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Forum: Touring
08-21-17, 08:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 489
Posted By Coldhands

Talking about tires...

Hi all

I have the next several months to get some serious bikepacking done. I have a rigid steel 27.5+/29er MTB. It came stock with Tubeless ready 650b WTB Trailblazers 2.8". I was planning on...
Forum: Touring
08-21-17, 07:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 911
Posted By Coldhands

Thanks!!! :thumb:

Thanks!!! :thumb:
Forum: Touring
08-17-17, 11:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 473
Posted By Coldhands

Anyone toured Oman?

Not the most popular cycle destination and not much out there on it. I read some stuff over at Crazyguyonabike but found the reports weren't really that informative. I've read it's safe, pretty empty...
Forum: Touring
08-16-17, 04:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 911
Posted By Coldhands

A few questions about Tubeless (MTB)

Hi all,

Just wondering a couple of things. I'm about to make the Tubeless conversion for my 650b MTB. I've bought the liquid and the tubeless valves - the setup is 'tubeless ready'. My pump at the...
Forum: Touring
07-23-17, 06:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 835
Posted By Coldhands

Cheap digs abundant in Mexico and central, though...

Cheap digs abundant in Mexico and central, though Baja is a little pricier than the mainland due to a strong economy and influx of migrants/tourists from the north. Mainland Mexico hotels are easily...
Forum: Touring
07-23-17, 06:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 20,196
Posted By Coldhands

I've found them to be fantastic! I use them on my...

I've found them to be fantastic! I use them on my 650b tourer with ergon grips and bartape. The horns provide a great position for headwinds and for those days when you just want to get low and go...
Forum: Touring
07-04-17, 11:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,721
Posted By Coldhands

The first week of the tour is the training :)

The first week of the tour is the training :)
07-04-17, 07:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,131
Posted By Coldhands

Cycling long-distance in Hiking boots?

Hi all,

Just wondering - I cycle platform pedals and I'm looking for some new footwear. Normally I cycle in Keen sandals which are great but this year heading into the Rockies early-mid fall so...
Forum: Touring
06-07-17, 10:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,486
Posted By Coldhands

So for example if my sleeping bag is rated 32F...

So for example if my sleeping bag is rated 32F and my quilt is rated 35F, that would be -33f?

:foo:
Forum: Touring
06-05-17, 04:19 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,883
Posted By Coldhands

Yep, camping alone has many benefits 8)

Yep, camping alone has many benefits 8)
Forum: Touring
06-05-17, 04:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,486
Posted By Coldhands

Jamawani and others, thanks for the information!...

Jamawani and others, thanks for the information! I'm definitely not a newbie to 'adventuring' but I have to say grizzly bears and heavy snowstorms are not something I had to worry about previously...
Forum: Touring
06-04-17, 05:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,486
Posted By Coldhands

Starting in Banff around the 8th of September....

Starting in Banff around the 8th of September. Will be (should be) riding fast/light so hopefully will take me around 40 to 50 days to complete. I suppose once down in NM the temperatures will not be...
Forum: Touring
06-04-17, 07:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,486
Posted By Coldhands

Packing adequately but light for fall / GDMTR

Hey all,

On the GDMTR they recommend a 20/-7c bag, however I'm starting late in the season and my bag is valued at 0c. I could buy something like a -12c bag to be on the safe side, but then I'm...
Forum: Touring
06-03-17, 07:30 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,617
Posted By Coldhands

I just toured in Mexico with a LHT + v-brakes....

I just toured in Mexico with a LHT + v-brakes. They were okay most of the time but disc brakes are far superior and now I have them on my new bike I don't know how I managed without them. On gravel,...
Forum: Touring
06-03-17, 07:27 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,883
Posted By Coldhands

I've lost count of how many times I've wildcamped...

I've lost count of how many times I've wildcamped but never been asked to move. However, I did get flooded out once and had to scramble out of what as then a river where my campsite had been. Once I...
Forum: Touring
06-02-17, 02:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 767
Posted By Coldhands

Oops, yes that :crash:

Oops, yes that :crash:
Forum: Touring
06-01-17, 06:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 767
Posted By Coldhands

Tires for the GDMBT?

Hey all,

I toured a lot on road with the usual steel framed 26" setup but recently bought a MTB with 27.5 + tires and all the 'bikepacking' gear etc, etc. My bike (a Genesis Longitude if anyone is...
Forum: Touring
06-01-17, 05:57 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,757
Posted By Coldhands

I spent six or seven months cycling across...

I spent six or seven months cycling across Mexico. I went from CDMX to TJ and then down via Baja California, across the Sea of Cortez to Vallarta and then back to CDMX (Mexico City) and afterward...
Forum: Touring
02-22-17, 05:22 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,141
Posted By Coldhands

Ah sorry failed to note the short duration! And...

Ah sorry failed to note the short duration! And yes Mexico will be pretty hot during in this time plus frequent showers might be an issue in many parts of the country. Personally I think Mexico one...
Forum: Touring
02-21-17, 11:42 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,141
Posted By Coldhands

I am doing a coast to coast here in Mexico - From...

I am doing a coast to coast here in Mexico - From Puerto Vallarta to Veracruz. It has been pretty epic!!! If you are interesrted I could send you my gpx files. Touring in Mexico is a great adventure.
02-21-17, 11:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 465
Posted By Coldhands

Question about brakes and STI shifters

Hi all,

Riding a LHT around Mexico. Had some Tekro mini v-brakes which were okay until the tensioner screws failed on the spring arms (i.e. those long set of prongs which keep the pads away from...
Forum: Touring
02-13-17, 09:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,220
Posted By Coldhands

Has anyone ridden it in September? I have lots of...

Has anyone ridden it in September? I have lots of info from three weeks before and some from three weeks after. It's hard to call with regards to what gear to take. A guy called Lohan (bikewanderer)...
Forum: Touring
02-12-17, 07:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,220
Posted By Coldhands

So basically I'm screwed lol

So basically I'm screwed lol
Forum: Touring
02-04-17, 09:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 11,044
Posted By Coldhands

Hi! That's interesting to hear. I've been...

Hi!

That's interesting to hear. I've been debating between putting a bikepacking setup on my LHT and some 2,3" tires plus investing in lighter equipment vs buying something like Fargo or a Troll....
Forum: Touring
02-04-17, 03:22 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 40,254
Posted By Coldhands

I rode a mix of pavement and parts of the Baja...

I rode a mix of pavement and parts of the Baja Divide with a Surly LHT and 35mm tires and two rear panniers. I wouldn't recommend it but most of it (the parts I did) were rideable. Once I had to turn...
Forum: Touring
02-02-17, 12:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,220
Posted By Coldhands

Update! Wow unusually for me I went ahead and...

Update! Wow unusually for me I went ahead and booked it. So I should land in Calgary on the 6th Sep and maybe get cycling soon after? If anyone else did it around this date I'd love to hear from you!
Forum: Touring
02-01-17, 09:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,220
Posted By Coldhands

Thanks that's super useful! -30! That's...

Thanks that's super useful!

-30! That's pretty cold. Were you prepared for that?

So far consensus says a -7c bag should be okay but maybe I should be prepared?

Thanks for replying!
Forum: Touring
02-01-17, 03:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,220
Posted By Coldhands

GDMBR - NS - early fall start?

Hey all! I haven't posted in ages because been busy cycling my LHT around Mexico!

I just spotted an unbelievable cheap flight to Calgary on Sep 10h. I'm now a convert now to traffic free dirt...
09-16-16, 01:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 826
Posted By Coldhands

Thanks all - actually it was one of the gear...

Thanks all - actually it was one of the gear cables that was creaking, the headset was fine.
09-14-16, 10:46 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,040
Posted By Coldhands

City of London workers would no doubt agree 8) ...

City of London workers would no doubt agree 8)

I hope you get your bike back anyway or find some other agreeable solution.

Best of luck =)
09-14-16, 03:24 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,040
Posted By Coldhands

Many people live in council housing I think it's...

Many people live in council housing I think it's unfair of you to project that sort of association when you've no idea who actually stole your bicycle.
09-13-16, 04:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 826
Posted By Coldhands

When to get the lube out...

Hi all!

I recently bought a LHT from Surly and put like 500 mile on her. I'm going to lube the chain but I'm wondering where else I should lube and how often? Point in case - my headset started...
Forum: Touring
09-13-16, 04:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,484
Posted By Coldhands

This all sounds great - especially being able to...

This all sounds great - especially being able to speak Japanese. Japan has always fascinated me and I can't think of a better way than to see it by bicycle. Have a great trip!
Forum: Touring
09-13-16, 09:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,147
Posted By Coldhands

Does it have a great effect with crosswinds? I...

Does it have a great effect with crosswinds? I actually installed a Ortlieb M6 and kinda hate it - it looks clunky and affects steer (in fact given most people seem to tour with them I wasn't sure...
Forum: Touring
09-12-16, 11:43 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,212
Posted By Coldhands

It would generate a lot of good humour on the...

It would generate a lot of good humour on the road but don't think Ortlieb need to be too much worried.
Forum: Touring
09-10-16, 07:58 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,800
Posted By Coldhands

I quite like my 26" wheels on my LHT. They feel...

I quite like my 26" wheels on my LHT. They feel very solid.
Forum: Touring
09-10-16, 07:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,147
Posted By Coldhands

What do you think of Framebags?

Hi all,

I'm going to do some touring with my LHT and after doing a quick 500 mile tour to get an idea of what I need, I am now planning for month+ tours. So far I've got two Ortlieb rear panniers...
Forum: Touring
09-04-16, 04:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,048
Posted By Coldhands

It's probably the best destination in the world...

It's probably the best destination in the world for remote, mountainous dirt biking. The place is stunning. You could spend years cycling around it. One of the top destinations for 'adventure' sports...
Forum: Touring
08-21-16, 04:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 892
Posted By Coldhands

http://i.imgur.com/4L4MxyW.jpghttp://imgur.com/4L4...

http://i.imgur.com/4L4MxyW.jpghttp://imgur.com/4L4MxyW

Sorry for poor quality -
Forum: Touring
08-20-16, 05:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 892
Posted By Coldhands

Surly 54cm LHT niggle...

Hi all,

I have a new LHT with a 54cm frame and 26" wheels fitted with Schwalbe Marathon Plus 26 x 1.50 - I also have SKS mudguards. However the problem is that the front break pinches and sits on...
Forum: Touring
08-15-16, 08:48 AM
Replies: 4,571
Views: 2,320,446
Posted By Coldhands

Why do many tourers load up at the front and...

Why do many tourers load up at the front and avoid rear panniers?
Forum: Touring
08-08-16, 02:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,917
Posted By Coldhands

A solar charger and a battery maybe - any...

A solar charger and a battery maybe - any recommendations? Amazon is full of junk these days and the reviewer system is corrupt :/
Forum: Touring
08-08-16, 12:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,917
Posted By Coldhands

How to power electronics on tour?

Hi all,

I want to wild camp as much as possible and I love my iPhone in the evenings to listen to podcasts and type emails to send out later when I find free wifi. I can also use it as a basic GPS...
08-01-16, 05:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 876
Posted By Coldhands

Wouldn't 56cm be a little to large? I was...

Wouldn't 56cm be a little to large? I was thinking along the lines of 54cm or even dropping to 52cm. The general consensus is that it's best to be on the small side rather than too large. edit; I...
Forum: Touring
07-31-16, 06:33 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,298
Posted By Coldhands

What helmets are suited best to long distance...

What helmets are suited best to long distance touring?
Forum: Touring
07-30-16, 02:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,217
Posted By Coldhands

Really informative replies - thanks guys. I'm now...

Really informative replies - thanks guys. I'm now thinking for my height and reach a smaller 52/54cm frame would be better so will have to go with the 26" in either case.
Forum: Touring
07-25-16, 03:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,217
Posted By Coldhands

Long Haul Truckers out there who went with 700c?

Hi all,

The only LHT I have available is a 56mm 700 wheels. I'm new to all this and I've done a lot of reading of the virtues of 26" over 700. However! Given it's a choice of 700 or waiting a long...
07-25-16, 11:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 876
Posted By Coldhands

About to buy a LHT - but what size?

I'm about 5'10/11 and have a 31" inseam. I'm average build. I've been lusting after a Surly LHT but not sure what size to get. I don't have the luxury to actually try it out as I can only order on...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-22-16, 05:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 19,639
Posted By Coldhands

Think I'm going for the LHT. Thanks all. Will...

Think I'm going for the LHT. Thanks all. Will report back =)
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-22-16, 07:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 19,639
Posted By Coldhands

This thread has progressed a lot since I last...

This thread has progressed a lot since I last checked it - thanks all for taking the time to contribute and I will definitely keep you all updated. Unfortunately I'm in a sort decision paralysis now...
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