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General Discussion / Mid-January US short tour ideas
« on: September 30, 2015, 11:54:43 am »
Hello Everyone,
My wife and I are looking for a few ideas for a 4-7 day tour this coming January. We're based near Portland, Oregon so the western US is our playground.

On or off-road, totally self-contained to credit card's all on the table.

This June, we returned from a year-long self-contained tour across western and eastern Europe, NZ, Tasmania and the southern Sierras and we're itching to get back out every chance we can.

Thanks for any suggestions...Enjoy the ride!


My wife and I will be finishing our year-long tour by riding the Sierra Cascades route from LA to Portland as well but we won't be leaving LA until around June 1st. Let's hope the weather hasn't begun to heat up too much by then.

Good Luck in April!

Jay and Janet

The bill didn't make it out of's dead.

General Discussion / Re: Travel Insurance
« on: January 06, 2015, 12:18:22 pm »
My wife and I use Divers Alert Network (DAN). We have yet to use any of their services but we are about to submit a trip interruption claim. If all goes well, we should be reimbursed for our additional flight costs...we'll see.

Enjoy the ride,

Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: January 01, 2015, 02:13:25 pm »
As often happens, especially with topics like chain maintenance, threads veers from the original question (in the subject line) and often from the focus of the forum itself.

I believe the question was on lube used for touring. How many of you actually carry and use some of these more elaborate processes to clean your drivetrains WHILE ON TOUR. Within the relatively narrow focus of being on tour, I suspect most tours of two weeks or less see no chain maintenance at all while longer tours require at least some occasional work to keep things running relatively smoothly.

I suspect many of us on this and other forums tend to do more maintenance than those not obsessed with their bikes (like me). On our recent longer tours, we met numerous month+ tourists that don't have any idea of preventive maintenance and would struggle to even change a flat.

I believe it would be more helpful to those new to this wonderful activity if we could keep to the original question and start a new thread when that isn't possible. That said, questions such as - which lube? are helmets really a good idea? shimano vs campy vs sram? and many others - will never be answered beyond personal preferences as there is rarely any evidence beyond our personal anecdotes.

There is no ONE way to do any of this. If there was, we would all be following that path and not discussing it. Enjoy the ride in whatever way you care to and ride as much as you can.

Happy New Year to all!

Gear Talk / Re: Panniers vs. BOB?
« on: December 30, 2014, 05:41:54 pm »
Many of my tours involve airline travel. Having to deal with a trailer adds complexity and weight. As airlines look to gouge consumers at every occasion, extra baggage and weight can quickly add to the cost of a tour.

Enjoy the ride,

Routes / Re: Crossing into Canada?
« on: December 25, 2014, 12:39:33 pm »
Don't forget the passport....

General Discussion / Re: Schwalbe Mondial vs Marathon Plus Tour
« on: December 04, 2014, 10:55:36 am »
Wow, quick shipping from Wiggle. Got them today and mounted up. They are HEFTY tires. 1.14kg. But so beefy. It is like going from passenger tires to all terrain truck tires. I feel like I can run over anything. :) test ride around the neighborhood and rolls better than expected. With the lugs, I thought they'd be louder, but surprisingly quiet. Can't wait to get them out on dirt.

A bit heavy, yes. But we HAVE ridden over just about everything with no flats or other troubles!


General Discussion / Re: Schwalbe Mondial vs Marathon Plus Tour
« on: December 01, 2014, 10:24:26 pm »
I contacted Schwalbe USA and they said they're waiting on a shipment that's due to arrive 12/22, so maybe I can at least order them for Christmas!

I believe they are still located up in Ferndale, WA just outside Bellingham. They were very responsive when I had a defective tire last year.

General Discussion / Re: Schwalbe Mondial vs Marathon Plus Tour
« on: December 01, 2014, 09:57:13 pm »
I've been struggling to find 26x2.0 Mondials (Folding). If anyone knows anyone who might have four in stock, I'd appreciate the tip!

I got mine at Bike Touring News but they seem to be out of stock at the moment. They are in ID so the shipping is quick.


GPS Discussion / Re: Best GPS for touring
« on: December 01, 2014, 01:30:50 pm »
Great guys for all the help, it appears the Etrex is the one to get.  Now what's the difference between Etrex 20 and 30 besides cost?

Then I noticed Garmin has two types of maps, Topo US 100k and Garmin Street Maps and Navigation called the City Navigator NT, which of the two is best for road touring?  or can both be inside the unit and accessed separately?

The etrex 30 adds a barometric altimeter, electronic compass and the ability to wirelessly transfer information. Other than that, the 20 and 30 are only different colors.

Open Street maps are free and can be downloaded for nearly any part of the planet. Here's a link

We've been using an older etrex for years with Open Street maps around the world. It recently was killed in a horrendous downpour in Turkey due to a well known (fixed in the 10/20/30 series) design flaw. We will be happily returning to touring in New Zealand and Australia in 6 weeks with our new etrex 30!  We don't need it for turn by turn directions, only to verify general navigation decisions on the bike. Off the bike, we regularly take it into the backcountry, especially in the snowy winter where trails don't exist.

Enjoy the ride,

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« on: October 15, 2014, 12:25:16 am »
For touring on our LHT's...flat pedals and Salomon trail running shoes. The shoes have a stiffer midsole than road running shoes and this is plenty stiff enough for touring and designed for bipedal locomotion. Choose the outsole tread model that fits your needs. Gore-tex layer means no worries about covering shoes until REALLY heavy rains. Pedals can be cheapies or the most expensive out there, your choice. If touring where big bike shops are rare, pedal replacements are easily found.

I use and recommend clipless pedals on my road and mountain bikes but have never found an advantage when touring on the LHT. We tour on the LHT on all but the craziest single-track as well as dirt/gravel and pavement.  If I were touring on a mountain bike, in the backcountry and looking for single-track, yes I'd be using a clipless system as well, but I'd also be carrying less gear and traveling lighter and searching out those single-track routes.

As always, YMMV but that's how we've done it for a long time.

Enjoy the ride,
Peterberger Adventures

General Discussion / Re: Safe to cycle the USA? Things do happen.
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:56:29 pm »

A man cycling from the NE USA to Miami, FL went to stop at a McDonalds in Vero Beach, FL. An apparently paranoid schizophrenic homeless man just walked up and stabbed him to death.

This sounds like random violence by an unstable person. What does this have to do with cycling safety in the USA?

Things happen all over the world, every day.


General Discussion / Re: importance of componentry
« on: August 28, 2014, 08:17:33 am »
I'm looking for a decent endurance or touring type drop bar bike.  I want to do a tour.  I also want my bike to be a good commuter and everyday rider.  I have absolutely no intention of racing or much of anything involving speed.  More interested in miles.  I have myself somewhat locked into Tiagra at a minimum and 105 at best.  Is this really necessary?  I know the lower I go, the less crisp the shifting will be.  A local dealer told me I wouldn't notice much difference between Sora and Tiagra, but that I would from Sora to 105.  I thought Tiagra was essentially the same thing as 105, with 105 being a cleaner and prettier look.  Would Sora or Claris suffice for a budget bike?  How much more often will the budget Claris or Sora go out of adjustment as compared to Tiagra/105?      THANKS

Keep in mind that all components are easily replaceable. Over time, you will wear them out or they will break at some point.

Recommendation - buy the middle of the pack parts for best value, upgrade later if the performance doesn't match your expectations/needs. Spend more time riding and figuring out what works for you than worrying about the pieces. For the type of riding you've described, properly setup components of any price range will make little to no difference.

Enjoy the ride,

General Discussion / Re: Sour clothing - after washing!
« on: August 28, 2014, 08:10:50 am »
I'm beginning to think that the recommendation for washing out at the end of the day and air drying is probably the best solution.  No more plastic bags loaded with unwashed clothes for me.

This has always been our solution. We are currently 10+ weeks on tour. Each of us has 2 sets of riding clothes. Shirt, underwear and socks get rinsed or washed with shampoo/body wash (whatever we are carrying) daily and then air dried overnight and on the bike the following day. We may miss a day here or there but it is important enough to be part of our camp arrival routine - set up tent, shower/bathe as possible, eat.

Enjoy the ride,

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