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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.

General Discussion / Re: Maximum/minimum speeds
« on: October 15, 2020, 07:37:54 am »
My slowest is also Skyline Drive/Blue Ridge Parkway. 
My first good ride after a long winter was climbing up from Front Royal VA.  I was fagged and making only less then 5 MPH.  After I reached to top I discovered my rear tire was rubbing the whole way!!!  (Hard lesson learned.)
The slower the go
the more beautiful the sho
ridin' it too fast just makes me wanna say ho.
- The above brought to you by gaw-RATE recollections + mebbe a little too much caffeine this morning : ).
P.S. When I see you out there Retro we can race to see who can ride it the slowest?

General Discussion / Re: Maximum/minimum speeds
« on: October 12, 2020, 08:17:46 am »
Slowest - Many, many times at 3 mph while climbing on the Skyline Drive / Blue Ridge Parkway.
Fastest - Don't know, but do recall being surprised coming down east out of the Rockies how much wind resistance the panniers caused. 

General Discussion / Re: Security - locking your bike
« on: October 01, 2020, 06:55:20 am »
is it this bad when touring
I have found it to be zero bad.
Would encourage you to consider how you'd feel about a motion detector alarm.

Gear Talk / Re: A must item
« on: August 31, 2020, 08:13:12 am »
Bandanna. A must for any/all outdoor activities.
I have carried a bandana for 5+ years and think I have only used it a handful of times.  However, it is potentially so useful, I keep bringing it.  What do you actually use it for? *  I think some of the uses are a "sweat rag", a sling in case you injure your arm, a place mat, a cover for a wound, a water filtration pre-filter for silty water (that is what I use it for), and a place to put small parts when working on the bike.
Tailwinds, John
*Now a-days : (,
to get into retail locations along 'the way' that require a Mask?

Gear Talk / Re: Tents Designed for Bike touring
« on: August 17, 2020, 09:12:53 am »
On a particularly windy night in Arizona, the vestibule guy line broke and my gloves left home and never returned.
In that they may well have been 'favorite' gloves of yours John,
my thinkin' is that each probably at least waved g'bye to you
as they were caught up in their departure?
: ).

General Discussion / Re: Heya
« on: August 17, 2020, 09:06:24 am »
Welcome Steve.
Glad you are seein' fit to be 'here.'
: ).

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