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Forum: Touring
08-15-16, 01:48 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,552
Posted By jbphilly

How do you describe a long bike tour on your resume?

I've just finished a cross-country ride (blog at julianbenderblog.wordpress.com if you're interested) and now it's time to settle back down and look for a job again. I'm looking at my resume for the...
Forum: Touring
05-03-16, 04:03 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,722
Posted By jbphilly

I skimmed through the threads that have been...

I skimmed through the threads that have been linked to, as well, and while I do tend to agree with you that it's better to let things like this alone, I would point out that the OP here is creating...
Forum: Touring
04-23-16, 09:24 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,372
Posted By jbphilly

I just got some Jones Loop H-bars and so far, so...

I just got some Jones Loop H-bars and so far, so good. I'd previously ridden on a Titec knockoff version of the same concept, but the Jones is a lot better.
Forum: Touring
04-15-16, 07:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,519
Posted By jbphilly

Nope. I've done tours on my Pugsley with just...

Nope. I've done tours on my Pugsley with just those bags - frame pack, handlebar roll, and saddlebag and nothing else. No backpack needed. The trick was to have five liters of water on the bike...
Forum: Touring
05-31-15, 08:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,249
Posted By jbphilly

Like the guy above me said, bikepacking-style...

Like the guy above me said, bikepacking-style bags make a lot of sense if you're riding off-road, especially rough trails and technical stuff or single track where you want your bike's handling to be...
Forum: Touring
05-05-15, 11:43 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 17,577
Posted By jbphilly

What are those handlebars?

What are those handlebars?
Forum: Touring
05-05-15, 11:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 836
Posted By jbphilly

It's fairly easy to draw lines on Google Earth....

It's fairly easy to draw lines on Google Earth. Then you can export whatever you've drawn as a KMZ file to open in Google Maps.
Forum: Touring
01-28-15, 03:02 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,322
Posted By jbphilly

Not a troll, most likely just a kid who got an...

Not a troll, most likely just a kid who got an idea, realized it seemed pretty complicated, and then moved on to another interest. No biggie.
Forum: Touring
01-28-15, 02:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,961
Posted By jbphilly

The word on the street is, quality rim brakes or...

The word on the street is, quality rim brakes or quality disc brakes will both work just fine. I prefer discs myself.

Since you're buying a complete bike, maybe compare the qualities of the brakes...
Forum: Touring
12-23-14, 09:16 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,050
Posted By jbphilly

There really is nothing like a few swigs of nice...

There really is nothing like a few swigs of nice bourbon on a starry night of camping. And it sure beats hauling beer around to drink warm!
Forum: Touring
12-19-14, 02:59 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 9,273
Posted By jbphilly

I did a four-day jaunt in the Golan Heights last...

I did a four-day jaunt in the Golan Heights last March: March 2014: The Golan Trail - Julian Bender - Travels and Photos (http://www.julianbender.net/bikepacking/golan32014) Other than that it's all...
Forum: Touring
12-08-14, 06:19 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,909
Posted By jbphilly

Wow, thanks for checking back in on this! There's...

Wow, thanks for checking back in on this! There's good news and bad news...the bad news is, I haven't biked across the US yet, though it's still on my bucket list. The good news is, I've been busy...
Forum: Touring
07-11-14, 08:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,084
Posted By jbphilly

FWIW, I think it'd be worth trying the Troll as a...

FWIW, I think it'd be worth trying the Troll as a light/on-road tourer and see how it works. I had a Troll that I used for both on- and off-road touring, all with quite light loads, before it got...
Forum: Touring
04-22-14, 06:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 825
Posted By jbphilly

Yeah, this is accurate. Even dirt road touring...

Yeah, this is accurate. Even dirt road touring probably doesn't merit suspension, unless you're finding that riding on those kinds of surfaces really beats you up.
Forum: Touring
04-22-14, 04:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 825
Posted By jbphilly

If you're touring on asphalt roads? Not at all. ...

If you're touring on asphalt roads? Not at all.

If you're riding mostly/all off pavement then it makes sense, but a suspension fork for an all-on-asphalt ride is worse than useless - it's extra...
Forum: Touring
04-19-14, 01:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,528
Posted By jbphilly

I've done a couple of bike tours in the Pine...

I've done a couple of bike tours in the Pine Barrens, three of them off-road, and only for one was I significantly worried about ticks (it was in May). I used permethrin on my clothes and, despite...
Forum: Touring
04-05-14, 08:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,996
Posted By jbphilly

Yeah, like the other guy said, virtually all...

Yeah, like the other guy said, virtually all hammocks anybody would camp in (other than for winter camping or other conditions where you have no bugs) would include a bug net. You have to watch out...
Forum: Touring
04-04-14, 12:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,996
Posted By jbphilly

http://i.imgur.com/ZUDDvvm.jpg With rainfly ...

http://i.imgur.com/ZUDDvvm.jpg
With rainfly

http://i.imgur.com/5aC1Igp.jpg
Without rainfly. Tent is about 2 pounds

http://i.imgur.com/x8MgJh.jpg
When possible, I prefer the hammock
Forum: Touring
03-20-14, 05:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,360
Posted By jbphilly

I've yet to have the time for a bike tour longer...

I've yet to have the time for a bike tour longer than 4 days, but I've gotten to do some weekenders/overnighters/bike camping outings/short tours/whichever terminology you prefer. I've written up a...
Forum: Touring
11-22-13, 04:53 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,734
Posted By jbphilly

Well, that's one I haven't seen before. I think...

Well, that's one I haven't seen before. I think I'm not the only one curious for pictures of this contraption!

Anyway, given that there are a virtually infinite number of potential routes across...
Forum: Touring
11-19-13, 11:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,409
Posted By jbphilly

I'm a big fan of fat tires even on the road. My...

I'm a big fan of fat tires even on the road. My Troll has most of its 3000+ miles on pavement and on 26x2.3-inch Kenda Kiniptions that it came with. I don't find that the fat tires slow me down...
Forum: Touring
11-19-13, 08:36 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,384
Posted By jbphilly

My 2013 overnighters so far - the ones I've...

My 2013 overnighters so far - the ones I've gotten around to writing up:

http://www.julianbender.net/bikepacking/frenchcreek2013
http://www.julianbender.net/bikepacking/pinebarrens2013...
Forum: Touring
11-19-13, 08:31 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,467
Posted By jbphilly

FWIW, "his kind of attitude" came out only after...

FWIW, "his kind of attitude" came out only after people decided to be rude to strangers on the internet instead of simply not posting if they didn't have something helpful to contribute.
Forum: Touring
11-15-13, 08:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 884
Posted By jbphilly

That's news to me, but good to know...the only...

That's news to me, but good to know...the only time I've taken bikes on NJ Transit trains, the conductor told me and my friend that bikes are normally not allowed at all but he let us bring ours...
Forum: Touring
11-15-13, 03:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 884
Posted By jbphilly

By Phili I assume you mean Philly/Philadelphia....

By Phili I assume you mean Philly/Philadelphia. In that case, you're doing something similar to the trip I've been dreaming about for whenever I end up having time for it. I don't know of a great way...
Forum: Touring
11-14-13, 01:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,024
Posted By jbphilly

I remember trying to bike the route from Philly...

I remember trying to bike the route from Philly to Maryland to visit some relatives. The route out of Philly struck me as ridiculous; tons of unneccessary turns made following directions really...
Forum: Touring
11-09-13, 12:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,364
Posted By jbphilly

I'll second this. They also sell Salsa bikes. ...

I'll second this. They also sell Salsa bikes.

I bought my Troll there and have gotten lots of good service and advice from the owner and one of the employees (I think manager), Trey. I forget how...
Forum: Touring
11-08-13, 01:47 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,804
Posted By jbphilly

It was both, actually - I'm not sure which one...

It was both, actually - I'm not sure which one came loose first, but it took three bolts being loose or one (one rack-to-bike was gone, one rack-to-rack was gone, and one rack-to-rack was loosened...
Forum: Touring
11-07-13, 11:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,804
Posted By jbphilly

Definitely user error. In the absence of a torque...

Definitely user error. In the absence of a torque wrench, any rules of thumb for knowing how much to tighten the bolts?
Forum: Touring
11-07-13, 10:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,804
Posted By jbphilly

Am I right in assuming the source of the problem...

Am I right in assuming the source of the problem is the bolts not being adequately tightened? Should I worry about tightening them too much?
Forum: Touring
11-07-13, 10:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,804
Posted By jbphilly

Tubus rack bolt failure - advice for prevention?

I was working my way up a rocky 4x4 track in the mountains outside Jerusalem yesterday on day 1 of a 3-day outing when my Tubus Vega rack up and falls off the bike. To be precise, the right-side...
Forum: Touring
10-27-13, 04:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,457
Posted By jbphilly

I use Surly Torsion bars (15 degrees sweep) with...

I use Surly Torsion bars (15 degrees sweep) with Ergon GR2 grips (small bar-ends included). Works quite well. I've been tempted by the Jones H bars with the multiple hand positions and lots of room...
Forum: Touring
10-24-13, 10:01 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,444
Posted By jbphilly

A Fargo seems like it would be a good on and...

A Fargo seems like it would be a good on and off-road touring bike. If you're doing an all-pavement tour, just put some slick touring tires on there instead of the knobbies.
Forum: Touring
10-16-13, 08:45 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,415
Posted By jbphilly

http://i.imgur.com/bhlUqA3h.jpg ...

http://i.imgur.com/bhlUqA3h.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/5YcEhHUh.jpg
Another Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1. I think I saw someone say theirs weighs 1.5 pounds; afaik, the listed weight is just under 2 pounds...
Forum: Touring
10-16-13, 08:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,110
Posted By jbphilly

FWIW, some friends of mine did the Northern Tier...

FWIW, some friends of mine did the Northern Tier in 6 weeks. They did go through Canada instead of down through Ohio, but I don't know that it shortened the distance all that much if at all.

They...
Forum: Touring
10-15-13, 10:42 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,548
Posted By jbphilly

How does that Troll ride with 700c wheels?

How does that Troll ride with 700c wheels?
Forum: Touring
10-15-13, 06:01 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,548
Posted By jbphilly

Not mutually exclusive! I think people tend...

Not mutually exclusive!

I think people tend to view "touring" as a road-based, four-pannier-loaded activity, and mountain biking as something completely distinct (see the comment above "you...
Forum: Touring
10-14-13, 09:07 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,548
Posted By jbphilly

Depends on the dirt road and your tolerance for...

Depends on the dirt road and your tolerance for absorbing shocks/vibrations. But for that matter, you can ride singletrack with a rigid fork too.
Forum: Touring
10-14-13, 03:48 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,548
Posted By jbphilly

You could do what I do an get a Surly Troll (or...

You could do what I do an get a Surly Troll (or Ogre, or Salsa Fargo) and put a suspension fork on if you want it. They're great as on/off road touring rigs and you can attach whatever you want.
Forum: Touring
10-14-13, 02:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 493
Posted By jbphilly

You forgot about the dreaded Drop Bears...

You forgot about the dreaded Drop Bears...
Forum: Touring
10-13-13, 07:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,733
Posted By jbphilly

I don't think you've used Avid BB7s - they get...

I don't think you've used Avid BB7s - they get universally good reviews, and my set has worked flawlessly. A friend of mine has BB5s on his bike and they're not as adjustable; he was constantly...
Forum: Touring
10-07-13, 04:09 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 13,344
Posted By jbphilly

When I need panniers, I use my Ortliebs (Back...

When I need panniers, I use my Ortliebs (Back Roller Classics). I got them on sale at REI for about $120 for the pair. I backpacked before I bike toured, so I've never seen why not having internal...
Forum: Touring
10-07-13, 03:42 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,475
Posted By jbphilly

I had Planet Bike Hardcore fenders on my Surly...

I had Planet Bike Hardcore fenders on my Surly Troll for a while, but found I didn't like them when riding off-road - they just seemed to get in the way, and get bashed around too much (once...
Forum: Touring
09-25-13, 02:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,835
Posted By jbphilly

Heh, even this tearing was after having been...

Heh, even this tearing was after having been taped quite a bit! I figure I should be able to find a box in better shape for the return flight.
Forum: Touring
09-25-13, 02:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,835
Posted By jbphilly

I should report that flying my bike went without...

I should report that flying my bike went without a hitch. Padded, but didn't remove, the disc rotos, and packed lots of extraneous crap into the bike box - so much, in fact, that the whole package...
Forum: Touring
09-04-13, 12:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,250
Posted By jbphilly

I just recently checked my bike as luggage on a...

I just recently checked my bike as luggage on a flight, and the whole process was a lot less painful than I expected - especially in that it resulted in my bike arriving intact and on time. What you...
Forum: Touring
09-04-13, 12:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,064
Posted By jbphilly

Another Troll owner here. Pics and ride reports...

Another Troll owner here. Pics and ride reports in my signature link. I'm very pleased with the bike. If you prefer bigger wheels, go for the Ogre instead...I still wonder whether I wouldn't be...
Forum: Touring
08-25-13, 11:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,517
Posted By jbphilly

I have a Troll - same dropouts as the Ogre. Not...

I have a Troll - same dropouts as the Ogre. Not running fenders now, but when I was, I found it annoying, but not terribly difficult, to remove the rear wheel, especially when inflated. It's doable.
Forum: Touring
07-29-13, 08:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,286
Posted By jbphilly

Stick with whatever wheel size your frame is...

Stick with whatever wheel size your frame is designed for - putting different-sized wheels on there will seriously affect the handling of the bike, and almost never in a good way - as people have...
Forum: Touring
07-29-13, 08:53 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,216
Posted By jbphilly

It's not "essentially" a solo endeavor, but for a...

It's not "essentially" a solo endeavor, but for a lot of people it has to be, since lots of us don't know someone else who wants to do the kind of trip we want to.
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