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I have the Princeton Tec EOS helmet light.  Stays there year round.  Always available.  It runs for several hours on low.  Low is enough to ride by.  Not fast or great.  But its enough.  And I use three rear blinky lights with 2 AA or AAA lights.  Usually only use two of them.   Why the great interest in front lights on a touring bike?  I would think you would plan to ride during the daylight.  For rain and early starts, the EOS is enough to be seen.  Why the desire for 3 or 4 different front lights?  Once you have enough front light to see and be seen, more does you no good.  Are you planning on touring through the night?  Bit hard to see much that way.

My usual lights use AA or AAA batteries.  They seem to last long enough.  And batteries are easy to get.

General Discussion / Re: southern tier
« on: September 15, 2016, 03:37:10 pm »
I'm on a medtonic pump with Novalog.  My normal pattern with a long ride is to bolus covering my meal, then after an hour of riding, turn the pump off.  I do not use a CGM because of constant false readings when riding.   CGMs don't work well with exercise -- interstitial levels don't match well with blood glucose when levels are changing rapidly.  I have learned to check manually frequently and I have pretty good awareness.  I know this is important and dangerous so I pay attention.

On the Medtronic MiniMed 530G myself.  Using the built in CGMS with it.  Can't speak to the not working with exercise comment.  But during exercise is not really when its important to have CGMS.  When riding I am very alert and aware of everything.  So know when the glucose is low.  Usually not a concern when riding.  It can be but not usually.  Its at night and when not riding that is the problem.  Exercise can and does have the effect of reducing glucose levels long after the exercise has stopped.  Particularly during the night after exercise.  That is when the CGMS would be very helpful.

With just the 2 week unsupported section in the middle you should not have too many troubles with supplies.

General Discussion / Re: southern tier
« on: September 14, 2016, 10:55:27 pm »
I have been cycling a lot, 550 mile trips, over 1700 miles this year.  I will also be supported most of the time (daughter, wife).  I will have to self-support for a bit.

My experience is that riding every day reduces insulin needs, but can increase frequency of changing infusion sites.  Carrying lots of cliff bars and fig newtons to deal with hypoglycemia has been effective.

Resupplying insulin should be possible.  My endocrinologist will give me written prescriptions to carry and even if I can't get Medicare to cover it, I'll just pay for it.

I'd still like to know which regime you are on now.  Manual injections with regular bolus, Lantus/Levemir/NPH basal?  Or pump?  CGMS too?  You mention infusion sites so assuming pump.  CGMS too?  Having support will make things easier.  Your support can drive to a pharmacy 50 miles away while you are riding that day.  There will still be issues with ordering supplies each month and getting them delivered to you.  Assuming you do not fill a new prescription at a pharmacy every time you run out of something.  But get an old prescription refilled at home and shipped to you on the road.  But probably less critical if you have mobile support along.  And can resupply for an entire month before you start the unsupported sections.  Assume the unsupported sections will be one month or less in duration.  Guessing a "support-no-support-no-support" pattern.

Yes riding does reduce insulin quantity.  Maybe one fourth to one half less basal and less bolus too during the rides.  Same bolus amounts after the rides in the evening.  But you will want to increase the amount of blood tests during the day.  Glucose can change quickly.  A blood test every hour during the ride would not be out of line.  So you will be using more blood test strips during this trip than at home.  And with more frequent infusion site changes, then more cannula changes.

General Discussion / Re: southern tier
« on: September 12, 2016, 03:26:47 pm »
I have never done anything like this before, so want as much information as possible.  I have the ACA maps and support (my daughter) for the the first 3 weeks.  Being almost 70, artificial hip and type 1 diabetic,

Have you ever toured on a bike before?  Do you ride a bike now?  If the answer to these questions is NO, then I would suggest you forget this idea.  Jumping in at the deep end and trying to figure out how to swim is not good.  You could easily be DEAD with your health problems.  Assuming you ride now and maybe toured before, then here are some answers.

I ride with lots of guys early mid 60s.  They could all ride across the US without any problems.  Can't see why adding 5-10 years to their ages would change much.  Being 70 should not be a problem.  Artificial hip?  Does not sound good.  But I'll assume you ride now with this issue.  So you should be able to cope with it.

Type 1 diabetic.  Pump?  CGMS?  Or injections?  If pump and CGMS, then you will have problems with the supplies required.  They take up a lot of space and you have to carry a lot of supplies because you are changing sites every 3-6 days.  About one half of a pannier at the beginning of a 30 day cycle.  Less space required as you use the supplies during the month.  Insulin does OK at room temperature but can spoil if it gets into the 80s, 90s for several days straight.  I don't know if you can carry all the supplies you would need for three months of touring.  The space required would be huge.  So you will need to resupply several times during the trip.  How?  Can you buy supplies along the way?  Or must you have someone at home get the supplies and then ship them to you at a designated US Post office you will pass by.  I think the post office can receive packages and then you pick them up.  Or use a UPS or FedEx office.  Lot of potential issues doing it this way.  Long ago I used long acting insulin and short acting via injections.  Easy to carry everything for the entire summer the whole time.  No resupply issues.  Pump and CGMS does provide better control.  But there are supply issues.  Think of it like this.  Injections, 100% OK control.  Pump/CGMS, 95% great control, 5% dead or emergency room.  Which is better?  The 5% dead is due to the issues of carrying and resupplying medical devices when you are a long way from home.  If you could arrange to have your daughter meet you and resupply you every 2-3 weeks, then no issues at all.  Its easy to carry 2-3 weeks of supplies.  But if you are trying to figure out how to get 3 weeks of supplies, three to six months in the future, delivered in a one week period, and you being in that exact spot in a day or two window, good luck.  Does your state have a lottery?  If you can master this, then you better buy a lottery ticket.  You will win easily.  Buying and carrying blood test supplies may be an issue too.  Assume eight tests per day.  Three month trip.  Seven hundred plus strips.  Fair amount to buy and carry ahead of time.  Maybe put this in the resupply equation too.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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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