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General Discussion / Re: Cooking on a van supported tour
« on: February 27, 2021, 02:16:18 pm »
Always (most always) pasta but vary the toppings. Pesto is good, doesn't need to be heated. Add tofu or chicken for protein.
Stroganoff, sort of: essential is the sour cream with egg noodles. Other ingredients can be varied: different vegetables, usually mushrooms, meat for those who want. A must on our tours.
Rice & beans with chipotle and tomatoes, sausage ( we found a potato sausage that was tasty)
Coconut milk with curry and variety of veg and/or meats, over rice or noodles
Goulash, sort of: egg noodles, cans of diced tomatoes, hamburger, onion and lots  of paprika

Gear Talk / Re: Tubesl tires -enligthen me.
« on: February 06, 2021, 04:18:14 pm »
This may be more than  you asked for. The simple generalized answer is: fewer flats as long as it is maintained well; lower psi which is more comfortable.

Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tour Experiences . . .
« on: February 06, 2021, 04:15:04 pm »
"Thanks - didn't mean to imply using a carbon frame for a cross country - just asking about the tubeless."
I apologize for taking us off course with an editorial comment that in my cycling circle would have brought a big laugh.

Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tour Experiences . . .
« on: February 04, 2021, 10:20:06 pm »
The dark side would be carbon frames but that is another subject altogether.
I intend to tour on tubeless Compass tires this year after loving them on local rides last year. 45 psi @ 35 mm and oh so comfy, more rubber on the road for safety and just as fast as any other tire.

General Discussion / Re: Rain Jacket? Yes. Rain pants?
« on: February 04, 2021, 10:13:21 pm »
I have found that the  standard leggings which are tight and not baggy, repel water and keep me warm down to the low 50's, so no rain pants if the tour is unlikely to get that low.

General Discussion / Re: Getting to your start with all your stuff
« on: January 28, 2021, 01:24:21 pm »
If there is a group of us, i.e., not me alone, one or two cars are driven by the retired guys with all the bikes and gear while the working folks fly a few days later. This assumes a loop tour of course.

General Discussion / Re: bicycle navigation computer
« on: January 28, 2021, 01:12:18 pm »
"BTW, you should give a response to your Rohloff question as it looks a bit weird to ask a question and then never return to it.  :)"

Really? Seems like just taking up space if he got his answer.

General Discussion / Re: Warm tour ideas (US)
« on: January 28, 2021, 01:07:44 pm »
The Natches Trace would be lovely this time of year.
I toured the Keeweenaw Peninsulao (the part of Michigan directly north of Wisconsin)  in July with no problems finding water.

The old saddle can of worms is officially open. No break-in period for me with B-17: comfortable right out of the box, mostly because the shape and width fits me perfectly. The Selle Anatomica never felt right.
Perhaps the Brooks Softened Flyer with the springs (like the B-17 175 mm wide) or the B-67 Softened which is 205 mm and has the springs or the B-33 which is a whopping 235 mm wide also with springs.

Gear Talk / Re: 2 wheeled trailer vs 1 wheel
« on: December 30, 2020, 06:26:49 pm »
I've ridden a BOB Yak at greater than 40 mph many times and always felt secure. I think it is more the bike and quality of the wheels than the BOB that is the limiting factor. I'd never put one on a recumbent and hopefully a friend of mine will weigh in on his experience with that.

Routes / Yaak to Rexford Montana
« on: December 13, 2020, 03:34:05 pm »
Has anyone ridden this route in the summer? Is it as beautiful as it appears?

General Discussion / Re: Kickstands - Love them or leave them?
« on: December 13, 2020, 12:27:49 pm »
Kickstand on only 1 of my 5 bikes. It is on the one I pull trailer with granddaughter in. I've seen too many good frames ruined by over tightening the bolt on the chainstays. The touring bike can easily lay on the panniers.

Gear Talk / Re: Off the Bike Shoes
« on: November 17, 2020, 08:26:19 pm »
Well, that may be the difference: at 68 years old I don't do a lot of walking after getting into camp.

Gear Talk / Re: Electronic shifters?
« on: November 17, 2020, 08:24:21 pm »
I'm only responding because of your user name: I grew up in Puyallup and now live in Wisconsin but get back frequently, especially to hike or snowshoe at Mt Rainier.
Actually, I am considering electronic shifting for touring if I can get low of 20 gear inches. I think the new Sram group may just offer that.

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