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Views: 571
Posted By smudgy

I'm no expert on the subject, but I have bought...

I'm no expert on the subject, but I have bought and sold a few Miyata 1000's. I own 5. Of course condition is everything. From just your description, without actually seeing the bike, I would think...
Forum: Touring
03-31-21, 09:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 808
Posted By smudgy

I have toured with my Miyata1000 since the early...

I have toured with my Miyata1000 since the early 80's. They were the best "off the floor" touring bikes made at the time. Rides like buttah. But they could be a bit "noodly" under a full load. The...
Forum: Touring
02-15-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 758
Posted By smudgy

Southern Illinois Gravel Ride (video)

This was my only "long" ride in 2020, 3 days. I rode across southern Illinois (River to River) on mostly gravel roads, from Grand Tower on the Mississippi River to Cave in Rock on the Ohio River. The...
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 09:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,115
Posted By smudgy

I bought a Terry Liberator a few years ago. About...

I bought a Terry Liberator a few years ago. About $75. Now I have one on every bike I own. I never looked back.
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 09:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,859
Posted By smudgy

You, Sir are one of the lucky ones, in my...

You, Sir are one of the lucky ones, in my opinion. I wish I could get my wife to ride more than 20 miles.She's a lovely person with many wonderful talents, but she's just not that into biking. To be...
Forum: Touring
04-15-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,859
Posted By smudgy

" A toast to our wives and girlfriends (raise...

" A toast to our wives and girlfriends (raise glass). May they never meet."
Forum: Touring
04-15-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,859
Posted By smudgy

I know, I lied. You caught me!

I know, I lied. You caught me!
Forum: Touring
04-14-20, 09:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,859
Posted By smudgy

My wife told me that if I go on one more bike...

My wife told me that if I go on one more bike tour that she was going to leave me. I am sure going to miss that woman! LOL!!!
Forum: Touring
04-11-20, 12:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 731
Posted By smudgy

Muscle Shoals, Alabama is about 10-15 miles east...

Muscle Shoals, Alabama is about 10-15 miles east of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Not far from a place called Colbert Ferry, where the Old Natchez Trace crosses the Tennessee River.
In the Lynyrd...
Forum: Touring
04-10-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 731
Posted By smudgy

Muscle Shoals (note spelling difference) is...

Muscle Shoals (note spelling difference) is located in northwest Alabama. Yes, many famous musicians recorded there.
Forum: Touring
03-30-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,543
Posted By smudgy

I walk away with no broken bones, that was good.

I walk away with no broken bones, that was good.
Forum: Touring
03-30-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,491
Posted By smudgy

Thanks for watching. I recently purchased an even...

Thanks for watching. I recently purchased an even lighter drone with a better camera. The technology keeps getting better. As far as your question, do you mean while out on tour? I'm pretty slow and...
Forum: Touring
03-30-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,543
Posted By smudgy

I think trail side stealth could work in these...

I think trail side stealth could work in these uncertain days. The up side is that everyone else is staying home and you probably won't be bothered sleeping at a bench along the trail or just off...
Forum: Touring
03-29-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,543
Posted By smudgy

Currently, might not be a good idea. I live out...

Currently, might not be a good idea. I live out in the country in southern Illinois, and if I found someone stealth camping on my property during this pandemic, I might consider exercising my 2nd...
Forum: Touring
03-28-20, 11:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,491
Posted By smudgy

I should have said "don't complain when it finds...

I should have said "don't complain when it finds you." I wish I could take credit for that one.
Total miles from Pueblo to Carbondale was 1,093. No clue on the elevation gain. I probably don't want...
Forum: Touring
03-28-20, 08:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,491
Posted By smudgy

When I was younger I camped out on bike trips...

When I was younger I camped out on bike trips like 99% of the time. Of course then I was young and broke. Now I'm older and not broke, so given the choice between sleeping on the ground in a tent or...
Forum: Touring
03-28-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,491
Posted By smudgy

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOI3W06oluIwvFoVD...

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOI3W06oluIwvFoVD31Rdwg?view_as=subscriber
I just learned a new internet trick!
Forum: Touring
03-27-20, 05:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,491
Posted By smudgy

UKFan4Sure, Thanks for the positive comments. I...

UKFan4Sure, Thanks for the positive comments. I have been bike touring for years and sometimes people ask me about it. I started the videos as a way to show people what bike touring is about. For me...
Forum: Touring
03-25-20, 09:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,491
Posted By smudgy

Thanks for watching and taking the time to leave...

Thanks for watching and taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate it.
Forum: Touring
03-25-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,491
Posted By smudgy

I rode across the country in 1985 with a buddy....

I rode across the country in 1985 with a buddy. We had heard of Bikecentennial, but we didn't know where the route went. It turned out that we were on it a good part of the way in Montana and...
Forum: Touring
03-24-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,725
Posted By smudgy

I just bought a Mavic Mini Drone. It was about...

I just bought a Mavic Mini Drone. It was about $500. It's super cool. Weighs in at 249 grams. Many FAA restrictions don't apply to drones that light. Takes awesome video. One downside is that it is...
Forum: Touring
03-23-20, 02:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,491
Posted By smudgy

My lovely wife just doesn't share the same love...

My lovely wife just doesn't share the same love of self-torture that bike touring does for me. She would rather sit on a sunny porch and read a good book while sipping a beverage. Go figure? To each...
Forum: Touring
03-23-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,491
Posted By smudgy

indyfabz, I rode the Lewis and Clark on 2004 and...

indyfabz, I rode the Lewis and Clark on 2004 and fell in love with open spaces and small towns of South Dakota, North Dakota and eastern Montana. I have also rode across Nebraska twice, I love the...
Forum: Touring
03-22-20, 08:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,491
Posted By smudgy

TransAmerica Trail Bike Tour, The Dreaded Middle Third

My 4th and final tour of 2019 captured on video. I only had time to ride from Pueblo, CO to Carbondale, IL. I heard a biker call it the dreaded middle third. He said it's called that because that's...
Forum: Touring
03-11-20, 01:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 698
Posted By smudgy

Start in Chicago. Ride around Lake Michigan....

Start in Chicago. Ride around Lake Michigan. Finish in Chicago. Beautiful ride, close to 1000 miles.
Forum: Touring
03-05-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,851
Posted By smudgy

Adam Hugill Cycling the World on youtube.

Adam Hugill Cycling the World on youtube.
Forum: Touring
02-28-20, 09:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,381
Posted By smudgy

If you are credit card touring and you have...

If you are credit card touring and you have things planned out and you know where you are going to be each night, I say Yes. Book the room. I think there is something to be said for being spontaneous...
Forum: Touring
02-28-20, 09:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 652
Posted By smudgy

Some editing programs have the ability to...

Some editing programs have the ability to stabilize unsteady or shaky video. I use Adobe Premiere Elements. When I use my GoPro, I have it mounted on the bike instead of on my body. I think there is...
Forum: Touring
02-13-20, 11:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 664
Posted By smudgy

I think the area west of Rochester is less...

I think the area west of Rochester is less crowded/congested and the little towns are more quaint and less developed. But I'm not from the area and have only ridden the trail once. Either way you...
Forum: Touring
02-13-20, 11:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,816
Posted By smudgy

I have a Troll. It's got 26 inch wheels and a 3 x...

I have a Troll. It's got 26 inch wheels and a 3 x 9 drive train. Chainrings are 46/36/26. Cassette is 36-11. It was advertised as an off road touring bike. I used it on a short gravel tour 2 years...
Forum: Touring
02-13-20, 10:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,544
Posted By smudgy

I get to retire in 3 years and Australia and New...

I get to retire in 3 years and Australia and New Zealand are definitely on my to-do list.This summer though, I'm thinking Pacific Coast Highway. Lord willing. The following summer, Alaska. More...
Forum: Touring
02-06-20, 10:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,974
Posted By smudgy

I also did the GAP and C&O on 700 x 32c. The GAP...

I also did the GAP and C&O on 700 x 32c. The GAP is crushed stone, like most well kept rail trails. The C&O is another story. Some of it is single track and when wet could get messy. On my trip it...
Forum: Touring
02-06-20, 08:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,544
Posted By smudgy

I rode the GAP and C&O in 2012. Another great...

I rode the GAP and C&O in 2012. Another great long distance trail. You're basically riding through the woods for 100's of miles with brief openings when you go through towns. There's always shade,...
Forum: Touring
02-02-20, 08:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,312
Posted By smudgy

Thanks for watching and commenting, Enjoy the...

Thanks for watching and commenting, Enjoy the ride!!
Forum: Touring
02-01-20, 12:04 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,692
Posted By smudgy

If I bought an "off the floor" bike I would...

If I bought an "off the floor" bike I would definitely change the handle bars, shifters, brake levers, seat, chainrings, pedals and who knows. I would end up spending hundreds of extra dollars...
Forum: Touring
01-31-20, 10:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,544
Posted By smudgy

I started in Lockport, east of Buffalo, because...

I started in Lockport, east of Buffalo, because the motel there let me park my car for 6 days. So I didn't ride past Niagara Falls. If I ever do the Erie canal again I would consider parking in...
Forum: Touring
01-28-20, 05:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,544
Posted By smudgy

Thanks for the nice comments, but you need to go...

Thanks for the nice comments, but you need to go ride it anyway so you can see the video I didn't do with all the shots I didn't take. Huh? ... How about those drone shots? I only use my own shots....
Forum: Touring
01-28-20, 04:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,544
Posted By smudgy

I ride on Schwalbe Marathon 32's. I'm very happy...

I ride on Schwalbe Marathon 32's. I'm very happy with them. They're good on pavement and crushed stone, like a rail trail. They're too thin for serious dirt trails. For some small sections, probably...
Forum: Touring
01-27-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,544
Posted By smudgy

You could make a drinking game out of it.

You could make a drinking game out of it.
Forum: Touring
01-26-20, 09:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,544
Posted By smudgy

Erie Canal Bike Tour. A great 5 day ride.

The Erie Canal is a legendary route that connects Buffalo and Albany, New York. The canal/trail goes through lots of cozy little towns that date back to the 1810's. I parked in Lockport for 6 nights...
Forum: Touring
01-19-20, 11:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,510
Posted By smudgy

The 6 day trip sounds nice and relaxing.

The 6 day trip sounds nice and relaxing.
01-19-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 901
Posted By smudgy

I've ridden the Natchez Trace Parkway in...

I've ridden the Natchez Trace Parkway in mid-March for spring break. I started in Nashville and headed south. It was cold and cloudy and by day 2 it was about 40 F and raining, some of the worst...
Forum: Touring
01-19-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,510
Posted By smudgy

UKFan4Sure; Thanks for taking the time to...

UKFan4Sure; Thanks for taking the time to comment. No, my wife stayed home on this one. I've got another video coming out soon. 5 days on the Erie Canal in NY.
Forum: Touring
01-18-20, 12:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,510
Posted By smudgy

I don't recall all of the amenities in Mt. Vernon...

I don't recall all of the amenities in Mt. Vernon or Millersburg, but they seem large enough to have lodging. Other than that, it seems reasonable to me. What changes did I make? I did it in 5 days...
Forum: Touring
01-17-20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,510
Posted By smudgy

The shuttle service is out of Columbus. If you...

The shuttle service is out of Columbus. If you contact them in advance and give them a 'heads up', they will pick you up anywhere along the trail and drop you off anywhere along the trail between...
Forum: Touring
01-16-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,510
Posted By smudgy

I stayed in hotels every night (Xenia, Columbus,...

I stayed in hotels every night (Xenia, Columbus, Massilon, Cleveland) except Bridge of Dreams. I don't think sleeping under the pavilion is a sanctioned camping area, but there is a porta-toilet...
Forum: Touring
01-16-20, 08:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,510
Posted By smudgy

Thanks for watching and taking the time to...

Thanks for watching and taking the time to comment. It was a short section that was under water, a low area that probably floods easily. And its probably only like that after heavy rain. Had I known...
Forum: Touring
01-15-20, 05:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,510
Posted By smudgy

Ohio to Erie Trail, Cincinnati to Cleveland. Another short tour

The Ohio to Erie Trail is a great 4 or 5 day short tour. Some people can't take 3 months vacation at once to ride across the country. This was my second short tour of 2019. I made a video. I hope you...
Forum: Touring
01-04-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,312
Posted By smudgy

I'm new at this, never went to film school....

I'm new at this, never went to film school. Question: Is the music distracting??
Forum: Touring
12-31-19, 10:42 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,903
Posted By smudgy

My brother coached as well. He always said the...

My brother coached as well. He always said the perfect coaching job would be at an orphanage. No parents!
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