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General Discussion / Re: Interested in 'electric assist' touring?
« on: April 26, 2017, 04:26:09 pm »
I avoided any battery hassles at the airport by having it shipped separately as hazardous materials.  Fedex - $30.

General Discussion / Re: Interested in 'electric assist' touring?
« on: April 26, 2017, 12:55:56 pm »
Thanks for responding, guys.  I wanted to add something that might alleviate some of your concerns in regards to distance and charging.  I will only be using this unit at power level one, with the exception of mountainous terrain or it begins to turn dark.  I want to pedal as much as possible for fitness and longevity so I will not be slacking that way.  I will need a charge every night so I looked to the obvious.  (I may add another battery along the way).  Hosts as much as possible, motels when I have to, and a bivy sack for those wide open spaces.  I began attaining hosts for every 60 miles of my route about three months before the blast off date.  This year there are 70 overnights and I have acquired over 60 host families to provide hospitality.  In addition, I would think you could go into certain places of business and ask them if you could charge the 8 lb. battery overnight.  The charger looks like my camcorder charger.  My purpose in posting about this is to provide info to those older or in firmed folks who can see a need for electric in their future but don't know where to start. (It's amazing how many jerk emails I've received on the subject.  Somehow this is cheating.)  I will be adding data, both the negatives and the positives, along the way.

General Discussion / Interested in 'electric assist' touring?
« on: April 24, 2017, 05:57:13 pm »
Route Map and info -

It's finally time!  May 1st will begin my 6th bicycle tour (24,000 miles) since retirement, a coast-to-coast arc ride within the USA & Canada. STARTING at the Atlantic Ocean on Hilton Head Island, SC, I will endeavor to reach the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco sometime in August, staying with nearly 60 host families along the way.  But this trip will have an additional boost.  Having paid my dues, I have secured an Electric Assist Kit which adapts to my REI touring bike.  Looking forward to conquering the four major mountain ranges of my country along the route, Alleghenies, Rockies, Cascades, and the Sierra Nevada, I am tired of wasting time near the summits pushing my load up the worst of it, and in addition I want to be able to keep up with those younger legs who frequently join me for awhile.  One pedals as usual, but the electric kit gives a little added 'gas'.  There was only one company (EBO) confident enough with their product to work with me when I mentioned I wanted to accomplish an unusually tough goal and seriously abuse their unit.  These guys have e-bike experience with cargo, mountain and commuter customers in Colorado so who better to make the fit.  If 'electric' peeks your interest, I will be making no-BS updated posts to my Facebook ride-page, both good and bad, referring to mileage per charge, speed, and other variables.  I'm excited to try it and if everything works out, you will get so sick of my bragging!   Who had any idea that at 73 one can still be able to dream and participate in life at its fullest?   

General Discussion / Re: Rear Kickstand
« on: March 03, 2017, 08:38:26 pm »
Which rear kickstand have you been using?

The one I've used is the rear triangle version made by Greenfield. Never used it on a tour, but have used it for day-to-day commuting, and I have had loads on it.

That is what I have now, and one of the companies that told me they were not built for heavy weight.  I have been babying it.

General Discussion / Rear Kickstand
« on: March 03, 2017, 08:21:01 pm »
I use a two kickstand system after much trial and error.  The rear stands normally deemed as 'heavy duty' are not very strong.  After a couple snapped on me, I contacted the companies involved and it was explained they were not made for the weight of a loaded bicycle.  So does anyone know of a rear kickstand that will take the beating of a cross country loaded ride?

General Discussion / Re: Receiving mail on the road
« on: March 03, 2017, 08:13:53 pm »
If you are a member of Warmshowers.Org or Couchsurfing.Org, you can locate a member who will accept your mail. This solved my problems after years of other options.  I don't know how many times General Delivery lost my mail.  And one time the clerk said nothing was there for me, and I could see my package on a shelf through an open door behind her.  Their employees just do not care.

Classifieds / Re: Wanted - Bivy Sack
« on: February 23, 2017, 08:53:43 am »
As I have not used one, you have provided me lots to think about.  I am most grateful for you to take the time.  Your info may help others here, also.  I have never seen anything on Bivy sacks.  Thanks again.

Classifieds / Wanted - Bivy Sack Found/2/26
« on: February 22, 2017, 07:01:26 pm »
I am seeking a bivy sack for the unusual times that I may be stuck for a place to sleep while pedaling a new adventure.  Cutting way back on weight this trip (tent, pad, and cooking gear) because I may be changing to electric assist for the steep grades of the four mountain ranges of my 2017 C2C tour.  Long size, bug screen, and waterproof.  I'm excited for the good weather to get here.

Gear Talk / Re: Getting bike and gear to start of tour
« on: January 05, 2017, 07:37:04 pm »
I take the "no muss, no fuss" approach.  Bikeflights just shipped my boxed bike and some gear (62 lbs.) for $70 from the west coast to the Midwest.  They ship via FedEx which picks up and delivers anywhere.  As a member of Warmshowers.Org, I look for a member in the destination town who has room in his garage to store it a few days until I get there.  So far, it hasn't been a problem.

Gear Talk / Re: trailers vs panniers
« on: January 05, 2017, 07:30:10 pm »
I've used both on long distance rides and I'm back to rack and panniers.  I do lots of mountain grades and with a trailer it feels like I threw out an anchor.  The other drawback is that I tend to look at an item and say, "heck, I've got room in the trailer for that".  Pretty soon I am really riding heavy.

New heavy duty tubes always when changing tires.  Carry the old one as a spare.  With those tires, chances of a flat are slim.  So it doesn't make sense to increase those chances.  I take a tour each year which averages around 4,000 miles along with only one flat on those same tires. 

Gear Talk / Electric Assist Kits
« on: January 05, 2017, 07:07:35 pm »
After five long distance tours across the USA since retirement, I'm doing research for this year's 4,400 mile adventure in the electric assist motor kit realm for my REI Novara Safari. I'm 73. I can get away with it. I don't see any problem with not being a purest, not when I have to cross the Great Smokey Mountains, the Rockies, the Cascades, and the Sierra Nevada's, all on one ride. I'm tired of pushing up steep grades, and it burns up so much time. From what I have gathered so far, there are models that can be used on either wheel. I'm looking at a front wheel application, only because I have finally gotten my rear wheel just right to handle all the weight with extra spokes and heavy duty rim. "If it works, don't mess with it." The electric assist companies make great claims of distance and speed. If I could find one that actually produced only half their results, I would be thrilled. I understand that these setups are for the 'commuter' market and not touring applications. I have not found a manufacturer so far that is confident enough to recommend their product. It seems to me that if a 'commuter' product made it all the way from ocean to ocean on a lightly loaded bike, this would speak well for durability and quality. A go-getter should jump on this. ...Are there any ideas out there to further my search?

Routes / Southern Tier - People to Meet
« on: November 04, 2016, 04:43:48 pm »
Presently staying at the restored Simpson Hotel (B&B) in Duncan, AZ due to rain storms.  (Rain in Arizona?) These people have a soft spot for cyclists (Warmshowers hosts) and keep a trailer out back with access to shower/bathroom.  Marcel, a German cyclist, was here when I arrived and we've been having a great time.  Humble Pie across the street has excellent pizza and a pub is within walking distance for a beer.  Deborah is the innkeeper and generous to a fault.  Don't miss stopping here.  Interesting and gracious people.

Gear Talk / Re: Handlebar Rearview Mirror
« on: July 26, 2016, 01:15:24 pm »
Didn't know Ortlieb had mirrors.  It looks like that will work very well.

Gear Talk / Re: Handlebar Rearview Mirror
« on: July 26, 2016, 12:43:06 pm »
I found what I was looking for in a wrist mirror and went ahead and bought the last one the seller had.  It worked very well for me on a 7,000 mile ride until I lost it.  It's called a CyFy Wristview Mirror.  You just slap it on your wrist above your watch and it wraps around snugly with no velcro or snaps.
Thanks for your submissions, guys.

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