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Forum: Touring
09-16-19, 06:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 812
Posted By OldZephyr

That is some impressive cycling infrastructure. ...

That is some impressive cycling infrastructure. Looks to be in good shape, and well used. Thanks for posting.

I have been to S. Korea twice, and very much enjoyed it. Went on a number of day...
Forum: Touring
06-29-18, 07:15 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,315
Posted By OldZephyr

There are *tons* of routes in the Midwest,...

There are *tons* of routes in the Midwest, particularly the Upper Midwest, that have trails, low volume roads, rolling country (if you like). They will fit the bill easily.

Riding in Wisconsin,...
Forum: Touring
12-10-17, 11:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,262
Posted By OldZephyr

We've had T-42s since 2009 in constant use for...

We've had T-42s since 2009 in constant use for commuting and touring. No problems.
Forum: Touring
05-09-17, 11:13 AM
Forum: Touring
11-12-15, 08:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,018
Posted By OldZephyr

I agree -- noticed this unwelcome change too. And...

I agree -- noticed this unwelcome change too. And why are the roads with bike lanes shown at farther out zooms, but not bike paths?

There is a little feedback link at the very bottom right under...
Forum: Touring
10-27-15, 08:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,149
Posted By OldZephyr

Wanted to add my voice, I agree that 27 gear...

Wanted to add my voice, I agree that 27 gear inches is not too low. Not at all.

Over the years I have heard variations of the idea expressed by MRT2 -- that if it's under a 1 to 1 ratio (front...
Forum: Touring
10-12-15, 08:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,791
Posted By OldZephyr

Could you let me know where they were passing out...

Could you let me know where they were passing out the old map?
Forum: Touring
10-12-15, 08:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,791
Posted By OldZephyr

I'd suggest that you contact MN DOT about this if...

I'd suggest that you contact MN DOT about this if there are errors in the map. MN DOT will be updating the info electronically.

Tim Mitchell is the contact person at MN DOT. There are a number...
Forum: Touring
10-09-15, 02:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,791
Posted By OldZephyr

Thanks for the information on the Minnesota...

Thanks for the information on the Minnesota Bikeways maps. I didn't know about these. You are correct, those maps were well designed. They are quite out of date now, but the concept is excellent....
Forum: Touring
10-09-15, 01:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,791
Posted By OldZephyr

Sure, why not! If Jeff Teel can tour on a two...

Sure, why not! If Jeff Teel can tour on a two speed Schwinn Typhoon, certainly you can tour on a two-speed Karate Monkey!
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Forum: Touring
10-01-15, 08:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,791
Posted By OldZephyr

Update: here's a link to the MN DOT site where...

Update: here's a link to the MN DOT site where you can download a pdf of the entire 2015 MN bike map.
Minnesota Bicycle Maps - Bicycling (http://www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/maps.html)


I'm really...
Forum: Touring
09-25-15, 10:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,791
Posted By OldZephyr

Do you know if one is able to order the paper...

Do you know if one is able to order the paper version from the MN DOT, and have it delivered via USPSnail mail? We're heading up that way to take in the Driftless area next summer and would love to...
Forum: Touring
09-25-15, 10:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,791
Posted By OldZephyr

Right now the 2015 map is available only on...

Right now the 2015 map is available only on paper. To get a paper copy of the 2015 map, e-mail bicyclemap.dot@state.mn.us . . . they are pretty responsive and you should get your paper map in maybe...
Forum: Touring
09-25-15, 04:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,791
Posted By OldZephyr

Minnesota Bike Map for 2015 -- Greatly Improved!

A couple of years ago I posted a message detailing some problems with the 2013 MN Bike Map put out by MN DOT: ...
Forum: Touring
09-16-15, 11:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,108
Posted By OldZephyr

"I used to ride everywhere on an old Schwinn with...

"I used to ride everywhere on an old Schwinn with a 3 speed hub that didn't shift, so basically one speed. My first "tour" was me riding off to campus with wire-frame baskets filled with anything and...
Forum: Touring
09-16-15, 12:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,108
Posted By OldZephyr

psy, thanks for the tip about the penny farthing...

psy, thanks for the tip about the penny farthing cyclist. Amazing. I see that he also likes vintage cars such as the Morris Minor. Very cool.
Forum: Touring
09-14-15, 09:23 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,536
Posted By OldZephyr

I agree 100% with djb. You can get a 14-32 7...

I agree 100% with djb.

You can get a 14-32 7 speed cassette with decent jumps between gears (14-16-18-21-24-28-32). Pair it with an inexpensive mountain triple (22-32-44) crankset -- you can find...
Forum: Touring
09-14-15, 09:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,108
Posted By OldZephyr

Touring long distance on a 2 speed Schwinn Typhoon

This post should be filed in the "You Do Not Have to Own a Touring Bike to Tour" Department.

The same fellow who toured all over the central and western plains on a 3 speed bike a couple of years...
Forum: Touring
08-16-15, 07:02 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,606
Posted By OldZephyr

We host people on Warmshowers, and we have *lots*...

We host people on Warmshowers, and we have *lots* of younger people coming through on compact doubles, and many have cassettes in the 12-27 range. Some of them have said their knees hurt, but many...
Forum: Touring
07-23-15, 12:32 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 532
Posted By OldZephyr

How about taking the Lake Wobegon trail and the...

How about taking the Lake Wobegon trail and the Central Lakes trail, then go on the quiet county roads in western MN around Fergus Falls?

The 720 makes a good tourer. Do you have a picture of it?
Forum: Touring
07-23-15, 12:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,619
Posted By OldZephyr

Thanks for the post and the link to your blog. ...

Thanks for the post and the link to your blog. Gorgeous pictures!

That is some beautiful country. I have biked some in southwestern Wisconsin, and it's one of my favorite places in the world.
Forum: Touring
07-23-15, 12:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 567
Posted By OldZephyr

Thanks for the post and the blog entry. I've...

Thanks for the post and the blog entry. I've been on parts of the Hennepin Canal trail -- and really enjoyed it. It helped that the weather was magnificent when I was there.

How was the section...
Forum: Touring
07-23-15, 12:21 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,916
Posted By OldZephyr

Good thread, thanks for the idea, OP. I...

Good thread, thanks for the idea, OP.

I don't think I've ever had a bad tour. But I have had a couple where I changed plans drastically due to changed weather, or because I wasn't making the...
Forum: Touring
07-18-15, 12:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,691
Posted By OldZephyr

Check and make sure that the coupon actually...

Check and make sure that the coupon actually applies to bikes. The fine print on the e-mail sent to me indicates the 25% discount is *not* good on bikes.
Forum: Touring
02-25-15, 11:43 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,821
Posted By OldZephyr

Thanks, mgreen, for the great rundown! Sounds...

Thanks, mgreen, for the great rundown! Sounds like a great trip, IL-16 notwithstanding. I too have biked in Illinois and I like their bike maps. The ones in Wisconsin are really good too.

Quite...
Forum: Touring
02-25-15, 07:18 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,821
Posted By OldZephyr

Thanks for the follow up letting us know how...

Thanks for the follow up letting us know how things went! Congratulations on your ride. And it's good to hear that with the mapping tools you were able to find routes that worked for the most part....
Forum: Touring
12-06-14, 05:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,477
Posted By OldZephyr

I have extensively modernized my 1985 Trek 720,...

I have extensively modernized my 1985 Trek 720, with only the brake calipers, the frame, the headset, the front derailleur, and the front racks being original. Dropouts are 130mm, and I had Peter...
Forum: Touring
10-22-14, 03:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,457
Posted By OldZephyr

Here's a link to our trip where we used Amtrak's...

Here's a link to our trip where we used Amtrak's roll on service in Illinois to take advantage of some dandy tailwinds: crazyguyonabike.com: Bicycle Touring: Tailwind Ride in Illinois Using Amtrak...
Forum: Touring
09-16-14, 07:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,086
Posted By OldZephyr

Portland to DC via Amtrak is the way to go. ...

Portland to DC via Amtrak is the way to go. Daily service, only need to change trains once (in Chicago), and the whole route uses the double deck Superliners, including a diner and a lounge car. ...
Forum: Touring
09-14-14, 04:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,655
Posted By OldZephyr

Big fan of the Mirrycle -- better than the...

Big fan of the Mirrycle -- better than the Blackburn in my opinion. If you don't have bar ends, it will go in easily.

If you do have bar ends, here is the kludge that works fine -- attach it to...
Forum: Touring
09-14-14, 04:25 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 30,538
Posted By OldZephyr

That's us! 6mph from when we start to when we...

That's us! 6mph from when we start to when we end the day, including breaks of course. Maybe 7 or 8 mph if we have favorable conditions. We stop a lot, eat ice cream, chat with people, pause on...
Forum: Touring
09-12-14, 06:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,680
Posted By OldZephyr

Thanks very much mzu2006 for the comprehensive...

Thanks very much mzu2006 for the comprehensive post, especially the stretch from Jewett to Steubenville.

I see from google maps what you are saying about Route 22 feeling like a limited access...
Replies: 42
Views: 3,837
Posted By OldZephyr

1) If appropriate, good fenders, a decent rack,...

1) If appropriate, good fenders, a decent rack, and matching water bottle cages. But that's not hugely important.
2) Chain hanger, eyelets for fenders and racks, front lowrider mounts on fork....
Forum: Touring
07-27-14, 10:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,826
Posted By OldZephyr

Here's what I use, and it works well for my...

Here's what I use, and it works well for my needs.

1) I got a 13-26 8 speed cluster (13-14-15-17-19-21-23-26)

2) Remove the 14 cog, keep the spacer, and insert a 32 tooth cog on the high end...
Forum: Touring
07-10-14, 12:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,501
Posted By OldZephyr

Here's a picture of my wife's Surly LHT with the...

Here's a picture of my wife's Surly LHT with the uncut steering tube. Note how high the bars are. It works great, and is the most comfortable bike my wife ever has had.

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Forum: Touring
06-26-14, 07:09 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,185
Posted By OldZephyr

Agreed. If you can board with your bike at...

Agreed. If you can board with your bike at stations without checked baggage, this would be huge.
Forum: Touring
04-30-14, 06:09 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 682
Posted By OldZephyr

Thanks! Fun read and good pictures. Are those...

Thanks! Fun read and good pictures. Are those bumper stickers plastered on the frame of the bike?
Forum: Touring
04-05-14, 07:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,456
Posted By OldZephyr

I too have used Erick's suggestion with a...

I too have used Erick's suggestion with a Mirrycle mirror -- works great, have it on 3 different bikes in our family!372937
Forum: Touring
01-19-14, 08:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 865
Posted By OldZephyr

Agreed. Having taken both trains, I'd definitely...

Agreed. Having taken both trains, I'd definitely recommend the Capitol Limited as well over the Lake Shore Limited. Better equipment and a more interesting route as well.

And yes, like other...
Forum: Touring
01-19-14, 08:32 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,449
Posted By OldZephyr

I think you can ship it ahead of yourself, and...

I think you can ship it ahead of yourself, and you get maybe 24-48 hours free, then depending on the station, you might have to pay a storage charge.

You can also send a bike via Amtrak Express. ...
Forum: Touring
12-07-13, 08:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,428
Posted By OldZephyr

:lol: Today in Duluth, MN: Current...

:lol:

Today in Duluth, MN: Current temperature is 13 below. Wind chill advisory until noon.
Forum: Touring
12-06-13, 01:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,428
Posted By OldZephyr

I'm not from there, but consider looking into...

I'm not from there, but consider looking into taking Amtrak to Hammond, LA. It's a fast and easy overnight ride to Hammond on the City of New Orleans from...
Forum: Touring
11-18-13, 11:23 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,654
Posted By OldZephyr

Glad to hear the rest of the story. Dangerously...

Glad to hear the rest of the story. Dangerously strong tailwinds -- wow! Actually, before reading this thread (and especially the helpful information from cycommute) I was not aware of the nature...
Forum: Touring
10-19-13, 02:12 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,080
Posted By OldZephyr

I have the Schwalbe Marathons (27 x 1 1/4). I...

I have the Schwalbe Marathons (27 x 1 1/4). I too had read that they were very difficult to mount.

Turns out they were a snap to mount on my Sun CR-18 rims, easier than most tires!

The...
Forum: Touring
09-21-13, 09:23 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,846
Posted By OldZephyr

+1 And the change to a 24 tooth front...

+1

And the change to a 24 tooth front chainring is an easy one for a shop to do, and pretty cheap -- the chainring should be in the $20-30 range. If you don't like it it is easy to change back. ...
Forum: Touring
09-18-13, 04:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 985
Posted By OldZephyr

We've ridden that road with 700 x 28 tires with...

We've ridden that road with 700 x 28 tires with no problem. When we've been on it, it's had a nice smooth surface, better than many paved roads. Sometimes gravel roads get that way once the gravel...
Forum: Touring
09-18-13, 03:21 PM
Forum: Touring
09-18-13, 03:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 985
Posted By OldZephyr

I take 15th St. in Two Harbors (by the Culvers)...

I take 15th St. in Two Harbors (by the Culvers) going north, it turns into Waldo Road, then right (east) on Westover, left (north) on Lake County 2, right (east) on gun Club Road, left (north) on...
Forum: Touring
09-18-13, 01:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 985
Posted By OldZephyr

Thanks for the information. The bike map shows...

Thanks for the information. The bike map shows OK shoulders for a stretch of 73 north of Cromwell. So is the shoulder OK all the way between Cromwell and Floodwood?

As for MN 61, I have done...
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