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Old 11-26-05, 07:16 PM   #351
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Wow!
I got a laugh from BF's resident humorist.

I think I'll print out this page and hang it on the fridge...

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Old 11-26-05, 08:29 PM   #352
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Wow!
I got a laugh from BF's resident humorist.

I think I'll print out this page and hang in on the fridge...
Dude, if we had a hall of fame for one liners, your post would be in it! (along with the pic)
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Old 11-26-05, 09:14 PM   #353
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Bah dum-dum

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Old 11-29-05, 06:29 AM   #354
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A Marin Bear Valley with 20" steel frame, various additions for touring. I have tent, sleeping bag and clothes in the seatpost bag, tools and spares in the rear frame bag, rain clothes in the front frame bag, kitchen, food and the rest in the handlebar bag. Those LED-lights on the inner barends are only for the late autumn/winter season.

I use it for fully loaded weekend touring mostly, on roads and forrest trails. Haven't been on very long trips with it yet.
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Old 11-30-05, 05:36 PM   #355
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Wow!
What type of tent/sleeping bag do you have that would fit into that trunk bag - with room to spare for clothes???
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Old 11-30-05, 06:36 PM   #356
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This is my touring bike that I recently completed. It is a late 90's Robert Beckman Sakkit Expedition 26 built by the Match Bicycle Company. This photo was taken when the bike was first assembled by me in October 2005. Since that time, I have made a few changes such as the wheels, seat post. I found the frame on ebay and was rather surprised that it fell below the radar screen because I thought I would have to pay silly bux to win this puppy. It rides nicely for a bike with a looooong wheelbase. The acid test will be how the bike behaves with full pax n rax. The front rack is a loaner for sizing provided to me by Bob Beckman. The new racks will be built to my specs and should be available by March 2006.
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Old 11-30-05, 07:59 PM   #357
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Ooh nice beckman! Is that a threaded to threadless adapter on there? This frame screams for a Nitto technomatic stem (to me)...
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Old 11-30-05, 08:20 PM   #358
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Yes, it is an adapter. While Nitto does make some great stuff, this set up fits me and I am comfortable on it.
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Old 12-01-05, 04:05 AM   #359
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...this set up fits me and I am comfortable on it.
Right-o, that's the ONLY thing which matters!
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Old 12-01-05, 09:31 AM   #360
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What type of tent/sleeping bag do you have that would fit into that trunk bag - with room to spare for clothes???
Tent is the Black Diamond Firstlight - Upgraded with titanium pegs and carbonfibre poles. Weight approx 2 pounds. http://www.backcountrygear.com/catal...tail.cfm/BD162

Sleeping bag is a RAB Quantum Top Bag - Without insulation on the bottom side. Weight approx 1 pound. http://www.fieldandtrek.com/product-...-Bag-35038.htm

I only bring the very basics of spare and warm clothes - need to handwash every day on tours more than 1 night long.
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Old 12-01-05, 04:51 PM   #361
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Bearlite... Wow....

simply amazing ...
love the tent...
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Old 12-03-05, 12:15 PM   #362
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I watched this auction. You would've had my counter bidding if I were'nt already set. I don't buy bikes to turn them over. The frame wasn't well represented in the auction so that was a plus for you.

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I found the frame on ebay and was rather surprised that it fell below the radar screen because I thought I would have to pay silly bux to win this puppy. It rides nicely for a bike with a looooong wheelbase.
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Old 12-03-05, 05:56 PM   #363
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Miles 2 Go,
I am glad that you did not bid as the bike gods were no doubtably smiling on me that day. The seller was only an hour away so I even was able to pick the frame up. I thought the seller represented the frame fairly enough. Anyway thanks for taking a pass on this cause it could have been real expensive. I was sitting in my hotel room in Los Angeles when the auction closed and kept thinking there was no way I was going to lose this auction so I entered an obsence bid and kept my fingers crossed.
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Old 12-04-05, 09:11 PM   #364
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Somewhere on this thread is my Double Vision set up for touring but here is my latest toy. After spending my life touring on and having my body beaten up by aluminum performance road bikes with only handlebar and trunk bags, my body now requires a touring bike with the proper gear. If this is my midlife crisis, a Trek 520 is definitely cheaper than a Vette or a Hog. I just bought the bike in October. It's already been to Massachusetts and I recently bought and installed Old Man Mountain racks and Arkel panniers and bags. I'm sure by summer, it will have a few more upgrades. I attended the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Tour this year with the Schwinn. I'll be attending the inaugural ride of ACA's Cycle the Columbian Gorge for 2006. It should be easier now with a triple crank. The Supersport only had a 2x8 vs. the Trek's 3x9.
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Old 12-05-05, 08:18 PM   #365
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Allright, I just loaded up the Long Haul Trucker and did a dry run with a winter gear compliment for touring out on the Olympic Peninsula this weekend.

In the front panniers are a 5#14 oz Antarctic proven tent (issued as standard survival tent for sledge crews at Antarctic stations, the North Face Westwind), sub 0c down sleeping bag, thermarest sleeping pad, and some small stuff.

In back,the rest of the full monty. Warm clothes, kitchen, food, survival equip, night lighting equipment, the entire rest of the kit.

I've added a climber's chalk bag to hang off the back of my saddle, it works GREAT as a 'quick grab' pocket for snacks, digital camera or hat-n-gloves.

I had to strap the westwind tent poles on the back but I prefer to have poles inside one of the rear panniers, to lessen the possibility of loosing them. Some of my tents have poles with shorter sections to make this easier. In the summer I've been using a Black Diamond lighthouse tent, very close to the seatbag sized Black Diamond firstlight Bearlite just mentioned.

If the back view comes out okay, note the wide profile of the rear lights. I took the idea from MechBgon's visibility pages. I want to add some amber 'running lights' to the front panniers. *To anwser Jharte below without adding another post, edited to add * it's been so long I can't remember where I got that old safety triangle.
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Old 12-05-05, 08:36 PM   #366
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Nice rig Bekologist. I especially like your mud flaps! Surley makes for a nice touring rig. BTW, where did you get the safety triangle?
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Old 12-08-05, 06:30 PM   #367
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Nice rig Bekologist. I especially like your mud flaps! Surley makes for a nice touring rig. BTW, where did you get the safety triangle?
I safety pin a safety triangle on my pannier similar to Bekologist. You can remove the strap fairly easily:

http://www.rei.com/product/3023410.htm
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Old 12-11-05, 02:42 AM   #368
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If this is my midlife crisis, a Trek 520 is definitely cheaper than a Vette or a Hog. I just bought the bike in October. It's already been to Massachusetts and I recently bought and installed Old Man Mountain racks and Arkel panniers and bags.
that is some barbag!

my midlife crisis was/is a Thorn Nomad touring bike, a Bentech recumbent and a Triumph Tiger ... to add to my Trek 520 ...
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Old 12-13-05, 07:31 AM   #369
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Hopefully there'll be a picture of my bike and me (on the left) with this post.

Bike is an On-one Inbred, built for serious expedition abuse.

Mavic EX721 rims/XT hubs, Tubus Logo rear rack/OMM Sherp front, XT hubs, Karrimor Kalahari rear panniers/Ortlieb front, Brooks B17,.............
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Old 12-19-05, 11:56 AM   #370
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My Volpe during a tour of Lake Champlain last summer:
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Old 12-20-05, 02:19 AM   #371
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My Brother's and my Trek and Giant with BOB trailers resting at Streaky Bay South Australia August 2005.
At the coast at Cape Bauer Eyre Peninsula and hitting the road by Elliston.
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Old 12-21-05, 06:25 PM   #372
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My wife, Sharon, dips her bike tire in the Atlantic at the conclusion of a memorable cross-America cycle tour.

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Old 12-21-05, 11:28 PM   #373
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Old 12-22-05, 01:58 AM   #374
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Very cool bike 12xu! Those blue-silver-grey colors look really fresh. But what is that huge green fluffy thing on the back? a sleeping bag?
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Old 12-22-05, 08:34 PM   #375
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Very cool bike 12xu! Those blue-silver-grey colors look really fresh. But what is that huge green fluffy thing on the back? a sleeping bag?
Affirmative-That's a sleeping bag.

The frame has been taken down to the bare steel and clearcoated, so now it looks extra stealthy.
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