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Gear Talk / Re: Jandd Low Front Rack on Surly Disc Trucker
« on: May 28, 2019, 12:18:39 am »
Jandd sells spacers just for this. You only need one pair, for both sides at the dropout.

Routes / Re: Madison WI to Northern IN
« on: April 06, 2018, 09:45:49 pm »
You can follow bike paths and bike lanes almost all the way from Milwaukee, Wi to Michigan City, In. The paths along the lakefront through Chicago are nice, busy, but nice.

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General Discussion / Re: best color for panniers
« on: March 27, 2018, 01:34:34 pm »
Aluminium foil wouldn't be good, as it acts more as a mirror, which instead of reflecting back to the source in a off axis, would deflect away. Retroreflective is what you want, just like the reflectors on many panniers and safety vests.

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Gear Talk / Re: 5lb “penalty”... what is the cost?
« on: March 25, 2018, 08:20:24 pm »
If you're looking at a light, compact tent, I'd suggest taking a look at the Tarptent Protrail. I have the previous version, the Contrail, and with pegs, poles, and footprint it comes in under 2lbs, and I can pack it in half a front pannier. And even with the optional poles, it's about half the price of the Enan.

The cost savings would allow you to go with a lighter quilt,  like the Enlightened Equipment Revelation APEX, my 50F, long,  wide weighs about 14oz. Add in an ultralight inflatable sleeping mat, and pillow, and my full sleep/shelter kit is well under 4lbs and fits in a front pannier with space to spare

If you can downsize like that across the board and use smaller panniers the savings start adding up, and the bike will feel much better to ride.

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