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General Discussion / Re: Costs of Touring
« on: January 12, 2013, 06:04:11 pm »
I like to think I live pretty average at home.  But when I tour, I'm probably on the expensive side by what I have read here.  Credit card touring, with motels averaging around $60.  Most of these places provide a breakfast and I eat pretty light, but often during the day.  Evening or dinner time is when I like a good steak or equivalent.  I'm on of those that would probably crowd that $100/day.  Guess I figure it is a vacation.

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Gear Talk / Re: Outfitting a Trek 7.5 FX for a full summer tour
« on: October 29, 2012, 06:58:55 am »
Since you have some time, (and I applaud you for asking questions and doing some research), you should read some travel journals.  Maybe you already have.   They should give you a good feel for what you are up against.  A good source is Crazyguyonabike.com .  My first real tour ( https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1&doc_id=10146&v=7s ) was only 500 miles, but I did have issues with spokes and tires in a credit card touring situation.  My second tour was twice as far, but went much, much better with a bike meant for touring (Surly LHT).  Bottom line, I finished with both bikes.  And maybe the challenges of the first tour just made it more of an adventure.  But I credit the people helping you out on this forum.  They have been there and done that.  It gets very frustrating when your equipment lets you down. 

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General Discussion / Re: In praise of rest days...
« on: October 29, 2012, 06:32:10 am »
One of the things I love about touring (I'm a relative new-be), is how it slows my point A to point B mentality down.  A rest day slows it down even more.  Last year on a ride to the Black Hills and back ( https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1&doc_id=11208&v=Fw ), I took a day off in Newcastle WY.  I met many locals, went to a church, a bar, a laundromat and basically walked around town.  Really besides rest, I got to know the town.  What I love about touring is meeting new people and seeing new places.  But most times it can be a little superficial.  Getting to spend more time doing it can be a really neat thing.

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Gear Talk / Re: Well, here we go..my first touring bike is........?
« on: October 21, 2012, 11:31:12 pm »
Would it be possible for you to test ride each first?  I may not have the experience of many on here, but my LHT has been a great bike for me.  I started years ago with a mountain bike, then an aluminum/carbon fork road bike.  When I decided to look at a touring specific bike, I was able to test ride some.  For me, I knew I wanted the LHT after a couple blocks.  The comfort improvement was day and night.  And later when I had some serious climbing to do, the lower gears were a big help.  I'm sure there are several good choices out there.  Personally, I would not buy a bike before first riding it.  Good luck!!

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Gear Talk / Re: Tablets/IPad or laptops
« on: October 14, 2012, 10:36:52 am »
Also sspeed, you mentioned wanting a GPS log of your trip.  I unknowingly had that, or something close, when I chose the location function on the camera application of my Iphone.  It showed a map of all the places I had taken a photo.  I took enough pictures along the way that it made for a nice bread crumb trail, with info on location, date and time of day I believe.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tablets/IPad or laptops
« on: October 14, 2012, 10:27:47 am »
Yes sspeed, I considered and looked at some bluetooth keyboards.  Keeping it lightweight, I could have taken my Iphone and the keyboard.  Actually, the Iphone works better for a lot of things than my Ipad, if I wanted to leave the Ipad home.  I wouldn't have to have Wi-Fi and there would be no need to download photos either, as they would already be on the Iphone.  But the size of Iphone screen is an issue, as was the added weight of the keyboard if I took Ipad and bluetooth keyboard.  My daughter just informed me yesterday that I could get a virtual keyboard for $200.    http://www.hammacher.com/Product/81759?cm_cat=ProductSEM&cm_pla=AdWordsPLA&source=PRODSEM¬

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Gear Talk / Re: Tablets/IPad or laptops
« on: October 14, 2012, 05:11:19 am »
On my tour to the Black Hills, https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1&doc_id=11208&v=Fw , I used the voice recorder on my Iphone extensively.  I tend to forget pretty easily, even when updating a journal daily.  This worked very well.  I used an Ipad 2 to write the journal.  It was ok, but not without challenges.  I found using the keypad to be better than expected after getting used to it.  A laptop or possible folding keyboard would probably be an improvement, but the iphone/ipad option was lightweight.  On CGOAB, I had to be a little creative with the Ipad.  When writing  a lot of text, I soon found out there was no scroll option or arrow down feature on the Ipad. (at least I was unaware of any)  Finally found if I used the copy function and enlarged the copy box, I could move down text that way.  I used my Iphone for photos and emailed them to myself, downloaded them to my Ipad and then to my journal.  Could probably take a shortcut with the correct wiring or whatever, or get a good camera and go direct from camera to Ipad.  But again, would have to bring along more stuff.  Of course the Iphone and Ipad use the same lightweight charger.  And I have been happy with most of my photos.  I understand all of you that make a point of getting away from technology on your tours.  Especially those of you that use it a ton on the job.  However, it was important to me to have a functional journal to share with my friends and family who wanted to follow my ride.  And for me to re-live the journey from time to time.

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Gear Talk / Re: Bar-end mirror & front down tube shifter?
« on: April 27, 2012, 05:39:06 pm »
I have the take-a-look eyeglass mirror and love it.  It did take some getting used to, but by the 3rd short ride my eyes had it figured out.  Again, like you said it's personal preference.  But it's easy and cheap, and for me it was much better than a bike mounted mirror.

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General Discussion / Re: Touring Across America
« on: April 12, 2012, 04:32:41 am »
Some really good advice for you in the posts thus far.  I will add my two cents worth.  I was a newby to the scene and purchased a trek 1.2  a couple years ago to take on some 4 day rides doing part of two BRANs and a NUMB (Nebraska rides).  Then last September, I did a 500 mile solo credit card tour (motels) from SC Nebraska to Breck CO (you can read my journal of the trip at http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1&doc_id=10146&v=7p )  Basically what all the posters are saying is true.  The trek 1.2 or equivalent is not a great pal on these trips.  You can do it and will have some great memories, but there are better options.  Recently, I bought a Surly Long Haul Trucker to do a coast to coast ride, hopefully in the next couple years.  I have about 400 miles on it and couldn't be happier.  First of all, the ride is some much better.  Wider tires, steel frame and longer wheelbase make it much more comfortable for me to ride.  I don't know your dimensions, but I'm 5-10 and 205.  My extra weight makes the LHT a good choice by itself.   Like previous posters said, if you are taking a lot of stuff, the LHT is a much better choice.  As my journal stated, the trek 1.2 has a shorter wheelbase and I had some issues with heel strike on my rear saddle bags and had to place them farther back on the rack, which created other issues.  The LHT was about $400 more than the Trek 1.2, but IMO this is money very well spent when you are on the road.  The most surprising thing to me about my Surly is that it weighs more than the Trek, but my average speeds are higher.  Probably just me.  Oh, and one more thing.  The LHT tends to be a little larger compared to the Trek.  I was fitted with a 56" trek, but when I test rode the LHT, I was borderline between the 54" and 56".  Good Luck and hope this helps!

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General Discussion / Re: Good workout supplement to cycling?
« on: April 10, 2012, 11:11:38 pm »
Thanks everybody for your suggestions.  I do go to the Y and take advantage of their classes in the winter months, but was looking for something to do at home in the warm months when I am much busier and don't have the time to go to the gym. Like a 9-10 at night workout.   I am more physically active on the job in the summer, but I am still concerned about getting a well-rounded workout.

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Colorado / Re: Worst experience across the US was in CO
« on: April 06, 2012, 04:43:13 am »
I love Colorado and my family and I visit one to three times a year.  But I basically expect to run across at least a couple bitchy locals each time.  And I prepare myself to hand back as much or more crap than they send my way.  Just the way it is.  Obviously the nice people are in the majority, or I would not be dropping my dimes there.  Eastern CO is a lot like my home state of Nebraska, at least off the beaten path.  People are great.  But get in the places where many tourists go, and expect to feel unwelcome occasionally.

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General Discussion / Good workout supplement to cycling?
« on: April 03, 2012, 02:22:14 pm »
Just wondering if anyone has some good advice or direction on a good workout to supplement cycling?  I am really wanting something that can be done at home and focuses on the muscle groups that get neglected on the bike.  If it is in video form, that would be even better.  In absence of that, what do all of you out there do?

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Gear Talk / Re: For CC Touring:Trek 1.2 or Surly LHT?
« on: March 12, 2012, 10:28:03 pm »
Took the maiden voyage on the LHT today and I really, really like how it rides.  Very smooth.  Only did 27 miles, and of course unloaded except for a small rack bag, but she's a lot gentler on my body than the Trek 1.2.  The Surly is heavier, but for some reason I rode about .5 to 1 mph above my normal pace.   Love the bike!

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Gear Talk / Re: For CC Touring:Trek 1.2 or Surly LHT?
« on: March 11, 2012, 11:47:44 am »
Yes Joe B, the LBS that I use now could order the bike, but I wanted to ride one first and they did not stock any.   The shop where I purchased the bike had several and since my height was a "tweener", I rode a 56" and 54" to see which was the better fit.  The guy that sold me the bike had ridden to work on a LHT and had been on several long trips with it.   I couldn't get that and the advice at my LBS.  I still want to patronize the local, and will every chance I get, but I think I made the right call in this case.

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Gear Talk / Re: For CC Touring:Trek 1.2 or Surly LHT?
« on: March 11, 2012, 04:28:39 am »
Well, I did the deal.  Bought a Surly LHT.  Had to go to a bike shop 130 miles away, but I believe it was worth it, as I got to test ride a couple.  The guy at this shop was an avid tourer himself, so I went with his advice.  Easier to do when it jives with the info gleamed on this forum.  Don't really like to bypass the LBS, but they don't carry these bikes and it is not their main area of expertise.  Now to get some miles in.  Thanks all for your input, I sure appreciate it!

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