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Forum: Touring
02-02-23, 05:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 424
Posted By staehpj1

It depends on what you want in a tour. I...

It depends on what you want in a tour. I generally avoid them.
01-29-23, 04:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 609
Posted By staehpj1

These days I do mtb rides from home and back most...

These days I do mtb rides from home and back most often. Sometimes I use the bike to go mushroom hunting. I used to go on tours more often. I have done quite a few longish self supported tours. ...
01-27-23, 03:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 302
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks to all for the comments. I can relate to...

Thanks to all for the comments. I can relate to a lot of them. The ones about dark rooms really resonated. It is a ***** of mine that there never seems to be enough light, especially to read...
01-27-23, 09:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 302
Posted By staehpj1

Cataract surgery

I had my long overdue eye check up yesterday. It has been 4 years and at age 71 I know I should go every years. My eyes have been getting noticeably worse. Anyway the doc said may cataracts were a...
01-27-23, 06:48 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 4,663
Posted By staehpj1

I have not found drinking to be any more or less...

I have not found drinking to be any more or less prevalent in the folks I have ridden with than the other folks in my life or the general population. On long distance tours the majority did not...
Forum: Touring
01-24-23, 07:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 892
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, most boring scenery I have experienced on a...

Yeah, most boring scenery I have experienced on a tour. I still would consider doing it again some day though. Why? There aren't many choices for long rides in the lower 48 in the winter. The people...
01-23-23, 06:51 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 781
Posted By staehpj1

I have shed several. I do think about treating...

I have shed several. I do think about treating myself to something new though.
Forum: Touring
01-22-23, 03:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,536
Posted By staehpj1

Keep us posted if you learn more.

Keep us posted if you learn more.
Forum: Touring
01-19-23, 05:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,536
Posted By staehpj1

Ah, okay I misread your point. I kind of doubt...

Ah, okay I misread your point. I kind of doubt I'd be missed too much here if I went awol for a few weeks. If I were on tour folks here would likely know. If I were sick or on non bike related...
Forum: Touring
01-19-23, 12:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,536
Posted By staehpj1

I guess you have a point. Some people worry that...

I guess you have a point. Some people worry that someone will know they are away. It isn't something I'd be concerned about. There are easier ways to find people who aren't home to rob and just...
Forum: Touring
01-19-23, 06:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,536
Posted By staehpj1

I didn't see any mention see any mention of a...

I didn't see any mention see any mention of a trip and he seem to have abruptly stopped posting around December 30th. He was typically posting quite a bit every day so it is odd to be silent this...
Forum: Touring
01-18-23, 06:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 309
Posted By staehpj1

Pretty much every place I have shopped for bags...

Pretty much every place I have shopped for bags has listed dimensions (REI, NRS, etc.). If you see a bag and don't see the dimension find the same bag on another site for dimensions. Either REI or...
01-13-23, 07:05 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,425
Posted By staehpj1

Spikes are easy enough to install and remove that...

Spikes are easy enough to install and remove that wearing or not wearing them is easy enough to do based on the ride or the weather. I doubt most folks would want to remove them just to go into a...
Forum: Touring
01-09-23, 09:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 298
Posted By staehpj1

Sounds like a nice setup. 45 liter total sounds...

Sounds like a nice setup. 45 liter total sounds okay to me. I backpack with that and that is when carrying 4+ days of food in a bear canister (BV450). Touring you can get by carrying very little...
01-07-23, 04:29 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 839
Posted By staehpj1

I have always preferred early morning rides,...

I have always preferred early morning rides, runs, skiing, whatever. For road riding it is a bit tough when it is really cold, but I mostly trail ride in the colder weather and we don't have all...
01-06-23, 08:08 AM
Replies: 722
Views: 17,016
Posted By staehpj1

I love my disc brakes on my 29er MTB, but I still...

I love my disc brakes on my 29er MTB, but I still have several rim brake equipt bikes that I ride and like. I probably will never buy a new bike with rim brakes though.
Forum: Touring
01-06-23, 08:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 546
Posted By staehpj1

A friend did canoe trips above the arctic circle....

A friend did canoe trips above the arctic circle. He said there were 40' tides. Some of the pictures were amazing. He showed us slides of a camp on top of a really high hill that later required...
01-06-23, 07:02 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,588
Posted By staehpj1

I am not too focused on body weight. It has been...

I am not too focused on body weight. It has been steady over that past year. I am about 55# below my all time max, but well above my racing weight (that I don't expect to be again). I feel good...
01-06-23, 06:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 299
Posted By staehpj1

I just checked and it was out in a cold-ish shed...

I just checked and it was out in a cold-ish shed (39 F this morning here), so the fabric was kind of stiff and not as compliant as it might otherwise be. Also mine is old and getting stiffer than it...
Forum: Touring
01-06-23, 06:32 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,631
Posted By staehpj1

That depends to some degree on what kind of bivy...

That depends to some degree on what kind of bivy you use. Some of the hooped bivys are heavy. The bivys I use are more like a loose sleeping bag cover. My bug bivy weighs about 5.3 ounces and my...
01-05-23, 06:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 299
Posted By staehpj1

I have done that quite a few times from US...

I have done that quite a few times from US cities. Every bike shop I tried was willing to pack and ship for a reasonable fee. That works well if you use a cardboard box and discard it afyer the...
01-05-23, 07:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 299
Posted By staehpj1

I have used a light inexpensive soft case with no...

I have used a light inexpensive soft case with no padding and added cardboard to add some protection. I don't typically carry it for the trip, but it is small and light enough that you could. I have...
Forum: Touring
01-04-23, 09:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 716
Posted By staehpj1

I don't try to keep them dry. I found that after...

I don't try to keep them dry. I found that after years of riding, trail running, and other outdoor stuff it was best, for me at least, to just wear footwear that drained well and didn't soak up much...
01-01-23, 09:01 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,425
Posted By staehpj1

Looking at the various sidi models and thinking...

Looking at the various sidi models and thinking about my usage patterns, something else about your question occurred to me.

It just might be that you accidentally chose the worst sidi model for...
12-31-22, 10:00 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,880
Posted By staehpj1

Nope not a namer. I am pretty attached to a...

Nope not a namer. I am pretty attached to a couple of them, but still don't name them.
12-31-22, 08:54 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,425
Posted By staehpj1

FWIW, there are some carbon shoes that have bolt...

FWIW, there are some carbon shoes that have bolt on replacemet treads. I can't say how grippy they are, but the could be glued on if you ground down the existing lugs. I am condidering that for an...
12-31-22, 06:53 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,150
Posted By staehpj1

There are lots of different motorcycling...

There are lots of different motorcycling disciplines. Some of the racing ones require very good fitness levels to be competent and elite levels to be really competive.
12-29-22, 03:29 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,425
Posted By staehpj1

Not sure I completely follow. Are you actually...

Not sure I completely follow. Are you actually walking on the 5200 or the "cobbler's sole"? One of my concerns with 5200 was with how good of traction it would provide. Not saying it would be bad....
12-29-22, 07:17 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,425
Posted By staehpj1

Oh, one other thing, not sure how much they'd...

Oh, one other thing, not sure how much they'd help if at all, but there are a wide variety of spikes made that screw into the holes at the toe of the shoe. If you aren't worried about tearing up the...
12-29-22, 06:32 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,425
Posted By staehpj1

FWIW, 5200 also comes in a smaller tubes (1 ounce...

FWIW, 5200 also comes in a smaller tubes (1 ounce or 3 ounces I think). They also make 4200 which is similar but used for things on a boat that you might want to eventually take apart again. It is...
12-28-22, 04:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 382
Posted By staehpj1

I did some mixed on off road touring with a rigid...

I did some mixed on off road touring with a rigid 1990 Cannondale. It worked well, but I wasn't on much technical singletrack. I'd use it to tour on more technial trail than I have so far though. ...
12-28-22, 04:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 893
Posted By staehpj1

I assume it is an acceptable risk given that many...

I assume it is an acceptable risk given that many racks are installed that way by design.
12-28-22, 04:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,343
Posted By staehpj1

Body fat makes a difference with how you get...

Body fat makes a difference with how you get chilled when you stop for sure. When I was in really good racing form I froze if the made us sit at the start or if I stopped and didn't have a layer to...
12-28-22, 09:39 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,343
Posted By staehpj1

I got to rhinking maybe it would be worth having...

I got to rhinking maybe it would be worth having some winter gloves even though it only gets into the teens once a year or so here and I manage okay with some long finger nininsulated gloves and just...
12-28-22, 08:48 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,425
Posted By staehpj1

I have a couple pairs of Sidi mtb shoes,...

I have a couple pairs of Sidi mtb shoes, Dominators and a cheaper model. I have owned other sidi mtb models before that (they seem to keep changing the name of the lower end models). I never had...
12-28-22, 06:08 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,425
Posted By staehpj1

I was going to say get some Kool Kovers, but...

I was going to say get some Kool Kovers, but those look like MTB shoes that use two bolt recessed cleats like SPD or whatever. So that is a no go. There is a spd cover that might work. It looks...
12-28-22, 05:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,343
Posted By staehpj1

Riding a mountain bike on single track helps. ...

Riding a mountain bike on single track helps. The lower speed equals less wind chill. Down to the teens I don't find I need much in the way of thick layers, just a warmish jersey, but do need to...
Forum: Touring
12-27-22, 04:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,170
Posted By staehpj1

So many situations and so many different songs. ...

So many situations and so many different songs. I seldom listen to music when I ride, but I do play it in my head or sing out loud. For me they tend to be situational. "30,000 pounds of bananas" is...
Forum: Touring
12-27-22, 04:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,027
Posted By staehpj1

I'd be the first to admit that at best I could...

I'd be the first to admit that at best I could say the pressure is "at least" some value and never be able to exactly say what the pressure was or if it was over a little. How well I could gauge...
12-27-22, 09:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 893
Posted By staehpj1

After some tinkering I found he rack mounts...

After some tinkering I found he rack mounts nicely with the feet down at then bumper and the hatch can even be opened with no bikes on. The one issue is that the side straps need to be angled down...
12-26-22, 03:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 893
Posted By staehpj1

Good to know. I guess if they didn't a closed...

Good to know. I guess if they didn't a closed cell foam plug would hold them in, but it sounds like that isn't unnecessary


Yeah a search for the exact model car brings up that rack as one option.
12-26-22, 03:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 893
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks. I'll have a look and consider that. ...

Thanks. I'll have a look and consider that. The Saris site when I look up the fit for my model of car (Nissan 5 door harchback) show 2 pictures with 2 bike options. Neither shows the right...
12-26-22, 11:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 893
Posted By staehpj1

I didn't deal with the extra slack in the straps...

I didn't deal with the extra slack in the straps yet. Also the straps are not in the correct spots. Turns out the hooks are clearly marked, but I just put it on quickly without paying attention to...
12-26-22, 09:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 893
Posted By staehpj1

Roadside find

Here in my neighborhood folks put some nice stuff out for the city's bulk pick up. Many of us tend to curb shop to the point that folks set things out with notes saying what is wrong with an item or...
Forum: Touring
12-25-22, 07:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,078
Posted By staehpj1

FWIW I sort of tried option 2 back in the day of...

FWIW I sort of tried option 2 back in the day of simple hand held gps models with minimal features and AA batteries. On one tour I mailed the gps home because I wasn't using it. On another I...
Forum: Touring
12-23-22, 08:49 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,078
Posted By staehpj1

Honestly I am still a paper map and fire up the...

Honestly I am still a paper map and fire up the phone once in a while to check where I am if unsure kind of guy. I am thinking of the watch navigation as a supplement to the paper map. Just a beep...
Forum: Touring
12-23-22, 06:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,078
Posted By staehpj1

I still kind of hope that the garmin watches...

I still kind of hope that the garmin watches might be useful to give a reminder at turns and maybe some minimal usefulness of the tiny maps at turns. The little maps do seem to be useful for staying...
Forum: Touring
12-23-22, 06:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,027
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks. If I can find it I may use it again on my...

Thanks. If I can find it I may use it again on my next tour. At home the prestaflator on my shop compressor is hard to beat.
Forum: Touring
12-22-22, 03:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,027
Posted By staehpj1

The topeak that is integral on some of their...

The topeak that is integral on some of their pumps is one that I have used and found hard to read even when my eyes were better as well as kind of inconsistent in readings on the one I had. I think...
Forum: Touring
12-22-22, 09:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,027
Posted By staehpj1

Pressure gauge?

On tour I have often relied on a thumb and forefinger to gauge tire pressure. My arthritis has made that a useless check. Gauges on most pumps are too hard for my aging eyes. So I am thinking I...
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