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General Discussion / Re: New Tool For Planning Your Tour
« on: March 24, 2014, 10:52:47 pm »
I love my maps but I've not taken the leap to a subscription like you have.  Did you figure out a "Where I Am Now" feature?

General Discussion / Re: My bikepacking and touring 'webzine'
« on: November 13, 2013, 04:00:43 pm »
I will put this in my bookmarks and read.  Thanks for the link.

Great Lakes / Re: Touring within Ohio, State Park campground policy
« on: October 31, 2013, 10:52:58 pm »
I live just above Dayton and occasionally take the route towards Cinci as well as other places.  If you are ever thinking of doing another short tour I may get lucky and have it fall on a weekend I can go.

General Discussion / Re: First Major Tour Advice
« on: October 31, 2013, 10:45:15 pm »
Are you planning to prepare all or some of your meals?

Probably a little of both. Mostly preparing my own but I wouldn't mind having a good meal at a restaurant once in awhile too:)

That is what many do.

General Discussion / Re: Road bike for touring??
« on: October 31, 2013, 10:44:45 pm »
I like the Burley Travoy because it attaches to the seat post and therefore distributes the weight.

General Discussion / Re: Motivation: why ride?
« on: October 31, 2013, 10:36:38 pm »
My tours are short now due to other commitments but I will answer anyway.  I enjoy camping and hiking and biking is just another way to hike.  I like the aspect of moving myself along on a bike and not driving.  I am in the process of becoming healthier so the fitness I am gaining along the way is a huge bonus.

In general camping and hiking allow me to be outdoors and clear my head.  Biking is just another way to do the same thing.

General Discussion / Re: A New Accessory (Looking for Feedback)
« on: October 31, 2013, 10:33:23 pm »
I completed your survey.  I think this is terrific for an engineering project though I don't think it will be practical for real-world use.  However I don't think that ending up with something that is actually real-world usable is always the point.  It's an engineering PROBLEM and you are trying to be clever in solving it.  Post pictures or drawings and maybe we can help you brainstorm.

General Discussion / Re: Paying for the trip?
« on: October 31, 2013, 10:28:47 pm »
Neil -> I am transitioning from the corporate world into running my own business which will allow me more time to tour.  And once it gets going touring may even help build it.

General Discussion / Re: First Major Tour Advice
« on: October 31, 2013, 10:26:40 pm »
You should spend a bunch of time leading up to your trip learning to prepare food that you carry.  Pick food that you can restock while on the road.  Additionally many like to use Subway for meals as they aren't horrible for you and they even have some extra sodium in the bread.  I feel that $20-$30 per day in food is reasonable even if you factor in the cost of fuel if you use a stove once a day.

General Discussion / New User - WonderMonkey
« on: October 31, 2013, 10:15:50 pm »
Hello all, new user here.  I found this place by a link a friend gave me to

An introduction: I've biked here and there years ago and have just been able to add it back in as a form of exercise and enjoyment.  This past Thanksgiving (2013) I let myself get to 300lbs and am now down to 230lbs. at 6'2".  While biking didn't get me down there it is the exercise I add to my improved nutrition and mind-set.  I also like to camp either with the family or through backpacking. is just what I am aiming to do.... one nighters (or so) camping off my bike.  I also commute to work here and there as schedule allows.

I coach quite a bit but not as much as I used to.  I spend quite a bit of time in ballfields, gyms, etc. and with my job, etc. is how I let my health go.  Plus I certainly like to eat!  Once I hit that 300lbs and found my nutrition I've been on a good path and will continue being on it.

This year I started out struggling to do 20 miles at once.  By July I was able to do a 100k (though it hurt a bit) and in October I did 100 miles which certainly put a hurting on me.... but I did it.  I now want to do my 100k's, etc. but want to do a few weekends of camping where I would hit a few campgrounds over a few days time and do some hiking if I can.

So.... hello!  I look forward to learning how to transition my backpacking knowledge into bike camping knowledge.  Below I've linked my Cannondale Quick 5 (Jumbo frame) and my commute trailer, a Burley Travoy.  I plan on using it to haul my backpack on trips.

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