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General Discussion / Re: cooking stoves for bike travel in Europe
« on: August 08, 2014, 04:38:16 am »
If you are touring in Europe no reason to mess with a liquid fuel stove. Fuel cartridges are ubiquitous throughout Western Europe and relatively inexpensive.

Classifieds / Re: FS: Bob trailer
« on: May 28, 2014, 02:45:29 am »
email sent.

Classifieds / Re: FS: Bob trailer
« on: May 27, 2014, 04:43:57 pm »
Still for sale?

Classifieds / WTB: Panniers
« on: May 27, 2014, 03:55:21 pm »
Looking to buy a two full sets of front and rear and/or one additional set of rear panniers. Let me know if you have something for sale!


General Discussion / Re: Fantastic Commuting Infrastructure
« on: May 26, 2014, 04:45:06 pm »
All of that is true but our cities could have basic bicycle infrastructure. I lived four years in Alexandria, VA and could not ride my bike 6 miles to the Pentagon where I worked due to the lack of lanes and safe options.

Just putting in basic things like bike lanes, bike racks, and other basic amenities for using bikes as a daily mode of transportation.

Gear Talk / Re: Advice on a Bicycle for Trip to France
« on: May 26, 2014, 11:35:33 am »
Newfy, I disagree about trailers. Lots of people pulling them here in Europe for daily hauling and touring. Last time I was in France I passed at least a dozen folks in a 14 day period pulling BOBs or some trailer.

General Discussion / Fantastic Commuting Infrastructure
« on: May 26, 2014, 11:32:49 am »
Everyday I ride over this bridge that connects my town with the next one here in Germany near Stuttgart. I ask myself constantly why can't we have this in the US? Used to live in Alexandra, VA and it was too damn dangerous just to ride to the District from where my house was situated, a friend was hit twice on the street outside our neighborhood.

Routes / Re: Greensboro NC to Boone
« on: May 26, 2014, 11:26:15 am »
NC Bike Route 2 with a few slight variations will be a good route. If you get the NC Delorme you could easily pick your way on and off.

NC DOT provides free maps

International / Re: Germany: American in Germany
« on: May 23, 2014, 03:38:14 pm »
Will - I'm down in Stuttgart.

Gear Talk / Re: Novara Safari to LHT 2013 project
« on: May 23, 2014, 03:34:45 pm »
The 2008 frame has brazeons for one water bottle, the steerer tube has a little projection on it that prevents adding height so you end up in as not an upright position (which I prefer), also the wheels came stock with presta valves...ugh. i just prefered the 2007 much more.

Gear Talk / Re: Advice on a Bicycle for Trip to France
« on: May 23, 2014, 03:30:45 pm »
Just bring your mountain bike - get a trailer and some fenders. It will be much more versatile than a normal touring back and cheaper to get a BOB than a new bike. Also, touring in Europe you will want the low gearing as roads tend to be steeper than back in the States, particularly in the mountains.

I have lived in Europe and Africa full time since 2003 and use a mountain bike frame set up for touring after several other touring specific bikes. You wouldn't go wrong.

General Discussion / Re: Touring Question
« on: March 16, 2013, 06:40:20 am »
The biggest issue facing most Americans wanting to do longer tours are the absurdly limited vacations we are allowed. As the poster above points out it is all about prioritization of expenses. As a career Army officer I have been able to tour in some amazing places where I have lived for extended periods, Europe, Africa, and in the US. However, I am still unable to get the time for a "grand tour." It has nothing to do with money, or time away from family. My little crew is so used to be me being gone that a three month tour is nothing. When I retire long bike and wilderness trips will be required, because otherwise I am not sure how my wife could cope with me at home all the time! I'm lucky, at 30 days of paid leave per year, I frequently carry almost three months of vacation at a time. However, being able to take it is another story. I jokingly tell all of my international friends that the national sport of America is working...we as a culture could go a long way to learning a bit more about a healthier work-life balance.

Gear Talk / Novara Safari to LHT 2013 project
« on: March 11, 2013, 01:42:41 am »
I had an '07 Safari that was stolen, replaced with an '08. I hate the '08 frame. I am now moving back from Africa to Europe and am planning to replace the Safari with the disk trucker. I have not put many miles on in the last two years due to where I am living and am just going to swap all the components over to the LHT. My summer project...

International / Re: European Bicycling Resource
« on: February 04, 2012, 01:33:37 am »
If anyone wants recommendations on books, maps, or websites to use for touring in Germany please email me at I lived in Germany four years, speak/read/write German/French and toured extensively throughout Central Europe by bike. Cheers, Brad

Gear Talk / Re: How to clean a hydration system (tube)???
« on: February 04, 2012, 01:10:09 am »
As an ultra-marathon runner I use a bladder system for all my long runs and when backpacking,bike touring. Even with using sweetened drinks like Gatorade, etc as long as you rinse and dry the tube you will not have any issues with mold or bad taste. I suggest on your rest days rinsing it with water and allowing it to air dry completely. You should be fine doing this...

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