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Offline froze

Re: Advice for Newbies about the Weather.
« Reply #30 on: March 06, 2021, 11:13:37 pm »
IHow many of us remember the perfect days out there anyway? It’s always the brutal days that stand out in our minds. (and as horror story badges of honor. Lol) All part of the adventure I’d say...

I love the pictures that Adventure Cycling uses in their tour catalog, all the pictures are of sunny skies with broad smiles on the riders...where are the pictures of stormy days with frowns on the riders as they pedal their way through the mess?  Oh, that's right, pictures like that wouldn't sell as many trips.

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Advice for Newbies about the Weather.
« Reply #31 on: April 13, 2021, 06:50:30 am »
IHow many of us remember the perfect days out there anyway? It’s always the brutal days that stand out in our minds. (and as horror story badges of honor. Lol) All part of the adventure I’d say...

I love the pictures that Adventure Cycling uses in their tour catalog, all the pictures are of sunny skies with broad smiles on the riders...where are the pictures of stormy days with frowns on the riders as they pedal their way through the mess?  Oh, that's right, pictures like that wouldn't sell as many trips.


Actually, it is quite possible to bicycle across the USA transcontinentally with great weather all the way. 25 minutes of rain in Slidell, LA was it on one crossing. The rest was free and clear. The thing is sudden, extreme, calamitous changes do happen. I was caught out in storms. I mean, all is calm and clear all day. Then, inside an hour, rain is rocketing parallel to the ground at sixty mph, the sky is a swirling black mass, traffic must halt on interstate highways, large tractor-trailers are pushed over on their sides, and a hideous stroboscopic lightning storm is slamming thousands of strikes to earth all around you for hours. I would say just about any tent made for lightweight bicycle touring would be useless in that level disturbance. That is what is meant by POUN!!!!!DING!!!!!!! Rain Storm.

Offline froze

Re: Advice for Newbies about the Weather.
« Reply #32 on: April 13, 2021, 10:38:05 pm »
I struggled over getting a lightweight tent to reduce load carrying weight and one that was a bit heavier that "supposedly" can take a beating, so I got a 3 season tent, so far I haven't been able to test it pounding rain, just normal rain with no leaks.  I ended up with a Marmot Tungsten 2 person because of a year end sale, and because a reviewer claimed he camped out in snow with it just to see how it would do, and during the night it got windy with blowing snow but the tent was fine.  Some reviews you have to be careful because they could be faked, I'm not sure if it could handle blowing snow, but the fabric seems a bit more denser than other lightweight tents I saw which probably why it weighs more than ultralight tents.

Offline EmilyG

Re: Advice for Newbies about the Weather.
« Reply #33 on: April 14, 2021, 01:41:32 am »
We have a Big Agnes Fly Creek 3 person tent (for 2 people). Worked great on our W-E Northern tier route.    I remember well one night in Fort Benton, MT, where the wind blew so strong that the tent pretty much squashed sideways many times. It was completely unharmed afterward.  Weathered many rain storms and wind storms.  The mosquitoes loved to hang out between the tent and fly, waiting for us to come out.....   

And thanks for the reminders about weather.  It pays to watch the weather reports, and believe them.  No matter what the current weather outside may be.  We are vulnerable out there.

Martine Stoker

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Re: Advice for Newbies about the Weather.
« Reply #34 on: April 15, 2021, 02:02:36 am »
Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information and I definitely apply those tips on me.

I learn many new thing from your article as beginner.