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Forum: Commuting
11-29-23, 09:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 494
Posted By Brett A

I don't bring a snow-covered bike indoors unless...

I don't bring a snow-covered bike indoors unless I know it will be in long enough to completely dry. Thawing and re-freezing can cause problems with mechanical functions.
11-29-23, 09:35 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 8,864
Posted By Brett A

Most of my 50 years on the bike have been alone...

Most of my 50 years on the bike have been alone by preference. But there were stretches long the way when I'd do group rids more often. (TBH, I don't know what counts as a club ride, if it requires a...
11-21-23, 02:23 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,329
Posted By Brett A

Tight clothing certainly does keep airflow off...

Tight clothing certainly does keep airflow off your pores. It's okay in the desert. The first time I rode through Death Valley, I wore black, fleece-lined leg warmers (all I had with me) even though...
Forum: Touring
11-20-23, 09:18 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,780
Posted By Brett A

I would never simply watch someone steal my bike.

I would never simply watch someone steal my bike.
11-16-23, 04:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,815
Posted By Brett A

I was going to recommend Fenix as well. I have...

I was going to recommend Fenix as well. I have one. It's 800 lumen. It's rechargeable without taking the battery out. And/or you can take the battery out to charge it in a base charger. Best thing is...
11-16-23, 04:06 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,329
Posted By Brett A

I live in rural New England where it can be 90...

I live in rural New England where it can be 90 degrees and 85 percent humidity for much of the summer. I've also toured extensively across the southwest including Death Valley and the rest of the...
11-16-23, 02:32 PM
Replies: 3,528
Views: 967,517
Posted By Brett A

My primary bikes:

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The one that's been seeing the most use since the pandemic: 2021 Orbea Oiz
...
Forum: Touring
10-06-23, 03:52 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,640
Posted By Brett A

Gearing has everything to do with it. My Surly DT...

Gearing has everything to do with it. My Surly DT has a 3x10 drivetrain geared down just under sixteen gear inches (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/gear-calc.html) (22tx36t on 26" wheels). I did 1200...
Forum: Touring
10-06-23, 02:13 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,780
Posted By Brett A

Experience has shown me that every gram is indeed...

Experience has shown me that every gram is indeed not precious. Weight really only matters if you're an elite competitor. Unless you're entering a race you expect to win on your loaded bike, But I...
09-11-23, 12:11 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 8,581
Posted By Brett A

Okay, I'll agree to "fairly low for a road bike"...

Okay, I'll agree to "fairly low for a road bike" :)
That just wouldn't do for me. I just like to keep my heart rate down, relax and make the pedals go around, especially in the mountains.
12-07-22, 01:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,026
Posted By Brett A

I would go with whatever type you'd think about...

I would go with whatever type you'd think about least during a ride. I don't subscribe to one being inherently better than the other, but I'm so used to being clipped in, I find flat pedals...
11-11-22, 05:12 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 8,581
Posted By Brett A

I've got my touring bike geared so low, it's...

I've got my touring bike geared so low, it's easier to pedal than push; low of 15.7 gear inches. Still, if I head out without training I'll get off and push at the end of a long day. It uses...
Forum: Touring
11-04-22, 02:42 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,630
Posted By Brett A

I have a Surly disc trucker. with 26" wheels....

I have a Surly disc trucker. with 26" wheels. After six years and over 5k miles of loaded touring, they've completely gone out of my mind, except for the piece of mind I feel knowing I could get back...
Forum: Touring
11-04-22, 01:03 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 7,507
Posted By Brett A

Only for those whose enjoyment is affected by how...

Only for those whose enjoyment is affected by how heavy their bikes are. Personally, I don't experience a correlation.
Forum: Touring
11-04-22, 01:00 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 7,507
Posted By Brett A

I appreciated Darren Alff's suggestion that your...

I appreciated Darren Alff's suggestion that your bike shouldn't be too heavy to lift over a guardrail or similar low barrier. I follow this rule of thumb and it's been valuable. Of course, this...
Forum: Touring
09-05-22, 09:54 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 7,507
Posted By Brett A

My fully loaded bike with food and water accounts...

My fully loaded bike with food and water accounts for 28 percent of my total. Or to put it another way, the bike and gear weigh slightly less than half my body weight.
But I don't care too much...
Forum: Touring
07-04-22, 11:30 AM
Replies: 4,812
Views: 2,601,233
Posted By Brett A

Was sorting some old photos and found this from...

Was sorting some old photos and found this from my first tour. I was somewhere down the Owens Valley, CA, about to turn east across Death Valley, September 2016. It's still pretty much the setup I...
Forum: Touring
07-04-22, 11:03 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,007
Posted By Brett A

My fist tour was in 2016. Four months before my...

My fist tour was in 2016. Four months before my 50th birthday. I rode solo from Sebastopol, CA (north of the Bay area), down the Central Valley, up over Yosemite, Tioga Pass, down to Lee Vining,...
Forum: Touring
06-13-21, 10:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,507
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: 6,560
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: 59
Views: 13,319
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: 59
Views: 13,319
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: 2,068
Views: 407,693
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: 1,708
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: 6,265
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: 17,291
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: 59
Views: 13,319
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: 560
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: 61
Views: 9,782
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: 2,366
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: 6,660
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: 3,866
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: 887
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: 5,270
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: 5,270
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: 969
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: 59
Views: 13,319
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: 6,794
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...
Replies: 57
Views: 15,972
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: 11,067
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: 12,472
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: 15,972
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: 51
Views: 5,792
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: 2,108
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: 15,972
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: 59
Views: 10,679
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: 972
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: 4,812
Views: 2,601,233
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: 13,950
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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