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General Discussion / Where this year?
« on: January 11, 2007, 09:44:57 am »
It was hard for us to figure out what touring location to follow last year's tour of Switzerland.  That trip was awesome and we could have easily gone back for more of Europe.  I wanted something very different though. 

What finally won out was 3.5 weeks of riding through Alaska.  To change it up even more, 2 weeks of this trip will be the ACA's Denali Adventure tour.  Is it July yet?


General Discussion / ACA TOURs - Sign in
« on: January 24, 2007, 03:43:46 pm »
Hello kcreswel.  Mosquitoes are what's on my mind regarding preparations.  I hate the things and wonder if shorts are appropriate for riding in given this factor.  In any case, it should be a great tour and we plan to tack some additional riding onto the end of the ACA gig.


General Discussion / ACA TOURs - Sign in
« on: January 17, 2007, 12:06:40 am »
Thanks Steve.  I'll take the rain advice to heart and plan well for it.

We're taking rigid forked bikes built around 26" wheels.  I haven't decided on the tires yet but they'll either be Schwalbes or Contis.  Chances are I'll be heavily loaded and slow but I'm not worried about it.  You can't outrun bear anyway. :P 

The plan isn't firm yet but our intention is to tack on an extra 1.5 weeks to see more. 

Your North Star trip must have been one to remember.  Thanks for sharing.

General Discussion / ACA TOURs - Sign in
« on: January 14, 2007, 09:49:46 pm »
Anyone?  Hello...

Well I thought some other folks here would have been among the many hooked up to an ACA led tour this year.  A couple of the tours are full including the one we're going on.

We are headed for Alaska to join the "Denali Adventure".


General Discussion / ACA TOURs - Sign in
« on: December 29, 2006, 11:06:31 am »
ACA led tours:

The Adventure Book was mailed out some time ago, according to the web site a couple of the tours are filling up...

So who signed up for what?  Where are you going with the ACA this year?

General Discussion / Merry Christmas
« on: December 20, 2006, 10:52:57 pm »
Happy holidays to all, and to all a good year.


General Discussion / BIG touring bike Photo Gallery
« on: January 04, 2007, 03:46:25 pm »
I'm not going to bring this thread to the top every time a photo gets posted.  However, I just added 12 more touring related links that belong to the bike owners.  That's worth another trip to the links page.


General Discussion / BIG touring bike Photo Gallery
« on: December 12, 2006, 01:49:48 pm »
While I'm sure that was a light hearted jab at "trailer people" (I have two), I'll be quick to point out that the FLT gallery isn't a good barometer to judge the trailer to pannier ratio. Thankfully, it was never intended to be any kind of barometer. 


Thanks so much for the kind words. :)  Such comments have been my payment for bringing this gallery to life, aside from the fun and satisfaction that comes with being able to speak with so many *of us*.  FLT started as my meager gift to touring.  However, I only see myself as the facilitator and caretaker, thinking ownership is among all that enjoy what these photos bring to them.

It's been amazing to read how much FLT means to many that have emailed.  I never imagined doing this would bring dispatches from fellow tourers speaking of revelations, renewed motivation, awe in places they've never seen and so on. Many simply like watching what's coming in from across the pond, whichever side of the pond they're on. :)     

I have a number of new submissions to consider and should have time for posting them this afternoon.  Perhaps time to add a couple of additional links to contributor's pages as well. 


General Discussion / BIG touring bike Photo Gallery
« on: December 10, 2006, 03:31:26 pm »
***** The Fully Loaded Touring Bike Photo Gallery *****

In March FLT will be a year old.  This is a site dreamed up and created by me...  a long time cyclist, a long time tourer, a guy that has a 50-60 hour work week and little knowledge of web stuff.  However, I knew this would be embraced by the touring world so I taught myself what I needed to know and made it happen.

My goal was to have 100 bikes in one year.  The 100 bikes milestone was passed long ago and much to my surprise and enjoyment, word of this gallery quickly spread and continues to do so.

Sadly, not everyone can have his or her bike in FLT.  I just don't have the time and resources to take submissions from everyone that considers themselves a tourer.

There are bike-positioning restrictions to keep the collection about the bikes.   

There are image quality restrictions that maintain this as a high quality experience for visitors.

There are load restrictions which limit submissions to a volume manageable by me.

There are currently over 140 big clear photographs of touring bikes from around the world. 

Enjoy and pass this link on to your touring friends. 

***** The Fully Loaded Touring Bike Photo Gallery *****


General Discussion / Do I really need to carry a spare tire?
« on: December 10, 2006, 02:31:51 pm »
We generally don't carry a spare tire.  If we're riding into an area where getting a replacement would be hard then we carry them.  This depends somewhat on the bikes we're using.  We have light touring bikes that have 700c wheels, heavy touring bikes with 26" wheels and travel touring bikes that are built on 20" wheels.

Also it helps to start the tour with the best tires you can get.  We've never even had a flat with Conti TravelContacts or the Schwalbe tires we use.


General Discussion / Bike Friday Touring Bikes????
« on: December 20, 2006, 12:17:39 am »

I emailed you at your k12 account but will try once more. 

We often gravitate toward mountainous terrain and I'm known to carry very heavy loads so we went with gearing down into the 17s.  I climbed a 20% grade with the bike loaded to 112 pounds.  It wasn't easy but I made it with this gearing.  I wouldn't have with a taller granny gear.  Another place these rings came in handy was on a nice Swiss back road through the mountains that quickly became a narrow rutted out, embedded rock trail with a 10% sustained climb.  All in a day's adventure.  :)

Your listed setup puts you at or just under 20" for a low gear.  Most tourers aren't geared under that so you should be fine but that depends on your particulars.  I.E., physical abilities, typical load and road...etc.

Congrats on the Llama. 

General Discussion / Bike Friday Touring Bikes????
« on: December 18, 2006, 10:40:15 pm »
Hey Pete.  Just in from work and will answer your questions in a bit. 

Did you not get my email to the account you provided?


General Discussion / Bike Friday Touring Bikes????
« on: December 14, 2006, 03:51:11 am »
Nice pouring rain we're having Adventure Pete. :)

I'll send you an email from one of my 10 or so addresses and perhaps we can get together for a beer or soda and talk touring.

Nancy's Friday is sitting inside the house all together aside from the pedals.  Mine is still packed in the suitcase.  We're running out of room to put all these chain driven contraptions.  I seem to keep coming up with excuses to buy one more of them.    :confuse:


General Discussion / Bike Friday Touring Bikes????
« on: December 10, 2006, 02:21:31 pm »
Lost in Switzerland

That link will take to our month long tour of Switzerland on brand new Bike Friday NWTs.  Go straight to Day 16 if you'd just like a quick look at the bikes on the road and click on the photos to enlarge.

I still have to finish this journal but there's plenty to see there already.


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