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Forum: Folding Bikes
05-21-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 11,540
Posted By reppans

FWIW, the Brompton is the ONLY bike that got me...

FWIW, the Brompton is the ONLY bike that got me back into self-supported bicycle touring (CLICKY (https://live.staticflickr.com/7897/46328631354_c8be1cf11a_h.jpg)) - something that I quit decades ago...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-21-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 795
Posted By reppans

One of the limitations of folders... I put bar...

One of the limitations of folders... I put bar ends on my Speed P8 and that helps my hands by giving it a second grip position, but my issue is back angle. The adjustable height of the Dahon bars is...
Forum: Touring
05-02-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 780
Posted By reppans

Camping in the middle nowhere is a piece of...

Camping in the middle nowhere is a piece of cake.... it's camping in the middle of somewhere that gets difficult. I personally lean toward short-touring in more densely populated urban and shoreline...
Forum: Touring
03-02-19, 08:21 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,960
Posted By reppans

Wow, that's hard core. I'm not a big winter...

Wow, that's hard core. I'm not a big winter camper or cyclist, but am a life long snow sport enthusiast (downhill/XC skiing, skating, snow shoeing, and winter hiker). With constant self-induced...
Forum: Touring
02-28-19, 05:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 748
Posted By reppans

I keep my tent in my single 25L pannier... it's...

I keep my tent in my single 25L pannier... it's quick release and backpackable, so a nice clean single piece that can come with me inside if I have lock up outside (but its a folder, so usually comes...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-19-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,567
Posted By reppans

- DIY handgrip in the bottom of the M-bar 'U' for...

- DIY handgrip in the bottom of the M-bar 'U' for an aero drop riding postion.
- Alphabet cottage half toe-clips (Zefal)
- X-Roller for shopping cart mode
- Abus Bordo lock between seat post and...
Forum: Touring
01-06-19, 10:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,006
Posted By reppans

I enjoy touring in urban and densely populated...

I enjoy touring in urban and densely populated shoreline/resort areas - 100% comfort when wheeling everything inside with me (https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4603/26104881908_7d554c43a9_z.jpg).
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-05-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,539
Posted By reppans

Interesting perspective - I have the same bikes...

Interesting perspective - I have the same bikes although my price difference (~7x) was closer to half of yours. Course it is true with premium goods that the marginal benefit per $ always tends to be...
Forum: Touring
01-05-19, 01:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 868
Posted By reppans

What folders have you tested? I plan to do a...

What folders have you tested? I plan to do a similar trip as you describe in the next few years, although probably with more self-supported camping, and less internal flights/rental cars involved. ...
Forum: Touring
12-04-18, 11:31 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,463
Posted By reppans

Consider improving your aerodynamic footprint...

Consider improving your aerodynamic footprint with a bikepacking set-up over weight savings with UL panniers - aero is a square force and usually much more significant than weight (a linear force) to...
Forum: Touring
12-04-18, 10:05 AM
Replies: 337
Views: 270,571
Posted By reppans

Consider improving your aerodynamic footprint...

Consider improving your aerodynamic footprint with a bikepacking set-up over weight savings with UL panniers - aero is a square force and usually much more significant than weight (a linear force) to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-25-18, 12:47 PM
Replies: 941
Views: 198,290
Posted By reppans

It was the 9/8/18 Bromptonfest in NYC - started...

It was the 9/8/18 Bromptonfest in NYC - started out at Cental Park North, then a few spots around the city, then ended in Astoria Queens at Max Bratwurst for late lunch and drinks.... fun time....
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-20-18, 10:33 PM
Replies: 941
Views: 198,290
Posted By reppans

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https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1937/44766929612_fb8d679f52_k.jpg
Forum: Touring
09-08-18, 05:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 799
Posted By reppans

I don't know Laos at all, but it seems to me that...

I don't know Laos at all, but it seems to me that a dangerous place is dangerous day or night. For me, a bicycle is the easiest mode of transport to wild camp off of, and worry-free wild camping...
09-07-18, 06:59 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,591
Posted By reppans

I think it's a sweet-spot cadence thing -...

I think it's a sweet-spot cadence thing - spinning the pedals without enough resistance (i.e., slower than normal pace) feels like MORE work (and wasted work) than going up a gear, riding a bit a...
09-07-18, 06:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,585
Posted By reppans

I'm a Brompton convert (and have owned folders...

I'm a Brompton convert (and have owned folders since '91).... in the interests of downsizing and simplifying my life, the rest of my bicycles will probably be sold/given away. However, keep in mind...
Forum: Touring
08-29-18, 10:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Posted By reppans

A bike is the best way to wild camp IMHO - you...

A bike is the best way to wild camp IMHO - you can really cover a lot of ground to pick your spots, yet it's still light/portable enough to 'disappear' when/where you want. However, I'm still too...
Forum: Touring
08-29-18, 07:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Posted By reppans

Beautiful! Lots of wide open spots - what are...

Beautiful! Lots of wide open spots - what are the 'rules' for wild camping there? Are you free to camp anywhere?
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-20-18, 06:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 624
Posted By reppans

That time-sert looks like a neat product... will...

That time-sert looks like a neat product... will you have enough working depth to use one? If not, and you have to use a larger bolt, you could also consider one of the aftermarket luggage blocks -...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-18-18, 12:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 624
Posted By reppans

Tap and die set - make new threads for larger...

Tap and die set - make new threads for larger screws.

Curious us what you think caused the stripping? heavy weight loads, loose screws, and/or rough roads?

I do some light touring out of the...
Forum: Touring
08-18-18, 11:56 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,877
Posted By reppans

Not to be a weight weenie but the BA manuf. specs...

Not to be a weight weenie but the BA manuf. specs for a FC UL1, Yampa, Q-Core, and pillow seem to put you closer to 5lbs than 3.5lbs... what am I missing? Also, I have a FC UL2 (but don't like/use...
Forum: Touring
08-17-18, 08:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,917
Posted By reppans

Yup, I hear you. I'm personally way too far in...

Yup, I hear you. I'm personally way too far in for car lights to reach, and I store my bike inside my tent anyways, which is either forest green or granite grey, depending upon season. I also do some...
Forum: Touring
08-16-18, 11:18 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,917
Posted By reppans

FWIW, the game changer for stealth camping for me...

FWIW, the game changer for stealth camping for me was the ability to carry my entire rig comfortably... like a 1/4 mile. Single quick release pannier with backpack straps, and bike across the top of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-16-18, 04:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,102
Posted By reppans

Yes I understand that's the strategy. What...

Yes I understand that's the strategy. What bugged me one time, was looking out my window seat, and seeing my "gate checked" carry-on, along with others, walked down to the tarmac, and then thrown...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-16-18, 12:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,102
Posted By reppans

Virgin, BA, and SW also have unusually generous...

Virgin, BA, and SW also have unusually generous carry-on restrictions, great if they're available for flights you need and are competitively priced. Most other airlines sticking to the 22x14x9 45"...
Forum: Touring
08-14-18, 07:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,495
Posted By reppans

FWIW ...

FWIW

https://www.cyclingabout.com/speed-difference-between-panniers-bikepacking-bags-aerodynamic-testing-results/
Forum: Touring
08-14-18, 11:58 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,877
Posted By reppans

From UL backpacking: ~3.5lbs, 7L, 45F, $500...

From UL backpacking: ~3.5lbs, 7L, 45F, $500 system. SMD Gatewood Cape/Serenity NetTent (doubles as a rain cape), JRB Sierra Steath quilt (doubles as a camp down poncho), NeoAir X-Lite ground pad,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-14-18, 10:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,102
Posted By reppans

You have a very interesting problem that I've...

You have a very interesting problem that I've looked into for other reasons, but it would involve swapping the Chubby for a Burley Travoy and the DIY cardboard box for checking the Brompton. With the...
Forum: Touring
08-13-18, 05:55 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,422
Posted By reppans

Curious what you do for bike security when inside...

Curious what you do for bike security when inside eating meals, or the Y to clean up? I mean that's an awful nice rig you got there.
Forum: Touring
08-12-18, 07:56 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,422
Posted By reppans

A grand is a decent mid-range UL budget, I think...

A grand is a decent mid-range UL budget, I think my gravel bike set-up will cost ~$800 for all the camping gear and three bikepacking bags (just need the HB bag) but a few items where nabbed on good...
Forum: Touring
08-12-18, 06:19 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,917
Posted By reppans

Same water sources as a touring rider needs for...

Same water sources as a touring rider needs for drinking - as mentioned, just load up at the very end of the day on your way to stealth camp. Ideally I like hit camp with 4L... 1L evening shower...
Forum: Touring
08-12-18, 05:13 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,422
Posted By reppans

If you've done 150 miles/day (not camping) and...

If you've done 150 miles/day (not camping) and are shooting for 90 miles/day (camping), well that sounds like pretty serious riding to me. Only person I've seen discuss 1k miles in 10 days was...
08-12-18, 11:31 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,558
Posted By reppans

I like riding nice bikes, but for me, there is...

I like riding nice bikes, but for me, there is such a thing as 'too good' whenever I want to do anything else, except just ride. Stop to run errands; pass a nice restaurant/shop/museum/swimming hole;...
Forum: Touring
08-10-18, 11:13 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,554
Posted By reppans

SixMoonDesigns Gatewood Cape, Serenity NetTent,...

SixMoonDesigns Gatewood Cape, Serenity NetTent, Tyvek or Polycryo footprint, 6 Vargo Ti stakes, and usually a fallen branch for a pole. Not recommended for >6' tall. (Tip: keep inner tent collapsed...
Forum: Touring
08-10-18, 07:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 847
Posted By reppans

Here's another option....with a 1.5 lb tent...

Here's another option....with a 1.5 lb tent (https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8043/29636481911_03c4ccf9d1_z.jpg)
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-31-18, 10:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 954
Posted By reppans

Think my Brompton is up 33/34 lbs with all riding...

Think my Brompton is up 33/34 lbs with all riding accessories permenantly attached: tube/tools inside frame, Abus folding lock, water, nylon bike cover, lights, pump, helmet/gloves/windshirt. Still...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-30-18, 01:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,123
Posted By reppans

Lived in and commuted to NYC for many years.......

Lived in and commuted to NYC for many years.... lots of things to consider when taking a folder into the City by public transport:

Rush hour rules, rush hour crowds, where to store the bike on the...
Forum: Touring
07-28-18, 12:07 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,901
Posted By reppans

Depends on what you like most about new set-up -...

Depends on what you like most about new set-up - the lack of pedal retention, or the normal shoe for walking.

I have SPD clipless on half my bikes and use a Shimano laced shoe with cleat...
07-27-18, 08:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 984
Posted By reppans

Yes, although it is easier push like a baby...

Yes, although it is easier push like a baby stroller or shopping cart with the handlebars up, but it also does pull-behind like a wheeled carry-on luggage with the bars folded using the rigid handle...
07-27-18, 08:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,239
Posted By reppans

There's an online 'splat calculator' that will...

There's an online 'splat calculator' that will calculate impact speed when falling from X height. According to the calulator, you'll be at ~28kph/17mph falling from a 3 meter height. Imagine...
Forum: Touring
07-24-18, 09:28 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,554
Posted By reppans

I share similar requirements, and now a couple...

I share similar requirements, and now a couple more - interior needs to be easily convertible from the inside between a bath-tub-floored double-wall, and single-wall floorless, so I can set-up a camp...
Forum: Touring
07-22-18, 11:29 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,465
Posted By reppans

Fair enough - you are right I'm touring with a...

Fair enough - you are right I'm touring with a pretty standard lightweight backpacking set-up (10-15lbs BPW) and eating pretty standard backpacking meals (pint/meal) which is more than just...
Forum: Touring
07-22-18, 01:08 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,465
Posted By reppans

It is true that gas is ~twice as efficient as...

It is true that gas is ~twice as efficient as alcohol, but you really need to look at the whole package to compare weight efficiency. Your Optima Nova looks to be well over 1lb even before adding any...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-22-18, 08:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 823
Posted By reppans

-Smallest/easiest/fastest/funnest (in a puzzle...

-Smallest/easiest/fastest/funnest (in a puzzle game way) fold
-With rack/X-roller/EZ wheels, my favorite feature is how well it rolls while folded. Paired with a T-bag, it's my shopping cart in...
Forum: Touring
07-22-18, 06:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 593
Posted By reppans

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/917/28679008817_bac...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/917/28679008817_bacf81c91c.jpg
07-22-18, 06:21 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,772
Posted By reppans

I turn around and chase them back. Once...

I turn around and chase them back.

Once while I was riding a motorcycle, one hider scared the crap out of me - almost went down. I lost my mind and chased that dog a full loop around his house...
07-20-18, 09:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 595
Posted By reppans

jwh's comment is still perfectly valid, if the OP...

jwh's comment is still perfectly valid, if the OP likes the additional foot retention and ability to utilize different muscle groups that the half-clips provide, then he would probably also like a...
Forum: Touring
07-20-18, 08:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 516
Posted By reppans

Pleasure... nothing like a shower (hot w/stove)...

Pleasure... nothing like a shower (hot w/stove) and swap into cleanish clothes after you've finished riding for the day - feel civilized, reduces the bugs, and keeps your camping gear a lot cleaner....
07-20-18, 08:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 984
Posted By reppans

Longer distance and rural areas - a dual sport...

Longer distance and rural areas - a dual sport motorcycle.
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/911/40243187540_14d1e3ce76_z.jpg

Densely populated urban and coastal areas where sights are plentiful...
Forum: Touring
07-19-18, 04:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 516
Posted By reppans

I like using those Platypus, Sawyer, Evernew, and...

I like using those Platypus, Sawyer, Evernew, and Nalgene collapsable bladders for the same reason - compact/lightweight storage when not in use. They all seem to be made of the same stiff/crinkly...
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