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Forum: Touring
04-23-18, 08:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,013
Posted By BWF

Does anyone here use Schwable Marathon GT 365 tires? Opinions?

I am internet shopping for some offroad touring tires. Being a Schwable fan, the Marathon Mondials appear an obvious choice. However, the GT 365 is rated alittle better offroad. Both use DualGuard...
Forum: Touring
01-12-14, 10:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 634
Posted By BWF

A rowing machine is a great indoor alternative to...

A rowing machine is a great indoor alternative to winter riding. It puts you into the same body position as cycling with torso bent forward at waste, arms extended forward, and legs pressing. It is...
Forum: Touring
02-27-13, 09:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 520
Posted By BWF

I don't know but I have to drive through late...

I don't know but I have to drive through late next week to do some work in Page. I was told by a friend that lives in Page that the dirt road alternate route should not be attempted in a car, and...
Forum: Touring
02-27-13, 08:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 520
Posted By BWF

I heard on the radio today that 89 will be...

I heard on the radio today that 89 will be reopened to one lane on Monday (March 4th). A reconstruction budget of 6.5 million was approved and is projected to take 6 months to complete. During...
Forum: Touring
01-28-13, 05:07 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,958
Posted By BWF

Take them off. You will still get completely...

Take them off. You will still get completely soaked with fenders, it just takes slightly longer. Also, fenders recycle the water back on to your wheel so your wheel has to shed it more than once. No...
Forum: Touring
01-10-13, 03:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 926
Posted By BWF

I was under the impression there is no current...

I was under the impression there is no current stock available and the wait time is in May. Buy used? Or if you can find someones LBS that has them...
Forum: Touring
01-02-13, 12:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 708
Posted By BWF

Based on what you've said so far, you might like...

Based on what you've said so far, you might like this ACA route...

http://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/201007_Arizona_OGrady.pdf

Also, here are some handy bike maps for Arizona...
...
Forum: Touring
09-21-12, 03:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,961
Posted By BWF

So it basicly comes down to whether or not I can...

So it basicly comes down to whether or not I can carry more water in a frame bag than what the 2 bottles can hold. From the sound of what others have posted so far, the bag is capable of carrying...
Forum: Touring
09-21-12, 03:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,961
Posted By BWF

The Tangle bag appears to offer a good...

The Tangle bag appears to offer a good combination of additional storage without giving up bottles. But the problem for mine is the small interior space of the triangle. I'm going to have to get the...
Forum: Touring
09-21-12, 03:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,961
Posted By BWF

The full Revelate Designs one that is custom fit...

The full Revelate Designs one that is custom fit for my bike is 5.5" at the head tube and tapers back. The total volume of the bag is 425 cubic inches.
Forum: Touring
09-20-12, 05:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,961
Posted By BWF

frame bag. yay or nay?

Over the last several years I had only been riding my Surly Long Haul Trucker. I used it for local day rides, forest service roads, and of course, tours.

I had been longing for a more aggressive...
Forum: Touring
09-06-12, 01:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 870
Posted By BWF

Thanks for the Arizona Trail. I've been day...

Thanks for the Arizona Trail. I've been day riding sections of it and will be putting together a tour of it from around the area of Strawberry to the South Rim.
Forum: Touring
07-23-12, 12:20 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,464
Posted By BWF

I bought the black-ops version of the Surly...

I bought the black-ops version of the Surly Pugsley about 2 months ago. I wanted a bike that could ride winter snow here in Flagstaff. The ride quality of this bike is amazing. Total plush comfort!...
Forum: Touring
06-18-12, 11:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 895
Posted By BWF

The few bears that I have seen there have all...

The few bears that I have seen there have all been on day hikes in remote high elevation areas. I have never seen any around road elevations, but that of course does not mean they are not there. The...
Forum: Touring
06-17-12, 09:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 895
Posted By BWF

I would like to add that it is a very nice little...

I would like to add that it is a very nice little airport and friendly to ride out from. It is actually off of an area called Belgrade, set-out some distance from Bozeman. Extremely low auto traffic....
Forum: Touring
05-23-12, 10:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,594
Posted By BWF

Check your local public library to see if they...

Check your local public library to see if they have a CD collection. I have 10,000 songs on my iPod. Few paid for, most free. Easy way to quickly get a big collection and wide range.
Forum: Touring
04-06-12, 11:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 644
Posted By BWF

I also have a NeoAir and like it for comfort,...

I also have a NeoAir and like it for comfort, size, and weight, but they are prone to puncture. I went on a 2 week backpacking trip in the Sierras with a friend who had his puncture on the first...
Forum: Touring
04-06-12, 11:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 644
Posted By BWF

The poles are aluminum.

The poles are aluminum.
Forum: Touring
04-06-12, 11:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 644
Posted By BWF

I have a Luxurylite cot. It is actually a very...

I have a Luxurylite cot. It is actually a very nice concept. There is not anything else on the market that comes close to the low weight of this one when compared to other cots. There are some real...
Forum: Touring
01-28-12, 07:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 543
Posted By BWF

They are 27cm wide from the top to exactly half...

They are 27cm wide from the top to exactly half way down, then taper to 17cm wide at the bottom. The 17cm width is the outside measurement, the inside is about 16.5cm.
Forum: Touring
01-17-12, 09:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,355
Posted By BWF

I don't have experience with Jacks R Better, but...

I don't have experience with Jacks R Better, but I do often use a quilt. The idea is like bwgride mentions above that a sleeping bag does not need down on the bottom because your body weight...
Forum: Touring
01-17-12, 09:37 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,599
Posted By BWF

With so many sleeping bag brands on the market,...

With so many sleeping bag brands on the market, it would seem logical that someone would start sewing in some extra down to create a built-in pillow. I use a Cloudrest Pillow from Western...
Forum: Touring
11-13-11, 09:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,482
Posted By BWF

That I-40 stretch has a minimum shoulder width of...

That I-40 stretch has a minimum shoulder width of 4 feet. It's completely legal to ride it. It is uphill from Williams to Flagstaff. If you wanted to, you could avoid it by taking Hwy 180 straight in...
Forum: Touring
11-13-11, 12:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,482
Posted By BWF

I like the route posted by Slingerland above, but...

I like the route posted by Slingerland above, but if you are going to ride self contained and plan on doing some tent camping then I would modify the route as follows...

Instead of taking I-17...
Forum: Touring
11-12-11, 09:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,482
Posted By BWF

What time of the year are you thinking about...

What time of the year are you thinking about going? The South Rim is open year round, but the North Rim is not accessible during winter. If you are going to stay on the south side, maybe tour through...
Forum: Touring
11-06-11, 05:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 841
Posted By BWF

Why do you want to keep your whole bike dry? When...

Why do you want to keep your whole bike dry? When I toured the pacific coast last year I used a plastic grocery bag to cover my leather saddle. Handlebar tape dries out pretty quick once you start...
Forum: Touring
10-21-11, 02:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,282
Posted By BWF

As others pointed out, you will definately have...

As others pointed out, you will definately have below freezing temperatures at night and maybe also during the day. It is a gamble. You could get nice riding in full sun with cool temps or a big snow...
Forum: Touring
09-19-11, 07:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 526
Posted By BWF

I rode down the coast from Astoria to San...

I rode down the coast from Astoria to San Francisco last year over three weeks from Sept 25 to Oct 15. It only rained on the very first day and then was perfect for the rest. I know that I was lucky...
Forum: Touring
06-01-11, 09:55 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,830
Posted By BWF

I like this. Good luck!

I like this. Good luck!
Forum: Touring
05-24-11, 03:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,701
Posted By BWF

Both pedals are clicking or just one? Which side?...

Both pedals are clicking or just one? Which side? You will hear a click on your downward stroke if your pedals are not tightly wrenched to your cranks. Make sure you wrench them on to the cranks as...
Forum: Touring
05-18-11, 02:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 304
Posted By BWF

Although I have never been there, you may want to...

Although I have never been there, you may want to try the shop owned by Lance Armstrong called Mellow Johnny's. I have heard they have showers and lockers for commuters.
Forum: Touring
05-17-11, 10:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,241
Posted By BWF

That is insane to make that trip in August....

That is insane to make that trip in August. Extreme heat. Some of the little reservation towns that appear on maps in reality were deserted long ago. I think you should reconsider.
Forum: Touring
05-05-11, 07:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,414
Posted By BWF

tip, do you have a tail light? There are several...

tip, do you have a tail light? There are several dark tunnels on the coast (with no shoulder to ride on) where your visibility to motorists can be greatly improved with a small blinking red light....
Forum: Touring
05-05-11, 04:26 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,917
Posted By BWF

Tarps do a good job at protecting from the direct...

Tarps do a good job at protecting from the direct impact of falling rain, but are near useless at protecting from the secondary impact of pooling ground water. You have to be clever at finding the...
Forum: Touring
05-05-11, 03:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,414
Posted By BWF

I am no expert, but I did do a tour down the...

I am no expert, but I did do a tour down the Pacific coast in parts of Sept / Oct last year. You are bringing way too much for my liking. More stuff = more weight, and with all those constant hills...
Forum: Touring
04-29-11, 12:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 786
Posted By BWF

I stayed at the Manchester Beach state park right...

I stayed at the Manchester Beach state park right next to the KOA. The price was the ususal $6 for hiker/biker. In hindsight, I wish I would of stayed at that KOA instead. The biker sites for the...
Forum: Touring
04-11-11, 06:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 714
Posted By BWF

I rode from Astoria to San Francisco last year in...

I rode from Astoria to San Francisco last year in three weeks from the end of September to mid October. There really are no bad places to take a rest day. My only regret is not taking addtional time...
Forum: Touring
04-04-11, 11:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,120
Posted By BWF

You are going to be here for about 6 weeks but...

You are going to be here for about 6 weeks but are only willing to venture out about 100 miles? Chris has given you great suggestions so I won't restate them. Here are some resources to consider...
...
Forum: Touring
03-06-11, 10:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,678
Posted By BWF

That bike is set up nicely. The seller did not...

That bike is set up nicely. The seller did not even mention the B-17 Brooks is the titanium version that retails for $365 (US).
Forum: Touring
02-15-11, 09:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,420
Posted By BWF

I rode from Astoria to San Franciso this past...

I rode from Astoria to San Franciso this past September 25th to October 16th. Rained the first day, but then full sun the rest of the way. I think I was lucky for the weather to be so good. It was...
Forum: Touring
07-26-10, 08:08 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,247
Posted By BWF

I would not use carbon. I once saw a guy crack a...

I would not use carbon. I once saw a guy crack a carbon fork just trying to seat it into a roof top car rack. It cracked under very little pressure. I think the issue with it is that it can be made...
Forum: Touring
07-18-10, 10:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 894
Posted By BWF

and what are the chances you would actually ever...

and what are the chances you would actually ever see your bike again? You would have to hold a deposit equal to or greater than the value of the bike. sounds risky to me. I'm not that trusting. Also...
Forum: Touring
07-08-10, 10:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 555
Posted By BWF

The Aquafina 1.5 liter is a good fit

The Aquafina 1.5 liter is a good fit
Forum: Touring
07-08-10, 04:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 555
Posted By BWF

The cage is adjustable in height to fit most...

The cage is adjustable in height to fit most water bottles purchased in US c-stores or grocery stores. It can take 1 or 1.5 liter bottles or even larger as long as the base is not wider. Can't take...
Forum: Touring
06-19-10, 10:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,171
Posted By BWF

For years I would always get a numb left hand,...

For years I would always get a numb left hand, but not right. Until a time when I rode without any gloves, and surprisingly never had the problem ever again. I never understood though why it was only...
Forum: Touring
06-11-10, 10:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 613
Posted By BWF

dclifton, I purchased the black nashbar ones...

dclifton, I purchased the black nashbar ones about 6 years ago and put them on a mtb. I didn't like them so they have been sitting unused ever since. I would be happy to give them to you for free if...
Forum: Touring
06-11-10, 09:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 15,538
Posted By BWF

The Topeak cage that Garthr suggests is good, but...

The Topeak cage that Garthr suggests is good, but the rubber strap on it that holds the top in close to the cage breaks very easily. After breaking the original and the replacement, I now just use...
Forum: Touring
06-11-10, 09:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 640
Posted By BWF

I suppose the answer will vary according to fork...

I suppose the answer will vary according to fork and tire. I have a tara mounted to the lower fork eyelet of an LHT using Schwable Supremes 26x2.0 and get a measurement of 19 1/2" from the ground to...
Forum: Touring
06-10-10, 11:18 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,458
Posted By BWF

Congratulations! Looks like a great place to ride...

Congratulations! Looks like a great place to ride and your photos were beautiful.
Forum: Touring
06-09-10, 11:52 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,972
Posted By BWF

OP here. I've enjoyed reading through everyone's...

OP here. I've enjoyed reading through everyone's thoughts. Especially the stretching debate. Personally, there have been times where I have over exerted myself to the point where I will have a calf...
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