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Classifieds / Soma Saga 58cm touring bike
« on: April 28, 2014, 09:37:57 pm »
 I've got a Soma Saga I built last year to do some touring, never did any, so the bike has pretty low miles, like less than 500 easy.

9spd xt rear der
SLX front der
Velocity Dyad wheels laced to LX hubs
Dura-ace bar end shifters
Thomson lay back post and stem
Chris King headset
Cane Creek levers
Avid Single Digit 7 brakes
700x32 Continental Gatorskins
Shimano cranks, Deore maybe, with external bearing BB
Pletscher dbl kickstand

Low miles, taken care of, frame has frame saver in it, built up new with new parts. 1000.00 plus shipping

General Discussion / "inexpensive" supported tour
« on: March 29, 2012, 09:26:46 pm »
Okay, so I was thinking of doing the Key west tour in October, but after talking to a friend who did it earlier in the year, and the cost, I've decided against it.  What I would like is a 2 week long (or so) supported tour, doesn't have to be 100% supported, I don't mind carrying my stuff.  I don't think I'm ready to go it totally self contained, as far as finding a place to stay, getting food every day, every night.  At this point for me, that would take a lot of the fun out of it.  That's just me.  I did the Santa Fe Trail Trek last year and had an awesome time.  It was supported, they carried gear, had food arrangements, everything.  AND it was fairly cheap!! What I'm finding, and I'm not meaning to sound cheap, or complain, is that the majority of the tours I'm seeing are at least twice what the Santa Fe ride cost, and/or way less time, or distance.  Having done that ride before doing any other tour type rides, I think, has ruined me.  Or at least made it difficult to find another with as much to offer.  I might just do that one again, but i would really like to ride somewhere else......Utah, Arizona, Florida keys, nevada, there are others maybe.  What are your thoughts? Any suggestions? Am I being to picky?

Thinking of doing it in October, just wondering what people thought of it.


Gear Talk / Sleeping pads
« on: September 07, 2011, 09:01:38 pm »
 So, I'm leaving Friday for a three week ride, the Santa Fe trail trek! I was going to take a twin size air mattress, but I'm having second thoughts.  It's a supported ride, so size isn't really the issue.  I'm a little concerned about the cool nights, down in the 40s high 40s but still.  Will I get too cold on the air mattress?  So I'm thinking about a self inflating insulated mattress.  The thermarest prolite plus, or big agnes? has one too, that looked good, I don't remember the model, or models. Any thoughts one way or another? I figure if I'm going to buy one I might as well buy a good one that I can use for touring later.  Thanks for the help!!

Gear Talk / Cleatskins
« on: August 03, 2011, 09:28:48 am »
Anybody used them?  They look like a good idea, but from the pictures they look thick, like they would really put your foot in a weird position?

General Discussion / What to do with your stuff on days off??
« on: July 28, 2011, 04:44:02 pm »
I haven't done any self-supported tours yet, YET, so I'm not sure how it's supposed to work, and maybe it's a dumb question anyway.  I've been reading some blogs and journals of some people that have done or are doing some long tours and I was wondering, what do you do with your campsite, bike, bags, etc. when you go to the store or go see sights or whatever?  Has anybody had any problems with theft or vandalism or anything or are you far enough removed from everything that that's not an issue?  A bike you can lock up, and some of the panniers have a cable lock I think, but what about a tent, or does everything come with you all the time?  Thanks! I enjoy reading everybodies stories!!!

Gear Talk / Handlebar bag for carbon bars??
« on: July 13, 2011, 09:33:00 am »
Anybody have any experience with using a handlebar bag on carbon bars?  I know you're not supposed to attach any brackets to the bars so I was looking for one that attaches with velcro.  I've come across a few on the internet, but they look like they all attach on top of the stem, which might work, but then the computer has to move to somewhere else.  I'm just wondering if there is one that goes on the front.  Just a smallish one for camera, snacks, phone, maybe a tube.  Any help would be appreciated!!


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