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Forum: Touring
08-11-22, 06:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 698
Posted By staehpj1

FWIW, I am way more likely to use the stove in...

FWIW, I am way more likely to use the stove in the evening since I too like to hit the road at the crack of dawn and have coffee and maybe a diner breakfast later. Often that winds up meaning...
Forum: Touring
08-08-22, 05:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 698
Posted By staehpj1

I am inclimed to tour alone most of the time or...

I am inclimed to tour alone most of the time or with someone I am close with now and then. I have never done an organized tour. Some folks prefer one some the other. It is hard to advise someone...
Forum: Touring
08-07-22, 05:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 343
Posted By staehpj1

Looks like a nice setup. Mine was pretty much...

Looks like a nice setup. Mine was pretty much just a bargain basement version of that. Similar rack location and size similar bag location, size, and form factor. Mine was about 1/8 the cost, but...
Forum: Touring
08-02-22, 10:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 777
Posted By staehpj1

Looks like folks had fun. I used to think I...

Looks like folks had fun. I used to think I wanted to do RAGBRAI, then I decided I liked "real touring" better than a rolling party. These days I am starting to think maybe it would be worth doing it...
Forum: Touring
07-31-22, 03:49 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,702
Posted By staehpj1

Pretty much said it before, but... I've had a...

Pretty much said it before, but...
I've had a few Squeeze and Mini models myself, in the family, and among friends. I am aware of no issues with any of them. I'll test before heading outafter...
Forum: Touring
07-28-22, 05:45 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,132
Posted By staehpj1

I find that I do indeed find that an unladen bike...

I find that I do indeed find that an unladen bike is a joy to ride and that enjoyment factor does increase as weight decreases for the time while riding. So how it impacts the total experience...
Forum: Touring
07-27-22, 05:11 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,131
Posted By staehpj1

I know that some here will say they hate them,...

I know that some here will say they hate them, but another option is to use a little backpack to carry a small portion of gear. I used to think it was a bad idea. Then I tried it and found that with...
Forum: Touring
07-19-22, 03:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 303
Posted By staehpj1

Maybe you can either find a bike club in the area...

Maybe you can either find a bike club in the area or someone who did a tour and used the bus there to get better intel. Finding them via one of the journal sites (cycleblaze or cgoab) might work if...
Forum: Touring
07-19-22, 06:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 303
Posted By staehpj1

The racks I have used on buses might be a mixed...

The racks I have used on buses might be a mixed bag for 3" tires. Some would fit and some may not without letting out enough air to squeeze the tire between the rails. I think they all would fit...
Forum: Touring
07-05-22, 02:41 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,819
Posted By staehpj1

It looks like all the weight is behind the axle....

It looks like all the weight is behind the axle. I'd look at a different rack that allowed getting the panniers a bit farther forward if you can't do so with this rack. Not sure if we discussed disc...
Forum: Touring
06-30-22, 06:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,086
Posted By staehpj1

Just noting that folks will run a really wide...

Just noting that folks will run a really wide range of tires for touring. The Rene Herse 700x44 Endurance casing @ 425g and while a lot wider is way lighter than the widest marathon plus (700x38 and...
Forum: Touring
06-24-22, 05:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 341
Posted By staehpj1

Folks from the forums can be helpful. I have had...

Folks from the forums can be helpful. I have had quite a few offer help including advice, logistic support, and hospitality and I have done the same for others.
Forum: Touring
06-23-22, 03:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 341
Posted By staehpj1

I have ridden into or out of a number of major...

I have ridden into or out of a number of major airports and never found it that bad, but typically there are other options than riding to get away from airports if you need them. These include...
Forum: Touring
06-17-22, 09:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 873
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, it was nice going W-E. If you hit it as...

Yeah, it was nice going W-E. If you hit it as early as is reasonable weather wise and when McKenzie pass is first open there is a good chance of missing too much smoke and having decent weather until...
Forum: Touring
06-08-22, 03:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 887
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks for the clarification on the flex. ...

Thanks for the clarification on the flex.



I could see doing as you say and doing pretty much the same tour as usual, just no camping. I could also see tours centered around more in town...
Forum: Touring
06-08-22, 07:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 887
Posted By staehpj1

Interesting. Do you credit the to the location of...

Interesting. Do you credit the to the location of the load, the fact that it can sway just a bit, or something else?

I often wondered how I'd pack for a credit card tour. There would be a certain...
Forum: Touring
06-07-22, 08:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 887
Posted By staehpj1

My advice is to gather your gear and test pack...

My advice is to gather your gear and test pack it. Use a cardboard mock up if necessary.

FWIW, I personally don't find trip length has much if any effect on what/how much I pack. I take the...
Forum: Touring
06-05-22, 02:41 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,723
Posted By staehpj1

Do you really need fenders? I long ago decided...

Do you really need fenders? I long ago decided that for me at least they were more trouble than they were worth even when there was plenty of room for them. Since it sounds like clearance is super...
Forum: Touring
06-05-22, 01:48 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,380
Posted By staehpj1

Yep, and that is why that rack doesn't work right...

Yep, and that is why that rack doesn't work right on his bike where the bosses are directly over the axle. .
Forum: Touring
06-05-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,240
Posted By staehpj1

Yes I concur. You can typically make some real...

Yes I concur. You can typically make some real difference in your gear without spending any money. Then you can usually trim a lot more by spending a modest amount. Of course you can also spend a...
Forum: Touring
06-05-22, 04:38 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,240
Posted By staehpj1

It is kind of funny, but I am a weight weenie...

It is kind of funny, but I am a weight weenie with my gear and don't usually weigh my bikes. I am just not inclined to mess with too much upgrading so I don't stress over the weight much once I have...
Forum: Touring
06-04-22, 10:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 651
Posted By staehpj1

Thanks, a quick skimming of that thread was...

Thanks, a quick skimming of that thread was useful and I'll go back and read it more carefully.
Forum: Touring
06-03-22, 06:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 892
Posted By staehpj1

That is what it is designed to do. Are you...

That is what it is designed to do. Are you saying they don't work? Quite a few people swear by them. I have never used one.
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Forum: Touring
06-02-22, 08:06 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,380
Posted By staehpj1

That doesn't look right to me. The entire pannier...

That doesn't look right to me. The entire pannier is behind the axle. How much heel clearance do you have? If it is minimal you may need to live with it otherwise I'd change something. Most likely...
Forum: Touring
05-31-22, 05:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 976
Posted By staehpj1

Why afraid? It is easy enough to switch to a...

Why afraid? It is easy enough to switch to a tube mid trip if it came to that. I have not yet toured tubeless, but my experience with tubeless on my MTB makes me think that I'd opt for tubeless...
Forum: Touring
05-27-22, 05:27 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,975
Posted By staehpj1

Some like a wider platform on top. I like to...

Some like a wider platform on top. I like to keep it narrow. I figure why have the load wider than necessary? Panniers aren't going to be aero but having them in tighter to the centerline of the...
Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 10:41 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,421
Posted By staehpj1

Probably all good advice. My tours tend to...

Probably all good advice.

My tours tend to center around the riding. I do keep the plans flexible. Being retired makes it easier, but I never had fixed schedules or fixed end dates for my tours...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 07:33 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,074
Posted By staehpj1

FWIW, by now I have many nights on both the older...

FWIW, by now I have many nights on both the older self inflating models and on the Neoair. Certainly plenty to make some conclusions about reliability. Any way. I have had better luck with the neoair...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 05:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 844
Posted By staehpj1

That mention of clearance for a wobble due to...

That mention of clearance for a wobble due to spoke damage brings up an issue that should be considered in addition to any official recommendation and may vary with the rider and the usage. If you...
Forum: Touring
05-10-22, 04:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,779
Posted By staehpj1

I am sure everyone was waiting with baited breath...

I am sure everyone was waiting with baited breath since 2008 for an answer to this pressing question.

Why do folks feel the need to revive these really old threads?
Forum: Touring
05-06-22, 04:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,603
Posted By staehpj1

When I read where you are I was thinking dry, but...

When I read where you are I was thinking dry, but read on to see you are having wet weather. So you need some cover. Still since you say elsewhere that bugs aren't a problem a tarp should work. I...
Forum: Touring
05-05-22, 08:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By staehpj1

Well yeah, but Onza says that is what you are...

Well yeah, but Onza says that is what you are supposed to do, so adding water is arguably "letting the sealant work as designed". I am not saying I completely buy it, but that seems to be their...
Forum: Touring
04-28-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,936
Posted By staehpj1

I suspect that a lot of saddles would be fine if...

I suspect that a lot of saddles would be fine if riders had that level of commitment to making them work. I find that my body breaks in to any remotely decent saddle in 400-500 miles if not a good...
Forum: Touring
04-27-22, 08:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,049
Posted By staehpj1

I always figured that what held it back more than...

I always figured that what held it back more than anything else was that people wanted it to be something it isn't. By that I mean a fast enough display for video. I think that is not what it is...
Forum: Touring
04-24-22, 06:57 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,338
Posted By staehpj1

I think it greatly depends on how much stuff you...

I think it greatly depends on how much stuff you are carrying. The more weight and volume the more the benefits you mention kick in. It often strikes me that some of the setups I see with either seat...
Forum: Touring
04-24-22, 05:06 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,613
Posted By staehpj1

We have a nesting pair of barred owls about 30'...

We have a nesting pair of barred owls about 30' from our house. It is amazing the amount of noise they can make. It sounds like way more than just the two of them. We get a kick out of the "monkey"...
Forum: Touring
04-23-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,963
Posted By staehpj1

I just reread your original post and realized...

I just reread your original post and realized that I had not realized that you said camper. That raised my curiosity. I was thinking you would be just carrying camping gear. Just what kind of rig...
Forum: Touring
04-22-22, 07:49 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,963
Posted By staehpj1

Given your comments I have to ask. Why not just...

Given your comments I have to ask. Why not just skip the bike and walk? It seems like at 5-10 miles per day that would make more sense. Actually you ought to be able to make better mileage than that...
Forum: Touring
04-14-22, 04:41 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,311
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, I'd suggest the same. There are some...

Yeah, I'd suggest the same. There are some compact doubles that are pretty inexpensive and have range of ring size choices. I see that 46-30 is pretty common and prices are quite low for some models....
Forum: Touring
04-12-22, 05:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 997
Posted By staehpj1

I never thought of that as necessarily a terrible...

I never thought of that as necessarily a terrible thing. I always assumed that folks would be using it to get help and may not be hosting. I was fine with that. The only time I felt like they...
Forum: Touring
04-11-22, 06:17 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,919
Posted By staehpj1

Reason #4 sitting bolt upright means any road...

Reason #4 sitting bolt upright means any road shock from bumps or vibration goes right up the spine.

I for one do not find an upright posture comfortable for long rides or any riding really....
Forum: Touring
04-05-22, 05:50 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,605
Posted By staehpj1

Nice bike. The wheels aren't very heavy duty, but...

Nice bike. The wheels aren't very heavy duty, but it will help that your body weight is pretty low. That combined with a low gear weight might make the wheels adequate given that your total load...
Forum: Touring
04-02-22, 02:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,772
Posted By staehpj1

I have not used them, but they look good to me....

I have not used them, but they look good to me. I'd suggest that going even lower on the gearing is easily possible especially if willing to give up a bit on the top end. I have run setups that had...
Forum: Touring
03-31-22, 06:33 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,789
Posted By staehpj1

Note on that last one... I tried a bunch of the...

Note on that last one... I tried a bunch of the early inflatable pillows and hated them.. The shape was all wrong regardless of inflation level. I used regular pillows about 1/4 the size of a...
Forum: Touring
03-30-22, 08:10 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,027
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, I have a pile sweater from my ww kayaking...

Yeah, I have a pile sweater from my ww kayaking days that is one of my very favorite pieces of gear that usually suffices. It is great wet or dry.
Forum: Touring
03-29-22, 07:16 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,789
Posted By staehpj1

I have made the choice to go with tights (no...

I have made the choice to go with tights (no chamois) rather than leg warmers after having used both. I find that I can ride in truly bitter conditions with them if I put my windshell over them. I...
Forum: Touring
03-20-22, 06:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,418
Posted By staehpj1

One thing for sure... don't let it get too far...

One thing for sure... don't let it get too far out of hand. Heel spurs can be the result and can get bad. Achilles tendon surgery can be miserable. Nip it in the bud early by what ever means...
Forum: Touring
03-17-22, 06:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 551
Posted By staehpj1

A guy I know has a Novarra. I think his is a...

A guy I know has a Novarra. I think his is a Safari (fat tires, flat bars), not a Randonee He rode it from California to Patagonia. He seemed pretty happy with it.

As I recall REI speced a nice...
Forum: Touring
03-17-22, 10:16 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,509
Posted By staehpj1

We ate there. I recall the food being good. I...

We ate there. I recall the food being good. I think I had a good bison burger.

Sounds like a long day. I think we were several days there. I know we did some short days around there.
Forum: Touring
03-13-22, 05:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,034
Posted By staehpj1

How much space do you have in the support...

How much space do you have in the support vehicle? What tools do you usually use to maintain and repair the bikes? You might as well have all the various pullers and so on to disassemble everyting on...
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