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General Discussion / Re: Keeping Clean
« on: December 07, 2009, 10:34:02 am »
There is one aspect of not showering regularly that I don't see covered in the thread so far: keeping your sleeping bag clean on the inside. I carry a silk liner. It was not cheap at $60-75 but it protects my precious down from my sweat, skin oils, and anything else I've got on me. Other touring friends use ultralight fleece liners that are even cozier.

But, gotta say, after many years of backpacking, I far prefer supported bike tours where I know I am going to have a shower.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: saddle help!
« on: December 07, 2009, 10:24:54 am »
I am doing a long tour this coming summer. i will be following the TA. im looking in to getting a new saddle and have no idea what would be best for long rides. any help would b great! thank you guys!!

We see this post often so you can search for other advice, Brooks seems to float to the top most often. Folks who ask this question rarely come back to tell us what saddle they bought and how it worked out. Please consider returning to let us know what worked for you.

I just dropped by a couple of the larger online bike suppliers and counted more than 100 different saddles, including size (but not color) variations, from about 15 different manufacturers. Even discarding the highly specific road saddles, there were still more than 35 units from which to choose. I don't know how you'd make an intelligent choice without riding each one several hundred miles.

For me, the answer is easy, I run a recumbent.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: HELP! WHAT BIKE SHOULD I GET???
« on: November 30, 2009, 08:45:01 am »
You should include a test ride on a recumbent before you make up your mind.
the difference between touring on a conventional bike and a recumbent is indescribable but palpable and easily researched.
In today's marketplace, there is no difference between "made in Taiwan" and "made in USA" except the perception of the buyer. The frame might come from Mars but the rest of the components on a sub-$3k bicycle are all made in China.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Bonking on tour
« on: November 22, 2009, 10:48:34 pm »
… we are not racing.  … Stopping is encouraged, admired and respected.  …I kept that mantra in my head all the way across the USA.  Sometimes the most important thing I could do was stop, listen, and absorb the world around me.   And eat a little, too, while I was at it.Mr. Bent

That is only one of the many things I miss most about my deceased 'bent riding partner. He was always stopping for something and, if I wanted his company on our rides, I stopped, too.

When I'm out on his bike, I try to stop often for photographs, munchies, views, sunlight, lilacs, and newly mown alfalfa.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: The Best Touring Bikes/Frames (and other parts, as well)
« on: November 19, 2009, 09:06:24 am »
Basically, I'm asking what brands have a) served you well and b) you would like to see in a bike shop?

You could totally own a large section of the touring, recreation, and commuting market no one else in your area serves at all: recumbents.

The links to advertisers on bentrideronline and a visit to the Hostel Shoppe can give you an idea of the potential marketplace for recumbent bikes.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: Camera Thoughts
« on: November 19, 2009, 08:57:57 am »
Now a days, I just use a small point and shoot camera in a jersey pocket.  I am disappointed as no one seems to make a point and shoot with an appreciable wide angle lens on it.  Cannon and Nikon don't seem to be the optical powerhouses that they once were, at least in a point and shoot.  I hear Olympus still puts a decent lens out on their point and shoots, but I have yet to confirm it.

One might say the same thing about the Leitz optics but Canon and Nikon put superb glass on all of their cameras. There are appreciable differences between entry level and their top of the line machines and the careful shopper tries to figure out the compromises between price and performance and weight with informed research and objectivity.

A good start would be where one spends  a few hours slogging through the objective analyses of the cameras. One can create a matrix of features/prices and begin to narrow down the marketplace which is more than 400 units that satisfy the criteria for the designation point'n'shoot and that does not include the vast selection of colors for any single unit.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: Camera Thoughts
« on: November 19, 2009, 08:47:42 am »
Thans for the advice David, but I would like to mention that when I say I want to blow up my photos to 16 x 20 its because I want to blow up photos to 16 x 20. [/quote]

That makes yours a question from someone who is a competent exception; you are not the general "What super cool camera should I buy to send email?" consumer. Good for you and I'm glad you have the wall space for your prints.

You do make some good points though. Thanks.

Yes, I know. You are not the only shopper who has or will ever ask this question around here but you exhibit a higher level of experience than most will.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: Camera Thoughts
« on: November 09, 2009, 08:52:03 am »
Thanks for those links. Denise sure takes some nice shots with a compact camera. I think I am going to travel with a point and shoot. I went into a store today and played with a Canon S90. Its extremely compact, which also makes me nervous with my giant meat hook hands, but it takes beautiful photos. It will allow me to enlarge up to 16 x 20, which is about how big I would go anyway and doesn't feel like a weight on my back from carrying it everywhere because I can't leave it on the bike. I think being my first tour and all I should be a little more minimal and if I feel like I can carry the extra load then I will next time.

The camera has almost nothing to do with taking good pictures. I would never carry my Nikon D2s and a full set of lenses on a bike tour unless I was getting paid a large amount of money.

This is what I recommend:
1. You must be able to use the controls with your bike gloves on. If you can't, do not buy the camera, look for another.
2. You must like and understand the software that controls the camera so you can change modes and override the automatics. If you are going to just trust the automatics, a very inexpensive camera will suffice. You can spend far less than $200.
3. Pixel denssity is not a feature, it is a marketing scam, A bicycle tour, generally, is documented via e-mail in tiny jpegs. When people say they will blow up their prints to 16x20 dimensions my crap detector goes off; I hear a salesman talking or wishful thinking.
4. Do not carry a camera you cannot afford to lose or replace quickly if it is stolen.
4a. Backup: you must have a way of offloading and keeping your image files separate from the camera because, if the camera vanishes, your card does, too.
5. Your budget must include at least one spare battery system, additional cards, an offloading/storage system, a wrist lanyard, and a protective case.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Bonking on tour
« on: November 02, 2009, 09:37:45 pm »
Bonking can be caused by many different and tricky things. The important thing is to know what your limits are and to recognize when you begin to approach them. Then you must have the maturity of judgment to stop and fix the situation instead of trying to soldier on or cowboy up.
That just takes practice and then a little preparation. But you don't have to put yourself in danger or great discomfort to figure this stuff out.

I will second the bicycling/sports food book by Nancy Clark; solid and down-to-earth advice as well as tons of suggestions for simple and nutritious stuff you can make.

david boise ID


Gear Talk / Re: Tie down straps
« on: November 02, 2009, 09:30:03 pm »
I do not see why you need hooks or a 'biner.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: Touring (Ageing?) Compromises
« on: November 02, 2009, 09:28:13 pm »
I've traded 700C for 26-inch, skinny slick tires for wider knobbier ones...
I'd go for wider slicks but that's just me.

I enjoy smelling the roses at my snail's pace.[/quote][/i]

This is an entirely different mental and attitude position than riding for distance or speed or endurance or thrill. It's my main motivation.

[/quote]I'm wondering about group rides ~~ do you guys still haul out your fast bikes on group rides, or do you stick with the pack mule? [/quote]

Depending on your market size, you should be able to hook up with other riders in your attitude zone, forget looking for people your own age. Here in Boise, there are a couple of non-competitive, no-drop groups.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Seat Problem
« on: October 24, 2009, 09:28:30 am »
For years I tried every type of seat and position, to no avail. I now ride a recumbent and even after 100 miles or more in a day I feel no pain.

What do we know that no one else wants to hear?
This allows recumbent tourers to remain a tightly closed brother/sisterhood.
High definition bicycling, designed with the behind in mind!

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Newbie with a dream
« on: October 24, 2009, 09:24:45 am »
> I want a trek 520, but they only make it to 60cm and I am 6'6 1/2 HELP!<

This is just one notch short of "If I can't have this bike, I won't go." An inauspicious start.

I don't know anything about upright touring bikes except what I read in Adventure Cyclist magazine. Their buying guides are essential reading if you are going to invest in a bicycle. Specific recommendations for brands and models must be regarded carefully; there are hundreds of excellent bikes and no one knows what might fit your tastes and physical presence.

I always recommend a recumbent for people who think they want to tour but never have. The difference in the touring experience, what we call high definition bicycling, is almost impossible to communicate. Fortunately for those of us who ride recumbents, not everyone is capable of appreciating the difference so we remain a tightly closed brother/sisterhood. When I'm done riding a hundred miles, I'm as tired as everyone else is, but, when I climb off my rolling lounge chair, nothing on my 55-year old body hurts and, man, that means a lot to me.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: another newbie question
« on: October 24, 2009, 09:12:19 am »
Hello all! A friend and I have decided that we are determined to ride cross country this summer. Neither of us has any touring experience...I have been told that while you can adapt other bikes to act as touring bikes, it will never be quite the same. I would love to get a touring bike, but as a poor college student, I want to make sure it is necessary. thanks for the help!

There are few sports that require specialized equipment, like, oh, skydiving. Bicycle touring is not one of them. Ride the bike you have. But it would be foolish not to know ahead of time that your bike is up to the task.

Make a list of your questions. Don't just post them here randomly, use the search function. Once you start your research, you will find links to dozens of touring blogs and hundreds of touring discussions. Read and download all of ACA's free information. Hit your local library for their collection of bicycle touring books. Devour them. Check off your questions as they get answsered.

Make a list of your needs, wants, and desires. For instance, you NEED a dependable tent but you do NOT need a folding camp table. You need to be able to make sound decisions that will fuel your engine with good nutritional foods but you do not need a fully equipped camp kitchen. You need some maps but you do not a cockpit loaded with electronics. You need to know how to make basic field repairs to your bike and camping gear but you do not need a 20 pound spare parts and tool kit.

People have been riding their bicycles all over the world for a really long time. There is an endless supply of knowledge available to you. I envy your determination. Don't let anything stand in your way of chasing this dream.

david boise ID

Sorry, don't mean to be a Luddite here, but I don't understand this need to stay plugged in. You've got maps, you can stop at libraries and cafés to check your email, you can carry a cheap cell, use a prepaid calling card or just send postcards. The world will not stop turning if you're not online 24/7. That's one of my favorite meanings of the term "vacation."

You will want to carefully examine cellular service maps superimposed over your route. I do not believe any system will cover 100%  the route so you may be basing your decision only on the contract with the cell company. You also must consider how the product will recharge, be protected from the elements, and how it will mount on your bike if you expect the GPS to be available in the cockpit. I think that would require a separate GPS since most all-in-one devices suck batteries too rapidly to be left on all the time.

I know of no better product than the Apple iPhone for your needs. It works. But so do many other systems. The iPhone has a long list of negative features and tons of dissatisfied customers. So does every other all-in-one product you will find recommended here.

david boise ID

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