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Posted By Brett A

I did my 15th consecutive monthly century...

I did my 15th consecutive monthly century yesterday.
It was slow-going, as a good percentage of the ride was on waterlogged dirt roads -like riding through glue. For example, my average speed for...
03-19-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 508
Posted By Brett A

Yellow or orange. (yes, orange)

Yellow or orange. (yes, orange)
Forum: Touring
03-19-21, 12:38 PM
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Views: 244,118
Posted By Brett A

The 127 between Tecopa Hot Springs and Baker, CA,...

The 127 between Tecopa Hot Springs and Baker, CA, Sept, 2019. The headwind was too strong to make it to Baker by sundown. I was in my granny gear on level ground, so I rolled off the highway and...
Forum: Touring
03-18-21, 06:18 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,815
Posted By Brett A

What you're referring to is called stealth...

What you're referring to is called stealth camping. There's a lot of content on it on YouTube and elsewhere.
Personally, I've never really done it. I stay in campgrounds and get a motel room once a...
03-16-21, 05:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,428
Posted By Brett A

I would not consider changing a stem to address a...

I would not consider changing a stem to address a seat position issue. They are two different matters. If you find yourself moving back on the saddle, it's probably actually becasue your saddle isn't...
03-16-21, 05:19 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,817
Posted By Brett A

220 minus age works out to about 10 BPS lower...

220 minus age works out to about 10 BPS lower than the highest I've registered on my chest-strap HRM in recent months. Maybe the rule of thumb is intentionally conservative? It seems to be lower...
Forum: Touring
03-15-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 4,538
Views: 2,279,141
Posted By Brett A

I used those the first time across the desert....

I used those the first time across the desert. They work when they are present, but the desert southwest is massive and those markers aren't always around. Also I've found it best to heed to advice I...
Forum: Touring
03-15-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 852
Posted By Brett A

I pretty strongly disagree with this; if you're...

I pretty strongly disagree with this; if you're careful with your initial purchase, there would never be need to change your setup. You may want to, but you'll never need to. This stuff is expensive,...
Forum: Touring
03-15-21, 07:34 AM
Replies: 4,538
Views: 2,279,141
Posted By Brett A

Taken in September 2019 heading into Death Valley...

Taken in September 2019 heading into Death Valley from Pahrump, NV somewhere along Bell Vista Rd. (I think). Day two of a 30 day outing. This is also a good photo for people who say they don't need a...
Forum: Touring
03-07-21, 08:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,089
Posted By Brett A

The next ~900 miles of Oregon and CA coast cut...

The next ~900 miles of Oregon and CA coast cut out of DeLorme atlases and laid out on my motel room floor in Portland a couple years ago. I number them, fold them, and rotate them through my map...
Forum: Touring
03-07-21, 05:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,089
Posted By Brett A

I love using paper maps! They provide an overview...

I love using paper maps! They provide an overview that's difficult to get/access on the internet. I tour with a smartphone and paper maps. I use Google bicycle directions to look at route options,...
Forum: Touring
03-05-21, 05:51 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,547
Posted By Brett A

I maximize my time on the bike, arriving at camp...

I maximize my time on the bike, arriving at camp often after dark. I get up in the morning and make breakfast and coffee while breaking down camp. That can take me three hours some days. I try to get...
03-03-21, 06:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 727
Posted By Brett A

I'm going to support your belief that the bike is...

I'm going to support your belief that the bike is an important part of your issue. Department store bikes are miserable things. They are heavy and mechanically inefficient. Not to mention it is...
03-03-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,986
Posted By Brett A

I've always done all my own work with rare...

I've always done all my own work with rare exception when I need something major or unique.

I work on other people's bikes for extra income and enjoyment. And from what I see on those bikes, there...
Forum: Touring
03-03-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,676
Posted By Brett A

It also comes down to how many hours you'll be...

It also comes down to how many hours you'll be out. I used to do 80-100 mile loops in 4 to 6 hours which doesn't require a lot of gear stowage. Now, ten years later, I might plan 8-12 hours to do...
03-01-21, 06:05 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 7,071
Posted By Brett A

I always ride alone. It's essential to the...

I always ride alone. It's essential to the activity.

There was an extended period of time in the early aughts when I regularly went on shop rides, just for the pace line experience and to get my...
Forum: Fatbikes
02-27-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 843
Posted By Brett A

Maybe it's common knowledge, but it wasn't for me...

Maybe it's common knowledge, but it wasn't for me at first, fat bikes come in different widths. I made sure to get a bike that fit a full 5 inch tire for winter riding. A lot of the fat bikes my LBS...
Replies: 36
Views: 3,787
Posted By Brett A

Did my February century the day before yesterday....

Did my February century the day before yesterday. It was my 14th consecutive. This time of year, when temps rarely rise above 20 degrees Fahrenheit, I don't get out on the bike much (I just don't...
02-22-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,302
Posted By Brett A

There are a lot of dirt roads in rural areas that...

There are a lot of dirt roads in rural areas that make for super fun riding, especially if you have a bike that's made to do them safely at speed.
02-18-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 272
Posted By Brett A

Nevermind. Found it. User Control Panel >...

Nevermind. Found it.

User Control Panel > Edit Your Details

(I swear it wasn't there the first time I looked)
02-18-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 272
Posted By Brett A

Can I change the tag line under my avatar?

Hi all.
I can't seem to find where/how/if I can change the tagline under my avatar (where a lot of people have "senior member"). Mine's just three dots. I may have put them there myself at some...
Forum: Commuting
02-18-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,391
Posted By Brett A

I've always used 1,000 miles as a rule of thumb....

I've always used 1,000 miles as a rule of thumb. What happens over time is the chain stretches and the pins get farther apart. The chain rings and cassette wear to accommodate that new spacing, and...
Forum: Fatbikes
02-18-21, 08:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 435
Posted By Brett A

I actually own a Felt DD70...

I actually own a Felt DD70 (https://99spokes.com/bikes/felt/2017/dd-70). The thing is a tank. I bought it new/leftover stock at my LBS for $750 2019.

I bought it just to be able to get out...
02-18-21, 06:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,555
Posted By Brett A

Yes, that's what fat bikes are for. A lot of...

Yes, that's what fat bikes are for. A lot of people have them now. Enough so that the trails get packed a couple days after a snow storm. The thing is to make sure the bike can take 5" tires (some...
02-18-21, 06:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,043
Posted By Brett A

Really bad idea for riding on ice, but obviously...

Really bad idea for riding on ice, but obviously a very good idea for drawing attention to yourself on you tube.
02-17-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,509
Posted By Brett A

The key is to buy an expensive bike cheap. Buy...

The key is to buy an expensive bike cheap. Buy something 4 years old that's suffered 75% depreciation. I ride a $6k bike I got for $1k.
02-17-21, 08:52 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,007
Posted By Brett A

Yes. I can sit on the B17 on my Surly Trucker for...

Yes. I can sit on the B17 on my Surly Trucker for as many hours as there are in a day. As comfortable as a car ride.
Forum: Touring
02-17-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,125
Posted By Brett A

I eat a lot of Dinty Moore beef stew, instant...

I eat a lot of Dinty Moore beef stew, instant oatmeal and peanut butter and honey sandwiches (decent jam only comes in glass jars which I do not want to haul), supplemented with gas station trail mix...
Forum: Touring
02-17-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,159
Posted By Brett A

I used ACA maps when I did a bit (800 miles) of...

I used ACA maps when I did a bit (800 miles) of the OR and CA coast. Their upside is they have bicycle-specific info such as the locations of camping and bike shops. The down side is they have no...
02-16-21, 02:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,631
Posted By Brett A

Ride what you got. I was a 26" holdout until...

Ride what you got.

I was a 26" holdout until 2018. I now have a 29er (with 2.1" tires) and boy, is it easy to ride the technical single track here in central Massachusetts! Just point and pedal....
02-16-21, 12:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 412
Posted By Brett A

That's crazy talk. That would mean everyone in...

That's crazy talk. That would mean everyone in the northern hemisphere would hang up their bikes from November to April. I've been riding through the New England winters for several decades without...
02-16-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,555
Posted By Brett A

It's getting to be that time of the winter when...

It's getting to be that time of the winter when the temps get up near 30f and I find myself out in a tee shirt. Thirty degrees seems cold in the autumn, but coming out of recent weeks of single...
02-13-21, 11:39 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,589
Posted By Brett A

Got it. I was hoping there was someone else from...

Got it. I was hoping there was someone else from the colder parts of the US in this thread.
02-13-21, 10:14 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,589
Posted By Brett A

My goal is one ride of 100+ miles. I'm...

My goal is one ride of 100+ miles.

I'm hoping just to get my monthly century in. It will be my 14th consecutive. There HERE...
Forum: Touring
02-01-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,564
Posted By Brett A

I feel good having 26" wheels on my Surly...

I feel good having 26" wheels on my Surly Trucker, knowing I could literally find wheels in a dumpster or barn or on any wal-mart bike if I needed one to keep going. No matter how remote, I believe...
Forum: Touring
02-01-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,225
Posted By Brett A

I started wearing a yellow construction vest a...

I started wearing a yellow construction vest a few years ago. I was working my way down the Pacific coast and felt really unsafe at the lack of space on those roads (I recommend not riding that...
Forum: Touring
02-01-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,612
Posted By Brett A

I did my first tour (1 month, 1k miles SF to...

I did my first tour (1 month, 1k miles SF to Grand Canyon) with a multi-fuel stove, an Optimus Nova. The problem I had with white gas was it actually wasn't all that available where I was, and when I...
Replies: 36
Views: 3,787
Posted By Brett A

Nice to see another Northeasterner in this...

Nice to see another Northeasterner in this thread. Come back and upload pics when you can.
01-20-21, 08:35 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 14,998
Posted By Brett A

Yes. A lot of us have fat bikes with 5" studded...

Yes. A lot of us have fat bikes with 5" studded tires around here. The trails get packed by other riders and/or there are always snowmobile trails.
I've also been doing a century a month for the...
01-19-21, 12:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 507
Posted By Brett A

All tires have to seat without the help of...

All tires have to seat without the help of sealant. The question is how long will they hold air without it? I've never actually tried to ride w/o sealant in the wheel, but if you get a good dry seal,...
01-15-21, 11:54 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,794
Posted By Brett A

I can offer a side note in saying that when I...

I can offer a side note in saying that when I went from a patterned Marathon Mondial to a smooth Conti Travel Contact, I appreciated the latter's silence. The Mondails hum on the road which, of...
Forum: Commuting
01-14-21, 11:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,803
Posted By Brett A

I have an older version of the Pearl Izumi Elite...

I have an older version of the Pearl Izumi Elite soft shell gloves. And am quite pleased -even a bit surprised- by their performance. Even though they are close to 20 years old now, they still work...
01-14-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,077
Posted By Brett A

I'm 54 and still love shoveling snow. It takes...

I'm 54 and still love shoveling snow. It takes about 3 hours after each storm to clear my driveway and woodpile. I suffer no adverse effects. Use it or lose it is what I say. I live in rural New...
Replies: 36
Views: 3,787
Posted By Brett A

I did my first century of 2021, and my 13th...

I did my first century of 2021, and my 13th consecutive monthly, two days ago. Being half way through the month already, I jumped on one of the few days in the forecast with temps above freezing....
Replies: 24
Views: 2,488
Posted By Brett A

~ One general thing I've found to be true over...

~
One general thing I've found to be true over the decades is that once I'm in good enough condition to ride 40 or 50 miles in relative comfort, riding 100+ miles is just becomes a matter of fuel...
12-21-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 9,301
Posted By Brett A

You were moving fast enough to catch him, why not...

You were moving fast enough to catch him, why not keep moving that fast to leave him behind?

I had a fiend (now deceased) who was a very successful regional mountain bike racer -a real freak of...
12-21-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,614
Posted By Brett A

I wonder if it might be the humidity more than...

I wonder if it might be the humidity more than the temps. I live in rural New England where, for six months out of the year, you've got to be able to be out when it's below 45 degrees. (And it's well...
Replies: 57
Views: 9,671
Posted By Brett A

I've been using this thread as a motivator more...

I've been using this thread as a motivator more than a place to report, but I have been keeping up with the promise I made to myself to do this. After a full year, Iíve come to more greatly...
Forum: Touring
12-21-20, 12:11 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,641
Posted By Brett A

I've been using a SteriPen for about five years...

I've been using a SteriPen for about five years now. It's been great, but I'm always able to find clear, moving water in streams and rivers. You still should strain the water into the bottle with a...
Forum: Touring
12-21-20, 11:59 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,641
Posted By Brett A

The correlation between volume of load and weight...

The correlation between volume of load and weight isn't as direct as most people assume. My 35 pound load looks like some people's 75 pound load. I just don't succumb to the tyranny of tight packing....
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