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  1. David Coleman
    January 9, 2016

    Hi Frank,

    You and I met recently at Naples Cyclery. My wife and I are teachers in Seoul and are planning a TransAmerica (Northern Tier) trip. I discussed touring bikes with you and the fact that there seems to be a lack of availability when it comes to test-riding them.

    Anyway, we wanted to know if you had any thoughts regarding Titanium vs. Steel? Do you have any experience with titanium frames? Also, it would be great if we could get a list of what you ride… Frame, components, saddle, racks, etc…

    Thanks in advance.

    With Optimism,

    David

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    • Frank Briscoe
      January 10, 2016

      Hi David,

      I remember you quite well and look forward to hearing about your adventures past and future.

      I’d stay with aluminum frame as it can be repaired easily most anywhere in the world. Titanium, will still break and the ride isn’t much smoother than steel in my opinion. i purchased the front and rear racks from Surly and they have served me well. Saddle is a most definitely a personal preference, no matter what anyone tells you, pick a saddle you are comfortable on not what someone else says is the greatest. I have over 30 saddles ranging from $20.00-300.00 and the least expensive gave me the best ride while the $300 the worse. Go for the best panniers you can afford, Ortlieb is the the standard and most widely used. I use and recommend a synthetic sleeping bag (temperature rating based on when and where you travel)over down. I opt for a 40 degree bag and use a twin bed sheet and a fleece liner, many times sleeping under one or the other only using all 3 on cold nights. For a sleeping pad, I pamper myself with a Big Agnes rectangular a chore to inflate but well worth it to these old bones. I carry two water bottles and wear a hydration pack, never can have too much water on hand. I carry one spare tire and two spare tubes with several patch kits. Duck tape, tie straps and bungee cords are all helpful to have as well as a few basic hand tools for repairs.

      It’s getting late and I have to work tomorrow so going to close for the night. Please feel free to ask me for any additional questions regards to gear as I have not listed everything I carry with me, such as clothes, tent, food and etc.

      Until next time, always your friend, The Old Guy on a Bicycle

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  2. Cheryl Micek
    January 6, 2015

    Hi Frank,

    I stumbled across your blog when trying to determine if the above route is paved the entire way, so that is my question for you. I’ve googled pics of Rico & Sawpit and have seen dirt roads, but don’t know if those are the main road.

    My hubby and I each took up cycling 6 years ago and were solo fanatics until we finally (in spite of same town, same bike club!) met up on a ride 2 years ago, and the rest is history. He’s 69 and semi-retired and I’m 53 and manage to wrangle lots of time off in the summertime. We’ve ridden all over Colorado (separately & together), but have never been to Telluride. So, we’re going to fix that and are planning a 4 day loop (Durango to Ouray to Telluride to Dolores to Durango) for next summer. So, I was very happy to stumble upon the Ridgway to Delores portion of your blog. I love how your blog gives the ‘flavor’ of the ride, rather than focusing on the stats, although I enjoyed reading the one stat you reported – 2.4 mph up Dallas Divide. I’ve had conversations with people who claim that is utterly impossible, but I beg to differ, since I too have done it. When I have more time, I’ll enjoy reading more of your blog. Meanwhile, I better get back to work 🙂

    Happy trails,

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    • Frank Briscoe
      January 6, 2015

      Hi Cheryl!

      Thank you for contacting me and enjoying my writing style sharing what the experience feels like instead of stats. The short answer to your question, my entire ride across America was done entirely on paved roads.​ It is quite possible, going through Rico and Sawpit you would be on dirt roads, I’d Google map the area to confirm if you will need to be prepared to ride dirt roads. If your bikes are capable of handling 700×32 or 35 tires, you would wise to have them for riding on hard packed dirt especially if you will be riding self-contained. Keep me posted of your ride.

      Your new friend in bicycling,

      Frank

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  3. Mike
    December 12, 2013

    Saw you purchased a ballistic knife kit off amazon back in March.
    Just wondering how much you paid, and if you knew where to find any more as that amazon seller is out of stock.

    Thanks,
    -Mike

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    • Frank Briscoe
      December 12, 2013

      Hi Mike,

      Thank you for contacting me. I didn’t purchase a Ballistic knife I sold a couple I had purchased years ago, the company which sold them discontinued the product over 20 years ago. I had bought the knife as it intrigued me, now that I’m retired sold it to fund my bicycle adventures. Sorry couldn’t be of more help to you. Oh yea, I sold my knife for about $400.00 in new unused condition.

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