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  1. Backcountry tours: - camera + spare battery =...

    Backcountry tours:

    - camera + spare battery = 1 week of power
    - GPS with lithium batteries + spare set = 1 week of power [close to 2, but I like to have some extra]
    - headlamp with lithium...
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    https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2818/9245093664_af4...

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    My current touring setup.

    - Surly Krampus w/ 29 x 3" tires and Rohloff
    - Porcelain Rocket bike bags
    - 28L Camelbak pack

    I...
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    A few more good bikepacking/MTB touring...

    A few more good bikepacking/MTB touring resources:

    Zen On Dirt
    Diary of Scott Morris
    gypsy by trade | Ridin' bikes and travelin' light.
    While Out Riding | Dirt road cycling adventures across...
  4. Thread: New Bike Fridays!!

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    They don't live in Canada. When it comes to...

    They don't live in Canada. When it comes to personal property they only have to declare what they are leaving in Canada.
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    Also check out: bikepacking.net...

    Also check out: bikepacking.net
  6. Thread: New Bike Fridays!!

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    Excellent. Have fun on the new bikes. I've...

    Excellent. Have fun on the new bikes. I've enjoyed all the Bike Fridays I've owned and have 2 in the fleet at the moment [Tikit & Tandem Traveller]. :thumb::love:
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    https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2818/9245093664_af4...

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    Touring with a FS MTB has many challenges for the reasons you mentioned. I'm touring on a rigid MTB which can take a suspension...
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    50lbs is a lot. So if you have time reconsider...

    50lbs is a lot. So if you have time reconsider your gear. I've always been happy I've left stuff at home and rarely wished I was carrying more.

    Keep in mind you will be somewhere that sells stuff....
  9. Thread: Washing Clothes

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    Mostly I just let the stank build because I'm in...

    Mostly I just let the stank build because I'm in the backcountry and either I am alone or with other stinky people.

    I do have a small container of biodegradable soap with me and I'll clean my...
  10. Thread: Mud Flap?

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    I like full length mudflaps that reach the ground. I've made them out of milk jugs and rubber stair tread material. Both work fine,...
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    All the photos I posted in this thread were taken...

    All the photos I posted in this thread were taken by other folks.

    This set of photos was taken on a solo trip and is light on any riding shots due to the difficulty of staging "action" shots and...
  12. Thread: Shimano dyno hubs

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    I've used 2 Shimano dynohubs as well as a 2 SON...

    I've used 2 Shimano dynohubs as well as a 2 SON units for rando rides and commuting.

    The SON units are nicer to look at and hold, but from a install and use perspective I've not noticed a...
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    I've never bothered with high spoke count wheels...

    I've never bothered with high spoke count wheels for touring. I run 32H on everything and I tend to carry less weight and don't beat up on my wheels. So aside from having a human check the tension on...
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    I'm sure you do fine with that rod. I'm continually lightening/streamlining my touring setup. The gold bag in the photo above...
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    I have a 4 piece Sage rod and its sections are...

    I have a 4 piece Sage rod and its sections are ~27" long which is long enough to get in the way when I carry it on my bike's front bag.

    A 6 piece rod I was looking at has sections that are 17" or...
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    The Fargo has quite a following. It doesn't speak...

    The Fargo has quite a following. It doesn't speak to me either, but my idea of MTB touring involves very techy riding so I'm not going to use any drop bar bike.

    I don't think the dropouts are an...
  17. Thread: Tire sealant

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    I hate stiff tires. I'd rather do virtually...

    I hate stiff tires. I'd rather do virtually anything else before putting them on. I'm running tubeless tires in my touring bike and my cross/road bike. The sealant will prevent all the small annoying...
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    Tire clearance, BB height and steering geometry...

    Tire clearance, BB height and steering geometry are some important differences. The other thing I'd look at is compatibility with a suspension fork if you think you might want one.

    The MTB I tour...
  19. You can set your wheels up tubeless so there is...

    You can set your wheels up tubeless so there is no tube to pinch flat and run lower pressures. You'll also find the existing tires feel more supple without a tube inside.

    I setup my touring bike...
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    Sounds rad. I have a 100+ days of kayak fishing...

    Sounds rad. I have a 100+ days of kayak fishing under my belt. I love it. :)

    I'm also retired army. No injuries thank God.

    I'm getting a packraft so I can bike and hike then fish out of the...
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    I've just bought a telescopic spinning rod to...

    I've just bought a telescopic spinning rod to take touring with me and I'm going to get a 7 or 8 piece fly rod next year so I understand the need to fish and ride.

    If you want to ride on the beach...
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    The bike I posted is a Krampus 29 x 3" tires. A...

    The bike I posted is a Krampus 29 x 3" tires. A Pugsley generally run 26 x 4-5" tires although you can install 29 x 3" wheels as a modification.

    The Krampus handles pavement pretty well. I've done...
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    It has nothing to do with how adventuresome you...

    It has nothing to do with how adventuresome you want to be.

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    I ride a 6" travel FS mountain bike for fun rides so I am no...
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    Sound like you have a problem setting up suspension or the damper in that fork was not working. I have a Reba and it's not an issue...
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    Suspension is not critical. I only suggested a suspension model because you mentioned you wanted it in your post at the top. ^^^...
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