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06-23-16, 04:06 AM
Replies: 2,344
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Posted By Terry66

I have a couple of road bikes but built this...

I have a couple of road bikes but built this Surly up a couple of winters back for off road exploring. Did a few days riding up is SD a few weeks ago.

http://watsonfx.com/sd2.jpg
Forum: Touring
06-22-16, 10:14 AM
Replies: 4,337
Views: 2,013,427
Posted By Terry66

Surly Ogre in South Dakota ...

Surly Ogre in South Dakota
http://watsonfx.com/sd2.jpg
10-09-14, 02:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,695
Posted By Terry66

The AWOL is pretty cool. I test rode one and it...

The AWOL is pretty cool. I test rode one and it felt a lot like my Salsa Vaya. I haven't compared the geometry, but they have to be close.

The new Diverge looks pretty interesting. I have a Spec...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-14, 06:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,135
Posted By Terry66

Saturday I rode in Ohio's Tour de Donut....

Saturday I rode in Ohio's Tour de Donut. Basically it is a road "race" with two donut stops along the way. Every donut you eat knocks 5 minutes off your time. There are usually 800-1000 riders. The...
Forum: Commuting
08-29-14, 08:37 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,123
Posted By Terry66

As a Vaya owner, I can tell you that it is an...

As a Vaya owner, I can tell you that it is an excellent commuter, touring bike and all around road bike. Not to mention it has a nice endurance style geometry that you can ride all day. It will never...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-14, 07:24 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,205
Posted By Terry66

Yeah, it is pretty clean...especially considering...

Yeah, it is pretty clean...especially considering it has around 10K miles on it. Funny that I ride my Salsa just as much and in worse conditions, commuting, touring, etc and I probably only clean it...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-14, 08:50 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,205
Posted By Terry66

I use whatever automotive spray cleaner\polish I...

I use whatever automotive spray cleaner\polish I have onhand.

On my Spec Roubaix, I pull the wheels, put the frame on the stand and completely wipe the entire bike down after pretty much every...
08-21-14, 11:47 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,600
Posted By Terry66

Easy....Salsa Vaya. Road bike, commuter bike,...

Easy....Salsa Vaya. Road bike, commuter bike, touring bike and gravel grinder.

Commuter Mode
http://watsonfx.com/svu2.jpg

Mule mode
http://watsonfx.com/gap_2014_1.jpg
Forum: Touring
08-14-14, 08:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,253
Posted By Terry66

Thanks, it is an awesome bike! My inseam is about...

Thanks, it is an awesome bike! My inseam is about 33-34. I did not try a 55. I ordered my frame based on the size chart. We just recently got a Salsa dealer and I tried a 54 they had in stock. Wish I...
Forum: Touring
08-14-14, 06:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,253
Posted By Terry66

I'm 5'10" and I ride a 56 with a 90mm stem. Fits...

I'm 5'10" and I ride a 56 with a 90mm stem. Fits me perfectly. 54 was too cramped.

http://watsonfx.com/gap_2014_1.jpg

http://www.watsonfx.com/svu2.jpg
Forum: Touring
07-31-14, 10:16 AM
Replies: 4,337
Views: 2,013,427
Posted By Terry66

L-R - Surly Disc Trucker, Surly LHT and my Salsa...

L-R - Surly Disc Trucker, Surly LHT and my Salsa Vaya. Pic taken in Ohiopyle, Pa. Just rode in from Cumberland Md on the GAP.

http://watsonfx.com/tgap5.jpg

Better pic of the Salsa
...
Forum: Touring
07-31-14, 06:03 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,746
Posted By Terry66

Over the winter, I put on a set of SKS P50...

Over the winter, I put on a set of SKS P50 Longboards. They are a nice wide plastic fender that won't break the bank. My buddy has the regular SKS P50 and these are bit longer. They also have a nice...
07-28-14, 05:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,459
Posted By Terry66

The Vaya only has one mount, so the top is zip...

The Vaya only has one mount, so the top is zip tied. Put a small piece of cut inner tube under it to protect the frame from rub
Forum: Touring
07-28-14, 03:46 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,841
Posted By Terry66

A still image shot from my buddy's rear facing Go...

A still image shot from my buddy's rear facing Go Pro. Me and another friend coming through the Big Savage tunnel on the Great Allegheny Passage. The red above my helmet is the LED from my Contour...
07-28-14, 03:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,459
Posted By Terry66

I have two sets of wheels. One built up with the...

I have two sets of wheels. One built up with the knobbier WTB All Terrains and another set with WTB "Slicks". Even though they are called Slicks, they do have a nice tread. The cool thing about them...
07-27-14, 07:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,292
Posted By Terry66

We rode the GAP from Cumberland to Ohiopyle and...

We rode the GAP from Cumberland to Ohiopyle and back on a weekend bikepacking trip. We've ridden the length of the GAP and the Katy as well. Left to right are a Disc Trucker, LHT and my Salsa Vaya....
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-14, 05:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,184
Posted By Terry66

Do you like your Secteur? If so, then I would say...

Do you like your Secteur? If so, then I would say check out the Roubaix. The obvious choice will be the one you pick after a test ride. Personally I would test ride all of the comfort, plush,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-14, 05:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,373
Posted By Terry66

I think building a bike is a great idea. I built...

I think building a bike is a great idea. I built my Salsa Vaya from a frameset. Sure, it may have cost a little more but it was a great learning experience. Since then, I've built up a couple of...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-14, 01:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,326
Posted By Terry66

Double bag??? That adds like .000341 grams. :lol:

Double bag??? That adds like .000341 grams. :lol:
06-29-14, 06:15 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,310
Posted By Terry66

Congrats! I'm a grandpa X4. My old man bike was...

Congrats! I'm a grandpa X4. My old man bike was switching from a Tarmac to a Roubaix.

you could always borrow my 1928 Elgin single speed

http://www.watsonfx.com/sr2.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-14, 09:31 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,515
Posted By Terry66

There is a point where a decline is impossible.

There is a point where a decline is impossible.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-14, 08:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,755
Posted By Terry66

When I built up my gravel/touring/commuting bike...

When I built up my gravel/touring/commuting bike a few years back, I just had to have disc brakes so I went with Salsa. There really weren't that many disc brake options back then. I have no...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-14, 01:19 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,005
Posted By Terry66

My LBS doesn't carry Salsa or Specialized, so I...

My LBS doesn't carry Salsa or Specialized, so I drive about 40-50 miles away and buy my frames. I do all my own wreching and have pretty much every bicycle specific tool known to man. I press in my...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-14, 08:25 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,917
Posted By Terry66

I'd recommend one of the endurance style bikes...

I'd recommend one of the endurance style bikes like the Specialized Roubaix, Cannondale Synapse, Fuji Grand Fondo, etc. Pretty much all brands have something similiar. Usually the geometry is a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-14, 08:08 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,917
Posted By Terry66

Cause we all ride for different reasons. Last...

Cause we all ride for different reasons. Last summer I had a blast finishing a 30 mile TT in under 90mins. I was pretty darn proud of myself. At the same time, I took an entire day to cover 30 miles...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-14, 10:02 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,363
Posted By Terry66

My Salsa Vaya before heading out on a tour was...

My Salsa Vaya before heading out on a tour was 71lbs on the nose. Steel bike, 36 spoke wheels, 37c tires, water bottles, handlebar bag, front/rear panniers loaded with clothes, tools, spare tubes,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-14, 01:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,914
Posted By Terry66

I knew what you meant though. It isn't a GG...

I knew what you meant though. It isn't a GG purpose built bike like their Warbird.

Just poking fun at how Salsa has a hard time categorizing their bikes these days.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-14, 01:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,914
Posted By Terry66

Shhhh....Don't tell Salsa...they refer to it as...

Shhhh....Don't tell Salsa...they refer to it as "Road Touring / Gravel / Road Riding" on their website.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-14, 10:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,914
Posted By Terry66

I felt the same way about the Salsa Fargo. I...

I felt the same way about the Salsa Fargo. I didn't need tires "that" big and thought it looked silly with smaller tires. That's why I went with the Salsa Vaya. I built mine up from a frameset and a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-14, 10:08 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,568
Posted By Terry66

Honestly, I feel what you are saying. My dream...

Honestly, I feel what you are saying. My dream bike is an S-WORKS Roubaix. I have a nice equipped Roubaix and love it. Over the winter, I went in thinking I might be ready to buy. I just got to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-14, 10:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,985
Posted By Terry66

Built this from the parts leftover when I...

Built this from the parts leftover when I upgraded my Spec Roubaix to 6800 Ultegra over the winter. I got this unbranded matte black frameset from Bike Island a few years back for $99, so I used the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-14, 07:23 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,677
Posted By Terry66

Why don't you like the name Kestral Talon?

Why don't you like the name Kestral Talon?
05-06-14, 10:49 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,028
Posted By Terry66

You could always go with one of the all purpose...

You could always go with one of the all purpose bikes like the Specialized AWOL, Salsa Vaya/Fargo, Cross Check, etc. Not really a CX bike, but more of a gravel/adventure bike. They offer the best of...
04-16-14, 01:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,776
Posted By Terry66

The Vaya and the AWOL feel pretty similar in my...

The Vaya and the AWOL feel pretty similar in my opinion. Sloping tubes, steel frame, low BB drop. The AWOL is a bit less expensive and probably more readily available to test ride. I can’t say enough...
04-13-14, 06:58 PM
Replies: 24,322
Views: 2,262,077
Posted By Terry66

30 yesterday and 18 today. 20-25mph head winds...

30 yesterday and 18 today. 20-25mph head winds heading out. Hit 34mph on the flats with my steel Vaya on the way back. Wish I always had a 25mph tail wind.
04-13-14, 06:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,644
Posted By Terry66

Regular everyday riding, I don't carry anything...

Regular everyday riding, I don't carry anything other than a cell phone and a Road ID. When touring, I carry a generic store bought first aid kit. I passed a guy today with a nasty cut on his...
04-11-14, 08:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,625
Posted By Terry66

Well, the good news is that fitness comes back...

Well, the good news is that fitness comes back fairly quick...just keep at it. I try to not get frustrated early in the season. To make it worse, I ride my steel frame Salsa with 700X32 tires for a...
04-11-14, 08:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,621
Posted By Terry66

Honestly, one of the best things you can do for...

Honestly, one of the best things you can do for your riding it to ride in groups stronger than you. Keep up the best you can, draft when necessary. I think people would be surprised how much faster...
03-14-14, 10:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,266
Posted By Terry66

I used WTB All-Terrain 700X38 on my Vaya on the...

I used WTB All-Terrain 700X38 on my Vaya on the GAP and the Katy trail. They have a nice tread and roll fairly well. My buddy rode 700X32 and they worked fine most of the time. Sometimes the trail...
03-13-14, 06:36 AM
Replies: 1,272
Views: 487,456
Posted By Terry66

Here is my Salsa Vaya on the Great Allegheny...

Here is my Salsa Vaya on the Great Allegheny Passage.

http://www.watsonfx.com/vaya_pics9.jpg
http://www.watsonfx.com/gap40.jpg

Here it is with WTB 700X32 "Slicks". They are great on the road,...
Forum: Commuting
03-12-14, 10:15 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 19,632
Posted By Terry66

I had Planet Bike, but they weren't wide enough...

I had Planet Bike, but they weren't wide enough for my 42s. I opted for the SKS P50 Longboards. Here they are on my Vaya with 700X32 WTB "Slicks". I modified the front to only use one strut to work...
Forum: Commuting
03-07-14, 08:38 PM
Replies: 15,230
Views: 10,923,378
Posted By Terry66

Nice disc Trucker! My two touring buddies ride...

Nice disc Trucker! My two touring buddies ride Truckers. One has a disc and the other isn't, but they are both awesome riding bikes.
Forum: Commuting
03-07-14, 08:33 PM
Replies: 15,230
Views: 10,923,378
Posted By Terry66

I've posted pics of my Salsa before. I built the...

I've posted pics of my Salsa before. I built the bike back in 2011 using a combination of new and used parts from a donor bike. I decided to do some upgrades over the winter. I added a new Ultegra...
02-27-14, 11:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,406
Posted By Terry66

Congrats on the Roubaix. I love mine. I have a...

Congrats on the Roubaix. I love mine. I have a compact with 11-25 11spd on my Roubaix and have no problem with hills. Granted I live in Ohio and the hills around me are pretty much speed bumps
02-24-14, 06:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,270
Posted By Terry66

I rode from Spring Valley to Xenia and then to...

I rode from Spring Valley to Xenia and then to yellow Springs and back on Saturday. Dayton is a fantastic bike town that doesn't get enough credit. Did you know that the Miami Valley has one of the...
02-19-14, 07:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 556
Posted By Terry66

Very nice....I have the Roubaix, which is the...

Very nice....I have the Roubaix, which is the carbon version of the Secteur. One of my friends has the Secteur and without a doubt, the Secteur/Roubaix are the most comfortable road bikes I have ever...
02-12-14, 04:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,063
Posted By Terry66

I was using my Vaya touring bike on the trainer...

I was using my Vaya touring bike on the trainer earlier this winter....fenders and all! I was swapping out a new 6800 11spd group on my road bikes, so the touring bike was all I had. I use the Kurt...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-29-14, 10:46 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,987
Posted By Terry66

wait, are you telling me bikes come in a color...

wait, are you telling me bikes come in a color other than matte black? Geuss I've been spending too much time on this forum. :lol:
01-20-14, 10:11 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,012
Posted By Terry66

I got a shuttle from St Charles out to Rocheport...

I got a shuttle from St Charles out to Rocheport then rode back. Being right there in StL, you should give it a go. I think I got the shuttle from Katy Bike Rental. Stayed in the Hostel in Tebbets...
01-20-14, 10:00 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,012
Posted By Terry66

Personally, I would make it 2.5-3 days. Ohiopyle...

Personally, I would make it 2.5-3 days. Ohiopyle is an awesome place to explore. Also the trail from Ohiopyle to Cumberland is impressive. 70 a day wouldnt give you much time to enjoy. I did just...
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