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General Discussion / Re: touring in the rain?
« on: February 19, 2014, 12:21:25 am »
Practice. Learn to ride in rain and wind by getting out and doing it. You quickly learn how to cope with the conditions and learn how to decide when it's time to go home or find cover or grind it out. You also quickly discover what kind of clothing or gear works and what was a waste of money. Do all of that experimentation close to home.
Also a good idea to practice setting up camp in wind and wind-driven rain. You quickly learn how not to let your tent get destroyed, how to keep your gear under the fly till the thing's up, what's important to keep dry and what can get soaked.

Gear Talk / Re: Retiring, getting into self contained touring
« on: February 17, 2014, 12:56:14 am »

Gear Talk / Re: First Touring Bike
« on: January 26, 2014, 10:26:04 am »
Try a recumbent. Awesome touring machines.
There are two rules for running a 'bent bike (or trike):
1. Be comfortable
2. Be weird

You must comply with both and that is why there are so few of us.

Gear Talk / Re: Tent - One Person and Freestanding?
« on: January 22, 2014, 08:27:45 am »
I'm in the market for a new tent. The primary consideration is that it's for one person (I don't want it too big/heavy) and freestanding (for camping opportunities which would preclude stakes). Most other considerations are secondary. Any suggestions?

Super light.
Not free-standing, it just lies there.
No room for your stuff, just you.
Maybe add a sil-nylon tarp to the kit for extended canopy and to cover the gear you're not going to get into your bivvy.

Rocky Mountain / Re: trail of the coeur d'alenes loop route
« on: January 18, 2014, 09:05:41 pm »
It's Idaho. Those are old mine roads, aren't they? I've only looped back on the highway or obscure surface roads.
If you're carrying your full kit on the bike for the return ride you want the sturdiest tire you feel like pushing.
There is a bike shop in Kellogg and, I believe, one in Wallace. Give them a call. There is a website for the trail and I believe the site either has a discussion forum or a contact listing for additional information on planning a successful road or mountain bike trip.

I've ridden the whole trail both directions. It's an amazing resource. Lots to see and do along the trail. Be sure to allow some additional time on your trip to visit the local museums and do the tourist stuff. And, depending on where you're coming from, there is so much in Idaho to see! Bring your fly rod and stay a bit. Spend some money.

DOn't sweat it, everything comes together. It's not always pleasant, though.

Thousands of folks take off every year with a lot less planning and research than you have performed and they seem to do alright. But I'm not the kind of guy who risks comfort (and possibly much more) without knowing what I'm doing. I wouldn't start winter backcountry ski camping without some training and some experimentation under controlled and reduced risk conditions.

I strongly urge you to sign up with a supported bike tour event--tow or three nights or a week. It's an expensive vacation, about $100/day on average, but you learn how to ride distances, how your gear works, how your bike works and how to pack and set up your camp. then take a few short overnights with all of your gear packed on the bike. There are plenty of places wherever you are that you can ride to, set up camp, eat, sleep safely and return.

Or, of course, you can just saddle up and hit the road!

Please visit the forums after your trip and let us know how you got along. Or give us your blog address if you're traveling and posting live.

General Discussion / Re: how to keep my feet warm!
« on: January 15, 2014, 09:27:44 am »
Personal anecdotal evidence only: I rode the same 20 miles in the same weather conditions, about 45F, cloud cover, no sun, 8-15mph swirling winds and spitting rain. Feet were ice cold on one trip, feet were fine on the other. When I took off socks, I could see the toes were pale and pushing on the moons indicated poor circulation.
The only thing that changed on the trips was swapping out my bike shorts for a swimming suit. My conclusion, the grippers on the bike shorts were restricting micro circulation just enough to make heat transfer into and out of the extremities difficult. Might have also involved how the chamois pad interacted with the seat on my recumbent. Toes were pink and moons recovered immediately clearly indicating adequate circulation.

I only know that using unrestricted, unconfined, unpadded shorts made a huge difference.

Your issue could be, as pointed out, circulation or nerve impingement but cold feet in 50F is not normal. Could be your clothing, your bike geometry, your physiology or an underlying condition you need to get looked at and treated. Maybe not because it's a dangerous situation but because it's uncomfortable.

Rocky Mountain / Ride Idaho 2014, tenth anniversay
« on: January 15, 2014, 09:19:04 am » and on facebook

There's real challenge in coming up with unique and interesting rides through parts of Idaho; we just don't have the roads and the geography means you ride a bike over or around obstacles like mountain ranges, river canyons and deserts.

This year, a loop starts and ends in Twin Falls with extensions south to the City of Rocks and north to Hailey. They're promising a 10th year party on a layover day in Hailey. Or you can do a challenging century by heading to Stanley in the incredible Sawtooth Range and along the Salmon River, humping over Galena Summit both going and coming.

Twin Falls has a real airport so you can fly in from anywhere or you can come to Boise and drive 120 miles or Pocatello and drive 90 miles.

Impossible to predict the appeal of the route but I'm signing up today and this is my ninth Ride Idaho. If you join us, watch for the guy on the Tour Easy recumbent and say "Hi."

General Discussion / Re: Weather Data Aggregation for Bike Touring
« on: January 12, 2014, 10:52:00 am »
Ship your extra gear back home if you want to but I'd want to know where I could replace it if I had made a foolish mistake.
Some gear is impractical or may become unnecessary as your trip progresses. Maybe not.
On Cycle Oregon a tour participant is likely to experience rain, snow and 90F in a week. ONe day we went from 80F on the eastern side of the Blue Mtns, climbed to the pass in light snow, descended in wicked cold rain and ended on the western side wet and cold but in 60F and set up camp in the sun.

Gear Talk / Re: Full coverage helmets
« on: December 25, 2013, 10:39:37 am »
Full coverage or just back-of-head?
I tried a Bern.
Heavy, hot, and added a level of dorkitude that surpassed even my need for individuality and expressiveness.
But your mileage may vary.

Gear Talk / Vargo titanium alcohol stove
« on: December 22, 2013, 09:05:20 pm »
Sorry if this is not news to anyone else, just stumbled upon it while reading VeloOrange's blog. Apparently the stove has been around since 2005, news to me. Looking for reviews took me to Zen Alcohol Stoves, great spot for ultralighters looking for DYI spirit stoves

General Discussion / Re: Are you a 'serious' cyclist?
« on: December 20, 2013, 12:04:48 pm »
Funny, thanks for the link.

I've let that kind of stuff go as I've gotten older and wiser and more interested in other things besides miles and gears. These days I tend to appreciate BikeSnobNYC's outlook on cycling, cyclists and the cycling industry.

Warning: Adult language, adult points of view, real world content about cycling in a big city, commuting and racing. He's crass and obscene and outrageous and apologizes to no one for his rants; not for the timid!

Tim, many thanks for your contribution to the discourse here on Adventure Cycling. You said "back home to Boise" so I assume Idaho is not new territory for you.

Traveling the backroads of a sparsely populated, fiercely independent and weirdly diverse geographical region is fraught with risk from the first pedal stroke: weather, animals, ignorant motorists, mechanicals, and you may not see another human on some of those primitive roads for several days. But you and your bike may also be intruding. Folks have been exploiting and extracting Idaho for a l-o-n-g time. Hunting, logging and mining are well-established industries and they enjoy protection and favor. The shepherds have been moving their flocks through the Stanley Basin for 100 years. No one blades the old mining and logging roads. Springs vanish in the summer. Severe thunderstorms kick up out of nowhere and, while they rarely last more than a few hours in the mountains, they can really mess stuff up, testing you and your gear. Roads wash out. Trees fall down and landslides can change the courses of streams.

Self-contained mountain bike touring is easily researched and there are a few books available. A few backpacking weekends in the mountains you plan to ride over will prepare you for your bike journey and give you practical experience with your camping equipment. Idaho has many thousands of miles of single track and jeep trails you can ride.

Thanks again, Tim, nice work.

Gear Talk / Re: Can we survive the Transamerica with no cyclocomputer?
« on: December 03, 2013, 09:32:09 pm »
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My daughter and I plan to ride the Transamerica Route in 2014 using Adventure Cycling maps. I'm very map oriented (experienced with reading maps, etc.).   My daughter is good at reading maps and navigating too. Each of us will have an iphone, but we'll probably keep them in airplane mode to save battery unless/until we have a reason to use them (e.g. google maps if we have a question about where we are, etc.)
Thanks in advance for your input.

A young girl with an iPhone? Your main concern will be powering her phone. If you have the phones, invest in (more than one) external power supply and use and enjoy their advanced features. Get an interface for the bike if you like.
But even Google maps can be inaccurate.
Remember that the first cross-continental trips were made without phones, without maps, without GPS, without company, without sponsors. You can survive. Heck, leave the phones at home and see what living in the 20th Century is like.

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