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Forum: Touring
02-14-12, 10:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 899
Posted By Boston Commuter

Zip stoves can burn wet wood just fine, you just...

Zip stoves can burn wet wood just fine, you just need a little dry kindling to get the fire lit. The fire gets as hot as the high setting on my gas stove at home. You can also adjust the flame down...
Forum: Touring
01-17-12, 04:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,116
Posted By Boston Commuter

In Boston, MA, I can heartily recommend...

In Boston, MA, I can heartily recommend BikesNotBombs (http://bikesnotbombs.org/bikeshop). They have a good inventory of used parts available (as well as new ones), the people who work there are...
Forum: Touring
08-01-11, 08:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,460
Posted By Boston Commuter

DJB, my bike is a Rivendell Atlantis. Peter...

DJB, my bike is a Rivendell Atlantis. Peter White in New Hampshire built it up and recommended the gearing. It was not what I had intended to ask for, but I took his advice and I'm very glad I did....
Forum: Touring
08-01-11, 11:37 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,460
Posted By Boston Commuter

My touring bike has a gear range of 20.7 - 94,...

My touring bike has a gear range of 20.7 - 94, similar to yours. My chainrings are 46-34-22 and my cogs are 12-26. I really appreciate the close, even gear spacing, and the range is about right for...
Forum: Touring
07-31-11, 09:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 678
Posted By Boston Commuter

+1 on the Sierra Zip stove. I'll be going on a...

+1 on the Sierra Zip stove. I'll be going on a 2-week tour with my family in a few weeks and we are taking our Zip stove. It makes quite a hot fire and there is no need to carry a fuel bottle.
...
Forum: Touring
07-31-11, 08:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 489
Posted By Boston Commuter

The Sierra Zip stove is a portable camp stove...

The Sierra Zip stove is a portable camp stove that burns solid fuel such as charcoal or small wood (twigs, etc.). It has a battery-powered fan and makes quite a hot fire. 2 charcoal briquettes,...
Forum: Touring
06-13-11, 05:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,581
Posted By Boston Commuter

I have the Rivendell/Nitto Big Front Rack. Like...

I have the Rivendell/Nitto Big Front Rack. Like the Surly, this has a platform and both high and low pannier positions. I really like the way my bike handles with low-mounted front panniers, and I...
Forum: Touring
05-20-11, 07:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,268
Posted By Boston Commuter

I have Marathon Racers on my daughter's Breezer...

I have Marathon Racers on my daughter's Breezer (I've ridden this bike with these tires too). They're very nice, light and fast. When I first put them on her bike, replacing the stock tires, she...
Forum: Touring
05-16-11, 12:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,591
Posted By Boston Commuter

I'm about to head out on a week-long credit-card...

I'm about to head out on a week-long credit-card tour in northern New England. It's still pretty cool here, so I need to take some warm clothes. And it's humid in New England, so I can't count on...
Forum: Touring
05-14-11, 09:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,514
Posted By Boston Commuter

That video is amazing! Thanks for posting that. ...

That video is amazing! Thanks for posting that. After watching your video, I've decided to just take my Mini U-lock on tour - at least unless you post another video of yourself cutting one of those...
Forum: Touring
04-26-11, 01:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,345
Posted By Boston Commuter

+1 for the Turbo Morph. I've used mine up to 100...

+1 for the Turbo Morph. I've used mine up to 100 lbs pressure (my family has tires in the 1.25" to 1.5" width range on our bikes). I'm sure it could go higher but I haven't needed to try. It works...
Forum: Touring
04-26-11, 09:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,263
Posted By Boston Commuter

I use MKS deep toe clips with a strap (kept...

I use MKS deep toe clips with a strap (kept loose) on my commute bike. I ride in whatever shoes I'm wearing that day, from winter boots to open-toe sandals. (If the sole of the sandal extends...
Forum: Touring
04-26-11, 08:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,807
Posted By Boston Commuter

I'm worried about this too. My family is...

I'm worried about this too. My family is planning a camping tour this summer, but we're planning to take a hotel/motel on layover days so we can go hiking or whatever without fretting about our...
Forum: Touring
04-25-11, 12:47 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,676
Posted By Boston Commuter

I'm definitely taking my Kindle on my next tour.

I'm definitely taking my Kindle on my next tour.
Forum: Touring
04-15-11, 06:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 10,550
Posted By Boston Commuter

I commuted on a set of Pasela TourGuards for 3...

I commuted on a set of Pasela TourGuards for 3 years. Flats were so rare that I can't recall for sure whether I ever had one on that pair of tires. They did pick up a few tiny bits of gravel in the...
Forum: Touring
04-15-11, 06:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 255
Posted By Boston Commuter

Have a look at the elevation profiles for your...

Have a look at the elevation profiles for your alternate routes. Riding east-to-west across Vermont will require you to cross the Green Mountains, which run north-south. It sounds like your...
Forum: Touring
04-13-11, 12:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,685
Posted By Boston Commuter

Here...

Here (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230607963675#ht_500wt_1156) is an old-fashioned pump holder of the kind I was calling a "mushroom" in my previous post -- apparently the...
Forum: Touring
04-13-11, 12:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,685
Posted By Boston Commuter

I used to carry a frame pump on a mixte (the pump...

I used to carry a frame pump on a mixte (the pump went up the seat tube between the twin laterals). The bottom of the pump was wedged into the angle between the seat tube and downtube. The top of...
Forum: Touring
03-28-11, 10:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,150
Posted By Boston Commuter

My husband has a Cross-Check (for commuting). ...

My husband has a Cross-Check (for commuting). The gearing isn't low enough for loaded touring -- as it comes stock, the low gear is about 39". And the rear derailleur is only medium-capacity. So...
Forum: Touring
03-28-11, 10:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 806
Posted By Boston Commuter

I have the Brooks Champion Flyer S (S for "short"...

I have the Brooks Champion Flyer S (S for "short" or ladies' model, not "special"), which is just like the B17 S but with springs in the frame. I've been riding it for about a year on my daily...
Forum: Touring
03-25-11, 03:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,514
Posted By Boston Commuter

I'm also planning to ride the C&O/GAP with my...

I'm also planning to ride the C&O/GAP with my family this summer (sounds like it will be pretty crowded out there!) I usually carry a Kryptonite Mini U-lock, but for the trip I think it would be...
Forum: Touring
09-13-10, 03:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 524
Posted By Boston Commuter

If you are in good shape but never ride a bike,...

If you are in good shape but never ride a bike, the limiting factor for you may be riding time rather than distance. You may have discomfort in the hands/neck/shoulders and especially the saddle...
Forum: Touring
09-08-10, 07:32 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,959
Posted By Boston Commuter

I have a Breezer Uptown 8 with a Nexus 8-speed...

I have a Breezer Uptown 8 with a Nexus 8-speed red-band hub, used it as my winter commuter for several years. It does freeze sometimes if the temp is below 25 degrees F and it gets iced up. But...
Forum: Touring
08-20-10, 09:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,297
Posted By Boston Commuter

You might like to try North Road style handlebars...

You might like to try North Road style handlebars -- IMHO, the hand position on these bars is more natural than straight MTB bars. There are many to choose from, such as the Nitto Albatross or Soma...
Forum: Touring
08-20-10, 07:32 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,664
Posted By Boston Commuter

Soma sells the Palmy alloy U-lock:...

Soma sells the Palmy alloy U-lock: http://store.somafab.com/paalu.html. Not sure if that's the same one Bekologist is using, but it's the only alloy U-lock I know of.
Forum: Touring
08-17-10, 01:18 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,664
Posted By Boston Commuter

For me, weight is the limiting factor in choosing...

For me, weight is the limiting factor in choosing a lock. I'm just not willing to carry around a 5 or 10 lb lock, but I have a nice bike that I want to protect. I looked at various combinations of...
Forum: Touring
07-29-10, 10:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 801
Posted By Boston Commuter

Vernon, I wish I could ride with your group, but...

Vernon, I wish I could ride with your group, but I'm with you in spirit. Ride safely and have a great trip.

Lisa
Forum: Touring
07-26-10, 11:52 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,876
Posted By Boston Commuter

You might consider soft leather driving...

You might consider soft leather driving moccasins. They're pretty lightweight (I don't have an exact weight available for a men's pair) and a bit dressier-looking than sneakers. They pack down...
Forum: Touring
07-26-10, 11:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 759
Posted By Boston Commuter

I have a B67 on one bike and a Flyer on another...

I have a B67 on one bike and a Flyer on another (both are the "short" model). I weigh 120 lbs. My Flyer springs are stiffer, with less "give", than the ones on my B67, and the leather is thicker...
Forum: Touring
06-20-10, 04:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,648
Posted By Boston Commuter

Do you carry the acoustic bass in the basket? ;)

Do you carry the acoustic bass in the basket? ;)
Forum: Touring
06-19-10, 06:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,648
Posted By Boston Commuter

You might like this insulated lunchbox/cooler at...

You might like this insulated lunchbox/cooler at REI: http://www.rei.com/product/797873

There are similar ones in larger and smaller sizes. Mine stays on my front rack nicely if I shorten up the...
Forum: Touring
05-02-09, 08:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 622
Posted By Boston Commuter

Satisfied customer here: I have been using a...

Satisfied customer here: I have been using a pair of Front Rollers Plus for commuting for a year. The color is fine (mine are red), and has not faded for me (disclaimer: I am in a sun-disadvantaged...
04-15-09, 06:40 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,919
Posted By Boston Commuter

I got my information about Massachusetts bicycle...

I got my information about Massachusetts bicycle law from the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition's web site: http://www.massbike.org/bikelaw/

It says, "You must ride single file unless passing." If...
04-14-09, 07:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,919
Posted By Boston Commuter

My bad. As it is in fact against the law for...

My bad. As it is in fact against the law for cyclists to ride two abreast on the road in MA, I did not read the MI law carefully enough.

I stand corrected, but was it really necessary for some...
04-14-09, 11:38 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,919
Posted By Boston Commuter

MICHIGAN VEHICLE CODE (EXCERPT) Act 300 of 1949 ...

MICHIGAN VEHICLE CODE (EXCERPT) Act 300 of 1949

257.660b Operation of bicycle upon highway or street; riding more than 2 abreast.
Sec. 660b.

Two or more individuals operating bicycles upon a...
Forum: Commuting
04-14-09, 11:21 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 17,050
Posted By Boston Commuter

The device on the bottom of the shoe (with a...

The device on the bottom of the shoe (with a groove to match the back plate of the pedal) was/is called a cleat. My recollection is that only racers and wannabes wore cleats on their bike shoes and...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-09, 07:02 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 17,050
Posted By Boston Commuter

Toe clips come in sizes, you know. If you get...

Toe clips come in sizes, you know. If you get the correct size, your foot will be positioned correctly over the pedal.
Forum: Commuting
04-06-09, 06:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,035
Posted By Boston Commuter

Ah, my bad -- I thought the "3" denoted a...

Ah, my bad -- I thought the "3" denoted a 3-speed. I agree, an 8-speed Nexus hub should be fine.
04-05-09, 08:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,166
Posted By Boston Commuter

I have a Peugeot mixte with those diagonal orange...

I have a Peugeot mixte with those diagonal orange stripes, must be a similar vintage (mine is a 1987 Iseran). I had it modified as a "city bike" at the time of purchase. My stem is a 22.0 but the...
Forum: Commuting
04-05-09, 04:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,035
Posted By Boston Commuter

Looks like a nice bike. If there are hills on...

Looks like a nice bike. If there are hills on your commute, you may want to look at one of the models with more gears.
04-02-09, 11:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 512
Posted By Boston Commuter

You can order a pair of 27" wheels with 126mm...

You can order a pair of 27" wheels with 126mm rear axle from Harris Cyclery: http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/wheels/630.html. They also have similar wheels with 700c rims.
Forum: Commuting
04-02-09, 08:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 605
Posted By Boston Commuter

That is astonishing. It's not that he's riding...

That is astonishing. It's not that he's riding on ice, many of us did that on land this winter. But he is gambling that the ice is solid enough to keep him out of the river!?!

However, aside...
Forum: Touring
03-31-09, 05:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 679
Posted By Boston Commuter

Hey, I just bought that same North Face 40 degree...

Hey, I just bought that same North Face 40 degree bag last week! But I got it for indoors because my 10 degree mummy bag was too warm for that use.

Having slept in it for a few nights in...
Forum: Touring
03-28-09, 08:26 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,359
Posted By Boston Commuter

Here are some nice maps for loop rides and...

Here are some nice maps for loop rides and connecting routes in northeast Vermont (the "Northeast Kingdom"): http://www.nvda.net/Transp/bikeped.html Scroll down to "Cycling the Kingdom".

You...
Forum: Commuting
03-20-09, 12:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 299
Posted By Boston Commuter

I have a Breezer, looks like a 25.4 clamp...

I have a Breezer, looks like a 25.4 clamp diameter. If you want, you could send them an email to confirm -- I emailed once to ask them about fitting snow tires and they got right back to me.
Forum: Commuting
03-20-09, 11:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 980
Posted By Boston Commuter

I also took my studs off. They really got a...

I also took my studs off. They really got a workout this winter! I think that if we do get any more snow now, it won't stick to the pavement for more than a day or two.
Forum: Touring
03-20-09, 11:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 780
Posted By Boston Commuter

Mine is a Garmin GPSMAP 60C. That particular...

Mine is a Garmin GPSMAP 60C. That particular model is several years old, but Garmin makes newer models in the same series -- the newer ones accept SD memory cards, mine doesn't. It weighs about 6...
Forum: Touring
03-20-09, 07:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 780
Posted By Boston Commuter

I haven't taken my Garmin GPS on a long tour, but...

I haven't taken my Garmin GPS on a long tour, but I've used it on short trips. I find the GPS most helpful for figuring out exactly where you are when you're not sure. Ex, when you're wondering if...
Forum: Touring
03-20-09, 06:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,654
Posted By Boston Commuter

I'm now riding a pair of Panaracer Pasela "Tour...

I'm now riding a pair of Panaracer Pasela "Tour Guard" 27 x 1 1/4" and I love them. They feel lightweight and fast, and they seem to have a good grip on pavement. The sidewalls are thin, so if you...
Forum: Touring
03-20-09, 06:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,919
Posted By Boston Commuter

Sounds familiar -- I'm 5'3" and I ride an old...

Sounds familiar -- I'm 5'3" and I ride an old 50cm Peugeot with a steep seat tube angle. To get in a good position over the pedals, I have to push the seat way back. That made the reach to the bars...
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