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Forum: Touring
10-21-11, 02:45 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,002
Posted By TheDazed

Thanks dude, it was great.

Thanks dude, it was great.
Forum: Touring
10-19-11, 01:54 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,002
Posted By TheDazed

So I've been living in Victoria for a month now...

So I've been living in Victoria for a month now and I just remembered this thread and thought I'd conclude it here. The tour was great, best experience of my life, and I didn't have any problems with...
Forum: Touring
07-10-11, 06:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,002
Posted By TheDazed

The weight of the bags themselves is included in...

The weight of the bags themselves is included in the weights I'm giving.
I didn't count my seat post bag which is a few pounds of tools and stuff. and the 23 pounds on the front wasn't just clothes...
Forum: Touring
07-10-11, 03:57 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,002
Posted By TheDazed

mid-september

mid-september
Forum: Touring
07-10-11, 03:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,002
Posted By TheDazed

Not including the food. But yeah, my camping kit...

Not including the food. But yeah, my camping kit is pretty ultralight.
Forum: Touring
07-10-11, 11:03 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,002
Posted By TheDazed

I just went over to walmart and bought some all...

I just went over to walmart and bought some all polyester socks, boxers and a shirt for cycling in.. I was rolling with all cotton, but everyone here said stay away from it.
Forum: Touring
07-10-11, 09:45 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,002
Posted By TheDazed

I don't have 70 lbs of gear.. I've got 20 lbs on...

I don't have 70 lbs of gear.. I've got 20 lbs on the back and and 18 on the front.



Leaving tomorrow.
Forum: Touring
07-09-11, 06:59 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,002
Posted By TheDazed

You guys pack extremely light. I suppose I should...

You guys pack extremely light. I suppose I should mention that I don't mind carrying a little extra weigh for convenience and comfort, I'm a person who can appreciate having clean clothes on. Also...
Forum: Touring
07-09-11, 03:02 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,002
Posted By TheDazed

If you feel comfortable wearing the same pair of...

If you feel comfortable wearing the same pair of socks every day for 2+ months it makes packing a lot easier I guess.
Forum: Touring
07-09-11, 12:47 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,002
Posted By TheDazed

Too much clothing

I've got 23.5 lbs of clothing packed and feel like it's too heavy. I'm touring from Toronto to Vancouver, going over the great lakes and I'm not sure how cold it's going to get.
Please chime in with...
Forum: Touring
07-09-11, 12:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,209
Posted By TheDazed

209898

209898
Forum: Touring
06-13-11, 09:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 626
Posted By TheDazed

I like this idea, this is the sorta thing I was...

I like this idea, this is the sorta thing I was looking for, that's a very out of the way, relatively safe spot.

As for needing to hit a rock to bend one.. I wouldn't put it past a big stick in...
Forum: Touring
06-12-11, 07:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 626
Posted By TheDazed

Hm.. I'm doing a 4,500km self-supported tour so I...

Hm.. I'm doing a 4,500km self-supported tour so I figured I would need em, but your comment about the derailleur makes sense.. I'm not bringing a spare one of those. Now I'm questioning the decision...
Forum: Touring
06-11-11, 08:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 626
Posted By TheDazed

I do a lot of dragging my bike through roadside...

I do a lot of dragging my bike through roadside forests to camp... First tour with discs and I'm worried about bending them up on stuff
Forum: Touring
06-11-11, 02:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 626
Posted By TheDazed

Carrying spare rotors

Anyone have some good suggestions for packing spare disc brake rotors on tour such that the risk of being bent from other things in your panniers or whatever is minimized?
Forum: Touring
05-31-11, 10:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,283
Posted By TheDazed

The clickstand arrived today and after having a...

The clickstand arrived today and after having a quick play with it I'm very happy that I ordered it. This is such a more logical tool for a months-long self-supported tour than the double leg...
Forum: Touring
05-30-11, 05:39 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,937
Posted By TheDazed

The reason why TomTom on the smartphone is sweet...

The reason why TomTom on the smartphone is sweet is it requires no cell coverage, all the data is stored client side and the positioning is done solely with the GPS satellites.
Forum: Touring
05-23-11, 11:45 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,770
Posted By TheDazed

I dunno about your experience with firesteel, but...

I dunno about your experience with firesteel, but I have 3 different flint and steels and have used them for years... Bring a pack of bic lighters instead. Firesteels are like a toy for playing...
Forum: Touring
05-23-11, 11:25 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,937
Posted By TheDazed

I hacked TomTom onto my Xperia smartphone and...

I hacked TomTom onto my Xperia smartphone and have a solio solar charger. Pretty perfect for remote navigation. I've used several actual GPS units before and they were always a nightmare to set up...
Forum: Touring
05-19-11, 10:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,283
Posted By TheDazed

Can you suggest a suitable high friction...

Can you suggest a suitable high friction material? I already killed the paint job on the underside of the stays just attaching it loosely to see how it would fit.

I just ordered a clickstand. I'm...
Forum: Touring
05-19-11, 09:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,283
Posted By TheDazed

So the pletscher arrived today and... I see what...

So the pletscher arrived today and... I see what you guys mean now. I've been screwing around with it for perhaps an hour and can not achieve an appropriate degree of tightness. I think the reason is...
Forum: Touring
05-16-11, 02:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,283
Posted By TheDazed

Why did you sell it? Did your bike fall over as...

Why did you sell it? Did your bike fall over as much as it would have with a single leg kickstand?
Forum: Touring
05-15-11, 10:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,283
Posted By TheDazed

I'm mainly interested in hearing from anyone...

I'm mainly interested in hearing from anyone who's tried them both cut and uncut and can recommend one or the other. The clickstand does seem neat but I already just dropped 50 bucks on a kickstand.
Forum: Touring
05-13-11, 02:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,283
Posted By TheDazed

I kind of impulse bought it from amazon after my...

I kind of impulse bought it from amazon after my bike fell over again, then immediately regretted it. I once screwed up my wheel when my bike fell over on tour and am quite worried about this...
Forum: Touring
05-13-11, 11:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,283
Posted By TheDazed

Pletscher Double Leg stand owners:

I've read that a lot of people don't cut the legs at all, and I've read people who cut the legs right down to ground level and were happy with it. I just ordered one that I'm going to hack on to my...
Forum: Touring
05-11-11, 08:02 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,775
Posted By TheDazed

That's a 35 degree bag? I want it. I can't find a...

That's a 35 degree bag? I want it. I can't find a place to buy it online though.
Forum: Touring
05-11-11, 07:07 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,775
Posted By TheDazed

Post your ultralight sleeping bag!

I have a Kelty Cosmic 35f degree bag, and I'm thinking I want to go a little lighter/smaller for my tour this summer.. What bags do you guys use?
Forum: Touring
05-11-11, 06:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,292
Posted By TheDazed

Check out: http://www.junglehammock.com/ ...

Check out:
http://www.junglehammock.com/

Pricey but great for stealth camping and ideal size and weight for touring.
Forum: Touring
03-08-11, 11:31 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,016
Posted By TheDazed

Good points. As for the last one, my...

Good points.
As for the last one, my particular preference while touring emphasizes camping as much as cycling... stopping every few days and finding a really remote place and just taking a day off...
Forum: Touring
03-07-11, 11:28 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,016
Posted By TheDazed

It also claims to reduce heavy metals and...

It also claims to reduce heavy metals and chemicals like pesticides with activated carbon, which is a big deal to me. If I was only worried about bacteria and viruses I would just boil. Additionally,...
Forum: Touring
03-07-11, 06:38 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,016
Posted By TheDazed

It is for me, but I suppose you have to choose...

It is for me, but I suppose you have to choose the right tool for the job. I do a lot of camping in the middle of nowhere on my tours and it's especially useful for that purpose.

Last summer I...
Forum: Touring
03-01-11, 07:52 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,016
Posted By TheDazed

I use a lifesaver bottle. ...

I use a lifesaver bottle.
http://www.lifesaversystems.com/

It's a bit expensive, but I've drank lake ontario, lake huron, notoriously polluted rivers in Toronto here, as well as countless dubious...
Forum: Touring
02-13-11, 05:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,757
Posted By TheDazed

In the picture above you can sorta see that at...

In the picture above you can sorta see that at the ends of the metal arms that hold the front fenders on there's some superficial black plastic nubs jutting out for whatever reason... turns out they...
Forum: Touring
02-13-11, 03:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,757
Posted By TheDazed

To find a "touring bike" of any kind with a $300...

To find a "touring bike" of any kind with a $300 tag is pretty epic and I would've snatched it up too. Sounds like your fuji had a lot of issues and I'm kinda glad I didn't get that one, though the...
Forum: Touring
02-12-11, 08:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,757
Posted By TheDazed

Great point I hadn't considered. It looks like I...

Great point I hadn't considered. It looks like I can bring my saddle forward a few cms which might be just what I need.
Forum: Touring
02-12-11, 07:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,757
Posted By TheDazed

I'm only looking to raise it a couple cms. There...

I'm only looking to raise it a couple cms. There seems to be 5 spacers visible where the stem protrudes from the frame. I've heard you can swap these to be below the stem to gain some height.. Or...
Forum: Touring
02-12-11, 07:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,757
Posted By TheDazed

Thanks. I can post pictures or answers questions...

Thanks. I can post pictures or answers questions if anyone's interested. It's not as heavy as I expected it to be from what I'd heard. It really is a gorgeous bike.

There is a problem with toe...
Forum: Touring
02-12-11, 03:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,757
Posted By TheDazed

I bought the sojourn. I'm pretty impressed with...

I bought the sojourn. I'm pretty impressed with it so far.
Forum: Touring
02-10-11, 02:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,757
Posted By TheDazed

Have not seen one in these parts, but I read this...

Have not seen one in these parts, but I read this review the other day that stopped me from looking very hard:
http://recklesscognition.wordpress.com/2008/09/03/choosing-a-touring-bicycle-option-5/...
Forum: Touring
02-10-11, 01:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,757
Posted By TheDazed

Raleigh Sojourn vs Fuji Touring

Raleigh Sojourn http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/steel-road/sojourn-11/

vs.

Fuji Touring http://2010.fujibikes.com/LifeStyle/ClassicSeries/Touring.aspx

Discuss.

I was initially drawn to...
Forum: Touring
02-05-11, 06:06 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,296
Posted By TheDazed

It was Europe Bound that I called. On Front st....

It was Europe Bound that I called. On Front st. Perhaps its the new model?
Forum: Touring
02-05-11, 11:41 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,296
Posted By TheDazed

I just called them and they do have them for $950...

I just called them and they do have them for $950 right now. $150 cheaper than the Fuji Touring. I'd like to hear some experienced bicycles tourists say which of these bikes they would prefer. Is the...
Forum: Touring
02-04-11, 02:34 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,296
Posted By TheDazed

I have axiom champlains for rear panniers and I...

I have axiom champlains for rear panniers and I can easily get 50 pounds of stuff in each one. Perfect for beer runs. I dont use the platform for much as my hammock and sleeping bag fit in my bags. ...
Forum: Touring
02-04-11, 11:44 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,296
Posted By TheDazed

Agreed, I love those cross levers, since I...

Agreed, I love those cross levers, since I usually only drop down for massive uphills or headwinds. A lot of bikes don't have them, and I didn't even realize this one did, which is a big plus for me....
Forum: Touring
02-03-11, 12:01 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,296
Posted By TheDazed

I've got some nice fenders sitting around waiting...

I've got some nice fenders sitting around waiting for a nice bike to be put on, I've got a headlight and rear blinkey.. I've got a jandd rear rack that's served me well but which is damaged and...
Forum: Touring
02-03-11, 11:54 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,296
Posted By TheDazed

I've been exploring all my options and found...

I've been exploring all my options and found something that looks really good at near the price point I want. It's also from a local LBS so I wouldn't have to deal with all the bs of shipping from...
Forum: Touring
01-31-11, 12:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,224
Posted By TheDazed

I haven't actually done anything yet except send...

I haven't actually done anything yet except send a lot of emails. I almost went for the gran turismo, but using that package forwarding service plus duty, plux tax (im in canada) the costs comes up...
Forum: Touring
01-22-11, 09:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,224
Posted By TheDazed

Right now I have a 54cm

Right now I have a 54cm
Forum: Touring
01-22-11, 05:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,224
Posted By TheDazed

Yeah... upon further research and measurements,...

Yeah... upon further research and measurements, I've determined I should have a 56 cm frame. Since there's only 54 and 58, this begs the question: Am I better off with a bike that's slightly too big...
Forum: Touring
01-22-11, 04:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,224
Posted By TheDazed

I'm trying to decide between the 54cm and 58cm...

I'm trying to decide between the 54cm and 58cm versions of this bike: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/gran_turismo.htm

If the LHT is anything like it, the 58 might be too big for...
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