Archive for the ‘Biking’ Category
I check out the KT trail at Weldon Springs and rode to Augusta Missouri. The surface is good. A standard rode bike tire works well. If you have a high end road bike with the ultra narrow tires there may be issues. If you are running the ultra narrow tires check it out before committing to big efforts.
- Bicycles – includes walk on bicycle policies. The number of roll on bikes per train is very limited.
- Missouri river runner AmTrak schedules
- KT Trail legend showing mileages versus services available.
- Riding Amtrak along the Katy Trail
- Shuttles on the KT trail – In particular interested in a shuttle from Sedalia to Clinton to start at the far end of the trail. Called Victory Shuttle: quoted 70$ for shuttle from Sedalia to Clinton
Chain of Rocks bridge Ride – up the Missouri side down the Illinois side
chain of rocks road – comes straight off of the trail – turn right onto:
Madison County Transit Confluence Trail – right next to the bypass water way
Empties into west first street —– turn right onto:
Niedringhaus Ave —– turn left onto:
West 7th Street —–turn right onto:
MCT Trail — Go south until you hit the:
I guess this is a Latin American thing. Do they do this in the USA? My guess is no because of liability. We are so yesteryear.
Another down hill race in Chile.
BikerTony included what appears to be a comprehensive of his biking equipment on his now defunct website. I am recreating it here now because I may want to use it in the future. Others may also.
The list is only approximate since I did not write all the details down when I started this trip.
The bike was custom build by my friend in Vancouver
Titanium frame by Airborne (not sure which model)
Marzocchi 2001 Z2 Atom Race front fork
Sram X.O. shifters and derailers
Rockshox suspension seat post (not sure which model)
Race Face crank and bottom bracket (not sure which model)
LP carbon fiber handle bar (not sure which model)
Selle Italia Gel Saddle (not sure which model)
Azonic rims with Shimano XT hubs
Sram cassette and chain (not sure which model)
Chris King NoThreadSet
Shimano PD M324 pedals
Shimano XT V brakes
Avocet Cross 2 semi slicks size 1.9
Axiom Odyssee Tubular Alloy Rear Rack
Delta shock treatment low rider front rack
2 generic water bottle cages and water bottles
2 Mr. Tuffy tire liners
2 Ortlieb Back Roller Classic for the rear
- 2 Ortlieb Back Roller Classic for the front
Ortlieb Ultimate 3 Classic handle bar bag
MEC Bag of Fundy Dry Bag
- Topeak Alien multi tool
- Quick release headlight
- Blackburn mini pump
- Phil Wood grease tube
- Bicycle tube patch kit
- Wheel truing tool
- Bottom bracket tool (just the socket)
- Cassette tool (just the socket)
- Leatherman Squirt mini tool
- Assortments of nuts and bolts
- Various different sizes of Allen keys
- Locktight liquid
- Screw driver
- Different sizes of cable ties
- Duct Tape
- Spare brake and shifter cables
- Spare brake pads
- Spare set of Off-Road tires (Panaracer Mach SS and SK size 1.95 for the rough roads)
- 2 spare tube with extra long Schrader valve
- Marmot Nutshell tent
- Therm-A-Rest Ultralite regular sleeping pad
- MSR Whisperlite International stove
- Katadyn Mini water filter
- Evernew titanium 1 liter pot
- Western Mountaineering Apache Super Dry Loft sleeping bag
- Integral silk sleeping bag liner
- MSR Dromedary bag 6 liter
- Patagonia Stretch Element jacket
- Patagonia Stretch Element pants
- Patagonia R1 Flash pullover
- Patagonia Dragonfly jacket
- Patagonia Capilene mid weight long johns
- Patagonia Capilene mid weight long sleeves
- Marmot Windshirt
- Sierra Design quick dry wind proof pants
- 2 Patagonia quick dry t-shirts
- 2 Nike quick dry tank tops
- 2 pair of Sugoi athletic shorts
- 5 pair of cheap underwear
- 4 pairs of DeFeet cycling socks
- Rocky Mountain Gore-Tex socks
- Ocean Research lobster style light Gore-Tex gloves
- MEC lobster style insulated waterproof gloves
- Teva sandals
- Sidi Dominator 4 Mega cycling shoes
- Pair of shoes I bought at MEC that I can’t remember
- Canon S-400 with 1 Gig memory card
Breakfast: 1 melon or papaya…etc, 2 banana, 2 apple and a large sandwich
8-10 am snack: 1-2 bananas, 1-2 apples and a sandwich
Lunch: All-You-Can-Eat buffet if I can find one, normally that is the best meal of the day in Brazil. If not, same as the morning snack.
Supper: Steaks in Argentina if I could withstood my hunger till after 8.00 pm. Lots of ice cream in Argentina.
On average I consumed the following per day
4-5 bananas per day
4-5 apples per day
2 full 1 liter water bottles and what ever juice, pop, etc…. I can find along the way.
2 large sandwich, steaks, buffet or what ever I could buy
Mix dry fruits and nuts
I usually stop for 1 big meal at a restaurant once a day
Garmin Gecko 201 GPS
Suunto Observer Multi Function Wrist Watch
Marzocchi 2001 Atom Race Fork → I really had no choice in this matter. I was running out of time in Vancouver. I needed something quick. It was the easiest fork to service of all the forks I was looking at. Vancouver is not the place to look for touring equipment for your bike. The main problem with this fork is that the front end shakes very bad with front panniers and handle bar bag. At the beginning of this trip, I was actually quite scare a few times. The front wheel started to shake when you are cruising down the hill at 65km/hr with a fully loaded bike just doesn’t appeal to me that much. I know it has to be the fork because I had the same panniers mounted on a Cannondale with Headshok. And there were very little shake then. The major caused of this problem has to be the 80mm of travel on the Atom Race. Together with front panniers and handle bar bag, it makes a very unstable situation. I know that the Atom Race was not design for this. But Marzocchi has the reputation of making the stiffest fork on the market. So I am quite disappointed. But I have gotten used to it now. I had to re-learn how to pedal when I am out of the saddle. How to hold the handle bar when going down hill on rough and paved road. But I will not be changing this fork anytime soon because it does have some redeeming quality for my needs. I put over 14000 km on this fork already. I had not done any service on it at all. But it still rides as smooth as when I started. I will live with this until it dies, then I would switch over to something around 40mm of travel with either elastomer or oil bath with spring.
Azonic rims with Shimano XT hubs. These were the deep aerodynamic rims which needed extra long Schrader valve tubes. The rims and hubs were given to me free of charge, so it was a good deal. I had many punctures that I never written down as stats that I thought was caused by the rim, but the real caused was the cheap rim liner. So I had to give some points back to the Azonic rims. But the thing that really pissed me off was that because I needed these special extra long valve tubes and I cannot find them anywhere in South America. I had to keep using the same tube which I had from the beginning of this trip. And some of the tubes had over 20 patches on them. I could get new ones if I stayed and wait for it to be special order. But I didn’t want to wait. Anyway, my front hub lasted 7791 km. The front axle inside the hub was shear in half. I guess all the shaking from my front fork put a lot more extra pressure on the hubs. But still these Shimano XT hubs should be tougher than that. So I bought a new wheel since the rim was always pissing me off. The rear rim lasted about 8630.5 km. It started to split a the point where the rim are join together.
Axiom Odyssee Tubular Alloy Rear Rack. It was cheap and it looked semi tough. So I bought it. But the rack felt apart around 12000 km. This wasn’t my first choice, so I wasn’t too surprised that it bit the dust.
Nelles Maps. I had the Andes and Argentina maps from Nelles. If my life were depended on them, I would be dead right now. Most of the distances were wrong. Cities that existed on these maps doesn’t exist in real life. Major roads that were in service for more than 4 years doesn’t show up. The reference system was a joke. They list primary highway, secondary highway, etc…..But with this map, the little local highway could be this nice smooth paved road and the primary highway could be this gravel super rough road that stretches for the next 4000 km. Not very useful at all for planning how far I want to go. The list goes on and on. I will never buy these maps again.
Shimano XT V-Brakes. They lasted for about 14000 km. I thought that they should last longer as I do not use the brake that much as a tourer.
Patagonia Stretch Element Jacket. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the products from this company. But this jacket just didn’t live up to expectation. The first real downpour that I was in. I got soaked and wet in about 4 hours. I have the Stretch Element Pants and they kept me dry. I email Patagonia about the problem and they reply with a bunch of bullshit about how I was supposed to layer and crap like that. Or they were not design for what I was doing. And they try to explain to me like a child how the upper body sweats more than the lower. Come on please, I wasn’t born yesterday. If the jacket wasn’t design for what I was doing then what was it design for!! I am a bike tourer, which means I pace myself for 6-10 hour ride everyday. I do not go all out and sweat like a pig. If this thing couldn’t keep me dry in the rain in the Patagonia, then it’s crap in my book.
Suunto Observer Watch. These are very good watches except for one thing. These watches stinks up the whole household if you wear them in the sun all day. Which made these watches ineffective because I didn’t want to wear them and have them stinking up my hands.
Topeak Alien Multi Tool. It is a good tool for emergency. But it is useless if you want to do some serious work. I will be getting rid of it and going back to my old way of loose Allen keys, separate chain tool, etc……..
Sram X.O. Shifter. This is a great shifter except that they are just crapped in the rain without the proper gloves. I had problem finding quality bike gloves in South America. And I had so much problem shifting when riding in the rain.
Teva Sandals. These sandals were very comfortable. But the big problem was that they stink like there was no tomorrow. Forget about the anti-stinking material that they use. It doesn’t work, it starts stinking after about 3 weeks of usage. I bought cheapo sandals from Peru that still doesn’t stink after 6 months of use.
Chris King NoThreadSet. This thing cost arm and a leg, but they are well worth it. Definitely money well spent. One of those rare buy and forget item. It just works and never needs to be service. Well, not at 14000 km anyway. I will probably send it back to Chris King for an overhaul after Africa. I have all the confidence in the world that it will last that much longer.
Thompson Stem. Not the most expensive stem out there. You put it on and the handle bar doesn’t spin. Enough said. Plus it looks so pretty.
Rockshox suspension seat post. I think this was a bargain. I originally wanted the more expensive USE seat post. But this has proven to be more than adequate. Still working perfectly after 14000 km without any service.
Avocet Cross 2 SL semi slicks. I love these tires. I used the 1.9 size because it can handle more weight and better handling in rougher roads. I only had 5 flats through the tire. All the other who knows how many flats were all caused by the rim. These tires were rated at 80 psi, but I always had them running at 90 psi without any problems. They are foldable for easy storage. They corner great going down all the suicide turns on the roads of Chile. They are acceptable in a downpour. The only complaint I have is that they still sucked on gravel/dirt roads. But then again, I don’t think they were ever design for that.
Airborne Titanium Frame. I am not sure what model it is. I bought it at Ebay for about $600.00 U.S.(I think??), which is a very reasonable price for a titanium frame. And so far, I had no problem what so ever related to the frame. I guess I had to get run over by a truck to find out how tough this frame really is!
Delta Shock Treatment Low Rider Front Rack. I didn’t think much of this rack when I bought it. There weren’t that many front racks out there that suits my needs. But after 14000 km, I have new found respect for this rack. I had put extra C-clamps for reinforcement for my own peace of mind. But maybe that was not necessary. It is still going strong at the moment. But I will buy a replacement for me as I can never trust aluminum.
Marmot Nutshell Tent. This tent was quick to pitch and freestanding. It withstood a fierce rain and wind storm in the Patagonia. What more can I ask for.
Ortlieb Back Roller Classic Panniers And Ultimate 3 Classic Handle Bar Bag. My older Back Roller Classic was not made as well as my new ones. The 2 bolts at either end of the Pannier broke on both panniers. This was caused by the weak construction method of using rivets. I email Ortlieb about the problem, and they wanted to send me a new bolt kit. That was just too much trouble for me, I could replace them myself with screws in about 5 minutes. But the new ones uses screws, so I don’t expect anything to go wrong with those. Otherwise, these are the best panniers that I had ever used. My clothes are always dry and these bags are as tough as nail.
Western Mountaineering Apache Super Dry Loft Sleeping Bag. This bag is compact, warm, easy maintenance, and semi-waterproof.
Phil Wood hubs with Mavic Rims
Tools and Spares
Stuff That Doesn’t Work
Stuff That Works
My Wish List
Using the internet wayback machine I managed to find more material. Click here to search the Internet WayBack Machine for BikerTony Stuff. The results: Mar 22, 2004 * Apr 07, 2004 Apr 07, 2004 * May 26, 2004 * Jun 05, 2004 * Jun 08, 2004 Jun 14, 2004 Jul 25, 2004 * Jul 28, 2004 Aug 28, 2004 * Sep 02, 2004 * Sep 25, 2004 * Sep 28, 2004 * Oct 09, 2004 * Dec 03, 2004 * Dec 14, 2004 * Jan 23, 2005 Feb 03, 2005 * Feb 06, 2005 Feb 11, 2005 Mar 07, 2005 * Apr 05, 2005 May 29, 2005 May 31, 2005 Jun 11, 2005 Aug 09, 2005 Oct 01, 2005 * Jan 16, 2006 * Feb 07, 2006 Mar 30, 2006 Jun 26, 2006 * Aug 03, 2006 * Aug 27, 2006 * Oct 04, 2006 * Nov 09, 2006 * Nov 16, 2006 Dec 05, 2006 * Dec 05, 2006 * Mar 11, 2007 Apr 06, 2007 Alot of really good photos. I have always wanted to do a ride like this.
On my first trip to South America in September of 2003 I met a Canadian of Asian genotype headed towards Peru. His story was that he worked contruction in Canada until he saved up enough money and then he would take off with his bike to some other country and ride long distances. I always have dreamed of biking like this and found it very interesting to talk with him from time to time via email. I have cut and paste an email from him below: -1- So Tony ….. where are you ? I think I want to do a map of your bicycle ride on my website maybe I should put up a page where you can do a web log ???? Well if you are still riding and want to…….I could put a place where people can send money using PayPal LOL might be fun anyway ….got to hear if you have ridden any of Brazil yet ! -2- Heh Fred Damn, how the heck are you doing? Where are your latest adventures these days. I am in Africa(Tanzania) going north right now. I had given up on my blog, it is too much work and the internet too slow and expensive in Africa. As for paypal, a poor man like myself can always use the help. About the map thing, its gonna be hard to described my route without a lot of work. Perhaps sometime down the road when I make other aquaintance and can get internet for cheap, we can try something later. I actually rode from Foz Du Iquacu all the way to Olinda(Recife). But I still like Argentina a lot better. The girls are prettier and friendly over there. Take care. Tony -3- All you have to do is shoot me a city name or two:) Good little ride from Foz to Recife ….. sounds pretty good. -4- The adventure continues! Did I tell you that when I was in Malawi. I was camping by the beach at a camp site. And I decided to do a day trip up to this place call Livingstonia. The guy at the camp ground told me it would take me 4 hrs to get up there. Of course I think of myself as Superman all the time. Naturally, I thought mabe it would take me 1 1/2 hrs to get there. So I set off at 3.00 PM. And because I was stubborn, it was getting late and I refused to give up till I get to the top. I arrived at around 5.10 PM. Take a photo of these disappointing looking brick houses. Then start heading back down at 5.15 PM. I guess it gets dark a lot faster in these mountains, because by 5.40 PM it was already getting quite dark. Pretty soon I was riding in total darkness. It was atually quite freaking to be going down almost blind in this horribly steep dirt road. On top of that, they just closed the road to do some upgrades. So there were piles of sand and rocks everywhere on the road. On one stretch near the bottom, I had to get off my bike and push. It was just getting too dangerous. This was the steepest part of the road plus there were lots of loose big rocks. Happily, I arrived safely back at my camp and laugh about it. Just a few days ago. I had the most exciting bicycle safari yet. I was biking from a city call Mikumi to another city call Mororgoro in Tanzania. This was a national road that goes right through a national park. Cool!!!! Not too far into the park, I saw some zebras. Then I saw impalas, and a few other animals that I am not sure what they are. Possibly springboks, etc… Then I saw elephants and lots of giraffes. This is getting better and better. As you know in Tanzania, they drive on the left side. I saw a whole bunch of vultures that was circling just beside the left side of the road. And then there was a lone vulture that was just sitting on top of this tree. Naturally, I ignored the lone vulture and concentrate on where most of the vultures were to find the "kill" or dead animal. I was going along at about 20 KM/H with my camera at my hand but not switch on. As I was right next to the tree where this lone vulture was, then I saw them all. Damn man!!! There were at least 4 lions lying underneath the tree with the kill somewhere that I couldn’t see. The tree was just right beside the road on the right. Let say each lane was about 3 meter. I was somewhere in the middle of my lane. So, that would be 1.5M. Let say the shoulder is another 1.5M. The tree is maybe another 2M from the shoulder. 3+1.5+1.5+2=8. Ha Ha, I was about 8M from a whole pack of lions by myself on my bike. I must honestly say that if I had spotted them earlier, I wouldn’t know how I would have procceededActually, it was not as scarey as I thought it would be. It was more like, oh well I am here might as well keep going at the same pace and no sudden movements. Then I saw one lion crouches down and stared at me. Oh well, just keep going. Sorry I have no photos to prove this. You will just have to take my work for it. But it was definitely the best self drive Safari that I had so far. The best part of it is that I lived to tell about it. Cool!!!! Hope to find more adventures like that in Tanzania and Kenya. Ok, I am gonna try to write down the list of places and the next time I come back to the internet cafe I will give it a try. Tony firstname.lastname@example.org I have not talked to BikerTony in a while. It is interesting to do a forensic examination of the web for evidence of his location. I found one of his photos he must have taken in Peru:
When electric cars finally become practical large cities in the USA will have clear air like this! The liberals will still suck though. I fully expect them to find something else to complain about. They reached pretty deep for this MMGW hoax. While not very creative MMGW has been put through by sure force of MSG stalinistic will!