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Forum: Touring
06-24-20, 03:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,159
Posted By staehpj1

Good info for those who may be planning to...

Good info for those who may be planning to travel. I would caution that the spacing between open services will be more of a problem for a cyclist when some places are closed and not be noticed as...
Forum: Touring
06-23-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,159
Posted By staehpj1

The camaraderie of meeting other riders along the...

The camaraderie of meeting other riders along the way won't be there or will be very minimal this year. You will likely face many closed resources. You certainly will face less open and welcoming...
Forum: Touring
06-22-20, 03:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,546
Posted By staehpj1

A lot depends on how much you plan to carry and...

A lot depends on how much you plan to carry and how you load it. I have camped and cooked with similar or perhaps more aggressive geometry and enjoyed the choice. I was packing super light using...
Forum: Touring
06-19-20, 04:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 724
Posted By staehpj1

At one point in the past I used some inexpensive...

At one point in the past I used some inexpensive panniers with covers. They worked fine. The fact that they were high visibility was a nice plus.

I have also used inexpensive roll top waterproof...
Forum: Touring
06-17-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,373
Posted By staehpj1

I only use WD40 on tour for those fairly rare...

I only use WD40 on tour for those fairly rare times that I get a drive train loaded up with sand that doesn't easily rinse off. In those few cases I bought a spray can, used it for one cleaning and...
Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 412
Posted By staehpj1

I have no experience with their panniers, but do...

I have no experience with their panniers, but do have a roswheel bikepacking style seat bag. The quality is good for the price IMO.

I have used inexpensive waterproof panniers from Nashbar and...
Forum: Touring
06-15-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,995
Posted By staehpj1

Wow, that is bad news for those wanting to tour...

Wow, that is bad news for those wanting to tour the coast. The hiker biker sites are one of the nicest perks of the route. I wasn't planning on touring this year any way unless there was some much...
Forum: Touring
06-15-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,373
Posted By staehpj1

I don't own one, but could imagine a fat bike...

I don't own one, but could imagine a fat bike being a fun choice, I agree on the skis or snowshoes though. Also as I get older, hut to hut starts to sound more and more interesting.
Forum: Touring
06-15-20, 04:03 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,373
Posted By staehpj1

What are you considering cold? For me it depends...

What are you considering cold? For me it depends on your definition of cold. I definitely am not a fan of hot weather and cool weather is great, but truly cold weather can be pretty rough for...
Forum: Touring
06-11-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,373
Posted By staehpj1

I should have probably noted that it has been...

I should have probably noted that it has been cold enough at higher elevations that water bottles froze solid from time to time on some tours even in summer in the US. So for touring where there are...
Forum: Touring
06-11-20, 04:59 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,373
Posted By staehpj1

I hate really hot weather and don't mind touring...

I hate really hot weather and don't mind touring when there are cold nights or at least is overnight frost. That said I am not inclined to tour in real winter conditions. My Southern Tier ride was...
Forum: Touring
06-10-20, 04:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,159
Posted By staehpj1

In a normal year my suggestion would be to ride...

In a normal year my suggestion would be to ride one of the popular routes at a time and in a direction that was fairly popular. That way you would meet other cyclists along the way and could camp...
Forum: Touring
05-26-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,374
Posted By staehpj1

I could see a gravel bike with two wheel sets...

I could see a gravel bike with two wheel sets doing everything for me. I don't mind drop bars or a pretty aggressive riding posture even on technical single track and for touring so the same bike for...
Forum: Touring
05-26-20, 04:31 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,374
Posted By staehpj1

That is a scary thought. Not so much the paring...

That is a scary thought. Not so much the paring down, but the notion of the least amount needed. I guess it would depend on how strictly you define need, but these days that could certainly mean...
Forum: Touring
05-25-20, 05:22 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,210
Posted By staehpj1

Sounds like quite a bit of time and a lot of...

Sounds like quite a bit of time and a lot of trouble to do in camp on tour, particularly before breaking camp in the morning. I for one spend way less than 45 minutes breaking camp and like to hit...
Forum: Touring
05-25-20, 05:12 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,210
Posted By staehpj1

I could see that varying pretty widely depending...

I could see that varying pretty widely depending on where you are. I know that I have occasionally camped in places where I only had the water I carried for the previous 60-80 miles and didn't want...
Forum: Touring
05-24-20, 03:29 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,210
Posted By staehpj1

I read what I could find on the topic and there...

I read what I could find on the topic and there is usually a reference to using an "approved container". I have no idea what agency would approve it or if there even is a standard and it is a fairly...
Forum: Touring
05-24-20, 05:16 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,210
Posted By staehpj1

Yellow Heet has one big advantage over many other...

Yellow Heet has one big advantage over many other fuels in that I can buy it what I consider reasonable quantities for carrying. The 12 ounce bottle lasts a reasonable amount of time . Usage is low...
Forum: Touring
05-21-20, 04:39 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,504
Posted By staehpj1

Yes I think so. I am not entirely clear on...

Yes I think so. I am not entirely clear on whether we were following the primary ACA route or an alternate route at that time, but I think it was the regular route.

I don't know about 1976 or...
Forum: Touring
05-19-20, 04:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,504
Posted By staehpj1

I can't say for sure what the surface was when I...

I can't say for sure what the surface was when I was there, but do remember it being bad.
Forum: Touring
05-19-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,504
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, it was probably tougher going eastbound as...

Yeah, it was probably tougher going eastbound as we were. We also were in the middle of a heat wave. It seemed like every newspaper we saw had a headline about record breaking heat. We sat in the...
Forum: Touring
05-19-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,504
Posted By staehpj1

I remember the bridge at Chester IL as being...

I remember the bridge at Chester IL as being unpleasant with a poor surface, no shoulder, lots of traffic, bad expansion joints, and so on. It was a wait for a lull in traffic, take the lane, and...
Forum: Touring
05-19-20, 03:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,995
Posted By staehpj1

Fair enough. We all have different approaches and...

Fair enough. We all have different approaches and preferences.

Myself, I usually think in terms of making progress toward a goal destination when riding. If I want to ride more I ride farther...
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 04:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,135
Posted By staehpj1

I like the looks of the Spider and would consider...

I like the looks of the Spider and would consider one if I decide to buy a replacement for my original pocket rocket. It looks like it has a lot of advantages in that it hits a decent price point,...
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 04:16 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,995
Posted By staehpj1

I guess it depends on your traffic tolerance. I...

I guess it depends on your traffic tolerance. I had both map options and much preferred the ODOT Pacific Coast Bicycle Route Map which essentially followed 101. I found the detours the ACA took to...
Forum: Touring
05-17-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,135
Posted By staehpj1

I wonder if the Whisperlite Universal would work...

I wonder if the Whisperlite Universal would work for all of that including the preheat. I never really checked it out. My Whisperlite is the International so no butane option.
Forum: Touring
05-17-20, 04:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,135
Posted By staehpj1

Those look interesting. I can see a number of...

Those look interesting. I can see a number of advantages over my old Pocket Rocket and a couple small disadvantages.

How easily available are the cheap butane cartridges when on the road? I know...
Forum: Touring
05-16-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,135
Posted By staehpj1

Hmmm, I was pretty sure I had read that it didn't...

Hmmm, I was pretty sure I had read that it didn't fit the MSR ones. Maybe, the review was incorrect and it isn't a concern or maybe I am remembering the brand wrong.


Yeah, probably safer that...
Forum: Touring
05-16-20, 05:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,135
Posted By staehpj1

That looks like a pretty nice well thought out...

That looks like a pretty nice well thought out setup. There are a lot of advantages to a setup like that.

A lot depends on the logistics of the trips you do. I am not really sold on canister...
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,995
Posted By staehpj1

I am assuming they meant the hills. If so yeah,...

I am assuming they meant the hills. If so yeah, some are very steep, but people tour on tandems on pretty much all of the normal touring routes. I met at least one tandem team on the PCH and a few...
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 04:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,995
Posted By staehpj1

Good point. I was surprised by how much climbing...

Good point. I was surprised by how much climbing and descending there was. I guess I pictured a flatter route and the amount of steep climbing was a surprise.

On a similar note there is some...
Forum: Touring
05-13-20, 04:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,995
Posted By staehpj1

Just me, but, having driven some of your proposed...

Just me, but, having driven some of your proposed route and having ridden from Seattle to Astoria to ride the coast (leaving Seattle via the ferry to Bremmerton), I don't think I'd choose either if...
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,995
Posted By staehpj1

I loved the coast. I only did the portion from...

I loved the coast. I only did the portion from Seattle to San Luis Obispo. The Washington portion was my least favorite. Oregon was amazing and the redwoods just into California were pretty cool...
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,210
Posted By staehpj1

Ah, wind... Yeah, you need a decent wind screen....

Ah, wind... Yeah, you need a decent wind screen. Whether a dedicated one or an improvised one, when the wind kicks up you need one.

Those do tend to be the most memorable trips. Some of the...
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,210
Posted By staehpj1

That had to suck! I can't imagine a pop can...

That had to suck!
I can't imagine a pop can stove being anything but reliable if properly made other than maybe in super cold weather. Once tested you should know whether it works. Was it never...
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 09:10 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,210
Posted By staehpj1

I have to say that it looks like you guys are...

I have to say that it looks like you guys are having better luck than I did at getting a decent burn. It still has the sooty pot issue, but I could see someone deciding they could live with that.
...
Forum: Touring
05-11-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,777
Posted By staehpj1

I briefly was in the central valley on one tour...

I briefly was in the central valley on one tour and mostly remember little "mini compounds", composed of small houses with low riders in the driveways with tall fences around them with several mean...
Forum: Touring
05-10-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,374
Posted By staehpj1

I have no idea how many bikes I own. It is extra...

I have no idea how many bikes I own. It is extra complicated for me because some were loaned out long term to my daughter and others haven't been ridden in years. I think if they were all here and...
Forum: Touring
05-10-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,374
Posted By staehpj1

A long tour is a pretty great experience. Short...

A long tour is a pretty great experience. Short ones never appealed to me, but others love them, so YMMV. Typing this made me think of Grant's "bike camping" vs "bike touring" and "S24O thing"...
Forum: Touring
05-10-20, 06:04 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,374
Posted By staehpj1

Well maybe, but we do have a choice. We can keep...

Well maybe, but we do have a choice. We can keep using old stuff as long as we want or buy as new of a tech as we want. There are guys riding and even touring on penny farthings and guys touring on...
Forum: Touring
05-10-20, 04:57 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,374
Posted By staehpj1

I haven't followed what they are up to in years,...

I haven't followed what they are up to in years, but I doubt I'll ever "get" him/them. I figure they are the very definition of hype, just a retro flavor of it. I remember the whole you don't need...
Forum: Touring
05-09-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,374
Posted By staehpj1

It is a bigger deal for some folks than others. I...

It is a bigger deal for some folks than others. I don't really get too excited over it on a touring bike. In the lower gears I don't find a little bit bigger jumps to be a problem on any bike and in...
Forum: Touring
05-09-20, 05:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 659
Posted By staehpj1

It will likely matter what rack you are running. ...

It will likely matter what rack you are running. If you have plenty of clearance I don't see why they shouldn't work fine if the capacity is suitable for your needs.
Forum: Touring
05-09-20, 05:01 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,374
Posted By staehpj1

There is something to be said for that argument.

There is something to be said for that argument.
Forum: Touring
05-08-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,374
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, I have been touring on square taper bottom...

Yeah, I have been touring on square taper bottom brackets and they work fine. On the other hand, they are heavier and the tools are heavier than the tools for some of the other choices. I'll...
Forum: Touring
05-08-20, 04:27 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 8,185
Posted By staehpj1

Not sure this is a fair statement. Early cantis...

Not sure this is a fair statement. Early cantis had unthreaded post style pads and so did early v-brakes. I'd think the choice of style of pad had more to do with the vintage of the brake than the...
Forum: Touring
05-06-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,194
Posted By staehpj1

FWIW I never figured Neil to be a Trump supporter...

FWIW I never figured Neil to be a Trump supporter (I tuned out of the forums there long before Trump's presidency). Hearing someone say he is surprised me.

Most of the stuff I objected to on the...
Forum: Touring
05-05-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 8,185
Posted By staehpj1

While I think Cantis are fine. I don't agree with...

While I think Cantis are fine. I don't agree with a few negative things that have been said about discs. Opinions are just that, but...

I find that discs are easy to adjust and maintain, maybe...
Forum: Touring
05-05-20, 05:31 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 8,185
Posted By staehpj1

That is the one reason why I might have just a...

That is the one reason why I might have just a little hesitation about recommending them to someone, but I think you just have to adjust them properly. It is up to the rider to either learn how to...
Forum: Touring
05-05-20, 03:57 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 8,185
Posted By staehpj1

Yes he could. I'd expect that he will. I assumed...

Yes he could. I'd expect that he will. I assumed that touring for most riders would be likely to involve long steep descents at some point if not possibly on every tour.

The places that I toured...
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