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Gear Talk / Re: Best compact camera for a Tour? Help me decide.
« on: March 03, 2011, 07:05:21 pm »
I used to be pretty heavy into SLR photography, but switched a couple years ago to the Canon G-series of "pro-sumer" compact cameras. After a week in Japan with the G10 coming and going everywhere with me, I promptly sold all of my SLR equipment.

The G-series isn't terribly small or compact, but it's still half the size of a DSLR and the image quality and versatility is unlike anything I've seen in a compact. I highly recommend that line of camera.

Routes / Re: Outer Banks
« on: March 01, 2011, 08:46:48 pm »
Taking the road south of Nag's Head towards Hatteras and beyond, I would offer two words of advice.

1) Beware of the wind and the sun. Bring plenty of liquids heading south as there is nothing there.

2) Beware an off-shore breeze as the wind will blow the nastiest horsehead flies in from the intracoastal waterway and they can and will ruin your day if they get the chance. I don't know how bad they might be in April, but they can draw blood in the dead of summer. Those flies are nasty!

Good luck!

General Discussion / Re: Luxuries
« on: March 01, 2011, 01:46:53 pm »
Coffee is no more of a luxury than spare tubes, patch kits, and a helmet.  ;D

For me, its the Kindle.
I happily leave my battery-sucking Android phone at home. Kindle gives me over an hour of reading every night for a month on a single charge.

Also important luxuries are: a foldable camp pillow and a small flask of bourbon. Knob Creek travels well.

General Discussion / Re: Coming soon to a theater near you...?
« on: March 01, 2011, 11:48:57 am »
I have to say I was pretty disappointed in the movie.

I know it's got to be really hard to film a race that long, with racers spread out across two states, but it seemed like most of the footage was shot from within diners and motels instead of on the actual course. Considering how much of the route is open to motorized vehicles (or can be easily accessed by such) I was surprised to see so little actual biking. I've been in races that were being filmed by crews on dirtbikes and by helicopter and was expecting more of an effort for dramatic footage from the filming crew. Or even just more scenic footage.

If you compare this movie to the Race Across the Sky (or other similar race movies) movie about the Leadville 100, the production qualities and cinematography just didn't compare. 

General Discussion / Re: Traveling This Year? too
« on: March 01, 2011, 11:42:04 am »
Wife started a new job which cut her vacataion time from 15 business days to just 5. Ugh!

That said, clever scheduling using weekends and 4th of July makes it possible for a 10 day trip around the Olympic Peninsula, starting and finishing in our driveway, 35 miles east of Seattle. It will be the first tours on our new Fargos -- can't wait!

Gear Talk / Re: Handlebar bag
« on: February 13, 2011, 03:04:41 pm »
Another option regarding the GPS is to use the Topeak Bar-Xtender. I have trekking bars on my Fargo and the Arkel bag's brackets don't leave a lot of uncurved bar for gadgets/lights so I picked up a Topeak Bar X-Tender and it works great at any angle.

Also, regarding the Arkle -- my wife and I each have the large bag and, in hindsight, I think we'd both prefer the smaller. The bag's contents stay dry, it doesn't budge at all even over rougher roads and bumps, but we are constantly reminding ourselves to NOT pack it too full. It's size is great for wallet, Kindle, snacks... then we add a spare pair of gloves or our bunched up lightweight windbreaker to keep things from jostling. It's a great bag, but I'd be just as happy if it was about 1n inch smaller in all dimensions.

Gear Talk / Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
« on: February 12, 2011, 09:27:34 pm »
For short trips we use my 14 year old Siera Designs Clip Flashlight -- cheap and relatively stout for 3 seasons (though the old model I have isn't quite vented as well as I'd like).

We're going the Hilleberg Nallo GT route for our extended touring. It's pricey as hell, but very light for the space, and the extended vestibule will allow cooking out of the elements, not to mention plenty of "front porch" space for our panniers.

MSR used to make a great looking bike touring tent that had a massive vestibule big enough to park the bikes. Alas, it's been discontinued and even seems impossible to track down online.

General Discussion / Re: 2/11 Adventure Cyclist Mag Letters from Readers
« on: February 11, 2011, 07:18:16 pm »
I thought this was going to be a discussion about the letter from the guy who wants the whole Wilderness to himself, gawd forbid the occasional biker passes him on the trail.

Gear Talk / Re: Another Fargo Build - Trekking Bar style
« on: January 27, 2011, 03:58:23 am »
Thanks MacBeth. I should have mentioned that I've been running discs and 29er wheels on my mountain bikes exclusively for 4 years now.

Gear Talk / Re: Another Fargo Build - Trekking Bar style
« on: January 11, 2011, 02:38:57 am »
Just got back to this thread (work this time of year sucks). I haven't had any experience with the trekking style bars yet. This is a totally new concept for me, but I saw them on a Safari at REI and just had to have them.

That said, I'm primarily a mountain biker and it took a little getting used to how "narrow" they are, but I use the air-quotes because the bars are several inches wider than drop handlebars.

I did go with a slightly longer stem than I would have otherwise.

Gear Talk / Re: solar battery chargers
« on: December 29, 2010, 02:27:59 pm »
I've seen mention of the smaller Brunton cells, but has anyone tried any of the Brunton SolarRolls?

They're quite pricey, but they sound perfect, especially if you have a trailer to lay it out on during the day. Would love for this to work to kind of bridge the gap between hostel/hotel stays on longer trips, though I do have to remember that I live in the PNW.

Gear Talk / Re: Another Fargo Build - Trekking Bar style
« on: December 29, 2010, 02:23:48 pm »
Thanks! Finally got the gel padding that goes under the handlebar tape and was able to wrap it up. It looks a little odd, but I ended up doing the electrical tape wrap down by the grip shifters too since I couldn't just hang some off the end and tuck under a bar plug.

I was really worried that I was going to feel really cramped and that the handlebars, particularly the controls, would be right in my lap and that the frame was too short. Fortunately it felt great when I took it out for a test ride (and no front-wheel shimmy at high speed, by the way.  :D) as there's no way I'd have enough stand-over clearance for the XL.

My wife ordered the 2011 Fargo size small. I was hesitant to put her on a 29er, but after test riding a couple of Vayas, she hopped onto the Fargo and just loved it. Anything that helps her feel more confident on the bike is fine with me. Super glad they changed the color for next year -- I'd hate to be that couple with the matching bikes. No offense, of course, to those with his/hers matching bikes. LOL!

Gear Talk / Re: Magicshine headlights
« on: December 15, 2010, 02:00:34 am »
There has been dozens and dozens of posts and conversations about the Magicshine lights on the listserve over at Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance. And also at MTBR.

I don't have any personal experience with them.

Gear Talk / Re: Another Fargo Build - Trekking Bar style
« on: December 10, 2010, 02:21:00 am »
Thanks Alfonso. Just gave the blog a bit of a dusting off and redesign. Just saw that Planet Bike has finally come out with full-length 29er fenders that accomodate up to 2.3" tires. Very excited!

Gear Talk / Another Fargo Build - Trekking Bar style
« on: December 09, 2010, 12:55:38 pm »
Finally got the time to build up my Fargo yesterday with the help of a friend who patiently instructed me on the finer points of bicycle assembly and tuning.

I included a relatively detailed write-up about parts selection, why I bought a Fargo, and my thoughts on touring with disc brakes/29er wheels.

Included a price-list for the parts and a few photos as well.

Perhaps it can be of some use to someone contemplating a mixed-surface touring bike?

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