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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?

Classifieds / Southern Tier Maps 1 2 3 Wanted
« on: July 23, 2016, 04:55:01 pm »
Southern Tier Maps 1 2 3 Wanted  - Don't care if they are beat up.

General Discussion / Re: Mississippi River barge ride
« on: July 01, 2016, 06:10:43 pm »
...Ignoring the realities of the war, the lifestyle is of what I am speaking.

General Discussion / Re: Mississippi River barge ride
« on: July 01, 2016, 05:21:01 pm »
After reading some of their log, it appears things have changed a lot.  Thanks for sending that.  What gutsy girls.  It was another age, simple and relaxed.

General Discussion / Mississippi River barge ride
« on: June 29, 2016, 03:05:55 pm »
I'm pedaling the length of the Mississippi River this fall, all the way down to New Orleans, Louisianna. On the way, I would like to experience putting my bike on a barge and go for a short cruise and pass through a set of locks.  Anyone have any knowledge about how this could be done?  They have expensive paddle wheelers and tour boats but they are budget busters.

Colorado / Re: Worst experience across the US was in CO
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:41:53 am »
I think you missed the boat in Kremmling, Co.  I stayed at that campground in 2015 and thought the $12 was well spent.  The tenting area was in shaded lush grass, they had all the amenities of showers, laundry, and even a reading/television room.  The owner even offered to take me into town to get groceries and later the maintenance man helped me do repairs on my bike.  ...I've learned that if you want to keep clean, safe, and have a good nights sleep, one should spend the dough for commercial campgrounds.  Granted, I bypass many because they are either crappy or way over priced.

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