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Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,725
Posted By Brett A

It's standard practice to do this with hydraulic...

It's standard practice to do this with hydraulic disc brakes. Because if the brake leaver gets pulled while in transit, the pads don't pull back on their own and it's difficult to get them to.
Forum: Touring
08-10-19, 09:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 515
Posted By Brett A

It's going to be fun. I guess I'll just have to...

It's going to be fun. I guess I'll just have to make sure I can carry 4 or 5 gallons of water as a two day supply.
I'll report my finding when I'm done in October.
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 03:07 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,725
Posted By Brett A

I hadn't heard of that happening before, but it...

I hadn't heard of that happening before, but it sounds totally reasonable. No harm in taking the precaution.
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 03:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 426
Posted By Brett A

If you're not in a hurry, start high. You can...

If you're not in a hurry, start high. You can always lower your price, but you can't raise it. If I were in the market, your $1k asking price would get my attention. Sounds like a quality build.
I...
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 02:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 515
Posted By Brett A

Resupplying water in Death Valley and Mojave NP.

Hi all.

I'm planning another tour through the desert southwest. A few years ago on a ride from SF to the north rim of the grand canyon, I rode east out of Lone Pine, CA, to Panamint Springs -...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 05:30 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,725
Posted By Brett A

Someone please chime in if I'm missing something,...

Someone please chime in if I'm missing something, but you only need to put a wedge between the pads of hydraulic brakes to keep them from overextending, causing them not to withdraw into the...
08-01-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,516
Posted By Brett A

The mirror is flat. It's large enough for a full...

The mirror is flat. It's large enough for a full view of the road behind you. The glass and mirror surface are very good; clear and durable. I've had mine for two years and about 2,000 miles of...
08-01-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,516
Posted By Brett A

Here's the flat bar version of the Blackburn...

Here's the flat bar version of the Blackburn mirror I have. In both versions, the Velcro wraps where your hand goes on the bar, but I don't mind that and don't really notice it after a fw minutes of...
07-30-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,516
Posted By Brett A

I couldn't make a helmet/eyeglass mirror work for...

I couldn't make a helmet/eyeglass mirror work for me either. Similarly, it was too damn close to me face. I now use a glass mirror that straps onto my left brake leaver with Velcro (I have drop...
07-30-19, 09:25 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 5,081
Posted By Brett A

I think if you and your bike are on the sidewalk...

I think if you and your bike are on the sidewalk together with other people on the sidewalk with you, you should be walking the bike, not riding it. If you're moving slowly enough not to disrupt...
07-30-19, 09:08 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,626
Posted By Brett A

A "nice-hole". I like that. I'll use that when I...

A "nice-hole". I like that. I'll use that when I explain to people how to drive in Manhattan.

You do have to be assertive (not aggressive) and keep the flow going.
07-30-19, 09:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 382
Posted By Brett A

Awesome, thanks! And thanks for your service to...

Awesome, thanks! And thanks for your service to biking in RI. Providence is so easy to get around, and I love the East Bay Bike Path which my wife and I actually first rode maybe 15 years ago.

I...
07-30-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,452
Posted By Brett A

You can see your toes sticking out the fronts. ...

You can see your toes sticking out the fronts.
The soles come unglued.
Straps tear off.
Holes are worn through the uppers

I think like food, they have a way of clearly telling you they've gone...
07-30-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 341
Posted By Brett A

I've never had luck using the measured wheel...

I've never had luck using the measured wheel circumference when using Sigma computers. And I've had lots of Sigma BCs over the years. I've come to the conclusion that Sigma wheel size numbers have no...
Forum: Touring
07-27-19, 12:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,787
Posted By Brett A

TSA unpacked everything for my carry-on when I...

TSA unpacked everything for my carry-on when I was coming home from AZ a couple years ago. I can't blame them. It was a lot of weird hardware; my pedals, titanium TiGr lock, Brooks saddle, and I...
07-27-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 382
Posted By Brett A

Any Public bike workstation/repair stand in Providence, RI?

Just started spending more time in Providence since my wife took a job at Brown. I thought I saw one or two public bike work stations around. I thought at the Waterman St Whole Foods, but no. I...
Forum: Touring
07-27-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,856
Posted By Brett A

I ride in SPD shoes that look and feel like...

I ride in SPD shoes that look and feel like sneakers, but still prefer to take them off at camp because they get pretty hot and damp after a long day riding. Two years ago, I brought Crocs which are...
Forum: Touring
07-27-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,192
Posted By Brett A

If you feel your tablet offers you functionality...

If you feel your tablet offers you functionality that your phone doesn't in every day life, the question of bringing it on tour comes down to whether or not you want to carry the weight, deal with...
Forum: Touring
04-28-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 25,196
Posted By Brett A

~ 2016 Disc Trucker (first year of the 10...

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2016 Disc Trucker (first year of the 10 speed cassette, I'm pretty sure this is a 2015 color, through. In Oregon, CA and Zion NP.

~

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Forum: Touring
04-28-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 977
Posted By Brett A

I have two thoughts: Years ago when I was working...

I have two thoughts: Years ago when I was working closely with a professional trainer for endurance MT bike racing, he had me take a full week off my bike before my "A" race which happened to be in...
Forum: Foo
03-22-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 6,167
Posted By Brett A

The choice we have is to continue to buy devices...

The choice we have is to continue to buy devices with 3.5mm jacks. There are literally over a billion smartphones in existence with 3.5mm jacks.
Forum: Touring
03-22-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,608
Posted By Brett A

I have a month carved out from mid-September to...

I have a month carved out from mid-September to mid-October. I want to go back out to the southwest, maybe UT, AZ or NM. I live in rural New England and just love the huge vistas and dry air out...
Forum: Touring
03-22-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 627
Posted By Brett A

I think this is your answer. I have back rollers...

I think this is your answer. I have back rollers myself and can report that they have no size adjustability or compressiblity. If you don't have enough in them to fill them out, they just hang off...
Forum: Touring
03-22-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,321
Posted By Brett A

I have 26 x 2" Marathon Mondials on my 2016 Surly...

I have 26 x 2" Marathon Mondials on my 2016 Surly DT and there's still plenty of clearance. The bike could take a much wider tire, but I've got the widest finders that will fit in the frame and these...
Forum: Touring
03-14-19, 10:19 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,705
Posted By Brett A

I love the time I get to spend living on a bike....

I love the time I get to spend living on a bike. I've done a couple month-long solo tours and a few week-ish ones since I got into it in 2016. The only thing that gives me slight pause is the time I...
Forum: Commuting
03-11-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,010
Posted By Brett A

Not nearly as excited to ride as I was to see...

Not nearly as excited to ride as I was to see that you know there's only on "s" in the phrase "daylight saving time".
Forum: Fatbikes
02-24-19, 02:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,813
Posted By Brett A

Studded Dillinger 5's. Good call.

Studded Dillinger 5's. Good call.
Forum: Touring
02-23-19, 03:17 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,866
Posted By Brett A

Was this thread created to discuss if 26" wheels...

Was this thread created to discuss if 26" wheels are less round? Because circularity (a.k.a. roundness) is important in a wheel IMO. And if 26" wheels have a disadvantage in that area, I want to know...
02-23-19, 12:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,037
Posted By Brett A

Yes. For the past 20+ years, I've ridden mostly...

Yes. For the past 20+ years, I've ridden mostly in Spandex but a couple years ago I thought I'd try baggy shorts. For me, they definitely have their place. When I'm touring/camping, I like them...
Forum: Fatbikes
02-06-19, 03:03 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 8,897
Posted By Brett A

Certainly. I've been considering it. My cycling...

Certainly. I've been considering it. My cycling activity has gotten down to single track mountain biking (here in rural New England), loaded/solo touring one month a year out west, and utility trips...
Forum: Touring
01-18-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 10,459
Posted By Brett A

This simply isn't true (Unless you simply meant...

This simply isn't true (Unless you simply meant all the shoes you've tried yourself). On my mountain biking shoe, the metal cleat is clearly the lowest point, and makes contact with the floor. So...
Forum: Touring
01-16-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,016
Posted By Brett A

Nope. You're opinion isn't accurate. As I wrote...

Nope. You're opinion isn't accurate. As I wrote in my earlier post, the solar panel produced enough electricity for the battery pack to charge my phone 2.5 to 3x a day, so I could afford to use it....
Forum: Touring
01-16-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 10,459
Posted By Brett A

You can get soft SPD shoes with recessed cleats...

You can get soft SPD shoes with recessed cleats so you can feel like you're wearing normal(-ish) shoes; ones that don't sound like tap shoes. And pedals can be adjusted so the release takes very...
Forum: Touring
01-16-19, 06:24 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 10,459
Posted By Brett A

I ride clipped in because it's what my body is...

I ride clipped in because it's what my body is used to. I've been clipped in to every bike I've owned since '95 or-so, so it just feels wrong for me to not be.

My feeling on the subject, though,...
Forum: Touring
01-16-19, 06:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,016
Posted By Brett A

I've used this set up for two month-long rides...

I've used this set up for two month-long rides and several shorter day or two trips so far. It's been enough to keep my Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone and my 50-lumen rear blinky charged without ever...
Forum: Touring
11-28-18, 09:08 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,261
Posted By Brett A

Yes, my 2016 disc trucker came stock with a 3x10...

Yes, my 2016 disc trucker came stock with a 3x10 system. 2015 was the last year the disc trucker was spec'd with a 3x9.
Forum: Fatbikes
11-24-18, 10:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,160
Posted By Brett A

Call around or stop into some bike shops and ask...

Call around or stop into some bike shops and ask if they have anything left in the back room. I just bought a brand new/leftover 2016 Felt DD70...
Forum: Touring
11-24-18, 10:25 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,641
Posted By Brett A

It looks like you kinda' answered your own...

It looks like you kinda' answered your own question here. Or at least simplified the question.
Do you want to be able to get power to the pedals over 22mph? Myself, I like to poke along and don't...
Forum: Touring
11-24-18, 10:10 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,261
Posted By Brett A

This is an informative thread. Like the OP, I'm...

This is an informative thread. Like the OP, I'm getting to really dislike bar end shifters on my disc trucker too. At first they were novel (ironic, huh?). But now, after about 3k miles of touring,...
Forum: Touring
11-24-18, 11:08 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,494
Posted By Brett A

I rode across Death Valley, connecting the dots...

I rode across Death Valley, connecting the dots you've listed from west to east, in September of 2016. I rode through the hottest part of the day (Late morning to late afternoon). The air temperature...
Replies: 19
Views: 2,848
Posted By Brett A

I also have a TiGr Mini. It's incredibly light...

I also have a TiGr Mini. It's incredibly light and claims to be very secure. Its shortcoming is its size and shape. You need to find something very slender to lock your bike to and the angle of the...
Forum: Touring
09-06-18, 06:59 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,630
Posted By Brett A

Congratulations! I love when people get new...

Congratulations! I love when people get new bikes. Looking forward to seeing more.
Forum: Touring
09-06-18, 01:20 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,630
Posted By Brett A

The fact you can achieve that kind of speed on a...

The fact you can achieve that kind of speed on a LHT is certainly impressive! You're really putting out some wattage there.

From your description of your bike, I'd say the only thing our bikes...
Forum: Touring
08-31-18, 07:44 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,630
Posted By Brett A

I can vouch for this. I have a 2016 Disc Trucker...

I can vouch for this. I have a 2016 Disc Trucker with 26" wheels, full fenders and Tubus racks front and rear. I can report that it rides like a tank. It really doesn't seem to matter if it's loaded...
Forum: Touring
06-15-18, 01:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,588
Posted By Brett A

This looks amazing. And the fact I've never been...

This looks amazing. And the fact I've never been to CO or NM is a plus. I could visit friends in NM w/this plan.

There's a lot going on there. But you got my number with the heat, isolation and...
Forum: Touring
06-15-18, 12:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,588
Posted By Brett A

Took me a minute: Sandy Eggo = San Diego.

Took me a minute: Sandy Eggo = San Diego.
Forum: Touring
06-15-18, 12:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,588
Posted By Brett A

Looks good. What would be the highlights/reason...

Looks good. What would be the highlights/reason for the Albuquerque-Los Alamos - Santa Fe - Albuquerque loop? (Besides the obvious connecting of the towns from the Neil Young song "Albuquerque"?)
Forum: Touring
06-15-18, 12:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,588
Posted By Brett A

I actually have a friend's house I could use in...

I actually have a friend's house I could use in Flagstaff (He won't be home, but I have access). This could be a good framework for a Flagstaff to Sedona, Jerome, Prescott (visit friends) - south to...
Forum: Touring
06-14-18, 10:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,588
Posted By Brett A

Thanks everyone. I'll have the time later this...

Thanks everyone. I'll have the time later this evening to look at what you've suggested so far.. (Didn't want you think I asked and bailed)
Forum: Touring
06-13-18, 01:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,588
Posted By Brett A

I loved riding through Death Valley/NV/UT. Where next?

Hi all.

I'm casting a wide net, I know. But I have one month to be out this fall and can go anywhere in the lower 48. I need some help narrowing it down.

Two years ago, I did my first tour. It...
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