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Forum: Touring
12-23-17, 10:52 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 9,486
Posted By fuzz2050

I have a spider, and find it a great compromise...

I have a spider, and find it a great compromise between the light weight and ease of use of an upright canister stove and the all weather functionality of something like the XGK.

For fair weather...
Forum: Touring
06-26-17, 09:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 835
Posted By fuzz2050

My main problem with the 27 inch wheel size is...

My main problem with the 27 inch wheel size is the lack of variety of tire width. You can buy some great 27X1 1/4 tires, and that's a great all around tire size, but I tend to like them wider and...
Forum: Touring
06-12-17, 10:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 831
Posted By fuzz2050

I've always thought those Sea To Summit Reactor...

I've always thought those Sea To Summit Reactor liners are absurd. Insulation isn't magic, and the reactors claim to have the same warmth as an inch and a half of down loft. It just doesn't seem all...
Forum: Touring
06-06-17, 11:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,739
Posted By fuzz2050

An uninsulated pad will let the ground suck the...

An uninsulated pad will let the ground suck the warmth out of you. It's not pleasant. You might want a little more insulation to keep you warm. You can buy another pad, or you can use a supplemental...
Forum: Touring
06-06-17, 11:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 790
Posted By fuzz2050

Not entirely wrong, but there are other options....

Not entirely wrong, but there are other options. If you're using a classic upright canister stove, they really do start to have problems below freezing. Especially with a less than full canister, you...
Forum: Touring
06-04-17, 09:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 790
Posted By fuzz2050

The general rule of thumb I use for combining...

The general rule of thumb I use for combining bags is (Rating of the heavier bag)- (55 degrees-temperature rating of the lighter bag)

It's just a guideline, and things like drafts and loft...
Forum: Touring
05-30-17, 05:00 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,673
Posted By fuzz2050

I've used the old school pump filters pretty...

I've used the old school pump filters pretty extensively in the past, and more or less gave up on them. They tend to be heavy and slow.

I spent some time with chemical purification, which is...
Forum: Touring
05-01-17, 09:57 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,950
Posted By fuzz2050

I'm another Enlightened fan, I've used my quilt...

I'm another Enlightened fan, I've used my quilt an easy 300 nights or so over the last few years.

In my mind, there are certain legitimate reasons to use a synthetic bag, but they are few and...
Forum: Commuting
04-16-17, 08:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,913
Posted By fuzz2050

If it's not way to late, I'll speak up for this...

If it's not way to late, I'll speak up for this style of bike rackhttp://www.belson.com/Images/CD-FT-EPX-002-M.jpg

Not only are they easy to use, they are difficult to use poorly.
Forum: Touring
03-28-17, 09:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,472
Posted By fuzz2050

I'm mainly going to comment to defend the quilt...

I'm mainly going to comment to defend the quilt as a concept and Enlightened in particular. I don't have much to say about using a double quilt, or sleeping bag, and since my only experience comes...
Forum: Commuting
02-17-17, 11:16 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 11,888
Posted By fuzz2050

I second this- it's not that hard to patch a tube...

I second this- it's not that hard to patch a tube so that it doesn't leak. Once it doesn't leak, why do care that it has an orange wart on it? I've easily hit 10 patches on a tube, probably more. I...
Forum: Touring
02-06-17, 11:40 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,155
Posted By fuzz2050

Tarptent? (http://www.tarptent.com/) Just be...

Tarptent? (http://www.tarptent.com/)

Just be aware, silnylon isn't magic. It's pretty damn nice, don't get me wrong. The siliconizing process that strengthens the fabric allows for a very light...
Forum: Touring
02-06-17, 11:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,385
Posted By fuzz2050

Better than a carboard box, buy some storage...

Better than a carboard box, buy some storage containers of known volume. Then use them to store the gear when not on tour. I have a closet full of these Ikea ...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-17, 11:14 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,862
Posted By fuzz2050

I just drop the battery pack into my handlebar...

I just drop the battery pack into my handlebar bag. It works perfectly, there's no stress on the junction, no unsightly cables winding around my frame and I get a lot of lumens (although nowhere near...
Forum: Touring
01-14-17, 10:27 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,894
Posted By fuzz2050

Quilts don't really require a pad any more than...

Quilts don't really require a pad any more than sleeping bags do. In most sleeping bags, the insulation beneath you in compressed so much it doesn't provide much warmth, so a pad does a lot to keep...
Forum: Touring
01-12-17, 02:44 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,894
Posted By fuzz2050

I have an Enlightened quilt and I absolutely...

I have an Enlightened quilt and I absolutely adore it. It's my favorite piece of camping gear, bar none. Quilts do have their limitations, but I think their advantages far outweigh them, at least...
Forum: Touring
01-11-17, 10:25 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,361
Posted By fuzz2050

I've used a Quarter Dome for about five years, it...

I've used a Quarter Dome for about five years, it easily has at least 100 nights in it, probably closer to 200, and it's just starting to show a bit of wear. It's an entirely different model than the...
Forum: Commuting
12-28-16, 01:23 AM
Replies: 363
Views: 54,735
Posted By fuzz2050

Picking locks isn't easy, it's a skill that takes...

Picking locks isn't easy, it's a skill that takes a lot of time to develop, and picking the sorts of locks used in most modern bike locks is really difficult. I'm pretty decent with a pin tumbler...
Forum: Touring
11-29-16, 09:33 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,828
Posted By fuzz2050

I've had two Exped air mattresses (the old...

I've had two Exped air mattresses (the old synmats, not the new hyperlight) that have had baffles de-laminate. Both times it happened while inflating the pad, and both times they still held air...
Forum: Commuting
11-27-16, 08:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,103
Posted By fuzz2050

I can't speak to the jacket, but I have a pair of...

I can't speak to the jacket, but I have a pair of the A2B pants that are awesome. I've never had a pair of pants that move so well.
Forum: Touring
11-27-16, 07:53 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,325
Posted By fuzz2050

I've gone through a handful of different tents. ...

I've gone through a handful of different tents.

My main car camping/weight doesn't really matter tent/I'm going to be spending a lot of time in my tent tent is an older REI quarter dome. It's...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-16, 12:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,449
Posted By fuzz2050

Fork Crown Daruma

Velo Orange makes something that might work called a Daruma. ...
Forum: Commuting
11-22-16, 11:59 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 49,373
Posted By fuzz2050

This is well outside the realm of this thread,...

This is well outside the realm of this thread, but I'm sure you want to talk about your snazzy new custom bike. How exactly does that work? Does that wood platform lift up?

Also-how is the rear...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-16, 09:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 714
Posted By fuzz2050

I'm going to disagree, at least sort of. Because...

I'm going to disagree, at least sort of. Because you bought the light from an established company who probably cares about their reputation, ask them. Send Cygolight an email. Be truthful. Tell them...
Forum: Commuting
08-22-16, 09:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,469
Posted By fuzz2050

You've clearly never seen a pair of Ergon pedals...

You've clearly never seen a pair of Ergon pedals (https://www.rei.com/product/830494/ergon-pc2-pedals). They're wide, grippy and extremely supportive; they're great pedals-if you close your eyes. I...
Forum: Touring
08-10-16, 09:06 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 16,664
Posted By fuzz2050

I think the answer you're looking for is front...

I think the answer you're looking for is front racks are niche items, made by a small number of companies, most catering to the high end market.
08-02-16, 10:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 902
Posted By fuzz2050

I use longboards (and actually have a Mazda 3...

I use longboards (and actually have a Mazda 3 hatch...) and use an older version of the Raptor, and they all play very well together. Just lift up the bike, strap down the wheels, and clamp the down...
Forum: Touring
07-30-16, 10:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,663
Posted By fuzz2050

Location and conditions really make a huge...

Location and conditions really make a huge difference in the amount of gear I'd take with me for a 'just in case' scenario. In general, I try to keep enough gear to survive a night out, even if it...
Forum: Touring
06-30-16, 07:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,027
Posted By fuzz2050

You don't really give a temperature range, but in...

You don't really give a temperature range, but in my experience a four season tent is rated for winter use because it's better equipped to deal with high winds and snow load, not because it's warmer....
Forum: Commuting
06-30-16, 07:46 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,354
Posted By fuzz2050

I think this thread is very telling-they're great...

I think this thread is very telling-they're great tires, for some purposes. They're light, cheap and roll really well, but the appearance is questionable, and they are not as durable as other tires....
Forum: Touring
06-19-16, 08:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,927
Posted By fuzz2050

The Ergon pedals feel really nice, but are...

The Ergon pedals feel really nice, but are powerfully ugly. Grippy like a skateboard deck, not like a meat tenderizer, so less danger of harm to ones shin. Plus, built in reflectors. I have a pair on...
Forum: Touring
06-19-16, 08:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,793
Posted By fuzz2050

I have a tendency to use a Condor MA64 as a...

I have a tendency to use a Condor MA64 as a handlebar bag. It's just big enough for my wallet, cell phone, keys, light jacket and a snack or two. Hooks easily to my bars, secure, and unhooks just as...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-16, 08:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,568
Posted By fuzz2050

Arc'teryx gets way more credit than they deserve....

Arc'teryx gets way more credit than they deserve. They make nice products (I really like their A2B pants), but they tend to expensive, even when compared to competitors. And you have to support...
Forum: Touring
05-17-16, 08:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,051
Posted By fuzz2050

In all my years of using them, I've broken one. I...

In all my years of using them, I've broken one. I was using it to hammer in a tent peg. Don't do that and you'll probably be fine.
Forum: Touring
05-11-16, 10:57 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,618
Posted By fuzz2050

A tarp and bug net can provide a lot of...

A tarp and bug net can provide a lot of flexibility at a reasonable cost, and a very light weight. I've been using the Sea to Summit Escapist series (mainly backpacking, but a little 'bikepacking')....
Forum: Touring
04-16-16, 08:58 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,526
Posted By fuzz2050

I'm sure part of it is style, but I think there...

I'm sure part of it is style, but I think there is a legitimate weight savings to be had, if that's the sort of thing you're in to. That seat bag weighs just about a pound, holds 16.5 liters. A Tubus...
Forum: Touring
04-09-16, 09:33 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,640
Posted By fuzz2050

From what I can gather, Ursacks are often allowed...

From what I can gather, Ursacks are often allowed places where canisters are required, but there is no explicit rule against Ursacks. I've never had a problem when I've asked, but I've often had to...
Forum: Touring
04-08-16, 07:48 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,640
Posted By fuzz2050

I have one, and love it. Not only is it a...

I have one, and love it. Not only is it a fraction of the weight of a bear bag, but it's volume also reduces as you eat your food.

I'm also pretty well convinced no-one ever actually hangs a bear...
Forum: Commuting
02-23-16, 12:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,777
Posted By fuzz2050

I'll elaborate, because what you're saying is...

I'll elaborate, because what you're saying is generally helpful, although it might not apply in this particular case. Waterproof breathable fabrics can only breath when the DWR is keeping the outer...
Forum: Touring
02-23-16, 12:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 982
Posted By fuzz2050

I wouldn't let the ability to open the vent from...

I wouldn't let the ability to open the vent from inside of the tent be a major selling point, In all but the worst conditions the vent should be open.

Don't worry too much about the denier rating...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-16, 08:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,777
Posted By fuzz2050

10,000 mm should be plenty for a rain jacket,...

10,000 mm should be plenty for a rain jacket, it's enough for a motorcycle jacket meant to resist wind driven rain at 60 MPH. Although if you're getting soaked watching a football game, something is...
Forum: Touring
02-21-16, 01:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,444
Posted By fuzz2050

While I still use my Exped UL 7 (A great pad,...

While I still use my Exped UL 7 (A great pad, don't get me wrong) the Big Agnes Q-core pads are some of comfiest camping mattresses I've ever laid on. How on earth some people still manage with those...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-16, 01:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,777
Posted By fuzz2050

There are certainly different levels of...

There are certainly different levels of "Waterproof," most companies use a measurement of Hydrostatic Head, that is the pressure that a column of water has to exert to push it's way through a fabric....
Forum: Touring
02-10-16, 08:58 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,978
Posted By fuzz2050

I'm an unabashed stuffer. I don't roll for a...

I'm an unabashed stuffer. I don't roll for a number of reasons, primarily if I'm being honest, it's just easier. Also, I worry (Slightly) about rolling creating areas with more wear and tear, perhaps...
Forum: Touring
01-22-16, 10:57 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,488
Posted By fuzz2050

While your opinion is perfectly valid, and I know...

While your opinion is perfectly valid, and I know there are plenty of people who don't like quilts, remember that your opinion is not universal.

I find my enlightened quilt much more comfortable...
Forum: Touring
01-19-16, 11:54 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,488
Posted By fuzz2050

I'll vouch for Enlightened Quilts being awesome....

I'll vouch for Enlightened Quilts being awesome. My 30 degree quilt is under two pounds (substantially, I believe, but don't know the weight off the top of my head), it's extremely comfortable to...
Forum: Touring
12-28-15, 11:19 PM
Replies: 1,027
Views: 54,347
Posted By fuzz2050

eight. unless this thread can be locked for...

eight.

unless this thread can be locked for inanity.
Forum: Touring
12-28-15, 11:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,593
Posted By fuzz2050

I've used liners in the past, and largely given...

I've used liners in the past, and largely given up on them, in part because they don't really add much insulation (at least in my experience). I've used cotton and silk, and never felt like they...
Forum: Touring
12-28-15, 10:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,593
Posted By fuzz2050

I've never really felt the need. They don't...

I've never really felt the need. They don't really add much warmth, they add considerable weight (depending on what model you use) and don't really provide any real advantage.

There are some...
Forum: Touring
12-15-15, 10:12 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,747
Posted By fuzz2050

Paracord is pretty serious overkill for guylines....

Paracord is pretty serious overkill for guylines. I might even take the paracord apart and use one of the inner strands. Or buy some mason twine from the hardware store and use that.
Or buy some...
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