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Old 03-27-21, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by djb View Post
It's certainly a neat feeling on pure ice with studs, although I had to be very careful and stay straight vertical as my tires only have studs in the middle.

I'm sorry, but what do you mean by not touching down?
Ah, toughing down. My intention was that the tires would do their part to keep the bike upright. However, if you stop and rely on your shoes to keep you upright on ice that's not necessarily happening .
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Old 03-27-21, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by takenreasy View Post
Ah, toughing down. My intention was that the tires would do their part to keep the bike upright. However, if you stop and rely on your shoes to keep you upright on ice that's not necessarily happening .
ahhh, gotcha, of course.
I remember as a young teenager with my friends taking our bikes onto the frozen skating canal. We'd get going reasonably fast pedalling, tben put both boots down on the ice as you turn, and using both feet with ramrod legs as outriggers, we could spin around doing rotations (boots sliding on ice)

was a gas
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Old 04-02-21, 08:55 PM
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Whatever happened to the “LoadedTouringBikes.com” website? Had a lot of neat photos on there I used to browse all the time.
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Old 04-03-21, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by NeedARealBike View Post
Whatever happened to the “LoadedTouringBikes.com” website? Had a lot of neat photos on there I used to browse all the time.
They moved everything over to LoadedTouringBikes.xxx ...
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Old 04-03-21, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Unca_Sam View Post
They moved everything over to LoadedTouringBikes.xxx ...
incorrect, its been moved over to "onlyoldpeopleusepanniersfornotdoingepicrides.com"
get with the times folks.
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Originally Posted by djb View Post
incorrect, its been moved over to "onlyoldpeopleusepanniersfornotdoingepicrides.com"
get with the times folks.
I know my kids think I'm old, but I used front rollers to get the pastries home this morning...
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Old 04-03-21, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Unca_Sam View Post
I know my kids think I'm old, but I used front rollers to get the pastries home this morning...
hey, today I used a rear roller and biked 50kms to go buy a used Jones bar, so there's hope for me yet (from being uncool)
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Old 04-04-21, 02:24 AM
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Ah the old school autistic forum man child comes out of the woodwork to play. A rare breed these days.
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Originally Posted by NeedARealBike View Post
Ah the old school autistic forum man child comes out of the woodwork to play. A rare breed these days.
good morning narb, was that curious comment aimed at me? Not a particularly neighbourly thing to write.
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Coming back again

Hi there everyone, hope you are doing great (even with this weird times we have).

Has been a while since I posted here
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(photo of my bike as we left Panama city)
​​​when I did part of my planned trip back in 2017, rode about 900 km (600 miles) from Panama to Costa Rica, felt miserable, ecstatic, depressed, pumped, and overall happy with my trip.

Now getting ready to go back to the road, for a short trip with a good friend (200 km or 125 miles), feeling excited and happy about going back on the road, and experience what I think is the best way to travel.

Here is my bicycle update. Upgraded from a full iron 26" rim heavy and loaded to death (weighted once to load on a plane, bike was 25kg, cargo 40, yest it's a lot, I didn't believed it, but have checked and it was accurate). Now I have an aluminum 29" with just back pannier and a dry bag on top.

Sending you all happiness and good wishes.

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Old 04-26-21, 12:41 PM
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These were taken in China a few years ago. It was an amazing tour through Thailand, Laos, across N Vietnam and across southern China. This is my Surly LHT.
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Old 04-29-21, 09:52 AM
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Old 05-07-21, 10:15 AM
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Looks decent actually
I like it
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Old 05-17-21, 06:31 PM
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Loaded for 3 day solo 155 miler last weekend

I"m training for a longer 12 day ride from Maine to Philly starting Memorial Day. Staying in hotels and eating at restaurants makes the gear carrying simpler. I really like the kit that all snaps on and of the rack system from Ibera. I put the same rack on all of our bikes, so we can move around the different sized packs by the mission I've got 27 lbs of bags and contents, 35 lbs of bike and bottles, and 230 ibs of me. All 300 lbs of us are happy about how it's going. I bought the Specialized Vado 5.0 SL EQ on March 29, and have managed to put 829 miles on it in the 7 weeks since. I really love this bike. EDIT: I realize now how rear loaded this looks, but it handled fine in everything from pavement to some pretty rough gravel. I don't like weight on the handlebars or front fork, and with the panniers so far back, I never hit them with my heels.
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Old 05-27-21, 01:48 PM
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Stem Shifters handlebar mounted.


I have been living on a bike continuously since 2011 traveling America and Canada. That is something to understand as I explain the answers to your questions. Why the double? Necessity and increased durability. The triple crank arm cracked at the spindle. It was the old Impel 250 with 74bcd only and steel rings. I have over 250,000 logged since 2011. You have to imagine the number of chains, chainrings, jockey wheels, and bicycles I have gone through. One thing I noticed is the more in line the chain runs, the more life I can get out those components. My Q factor is rather low and the inner chainring sits just 45mm from the centerline of the frame. I also use only seven to eight speed cassettes. My rig runs in to guises loaded and "oh nuts mountain bike mode". I take modern cassettes 9,10,11 speed space them to seven or eight, and keep only the cogs I like. The current chainring is Sugino 46 tooth and Black Spire 34 tooth. The cassette goes from 15-42 (eight speed, not in photo).

Are those thumbies? Sort of, technically.... not really. Long story short, I do not like item sticking out from the bike that can get damaged in transit, falling over, or flipping upside down to fix a flat. They are stem shifter from a Bridgestone mixte I traveled on and gave away to a person who wished they had a bicycle. I mounted them to swing downward. Seems weird to most people, until you realize shifting is not a priority on my setup. I just peddle. I have had several suggest downtube shifters. Here is my argument to that.... I go through frames whether damaged or just given away. My cockpit, saddle, lighting, and front rack are a constant. I pop them off, and they fit easily onto another rig no matter the year. Brake and shifter cabling are always left long. I never forget the day a bike shop thought they were doing me a favor by cutting the cables and installing an on the shelf cassette. I left the bike there for the day so I could explore the area. My lid blew!
These are the cycling stories that I find the most interesting. I always appreciate it when I hear about how someone such as yourself figured out what you wanted and then just made rational decisions to come to a result or outcome that works best for you. So much of "conventional wisdom" relies so heavily on certain assumptions holding true. However, in cases when those assumptions are not true or not applicable, the decision making should usually follow a different path. Your example of the bike shop cutting the cables is a perfect example of this. While I'm sure that the bike shop didn't have any bad intentions, they were applying the same assumptions to you that they apply to almost everyone else.
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Old 05-27-21, 02:32 PM
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I always appreciate it when I hear about how someone such as yourself figured out what you wanted and then just made rational decisions to come to a result or outcome that works best for you.
Then you would love the fat bike I am currently traveling on. Yep.... Still going in 2021
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Old 05-27-21, 02:38 PM
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Old 05-30-21, 07:59 PM
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Definitely not a “loaded” rig, but perfect for 2-3 day credit card tours. The 5L bag holds spare off-the-bike clothes, thin sandals, a Kindle and toiletries. The frame bag has snacks, wind vest, buff, keys, cards and a mask. Under the downtube are maintenance bits.


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Definitely not a “loaded” rig, but perfect for 2-3 day credit card tours. The 5L bag holds spare off-the-bike clothes, thin sandals, a Kindle and toiletries. The frame bag has snacks, wind vest, buff, keys, cards and a mask. Under the downtube are maintenance bits.
What size are those tires?
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