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Forum: Touring
03-02-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,133
Posted By Refreshing

When I used to live car-free I used studded tires...

When I used to live car-free I used studded tires in the winter but now that I get to choose when I want to ride outside I find studded tires are complete overkill, especially on gravel. Patches of...
Forum: Touring
02-23-19, 09:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,133
Posted By Refreshing

Thank you! That is some great tips. I think I...

Thank you! That is some great tips. I think I would be comfortable trying this out as a way to warm the tent when I get out of the my sleeping bag in the morning like someone said above.... only one...
Forum: Touring
02-21-19, 03:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,133
Posted By Refreshing

I am gonna be honest with you, I almost always...

I am gonna be honest with you, I almost always ride with goggles below 10F but I left them behind because they can get cumbersome with my glasses. 5 miles in I regretted the decision and after that...
Forum: Touring
02-21-19, 03:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,133
Posted By Refreshing

I legitimately laughed out loud. Thank you for...

I legitimately laughed out loud. Thank you for that.
Forum: Touring
02-21-19, 02:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,133
Posted By Refreshing

What! That stove wasnt kick ass??? Haha. Fair...

What! That stove wasnt kick ass??? Haha. Fair enough. But what is your idea about fire that differs from mine? Bigger? Smaller? More organized?
Forum: Touring
02-21-19, 02:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,133
Posted By Refreshing

Thank you!!! I have considered bringing a candle...

Thank you!!! I have considered bringing a candle in the past but I dont think I could sleep with a candle inside my tent. I would be too nervous. Do you have any special tips to make it safer?
Forum: Touring
02-21-19, 02:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,133
Posted By Refreshing

Yup. Canisters loose pressure when it gets cold...

Yup. Canisters loose pressure when it gets cold so people used to keep them in their sleeping bags to keep them warm. I bought a more modern canister that uses a gas mixture which works better in...
Forum: Touring
02-21-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,133
Posted By Refreshing

Winter Bikepacking in SD ends with Frost Bite

Apparently no amount of backpacking in sub-zero temperatures can prepare a person for bikepacking in sub-zero temperatures because this trip was hellish for me (if hell froze over). I made the...
02-20-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 662
Posted By Refreshing

That looks like a lot of neck pain but they make...

That looks like a lot of neck pain but they make up for it with a threaded bottom bracket!
12-22-18, 12:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,235
Posted By Refreshing

Hearing it put this way has me leaning towards...

Hearing it put this way has me leaning towards the traditional style gravel/cx geometry instead the Midnight Special. I very much appreciate all the input guys. Thank you.
12-22-18, 11:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,235
Posted By Refreshing

That is an epic tutorial. Thank you for so much...

That is an epic tutorial. Thank you for so much for sharing it!
12-22-18, 11:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,235
Posted By Refreshing

Last year I was able to test ride a Warbird for...

Last year I was able to test ride a Warbird for almost an hour and I LOVED IT (kindof obsessed actually) But I can't afford the price tag :/



"more stable" Thank you for stating the difference...
12-22-18, 07:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,235
Posted By Refreshing

Why Do Most Gravel Bikes Have High Trail??? (Question: Surly Midnight Special)

I miss riding my road bike so much. I moved to the middle-of-nowhere South Dakota and am surrounded by gravel roads in all directions so my roadbike sits gathering dust. I have been riding a MTB...
Forum: Fatbikes
01-01-18, 06:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,550
Posted By Refreshing

Yup, on my karate monkey I am using a 50mm stem...

Yup, on my karate monkey I am using a 50mm stem on top of 60mm of spacers which, due to the angle of the headtube, brings the stem back another about 10mm and gives me the exact same reach as my...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-01-18, 06:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,924
Posted By Refreshing

BAD IDEA? Citri-Strip for removing paint off aluminum frame?

The past two times that I stripped an aluminum frame I used Aircraft Stripper and it was horrendous. I promised myself to never do it again. Not only did that stuff burn me if I accidentally got...
Forum: Fatbikes
11-30-17, 07:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,550
Posted By Refreshing

Why are there no low/mid trail MTB or fatbikes with drop bars?

Hey guys, I have a 29er Surly Karate Monkey with 70mm trail (while using 2" tires). I do NOT use this bike for mountain biking, rather it is my winter commuter during blizzards up here in MN.

The...
Forum: Touring
04-02-17, 06:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 891
Posted By Refreshing

Mine was a DIY gathered end with a DIY full...

Mine was a DIY gathered end with a DIY full length climashield underquilt and a DIY 3/4 length climashield underquilt. I also sewed my 11x8 hex tarp. All of my stuff is brown/OD green for stealth...
03-31-17, 08:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,995
Posted By Refreshing

Is suspension on kid bike trailers just a gimmick???

Hello! I have been going crazy trying to decide if I need a bike trailer with suspension for my child (10 months old). I do not own a car so I will be putting a lot of miles on the trailer and my kid...
Forum: Touring
03-27-17, 06:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 891
Posted By Refreshing

PICTURES!!! Bikepacking Central Minnesota

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n200/lspade/FILE0038_zpsdkuj0zpm.jpg

Last Friday and Saturday two friends and I set off on a three day bikepacking-ish adventure. We left from my house in...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-11-17, 10:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,217
Posted By Refreshing

Is it ok to modify my frame's geometry with a MUCH smaller wheelset?

Hello! I have a Surly Karate Monkey Ops (old 29er version) with drop handlebars and I use it for EVERYTHING. I ride it every day to work (rain, sleet, or snow), I ride with a relatively fast paced...
Forum: Great Lakes
03-06-17, 07:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,071
Posted By Refreshing

Update, there are now three of us. The route will...

Update, there are now three of us. The route will hit up a lot of bike trails, some gravel, and the Ice Age Trail. GPX map is finished, the only thing left to do is buy food and pack.
02-20-17, 08:36 PM
Replies: 3,064
Views: 2,568,812
Posted By Refreshing

Here is my pony: ...

Here is my pony:

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj212/treefoolclimbing/Bike%20Packing%20Tutorial/20170218_233447_zpslqrbt3qa.jpg

Surly Karate Monkey (old 29er version) on 45mm Specialized...
Forum: Touring
02-20-17, 07:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,274
Posted By Refreshing

I took the rear rack off... ...

I took the rear rack off...

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj212/treefoolclimbing/Bike%20Packing%20Tutorial/20170218_233447_zpslqrbt3qa.jpg

...and she handles amazing. I rode a century the...
Forum: Touring
02-16-17, 10:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,274
Posted By Refreshing

Original post was edited to hopefully make it...

Original post was edited to hopefully make it easier to understand.

My bike is a Surly Karate Monkey 29er with Drop Bars.
Forum: Touring
02-16-17, 09:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,274
Posted By Refreshing

"Low trail" vs high trail with a short stem... will front panniers work?

Hello! :)

I have been reading that low trail rando bikes are great with front panniers because they have quick handling (twitchy handling?) and the weight on the fork essentially slows the...
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