Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - staehpj1

Pages: 1 ... 3 4 [5] 6 7 ... 128
Food Talk / Re: Food by Mail
« on: June 15, 2014, 06:39:57 am »
First, let me apologize for posting a real name for Percy and thank the mods for removing it.

It looks like Percy scratched after a few days at the proposed pace.  Hundred mile days are pretty tough to maintain especially in the early days of a trip.  I hope Percy is OK and will report back.  It would be interesting to know more about the experience and what went right or wrong on the trip.

Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Bike Route GPS
« on: June 12, 2014, 08:14:43 pm »
I did a rough map out for GPS.  If you're still interested I can send a .gpx file
Send me one.


Routes / Idaho Hot Springs Route
« on: June 11, 2014, 10:24:47 am »
A few questions...

I plan to go as soon as the snow pack permits.  It is looking like that will be pretty soon.  Given that, how likely are fire restrictions while I am there?  Is taking my alcohol stove likely to be a problem?  Will I need to get a permit to use a stove?  I prefer my alcohol stove, but do have a canister stove I could take if necessary.

How much traffic will there be on the main loop?  Will I go for days without seeing a motor vehicle, or with I see a jeep or raft company vehicle most days?

Food Talk / Re: Food by Mail
« on: June 10, 2014, 04:34:04 pm »
Anyone know who Percy Kittens is IRL?  I was curious how she (he?) is doing in the race.  Percy is a 47 YO female if I read her post correctly.  There is a 47 YO female on her proposed pace so I am guessing that might be Percy Kittens. 

I would be happy to receive suggestions on a proper multicompartment bag for this mini rack :-)

I used a similar sized but cheaper rack and used a modified handlebar bag with it.  I took the Nashbar Elite Handlebar bag, removed the stiffeners to save weight.  I used the shoulder strap to keep it on the rack.  I kind of wrap the strap around the stem in a way that the bag can't shift enough to come off of the rack.   I thought it worked pretty well.

Gear Talk / Re: Why not use my [insert bike here] on GDMBR?
« on: June 09, 2014, 09:32:46 am »
You'd probably have heel strike with panniers, unless they were mountain style
I agree if assuming big full sized panniers, but most smaller front panniers would likely be fine on the back and be big enough if you pack fairly light and compactly.  Some of the smaller regular rear panniers may also be fine depending on how far back they are mounted, the riders foot size, and how they set up their cleats.

Wheels would fail first, IMHO.
Probably, but I would expect them to make it if given a little TLC before and maybe during the ride if needed.  I'd carry some spare spokes in any case.

I will say that I have not ridden the route in question though so take my opinion for what it is worth.

Gear Talk / Re: Why not use my [insert bike here] on GDMBT?
« on: June 08, 2014, 03:47:43 pm »
My guess is that it would be fine.  It is a nice bike as lower end mountain bikes go.

But overall this is an interesting thread.

For years I have toured with rear panniers alone and an aero bar. It worked really well, however:

1. I could sometimes miss a handlebar bag for my camera, money and other valuable stuff. The main purpose of that bag would be convenience of just clicking it on-off when going to a shop for doing groceries. Also I would carry some of the "heavy" stuff in the handle bar bag so I could shift my weight ratio more properly. I have really missed that.

2. Oftentimes, maybe my rear panniers struggled with the volume so I was missing a bit of space. But it worked. Having my valuable stuff in my rear panniers in a waist belt kind of bag was always annoying because I felt I had to empty a pannier each time when going to a grocery store.

I have bought an Arkel handle bar bag and it is beautiful and I have made some small tours with it, but I feel I miss the aero bar. Then I see the Revelate bags which enable me to combine both an aero bag wih a handlebar bag. But due to their strapping system and that it basically is a roll only, I will miss the convenience of rapid "in and out" combined with multiple pocket for optimum organization.

I would be happy to hear about some solutions :-) (without hijacking this thread).


I have successfully tried a number of different configurations.

Everyone usually advises against it, but I have used a small light backpack on a couple long tours.  I found it to work well and be very convenient.  I keep to two or three pounds most of the time and have the things I want to always keep with me in it.  I started out using it for extra food and water on a long stretch with no services and found that as long as it was light enough it didn't bother me.

As far as weight balance fore and aft...  On one tour I actually went with front panniers and no rear ones.  I did have the tent on the rear rack on that trip though.  I found that it really worked pretty well and would do it again.

If you want to just get a little weight forward, that could be done by just strapping your tent, sleeping bag, or a bar roll under your aero bars.

The one real problem with MTBs is their straight handlebars which give only one hand position.  This can be a problem and cause numbness (aka "handlebar palsy") on successive long days of riding.
I like drop bars better for touring, but find that I can manage flat bars by spending some of the time with the heels of my hands resting on the bars and my hands loosely draped forward above or on the brake levers.

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier November through to Feb
« on: June 03, 2014, 06:26:19 am »
I think your timeframe would be OK.  The one drawback I see to your proposed time is that the shortest day of the year (Dec. 21st?) is in that period.  Late winter the days are a good bit longer.  I went Feb-March for that route and thought the timing ideal.

It sounds like you plan a pretty laid back pace.  I found the route to lend itself more to longish days in the saddle.  With relatively widely spaced stops and dull scenery (to me at least) I found that I wanted to do 80-110 mile days a lot of the time.  I think I averaged 80 mile days despite being and old fart, not training for the trip, and nursing a knee injury part of the way.  I stopped in Pensacola and took 31 days.  So I personally wouldn't want to take much more than a month to a month and a half.

As mentioned above I found the scenery pretty uninspiring.  Still, I liked the trip for the people and the food.  I met a lot of interesting people and there was lots of good barbecue, seafood, Mexican food, and Cajun food.

Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Bike Route GPS
« on: June 02, 2014, 05:14:22 pm »
We are planning to have the waypoints available by June 1st.
Any progress to report?  I am planning to go as soon as the snow is out enough.  That day is rapidly approaching.

General Discussion / Re: General Advice- TransAm Route
« on: June 02, 2014, 04:51:15 pm »
With that in mind, i've been looking at the Surley Disc Trucker-

Two questions about this bike- What're the views on disc brakes on a tourer? They are cables, not hydraulics and from what i've been told, very good cable-pulls. More expensive initially, but it seems like an investment in the future as no wear on the rims etc.

Also- 26" wheels Vs 700c.

I hesitated to answer, because my preferred choices in bikes to tour on go more toward something closer to a road bike.  That is partly because I travel pretty light, but I think there is a little more truck in the LHT than I want even for heavy touring.  That said it is exactly what some folks want, so don't assume my preference should be your's on that.

I always thought that disc brakes were unnecessary, overkill, and unnecessary weight.  After living with them on my mountain bike for a while they have grown on me.  I still don't think they are necessary and unless I was doing off/dirt roads a lot I probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy them for touring myself.  I can understand why folks like them though and the more you go toward expedition touring or heavy loads the more they probably make sense.

On the 26 vs 700 choice, I prefer 700 for touring where and how I tour, but either work fine.  If travelling somewhere one or the other is more available basing the choice on that is not unreasonable.

Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
« on: June 02, 2014, 04:32:12 pm »
I am sure you are fine with what you normally do on your travels for parking.  I did not hear about any problems with break ins.  I only asked about more secure options because we actually will be leaving our work laptops, extra camping gear and rock climbing gear in the truck (locked and out of site but you never know...).  If we didn't have all of this extra gear, I would not worry about theft.

Thanks.  That all makes sense.  I just wanted to be sure the caution wasn't prompted by a known problem there.

Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
« on: June 02, 2014, 11:14:23 am »
Have there been problems with break ins there?  I usually just park the car in town on the street or at a trail head when I go backpacking.  When in doubt I ask someone near where I park if it is likely to be OK.  If really in doubt I ask the local police where a good place to park is (if a town is large enough to have a cop).  I figured on doing the same for this bike packing trip.

General Discussion / Re: General Advice- TransAm Route
« on: May 31, 2014, 11:24:38 am »
I don't really know when it'd be necessary tbh. When we haven't showered for a month I suppose?
On the TA we had showers pretty often even in a lot of the town parks where we camped for free.

How many days did you do it in? We're not looking to do it too quickly... I reckon 90 days should be doable for us though.
We took 73 days.  90 is a reasonable number though.

Pages: 1 ... 3 4 [5] 6 7 ... 128