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Forum: Commuting
03-01-19, 03:19 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,926
Posted By suburbanbeat

Awesome resources so far, thanks everyone. This...

Awesome resources so far, thanks everyone. This definitely gives me some perspective. I appreciate the time some of you took to produce these demo videos - they're exactly what I'm looking for.
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Forum: Commuting
03-01-19, 09:04 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,926
Posted By suburbanbeat

Best, simplest safety camera for capturing license plate numbers

Hi all. I've put off getting a safety camera for too long. Now that I'm looking again though, I remember why I keep shying away - the number of options is dizzying.

I'm seeing a ton of very cheap...
Forum: Touring
02-04-19, 03:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 758
Posted By suburbanbeat

Overnight tour recommendations in Denver?

Hi all. I am going to a conference in Denver in late May and would like to get a little tour in before or after, if possible. Can anyone recommend some destinations that would make for a nice...
Forum: Touring
06-13-17, 12:11 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,265
Posted By suburbanbeat

Yep, this is me, and I have a lot to say about my...

Yep, this is me, and I have a lot to say about my experience as a vegan bike tourer.

I rode across the United States, from Maryland to California, during the summer of 2014. I hadn't given much...
Forum: Touring
06-01-17, 01:09 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,365
Posted By suburbanbeat

David - I just read all of the Mexican portion of...

David - I just read all of the Mexican portion of your journal. Great read and great photos! This gives me a much more clear idea of what a tour like this might actually be like. Reading your blog, I...
Forum: Touring
05-25-17, 02:26 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,365
Posted By suburbanbeat

Wow, so many responses! Thank you all for your...

Wow, so many responses! Thank you all for your (mostly) thoughtful insight. It's nice to know that this at least isn't unprecedented. The trick, it seems, will be finding a safe route that follows...
Forum: Touring
05-24-17, 11:08 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,365
Posted By suburbanbeat

Self-contained across Mexico - has anyone here done it?

I've had my sights set on touring across Mexico for some time. I have a lot of family and family friends there, I speak Spanish, and to fly there is relatively affordable. Moreover, a trip from...
Forum: Touring
05-11-17, 02:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,066
Posted By suburbanbeat

Yep! Made it through the southwest deserts in the...

Yep! Made it through the southwest deserts in the middle of JULY without problem by doing exactly this. Perfect, beautiful, dry air. Get off the road by 1:00 at the latest.
Forum: Touring
05-11-17, 08:02 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 10,636
Posted By suburbanbeat

So my X Therm is probably about 3 years old now,...

So my X Therm is probably about 3 years old now, which I assume makes it an "old" version. I was initially reluctant based on that same concern that it would be too noisy. Personally, I don't find it...
Forum: Touring
05-10-17, 06:23 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 22,516
Posted By suburbanbeat

Just an update to say that I brought my Marrakesh...

Just an update to say that I brought my Marrakesh into my LBS to address the errant and unresponsive shifting. They ended up upgrading my MicroShift shifters to Dura-Ace all under warranty. Score!...
Forum: Touring
05-10-17, 06:11 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 10,636
Posted By suburbanbeat

You're kind of asking two different questions....

You're kind of asking two different questions. Ideal sleep systems and shelters for (fully loaded) touring will be different from the ideal system for bikepacking, at least as far as tents/shelters...
Forum: Touring
04-17-17, 09:29 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 10,810
Posted By suburbanbeat

Ha! Whoops, I forgot that I had explicitly posted...

Ha! Whoops, I forgot that I had explicitly posted that as a potential stealth camping spot. Bad security on my part! Anyway, thank you for that tip. Actually, I reached out to rangers at Jacobsburg...
Forum: Touring
04-10-17, 10:16 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 10,810
Posted By suburbanbeat

Free time will be pretty limited this year, but I...

Free time will be pretty limited this year, but I hope to do a short tour from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. to the Poconos Mountains. The route that I am working on is here...
Forum: Commuting
04-10-17, 10:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,291
Posted By suburbanbeat

Suuuuper tight hamstrings - a result of regular commuting?

Hi all. My commute is 7.5 fairly leisurely miles. I never ride fast enough to huff and puff, and generally take my ride pretty easy. I've been doing this 5 days per week for about the past 2 years.
...
Forum: Touring
04-04-17, 08:37 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 22,516
Posted By suburbanbeat

I've been riding my Marrakesh as a regular...

I've been riding my Marrakesh as a regular commuter for about 4 months. In many ways, I love it, and I'll try to take time to post a thoughtful review later. However, I did experience shifting issues...
Forum: Touring
01-19-17, 09:06 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,421
Posted By suburbanbeat

I've had very good experiences with my Marmot...

I've had very good experiences with my Marmot Cloudbreak 30. It's synthetic and packs down to about 10" tall by 6" across with the help of the compression straps. However, I would not say that it's...
Forum: Touring
12-14-16, 08:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,963
Posted By suburbanbeat

I know this might not be terribly helpful because...

I know this might not be terribly helpful because I'm not addressing your question directly, but I will say that with a traditional four-pannier setup, I was able to easily carry 9 liters of water....
Forum: Touring
12-12-16, 09:41 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,844
Posted By suburbanbeat

Yes, I had the same experience trying to mount...

Yes, I had the same experience trying to mount CR-720s on an early 90s touring frame. They were easy enough to just get on the frame, but dialing them in was such a pain in the ass that I had to take...
Forum: Touring
12-01-16, 07:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,805
Posted By suburbanbeat

Using the Ortlieb Backroller and Frontroller...

Using the Ortlieb Backroller and Frontroller Classic panniers, I was able to fairly easily keep all of my camping stuff, sans tent, in one rear pannier. So, that would be my sleeping bag, sleeping...
Forum: Touring
11-29-16, 11:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,259
Posted By suburbanbeat

First of all, your trip sounds awesome. ...

First of all, your trip sounds awesome.

Regarding your tent obscuring your rear light - I get around this issue by utilizing a rack-mounted rear light. That is, I use a light that attaches to the...
Forum: Touring
11-18-16, 02:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,973
Posted By suburbanbeat

Great feedback, everyone. Thanks! To address...

Great feedback, everyone. Thanks!

To address some of the questions/issues that have come up:

In my original question, by "hiking" I meant day-long excursions through National Parks (as an...
Forum: Touring
11-17-16, 09:46 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,973
Posted By suburbanbeat

Best "casual" touring-friendly SPD shoe for hiking/sight-seeing?

I figured this would be a more common thread topic here, but the only one I came across was fairly old.

I just bought a Salsa Marrakesh (!) and am taking the opportunity to move away from flats...
Forum: Touring
11-16-16, 08:22 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,585
Posted By suburbanbeat

YES. Common courtesy dictates that one should...

YES. Common courtesy dictates that one should always leave some sort of thank you note or follow up by mail/text/anything to express gratitude.

ESPECIALLY after a five-day stay. Yeesh.
Forum: Touring
11-16-16, 08:20 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,585
Posted By suburbanbeat

Amazing service that will make even the most...

Amazing service that will make even the most cynical cyclist see the good in humanity. I've stayed with about a dozen or so hosts from WarmShowers, and they were all incredibly gracious in their...
Forum: Touring
11-14-16, 07:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,234
Posted By suburbanbeat

Well, SURPRISE! I left the bike shop not with a...

Well, SURPRISE! I left the bike shop not with a Disc Trucker, or Long Haul Trucker, or even a Kona Sutra. I left with a new Salsa Marrakesh! Yeah! I'm so excited, but haven't even really had a chance...
Forum: Touring
11-02-16, 01:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,234
Posted By suburbanbeat

I've gotta say, while I do think that 26" wheels...

I've gotta say, while I do think that 26" wheels look a little goofy (admittedly because I'm just accustomed to 700c), fenders really fill everything out and make the bike look pretty cool!
Forum: Touring
11-01-16, 07:15 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,234
Posted By suburbanbeat

Wow, thanks so much for the thoughtful responses,...

Wow, thanks so much for the thoughtful responses, everyone. There seems to be a pretty solid consensus in support of opting for a 26" DT. Good to know that the on-the-ground practical differences...
Forum: Touring
10-31-16, 01:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,234
Posted By suburbanbeat

Well, crap. You're right. I've been so focused on...

Well, crap. You're right. I've been so focused on the Disc Trucker that I haven't even put much time into researching the LHT. So that effectively limits me to 26" wheels unless I can find some crazy...
Forum: Touring
10-31-16, 12:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,234
Posted By suburbanbeat

700c Disc Trucker not available in my size - go for 26" or the Long Haul Trucker?

Hey all. So I'm getting ready to splurge on a new tourer. I've settled on the Disc Trucker as the most cost-effective option that checks off many of the biggest items on my wishlist (bar-end...
Forum: Touring
10-11-16, 09:35 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,448
Posted By suburbanbeat

I assume you got the drop bar setup and not the...

I assume you got the drop bar setup and not the flat? Please keep us posted on your experience. I'm in the market for a new tourer currently and the Marakesh is high on my list. I think I've heard...
Forum: Touring
07-19-16, 08:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,215
Posted By suburbanbeat

I've encountered plenty of cyclists who ride with...

I've encountered plenty of cyclists who ride with earbuds in their ears (a practice that is generally frowned upon), and while they are increasing their risk of accident by doing so, they are able to...
Forum: Touring
07-18-16, 07:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,110
Posted By suburbanbeat

Yes, I ride 700x32 Continental Touring Plus...

Yes, I ride 700x32 Continental Touring Plus tires, and they are wonderfully versatile. Quick and smooth enough on road, wide and robust enough for gravel/crushed limestone.
Forum: Touring
07-07-16, 01:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,154
Posted By suburbanbeat

As a touring enthusiast and animal advocate, I...

As a touring enthusiast and animal advocate, I spent a lot of time researching non-leather saddles when I was in the market for one. All signs pointed towards the Brooks Cambium, and sure enough,...
Forum: Touring
06-28-16, 12:35 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,267
Posted By suburbanbeat

CAMP STUFF: Marmot Limelight 2 person tent ...

CAMP STUFF:
Marmot Limelight 2 person tent
Marmot Cloudbreak 30-degree sleeping bag
NeoAir X-Therm sleeping pad
MSR MicroRocket camp stove
Sea to Summit camp pillow
Fuel canisters x3
Snow Peak...
Forum: Touring
06-21-16, 06:42 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,090
Posted By suburbanbeat

Ok, yes, I could append this statement to say...

Ok, yes, I could append this statement to say that a tire typically wears predictably under circumstances. Assuming a tire hasn't been physically compromised, it should wear out gradually over time....
Forum: Touring
06-20-16, 06:56 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,090
Posted By suburbanbeat

I don't bring a spare tire with me, because tires...

I don't bring a spare tire with me, because tires wear in very predictable ways, and with some research it should be fairly easy to predict when a tire on a long tour will need replacement. If you're...
Forum: Touring
06-18-16, 09:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,213
Posted By suburbanbeat

Yeah, exactly. The brakes and shifting took so...

Yeah, exactly. The brakes and shifting took so much trial and error to dial in that the idea of having to redo the entire thing just doesn't seem worth it. I may keep this bike reserved for light...
Forum: Touring
06-17-16, 08:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,213
Posted By suburbanbeat

Thanks for the kind words, everyone! ...

Thanks for the kind words, everyone!



In general, yes. The one regret I have is not replacing the standard sized stem with one of those extra-long stems that allow for a more upright riding...
Forum: Touring
06-17-16, 12:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,213
Posted By suburbanbeat

Vintage tourer gets a new lease on life

Hey all, just wanted to share a restoration project I recently finished. I originally bought this 1993 Novara Randonee from Craigslist in 2012 for $60 - a steal of a deal. I've put it through the...
Forum: Touring
06-14-16, 12:02 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,329
Posted By suburbanbeat

I use the Garmin Edge Touring Plus, and get about...

I use the Garmin Edge Touring Plus, and get about two long days of touring out of one charge. If I go longer than that without access to an electrical outlet, I simply plug the thing into a solar...
Forum: Touring
06-13-16, 10:40 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 22,516
Posted By suburbanbeat

I totally agree. This feature seems out of place...

I totally agree. This feature seems out of place on a touring bike. I can't imagine ever converting a purpose-built tourer to single speed. As a cyclist, I am happy having a dedicated single-speed...
Forum: Touring
06-13-16, 08:55 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,164
Posted By suburbanbeat

I've seen and heard of plenty of people embarking...

I've seen and heard of plenty of people embarking on months-long tours after having not ridden a bike or doing any kind of endurance training for months. You'll be fine. Even if you were to not train...
Forum: Touring
06-13-16, 08:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,740
Posted By suburbanbeat

Brake and shifter cables are put under a great...

Brake and shifter cables are put under a great deal of stress, and I would recommend that they be replaced before any self-contained tour, assuming they have more than 700 or so miles on them.
...
Forum: Touring
06-09-16, 01:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 757
Posted By suburbanbeat

Adventure Cycling Association's "Northern Tier"...

Adventure Cycling Association's "Northern Tier" route does exactly this. Those maps will address all of your concerns by putting you on the best roads, through the best towns, and labeling any and...
Forum: Touring
06-09-16, 01:38 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,035
Posted By suburbanbeat

So many weird places which at the time seemed so...

So many weird places which at the time seemed so perfectly normal given the circumstances.

Last year I slept in the shower stall of a bathroom in a state park. The night air became MUCH colder...
Forum: Touring
05-11-16, 06:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 786
Posted By suburbanbeat

This is a decision you'll likely only be...

This is a decision you'll likely only be confident making after you've been on the road for at least a few days. Everyone is different and your preference for handlebar style depends on your riding...
Forum: Touring
05-11-16, 06:42 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,761
Posted By suburbanbeat

Go for it! You are well-prepared for any easy to...

Go for it! You are well-prepared for any easy to moderate tour if you're able to ride 37 miles in a day. Even if you feel like hell after your first day or two, you'll likely be amazed at how quickly...
Forum: Touring
05-10-16, 07:17 AM
Replies: 319
Views: 32,341
Posted By suburbanbeat

Damn, this sounds and looks awesome. Interesting...

Damn, this sounds and looks awesome. Interesting that they require tubeless tires for the 2017 group ride. Those must be some pretty rough trails.

As far as banditos go, most of my friends and...
Forum: Touring
05-09-16, 01:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 998
Posted By suburbanbeat

Put a few hours of research into this a while...

Put a few hours of research into this a while ago. Found that, in general, one must pay a premium for pants that are both fully waterproof and breathable. The most affordable solution I found was the...
Forum: Touring
05-06-16, 08:18 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,969
Posted By suburbanbeat

Was going to start a new thread to ask this, but...

Was going to start a new thread to ask this, but this seems like as good a home for my question as any. Has anyone ever used SHIMANO SAINTS on tours? I'm a flat-pedal person myself, but this would...
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