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    Here's my beautiful bike! We leave in a month on our 10,000 mile ride to rio! check it out at ridetorio.com

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    • Surly Nice front and Rear Racks
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    • 3 Water Bottle Cages
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    • MKS Sylvan Touring Pedal Double Sided
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    • Kikkerland FL18 Flasher Bike Lights, 2-Set

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    What a beautiful organized bicycle touring set-up... one for the magazine covers!

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    @domdino, you might find that without the shoulder straps to tie the top ends of your Ortliebs down the sides they leak a bit in heavy rain. The straps are not just for carrying the bags.

    z

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    Quote Originally Posted by azesty View Post
    @domdino, you might find that without the shoulder straps to tie the top ends of your Ortliebs down the sides they leak a bit in heavy rain. The straps are not just for carrying the bags.

    z
    Could you explain a little more, please? How do you tie the top ends? I don't use my straps either, just leave them at home. I've never had a problem in the rain, but maybe there's room for improvement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdilthey View Post
    I'm now ready to go on my tour, thanks mostly to help from this forum and several ultralight guides, including iik's and staehpj1's. This is my first, and I'm with two other guys. We're shooting for 3,000 miles around the Northeast including Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey. This picture was taken in Massachusetts, it's the last dry run. The bags are now full of food and supplies, I'm going over checklists like a madman. Here's my gear list for those interested (Google Doc)


    Final Test for 3,000 mile August tour in Northeastern U.S. (Trip in 3 days) by Max Roman, on Flickr

    Excellent use of Sea-to-Summit dry sack. I mount mine transversely


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    Quote Originally Posted by lucille View Post
    Could you explain a little more, please? How do you tie the top ends? I don't use my straps either, just leave them at home. I've never had a problem in the rain, but maybe there's room for improvement.
    lucille, all he means is that when you have the long straps attached to the clips, and after rolling the top shut and you bring the strap down to the hook on the side of the bag, it pulls the bag "ends" down tight to the body of the bag. I personally never used the straps like this in daily use in all the years using Ortliebs, but I can see that in a really bad rain, combined with perhaps not rolling the top down enough or tightly enough, using the straps in their intended way could be a little better for keeping rain out.
    Again, in all the years commuting with these bags, I never bothered as it is a bit slower to do up and to loosen to get stuff out and put in, so I either just bent the tops up and clicked them to each other after rolling, or even just rolled and attached the top middle strap thing (especially if not raining)

    hope that it clear (ish)

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    Quote Originally Posted by azesty View Post
    @domdino, you might find that without the shoulder straps to tie the top ends of your Ortliebs down the sides they leak a bit in heavy rain. The straps are not just for carrying the bags.

    z
    Thanks for the tip Z, i'll definitely keep that in mind when it starts raining... they'll probably be packed a little bit higher/tighter when we actually leave with food etc. i guess i'll play it by ear i'm in the habit of packing everything inside in large ziplock bags anyway if any water does trickle in! Can't wait!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucille View Post
    Could you explain a little more, please? How do you tie the top ends? I don't use my straps either, just leave them at home. I've never had a problem in the rain, but maybe there's room for improvement.
    hopefully you can tell from these three pictures what he means.






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    My loaded rig, a Surly Disc Trucker with Arkel bags:
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    "There's going to be a MUP throw-down."

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    My loaded rig, a Surly Disc Trucker with Arkel bags:
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    "There's going to be a MUP throw-down."

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    Quote Originally Posted by djb View Post
    lucille, all he means is that when you have the long straps attached to the clips, and after rolling the top shut and you bring the strap down to the hook on the side of the bag, it pulls the bag "ends" down tight to the body of the bag. I personally never used the straps like this in daily use in all the years using Ortliebs, but I can see that in a really bad rain, combined with perhaps not rolling the top down enough or tightly enough, using the straps in their intended way could be a little better for keeping rain out.
    Again, in all the years commuting with these bags, I never bothered as it is a bit slower to do up and to loosen to get stuff out and put in, so I either just bent the tops up and clicked them to each other after rolling, or even just rolled and attached the top middle strap thing (especially if not raining)

    hope that it clear (ish)
    Thanks, djb! I usually clip the two ends together, but will try out the other way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AsanaCycles View Post
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    2009 Surly LHT
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    Regarding honesty and integrity.... Eagles may soar on the winds, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

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    Here's my Giant X-1500 on my last trip around Saaremaa and Muhu islands (Estonia). Ortlieb bike packer classics on the rear rack and 2 sleepingpads on the front rack. Since i wasn' t travelling alone (we were 2), i didn' t need the front panniers and didnt need to carry a tent on my bike, but on short solo trips it would be on the front rack where the second sleeping pad sits in the picture.
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    Waterford 1900, all Arkeled out on shakedown ride before self supported Skyline/Blue Ridge tour end of Sept '12

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    Here's my Surly LHT out for it's maiden voyage ride. Ortlieb bikepacker bags in the back, frontroller plus in the front, and matching handlebar bag. Garmin GPSmap 62s, a honey B17 Champion Special, and a couple of bottle cages and that's it. Did about 150 miles on Saturday/Sunday and loved every one of 'em. Great bike and much thanks to great advice and discussion from these forums over the years.


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    newbie from indonesia

    Hi there...
    Here is a picture of my bike from my latest long (not so long ) ride to my hometown (actually village )

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    Kona Smoke 26" ( a gift from my friend)
    I didn't have a full couple of front pannier, so i just mount sleeping bags + rain coat at front rack


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    Quote Originally Posted by IrvingBartowski View Post
    I didn't have a full couple of front pannier, so i just mount sleeping bags + rain coat at front rack
    Good thinking!

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    Palo alto to Sausalito short Tour- 81 miles with Caltrain
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    Today I started at 5am and left for my journey to sausalito, I packed a gallon of water, a lock, a big ziplock bag of powerbars and cliffbars(yummy). I rode my usual route up to the SFO airport in millbrae , that was the easy part. I GPS a route around the airport using my iphone but it took some time to plan it out. Once i got pass the 101 highway i had to navigate through some industrial areas, but after that i hit 3rd street, this is pretty high stress area to ride a bike and watch out for cars and climb a good degree of hill at the same time. Once down 3rd street I finally got to King street and it was smooth sailing to the Embarcadero with the piers, i saw a new flea market area that opened up , large amounts of people cluttering up the side walks waiting for food of some kind. With patience and skill riding i made it to the Golden Gate bridge where it was very foggy, so foggy i couldn't see more than 20 ft ahead. over the bridge and down the hill in to Sausalito i went and got to the end of the sausalito-Mill Valley trail in Mill valley. With a nice bathroom break and snacks/water, i rode back up the hill(pretty steep and curvy) and over the Golden Gate bridge and around a few hundred of zombie walking people i reached the Caltrain and got home.


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    Just got back from a short 2-day loop in Bayfield, WI. This is a nice little inlet and lake superior.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LynxTheWizard View Post
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    Here's my Giant X-1500 on my last trip around Saaremaa and Muhu islands (Estonia). Ortlieb bike packer classics on the rear rack and 2 sleepingpads on the front rack. Since i wasn' t travelling alone (we were 2), i didn' t need the front panniers and didnt need to carry a tent on my bike, but on short solo trips it would be on the front rack where the second sleeping pad sits in the picture.
    Quote Originally Posted by mrmott View Post
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    Waterford 1900, all Arkeled out on shakedown ride before self supported Skyline/Blue Ridge tour end of Sept '12
    Quote Originally Posted by IrvingBartowski View Post
    Hi there...
    Here is a picture of my bike from my latest long (not so long ) ride to my hometown (actually village )

    199779_3521074632331_1796684675_n.jpg

    Kona Smoke 26" ( a gift from my friend)
    I didn't have a full couple of front pannier, so i just mount sleeping bags + rain coat at front rack

    Man it's nice to see all these new people here on the Touring boards. Welcome to the Forums everybody and some mighty nice rigs you guys got there.
    12' SuperiorLite SL Pro w/ Sram Rival | 10' SuperiorLite SL Club w/ Sram Force | 06' Giant FCR (Dropbar) w/ Shimano 5700 | 10' GT Avalanche 3.0 Disc

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    Just did the Kettle Valley/Columbia & Western Trails in BC with my wife as our honeymoon - Castlegar to Penticton over a leisurely 7 days. Here's my beloved 2000 Marin Palisades Trail loaded. Ortliebs in back, cheap but functional MEC lowriders in front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitrios View Post
    Just did the Kettle Valley/Columbia & Western Trails in BC with my wife as our honeymoon ... Here's my beloved 2000 Marin Palisades Trail loaded...
    Your wife must love you and trust you very much. Camping trips as honeymoons don't always work out so well.

    But...on your honeymoon your "beloved" is your bike???
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