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Routes / Re: Brit riding across the US
« on: December 02, 2021, 08:07:04 pm »
Make sure to sign up for WarmShowers!

Gear Talk / Re: Best Water Bottle?
« on: December 02, 2021, 07:50:25 pm »
I discovered Bivo waterbottles, bought three, and love them (especially the way the water pours into my mouth!).  Take a look:

Gear Talk / Re: Kickstand love it or leave it?
« on: December 02, 2021, 07:46:27 pm »
Have a kickstand after years without one.  Will never go back.

Gear Talk / Re: cooking System
« on: December 02, 2021, 07:42:41 pm »
I'm a WarmShower host and the MAJORITY of riders cycling across the US that stay with us carry a Jet Boil or MSR pocket rocket BUT most of them do not use them telling us "although not the most nutritious or appetizing, there are plenty of places along the TransAm to eat." One rider had NO cooking gear at all!  On those rare days when they aren't close to something they eat raw food or something cold out of a can.

I, when touring, are partial to the Jet Boil and on rare occasions my MSR Whisperlite, both of which I use to boil water only  - nothing else (otherwise I have to worry about cleaning everything which means carrying extra stuff).

Gear Talk / Waterproof Bags at a bargain price
« on: December 02, 2021, 07:32:45 pm »
Do you use trash bags to line your panniers for waterproofing purposes or need a waterproof bag for use when touring?  Take a look at IKEA's Rensare waterproof bags (available online and in the store)   They come in a couple of different sizes:  9 ½x6x18 "/304 oz ($2.99) and 6.25 x 4.75 x 9.5"/85oz ($2.99).  The larger ones fit perfectly into most rear panniers and the smaller ones can be used to segregate content within panniers.   Here is the website:

General Discussion / The Big American Bike Ride
« on: September 14, 2021, 10:46:24 am »

1.  Is Adventure Cycling have any affiliation with this proposed ride?
2.  Anyone planning on doing any or all of it?


General Discussion / Re: Northern Tier 100+ miles a day
« on: September 14, 2021, 10:40:53 am »
I wonder what happened....

Great Lakes / Re: Mackinac Bridge
« on: July 12, 2021, 04:08:09 pm »
Thanks John for the encouragement, but I really am going to skip the island.  As for the fudge - I can pick the same fudge up either in St Ignace or in Mackinaw City.

Great Lakes / Mackinac Bridge
« on: July 10, 2021, 04:41:15 pm »
Need help.   I realize bicycles are not allowed on the Mackinac Bridge.  I learned Bridge Authority no longer offers a shuttle service.  Alternatives:  1) Take ferry from St Ignace to Mackinac Island and then another ferry from the Island to Mackinac City or 2) Find someone to shuttle you across. 

#1 is pricey and I don't want to visit the Island (been there, done that) leaving me with option 2.    Does anyone know if there is a shuttle service or of a willing person to transport a bike and its owner across the bridge (for a reasonable fee)?

Gear Talk / Re: Rohloff SpeedHub
« on: January 28, 2021, 09:36:25 pm »
Good luck to you!  Remember it is all about the journey and not the equipment.  You can have a great time on a beater bike.  Keep the wind to your back!

General Discussion / Re: bicycle navigation computer
« on: January 27, 2021, 07:07:30 pm »
Let me tell you a story.  I was riding from Alabama to Ohio a few years back.  To navigate I had a Garmin and my iphone - no paper maps.   I had been riding for hours and was in rural Tenn.   My Garmin, though fully charged when I started -- died.  I kept going now relying on my backup - my iphone.   I came to a fork in the road - no signage at all and guess what, no cell phone coverage.  All I could do was simply guess which direction to go, pedal that direction, wait for cell phone coverage to resume to see if I made the right choice.  And I repeated that cycle numerous time that day.  So what did I learn from this?

1.  Don't rely on electronic devices unless you have way to keep them charged.  I do now - SON Hub Dynamo with a USB port on my bike.
2   I don't like the Garmin and frankly wish I never bought it  The screen is small and difficult to read in the sun, the battery life is horrible, and it doesn't do well of redirecting you when you get off track.  There are newer bicycle GPS devices on the market which may be better or worse...
3  My iphone, able to be recharged with my USB port, with a quad-lock mounted on my handlebars, works well assuming I can get a signal.  I've used a variety of apps for navigating and I'm partial to Kommot (#1)
4  If going through remote/extreme rural areas I always print out paper maps as a back up.

Gear Talk / Re: Rohloff SpeedHub
« on: January 25, 2021, 08:15:56 pm »
j1of1 - You mention: I wish I had Gates drive - is that not possible on the Nomad?

I know I am really glad with my Gates. No more oil chainges. Just hosing it down with water and ready to go  :).

I asked about the Gates drive when I ordered my Thorn Nomad for SJS Cycles in the UK and was told it was not available nor would it be available.  As you are aware you have to have a connector on your chain stay in order to be able to replace the belt (if it ever needs to be replaced) - that was something Thorn wasn't willing to do as it might cause weakness of the chain stay.   There is a possibility Thorn is now installing the Gates drive, but I think that is unlikely.   BTW if you want to see what a bicycle brochure should look like take a look at Thorn's Mega Brochure - it contains a wealth of information for ANYONE that tours.  Go here:

Gear Talk / Re: I wrote a book/website about bike touring
« on: January 23, 2021, 04:21:42 pm »
Just looked at your website....The rides you have accomplished look amazing.  Well done!!

Gear Talk / Re: Rohloff SpeedHub
« on: January 23, 2021, 04:06:53 pm »
I have a Thorn Nomad with a Rohloff (with wish I had the Gates drive...) and would never go back to a rear derailleur.  #1 reason:  Reliability; #2 reason: Flexibility; #3 reason: Easy maintenance;   I have had friends whose loaded bikes fell over and bent their rear derailleurs; I have friends who ran into problems with rear derailleur adjustments with the chain skipping all over the place - or worse skipping when they up off their seats pedaling up a hill (ouch!).  I rode the C&O a few years back and my partner had to stop at every campground to get the mud out of his rear derailleur because it wasn't shifting.  I never had a problem with the mud. Another reason I like my Rohloff...Flexibility in the gearing.   My could setup has a low of slightly less than 17 gear inches and a high of 89 gear inches.   While my friends are walking up steep hills, I'm pedaling.  Changing the rear sprocket to change the gearing requires one to remove a snap ring, remove old sprocket, put new one on, put snap ring back on and wheel back on bike.  I can, if so desired, put a sprocket on back that gets my gear inches down to 13 (low) and 73 (high) or I can put in a sprocket that changes my gear inches from a low of 22 to a high of 117.  #3 reason Maintenance - almost zero maintenance.  Oil changes, yes, but only after 1000s of miles and can be done in less than 30 minutes.

Downsides to a Rohloff:  1) I have heard of some problems associated with cable routing with the hub, but have not experienced any of those problems myself on my Thorn; 2) They are expensive - I haven't checked lately, but you will probably pay a grand plus for a hub, wheel and specialized spokes for those wheels; 3) I've heard complaints about how much they weigh, but really don't know if those complaints are valid or not.

Thanks for the video and narrative.  I wasn't aware there was a shuttle service available.  That will make my planning a little easier for a future ride.  I also watched your video about your ride around Lake Michigan.  I'm thinking of doing the same this summer only clockwise and possibly cutting off the southern part of the ride (will take ferry from MI to WI instead).  Keep riding!

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