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    The problem with tires people typically use for...

    The problem with tires people typically use for touring is not their weight so much as the fact they have energy sucking stiff sidewalls. Stiff sidewall tires tend to be heavier, but I wouldn't focus...
  2. For a paved road tour I wouldn't bother carrying...

    For a paved road tour I wouldn't bother carrying a filter.
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    Agreed. Not only that, but all the whiz bang...

    Agreed. Not only that, but all the whiz bang flavour of the day stuff doesn't make your tour better.
  4. Thread: shafted!

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    A friend let me try his expensive shaft driven...

    A friend let me try his expensive shaft driven bike. It was awfully draggy. I took it around the block and gave it back. I'd never ride a bike that inefficient even for a coffee.

    It was also...
  5. I could pack an XC 29er race tire as a spare....

    I could pack an XC 29er race tire as a spare. It's just so unlikely that I will ever need it that it's a pointless piece of gear IMO.

    I working on lightening my gear further. I would notice an...
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    https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2818/9245093664_af4511cda3_b.jpg

    ^^^ this is my idea of a loaded touring bike with a week's worth of gear/food and a spare tire is a significant addition and one I...
  7. If I worried about every possible "what if" I'd...

    If I worried about every possible "what if" I'd have so many spares on my bike I'd never get anywhere.

    Your problem wasn't not having a spare tire. It was not having a patch kit and the skills to...
  8. No. 1 or 2 spare tubes, patch kit and the...

    No.

    1 or 2 spare tubes, patch kit and the ability to boot a larger hole.

    I have never had any tire damage that resulted in the inability to fix the tire well enough to get back to some place I...
  9. I don't tour in cities or towns so I rarely run...

    I don't tour in cities or towns so I rarely run into any homeless folks.

    I did once run into a guy panning for gold along a river and stealth camping in the forest near it. He was hiking back to...
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    Yes those are 26 x 2.15" tires. Marathon Plus...

    Yes those are 26 x 2.15" tires.

    Marathon Plus are very stiff tires. I'd never use them as they have more rolling resistance than I could put up with. If I was worried about flats I'd run a supple...
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    If the tires are constructed the same the rolling...

    If the tires are constructed the same the rolling resistance difference between the 40mm and 47mm versions will be negligible. I don't find tire weight [within a reasonable range] a big deal touring...
  12. I road toured with a double and almost never used...

    I road toured with a double and almost never used the small ring so my next bike was setup as a single with a wide range MTB cassette.

    I'm working on a new dirt touring bike and it will also be a...
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    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5337/10046140313_1e...

    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5337/10046140313_1e5bf8a7c0_b.jpg

    My 26" LHT with Velo Orange metal fenders. I have used plastic and metal fenders extensively and prefer metal for a number of...
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    https://farm1.staticflickr.com/375/18626414758_138...

    https://farm1.staticflickr.com/375/18626414758_138c67c75a_b.jpg

    I've done a bunch of moto touring and ride my moto several times a week.

    I prefer to tour by bicycle and tend to spend my...
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    Can you post the link to the bike info you are...

    Can you post the link to the bike info you are talking about. I can't find it.

    https://www.greyhound.com/en/ticketsandtravel/baggageinformation.aspx

    Last time I check about taking a bike with...
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    I should add that a 3" tire has far more in...

    I should add that a 3" tire has far more in common with a normal width MTB tire than it does a fatbike tire. So you get a much more nimble fast rolling wheel, but you lose most of the float that...
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    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5448/9242299617_7d5...

    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5448/9242299617_7d5be4d8e0_b.jpg

    I've been touring on a 29+ bike with 3" tires for 3 years now and love it. It rolls fine for 100kms+ pavement days, loves dirt roads...
  18. My main touring setup used non-tubeless tires and...

    My main touring setup used non-tubeless tires and rims last year. This year I tried tubeless ready tires on the non-tubeless rims. Both setups have been 100% reliable. I'm building up new touring...
  19. I've been touring on tubeless tires for a couple...

    I've been touring on tubeless tires for a couple years, converted my commuter road bike to tubeless last year and have been mountain biking tubeless for about 4yrs.

    A properly setup tubeless...
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    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3790/9245092742_122...

    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3790/9245092742_122ee49173_b.jpg

    ^^^ this is my current touring bike and riding position. I can put in 10-12hr days pretty comfortably like this.

    When it comes to...
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    Chilcotins Tour 2015

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    My buddy and I just wrapped up a 6 day tour in the backcountry around Spruce Lake. We lucked out on the weather, but sadly a storm...
  22. 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...

    https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2818/9245093664_af4511cda3_b.jpg

    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...
  25. Thread: New Bike Fridays!!

    by vik
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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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