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Old 05-11-13, 06:42 PM
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New Bike and Tourer

New bike will be ready for me to pickup Tuesday evening. I will need lots of help to outfit this beast, it's a brand new 2013 Surly Long Haul Trucker with Fenders added. Super excited.

Haven't done a tour yet, but looking forward to it. Anyone in the panhandle area want to camp? I'm a very strong commuter (30 miles round trip) 2-5 days a week, haven't done any significant miles beyond that.

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Nice bike. You should go somewhere north to go camping and beat the heat!
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Yes, the Panhandle. The good news is you won't need a heavy sleeping bag! Go somewhere else in the Summer. Anywhere else
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southern Hemisphere is cooling off about now..
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You should ride out to the St. Joe state park on Cape San Blas and camp there for a quick overnighter/test. That is a pretty cool ride through Wewa>Cape.
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As new tourer, I would start with a two nighter or such to get the feel of it. I have simply built "loop tours" with stops 40 to 50+- miles apart at state parks and that has worked great for me.

I agree with the San Blas idea. I have done some routes that included San Blas, Wewa (a county park near Dead Lakes), Falling Waters State Park, Marianna Caverns State Park, and Three Rivers State Park on Lake Seminole. Also from PC to San Blas to St George State Park to Ochlocknee River State Park. Whatever you do, avoid at all costs any stealth camping in Tate's Hell. West of PC there are great options to but since I leave from Tally most of the time, I have have only been to Pensacola on bike once.
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Forgot to say as for outfitting it, make sure your racks are strong and your seat comfy. I played around a while and went to Brooks B17 and love it. Maybe you have opted for that on the Surly. Consider a Greenfield kickstand or maybe a Clickstand (Google the word). the Greenfield that mounts to the rear of frame is a great model.

On tent choice, I had a very small oneman tent and recently got a twoman instead. The ability to have a little space far outweighs the pound or so I added -- and your stuff is in reach and dry. Plus being able to stretch out and move around is huge to me.
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Click stands are awesome. Tom, the owner is very helpful.

https://www.click-stand.com/
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I have been looking at the Hennessy Hammock, but did not know how it would work out here. I'll likely be CC touring for a while, this is mostly because my wife will be doing "Corvette Touring" while I ride my bike. She likes to go places, but she will never be caught in a tent. Once I get used to riding that much, I'll likely have to find some of you guys in the panhandle to tour with if I'm going to camp as well.

Pick her up tomorrow, have not yet ordered a seat, but I will see if the LBS has one in stock.

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Originally Posted by wsgts
New bike will be ready for me to pickup Tuesday evening. I will need lots of help to outfit this beast, it's a brand new 2013 Surly Long Haul Trucker with Fenders added. Super excited.

Haven't done a tour yet, but looking forward to it. Anyone in the panhandle area want to camp? I'm a very strong commuter (30 miles round trip) 2-5 days a week, haven't done any significant miles beyond that.

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OP: This bag is on sale and works well at well under 4 pounds. Keep you toasty when cold yet breaths well on warm nights. Easily repacks small and neatly into its provided stuff sack. Perfect for sitting sideways on the top of a front or rear rack with the included/integrated strap. PM if you want a picture of it on the rack.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This tent is on sale and is very nice for single touring. In its stuff bag it easily fits vertically in a pannier or lash to top of the rack. It is only 1 pound 11 ounces. Easy to set up and quick to repack for departure.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Both of the above checked for tall tourers and are good to go up to 6 foot 5 inch riders

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On the Hennesey, they look really cool but I have been asked twice by rangers to take down a hammock in a Florida State Park. I have a little nylon one I like to read in (walmart cheapies). Anyway, it could hurt the trees, they say. I would never with mine, but kids could wear/rub bark off playing aggressively I guess. Also sometimes tricky to find trees right distance apart.


Some guys were through recently touring from Tennessee and we let them camp at our church and one had a Hennessey. Looked comfy.
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It's here!!!!



As luck would have it, when we picked up the bike I would dealing with a summer cold. So, my head has been so completely stopped up that I have problems with balance, but I soldiered on today and commuted (25 Miles Rt) on new Surly LHT. I moved my commuter rack and back as well as headlight and taillight. Found and older frame bag for my wallet and stuff.

Man, this thing is fast and smooth too. My Trek isn't going to be much use for a while.

New for me is drop bars and SPD pedals. I just realized on the way home that I could actually put my hands on top of the drops and use the brakes.

Now I got to outfit with actual touring gear...

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Nothing like a little consumerism to help the economy recover from recession.
Enjoy dressing it up and getting all the toys.
I tried the one man tent routine but found a 2 man tent much better for me alone with all my gear inside when the weather gets bad.

Now put some miles on it! I Hope you cold clears up quickly. Careful with the SPDs. Coming to a complete stop and not unlocking the correct foot to touch down leads to an embarassing and potentially dangerous fall.
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Now put some miles on it! I Hope you cold clears up quickly. Careful with the SPDs. Coming to a complete stop and not unlocking the correct foot to touch down leads to an embarassing and potentially dangerous fall.
You will get the hang of spd's rather quick. I unclip the same foot every time. You will probably have a fall or two - usually after a couple of weeks, after you start to get used to them and quit focusing on them when you stop. Usually near the end of your ride when your tired. I actually took a spill the other day for the first time in a couple of years. I was riding in traffic - and the gradual slow to a stop caught me off guard, and I ended up on my side.

Have fun though - I love my LHT, although, I don't know if I would consider it a "fast" ride. It is one bike I am completely content with a 12-14 mph average.

For touring gear, I would call and talk to Wayne at the touring store - Great Customer service. Also, if you don't mind to wait, you could check probikekit for sales. I just recently purchased a set of ortlieb roller plus (front and back) for under $200 shipped, and my friend ordered a tubus tara/logo (front/back) for around $200.
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Well, have a few days on her. It is much faster than is Trek. Average MPH on the Trek last week was 12MPH to and from work, I got 14MPH on the Surly. I believe this is because it can handle to poor roads/sidewalks better than my "fitness" bike. I really don't see myself slowing so much, and I believe the drops are helping considerably given the fairly stiff wind this time of year.

I believe I actually need the tube cut down an in or so. Any opinions on this?

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