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Posted By Brett A

The temp was about as warm as it gets this time...

The temp was about as warm as it gets this time of year; low 50's which is nice because you don't need more than two light layers. I didn't stop in any towns. I just fueled with the cliff bars and...
Forum: Touring
04-06-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,010
Posted By Brett A

~ I put a Pletscher double-legged stand on...

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I put a Pletscher double-legged stand on my Surly before my most recent tour (with the proper mounting bracket, of course). It's been the best $50 I spent on anything, maybe ever. For the first...
Forum: Touring
04-06-20, 06:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 739
Posted By Brett A

I love riding in Death Valley! I rode from Vegas...

I love riding in Death Valley! I rode from Vegas to Pahrump to Furnace Creek as part of my tour last September. There was construction between Vegas and Pahrump then, but no indication it was closed...
Forum: Touring
04-06-20, 06:47 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,295
Posted By Brett A

I see the original poster has not returned in the...

I see the original poster has not returned in the 9 days since they started it. But in case they do, they should know that B17s have minimal aft adjustability; they will not slide back very far on...
Forum: Touring
02-09-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 872
Posted By Brett A

That's right. I'm between 225 and 235 and I ride...

That's right. I'm between 225 and 235 and I ride a stock 2016 26" Surly Disc Trucker which I put 2" Marathons on. I've been on three 1k+ mile trips on it without so much as a broken spoke. The last...
Replies: 42
Views: 5,238
Posted By Brett A

32 Degrees and humid counts as a warm day in Western Massachusettes in January.

Okay, this is the year I finally do this. I got my January century in just in the nick of time. Here in Western Massachusetts it's rarely above freezing and the roads and bike paths aren't too...
Replies: 24
Views: 6,548
Posted By Brett A

Will there be a 2020 sticky? I got my January...

Will there be a 2020 sticky? I got my January century in just in time a couple days ago.

EDIT TO ADD:
Never mind. Found it:...
Forum: Touring
01-02-20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,153
Posted By Brett A

Likewise. I needed to replace my lost Mountain...

Likewise. I needed to replace my lost Mountain Morph (no gauge) so bought a Road Morph. It's been great, although a bit heavier than the MT version. Both have hoses and foot tabs so you can pump...
12-06-19, 12:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 633
Posted By Brett A

I've been using a Fenix BC21R...

I've been using a Fenix BC21R (https://www.fenixlighting.com/product/bc21r-fenix-bike-light/) headlight for about three years now. It's 880 Lumens on high setting, which will run about 90 minutes.
...
Forum: Touring
12-06-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,941
Posted By Brett A

I have two thoughts on this question: . ...

I have two thoughts on this question:
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One is that some people, some years, have no time to or inclination to ride in the months or weeks before a tour. I'm pretty much only on a bike when I'm...
Forum: Touring
11-08-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,941
Posted By Brett A

Last year, I started my solo, loaded 1,100 mile...

Last year, I started my solo, loaded 1,100 mile Bend, OR - Mt. Hood - Tillamook, OR - down the coast to San Francisco tour with about 200 miles behind me when I started mid September. At around 225...
Forum: Touring
11-04-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,034
Posted By Brett A

One thing to keep in mind is that cheap Delormes...

One thing to keep in mind is that cheap Delormes are usually quite old. I don't know the risk that a 10 year old atlas may be functionally inaccurate. But I've chosen to spend the money on the most...
Forum: Touring
11-01-19, 09:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,034
Posted By Brett A

I buy DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteers and cut the...

I buy DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteers and cut the pages out with a razor blade. I number them in the order I need them and put them 3 pages at a time in the map case on my handlebar bag. So much better...
Forum: Touring
11-01-19, 09:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,603
Posted By Brett A

Physically, I could do it, but I'd run the risk...

Physically, I could do it, but I'd run the risk of being really cranky the next day as I recovered. You may be different.
Forum: Touring
10-28-19, 04:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,178
Posted By Brett A

Yeah, it would be nice if such magic shorts...

Yeah, it would be nice if such magic shorts existed. But alas. What a Brooks did for me was increase my max saddle time from around 3 hrs, to as long as I could stay out. (10-plus hours on many days...
Forum: Touring
10-28-19, 04:34 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,549
Posted By Brett A

My touring bike tops out around 35mph loaded....

My touring bike tops out around 35mph loaded. It's got to be wind resistance. It's heavy as f*ck when loaded (I'm 225 myself), but the bike with panniers and a handlebar bag is as aerodynamic as a...
Forum: Touring
10-28-19, 04:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,178
Posted By Brett A

I've never heard that myself. I've got about 3k...

I've never heard that myself. I've got about 3k miles on my B17; at least 2k of those in padded shorts. A Brooks saddle isn't so special as to change the basic rules-of-thumb (rule of thumbs?).
Forum: Touring
10-28-19, 08:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 566
Posted By Brett A

I've only had it for around four years. In that...

I've only had it for around four years. In that time, it's been out in the elements (sun mostly) for a total of 10 weeks.
Forum: Touring
10-23-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 566
Posted By Brett A

I have the Ortlieb Ultimate Map Case and have...

I have the Ortlieb Ultimate Map Case and have used it for two tours totaling around 1,600 miles. And as far as I can tell, it's as good as the day it was new.

It does what it is designed to do...
Forum: Touring
10-19-19, 12:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,977
Posted By Brett A

It's strangely true that my experience really...

It's strangely true that my experience really can't offer any assurance to anyone. I think I found three different sets of standards in four different places and my actual experience was a fifth...
Forum: Touring
10-19-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 4,491
Views: 2,199,236
Posted By Brett A

Absolutely. It's got everything one would need to...

Absolutely. It's got everything one would need to stay out indefinitly. Some day I hope to be able to stay out longer than a month at a time.
Forum: Touring
10-17-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 4,491
Views: 2,199,236
Posted By Brett A

Just outside of Tecopa Hot Springs, CA a couple...

Just outside of Tecopa Hot Springs, CA a couple weeks ago. It's a 2016 Surly Disc Trucker with 26x2 tires. extra water bottles mounted on either side of the head tube, 19 watt soloar panel, etc. I...
Forum: Touring
10-17-19, 05:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,977
Posted By Brett A

I"M REPORTING BACK MY ACTUAL JETBLUE EXPERIENCE:...

I"M REPORTING BACK MY ACTUAL JETBLUE EXPERIENCE: (Sept 2019)

I woke this thread up a few posts back when I realized my already packed and ready to go bike box was larger than the Jetblue published...
Forum: Touring
09-11-19, 09:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,977
Posted By Brett A

Thanks. I believe the ticket agent is the one...

Thanks. I believe the ticket agent is the one person who needs to be okay with it. I usually have good experiences with people in such situations. Time will tell. If they flat-out refuse it, the...
Forum: Touring
09-11-19, 07:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,977
Posted By Brett A

I called Jetblue and a rep assured me it would be...

I called Jetblue and a rep assured me it would be no problem; that the $100 surcharge was for making the exception to the size limit. I'm still not totally confident, but I'm going to the airport...
Forum: Touring
09-11-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,977
Posted By Brett A

I'm leaving tomorrow to start a month-long tour...

I'm leaving tomorrow to start a month-long tour and will need to check my bike with Jetblue from Boston to Las Vegas.
However, I just now saw their claimed size restriction of 80 overall inches. My...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,521
Posted By Brett A

It's standard practice to do this with hydraulic...

It's standard practice to do this with hydraulic disc brakes. Because if the brake leaver gets pulled while in transit, the pads don't pull back on their own and it's difficult to get them to.
Forum: Touring
08-10-19, 09:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,186
Posted By Brett A

It's going to be fun. I guess I'll just have to...

It's going to be fun. I guess I'll just have to make sure I can carry 4 or 5 gallons of water as a two day supply.
I'll report my finding when I'm done in October.
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 03:07 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,521
Posted By Brett A

I hadn't heard of that happening before, but it...

I hadn't heard of that happening before, but it sounds totally reasonable. No harm in taking the precaution.
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 03:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 830
Posted By Brett A

If you're not in a hurry, start high. You can...

If you're not in a hurry, start high. You can always lower your price, but you can't raise it. If I were in the market, your $1k asking price would get my attention. Sounds like a quality build.
I...
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 02:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,186
Posted By Brett A

Resupplying water in Death Valley and Mojave NP.

Hi all.

I'm planning another tour through the desert southwest. A few years ago on a ride from SF to the north rim of the grand canyon, I rode east out of Lone Pine, CA, to Panamint Springs -...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 05:30 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,521
Posted By Brett A

Someone please chime in if I'm missing something,...

Someone please chime in if I'm missing something, but you only need to put a wedge between the pads of hydraulic brakes to keep them from overextending, causing them not to withdraw into the...
08-01-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 13,679
Posted By Brett A

The mirror is flat. It's large enough for a full...

The mirror is flat. It's large enough for a full view of the road behind you. The glass and mirror surface are very good; clear and durable. I've had mine for two years and about 2,000 miles of...
08-01-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 13,679
Posted By Brett A

Here's the flat bar version of the Blackburn...

Here's the flat bar version of the Blackburn mirror I have. In both versions, the Velcro wraps where your hand goes on the bar, but I don't mind that and don't really notice it after a fw minutes of...
07-30-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 13,679
Posted By Brett A

I couldn't make a helmet/eyeglass mirror work for...

I couldn't make a helmet/eyeglass mirror work for me either. Similarly, it was too damn close to me face. I now use a glass mirror that straps onto my left brake leaver with Velcro (I have drop...
07-30-19, 09:25 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,600
Posted By Brett A

I think if you and your bike are on the sidewalk...

I think if you and your bike are on the sidewalk together with other people on the sidewalk with you, you should be walking the bike, not riding it. If you're moving slowly enough not to disrupt...
07-30-19, 09:08 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,745
Posted By Brett A

A "nice-hole". I like that. I'll use that when I...

A "nice-hole". I like that. I'll use that when I explain to people how to drive in Manhattan.

You do have to be assertive (not aggressive) and keep the flow going.
07-30-19, 09:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 502
Posted By Brett A

Awesome, thanks! And thanks for your service to...

Awesome, thanks! And thanks for your service to biking in RI. Providence is so easy to get around, and I love the East Bay Bike Path which my wife and I actually first rode maybe 15 years ago.

I...
07-30-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,989
Posted By Brett A

You can see your toes sticking out the fronts. ...

You can see your toes sticking out the fronts.
The soles come unglued.
Straps tear off.
Holes are worn through the uppers

I think like food, they have a way of clearly telling you they've gone...
07-30-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 503
Posted By Brett A

I've never had luck using the measured wheel...

I've never had luck using the measured wheel circumference when using Sigma computers. And I've had lots of Sigma BCs over the years. I've come to the conclusion that Sigma wheel size numbers have no...
Forum: Touring
07-27-19, 12:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,141
Posted By Brett A

TSA unpacked everything for my carry-on when I...

TSA unpacked everything for my carry-on when I was coming home from AZ a couple years ago. I can't blame them. It was a lot of weird hardware; my pedals, titanium TiGr lock, Brooks saddle, and I...
07-27-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 502
Posted By Brett A

Any Public bike workstation/repair stand in Providence, RI?

Just started spending more time in Providence since my wife took a job at Brown. I thought I saw one or two public bike work stations around. I thought at the Waterman St Whole Foods, but no. I...
Forum: Touring
07-27-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,143
Posted By Brett A

I ride in SPD shoes that look and feel like...

I ride in SPD shoes that look and feel like sneakers, but still prefer to take them off at camp because they get pretty hot and damp after a long day riding. Two years ago, I brought Crocs which are...
Forum: Touring
07-27-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,047
Posted By Brett A

If you feel your tablet offers you functionality...

If you feel your tablet offers you functionality that your phone doesn't in every day life, the question of bringing it on tour comes down to whether or not you want to carry the weight, deal with...
Forum: Touring
04-28-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 31,788
Posted By Brett A

~ 2016 Disc Trucker (first year of the 10...

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2016 Disc Trucker (first year of the 10 speed cassette, I'm pretty sure this is a 2015 color, through. In Oregon, CA and Zion NP.

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...
Forum: Touring
04-28-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,276
Posted By Brett A

I have two thoughts: Years ago when I was working...

I have two thoughts: Years ago when I was working closely with a professional trainer for endurance MT bike racing, he had me take a full week off my bike before my "A" race which happened to be in...
Forum: Foo
03-22-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 8,671
Posted By Brett A

The choice we have is to continue to buy devices...

The choice we have is to continue to buy devices with 3.5mm jacks. There are literally over a billion smartphones in existence with 3.5mm jacks.
Forum: Touring
03-22-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,905
Posted By Brett A

I have a month carved out from mid-September to...

I have a month carved out from mid-September to mid-October. I want to go back out to the southwest, maybe UT, AZ or NM. I live in rural New England and just love the huge vistas and dry air out...
Forum: Touring
03-22-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 779
Posted By Brett A

I think this is your answer. I have back rollers...

I think this is your answer. I have back rollers myself and can report that they have no size adjustability or compressiblity. If you don't have enough in them to fill them out, they just hang off...
Forum: Touring
03-22-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,478
Posted By Brett A

I have 26 x 2" Marathon Mondials on my 2016 Surly...

I have 26 x 2" Marathon Mondials on my 2016 Surly DT and there's still plenty of clearance. The bike could take a much wider tire, but I've got the widest finders that will fit in the frame and these...
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