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Old 01-06-23, 05:54 AM
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My new bombtrack arise tour fully loaded

Still trying to bond with it, it's hard letting go of the old dawes but so far so good.


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Old 01-09-23, 02:47 AM
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A friend of mine from Cambridge, UK pulled up stakes and moved to Thailand 5 or so years ago. He does a lot of brevets (think thats the correct term) and cycles all over SE Asia. Before he moved there permanently, he flew from the UK to Hanoi, bought a cheap Schwinn bike on the street, fixed some panniers to it somehow (wasn't a touring bike per se) and rode to Malaysia, solo. Geoff Jones (late 60's now) if you ever run across a Brit on some quiet backroad... He loves it there and I doubt he's ever move back.
My Thai American wife and I have been living in NE Thailand since retiring in 2005. We've made a couple of trips back to the States and a wonderful trip to Italy where we lived for 4 years courtesy of the USAF. I'm a die hard cyclist who especially loves touring. We have no plans to return to the US. This is our home now.
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Old 01-09-23, 11:58 AM
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Old 01-12-23, 07:57 AM
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Old 01-12-23, 01:02 PM
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Ah, I thought your "meh" was about the tandem experience, but I guess you always have the "meh"

I was out today remarking on how much a difference it made going from 5 to 4.5 psi on my four inchers. Always takes a bit of adjustment adapting to how much squish one can get away with, especially as I was out on the fattie not that long ago with no snow but hard frozen earth, so a lot more pressure needed with the speed.
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Old 01-13-23, 04:18 AM
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Old 02-04-23, 12:41 PM
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Old 02-04-23, 12:52 PM
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Hey senor vignette, clean your damn bike for once will ya!
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Old 02-20-23, 03:39 PM
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My Long Haul Trucker loitering in Tonapah NV with 14l of fluids onboard. 170 miles to next shop in Ely.
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Old 02-20-23, 04:53 PM
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My Long Haul Trucker loitering in Tonapah NV with 14l of fluids onboard. 170 miles to next shop in Ely.
irc, I have biked through some hot places and carried extra water, but even in places like Central America, there would almost always be a village with a small family shop where you could buy a drink, and often a cold drink---so I have never had to carry more than about 5 litres.
but 14 litres, ooof, thats 14kgs or 30 bloody pounds, talk about making your bike as heavy feeling as the Titanic.

but I get it, not having enough water and food, but especially water, is no fun, and geez, nearly 275 kms until the next supply spot, thats a good long way.

are you there now?
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Old 02-20-23, 07:26 PM
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The handling was actually fine. The weight was well spread. Two low down in each front pannier, 3.5 in frame bottles, and 7 split between the rear panniers. Even going uphill I can't say it was a huge difference. I'm about 220 pounds depending how long I've been on tour. Call it 30 for the bike and 30 base weight for camping gear. A bit of food. So roughly 10% more weight with the fluids on board. of course not every bike could do it but my LHT was rock solid.

There was nothing between the two towns. Hence why most people biking across NV go Route 50. At the end of the day it's the USA. Get stuck and flag a car down. There was a dozen cars an hour or something like that.
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Old 02-20-23, 07:36 PM
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Ya, my troll was generally well behaved also with a good load. As you say, distributing it around and low makes a big difference. I'm a lot lighter than you, so tend to notice extra weight, but then there's the factor of getting more and more touring fit, so extra weight doesn't affect as much when we are stronger.
On the central america trip, I did carry more spares and stuff, so a bit heavier than usual due to spare tire etc etc, but I have the bike set up with good low gearing--which I'm sure will be handy with steep stuff in Scotland.

Here's the lump by the way

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Old 02-22-23, 11:56 AM
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Hey senor vignette, clean your damn bike for once will ya!
Donít! Rock that grime! A dirty bike is a happy bike. As was said of Pig Pen ďDon't think of it as dust. Think of it as maybe the soil of some great past civilization. Maybe the soil of ancient Babylon. It staggers the imagination. [It] may be [the] soil that was trod upon by Solomon, or even Nebuchudnezzar.Ē
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Old 02-22-23, 11:58 AM
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Ya, my troll was generally well behaved also with a good load. As you say, distributing it around and low makes a big difference. I'm a lot lighter than you, so tend to notice extra weight, but then there's the factor of getting more and more touring fit, so extra weight doesn't affect as much when we are stronger.
On the central america trip, I did carry more spares and stuff, so a bit heavier than usual due to spare tire etc etc, but I have the bike set up with good low gearing--which I'm sure will be handy with steep stuff in Scotland.

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So color co-ordination isnít your thing, huh? I just canít live that way. I even go so far as co-ordinating my background


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Old 03-02-23, 07:50 AM
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So color co-ordination isnít your thing, huh? I just canít live that way. I even go so far as co-ordinating my background
hey cycco, I forgot to respond to this.
Funny, and yup, I had the rear only orange ones because I liked the bright colour for safety, but already had the grey front ones were newer and the lighter Plus versions, so didnt buy orange front ones, and then I got the rackpack yellow bag used years and years ago, so yellow it was!

so a hodge podge, but nope, I don't particularly care, egads, and I have a fine arts degree to boot!
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Out on a shake down ride with a new Nelson Longflap saddlebag and sturdy 32 spoke HED Belgium plus wheels with White Industries Hubs on a Specialized Diverge with the 105, 11 speed groupset. My aging back means that I will be using hotels when possible, but I'm still carrying a cook set, Tarptent Protrail, Montbell Downhugger sleeping bag and a Thermorest NeoAir for emergencies and for areas where accommodation is sparse.

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