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Dwnptrl_777, I assume the pictures supplied are on the Surly LHT with 26" rims? Great set up! Awesome racks! I do have two lighting questions. Do both lights stay on, when you stop? Do the lights, come on automatically, when it gets dark? In Peter Whites defense, he does experience moderate to severe back pain, I have caught him on good days and usually keep it short, on bad ones. He knows his stuff, and has very high standards. If one wants a Schmidt, all things go through him.

Sorry about the delay. I'm not getting notification on these threads for some reason, but will look into that. Anyway, per your post: Yes, my LHT is a 50cm with 26" rims, and Surly racks front/rear (for now—am considering going rackless for the TransAm...using bags from Carousel Design Works instead). Lights: Yes, they stay on for a few minutes when I stop, and come on automatically in dusk/dark. Really glad I 'pulled the trigger' on Peter White's recommendations. As you said, if you want Schmidt, he's the man.

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks saddle modification
« on: January 09, 2010, 09:04:30 am »
I own both a Brooks B-17 (currently on my Long Haul Trucker) and a Selle An-Atomica. Both are great seats, and if money were no object, I think I'd buy a second Selle An-Atomica...instantly comfortable right outta the box, and no break-in required. AND waterproof.

Gear Talk / Re: Camping Tent
« on: January 09, 2010, 09:02:43 am »
I'm using a Big Agnes Seed House now, also. Short of some kind of last-minute switch (which I don't intend), the Seed House will be my tent for this summer's TransAm ride.

Gear Talk / Re: Considering New Handlebar Setup
« on: November 22, 2009, 12:11:56 pm »
My LHT fit like a glove with drop bars. But I still couldn't get excited about drop bars...I simply prefer to be more upright. So I swapped the drops for Modolo Yuma Traveler bars. LOVE 'em:

Most recent picture, shown with a Schmidt Edelux light:

Gear Talk / Re: generator hubs + phones
« on: November 22, 2009, 12:08:05 pm »
If you're interested in powering from your hub, Busch & Müller just released this technical wonder:

EXPENSIVE! I'm holding off...just can't justify the expense until I hear about some testing, reviews, etc.

Gear Talk / Re: Kick Stands
« on: November 22, 2009, 12:04:13 pm »
I have a Hebie 2-legged kickstand for my LHT. Steel version. I installed it and it worked great. A couple weeks later Surly posted a blog entry warning against crushing the chainstays with aftermarket kickstands that clamp to the stays.

I love my LHT—and it needs to take me 'cross the US next summer, so, out of paranoia, I decided to not use the Hebie on  my LHT.

One fine, overbuilt (but wonderfully simple) Hebie kickstand for sale if anyone's interested. BTW, they're hard if not impossible to get in the US. I had to ship this from SJS Cycles in the UK.

Routes / Re: TransAm Map Set Update Schedule?
« on: November 22, 2009, 11:57:22 am »
I've asked the same question and was planning to hold out 'til spring of 2010. BUT, we've just decided to drive west for Christmas and use the Trans Am maps as our route, so...ordering a full set today.

I've never owned the Shimano but have heard it's a good product.

I do own two SON28 setups, one for my Big Dummy and another on my Surly Long Haul Trucker. Both were built by Peter White Cycles. The Dummy's SON28 is a disc version while the SON28 wheel on my Trucker is non-disc. Both are mated with the Schmidt Edeluxe front light.

In short? Flawless so far. About 1000 miles of use on the Dummy and just a few hundred on the Trucker.

I would call Peter White and ask his opinion. Just be warned: he's not the most pleasant person you'll speak with. He can be very short/gruff. The ladies who work with him, however, are very pleasant.

If I did it all over again...I'd buy the SON28. "Buy once, cry once" has been my motto regarding tools/parts as critical as lighting, drivetrains, etc.

My LHT, with a black, non-disc SON28 and Schmidt Edeluxe light:

Great Lakes / Re: Anyone interested in Touring living in Central Ohio?
« on: October 21, 2009, 04:08:52 pm »

Have you heard of a group called Columbus Outdoor Pursuits? They do a great job of organizing many tours in Central Ohio that stretch into late Fall, and incorporate routes and distances for all rider levels. I've done a few with them and have never been disappointed. Here's their site:

Hope that helps! Hope to see you out there! If so, I'll be on a black Surly Long Haul Trucker:


Classifieds / Re: Selling: TransAmerica Maps Complete Set 1-12
« on: September 28, 2009, 10:07:11 am »
Very interested. Just need to verify that the TransAm maps haven't been updated since 2007...

Gear Talk / Locks/ theft
« on: February 18, 2008, 01:04:52 pm »
I'm devout about locking my bike, even in our sleepy little town. I use a
variety of locks, but never a junk lock. I believe you do get what you pay
for in the lock buying department.

This message was edited by dwnptrl_777 on 2-18-08 @ 9:05 AM

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