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General Discussion / Re: Absolute necessities?
« on: October 03, 2017, 01:54:49 pm »
A good sleeping pad, a good book, light weight coffee maker. That's it. Oh, a little Scotch.

General Discussion / Re: What state is your favorite to ride in?
« on: August 06, 2017, 11:23:54 pm »
Glad to hear that many of you think my home of Wisconsin is great. The most courteous drivers I've encountered were not here but in South Dakota. We have great scenic roads in Wisconsin, and no gravel roads (except Up North) but the motorists can't compare with Minnesota and South Dakota. Roads in Maine were the worst. Most beautiful would be (outside WI) Washington and Oregon.

Gear Talk / Re: Tent ground cloth?
« on: July 11, 2017, 05:53:03 pm »
Having just upgraded to a 4# tent (2 person) from a same sized 6# 4 oz tent (ground cloths included) and seeing how thin the new fabric is I wouldn't think of going without a ground cloth. For years I used polyester window screen material (thanks Oris). No pooling of rain, pretty good protection.  This time I bought the ground cloth made for the tent.

Gear Talk / Re: Prius and racks
« on: June 23, 2017, 05:34:50 pm »
Problem solved. Directions included were not clear, I missed a crucial step. Must be installed with specs to the millimeter. I recommend having it installed by a dealer that has done many. Working well now.
As to the MPG, again, still ahead compared to anything else.

Gear Talk / Re: Prius and racks
« on: May 30, 2017, 10:18:35 am »
Bought the Prius V, love the car so far, especially the gas mileage. But, clips for the new Yakima towers won't stay attached to the car. It appears that there is not enough lip for them to grip well. Anyone else have experience with these clips, specifically on the Prius V, with or without problems?

Gear Talk / Re: Trek 520
« on: March 12, 2017, 10:03:57 pm »
Read this from Adventure Cycling Magazine to learn about trail etc.

General Discussion / Re: Application for keeping a journal
« on: February 20, 2017, 04:33:31 pm »
Nope. Post cards and a 3"x2" spiral notebook.

Gear Talk / Re: Trekking bars vs Jones H bar
« on: February 18, 2017, 11:01:16 am »
Here is just one example of a trekking bar
Google trekking handlebar and you'll find numerous photos of trekking bars and the variety  of ways to set them up.

Not to get too far off topic, but the  handling of a true  touring bike is excellent with weight on the front.

General Discussion / Re: How to transport bike box?
« on: December 16, 2016, 09:58:06 am »
I like BikeFlights because you can pay ahead of time and they pick up and deliver. Asking a motel to hold the box with the promise of your business makes perfect sense to me. I use that technic when driving a few hours to begin a week long tour: I walk into a bar and grill and eat lunch then promise another meal a week later if they let me leave the car in their lot for the week. Works even better when there are 4 of us: that translates into 8 meals which is a good incentive for the owner for no effort on his/her part.

Gear Talk / Re: Recommendation for front light?
« on: November 30, 2016, 11:06:15 am »
The Minoura T shaped mount clamps to the stem between the cap and the handlebar and has room for two items. It might have room for the light on one side and the phone on the other. Good luck.

Toured for two weeks recently camping in parks. Every time we stopped at a diner for breakfast and pie we charged our lights. Left them overnight in some campground rest rooms charging. Check the owner's manuals for run times; they vary widely and you'll want the mode that lasts the longest.

Gear Talk / Re: Recommendation for front light?
« on: November 29, 2016, 02:11:59 pm »
There are many options for mounting a light up front starting with these at Adventure Cycling and
Minoura also makes this T shaped device and this bar end holder
I've used them all, they all work. I like the stem cap mount because it gets it up above the handlebar bag but only works on
the bike with threadless headset. The other bikes either have the bar end or the T mount. I didn't like the axle mount because I couldn't turn on/off the light on the fly and one the bike with a front rack it didn't fit well.

Gear Talk / Re: Prius and racks
« on: November 22, 2016, 11:39:40 am »
I was not clear in my OP request for information. I was looking for how well roof rack towers fit on the car, and any issues that arose from having to narrow the distance between bars to max of 30" (I have them 39" apart now for a large bike on my Jetta Sportswagen). Will have to replace short tray mounts with long trays. Re the MPG, yeah it makes it worse, but when you start at high MPG v. crappy MPG it is still probably a good deal in the long run. The total miles driven with a bike on top, let alone 4 bikes once a year, is insignificant for the overall miles driven.

Gear Talk / Re: Prius and racks
« on: November 07, 2016, 05:41:50 pm »
So basically, no one has experience with roof racks on a Prius. Interesting.

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