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Classifieds / 52 cm Trek 520 w/48 spoke tandem wheels
« on: October 17, 2012, 01:43:10 pm »
I have a 2005 Trek 520 metalic sage green colored.

Has Deore XT 3pc crank (4 hole pattern) currently has 44/34/22 rings, scram chain 105 series cassette (I buy cheaper, heavier drivedrains as I wear thru them pretty fast) Crank Bros Candy C pedals included

Has Both Jandd front & rear expo series racks; thats the flattop front and the longer 17in rear which carries 20in pads awesome so as the taillight (Double rowed barrel which has awesome visibility and is mounted on the rack with a little platic mount/holster I fabricated so as to carry my chain lube, spare tube under the taillight and I carry the tube wrench there also. Front light is a cheaper 3 led bike planet one.

Has replacement salsa matching stem, seatpost, bars (They're a 44cm wider size cyclecross so the top bend is a little shorter and the drops are flaired out a little but not crazy like the Fargo)
Has bar end shifters, diacomp levers to v-brakes as well as Paul v-brake cycle cross levers so you can ride/brake from the bar tops. The paul cross levers are duel use so as you could refit the bike with centerpull style and the Paul levers will still work with the shorter pull needed.
White two tone fizik tape with white cable housing redone Spring 2012. Has cheaper 4 funtion puter (Total miles/Trip Miles/Total Time riding/Clock) as well as a bell.

Has a pair of 48 spoke tandem wheels, Shim XT high flange hubs (Polished alum) both done with solid BMX axels and 15mm nutz as well as the hubs have been machined to conventional road bike spacing 135 rear. I just had the rear wheel hub rebuilt on a new hoop as I finally wore a rim sidewall thru it cracked. The new hoop on back is a Rhino Light where as the front has a Bontragger Clyde, both hoops are black with stainless spokes (Don't know the size?)
I went to these wheels as I carry too much weight and wheel flex creeps me out so with the 48 spokers there is no wheel flex and the bike rides like a freight train down hills as well as you can ride it off curbs, over jumps with your cycle cross bubbies or ride it like you stole it or fleeing a crime scene.

Bike currently uses Specialized Nimbus 35 X 700c grey tires, comes with a third/spare. Has 35-43 700c sized tubes presta no liners. Has an older Zefel black cross bar frame pump size #3 fitted/mouted so it has that vintage look. 3 water bottle racks.

It was my retirement gift to myself when I retired from the Army 2005. Odometer says 7K miles but prolly more like 10K? If I wasn't touring/living on the bike it was packed in a cardboard bike box ready to run  away; bike wasn't/isn't used for communting/daily riding.

I like the bike but wanna go Salsa Fargo Ti fat tire niner styling so as I can roll down the bluffs to the waves-skinny 35cms sink too bad in sand.
I won't sell for less than $1050 cash as is. Email "jerthebikedude@yahoo.com" if interested, I'll pop some pics so I can share as well as you'll get an idea what it looks like loaded. Currently riding the bike on Pacific coast, Central CA now.

If you write for pics I'll have to remind you that bike will not include seat, tool kit/s, mirror nor fenders kit as these I will be keeping for the next bike less the fenders which I'll be making an artwork from (I've been colecting those stupid little white oval stickers like the euro country identity plaques but mine are of USA ski towns I've ridden thru/partied.

Great first bike for 30in inseam rider who wants to carry 35-50lbs of gear on the bike alone. Last summer I pulled a Burley Nomad with my raft in it so as to portage and make water crossings and learned the hard way BoB os the way to go, burleys are suck boat anchors compared to a BoB!

Bike weight last time on scale without bags, just the two foam pads on the rear rack and tools was like 47Lbs so it's a heavy little tank but solid like a tank! Wheels are heavy little buggerz but bombproof!

Thanks for reading

Jer

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Gear Talk / Re: What kind of bike?
« on: October 15, 2012, 02:16:59 pm »
Something that can carry a larger load (planning to do Transamerica next summer) and something that will be the most comfortable on long rides.


I did my first tour (TA) with 50 pounds or so and mailed stuff home repeatedly.  On hind sight I would have carried a lot less.


LMAO!!!
We always mail stuff home as we're always sifting through the load resizing the needs of the gear as well as the junk I buy as momentos...

Wish I never mailed stuiff home but that is what P.O. flat rate boxes are for right :)

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Gear Talk / Re: tent for transam
« on: October 15, 2012, 02:09:25 pm »
Just got a North Face 2 person, 3 season traditional styled mesh/vestible end-opening single door 4.25lbs for $140.

It's 44in at feet and 55 inches at the door end which I mention as this is why it's a pound lighter than the 2 door, more squared version which is 55 inches at both ends with side doors which adds the pound.

Tents like this 1 end door seem to do better in the wind as you set them up feet into the wind thus sheltering the door end which is tunneled to be fatter than the narrower feet end.

Tent great for me solo but sleeps a woman too but forget be less than intimate with two people in these smaller 2 people tents.

Lighter wieght tarp doubles as the ground cloth and the woolrich blanket makes star seeing without the vestibule.

I don't sleep in the tent unless it's bugs and rainy time though, love open air sleeping when bikepacking :)

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Gear Talk / Re: front platform racks: Surly Nice or Old Man Pioneer?
« on: October 15, 2012, 01:50:16 pm »
Been doin the Jandd Expidition myself for the platform double duty issues or even triple if you count the idea you can ride the panniers high like the rears if you need clearance for like river/stream crossings, thick low brush etc.

Been living the flattopp/shelf styled front racks since leaving my lowrider blackburns behind in the 90s when front racks evolved from single styled rearish rack and the advent of lowrider rack but they took a few years to get all three qualities, lowrder & highrider as well as the shelf.

I like the other riders kinda have my ways and the single most feature of the shelf rack is about 3ish pm when I size up where I'm gonna do dinner and sleep I get my nightly groceries for dinner and breakfast so I pack them into a doubled grocery bag with my spare bungee (Which I use the paper bags for paper to start ther fire or trash if outback/poaching camping)

I've also carried bundles of firewood on the rack. Most interesting thing I carried was a 100lbs woman whose car broke down and she wanted a ride to town and it was gentle, easy down hill and we gave her a front-rider buck :)

 

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Gear Talk / Re: Panniers - dry bag vs. traditional
« on: October 14, 2012, 11:05:13 pm »
Back in the 80s i rode with Cannondales, the 90s and 2k I rode jandd till I found Arkels for mky "fluff" touring gear as in packin for comfort and carrying too much crap.

For my Surfin 9-Niner I'm building as my next surf board carrying touring pac-coast touring maching I'm gonna go superlight with smallest ortliebs up front carrying tent, bag, woolrich camp blanket with a emergency solar blanket, jetboil with a spork in the bags and a  matress rolled with a pad and lightwieght tarp tied down over the rear rack which has the surfboard carrier with surfboard on one side and on the other I'm thinking the square plastic bucket on the other side carrying my wetysuit stuff!

Really like the plastic bucket approach for panniers like the real bikepackers use!!!


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