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Forum: Touring
09-18-20, 04:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,070
Posted By reppans

You can rig larger tarps (eg, 10x10 ft) into...

You can rig larger tarps (eg, 10x10 ft) into fully enclosed pyramid-type shelters although perhaps lose some of the weight advantages. Or, depending your priorities, consider a shaped tarp (with...
Forum: Touring
09-18-20, 09:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 373
Posted By reppans

Itís a good thought exercise Iím wrestling with...

Itís a good thought exercise Iím wrestling with for various self-supported camping disciplines.

Conspicuity taillight and camp flashlight are good for ~150hrs runtime assuming I donít use it as...
Forum: Touring
09-14-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,332
Posted By reppans

Assuming this for me, can you rephrase the...

Assuming this for me, can you rephrase the question? Donít quite understand what you are asking.
Forum: Touring
09-13-20, 09:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 838
Posted By reppans

Iím an ultralighter and EDC a 4oz/5W $30 set-up...

Iím an ultralighter and EDC a 4oz/5W $30 set-up thatís the equivalent output of my iPhone wall charger, and provides ~4hr screen-on runtime per 1hr of stationary cloudless sunlight. Could be...
Forum: Touring
09-13-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,332
Posted By reppans

Guess thatís why tried to distinguish it as...

Guess thatís why tried to distinguish it as Ďastronautí and then Ďultra-conservative Navyí showers. I do think I would use more water if I were bald or had a crew cut.

As an aside, while...
Forum: Touring
09-13-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,332
Posted By reppans

Just watched a couple of those vids - mostly saw...

Just watched a couple of those vids - mostly saw rinseless shampoo (tried it, itís nasty) and sponge baths - thatís NOT what I do, sorry for the confusion.

Mine is an ultra-conservative ĎNavyí...
Forum: Touring
09-12-20, 10:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,332
Posted By reppans

Iím an ultralighter and learned how do...

Iím an ultralighter and learned how do Ďastronautí shower/shampoos with <1L of water, Dr. Bronners, water bladders (Evernew or dirty Sawyer), and a spare Smartwater cap with holes drilled in - CLICKY...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-07-20, 04:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,185
Posted By reppans

These are all kind of inter-related but, I find...

These are all kind of inter-related but, I find folders more fun because:
- Itís more likely to be me when I need it.
- I can take it more place.
- Eliminates theft anxiety if I donít need to lock...
Forum: Touring
06-30-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,550
Posted By reppans

I only detail my baseline core camping gear @ an...

I only detail my baseline core camping gear @ an SUL 5lbs/10L as thatís the minimum Iíll use for an overnight; a consistent core of every camping trip; and frankly the part that most folks just can...
Forum: Touring
06-29-20, 08:39 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,550
Posted By reppans

I think BA fibs a bit... they spec 2lbs 5oz total...

I think BA fibs a bit... they spec 2lbs 5oz total for my FC UL2, but somehow my sample weighs 5oz more, then add another 5oz for the OEM footprint and itís 47oz. My pyramid, inner net tent, polycryo...
Forum: Touring
06-28-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,550
Posted By reppans

I have a Fly Creek UL2...not a big fan of it. Got...

I have a Fly Creek UL2...not a big fan of it. Got into ultralight and moved over to a double-wall pyramid for more versatility and nearly half the bulk and weight... usually use a fallen branch for a...
Forum: Touring
12-18-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,120
Posted By reppans

Trekking pole pryamid tent for me, I just find a...

Trekking pole pryamid tent for me, I just find a fallen branch.
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-15-19, 08:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 612
Posted By reppans

Might have a look at a DIY standupforbrompton top...

Might have a look at a DIY standupforbrompton top tube platform type of device.

I do some UL self supported touring with my Brompton and single T-bag. Not as aerodynamic as a bike-packing set-up,...
Forum: Touring
12-03-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,331
Posted By reppans

Weight and pack volume are closely related, IMHO...

Weight and pack volume are closely related, IMHO you need to be in ultralight territory (10lbs BPW before consumables) to fit into a bikepacking set-up. I donít think your list even qualifies for the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-23-19, 11:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,913
Posted By reppans

The KK roller seems same as all the others - only...

The KK roller seems same as all the others - only front roller adjusts for wheelbase. The setting is the same between my two bikes though, the B has a long wheelbase. The 2 rear rollers are fixed...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-23-19, 05:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,913
Posted By reppans

I see two rollers on that link, neither of them...

I see two rollers on that link, neither of them look to have an adjustable distance between the two rear wheel rollers?

Iíve used my Brompton on my Kurt Kinetic Z roller. Giro explained it well...
Forum: Touring
11-18-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 12,302
Posted By reppans

I use one with a Brompton folder for utility - I...

I use one with a Brompton folder for utility - I donít notice it being tippy - Iím actually surprised how transparent it feels, sort of feels like I need to look back occasionally to make sure itís...
Forum: Touring
10-29-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,378
Posted By reppans

You wonít be able to beat Gore ShakeDry for total...

You wonít be able to beat Gore ShakeDry for total waterproofness and near windshirt breathability, itís fabulous stuff. I wouldnít get an insulated version as that will reduce its versatility - just...
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 10:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,523
Posted By reppans

So I'm into ultracompact camping, a 'small' niche...

So I'm into ultracompact camping, a 'small' niche of ultralight. My standard warm weather kit tends to be ~25L with ~3days of food, whether traveling by boot, bicycle, yak, or ADVmoto. I think I'm...
Forum: Touring
08-04-19, 05:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,523
Posted By reppans

Aerodynamics...

Aerodynamics (http://www.cyclingabout.com/speed-difference-between-panniers-bikepacking-bags-aerodynamic-testing-results/) is better, and significantly so the faster your pace is due to the...
Forum: Touring
06-27-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,159
Posted By reppans

Good point. I'd feel comfortable with a bracelet...

Good point. I'd feel comfortable with a bracelet lock most anywhere in Japan. My bike was stolen from NYC.
Forum: Touring
06-27-19, 10:12 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,159
Posted By reppans

I think you're pretty safe in rural areas with a...

I think you're pretty safe in rural areas with a simple lock to deter the opportunistic thief. More densely populated urban and touristy coastline areas where you have lots of bike traffic is a high...
Forum: Touring
06-26-19, 09:57 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,394
Posted By reppans

HERE'S...

HERE'S (https://ridefar.info/bike/cycling-speed/weight/) an article on the subject, I hadn't seen it before my post, just googled it but it's pretty consistent. YMMV, but I strongly believe in it -...
Forum: Touring
06-25-19, 11:33 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,394
Posted By reppans

I'm a multi-modal camper-tourer that uses the...

I'm a multi-modal camper-tourer that uses the same UL/UC kit whether traveling by boot, pedal, paddle, or moto. To put a different perspective on things, weight is really only important when you have...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-21-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 19,855
Posted By reppans

FWIW, the Brompton is the ONLY bike that got me...

FWIW, the Brompton is the ONLY bike that got me back into self-supported bicycle touring (CLICKY (https://live.staticflickr.com/7897/46328631354_c8be1cf11a_h.jpg)) - something that I quit decades ago...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-21-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,182
Posted By reppans

One of the limitations of folders... I put bar...

One of the limitations of folders... I put bar ends on my Speed P8 and that helps my hands by giving it a second grip position, but my issue is back angle. The adjustable height of the Dahon bars is...
Forum: Touring
05-02-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 979
Posted By reppans

Camping in the middle nowhere is a piece of...

Camping in the middle nowhere is a piece of cake.... it's camping in the middle of somewhere that gets difficult. I personally lean toward short-touring in more densely populated urban and shoreline...
Forum: Touring
03-02-19, 08:21 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,644
Posted By reppans

Wow, that's hard core. I'm not a big winter...

Wow, that's hard core. I'm not a big winter camper or cyclist, but am a life long snow sport enthusiast (downhill/XC skiing, skating, snow shoeing, and winter hiker). With constant self-induced...
Forum: Touring
02-28-19, 05:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 923
Posted By reppans

I keep my tent in my single 25L pannier... it's...

I keep my tent in my single 25L pannier... it's quick release and backpackable, so a nice clean single piece that can come with me inside if I have lock up outside (but its a folder, so usually comes...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-19-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,172
Posted By reppans

- DIY handgrip in the bottom of the M-bar 'U' for...

- DIY handgrip in the bottom of the M-bar 'U' for an aero drop riding postion.
- Alphabet cottage half toe-clips (Zefal)
- X-Roller for shopping cart mode
- Abus Bordo lock between seat post and...
Forum: Touring
01-06-19, 10:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,215
Posted By reppans

I enjoy touring in urban and densely populated...

I enjoy touring in urban and densely populated shoreline/resort areas - 100% comfort when wheeling everything inside with me (https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4603/26104881908_7d554c43a9_z.jpg).
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-05-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,638
Posted By reppans

Interesting perspective - I have the same bikes...

Interesting perspective - I have the same bikes although my price difference (~7x) was closer to half of yours. Course it is true with premium goods that the marginal benefit per $ always tends to be...
Forum: Touring
01-05-19, 01:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,237
Posted By reppans

What folders have you tested? I plan to do a...

What folders have you tested? I plan to do a similar trip as you describe in the next few years, although probably with more self-supported camping, and less internal flights/rental cars involved. ...
Forum: Touring
12-04-18, 11:31 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,321
Posted By reppans

Consider improving your aerodynamic footprint...

Consider improving your aerodynamic footprint with a bikepacking set-up over weight savings with UL panniers - aero is a square force and usually much more significant than weight (a linear force) to...
Forum: Touring
12-04-18, 10:05 AM
Replies: 349
Views: 320,857
Posted By reppans

Consider improving your aerodynamic footprint...

Consider improving your aerodynamic footprint with a bikepacking set-up over weight savings with UL panniers - aero is a square force and usually much more significant than weight (a linear force) to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-25-18, 12:47 PM
Replies: 1,050
Views: 272,987
Posted By reppans

It was the 9/8/18 Bromptonfest in NYC - started...

It was the 9/8/18 Bromptonfest in NYC - started out at Cental Park North, then a few spots around the city, then ended in Astoria Queens at Max Bratwurst for late lunch and drinks.... fun time....
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-20-18, 10:33 PM
Replies: 1,050
Views: 272,987
Posted By reppans

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1937/44766929612_fb...

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1937/44766929612_fb8d679f52_k.jpg
Forum: Touring
09-08-18, 05:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 921
Posted By reppans

I don't know Laos at all, but it seems to me that...

I don't know Laos at all, but it seems to me that a dangerous place is dangerous day or night. For me, a bicycle is the easiest mode of transport to wild camp off of, and worry-free wild camping...
09-07-18, 06:59 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,569
Posted By reppans

I think it's a sweet-spot cadence thing -...

I think it's a sweet-spot cadence thing - spinning the pedals without enough resistance (i.e., slower than normal pace) feels like MORE work (and wasted work) than going up a gear, riding a bit a...
09-07-18, 06:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,949
Posted By reppans

I'm a Brompton convert (and have owned folders...

I'm a Brompton convert (and have owned folders since '91).... in the interests of downsizing and simplifying my life, the rest of my bicycles will probably be sold/given away. However, keep in mind...
Forum: Touring
08-29-18, 10:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 436
Posted By reppans

A bike is the best way to wild camp IMHO - you...

A bike is the best way to wild camp IMHO - you can really cover a lot of ground to pick your spots, yet it's still light/portable enough to 'disappear' when/where you want. However, I'm still too...
Forum: Touring
08-29-18, 07:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 436
Posted By reppans

Beautiful! Lots of wide open spots - what are...

Beautiful! Lots of wide open spots - what are the 'rules' for wild camping there? Are you free to camp anywhere?
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-20-18, 06:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,273
Posted By reppans

That time-sert looks like a neat product... will...

That time-sert looks like a neat product... will you have enough working depth to use one? If not, and you have to use a larger bolt, you could also consider one of the aftermarket luggage blocks -...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-18-18, 12:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,273
Posted By reppans

Tap and die set - make new threads for larger...

Tap and die set - make new threads for larger screws.

Curious us what you think caused the stripping? heavy weight loads, loose screws, and/or rough roads?

I do some light touring out of the...
Forum: Touring
08-18-18, 11:56 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,660
Posted By reppans

Not to be a weight weenie but the BA manuf. specs...

Not to be a weight weenie but the BA manuf. specs for a FC UL1, Yampa, Q-Core, and pillow seem to put you closer to 5lbs than 3.5lbs... what am I missing? Also, I have a FC UL2 (but don't like/use...
Forum: Touring
08-17-18, 08:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,294
Posted By reppans

Yup, I hear you. I'm personally way too far in...

Yup, I hear you. I'm personally way too far in for car lights to reach, and I store my bike inside my tent anyways, which is either forest green or granite grey, depending upon season. I also do some...
Forum: Touring
08-16-18, 11:18 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,294
Posted By reppans

FWIW, the game changer for stealth camping for me...

FWIW, the game changer for stealth camping for me was the ability to carry my entire rig comfortably... like a 1/4 mile. Single quick release pannier with backpack straps, and bike across the top of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-16-18, 04:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,024
Posted By reppans

Yes I understand that's the strategy. What...

Yes I understand that's the strategy. What bugged me one time, was looking out my window seat, and seeing my "gate checked" carry-on, along with others, walked down to the tarmac, and then thrown...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-16-18, 12:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,024
Posted By reppans

Virgin, BA, and SW also have unusually generous...

Virgin, BA, and SW also have unusually generous carry-on restrictions, great if they're available for flights you need and are competitively priced. Most other airlines sticking to the 22x14x9 45"...
Forum: Touring
08-14-18, 07:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,309
Posted By reppans

FWIW ...

FWIW

https://www.cyclingabout.com/speed-difference-between-panniers-bikepacking-bags-aerodynamic-testing-results/
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