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Forum: Mid-Atlantic
06-06-19, 09:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,810
Posted By Mtroup

The deadfall area near Brunswick is cleared. The...

The deadfall area near Brunswick is cleared. The bridge washout is going to be some time being fixed, but the stream crossing is pretty easy. Wrestling a heavily loaded bike up or down the hill on...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-26-19, 09:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,082
Posted By Mtroup

The Vektron is a Bosch mid-drive folder under 50...

The Vektron is a Bosch mid-drive folder under 50 lbs, I believe. Just barely under 50 though. Taking into account the fairly large rack, I think you could get that even lighter. The battery...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-26-18, 02:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,875
Posted By Mtroup

LOL, I spent two decades working as an artist....

LOL, I spent two decades working as an artist. Guess what, romantic? Art is a commodity, just like a car or a bike, with a lot less practicality and a lot more marketing.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-26-18, 09:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,875
Posted By Mtroup

No sensitivity whatsoever. Just saying, you buy...

No sensitivity whatsoever. Just saying, you buy something, it’s yours. You can do whatever you want with it. Sometimes this will negatively affect value, like defacing a painting or painting your...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-26-18, 05:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,875
Posted By Mtroup

If I bought the Mona Lisa and decided to paint a...

If I bought the Mona Lisa and decided to paint a moustache on it, I could give a flying fart what other people thought of the "ethics" of the situation. You bought it, it's yours. Do what you want.
07-08-18, 10:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,367
Posted By Mtroup

True enough, but as I said, depending on what...

True enough, but as I said, depending on what kind of terrain you’re riding, a plus tire like the OP is using can make suspension superfluous. His main concern is his original post was the climbing,...
07-08-18, 07:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,367
Posted By Mtroup

Personally, on a plus bike, I don’t feel that...

Personally, on a plus bike, I don’t feel that suspension is entirely necessary. I ride a rigid bike on plus tires (29x3.0 Rangers on the Scraper 45 rims) and I’ve never missed a suspension fork. I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-08-18, 06:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,317
Posted By Mtroup

I have the Ergon GP5s on my Tern. In conjunction...

I have the Ergon GP5s on my Tern. In conjunction with the adjustability of the Andros stem, it can change reach and/or height quite a bit, and doesn’t really have a huge effect on folded size.
Also...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-30-18, 03:12 PM
Replies: 2,568
Views: 748,736
Posted By Mtroup

I don't think this guy is being dishonest or...

I don't think this guy is being dishonest or unscrupulous. I see an overly optimistic guy with good intentions who just got in a little over his head. They'll deliver eventually, and all of us...
Forum: Touring
05-10-18, 08:51 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,521
Posted By Mtroup

Couldnt tell you, no memory of the aftermath and...

Couldnt tell you, no memory of the aftermath and the driver didn't stick around.
Forum: Touring
05-07-18, 09:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,521
Posted By Mtroup

Not a full-blown tour exactly, but as I returned...

Not a full-blown tour exactly, but as I returned from a two-day overnighter two weeks ago, I had a car back into the road directly in front of me. I don’t remember the crash itself or the immediate...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-09-18, 12:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,004
Posted By Mtroup

I’ve never ridden one, but that bike looks...

I’ve never ridden one, but that bike looks awfully flexy. Seems like all the weight is centered right on the cranks.
Forum: Touring
04-02-18, 10:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 943
Posted By Mtroup

Re: camping, I've read that there are campsites...

Re: camping, I've read that there are campsites about every ten miles. Can't recall where I read that, but you could probably call the hosts at the sites and get some info on conditions.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-02-18, 08:25 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 19,914
Posted By Mtroup

I believe that SRAM has discontinued the Dual...

I believe that SRAM has discontinued the Dual Drive.
Forum: Touring
03-29-18, 03:19 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,119
Posted By Mtroup

As an alternative to having to rent an SUV, look...

As an alternative to having to rent an SUV, look into Amtrak. https://www.amtrak.com/bring-your-bicycle-onboard
Forum: Touring
03-29-18, 03:15 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,119
Posted By Mtroup

Agreed. There’s a lot of nice side trips on this...

Agreed. There’s a lot of nice side trips on this route. If you have to do it in five days though, that’s a lot better than not doing it at all. Enjoy your trip!
Forum: Touring
03-18-18, 06:51 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,043
Posted By Mtroup

Load her up and ride various terrain. You’ll find...

Load her up and ride various terrain. You’ll find your answers pretty quickly.
Forum: Commuting
03-09-18, 08:17 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 10,293
Posted By Mtroup

E-Biker: Cars are for lazy people. Cyclist:...

E-Biker: Cars are for lazy people.

Cyclist: E-bikes are for lazy people.

Runner: Bikes are for lazy people.

Arctic Ultra-marathoner: You’re all *******.
Forum: Touring
03-02-18, 04:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,489
Posted By Mtroup

I have the Hermosa UL Panniers and they’re pretty...

I have the Hermosa UL Panniers and they’re pretty great. Lightweight, excellent construction, and rock solid even through the bumpy, rooty trails. I switched to these panniers from a pair of Arkel...
Forum: Touring
02-28-18, 04:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,399
Posted By Mtroup

I have a Rohloff/Gates combo on my 29+ rig. Never...

I have a Rohloff/Gates combo on my 29+ rig. Never had a problem with any build-up or the belt dropping. The system has really been bombproof actually. It is the newer version of the belt, so I can’t...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-28-18, 03:59 PM
Replies: 2,568
Views: 748,736
Posted By Mtroup

They’re behind schedule, but I’d still bet we see...

They’re behind schedule, but I’d still bet we see a production Helix before George RR Martin’s next Game of Thrones book.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-08-17, 09:56 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 71,151
Posted By Mtroup

As a new Tern owner, I find it valuable to have a...

As a new Tern owner, I find it valuable to have a Tern rep visiting these forums. He stepped up to resolve a problem to the customer's satisfaction, and is harassed and baited for his attention. If...
Forum: Touring
08-07-17, 07:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,192
Posted By Mtroup

Totally doable with the right gear. I rode the...

Totally doable with the right gear. I rode the GAP in January this year and had a blast, despite temps below freezing. Didn't see one other biker the whole time (a few dog-walkers). I felt like I had...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-07-17, 07:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,241
Posted By Mtroup

That sounds much more reasonable.

That sounds much more reasonable.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-07-17, 06:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,241
Posted By Mtroup

The Kanga's stated load capacity is 14.3 kg, or...

The Kanga's stated load capacity is 14.3 kg, or 31.5 lbs. I agree that this is well overstated. I only ever put about 12-15 lbs up there at most. It performs pretty well with this weight.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-06-17, 07:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,241
Posted By Mtroup

Have you considered using the Kanga rack up...

Have you considered using the Kanga rack up front? You could use whatever backpack you'd like, or strap whatever you want up there. I really like the versatility.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-06-17, 07:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 815
Posted By Mtroup

Or, being that you know where the rock is, just...

Or, being that you know where the rock is, just go around it.

Are you getting any other pedal strikes?
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-05-17, 04:42 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 17,266
Posted By Mtroup

The Great Divide, while not a typical road tour,...

The Great Divide, while not a typical road tour, is less than 3℅ singletrack. The vast majority is dirt and gravel roads. Still an impressive feat, but not quite "off-road" either.

Are there...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-03-17, 11:12 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 17,266
Posted By Mtroup

About the only folder that I'd actually recommend...

About the only folder that I'd actually recommend for real off-road is the Pocket Llama, and possibly not even that one. I suspect on pretty much any other folder available you're basically voiding...
Forum: Touring
08-02-17, 06:11 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,288
Posted By Mtroup

Hehe, I was wondering what brand it was!

Hehe, I was wondering what brand it was!
Forum: Touring
08-02-17, 06:09 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,288
Posted By Mtroup

When looking for ways to get your gear base...

When looking for ways to get your gear base weight down, I find it much more helpful to look at the ultralght thru-hiking world for ideas than at bike touring packlists (which are often comically...
Forum: Touring
08-01-17, 08:21 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,288
Posted By Mtroup

Bear canister seems overkill for a shorter...

Bear canister seems overkill for a shorter duration outing, unless it's legally required for the area, like some national parks. A bear bag should be fine. A good way to get the load down is to force...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-01-17, 04:29 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 71,151
Posted By Mtroup

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qczVJtTmW3M

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qczVJtTmW3M
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-01-17, 12:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,370
Posted By Mtroup

I think I'm going to try to DIY this. Been...

I think I'm going to try to DIY this. Been sketching and measuring and basically having fun pretending to be an industrial designer. ;) Ordered some X-Pac and Cordura samples from rockywoods.com...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-31-17, 02:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,370
Posted By Mtroup

I have been thinking about buying a couple yards...

I have been thinking about buying a couple yards of X-Pac or something similar and making some custom bags. The waterproofing seems pretty tricky but I suppose I could just use drybags inside the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-31-17, 07:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,370
Posted By Mtroup

Panniers for Tern Cargo and Spartan Racks?

Wondering what panniers people are using with their Tern Cargo Rack and/or Spartan Rack? Just picked up a Verge Tour (loving it) and wondering what works well for people. The Spartan rack seems like...
07-31-17, 06:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,450
Posted By Mtroup

Anywhere but the ICU of some hospital would be...

Anywhere but the ICU of some hospital would be good for me. Maybe something epic like going over a cliff in Moab or getting mauled by a grizzly in the Yukon. Truly ideal would be a heart attack...
07-30-17, 08:37 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,529
Posted By Mtroup

"Courage is being scared and saddling up anyway."...

"Courage is being scared and saddling up anyway." ~John Wayne

Thought this was kind of appropriate. Saddle up!
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-28-17, 06:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,122
Posted By Mtroup

Trailers vs panniers vs bikepacking setups......

Trailers vs panniers vs bikepacking setups... this is one of those things where no amount of discussion changes anyone's mind. Like disc vs rim or 16 vs 20. If you actually try both, though, you'll...
Forum: Touring
07-28-17, 10:09 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,039
Posted By Mtroup

One more vote here for the Keen Newport H2s and a...

One more vote here for the Keen Newport H2s and a pair of wool socks. Cool, fast, drying, great for stream crossings, and even good in cooler temps with an extra pair of socks.
07-26-17, 04:20 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,210
Posted By Mtroup

First world problems.

First world problems.
Forum: Touring
07-26-17, 02:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,947
Posted By Mtroup

If you're touring in remote areas, 26" can...

If you're touring in remote areas, 26" can actually be an advantage of you need to source a spare.

IMO, discs are a no brainer. But for maintenance/repair reasons, I'd recommend mechanical rather...
07-26-17, 12:00 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,210
Posted By Mtroup

Survived.

Survived.
Forum: Introductions
07-25-17, 06:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 448
Posted By Mtroup

Welcome, yinzer. I'm in Cranberry Township....

Welcome, yinzer. I'm in Cranberry Township. That's a nice stable of bikes you got there!
07-25-17, 06:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,949
Posted By Mtroup

I don't get the joke. I read the threads and...

I don't get the joke. I read the threads and found them quite helpful. I was able to set the power level on my bikes to 400W and they're riding better than ever.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-25-17, 06:14 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,308
Posted By Mtroup

I think the only advice left to give is: When in...

I think the only advice left to give is: When in doubt, take Fountain. ;)
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-24-17, 10:20 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,308
Posted By Mtroup

I'm a folder noob. Just picked up my bike two...

I'm a folder noob. Just picked up my bike two days ago, did a 35-mile ride yesterday and no sore butt, back, neck etc today. No suspension, it is a very rigid 20" with Big Apples. I never thought...
Forum: Touring
07-23-17, 07:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,337
Posted By Mtroup

My best advice for any trip is to plan it out...

My best advice for any trip is to plan it out extensively and then be ready and willing to throw all your plans out the window when you see an interesting opportunity along the way. And remember that...
Forum: Introductions
07-23-17, 07:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 312
Posted By Mtroup

Pittsburgh rider

Pittsburgh-ish anyway. More like the burbs north of Pittsburgh.

I've been riding a Jones Plus for about a year now, built up for off-road touring with a Gates/Rohloff combo. I love my bike, but...
Forum: Touring
07-23-17, 04:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,746
Posted By Mtroup

I'm always a little stunned when I see the...

I'm always a little stunned when I see the pricetags on supported tours. I could keep touring for months with what some of those week-long tours cost. To each their own though. I don't doubt that...
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