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01-01-15, 09:59 AM
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Posted By longhaulblue

Please tell us your age. 56 1. What type of...

Please tell us your age. 56

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?

A Surly long haul trucker.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
...
11-16-14, 08:27 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,187
Posted By longhaulblue

I solved my problems of cold fingers and cold...

I solved my problems of cold fingers and cold toes with hand warmers. The ones that are activated by air. They last for about 10 hours once exposed to air but you can stop the activation by...
11-02-14, 06:49 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 20,888
Posted By longhaulblue

I've read on this forum that folks recommend Bean...

I've read on this forum that folks recommend Bean Boots for winter riding. Are these the hunting boots or the snow sneakers? I wear a pair of Merrells winter boots that are rated down to -20F. It...
10-17-14, 11:50 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 20,888
Posted By longhaulblue

Are these the maine hunting boots or their snow...

Are these the maine hunting boots or their snow sneakers?
11-20-12, 09:36 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 6,638
Posted By longhaulblue

There's hope for me yet. Nah...wishful thinking....

There's hope for me yet. Nah...wishful thinking. Ride! Ride to the bitter end!
11-20-12, 08:47 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,524
Posted By longhaulblue

I didn't get to bike vacation this year. Had...

I didn't get to bike vacation this year. Had planned to visit a friend near Luddington, MI. Ride up to Manitowoc and take the SS Badger across Lake Michigan. But it didn't pan out. Too much work. ...
11-18-12, 09:11 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,841
Posted By longhaulblue

On my tandem :p

On my tandem :p
11-18-12, 05:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,152
Posted By longhaulblue

I guess I qualify for northern climes. +1...

I guess I qualify for northern climes.

+1 for petroleum jelly. It's cheap and it works. I use it in place of lotion. Have suffered from winter dry skin for years until I stumbled on this...
Forum: Commuting
11-12-12, 10:10 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,511
Posted By longhaulblue

I have Ortlieb Roller classics. I pack my...

I have Ortlieb Roller classics. I pack my groceries in order to get a balanced load but like you I'm not very good either.. I'm actually thinking of getting a trailer so I can simply dump the...
Forum: Commuting
11-12-12, 10:01 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,611
Posted By longhaulblue

I've been curious about neoprene socks. Think I...

I've been curious about neoprene socks. Think I will give it try. I find that my hands start off really cold but by mile 6 or 7, I am starting to sweat and my hands start to warm up. I think the...
11-12-12, 09:22 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,841
Posted By longhaulblue

Who cares what other people think? Their...

Who cares what other people think? Their problem, not yours.
Forum: Commuting
11-05-12, 08:19 PM
Forum: Commuting
11-04-12, 12:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 851
Posted By longhaulblue

I use petroleum jelly. And baby oil if I need to...

I use petroleum jelly. And baby oil if I need to spread it. I read somewhere once that the more effective lotions always have these 2 ingredients and I found this to be true from my experience. I...
11-04-12, 11:48 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,989
Posted By longhaulblue

I ride in defiance. In rage. In solitude. In...

I ride in defiance. In rage. In solitude. In despair. When I am blue. It restores me. To hear a little kid wave and say hi to me when I'm on my bike and she on hers with training wheels still...
11-04-12, 11:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,002
Posted By longhaulblue

+1 The commute home especially at the...

+1



The commute home especially at the end of a work week...it's tough. So, I take it easy. I'm not racing anyone. I'm not even trying to race myself. So it takes 50 instead of 40 minutes. ...
11-04-12, 11:10 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,246
Posted By longhaulblue

I just became car-free. Like you, I was driving...

I just became car-free. Like you, I was driving my car only 3-4 times a month and only during the winter months. I thought about these issues and came to the conclusion that I could get by with taxis...
11-04-12, 08:47 AM
Replies: 769
Views: 236,494
Posted By longhaulblue

I've taken the plunge. Eighteen months of...

I've taken the plunge. Eighteen months of commuting, shopping, etc, by bike convinced me I could. I realized that the number of times I drove or really needed to were so few it was not worth it.
...
Forum: Touring
08-28-12, 11:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,018
Posted By longhaulblue

Here's another angle to consider. Touring...

Here's another angle to consider. Touring abroad. Would your smart phone work abroad? How much extra would that cost you?

IMHO the technologies have not quite converged for the touring cyclist....
Forum: Touring
08-27-12, 08:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,597
Posted By longhaulblue

26" 36h Alex Adventurer wheelset - where to buy

Googling turns up only the rims. Where does one buy an Alex Adventurer wheelset? And it doesn't have to be Alex Adventurer. I'm open to suggestions for a good touring wheelset. Only requirement...
08-21-12, 03:08 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,424
Posted By longhaulblue

I have not driven to work since May of last year....

I have not driven to work since May of last year. It was my first winter riding. To be sure it was a warm winter although there were some cold days and some snow days. Coldest was 8F one evening...
02-12-12, 07:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,339
Posted By longhaulblue

Hauling a bike with a bike

How do you haul a bike with a bike? I've seen some pretty large trailers on this forum and I'm sure that you could definitely do it. But I was wondering if there is something like a bike carrier,...
01-24-12, 07:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 983
Posted By longhaulblue

Lower gear, I understand. Why faster? Momentum?

Lower gear, I understand. Why faster? Momentum?
01-23-12, 11:13 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,715
Posted By longhaulblue

1.75/1.95. That's how the tire is actually...

1.75/1.95. That's how the tire is actually labelled. I'm guessing it means 1.75 when fully inflated and wider at a lower pressure.
01-21-12, 12:49 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,508
Posted By longhaulblue

My first winter cycling. Except for a couple of...

My first winter cycling. Except for a couple of things, my setup is working well. My remaining problems are goggles/glasses and boots.

Two nights ago, it was 8F on my ride home. My goggles and...
01-21-12, 12:38 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,715
Posted By longhaulblue

Great discussion! This is my first winter...

Great discussion!

This is my first winter cycling. I bought a pair of Nokians 106s and had a chance to try them out this past week and last when we got our first serious snow fall.

The tires...
01-19-12, 09:20 PM
Replies: 701
Views: 116,132
Posted By longhaulblue

It was 8F for my ride home from work today. I...

It was 8F for my ride home from work today. I wore a polypro base layer, a quarter-zip fleece, a rain jacket, and a cycling jacket over that. The cycling jacket is not very windproof while my rain...
Forum: Touring
01-09-12, 12:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,151
Posted By longhaulblue

:)

:)
01-06-12, 09:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 410
Posted By longhaulblue

Training strategies during my daily commute.

I'm wondering about simple training strategies I can utilize during my daily commute. My interest is solely bike touring. I've pretty much given up driving and have not driven to work since May. ...
Forum: Touring
01-06-12, 09:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 884
Posted By longhaulblue

Well, you guys have convinced me. I ordered an...

Well, you guys have convinced me. I ordered an Atlas & Gazetteer for my upcoming trip. :) Thanks!
Forum: Touring
01-04-12, 09:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,151
Posted By longhaulblue

I stand corrected. I also had a Sea to...

I stand corrected.

I also had a Sea to Summit dry bag a friend lent me which I used to store my sleeping bag and tent, strapped to the top of rear rack. Yes, they work very well in the rain. Nary...
Forum: Touring
01-03-12, 10:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,151
Posted By longhaulblue

+1 I have both the front and rear panniers...

+1

I have both the front and rear panniers and I can vouch they work. I rode 5 hours in the rain on a recent tour and everything was dry inside them.
Forum: Touring
01-03-12, 10:12 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 12,049
Posted By longhaulblue

I was also charge USD50 in Singapore but I was...

I was also charge USD50 in Singapore but I was flying ANA which has a $25 charge for bikes per segment. My flight has 2 segments. Singapore to Tokyo, Tokyo to Chicago.

USD50 is not much. ...
Forum: Touring
01-03-12, 10:03 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 12,049
Posted By longhaulblue

Add JetBlue to the your list. They are also...

Add JetBlue to the your list. They are also bike-friendly. $50 for a bike properly boxed with no linear dimensions limit (unlike Southwest's 80 inches). They do charge extra if it's overweight. ...
Forum: Touring
01-03-12, 09:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 884
Posted By longhaulblue

I asked on CGOAB about smartphones before getting...

I asked on CGOAB about smartphones before getting my Garmin. I thought it would be better to consolidate a phone with GPS plus everything else smartphones are capable of. Camera, apps...
...
Forum: Touring
01-02-12, 10:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,072
Posted By longhaulblue

+1 I couldnt see myself spending over a...

+1

I couldnt see myself spending over a grand on a bike but I did. I got myself an LHT. I cried only once. :)

It's everything it's cracked up to be. And more. I'm always amazed when I'm...
Forum: Touring
01-02-12, 10:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 884
Posted By longhaulblue

I like sedges' idea of dismantling the atlas,...

I like sedges' idea of dismantling the atlas, pulling out the pages you need to bring along. Or make copies.


I've thought about this. I write code for a living. I should do a little research...
Forum: Touring
01-01-12, 02:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 884
Posted By longhaulblue

Just what I was hoping to hear! I have a...

Just what I was hoping to hear!

I have a Garmin. It works. But since the Atlas & Gazetteers have so much useful info in them, I've always wondered whether you can get that info downloaded into a...
Forum: Touring
01-01-12, 11:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 884
Posted By longhaulblue

delorme atlas gazetteer maps for cycling?

Anyone use Delorme Atlas & Gazetteer maps for touring?

I have a GPS unit and I usually plan routes on-line and load the tracks onto my GPS. But, I'm not satisfied with this approach. For...
Forum: Touring
12-27-11, 09:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 999
Posted By longhaulblue

BigAura, I saw a pic of you and your bike on...

BigAura, I saw a pic of you and your bike on another thread (about weight). What is it you have strapped on top of your rear rack? Is that a large water bottle?

I've been wondering how to carry...
Forum: Touring
12-23-11, 09:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 999
Posted By longhaulblue

Thanks, Spoon. I did a quick read of your...

Thanks, Spoon.

I did a quick read of your CGOAB article. It's exactly what I need. I'll be sure to follow Nicole's journal too. The distances, availability of services, and accounts of vistas, are...
Forum: Touring
12-21-11, 06:16 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,139
Posted By longhaulblue

This is where the fun part starts. You have to...

This is where the fun part starts. You have to improvise. Rig up your own solutions. I think it's impossible to satisfy every little scenario when you buy a commercial solution. For wet clothes I...
Forum: Touring
12-21-11, 12:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 999
Posted By longhaulblue

Thanks for the suggestions, reed523 and jspoonsr....

Thanks for the suggestions, reed523 and jspoonsr. I will keep it in mind.

Thanks BigAura for your gpx file.

I have a question about water. Do you recommend a 2 day supply? The distances are...
Forum: Touring
12-20-11, 09:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 999
Posted By longhaulblue

Thanks, guys. 10wheels, I love the pics. ...

Thanks, guys.

10wheels, I love the pics. It's everything I imagine the place to be. Do you have a GPX of your route? I see you rode around Big Bend Ranch State Park. Was that FM170 along the...
Forum: Touring
12-20-11, 03:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 999
Posted By longhaulblue

Help with El Paso to Big Bend NP

Does anyone have advice on how to get to Van Horn from El Paso. Rt 20 merges into I-10. Can you ride the interstate in Texas? Is it advisable? What's an alternative route?

One idea of mine was...
11-27-11, 10:08 PM
Replies: 1,829
Views: 342,891
Posted By longhaulblue

This is an odd post and if it's against the...

This is an odd post and if it's against the rules, please go ahead and delete it. Someone (from Utah) sent me a private message. I tried to reply but am not able to because I don't have enough...
11-27-11, 10:04 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 9,966
Posted By longhaulblue

A view of the Connecticut River from Rt 5 in...

A view of the Connecticut River from Rt 5 in Vermont. The river is a little sliver beyond the pond. Picture taken during a ride of New Hamshire in mid October.

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11-26-11, 08:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 453
Posted By longhaulblue

50 posts to reply to a private message?

WTF? Someone sends me a private message and I reply and I find I cannot because I've only posted 13 times and I need to have 50 posts before I can reply. Why such an odd rule? It's not like I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-17-11, 11:14 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,045
Posted By longhaulblue

I've not driven to work since May. It's...

I've not driven to work since May. It's definitely increased my tolerance for the cold as the temps have dropped. Like others have posted, experiment. I think I've pretty much figured out what...
10-29-11, 09:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 749
Posted By longhaulblue

I am reading Mark Beaumont's "The man who cycled...

I am reading Mark Beaumont's "The man who cycled the world". He recounts how he had 2 (was it 3) spokes break at the beginning of his journey. In Poland, he had the wheel completely rebuilt. The...
10-29-11, 07:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,386
Posted By longhaulblue

Maybe this is a silly question...but is it...

Maybe this is a silly question...but is it possible to ride a tandem by yourself? Like if you want to go pick up someone by riding over to the person's house. Is it unwieldy?
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