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Gear Talk / Which sleeping bag?
« on: March 14, 2008, 02:12:29 pm »
You didn't mention how much you have to spend.  No matter what, for you should look for down (for lightness and compactness), and a bag without side baffles so down can be shaken from top of bag to bottom when hot outside or vice versa.

I second the eVent shell.  If you have money to spend, I have used Feathered Friends.  They have great bags, service, warranties, and will allow you to customize their bags. You can get them on eBay but the eVent may be harder to find though.

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Gear Talk / cyclocross bike for long distance touring?
« on: April 22, 2008, 02:57:19 am »
Not really on topic but the prevailing winds on the PC are definately north to south.  I did it the way you planned on a perimeter tour but had major headwinds most days.  One day I was in my !@#$% small chainring the entire day.  If you can, I would highly suggest going the other direction.

Just my 3 cents (inflation & all)

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Gear Talk / Speedo
« on: March 05, 2008, 07:30:29 pm »
I'll date myself.  I still perfer the old Huret dual count cyclometer.  It was an odometer only that ran via a little belt and had a overall mileage and a trip mileage.  With that and a watch I could do everything I wanted but altitude.

Since my finally wore out a decade ago, I have used only wired ones.  I too have heard first-hand accounts of goofy readings from wireless.

One thing to put on the pre-trip checklist is to replace the battery prior to the trip so it goesn't crap out halfway thru hopefully.

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Gear Talk / Considering New Handlebar Setup
« on: February 26, 2008, 01:54:52 pm »
If you have ever changed from traditional drop bars to something else (any style considered), what are the pros and cons of the change?  What about brake and shifter setup?  I currently have and love bar-ends.

Please answer only if you have actually changed in the past.  I would like only first hand experience; no "I have heard it said" type of comments please.

As I get older :(, my hands, neck, etc. are not as happy as they used to be and want to try something else.

I have tried several recumbents but have not found any I like so they are ruled out (sorry).

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Gear Talk / schwalbe marathon supreme tires
« on: May 31, 2007, 02:52:13 pm »
I sure hope they are not bad as I just got some yesterday in prep for riding 1/2 the L&C trail this summer.  Thought about the XR but they were out so went with the Supremes.  Take this in the right way but I hope do not share your experience with them :).

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Gear Talk / which panniers?
« on: January 27, 2007, 03:17:56 pm »
If you are going simple (no cooking, not a huge tent, etc.), it should work.

Along with Arkels, consider Robert Beckman (aka Needleworks, RBD Designs, etc.).  He was some standard sized packs, but will custom add-on from there (solar rechargers, special requests, etc.  Extremely simple hookup but you can literally lift and swing bike by packs while they are attached.  As they are all hand made by him, you know what you are getting.

Very pricy, but very very good.

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Gear Talk / Need a new tent
« on: January 27, 2007, 03:24:42 pm »
Thanks for the responses.  Has anyone had PERSONAL experience with the single wall tents like Bibler?  If so, how would they be in August in the central plains.  While no tent will be comfortable in 100 degrees, I "think" a fly'd tent would be cooler as it would have a airflow between the fly and the tent.  However, everyone who has a Bibler or similar tent swears by them but all reviews seem to be in cooler/cold climates.

Any one out there use/used one?  Thanks!

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Gear Talk / Need a new tent
« on: December 26, 2006, 02:59:40 pm »
Hope all had a Joyous Christmas!  I need to finally get a new tent after many many years of great service of my old one (brand no longer made).  So I am looking for testimonies from people who have toured with their tents in the past year or three.

I am looking for a tent that MUST: 1) sleep one restless sleeper plus gear (F&R panniers; 2) has a max of three non-fiberglass poles; 3) be able to sit up in; 4) sub-six pounds when fully packed (poles, tent, fly, stakes, etc.); 5) high quality

I PREFER the tent: 1) have great ventilation (camping temps are usually is in the 65-85 range) at night so great ventilation is strongly desired; 2) Short folded pole length; 3) traditional poles [no funking 45 degree bends in the middle of a single section (I too old school :) ), "T" pole (hubs okay though), etc.]; 4) heavier/durable materials over shaving grams; 5) strong zippers or can be retro-fitted with such); 6) minor vestibule over entrance to keep rain out of tent

I don't care: 1) if free-standing; 2) what color (no hot pink); 3) brand; 4) for tarps/canopy only.

Some tents I have considered are NF Vector 22; SD Lightening; and Black Diamond/Bibler several varieties.  An interesting tent is the NEMO which does not use any poles but is self standing.  I'll wait until the techonolgy proves itself but it is sort of cool.

May we all have a wonderful New Year!!

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Gear Talk / Panniers transforming into backpacks
« on: September 21, 2006, 03:44:14 pm »
Try contact Robert Beckman at Beckman Panniers in Oregon.  He may have changed his company name however.  He custom makes every pack and back in '89 I had him do his first conversion of adding straps to a tandem rear pack for use as a day pack.  He does HIGH quality work, is brilliant in his solutions to problems, and would probably be the only one who could accomplish this.  Forewarned, he is not cheap but his equipment will last a lifetime.


Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Gear Talk / pedals?
« on: October 30, 2006, 10:46:22 am »
Thanks for the Yellow Jersey link.  As far as numb feet, I have only gotten them since started wearing clipless as my shoes have to be tight to feel like they are not slopping around in the pedal.

I have over 40k miles in old-style cleats and straps with no problems and yes I did use them properly to get the 100% powerstroke in the cadence (used to race so I learned that valuable skill).  Only time I got sore feet is if I used tennis shoes instead of cycling shoes.

Obviously, some definately prefer and are better off with clipless (my 'bent is much better with clipless), but for some of us weirdos, old school is often better, i.e. steel touring frame versus other.  Not trying to start a flame war, I'm just a old school cyclist thinking about the "good old days" :).

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Gear Talk / pedals?
« on: October 29, 2006, 05:33:59 pm »
For road touring, I am sooo old school that I strongly prefer (but can't find anymore) the old Dettio Piedro??? riding shoes with the old nail in cleats with leather straps and steel toe clips.  I have tried Look, SPD, and bolt-on cleats but I still like the old style.  Technological  "improvements" can sometimes not be improvements. :)

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Gear Talk / Touring Rear Wheel Recommedations
« on: December 10, 2005, 09:08:22 pm »
I guess I'm too much from the old (ancient ;) ) school.  The only times I have broken spokes (other than a crash) have been when I am loaded touring (under 35 pounds of gear including panniers)while in my 24t chainring.

I weigh less than 150 and used to be the strongest hill climber in the ol bike club when I was in my teens/early twenties so I could really torque when I wanted to.

After many many years and thousands of miles loaded touring, I swear by a few things:  48 spoke wheels, Phil Wood hubs (ok, I bought mine many moons ago), Brooks saddle, a helmet, and gloves.  Of course, I don't expect everyone to agree...just my 2 cents worth :).




Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Gear Talk / touring shoes
« on: November 13, 2005, 11:24:47 pm »
My LBSs don't carry cleats (or the shoes they nail to) anymore.  Where do you get them.  I especially miss the really comfy Italian shoes which, to me, are like what a Brooks saddle is to the fanny.

Happy Trails and may be wind be always at your back!

Tulsa John

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Routes / Paved Great Divide maps?
« on: August 28, 2008, 12:40:47 pm »
 :) :) :)  I liked how you ended the commentary with "cheers".  Seriously not being negative, just thought it seemed funny going from a "negative" (don't know which word to use) to "cheers".

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Routes / Pac coast help 2
« on: August 23, 2008, 10:35:05 pm »
If you are thinking about if you get hit and go sailing over the side, if I remember correctly, there are very few areas that close to the drop off.

Plus when you are on the ocean side of a curve turning to the to the right (imagine the position that I am saying), the line of site may be greater for the car (greater safety) than if you are northbound and have a hill or cliff to your right on a curve turning to the right.

If you are comfortable riding in traffic in your local area, you should be fine on tour.  Also, the ACA maps give a summary of the riding conditions as does the website (more limited).

Enjoy the ride!

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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