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Forum: Touring
10-25-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 520
Posted By axolotl

So, there was nothing at all worthwhile in any of...

So, there was nothing at all worthwhile in any of the 6 other Brooks saddle threads you've started?

https://www.bikeforums.net/commuting/1239301-worn-brooks-saddle.html
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Forum: Touring
10-14-21, 05:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,385
Posted By axolotl

You've made 577 posts, of which a whopping 346...

You've made 577 posts, of which a whopping 346 were new threads you've started. You usually never reply to questions or posts in your threads. You start new discussions about the same things,...
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 758
Posted By axolotl

I don't see why you couldn't tour on it. It's...

I don't see why you couldn't tour on it. It's essentially a hybrid with moustache handlebars. Be aware, however, that it only has a double crankset, so you won't have a super-low gear. I've never...
Forum: Touring
09-07-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 558
Posted By axolotl

If you're a warmshowers member, I suggest you...

If you're a warmshowers member, I suggest you contact someone in warmshowers who lives in the region and ask if you can leave your car there while you tour. There appear to be at least 2 members who...
Forum: Touring
08-16-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 242
Posted By axolotl

Few cyclists on this forum use tour operators. ...

Few cyclists on this forum use tour operators. You're more likely to find information about a tour operator on Tripadvisor.

FWIW, I toured on Sri Lanka (self-organized) about 15 years ago. Great...
Forum: Touring
08-09-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 8,687
Posted By axolotl

That would be the Haskell Free Library & Opera...

That would be the Haskell Free Library & Opera House, deliberately built astride the border, partially in Derby Line, VT, and partially in Stanstead, QC. Construction was completed in 1904.
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Forum: Touring
08-09-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 8,687
Posted By axolotl

Both the US & Canada will deny entry to each...

Both the US & Canada will deny entry to each other's citizen if they have a drunk driving offense. I hosted a young warmshowers guest from California. He and his half-brother biked up the coast,...
Forum: Touring
08-08-21, 01:01 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 8,687
Posted By axolotl

In the 40 or so countries I've been to, the only...

In the 40 or so countries I've been to, the only border agent I ever had a problem with was a Canadian agent. He interrogated me for half an hour in a small, windowless room. He yelled at me numerous...
Forum: Touring
08-02-21, 06:19 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,664
Posted By axolotl

Hilarious!

Hilarious!
Forum: Touring
07-25-21, 04:35 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,664
Posted By axolotl

I've never noticed that "hotel water" tastes any...

I've never noticed that "hotel water" tastes any different from tap water anywhere else in a town, or that it tastes "horrible" simply becomes it comes out of a tap in a hotel. The entire premise of...
Forum: Touring
07-14-21, 03:03 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,514
Posted By axolotl

Sign at a trailhead in Kenai Fjords National Park...

Sign at a trailhead in Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska. Note the language after "IF A BEAR ATTACKS"

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Forum: Touring
07-07-21, 05:42 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,514
Posted By axolotl

I don't think that's a true statement. Here's a...

I don't think that's a true statement. Here's a list of fatal bear attacks (all species) in North America. There have been a lot more in Wyoming & Montana than in the east, plus some in other...
Forum: Touring
07-07-21, 05:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,673
Posted By axolotl

Since this poll is in the "Touring" forum, you're...

Since this poll is in the "Touring" forum, you're likely to get more people who say they commute on their touring bike than if you ask in the "Commuting" forum, what type of bike people use for their...
Forum: Touring
07-01-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,304
Posted By axolotl

3 years ago, I was touring with a couple of...

3 years ago, I was touring with a couple of friends in the gorgeous Dordogne valley in France. I went into a bike shop and I was chatting with the shopkeeper/mechanic who was interested in my Bike...
Forum: Touring
06-30-21, 12:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,156
Posted By axolotl

As to where to start, I'd say route planning and...

As to where to start, I'd say route planning and looking up weather data to pick the optimal time to begin. Included with route planning is checking elevation profiles. You live in a pretty flat...
Forum: Touring
06-26-21, 06:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,858
Posted By axolotl

My Bike Friday folder (20" wheels) is designed to...

My Bike Friday folder (20" wheels) is designed to pack into a hard plastic 62" suitcase (62" is the total of the 3 measurements). I've flown with it dozens of times, including many international...
Forum: Touring
06-17-21, 06:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,001
Posted By axolotl

I toured in Denmark in June many years ago. I...

I toured in Denmark in June many years ago. I rode in a big counter-clockwise circle, crossing the border from Germany, and arriving back in Germany on the west coast island of Sylt by ferry from a...
Forum: Touring
05-24-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 776
Posted By axolotl

Officially, there are still land border crossing...

Officially, there are still land border crossing restrictions in effect on the US-Mexico border until at least June 21, 2021.

https://mx.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/
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Forum: Touring
04-30-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 633
Posted By axolotl

One other tip. I suggest that you substitute...

One other tip. I suggest that you substitute Lopez Island for Orcas Island, especially since you say you haven't biked in a year. Lopez is much less mountainous and has less traffic than Orcas. I...
Forum: Touring
04-28-21, 07:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 633
Posted By axolotl

Why do you think BoltBus requires a bike to be...

Why do you think BoltBus requires a bike to be boxed? I took my bike on BoltBus from Seattle to Portland and back. I loaded my bike myself. I didn't have to do anything at all in terms of dismantling...
Forum: Touring
03-26-21, 01:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,693
Posted By axolotl

One possibility is the Virginia Capital Trail, a...

One possibility is the Virginia Capital Trail, a paved rail-trail from Richmond to Williamsburg. It's only 52 miles long, so it wouldn't be long enough for 5 days out and back, but the trail's other...
Forum: Touring
03-16-21, 04:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,889
Posted By axolotl

My Bike Friday NWT on top of Mont Ventoux,...

My Bike Friday NWT on top of Mont Ventoux, France, and in Sukhothai, Thailand.
...
Forum: Touring
03-16-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,889
Posted By axolotl

I have, many times. It's a non-issue. I feel no...

I have, many times. It's a non-issue. I feel no different after riding 60 miles on my Bike Friday than after riding any other bike that distance or more.
Forum: Touring
03-16-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,889
Posted By axolotl

There are plenty of old threads detailing the...

There are plenty of old threads detailing the many virtues of a Bike Friday. I got my 1st Bike Friday New World Tourist (NWT) 21 years ago, and got a newer NWT Lite (lighter frame for lighter...
Forum: Touring
02-19-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 858
Posted By axolotl

It's easy to put together your own touring route....

It's easy to put together your own touring route. France is blessed with 2 great map sources, IGN (Institut Geographique National) & Michelin. My own preference is for the IGN 1:100,000 series, but...
Forum: Touring
12-31-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,437
Posted By axolotl

https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essent...

https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

"When any California region is under a Regional Stay Home Order, no hotel or lodging entity in California can accept or honor out of...
Forum: Touring
12-22-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,369
Posted By axolotl

I highly recommend Spanish language schools. The...

I highly recommend Spanish language schools. The cost is variable, mostly depending on the country you want to study in. It's easy to find the costs online. I attended language schools in Mexico &...
Forum: Touring
12-20-20, 07:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,437
Posted By axolotl

Stay home. In case you haven't heard, there's a...

Stay home. In case you haven't heard, there's a pandemic happening at this time. California currently has a stay at home order in most of the state. Many states require visitors to quarantine for...
Forum: Touring
12-11-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,578
Posted By axolotl

Your question makes the assumption that touring...

Your question makes the assumption that touring cyclists need "powdered nutrition", and that if we don't use it, it's because of its weight. I don't use "powdered nutrition" because IMO it's...
Forum: Touring
11-23-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,990
Posted By axolotl

I always buy paper maps, but I now supplement...

I always buy paper maps, but I now supplement them with maps.me downloads and google maps. I was touring last year in Colombia, and I spent several hours on my first day getting difficult to obtain...
Forum: Touring
09-07-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 684
Posted By axolotl

I toured in Israel unsupported in the previous...

I toured in Israel unsupported in the previous century, so I don't know how useful my comments will be. I would urge you to look up weather data for the country. The climate is similar to the...
Forum: Touring
08-06-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,326
Posted By axolotl

I don't think there are any Hosteling...

I don't think there are any Hosteling International hostels in Mexico. Guidebooks like Lonely Planet as well as many individuals often refer to places which offer inexpensive shared accommodations...
Forum: Touring
07-31-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,024
Posted By axolotl

I had been wanting to ride the Pine Creek Trail...

I had been wanting to ride the Pine Creek Trail for a long time, and I finally rode it last September. Lovely trail with excellent scenery and a nice surface. I know that the area is often referred...
Forum: Touring
07-23-20, 07:46 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,323
Posted By axolotl

Even that article doesn't claim there have been...

Even that article doesn't claim there have been any confirmed sightings of water moccasins in MD. Deep Creek Lake sounds esp. dubious given the harsh winters in that far western corner of MD. It's...
Forum: Touring
07-23-20, 01:27 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,323
Posted By axolotl

Water moccasins are not found in MD. There are...

Water moccasins are not found in MD. There are venomous copperheads (which can swim) but it's more likely he saw one of the species of water snake. I've seen quite a few snakes both in and out of...
Forum: Touring
07-16-20, 06:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,220
Posted By axolotl

For me, France, hands down. France has a superb...

For me, France, hands down. France has a superb network of minor secondary roads with minimal traffic. Also quite a few canal trails. There are extremely varied landscapes and a greater choice of...
Forum: Touring
07-09-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,650
Posted By axolotl

What I wrote is quite clear. If you have...

What I wrote is quite clear. If you have anything specific to address in what I wrote, cite it, rather than offering another pointless generalization about the US which has nothing to do with what I...
Forum: Touring
07-09-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,650
Posted By axolotl

The map is extremely misleading. Furthermore, you...

The map is extremely misleading. Furthermore, you should have provided attribution. Why is it any more difficult to create a graphic with data by Canadian municipality than American counties? A...
Forum: Touring
06-28-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 946
Posted By axolotl

There's a French-language forum with a bike...

There's a French-language forum with a bike touring section and another section just for travel in France, where you could ask and probably get precise information:

https://voyageforum.com/
Forum: Touring
06-26-20, 05:27 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,323
Posted By axolotl

When did you check, because yesterday, the NPS...

When did you check, because yesterday, the NPS website said:

"Water Fountains and Wells - well pumps are beginning to open, but may not be available in all areas."

Since you can't fly out of CR...
Forum: Touring
06-22-20, 04:34 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,323
Posted By axolotl

I only do searches in these forums using the...

I only do searches in these forums using the "Advanced Search" option.

Search->Advanced Search->Keyword(s): "C&O" (select: Search Titles Only) search in "Touring" forum only: Voila, 127...
Forum: Touring
06-04-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,718
Posted By axolotl

When I was making a purchase in a shop, a...

When I was making a purchase in a shop, a certified bike mechanic offered to check the tension on a wheel I had just built using spoke plucking, as I always had. I did a fine job, he said. So don't...
Forum: Touring
06-03-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,718
Posted By axolotl

You don't need expensive tools to build a wheel. ...

You don't need expensive tools to build a wheel. I find the lacing part the most difficult but mainly because it's a bit cumbersome at the beginning. I find the tensioning part easy and fun. To a...
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,219
Posted By axolotl

Quebecois French is markedly different from...

Quebecois French is markedly different from European French. The pronunciation is substantially different, many words have a different meaning in Quebec than they do in France, and there are a fair...
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 09:32 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,302
Posted By axolotl

Is Kansas really as flat as a pancake? Scientists...

Is Kansas really as flat as a pancake? Scientists have studied that important question:

https://www.improbable.com/airchives/paperair/volume9/v9i3/kansas.php
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 07:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,020
Posted By axolotl

It depends on the city. I'm used to urban riding...

It depends on the city. I'm used to urban riding so I'm not predisposed to avoiding cities on my bike. I love to bike in some cities including Paris, San Francisco, Seattle, & DC. One city which I...
Forum: Touring
03-24-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 655
Posted By axolotl

Why not look at websites of Argentine bike shops...

Why not look at websites of Argentine bike shops to get an idea of what's available in the country? Here's a tire page from one online shop in Argentina:
...
03-15-20, 03:42 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 14,358
Posted By axolotl

To be clear, Spain & Italy have banned...

To be clear, Spain & Italy have banned recreational cycling due to the coronavirus outbreak and the resultant current restrictions in both countries on freedom of movement.
...
03-15-20, 01:27 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 14,358
Posted By axolotl

Border crossings between Canada & the USA are not...

Border crossings between Canada & the USA are not closed at this time. But BC health officials are urging British Columbians to not travel internationally including the USA because of the...
Forum: Touring
03-14-20, 05:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 669
Posted By axolotl

BoltBus goes from NY to Boston. You don't have...

BoltBus goes from NY to Boston. You don't have to dismantle your bike. When I took BoltBus (on a different route), passengers with bikes loaded and unloaded their own bikes. It was very simple.
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