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Classifieds / Re: Wanted: Camping chair - packable
« on: August 17, 2022, 07:54:09 am »
.... would sure enjoy sitting down in a chair in the evenings.
Yo Jack ~ On the outside chance that you have not seen this "Chair" topic string that was recently active ...
it offers some general information about 'packable' types of chairs and experiences experienced   ;)  ....

Gear Talk / Re: Chair
« on: August 01, 2022, 04:51:58 pm »
And you can still get everything in the bag?
My privilege.
Given that the REI chair is same dimensions (the chair looks identical to the Helinox Zero to me)
that the bag from REI is identical to what you have or are considering (the Helinox Zero),
then, "yes," ....
because the crafted 'sleds' completely slide over the longer legs,
as you can see in the earlier post pic,
when it packs into the bag, & thereby, the added bag space the 'sleds' require is nuttin'.

Gear Talk / Re: Chair
« on: August 01, 2022, 12:13:47 pm »
Any chance of a pic?? We have a tour coming up!
PVCs are 1 inch outside diameters.
They slide right over the legs when I break all down
to put in tote bag.
IF you give this a whirl ... pls lemmno of any ways you may well find to improve upon this idea?
Thank you.
~ Wishing you a great tour.

Gear Talk / Re: Chair
« on: July 31, 2022, 07:05:01 am »
Does anyone else carry a chair with them while on tour? ... I purchased a Helinox Chair Zero ...
And ... that is the one.
As I sit back in the Zero the thought typically emerges
that 'I am touring cause I enjoy the touring ...
not 'arriving' at the destination location
with my personal best lowest weight on bike frame ever.

P.S. Btw, regarding relaxing / enjoying touring ...
only prob ever encountered with the Zero
was the feet easily sinking into some types of soft ground.
Over came that by fabricating 2 pvc pipes to act as
'sled like' supports. 
I place them under the feet
on right and left sides/back to front.   
When I pack my fabricated pipe 'sled like' supports
they slide compactly right over two to the legs ...
all fitting in same bag that came with the Zero.

[7/31 'Modification' was to add the 'P.S.' text section.]

... maybe not a good idea to scare the poor OP with stories  ...
For me,
I'd rather read the news reports and learn / benefit from same,
so that I am more able to tour with greater awareness of possibilities.

The original post prompts 2 thoughts:
1. As I was in a bike shop somewhere just east of the North Cascades and heading east, I heard sirens. 
Upon doing so the shop owner said it was for a cyclist who was coming down the same road I was just on and
the cyclist had an animal wander out into his path (he heard the report on his radio scanner tuned to a local EMT frequency).
Shop owned added (paraphrased) 'Happens about once a month - critters can not hear the cyclist coming down the mountain ...
if the cyclist is going too fast to control his rig, the outcome can be not good for the cyclist.
2.  Was surprised at how much the wind resistance (think front panniers : ) had on slowing my speed.

Classifieds / Re: Wanted: Camping chair - packable
« on: June 12, 2022, 07:08:53 am »
Jack ~ Like the little discs on the feet that'll keep the legs from sinking into dirt that might sometimes be a little soft.
Going to look at again ... I just might end up purchasing one just like yours.
Wish you great touring, relaxing at camps & good reading : ).

Routes / Re: Route ideas for 300+ miles in May
« on: March 14, 2022, 08:30:49 am »
The Katy Trail in MO is 240 miles and level;
however, be aware that it is hard packed crushed rock/limestone(?), not paved,
thus takes a little extra energy following a rain.
The Adventure Cycling Association maps embrace it with documentation.
Highly bicycle accommodating.
Both camping and B&Bs.
~ Best of tour (where ever : ) wishes.

Gear Talk / Re: Tread type
« on: February 11, 2022, 07:42:34 am »
I am going to do a gravel tour this summer.  Surface will be rocky to paved.  I will be riding 42mm tires equipped on a gravel bike.  What type of tread is best for this?
I like my off-road treads to have a center bead so that when I am on pavement the ride, for me, is adequately smooth.

General Discussion / Re: What "riding buddies" do you take on tour?
« on: January 22, 2022, 11:00:53 am »
My critter type riding buddy
has been a postcard picture of a little fox. 
Thus, his name is Foxie.
Foxie always fits prominently in my handlebar bag,
where he and I can keep an eye on one another,
just in front of my ACA Maps
& a New Testament (my other buddy).

General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: January 02, 2022, 09:08:33 am »
How about you?  Are you planning any tours in 2022 and if so, where?
Thanks John.
Happy New Year wishes to John & all.
Blue Ridge Parkway / Skyline Drive.

Gear Talk / Re: Using a gravel bike for C2C ride - what am I missing?
« on: December 12, 2021, 08:34:09 am »
Kiz - In my view, you're good to go as you posted. 
Regarding the trailer ....
if you are going to use one
i'd encourage you to be 100% attentive as to how the manufacturer describes how the weight load is to be:
1. limited; &
2. distributed within the trailer bed.
Keep us posted as your planning progesses futher?

General Discussion / Re: The more expensive tires are the least expensive.
« on: December 10, 2021, 07:38:17 am »
The cost of the tires (& tubes, if i'm running 'em)
when compared to the total cost of a tour,
both in dollars and time spent organizing and executing,
along with the justifiably based added peace of mind while on the spin,
makes the decision for me.

General Discussion / About trailering one's pet dog while touring?
« on: November 18, 2021, 07:41:28 am »
Any thoughts (pro and con : ), tips and/or true life adventure accounts of
trailering one's pet dog while touring?
I thank you.

Oh yeah .... with fall having arrived ....
here is another of my fav.s ...
fallen leaves from time to time crunching under the tires.
Also, hearing the squirrels scampering about those fallen leaves,
as they are accumulating their food stores for the coming winter.

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