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Classifieds / SOLD! Re: For Sale: Western Express Map Set
« on: February 22, 2011, 09:30:36 pm »

Classifieds / Re: For Sale: Ultimate Surly LHT
« on: February 22, 2011, 09:30:03 pm »
Nice Bicycle!!!! Heck the Schmidt Hub, Peter White Wheels, and Edel Lux Light alone are worth more than $500. How did you like that combination? 

Loved it. The hub/light combo from Schmidt is so good, I repeated the build on another bike.

Classifieds / SOLD! For Sale: Western Express Map Set
« on: February 22, 2011, 06:34:18 pm »
For Sale: used Western Express Map Set, Product #: BC-21. Total of four maps. In very good condition.

$30 shipped via USPS Priority Mail.

Description from ACA:
"The Western Express traverses four western states. It can be combined with the TransAm's eastern sections for a shortcut between the Rockies and the Pacific Ocean. From the Golden Gate Bridge to the Rocky Mountain Front, the route travels through some of America's most extreme terrain, including the Sierra Nevada, "America's Loneliest Highway," Utah's national parks, and the heart of the Colorado Rockies."

Classifieds / For Sale: Ultimate Surly LHT
« on: February 22, 2011, 06:27:10 pm »
Well, ultimate to me...and maybe you.

Need to sell my 2009 Surly Long Haul Trucker, and hoping to sell it as a complete bike. Here's the build details:

- purchased new in 2009 (May), 50cm, professionally blasted & powder coated by Streetwerkz (CMH)
- color: metallic dark gray
- treated thoroughly with FrameSaver before being built
- condition: Good. Just a few knicks here and there from normal wear, but very well-cared for and always stored indoors when not being ridden

- built by Peter White in summer 2009 (excellent condition)
- Front Hub/Wheel: Schmidt SON28 dynohub (black), laced to a 36-hole Mavic EX721 rim (black) with Wheelsmith DB 14-guage spokes (all black).
- Rear Hub/Wheel: Shimano XT hub (black) laced to a 36-hole Mavic EX721 rim (black) with Wheelsmith DB 14-guage spokes (all black). Shimano 9-speed cassette

Surly Mr. Whirly crankset (triple), with Salsa chainrings (all 3); XT front & rear derailluers; Shimano 9-speed chain (all in good condition—approximately 1000 miles on this drivetrain)

Other Parts:
- Schmidt Edelux headlight mounted to the Modolo handlebar with an R&M mount from Peter White (excellent condition)
- Integrated taillight that connects with the Edelux and attaches to rear rack—both the Edelux and taillight are powered from the SON28 front dynohub. Beautiful system that's had very little 'on' time.
- Surly Nice Racks (front and rear) (good condition—minor cosmetic blemishes)
- Thomson Elite seatpost and Thomson stem (excellent condition)
- King headset (excellent condition)
- Modolo Yuma Trekking butterfly handlebar (excellent condition)
- Paul Love Levers (brake levers) (excellent condition)
- Shimano bar-end shifters mounted to Paul Thumbies (excellent condition)
- Tektro brakes front and rear (same as Surly stock version but in black) (good condition—about 500 miles of wear on these pads)

Not included: pedals, saddle, and tank bag (it's been sold. See picture link below for reference).

This photo accurately represents the current build of the bike. As mentioned, that tank bag behind the stem has been sold, but I'd be glad to throw in that Arkel seat bag you see there. It's had some use, but it's still useful!

PRICE: $1400 for the above bicycle (minus pedals, saddle and tank bag), shipped to you in the continental United States. $1300 for local pickup in Central Ohio.

My buddies say this thing's built to ride through the Apocalypse. She weighs about 36 pounds with the Surly racks installed (about 30~31 without 'em), so not the lightest touring bike you can build. But 'bulletproof' with quality parts and very smooth to ride (I can go hands-free on it for a very long distance). The wheelset built by Peter White is his recommendation for heavy duty touring.

Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Welcome to Bicycle Route 66!
« on: December 28, 2010, 09:14:12 pm »
Saw your post on Twitter and had to jump in here to say I'm excited about this route!

Gear Talk / Re: Front Pannier ground clearance
« on: April 22, 2010, 06:57:42 am »
3" seems a bit low to me.

Gear Talk / Re: What's your favorite 100 mile unweighted bike?
« on: April 18, 2010, 01:06:09 pm »
Actually, if you're truly looking to go unweighted, and have no desire to add racks to the frame in the future, I've heard great things about the Crosscheck and Pacer. In fact, you could add a rack-less frame bag system in the future. Talk to Jeff at Great guy who makes an outstanding product. I'm having him make a frame bag for my Trucker now and already own a couple of other pieces by him.

Gear Talk / Re: What's your favorite 100 mile unweighted bike?
« on: April 18, 2010, 12:49:04 pm »
I'm going to stick with the Surly Long Haul Trucker. I may be alone in that call,'s just a smooth traveller.

Gear Talk / Re: cold feet! Recommendations?
« on: February 11, 2010, 12:39:12 pm »
Just finished my Pugsley this week and ran it through some powdery trails yesterday. And I used a very old pair of Neos overboots with two pairs of wool socks for the ride pictured here. It worked. For about an hour.

On the way home, I stopped by a local bike shop and tried on the Pearl Izumi Barrier GTX. They felt fantastic—but ran small on the sizes. Would love to own a pair of these shoes.

Gear Talk / Re: Baggy shorts
« on: February 05, 2010, 03:15:36 pm »
Dumb name, but Endura's HUMVEE shorts are overbuilt and fantastic. Not cheap, but my favorite, go-to everyday shorts.

Gear Talk / Re: 3-4 person tent
« on: January 26, 2010, 10:29:41 am »
Trying to choose tent for 3 people (mom, dad, 11 year old) on long tour. Sure, a 3 person would sleep all 3 of us, but a 4 person tent would seem to give enough space to prolong sanity on tour.

Tents in consideration:

Sierra Designs Lightning XT 4 (they now also offer a slightly heavier/less expensive option: Zeta 4)
MSR Mutha Hubba 3
Kelty Gunnison 4.1

Any comments on these or other similar tents in this size/weight/price range?
Thanks, Erik

Not sure if it fits ALL of your criteria, but we bought a Big Agnes Big House 4 with the extra vestibule last year. Used it for the two of us, and used the extra vestibule for my bike—baby's got to have a place to stay, too!

Again, this thing's big. And not the cheapest. But the main tent, even withOUT the extra vestibule that you see attached in this photo, would EASILY and comfortably hold the three of you AND all your gear. Put it this way, this tent holds a full-sized air mattress with a little room to spare. Livin' large, baby!.....if you don't mind haulin' the weight...and the expense.

Gear Talk / Re: Kick Stands
« on: January 24, 2010, 07:11:03 pm »
Do we have to manually subscribe to topics in which we post? If so, a little frustrating.  >:(

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Anyway, sorry for the delayed response (due to above issue), but I've sold the Hebie.

I work as a freelance photographer and love my Canon DSLR.  But if I were you I would want something extra durable, waterproof, and impact proof.  I personally take a 10 megapixel W60 with me when I'm traveling light.  The newer 12 megapixel W80 is now available for $188.95 at BHphoto a major steel!

Thanks for mentioning the W80. I'm using a Ricoh GRD-II (wonderful little monster), but am considering selling it to 1. simplify my life (I have most of the goodies for the GRD-II) and 2. use something very robust like the W80, especially as I travel the TransAm this summer...

Gear Talk / Re: Trekking Bars?
« on: January 14, 2010, 07:52:39 pm »
I'm no 20K mile trekking bar user like the above poster (nice miles, nancysv!), but I switched to trekking bars on my Long Haul Trucker and can't imagine going back. A thousand miles of use later, including overloaded 70+ hill climb rides to using the setup for a duathlon this spring, I love it.

To those looking for trekking bars: good luck finding 'em at Nashbar. You're better off paying a bit more to ship 'em to the US from the UK, via The model I got from 'em is Modolo's "Yuma Traveler" in black. I set it up with bar end shifters (the stock ones from the LHT build), mated to Paul Thumbies (MTB version). Here's some photos:

Gear Talk / Re: Will my bike hold up?
« on: January 14, 2010, 07:40:19 pm »
I suggest you underpack. Seriously, underpack. If you forget something your truly need, buy it. You are not going to ever be far from civilization. Ask yourself, "Am I absolutely positive that I will use this every day and that life will be miserable without it?" If the answer is no, leave it behind.

Note that overpacking is not merely a matter of working your body a little harder. A heavy load greatly increases your chances of mechanical problems, and greatly increases your chances of handling problems.

I have to keep repeating your words as I get closer to my TransAm this summer....

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