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12-27-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,887
Posted By teacherlady

Fire station closing for season; opening soon sign at cafe

I drove out today (came up Del Puerto Canyon Road to see the fire damage, and that's too far for me to ride if I'm not staying overnight in Patterson) and spoke with someone at the fire station. He...
Replies: 14
Views: 3,216
Posted By teacherlady

Experience with Rene Herse 38's.

7 years ago I rode the Louploup Pass tires 2600 miles, and had the same number of flats as my partner, who was riding on Gatorskins. Of course, the tires were pretty worn by the end of the ride. I...
Forum: Touring
09-16-20, 07:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,028
Posted By teacherlady

I have them, but have never used them because

I would have had to put a hole in my wonderfully waterproof Ortlieb bag to use it, and I couldn't bring myself to do that.
Forum: Touring
09-16-20, 07:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,161
Posted By teacherlady

Thoughts on mustache bars

When I went back to riding after many years off the bike, I tried mustache bars as I was transitioning from a hybrid to a touring bike. I thought I didn't have the flexibility for drop bars, but...
Forum: Touring
05-13-20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,674
Posted By teacherlady

Waterproof? Yes!

We bicycled into Toronto about an hour after the rain started falling during the July 2013 Flood.
...
04-26-20, 07:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,876
Posted By teacherlady

Report back

I was > -6 in both eyes. At the recommendation of my eye surgeon, I went with lenses optimized for computer distance, about 3 feet. I am legal to drive without glasses for the first time in my life,...
Replies: 13
Views: 2,451
Posted By teacherlady

Chico Velo Love Ride

The Chico Velo Love Ride century route goes around the Sutter Buttes plus an out and back north through the rice fields. If I remember right, the high point is about 300 feet. It's a pretty isolated...
Forum: Touring
03-21-20, 05:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 610
Posted By teacherlady

Experience from 2015

Start with new, high quality, extremely durable, flat resistant tires. Bring more patches than you can imagine using. Bring a boot or two. Bring more spare tubes than you usually would.

In 2015,...
Forum: Touring
10-19-19, 10:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,103
Posted By teacherlady

A couple of reasons to look for another solution

I thought I wasn’t flexible enough to ride drop bars, so, when I got an LHT some years ago, I set it up with mustache bars.

Some drawbacks to mustache bars that weren’t obvious before I’d put in...
Forum: Touring
10-19-19, 10:32 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,185
Posted By teacherlady

Thank you, stardognine.

Thank you, stardognine.
Forum: Touring
10-19-19, 03:25 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,185
Posted By teacherlady

What a great question!

One day in the summer of 1968, my father announced we were going to bicycle from our home on eastern Long Island (south of Stonybrook, New York) to Bar Harbor, Maine, about 450 miles. My little...
10-19-19, 02:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,231
Posted By teacherlady

BRAN, state road map

6 years ago, whena I rode across Nebraska as days 2 through 8 of a summer-long bicycle trip, there was an excellent state road map showing road surfaces and number of cars per day or hour (I forget...
09-03-19, 02:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,876
Posted By teacherlady

Thank you!

Thank you! I hadn't thought of that.
09-03-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,876
Posted By teacherlady

Cataract surgery, how to chose focal distance

I'm having cataract surgery in a few weeks, and am having trouble choosing a focal distance for the new lenses. I think I want monofocal lenses, because I have read that they have fewer...
09-03-19, 10:25 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,050
Posted By teacherlady

Keep the bike

First off, bikes are a bit like cars. Once you've rolled it out of the shop, it depreciates a lot. So no, you probably can't return it. Edit: Glad you could return it, but sorry you did.

Second,...
06-18-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,978
Posted By teacherlady

Yakima roof rack question

I thought I'd just be able to get new q-clips to fit my existing rack to my new car, but apparently Yakima no longer supports the rack and towers I bought 15 years ago.
I have a choice of new towers...
Forum: Touring
01-06-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 716
Posted By teacherlady

Houston-Mississippi River-St. Louis - Kansas City

We are in the early stages of planning a trip from Houston, through Louisiana to the Mississippi, up the Mississippi to St. Louis, and then along the Katy Trail to Kansas City. We expect to leave in...
Forum: Touring
01-06-19, 12:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 869
Posted By teacherlady

The Ukimwi Road

You might want to read Dervla Murphy's wonderful account of a similar ride, done in the early 90's for her 60th or 65th birthday, called the Ukimwi Road.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-18, 01:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,011
Posted By teacherlady

Here's what I always recommend to our Warmshowers...

Here's what I always recommend to our Warmshowers guests for getting out of SF:
Baytrail to Redwood City; Middlefield Road to just over the Palo Alto town line; Palo Alto Ave, which turns into...
Forum: Touring
12-16-17, 10:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,659
Posted By teacherlady

Last summer we were able to roll our bikes on...

Last summer we were able to roll our bikes on Lufthansa for flights from Belgrade to the US. We were charged 100 Euros for the bikes. As far as I know, you can roll aboard all Lufthansa flights.
...
Forum: Touring
07-28-17, 04:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,008
Posted By teacherlady

OP here. I can ride in September because I am now...

OP here. I can ride in September because I am now retired teacher lady, but don't know how to change my user name!

I know thousands are riding the great rivers of Europe, because I rode the Rhine...
Forum: Touring
07-27-17, 03:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,008
Posted By teacherlady

Mississippi River, Missouri River

I'm just back from a 2000 km unsupported credit-card tour of the Danube River, and I'd like to cycle the great rivers of my own country. Has anyone ridden long distances along either the Mississippi...
Forum: Touring
06-25-17, 07:55 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,818
Posted By teacherlady

It would be lovely to cycle through the eclipse...

It would be lovely to cycle through the eclipse ... but expect the roads to be crazy EVERYWHERE anywhere near the path of totality. It would be a shame to miss the experience because some idiot was...
Forum: Touring
10-09-16, 02:31 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 10,042
Posted By teacherlady

Invaluable

Packing the bike will never be easy, and between wired lights and fenders, reassembly will never be trivial. However, being able to split the bike in 30 seconds and toss it under a bus that doesn't...
07-14-16, 02:26 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,989
Posted By teacherlady

OP here. 1. My tone was not unpleasant,...

OP here.

1. My tone was not unpleasant, just loud enough to be heard through a closed window.
2. I didn't expect the guy would get off the phone. I probably wasn't conscious of it at the...
07-13-16, 11:59 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,989
Posted By teacherlady

Conversation at a red light

I'm in the go-straight lane. Guy in the right-turn lane in a recent model black car (Uber?) is typing on a cell phone.
Me: (Loudly, since his window was shut, but not unpleasantly) Get off your...
Forum: Touring
02-29-16, 03:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 952
Posted By teacherlady

How far south are you going and in what months?...

How far south are you going and in what months? Chile and Argentina are thousands of miles north to south! I camped through a hard frost in central Argentina last July, and Argentina goes 2000 miles...
Forum: Touring
02-26-16, 05:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,200
Posted By teacherlady

"The full trail is expected to open in summer...

"The full trail is expected to open in summer 2016."

The full trail of which they speak goes only half-way across the bridge, from Oakland to Treasuye Island in the middle of the bridge. The...
Forum: Touring
01-27-16, 01:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 925
Posted By teacherlady

Check with BRAN, the (wonderful) Bicycle Ride...

Check with BRAN, the (wonderful) Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska www.bran-inc.org, for route advice. They happened to be going our way at the beginning of our first big bike tour, and they have great...
Forum: Touring
01-27-16, 01:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 851
Posted By teacherlady

T-mobile offers plans in the US with unlimited...

T-mobile offers plans in the US with unlimited 3-g data with unlimited texts and US$.20 per minute calling in much of the world, though not, in general, in the 4th world, at least, not the last time...
01-26-16, 08:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 554
Posted By teacherlady

Access to Marin ferries during Superbowl?

Is there any access to the commuter ferries to Marin for bicycles and bicyclists between now and the Superbowl? I usually take BART to the ferry at Embarcadero Wednesday evenings, and count on the...
Forum: Touring
10-08-15, 05:06 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,181
Posted By teacherlady

Streetview is not available in Germany, or at...

Streetview is not available in Germany, or at least, wasn't available last summer. I'm told it was because of conflicts with Germany's privacy and data protection laws.

(And you're right about...
Forum: Touring
10-08-15, 03:16 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,181
Posted By teacherlady

OP here, with some perspective. Any trip that...

OP here, with some perspective. Any trip that includes cycling, lots of good food, and ends with a few weeks in one of my favorite cities in the world is better than staying home! We met lots of...
Forum: Touring
08-12-15, 03:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,416
Posted By teacherlady

I find shifting the Rohloff slow in comparison to...

I find shifting the Rohloff slow in comparison to shifting bar ends because it's slower for me to twist 5 gears (say) than to throw a bar end lever halfway across the cassette. I have no other...
07-28-15, 06:20 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,815
Posted By teacherlady

Buy the bike that calls to you NOW, the bike...

Buy the bike that calls to you NOW, the bike that's more comfortable NOW, the bike that will make you happier as you ride it NOW.

The Treks look like you could get a pretty aggressive position...
Forum: Touring
07-27-15, 07:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,416
Posted By teacherlady

Like I said, when I get home, I'll try the bike...

Like I said, when I get home, I'll try the bike with a front rack. However, I haven't seen any for sale here in Argentina.

Until I crossed some fairly abrupt weight / loading limit, the added...
Forum: Touring
07-27-15, 05:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,416
Posted By teacherlady

2000 mile reaction to my R&E Cycles Rohloff touring bike

2000 mile review of my Rodriguez Rohloff touring bike with S&S Couplers, Son dynamo hub, and Luxos U light from R&E Cycles

Why I bought the bike:

I tried making an LHT work for me. I tried and...
Forum: Touring
07-25-15, 07:02 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,181
Posted By teacherlady

OP here. Thank you for the replies. They are...

OP here. Thank you for the replies. They are food for thought.

I even left some of the disasters out of my tale. For example, we had planned to start out on Sunday, but my companion's glasses ...
Forum: Touring
07-21-15, 07:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,008
Posted By teacherlady

I cycled there last summer. It's wonderful...

I cycled there last summer. It's wonderful cycling. Drivers expect cyclists on the road, and are very well-behaved. There are well-signed routes on bike paths and quiet roads, using the...
Forum: Touring
07-21-15, 07:25 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,181
Posted By teacherlady

Bad Trip

Have you ever had a bad trip, bad enough to make you regret taking the tour in the first place? If so, what made the tour go bad, what did you do to try to rescue your tour, and how did you deal...
Forum: Touring
07-21-15, 04:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,222
Posted By teacherlady

It depends on where you are going, how long you...

It depends on where you are going, how long you are going for, and how much of a purist you are! What you bring with you is not a simple question. It all depends.

In areas with a good density of...
Forum: Touring
06-28-15, 04:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,100
Posted By teacherlady

Don't give the op a hard time for not having a...

Don't give the op a hard time for not having a hard case; a hard case doesn't make sense if you aren't doing a loop trip.

OP, accept that your bike will get scratched, maybe even dented in a...
Forum: Touring
06-22-15, 11:58 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 10,463
Posted By teacherlady

This is a timely topic for me! All your...

This is a timely topic for me!

All your complaints about the Schwalbes are no doubt true, but boy, do I wish I had a pair now. 15 flats in 4 days made me a convert.

Here in central...
04-12-15, 09:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 803
Posted By teacherlady

New barbed wire along Ralston Ave bike trail between Polhemus and Canada Roads

Yesterday around noon I saw a crew putting up barbed wire on both sides of the bike path, often very close to the path (within a foot), with multiple strands up to head high for my six foot riding...
01-22-15, 11:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,442
Posted By teacherlady

Here's the picture. 430011 It's not a very...

Here's the picture. 430011
It's not a very good photo: I was so awed that it took a few minutes to think of getting a picture, and by then she was walking away through the brush above us. ...
01-22-15, 12:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,442
Posted By teacherlady

Mountain lion on Mines Road

I watched a mountain lion watching us, about 20 miles up Mines Road on Saturday.

At the time, I assumed it was a bobcat, since I've seen several up there. It was only later, when I looked at...
Forum: Touring
12-24-14, 01:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 493
Posted By teacherlady

Have you toured in Argentina? Can I talk to you?

We are in very early stages of planning a 6- 8 week credit-card-style tour from Mendoza to the Northwest to the Estero del Ibera to BA in June and July 2014, and have some questions about logistics....
10-05-14, 12:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,493
Posted By teacherlady

Open Letter to all Bay Area Bicyclists

Just because you _can_ ride fast does not mean you may do so any where, any time!

I ride slowly, but I ride far and high, on roads frequented by serious roadies. Yesterday I was forced off the...
09-27-14, 08:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,636
Posted By teacherlady

Traffic enforcement on Sausalito Bike Highway

FYI Two guys in sheriff's uniforms were ticketing about 6 bicyclists this afternoon, south of the underpass under 101, but north of the last stop sign.
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