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12-15-14, 09:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,629
Posted By Nick The Beard

Lifeproof. They also make a great mount that...

Lifeproof. They also make a great mount that holds the case real good for the bike's handlebars.

I've hiked 1200 miles of the Appalachian Trail, at least 400 of the Florida Trail, commuted and...
Forum: Touring
12-06-14, 09:39 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,206
Posted By Nick The Beard

Come visit us at Bicycle Outfitters in Seminole. ...

Come visit us at Bicycle Outfitters in Seminole.

Home - Bicycle Outfitters | Bicycle Outfitters (http://bicycleoutfitters.net/)

We're right off the Pinellas Trail and stock Trek 520, Surly Long...
12-04-14, 01:02 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,844
Posted By Nick The Beard

8,9,&10mm nuts and bolts are somewhat common...

8,9,&10mm nuts and bolts are somewhat common binders for cables on cheaper bikes or you might need one for brake or derailleur position adjustment. We keep a 3 way Y wrench with these sizes at all of...
Forum: Touring
11-02-14, 06:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,621
Posted By Nick The Beard

Good thinking! I'm going to raid the parts bin at...

Good thinking! I'm going to raid the parts bin at the shop and see if I can find a couple fork lockout levers to mod my bikes like this.
Forum: Touring
10-23-14, 10:22 AM
Replies: 4,353
Views: 2,025,768
Posted By Nick The Beard

As soon as a buddy hands over the cash for some...

As soon as a buddy hands over the cash for some unused music equipment, I'm ordering the same. Looking at my calendar that means I should be getting my Krampus about 3 weeks ago.

Any comparisons...
10-19-14, 11:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,695
Posted By Nick The Beard

Its only bothers me when they aren't maintaining...

Its only bothers me when they aren't maintaining their bikes properly and aren't receptive to our input.
Forum: Touring
10-12-14, 01:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,935
Posted By Nick The Beard

Besides being more prone to failure (my...

Besides being more prone to failure (my experience working as a bike mech) you lose the ability to carry weight up front which I find is the best way to carry a load on a Crosscheck. It just handles...
10-12-14, 01:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,277
Posted By Nick The Beard

Check out the Goal Zero stuff. I'm using the...

Check out the Goal Zero stuff. I'm using the Guide 10 setup with tons of luck in all weather conditions. Lots of people who have never used one will tell you that it doesn't work unless you sit...
10-12-14, 01:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,994
Posted By Nick The Beard

There are a couple intersections in my regular...

There are a couple intersections in my regular commute that this can be a problem and a few more on routes I would rather take if it weren't for this issue.

I deal with the ones on my current...
Forum: Touring
10-10-14, 10:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,086
Posted By Nick The Beard

https://www.revelatedesigns.com/ ...

https://www.revelatedesigns.com/

https://www.revelatedesigns.com/index.cfm/store.catalog/Frame-Bags/Tangle-Frame-Bag

More aero, lighter weight, less chance for handlebar explosions.
Forum: Touring
10-10-14, 10:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,935
Posted By Nick The Beard

For touring? I'd feel more comfortable with steel.

For touring? I'd feel more comfortable with steel.
Forum: Touring
09-29-14, 09:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 838
Posted By Nick The Beard

There's also this: FGTF Project: Coast to...

There's also this:
FGTF Project: Coast to Coast Connector (http://fgtf.org/coast-to-coast/)
https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffgtf.org%2Fdoc%2Fctcc_map_final.pdf

I recently did a...
09-28-14, 04:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 912
Posted By Nick The Beard

Local bike shop. Ask other riders in the area...

Local bike shop. Ask other riders in the area which they recommend. They might even be able to give you good tips.
09-28-14, 10:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 803
Posted By Nick The Beard

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10373708_736412509758263_3511620834519430893_n.jpg?oh=f44bd84075673c118f8e0cbe06c54b9e&oe=548711F3&__gda__=1421785163_6f51b14e85b2335950...
Forum: Commuting
09-28-14, 12:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,286
Posted By Nick The Beard

Big Bens are sweet. They roll great and are...

Big Bens are sweet. They roll great and are pretty cushy.

Here are mine with 2000 miles and no flats on them. 2.0.
...
09-18-14, 04:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,326
Posted By Nick The Beard

How's the shifting with it so high? I find that...

How's the shifting with it so high? I find that with the FD so high its hard to get crisp shifting without rub or dropping the chain.
09-18-14, 03:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,326
Posted By Nick The Beard

Bring that FD down!

Bring that FD down!
Forum: Touring
09-15-14, 02:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,713
Posted By Nick The Beard

For most of the day I just munch on nutty snacks....

For most of the day I just munch on nutty snacks. Bars, scoops of PB, mixed nuts, etc with cheese and the occasional whole wheat flatbread thrown in there.

For dinner I usually like to have a nice...
08-28-14, 11:42 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,908
Posted By Nick The Beard

Field serviceability. Hydros are great but if...

Field serviceability. Hydros are great but if you're touring (especially off-road) and something does go wrong it would be much easier to reach into your seatpack and grab a 5mm and new cable than...
Forum: Touring
08-21-14, 11:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,148
Posted By Nick The Beard

My CR720's with stock pads are working pretty...

My CR720's with stock pads are working pretty damn good.
Forum: Touring
08-18-14, 09:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,148
Posted By Nick The Beard

On the issue of brakes I'm going to reinforce the...

On the issue of brakes I'm going to reinforce the canti idea as you'll have less trouble making them work with the cable throw of your levers.
Forum: Touring
08-18-14, 09:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,808
Posted By Nick The Beard

mdilthey: Sweet lookin bike! Thanks for sharing! ...

mdilthey: Sweet lookin bike! Thanks for sharing!

fietsbob: Shut up dude. Why are being such a downer?
Forum: Touring
08-16-14, 10:32 PM
Replies: 4,353
Views: 2,025,768
Posted By Nick The Beard

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/t1.0-9/10399449_726933740706140_3073193376817917178_n.jpg

One of my fav shots from the rig's maiden voyage.
Forum: Touring
08-16-14, 10:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 12,841
Posted By Nick The Beard

I just took my Crosscheck out for its first real,...

I just took my Crosscheck out for its first real, even if it was short, trip and it worked great for me with just two small Ortliebs up front, a small frame pack, a handlebar bag, and the rest of the...
Forum: Touring
08-02-14, 06:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,320
Posted By Nick The Beard

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t1.0-9/10517584_719748938091287_5080468630820298459_n.jpg

I'm leaving at 3 am on this setup's maiden voyage. Everything pictured setup for...
07-29-14, 08:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 735
Posted By Nick The Beard

Make sure you use a clamp designed for carbon...

Make sure you use a clamp designed for carbon rails the shape you have or you'll have an expensive and not very effective paperweight.
07-21-14, 07:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,317
Posted By Nick The Beard

Most of the adjustments done are simple ones that...

Most of the adjustments done are simple ones that most people can learn to do themselves.

That being said almost anyone can learn to do any work needed on a bike but most of the customers I work...
Forum: Touring
07-21-14, 07:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 669
Posted By Nick The Beard

I agree with pretty much everything being said...

I agree with pretty much everything being said but want to point out that since you're on a single speed you may want to do a couple ride fully loaded just to consider how much harder that will make...
07-21-14, 07:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,020
Posted By Nick The Beard

I ride with mine draped over the front of my...

I ride with mine draped over the front of my handlebar bag and unless we have pretty nasty weather that's fine to keep the phone's GPS running all day long, so for the Goal Zero Guide 10 Setup, no,...
07-21-14, 06:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,123
Posted By Nick The Beard

Yours doesn't get soaked in buttsweat?

Yours doesn't get soaked in buttsweat?
07-21-14, 06:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,294
Posted By Nick The Beard

You probably have smaller chainrings on your MTB...

You probably have smaller chainrings on your MTB and thus less space between the chain and chainstays.
Forum: Touring
07-20-14, 10:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,524
Posted By Nick The Beard

Have you used one? I've never been forced to sit...

Have you used one? I've never been forced to sit around for power; I just ride with it draped over my handlebar bag. It works great without any special accommodations. Unless you're riding through...
Forum: Touring
07-19-14, 09:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,524
Posted By Nick The Beard

Again, this is really ideal for people spending a...

Again, this is really ideal for people spending a good amount of time off the bike hiking, paddling, etc. That being said it also costs less than a dynamo hub.
Forum: Touring
07-18-14, 09:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,524
Posted By Nick The Beard

Its only two pieces: the solar panel, and battery...

Its only two pieces: the solar panel, and battery pack. You can buy them separately or together.

You can charge directly from the solar panel but I recommend also getting the battery pack. Phones...
Forum: Touring
07-18-14, 08:53 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,085
Posted By Nick The Beard

If you're concerned about the freak cold nights...

If you're concerned about the freak cold nights you could also grab a 5oz mylar emergency blanket. I cant imagine carrying around an extra lb that would probably never be used.
07-18-14, 12:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,010
Posted By Nick The Beard

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/t1.0-9/10329144_674466369286211_6254015896342784053_n.jpg

About 40 miles from home. 25-30 of those miles were highways.
Forum: Touring
07-17-14, 11:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,524
Posted By Nick The Beard

Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit | Complete Solar Kits |...

Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit | Complete Solar Kits | Goal Zero (http://www.goalzero.com/p/79/guide-10-plus-solar-kit/24:1/)

Carry one of these with you and you can top off your phone, and lights....
Forum: Touring
07-17-14, 11:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,306
Posted By Nick The Beard

Fixed it for ya.

Fixed it for ya.
07-17-14, 10:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,020
Posted By Nick The Beard

I use the Goal Zero Guide 10 setup. I picked it...

I use the Goal Zero Guide 10 setup. I picked it up after meeting several thru-hikers on the AT with them who had enough juice to top off their phones, plus offer some to me. Actually, I planned on...
Forum: Touring
07-16-14, 12:16 AM
Replies: 4,353
Views: 2,025,768
Posted By Nick The Beard

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10478123_710552925677555_7464791282056821255_n.jpg?oh=ad6b373b74d7fc00de0f3c15713ad12e&oe=543A8A6B&__gda__=1414319586_c4b0e452c7708ae45a...
Forum: Touring
07-15-14, 02:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,462
Posted By Nick The Beard

The only suggestion I have is to try something...

The only suggestion I have is to try something like a $250 Chromebook for travelling. 16GB SSD in the laptop but the majority of the storage in online in Google Drive so its accessible anywhere even...
Forum: Touring
07-15-14, 01:45 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,085
Posted By Nick The Beard

What time of year are we talking about? I've...

What time of year are we talking about?

I've experienced nights camping out in VA and FL where the temps are 80+ degrees and even sleeping naked I'm sweating and waking up constantly.

I'm...
Forum: Touring
07-15-14, 12:37 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,085
Posted By Nick The Beard

How about a hammock? I live and hike and...

How about a hammock?

I live and hike and camp all over FL year round and have to leave my Neoair all season pad at home for all but the coolest trips. A Z lite pad is a little better, but even...
Forum: Touring
06-29-14, 10:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,009
Posted By Nick The Beard

http://fcdn.mtbr.com/attachments/bikepacking-bike-...

http://fcdn.mtbr.com/attachments/bikepacking-bike-expedition/789321d1365624454-brief-review-revelate-designs-tangle-bag-pics-0410031539.jpg

A framepack with a water bladder would make it easy to...
06-24-14, 08:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,481
Posted By Nick The Beard

I ride mostly as a commuter with full fenders and...

I ride mostly as a commuter with full fenders and Schwalbe Big Bens which are labelled as a 50 but measure out to 47 on stock rims. I've also done some mellow singletrack and dirt road riding with...
Forum: Touring
06-21-14, 06:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,009
Posted By Nick The Beard

This is the way to go. Check out maps to get an...

This is the way to go. Check out maps to get an idea of what kind of natural water sources you'll be passing. If you're getting that far out there that you aren't passing convenience stores I'm...
Forum: Commuting
06-20-14, 08:56 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 30,146
Posted By Nick The Beard

I run Schwalbe Big Ben (622-50, measures to 47mm...

I run Schwalbe Big Ben (622-50, measures to 47mm on my rims) on my Surly Crosscheck between 25 and 30 miles most days of the week. I have also used them on two century rides and a few 40+ mile sport...
05-30-14, 10:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 845
Posted By Nick The Beard

Trek Care Plus is good stuff. Bring it to your...

Trek Care Plus is good stuff. Bring it to your lbs but unless there's signs of real serious abuse I'm sure its covered.

I think there's even some kinds of crash protection in there.
05-21-14, 11:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,062
Posted By Nick The Beard

These will be on one or two of my next bikes.

These will be on one or two of my next bikes.
05-21-14, 11:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,632
Posted By Nick The Beard

I've been riding around with a Goal Zero Guide 10...

I've been riding around with a Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus kit (http://www.goalzero.com/p/79/guide-10-plus-solar-kit) strapped to my handlebar bag for a while now and use it to charge my USB lights,...
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