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If you like SPDs, it's hard to beat the quality, durability and usability of Shimano pedals.

I'll take the PD-M324, thank you!  Flat (grippy!) + SPD (with generous float) sides, consistent hang angle.  Reasonably well sealed, adjustable cup&cone bearings, anti-corrosion materials & finish, good bearing design, rebuildable (easiest with the TL-PD33 tool).

General Discussion / Re: Lots of touring 2021 or not? Whadda ya think?
« on: March 11, 2021, 10:21:20 pm »
If and when we all head out, we need to report back here, to the Adventure Cycling staff, CGOAB, Bike Forums, etc. about any supply points that didn't survive COVID.

One can pack food and water required - if they know ahead of time they need to.

General Discussion / Re: Lots of touring 2021 or not? Whadda ya think?
« on: March 10, 2021, 11:16:58 am »
I think it will take until 2022 until we see who and what have survived. When you look at the routes and there is only one resupply of water in some areas for 100 miles, if you lose that it puts the route in jeopardy - IMHO.

Well, that would certainly make a route less attractive for some segment of the cycletouring population, but riders routinely cross the Sahara and the Gobi, and here in the third millennium hydration bladders and liter-sized bottle cages are readily available.

It is Adventure Cycling, after all.   :)

Routes / Re: Texas Hill Country Direction ?
« on: March 03, 2021, 10:19:30 am »
Not so much.

The only opinion I've ever heard voiced is clockwise, so one is riding slightly downhill on Hwy 29 past the Lake Buchannan Dam towards Ink Lake State Park; i.e. between RR1431  and Co. 301 where it's four lanes and no shoulder.

Hmm.  Might be cooler to top the hill and spot Enchanted Rock going clockwise, too.

Routes / Re: Eastern Express Bike Route
« on: February 27, 2021, 02:37:55 pm »

Perhaps E -> W
   Eastern Express through to Katy Trail
   Change to Rock Island Trail @ Windsor MO
   Rock Island Trail to KC
then a miracle occurs*
   pick up Lewis & Clark @ Weston MO & ride up the Missouri River to Fort Thompson SD
   pick up AC's Parks, Peaks & Prairies Trail to Yellowstone NP

I'm not saying this is ironing board flat, but the first serious climbs would be in the Black Hills in western South Dakota, and that stretch also includes the Mickelson Rail Trail.

*actually, I got what looked to be a very reasonable route between the suburbs of KC and Weston using

General Discussion / Re: carrying a firearm on a tour
« on: February 27, 2021, 01:07:28 pm »
He sees himself as a law-abiding citizen and respectful of other people, but that will be hard to maintain as he crosses state lines and ventures onto people's property.

Hey, now there's a topic worthy of its own thread - stealth camping!

Established campgrounds can be inconveniently located for bike travelers and sometimes charge usurous rates out of proportion to amenities.  If you tour long enough, there will probably come a situation where...well...

Perhaps surprisingly, the '9 Principles for Bikepackers' seems to come down on the 'don't stealth camp' side.

General Discussion / Re: carrying a firearm on a tour
« on: February 27, 2021, 12:54:20 pm »
Traveling alone on a recumbent, my character leaves town in a depressed state of mind.

The open road, fresh air and physical activity will do your character a world of good!

You meet the occasional blow-hard or whack job (wow!  a little judgemental there, tcs!) when cycletouring, but the overwhelming story of bike travelers is one of meeting total strangers who are almost desperate to do them some kindness.

General Discussion / Re: carrying a firearm on a tour
« on: February 27, 2021, 12:40:59 pm »
Currently, I have it packed in a pannier, but now I'm considering stowing the gun in a belt bag.

Can be kind of a tight area pedaling a recumbent.

General Discussion / Re: carrying a firearm on a tour
« on: February 26, 2021, 12:52:07 pm »
I'm wondering about carrying a firearm on a bicycle tour. It seems like a reasonable safety precaution when traveling...

Based on decades of cycletouring experience and reading a gazillion travelogs/journals, I have a solid opinion that a rider is several orders of magnitude more likely to be run over by a motor vehicle operator than have to defend themselves against a deadly force attack which came about despite situational awareness and offered no path to de-escalation or retreat.

To paraphrase The Godfather, 'Leave the gun.  Take the Garmin Varia.'

Okay, I know novels are often about extraordinary situations.  Novelists search for stress/conflict/resolution.  Okay, my hypothetical character would carry a Kel Tec P32 (10 oz loaded) in a fitted, lightly padded square pouch (so the outline of the pistol didn't 'print') in their middle rear jersey pocket or cargo shorts pocket.  Accessible, but not 'quick draw'.  I don't know if you're plotting a situation where the character would use the firearm, but my character would be stressed to be armed when provided a lovely meal by road angel pacifists (holistic monks?) who don't know (oh, bad juju).  My character would have to turn around and walk away from the entrance of a much-anticipated museum when they saw there was a metal detector at the door (ah, there's a price to be paid).

Routes / Re: The Flattest Route for a Rowbike tour
« on: February 26, 2021, 09:24:40 am »

Rail Trails are pretty good for 'flat'.  At 50~70 mile/day, though, lovely trails like Idaho's Coeur d'Alenes will be about a day and a half tour.

Put something together using the developing network of trails of the Bay Area Trails Collaborative?

Minnesota and Ohio have hundreds of miles of paved trails and you could easily put together a week tour.  They're hardly near the west coast, though.


Well, you could start pretty nearly anywhere on US83 and ride in either direction* for a week.  Caveat:  while 1.2% of us think this runs through the heart of God's country, 93% of cycletourists would rather have a root canal than tour US83.

So mull this over and get back to us with needs refinement and compromises, okay?

*Personnally, I'd head downwind.

General Discussion / Re: carrying a firearm on a tour
« on: February 26, 2021, 08:52:11 am »
Not really what our novelist is pursuing, but in the old days of cycletouring (1890~1920s) there were special cycling handguns made and marketed, known as velodog revolvers (search term).  They were little things, styled smooth and snag-free, typically five low-power shots, double action with internal hammers, and sometimes had the addition of a grip safety.  You can guess from the name they were intended for defensive use in the case of animal attacks, although I did see a period advertisement suggesting "protection for ladies against vagabonds and tramps".

This era was also the golden age of 'takedown' rifles and shotguns, usually separating the barrel and foregrip from the action and stock in some ingenious way.  These were designed and intended to be transported in fitted leather sleeves by bicycle to and from local hunting spots.  Some were even advertised as bicycle rifles (search term).  A few are still made, although it's been nearly a century since they were advertised as convenient for cycle transportation.

General Discussion / Re: NEWBIE Cooking question . . .
« on: February 25, 2021, 01:51:55 pm »
When it's raining, delay cooking until ... it stops raining

Sometimes it rains steadily all day, but often you only have to wait out the squall line.   ;)

General Discussion / Re: NEWBIE Cooking question . . .
« on: February 25, 2021, 01:34:08 pm »
Carry energy bars or other ready-to-eat foods to tide you over in these situations.


When cycletouring, packing along a stash of energy-dense, non-cook food is a good idea for a number of reasons!

Lengthy chat by our British counterparts:

General Discussion / Re: NEWBIE Cooking question . . .
« on: February 25, 2021, 01:23:11 pm »
There are tents designed specifically for cooking in the vestibule during inclement weather - e.g. a Hilleberg Nammatj 2 GT.  These have generous VENTED vestibules.

There are tents that have a door flap that can be stood out on poles, forming an awning - e.g. Big Agness Copper Spur HV UL.  Just the ticket for brewing up a cuppa in a three-season light rain - if you've got the poles.

There are other tents that have small vestibules with steeply sloping sides, intended for giving one the option to not bring their muddy footgear into the interior - e.g. an Ozark Trail 1-Person.  Cooking tackle will block the only egress and not be able to be placed very far from the tent body nor far from the sloping fly.  Flame inside a tent of that design is a hard pass.

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