum: Touring
04-11-14, 06:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,168
Posted By Cyclesafe

A course of anti-venom in San Diego exceeds...

A course of anti-venom in San Diego exceeds $10,000. Most "victims" are drunk young men with bites on their hands.

I saw many rattlers (every couple hundred of yards) in the southern New Mexico...
Forum: Touring
04-10-14, 07:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,168
Posted By Cyclesafe

If you hear banjos.... Keep riding.

If you hear banjos....

Keep riding.
Forum: Touring
04-09-14, 09:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,428
Posted By Cyclesafe

Unfortunately, I've come to view fenders like a...

Unfortunately, I've come to view fenders like a disposable. The SKS last for a couple of months, but then get crosswise with a branch or something and then they are kaput.

For my 29er hard tail,...
Forum: Touring
04-09-14, 10:06 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,941
Posted By Cyclesafe

Thulsadoom, it's not like you to just lob rocks. ...

Thulsadoom, it's not like you to just lob rocks. The OP, troll as he might be, has generated an interesting discussion; one that I'd look forward to your considered take on.
Forum: Touring
04-09-14, 09:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,696
Posted By Cyclesafe

I think neither of the tents you mentioned will...

I think neither of the tents you mentioned will disappoint you. You'd probably get 150-250 nights out of either of them: failure will come from UV degradation of the fly and/or from zippers.
...
Forum: Touring
04-09-14, 09:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,696
Posted By Cyclesafe

Hilleberg has addressed this issue by introducing...

Hilleberg has addressed this issue by introducing a "yellow label" line of tents that are unsuitable for winter. You get less durability, lighter weight, and lower price versus their traditional...
Forum: Touring
04-09-14, 09:08 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,941
Posted By Cyclesafe

For some 20 year olds, college serves the venue...

For some 20 year olds, college serves the venue for what your experience in Europe served for you. Having a degree means something (for better or worse) objectively, having the experience means...
Forum: Touring
04-09-14, 08:55 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,941
Posted By Cyclesafe

Well, because the system isn't perfect. One can...

Well, because the system isn't perfect. One can live one's life to legally game the welfare system (not OK?), just as one can live one's life to legally game the tax system (OK?). In the former,...
Forum: Touring
04-08-14, 11:59 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,941
Posted By Cyclesafe

How dare you compare those who, through...

How dare you compare those who, through circumstances not of their making (your relatives), got a needed boost to a whiny American millennial parasite who intends to suck into those same scarce...
Forum: Touring
04-08-14, 09:21 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,941
Posted By Cyclesafe

I totally agree. You should absolutely RUN from...

I totally agree. You should absolutely RUN from those who have given you such ***** over the years, especially from your ailing father who is taking up so much space in your house. Employers will...
Forum: Touring
04-08-14, 08:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,696
Posted By Cyclesafe

Copper Spur and Papa Hubba are excellent...

Copper Spur and Papa Hubba are excellent freestanding tents. If you want something more durable look at Hilleberg tunnel tents. You'll need to prioritize your needs, of course. "Light" might be...
Forum: Touring
04-06-14, 06:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,599
Posted By Cyclesafe

^^^ Same attachment issue as OMM. But I agree,...

^^^
Same attachment issue as OMM. But I agree, sure slick looking!
Forum: Touring
04-06-14, 05:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,599
Posted By Cyclesafe

The Swing is attached above the shock so only the...

The Swing is attached above the shock so only the wheel is bouncing around. The OMM is attached below the shock so I guess the wheel/rack/pannier competes with the rest of the bike to bounce...
Forum: Touring
04-05-14, 09:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,139
Posted By Cyclesafe

More urban legend. Or, you're making it up.

More urban legend. Or, you're making it up.
Forum: Touring
04-05-14, 08:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,139
Posted By Cyclesafe

For touring, mechanical disc brakes are slightly...

For touring, mechanical disc brakes are slightly better than rim brakes for several reasons, the least of which is to keep rims cool. The more important reasons are that you have better braking...
Forum: Touring
04-05-14, 07:39 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,016
Posted By Cyclesafe

Any credibility you might have had has been blown...

Any credibility you might have had has been blown out of the water by this statement. There are no GMO chemicals. There is merely a change in the order of naturally occurring nucleotides within the...
Forum: Touring
04-05-14, 12:15 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,016
Posted By Cyclesafe

Men are turning into girly men because the...

Men are turning into girly men because the feminization of our culture, not because they eat too much of anything (oh, except maybe Ritalin when they were children).
Forum: Touring
04-05-14, 12:07 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,016
Posted By Cyclesafe

bikenh, Your posts indicate that you are...

bikenh,

Your posts indicate that you are ignorant of most things nutrition. Do yourself a favor and get yourself straight before you mess yourself (and potentially others) up.
Forum: Touring
04-03-14, 01:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 934
Posted By Cyclesafe

This is a difficult question to try to answer...

This is a difficult question to try to answer because it is so personal. You can't get any lower than 22 to 36, so as you say, the issue is the other two rings. Again, I assume that your front...
Forum: Touring
04-01-14, 10:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,485
Posted By Cyclesafe

Two pairs of Dyads got me 47000 miles of touring....

Two pairs of Dyads got me 47000 miles of touring. Failure was from cracks between the eyeholes. I think if you shop around you ought to buy them for about US$40 each.
Forum: Touring
04-01-14, 07:24 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,016
Posted By Cyclesafe

Sustained elevated blood glucose is toxic to...

Sustained elevated blood glucose is toxic to those cells in the pancreas that make insulin, the loss of which - wait for it....- further increase sustained blood glucose levels. Do yourself a giant...
Forum: Touring
04-01-14, 08:42 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,989
Posted By Cyclesafe

Seems like you are a primary candidate for a...

Seems like you are a primary candidate for a trailer. You also need lots of capacity for your monthly shopping trips (what? No fresh produce?). In that case a two-wheeled trailer would be best. I...
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