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Forum: Touring
02-22-18, 04:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,124
Posted By rjl33

I'm with mmeiser on this. I have a 2011...

I'm with mmeiser on this. I have a 2011 generation 2 Fargo that is my favorite bike. I have road toured in the Midwest with panniers and 40mm Clement tires and bike packed with 3" front/2.4" rear...
Forum: Touring
11-06-17, 05:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,016
Posted By rjl33

I have experience touring in the North Woods,...

I have experience touring in the North Woods, including a 250 mile loop in the Chequamegon NF in early September. For that trip I rode my Salsa Mukluk with 3.8" Jumbo Jim tires and Jones Loop Bars....
Forum: Touring
09-15-17, 02:04 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,291
Posted By rjl33

I think Charles Kuralt said "with the completion...

I think Charles Kuralt said "with the completion of the US Interstate System, it is now possible to drive coast to coast and not see a thing". I would much prefer to ride my bike on interesting...
Forum: Touring
09-15-17, 01:58 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,760
Posted By rjl33

For me personally it is hard to beat drop bars,...

For me personally it is hard to beat drop bars, when properly set up, for comfort and multiple hand and body positions. I have a Fargo with Woodchippers, a Black Mountain Cycles cross frame with...
07-18-17, 06:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,643
Posted By rjl33

Black Mountain Cycles - My Experience

Just thought I would post this for anyone interested. I should mention that I do not race, but use my bikes to explore back roads and off-the-beaten places.

Black Mountain Cycles Cross Frame...
Forum: Touring
03-22-17, 06:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 804
Posted By rjl33

Just for fun I used my Mukluk with 4" tires on a...

Just for fun I used my Mukluk with 4" tires on a three day camping trip. Covered 185 miles, about half gravel/half paved. Ran Fat B' Nimble at about 20psi and enjoyed it. Loved the stability and the...
Forum: Touring
03-22-17, 04:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 615
Posted By rjl33

I would say that the Cheese Country Trail from...

I would say that the Cheese Country Trail from Monroe to Gratiot is not that scenic and stays fairly close to HWy 11. I much prefer the section from Gratiot to Mineral Point. Most of the roads in...
Forum: Touring
03-22-17, 09:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 615
Posted By rjl33

You're talking about my neighborhood-I live...

You're talking about my neighborhood-I live between Mineral Point and New Glarus, and ride all of these trails during the year. I like the Cheese Country Trail, but with several caveats. The trail...
Forum: Touring
11-17-16, 08:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,912
Posted By rjl33

I believe that a fat bike can be an excellent...

I believe that a fat bike can be an excellent touring choice for gravel/dirt. I have done a couple of short tours and some long day rides on my Mukluk with much success. I think one of the keys is to...
Forum: Touring
12-07-15, 05:47 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,636
Posted By rjl33

I live south of Dodgeville and ride this area...

I live south of Dodgeville and ride this area very frequently. Hwy 23 is a busy state highway with truck traffic. I have ridden it from Spring Green to Dodgeville, and several sections north of...
Forum: Touring
09-15-15, 11:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,037
Posted By rjl33

Well, I haven't necessarily had this feeling, but...

Well, I haven't necessarily had this feeling, but some suggestions. Try a different kind of riding - if you're a roadie, try exploring some gravel roads; ride some trails with a mountain bike, try...
Forum: Touring
09-08-15, 08:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,427
Posted By rjl33

I actually like the Woodchippers very much, have...

I actually like the Woodchippers very much, have used them for touring and long rides with my Fargo without any issues. In fact I recently had some hand numbness/tingling issues with Jones loop bars...
Forum: Touring
08-04-15, 05:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,308
Posted By rjl33

Thank you to everyone for the replies. I am going...

Thank you to everyone for the replies. I am going to continue working on handlebar position and start wearing gloves, and I will talk to my doctor who is an avid cyclist and has done an Ironman...
Forum: Touring
08-03-15, 08:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,308
Posted By rjl33

Hand Numbness/Tingling Solutions?

I have taken several tours and frequent day rides of 60-100+ miles with very little hand numbness/tingling issues, and certainly nothing that lasted after the ride. These rides were done on drop...
Forum: Touring
07-23-15, 04:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,407
Posted By rjl33

Thank you for the nice comments on my work. I...

Thank you for the nice comments on my work. I will get some more pictures up in the next few days. Next week I am planning an overnight to try not using the small Ortlieb panniers. I will use a large...
Forum: Touring
07-17-15, 05:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,407
Posted By rjl33

1) 15-18psi on the road, can go down to 10psi off...

1) 15-18psi on the road, can go down to 10psi off road (some ride much lower tire pressures than this, especially if riding snow/sand)
2) Yes, more mud but fenders are available for fat bikes
3)...
Forum: Touring
07-16-15, 12:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,407
Posted By rjl33

Touring With A Fat Bike-Impressions

Just back from a short tour in the driftless area of Wisconsin with my fat bike. Three days, two nights camping, 185 miles. I started north of Wilton near the headwaters of the Kickapoo River,...
Forum: Touring
06-28-15, 02:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,343
Posted By rjl33

The Salsa Fargo, which I own and love, is a steel...

The Salsa Fargo, which I own and love, is a steel frame. To me, that is a benefit, but the op is looking for an aluminum framed alternative.
04-13-15, 06:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,137
Posted By rjl33

A friend of mine that is about the same size...

A friend of mine that is about the same size bought a Salsa Vaya in 52cm, but a 49cm is also available. These two smaller sizes have 26" wheels, which would seem to make sense. It can be a terrific...
Forum: Touring
01-24-15, 08:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,412
Posted By rjl33

I have a Salsa Fargo which I use for touring,...

I have a Salsa Fargo which I use for touring, mostly gravel and off road, with some pavement as well. For all day riding I love the comfort of the Fargo and the Woodchipper bars. If you are going to...
12-17-14, 09:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,033
Posted By rjl33

For me, here in Wisconsin, November is one of my...

For me, here in Wisconsin, November is one of my favorite months. My birthday, my favorite holiday with memories of big family gatherings in a farmhouse, the beautiful light of these short days(I am...
Forum: Touring
06-17-14, 06:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,042
Posted By rjl33

The best thing I did when I bought my Fargo was...

The best thing I did when I bought my Fargo was to not mount a computer. This is the bike I ride for adventures, explorations and rambles. It is liberating to not have everything measured and to just...
Forum: Touring
06-16-14, 03:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,042
Posted By rjl33

I am fortunate enough to live in the driftless...

I am fortunate enough to live in the driftless area of southwestern WI, and have ridden thousands of miles in Iowa, Grant, Lafayette, Sauk, Green, Richland, Crawford and Vernon counties. I also am...
Forum: Touring
06-03-14, 04:08 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,547
Posted By rjl33

My wife and I are in the Brooks camp. I have a...

My wife and I are in the Brooks camp. I have a Brooks Flyer on my Tricross with about 7500 miles and a B17 on my Fargo with about 3500 miles. I put a pre aged sprung Brooks on my wife's bike, and she...
Forum: Touring
03-06-14, 11:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,063
Posted By rjl33

Thank you for the website. I live in the Midwest...

Thank you for the website. I live in the Midwest and have toured a couple of times, and am enjoying your information. I am working on improving my setup using my Salsa Fargo (which I love), and am...
Forum: Touring
01-14-14, 08:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 866
Posted By rjl33

I'll get you started. I make my living as a...

I'll get you started. I make my living as a photographer and I do take at least one tour each year. For a small compact to have with me every day I have a Nikon P330 that slips in my frame bag. You...
Forum: Touring
05-10-13, 03:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,132
Posted By rjl33

If you want to gain confidence in people, start...

If you want to gain confidence in people, start by taking a tour through rural Iowa! Last year my wife and I rode across Iowa, with about half the route on gravel roads. We were welcomed in towns...
Forum: Touring
05-09-13, 01:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 273
Posted By rjl33

I have not done this, but live in an area of...

I have not done this, but live in an area of Black Hawk history and think it would make an interesting tour. I live about 15 miles from where the Battle of the Pecatonica took place, about 15 miles...
Forum: Touring
01-07-13, 07:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 456
Posted By rjl33

Also please be patient with my website-I am...

Also please be patient with my website-I am rebuilding after a hard drive fail and server change and am just starting the photography pages. Thanks for the patience and taking a look.
Forum: Touring
01-07-13, 07:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 456
Posted By rjl33

Iowa Bike Tour Pictures

I thought I would link to my website to show a portfolio of my work from a bike tour across Iowa in early October. We rode about 420 miles, half of it on gravel roads from Sioux City to Guttenburg....
Forum: Touring
12-18-12, 09:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 782
Posted By rjl33

Another Fargo in Iowa county! Do you ride your...

Another Fargo in Iowa county! Do you ride your Mukluk at Governor Dodge? I occasionally see a fat bike track there. I live east of Hollandale and often ride in the Mineral Point and Dodgeville areas.
Forum: Touring
12-17-12, 05:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 782
Posted By rjl33

I ride some of the same trails as you with my...

I ride some of the same trails as you with my Fargo. I run 2.1" Vulpines or 2.35" Rampages with success. I like to ride gravel and forest roads as well. I have had the same itch for a Pugsley/Mukluk...
Forum: Touring
12-08-12, 04:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,370
Posted By rjl33

I have a Flyer on my Tricross and love it. I put...

I have a Flyer on my Tricross and love it. I put a b17 on my Fargo because it has a Thudbuster seatpost and that combination works very well too. Just put a Flyer S on my wife's Trek and she loves it.
Forum: Touring
12-08-12, 04:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,537
Posted By rjl33

I have a 2011 Salsa Fargo that I love. In early...

I have a 2011 Salsa Fargo that I love. In early October I toured across Iowa with it, riding gravel roads for about half the trip. I had Clement Xplorer tires at 40c. The Fargo rides great on...
Forum: Touring
09-14-12, 05:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 251
Posted By rjl33

I have not biked this, but have driven it many...

I have not biked this, but have driven it many times. The road is scenic and has a couple of climbs, I believe that there is a minimal shoulder on most of the road, but it is paved. I would probably...
Forum: Touring
08-28-12, 12:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,045
Posted By rjl33

I have 2500 miles, including a 550 mile tour...

I have 2500 miles, including a 550 mile tour across Wisconsin, on Continental Top Contact 700x37 on my Tricross. I rode asphalt, chipseal, gravel and limestone trails and have not had a flat. I very...
Forum: Great Lakes
07-03-12, 08:02 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 574
Posted By rjl33

Lodging Offer For Cyclists in SW Wisconsin

I am a cyclist in southwestern WI and am involved with a renovation project in Mineral Point called the Walker House. We have nine nice inn rooms that are available to cyclists that are coming to the...
07-03-12, 07:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 659
Posted By rjl33

Dairyland Dare Lodging Offer For Bike Forum Readers

I am a bike forum member that has mostly posted in the touring forum-last Fall my wife and I biked across Wisconsin and had a great time. I am managing a project in Mineral Point WI that is the...
Forum: Touring
01-22-12, 03:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,552
Posted By rjl33

I took a 550 mile tour last September across...

I took a 550 mile tour last September across Wisconsin from the Illinois state line to Lake Superior. I carried about 30 pounds of gear in rear panniers and rack trunk, and also camera equipment in a...
Forum: Touring
12-14-11, 09:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 455
Posted By rjl33

I live in southwestern WI and toured the length...

I live in southwestern WI and toured the length of Wisconsin in September (Illinois border north to Lake Superior-had a ride home) and have a couple of ideas. You could start/finish at River Falls...
Forum: Touring
11-29-11, 06:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 509
Posted By rjl33

I would choose the X10, but either camera will...

I would choose the X10, but either camera will work well for a bike tour. The Fuji is slightly smaller, has a larger sensor and I like the form factor. The Nikon has a longer zoom on the telephoto...
Forum: Touring
11-20-11, 07:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,204
Posted By rjl33

+1 on the large Arkel handlebar bag. I use the...

+1 on the large Arkel handlebar bag. I use the small one to carry a GF1 and some accessories. It is built well and I like the quick release mount system. The unfortunate part is that you have to buy...
Forum: Touring
11-18-11, 04:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 872
Posted By rjl33

To Rob(robow) I am very willing to share my...

To Rob(robow)
I am very willing to share my route with anyone that is interested. I can make copies of the map segments with the route and notes, or look into a mapping/gps website. I do not have...
Forum: Touring
11-18-11, 01:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 872
Posted By rjl33

I know that I will enjoy Iowa-growing up on a...

I know that I will enjoy Iowa-growing up on a farm and living in farm country gives me a deep appreciate for the people and landscapes of the Midwest. I am always treated well in the Midwest, one of...
Forum: Touring
11-18-11, 12:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 872
Posted By rjl33

Very good observation. Most of my work is with...

Very good observation. Most of my work is with film, and I strive for a very realistic look. This project, shot with a GF1, was processed a bit more using Topaz. I liked the look for this, but can...
Forum: Touring
11-13-11, 07:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 872
Posted By rjl33

I would have two good possibilities that may meet...

I would have two good possibilities that may meet your criteria-Panasonic LX5 and the new Canon S100. Both are 24mm wide (equivalent) and have good, fast lenses, the ability to shoot RAW for best...
Forum: Touring
11-09-11, 11:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 872
Posted By rjl33

This project/trip was shot with a Panasonic GF1...

This project/trip was shot with a Panasonic GF1 and 14-45mm lens and the viewfinder. I really enjoy this as a lightweight travel camera, and am impressed with the prints(to about 8"x10") I get as...
Forum: Touring
11-09-11, 09:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 872
Posted By rjl33

I am happy to share my route; right now I just...

I am happy to share my route; right now I just have it marked out on 'old school' maps. I used the Wisconsin bike maps to help with the route, along with my knowledge of the state. We went south to...
Forum: Touring
11-09-11, 08:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 872
Posted By rjl33

Thank you, missjean. One of the advantages of...

Thank you, missjean. One of the advantages of touring is the ability to eat pretty much everything you want! Eating locally and traveling by bike was a great way to connect to people. I think that...
Forum: Touring
11-09-11, 05:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 872
Posted By rjl33

Thank you for the kind words. Wisconsin is a...

Thank you for the kind words. Wisconsin is a great place to ride-beautiful landscapes, great people and many low traffic county and township roads. I don't use the bike much when shooting, because I...
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