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Forum: Touring
02-23-22, 07:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 437
Posted By bigwies

djb it is funny that you wrote that because I...

djb it is funny that you wrote that because I also made a similar post in the Clydesdale forum, but I have received any feedback yet. I figured I would cast a wider net and try and get some info...
Forum: Touring
02-22-22, 10:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 437
Posted By bigwies

Any thoughts on the Ergon ST Cove EVO Saddle?

I just swapped out the drop handlebars on my Surly LHT for Velo Orange Crazy bars and now am in a more upright riding position, particularly when I am using the Ergon GP1 grips. I currently ride a...
Forum: Touring
02-21-22, 02:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,082
Posted By bigwies

veganbikes could you post a picture of your...

veganbikes could you post a picture of your handlebars? I agree about getting the Ergon GC1 grips for the bars, but I would really like to see how the ESI grips look on the horns. I just did a drop...
02-21-22, 01:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 799
Posted By bigwies

I was looking at your brakes and it appears that...

I was looking at your brakes and it appears that you may have V brakes on the back and cantilevers on the front. It is hard to tell from the picture so please disregard if I am mistaken.

If you...
02-21-22, 12:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 737
Posted By bigwies

Anyone using an Ergon ST Core EVO Saddle?

I just swapped out the drop handlebars on my Surly LHT for Velo Orange Crazy bars and now am in a more upright riding position....
Forum: Touring
02-12-22, 04:37 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,928
Posted By bigwies

Latest update. We got a break in the weather...

Latest update.
We got a break in the weather and I have been able to get in three rides over the last four days. Overall, I really like the new set up. I am now in a much more upright position and...
Forum: Touring
02-07-22, 04:07 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,928
Posted By bigwies

Basic assembly and my first really short test...

Basic assembly and my first really short test ride is complete.
I still need to take it on a real test ride and make sure I have everything adjusted properly. I still need to cut down the new brake...
02-05-22, 07:37 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,295
Posted By bigwies

Ride the GAP trail for my first bike tour over 3...

Ride the GAP trail for my first bike tour over 3 or 4 days. (150 miles)
Ride the Cape Cod Rail Trail end to end. (28 miles one way) https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38499938
Plan and do a day ride on...
Forum: Touring
01-27-22, 09:32 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,928
Posted By bigwies

So the build has begun. New stem and bars...

So the build has begun. New stem and bars installed. Bar end shifters moved over to the new bars. I still need to pick up some new brake levers, brake cables, housing and the Ergon GC1 grips. The...
Forum: Touring
01-26-22, 10:09 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,928
Posted By bigwies

257 roberts I do like the look of those Moloko...

257 roberts I do like the look of those Moloko bars, but my Carradice Keswick handlebar bag will not fit in the loop so I had to rule them out.

I do have a couple question about the Ergon grips. ...
Forum: Touring
01-26-22, 12:20 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,928
Posted By bigwies

Sorry for the delay. Here is my latest set up...

Sorry for the delay. Here is my latest set up after raising up the bars two spacers....
Forum: Touring
01-17-22, 08:58 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,928
Posted By bigwies

I moved my existing bars up the remaining two...

I moved my existing bars up the remaining two spacers to give me some additional rise and went for a quick one hour ride today. Things are much more comfortable on the tops and on the hoods, but the...
Forum: Touring
01-14-22, 04:43 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,928
Posted By bigwies

Thanks for all the great suggestions and options...

Thanks for all the great suggestions and options presented. The picture of my bike I posted before was rather old and I took a new one today. I had already rotated the bars so they were more level...
Forum: Touring
01-13-22, 09:39 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,928
Posted By bigwies

Here is a picture of my bike. The steerer is...

Here is a picture of my bike. The steerer is uncut, so I do have some wiggle room to work with....
Forum: Touring
01-12-22, 10:44 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,078
Posted By bigwies

indyfabz Thanks for the tips. I am currently...

indyfabz Thanks for the tips. I am currently leaning towards a 4 day ride and I view the 3 day option as a stretch goal depending on what type of shape I am in and if I have any companions. I was...
Forum: Touring
01-12-22, 09:53 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,078
Posted By bigwies

I am planning ride the Great Allegheny Passage...

I am planning ride the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD as my first tour sometime in 2022. I am still working on a lot of the details around timing (late spring, summer...
Forum: Touring
01-12-22, 05:27 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,928
Posted By bigwies

gauvins I actually had a third option that is...

gauvins I actually had a third option that is pretty similar to what you suggested, but I let it out of my original post for simplicity.

Here it is.
Option 3
Total Estimate ($315)
Velo Orange...
Forum: Touring
01-12-22, 10:30 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,928
Posted By bigwies

tcs Those Soma Condor 2s look interesting. They...

tcs Those Soma Condor 2s look interesting. They look very similar to the Truck Stop bars, but with 20mm more rise. I will take a closer look at them. Thanks for the suggestion.
Forum: Touring
01-12-22, 09:51 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,928
Posted By bigwies

Thulsadoom I guess my main goal is to get a...

Thulsadoom
I guess my main goal is to get a little more upright riding position as well as have a 3rd hand position available for longer rides. I am a big guy (6'1" 320lbs) and trying to use the...
Forum: Touring
01-11-22, 05:43 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,928
Posted By bigwies

2011 LHT Handlebar Upgrade - Crazy Bars or Truck Stop Bars?

I have a 2011 Surly LHT (700c 56 cm) and I am looking at a handlebar upgrade. I only really ride on the tops and on the hoods on my current bike and would like to pick up another riding position for...
11-27-12, 04:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,318
Posted By bigwies

Can't wait for the pics.

Can't wait for the pics.
11-25-12, 07:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 697
Posted By bigwies

Sounds pretty cool. +1 on the pics

Sounds pretty cool. +1 on the pics
11-25-12, 01:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 503
Posted By bigwies

Great job! Keep up the good work.

Great job! Keep up the good work.
11-23-12, 10:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 853
Posted By bigwies

32km isn't that far. it's a little less that 20...

32km isn't that far. it's a little less that 20 miles. I used to commute around 10 miles to work each way in about 40 minutes. So that would be about 1:20 for me. Al ot depends on the terrain and...
11-07-12, 07:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,318
Posted By bigwies

Here's my '11 LHT. This is the stock...

Here's my '11 LHT. This is the stock configuration except for the MKS King Grip pedals, lights and the wedge pack. I need to take some new pictures that include the new Brooks B17. I am also...
11-05-12, 09:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 764
Posted By bigwies

Very nice ride. I love my LHT too. I agree with...

Very nice ride. I love my LHT too. I agree with swapping out the saddle. The stock saddle was really uncomfortable for me too. I went with the Brooks B17 and am loving it. I love those pedals...
11-05-12, 04:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 820
Posted By bigwies

In my case, when I wore out the stock 700 x 38...

In my case, when I wore out the stock 700 x 38 tires on my hydrid I replaced them with 700 x 32s. I did see a small increase in speed, but I paid for it in a harsher ride.

At the end of last...
11-05-12, 01:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 820
Posted By bigwies

Based on your weight loss tracker, we are about...

Based on your weight loss tracker, we are about the same size. I run Bontrager RaceLite Hardcase 700 x 32s on my hybrid @ 100-105 psi. They roll really well and do a good job avoiding flats. I do...
11-05-12, 01:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 876
Posted By bigwies

Great ride report. My daughter is almost 21 and...

Great ride report. My daughter is almost 21 and I don't know if I could get her to do a 1/2 Century with me. I will have to keep trying.
11-04-12, 05:31 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 562,107
Posted By bigwies

I always wear a helmet when riding. It wasn't...

I always wear a helmet when riding. It wasn't always that way, but my wife talked me into it and now I feel naked riding without it. It has saved me at least twice and I don't want that third time...
11-02-12, 04:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 992
Posted By bigwies

Started on a hybrid and then added a touring...

Started on a hybrid and then added a touring bike. I love them both, but i have been spending more time on the touring bike lately. I upgraded my saddle to a Brooks B17 and that has made a huge...
01-19-12, 05:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 688
Posted By bigwies

I also find I have trouble hitting the minimum...

I also find I have trouble hitting the minimum calorie recommendation someday, especially if I have been good about my choices. I view this as a positive, because I find that it allows me to...
01-18-12, 06:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 688
Posted By bigwies

I agree that food tracking can be tedious, but...

I agree that food tracking can be tedious, but for me this is the secret sauce. I find that simply going through the process of tracking what I eat helps me make better choices around food selection...
01-18-12, 06:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 688
Posted By bigwies

When I started, I weighed in at 340. I am a 6'1"...

When I started, I weighed in at 340. I am a 6'1" male and the program is suggesting between 2300 and 2700 calories per day. I have no doubt that some of the first 10 pounds was water weight, but...
01-09-12, 06:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 688
Posted By bigwies

Has anyone else tried the SparkPeople Diet?

I started the SparkPeople diet about two weeks ago and have lost 10 pounds already. It is free and can be found at http://www.sparkpeople.com . It has a really good tool to track your daily food...
10-13-11, 09:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,527
Posted By bigwies

Which model did you pick? What type of bike did...

Which model did you pick? What type of bike did you mount it on? Any pictures?
09-15-11, 07:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 454
Posted By bigwies

Welcome aboard. That is a cool looking bike and...

Welcome aboard. That is a cool looking bike and from the sound of it, it has a pretty good spec. Get out there, ride and enjoy.

I do have a question for you. What type of handlebars does your...
Forum: Touring
09-12-11, 11:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,338
Posted By bigwies

Congrats. I just got mine two weeks ago and...

Congrats. I just got mine two weeks ago and absolutely love it. Where are you getting your Brooks from ? I am considering one as well, but most of the LBS i know of do not carry them.
09-12-11, 11:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 518
Posted By bigwies

So, how did it go?

So, how did it go?
09-09-11, 11:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 518
Posted By bigwies

You can do it. I agree with the advice so far,...

You can do it. I agree with the advice so far, stay hydrated, eat something along the way, short stops when you need them and be mentally tough. On my first 50 miler, having a "can do" attitude...
09-05-11, 03:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,306
Posted By bigwies

I haven't put it on a scale yet, but when I pick...

I haven't put it on a scale yet, but when I pick it up it feels lighter than my Trek 7100.

According to the Surly web site
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Frame Weight 58cm = 2340g (5.15 lbs) ...
09-03-11, 07:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,306
Posted By bigwies

That is really nice. You fork come uncut with...

That is really nice. You fork come uncut with the bike. I am going to leave it that way for a while until I am sure I have the right stem height. I may even leave it that way permanently as I only...
09-02-11, 08:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,306
Posted By bigwies

I got the 700c 58cm Complete bike. It has a...

I got the 700c 58cm Complete bike. It has a mountain triple 48-36-26 and a 9 speed 11-34 cassette.
You can see the full spec at http://surlybikes.com/bikes/long_haul_trucker_complete/.

On my...
09-02-11, 05:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,306
Posted By bigwies

New Surly LHT has arrived

After two and a half weeks of waiting for my new Surly Long Haul Trucker to arrive at my LBS, I finally have my first road bike. It is everything I could have hoped for. After two get to know you...
08-25-11, 01:34 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 11,703
Posted By bigwies

I just went through this same decision process...

I just went through this same decision process and decided to go with the LHT. I am still waiting (impatiently) for it to arrive at my LBS. I am 6'1" 330 lb, so i figured i qualify as fully loaded...
08-05-11, 01:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 13,231
Posted By bigwies

I am 6' 1" with a 32" inseam. I have very little...

I am 6' 1" with a 32" inseam. I have very little top tube clearance on the 58cm but it is enough. I did a sizing at my LBS last night for the LHT and I am pretty sure the 58cm is the right size. ...
08-04-11, 03:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 13,231
Posted By bigwies

Thanks for all the feedback. I went and checked...

Thanks for all the feedback. I went and checked out the bike last night.

It was in beautiful shape and based on the tire wear (still had original tires), I think the bike had far less than 1500...
08-03-11, 08:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 13,231
Posted By bigwies

Looking at a used Surly LHT. What is a fair price

I am looking at a 2009 Surly LHT tonight after work and the owner is asking $800 for the bike. The original bike cost $1150.

Stock components with 1500 miles on it. Has always been stored...
07-29-11, 02:25 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,527
Posted By bigwies

I usually go for water on shorter rides (90 mins....

I usually go for water on shorter rides (90 mins. or less). On longer rides i like Gatorarde G2 in orange, lemon-lime or grape. It tastes good and has only 1/2 the calories of regular Gatorade. I...
07-29-11, 02:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,866
Posted By bigwies

Anybody have any experience with MKS Lambda (King Grip) Pedals?

I just put these on my bike last night and did my first 16 miles this morning. Felt pretty good and are longer than my old Shimano DX platforms, but a little narrower.

212552

Much lighter than...
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