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Forum: Touring
03-17-08, 08:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 639
Posted By jnoble123

I went around Lake Erie in 10 riding days (+ 2...

I went around Lake Erie in 10 riding days (+ 2 rest days). Average distance per day was 120 km.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/gltlakeerie

~Jamie N
Forum: Touring
08-26-07, 08:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,171
Posted By jnoble123

Here's a review of the book. Further links are...

Here's a review of the book. Further links are listed on the page:

http://www.bicycletouring101.com/BookAdventureCycleTouringHandbook.htm

~Jamie N
Forum: Touring
06-28-07, 10:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 328
Posted By jnoble123

Five Years, Five Lakes, Two bicycles

I am about to set out on another tour. This time I am riding to Lake Superior from home, circling the lake and then returning.

This tour has me quite excited for a number of reasons:

- Lake...
Forum: Touring
06-21-07, 09:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,227
Posted By jnoble123

After awhile you will have the exact positioning...

After awhile you will have the exact positioning of the bar end lever down but until then you can look ahead while using your ears to tell you if you are in gear. If the chain is noisy just move the...
Replies: 68
Views: 3,832
Posted By jnoble123

(snip) Originally Posted by IronMac Yes,...

(snip)

Originally Posted by IronMac
Yes, it's a 2-watt LED...would love to hear how it performs!

(end snip)

I've had my new Surly LHT frame since Friday and ridden it about 250 km now...
Forum: Touring
06-16-07, 08:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,162
Posted By jnoble123

Another comment is that the saddle that works...

Another comment is that the saddle that works best for you is often at least partly driven by both your physical characteristics as well as the angle that you like to ride your bike at.

Physical...
Forum: Touring
06-16-07, 08:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 837
Posted By jnoble123

1) When you enter the hammock you stand up within...

1) When you enter the hammock you stand up within the velcro opening and then lean back into the hammock drawing your feet up after you and the slit closes.

I typically have my shoes loose and...
Forum: Touring
06-14-07, 10:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 616
Posted By jnoble123

My gearing is 44/32/22 with a 13 - 34...

My gearing is 44/32/22 with a 13 - 34 Cylcotouriste cassette from Sheldon Brown to give me evenly spaced gearing. My low end used to be 18 gear inches. Since I am now switching from 700c wheels to 26...
Forum: Touring
06-14-07, 10:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,694
Posted By jnoble123

I ended up drilling the hole through the fenders....

I ended up drilling the hole through the fenders. The surprising thing is that despite my very amateurish job the original mud flaps continue to do the job on my Fixie. I always figured that I would...
Forum: Touring
06-13-07, 08:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 939
Posted By jnoble123

From the Extrawheel web site there are a couple...

From the Extrawheel web site there are a couple of links to some expedition tours that you might want to read through. I haven't checked but those sites may also have contact links that allow you to...
Forum: Touring
06-13-07, 07:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,632
Posted By jnoble123

A hammock and no trees ...

A hammock and no trees

http://www.bicycletouring101.com/HammockNoTrees.htm
Forum: Touring
06-13-07, 04:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 571
Posted By jnoble123

A spare tire doesn't weigh much or cost much...

A spare tire doesn't weigh much or cost much depending on what you have. If the two of you have the same rim size on your wheels then you could also share the tire between you if needed.

A spare...
Forum: Touring
06-13-07, 04:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,694
Posted By jnoble123

Definitely go with the fenders. If you are out...

Definitely go with the fenders. If you are out there and a drenching rain visits it's kind of nice NOT to have water splashing up high on your back and your saddlebags not to mention the underside of...
Forum: Touring
06-13-07, 04:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,162
Posted By jnoble123

From Bicycle Touring 101: ...

From Bicycle Touring 101:

http://www.bicycletouring101.com/TakeASeatUpright.htm

I was curious about the water protection qualities of Proofide so I asked Bill Laine from Wallingford Bicycle...
Forum: Touring
06-11-07, 05:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 333
Posted By jnoble123

During my Lake Erie tour I still didn't have my...

During my Lake Erie tour I still didn't have my bike dialed in perfectly so I would often have to do some stretching exercises every 15 km after the 70 km point. Between some changes to the bike and...
Forum: Touring
06-09-07, 06:42 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,282
Posted By jnoble123

In light of your wolf experience and my impending...

In light of your wolf experience and my impending tour up that way I did a bit more research. You might like to read the following link:

http://personal.inet.fi/luonto/mikael.broo/Val.htm
...
Forum: Touring
06-06-07, 01:27 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,498
Posted By jnoble123

Wow! Thanks for the kind words! ...

Wow! Thanks for the kind words!

Unfortunately there is still a huge amount to write about (and I have a lot of Contributors who also assist which is particularily great news since Schwalbe has...
Forum: Touring
06-05-07, 12:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 513
Posted By jnoble123

Why do you have to carry it directly on your...

Why do you have to carry it directly on your back?

For offroad riding with my mountain bike I use a bag that rests on my upper back.

For touring I prefer waist packs. They rest further down,...
Replies: 68
Views: 3,832
Posted By jnoble123

I picked up an Inolight 20+ from Peter White to...

I picked up an Inolight 20+ from Peter White to use with my soon to be installed SON hub. I believe it's a two watt LED.

Unfortunately I can't comment on it's usefulness yet since the bike is...
Forum: Touring
06-04-07, 12:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,122
Posted By jnoble123

Here's a page that discusses my Trek 520 -...

Here's a page that discusses my Trek 520 - http://www.bicycletouring101.com/TouringBikeUpgrades.htm

In looking at it I've noticied a strong need to update the page and make it more current. I'll...
06-02-07, 08:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,581
Posted By jnoble123

Or purchase good studded tires like the Nokian...

Or purchase good studded tires like the Nokian Extreme 296 tires that I've used for seven winters now. The studs show little wear although they've had lots of use. This experience is very different...
Forum: Touring
05-29-07, 08:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,388
Posted By jnoble123

Hi PJ7, Congratulations on your weight loss...

Hi PJ7,

Congratulations on your weight loss accomplishments so far and good luck on the completion of both your remaining goals (weight loss and going around Lake Huron).

I think that you are...
Forum: Touring
05-27-07, 07:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 955
Posted By jnoble123

I use the standard fly with my hammock and I've...

I use the standard fly with my hammock and I've been through some pretty heavy rain and wind storms without a drop of water.

http://www.bicycletouring101.com/HammockNoTrees.htm has a write-up of...
Forum: Touring
05-26-07, 11:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 882
Posted By jnoble123

I am just about to retire the first set of...

I am just about to retire the first set of Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires that I purchased. I have several other pairs on other bikes that are still going strong.

The pair I am retiring took me...
Forum: Touring
05-26-07, 11:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 710
Posted By jnoble123

I have decided to switch the parts from the...

I have decided to switch the parts from the broken Trek 520 to the Surly LHT. I do have to switch wheel sizes which doesn't really bother me for the following reasons:

- My old 700c rims were...
Forum: Touring
05-24-07, 07:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 710
Posted By jnoble123

I thought about building up the Cross check too....

I thought about building up the Cross check too. My biggest concern is around the frames ability to hold a
full load without shimmying etc.

I currently have it setup as my fixed gear bike and...
Forum: Touring
05-24-07, 05:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 710
Posted By jnoble123

Surly LHT for Trek 520 frame replacement?

My Trek 520 frame has an ovalized head tube (the part where the front fork goes through the frame). It's at the point where the bearing cartridge comes out of the frame freely and without tools (when...
Forum: Touring
05-07-07, 08:56 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,734
Posted By jnoble123

I actually use both when touring. I like to...

I actually use both when touring.

I like to carry reserve water in the three water bottles that I carry on the bike while drinking from the water bladder that I have around my waist.

Up until...
Forum: Touring
05-02-07, 07:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 546
Posted By jnoble123

Team Russell crossed the US. The team consisted...

Team Russell crossed the US. The team consisted of two Jack Russell's and Hank Raines.

Here's an interview with them:

http://www.bicycletouring101.com/TeamRussell.htm

~Jamie N
Forum: Touring
04-29-07, 07:29 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 331
Posted By jnoble123

[BT101]: Recent updates

After a long interval without content updates Bicycle Touring 101 is once again being updated.

Here are some recent updates:

Editorial - Back in the saddle again!
Adventure Cycle-Touring...
Forum: Touring
04-24-07, 08:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 895
Posted By jnoble123

During my Lake Erie tour I took Advil to help...

During my Lake Erie tour I took Advil to help with an ankle problem. Here are some comments from the end of that tour related to Advil.

(quote from...
Forum: Touring
04-24-07, 07:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,503
Posted By jnoble123

(snip) Originally Posted by ppereira007 ...

(snip)

Originally Posted by ppereira007
http://www.ursack.com/
much better than a canister

I know they're like 2 pounds lighter, but why else would you recommend an ursack over a canister?
...
Forum: Touring
04-23-07, 08:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,503
Posted By jnoble123

I use a Bear Keg to protect my food: ...

I use a Bear Keg to protect my food:

http://www.bicycletouring101.com/CampBearResistantFoodContainer.htm

A good book on bear basics is "Backcountry Bear Basics, The definitive guide to avoiding...
Forum: Touring
04-23-07, 08:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,555
Posted By jnoble123

I currently have a Trek 520 for a touring bike....

I currently have a Trek 520 for a touring bike. It's served me well so far but I've also modified it a bit. Here's a page listing some of the modifications. At some point I need to spend a few...
Forum: Touring
04-23-07, 05:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,555
Posted By jnoble123

(snip) i changed my mind, i dont want a...

(snip)

i changed my mind, i dont want a singlespeed, ive found out that it is going to be way hard,

(end snip)

I've done one tour on a fixed gear bike with a Bob COZ trailer towed behind....
Forum: Touring
04-22-07, 07:42 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,567
Posted By jnoble123

Lots of people tour with only rear panniers

Over the course of my tours around Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron and Michigan I've come across lots of touring cyclists including cross-continental ones riding across Canada or the US. Some of these...
Forum: Touring
01-11-07, 11:39 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,539
Posted By jnoble123

A few more mascots from various riders can be...

A few more mascots from various riders can be found here: http://www.bicycletouring101.com/Mascots.htm
Forum: Touring
01-11-07, 11:36 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,814
Posted By jnoble123

I think that different people have slightly...

I think that different people have slightly different perspectives about touring and what matters to them about the tour so they tend to focus on the things that they care about when they write the...
Forum: Touring
01-08-07, 04:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 717
Posted By jnoble123

I found US2 kind of boring when I went around...

I found US2 kind of boring when I went around Lake Michigan. I recall that while the shoulders were ok, it was really flat and relatively boring. When I circled Lake Huron I enjoyed the hills and...
Forum: Touring
01-07-07, 08:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 717
Posted By jnoble123

I was supposed to go around Lake Superior last...

I was supposed to go around Lake Superior last summer but took care of Lake Ontario instead. This upcoming summer I plan to end my Great Lakes tours with a circle around Lake Superior. Thanks for...
Forum: Touring
01-07-07, 08:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,954
Posted By jnoble123

I managed to destroy two pedals, both on the left...

I managed to destroy two pedals, both on the left side, during my Lake Erie tour. No major impacts etc just parts that wore out.

~Jamie N
Forum: Touring
01-07-07, 06:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 717
Posted By jnoble123

My experience with the Windsor bus system was in...

My experience with the Windsor bus system was in 2003. I crossed via bus by talking the driver into it after first calling the Windsor transit dispatch office. I had a fully loaded touring bicycle...
Forum: Touring
01-07-07, 10:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 717
Posted By jnoble123

I've done the entire distance you are asking...

I've done the entire distance you are asking about over the course of three tours around Lakes Erie, Huron and Ontario.

The waterfront trail along the North Shore of Lake Ontario is pretty good....
Forum: Touring
09-06-06, 09:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 955
Posted By jnoble123

Contributors get a discounted price

I just saw your post now. I've been swamped for a bit so my apologies for a long delayed response.

People who contribute articles to the Bicycle Touring 101 web site are eligible for a discount...
Forum: Touring
05-09-06, 08:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 625
Posted By jnoble123

re: Getting lost I generally have a minor...

re: Getting lost

I generally have a minor adventure during most of my major tours where I get lost for a short period of time during one day of the tour.

So far I've enjoyed each experience...
Forum: Touring
05-09-06, 08:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 625
Posted By jnoble123

re: bell compasses aren't accurate in my experience

I have a couple of these compasses. For casual day riding etc they work fine but I found that by about half way around Lake Huron my bell compass was always pointing at the headset no matter what...
Forum: Touring
03-31-06, 08:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 343
Posted By jnoble123

Schwalbe make two additional accessories that...

Schwalbe make two additional accessories that make putting tires on a lot easier. They have wider plastic tire levers that work well plus they also offer a spray the basically lubricates the tire.
...
Forum: Touring
03-31-06, 08:56 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,070
Posted By jnoble123

I actually use the thermarest all the time. Even...

I actually use the thermarest all the time. Even in summer the hammock can become quite cold since the heat transfer through the bottom and sides is so great.

The other benefit of taking the...
Forum: Touring
03-30-06, 06:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 418
Posted By jnoble123

I suspect that it's too late for this suggestion...

I suspect that it's too late for this suggestion but...

When I toured around Lake Erie I basically steered away from highways 3 and 4 along with most of highway 2. In this part of Ontario there...
Forum: Touring
03-29-06, 08:50 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,603
Posted By jnoble123

I actually just finished doing a presentation...

I actually just finished doing a presentation about bicycle touring for a local camera club. It was tremendous fun!

There is an assortment of Photography related articles on BT101 that can be...
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