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10-08-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By KC8QVO

I made a slight change, not really with the...

I made a slight change, not really with the "trailer", but the pool noodle traffic deflector.

I added a piece of PVC pipe. I believe it is 1/2" ID. It fits pretty snug inside the noodle. The...
10-05-21, 04:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By KC8QVO

Today's work: I took the wheels off to...

Today's work:

I took the wheels off to inspect the bearings closer (I have another thread in the mechanics forum on bearings, I'll leave the details there -...
Forum: Touring
10-04-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 656
Posted By KC8QVO

Awesome! Ya know... You're setting the...

Awesome!

Ya know...
You're setting the proverbial "bar" quite high. :D

I, for one, am anxious for your continued trek documentaries. Keep up the excellent work. And do take good care of...
09-30-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By KC8QVO

More pictures. I think I am limited to 5 per...

More pictures. I think I am limited to 5 per post.

These pictures describe the location of the tubs along the trailer. This goes back to my "math" a few posts up with where I moved the axle to. I...
09-27-21, 06:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By KC8QVO

Tonight's work - I did relocate the axle....

Tonight's work -

I did relocate the axle. The math behind it is as follows:
Each tub is 32" long (the top lid length, not the bottom - the tubs taper to the bottom, but the ruling dimension for...
Forum: Touring
09-27-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,027
Posted By KC8QVO

Excellent point. When I got my Dahon Mariner...

Excellent point.

When I got my Dahon Mariner (20" folder, ordered it online) it came in a box pretty much assembled. There is an option from a lot of vendors of bikes like this that will include...
Forum: Touring
09-27-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 398
Posted By KC8QVO

In an attempt to be respectful and shedding some...

In an attempt to be respectful and shedding some knowledge, please don't take offense to this.

From your other poll thread and this one I think you need to analyze what kind of touring you are...
Forum: Touring
09-24-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,218
Posted By KC8QVO

That was part of it, but the idea of the routing,...

That was part of it, but the idea of the routing, numbers, etc encompasses a lot. I have been looking over routes, also, for ideas this season and beyond so I put a lot of it together here to detail...
Forum: Touring
09-19-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 406
Posted By KC8QVO

Touring humor? "Ohio Triangle"

I got a good laugh when I saw this.

Has anyone ever rode this - what appears to be the "Ohio Triangle"? Perhaps they started and never returned? :D

For those that haven't caught the joke, the...
Forum: Touring
09-18-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,218
Posted By KC8QVO

John N Thanks for the comments! Excellent info. ...

John N Thanks for the comments! Excellent info.

I don't recall ever hearing about the "climbing index". I may have heard references to it in the past, I've been around this forum for 6-7 years so...
Forum: Foo
09-17-21, 10:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 325
Posted By KC8QVO

Interesting idea. I agree with the guy in the...

Interesting idea. I agree with the guy in the video on there being no practical application of that gearing, especially a single-speed bike.

Several years ago I put a Mountain Tamer Triple on my...
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,036
Posted By KC8QVO

The only way I would lean on vehicular...

The only way I would lean on vehicular transportation is if my ride was unridable.

The exception to that would be trips that combine other forms of transportation - flying to another continent,...
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,218
Posted By KC8QVO

One more example ride: Ride number 4 - ...

One more example ride:

Ride number 4 -

This was part of a multi-level 2-day "test ride" with a trailer I am working on. I wanted to do a "hell ride" with the trailer to analyze several things:...
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,218
Posted By KC8QVO

Trip planning and elevation analysis - example for newer bike tourists

Edit - there are too many pictures so I need to break this up in a couple posts.

All,

I have mapped out a trip I want to do some time before the snow flies and am looking over the route so...
Forum: Touring
09-16-21, 05:45 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,036
Posted By KC8QVO

Well that explains a lot. I didn't get in to...

Well that explains a lot. I didn't get in to Dalton until midnight. Here is a picture looking across Rt 30.

Note the "OUT" sign. It encapsulates my sentiments exactly - note the mist. It was like...
Forum: Touring
09-16-21, 09:08 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,036
Posted By KC8QVO

Excellent post! I did the OTET between...

Excellent post!

I did the OTET between October/November of '20. I enjoyed your pictures.

I will partially agree with you on the Battelle Darby Creek park "gravel trail". However, I will caution...
Forum: Commuting
09-09-21, 10:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 911
Posted By KC8QVO

And accessories. A riding buddy that has an...

And accessories.

A riding buddy that has an older model LHT than mine did this with his - and when he got his bike the shop cut the fork tube where they sized up the bike for him. So he did not...
09-06-21, 04:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By KC8QVO

I checked out a couple things on the trailer this...

I checked out a couple things on the trailer this evening post-trip. I got rained on the last 1.5-2hrs of the 1st leg of my trip. I was hoping to not get the trailer wet as I did not get a chance to...
09-06-21, 12:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 587
Posted By KC8QVO

NP good luck with it. If your trailer uses...

NP good luck with it.

If your trailer uses stub axles like what I am working with - post up what you find on wheels. I haven't had much luck yet finding stub axles. There are two common bicycle...
09-06-21, 08:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By KC8QVO

Here are a couple pictures from the weekend trip....

Here are a couple pictures from the weekend trip. I like riding out in the country, always have. This route, however, is new to me but I suspect it will be a frequent run from now on. There are only...
09-03-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By KC8QVO

More work today. I did some fine-tuning of...

More work today.

I did some fine-tuning of the stub axle fitment. The alignment wasn't all that great and they were a bit loose. So I added more metal welding around the holes, then filed to fit....
09-02-21, 07:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By KC8QVO

I did some multi-tasking today so I didn't get...

I did some multi-tasking today so I didn't get quite as far as I wanted, but I did get the hitch on the bike and got the trailer hooked to test fit it. I havent done any loading/rolling tests yet.
...
Forum: Touring
08-27-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,915
Posted By KC8QVO

A 60-70L dry sack is a BIG bag. For...

A 60-70L dry sack is a BIG bag.

For reference - the 2x large yellow dry sacks on the back of my bike, pictured below, are 20L each, or 40L. 60-70 is more than 3x of these.

I will say - having...
Forum: Touring
08-26-21, 08:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,972
Posted By KC8QVO

I can relate. The first leg of my trip last...

I can relate. The first leg of my trip last November was 12 days and I had 4 days that had decent weather. The rest was all wet - misty and rainy most days. I had the gear for it, though so...
Forum: Touring
08-26-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,915
Posted By KC8QVO

1 towel for grease? A couple ideas. I...

1 towel for grease?

A couple ideas.

I use paper towels or napkins to hold on to the chain when I am doing maintenance/repairs.

Another idea is to have some nitrile/latex gloves.

Napkins...
Forum: Touring
08-26-21, 08:17 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,915
Posted By KC8QVO

Re: Duct tape: Buy you a roll of Gorilla...

Re: Duct tape:

Buy you a roll of Gorilla Tape brand Duct tape. It is usually more expensive but it is for a reason - it is far superior to conventional duct tape.

As to how to pack it - someone...
Forum: Touring
08-25-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,972
Posted By KC8QVO

Depending on how you define what you're asking -...

Depending on how you define what you're asking - absolutely.

Take the approach that "The journey is the destination".

Don't plan for everything to go "perfectly". Plan for contingencies. Have...
Forum: Touring
11-30-20, 05:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,787
Posted By KC8QVO

Your post doesn't make 100% sense yet as to what...

Your post doesn't make 100% sense yet as to what you're after.



Bold added.

In radio terminology there are two methods of communicating:
1. Simplex - This is direct radio-to-radio on the...
Forum: Touring
11-25-20, 09:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,464
Posted By KC8QVO

Like this? 550 cord with a truckers hitch to...

Like this?

550 cord with a truckers hitch to tension it between the bike and tent. Any movement of the bike would be transferred in to the tent pole frame = shake the tent and make noise.

...
Forum: Touring
11-23-20, 12:18 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,612
Posted By KC8QVO

My 2 cents worth - I have had a hammock...

My 2 cents worth -

I have had a hammock since around 2012 I think. When I started using it I knew about the importance of an underquilt/bottom insulation. I tried using pads with my hammock at...
Forum: Touring
11-12-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,306
Posted By KC8QVO

No problem on the length. If you check the...

No problem on the length. If you check the description there are timestamps to the different gear segments - organized by category.

As to carrying a lot of stuff - that was the point of the video...
Forum: Touring
11-11-20, 06:23 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,566
Posted By KC8QVO

https://hilleberg.com/eng/shelters/mesh-inner-tent...

https://hilleberg.com/eng/shelters/mesh-inner-tents/



Looks like its some models, not all.
Forum: Touring
11-10-20, 10:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 796
Posted By KC8QVO

Off again

It looks like the rain is passing. With any luck it will be gone by morning. The plan is to roll out in the morning and if things go well I'll cross my first state line this weekend. The forecast has...
Forum: Touring
11-09-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,603
Posted By KC8QVO

So you would consider resupplying on-the-go...

So you would consider resupplying on-the-go "support". Interesting.

On the same subject - Are there any longer trips you have done where you would consider them "unsupported" by your terms? I know...
Forum: Touring
11-05-20, 10:27 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,566
Posted By KC8QVO

Thanks for the input from all those that use...

Thanks for the input from all those that use Tarptent tents. Good to hear some real-world experience. That is exactly what I was after when I started the thread.

Going back to my original post -...
Forum: Touring
11-02-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,563
Posted By KC8QVO

I'm a "do'er" and every time I turn around theres...

I'm a "do'er" and every time I turn around theres another idea of something to make. That's just the way my head spins. I'm always thinking about "gee, this would be nice to have", or "this doesn't...
Forum: Touring
11-01-20, 07:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,306
Posted By KC8QVO

Ohio to Erie Tour Oct '20, Gear, Trip Pics

All,

Attached is a link to a video I put together on my trip. A lot of people on the trail and here have been curious about the trek and the gear so I broke it down in the video here. It is long....
Forum: Touring
10-29-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,749
Posted By KC8QVO

Antenna support mast. It has a 1/4 wave ground...

Antenna support mast. It has a 1/4 wave ground plane 2 meter antenna on the top. And it makes for a nice spot to mount a tail light - high up for better visibility cresting hills.

If you look at...
Forum: Touring
10-29-20, 10:34 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,749
Posted By KC8QVO

LOL. Maybe. This was the 3ord day of the...

LOL. Maybe.

This was the 3ord day of the return. I had made my 1st resupply run at the north end of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and stayed up top of the valley rim that night after the...
Forum: Touring
10-28-20, 11:15 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,749
Posted By KC8QVO

If you think I had a lot of gear check out this...

If you think I had a lot of gear check out this rig. This is the fellow bike tourer I ran in to. We hunkered down in camp a couple nights waiting out some rain and resting at the same time then ran...
Forum: Touring
10-28-20, 11:06 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,749
Posted By KC8QVO

Well the forecast went to pot pretty quick and...

Well the forecast went to pot pretty quick and the radar (screen shot below) is confirming the forecast. So I implemented one of my bug out options and got a ride home. If I didn't have election day...
Forum: Touring
10-27-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,749
Posted By KC8QVO

6-7 more days yet. Taking a day off. It has been...

6-7 more days yet. Taking a day off. It has been wet all but 4 days of my 11 out so far. Rode in the mist most of the day yesterday and got camp set before heavier rain. I did the same tent and tarp...
Forum: Touring
10-10-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,129
Posted By KC8QVO

Well said. I still need to weigh my dome tent. I...

Well said. I still need to weigh my dome tent. I want to say it is under 9 lbs. It seems to me it was always 8lbs and change. However, I added a trash bag ground cover (big trash bags and duct tape...
Forum: Touring
10-07-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,129
Posted By KC8QVO

Great minds think alike. Perhaps mine just went...

Great minds think alike. Perhaps mine just went further out of the box.

...
Forum: Touring
09-30-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,415
Posted By KC8QVO

Original post/thread beginning was July 13 of...

Original post/thread beginning was July 13 of 2019 - over a year old.

With a single wheel (extra wheel) type design - weight up high would be extremely dangerous due to the center of gravity. The...
Forum: Touring
09-29-20, 09:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,063
Posted By KC8QVO

'nuff said. I use their 10L bag filter with...

'nuff said.

I use their 10L bag filter with a carbon filter in the hose. It might appear to be "overkill", but the size is absolutely wonderful. I've been on backpacking trips where, as a group,...
Forum: Touring
09-29-20, 03:52 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,867
Posted By KC8QVO

I'm hoping my helmet cover and gel saddle cover...

I'm hoping my helmet cover and gel saddle cover come in the next day or so. I got a shipping notice - says arriving by sunday, but I've had quicker deliveries than that. I have up through saturday...
Forum: Touring
09-27-20, 09:33 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,491
Posted By KC8QVO

Make your own. There are some standard...

Make your own.

There are some standard things in first aid kits like bandages, gauze, etc but I don't know of any off-the-shelf (or, orderable in todays day in age of internet shopping) "first aid...
Forum: Touring
09-22-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,966
Posted By KC8QVO

This is a little different twist to the "radio"...

This is a little different twist to the "radio" question. I have a handheld ham radio that has wideband receive, including the FM broadcast band. I have only used it a couple times but it does work...
Forum: Touring
09-21-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,867
Posted By KC8QVO

On the plus side - We're in for a warming...

On the plus side -

We're in for a warming trend in the weather. That means lows in the 50's 60's instead of the 40's and even upper 30's.

I am also hoping my main constraint passes by Thursday....
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