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Forum: Touring
04-28-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 23,838
Posted By Brett A

~ 2016 Disc Trucker (first year of the 10...

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2016 Disc Trucker (first year of the 10 speed cassette, I'm pretty sure this is a 2015 color, through. In Oregon, CA and Zion NP.

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Forum: Touring
04-28-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 927
Posted By Brett A

I have two thoughts: Years ago when I was working...

I have two thoughts: Years ago when I was working closely with a professional trainer for endurance MT bike racing, he had me take a full week off my bike before my "A" race which happened to be in...
Forum: Foo
03-22-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 4,530
Posted By Brett A

The choice we have is to continue to buy devices...

The choice we have is to continue to buy devices with 3.5mm jacks. There are literally over a billion smartphones in existence with 3.5mm jacks.
Forum: Touring
03-22-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,137
Posted By Brett A

I have a month carved out from mid-September to...

I have a month carved out from mid-September to mid-October. I want to go back out to the southwest, maybe UT, AZ or NM. I live in rural New England and just love the huge vistas and dry air out...
Forum: Touring
03-22-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 613
Posted By Brett A

I think this is your answer. I have back rollers...

I think this is your answer. I have back rollers myself and can report that they have no size adjustability or compressiblity. If you don't have enough in them to fill them out, they just hang off...
Forum: Touring
03-22-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,807
Posted By Brett A

I have 26 x 2" Marathon Mondials on my 2016 Surly...

I have 26 x 2" Marathon Mondials on my 2016 Surly DT and there's still plenty of clearance. The bike could take a much wider tire, but I've got the widest finders that will fit in the frame and these...
Forum: Touring
03-14-19, 10:19 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,521
Posted By Brett A

I love the time I get to spend living on a bike....

I love the time I get to spend living on a bike. I've done a couple month-long solo tours and a few week-ish ones since I got into it in 2016. The only thing that gives me slight pause is the time I...
Forum: Commuting
03-11-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,795
Posted By Brett A

Not nearly as excited to ride as I was to see...

Not nearly as excited to ride as I was to see that you know there's only on "s" in the phrase "daylight saving time".
Forum: Fatbikes
02-24-19, 02:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,248
Posted By Brett A

Studded Dillinger 5's. Good call.

Studded Dillinger 5's. Good call.
Forum: Touring
02-23-19, 03:17 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,421
Posted By Brett A

Was this thread created to discuss if 26" wheels...

Was this thread created to discuss if 26" wheels are less round? Because circularity (a.k.a. roundness) is important in a wheel IMO. And if 26" wheels have a disadvantage in that area, I want to know...
02-23-19, 12:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,879
Posted By Brett A

Yes. For the past 20+ years, I've ridden mostly...

Yes. For the past 20+ years, I've ridden mostly in Spandex but a couple years ago I thought I'd try baggy shorts. For me, they definitely have their place. When I'm touring/camping, I like them...
Forum: Fatbikes
02-06-19, 03:03 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,937
Posted By Brett A

Certainly. I've been considering it. My cycling...

Certainly. I've been considering it. My cycling activity has gotten down to single track mountain biking (here in rural New England), loaded/solo touring one month a year out west, and utility trips...
Forum: Touring
01-18-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,222
Posted By Brett A

This simply isn't true (Unless you simply meant...

This simply isn't true (Unless you simply meant all the shoes you've tried yourself). On my mountain biking shoe, the metal cleat is clearly the lowest point, and makes contact with the floor. So...
Forum: Touring
01-16-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 943
Posted By Brett A

Nope. You're opinion isn't accurate. As I wrote...

Nope. You're opinion isn't accurate. As I wrote in my earlier post, the solar panel produced enough electricity for the battery pack to charge my phone 2.5 to 3x a day, so I could afford to use it....
Forum: Touring
01-16-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,222
Posted By Brett A

You can get soft SPD shoes with recessed cleats...

You can get soft SPD shoes with recessed cleats so you can feel like you're wearing normal(-ish) shoes; ones that don't sound like tap shoes. And pedals can be adjusted so the release takes very...
Forum: Touring
01-16-19, 06:24 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,222
Posted By Brett A

I ride clipped in because it's what my body is...

I ride clipped in because it's what my body is used to. I've been clipped in to every bike I've owned since '95 or-so, so it just feels wrong for me to not be.

My feeling on the subject, though,...
Forum: Touring
01-16-19, 06:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 943
Posted By Brett A

I've used this set up for two month-long rides...

I've used this set up for two month-long rides and several shorter day or two trips so far. It's been enough to keep my Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone and my 50-lumen rear blinky charged without ever...
Forum: Touring
11-28-18, 09:08 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,893
Posted By Brett A

Yes, my 2016 disc trucker came stock with a 3x10...

Yes, my 2016 disc trucker came stock with a 3x10 system. 2015 was the last year the disc trucker was spec'd with a 3x9.
Forum: Fatbikes
11-24-18, 10:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,919
Posted By Brett A

Call around or stop into some bike shops and ask...

Call around or stop into some bike shops and ask if they have anything left in the back room. I just bought a brand new/leftover 2016 Felt DD70...
Forum: Touring
11-24-18, 10:25 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,484
Posted By Brett A

It looks like you kinda' answered your own...

It looks like you kinda' answered your own question here. Or at least simplified the question.
Do you want to be able to get power to the pedals over 22mph? Myself, I like to poke along and don't...
Forum: Touring
11-24-18, 10:10 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,893
Posted By Brett A

This is an informative thread. Like the OP, I'm...

This is an informative thread. Like the OP, I'm getting to really dislike bar end shifters on my disc trucker too. At first they were novel (ironic, huh?). But now, after about 3k miles of touring,...
Forum: Touring
11-24-18, 11:08 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,299
Posted By Brett A

I rode across Death Valley, connecting the dots...

I rode across Death Valley, connecting the dots you've listed from west to east, in September of 2016. I rode through the hottest part of the day (Late morning to late afternoon). The air temperature...
Replies: 19
Views: 2,716
Posted By Brett A

I also have a TiGr Mini. It's incredibly light...

I also have a TiGr Mini. It's incredibly light and claims to be very secure. Its shortcoming is its size and shape. You need to find something very slender to lock your bike to and the angle of the...
Forum: Touring
09-06-18, 06:59 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,081
Posted By Brett A

Congratulations! I love when people get new...

Congratulations! I love when people get new bikes. Looking forward to seeing more.
Forum: Touring
09-06-18, 01:20 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,081
Posted By Brett A

The fact you can achieve that kind of speed on a...

The fact you can achieve that kind of speed on a LHT is certainly impressive! You're really putting out some wattage there.

From your description of your bike, I'd say the only thing our bikes...
Forum: Touring
08-31-18, 07:44 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,081
Posted By Brett A

I can vouch for this. I have a 2016 Disc Trucker...

I can vouch for this. I have a 2016 Disc Trucker with 26" wheels, full fenders and Tubus racks front and rear. I can report that it rides like a tank. It really doesn't seem to matter if it's loaded...
Forum: Touring
06-15-18, 01:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,508
Posted By Brett A

This looks amazing. And the fact I've never been...

This looks amazing. And the fact I've never been to CO or NM is a plus. I could visit friends in NM w/this plan.

There's a lot going on there. But you got my number with the heat, isolation and...
Forum: Touring
06-15-18, 12:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,508
Posted By Brett A

Took me a minute: Sandy Eggo = San Diego.

Took me a minute: Sandy Eggo = San Diego.
Forum: Touring
06-15-18, 12:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,508
Posted By Brett A

Looks good. What would be the highlights/reason...

Looks good. What would be the highlights/reason for the Albuquerque-Los Alamos - Santa Fe - Albuquerque loop? (Besides the obvious connecting of the towns from the Neil Young song "Albuquerque"?)
Forum: Touring
06-15-18, 12:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,508
Posted By Brett A

I actually have a friend's house I could use in...

I actually have a friend's house I could use in Flagstaff (He won't be home, but I have access). This could be a good framework for a Flagstaff to Sedona, Jerome, Prescott (visit friends) - south to...
Forum: Touring
06-14-18, 10:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,508
Posted By Brett A

Thanks everyone. I'll have the time later this...

Thanks everyone. I'll have the time later this evening to look at what you've suggested so far.. (Didn't want you think I asked and bailed)
Forum: Touring
06-13-18, 01:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,508
Posted By Brett A

I loved riding through Death Valley/NV/UT. Where next?

Hi all.

I'm casting a wide net, I know. But I have one month to be out this fall and can go anywhere in the lower 48. I need some help narrowing it down.

Two years ago, I did my first tour. It...
Forum: Touring
05-29-18, 07:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 753
Posted By Brett A

These are intriguing. I see online that people...

These are intriguing. I see online that people put bar-end shifters out on the front ends, and the company says you can put road brake leavers on them, but can't find pictures. I assume they'd go out...
Forum: Touring
05-29-18, 07:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 885
Posted By Brett A

I don't think you'll find a better option that...

I don't think you'll find a better option that good, strong zip locs. They don't weigh much, and only take up as much space as what's in them. But why pre-measure at all? Why not put it in one bigger...
Forum: Touring
05-29-18, 07:33 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,103
Posted By Brett A

Likewise. And I use a 170mm crank, 26" wheels....

Likewise. And I use a 170mm crank, 26" wheels. This gives a low of 15.7 gear inches. This allows me to keep a comfortable cadence (80rpm or-so) under almost any condition on a fully loaded Surly at...
Forum: Touring
07-17-17, 09:53 AM
Replies: 4,337
Views: 2,014,054
Posted By Brett A

At Panamint Springs last Sept ('16). About to...

At Panamint Springs last Sept ('16). About to head out over Townes Pass and across Death Valley. (From Sebastopol to Grand Canyon via Zion)
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Forum: Touring
04-10-17, 03:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,945
Posted By Brett A

I chimed in earlier about what my Disc Trucker...

I chimed in earlier about what my Disc Trucker weighs with some mods, but I just found this in my old photos.

52 cm Disc Trucker bone stock out of the box. (2016 spec/10speed cassette)

26 lbs,...
Forum: Touring
02-25-17, 12:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,488
Posted By Brett A

I rode one from SF area to the Grand Canyon last...

I rode one from SF area to the Grand Canyon last Sept/Oct just with a smart phone, a Samsung Galaxy s5. It was more than enough connectivity, but i regret not bringing a proper camera. I think even...
Forum: Touring
02-25-17, 12:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,945
Posted By Brett A

2016 Disc Trucker (built on a red 2015 frame) 35...

2016 Disc Trucker (built on a red 2015 frame) 35 pounds as pictured, weighed with a hanging digital luggage scale.

26 inch wheels, 52cm frame. Plus Brooks B17 saddle, fenders, Tubus racks, 1.75...
Forum: Touring
02-25-17, 12:05 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,777
Posted By Brett A

I rode through Death Valley last September. It...

I rode through Death Valley last September. It was between 110 and 120 while I was riding. I wore a light gray long sleeve waffle weave base layer shirt and, because it's all I has with me, black...
Forum: Touring
02-25-17, 11:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,538
Posted By Brett A

I also think a good first step, if you can afford...

I also think a good first step, if you can afford it, is to get a set drop bars with a flat transition to the hood like are on your Giant.
Just be careful to get bars with the correct clamp area...
Forum: Touring
02-19-17, 10:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,122
Posted By Brett A

I went though this question as I was setting up...

I went though this question as I was setting up my first-ever touring bike last summer in preparation of my first-ever tour; a 4 week/ 80k feet climbing solo, self-contained tour from Sebastopol,CA...
Forum: Touring
02-19-17, 10:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,408
Posted By Brett A

The issue, though, is that with drop bars, your...

The issue, though, is that with drop bars, your hands will be 3 or 4 inches ahead of that point. The new reach may be roughly 26". As for brake leavers, after a couple thousand miles. I really love...
Forum: Touring
07-25-16, 03:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,339
Posted By Brett A

I see i didn't actually answer the OP's question...

I see i didn't actually answer the OP's question back in post 30. (http://www.bikeforums.net/18934348-post30.html)

I'm 5' 10' with a 31-ish" inseam. My 54cm LHDT fits me as perfectly as my 54cm...
Forum: Touring
07-24-16, 05:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,339
Posted By Brett A

I bought a LHDT this spring, and got it size of...

I bought a LHDT this spring, and got it size of the road bike I've ridden for 20k miles over the past 10 years or-so, which is a 54cm Specialized Allez. I had had a professional fitting done before I...
Forum: Touring
06-08-16, 04:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,061
Posted By Brett A

I wish you were a bit closer. I'm down in Central...

I wish you were a bit closer. I'm down in Central Mass, you could check out mine.

If you were feeling like a road trip, it might be worth your time to drive down to Belmont Wheel Works outside of...
Forum: Touring
06-08-16, 03:59 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,648
Posted By Brett A

Forgive me if it's already been mentioned, but...

Forgive me if it's already been mentioned, but there's the Hotel Tonight app that only lists hotel rooms for the present night at deep discounts. I've gotten $350 rooms for under $200 around NYC...
Forum: Touring
06-08-16, 03:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,061
Posted By Brett A

Okay. The stand-over height of a 54cm Surly Disc...

Okay. The stand-over height of a 54cm Surly Disc Trucker with 26x1.75" Conti TravelContact tires:

31 1/8 inches measured directly above the bottom bracket.

(The bike came stock with 1.25" tires...
Forum: Touring
06-08-16, 03:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,061
Posted By Brett A

FWIW, I bought a Surly Disc Trucker the same size...

FWIW, I bought a Surly Disc Trucker the same size as my Specialized road bike (54cm) and was able to set the Surly up with the exact same fitting measurements as the Specialized. This is just how I...
06-03-16, 10:37 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 18,585
Posted By Brett A

This thread seems to have become a conversation...

This thread seems to have become a conversation about bike fit. It really needn't. Forgive me for being a little cranky about it, but If I needed help with my bike fit, I would ask in another thread....
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