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Forum: Touring
02-22-13, 12:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,228
Posted By freediver

The circular ice circles are from openwater...

The circular ice circles are from openwater smashing the iceflows together. We see them all the time when running diving charters out on Lake Michigan in the winter time. They can go on for miles...
Forum: Touring
02-02-13, 10:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 575
Posted By freediver

MSN tourist, I've ridden all of the trails...

MSN tourist,

I've ridden all of the trails you mentioned with my kids on my 700cc road tandem without incident. The cheese country trail is another animal all together and not rideable without...
Forum: Touring
01-30-13, 06:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 575
Posted By freediver

I tried that this past summer and had to bail on...

I tried that this past summer and had to bail on the cheese country trail after 11 miles. The trail was too rough for my mountain bike with 1.5" tires and four panniers. I fell a couple times,...
12-30-12, 09:22 PM
Replies: 1,328
Views: 397,946
Posted By freediver

My new Christmas present - Pugsley necromancer....

My new Christmas present - Pugsley necromancer. Blows away any other water bike I've used over the years. I won't win any races on this thing, but I'm already riding in way more difficult conditions...
12-23-12, 04:29 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,790
Posted By freediver

Tired out a necro pug at my local shop and...

Tired out a necro pug at my local shop and compared it to my normal winter ride with studded tires. I was pretty darn impressesed with how it handled in all of our fresh snow, crud, and ice compared...
Forum: Touring
12-23-12, 04:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 782
Posted By freediver

Made my decision! I got a nice price on a surly...

Made my decision! I got a nice price on a surly necromancer and, along with my trade in, got the price down enough for my wife to agree with me that I deserved a new bike. :love:

After a few test...
Forum: Touring
12-19-12, 12:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 782
Posted By freediver

I got a chance to try a necro pugsley in the snow...

I got a chance to try a necro pugsley in the snow today. First I went for a ride on my current winter bike with 2.0 studded tires first and then I went over the route with the Pug. I couldn't believe...
12-18-12, 09:53 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,790
Posted By freediver

MadCityCycilist, How do you find the fatbike...

MadCityCycilist,

How do you find the fatbike works on our ice? I'm running 2.0 studded tired right now and am thinking of making the leap to a fatbike for snow, mud, and sand, but was wondering...
Forum: Touring
12-18-12, 06:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 782
Posted By freediver

That's what I had them do with my Big Dummy. I...

That's what I had them do with my Big Dummy. I planned the same route with any other Surly bike I looked at. If all I need is bigger rubber on a standard mountain bike I guess I could always put some...
Forum: Touring
12-18-12, 05:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 782
Posted By freediver

Seeing as this is Wisconsin, and not Colorado,...

Seeing as this is Wisconsin, and not Colorado, full squishy seems overkill- especially for touring. If I lived someplace with actual mountains I might think different.

I'm also not worried about...
Forum: Touring
12-17-12, 06:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 782
Posted By freediver

I used to use a Giant TCX cross bike for some...

I used to use a Giant TCX cross bike for some light touring and it worked fine for all of the crushed gravel and forest road trails that I would normally ride. What I came across on this ATV trail...
Forum: Touring
12-17-12, 02:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 782
Posted By freediver

ATV trail bike options

I normally tour (2-3 day jaunts really) with my family. My Big Dummy or the tandem (with child's stoker) seem to fit the bill pretty well for those journeys. However, I found myself with some...
Forum: Touring
09-04-12, 02:23 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,599
Posted By freediver

OK, it sounds like I shot myself in he foot on...

OK, it sounds like I shot myself in he foot on this one. My shorts where still wet from washing them the night before when i set off on my ride that day. I guess the quick-dry hiking short/underwear...
Forum: Touring
09-03-12, 06:27 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,599
Posted By freediver

Interesting thought on that. I've been riding...

Interesting thought on that. I've been riding Brooks B17's on three different bikes with varying amounts of break-in time for each one. I normally wear quick dry hiking shorts with quick-dry hiking...
Forum: Touring
09-02-12, 09:07 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,599
Posted By freediver

I'm just wondering what kind of shorts everyone...

I'm just wondering what kind of shorts everyone else is using with their B17's. I, normally, use hiking shorts with nylon travel underwear with pretty good results, but on a short tour I did last...
Forum: Touring
07-30-12, 05:09 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,636
Posted By freediver

As soon as school let out a friend of mine and I...

As soon as school let out a friend of mine and I took our kids on a three day tour across western Wisconsin from Reedsburg to Perrot State park. It was one series of trails after another that all...
Forum: Great Lakes
07-30-12, 04:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,037
Posted By freediver

I was thinking of doing a loop starting in...

I was thinking of doing a loop starting in Madison along the Military Ridge trail, connecting to the Cheese Country trail, and ending up on the Badger rock trail. I'd be riding either my Big Dummy,...
04-09-12, 06:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,577
Posted By freediver

I bought a recumbent tray to attach onto my...

I bought a recumbent tray to attach onto my standard Yakima roof bike rack. That's was long enough to accommodate my big dummy, and since the front wheel comes off an the fork locks in I always felt...
02-18-12, 07:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,999
Posted By freediver

I've had a an xtracycle for the past 5 years and...

I've had a an xtracycle for the past 5 years and upgraded to a Big Dummy this past summer. I used a Burley trailer when my kids were smaller and then moved my daughter up the back of the Xtracycle...
01-04-12, 08:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,158
Posted By freediver

I used to use a set of these for XC-skiing:...

I used to use a set of these for XC-skiing: http://www.backcountry.com/patagonia-active-wind-brief-mens
There's a wind panel in the front to help keep things warm.

These days I use a nice pair of...
12-21-11, 04:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 780
Posted By freediver

I made the same mistake two days ago, but I...

I made the same mistake two days ago, but I wasn't as lucky as you.

I decided that it was warm and dry enough to not need my studded tires so I went without. Most of my ride was uneventful, but...
11-02-11, 04:45 PM
Replies: 907
Views: 395,860
Posted By freediver

My wife and I just got back from a 10 day trip to...

My wife and I just got back from a 10 day trip to Italy. I loved the fact that I never had to drive a car once- and wished we could have suck an efficient train system back here.

I also was...
08-17-11, 07:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,006
Posted By freediver

I bought an Xtracycle 5 years ago and have used...

I bought an Xtracycle 5 years ago and have used it so much I decided to upgrade to a Big Dummy a couple of weeks ago. Over the years I've owned plenty of different road and mountain bikes, but the...
08-17-11, 05:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,731
Posted By freediver

Finally upgraded to A Big Dummy after 5 years of...

Finally upgraded to A Big Dummy after 5 years of riding an Xtracycle. 215020

Jon
08-06-11, 07:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 818
Posted By freediver

How wide are you running them??

How wide are you running them??
08-06-11, 04:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 818
Posted By freediver

What are you guys using for tires these days? So...

What are you guys using for tires these days? So far I've been thinking about these two:
-Fat Frank's
-Big Apples
Is there anything else I should be considering?

Jon
08-06-11, 02:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 818
Posted By freediver

I had decent enough stuff to transfer so I feel...

I had decent enough stuff to transfer so I feel pretty good about it. The one thing that I am upgrading for sure is a new rear wheel. The only thing that's ever given me grief on my Xtracycle is my...
08-04-11, 07:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 818
Posted By freediver

In the end I just didn't have the cash for the...

In the end I just didn't have the cash for the whole bike. I did have more than enough to buy the frame-set and I ordered it today!
I've customized my Xtracycle over the years and built it up just...
08-01-11, 08:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 818
Posted By freediver

Big Dummy upgrade question

I've been riding my Navato Xtracycle for a few years now and have found it to be the most useful bike that I've ever owned- and I've owned more than my share. I've cleared out some of my dive locker...
Forum: Touring
06-15-11, 09:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 573
Posted By freediver

Now that summer break has started I had a chance...

Now that summer break has started I had a chance to get out with both of my kids again. My daughter decided to ride her own bike the 17 miles to Sandhill campground- just south of Rock Lake. I rode...
04-30-11, 11:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 730
Posted By freediver

I don't think it will fit because the chain stays...

I don't think it will fit because the chain stays on the Tassajara are too short to match up to the xtracycle kit.

It may depend upon what model year the Tassajara is, but when I tried to put...
03-20-11, 07:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,212
Posted By freediver

With a newborn I'd forget the long-tail and look...

With a newborn I'd forget the long-tail and look into a good trailer. Trailers will keep your child warmer and drier than any other kind of configuration. My kids slept through some driving...
02-21-11, 08:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,536
Posted By freediver

It doesn't surprise me that Wheel and Sprocket...

It doesn't surprise me that Wheel and Sprocket doesn't have them. They're behind the curve on such things. Of course, where their stores are located aren't as bike friendly as Madison is.

I saw...
02-20-11, 09:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,536
Posted By freediver

Skijor, What part of the state are you in?...

Skijor,

What part of the state are you in? If you can make it to Madison there are plenty of bike shops that have cargo bikes in them. So far I've seen Utes, Big Dummys, Radishs, Xtracycles, and...
02-11-11, 04:51 PM
Replies: 907
Views: 395,860
Posted By freediver

Since we're talking studded tires, I guess I need...

Since we're talking studded tires, I guess I need to post mine as well. :)
02-03-11, 04:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 751
Posted By freediver

I've carried mine two different ways. First was...

I've carried mine two different ways. First was on a hitch mount rear rack. i placed the bike on their a little off center so it wouldn't hang out too far over the side.

The second, and much more...
01-20-11, 04:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 620
Posted By freediver

I fell down about two weeks ago- twice! We...

I fell down about two weeks ago- twice!

We had the most perfectly clear lakes around here(no snow on them) and people were out ice skating all the way across from one side to the other. I had seen...
01-14-11, 07:37 PM
Replies: 1,328
Views: 397,946
Posted By freediver

After not being 100% happy with the studded tires...

After not being 100% happy with the studded tires on my cross bike, I decided to splurge and buy some for my Xtracycle. I'm much happier with this set up. I can balance and plow through the slushy...
12-23-10, 10:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,584
Posted By freediver

Sorry for the confusion. The 700x44's were...

Sorry for the confusion.

The 700x44's were on the cross bike. The Xtracycle is made from a Marin Novato donor bike (mountain bike) and uses 26x1.9 studded tires.

Jon
12-23-10, 08:35 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,584
Posted By freediver

I was having a hard time deciding which bike to...

I was having a hard time deciding which bike to use a couple of years ago ( http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/496173-Which-one-should-I-use?highlight=xtracycle ) and ended up putting some...
Forum: Touring
12-13-10, 08:03 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,293
Posted By freediver

Freediving with whalesharks as big as a bus. In...

Freediving with whalesharks as big as a bus. In this case it was off of Utila.

Jon
Replies: 13
Views: 2,295
Posted By freediver

I've been to the chiropractor a few times since I...

I've been to the chiropractor a few times since I first posted this question. He's working on moving things back to where they go and gave me some exercise to do to help with the neck. Mainly he told...
Replies: 13
Views: 2,295
Posted By freediver

Seenloitering, I think everything you mentioned...

Seenloitering, I think everything you mentioned was in that article that Rowan posted! lol

I did manage to get in to see the chiro today- and will be back in there again on Thursday. He mentioned...
Replies: 13
Views: 2,295
Posted By freediver

Neck Pain

I've got a bunch of 80 mile rides under my belt and plan to go for 100 when I find an safe way to add that last 20 onto my favorite long-distance route. I seemed to have figured out the nutrition...
09-07-10, 05:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,738
Posted By freediver

My wife recently got the same bike and this is...

My wife recently got the same bike and this is the basket I put on it for her.

http://www.axiomgear.com/products/gear/baskets/front-baskets/faux-wicker-nano/
08-30-10, 04:28 PM
Replies: 1,410
Views: 460,840
Posted By freediver

I don't know if you really call us a "couple",...

I don't know if you really call us a "couple", but here's a shot of a new-to-me Santana Arriva tandem that is outfitted with a stoker kit for my 7 year old while my 5 year old is out back on the...
Forum: Touring
08-18-10, 07:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,054
Posted By freediver

I ended up selling the 35's to a friend of mine...

I ended up selling the 35's to a friend of mine to use on one of his tandems. I ordered some 32's and put them on my bike yesterday. They fit perfectly and there's no issue with rubbing against my...
Forum: Touring
08-08-10, 05:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,054
Posted By freediver

I went for a ride today with the 35's on and the...

I went for a ride today with the 35's on and the front tire rubbed the whole way. I had it almost fixed when I decided to tweak it on the trail and then it was noisy as can be the whole way back...
Forum: Touring
08-08-10, 09:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 543
Posted By freediver

I have an old set of rollers that I used to use...

I have an old set of rollers that I used to use with one of my road bikes that I sold off long ago. I find them to be pretty boring and have had a lot more fun since I invested in a pair of studded...
Forum: Touring
08-08-10, 09:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,054
Posted By freediver

I know this is an older thread, but it came the...

I know this is an older thread, but it came the closest to answering my question.

I had 28mm tires on my cross bike for long road rides and even used them for a little bike camping with my...
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