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General Discussion / Re: Guide to Poor Woman's Cycling
« on: February 21, 2013, 07:31:29 am »
Saw your post in the Classified section and it seems taking a 65 lb dog and

1. Bike Tow Leash or Springer America
2. A water resistant blanket such as Tuffo brand with carrying case.
3. Water Proof Seal Line Bags for food.
4. Sleeping Bag for doggy.
5. Clothes and padded doggy shoes

goes against the minimalist and lightweight touring frame of mind...

Sorry, but have to agree with MidSouth.  This is getting interesting.

General Discussion / Re: Guide to Poor Woman's Cycling
« on: February 17, 2013, 09:42:33 pm »
First of all welcome.  I really don't mean to pry, but you did mention not only are you broke but you are in college debt.  Perhaps before you start on your great adventure (and I encourage you to do so) it would be wise to find some way to pay off your school debt and save some money for your journey.  It would take some stress off of you and make for a more enjoyable ride with an also much favorable ride setup.  Hope it all works out for you.

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks B67
« on: January 27, 2013, 09:09:10 pm »
Thanks Lucas.  I am waiting for a reply from Wallbike and am leaning toward B17 for me and the B17s for my wife.  I figure with their return policy we can't go wrong.
Thanks all for your input...Joe

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks B67
« on: January 20, 2013, 01:41:56 pm »
I think you're over-thinking things - analysis paralysis!  B-17 or B-67?  Pick one, order it from, and try it.  If you like it, you're done.  If not, return it (for a full refund) and try the other one.

Perhaps you are first thought was the B17 and wallbikes return policy is so great it's worth a shot.
Thanks for your input.

Routes / SS Badger - North Lakes Route
« on: January 20, 2013, 10:56:33 am »
Our local paper is stating that the North Lakes Route (Manitowoc Alternate) SS Badger announced the first 2013 crossing will be May 17th.  Single crossings will continue until June 8th.  Double crossings begin June 9 - Sept 2.  Single crossings resume Sept 3 - Oct 13.
Continued operation of the car ferry may be dependent on getting EPA approval.  The EPA has decreed the Badger must stop dumping coal ash into Lake Michigan on its crossings.
More info...

Gear Talk / Brooks B67
« on: January 20, 2013, 09:36:39 am »
I had posted questions about the B17 Standard but have been doing more research and wondering about others thoughts on the B67 and a B67s for my wife's bike.  We are lite tourers with Hybrid bikes and a more upright ride (my wife's bars tend to be higher than saddle since she is only 5'3"). I ride bars just about even with the saddle.  The Brooks and other sites state they are made for road and touring in a more upright position. We are looking for more comfort and the padded gel seats just don't seem to cut it.  Any thoughts?
Thanks, Joe

General Discussion / Re: Bicycle Touring vs Backpacking
« on: January 05, 2013, 11:49:41 pm »
I came across this while reading "Retired Couple Tackles The Northern Tier" by Jim Cox on CrazyGuyOnABike from 2006:
...You may wonder how doing this compares to hiking the Appalachian Trail. It's a little early to answer that, but to me the big appeal of both is the SIMPLICITY of the life style. Everything you "own" is right there in a few cubic feet -- plus your only real concerns are eating, sleeping and whether or not your body will hold up. The negatives about biking are the mechanical concerns and the traffic. The positives about biking are: (1) You sleep in beds a lot more often. (2) You eat a lot better food. (3) You cover a lot more miles and, therefore, see a lot more things...

Routes / Re: Northern Tier + North Lakes (SS Badger Ferry)
« on: December 27, 2012, 10:10:53 pm »
I believe there is an alternative Ferry that leaves Milwaukee and heads over to MI.

LAKE EXPRESS...... route is Milwaukee to Muskegon ~ 2 1/2 hrs

Routes / Re: Re: Need help with getting ready for bike tour
« on: December 15, 2012, 07:52:50 am »
It sounds to me like you should perhaps take more time in your research and planning.  If you have an REI near you, you could have them help you with you equipment research and if anything have it shipped to you friends. 

Gear Talk / Brooks Saddle help
« on: November 21, 2012, 08:13:03 pm »
Have been reading alot about how great the Brooks saddles are.  I am looking at  a B17 aged and I have a few questions.  Everyone talks about the break-in period where it breaks in to form to the sits bone (not sure if I have that correct).  I now ride with padded rider shorts (baggy pair) and was just wondering how much more comfortable it is riding a Brooks with the shorts.  I am not sure that most reviews I read on the Brooks are those of riders who wear shorts or not.  I know the topic of saddles comes up often but was just curious if you seasoned Brooks riders do wear shorts.  Thanks. 

Gear Talk / Re: Bike Rack Advice
« on: November 16, 2012, 11:07:16 pm »
We found the Thule Doubletrack XT to be the perfect rack for our SUV.  We were in the same situation...we have a Lexus RX330 and after a year of throwing the bikes in the back we were looking for a rear mounted hitch rack.  We like the rack in that the tires set in a tire tray and both bikes stay level, not all cockeyed.  Then a clamp bar comes down on top of the the frame and can be locked down as well as the pin in the hitch to the car is locked so we feel very secure leaving it.  When the bikes are not on, the rack swings up behind the rear SUV door.  As far as shopping, the rack does not drop or swing out of the way.  But we find no problems loading items through the side door.
We really do like this rack and suggest you look into one.  Easy to load, very stable, can be secured.
Check this site:

Gear Talk / Re: REI Novara Safari
« on: October 16, 2012, 09:30:33 pm »
Yes, it's the REI Novara Randonee.  Thanks for your reply...It does get many good reviews and I have considered it.

Gear Talk / REI Novara Safari
« on: October 14, 2012, 02:12:15 pm »
Being new to touring, we are taking our time in researching bikes.  We know about the Trek & Surly but now have been reading with interest about the REI Novara Safari.  The price is attractive (allows room for upgrades or other touring purchases), do like the handlebar configure to allow different positions,  it looks like shifters are on handlebars which we are used to on our Hybrids,  and as we may do shorter tours on both road and RailTrails it seems to be set up good for both.  Just looking for your expert advise on it and any thoughts are greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance.

General Discussion / Re: Back In the saddle again...
« on: September 01, 2012, 05:37:29 pm »
Thanks Steve.  That is something I may consider.  A good friend has a recumbent tri and loves it.  Just spoke with PT again late Fri & he said to keep on riding ~ it's one of the best things I can do. ;D

General Discussion / Back In the saddle again...
« on: August 31, 2012, 01:14:11 pm »
New to the forums as of yesterday.  After a 9 year layoff from biking due to a bad hip, I am back in the saddle after hip replacement 1 1/2 yrs ago at age 53 .  It has taken time to get strength back but still won't be able to ride more than 25 miles or so a day.  I now have been given stretching and strengthening excercises to build up the legs.  I told my therapist "I just want to ride".
I am so glad I have found this site as you all give me inspiration to keep moving.  Although I may never go on a cross country trip,  my wife and I do plan to build up to shorter rides around the state, perhaps even just B&B runs.  We may even get equipment for weeklong camping runs also, so it is nice to have all the info available here.
So ~ thanks to all of you in advance and most likely will be throwing questions here and there to all of you with experience.
As always, enjoy the ride.

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