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Gear Talk / Re: Touring bikes...
« on: March 19, 2013, 02:32:29 pm »
Every time I have bought a stock bike, they have swapped parts for the difference in value between the parts. 

Good to try, but I have been told shop would only allow 50 percent of value of part swapped toward cost of new part. Yours to decide if that is acceptable.

Gear Talk / Re: Camping Gas/stove
« on: March 19, 2013, 02:27:23 pm »

I look for (liquid gas) fuel in quart bottles either at Wal-Mart, camping stores or hunting fishing stores as I travel or will try to buy it from someone at the campgrounds. Otherwise, I buy a quart at the gas station.

It is rare now days to find liquid gas from someone in a campground. Quart cans of liquid gas in stores are also rare. Camping stores that cater to backpackers that sell liquid gas by the ounce are apt to charge a very high price. Expect to pay as much for a quart as you'd pay for a gallon at a big box store. Rather than pay so much per ounce, I bought a gallon can, filled my bottles and left rest at bike shop, saying give to next touring cyclist.

Gear Talk / Re: Camping Gas/stove
« on: March 17, 2013, 01:41:37 pm »

You can fill up a pint (or quart) fuel can at any gas station in the country with your choice of gas (petrol) or diesel.

Multi-fuel stoves allow gas station gas to be used, but sooting and clogging may result. I have taken two quart fuel bottles, and filled them with half of a gallon can of Coleman fuel, then sold rest of can back to store.

Gear Talk / Re: Camping Gas/stove
« on: March 17, 2013, 01:33:54 pm »
  • I have had trouble finding canisters on my tours in the US.  So I don't usually tour with a canister stove.

Be interested in more specifics from anyone; what geographical areas, etc.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring bikes...
« on: March 16, 2013, 10:18:33 am »
the Salsa Vaya is geared a bit high, at least for me -- plus it's more expensive than the four models above. 

I advise a novice who is going to do fully loaded touring to have lowest possible gear; if you need it, you have it; if you don't, just limit your shifting to your higher gears. For the Vaya, for you, I recommend swapping the 30 tooth chainwheel for a 24.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring bikes...
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:34:00 pm »
No pdlamb, I´m not doing a motel trip. I do need a good bike. I´m just so afraid of getting to much a bike that it will feel too heavy. I tried a Surley Cross Check. I guess it felt pretty good, but like someone here said – riding around the block doesn´t give that much. The Cross Check has the 700 tires and with a triple crankset it is slightly lighter then the LTH.

Ok – I should hurry up and decide and order...

This is the reason why in an earlier post I questioned directing the querist to the niche of ultra-lightweight bicycle camping. It is nearly a month since this woman posted her initial question, and she has yet to decide even the type of bike she should  buy. I suggested she concentrate on that. Touring bikes are best for bicycle touring. On Touring List, another online forum, using a cyclecross bike for touring often comes up. If that's all you have, tour on that. Buying new for touring, buy a touring bike. There should little weight difference between the popular touring bikes mentioned here. More weigh differences between sleeping bags, tents, etc, your next buying decisions if you don't have all of your bicycle camping gear.

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« on: March 06, 2013, 10:29:36 am »

Waterproof and breathable means you are going to wear a coating or a membrane because the fabric itself cannot be both. I just plugged gore tex and high fashion rain pants into google and came up with a long list of silly and expensive pants. Umm, poser-wear.

What could be less poser-wear than what I am looking for, bicycle rain pants that look like casual pants?

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« on: March 03, 2013, 03:18:28 pm »
I think your request is overly constrained. Although I'm a big fan of double-duty gear, I think in this case you need one of each.

If was easy to find, I wouldn't have posted a query. I disagree wholeheartedly that this should be an impossible quest. I think it entirely feasible, and am surprised a manufacturer hasn't produced pants to fill this need. None of my tours have been done taking one of each. Had a pair of Performance Gore-Tex rain pants that passed, albeit barely, as casual pants. They are not longer available, and what Performance sells now isn't close. Had one manufacturer make me a pair; unfortunately he made them look like sweat pants. He agreed it is a doable project; he just couldn't pull it off. I expect a perusal of this forum will unearth quests that are lot more fantastic than wanting bicycle rain pants that can double as casual pants.

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« on: March 03, 2013, 11:45:59 am »
Something like Sierra Designs Microlight pants might meet that criteria depending on your "pass for casual pants" requirements.

Thanks, but "water resistance in light rain for a short period of time" is less protection than I'm looking for.

Gear Talk / Looking for Rain Pants
« on: March 02, 2013, 10:23:28 pm »
Pass for casual pants. Waterproof, breathable.

Routes / Re: Traffic on the California section of the Pacific Coast Route
« on: February 25, 2013, 02:35:20 pm »
It depends somewhat on your speed uphills. If slow, traffic can pile up when there is no shoulder to get off road. I rode the section in the fall.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring bikes...
« on: February 24, 2013, 01:59:40 pm »
I don't think much about trying a bike before buying. Local bike shop having touring bike I want in my size is remote. I have bought several bikes by mail. I don't get much from giving a bike few blocks trial ride. If you are having a bike ready for you here, know your size to order and allow time to make adjustments. Touring bikes are not that popular here; don't expect a number on floor for you to choose from. There may not be any. Order and pay in advance to know there will be a bike here for you. If rather order in Sweden that is your choice. You could save airfare by having to ship bike just one way.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring bikes...
« on: February 19, 2013, 01:17:55 pm »
I have started occasionally running into folks camping and cooking with 20 pounds or less of gear on their bikes.  Also there is a large enough following of the bikepacking movement to support specialty companies like Relevate.

Questioner said planned on carrying 20-30 lb, so no arguing with 20 lb, if she can do her trip with that light a load . I again note, in my experience, beginners underestimate load they will be carrying. Your previous post stated that it is viable traveling long distance fully loaded carrying weight as low as 7 lb. I again say such a target is optimistic for a beginner. Three full waterbottles can weigh 7 lb. When I weigh what I carry for traveling fully loaded long distance, I weigh the bike, ready to go, with waterbottles full, food on board, etc. I again maintain that at the moment ultralight fully loaded bicycle touring is a fringe element, not where I would direct a beginner seeking information trying to decide which type bike to buy.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring bikes...
« on: February 19, 2013, 12:54:13 pm »
I'd rather figure out roughly what gear I want and then pick the bike and baggage to accommodate the gear.

She's said she's estimated how much gear she'll be carrying. What do you want her to do now? Stop thinking about what bike to buy, and decide more specifically what she'll be carrying, and then decide on which bike?

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