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The Lounge / Re: Make Bikeguide Great Again...
« on: December 05, 2017, 01:04:08 AM »
so what's up with the secret Santa?

Bike Gallery / Re: Tea (One) Time
« on: March 16, 2017, 11:20:07 AM »
that's a sweet 1.... bummed I notice my fit seat has some cracks in the base so who knows how much longer it has

The Bike Shop / Re: Road touring gear? Touring advice?
« on: February 01, 2017, 12:01:26 PM »
again, thanks for the proper advice!

So is it just a matter of getting some rims and tires and relacing my hubs? Kind of like what you're saying about having both sets at hand but for what it's worth I think I'd rather have the clearance than anything else. Kind of ride my big bike like its my BMX....

I think before I do anything to the wheels, besides a good service sooner than later, I need to replace core components. Since I got my front rack I've lightly loaded it a few times and the flex is pretty bad. Not sure if it's mostly the alloy stock stem, the fact that the Archer bars I have are uncut and fairly wide, or both. Either way I plan to maybe cut a half inch off each side and upgrade to a shorter Thomson stem, and hopefully a matching post if time/money is right.

Let's talk drive trains. I'm not too savvy with road gear & brands but I don't need anything crazy. I know sram gear is nice....? 

The Bike Shop / Re: Road touring gear? Touring advice?
« on: January 29, 2017, 04:52:09 AM »
been loosely researching 650b wheel info online and I'm curious on your guys thoughts. I am in love with my fairdales geo but I would love some bigger tire options. 

conversions involving disk breaks just mean changing out rims/spokes, or more?


Riding Photos / Re: slab city flyout
« on: January 10, 2017, 03:08:06 AM »
are you out there now or are these from your last trip?

The Bike Shop / Re: Road touring gear? Touring advice?
« on: January 07, 2017, 01:25:18 AM »
definitely thought about links gotta go get some of those

Along with trying to get the accessory components of the bike ready I also would like to switch some of the stock parts out. Was thinking I'd start with seat post and stem as a priority followed by the cranks then work my way to the wheel set. Gonna go for some Thompson components because bikeguide....the last thing I want is to have bike faliure.

The Bike Shop / Re: Road touring gear? Touring advice?
« on: January 06, 2017, 12:33:47 PM »
Wow thank you so much for all the local advice. Those all sound like some great and obtainable rides. I like the idea of renegade for when I get good but I think for someone who is new to camping I will still to legal campsites.

Tent will probably be my go to since it seems more fitting for me. Have yet to purchase that and my sleeping items as they'll be last after I get my bike retrofitted. Just placed my order for the Jandd Tall Boy front rack from my lbs. Excited to get that thing on, it's got a narrow platform but plenty of room for panniers which I will be using up front. Definitely gonna get a Wald at some point to bolt to it. Gotta look into some bigger tire options for sure but I won't be able to go much bigger than what I'm at.

What sort of repair items did you bring? Obviously tools for flat fixes, but did you get spare cable or any parts handy?

The Bike Shop / Re: is greyhound strict about bikes and luggage?
« on: December 25, 2016, 12:05:39 AM »
currently on a megabus to LA for a few days. Missing my bike....

The Bike Shop / Re: Road touring gear? Touring advice?
« on: December 07, 2016, 04:37:33 AM »
You might want to look into using saddle/frame/handlebar bags in place of racks. Here's a good article

I plan to get a frame bag since I'm getting the Jandd front rack that is more or less a glorified rear rack but i figure it with be a good pair with my fairdale rear rack for the light journeys I'll be embarking on. Handlebar bag might be a smart addition though.

Any tips on planning camp reservations? How to plan weather, choosing non busy times throughout the year, etc.

Thank you again for the advice!

Riding Videos / Re: Phone clips
« on: December 07, 2016, 04:31:07 AM »
Sweet. You want to meet up in Napa this month?

Sounds good man. I have a co worker who goes to the Napa park. She says they are cool with bikes.

The Bike Shop / Re: Road touring gear? Touring advice?
« on: December 06, 2016, 04:11:16 PM »
Thanks for all those great tips Hugh! I am slowly getting my gear in order and plan to have a trip going by spring.

The Bike Shop / Re: Road touring gear? Touring advice?
« on: November 30, 2016, 04:21:21 AM »
Not going to lie seeing builds on Instagram definitely keeps me motivated and inspired to build a rad and practical ride. But I don't understand some of these bikes I see they seem like major overkill. Can't grow a beard worth noting and I definitely can't afford all these designer brand racks and bags so I'm trying to just stick to gear tailored to overnights outside town.

Like I said in my op I don't have much camping experience but I obviously want to be able to have a safe and comfy night out in nature with my bike. Just installed a fairdale rear rack and I am still debating on what front rack I'd like to go with. Seems like I'm gonna go with a Jandd front rack since they're on sale on their website. Gotta look into some good front panniers and I think I may steal a milk crate from work to retrofit into a basket.

The Bike Shop / Re: Road touring gear? Touring advi
« on: November 15, 2016, 04:20:24 AM »
thank you all for your input on this. Definitely getting more motivated by the day. I'm digging the tarp idea since a tent is a bit bulky. Mignt still invest in a small tent just so my first local overnighters are simple. Video was really inspiring as well!

I think I'm gonna buy the soma deluxe rack since it's got the wide surface with pannier support. Half moon bay, south of San Fransisco has a campground by the beach that seems very obtainable as my first overnighters on the bike.

Anyone have good literature recommendations on camping basics?

The Bike Shop / Re: Road touring gear? Touring advice?
« on: November 12, 2016, 02:57:38 AM »
Get a hammock instead of a tent. You can get a rain fly for them too. If you're going to campgrounds, I doubt water purification should be anything to worry about. A jet boil is nice for dehydrated foods. You could probably do better if you're only doing a couple of days. Usually you can buy a cord of firewood for ~$10 at state campgrounds.

Got any good experience with any campsites in the bay? I gonna be starting out doing overnighters  fairly local so I'd probably be picking up a gallon in town before making camp. I was looking into the half moon bay campsite since it's close and I love the beach.

Eventually I hope to gain the knowledge of survivalism to travel further distance......

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