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Forum: Touring
10-27-21, 05:47 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,100
Posted By balto charlie

The original bike packers, love it!

The original bike packers, love it!
Forum: Touring
09-30-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 1,647
Views: 298,909
Posted By balto charlie

Hey all, you folks seem to be having some great...

Hey all, you folks seem to be having some great bike touring. Im currently car touring in the west, New Mexico. Mixing airbnb and camping. I'll post some pixs later of some great gravel riding I was...
Forum: Touring
09-30-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,219
Posted By balto charlie

I use and like the Sawyer filter. I never have...

I use and like the Sawyer filter. I never have had an issue, I always back wash, often store with alcohol in the filter, and flush before my trip.

I hate the fact fact that it can't handle...
Forum: Touring
09-08-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,166
Posted By balto charlie

I have one bike with that style of bar. I use the...

I have one bike with that style of bar. I use the bike as my rail to trail,siteseeing, casual riding, grocery getter, conversation ride bike. This bike is a more upright riding position which suits...
Forum: Touring
09-07-21, 05:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 558
Posted By balto charlie

Damn! Rough phase for you, glad you are back...

Damn! Rough phase for you, glad you are back riding. Good luck on tour
Forum: Touring
09-06-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 558
Posted By balto charlie

Enjoy your trip Pratt , you too indyfabz . Seems...

Enjoy your trip Pratt , you too indyfabz . Seems BFers are finally getting back on tour
Forum: Touring
09-06-21, 06:18 PM
Replies: 1,647
Views: 298,909
Posted By balto charlie

str great pictures, when are you going to take...

str great pictures, when are you going to take us touring:)
Forum: Touring
09-06-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,146
Posted By balto charlie

I like these, lightly padded, easy to wear when...

I like these, lightly padded, easy to wear when not biking and was/dry quickly:
​​​​​​https://andiamounderwear.com/shop/mens-padded-skins/
Forum: Touring
09-06-21, 06:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,921
Posted By balto charlie

I think what concerns me is that most of the ride...

I think what concerns me is that most of the ride is flat as there are many rail trails so 50' mile might be a tad dicier. I gues only one way to find out. Hoping to do this late October if all goes...
Forum: Touring
09-06-21, 06:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,475
Posted By balto charlie

I understand your reluctance on leaving your wife...

I understand your reluctance on leaving your wife and dog behind. Take them both to the Adirondacks for canoe touring in the various wilderness sextions of the park, no motorized boats and very few...
Forum: Touring
09-06-21, 05:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 849
Posted By balto charlie

Trail got hammered during Ida. I just rode the...

Trail got hammered during Ida. I just rode the section above Jim Thorpe on my way to the Adirondacks last week!! Link has numerous pictures....
Forum: Touring
09-05-21, 09:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,475
Posted By balto charlie

Hey there, Since Covid I have been exploring...

Hey there, Since Covid I have been exploring bikepacking much more. I actually like it. More like back packing but one moves at a faster rate. I have done a bunch of these tours recently. I often...
Forum: Touring
08-23-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 1,647
Views: 298,909
Posted By balto charlie

A picture of this group AFTER the climb will make...

A picture of this group AFTER the climb will make a nice comparison:)
Forum: Touring
08-23-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 1,647
Views: 298,909
Posted By balto charlie

love the fog!! Great looking gravel to ride.

love the fog!! Great looking gravel to ride.
Forum: Touring
08-20-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,523
Posted By balto charlie

I am surprised leather tape does than well in the...

I am surprised leather tape does than well in the rain. I tour in rain (unfortunately)and hate to get my Brooks saddle wet. It gets wet sometimes but fenders and seat cover get me through.
Forum: Touring
08-20-21, 08:00 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,273
Posted By balto charlie

This is similar to my main set-up. I use a Borah...

This is similar to my main set-up. I use a Borah bivy and Z-packs hexamid. Together, light and tiny but have weathered some serious storms from snow to hard rain. I also have a bug netting for my...
Forum: Touring
08-19-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,921
Posted By balto charlie

That's exactly what I saw, but couldn't produce...

That's exactly what I saw, but couldn't produce it on here. It looks like a trail???
Forum: Touring
08-19-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,921
Posted By balto charlie

FWIW: I also rerouted from PArker to East Brady. ...

FWIW: I also rerouted from PArker to East Brady. Relatively flat until it isn't. One huge climb for about 1 mile but it is steep. Keeps me along the river for a longer period. The original routing...
Forum: Touring
08-19-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,921
Posted By balto charlie

Thanks great blog post. The picture of the...

Thanks great blog post. The picture of the ramp/path looks doable. Georgetown has a simialr one near the C&O canal. I looked at google map and it show a 'path' from Sandy to ART, this must be it....
Forum: Touring
08-19-21, 06:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,921
Posted By balto charlie

Sounds like a tough wet trip. I could bypass...

Sounds like a tough wet trip.

I could bypass 322 using the map below but would lose Sandy Creek trail. Or would have to do an up and back on it. 322 looks rideable though so might keep it....
08-13-21, 04:26 PM
Replies: 65,160
Views: 10,204,861
Posted By balto charlie

Schwin Paramount, 22", beautiful chrome lugs....

Schwin Paramount, 22", beautiful chrome lugs. Right now it is cheap cheap cheap!! It is an auction in Fort Collins, Co. If it were 23/24 Id be all over this.
...
Forum: Touring
08-12-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,921
Posted By balto charlie

Thanks indyfabz , great picture and info. Makes...

Thanks indyfabz , great picture and info. Makes one want to bike there. East of Shipenville on 322 is not on the map, so that's good. Sandy Creek to ART, I will look this over, not rreally certain...
08-11-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,604
Posted By balto charlie

I used to ride every night/morning while...

I used to ride every night/morning while commuting for many years. I love riding at night, I knew the roads, cars gave me a lot of room because I was lit like a christmas tree. In fact, "we" (BFnet...
08-10-21, 03:36 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,030
Posted By balto charlie

I guess he thought it was better to burn out than...

I guess he thought it was better to burn out than it was to rust.....sorry couldn't resist.

Funny how this thread was dormant for a year, but then the skeeters started effing with us and the...
Forum: Touring
08-10-21, 07:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,791
Posted By balto charlie

I like disperesed camping over campgrounds unless...

I like disperesed camping over campgrounds unless I really need a shower. I have used these sites before. I also google dispersed camping near me. Tons of great locations out west
...
08-09-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 1,574
Views: 317,557
Posted By balto charlie

Some roads are asking to be ridden. Hopefully...

Some roads are asking to be ridden.
Hopefully rainy mist and not smoke
08-09-21, 06:52 PM
Replies: 1,574
Views: 317,557
Posted By balto charlie

Very nice

Very nice
Forum: Touring
08-09-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 8,886
Posted By balto charlie

Todays delay at the border. Seems to be about 3-7...

Todays delay at the border. Seems to be about 3-7 hours. Not great but some crossings seem ok....
Forum: Touring
08-09-21, 05:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,921
Posted By balto charlie

N.W. Pa

Hey all, I am thinking about bike touring in this area later this year, perhaps early fall, maybe sooner. Seems there are a lot of scenic trails in this area. Red Bank, Oil Creek, Rail Trail 66, 5...
Forum: Touring
08-09-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 8,886
Posted By balto charlie

indyfabz Doug64 Nice pictures guys ...

indyfabz
Doug64

Nice pictures guys Y'all tour with some tough ladies
Forum: Touring
08-09-21, 05:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,246
Posted By balto charlie

You are correct, I am wrong. The Fly is steel...

You are correct, I am wrong. The Fly is steel but the mounting arm is aluminum. I guess that is why is was easy to bend, duh!
Forum: Touring
08-09-21, 05:28 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 8,886
Posted By balto charlie

Virtually impenetrable

Virtually impenetrable
Forum: Touring
08-07-21, 07:32 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 8,886
Posted By balto charlie

I am contemplating going late August, just as...

I am contemplating going late August, just as schools are opening. The 72 hr. PCR test is throwing a wrench into my plans. Might hang out in Maine for a bit, get the test, if I am negative cross...
Forum: Touring
08-05-21, 05:23 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,985
Posted By balto charlie

If touring I use whatever I find at stores and...

If touring I use whatever I find at stores and restaurants but if I am bikepacking (usually back-country) there are no (or not many) stores so I pack my own freeze dried meals. I use both of these...
08-02-21, 08:16 AM
Replies: 65,160
Views: 10,204,861
Posted By balto charlie

I was very tempted. Good for you, enjoy it.

I was very tempted. Good for you, enjoy it.
Forum: Touring
08-01-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 746
Posted By balto charlie

So I finally did this. Worked very well. My...

So I finally did this. Worked very well. My Miyata 58/57 cm 1000 needed a large. XL was too big. It did not fit perfect but close enough. I bought it (not cheap) and have used it on a few gravel...
Forum: Touring
08-01-21, 08:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,246
Posted By balto charlie

I have the Tubus fly, very small steel rear rack....

I have the Tubus fly, very small steel rear rack. It works well with small to mid-size panniers. I have also put on Ortlieb larger panniers which work but they can be easily adjusted. My Deuter...
Forum: Touring
07-29-21, 06:10 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,753
Posted By balto charlie

I am like many here in that I don't do single use...

I am like many here in that I don't do single use plastic bottles. I like using small convenience stores 'free' cold water and spend my money on their munchies. When water taste nasty (C&O canal...
Forum: Touring
07-28-21, 05:14 PM
Replies: 1,647
Views: 298,909
Posted By balto charlie

I felt like the witch in the Wizard of Oz. ...

I felt like the witch in the Wizard of Oz.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aopdD9Cu-So
Forum: Touring
07-28-21, 05:12 PM
Replies: 1,647
Views: 298,909
Posted By balto charlie

You can never go to low. I have mnt bike gearing...

You can never go to low. I have mnt bike gearing on my Miyata 1000.
07-28-21, 05:09 PM
Replies: 1,574
Views: 317,557
Posted By balto charlie

I rode into DC on Sunday, touring the gardens,...

I rode into DC on Sunday, touring the gardens, monuments and the repaired Capitol. Mid 90's, sweating like a pig, had a good time, always seeking shade. Glad to see most of the fences have been...
Forum: Touring
07-27-21, 06:15 AM
Replies: 1,647
Views: 298,909
Posted By balto charlie

Nice pixs, 14%. My legs cramp thinking about...

Nice pixs, 14%. My legs cramp thinking about that climb......with gear. Did that in W. Va this year, still feel the pain:) But it was fun, in a masochistic sort of way.
07-27-21, 06:11 AM
Replies: 1,574
Views: 317,557
Posted By balto charlie

Those cool temps are long gone, most days are now...

Those cool temps are long gone, most days are now @95F. Weekend looks like temps might reach 85F, so miss the 70's. I'm melting......
07-27-21, 06:09 AM
Replies: 1,574
Views: 317,557
Posted By balto charlie

I've been riding a lot lately in Maryland, very...

I've been riding a lot lately in Maryland, very hot here as well. I am usually drenched when I return but I find shaded trails to ride, keep cement to a minimum.
07-27-21, 06:07 AM
Replies: 1,574
Views: 317,557
Posted By balto charlie

The view is cool, shows a big climb in the...

The view is cool, shows a big climb in the distance
07-20-21, 12:27 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,270
Posted By balto charlie

Great job @ badger_biker For those looking...

Great job @ badger_biker

For those looking for a similar Trek, here's one ready to ride. Not mine but looks in great shape.
...
Forum: Touring
07-17-21, 05:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 931
Posted By balto charlie

Goatheads and brine flies, I know them well. ...

Goatheads and brine flies, I know them well. Glad you had a good trip despite the local irratants. Nice sunset camp picture
Forum: Touring
07-15-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 1,647
Views: 298,909
Posted By balto charlie

Last week I went on a 4 day bikepacking tour...

Last week I went on a 4 day bikepacking tour through the Monogahela Nat For in W. Va. I love this place, temps were a cool 75F/24C. Rain was a factor but I found a gazebo (with electric) where I was...
07-13-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,270
Posted By balto charlie

That's right. You jogged my memory, hard to do...

That's right. You jogged my memory, hard to do these days:) I bought the Tektro to replace my brakes on my Miyata 1000. The brakes work well with thin pads on the rear, they did not work on the...
07-13-21, 05:46 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,270
Posted By balto charlie

These are the brakes, Tektro CR720. Might see if...

These are the brakes, Tektro CR720. Might see if I can swap them.
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