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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,

General Discussion / Re: Tools for adventure
« on: March 25, 2014, 11:40:29 am »
This may be a cliche, but the ultimate tool for adventure is a....Positive Mental Attitude!

Enjoy the ride,

General Discussion / Re: portland oregon to the coast
« on: March 25, 2014, 12:36:55 am »
What is your goal?  As quick as possible? As little traffic as you can find? Any town or sights in particular you are interested in? Pavement or dirt or gravel or a combination? The 'best' route is very subjective.

Lots of options out there...

Enjoy the ride,

Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
« on: March 02, 2014, 02:32:00 pm »
Maps arrived yesterday!!!! 

With a 14 month long tour coming up, we'll have to wait a while to ride the trail though. Good luck to those getting out before we do!


GPS Discussion / Re: Open Street Map?
« on: December 09, 2013, 12:26:09 pm »
Steve, I like this option very much. I've used a variety of Garmin handhelds over the years and I'm getting ready for a multi-month tour through Europe, Central Asia and SE Asia.

Do you have a recommendation for a newer Garmin unit that will accept a >4GB microSD card? I'll be selling the 2 units I have just to finance this purchase.

Enjoy the ride,

Gear Talk / Re: See the gear on Velo Orange
« on: October 08, 2013, 01:37:09 pm »
As with many gear choices, i.e. panniers vs trailer, helmet vs none, rim vs disk brakes, etc, this is just another bike touring option, depending on ones preferences.

None of these choices are inherently right or wrong, good or bad. They're just different ways available to us to enjoy the activity of our choosing. Unfortunately, it seems that having options just lead to internet pundits pointing out "apparent flaws" in options they often haven't tried.

Personally, I like having so many options being developed for bike touring. Not that long ago, adapting backpacking and car camping gear was the norm.

Enjoy the ride,

Edit: Here's a video link showing an incredible trip with this style of gear, not necessarily everyone's cup of tea!

General Discussion / Re: bicycles on the roadways
« on: September 03, 2013, 08:21:31 am »
Westy...that attitude is entirely too practical!   ;)

Enjoy the ride,

Looks like some quiet riding up there for a while...


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