• maxairedale posted a new activity comment 5 years, 4 months ago

    In reply to: maxairedale posted an update Departure is on schedule for today πŸ™‚ . Weather may be an issue later this afternoon πŸ™ . We went through the bags one more time last night. We are planning to get 50 miles today […] View

    4 days 153.59 miles. Today May 10th, we finally found some long stretches without hills

  • maxairedale posted a new activity comment 5 years, 4 months ago

    In reply to: maxairedale posted an update Departure is on schedule for today πŸ™‚ . Weather may be an issue later this afternoon πŸ™ . We went through the bags one more time last night. We are planning to get 50 miles today […] View

    Departed about 9am and headed straight into town on the main road.with no traffic. On the way out of town stopped at the Post Office to get some stamps and adjust load. Bike became more stable. Lots of hill climbing today. We walked up 5, YES 5 hills.

    Did not get as far as we wanted today, but are pleased with the progress. After all the hills…[Read more]

  • Departure is on schedule for today πŸ™‚ . Weather may be an issue later this afternoon πŸ™ .

    We went through the bags one more time last night.

    We are planning to get 50 miles today.

    Wish us luck and pray that we don’t kill each other on the tandem πŸ™„

    Gary

    • lol :D, where are you now Gary… how did you manage the first days back in the saddle??

      • Departed about 9am and headed straight into town on the main road.with no traffic. On the way out of town stopped at the Post Office to get some stamps and adjust load. Bike became more stable. Lots of hill climbing today. We walked up 5, YES 5 hills.

        Did not get as far as we wanted today, but are pleased with the progress. After all the hills…[Read more]

      • 4 days 153.59 miles. Today May 10th, we finally found some long stretches without hills

  • maxairedale posted a new activity comment 5 years, 4 months ago

    In reply to: maxairedale posted an update Here is the bike and trailer 4 days before scheduled departure. Basically everything is loaded. There are a few water bottles to be added. I have lost track on how many times I have […] View

    Thanks Toni.

    That is Click-Stand http://click-stand.com/ When I ordered it about 4-5 years ago I questioned the man that makes them about it being able to support all that weight. He stated that it would be able to do it; I was not sure, but… Since the stand is not attached to the bike you have to set the brakes so that the bike will not move. N…[Read more]

  • Here is the bike and trailer 4 days before scheduled departure. Basically everything is loaded. There are a few water bottles to be added. I have lost track on how many times I have packed and unpacked and packed again.

    • Wow!! Real nice Gary… I am amazed the stand is holding all this… You guys will have an awesome time πŸ™‚

      • Thanks Toni.

        That is Click-Stand http://click-stand.com/ When I ordered it about 4-5 years ago I questioned the man that makes them about it being able to support all that weight. He stated that it would be able to do it; I was not sure, but… Since the stand is not attached to the bike you have to set the brakes so that the bike will not move. N…[Read more]

  • maxairedale posted a new activity comment 5 years, 4 months ago

    In reply to: maxairedale posted an update Here is the list that you asked for Toni. You have to remember that Β· We are packing for two Β· Riding our tandem (rear wheel has 48 spokes, front has 36 spokes with a Son-28 hub [ […] View

    We are on schedule to depart on Monday May 7th. πŸ™‚ The only thing that will stop us is weather. Neither of us want to start this trip in the rain.

    Between the stuff in the trailer and panniers we have about 120 lbs (54.5 kg) for the two of us. Without the BOB there is NO way we could put all that on one bike. If we were taking our singles we…[Read more]

  • Here is the list that you asked for Toni. You have to remember that
    Β· We are packing for two
    Β· Riding our tandem (rear wheel has 48 spokes, front has 36 spokes with a Son-28 hub [http://www.nabendynamo.de/produkte/SON_28.html])
    Β· We will be using both panniers and the BOB trailer while.
    Β· Plan to be gone for 6 months

    3 person tent with gro…[Read more]

    • Wow nice Gary, without the BOB there would be no way to transport all this, right? Premium Comfy Prepared Cycle Touring – I like that! πŸ™‚ Had to google: “bear resistant food container” makes total sense, I want one lol.. When are you heading out?

      • We are on schedule to depart on Monday May 7th. πŸ™‚ The only thing that will stop us is weather. Neither of us want to start this trip in the rain.

        Between the stuff in the trailer and panniers we have about 120 lbs (54.5 kg) for the two of us. Without the BOB there is NO way we could put all that on one bike. If we were taking our singles we…[Read more]

  • maxairedale posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    In reply to: maxairedale posted an update In about 6 hours I will be officially retired. πŸ™‚ Let the party begin! πŸ™‚ After that the only thing holding us back from starting our 6-month tour is some commitments we have in April […] View

    Thanks Toni and Darren.

    Now for the next month we will be getting stuff out and sorting through and picking out what we want to take. We have biking and camping equipment for just about anything that we could run into. Then we will thin the pile to what we need to take and what would be nice. We both have different ideas what is needed and…[Read more]

  • In about 6 hours I will be officially retired. πŸ™‚ Let the party begin! πŸ™‚
    After that the only thing holding us back from starting our 6-month tour is some commitments we have in April. πŸ™ Still looking at May 7th as our departure date. πŸ™‚

  • maxairedale posted a new activity comment 5 years, 6 months ago

    In reply to: maxairedale posted an update Two things happen today (22 Feb, 12) 1. I gave written notice to my employer that my last day is 30 March 2. My wife (Diane) stated that she is concerned that she cannot make 6200 to […] View

    New wheel is built and on the bike. Test rode it over the weekend, and it held together. πŸ˜‰

    While doing an inspection of the bike, I determined that we have wore out the middle chainring and the cluster (cassette). We have over 10,000 miles (16,000 K) on the bike and both items are original. New items are on order as well as a bunch of…[Read more]

  • maxairedale posted a new activity comment 5 years, 6 months ago

    In reply to: maxairedale posted an update Two things happen today (22 Feb, 12) 1. I gave written notice to my employer that my last day is 30 March 2. My wife (Diane) stated that she is concerned that she cannot make 6200 to […] View

    UPDATE

    As of today, Diane now wants to take the tandem. This is okay, but I have been getting parts, supplies, and accessories for the singles. I had to order a new rim and a dynamo hub today. Our tandems and MTN bikes have 559 wheels while the singles have 622 wheels.

    Now I need to take some stuff off my 520 and move it to the Santana as…[Read more]

    • Sounds like a plan Gary! Keep us updated and send some pictures πŸ˜›

    • New wheel is built and on the bike. Test rode it over the weekend, and it held together. πŸ˜‰

      While doing an inspection of the bike, I determined that we have wore out the middle chainring and the cluster (cassette). We have over 10,000 miles (16,000 K) on the bike and both items are original. New items are on order as well as a bunch of…[Read more]

  • maxairedale posted a new activity comment 5 years, 6 months ago

    In reply to: maxairedale posted an update Two things happen today (22 Feb, 12) 1. I gave written notice to my employer that my last day is 30 March 2. My wife (Diane) stated that she is concerned that she cannot make 6200 to […] View

    LOL so you just need to pedal for her when she get’s tired, hehe… I know I have all ready done that for her in the past, and she admitted to it. πŸ™‚

    At this date and time she wants to ride our Trek 520s for this trip. She does not like the cadence that I ride at, high 70s to mid 80s, hers is slower, but on the tandem by the end of the season she…[Read more]

  • Two things happen today (22 Feb, 12)
    1. I gave written notice to my employer that my last day is 30 March
    2. My wife (Diane) stated that she is concerned that she cannot make 6200 to 7200 miles on the bike. I personally believe that she can, so it will take a lot of encouragement on my part for her to continue on.

    The image is a straight-line…[Read more]

    • Wow real happy for you Gary! Sure she can do it, just don’t push her too much… Wait you are touring on a tandem anyways? LOL so you just need to pedal for her when she get’s tired, hehe…

      Have fun Gary and keep us updated πŸ™‚

      • LOL so you just need to pedal for her when she get’s tired, hehe… I know I have all ready done that for her in the past, and she admitted to it. πŸ™‚

        At this date and time she wants to ride our Trek 520s for this trip. She does not like the cadence that I ride at, high 70s to mid 80s, hers is slower, but on the tandem by the end of the season she…[Read more]

      • UPDATE

        As of today, Diane now wants to take the tandem. This is okay, but I have been getting parts, supplies, and accessories for the singles. I had to order a new rim and a dynamo hub today. Our tandems and MTN bikes have 559 wheels while the singles have 622 wheels.

        Now I need to take some stuff off my 520 and move it to the Santana as…[Read more]

        • Sounds like a plan Gary! Keep us updated and send some pictures πŸ˜›

        • New wheel is built and on the bike. Test rode it over the weekend, and it held together. πŸ˜‰

          While doing an inspection of the bike, I determined that we have wore out the middle chainring and the cluster (cassette). We have over 10,000 miles (16,000 K) on the bike and both items are original. New items are on order as well as a bunch of…[Read more]

  • maxairedale posted a new activity comment 5 years, 7 months ago

    In reply to: Glenn Costa posted an update in the group Credit Card Touring New to touring and thought Credit Card Touring might be a good beginning. Where do you buy your equipment (REI, Performance Bike or from the maunfactuer)? View

    What type of equipment are you looking for?

  • maxairedale posted a new activity comment 5 years, 7 months ago

    In reply to: maxairedale posted an update Adventure Cycling ran a story about the Bicycle Friendly decals View

    \” Will take pictures as soon as my wife is back from the Philippines\”

    Hi Toni,

    You still living as a bachelor?

    Gary

  • 66 more calendar days. 49 week days. Only 37 working days left. Taking 12 days off in February. Add in the weekend days and that is over 1/2 of the month.

  • Toni,

    Are you being hit with bots with all the sign ups and advertisements?

  • Adventure Cycling ran a story about the Bicycle Friendly decals

  • Bike Friendly decal goes to Germany, to World Pedal founder

    Okay, this was an attempt to help two causes. One was to help let people know that it is not just a local event for the Bicycle Friendly decals, and the other was to promote World Pedal

    [Read more]

  • maxairedale posted a new activity comment 5 years, 10 months ago

    In reply to: maxairedale posted an update This is related to touring. Columbia and Adair County is the launching point of a new NATIONAL Bicycle Friendly Campaign http://bicyclingadair.org/BicycleFriendly.html Diane and I […] View

    Hi Toni,

    As soon as I can get my hands on some of the decals I’ll pm you to get your mailing address. At this time the first order of 500 has been sent out throughout the local area and country. The second order of 10,000 decals is on its way to the Coach. Here is an update that was posted this morning. h…[Read more]

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