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11-02-16, 09:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 10,497
Posted By benda18

I have a long haul trucker with Xtracycle free...

I have a long haul trucker with Xtracycle free radical, 700C wheels, and two kids (3, 1). The FR is very noodly and carrying two kids is one of the heaviest and most challenging loads I've done.
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Forum: Touring
11-01-16, 11:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,130
Posted By benda18

Soma Saga DC. 54cm and up come in 700C. can be...

Soma Saga DC. 54cm and up come in 700C. can be setup as either Disc or Canti - no need to choose. They are great bikes - frame may be $100 more than LHT frame though.
Forum: Commuting
11-01-16, 09:56 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,689
Posted By benda18

I've been on my LHT for 5 or 6 years. It's just...

I've been on my LHT for 5 or 6 years. It's just so dialed in that I'm afraid to mess with a good thing.

Would love to move to a Soma Saga DC but I can't justify the expense and I don't have space...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-16, 07:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,873
Posted By benda18

Why limit yourself to the handful of belt drive...

Why limit yourself to the handful of belt drive bikes over the idea of low maintenance? Chains, chainrings and cassettes are consumables. I lube my chain once per year with Phil Wood Tenacious Oil...
Forum: Touring
08-04-14, 07:30 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,057
Posted By benda18

It's to your benefit to ride both and see which...

It's to your benefit to ride both and see which one you like better - I can't describe how they compared in words that will probably mean anything to you. For a period of 3 years I owned both a CC...
Forum: Commuting
07-29-14, 07:01 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,978
Posted By benda18

You should've made a friendly wager. ISO 622.

You should've made a friendly wager. ISO 622.
Forum: Touring
07-29-14, 06:50 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,057
Posted By benda18

I've owned both and if I were trying to...

I've owned both and if I were trying to accomplish what you are I'd choose the CC.
Forum: Touring
07-28-14, 06:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,027
Posted By benda18

Ideally you would apply before bike is assembled...

Ideally you would apply before bike is assembled but it shouldn't be a huge pain to do this if you're miles and miles beyond that by now.

Pulling seat post is easy. that will get you to seat...
Forum: Touring
07-18-14, 05:49 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,085
Posted By benda18

The last 2 nights here have been heaven on earth....

The last 2 nights here have been heaven on earth. Best of luck with your tour!
Forum: Commuting
07-18-14, 05:20 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,449
Posted By benda18

My s/o is awesome. She worries less than I do,...

My s/o is awesome. She worries less than I do, but I don't really understand why.

We have an 11-month-old that we cycle with all over the city - in traffic - because that's how I prefer to...
Forum: Touring
07-17-14, 01:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 12,674
Posted By benda18

Soma Saga Disc at 54cm frame size lets you choose...

Soma Saga Disc at 54cm frame size lets you choose 26in or 700c wheels.

http://www.somafab.com/archives/product/saga-disc-frame-set
Forum: Touring
07-16-14, 06:43 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,085
Posted By benda18

The range of responses in this thread is insane. ...

The range of responses in this thread is insane. Fellow Triangle cyclist; decades of outdoors experience. Just bring a small sheet and a knit hat. If things get out of hand on a night or two, add...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-14, 06:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,266
Posted By benda18

the Velo-Orange Zeppelin fenders fit with plenty...

the Velo-Orange Zeppelin fenders fit with plenty of room and I've mounted them with tires as fat as the Schwalbe Fat Frank 29x2.0 / 700x50c. I think they look better than plastic. ...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-14, 06:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,121
Posted By benda18

It's definitely a Scott Sub, not sure which model...

It's definitely a Scott Sub, not sure which model (10, 20???). Most likely a 2008 +/-. The model range had the same frame; it's components that make the difference in model.
Forum: Commuting
07-14-14, 06:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,121
Posted By benda18

I owned a Scott Sub 20 for about 2-3 years back...

I owned a Scott Sub 20 for about 2-3 years back in the mid-00s. I think I bought a 2006 model. It was an XL frame with 26 in wheels. It was a fun bike, but I eventually moved to a Surly CrossCheck...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-14, 07:05 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,541
Posted By benda18

It does not matter - 3 years from now you will...

It does not matter - 3 years from now you will sell this bike to buy another.
Forum: Commuting
07-10-14, 06:56 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,470
Posted By benda18

here's a list and summary of tires I've used over...

here's a list and summary of tires I've used over the last decade for commuting and touring:

Conti Ultra Gatorskins (700x28C) - I first bought the gatorskins because I was tired of flatting on...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-14, 01:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,405
Posted By benda18

I work in the industry and have seen people do...

I work in the industry and have seen people do everything imaginable with their bikes on those racks. I've seen bikes that were only resting in the cradle - no support arm at all. And since 2007...
Forum: Touring
07-02-14, 06:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,798
Posted By benda18

Just when I had convinced myself I didn't need a...

Just when I had convinced myself I didn't need a folding bike you have to go and post something like this. Thanks. A. Lot.
Forum: Touring
07-01-14, 06:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,478
Posted By benda18

I hacked together a usb solar charger for about...

I hacked together a usb solar charger for about $70 using this instructables as a guide (link (http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-solar-iPodiPhone-charger-aka-Might/)). I did swap out the...
Forum: Touring
07-01-14, 05:58 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 10,288
Posted By benda18

We have a 10-month-old whose put a serious dent...

We have a 10-month-old whose put a serious dent in riding over the past year. However, he's getting to the age where a day or two away from electricity and running water isn't going to kill him so...
06-29-14, 05:40 AM
Replies: 907
Views: 397,929
Posted By benda18

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3876/14553226043_59...

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3876/14553226043_59b5055663_b.jpg
just built up this xtracycle on a 2011 Long Haul Trucker. Bags to come later today; 700x35C Panaracer Pasela TG tire in the rear...
Forum: Touring
06-24-14, 11:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 671
Posted By benda18

You're delving into an immature market. ...

You're delving into an immature market. Off-the-shelf frame bags were basically non-existant 5 years ago; you had to get them custom made. There were a few people who did great work and charged...
Forum: Commuting
06-19-14, 06:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,097
Posted By benda18

So many variables. Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Gear...

So many variables. Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Gear Calculator (http://sheldonbrown.com/gears/)
Forum: Touring
06-18-14, 06:15 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,357
Posted By benda18

They don't require you to learn some technically...

They don't require you to learn some technically difficult move, you just kick your heel out and put your foot down. I think the challenge is that you have to remember "heel out" each time you need...
Forum: Touring
06-17-14, 08:02 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,357
Posted By benda18

If you're really concerned bring a backup pair of...

If you're really concerned bring a backup pair of platform pedals and a pedal wrench, and on day 2 of your trip after you've made your mind up, send home whichever pair of pedals you don't like (and...
Forum: Commuting
06-14-14, 08:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,765
Posted By benda18

There is literally nothing better than replying...

There is literally nothing better than replying to a 9+ year-old post.

I had a Scott sub 20 back in 2006 (less than a year after this OP). It was a good bike, i had an XL frame with 26" wheels...
Forum: Touring
06-11-14, 06:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,405
Posted By benda18

For Ohio - Underground Railroad (Underground...

For Ohio - Underground Railroad (Underground Railroad (UGRR) | Adventure Cycling Route Network | Adventure Cycling Association...
Forum: Touring
06-11-14, 06:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,248
Posted By benda18

They do now - Surly redesigned them for last year...

They do now - Surly redesigned them for last year I think.
Forks | Parts and Accessories | Surly Bikes (http://surlybikes.com/parts/forks/cross-check_fork)
Forum: Touring
06-10-14, 12:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,248
Posted By benda18

Take the bike shop advice with a grain of salt. ...

Take the bike shop advice with a grain of salt. I've owned both and either will be fine for the tour and either will be fine for your commute. Figure out what your goals are post-tour and pick the...
Forum: Commuting
06-09-14, 02:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,939
Posted By benda18

The Dremel would be too easy. I vote hacksaw,...

The Dremel would be too easy. I vote hacksaw, and don't be careful.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Y0Z-uq6gOCA/UsSxWoxofvI/AAAAAAACE3Q/hIAoanJUK88/s640/1-1-2014+7-22-38+PM.jpg
Forum: Touring
06-09-14, 07:36 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 19,360
Posted By benda18

VO Zeppelin fenders. as KC8QVO said, they take a...

VO Zeppelin fenders. as KC8QVO said, they take a little bit of work but will last forever.


To resolve the fender issue I just cut the front of the fender off at the fork crown. It's a small...
Forum: Touring
06-09-14, 07:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,657
Posted By benda18

Without a wagon it took me every bit of effort to...

Without a wagon it took me every bit of effort to hit 60mph on an 8% grade into Cedar City, UT here...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-14, 10:44 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,285
Posted By benda18

Personally I gave up on tires altogether last...

Personally I gave up on tires altogether last season and now run QR codes on all my bikes.

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Forum: Touring
06-05-14, 07:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,304
Posted By benda18

For whatever reason this is really a taboo topic...

For whatever reason this is really a taboo topic among everyone I've talked to or encountered in 20+ years of backpacking/camping/touring/etc. I think everyone has realized the best way to respect...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-14, 06:03 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,135
Posted By benda18

The Gatorskins used to be my favorite tires as...

The Gatorskins used to be my favorite tires as well about 5-6 years ago. They still flatted on me especially from glass (what else is there I guess???), but they were better than whatever I had...
06-04-14, 07:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,404
Posted By benda18

Ugh. Let me share my experience with dog touring...

Ugh. Let me share my experience with dog touring and reiterate what many others have shared.

My wife and I have a 40# dog who means the world to us. We take her on every vacation except those...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-14, 07:28 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,190
Posted By benda18

A good base layer that is anything but cotton. ...

A good base layer that is anything but cotton. If it's warm out then nothing extra. If it's cold, then i'll layer up in stuff that will keep me warm. The only time I ever wear a rain jacket while...
Forum: Touring
06-02-14, 02:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,933
Posted By benda18

You can mount ETRTO 50-622 (700x50c, 29x2.0)...

You can mount ETRTO 50-622 (700x50c, 29x2.0) Schwalbe Fat Frank tires in a 700c LHT frame WITH room for fenders. On the back at least, haven't gotten to front yet. ...
Forum: Commuting
05-25-14, 01:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,364
Posted By benda18

My wife built her saga a couple of years ago and...

My wife built her saga a couple of years ago and its a fairly similar build. I'm jealous, her bike is a 52 and I ride a 56, but when I hop on her bike it's just so firm and smooth feeling compared to...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-14, 05:52 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,803
Posted By benda18

The author does a good job of illustrating the...

The author does a good job of illustrating the various trade-offs that you make when choosing a system that values single-seat trips over transfers, and so-forth. I think your take-away will be that...
Forum: Touring
05-20-14, 08:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,949
Posted By benda18

I have a set of 700x35c Conti Cyclocross Race...

I have a set of 700x35c Conti Cyclocross Race tires that you're welcome to try out. I'm in Durham. If they work for you throw me a couple of bucks or whatever. I did 3 or 4 CX races on them 2...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-14, 06:05 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,803
Posted By benda18

the first two problems you point out are correct,...

the first two problems you point out are correct, but in the transit planning BIZ those are markets that we just say "forget it, it's not worth the resources to try to attract riders in these areas."...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-14, 05:57 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,803
Posted By benda18

I knew it!!! [I'm also a transit professional,...

I knew it!!! [I'm also a transit professional, so it takes one to know one].

We can debate this all day long, but it's my personal belief (and not mine uniquely) that quality transit service...
Forum: Touring
05-19-14, 12:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,833
Posted By benda18

If you want to go mad nuts you can check out...

If you want to go mad nuts you can check out Surly's archived catalogs here Catalogs | The Information Hole | Surly Bikes (http://surlybikes.com/info_hole/catalogs).

Toe overlap is one of those...
Forum: Commuting
05-19-14, 08:09 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,803
Posted By benda18

The OP (i think) was pointing out the...

The OP (i think) was pointing out the shortcomings of his transit agency and how after 7 years of loyal use he basically jumped ship and got a bike. For a 4.3 mile commute who could blame him?
...
Forum: Touring
05-13-14, 07:48 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,924
Posted By benda18

To further muddyThis thread I went with the Tubus...

To further muddyThis thread I went with the Tubus Duo. If your fork has the appropriate braze ons this rack is an awesome minimalist but burly front track. It doesn't look sturdy at first glance but...
Forum: Touring
05-12-14, 09:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,272
Posted By benda18

My wife and I attempted this loop in 2011 and it...

My wife and I attempted this loop in 2011 and it kicked our butt. I was expecting hills and at the time we were living in sw Ohio where most bicycling requires serious climbing. The incessant climbs...
Forum: Touring
05-12-14, 08:06 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,235
Posted By benda18

FWIW I own both a LHT and a CrossCheck and have...

FWIW I own both a LHT and a CrossCheck and have ridden both extensively for the last 4-6 years. I've been aware of the BB drop difference (3.1" vs. 2.6") on paper but not once riding have I ever...
Forum: Commuting
05-11-14, 10:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 960
Posted By benda18

Colorado springs? I was there in 2008 touring and...

Colorado springs? I was there in 2008 touring and was impressed in the bike culture. We were able to get around places fine, and so were lots of others, it appeared.
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