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General Discussion / Re: How much water to carry?
« on: April 08, 2024, 12:25:28 am »
I'm not claiming any medical reason to avoid drinking hot water, I'm not a trained medical person.  I just know that it makes me feel ill.  Froze, do your wrapped bottles still fit in a regular cage?  If you can save some weight, that could help.  Though my complete rig, bike+gear+shared+food, came in around 85#, which was towards the low end of my group's weights.

Gear Talk / Re: What's your rain riding plan?
« on: April 07, 2024, 10:21:43 am »
Agree on two points: stay warm and stay visible.  Motorists universally do not understand how poorly they can see on a dark, rainy night.  They always out-drive their visibility.  I try to stay on lit streets.

You might stay dry on a short ride in moderate rain, but otherwise you will get wet, to some extent.

A personal annoyance: I hate water running inside my helmet. It annoys the hell out of me, and it can be cold.  The solution is a cover, made for purpose, or a cheap shower cap. Or put up your hood under the helmet.

General Discussion / Re: How much water to carry?
« on: April 07, 2024, 09:57:38 am »
The ice is a good hint.  I don’t need my drinking water to be ice cold, but having it not hot is important.  To that end, I use double wall insulated bottles, especially in hot areas.  I now carry two TravelKuppe hot drink bottles, which fit in standard bottle cages.  For refilling, I use Igloo 36 oz/1.06L bottles. 

The double wall bottles are heavier, but I was SO glad that I had them going across Kansas in July.  DWS bottles insulate noticeably better than plastic insulated types.

Gear Talk / Re: Jones Bar
« on: March 13, 2024, 09:59:13 am »
Revisiting years later...  I have now toured with the previous north roads bars on the bike in question, a Rans crank forward.  I find that I'm totally satisfied with them.  So I won't be converting to the Jones bars (requiring a new riser, adapter and stem).  I have north roads bars on four bikes that I've toured on (short or long tours).  The north roads bars provide a better wrist angle for me.

My battery powered CPAP machine, on a challenging  3-month tour.  We were all seriously sleep deprived every night, I slept like a rock. I have only a moderate case of sleep apnea.  After two months, I decided that I needed the space in my panniers, less weight and one less thing to charge - more than I needed the CPAP.  I sent it home.

I have taken it on subsequent trips and will continue to. Since I won’t take another tour that’s so challenging, toting it is worthwhile.

Hwy 126 has a nasty dangerous tunnel near Mapleton.  I would NOT go that way.  Highway 36 is longer but is the route recommended by AC.

I also rode 126 east of Eugene, from Mackenzie Bridge to Walterville.  There's no shoulder and traffic was generally impatient, passed closely, and we got horns a bit.  It was doable but stressful.  But then again, there are a lot of places like that on the TA.  I'll let it go at that.

General Discussion / Re: Eastern Express
« on: March 06, 2024, 11:48:33 pm »
I took the traditional TA, and I hated the climbing in Virginia, part of Kentucky and Missouri.  If I were doing it again, I'd look long and hard at the Eastern Express.  Thanks for your input.

We might also ask what sort of tour the person(s) are planning.  Are they camping or using indoor accommodation?  Cooking?  Sagged?

Gear Talk / Re: Clothing List
« on: January 13, 2024, 10:42:49 am »
I hope you’ve made a checklist.

In sunny weather, I wear sun blocking long sleeve shirts (UPF 50). They cool effectively and block sun better than sunscreen.  In cooler weather or on cool mornings, a merino jersey.  On a long trip, I take three of the shirts, trying to stretch washing intervals.

I take nylon convertible pants with zippered pockets.  On a recumbent, those over mens bikini briefs, which prevents chafing.  On a diamond frame, gel liners under the pants, two or three taken along.  But everyone has to see what works for them.

Full height synthetic crew socks, to prevent a ring of sunburn around my ankles.

Gear Talk / Re: Fargo 2 vs Fargo 3
« on: January 13, 2024, 09:40:46 am »
I should have offered more context: I can readily spin over 180 on rollers (the cadence meter doesn't read any higher than 180). On the road, I can't get this bike over 42MPH on my regular descents whereas I can hit 52MPH with my other bikes. Any way you slice it, the top end is too low.

Your call, but…  pedaling much over 25 mph, your energy added will mostly get burned up as wind friction.  On day rides it’s one thing, but do you need that extra speed when touring?  Another aspect is severity of crash.  I did many 40+ descents on my transam (fastest 53), but after a while I thought better of it.  At those speeds, I should be wearing body armor and a motorcycle helmet.

I thought of changing the big ring on our ‘bent tandem from 52 to 50, to get less redundancy, but the 52 is handy on a fast descender like that bike.  Still, I stop pedaling about 25 mph.  Also, stoker is uncomfy at higher speeds, so I keep it 30 or less.

But like I said, your call.

Gear Talk / Re: Where: Selling New Old Stock bike parts online?
« on: December 16, 2023, 11:42:57 pm »
Do a web search on “vintage bike parts”.  There are several sites listed.

Gear Talk / Re: Shimano Nexus Teardown.
« on: December 13, 2023, 11:13:28 am »
It looks like you’ve had an extreme experience with an abused hub.  If the hub is locked up, I agree that the flats and keying washers won’t hold the axle in place.  It shouldn’t be expected to.

In normal service with a reasonably maintained hub, the axle flats and keyed washers work fine.  Nexus and Alfine hubs enjoy a reputation as reliable, durable components, and in my experience, it is deserved.  I don’t think that its failure to work when the internals are gummed up that badly, is a reason not to use one.

Routes / Re: Cross-Michigan tour?
« on: December 11, 2023, 09:29:39 pm »
Thanks for the info.  My group of three has decided to follow the route that Adventure Cycling follows for its organized Great Lakes group tour.

Youth Bicyle Travel / Re: Links to tours w/ kids
« on: November 17, 2023, 07:05:39 am »
Irode a tour with my daughter and two teen grandkids this summer:

Grandson (17) said, “I knew this would be cool, but I didn’t think it would be this cool.”  We had a great time!

General Discussion / Re: Advice on likely my last bike
« on: November 16, 2023, 05:56:20 pm »
I recently purchased a new light touring bike.  Like OP, I don’t want (actually can’t tolerate) drop bars, but wanted a light bike with limited off road capability.  I bought a Trek FX Sport 5. It is much like a road bike but has flat bars.  I changed to north roads bars and a shorter stem with rise.  Buying a flat bar bike let me use the same controls on north roads bars.

The frame is stiff, but it is carbon, don’t know if you are ok with that. I chose the 5 over the 6 as it has alloy wheels and more spokes (32 v 28); I’m not comfortable with the carbon rims on the 6.

The bike comes with 40mm tires, good for some offroad use.

It is hard to find flat bar bikes.

I would also second reconsidering your current bike, if it meets your needs.  Maybe a refurb is all you need.  My new Trek replaces a 50 year old Raleigh, which I had refurbished and is still a capable bike for supported or credit card touring.  Well, except the Record crank needs replacing…. And my daughter just refurbished her 1990’s Cannondale road bike - turned touring bike.

And - have you considered a two wheeled recumbent? I use one for loaded epic tours.

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