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General Discussion / Re: Hosting Travelers
« on: June 19, 2021, 11:48:28 pm »
I have hosted cycle tourers numberous times both via Warm Showers and others I've just met on the road or around town. Each time has been an extremely positive experience.

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Gear Talk / Re: Leg warmers: Over or under?
« on: June 02, 2021, 03:07:09 pm »
But, of course. Still, like I said, I'm kind of a skinny guy, thighs included, and even with the factory elastic bands, I still have trouble keeping them up as aparrenty do a lot of folks. The hand stiched in elastic "customized" bands seem to help. Each to his own. Do what ever works for you. lf they stay up for you with just the factory elastic, more power to you.

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Gear Talk / Re: Leg warmers: Over or under?
« on: May 29, 2021, 11:03:17 pm »
I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who has struggled with the issue of keeping leg warmers up. I have somewhat skinny thighs to begin with so it was bit of a problem. My wife solved the problem by sewing some elastic strapping into the top around the openings being careful not to make it too tight. It tightens them up enough so they don't slide down but still don't cut off circulation. The trick, of course, is determining the proper degree of tightness. Once done, they work great for me.

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General Discussion / Re: Security - locking your bike
« on: May 25, 2021, 03:55:46 pm »
A related queston:  which is more theft proof, a subtantial cable or a good chain. I know a u-lock is probably best but I'm locking the bike to a trailer and the geomery of both will not allow for a u-lock without a subsantial investment in a welding job. I also know no lock system is prefect.  Just looking for recommendations/suggestions.

Thanks.

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Gear Talk / Re: Leg warmers: Over or under?
« on: May 24, 2021, 03:01:20 pm »
Whatever works.

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General Discussion / Re: Toughest Touring Days?
« on: May 21, 2021, 12:34:00 pm »
Undoubtedly, crossing Nevada in August. 100+ degree heat, absolutely no shade, having to carry tons of water (at least it seemed like it), 40--50 miles between any towns, constant up and down over passes.  I did not enjoy it.

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General Discussion / Re: Camping or not? Is the weight worth it?
« on: May 15, 2021, 11:37:27 am »
"I also became a septuagenarian earlier this year."

"I actually exaggerated I am not official until next month."

You're both young whippersnappers.Time to grow up.


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General Discussion / Re: Camping or not? Is the weight worth it?
« on: May 14, 2021, 10:48:21 pm »
"Hikerjer mentioned age.  I am 70 -- Glad to see I'm not the only old geezer on these boards.

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General Discussion / Re: Camping or not? Is the weight worth it?
« on: May 14, 2021, 03:22:15 pm »
Guess, I'm in disagreement here. If the price were the same and and they were in the same area, I'd opt for the motel.  I like a nice hot shower whenever I can snag one. Even if it's a nice campground, it'll probably not be as comfrotable and clean as a motel. I've spent enough time backpacking and canoeing that I do't mind foregoing a tent at all when the opportunit arises. And then, maybe I'm just older than you guys. Nothing like takeing a long hot shower after a long ride.  I will say, though, on sevral occasions, I've stayed at hostels and the like with communal rooms and showers but I've elected to set up my tent in the back yard - once in downtown Toronto - just because it's quiter there and you still had access to the communal room and the showers/bathrooms.  Best of both worlds.

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General Discussion / Re: Camping or not? Is the weight worth it?
« on: May 14, 2021, 01:16:20 pm »
We're all at different positons as far as finances are concerned. Frankly, for most of us, spending a night in a motet every night on an extended tour - 2 to 3 months is cost prohibitive. I love to camp but can afford to spend an occasional night in a motel/hotel. I only do it ocasionally when I feel I realy need to - whether from weather, exhaustion, the need to cleanup or just from feeling the need for a little decadence.  So, I guess I'll continue my regular routine of camping most nights and every 10 days or so, maybe longer, getting a motel.  A guy's just got to see how it rolls out.  Nice to have the option of not camping when the need arises, though.

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General Discussion / Re: Northern Tier 100+ miles a day
« on: May 10, 2021, 05:03:01 pm »
Each to his own, of course, but I can't imagine that kind of milage day afer day. I live in Montana and have one word for you concenring crossing the highline (US highway 2) in MT and ND - wind. Regardless, good luck to you.

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General Discussion / Re: Touring after Chemotherapy
« on: April 11, 2021, 04:38:06 pm »
Fortunately, I cannot personally relate to your situationn.  However, I admire your determinatin and guts.  Go for it and be an inspriation to the rest of us. I wish you all the best.

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Gear Talk / Re: Kickstand love it or leave it?
« on: April 05, 2021, 11:23:58 pm »
I've really never seen the need for a kickstand. Just extra weight IMO. I can nearly always find something to lean my bike against. The only problem with that, as we all know, is the bike can tend to roll espcially when you can't keep the front wheel straight. I found the perfect solution for that problem with these: https://www.amazon.com/Multi-Purpose-Securing-Straps-downs-Fastening/dp/B015TXN4QO/ref=sr_1_23?dchild=1&keywords=Cross+Country+Ski+Straps&qid=1617679025&sr=8-23. You can easliy lock your front brake which makes the bike stationary. I just wrap one around my handelbars where it's easily available everytime I stop. In the rare cases that I can't find somewhere to lean my bike, I just lay it down. No harm in that.  I  find lots of other uses for the straps as well.

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General Discussion / Re: To all who 'do' Easter - Happy Easter.
« on: April 04, 2021, 01:32:32 pm »

And to you.

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Gear Talk / Re: Klymit vs. Therma-Rest sleeping pads
« on: March 31, 2021, 11:20:59 pm »
"I figure that on a long tour, like coast to coast, if I couldn't patch a failure would be a pain, but not the end of the world." 

Truth to that. If my cross country tour pans out this sumer, I'm considering taking my Thermarest NeoAir. However, I will carefully package up my old Thermarest which is bulkier and heavier but more durable, so that in the event my NeoAir goes flat, my wife can immediately mail old reliable to me.  Might mean a few days of uncomfortable nights on the ground but I reckon I'd survive.

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