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Forum: Touring
01-08-16, 01:33 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,898
Posted By vik

Bummer about the dyno hub. Hopefully Peter W will...

Bummer about the dyno hub. Hopefully Peter W will sort you out. I have dealt with him several times and not had any issues/complaints.

The range will vary of course, but with some use you'll have...
Forum: Touring
01-08-16, 12:00 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,898
Posted By vik

What's your range with that motor and battery? ...

What's your range with that motor and battery?

With all that gear you are only going to pedalling unassisted on dead flats and downhill.

Does the motor have a clutch so that you can avoid its...
Forum: Touring
12-14-15, 07:51 PM
Replies: 1,027
Views: 54,396
Posted By vik

7 days out typically means: - 6 x breakfast ...

7 days out typically means:

- 6 x breakfast
- 7 x lunch
- 6 x dinner

As I'll eat breakfast at my vehicle on the first day and I'll end up back at my vehicle the last night.

Breakfast:...
Forum: Touring
12-14-15, 05:57 PM
Replies: 1,027
Views: 54,396
Posted By vik

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/553/20383849881_b2f...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/553/20383849881_b2f549f1af_h.jpg

My current ^^ touring setup. Good for 5-7 days between resupply.

I guess it depends where you hang out online and where you ride....
Forum: Touring
12-14-15, 05:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 12,709
Posted By vik

Thanks :) That's a random Blackspire...

Thanks :)

That's a random Blackspire chainring that I happened to have in my parts bin that fit the Race Face crank.
Forum: Touring
10-14-15, 10:39 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 8,581
Posted By vik

I've been touring on IGH bikes since 2008. I've...

I've been touring on IGH bikes since 2008. I've used a couple Rohloffs, a couple Alfine 8s and an Alfine 11.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2818/9245093664_af4511cda3_b.jpg

^^^ this is my...
Forum: Touring
09-13-15, 07:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,621
Posted By vik

Wide tires can be just as fast if not faster than...

Wide tires can be just as fast if not faster than a narrower tire. I also find the lower pressures used results in less punctures despite running very supple rubber with no special anti-flat material...
Forum: Touring
09-08-15, 09:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,044
Posted By vik

A Google search comes up with .8/.5/.8 for the...

A Google search comes up with .8/.5/.8 for the LHT. Post is from 2011 so worth checking with Surly if the DT is different. I suspect the main triangle on the LHT and DT are the same.
Forum: Touring
08-31-15, 09:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,198
Posted By vik

The problem with tires people typically use for...

The problem with tires people typically use for touring is not their weight so much as the fact they have energy sucking stiff sidewalls. Stiff sidewall tires tend to be heavier, but I wouldn't focus...
Forum: Touring
08-29-15, 09:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,811
Posted By vik

For a paved road tour I wouldn't bother carrying...

For a paved road tour I wouldn't bother carrying a filter.
Forum: Touring
08-28-15, 06:58 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,287
Posted By vik

Agreed. Not only that, but all the whiz bang...

Agreed. Not only that, but all the whiz bang flavour of the day stuff doesn't make your tour better.
Forum: Touring
08-27-15, 10:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 936
Posted By vik

A friend let me try his expensive shaft driven...

A friend let me try his expensive shaft driven bike. It was awfully draggy. I took it around the block and gave it back. I'd never ride a bike that inefficient even for a coffee.

It was also...
Forum: Touring
08-24-15, 07:38 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,797
Posted By vik

I could pack an XC 29er race tire as a spare....

I could pack an XC 29er race tire as a spare. It's just so unlikely that I will ever need it that it's a pointless piece of gear IMO.

I working on lightening my gear further. I would notice an...
Forum: Touring
08-24-15, 07:23 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,797
Posted By vik

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2818/9245093664_af4...

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2818/9245093664_af4511cda3_b.jpg

^^^ this is my idea of a loaded touring bike with a week's worth of gear/food and a spare tire is a significant addition and one I...
Forum: Touring
08-24-15, 06:05 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,797
Posted By vik

If I worried about every possible "what if" I'd...

If I worried about every possible "what if" I'd have so many spares on my bike I'd never get anywhere.

Your problem wasn't not having a spare tire. It was not having a patch kit and the skills to...
Forum: Touring
08-24-15, 06:02 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,797
Posted By vik

No. 1 or 2 spare tubes, patch kit and the...

No.

1 or 2 spare tubes, patch kit and the ability to boot a larger hole.

I have never had any tire damage that resulted in the inability to fix the tire well enough to get back to some place I...
Forum: Touring
08-23-15, 06:44 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,151
Posted By vik

I don't tour in cities or towns so I rarely run...

I don't tour in cities or towns so I rarely run into any homeless folks.

I did once run into a guy panning for gold along a river and stealth camping in the forest near it. He was hiking back to...
Forum: Touring
08-22-15, 01:56 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,216
Posted By vik

Yes those are 26 x 2.15" tires. Marathon...

Yes those are 26 x 2.15" tires.

Marathon Plus are very stiff tires. I'd never use them as they have more rolling resistance than I could put up with. If I was worried about flats I'd run a supple...
Forum: Touring
08-22-15, 09:42 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,216
Posted By vik

If the tires are constructed the same the rolling...

If the tires are constructed the same the rolling resistance difference between the 40mm and 47mm versions will be negligible. I don't find tire weight [within a reasonable range] a big deal touring...
Forum: Touring
08-22-15, 09:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,457
Posted By vik

I road toured with a double and almost never used...

I road toured with a double and almost never used the small ring so my next bike was setup as a single with a wide range MTB cassette.

I'm working on a new dirt touring bike and it will also be a...
Forum: Touring
08-22-15, 09:14 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,216
Posted By vik

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5337/10046140313_1e...

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5337/10046140313_1e5bf8a7c0_b.jpg

My 26" LHT with Velo Orange metal fenders. I have used plastic and metal fenders extensively and prefer metal for a number of...
Forum: Touring
08-22-15, 12:55 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 5,300
Posted By vik

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/375/18626414758_138...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/375/18626414758_138c67c75a_b.jpg

I've done a bunch of moto touring and ride my moto several times a week.

I prefer to tour by bicycle and tend to spend my...
Forum: Touring
08-16-15, 08:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 19,877
Posted By vik

Can you post the link to the bike info you are...

Can you post the link to the bike info you are talking about. I can't find it.

https://www.greyhound.com/en/ticketsandtravel/baggageinformation.aspx

Last time I check about taking a bike with...
Forum: Touring
08-14-15, 10:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,524
Posted By vik

I should add that a 3" tire has far more in...

I should add that a 3" tire has far more in common with a normal width MTB tire than it does a fatbike tire. So you get a much more nimble fast rolling wheel, but you lose most of the float that...
Forum: Touring
08-14-15, 10:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,524
Posted By vik

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5448/9242299617_7d5...

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5448/9242299617_7d5be4d8e0_b.jpg

I've been touring on a 29+ bike with 3" tires for 3 years now and love it. It rolls fine for 100kms+ pavement days, loves dirt roads...
Forum: Touring
08-13-15, 10:01 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,319
Posted By vik

My main touring setup used non-tubeless tires and...

My main touring setup used non-tubeless tires and rims last year. This year I tried tubeless ready tires on the non-tubeless rims. Both setups have been 100% reliable. I'm building up new touring...
Forum: Touring
08-13-15, 07:37 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,319
Posted By vik

I've been touring on tubeless tires for a couple...

I've been touring on tubeless tires for a couple years, converted my commuter road bike to tubeless last year and have been mountain biking tubeless for about 4yrs.

A properly setup tubeless...
Forum: Touring
08-11-15, 10:37 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 21,508
Posted By vik

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3790/9245092742_122...

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3790/9245092742_122ee49173_b.jpg

^^^ this is my current touring bike and riding position. I can put in 10-12hr days pretty comfortably like this.

When it comes to...
Forum: Touring
08-09-15, 10:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 411
Posted By vik

Chilcotins Tour 2015

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/300/19755043074_0219278287_b.jpg

My buddy and I just wrapped up a 6 day tour in the backcountry around Spruce Lake. We lucked out on the weather, but sadly a storm...
Forum: Touring
09-23-14, 07:40 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,821
Posted By vik

Backcountry tours: - camera + spare battery...

Backcountry tours:

- camera + spare battery = 1 week of power
- GPS with lithium batteries + spare set = 1 week of power [close to 2, but I like to have some extra]
- headlamp with lithium...
Forum: Touring
09-22-14, 07:56 AM
Replies: 840
Views: 80,401
Posted By vik

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2818/9245093664_af4...

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2818/9245093664_af4511cda3_b.jpg

My current touring setup.

- Surly Krampus w/ 29 x 3" tires and Rohloff
- Porcelain Rocket bike bags
- 28L Camelbak pack

I...
Forum: Touring
09-20-14, 09:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,244
Posted By vik

A few more good bikepacking/MTB touring...

A few more good bikepacking/MTB touring resources:

Zen On Dirt (http://zenondirt.wordpress.com/)
Diary of Scott Morris (http://www.topofusion.com/diary/)
gypsy by trade | Ridin' bikes and...
Forum: Touring
09-19-14, 04:43 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,587
Posted By vik

They don't live in Canada. When it comes to...

They don't live in Canada. When it comes to personal property they only have to declare what they are leaving in Canada.
Forum: Touring
09-19-14, 02:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,244
Posted By vik

Also check out: bikepacking.net...

Also check out: bikepacking.net (http://www.bikepacking.net/)
Forum: Touring
09-19-14, 09:39 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,587
Posted By vik

Excellent. Have fun on the new bikes. I've...

Excellent. Have fun on the new bikes. I've enjoyed all the Bike Fridays I've owned and have 2 in the fleet at the moment [Tikit & Tandem Traveller]. :thumb::love:
Forum: Touring
09-19-14, 09:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,244
Posted By vik

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2818/9245093664_af4...

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2818/9245093664_af4511cda3_b.jpg

Touring with a FS MTB has many challenges for the reasons you mentioned. I'm touring on a rigid MTB which can take a suspension...
Forum: Touring
09-18-14, 06:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,654
Posted By vik

50lbs is a lot. So if you have time reconsider...

50lbs is a lot. So if you have time reconsider your gear. I've always been happy I've left stuff at home and rarely wished I was carrying more.

Keep in mind you will be somewhere that sells stuff....
Forum: Touring
09-16-14, 02:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,575
Posted By vik

Mostly I just let the stank build because I'm in...

Mostly I just let the stank build because I'm in the backcountry and either I am alone or with other stinky people.

I do have a small container of biodegradable soap with me and I'll clean my...
Forum: Touring
09-16-14, 09:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,577
Posted By vik

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3839/15021074122_5e...

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3839/15021074122_5e1a3d82ce_b.jpg

I like full length mudflaps that reach the ground. I've made them out of milk jugs and rubber stair tread material. Both work fine,...
Forum: Touring
09-15-14, 10:26 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,528
Posted By vik

All the photos I posted in this thread were taken...

All the photos I posted in this thread were taken by other folks.

This set of photos was taken on a solo trip and is light on any riding shots due to the difficulty of staging "action" shots and...
Forum: Touring
09-14-14, 07:36 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,654
Posted By vik

I've used 2 Shimano dynohubs as well as a 2 SON...

I've used 2 Shimano dynohubs as well as a 2 SON units for rando rides and commuting.

The SON units are nicer to look at and hold, but from a install and use perspective I've not noticed a...
Forum: Touring
09-12-14, 09:12 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,528
Posted By vik

I've never bothered with high spoke count wheels...

I've never bothered with high spoke count wheels for touring. I run 32H on everything and I tend to carry less weight and don't beat up on my wheels. So aside from having a human check the tension on...
Forum: Touring
09-11-14, 04:28 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,528
Posted By vik

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3893/14700111274_eb...

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3893/14700111274_eb385980a3_b.jpg

I'm sure you do fine with that rod. I'm continually lightening/streamlining my touring setup. The gold bag in the photo above...
Forum: Touring
09-11-14, 03:48 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,528
Posted By vik

I have a 4 piece Sage rod and its sections are...

I have a 4 piece Sage rod and its sections are ~27" long which is long enough to get in the way when I carry it on my bike's front bag.

A 6 piece rod I was looking at has sections that are 17" or...
Forum: Touring
09-11-14, 03:32 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,528
Posted By vik

The Fargo has quite a following. It doesn't speak...

The Fargo has quite a following. It doesn't speak to me either, but my idea of MTB touring involves very techy riding so I'm not going to use any drop bar bike.

I don't think the dropouts are an...
Forum: Touring
09-11-14, 12:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,843
Posted By vik

I hate stiff tires. I'd rather do virtually...

I hate stiff tires. I'd rather do virtually anything else before putting them on. I'm running tubeless tires in my touring bike and my cross/road bike. The sealant will prevent all the small annoying...
Forum: Touring
09-11-14, 12:17 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,528
Posted By vik

Tire clearance, BB height and steering geometry...

Tire clearance, BB height and steering geometry are some important differences. The other thing I'd look at is compatibility with a suspension fork if you think you might want one.

The MTB I tour...
Forum: Touring
09-11-14, 07:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,252
Posted By vik

You can set your wheels up tubeless so there is...

You can set your wheels up tubeless so there is no tube to pinch flat and run lower pressures. You'll also find the existing tires feel more supple without a tube inside.

I setup my touring bike...
Forum: Touring
09-10-14, 06:39 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,528
Posted By vik

Sounds rad. I have a 100+ days of kayak fishing...

Sounds rad. I have a 100+ days of kayak fishing under my belt. I love it. :)

I'm also retired army. No injuries thank God.

I'm getting a packraft so I can bike and hike then fish out of the...
Forum: Touring
09-10-14, 05:01 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,528
Posted By vik

I've just bought a telescopic spinning rod to...

I've just bought a telescopic spinning rod to take touring with me and I'm going to get a 7 or 8 piece fly rod next year so I understand the need to fish and ride.

If you want to ride on the beach...
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