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Forum: Touring
12-24-10, 03:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,365
Posted By EmmCeeBee

There's a wide sidewalk on the south (eastbound)...

There's a wide sidewalk on the south (eastbound) side of the Eads bridge -- better than a lane, in fact (I wrote "line"? that was a typo...). Like I said, I'm not a local, so this is only from our...
Forum: Touring
12-24-10, 12:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,365
Posted By EmmCeeBee

The Eads bridge into St. Louis has a dedicated...

The Eads bridge into St. Louis has a dedicated pedestrian/bike line on the south side. So it's a natural choice for riding into the city (not being a local, I can't say if it's the "best".) It...
Forum: Touring
12-23-10, 07:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,365
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Looks like you've got a lot of local support for...

Looks like you've got a lot of local support for routing, so I can't add much. But your post brings up the best memories I have of our 2008 TransAm. Well, except for the heat... and the flooding......
Forum: Touring
11-27-10, 11:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 914
Posted By EmmCeeBee

About once every 5 years -- when I need to order...

About once every 5 years -- when I need to order parts -- I get educated up on this stuff. Yeh, it's confusing. Currently I'm not in parts-ordering mode, so I don't quite remember all the...
Forum: Touring
06-20-10, 03:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,697
Posted By EmmCeeBee

I haven't ridden around the Olympic Peninsula...

I haven't ridden around the Olympic Peninsula (yet...) but it's on my list. I've driven Hwy 101 several times on this stretch.

It's very remote. Long distances between services, lots of logging...
Forum: Touring
03-28-10, 03:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,574
Posted By EmmCeeBee

This isn't first-hand knowledge (after all, I'm...

This isn't first-hand knowledge (after all, I'm 2000 miles away....) but when we rode the Katy Trail a couple years ago, there were quite a few Jeff City cyclists out for a lunchtime ride on the Katy...
Forum: Touring
03-13-10, 11:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,565
Posted By EmmCeeBee

I like the suggestion of riding it, best --...

I like the suggestion of riding it, best -- especially down the Nestucca corridor. You actually have the choice of 4 or 5 routes, all of them an introduction to the lush Oregon coast.

But for...
Forum: Touring
01-29-10, 11:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,886
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Correction -- sorry to nitpick, here -- but...

Correction -- sorry to nitpick, here -- but that's a photo of a bottom swing derailleur. I'm constantly confused by the selection of front derailleurs...
Forum: Touring
01-16-10, 09:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,034
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Haven't ridden this, but it's tempting..... If I...

Haven't ridden this, but it's tempting..... If I could carry enough water in the western states: http://www.discoverytrail.org/

Cross-country, non-motorized, mostly off-road; seems to fit the...
Forum: Touring
12-28-09, 06:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 891
Posted By EmmCeeBee

In 2005, my wife and I camped at Apgar (a...

In 2005, my wife and I camped at Apgar (a mistake.... more about this below) one night, then at Sprague Creek the next. From Sprague Creek it's a flat, leisurely ride to the start of the climb over...
Forum: Touring
12-13-09, 07:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 780
Posted By EmmCeeBee

You can't go wrong with a thread like this --...

You can't go wrong with a thread like this -- you've already attracted the advice of the most knowledgeable.

As far as heading up Logan Pass from the west ("northbound" on the Great Parks Trail),...
Forum: Touring
12-03-09, 12:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,374
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Two of us, with many thousands of miles, with...

Two of us, with many thousands of miles, with Klickfix handlebar mounts and bags. Our handlebar bags are the catch-alls for everything we pick up during the day: food, souvenirs, bug spray, sun...
Forum: Touring
08-27-09, 11:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,183
Posted By EmmCeeBee

To address your real question: For boiling...

To address your real question: For boiling water, an immersion heater is better than nothing, but not by much.

My wife and I don't carry a stove on tour (a whole other discussion...), but I do...
Forum: Touring
08-09-09, 01:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,179
Posted By EmmCeeBee

It sounds like you like to cruise at 15-18 mph. ...

It sounds like you like to cruise at 15-18 mph. So I'd say, if you get an LHT, you'll be riding in that range. It's the 'engine' that makes the bike move.

Taking into consideration the slope,...
Forum: Touring
08-01-09, 10:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,738
Posted By EmmCeeBee

I don't understand this dilemma.... For me, I'd...

I don't understand this dilemma.... For me, I'd put it: "Whether or not 700's are as good as 26's".

Do a search on this board. People have preferences, but for touring 26" is as good or better...
Forum: Touring
07-23-09, 04:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,239
Posted By EmmCeeBee

I second all the comments above, but can't offer...

I second all the comments above, but can't offer much more in the way of relevant experience (being a guy....)

But to help in your voyage of discovery, read up on the journals at CrazyGuyOnABike. ...
Forum: Touring
07-20-09, 09:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,345
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Yes, the interrupter levers should be tilted way...

Yes, the interrupter levers should be tilted way down, but that still doesn't give enough room for your hands with most handlebar bags. The mounting bracket on most extends only an inch or two, and...
Forum: Touring
07-17-09, 10:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 688
Posted By EmmCeeBee

The Vernonia route gets lots of recommendations,...

The Vernonia route gets lots of recommendations, here and in previous threads. It's a unique, quiet, slow rain-forest experience. If you have the time, it's the clear choice.

I also second the...
Forum: Touring
07-17-09, 09:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 688
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Earlier thread here...

Earlier thread here (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=543113).

Your bikely map through Carlton would be a good route, for low traffic and good camping. A few miles of it is gravel,...
Forum: Touring
07-13-09, 05:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 566
Posted By EmmCeeBee

I've seen similar comments before and don't get...

I've seen similar comments before and don't get it. Unless the stoker is wearing a confining neck brace there's no reason to keep looking straight ahead. I find the stoker's position to be great...
Forum: Touring
07-13-09, 10:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 566
Posted By EmmCeeBee

My point of view: The psychological factors...

My point of view: The psychological factors overwhelm all the other factors (mechanical, efficiency, packing, communication) combined. My wife and I have a tandem, used mostly for day rides up to 60...
Forum: Touring
07-11-09, 09:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 419
Posted By EmmCeeBee

This is for your "new" CrossCheck? Check the...

This is for your "new" CrossCheck? Check the Surly website (www.surlybikes.com), the CrossCheck will take either 130mm or 135mm hubs.

That dimension is the distance between the dropouts --...
Forum: Touring
07-08-09, 12:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,510
Posted By EmmCeeBee

I put "cross levers" (interrupter brake levers)...

I put "cross levers" (interrupter brake levers) on my touring bike, for a handful of reasons:

1) They were on sale cheap (Nashbar) and I figured what the heck, even though I thought the idea was...
Forum: Touring
07-06-09, 09:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,510
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Like I said, "Don't trust my eyes" :p. You're...

Like I said, "Don't trust my eyes" :p. You're absolutely right, I spaced out without really looking at the photo...

I agree with all of this, and defer to others with more knowledge of...
Forum: Touring
07-06-09, 05:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,510
Posted By EmmCeeBee

I'm not one to fall for Shimano's bling, but...

I'm not one to fall for Shimano's bling, but those are good shifters/derailleurs (if cost is any indication, anyway).

Shimano has a habit of marketing their components as matched sets -- hence...
Forum: Touring
07-06-09, 03:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 352
Posted By EmmCeeBee

I seem to remember a good thread about this.......

I seem to remember a good thread about this.... but it's not easy to find.

Take a look at the Virginia Bike Maps (http://www.virginiadot.org/bikemap/), for a start.

-- Mark
Forum: Touring
07-06-09, 02:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,510
Posted By EmmCeeBee

From one Fred to another: Nice bike! Great...

From one Fred to another: Nice bike! Great price, good condition, and it sounds like it fits your purpose exactly.

Here's what I'd do to make it more Fred-worthy (commuting, shopping, longer...
Forum: Touring
07-06-09, 10:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Best advice here is to practice more on doing...

Best advice here is to practice more on doing your own maintenance. The next best advice is to just leave it alone and ride.

Except for obvious wear. A 4000-mile ride will probably wear out your...
Forum: Touring
07-04-09, 12:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 343
Posted By EmmCeeBee

You're in a tough position -- the advice you get...

You're in a tough position -- the advice you get from others will probably range all over the map, and you'll still end up making the decision alone (with your family's input, of course).

Before...
Forum: Touring
07-03-09, 11:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 739
Posted By EmmCeeBee

You better decide how firm your self-described...

You better decide how firm your self-described "trying to stay on a budget" is. Just like anything else on your shopping list, if you're not firm on this it's easy to drift into the high-end just...
Forum: Touring
06-30-09, 11:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 781
Posted By EmmCeeBee

If you're running a stock LHT, the brakes are...

If you're running a stock LHT, the brakes are Tektro Oryx. The pads take threaded studs (not the smooth studs). This might be too much to assume without seeing them, so it'd be a good idea to check...
Forum: Touring
06-30-09, 09:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 781
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Can't help with the folding tires (I just loop up...

Can't help with the folding tires (I just loop up a wire bead when I carry a spare).

But for a waterproof lube, Boeshield T-9 is pretty good. REI carries it, for example: here...
Forum: Touring
06-29-09, 11:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 612
Posted By EmmCeeBee

It's normal for shift cables to stretch a bit for...

It's normal for shift cables to stretch a bit for the first few weeks. Wherever you bought your bike, they should offer free adjustments for a couple of months, because of this.

You can do it...
Forum: Touring
06-29-09, 09:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 9,227
Posted By EmmCeeBee

One of the biggest disappointments in my life is...

One of the biggest disappointments in my life is not buying up all existing stocks of Spenco gloves 15 years ago. The best designed, most functional apparel I've ever owned. These were the...
Forum: Touring
06-28-09, 12:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 531
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Lots of choices for route, but an obvious one...

Lots of choices for route, but an obvious one would be the AdventureCycling (http://www.adventurecycling.org/) TransAmerica trail. Getting from Denver to Silverthorne or Granby (both on the...
Forum: Touring
06-27-09, 10:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 861
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Wasn't my intention, sorry. I agree with the...

Wasn't my intention, sorry. I agree with the posts here (and your observation, too) that touring bikes make great commuting bikes. And if that's all your question was about, you'd get 99%...
Forum: Touring
06-27-09, 09:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,364
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Please don't open that can of worms :) I'm...

Please don't open that can of worms :)

I'm sure you've read complaints about [take your pick: wheelsize/shifters/paint/cantilevers], but that's what keeps boards like this alive. I don't get that...
Forum: Touring
06-26-09, 05:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,364
Posted By EmmCeeBee

All three bikes are very similar -- in...

All three bikes are very similar -- in superficial geometry. It's when you get down to chainstay length, wheelbase, standover height, etc, where a cm or two can make a big difference.

If what...
Forum: Touring
06-26-09, 01:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 861
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Seems that a question like this has been coming...

Seems that a question like this has been coming up every month or so on this board.

And, in the end, my impression is that the OP doesn't get a satisfactory answer. It's the wrong board.
...
Forum: Touring
06-25-09, 12:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 607
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Yes, I have a 1988 (?) Nishiki, original...

Yes, I have a 1988 (?) Nishiki, original wheels/hubs. The original Suntour freewheel is 6-speed. What's your question?

I've toured over 10,000 miles on it. When I use that bike, I carry a...
Forum: Touring
06-25-09, 09:25 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,611
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Ah. Important detail. Sorry I couldn't read...

Ah. Important detail. Sorry I couldn't read your mind :)

(I corrected a typo in my earlier post; it's "2 1/2 days" to the East Coast from Seattle.)

-- Mark
Forum: Touring
06-24-09, 09:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,611
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Nicole! I don't know anything about your...

Nicole! I don't know anything about your schedule except what you wrote above.... And Amtrak sounds perfect.

Direct connection from Seattle to Wilmington DE (two stops), takes 2 1/2 days. ...
Forum: Touring
06-24-09, 11:59 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,611
Posted By EmmCeeBee

I've lost track of exactly where on the East...

I've lost track of exactly where on the East Coast you're riding....

But next time, consider taking Amtrak. All told, it could be the easiest/cheapest way on the continent for long-distance...
Forum: Touring
06-24-09, 10:52 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,135
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Well, I'd just have to say that your "most...

Well, I'd just have to say that your "most people" isn't accurate (except maybe in racing situations). Certainly for day-rides and touring (and at least in my case, for commuting), I only spend...
Forum: Touring
06-24-09, 10:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 373
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Here's a two-fer: 1) If you make it up to...

Here's a two-fer:

1) If you make it up to the Portland area (probably on the third day?), I'm in Camas, WA. (20 miles from downtown Portland.)

2) My wife and I did this exact same tour a...
Forum: Touring
06-24-09, 10:03 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,135
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Ah, the Elvis discussion -- it just won't die. ...

Ah, the Elvis discussion -- it just won't die. Comes up at least twice a year.

Answer: Personal preference. If you think it's anything other than that, read the above posts again.

Personal...
Forum: Touring
06-18-09, 05:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,022
Posted By EmmCeeBee

Search in this forum for "charity", or "fund...

Search in this forum for "charity", or "fund raising". You'll get the whole cross-section of opinions.

Nothing wrong with being honest about it, but why stop at a touring bike and expenses and...
Forum: Touring
06-17-09, 01:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,025
Posted By EmmCeeBee

IF (A) you are a reasonably fit, healthy...

IF (A) you are a reasonably fit, healthy person....
And IF (B) your tour is more of a "vacation" than a marathon race...

Then training isn't necessary. The only caveat is, as said above, to...
Forum: Touring
06-15-09, 11:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 680
Posted By EmmCeeBee

As for Indonesia: Travel in Indonesia isn't...

As for Indonesia:
Travel in Indonesia isn't easy. But it is cheap.

As anywhere, the costs are relative to how close you live to the local customs. These break down into 5 areas:
1) Food
2)...
Forum: Touring
06-15-09, 09:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,530
Posted By EmmCeeBee

I'm 100% with Randobarf on this. Granted, we...

I'm 100% with Randobarf on this. Granted, we can't do an autopsy from this side of the keyboard, but everything points to abrasion.

You should be able to get a pretty good indication if your...
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