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Old 04-20-15, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by thumpism
Incidentally, for one season in the '80s I also led trips for one of those well-known "inn-to-inn" companies and realized that the customers were as varied as the general populace out there. You had everyone from the hardcore bikers there to ride the longest route every day in the shortest time to the families out enjoying themselves together to the rank novices. One guy showed up who'd never ridden a bike before. That was a challenge.
Back in '84, VBT would work out a route for you and book the inns, but you were on your own. We took our bikes apart, stuffed them into the back of the Rabbit, and drove to Vermont. For a week or so, my then-wife and I rode around Vermont and New Hampshire. I still talk about how patient the drivers in that area were.

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Old 04-20-15, 10:59 AM
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I worked at VBT in '83. Glad to know that folks availed themselves of the planned tours like that and did not rely on the group tours. I never knew the statistics on that usage but it would be interesting to know the breakdown.

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Old 04-20-15, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by thumpism
Curious about what? I'll respond to honest inquiries.
Oh, I'm just curious about what hobbies other than cycling people do. Just random curiosity. I seem to see a lot of people into photography which makes sense when people are outside a lot, and some of the folks in Classic and Vintage are also big into vintage cars which again kind of makes sense. Others are really into skiing or various sports on the water.
Vehicle subcultures are something that interest me even if I'm not really a car person and I like seeing what people are passionate about, but that's not really the point of this thread.
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Old 04-20-15, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by himespau
...some of the folks in Classic and Vintage are also big into vintage cars which again kind of makes sense. Others are really into skiing or various sports on the water.
Vehicle subcultures are something that interest me even if I'm not really a car person and I like seeing what people are passionate about, but that's not really the point of this thread.
VW Vanagon and specifically the Westfalia camper. Got into this as a way for us older folks to camp comfortably. We've both bike camped but it's been a loooong time and the Westy beats it for ease and comfort. We take the dog and we all have a great time. Of course, this can conflict with cycling. People do take bikes along when camping but that gets into more "stuff" being loaded and handled, etc. For me it's one or the other, Westy camp or ride a bike, not Westy camp in order to ride a bike. The forum participation evolved early on as a means of gaining intel on the vehicle (how to buy, what to look for, pitfalls, etc.) and later as a contributor with my own comments on projects, repairs, discoveries and the like. Lots of smart, devoted, crazy people out there doing all kinds of stuff.

Right now I'm jacking up my deck, with plenty more home repair and improvement projects waiting in the wings. I keep saying I'm going to knock off early and ride my bike but seldom wind up doing that, and now that the TransAm trip has been postponed and I no longer need to train for it, it's even easier to keep working. I might as well not have retired at this rate.

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Old 04-20-15, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by CoachManny
What is the minimum amount of miles to ride to be considered "Touring"?

100?

Thanks in advance,

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There is no minimum mileage, and there is no firm concrete definition.

Touring includes overnighters, weekends, week-long, month-longs, or whatever. It can be an out and back, or a loop, or a hub-and-spoke or some combination.

You can stay in campgrounds, hostels, hotels, B&Bs, or on a patch of grass by the side of the road.

You can carry everything you need to be self-sustaining, or you can carry next to nothing and pay as you go, or anything in between.

It's just a matter of going somewhere by bicycle.
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Originally Posted by Chris Bamford
I want to thank many of the posters in this thread for bringing me back to earth re specialized touring bikes and gear.

I'm two years back into cycling after decades away and plan to do several multi-day tours this year — been studying up on touring bikes and gear, attended MEC seminars on same, and was planning to get and equip another bike for touring.

Not anymore. I'll just cobble some more capacity onto my 14-year-old beater, give it a tuneup, and be on my way. Maybe next year some longer travels will prompt me to up the equipment a few notches...

Good for you ... that's an excellent way to figure out what you need through experience. You can read all about it and ask a million questions, but often, you need to actually get out there and do it to find out what works for you.
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I would say that there aren't a lot of people who bike tour, and on top of that, I would say that most of us are pretty much regular users of the net. I've been a regular poster on a motorsport forum in the past, but I imagine there a lots of people who have no urge to spend time typing stuff on an internet forum.
I would agree with others that for me, a forum like this is a mix of learning stuff, sharing stuff, and a bit of entertainment as well. I think mostly its just cuz its fun to discuss stuff about something that one is passionate about. I've loved riding a bike since I was a kid, and it doesnt seem to be getting less fun, so picking up tips and whatnot is nice, and i do like (hopefully) helping out beginners with stuff. I know I always appreciated tips and things from experienced riders in the past.

ps, cute fork pics btw.
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Hey Shipwreck,

Bike touring down your way till the cows come home

and btw, none of the other six read this drivel. Ha

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Old 04-29-15, 12:40 AM
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Shipwreck, you will get a wide variety of posters in here but the for most part, the topics in here involve gear that actually have little to do with a successful tour.

If you run into ANYONE who is actually touring, they will you these simple things.

1) Comfort. Get a bicycle that is comfortable to ride day in and day out. It doesn't matter if it is a mountain bike, touring bike, single speed, etc... You got to be comfortable or touring will be hell. That and that alone is 90 percent of all the gear you need to know. This stuff about gears and stuff, it's irrelevant yet dominates the discussion here. To each person, comfort is different. You can tour on anything basically as long as it is comfortable to you.

2) If you planning a long tour and have never toured before, I recommend a weekend tour at first. That will give you a chance to see if your bike is comfortable for several days straight, what you gear you need, what gear you DON'T need and other things. I would recommend one of those days to be in subpar weather because you will run into that on any distance tour of more then a few days.

3) Learn basic bicycle repair and maintenance. Know how to change a flat, know how to adjust brakes, even learn how to change a spoke.

4) Always always have a pair of clothes that is dry at all times that you can change into, especially socks. Hypothermia can occur even when the temps are in the 60s.

5) Number one again. Comfort. Uncomfortable means no fun.
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Originally Posted by robow
Hey Shipwreck,

Bike touring down your way till the cows come home

and btw, none of the other six read this drivel. Ha

Wish I could have gone, but have to be glad I didn't. It will be a while before this shoulder heals. But man, you guys sure picked some great weather for it! Its a cool spring with perfect riding temps. Looks like there are a few more leaves down there than we have up here at the moment. Have fun, and I will try to let you know when I will be up where you are this fall if all goes well.
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Those folks you speak of are part of the "common" tourers....So I'm guessing yes.

There are all types of folks that tour.....even old fat stupid ugly long haired bearded hippies like me....

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