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Forum: Touring
11-05-11, 08:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,554
Posted By ocho

Jacks R Better quilt. Very light weight and they...

Jacks R Better quilt. Very light weight and they have a few different options as far as warmth. Fantastic guys to deal with and talk with too. They know their stuff.
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Forum: Touring
11-05-11, 08:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,387
Posted By ocho

I have the Gen 2 and owned a Gen 1, the bike will...

I have the Gen 2 and owned a Gen 1, the bike will do fine on even very technical single track if you pick your lines, run lower pressures in the tires and take your time - and you will be rewarded...
Forum: Touring
11-03-11, 08:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 764
Posted By ocho

Definitely call and with Amtrak call again a few...

Definitely call and with Amtrak call again a few days before you are due to depart. I made reservations for a lift to a departure point from which I had planned to ride back home from. Verified they...
Forum: Touring
09-28-11, 06:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,056
Posted By ocho

That looks like a load. I'm betting too that you...

That looks like a load. I'm betting too that you are carrying a bunch of stuff you will never use and if nothing else make note of that fact for future trips when it comes time to pack. I found you...
Forum: Touring
09-27-11, 02:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 666
Posted By ocho

I have toured on my disc braked Vaya, done road...

I have toured on my disc braked Vaya, done road rides with the roadies on my disc braked La Cruz, ridden single track on my Fargo, and 2 mountain bikes with discs. There is nothing wrong with discs...
Forum: Touring
09-13-11, 08:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 676
Posted By ocho

Edge 500 for the most part since I don't need a...

Edge 500 for the most part since I don't need a map up in front of me. Its easy to charge, I can get 3 days off one charge and the ride is recorded and available for download any time. I have an Edge...
Forum: Touring
09-08-11, 05:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,832
Posted By ocho

Well, Titec makes them under some sort of...

Well, Titec makes them under some sort of arrangement.....Joneses bar is Ti I think and about $300 or something like that. The Titec aluminum is maybe $60 ish?
Forum: Touring
09-08-11, 10:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,832
Posted By ocho

Take a look at the titec (Jeff Jones designed)...

Take a look at the titec (Jeff Jones designed) H-Bar, the closed loop model. Google it since I don't have the URL handy. Plenty of sweep, lots of options. Thi sbar is used a lot on adventure touring...
Forum: Touring
09-04-11, 05:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,471
Posted By ocho

All the tires mentioned work fine which should...

All the tires mentioned work fine which should tell you that it is hard to pick a poor one. I use 700x35 for a size and think its the right size tire for ride, speed and handling. I use Marathon...
Forum: Touring
08-26-11, 07:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,634
Posted By ocho

Yeah, the disc brake option means serious...

Yeah, the disc brake option means serious consideration for a LHT tourer now. The green to me is a plus since its a color not in my current line up :)

The Moonlander is I suppose a "mountain bike"...
Forum: Touring
08-08-11, 04:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,853
Posted By ocho

[QUOTE=reducedfatoreo;13052555]Seeing this tent...

[QUOTE=reducedfatoreo;13052555]Seeing this tent that has a "garage" section made for a motorcycle or bike made me wonder: how do most of you prefer to secure your bikes overnight?

I just lean it...
Forum: Touring
07-22-11, 04:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,105
Posted By ocho

I've had mountain bike cranks flex, swapped them...

I've had mountain bike cranks flex, swapped them out using the same frame and end of flex. My friend with the LX crank rides a Salsa Vaya, and I ride a Salsa Vaya so the frames are "pretty " similar.
Forum: Touring
07-22-11, 11:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,992
Posted By ocho

I forgot to mention that I think the 11-32 and...

I forgot to mention that I think the 11-32 and 50/34 crank should be okay but then I'm not the guy doing the pedaling. On one of my bikes I use a CX crank of 46/34 with a 11-32 and its fine but...
Forum: Touring
07-22-11, 10:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,992
Posted By ocho

Funny, I use disk brakes on my Vaya, Fargo and my...

Funny, I use disk brakes on my Vaya, Fargo and my La Cruz plus on my Rockhopper 29 and Blackbuck and yeah they squeal in some weather but then so do the bikes I have with canti's and road calipers....
Forum: Touring
07-22-11, 09:14 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,105
Posted By ocho

I don't know the differences between them but can...

I don't know the differences between them but can pass along my observations. I toured with a friend last week, he using the LX and me using my XT crank. He had definite problems with creaking and...
Forum: Touring
07-19-11, 08:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 688
Posted By ocho

Vaya? Mine does all that stuff you mention....can...

Vaya? Mine does all that stuff you mention....can mount all sorts of good rubber. Packs supplies like a mule.
Forum: Touring
07-19-11, 08:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,265
Posted By ocho

I just finished a lite tour, doing some camping...

I just finished a lite tour, doing some camping coupled with a few hotel stays due to the need to dry out some things after riding through some very heavy rains. I wound up being out for 5 days total...
Forum: Touring
05-28-11, 05:31 AM
Forum: Touring
05-26-11, 12:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 9,406
Posted By ocho

I've pretty much settled on AeroTech Designs for...

I've pretty much settled on AeroTech Designs for bicycle clothing, or I should say for shorts and jersey's. The quality is good, they ship very fast, the stuff is made in the U.S.A. and the prices...
Forum: Touring
04-13-11, 05:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,310
Posted By ocho

Leather Honey works better than anything. Its...

Leather Honey works better than anything. Its unbelievable. Long time concoction for treating and breaking in horse bridles, reins, saddles, etc. Used now on motorcycle seats and bicycle seats - the...
Forum: Touring
03-28-11, 12:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,150
Posted By ocho

I'm not knocking the LHT, its a well built, well...

I'm not knocking the LHT, its a well built, well received bike but its far form the only course. I've nothing at all against Surly but find the LHT to just not be all that and a slice. I've ridden...
Forum: Touring
03-28-11, 04:48 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,150
Posted By ocho

Unless you have a lot of parts laying around, and...

Unless you have a lot of parts laying around, and even then its tough, you will never build a bike up from a frame cheaper than buying a complete. You build a bike up for several reasons, most...
Forum: Touring
03-23-11, 04:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,572
Posted By ocho

This is a very cool thread. Thanks for all the...

This is a very cool thread. Thanks for all the detailed information positron. I have been a big "looker" at the Tout Terrain Silkroad and the Grande Route but lacking any real place to see one, all I...
Forum: Touring
03-17-11, 06:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 935
Posted By ocho

I think eventually, yes belts will be part of the...

I think eventually, yes belts will be part of the touring standard and maybe preferred. But so far every test of a belt drive I have seen has shown there are too many problems for it to be considered...
Forum: Touring
03-17-11, 05:12 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,230
Posted By ocho

Not quite your blue sky requirements but Civia...

Not quite your blue sky requirements but Civia (part of the QBP fleet of bikes along with Surly and Salsa) offers two tour capable belt drive capable bikes. I think they might be 26" tire capable too...
Forum: Touring
03-15-11, 04:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,044
Posted By ocho

I have a set of Rockhopper 29 stock wheels and...

I have a set of Rockhopper 29 stock wheels and while I can't say how wide they are off the top of my head, I know that 700x38's fit them. I loaned them to a friend and thats what he put on them. Its...
Forum: Touring
03-14-11, 04:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,375
Posted By ocho

I don't understand the comment about the tops...

I don't understand the comment about the tops being narrow on the Woodchippers. There is as much room across the tops as any bar of the same size. I have them on several bikes now including my tourer...
Forum: Touring
03-10-11, 08:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,909
Posted By ocho

Another trick used often is to just use spare...

Another trick used often is to just use spare presta valve stem collars as washers. This is done all the time.

You can mix and match derailleurs, both front and rear. Shimano is the most finicky...
Forum: Touring
03-09-11, 01:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,246
Posted By ocho

There is one alcohol stove by...

There is one alcohol stove by Packafeather,http://www.packafeather.com/stove.html, that does have a simmer function as well as full tilt. I've found for the pouch cooking I do and heating water for...
Forum: Touring
03-09-11, 11:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,246
Posted By ocho

I'd ask what sort of meals you plan to cook with...

I'd ask what sort of meals you plan to cook with it. I own canister fueled single burners, a Coleman multi fuel single burner, the MSR Whisperlite mentioned above and a 2 burner multi fuel coleman...
Forum: Touring
03-08-11, 09:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 733
Posted By ocho

I don't personally run that set up but I know a...

I don't personally run that set up but I know a few that do. No problems. I'd run it in a heartbeat if it was an option and I needed it.

You might want to find new mechanics.
Forum: Touring
02-28-11, 08:48 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,161
Posted By ocho

The Vaya is not close to the Cross Check and the...

The Vaya is not close to the Cross Check and the Casseroll is a bit more laid back as well.

I use a compact double on a La Cruz, which is a disc cross bike or it was billed that way. I run the...
Forum: Touring
02-25-11, 10:09 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,855
Posted By ocho

I spend the bulk of my time on the off road...

I spend the bulk of my time on the off road forums since I enjoy riding off road a great deal. By off road, that doesn't mean "mountain biking" although many times singletrack is involved, it does...
Forum: Touring
02-24-11, 02:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,512
Posted By ocho

I'm building a 2011 Vaya up too. I'm stripping my...

I'm building a 2011 Vaya up too. I'm stripping my Fargo's parts (all XT, 9 spd, dura ace shifters, 11-34, 46-36-26 crank, BB7's...) to build it. They are also selling the frame in metallic charcoal....
Forum: Touring
02-24-11, 02:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,587
Posted By ocho

They are actually made from 6061 aluminum. Pretty...

They are actually made from 6061 aluminum. Pretty heavy duty though.

I'm building a new 2011 Vaya and trying to decide on a rear rack. Salsa Wanderlust or Tubus Cosmo.....
Forum: Touring
02-23-11, 08:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,637
Posted By ocho

With bags like Arkel's too, just because it...

With bags like Arkel's too, just because it starts to rain doesn't mean the contents become immediately soaked. They are "water resistant". It can rain for some amount of time before you need to put...
Forum: Touring
02-22-11, 03:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 556
Posted By ocho

Crank installed correctly with required spacers?...

Crank installed correctly with required spacers? I had a friend that had this exact problem.....
Forum: Touring
02-22-11, 10:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,132
Posted By ocho

If you want a foreign bike start with Thorn...

If you want a foreign bike start with Thorn Cycles in the UK.
If you are looking at origin of manufacture, then pretty much all the touring bikes marketed are "foreign" :)
Forum: Touring
02-20-11, 02:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 309
Posted By ocho

Northern IL, more like western Chicago metro...

Northern IL, more like western Chicago metro area. I'm off road and on road but also at a touring pace.
Forum: Touring
02-18-11, 12:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,987
Posted By ocho

I enjoy reading the posts about touring builds,...

I enjoy reading the posts about touring builds, especially in these winter months and especially when I am awaiting my frame for my touring bike. Its not a LHT, thats a fine bike but not my cup of...
Forum: Touring
02-18-11, 12:33 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 13,162
Posted By ocho

I've used Via since it came out....on...

I've used Via since it came out....on backpacking, canoeing, motorcycle camping and bike trips. I fit the whole thing in my kettle - Via, cup, fork to stir with...since I drink it black thats all I...
Forum: Touring
02-04-11, 01:44 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,707
Posted By ocho

To each his own but I have set my limit for a...

To each his own but I have set my limit for a solo tent used for bike packing at ~3 lbs. or 1.3kg if you prefer. And thats pushing it, to me.
Forum: Touring
02-01-11, 08:48 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,457
Posted By ocho

I think you should stick to basics such as light,...

I think you should stick to basics such as light, light quality and how that translates to exposure. Providing your ideas of which camera is best, what exposures YOU use....I fail to see any value in...
Forum: Touring
01-29-11, 09:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 556
Posted By ocho

I use the SL3 version for canoe camping, so being...

I use the SL3 version for canoe camping, so being the next size up its a little bigger. I can say that none of my bicycles would fit - well maybe my mountain bike might but it wouldn't be easy and it...
Forum: Touring
01-25-11, 06:12 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,436
Posted By ocho

My turn to ask. Can you show me or point me to...

My turn to ask. Can you show me or point me to examples of how the ACA has been so helpful to so many cyclists? I'm just curious. This is not something anyone there could tell me when asked. Since...
Forum: Touring
01-25-11, 05:58 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,436
Posted By ocho

This has been gone over before, try searching the...

This has been gone over before, try searching the forum. Basically in a nutshell I went for their package they offer - a magazine, access to maps and all that. I found the material very dated and...
Forum: Touring
01-24-11, 08:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,436
Posted By ocho

Heh, so the ACA has to give away memberships. I...

Heh, so the ACA has to give away memberships. I checked them out and found the organization wanting. They do use the whole bicycle lifestyle thing as much as they can though to sell their maps. And...
Forum: Touring
01-07-11, 06:30 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,217
Posted By ocho

Wait until March 2011, go to REI and buy the Goal...

Wait until March 2011, go to REI and buy the Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure kit for $139.99. Solar charger with power supply that can charge/power your smartphone, camera, GPS, or whatever. Folds up...
Forum: Touring
12-09-10, 01:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 664
Posted By ocho

And I'm of the opposite camp. I see little value...

And I'm of the opposite camp. I see little value in it. I have asked and received their membership packet and found that they basically sell maps and push very hard to do that. I too support the...
Forum: Touring
11-08-10, 10:57 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,226
Posted By ocho

The Vaya ti frame is made by Lynsky so the...

The Vaya ti frame is made by Lynsky so the workmanship is going to be the same. The TN company builds the bikes to Salsa's specs as far as geometry and requirements such as fully blown loaded...
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