Just got back from a week of cruising the North Carolina coast on my LHT.
Photo from Ft Fisher with the mouth of the Cape Fear river in the background.
Here's my new LHT on it's maiden voyage between Berlin and Prague last week. The place in the background is called Melnik .
Shaking out the Salsa Vaya this morning in preparation for the GAP ride in a few weeks. The bags are Axiom. The front rack is a Salsa Down Under and the rear is the Salsa Wanderlust.
Webshots is bailing out, if you find any of my posts with corrupt picture files and want to see them corrected please let me know. :(
ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.
"Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"_Nicodemus
"Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred
Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"_krazygluon
Melissa, Avenue, and I have arrived in Seattle. Here are some of the shots of our loaded rigs along the way. Much more to come as we navigate down to Argentina. Our tour can be found here: http://worldsbetweenlines.com/
Co-Motion Divide on recent tour in northern Montana.
[IMG][/IMG]Not loaded yet....
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2008 Cannondale Synapse SL with Campy Record
2011 Surly LHT
Day one of TransAm, day 28 at Alley Spring, MO, and last day of tour 78 days later.
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2012 TransAm Tour journal link: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/Threeisacharm
Naked Carbon Weave Aegis Aro Svelte, Purpleen Cannondale RT3000 Tandem, Orange Santana Triplet, Surly Long Haul Trucker
So little pains do the vulgar take in the investigation of truth, accepting readily the first story that comes to hand." Thucydides, 4th Century B.C.E.
I took this around Ontario last summer (up from Toronto over Manitoulin Island, around Superior),
and it did ok. I used the trailer because the frame was too light for big panniers, if I do a long trip again I think I might just bite the bullet and get a heavier frame.
As you can see I have my entire life dangling from the handlebars, what can I say, it was 8am and I'd been in and out of the front pack all morning with the changing weather.
I also have two 4-6 litre water jugs on the rear panniers, I seem to need to carry a bath-tub's worth of liquid with me on some tours..
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Looks rock solid and well kitted out with good choices across the board in the fit for purpose vein.
Here's my Bike Friday New World Tourist and my wife's Crusoe this summer on our trip from Portland to San Francisco.
Cool pic, Jim. But I thought the Crusoe fork wouldn`t accept a rack? Did you have to do a work-around to mount it, or do I have that wrong?
PN Calilegua, ARG - Calilegua.jpg
My Surly LHT. Typically I carry one less water bottle (solid 2lt of ice hidden in the blue tarp). Otherwise I carry a very heavy load, around 55kg. I built the bike myself, so there is no standard of parts or models. 4 months into a 2 years trip through South America. So far only punctures and a few dodgy bottle cages - everything else has worked fine. No broken spokes or cracked rims etc.
FMJ, all the best with the rest of your trip. Are you writing up about it at all, CGOAB or something?
As someone who weighs about 62kg, I cant imagine lugging around 55 kilos. I admire you being able to, but still can't imagine it. The wheels must be very well made indeed if they are handling it all well.
Vaya bien y buenos suertes.
The rack mounts the same way as the NWT. The Crusoe fork actually fits the Bike Fridays folding rack better then the NWT since its more narrow. I think those brazeons are standard but I could be wrong since I specified it would be used for touring when I ordered it.
Thanks very much for your best wishes. I don't weigh much more, I barely tip the scale at 72kg and that was before I started the tour. Being my first tour, I suppose I was always going to be heavy until I learned what I could do without. I also no no different in terms of weight, so in some respects this is my 'norm'. Wheels were handmade in England for me (700cc, Rigida Sputnik rims, combination of Sapim Race and Strong spokes with Shimano LH hubs and a Shimano SLX 9 speed casette).
Other than writing a blog, I have not done much with the cycling detail. The cycling is really a means to an end for me - the main emphasis is birdwatching. I rarely cycle the 'usual north/route, so don't bump into many other cyclists. I had never heard of CGOAB until you mentioned it, but thanks for the info - looks very useful!
My loaded disk trucker, from last weeks trip from Key largo to Key West and back
Here is my mountain-bike-turned-touring-rig with all its bags and my sleeping gear.
Getting geared up for the GAP/C&O Trail ride over thanksgiving break.