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Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« on: August 30, 2016, 01:50:55 pm »
Interesting, I've never heard of well-fitting shoes reducing foot sweating.

Foot sweating is your concern?  Oh my.

SPD sandals reduce this "problem" considerably because the socks are exposed to the wind you generate when pedaling.

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Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« on: August 29, 2016, 10:12:20 pm »
If I may interject a question, how do you stand staying in one pair of shoes all day?

I may be very abnormal, but I frequently wear one pair of shoes all day long.  Sun up to sun down.  Frequently it is my pair of sneakers.  Same pair of socks all day too.  Put them on when I get up and take them off when I go to bed.  One pair of socks all day long.  Same shoes too.  My shoes are comfortable.  Don't hurt my feet at all.  When riding my bike I sometimes use my SPD sandals.  They are very comfortable and I can wear them all day long.  No need to ever take them off unless going to bed.

I'd suggest you get to a podiatrist and get some properly fitting shoes.

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Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« on: August 29, 2016, 03:54:41 pm »
If I didn't care if the shoes I were using had cleat attachments, I'd have a world of shoes to choose from.  But since I DID want to put cleats on them (without using some kind of jury-rigged third-party gadget)

Not sure I would call toeclips and straps a "jury rigged third party gadget".  They are sold about everywhere in the world and have been used for about the past 100 years.  Now, to mention clipless pedals and shoes in the same sentence as toeclips and straps is blasphemous, humorous, disgusting, etc.

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Routes / Re: Weather concerns for fall cross country?
« on: August 26, 2016, 02:47:36 pm »
I live about 350 miles west of Chicago.  On the route between Chicago and Denver.  If you start on the east coast in September, you will get to the Midwest in October.  The Midwest can be wonderful in the fall.  Sunshine, breezes, pleasant temperatures.  It can also, and frequently, be cool to cold and very windy and rainy.  The climate is very variable in the fall in the Midwest.  Winds out of the west and north are almost guaranteed.  In the fall my friends and I use the riding technique of getting up early in the morning, looking out the windows to see what the weather is doing that morning, rain, snow, wind, cold, then deciding to ride or go back to bed.  If you could plan your rides for afternoon every day it would be much better.  From about 1 to 4 every afternoon its usually good riding weather.  Last year Halloween was 60 degrees.  Other years the kids needed a winter coat and mittens and stocking hat.  By starting so late in the year, you are almost guaranteeing a wide variety of weather.  From great to awful.  Great meaning 60 degrees.  60 degrees is fine for riding, but its not really warm.  You might want to wear long sleeves and maybe tights too.  Awful is rain and maybe 30 to 40 degrees and headwind.

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General Discussion / Re: bike racks for car (trunk style)
« on: August 23, 2016, 01:17:02 pm »
I like the Saris Bones 3 bike rack.  Not the 2 bike rack.  It accommodates bikes with a top tube.  Men's diamond frame bikes.  Might not work for mixte and full suspended mountain bikes.

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Food Talk / Re: to cook or not to cook?
« on: August 19, 2016, 12:59:21 pm »
In my tours I have always eaten at restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, etc.  All meals, all food.  Every night you should be camped close to a town or in a town.  There should be places to eat.  During the day I ride through a town every few miles with food to eat.  If for some reason it happens to be a ride with zero services all day, then you can plan ahead and buy some easily eaten food the day before until you get back to a more populous part of the journey.  Meals also give you some social interaction.  In the USA and Europe, food is easily found in every town.  Pre-packaged, ready to eat food.  And almost every where has food you can buy and eat on the spot.  The food may or may not be the healthiest.  But eating all fat and carbs for a couple days won't kill you.  You can eat lots of vegetables and fruits tomorrow.  It is probably more expensive than cooking your own food.  But does not have to be if you try to be cheap.  As already said, bread and peanut butter and jelly is good.  And very cheap.  Cans of tuna or chicken.  Apples, oranges, bananas.  Bags of salad at grocery stores.  Bread, crackers.  Milk and cereal is a fine meal.  Have to carry a bowl and spoon for this.

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Gear Talk / Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« on: August 17, 2016, 01:35:28 pm »
I just can't determine the advantage of a custom bike at this point (having no experience), so seems foolish to spend the money on a bike I can't even test and hope it will be 250% better! Maybe after this initial tour or sometime down the line, I will.

The advantages of a custom bike are the following:
1.  You demand a unique bike built just for you.  No one else has your bike.  Its unique to you only.  It has whatever you want on it.  Whatever color.
2.  You require a unique, different, non standard size frame.  Smaller or bigger are the usual changes.  But some people have extra long bodies and short legs, so they need a bike to fit them.  Custom.  Standard factory frames are built for the average person ranging from about 5'4" to 6'4" tall with normal sized legs, torsos, necks, heads, feet.  Their bodies fit within the bell curve of normal.  Bike manufacturers make bikes to fit them by the millions.  The normal sized person does not need a custom bike for fit.

I don't need a custom sized frame.  Many manufacturers make perfectly sized bikes to fit me at the factory.  And some manufacturers don't make bikes that fit me very well at all.  Colnago being one of them.  Short top tubes.  But I might want a custom to get different handling from normal, extra stiff, or extra plush, or more tire clearance, or unique braze-ons, or...

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Gear Talk / Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« on: August 07, 2016, 01:46:33 pm »
Experienced road bike torers please chime in here. Many say I could do it, but wouldn't enjoy it.

???  The ultra light touring method does not have to use ay racks at all.  Adventure Cycling sells a very large saddlebag and a bag that fits in the main tube (Revelate Designs).  And there are probably handlebar bags available too.  You can carry a fair amount of stuff without any racks at all.  And its lighter not having heavy racks on the bike.  You do have to be very minimal in your gear selection and watch the weight of all the gear closely.  Some like this aspect, counting grams, others do not.  But minimal gear and minimal weight are important for this touring to work.  Minimal gear is most important of all.  Its zero weight if you don't carry it.  And you can then use any bike you want.

Would you enjoy it?  Don't know.  Some people do not enjoy vacations unless they stay in AAA hotels and have limousines drive them everywhere.  Or only go in bus size RVs with Jacuzzi hot tubs.  Others enjoy riding all over the world on an old K-Mart bike with milk crates to carry their gear.  I expect you could look at your current lifestyle to determine whether you would like minimal touring.  If you drive a 15 year old manual transmission compact car to work and the store and are happy, then you would probably do fine touring with minimal gear.  If you must drive the half mile to the convenience store to get your fix of Twinkies using your $88,000 XLT AAA Super Mega SUV pick-up truck with the air conditioner turned on high, then the minimal touring method is probably not for you.  I doubt riding a bike would even appeal to these types of people.  If you don't use or need any luxury in your life now, and live barebones with nothing extra, you have enough, nothing extra, then minimal touring would probably work for you.  If your house is stuffed full of stuff, if you buy stuff all the time, if you love shopping, then the minimal touring method probably won't work for you.

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Food Talk / Re: Best Foods for Training
« on: August 06, 2016, 03:26:20 pm »
I suggest you go more on Protein and Less Carbs food. :)

That might possibly, maybe work if you were walking.  Walking is a low calorie exercise.  No need for quick acting carbohydrates, unlike cycling.  When cycling you are burning calories quickly.  You need carbohydrates in your blood immediately to make it to the end of the day.  You cannot wait hours for your body to convert stored fat or protein back into sugar to feed your muscles.  Fat and protein work well when you are sleeping.  Your body will convert fat and protein back to sugar while sleeping to recharge your body for the next day.  But when you need energy to get to the top of the mountain in the next hour, you need carbohydrates right now.

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Urban Cycling / Re: commuting by bike
« on: August 06, 2016, 03:14:12 pm »
3km - that's got to be fairly hassle-free.  No clothing change most days, I bet. I'd probably walk or maybe ride the old three speed.

No.  When I commuted 2 miles each way, I wore cycling clothes.  Even in 2 miles you will sweat.  Best to sweat in your cycling clothes, not your all day work clothes.  Never thought it would be pleasant to ride in Docker style cotton pants and a Polo shirt.  Walk?  Figure 15-20 plus minutes to walk 2 miles.  Each way.  Walk in your dress work clothes?  Never thought of commuting as something I would want to prolong to enjoy the sites.  And when it is dark both ways, cold, rainy, I'd want it over as fast as possible.

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Getting water in the USA isn't much of a concern.  Its not rationed anywhere I know of.  Might not be palatable or sanitary or safe in a few places, but that is a different matter.  I frequent convenience stores when I ride.  I like sodas and fruit pies while riding.  And hot dogs.  Stores always have bathrooms for customers to use.  They usually want you to buy something to use the bathroom.  But they probably would not say anything even if you just went in and used the bathroom, and filled your water bottles.  Might have to find a cup in the store to pour the water into your bottles if you can't get them under the sink spout.  Bottles too tall.  And I am guessing if you went into any kind of store or met anyone on the street and asked for water, they would give you some.  There are lots and lots and lots of A-holes in the USA.  But asking for water probably isn't going to get them going.

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General Discussion / Re: Bike touring in the desert?
« on: August 06, 2016, 01:00:56 pm »
No comment on riding in the desert.  But right now you are carrying 1.6 gallons of water.  12.8 pounds of water.  And you are considering adding either 1.5 or 2.5 gallons of extra water.  12 pounds or 20 pounds extra.  Seems to me if you plan your trip so you have water where you camp, start/end of the ride.  Then you should easily make it fine.  If you plan to camp for 2-3 days with no water, then I don't know.

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Gear Talk / Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« on: August 05, 2016, 12:16:22 pm »
In recent years I have gone lighter and lighter and found that it made a big difference for me.  That said the bike itself is the last place I worried about dropping weight.

Yes and no.  If going lighter and lighter, I doubt you would start with a heavy duty loaded touring bike.  I reckon you would start with a road racing style bicycle.  Doesn't have to be a racing bicycle, just a road bike.  Much lighter than a touring bike.  If starting with no bike, then don't look at loaded touring bikes.  Look at road racing style bikes if going lighter and lighter.  Or use what you already own.

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Gear Talk / Re: Davidson Titanium Road Bike
« on: August 05, 2016, 04:12:51 am »
I looked at the Davidson website.  Looks like very fine titanium bicycles.  Road bikes.  Maybe not "racing" bikes.  But definitely road bikes.  Not designed for racks or panniers.  You could attach a rear rack with P-clips on the seatstays easy enough.  Being titanium there should be no paint to scratch.  Not sure I would want to carry much weight.  Minimal gear.  Or use a big seatbag and a bag inside the main triangle.  Adventure Cycling sells these bags.  Go ultra light touring with minimal gear.  Doubt it would be much different than your carbon Specialized bike.  Just a bit tougher, scratch resistant due to being titanium.  If you want a second bike, get this one if it fits.  Looks good.

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Gear Talk / Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« on: August 05, 2016, 02:23:31 am »
The jury is still out though and for now I am going to concentrate on defining the load I am wanting/willing to carry. Also,trying to borrow a touring bike to load up and do a trial tour or figure out how to setup my current bike for a test run.

Definitely consider the ultra light method.  Several on this site have talked about that way.  I have a loaded touring bike and panniers.  So heavy loaded for me.  But if I was starting from scratch again, I would seriously consider the ultra light method with a regular road bike.  Adventure Cycling sells several bags that attach under the saddle and inside the main triangle for carrying a large amount of gear.

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