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Forum: Touring
06-13-21, 10:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,486
Posted By Brett A

You've gotten good info so far. I can only add...

You've gotten good info so far. I can only add that there's wisdom on going with whatever you are used to. Shoe interface is a pretty essential part of the activity. Your first tour may not be the...
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,973
Posted By Brett A

Being from New England and doing my fist tour out...

Being from New England and doing my fist tour out west, goat head thorns are the only thing that took me by surprise. (There is no vegetation in the northeast that can damage a bicycle)

However,...
Replies: 55
Views: 7,647
Posted By Brett A

~ My 16th consecutive monthly century was...

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My 16th consecutive monthly century was as enjoyable as the others. This time I believe I did more miles on dirt than in the past. The Strava total was low as I can never seem to keep the...
Replies: 55
Views: 7,647
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...
Forum: Touring
03-19-21, 12:38 PM
Replies: 1,622
Views: 287,096
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
03-07-21, 08:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,312
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...
03-03-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,256
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...
03-01-21, 06:05 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 10,377
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...
Replies: 55
Views: 7,647
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...
02-18-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 427
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)
Forum: Commuting
02-18-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,533
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...
02-18-21, 06:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,340
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, 08:52 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,307
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: 3,405
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...
02-16-21, 12:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 554
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...
02-13-21, 11:39 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,492
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: 4,492
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...
01-19-21, 12:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 614
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,...
Replies: 55
Views: 7,647
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: 25
Views: 4,821
Posted By Brett A

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

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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: 10,895
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...
Replies: 57
Views: 13,161
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: 5,870
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
11-29-20, 06:40 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,463
Posted By Brett A

It really is the death of the LHT/Disc Trucker as...

It really is the death of the LHT/Disc Trucker as we knew them prior to the 2020 DT redesign. No more bar end shifters or long chain stays.
Replies: 57
Views: 13,161
Posted By Brett A

The temp was about as warm as it gets this time...

The temp was about as warm as it gets this time of year; low 50's which is nice because you don't need more than two light layers. I didn't stop in any towns. I just fueled with the cliff bars and...
Forum: Touring
04-06-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,126
Posted By Brett A

~ I put a Pletscher double-legged stand on...

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I put a Pletscher double-legged stand on my Surly before my most recent tour (with the proper mounting bracket, of course). It's been the best $50 I spent on anything, maybe ever. For the first...
Forum: Touring
02-09-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,370
Posted By Brett A

That's right. I'm between 225 and 235 and I ride...

That's right. I'm between 225 and 235 and I ride a stock 2016 26" Surly Disc Trucker which I put 2" Marathons on. I've been on three 1k+ mile trips on it without so much as a broken spoke. The last...
Replies: 57
Views: 13,161
Posted By Brett A

32 Degrees and humid counts as a warm day in Western Massachusettes in January.

Okay, this is the year I finally do this. I got my January century in just in the nick of time. Here in Western Massachusetts it's rarely above freezing and the roads and bike paths aren't too...
Forum: Touring
11-08-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,738
Posted By Brett A

Last year, I started my solo, loaded 1,100 mile...

Last year, I started my solo, loaded 1,100 mile Bend, OR - Mt. Hood - Tillamook, OR - down the coast to San Francisco tour with about 200 miles behind me when I started mid September. At around 225...
Forum: Touring
10-28-19, 08:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 703
Posted By Brett A

I've only had it for around four years. In that...

I've only had it for around four years. In that time, it's been out in the elements (sun mostly) for a total of 10 weeks.
Forum: Touring
10-17-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 4,601
Views: 2,351,443
Posted By Brett A

Just outside of Tecopa Hot Springs, CA a couple...

Just outside of Tecopa Hot Springs, CA a couple weeks ago. It's a 2016 Surly Disc Trucker with 26x2 tires. extra water bottles mounted on either side of the head tube, 19 watt soloar panel, etc. I...
07-30-19, 09:25 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 10,942
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...
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