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General Discussion / Re: What are the top 3 things we like about touring?
« on: December 01, 2020, 09:35:45 am »
yeah I know, it's not as far as you guys all go
For whatever it is worth Froze, I have done most all of my touring in 1 to 3 week segments and simply linked the segments over time together to complete the total/aggregated objective.  'Segment linking' (simply my terminology, not intended as any kind of official phraseology : ) has its pros and its cons just as full-on end to end (all at one time) has its pros and its cons.
3 greatest pros / benefits to me of doing a single segment at a time are:
(1) Get to learn from all my mistakes and endeavor to thus improve on the next segment;
(2) Get to keep dreaming of (& thereby having good reason for staying in decent physical shape) being out there again in the quest of completing the current ultimate 'end to end by segments' objective;
(3) Was able to keep a business running & intact (per your above stated management matter), as I was not on tour beyond a business b-r-e-a-k-i-n-g point.

General Discussion / Happy Thanks-giving wishes ....
« on: November 25, 2020, 07:50:08 am »
Happy giving THANKS weekend wishes ....
which includes thanks to Adventure Cycling Association for this great Forum.

Routes / Re: MTB vs long haul trucker Trans America
« on: November 21, 2020, 07:12:43 am »
What size tires did you use?
On both MTB and Tour Bike 1.9"x26".
Added point(s) of info on the MTB ... it has no front suspension (one of the early Schwinn Moabs) .... Also, on the MTB, replaced the handlebar with a little wider one + added Bar Ends, reversed positioned & located just inside the grips thus providing vast counter hand fatigue gripping options.  Work so well, for me, ... did the same with bar ends on my Tour Bike. 

Routes / Re: MTB vs long haul trucker Trans America
« on: November 20, 2020, 08:37:48 am »
with the MTB and didn’t seem bothered by the asphalt sections and wondering if there is anybody who sees a quantifiable and justifiable advantage to the Surly vs a hard tail mountain bike. Just curious. I pull a BOB and intend to continue that on this trip.
I did asphalt via a MTB hardtail + single track trailer on the Northern Tier Anacortes to Marblemount, as well as, the Skyline Drive and an across a state group ride and all was great.  Have a full blown touring rig now; however, actually found the MTB to be an overall slightly more comfortable spin.
Wish you a wonderful tour Miner .... send us updates.

Routes / Re: ACA Discontinuing some Paper Maps
« on: November 12, 2020, 07:08:15 am »
If the paper maps for those said 15 routes cost more per unit to produce because of lower total units sold then charge a higher price for those specific maps but do not stop production.

General Discussion / Re: What are the top 3 things we like about touring?
« on: November 10, 2020, 06:29:33 am »
(1) Being out there up front and in person with The Creation and all it's elements,
      e.g., weather, geology, critters, flora, water (or lack there of : ).
(2) Good feelings from various accomplishments,
      e.g., gaining a certain climb/elevation, getting from pt. a to b, dealing with various terrain conditions.
(3) What ever that sense of freedom is that I have always gotten from being on 2 wheels and self-propelled.

General Discussion / What are the top 3 things we like about touring?
« on: November 07, 2020, 09:58:27 am »
I threatened to post this Question Topic inspired by an observation by Westinghouse under the "Min/Max Speed...." string that has been recently active.
He commented (I am paraphrasing here & hoping I got it right ! : )
on the 'importance of the many dimensions of weather awareness when on tour compared to the impact of weather when not on tour.' 
I appreciated his comment cause it reminded me of how much I love the alertness that weather demands of me when I am on tour....
So much so that it is one of my biggie reasons for lovin' tourin'.
Then it lead me to wondering what actually are those main 'things' I really, really like about touring? 
Over the years I may have gotten so close to touring that it has maybe become just one big wonderful undefined / amorphous attraction.....
thus, I would benefit from the specific insights of others.

General Discussion / Re: Maximum/minimum speeds
« on: November 07, 2020, 09:28:58 am »
That is one thing about weather. It takes on a very different meaning on a long distance bicycling journey.
And what you have pointed out Westinghouse with your above comment is,
for me, one of the top 5 'things' I love about touring. ....
in fact, with another cup of coffee, you have maybe inspired me to do a new topic post ...
something like ~ "What are the top 5 things we like about touring?"

General Discussion / Re: Maximum/minimum speeds
« on: November 03, 2020, 06:59:43 am »
until I just gave up and quit for the day - in dealing with sustained, very strong headwinds in western North Dakota.
One year in w. ND I had 3 days of 30+mph headwinds coming out of the east and I just quit for all 3 days, thus making for a "Minimum Speed" of zero mph..... had I tried to ride into the above 30 mph winds it might have blown me backwards reducing my "Minimum Speed" further? : ).

Many thanks.

Has anyone 'modified' a 'Gravel Bike' to a Bikepacking / Touring rig?
If yes, what pro and cons were learned in your process of doing so.
Thank you.

General Discussion / Re: Max speed unavoidable critter crashes?
« on: October 21, 2020, 08:29:29 am »
flying down a hill ... having one of the tires deflate suddenly - Tailwinds, John
Yeah, lost a tube, uneventfully thankfully, coming down the east side of Washington Pass.
It all happened just right, John, ...
as it was just after the start of the downhill about an 8th mile before that 1st more than double back curve and I was not yet at much of any kinda speed.
Meanwhile, here is the best part...
back then (2002), right before the slab started swinging left, was that large open gravel-ie area on the right road side which gave me all the room needed for a pulling off and fully unpacking of my rig to get the rear wheel new tube in place, while not being in hittin' distance from the steady parade for RVs and Logger Trucks coming n going.

General Discussion / Re: Max speed unavoidable critter crashes?
« on: October 20, 2020, 08:18:43 am »
Sorry to give you something else to worry about  ;) . Tailwinds, John
: ).

General Discussion / Max speed unavoidable critter crashes?
« on: October 19, 2020, 08:33:08 am »
1st : ) Full Disclosure:
I am a full-on to the point of boring safety-junkie.
With that understood....
Recently there have been numerous most interesting posts on 'Max and Min Speed' on a separated thread.....
have read 'em all and have added my own 'min and max,' as well;
however, the posts have just naturally gotten my safety-junkie thinking activated ...
some critters (am thinking coyotes, etc., etc.) don't necessarily hear a bicycle coming.
I have seen them drifting out into the road not knowing I am coming their way.
Here is what I am wondering about ....
What amount of concern do y'all assign to the possibility of destroying yourself
at whatever you consider to be high speed by unavoidably crashing into such?

Bikecentennial / Re: Bikes that we used
« on: October 16, 2020, 07:07:42 am »
This information is very close to my post about a "Bikecentennial build" I understand many people road different bikes, but I am interested in building a bike that would have been typical bike most road in 1976. Any helpful details would be appreciated.
Just had my 1973 Schwinn Continental 10 Speed completely refurbished bump to bumper.

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