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Forum: Touring 07-19-16, 08:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 377
Posted By suburbanbeat
I've encountered plenty of cyclists who ride with...

I've encountered plenty of cyclists who ride with earbuds in their ears (a practice that is generally frowned upon), and while they are increasing their risk of accident by doing so, they are able to...
Forum: Touring 07-18-16, 07:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 659
Posted By suburbanbeat
Yes, I ride 700x32 Continental Touring Plus...

Yes, I ride 700x32 Continental Touring Plus tires, and they are wonderfully versatile. Quick and smooth enough on road, wide and robust enough for gravel/crushed limestone.
Forum: Touring 07-07-16, 01:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,453
Posted By suburbanbeat
As a touring enthusiast and animal advocate, I...

As a touring enthusiast and animal advocate, I spent a lot of time researching non-leather saddles when I was in the market for one. All signs pointed towards the Brooks Cambium, and sure enough,...
Forum: Touring 06-28-16, 12:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,078
Posted By suburbanbeat
CAMP STUFF: Marmot Limelight 2 person tent ...

CAMP STUFF:
Marmot Limelight 2 person tent
Marmot Cloudbreak 30-degree sleeping bag
NeoAir X-Therm sleeping pad
MSR MicroRocket camp stove
Sea to Summit camp pillow
Fuel canisters x3
Snow Peak...
Forum: Touring 06-21-16, 06:42 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,335
Posted By suburbanbeat
Ok, yes, I could append this statement to say...

Ok, yes, I could append this statement to say that a tire typically wears predictably under circumstances. Assuming a tire hasn't been physically compromised, it should wear out gradually over time....
Forum: Touring 06-20-16, 06:56 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,335
Posted By suburbanbeat
I don't bring a spare tire with me, because tires...

I don't bring a spare tire with me, because tires wear in very predictable ways, and with some research it should be fairly easy to predict when a tire on a long tour will need replacement. If you're...
Forum: Touring 06-18-16, 09:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 807
Posted By suburbanbeat
Yeah, exactly. The brakes and shifting took so...

Yeah, exactly. The brakes and shifting took so much trial and error to dial in that the idea of having to redo the entire thing just doesn't seem worth it. I may keep this bike reserved for light...
Forum: Touring 06-17-16, 08:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 807
Posted By suburbanbeat
Thanks for the kind words, everyone! ...

Thanks for the kind words, everyone!



In general, yes. The one regret I have is not replacing the standard sized stem with one of those extra-long stems that allow for a more upright riding...
Forum: Touring 06-17-16, 12:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 807
Posted By suburbanbeat
Vintage tourer gets a new lease on life

Hey all, just wanted to share a restoration project I recently finished. I originally bought this 1993 Novara Randonee from Craigslist in 2012 for $60 - a steal of a deal. I've put it through the...
Forum: Touring 06-14-16, 12:02 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,861
Posted By suburbanbeat
I use the Garmin Edge Touring Plus, and get about...

I use the Garmin Edge Touring Plus, and get about two long days of touring out of one charge. If I go longer than that without access to an electrical outlet, I simply plug the thing into a solar...
Forum: Touring 06-13-16, 10:40 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,728
Posted By suburbanbeat
I totally agree. This feature seems out of place...

I totally agree. This feature seems out of place on a touring bike. I can't imagine ever converting a purpose-built tourer to single speed. As a cyclist, I am happy having a dedicated single-speed...
Forum: Touring 06-13-16, 08:55 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,377
Posted By suburbanbeat
I've seen and heard of plenty of people embarking...

I've seen and heard of plenty of people embarking on months-long tours after having not ridden a bike or doing any kind of endurance training for months. You'll be fine. Even if you were to not train...
Forum: Touring 06-13-16, 08:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,060
Posted By suburbanbeat
Brake and shifter cables are put under a great...

Brake and shifter cables are put under a great deal of stress, and I would recommend that they be replaced before any self-contained tour, assuming they have more than 700 or so miles on them.
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Forum: Touring 06-09-16, 01:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 434
Posted By suburbanbeat
Adventure Cycling Association's "Northern Tier"...

Adventure Cycling Association's "Northern Tier" route does exactly this. Those maps will address all of your concerns by putting you on the best roads, through the best towns, and labeling any and...
Forum: Touring 06-09-16, 01:38 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,813
Posted By suburbanbeat
So many weird places which at the time seemed so...

So many weird places which at the time seemed so perfectly normal given the circumstances.

Last year I slept in the shower stall of a bathroom in a state park. The night air became MUCH colder...
Forum: Touring 05-11-16, 06:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 497
Posted By suburbanbeat
This is a decision you'll likely only be...

This is a decision you'll likely only be confident making after you've been on the road for at least a few days. Everyone is different and your preference for handlebar style depends on your riding...
Forum: Touring 05-11-16, 06:42 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,479
Posted By suburbanbeat
Go for it! You are well-prepared for any easy to...

Go for it! You are well-prepared for any easy to moderate tour if you're able to ride 37 miles in a day. Even if you feel like hell after your first day or two, you'll likely be amazed at how quickly...
Forum: Touring 05-10-16, 07:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 772
Posted By suburbanbeat
Damn, this sounds and looks awesome. Interesting...

Damn, this sounds and looks awesome. Interesting that they require tubeless tires for the 2017 group ride. Those must be some pretty rough trails.

As far as banditos go, most of my friends and...
Forum: Touring 05-09-16, 01:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 479
Posted By suburbanbeat
Put a few hours of research into this a while...

Put a few hours of research into this a while ago. Found that, in general, one must pay a premium for pants that are both fully waterproof and breathable. The most affordable solution I found was the...
Forum: Touring 05-06-16, 08:18 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 3,127
Posted By suburbanbeat
Was going to start a new thread to ask this, but...

Was going to start a new thread to ask this, but this seems like as good a home for my question as any. Has anyone ever used SHIMANO SAINTS on tours? I'm a flat-pedal person myself, but this would...
Forum: Touring 05-06-16, 07:51 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,171
Posted By suburbanbeat
Yes, the vintage look is awesome and the metal...

Yes, the vintage look is awesome and the metal body makes it feel pretty rugged - another quality that I feel makes it well-suited for touring. Regarding the lens, what I mean is that it does not...
Forum: Touring 05-05-16, 08:49 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,171
Posted By suburbanbeat
A really good question, and one that I've given a...

A really good question, and one that I've given a lot of thought to.

I spent a few weeks searching for a high-powered point and shoot that wouldn't have the bulk of an SLR but capture images that...
Forum: Touring 04-29-16, 10:54 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 3,127
Posted By suburbanbeat
I'm also here to make the case for flats...

I'm also here to make the case for flats (platform pedals) with toe clips. This setup has given me thousands of problem-free miles and meant that I only needed to bring only one pair of shoes (on my...
Forum: Touring 04-28-16, 02:04 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,674
Posted By suburbanbeat
Like others have said, riding through the desert...

Like others have said, riding through the desert will be VERY hot, and you will not find many stores or houses to help you. I recommend that you ride at night and always carry LOTS AND LOTS of water...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-26-16, 06:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,059
Posted By suburbanbeat
Awesome, this is great news. I guess I assumed...

Awesome, this is great news. I guess I assumed that I was looking for a super specialized part made just for rear derailleurs, but you're right, it looks like I can just pick one up at a hardware...
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