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General Discussion / Re: Rear Kickstand
« on: March 03, 2017, 08:38:26 pm »
Which rear kickstand have you been using?

The one I've used is the rear triangle version made by Greenfield. Never used it on a tour, but have used it for day-to-day commuting, and I have had loads on it.

That is what I have now, and one of the companies that told me they were not built for heavy weight.  I have been babying it.

General Discussion / Rear Kickstand
« on: March 03, 2017, 08:21:01 pm »
I use a two kickstand system after much trial and error.  The rear stands normally deemed as 'heavy duty' are not very strong.  After a couple snapped on me, I contacted the companies involved and it was explained they were not made for the weight of a loaded bicycle.  So does anyone know of a rear kickstand that will take the beating of a cross country loaded ride?

General Discussion / Re: Receiving mail on the road
« on: March 03, 2017, 08:13:53 pm »
If you are a member of Warmshowers.Org or Couchsurfing.Org, you can locate a member who will accept your mail. This solved my problems after years of other options.  I don't know how many times General Delivery lost my mail.  And one time the clerk said nothing was there for me, and I could see my package on a shelf through an open door behind her.  Their employees just do not care.

Classifieds / Re: Wanted - Bivy Sack
« on: February 23, 2017, 08:53:43 am »
As I have not used one, you have provided me lots to think about.  I am most grateful for you to take the time.  Your info may help others here, also.  I have never seen anything on Bivy sacks.  Thanks again.

Classifieds / Wanted - Bivy Sack Found/2/26
« on: February 22, 2017, 07:01:26 pm »
I am seeking a bivy sack for the unusual times that I may be stuck for a place to sleep while pedaling a new adventure.  Cutting way back on weight this trip (tent, pad, and cooking gear) because I may be changing to electric assist for the steep grades of the four mountain ranges of my 2017 C2C tour.  Long size, bug screen, and waterproof.  I'm excited for the good weather to get here.

Gear Talk / Re: Getting bike and gear to start of tour
« on: January 05, 2017, 07:37:04 pm »
I take the "no muss, no fuss" approach.  Bikeflights just shipped my boxed bike and some gear (62 lbs.) for $70 from the west coast to the Midwest.  They ship via FedEx which picks up and delivers anywhere.  As a member of Warmshowers.Org, I look for a member in the destination town who has room in his garage to store it a few days until I get there.  So far, it hasn't been a problem.

Gear Talk / Re: trailers vs panniers
« on: January 05, 2017, 07:30:10 pm »
I've used both on long distance rides and I'm back to rack and panniers.  I do lots of mountain grades and with a trailer it feels like I threw out an anchor.  The other drawback is that I tend to look at an item and say, "heck, I've got room in the trailer for that".  Pretty soon I am really riding heavy.

New heavy duty tubes always when changing tires.  Carry the old one as a spare.  With those tires, chances of a flat are slim.  So it doesn't make sense to increase those chances.  I take a tour each year which averages around 4,000 miles along with only one flat on those same tires. 

Gear Talk / Electric Assist Kits
« on: January 05, 2017, 07:07:35 pm »
After five long distance tours across the USA since retirement, I'm doing research for this year's 4,400 mile adventure in the electric assist motor kit realm for my REI Novara Safari. I'm 73. I can get away with it. I don't see any problem with not being a purest, not when I have to cross the Great Smokey Mountains, the Rockies, the Cascades, and the Sierra Nevada's, all on one ride. I'm tired of pushing up steep grades, and it burns up so much time. From what I have gathered so far, there are models that can be used on either wheel. I'm looking at a front wheel application, only because I have finally gotten my rear wheel just right to handle all the weight with extra spokes and heavy duty rim. "If it works, don't mess with it." The electric assist companies make great claims of distance and speed. If I could find one that actually produced only half their results, I would be thrilled. I understand that these setups are for the 'commuter' market and not touring applications. I have not found a manufacturer so far that is confident enough to recommend their product. It seems to me that if a 'commuter' product made it all the way from ocean to ocean on a lightly loaded bike, this would speak well for durability and quality. A go-getter should jump on this. ...Are there any ideas out there to further my search?

Routes / Southern Tier - People to Meet
« on: November 04, 2016, 04:43:48 pm »
Presently staying at the restored Simpson Hotel (B&B) in Duncan, AZ due to rain storms.  (Rain in Arizona?) These people have a soft spot for cyclists (Warmshowers hosts) and keep a trailer out back with access to shower/bathroom.  Marcel, a German cyclist, was here when I arrived and we've been having a great time.  Humble Pie across the street has excellent pizza and a pub is within walking distance for a beer.  Deborah is the innkeeper and generous to a fault.  Don't miss stopping here.  Interesting and gracious people.

Gear Talk / Re: Handlebar Rearview Mirror
« on: July 26, 2016, 01:15:24 pm »
Didn't know Ortlieb had mirrors.  It looks like that will work very well.

Gear Talk / Re: Handlebar Rearview Mirror
« on: July 26, 2016, 12:43:06 pm »
I found what I was looking for in a wrist mirror and went ahead and bought the last one the seller had.  It worked very well for me on a 7,000 mile ride until I lost it.  It's called a CyFy Wristview Mirror.  You just slap it on your wrist above your watch and it wraps around snugly with no velcro or snaps.
Thanks for your submissions, guys.

Gear Talk / Re: Handlebar Rearview Mirror
« on: July 26, 2016, 12:49:13 am »
Can't use end bars on mine.  They are butterfly.

Gear Talk / Re: Handlebar Rearview Mirror
« on: July 25, 2016, 12:52:48 pm »
Hey John:  Thanks for the helmet mirror rave.  I tried one and didn't like it.  It felt clumsy and my left eye is my bad eye.  One I liked was a wrist mirror but I lost it on tour.  Now I can't find another.

Gear Talk / Handlebar Rearview Mirror
« on: July 25, 2016, 09:33:48 am »
I've looked at some mirrors that mount on the butterfly handlebars of my REI Novara Safari but they are the convex type that make everything smaller and more distant.  I don't want to have to put on reader glasses to see.  Any ideas?

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