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    Hunter w/CDW bags

    i just got these awesome bags from Jeff at Carousel Design Works.

    pics do not do these bags justice.

    seriously

    wow!

    Jeff makes high quality bags

    now i just need to focus on a packing list.

    but wow! really they are gorgeous bags.

    obviously a super light Adv Touring set up.
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    Looks good. A little more streamlined than the previous four pannier setup.
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    Nice. I like the digital camo pattern....
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    Very sweet set-up! Love it!

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    That is an awesome set up. Please post the gear you can pack in all of those bags when you get a chance. I had no idea you there was someone out there building custom bags like those. Thanks for sharing.

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    Very nice!

    Mr. Boatman does nice work. I like the light pack rig.

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    the bags are really awesome!

    i've been fussing around with various items to pack.

    to add to the equation, i'm supposed to use a light backpack/hydration combo deal.

    i picked up a Vaude bag at Sea Otter, something like a larger CamelBak/rock climbing pack.

    basically I'll stuff the backpack with lightweight items.

    i was amazed to stuff a set of patagonia long johns (top and bottom), 2 sets of REI boxer briefs, 2 pair of soxs, a beanie, a MSR water filter, a SnowPeak solo cookset with micro stove and fuel, plus some oatmeal and tea... all in the seatbag. and that was just cramming thing in there, not particularly well thought out...
    plus the seatbag has some bungee netting on the under side to lash things down. I dont know what... maybe something like a set of small poles? or maybe more clothing in a bag, or a tarp?

    the handle bar bag is awesome too... i stuffed a whole change of cold weather-ish cycling clothes including booties, gortex gloves, etc... and a jacket. plus it has a pocket up front, 1 full flask of Espresso Hammer Gel. plus it has tie downs for something like a jacket or maybe the water filter would be good in that spot.

    the "tank bag" has tube, multi tool, patch kit, tire lever, gloves, a mini swiss army knife, and my wallet.
    with room to spare.

    the top tube bag simply has my digi cam, Canon A640.
    also has a room to spare.

    the whole of setup is awesome.
    its just a matter of picking out the gear to match the trip...

    peace...d
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    This looks great. I also use the CDW-bar and seatpostbags. I have ridden the Alps twice this summer and absolutely loved the bags. The quality of these bags is amazing. Jeff knows what he is doing. I will order a framebag soon, since I regret not having ordered this right away.

    You really don't notice the weight even in technical terrain compared to my older setups. Also they make you think twice about packing stuff, since I am known for taking one extra shirt....

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    for a few months now, I've been using the Hunter as my "fast bike"
    my other rides include a Pug and a new Big Dummy
    no car

    bikes all the time, etc...

    The Hunter has seen plenty of rides with the local club (velo club monterey).

    today was a little jaunt with the club from Monterey down HWY 68 passing Laguna Seca, then up the back side of Laureles Grade. new bags, and a hoge poge packing, I was delighted to roll right along in a group.

    over the years, i've become accustomed to things like BOB trailers, Xtracycles, panniers, and The Pug.

    so The Hunter and CDW bags, to me, its a fast set up.

    to the extent that i ended running myself almost to bonking some where's on the back side of Ft. Ord.

    i'm very happy with the set up. its simply amazing.

    panniers now seem huge.

    no rack(s), no bags hanging out wide, and the ride is much more quiet.

    in the dirt, the CDW bags are solid. i laffed to myself, after i had done a "horse hop" (flat jump) over a rut, and grabbed some brake going into a turn.

    the bike is a obviously a little bit heavier, but the way the weight is distributed, and the solid packing/compressing of the load, makes for a nimble loaded bike.

    even getting off the bike, and carrying it over things like dead fall, is much easier compared to any other loaded bike.

    with this setup, i can see how truly these bags make the bike much faster, and maneuverable... that is compared to other touring setups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hjalti
    Looks good. A little more streamlined than the previous four pannier setup.
    ya... that pannier setup sucked
    the lines on this bike just dont take a rack nicely
    maybe if i had Rick build up some swank custom racks with curves to match...
    maybe then...

    but i have The Dummy and other ways to haul things around.

    the CDW bags are something totally new (to me)

    the challenge is the packing list.
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    Very nice bags - I met a guy on my commute that just the Canada - New Mexico adventure race. He would be very interested in the CDW designs for sure. They look very sweet!

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    Nice...

    I'mma look into getting the top tube bags. How much did he charge you if i may ask?

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    3 benjamins for the lot.

    they are awesome bags!

    it took some time to get them, i placed the order sometime around Sea Otter

    they are worth the wait. as far as i know, he's doing the work pretty much by himself, and i think his sister-in-law helps out.

    what he really likes is a simple phone call.

    i traced the outline of the fame, headtube, etc... and mailed it off to him.

    to me, its amazing that he can even make a bag to fit something like that from an outline on paper stock.
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    after more than a month touring Humboldt County on The dummy
    today i got on the hunter 29er for first time since...
    wow... big difference.

    anyways...
    just another excuse to post a pic.

    peace...d
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    dammit devo! your hunter's too nice...

    eet geevs me needs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    dammit devo! your hunter's too nice...

    eet geevs me needs!
    thanks

    ya, its a REALLY NICE bike...

    whoa... sometimes i trip out that i own it.

    its nice, in a trippy way...
    i mean... its got bling, and it kind of is roadbike-ish
    but of course it goes everywhere... and to me its fast.

    its sporty for sure... and i totally dig the style

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    I love my CDW bags too!







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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    thanks

    ya, its a REALLY NICE bike...

    whoa... sometimes i trip out that i own it.

    its nice, in a trippy way...
    i mean... its got bling, and it kind of is roadbike-ish
    but of course it goes everywhere... and to me its fast.

    its sporty for sure... and i totally dig the style

    peace...d
    Yeah I dig that bike a lot too. Have seen pics of it here before, and it got my IneedanotherHunter juices flowing hard. I contacted Rick recently about building me a bike like yours but he never returned my call so I ended up going with a diamond frame Jones instead. He will always be on my short list of one for the *next* bike though.

    How's that fork ride anyway? Sure looks nice.

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    VCM to Big Sur and back

    roadie content

    today's ride, with my local club
    Velo Club Monterey
    to Big Sur and back.

    after a month on The Dummy, my brain's effort gauge is out of wack

    the hills of Humboldt, fresh in my mind, fresh in my legs of cargo carrying/touring

    rollin the Hunter with my roadie brethren, at 2pm, me thinks the day is still young.

    the luxury of a house, a hot lunch, shower, et al...

    a paradigm shift from touring with the dummy

    i've been sans job for about 15 months, and oh man... wow! its been great.

    just today, riding down to Big Sur, the weather around 65F, clear, hanging out having coffee in the sun, and ride back...

    its days like this, that i realize how fortunate I am.

    whoa... sure is nice!

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    Big Sur Lodge in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnfiend
    Big Sur Lodge in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park?
    close
    Big Sur River Inn
    some of the group went up to the top of Ventana Grade, to a bakery there, past the Post Office, etc...

    the rest sat in the back at the restaurant at Big Sur River Inn
    while some of us just got coffee at the General Store

    anyways... hang out under outdoor heaters, etc...

    pretty lucky, thats for sure. or i guess, fortunate is what it really is...

    Del Rey Oaks, to river inn and back probably about 60miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnfiend
    I love my CDW bags too!







    i keep thinking about a frame bag for the lower part of the frame...

    so what do you pack in the bag?
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    Jeff recommends small dense items for the frame bag. It is surprising how quickly it fills up and how narrow things must be. I had a camp towel, alcohol cat food can stove, Heineken can pot, pot insulator, carbon fiber pole for my tarp, water purification drops.



    For a write up on my stove/pot see here: https://www.socaltrailriders.org/for...2&postcount=46

    The frame bag construction was top notch, so I don't want to take anything away from Jeff's work, but for the cost and the frequency of use I probably should have gone with a lightweight rear rack and use a silnylon bag on the top. Additionally one must have a well thought out ultra light set up to use the CDW stuff. This is not a negative just a reality.
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    Awesome thread!!

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    ya, i'm curious to reduce down.
    i did a trip to ventura and LA a while back, i think sept?
    i used a rear rack and 2 large panniers plus the CDW bags from Jeff.

    ultimately I'd like to reduce down to just CDW bags.
    so i think of a full frame bag, and just a CamelBack, which i seem to do anyway..

    during my last trip to Humboldt Co. I met a Canadian couple, and they were using a penny stove.
    for fuel... "Heet" fuel line anti-freeze.

    pretty cool little stove, and mega-economy

    coming from the last duration on The Dummy, I'm glad to not carry a week's worth of food.
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    Where do you store extra water when using the CDW bag (in this case - asking the poster w/ the Niner). It would negate the bottle mounts......
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo

    I met a Canadian couple, and they were using a penny stove.
    for fuel... "Heet" fuel line anti-freeze.

    pretty cool little stove, and mega-economy
    I use the SuperCat stove and HEET. I had trouble keeping a penny stove lit. The SuperCat is way easy to make and works every time. HEET and denatured alcohol don't soot up your pots either. I made a wind shield from leftover aluminum flashing, just tall enough that it fits inside my pot with the stove while on the move.

    Photo of my cooking setup

    Another cool item I made yesterday was fire starters from dryer lint and old candles, melted into a paper egg carton and cut apart. Great for starting camp fires. i don't know how I got by without them.

    Another link you may like Devo, Woodcraft by Nessmuk

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLightGo
    Where do you store extra water when using the CDW bag (in this case - asking the poster w/ the Niner). It would negate the bottle mounts......
    I carry my water in my Wingnut pack. Jeff at CDW recommends putting bottles in the frame bag as an option as well. Another option would be to mount bottles on the fork legs or downtube near the BB, al. la. the new Fargo. If you don't have nice little bottle brazons you can use a Two Fish bottle cage, which uses a velcro strap, or a pipe clamp.
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    another LA trip

    another LA trip

    what was different?

    uhh... i guess, multi modal transport

    SoCal for the Holiday (thnxgiving)

    my girlfriend has family in Pasadena
    so i stayed with my siblings and mom in the Fairfax/Melrose area of LA (i'd say this is really the epicenter of "SoCal")

    the day after thanksgiving we went to the Huntington Library

    saturday, girlfriend drove home to Monterey

    the week following i stayed in SoCal
    a few days with my siblings
    put in a walk way of decomposed granite, with a 10 minute notice...
    the neighbor decided to get rid of it, and the gardener pitched us the idea as we were still having coffee...

    rode the Hunter around LA some, mostly just screwing around...
    typical poser stuff
    hang out here and there
    go to all those funky places that are cool to be seen there...
    SoCal trips me out
    Farmer's Mareket/The Grove, etc...

    Metrolink to Union Station
    just like usual
    except this time, i used Beverly Blvd, to Temple, to Alameda
    arriving at 4:14pm
    to catch the 4:26pm
    train 113 to Montalvo (Ventura)

    strangely
    i didn't realize the significance
    as i got into the train car, immediately behind the locomotive
    when i noticed flyers in the car, wordage, re: Chatsworth 111

    i sat in a spot
    asked the lady if is was ok to sit there

    along the line, somewhere probably Glendale, or Burbank
    her friends board
    i smile
    and then realize that I've disrupted their typical commuter routine
    a friend says, "thats ok... we'll call you marcia. that's Marcia's seat".

    naively i say something along the lines
    "oh... when does Marcia get on?"

    "she's got her own seat now"

    then i realize...
    oh ya... the train crash
    and the seat i was in, was where Marcia always sat...

    sundown... Metrolink slows, and rolls thru Chatsworth...

    its dark... finally we get to Montalvo

    Performance Bike is close by, on Johnson Dr.
    i stop to buy a new red blinkie
    the extent of my shopping

    Ventura, Saticoy, Montalvo.... whatever...
    its all concrete
    Peter Tosh... Concrete Jungle seems to be on repeat in my mind...

    a couple of days with my dad, and grandparents
    some chores, fix a sink, mow lawns, etc...

    run around Ventura some on the bike, as i am now about 5yrs sans motor vehicle

    Ventura is crazy for a bicycle
    LA is the same
    traffic light timing, the speed of cars, et al... there's no flow there... its just gas and brake.
    a couple of "polite" bumps up against windows
    a window tap or two, to make my way thru traffic

    one am... a trip to Oxnard to grab the AmTrak to SLO
    Saticoy to Oxnard, about 40 minute jaunt to the station

    traffic does not disappoint.. more of the same

    AmTrak to SLO
    definitely a sensory shift
    the train not so packed
    by Goleta the train is pretty much empty
    a whole car, maybe 5 of us

    in SLO i get on the bus
    a total of 9
    on a new bus

    much different from prior experiences
    the bus ride, smooth, and quick
    next thing i knew we were in Salinas.

    this trip, i opted to use my Kremlin Chrome messenger bag...
    albeit stuffed to the max.
    pop teases me, "igor", or "the hunch back", ninja turtle on a bicycle
    a monster bag on my back...
    at what point did i think this was "ok"
    altho not totally un-do-able

    in Salinas, my girlfriend meets me there with her car.

    in comparison... an easy trip. beyond easy. of little effort

    LA has little to no Natural Environ
    the infrastructure sucks
    the bicycle riding, the experience is nerve racking
    sucking exhaust
    and your life at risk

    I'm often quick to say, "we are products of our environment".
    my brothers, i love em, they live in LA, and therefore they don't really ride so much
    i don't blame them.
    if i lived there... i'd ride my bike to the AmTrak station, and move.
    but that's me.
    obviously 17million people love LA, otherwise, why would they choose to live there?

    on Amtrak...
    leaving Union Station
    water flowing in the LA River
    fresh in my mind, rivers of Humboldt County
    i can hardly imagine a bigger difference

    its LA
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    Los Angeles river
    Hunter on the Metrolink
    and a shot somewhere close to Olvera St.
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    That Hunter is tasty!!! I'd give my left nut for one of those!

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    shot on ft. ord today

    prescribed burn in the background.

    Monterey lights

    all in all, a nice day here in Monterey.
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    You have probably mentioned this somewhere but the search didn't work for me. Are those handlebars marys mounted backwards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by threesixeight
    You have probably mentioned this somewhere but the search didn't work for me. Are those handlebars marys mounted backwards?
    upside down yes

    backwards... nope

    i tried this bar inverted for some time.

    at first i had it on a Moto Rapido for about a year, with the notions of a custom 29er
    and viola!

    there it is

    the thing is...
    that the top tube is measured close to my inseam, but it curves down, so it still has come stand over height nearing the seatpost.

    it has a rigid fork
    and the headtube is longer so there is only 1 small spacer
    i wanted all that stuff to be close, instead of an inch of spacers, and all that space between the crown and tyre found on suspension forks.

    plus its steel, so it has little if no flex, and to top it off, its made local.

    i wanted the stem, handlebar, BB, seatpost, all that, in certain places for a particular fit

    and viola

    thats what rick came up with.

    it really is an awesome bike.

    in many ways, its very road bike-ish

    over the years i've been riding mostly on MTB cranks
    so i wanted that 175 length, and of course the range in gear inch

    once i figured out that in a 29er 44x11t is about like a road bike 53x12t
    which really means that it has enough gear to stay in a group

    blah blah blah

    ya... its an awesome bike.

    in the dirt it just transitions, and its plenty fast.
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    I live in Pasadena. Next time you are down shoot me a PM. Or send me an email mtbmaven at yahoo dot com
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnfiend
    I live in Pasadena. Next time you are down shoot me a PM. Or send me an email mtbmaven at yahoo dot com
    will do, thanks
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    Living in Del Rey Oaks

    Living in Del Rey Oaks
    ft. ord being the backyard
    seems that the last couple of days, my rides taking me thru my old Army haunts.

    wow...
    i mean, its a park, and thats great.

    in the day, after the 7th I.D. left, i don't remember the ride so smooth and that was with a suspension fork.

    anyways...
    some shots from today's ride.

    del rey oaks, ft. ord, ride around a ton, in funky 8's, up and around Laguna Seca, back down on the fire roads, goat trail, around the old boy scout camp,

    water at the salinas rural fire dept, and home via hwy 68.

    pics...
    coyote on Barloy Canyon at the ASP
    another shot off of Sandstone Ridge
    and a trippy blimp, Zeppelin, Airship Ventures

    that Zeppelin been flyin over the house off and on all day...

    peace...d
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    i finally put on a set of Kenda Klaw 1.9's
    700x50c i think

    tonight was a night ride out on Ft. Ord, local rain.
    I've been on these tyres for a week now, and i have to say, i like em
    they really remind me of the old school Panaracer Dart/Smoke combo, but with less of an edge, as if zero transition putting it off camber.

    blah blah blah

    cool tyres

    fast enough
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    I agree, I like them also. I got a set real cheap, and wasn't that sure if I would like them because they come on some low price point bikes. I rode them for a whole season, and they were great. Someone just gave me another pair, so I got some back ups.

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    fenders

    laffs
    check this out
    fenders... Cascadias
    with Vulpine 2.1's

    i'm working on getting an Old Man Mountain Rack.
    i keep wondering of a low rider rack
    or stick to the Sherpa that i know...

    any how...

    trippy how easily this bike changes looks...

    i think i'll put the handlebar roll on
    and maybe that light and motion HID.

    cool bike...
    does everything...
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    Ultimate LowRider

    Old Man Mountain racks

    Ultimate LowRider
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    fenders, racks, panniers, handlebar bag and frame bag.

    its been a little bit of a project to get everything mounted up all nice like.

    strangely, the fender braze-ons are in a position that allows the rear fender to be a bit on the wobbly side.

    however... with OMM racks, I ended up using a bolt and lock nut combo thru the dropout of the rear rack.

    thats pretty cool. now the rear fender is stable, and enough room for those Nano's.
    its a bit of a strange combo in that the rear fender is mounted to both the frame and rack.

    blah blah blah...

    anyways... its cool!
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    that's pretty cool... getting ready for the next trip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanutbutter
    that's pretty cool... getting ready for the next trip?
    i guess so...
    i guess i got the bug.

    strangely, check this out...

    so i had been rambling on The Dummy for awhile
    and I've been settled a bit here in Monterey, did a couple of wrench/SAG/guide gigs with a couple of road teams, (Pen Velo & VOS Racing)
    suddenly i find myself wondering what 80 miles on a road bike would be like compared to The Hunter.
    then i find myself signed up with my buddy to do the Solvang Double

    i had been working on trying to settle out the front rack gig on The Hunter.
    in the process, of course fenders came along, getting it all together, etc...
    now I've got a bug to ride to SoCal and do my typical family visit.

    so ya... maybe a SoCal trip is coming up.
    maybe if there is a big enough gap in the weather.

    Monterey to Kirk Creek: about 60 miles
    Kirk Creek to Morro Bay: I think about 70 miles
    Morro Bay to River Park in Lompoc: about 80 miles.
    Lompoc to Refugio State Beach: about 40 miles or less
    Refugio to my dad and grandparents' place in Ventura: about 60 miles

    5 or 6 days of no rain, may not happen this time of the year.
    but i could ride to San Luis Obispo, hop on Amtrak to Ventura.
    that would only need 2 or 3 days of decent weather.

    so ya... its on my mind.

    with the Solvang Double in about a month.
    i think the window to do a quick jaunt on The Hunter would be in the next week or two.

    i need to keep putting the time in on the road bike. (at the moment i'm really comfortable with 80-120 miles)
    I've done a jaunt Monterey to Aptos (Surf City Coffee) and back twice with a day of semi rest in between. The road bike is a trip, Zipp 404's, record, its fast, and i need to focus on that form again. I hadn't been on that bike for about a year.

    blah blah blah... road bike... not really 29er related. other than the obvious ERD.

    ya, i've got the itch to go do a touring trip.
    but i've got myself in this crunch of sorts with weather, time of the year, a double century on a road bike of all things... so maybe or maybe not.

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    if you come through san luis on a weekend, let me know. i've followed your trips on the surly board and it would be cool to finally meet you, maybe bike geek out over a beer or something. the offer's open

    kyle

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    over the last few months, Iíve been lamenting over my bike shorts. it
    seems that everything is wearing out, and so it goes in lots, as it is
    with the way of things, when all things were once new, then one day,
    all those things are worn out. its the bummer that none of us talks
    about. we delight in a new team kit, new set of tires, drivetrain,
    etc... rarely do we spend our Coffee Talk on the particulars of worn
    out lycra.
    in particular what catches my attention is the nuance of lycra
    breaking down in the sweaty zones. we know these places, and it
    always sneaks up on us. Specifically sneaking peeks along our
    backsides. i had endured miles, hours, numerous rides, as i was not
    strong enough to pull thru, and rest my eyes on open road, rather
    tormented by visions of hairy canyons, riders stronger than I, leaving
    me no escape, and only the rhythmic power of their gluteus maximus
    bearing thru sheer lycra.
    the economy is down. i have bags of old lycra. Iíve resorted to
    sewing in patches, which have only remedied to the edge of those
    patches, which in turn grow larger and larger each ride, the lycra not
    only fading, butt deteriorating with each day, and every ride. Holes
    i can patch. Deteriorating lycra is almost like termites in the
    rafters, rather the cumulative effect of sweat gathering down the
    cleavage of the back side. I wash all my clothes in a bucket, hang
    dry, so i guess thats why my last Voler order was in 05í which brought
    a sobering reminder that its time for new shorts. The bank acct is
    getting thin, my bucket of coins has long since been cashed in. The
    sewing in patches is like holding together a rusting car with duct
    tape and bondo.
    my pile of misc things, AA batteries, chargers, helmet, sewing kit,
    Household Goop, JB Weld, zip ties... a sharpie. a sharpie... hmm...
    me thinks. a million uses for a sharpie me thinks, or perhaps some
    black boot polish, applied to the skin in those bare places. yes...
    another use for sharpies. or maybe a convenient placement of a birth
    mark. yes... simply apply a black sharpie to the skin in effort to
    mask the bare effects of worn out lycra.

    cant afford new shorts? your butt showing thru your 5 year old
    lycra? no problem. Subdue your butt cleavage in black sharpie or
    perhaps black Kiwi shoe polish! the upshot? a shiny and conditioned
    saddle?

    brought to you from The Mind of Devo...

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    hey devo! does your hunter have braze ons for cantilevers front/back that you use for mounting your omm racks? also, can you use the front rack on a road bike w/out a disc front, and use clamps instead of the cantilever braze on mounts? thanks for the advice...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativeson
    hey devo! does your hunter have braze ons for cantilevers front/back that you use for mounting your omm racks? also, can you use the front rack on a road bike w/out a disc front, and use clamps instead of the cantilever braze on mounts? thanks for the advice...
    yes, yes, and yes
    that has been the idea from the get go.
    if i were ordering a new frame and fork from Rick, i'd opt for the canti bosses.
    those OMM racks are super ultra versatile.

    *note: about the fork and OMM racks. see the attached pic, and draw attention to the dropout. the guys at OMM added, i think its 10mm, of spacer (the silver piece) to the dropout of the rack, in order to properly mount. I had gone back and forth a little bit with them to get the set up dialed in.

    the front rack is an Ultimate LowRider, which allows for 2 mounting positions, high and low.

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    Eastern Sierra Double

    186 miles
    over 12,000ft of climbing
    15hrs total
    13:55hrs pedaling time

    snow, sleet, hail, rain, and wind

    then it was an Amtrak ride from Sacramento to Salinas
    a bike ride from Salinas to Del Rey Oaks
    thru Ft. Ord
    along some single track
    fire roads
    and horny toads!
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    some pics from Amtrak:

    &

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    this ride was "epic" in ways much grander than most of my "recreational Sport" moments on a bike.
    over 12,000ft of climbing
    it rained, it hailed, it snowed, i dam near slid The Hunter off a very significant drop, only to have recovered
    and botched the entry for the next turn
    which was narrowly saved on the brakes, as both wheels chattered in a straight line, then slid the exact same way as previous, only this time a right hander...

    slushy, wet, slippery

    the night prior to the event, due to the weather forecast, Planet Ultra changed the route.

    i have no idea what it actually was.

    in vague
    we left Bishop at 5am
    traveled south, then east, and started a 3600ft climb that would put us at mile 41.
    from 4000ft to 7600ft in 41 miles
    at 845am, nearing the summit, the intermittent showers had turned to light hail, the barometer had dropped to 22.30, the temp at 36F, and it was getting worse, a black curtain was working its way up

    the descent down to the first check point was about 4000ft
    i had glanced my Suunto to read 427ft/min decent
    a vast majority was nearer to 287-325ft/min decent

    at the turn around, mile 55 it was a warm percolating 76F, at around 3500ft elevation

    the climb back up was long
    back up to 7600ft
    this time, as luck had it, the day further progressed
    the weather save for grace
    back at the check point
    a vast majority of riders opted out with hyperthermia

    i think about 100 riders in total finished this ride.

    back in Bishop, at mile 110
    i had caught up to my buddy Rob
    from Bishop to Benton, we had a head wind
    the rest stop came around 5pm, which was my 2nd rest of the day
    putting this effort from 930am to 5pm
    no solid food that day
    from Benton, up to a summit on hwy 120 at around 6600ft.

    the gods smiled upon us
    the going back to Bishop was with a strong tail wind
    14 miles in 24 minutes
    36 miles back into Bishop brought us to 8pm

    5am to 8pm
    15hrs
    13:55 of pedaling
    over 12,000ft of climbing
    186 miles
    on a double top tube steel 29er with MTB tyres
    plus some baggage, and 3 bottles

    I was more than happy to finish in the alloted time
    we finished with 2hrs to spare

    my ride was heavily weighted on nutrition
    i was amazed i could pull off a double century on a heavy big wheeled MTB
    with hills and some altitude to add

    typical in my form
    the trip was not complete without
    Amtrak
    from Sacramento to Salinas
    the train, Capitals, was great.
    7am departured from Sac
    myself and 1 other person in the lower section of the car
    a 90 minute wait in SJ for the Amtrak bus, gave me plenty of time to eat a meal
    the bus, we had 3 people aboard
    i napped from SJ to Salinas

    The Hunter with racks and panniers
    I rode from Amtrak Salinas over to Ft. Ord
    using our new point of entry along Reservation rd.
    thru the fence at Watkins Gate, leading into the back side of the old East Garrison
    climb up to Machine Gun Flats Rd
    take the dirt passing Machine Gun Flats
    onto Hennikens Ranch Rd
    then onto Blair Witch
    onto Watkins Gate Spur Rd
    crossing the pave of Parker Flats Rd
    along some sandy single track in those flats
    i came along 2 horny toads, which i spent the majority of my afternoon with

    i was beyond elated to hang out with Horny Toads
    to me they seem to be about 2yrs old
    plenty of ants in the area, which they feed upon
    my day was happy as i laid there with my buddies....

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    another SoCal trip
    ride bike from Del Rey Oaks to Salinas
    Amtrak to Ventura

    same gig
    Hunter 29er, Old Man Mountain racks, panniers + bags from Jeff at Carousel Design Works.
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    yo devo

    hows that hunter ride with the load up front? whatta ya packing up front? light stuff? why'd you get the low rider front instead of a sherpa? i couldn't wait for the hunter + need to save up more $$$ for the frame/fork, so i picked up a cross bike just to do some local califas touring & overnight camp trips. i picked up a 700c sherpa up front cause i wanted the ability to use the platform. with too much heavy stuff up front on the sherpa i'd get a bit of shimmying, i was using some old surlplus bags for front panniers. guess i just gotta get out more & figure out my load. still diggin the cdw bags though, i'll prolly
    try to save up for some once (if) the hunter's done.

    hung out in marin + sonoma county for a weeklong camp/tour couple weeks back, it's beautiful up there & the folks show some love for bike riders.

    funny thing is that a new bike shop opened in bodega bay & i recognized the dude from bay bikes on cannery row. he (matt) helped open the shop (bay bikes) a few years back. anyways he opened a small little shop on bodega bay https://www.bodegabaycycles.com/www....m/Welcome.html and he was super hospitable. shared some good bike riding/life stories, cervezas, and local rockfish.

    had a few other questions that i was gonna ask rick but maybe you might shed some light on 'em too. just wondering what your thoughts were on touring w/a 26" wheel? i've been diggin a lot of the rivendell stuff lately, even picked up an old rb-1 off the local watsonville craigslist. the dude i bought the rb-1 from had a slough of early 90's bridgestones, mb-1's and he had an xo-1. i jumped on his xo-1 and it felt pretty tight, quick handling, zippy, would loved to take it up the road to demo/nisene. what about a 650b wheel? a little more traditional randonneuring style, vintage touring size. looks like the best of both worlds. it's pretty hard to make up my mind and figure out what i really want. gotta go talk to rick.

    i've been riding out here on the coast almost daily and have been watching/talking to all the folks comin down the pacific coast bike route. i'll prolly have to do another short tour before i go back to work in august. one more question, how'd you get that loaded bike down blair witch? i rode out to the fort the other day and hit up some trails on my cross bike, blair was on the menu. pretty tight through that middle section after the funky trees you gotta go around, duck under, lotsa poison oak. oh yeah you ridden that other trail a bit south of there that seems just like blair witch? some dude showed it to me a few months back. take care + thanks for the advice your filipino bike ridin brother. -mike
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    Nice!

    Quote Originally Posted by nativeson
    hows that hunter ride with the load up front? whatta ya packing up front? light stuff? why'd you get the low rider front instead of a sherpa? i couldn't wait for the hunter + need to save up more $$$ for the frame/fork, so i picked up a cross bike just to do some local califas touring & overnight camp trips. i picked up a 700c sherpa up front cause i wanted the ability to use the platform. with too much heavy stuff up front on the sherpa i'd get a bit of shimmying, i was using some old surlplus bags for front panniers. guess i just gotta get out more & figure out my load. still diggin the cdw bags though, i'll prolly
    try to save up for some once (if) the hunter's done.

    hung out in marin + sonoma county for a weeklong camp/tour couple weeks back, it's beautiful up there & the folks show some love for bike riders.

    funny thing is that a new bike shop opened in bodega bay & i recognized the dude from bay bikes on cannery row. he (matt) helped open the shop (bay bikes) a few years back. anyways he opened a small little shop on bodega bay https://www.bodegabaycycles.com/www....m/Welcome.html and he was super hospitable. shared some good bike riding/life stories, cervezas, and local rockfish.

    had a few other questions that i was gonna ask rick but maybe you might shed some light on 'em too. just wondering what your thoughts were on touring w/a 26" wheel? i've been diggin a lot of the rivendell stuff lately, even picked up an old rb-1 off the local watsonville craigslist. the dude i bought the rb-1 from had a slough of early 90's bridgestones, mb-1's and he had an xo-1. i jumped on his xo-1 and it felt pretty tight, quick handling, zippy, would loved to take it up the road to demo/nisene. what about a 650b wheel? a little more traditional randonneuring style, vintage touring size. looks like the best of both worlds. it's pretty hard to make up my mind and figure out what i really want. gotta go talk to rick.

    i've been riding out here on the coast almost daily and have been watching/talking to all the folks comin down the pacific coast bike route. i'll prolly have to do another short tour before i go back to work in august. one more question, how'd you get that loaded bike down blair witch? i rode out to the fort the other day and hit up some trails on my cross bike, blair was on the menu. pretty tight through that middle section after the funky trees you gotta go around, duck under, lotsa poison oak. oh yeah you ridden that other trail a bit south of there that seems just like blair witch? some dude showed it to me a few months back. take care + thanks for the advice your filipino bike ridin brother. -mike
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    I dream of doing some of this myself.

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    Yeah I always thought touring was lame, carrying tons of **** was lame, and adding it all together about as fun as driving a Mack Truck. I'm a sports car type of guy really...

    ....but these pics and seeing your setup now makes me want that same setup and go for it. Sweet. Friggin sweet. Thanks a ton. Now I need to figure out how to add yet another bike to the stable and find the time to do that
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    Quote Originally Posted by nativeson
    hows that hunter ride with the load up front? whatta ya packing up front? light stuff? why'd you get the low rider front instead of a sherpa? i couldn't wait for the hunter + need to save up more $$$ for the frame/fork, so i picked up a cross bike just to do some local califas touring & overnight camp trips. i picked up a 700c sherpa up front cause i wanted the ability to use the platform. with too much heavy stuff up front on the sherpa i'd get a bit of shimmying, i was using some old surlplus bags for front panniers. guess i just gotta get out more & figure out my load. still diggin the cdw bags though, i'll prolly
    try to save up for some once (if) the hunter's done.

    hung out in marin + sonoma county for a weeklong camp/tour couple weeks back, it's beautiful up there & the folks show some love for bike riders.

    funny thing is that a new bike shop opened in bodega bay & i recognized the dude from bay bikes on cannery row. he (matt) helped open the shop (bay bikes) a few years back. anyways he opened a small little shop on bodega bay https://www.bodegabaycycles.com/www....m/Welcome.html and he was super hospitable. shared some good bike riding/life stories, cervezas, and local rockfish.

    had a few other questions that i was gonna ask rick but maybe you might shed some light on 'em too. just wondering what your thoughts were on touring w/a 26" wheel? i've been diggin a lot of the rivendell stuff lately, even picked up an old rb-1 off the local watsonville craigslist. the dude i bought the rb-1 from had a slough of early 90's bridgestones, mb-1's and he had an xo-1. i jumped on his xo-1 and it felt pretty tight, quick handling, zippy, would loved to take it up the road to demo/nisene. what about a 650b wheel? a little more traditional randonneuring style, vintage touring size. looks like the best of both worlds. it's pretty hard to make up my mind and figure out what i really want. gotta go talk to rick.

    i've been riding out here on the coast almost daily and have been watching/talking to all the folks comin down the pacific coast bike route. i'll prolly have to do another short tour before i go back to work in august. one more question, how'd you get that loaded bike down blair witch? i rode out to the fort the other day and hit up some trails on my cross bike, blair was on the menu. pretty tight through that middle section after the funky trees you gotta go around, duck under, lotsa poison oak. oh yeah you ridden that other trail a bit south of there that seems just like blair witch? some dude showed it to me a few months back. take care + thanks for the advice your filipino bike ridin brother. -mike
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    the front rack is an Old Man Mountain Ultimate LowRider
    so the deal with that rack is that it has 2 mounting positions for panniers, high and low.
    the Hunter is actually set up to handle panniers. so it rolls straight with bags, even with no hands.
    at the moment, I've been loading the front bags with light items, like clothing.

    this last trip to SoCal, i used my CDW bags, and for the seatbag, I stuffed my Kifaru Woobie
    i didn't even take a sleeping bag for this trip. the lowest low i woke up to check my Suunto was 58f, so warm, that i could pretty much just sleep in my favorite Patagonia Capeline "long johns"

    on the way back from the Salinas station to Del Rey Oaks, i did my typical dirt route.
    I've become so accustomed to hauling The Big Dummy thru stuff, that The Hunter with bags is easy.
    Blair Witch.... well... don't go at break neck speeds, steer around things. its really not that big of a deal.

    for about the last week, i've been running Nanoraptors.

    Vulpines are super awesome for pave and hardpack.

    Bay Bikes? thats crazy. dude, i used to go in there and talk to Matt(?) all the time. I could swear that shop was owned by a guy with 2 kids, Chelse and Devin? at one point he wanted me to buy that shop. when it was still located under the Carousel.

    small world

    touring is awesome

    August should find me touring Portland to Ventura/LA

    26" wheel. I rode a Cdale for 1.5yrs pulling a BOB trailer. a bunch of stuff around Big Sur, Ventana, Hunter Liggett, etc...

    i don't think its a big deal.
    the up shot about 26" MTB wheels is that tyres are everywhere, i.e. Longs
    if you needed one.

    in the day, i used MutanoRaptors a lot! i mean A LOT.
    there's nothing wrong with touring with a 26" MTB.

    my personal gig with a 29er is that 44x11t is the same gear inch as 53x12t with a 700c
    and that means, i can roll The Hunter with road groups.
    which i do, a lot

    i.e. last saturday while in Ventura i did 120 miles on the road with a group

    then Sunday turned around and did at least 70 miles with a grip of it in the dirt, up above Ojai.

    650b....
    well... all this stuff about wheelsizes, keeps me focused on parts availability.

    29er is a great size.

    i use MAVIC SpeedCity wheelset, and they take all sorts of 700c tyres.
    for Portland to Ventura, i will use a set of Conti Top Contact 47c touring tyres.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juansevo
    Yeah I always thought touring was lame, carrying tons of **** was lame, and adding it all together about as fun as driving a Mack Truck. I'm a sports car type of guy really...

    ....but these pics and seeing your setup now makes me want that same setup and go for it. Sweet. Friggin sweet. Thanks a ton. Now I need to figure out how to add yet another bike to the stable and find the time to do that
    touring is awesome.
    the thing is...
    that you don't have to wear bright yellow, and do all those tourist kind of things....

    there are a ton of places to ride...
    mixed terrain is pretty awesome

    check these out
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    Monterey to LA and some in between

    so this is another one of my typical trips
    a trip to SoCal to visit/check up on family.

    the drill goes like this
    pack bike
    ride from Del Rey Oaks, thru Ft. Ord, to the Salinas Amtrak Station
    get on Amtrak Bus to SLO (San Luis Obispo)
    board Amtrak Train to Ventura
    get off of train at Ventura Fair Grounds
    ride bike along the ocean out to Saticoy to my grandparents' house
    visit for a few days.

    Amtrak Salinas to Ventura $40

    visit in Ventura check on grandparents, do some cooking, give my grandpa a haircut, clean the house some, basically sit around and catch up.

    ride to Oxnard and hop on the Amtrak go to LA. $20
    in Union Station (LA), walk down stairs to the Metro "Subway" and take the Red Line to Hollywood/Western. $1.25
    ride 2 blocks to my mom's and siblings' new housing diggs.

    go eat Thai food with my brother, $20 with a tip

    stay a few days, ride around LA, a lot of night riding, lots of fixie kids, hipsters, tons of bikes, all moshing around in CrankMob style...

    this blew my mind!

    i mean... now Riding a Bike is "cool"

    suddenly moshing on a bike in LA is akin to cruising in a car. basically its the same social dynamics... well... thats how my ignorant mind perceived the whole deal.

    rode up and around to Griffith Park
    after a few days in LA, back to Ventura

    in Ventura more riding
    a solid 120 miler last Saturday.
    Saticoy to Ventura where i randomly met up with a road group, whom i rode with up behind Carpenteria, along Santa Barbara, thru UCSB campus, and to Goleta, then back to Ventura along the back side of SB
    then for me back to Saticoy to my grandparents' house.
    a solid 120 miles

    Sunday was a big-ol dirt ride.
    pave before and after, and some on the in between
    Saticoy to Santa Paula, up HWY 150 (i think), into the upper Ojai, then up Sisar Rd, up to the top of a fire road in the Los Padres, and down into Rose Valley, down HWY 33 back into Ojai, and back down to Santa Paula, and into Saticoy
    a bunch of miles... water filter ride! that is... i used my MSR filter a bunch!
    hot
    hot
    hot

    i mean... freaking HOT!

    plus there were plenty of days in between where my buddy who lives next door to my grandpa...
    the two of us rode a bunch getting to know each other in prep for an August, Portland to Ventura/LA tour.

    we did at least three 60 to 70 mile rides, and some shorter ones too boot.

    here i was thinking that my trip to SoCal was going to be of typical fare, where i don't need any nutritional fuels, typically i can get away with water and burritos.

    but no... this trip had me consume a large plastic jug of Endurox in 2 weeks, at the end i discovered a spot where i could get Hammer Nutrition in packets... which was much better, and that i had wished i knew this earlier...

    after 2 weeks, i returned to Monterey

    Amtrak from Oxnard at 925am, on board the Pacific Surfliner to SLO
    then the Amtrak Bus, which is contracted out to Silverado Coach lines, from SLO to Salinas.

    a nice bus, less than 1/3 filled, easy to push the seats all the way back, and crash out.

    on the train it was typical, both seats to my self, and the train about 1/2 filled, if i knew anything.
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    pics

    its about pics... right?

    here's The Hunter at the Salinas Amtrak Station.

    boys and girls
    i'm here to tell you
    that this kind of stuff seriously rocks!

    OldManMountain racks simply bolt on using the canti bosses.
    i bring a set of normal skewers, and remove the racks when i want.
    literally, its 2 bolts, and 2 skewers.

    a pic from the SLO Amtrak station

    and a shot of inside the train.
    lots of space to crash out, read, etc...
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    after a few days in Ventura i left for LA to visit my siblings and my mom.

    Hunter at La Gloria restaurant in Oxnard.
    awesome food!
    and a great place to sit and hang out.
    i think i sat there for 2hrs reading and eating

    when the train pulled up, and as i handed my bike to the Amtrak staff to secure my bike in the baggage car (of this particular train), i noticed 2 colnagos.
    a C50, and a CX1 (i think)

    at Union Station i had the chance to chit chat with the guys.
    they had rode from LA up to SB then used Amtrak to get back.
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    Metro "Subway" Red Line in Union Station

    so the Amtrak train is obviously surface transpo
    the train pulls into Union Station at a platform
    get off of train, get bike
    and walk down the ramp into the under ground section of Union Station
    proceed over the the Metro area, and find the area for the "Red Line"
    pay $1.25 for the subway trip

    LA Subway, is very nice
    honestly!
    i am very much amazed, and impressed!
    super clean
    security, the whole deal.
    not a single piece of gum on the ground
    not even a single piece of paper, or any type of trash.

    even the tile work is very nice

    last pic...
    walk, use escalators, etc... up to ground level
    and find myself at the intersection of Hollywood BLVD and Western Ave
    2 blocks away from my siblings' and mom's place
    smack middle of Thai Town!
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    not such a great shot of a night ride, somewhere in LA...
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    LA skyline and Griffith Observatory
    my brother Dylan
    on our way up to the observatory
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    pics from the observatory
    lots of smog

    Dylan is digging the 99' Cdale F900 i sent him
    what are big brothers for?
    right?
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    more pics from LA

    2 brothers
    and 2 bikes
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    of Ojai

    some shots from a ride up "Gridley", above Ojai
    hot, hot, hot
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    some shots from above Sisar, and looking into Rose Valley...

    hot hot hot
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    and a shot from Saturday's 120 miler

    the thing that blew my mind about Ventura/SB was how many people are on bikes!

    its really amazing
    really...
    honestly
    i still cannot believe it

    this group i had no idea was meeting in Ventura, but i knew the area, that people tend to park at and meet up.

    by pure chance, i met this group.
    it was perfect
    it was exactly what i wanted.
    a solid day on the bike
    and about $6 for lunch up in Goleta.

    that same day
    Ventura Velo had "The Three Harbors Century" going on, but i had felt that the $80 for onsite registration was a bit much.
    i didn't need a tshirt
    nor the rest stops

    but what i was looking for was a group to ride with

    these guys, complete with route sheets!

    and they were happy to let me pull a bunch.

    at the end of the day they were beyond amazed that a guy on a 29er MTB rolls out a century.

    when i told them that i had done The Eastern Sierra Double....
    well...

    the best part
    was the days before, all the rides
    lots of little stuff
    some 60 to 70 milers, as Tony and I got to know each other better
    then the following day, Sunday a big long ride
    mixed terrain
    from Saticoy to Santa Paula, up HWY 150, to the upper Ojai, then up Sisar Rd, up to the summit, and into Rose Valley, down HWY 33, into Ojai, and back into Santa Paula, and to Saticoy.

    yesterday, Monday morning, found me up early, and rolling out from my Grandparents' house at 730am, heading to the Oxnard Amtrak station en route to Salinas.

    the same old gig
    ride from Salinas Amtrak along Davis Rd, to Reservation Rd. where there is a break in the fence to Ft. Ord, "Old Watkins Gate Rd" i think it is, a remnant of the old East Garrison
    from there, its a dirt route to Seaside, where i take the back roads to Del Rey Oaks. About 2hrs of dirt "touring" if you would call it that...
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    Good stuff, Devo!

    Yeah, I'm amazed myself about this whole bike boom thing. It seems like hardly anybody was out riding bikes on the street... you know... like just for transport. Now I see a lot of old 70s and 80s Schwinns, Motobecanes, Raleighs, mixties, uprights, old rigid mountain bikes, lots of older recycled bikes around here in Oakland. It's become a 'thing'. Loads of folks in plain clothes, wearing old Styrofoam cooler helmets, Old, and funky recycled looking is cool. Buying new gear is getting back in the consumer/consumption cycle. A lot of these folks look like they are just running around doing errands.

    I think its silly that it has become sort of a fashion accessory. Haven't these folks heard of modern bicycles? Well, in reality I don't care, as long as it has two wheels and pedals, I think its frickin great. There is hope for mankind.

    The car thing.... I think in the not too distant future... if you wanna drive, it's gonna be a 300 watt golf cart style car with a top speed of 25 mph.

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    portland trip coming up in about 2 weeks

    hang out in town for about a week

    then tour down the coast...
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    did a little bit of dirt action tonight, about 2hrs thru Ft. Ord...

    getting tired of my current selection of tyres

    now i want those 2.4" racing ralphs

    and some real 29er wheels of course

    but i must say... SpeedCitys are pretty awesome.
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    Incredible stories and pics. Thanks for keeping us updated.

    That 29er has to have more miles then any other...ever!

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    really all it is
    is that, I don't own a car

    i ride other stuff too

    here's a Big Dummy thread
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=391518
    &
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=519016

    plenty more out there too...
    if inclined, just search on user name...

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    Just out of curiosity what tires are you running in that pic of you with the roadies? They look like Specialized Borough XC's...

    I'm currently running them - but I'm looking for something else that's got a better ride quality and could possibly be run tubeless... for on/off road touring w/ panniers. I like the idea of a slick middle and decent sized knobs on the sides. I'm thinking about the WTB Vulpines, or Stan's Crows (I think that was the one). Other thoughts on something that's tough, and rolls pretty well on pavement/dirt roads?

    Thanks for posting all your adventures!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevereeneo
    Just out of curiosity what tires are you running in that pic of you with the roadies? They look like Specialized Borough XC's...

    I'm currently running them - but I'm looking for something else that's got a better ride quality and could possibly be run tubeless... for on/off road touring w/ panniers. I like the idea of a slick middle and decent sized knobs on the sides. I'm thinking about the WTB Vulpines, or Stan's Crows (I think that was the one). Other thoughts on something that's tough, and rolls pretty well on pavement/dirt roads?

    Thanks for posting all your adventures!
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    WTB Vulpines
    this is my 2nd set since Sea Otter 08'
    i could swear that the initial set i got last year, wore differently.
    this set, as of June, is wearing a lot faster... seems to me the compound more grippy

    I imagine WTB is aiming these tyres at the MTB set, hard pack, etc... therefore i could imagine it prudent that they change the tyre to accommodate the masses

    however, me personally I could benefit from a more durable compound.

    I also have a set of Conti Top Contact in 47c
    the vanity... oh the vanity... if they were bigger, wider, and all black, i'd like them more

    47c is a bit on the small side.
    that is the sidewall height is not enough to keep up with my roadie brethren
    they simply ramp the pace up, and roll away.
    which is not the case with Vulpines.

    however, once the current drivetrain wears out, i think I'll be going to 48/36t up front

    FYI: 44x11t in a 29er (nominally speaking) is the same as 53x12t on a 700c

    i keep thinking of trying out Big Apples
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    some Fat Franks

    ok so here's the deal

    the wheels are SpeedCitys

    the tyres fit really super loose on the rim
    actually had the rear tyre blow off the rim, and pop (BANG!) the rear tube
    it was a Kenda 1.9/2.3"

    i swapped to a Conti 28" tube
    so far so good

    but I'm nervous

    getting the rear tyre on was a chore
    the tyre itself is loose on the rim, as if the bead seat diameter is too large for the rim
    while the tube is a snug fit

    the combo of a loose tyre
    and snug tube
    made for placing the tyre on the rim, a difficult job

    its crazy i know...
    its the total opposite of trying to wrassle a tight fitting tyre
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    well... couldn't stand the creme tyres
    back to Vulpines

    I'm getting ready for a Portland to Ventura/LA trip
    and at one point i had thought it might be cool to use the Fat Franks for that trip
    but I don't trust em

    I'm on my 2nd set of Vulpines. I trust em.

    so far this is my packing...
    no racks or panniers
    maybe i can manage to keep it that way.
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    weird problem with the fat franks...
    schwalbe's got a much better offering for you (IMO) in the marathon XR 359's.
    I picked up a 40mm XR359 for the steamroller, and love it, so far gripping most everywhere I ride (except slick rocks natch)
    they've now migrated to my karate monkey and I'm thinking I'm going to grab the 28x50mm ones for the km and get the fatties back on the steam'r.
    they are kind of heavy, but wearing REALLY well right now

    I've had the same problem with mtb semi-slicks, never last long, aim for "kinda touring" stuff and you usually end up riding a lot longer before you see cords
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLightGo
    Nice. I like the digital camo pattern....
    Yeah, but don't lay that baby down too far off the trail when you stop for a nature break, you may not find it when you're ready to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    weird problem with the fat franks...
    schwalbe's got a much better offering for you (IMO) in the marathon XR 359's.
    I picked up a 40mm XR359 for the steamroller, and love it, so far gripping most everywhere I ride (except slick rocks natch)
    they've now migrated to my karate monkey and I'm thinking I'm going to grab the 28x50mm ones for the km and get the fatties back on the steam'r.
    they are kind of heavy, but wearing REALLY well right now

    I've had the same problem with mtb semi-slicks, never last long, aim for "kinda touring" stuff and you usually end up riding a lot longer before you see cords
    700x50c, ya you are probably correct. I've been looking at these tyres. I should give them a try sometime soon.

    one thing i like about the Vulpines, is that they are tall enough to provide enough gear inch to ride with my roadie buddies.
    i.e. today we did a ride from Monterey to Aptos, and around Elkhorn Slough, and back, about 85 miles in total, 5hrs. with some soft pedaling to allow for regroups.

    on the other side of the gear inch equation, I've been thinking that the next time i put on a new drivetrain, I'll opt for a 48/36t chainring set, and stick to 32/11t.
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    Portland to Ventura/LA

    well, here it is.
    I'm pretty sure this is going to be how I'm packed for this trip.
    Portland to Ventura/LA and/or maybe to San Diego, etc...

    obviously custom bags from Jeff at Carousel Design works.
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    in the seat bag
    pack towel
    snow peak solo cookset, with Packafeather stove (www.Packafeather.com)
    snow peak fry pan, bowl, and pot... both sets, Ti
    snow peak ti spork, & chop sticks
    an electronics bag, which is, a battery charger that charges both AA's & AAA's
    i use NiMh batteries for my Cannon A590 IS
    and an old Petzel Tika
    a USB wall charger/adaptor
    Solio charger, that charges an old iPod mini (with a larger battery that runs for about 12hrs), and my Motorola cell phone.
    shelter: a Kifaru ParaTarp, and ground stakes.


    handle bar roll:
    clothing
    Patagonia long underwear (Capeline)
    REI boxers
    a pair of Prana Knickers (light weight nylon)
    Pearl Izumi booties (thin)
    generic beanie
    DeFeet wool socks
    aluminum poles for solo shelter


    fuel cell (top tube digi camo bag): holds Digi Cam, and 2 AA's for back up.

    frame bag:
    small allen wrench set
    chain tool
    extra tube (conti 28" <---- these tubes are on the thick side)
    patch kit
    a small lock
    and still enough room for something like a Meal Pack bar.

    Back Pack is a Vaude:
    Kifaru Woobie, that i will use to sleep with
    thermarest
    a super thin plastic drop cloth, that is folded up (bought at a hardware store. i think its 0.05mil thick... its almost gossamer, and its large. large enough to cover the bike, while laid on its side, and use as a ground tarp, under the solo shelter. that way I can lay clothing on the front wheel, and use its slant as a pillow of sorts, and maintain a degree of security. Kind of like being in The Army where you sleep with your rifle.
    Hygiene bag
    an 11oz nylon hammock... just in case if i get lucky enough to find a spot to hang it from. otherwise it serves as a pillow, or simply as another "sheet" or "blanket" to sleep with.
    and a set of Keen sandals.

    top of back pack:
    check book
    wallet
    Rx Glasses
    SD cards and SD Card reader for Digi Cam.

    iPod will probably sit in the frame bag.

    the basic idea is to put the heavy items on the bike, and of those to try to center the weight as much as possible, which translates to, packing the heavy items as close as possible to the seatpost in the big seat bag, and of course if it will fit in the frame bag, even better.

    the handle bar bag, i put the poles in the bottom.

    the back pack is super light, if it were 3lbs i'd be surprised.
    the bike, i think its under 35lbs, with everything.
    bottles still empty

    i think in the future, I'd ask Jeff to build a complete frame bag, and just switch over to a CamelBak. maybe even a larger handlebar bag.

    Portland down south...
    is an opportunity for me to get some time in with The Hunter, and my equipment
    with notions of possibly attempting The Great Divide Race next year.

    so here it is...
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    stove

    so here's the stove
    its made by a guy who's company name is Packafeather
    http://www.packafeather.com/stove.html
    I'll wait until i get to Portland to actually buy some HEET for fuel.

    as far as bags go, there is still some extra room.
    I think i can cram my laptop in the back pack
    then mail it back home once i start out on tour
    i should be in Portland for about 6 days before my touring buddy arrives.

    the bags have extra room.
    as to allow for some food!

    the plan is to meet at the airport, PDX
    then use a shuttle (www.PortlandSAGWagon.com)
    to deliver us to Astoria.
    from there its go south. keep the ocean to your right hand side, until we hit Ventura.
    I'll probably continue down to LA and make my typical visit with siblings
    then possibly continue down to San Diego, simply for sake of saying that i actually rode to SD. possibly...
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    how many miles you got on that thing
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuck_chorris
    how many miles you got on that thing
    i have no solid measure
    but I've worn out at least 3 sets of brake pads
    2 cogsets
    2 chains
    1 set of chainrings
    and 1 set of Truvativ outboard BB bearings.
    1 set of Vulpines, i mean totally worn out

    today, i just put on a new wireless Cateye Strada
    the first cyclometer in at least 7 years.

    mostly I ride The Big Dummy
    my road bike a little
    and of course this bike

    i haven't engaged in Career for over 2yrs now
    I put in at least 20hrs a week on the bike
    at least...
    just in group rides, i get in about 15hrs/week on average thru out the year.

    when i managed to pull off a double century on The Hunter, out in Bishop, Ca.
    that was a threshold for me.
    no doubt
    since then, I'm very comfortable with a 6 or 7hr century on it.
    60 milers are pretty easy for the most part.

    one of my favorite loops is down the coast on HWY 1
    then turn inland a bit on Old Coast Road, and into Big Sur, then back to Monterey.

    what i really need to work on, are 70 mile dirt days, back to back, over and over, for like 7 days straight.

    maybe after this Portland tour.
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    look at what yo do and im jealous. i could see my sel doing this tough
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    Clean for a day tires. Looks cool though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigeonfarmboy
    Clean for a day tires. Looks cool though.
    i removed them.
    don't trust em enough to ride from Portland to LA
    i'm sticking to Vulpines.
    these tyres I know...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnfiend

    Where is that at?
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    today I fired up the stove
    its basically a glorified sterno can (not to be down played)
    and it works amazingly well

    i went to Napa autoparts, bought a 12oz bottle of HEET for $2.44
    poured some of it into the stove, after setting up the windscreen, etc..
    flicked the Bic and poof!
    fire
    put about 400ml of water in my snowpeak kettle, and set it ontop
    a few minutes later, it was a rolling boil.

    at first I didn't even mess around with the setting
    all i wanted was to actually make it work...

    its an amazing stove.
    in its simplicity and ease of use
    HEET is super cheap
    its easy to transport
    and from what i know, its widespread

    no more canisters
    what i really dislike about canisters is that sometimes they are hard to find
    and when they are used up, now they are trash.

    somehow, HEET seems to me to be better.
    its easy to cary, it comes in a plastic bottle, its not really that volatile, and seems easy to handle.

    I've spent the day pouring over my gear.
    over and over
    pack, unpack, and do it all again
    add this, omit this
    move this to this bag, etc..

    basically there are 4 bags
    1. Handlebar bag
    2. Frame bag
    3. Seatpost bag
    4. Back pack

    the back pack is the killer
    its large enough to cram too much into
    its easy to create a 10lb bag.

    i was amazed to actually get on the scale and realize that it was 9lbs!
    so i dug thru it, and removed a bunch of stuff.
    now its much less, and even still then, i end up adding Meal Pack bars. about a dozen!

    plus the six i've added to the seat bag.

    its a futile battle
    i remove one thing, then add another

    over all the whole of the set up is amazingly light.
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    today, ditched the keen sandals
    and opted for a set of Crocs

    much lighter!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    today, ditched the keen sandals
    and opted for a set of Crocs

    much lighter!

    eww crocs
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuck_chorris
    eww crocs
    i think they are about 12oz for the pair.
    the primary reason for ditching my keens
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    i stood on the scale
    weighed myself
    then myself and the bike, while i picked it up
    everything complete
    bike and gear
    45lbs
    with 3 large bottles full of water
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    Dang!

    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    i stood on the scale
    weighed myself
    then myself and the bike, while i picked it up
    everything complete
    bike and gear
    45lbs
    with 3 large bottles full of water
    That's really light for all that gear. Good show, man!

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    back from Portland, for a pit stop here in Del Rey Oaks
    on the way down the coast one day 113 miles from Humbug Mtn in Oregon to Elk Prairie campgrounds in Ca
    then the next day about 50 miles to Arcata
    the next day, 12hrs of Humboldt
    where i simply removed the bags
    and raced on the set of Schwalbe 38c Marathon Cross tyres
    and placed 3rd!
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    so basically the trip has gone like this:

    ride bike from Monterey, to Salinas
    and put bike in "Bike Box"
    have it loaded onto the Amtrak train, Coast Starlight

    then stayed in Portland for 6 days, at the NW H.I. Hostel
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    there was a twilight crit one evening, while i was there
    and i shot this awesome pic!

    with a point and shoot.

    i love Canon, mostly i like the manual mode, and the control you have...

    cool pic!
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    Was just wondering how Your trip was going D,glad you are having a good one!

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    a buddy and i have been leap frogging along the way
    he's on a recumbent, pulling a BOB
    while I've got the Hunter shod in 38c CX tyres
    no racks
    no panniers
    just the CDW bags
    and wearing an Ortlieb backpack, that i only carry my Ti Snow Peak cookset, cell phone, check book, wallet, and maybe the PI Optik jacket.
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    the set up rocks!
    most days, I've been doing about 80 miles
    going down the Oregon coast, 1 day my average speed was 18.2mph with over 65 miles.
    alot of the time, its like using a 4 spd, the last 4 gears had seemed to be all i needed.

    over all, its easy to have 14mph average speed for the day.
    while my buddy rides directly to each campground
    i was anxious and full of energy so my days were filled with side trips
    being a 29er MTB of course, i'm quick to explore trails if any along the way

    using the Schwalbe CX tyres has been an experiment in works
    that is...
    to try out the durability
    and how well they actually work on both pave and dirt

    i was amazed to get 3rd in Arcata
    on a set of 38c's

    then to set back out on the road after a day's rest
    and crank out 65 miles
    then 80 some odd the following day
    effectively bridging the gap to my buddy

    thats one thing that is amazing about this setup
    is that the ability to make long jumps is commendable
    113 miles in 7hrs from Humbug Mtn, Campgrounds in Oregon to Elk Prairie campgrounds in Ca.
    the bike rolls

    in respect to a traditional touring rig
    The Hunter shod in CDW bags is amazingly lite and fast
    no bulk of panniers
    the bike goes thru the air quickly

    yesterday
    moving south from Half Moon Bay, to Davenport
    along the way
    51mph
    while my buddy on his recumbent has been constantly pointing out the "aero dynamic advantage" of his rig.
    he was a bit amazed when i rolled by at 51mph
    not to mention being able to actually bunny hop a whoop
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    crocs also work as saddle bags of sorts
    to hold quick access items
    perhaps like Ensure, Boost, a snickers bar
    some clothing?
    or in this pic... I've settle with storing the HEET on the drive side.
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    check this dude out
    from Elk Prairie campgrounds, along Gold's Bluff Beach, along the Coastal Trail
    the day before 12hrs of Humboldt.
    after this visit to the beach, and seeing the elk, i rode into Arcata.
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    12hr race setup

    simply remove bags, and let out some air from the tyres.

    50psi (F)
    60psi (R)

    maybe i could have used less air, but i wanted to play it safe... as per mfg recommendations.
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    into Pacifica
    the rear tyre ate this big deck screw
    probably about 6" long
    i was a bit stressed over it
    thinking that the tyre would simply rip
    but Tony found a piece of vinyl, that i cut with the scissors from my micro swiss army knife, stuffed it into position as a boot, and its been holding for about 3 days now...
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    this is the stove
    its been pretty good.
    no complaints

    this is the shelter
    its pretty minimal
    altho it has other options
    poles, and a vestibule to add
    which i typically use

    its basically sleeping in the dirt

    however, its summer
    i think 1 night i rolled over to look at my Suunto to read 46F
    not that cold. typically its been around 50F at night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    moving south from Half Moon Bay, to Davenport
    Great pics, love the ongoing dialog.

    I found myself in Davenport last week, sitting down for a burrito at El Jarro after stopping by Rick Hunter's shop in Bonny Doon. We were planning my next bike, for which yours constantly inspires me. Which Schwalbe tires are those? They look pretty good, and might be perfect for the bike we're working on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tamjam
    Great pics, love the ongoing dialog.

    I found myself in Davenport last week, sitting down for a burrito at El Jarro after stopping by Rick Hunter's shop in Bonny Doon. We were planning my next bike, for which yours constantly inspires me. Which Schwalbe tires are those? They look pretty good, and might be perfect for the bike we're working on.
    those are Schwalbe Marathon Cross 38c

    i have this habit of opting for too much tyre.
    typically i like to run those Vulpines
    but after less than 3 months, I had worn out a new set.

    what really blew my mind, was how well the Marathon Cross tyres worked in the dirt.
    they are not a full set of knobs by all means, but actually quite capable.
    it blew my mind, to have a set of tyres that I'm using for touring, and then simply let some air out...
    remove CDW bags
    and go race
    that still trips me out.
    then to top it off, outside of Pacifica, i ran over a big deck screw
    i was starting to stress out a bit, when i first saw it
    being that typically, something like that, the screw would go thru the center, hit the rim, then exit the side
    luckily, the screw went thru the tyre, avoiding damage to the rim
    and to top it off, the tyre hasn't ripped, when i replaced the tube.
    today I need to hit up the local shops, for some reason, in my head, i keep thinking that there is a "boot kit" for tyres.... maybe something that you actually glue into place...

    so anyways....
    ya...
    those Schwalbe Marathon Cross 38c tyres.... they rock.
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    Great following your travels, keep the updates coming!

    As for tyre (tire) boots I always carry a 2"x1" bit of rubberized canvas that I can glue in place with regular tube cement...never needed it yet (thankfully!) A hefty needle and some floss can also be used to stich up a gash in the side wall prior to sticking the boot on it.

    The Schwalbe tyres are really good, I have a set of Land Cruiser 700x42c (now discnotinued) that are great on and off road...and they seem to last for ever. No punctures yet even at high PSIs and running over glass and wire in the gutters.

    Just back from an aborted trip to the south coast of the UK...my left knee decided to mutiny and i had to limp back, partly on the train, on one over worked leg

    Ah well its just started throwing down outside so itd probably for the best!
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    Looks like a sweet tire

    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    those are Schwalbe Marathon Cross 38c

    i have this habit of opting for too much tyre.
    typically i like to run those Vulpines
    but after less than 3 months, I had worn out a new set.

    what really blew my mind, was how well the Marathon Cross tyres worked in the dirt.
    they are not a full set of knobs by all means, but actually quite capable.
    it blew my mind, to have a set of tyres that I'm using for touring, and then simply let some air out...
    remove CDW bags
    and go race
    that still trips me out.
    then to top it off, outside of Pacifica, i ran over a big deck screw
    i was starting to stress out a bit, when i first saw it
    being that typically, something like that, the screw would go thru the center, hit the rim, then exit the side
    luckily, the screw went thru the tyre, avoiding damage to the rim
    and to top it off, the tyre hasn't ripped, when i replaced the tube.
    today I need to hit up the local shops, for some reason, in my head, i keep thinking that there is a "boot kit" for tyres.... maybe something that you actually glue into place...

    so anyways....
    ya...
    those Schwalbe Marathon Cross 38c tyres.... they rock.
    Too bad my Kaffenback barely fits those 35c tires I got from you. I mean, its super tight. If the wheel flexes either way at all, it rubs. Turns out my rear wheel dish is a hair off, and it rubs slightly more on that side. I hate to see what happens if I ride through mud. That sucker is gonna pack up badly. Good think I got CR18s and 36 straight gauge spokes on that thing,.... super beefy... think Sun RhynoLites for road bikes. Hardly any flex at all. I love the cush of the tires, tho. The Kaff was meant more as a touring bike that was CX-able rather than the other way around.

    Heh, nice to see you did that 12 hours of Humboldt race. I did that one a few years ago, and got third in our class (well, only three teams total raced in our class). We had a blast. Fun low key race. I'd love to do that again. Too bad its a 6 hour drive form here.

    I'll post a pic just because I'm a bit of an exhibitionist like that.

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    well... this ride is done.

    all in all...
    i guess i wouldn't call it a waste of time
    after all, i got to ride my bike every day for about a month
    going down the coast, etc...

    droning down the pavement going from parking lot camping spot to the next
    that kind of stuff wears on me
    fire roads beckon, etc...

    bike camping, this time of the year
    the weather is perfect
    basically you can get away with just sleeping on the ground
    any overhead cover, is really just a formality
    really there isn't much need.

    in Big Sur I shot a bunch of pics of condors
    at Elk Prairie Campgrounds in Humboldt County,
    i stood along a trail, as a herd of Roosevelt Elk ran past, either side of me, so close i could have held out a hand and had one run along it....
    that was pretty cool.
    to stand and have elk stamped past

    SoCal and its masses continues to drag my psyche down
    when i get to Ventura, i just hole up, and hang out with my grandparents for a visit.
    then leave


    what i got out of this trip, was a month of using my camping gear, on a daily basis.
    time to learn what i like, and use, and what I didn't like, and didn't use.
    the last leg leaving Monterey, going south, I opted to ditch the poles, plastic mallet, and take only the tarp, and 4 ground stakes.
    i was pleasantly surprised to find thats all i really needed to begin with...
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    I noticed your brakes and levers. I've ridden Avid BB7s with the Ultimate levers for years. I got them from Speedgoat. Next to the usual pic and spec they wrote (as best I can remember), "If aliens from space who knew nothing about mechanical engineering came to earth and saw these, they'd say 'Nice'".
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    Glad you had a good trip D! Maybe you should go ride the Pug for a bit offroad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy B
    Glad you had a good trip D! Maybe you should go ride the Pug for a bit offroad
    good idea!
    I've been toying with that exact same notion.
    The Pug is all rebuilt, new tyres, drivetrain, brake pads, and BB.
    I keep thinking of using it thru the winter.
    its been awhile since I've put any decent time in on it...
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    creme fat franks

    obviously removed everything
    did some maintenance, etc...
    took it out for a ride thru Pebble Beach, etc...

    back in Monterey....
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    Westport
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    coffee shop in Ft. Bragg
    condors in Big Sur
    and a cool night shot from Kirk Creek, south of Big Sur
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    You're living the epic Ride. This is small, but... I noticed your brakes and levers. I've ridden Avid BB7s with the Ultimate levers for years. They're half the reason I ride mechanicals. I got the levers from Speedgoat back when they were still a little funky. Next to the usual pic and spec on their website they wrote (as best I can remember), "If aliens from space who knew nothing about mechanical engineering came to earth and saw these, they'd say 'Nice'".
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air
    You're living the epic Ride. This is small, but... I noticed your brakes and levers. I've ridden Avid BB7s with the Ultimate levers for years. They're half the reason I ride mechanicals. I got the levers from Speedgoat back when they were still a little funky. Next to the usual pic and spec on their website they wrote (as best I can remember), "If aliens from space who knew nothing about mechanical engineering came to earth and saw these, they'd say 'Nice'".
    I've never used hydros
    I started using avids back in the day around 93', tri-aligns
    then around 99' tried a set of the mechs
    and have used them the whole time
    the Hunter
    the Pug
    and The Dummy
    all fitted with avid mechs

    the dummy is X7 groupo
    along with a set of speed dial 7's

    typically, for me, i eat up brake pads
    at least 3 pair per year
    it drives me a bit bonkers
    that is...
    its about $120/yr just in brake pads

    seems like no matter what they are, i eat them up
    i tried some DiscoTek ceramic pads... 2 pairs! dust
    EBC Gold... I like those... they seem to last decent
    however, lately I'm back to Avid Metallic pads...

    the 203 i have on the Hunter is awesome
    and the dial on the levers are all they way on the + side

    while on tour, at times
    at speed
    in some places where the road twists, and drops for on and on and on
    i get a kick off of using the front brake
    super bike-esq
    into the corners
    counter steer
    and step the rear wheel out a bit

    its pretty fun

    my buddy still cannot figure out that basic move

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    So Devo,

    How are those Mavic wheels holding up? I just happened into a set tonight, and I'm considering using them on my Fargo.

    Currently running a more or less bulletproof set of lower end DT wheels (Onyx hubs with 7.1 rims) and the new Mavics look pretty sexy, plus they're new and all..

    They're a shade narrower, so I'm thinking that the 2.35 Big Apples aren't going to fly..

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    I've had these wheels for about 5yrs.

    around July i cracked the front hub, around the rotor flange
    so i replaced the front wheel.

    during my tour from Portland to Ventura the freehub started making crazy sounds
    but it never failed.

    i replaced the freehub when i got back to Monterey

    recently I broke a rear spoke
    replaced it with a MAVIC bladed spoke.

    i've never had to true these wheels, until i broke that rear spoke.

    when i cracked the front hub, i had thought to simply buy a new wheelset
    but my buddy talked me out of it.

    after replacing the freehub, and replacing a spoke
    i should have just bought a new set
    along with a new MP3 program for both wheels

    personally i think these wheels rock!
    the rim is a bit narrow
    I've had no problems with Nano's

    but the set of Fat Franks, somehow require thorough eyeballing when inflating, the bead has a tendency to come off the rim. I've only had this issue with Fat Franks.

    what I was really impressed with on these wheels are the 38c Marathon Cross tyres. I was totally amazed with them. on the pave they roll fast, and had enough hook up for me to do a 12hr MTB race.

    in the past I had a set of Rampage on them, never had a problem.
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    Td '10

    i'm giving it a shot...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    i'm giving it a shot...
    GOOD LUCK DEVO!!!!!

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    sick

    this thread lives on.......keep us posted on the race

    got an email from hunter yesterday. my frame's done!!!!!!! just needs paint.

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    got an email from hunter yesterday. my frame's done!!!!!!! just needs paint.
    Ahhh good, with another out of the way, I must be up next!

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    Best of luck Devian ! I hope that someday i can also do it ...

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    thank you everyone
    I hope i can actually finish the race
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    Quote Originally Posted by nativeson
    this thread lives on.......keep us posted on the race

    got an email from hunter yesterday. my frame's done!!!!!!! just needs paint.
    awesome, I've been wondering what Rick has been up to...
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    well, lets hope that I'm comfortable on the bike...
    last week I rolled out 80 miles mixed fireroad and single track out on ft. ord
    then the miles of pave to and from

    today:
    110 miles of pavement in 7hrs flat
    then waited 1:10hrs for my roadie buddies to bridge
    finishing the day at 127 miles 8:13hrs
    Monterey, to Corrolitos, up Eureka Cyn, to the summit
    then down Soquel/San Jose to Soquel Dr.
    to Surf City... get water out of hose
    up and over Bonita then thru La Selva Beach
    San Andreas thru the artichoke fields
    at 7hrs I arrived at Pezzini's and took my first break for the day at 110 miles

    this week's total about 250 miles... a tad short... I've been busy wrenching and resting

    blah blah blah

    i'm feeling good right now
    but the big difference obviously is going to be gravel roads
    the snow
    and not being able to have my typical fuels that I'm accustomed to

    I've got to figure out the logistics and being able to handle the weather...
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    Nice mileage however may I suggest..

    that you incorporate more altitude gain. With the mountain ranges you will be going thru, you will be doing A LOT of climbing. So maybe try going up Mt. Madonna Road to Loma Prieta then down Mt. Bachi, down Summit, over to the Old Santa Cruz Hwy, down to the Lexington Rsvr over to Los Gatos, and back. Something to ponder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    well, lets hope that I'm comfortable on the bike...
    last week I rolled out 80 miles mixed fireroad and single track out on ft. ord
    then the miles of pave to and from

    today:
    110 miles of pavement in 7hrs flat
    then waited 1:10hrs for my roadie buddies to bridge
    finishing the day at 127 miles 8:13hrs
    Monterey, to Corrolitos, up Eureka Cyn, to the summit
    then down Soquel/San Jose to Soquel Dr.
    to Surf City... get water out of hose
    up and over Bonita then thru La Selva Beach
    San Andreas thru the artichoke fields
    at 7hrs I arrived at Pezzini's and took my first break for the day at 110 miles

    this week's total about 250 miles... a tad short... I've been busy wrenching and resting

    blah blah blah

    i'm feeling good right now
    but the big difference obviously is going to be gravel roads
    the snow
    and not being able to have my typical fuels that I'm accustomed to

    I've got to figure out the logistics and being able to handle the weather...
    ... are one hardcore mufugger! Right on, Devo!! Kick ass on the Divide race! You can do it!

    You ever consider Trans Iowa? I mean, its all flat dirt roads and pave, but could be an adventure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire horse
    that you incorporate more altitude gain. With the mountain ranges you will be going thru, you will be doing A LOT of climbing. So maybe try going up Mt. Madonna Road to Loma Prieta then down Mt. Bachi, down Summit, over to the Old Santa Cruz Hwy, down to the Lexington Rsvr over to Los Gatos, and back. Something to ponder.
    absolutely, its a concern of mine for sure.
    while the miles seem to roll out
    I'm constantly keeping things in perspective, that around here we simply don't have big long climbs.
    last year while en route from portland to ventura i did 12hrs of Humboldt with 12 laps and over 16k of climbing in 11:30hrs

    on eureka cyn i saw a dirt fire road, "Buzzard Lagoon Rd"... uhhh... is that the top of Nisen Mark? Could I simply descend that section and drop into Aptos?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    absolutely, its a concern of mine for sure.
    while the miles seem to roll out
    I'm constantly keeping things in perspective, that around here we simply don't have big long climbs.
    last year while en route from portland to ventura i did 12hrs of Humboldt with 12 laps and over 16k of climbing in 11:30hrs

    on eureka cyn i saw a dirt fire road, "Buzzard Lagoon Rd"... uhhh... is that the top of Nisen Mark? Could I simply descend that section and drop into Aptos?
    yep, not the top though....keep rollin up buzzard lagoon, pretty sure you'd just take @ right @ aptos fire creek rd, rolls up towards the top of the ridge trail (demo forest), towards santa rosalia (nisene), to sand point, back down into aptos

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    well, right now, I've seemed to kind of slow down
    I've moved my residence, yet again...
    my stuff is a mis-mosh, somethings here, others in storage

    oh well...
    what the heck... huh?
    all i need is what actually fits on the bike...
    thats what its going to be anyways...
    the sooner i can get used to that, the better.

    right now I'm into eating!
    ya... food

    however, I think tomorrow I will ride up to Santa Cruz, and check out the finish of Stage 3 of The Tour of California, then ride back to Monterey. That ought to burn up a few miles/calories.

    a few days back, I found myself rolling out 80 miles of fireroad in about 6hrs on Ft. Ord...

    I sold off some things thru eBay... which is good... should provide me with a few bucks for the race.

    a new Thudbuster ST has come my way...
    but I'm not too hot on the hot spot that is sure to develop
    at the rear seat clamp bolt, its sharp, and is sure to rub a hole thru my bag.

    maybe my buddy who is a machinist, can chamfer the edges
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    well, right now, I've seemed to kind of slow down
    I've moved my residence, yet again...
    my stuff is a mis-mosh, somethings here, others in storage

    oh well...
    what the heck... huh?
    all i need is what actually fits on the bike...
    thats what its going to be anyways...
    the sooner i can get used to that, the better.

    right now I'm into eating!
    ya... food

    however, I think tomorrow I will ride up to Santa Cruz, and check out the finish of Stage 3 of The Tour of California, then ride back to Monterey. That ought to burn up a few miles/calories.

    a few days back, I found myself rolling out 80 miles of fireroad in about 6hrs on Ft. Ord...

    I sold off some things thru eBay... which is good... should provide me with a few bucks for the race.

    a new Thudbuster ST has come my way...
    but I'm not too hot on the hot spot that is sure to develop
    at the rear seat clamp bolt, its sharp, and is sure to rub a hole thru my bag.

    maybe my buddy who is a machinist, can chamfer the edges
    ... beyond taking a file to? Maybe some duct tape in between. I have a friend who says anything can be fixed with duct tape, WD40, and a lighter. If you need something melted in place, lighter and WD40, then duct tape it!

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    if aliens somehow made it to earth with no knowledge of mechanical engineering, I'd be the impressed one.....

    I bet the aliens would also be more impressed with the rest of the bike - metallurgy, wheels, frames, freehub, disc brakes, brake cables, Carousel bags, then maybe after a while they'd notice the ultimate levers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    ... beyond taking a file to? Maybe some duct tape in between. I have a friend who says anything can be fixed with duct tape, WD40, and a lighter. If you need something melted in place, lighter and WD40, then duct tape it!
    good thoughts.
    it begs for some ingenuity, no doubt.

    thanks for keeping the momentum

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    yesterday's ride was

    125miles
    8:54hrs

    rode with my buddies thru Ft. Ord, then I headed north up to Santa Cruz to catch the finish of Stage 3 of the Tour of California

    the day started out with a very protective pair of Canadian Geese as they were tending their chicks...

    around to Marina then up to the back side of Laguna Seca, where transporters are already staging for this weekend's American LeMans Series

    from there, thru the artichoke fields, strawberry fields, up to SC.
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    in santa cruz, the scene was fairly well packed.

    another shot with JV

    and the ride home of course...

    it was late by the time I got home.

    a solid day on the bike

    a bunch of socializing

    bs-ing around, hanging out, etc...
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    some misc pics

    The Hunter under the eves of The Custom House in Monterey

    artichokes in a box

    and the finish line in the background in SC
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    Ooo.... super swank
    new wheels!!!

    a set of Crossmax!
    I'm so stoked to get new wheels.

    these crossmax replace the 5 year old set of SpeedCity

    at Sea Otter I was talking with the MAVIC guys, and was telling him that the SpeedCity wheelset is at least 5 years old.

    those wheels have been thoroughly used. amazing how much use they've been thru

    so its onto real MTB wheels
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    Ooo.... super swank
    new wheels!!!

    a set of Crossmax!
    I'm so stoked to get new wheels.

    these crossmax replace the 5 year old set of SpeedCity

    at Sea Otter I was talking with the MAVIC guys, and was telling him that the SpeedCity wheelset is at least 5 years old.

    those wheels have been thoroughly used. amazing how much use they've been thru

    so its onto real MTB wheels
    Wait, they took your 5yo+ speed cities on trade for a new set of Crossmaxes?

    I ended up with a pair of the speed cities for basically free with some lucky craigslisting, so far so good. If they were a little wider, they'd be a little better with larger tires, but they work well for what they are.

    Do you have any concerns about replacement parts while on the TD? Carry some spare spokes, I guess, right?

    *Edit, I do notice a few 'Mavic Equipment' stickers on the Hunter. The black wheels do look better also..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plum
    Wait, they took your 5yo+ speed cities on trade for a new set of Crossmaxes?

    I ended up with a pair of the speed cities for basically free with some lucky craigslisting, so far so good. If they were a little wider, they'd be a little better with larger tires, but they work well for what they are.

    Do you have any concerns about replacement parts while on the TD? Carry some spare spokes, I guess, right?

    *Edit, I do notice a few 'Mavic Equipment' stickers on the Hunter. The black wheels do look better also..

    Plum
    I keep the SpeedCity wheelset.
    I have some interesting ideas as to what to use them for next....

    yes... there are stickers on the bike.
    and I'm so very happy to be riding MAVIC!

    I'd have to say that since '93 I've been rolling on MAVIC in one way or another
    if not simply on Open Pro's, this now makes the 3rd set of CrossMax that I've had, a set of Ksyrium SL's had come and gone, and I have no idea how many rims like 317's.

    I love MAVIC.

    I suppose my next venture is to try Nano's tubeless...
    hmmm... that sounds interesting.

    since '93... oh man... that kind of stuff blows my mind.
    in the day before v-brakes

    heck... even the days of High School 84-87, i can recall cam brakes, etc...

    thank god for bikes!

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    so whats the deal with running Nano's tubeless?
    how about vulpines?

    looks like this is the thread huh?
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...aptor+tubeless
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    a little update

    This is what I've come up with so far.

    a new Regale Saddle
    a couple of new Kifaru products
    * a compression bag for the woobie
    * and a new parka, that is sure to be a crucial piece of my kit

    I've decided to not run tubeless, in that I will probably be rotating tyres at some point, and I'm not comfortable trying a conversion in the final week of preparations. I'm sticking with what I know.

    a new Enduro ceramic BB has found its way onto the bike
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    ceramic bearings don't like water, once doused they can go south in a hurry. (assuming of course they're not properly sealed)
    if the bottom end starts to feel grindy, check the bb first!

    p.s., your bike's still one of my favourites, just clean looks, even loaded for bear.
    love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    ceramic bearings don't like water, once doused they can go south in a hurry. (assuming of course they're not properly sealed)
    if the bottom end starts to feel grindy, check the bb first!

    p.s., your bike's still one of my favourites, just clean looks, even loaded for bear.
    love it!
    ya, I love the bike, the style, the whole "function" of it had been in my head for a long time.

    I know it sounds ridiculous, but when 29er's came about that sealed the deal.

    so the deal with the ceramic BB.... are the old steel ABEC 5 bearings better. That is, in light of the Tour Divide race, am I going to have an issue with the ceramic? Would the steel bearings be a better choice?
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    FYI, I run vulpines tubeless, including a 2 week tour through Costa Rica... never a single issue (or flat). Probably 1000+ miles on this setup by now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    ya, I love the bike, the style, the whole "function" of it had been in my head for a long time.

    I know it sounds ridiculous, but when 29er's came about that sealed the deal.

    so the deal with the ceramic BB.... are the old steel ABEC 5 bearings better. That is, in light of the Tour Divide race, am I going to have an issue with the ceramic? Would the steel bearings be a better choice?
    Devo,

    The issue with the ceramics is that they will grind the races to bits with any contamination. I'm sure the Enduro BB's have some of the best, if not THE best sealing on the market, so you may be alright.

    The standard steel BB's are more of a known quantity tho. I don't think a set of replacement cups would be hard to source along route, or make sure somebody has a spare set that they can overnight you (along with a wrench) should you need them.

    If it were me, I'd go with the known quantity over the marginal benefit of the ceramics, at least you know what you're dealing with.

    Is that ALL your gear? Very minimalist setup if so, nice and compact. The Hunter is a sweet bike..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plum
    Devo,

    The issue with the ceramics is that they will grind the races to bits with any contamination. I'm sure the Enduro BB's have some of the best, if not THE best sealing on the market, so you may be alright.

    The standard steel BB's are more of a known quantity tho. I don't think a set of replacement cups would be hard to source along route, or make sure somebody has a spare set that they can overnight you (along with a wrench) should you need them.

    If it were me, I'd go with the known quantity over the marginal benefit of the ceramics, at least you know what you're dealing with.

    Is that ALL your gear? Very minimalist setup if so, nice and compact. The Hunter is a sweet bike..

    Plum
    the irony is that I was using a set of Enduro ABEC 5 (i think they are ABEC 5) steel bearings for a BB, then changed over to the ceramic set. I also have the same set in my road bike.

    I have a wingnut enduro backpack/hydration pack, that is pretty much empty, which I will be wearing.

    so ya... thats pretty much it.
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    turn the spigot off!

    officially now I am done with any other work.
    my sole focus is now to prep for the Tour Divide race.

    I've got a million little things to go over, and if I'm not careful, I could spend too much time on the little things, and botch the overall.

    thanks to my cycling community I now have a new Garmin 705 and this cool Brunton solar charger, so far is able to dump some juice back into the unit.

    Last night I was up til 3am working on things like a million emails, the website, and trying to learn the 705, of which I still have not completely learned.

    I help out a local kid, 17 year old Eamon Lucas, who rides for Specialized as a Cat 1. He was over in Belgium and the Czech Republic for about a month. During that time he's taken a few hits, his bike has been thrashed a bit, but this weekend he ended up in a crash during the Memorial Day Crit in Morgan Hill.

    yesterday, as I'm wrenching on bikes, I get the call, he drops off his SL2 Tarmac plus another one, of which we scavenged some parts from.

    Earlier today, I attended a memorial service.
    its one of those moments, when I realize how fortunate I am to be able to ride a bike.

    I mean that is a multitude of ways.
    obviously there is the physical aspect
    but also in the social content

    come this august, it will be 3 years since I've deviated from my career path of 14 years.
    I could go on and on about the sacrifices, etc...
    for those of you that have trudged thru my musings here on MTBR
    you know my story...

    the local cycling community had a little shin dig for myself and a buddy
    he's doing RAAM on an 8 man relay team.

    RAAM is crazy. The logistics alone are staggering.
    and of course the best laid plans.... right?
    of mice and men often times go awry

    one of his favorite quotes, goes something like this; "my opponents all have a strategy planed out until I hit them in the face." Mike Tyson
    something like that...
    ok... Mike Tyson... not the best quote

    but as to brute force
    RAAM
    The Tour Divide

    you all get the gist
    all is well when you plan
    until things go awry
    and awry things are sure to be...

    and so it goes, that last night I was up til 3am going over minute details...
    don't get too caught up in the little stuff, when I have a bigger task at hand.
    ultimately I think it will come down to adaptability

    did I really make the wrong decision by installing a new ceramic BB?
    should I be using my tyres set up as tubeless?
    really... is it a good idea to try something new.. at this point?
    I've had crossmax in the past, and I've had UST. but I've never tried a conversion.
    at this point would i try a conversion.
    In my head, I think its a great idea and that I ought to be on tubeless. after all, why the heck be on a set of Crossmax if they are not tubeless?
    well... my one issue is possibly rotating tyres. How the heck would i manage to make that seal with a hand pump? CO2 is probably the answer.

    have I done this before? uhh... no.
    i suppose I could roll into a town and use some compressed air somewhere.
    is it worth the unknown? is it worth the gamble?
    I'm opting for what I know. maybe I'll be changing my tune along the way.

    bikes is good
    riding is good
    I'm stoked to be prep-ing for the ride.

    uhh... some of my mentors brought up the notion of me doing the race
    and the comments go along these lines: "well its a good time for you to do this now, get it out of your system."

    me: "at this point this is my system, I see it as a gateway... a place to where I am going. Not a stop gap measure."
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    You're not going to have any problems with that ceramic BB. You have my word, from one man to another.

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    yo devo...

    couple of questions if you got some time.
    -what's the temperature rating for the woobie? can it take the place of sleeping bag/bivy combo?
    -do you think the cdw front bag can work w/drop bars? how much weight do you think you're carrying up front in that bag?

    good luck again on the gdmbr. finally got my hunter built up, nice shakedown overnighter from sf to china camp (camped), then over to bolinas ridge, up over mt tam, back to sf, good weekend. here's the route for two days (not as big as some of your epics) and some poseur pics of the new hunter (unloaded & some bonus pics of the toc screamin down empire grade).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScaryJerry
    Devo,

    You're not going to have any problems with that ceramic BB. You have my word, from one man to another.

    -Jerry
    ok... so it is.

    I was working Sea Otter, and spoke with the guys from Enduro a handful of times
    and I keep thinking that I made the best choice.

    as you guys know, I ride a ton, bikes are my life, and the BB is crucial.
    it has to work
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    Quote Originally Posted by nativeson
    couple of questions if you got some time.
    -what's the temperature rating for the woobie? can it take the place of sleeping bag/bivy combo?
    -do you think the cdw front bag can work w/drop bars? how much weight do you think you're carrying up front in that bag?

    good luck again on the gdmbr. finally got my hunter built up, nice shakedown overnighter from sf to china camp (camped), then over to bolinas ridge, up over mt tam, back to sf, good weekend. here's the route for two days (not as big as some of your epics) and some poseur pics of the new hunter (unloaded & some bonus pics of the toc screamin down empire grade).
    I'm not too sure about the Woobie.
    I've had it for sometime
    last year I rode Portland to Ventura, and all i used was the woobie
    never felt cold
    in august of last year... yes the woobie replaced the sleeping bag. thats the whole idea.
    for the Tour Divide Race, I am also using a Kifaru Parka, in conjunction with The Woobie
    solo shelter, Parka, Woobie and Patagonia Capeline + some thin old style Prana nylon knickers, wool socks, and glove liners... I'm hoping will be adequate.
    I will probably bring my Moose Mitts for the bike too.
    I'm pretty sure there is a lot of snow right now <---- how the heck am I going to deal with snow?
    walk and ride... right? go forward


    I'm quite certain that Jeff from Carousel Design Works makes a bag to work with drop bars.
    the actual handlebar bag that I have, would fit a drop bar.

    as to actual packing...
    well, I have yet to finalize my whole setup
    I'm hopeful to nail that in the next day or two
    boxing the bike on Friday!
    taking it with me as check on luggage with Alaska Airlines

    in the past I've put about 5lbs into that handlebar bag without any problems.
    i've never had any problems with the bags period.

    good looking Hunter you got there.
    how long have you had it?
    I remember when we met out on Ft. Ord in the rain
    when was that? 2 years ago? or a year?
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    From what I read....

    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    ok... so it is.

    I was working Sea Otter, and spoke with the guys from Enduro a handful of times
    and I keep thinking that I made the best choice.

    as you guys know, I ride a ton, bikes are my life, and the BB is crucial.
    it has to work
    ...and this is purely theoretical armchair bike mechanic stuff, I was on the understanding that ceramic is more durable because the bearings are so fricking hard that it crushes any sand or junk that gets in there, as opposed to regular hardened chrome steel that allows sand and tiny rocks to pit the balls and races... the races and balls being less hard than the junk that gets in there and fouls them up.

    Then again, Ceramics are almost never really full ceramics. They usually use ceramic balls in steel races. Full ceramics are stupid expensive.

    Does anybody make a super compact folding lightweight clip-on snowshoe?

    Maybe a simple clip on thingy like these can keep you from getting stuck.

    *edit....wups.. these were add-ons for other snowshoes*

    Yeah, we had a wet winter this year. I dunno about dealing with snow, other than the few treks I did when riding Downieville. I'd imagine the snow is pretty thick this year, not to mention its still falling in places. Not trying to scare you, just saying maybe asking somebody who knows this stuff would be a good idea.
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    thanks devo....

    that time in ft ord, was last year. the hunter was just in the works back then, didn't know what i really wanted....a bike more like yours, or somethin more monstercoss like....after some serious waffling, talking to and riding w/hunter, i decided on the latter. it's a bit overbuilt for my needs, not the super svelte racer, but not a tank. been only a few weeks since he finished it, i've put it together, and i'm all smiles. the hunter's magic, it just feels right. there's something to be said about a frame builder who rides like him.

    i like that idea of the woobie, no restrictions. are you still gonna wear a backpack on the gdmbr? here's some old pics from that rainy day.












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    ya, I'm using a WingNut Enduro pack with a 3 liter platy bladder, and in the pack I will have my Kifaru Parka.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    ...and this is purely theoretical armchair bike mechanic stuff, I was on the understanding that ceramic is more durable because the bearings are so fricking hard that it crushes any sand or junk that gets in there, as opposed to regular hardened chrome steel that allows sand and tiny rocks to pit the balls and races... the races and balls being less hard than the junk that gets in there and fouls them up.

    Then again, Ceramics are almost never really full ceramics. They usually use ceramic balls in steel races. Full ceramics are stupid expensive.

    Does anybody make a super compact folding lightweight clip-on snowshoe?

    Maybe a simple clip on thingy like these can keep you from getting stuck.

    *edit....wups.. these were add-ons for other snowshoes*

    Yeah, we had a wet winter this year. I dunno about dealing with snow, other than the few treks I did when riding Downieville. I'd imagine the snow is pretty thick this year, not to mention its still falling in places. Not trying to scare you, just saying maybe asking somebody who knows this stuff would be a good idea.
    Scott Felter of Porcelain Rocket has contacted me, straight out of cyber space, and has offered to host me for 4 days before the race. He has been an immense source of local knowledge...

    yes... cold and snowy in Banff
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    the rocky mountains is the marrow of the world....

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    like a bohemian
    wrapped in a woobie
    a la All Pro Techno Hobo
    complete with trendy cargo bike and laptop
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    yo nativson

    Nice job on your hunter. you may not recall, but several years ago you guided me around some trails in UC above 9. I won't mention the trail names since I'll get hung around here for doing that...anyway, that's a cool discrete H logo on the downtube, have not seen that one before. I got the word from Rick yesterday that mine will be ready for pick up next week. Mine too was heavily inspired by the functionality of Devo's. I started out with an idea for an overbuilt disc monstercross/commuter, then during cross season last year changed my order to a svelte racer, then ended up blending the two for the final product which I will pick up from Rick on Thursday next week. Should be good.

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    Very, very cool stuff!

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    Thanks a ton for sharing your riding experience, I've really enjoyed the pics! I'm new to road riding, but am going to be doing a few short fire road camping trips this year. Next year will be the year of at least 3 century rides, and I hope to get into shape for some longer 1-2 week tours. Good luck on the HUGE ride, and keep up the good work.

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    ha!

    Quote Originally Posted by tamjam
    Nice job on your hunter. you may not recall, but several years ago you guided me around some trails in UC above 9. I won't mention the trail names since I'll get hung around here for doing that...anyway, that's a cool discrete H logo on the downtube, have not seen that one before. I got the word from Rick yesterday that mine will be ready for pick up next week. Mine too was heavily inspired by the functionality of Devo's. I started out with an idea for an overbuilt disc monstercross/commuter, then during cross season last year changed my order to a svelte racer, then ended up blending the two for the final product which I will pick up from Rick on Thursday next week. Should be good.
    ...i kinda figured that was you for some reason..you were on a rigid retrotec singlespeed, right...that's another one of the 1st aha moments i had w/the whole 29er thing, thanks for that...i've been exploring tam and the watershed a bit, if you got any tips, or any nice loops please pm me. cool thing is that people in marin county have a similar vibe to folks down here, everyone we encountered last weekend was super helpful and seemed happy. i even got a free used rear tire from nathan @ sunshine bikes cause the one i had wasn't gonna get me over bolinas ridge.....good karma all around, i guess.

    keep us updated on your hunter. mines a mix of old & new parts, even though the red wheelset's real funky, i built it up myself and got the rims on the cheap. it's got all the brazeons for everything, rick really went the extra mile for me, but i'm sure he stokes out all his customers. i'm sure you noticed all his prices went up too, he deserves it. sounds like your bike's real similar to mine. rick says the logo's new, i think mines the 1st one used, said a dude in france designed it. i heard rick just got back from a crazy bike tour from sc to big sur, i guess they made it down to the carizzo plain, i think they're crazy (in a good way)...you should ask him about it when you pick up your frame.

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    Yeah that's me...I couldn't remember which bike I was on at the time but I guess it was the rigid Retrotec. Thanks for showing me around and I am glad I was able to help show you the 29er way! I had not seen that Rick updated his website recently and you're not kidding he raised prices. Holy smokes. Hope that means business is good. Glad I got mine when I did otherwise I'd be priced out.

    Did you see the article in the latest Bike magazine about his "rail ride"? That's probably the bike trip you're talking about. He built up special sidecar-style 3rd wheels so they could ride the train tracks. Nuts, but cool.

    I haven't done much of the type of exploring around here that you're talking about, but if you want to loop a lot of fireroads together for a nice long ride that might involve an overnight along the trail, you can certainly do that. Miles upon miles of options. I'll be able to fit 42c tires on mine, and it has full rack mounts, so theoretically I could get out there pretty far....hmmmm.....

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    out with the old
    ninja throwing stars
    replaced with new XO pulleys
    another set worn out

    a buddy lathed the rear bolt for the Thudbuster ST
    now its a smooth work of art
    which is much nicer for the rubbing on my Escape Pod

    and pulled out a set of poggies
    Moose Mitts

    got in some bike supplies today
    in the order, a big ol bottle of Stans

    I'm really tempted to convert those Vulpine to tubeless.

    I box the bike on Friday
    tomorrow is my last day of muddling over the little details

    I am still learning the Garmin 705
    the Brunton solar charger rocks!

    and today I've got a renewed gig with Light and Motion!
    a new Stella 200L with mini charger and 2 triple cell batteries.

    its amazing that I've been using Light and Motion for over 10 years.
    in the early days I had a gig with them when I was racing 24hr solo stuff
    in those days, it was a Cabeza Logic
    then I picked up an ARC
    now a Stella

    a big thank you to Light and Motion.
    I'm proud to be using the product
    and especially stoked to be local!
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    it just gets better.......

    everytime i open this thread i get more ideas and enjoy your spirit. it's all about those little custom details you share....a piece of carpet on the metal plate on you park stand, custom bolts, those copper o-rings on that deck thingy on your big dummy, recycled materials back on the bike and clothing...keep it comin.

    does the stella give off enough light to ride in the woods @ night? i'm sure it's real good on the road, especially out here on some unlit country roads @ night....please share...inquiring mind would love to know. i still have my cabeza logic from like '99-'00, the bulb died out last year, i think they may have discontinued the battery too, i need to call them and ask.

    man, yesterday/last night we had a staff party @ the pajaro dunes....i was on my hunter...hit some farm roads onto the pajaro river levee. came up on a couple of bobcats about to mix it up...they were hissing @ each other, i was like 5 feet away from them, whoa....just thought i'd share.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativeson
    everytime i open this thread i get more ideas and enjoy your spirit. it's all about those little custom details you share....a piece of carpet on the metal plate on you park stand, custom bolts, those copper o-rings on that deck thingy on your big dummy, recycled materials back on the bike and clothing...keep it comin.

    does the stella give off enough light to ride in the woods @ night? i'm sure it's real good on the road, especially out here on some unlit country roads @ night....please share...inquiring mind would love to know. i still have my cabeza logic from like '99-'00, the bulb died out last year, i think they may have discontinued the battery too, i need to call them and ask.

    man, yesterday/last night we had a staff party @ the pajaro dunes....i was on my hunter...hit some farm roads onto the pajaro river levee. came up on a couple of bobcats about to mix it up...they were hissing @ each other, i was like 5 feet away from them, whoa....just thought i'd share.
    I just rode with the Stella 200L for a little bit this evening.
    it seems plenty bright
    however, I have to admit, that my Army background comes to the forefront on this issue.
    while I appreciate crazy lumens, and the blazing path that you can cut with a light like that.

    ok... ya sure... if i was racing 24hr races again, you bet... I'd want a super bright light.

    however...
    I come from a different approach

    at night, I'm not about to bomb downhills
    I really doubt that I'm going to be spinning out that 48x11t on The Hunter on a big long fire road.
    50mph at night just aint going to happen
    its not worth the risk

    rather, I'm after the long burn times
    enough light to comfortably climb with
    I'm after that 15mph kind of light
    and I want it to last for a long time.

    so I've got two 3 cell Lion Batteries and a mini charger
    on low @ 50 lumens, gives about 20hrs

    so I'm thinking that I'd be willing to ride 2hrs in the morning before daybreak
    and 2hrs at night after sunset.

    I'm thinking thats around 4am to 10pm
    which are 16hr days
    shooting for 150 miles a day
    plus i have no idea how to figure in rest breaks, food, etc...

    I have a gut feeling that I may end up trying to put down some serious miles in the dark.
    I have a feeling that when heat becomes an issue, I may start trying to break off the miles in the cool.

    as to the Cabeza, and its NiCad batteries, it looks like the replacement for the old school batteries are the new 3 cell Liion http://bikelightingsystem.com/produc...batteries.html
    I have 2 of these batteries, and wow! they are the lightest batteries I've had yet.
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    on another note:

    a buddy managed to walk me thru setting up a new page on Asana Cycles:

    http://www.asanacycles.com/Asana_Cycles/SPOT.html

    I'm pretty stoked about it.
    the plan is to change this page to the startup page on the website, come this sunday
    therefor when anyone wants to take a gander
    it goes straight to my spot page!

    kind of cool!
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    Nice job on the new-look website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hootsmon
    Nice job on the new-look website.
    thank you

    Asana Cycles is a 1 man show
    so it wrenching
    organizing
    riding
    doing the books
    website
    its everything
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    Been lurking on this thread for a long time, good stuff here Devo, rig & kit looks dialed. Best of luck on the Divide, going to be an amazing experience. Like all the gear geekery too, makes the wheels in my head turn a bit about what I may do someday....
    Quote Originally Posted by turnerbikes
    in fact for trail type bikes I am tired of QR roady shite in general. Lets move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skunkty14
    Been lurking on this thread for a long time, good stuff here Devo, rig & kit looks dialed. Best of luck on the Divide, going to be an amazing experience. Like all the gear geekery too, makes the wheels in my head turn a bit about what I may do someday....
    thanks for the kind words.
    there will sure to be a long write up about my experience along The Divide!
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    crunch time

    argh!
    I don't feel that I'm totally prepared
    my life is a bee's hive of chaos
    and I'm anxious to ditch it all, and get on the bike!

    the hunter is somewhat packed
    I'm having a difficult time finalizing things
    little things nag, and keep me away from getting things done
    I hate it!
    I just want to leave and ride!
    get onto The Divide!
    forget all the irritating things...

    tomorrow I'm racing the Butterfly Crit, of which I'm also not really prep'd for
    but the bike is ready
    my clothing is clean...

    i just need to get out there race, keep my head straight, and finish the race.

    then off to San Jose for the night
    Jet to Calgary first thing Monday morning.

    the upshot, once I'm in Banff, I have a few days to settle down, and finish my prep work.
    how screwed up is that?
    not even prep'd, and needing to finish once I arrive

    my only hope is that adaptability is going to be the key to this race...
    and perhaps, all the little things that keep coming up, at this moment, are just prompting me for what is to come.

    once I leave for Canada, my commo is sparse at best, if any at all
    so I'm off to The Divide
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    Yo, Mike. Good to see you in Fairfax the other day. That comparatively shorter tour you did last weekend looked like a great time. Nice rig, man!

    I agree 100% -- this thread is fascinating. I'm still a few weeks from finishing the school year here (June 18th), and with any luck, I'll get out for a little tour myself before September 1st. Will see. You guys are seriously inspiring. Hope to cross paths again some time soon.

    SPD -- I'm not sure must how many people are following this thread, but you have to know that at least a few hundred people are taking short breaks from mundane lives each day to live for just a moment, vicariously through you. Good luck; we're looking forward to more updates.
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    /me bookmarks Asanacycles.com

    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    on another note:

    a buddy managed to walk me thru setting up a new page on Asana Cycles:

    http://www.asanacycles.com/Asana_Cycles/SPOT.html

    I'm pretty stoked about it.
    the plan is to change this page to the startup page on the website, come this sunday
    therefor when anyone wants to take a gander
    it goes straight to my spot page!

    kind of cool!
    Gonna follow your progress. Can't wait to see how it all goes. I wonder how hard it would be to post it to facebook.

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    Don't stress, you're gonna smash it!

    The Divide I mean! Good luck Devian; we'll be following your adventures with (mostly) envy.

    [Edit] Forgot to mention, I love that shot of the Hunter all packed-up on the cargo-bike! Shows true commitment to 2 wheeled transportation!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    Gonna follow your progress. Can't wait to see how it all goes. I wonder how hard it would be to post it to facebook.
    i may be able to post short items here and at facebook...
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    Quote Originally Posted by hootsmon
    The Divide I mean! Good luck Devian; we'll be following your adventures with (mostly) envy.

    [Edit] Forgot to mention, I love that shot of the Hunter all packed-up on the cargo-bike! Shows true commitment to 2 wheeled transportation!
    ya man... no car
    altho I have to admit, that in the last year, I've been in a car way too many times for comfort.
    i've been on a bike for a few years now, and even just the motion of being in a car, the smell of car (oil, plastic, exhaust) makes me sick.
    i can hardly stand to ride my bike in traffic
    it makes me feel sick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 105millimetersofpleasure
    SPD -- I'm not sure must how many people are following this thread, but you have to know that at least a few hundred people are taking short breaks from mundane lives each day to live for just a moment, vicariously through you. Good luck; we're looking forward to more updates.
    -josh
    josh:

    not sure if you've sat around and poured thru the other dribbles I've thrown down to keyboard... but here they are:

    Its a Pug's LIfe
    Devo and The Dummy
    Devo and The Dummy again...

    I'm pretty sure this is about it for awhile
    I'm at crunch time
    first cup of coffee down for the morning....
    and I'm about out the door for a crit...

    buy this bottle: clean bottle <--- blatant spam
    honestly... its a rockin bottle... great idea!
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    quick update:

    I placed 6th at the Butterfly Criterium in the +35 4/5 field
    won 2 primes
    and had at least 2.5 laps off the front alone, at one point I had 1/2 a lap on the field... whoa.

    Canada now!
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    well, I'm here in Banff
    the last couple of days have taken a small toll on me
    I'm tired
    good thing I've arrived a few days in advance

    today I've taken about a 2 hour nap

    last night a me and a buddy went for a walk around town, he showing me the sights, and generally chit chatting about bike stuff of course
    when I suggested we go get a cup of coffee...

    "uhh... I'm not sure if any coffee shops are open. its almost 10pm"

    what???
    its still light out...

    so we went over to the legion and had a beer
    it was after 1030 when we left and still light out...

    I kept wondering to myself why I brought lights...
    obviously I'm fairly far north
    the long days will change as I travel south

    Butterfly Crit
    then drive up to San Jose
    didn't get to bed until midnight
    up at 4am
    at the airport by 5am
    go thru the process to be on the jet for 630am take off
    a lay over at Sea-Tac
    then to Calgary, where Scott was waiting to meet me

    so far so good...
    obviously I'm adjusting
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    have a great ride!!!
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    Isn't that crazy?

    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    what???
    its still light out...

    so we went over to the legion and had a beer
    it was after 1030 when we left and still light out...
    My wife spent a year in Denmark when she was in high school. She stayed in touch with her host families and friends, and had a sweet couch surfing network all over Denmark. We went back a couple years ago for a visit.

    It was a crazy vacation. One of those vacations where you run from place to place with no chance to rest. Not relaxing at all, except in the last few days. We went to her host parents small farm in Turup. One of the best parts of that trip was sitting drinking canned beer on the porch watching the sunset.... at 10:00 pm.

    Beautiful country. I could totally set roots down there if I could find a job. One big drag is no mountains, tho. Highest point in the whole country is like 150 meters above sea level.

    https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sou...04705&t=h&z=18

    Yeah, this was 10:00 PM in late May 2008.

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    hello everyone:

    thank you for all the support back home, and tomorrow is the start of the Tour Divide.

    I've been here in Banff since Monday afternoon, the weather has been drizzly, this morning 40F.

    the race starts tomorrow at 850am, 750am Monterey time.
    tomorrow's goal, Banff to Elkford, about 110 miles

    the next day to Eureka, MT.

    I need to focus on getting out of this weather.
    the longer I have to endure this kind of stuff, the harder its going to be.
    I need to get myself and the bike out of the mud.
    cold, wet, and muddy... not good for the body and the bike

    I'm as ready as ready can be.
    I'm fed
    rested
    and anxious

    the bike squared away.
    nothing left to do but to GO.

    I hope all is well, I hope the SPOT GPS tracker is working on the website. www.AsanaCycles.com

    with luck and effort, I hope tomorrow's effort to land me in Elkford.

    it's Canada, eh?

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    ... and if we just ... Best wishes to you...

    I've been reading this thread for, well yes, it is years now and I wanted to offer you the best of luck.

    It has been great reading and learning and following your journey (s?). I very much appreciate your candor ...

    I know the cold, rain, snow, etc seem daunting ... but embrace them. Let them cleans your doubts and fears... you are stronger than you may know and that will come out when you face those things.

    Savor all of it... and know that there are lots of folks following and pulling for you!

    Peace, strength and lots of smiles Devo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevereeneo
    I've been reading this thread for, well yes, it is years now and I wanted to offer you the best of luck.

    It has been great reading and learning and following your journey (s?). I very much appreciate your candor ...

    I know the cold, rain, snow, etc seem daunting ... but embrace them. Let them cleans your doubts and fears... you are stronger than you may know and that will come out when you face those things.

    Savor all of it... and know that there are lots of folks following and pulling for you!

    Peace, strength and lots of smiles Devo!

    S
    thanks for the moral support

    I've been ridding around town, just easy stuff
    rode on some trails and fire roads around here

    once I'm on the bike and about an hour into a little rhythm I feel good, easy, calm... basically when I'm on the bike, I feel "at home"

    I suppose to say that its the days leading up to
    the time spent in prep
    that eats into my notions of what I think may be plans
    which of course will go awry

    well... its off into town for some lunch with Scott, whom is an awesome host

    everyone, thank you very much

    devo
    its Canada, eh?
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    Yeah, Devo!!

    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    thanks for the moral support

    I've been ridding around town, just easy stuff
    rode on some trails and fire roads around here

    once I'm on the bike and about an hour into a little rhythm I feel good, easy, calm... basically when I'm on the bike, I feel "at home"

    I suppose to say that its the days leading up to
    the time spent in prep
    that eats into my notions of what I think may be plans
    which of course will go awry

    well... its off into town for some lunch with Scott, whom is an awesome host

    everyone, thank you very much

    devo
    its Canada, eh?
    PWN that SHiZ!

    Low and slow, that's the tempo!

    Go that way real fast. If anything gets in your way, turn!

    Feel the force flowing through you. Ride that energy wave all the way to Mexico.

    Good luck, Devo. Goddess shines upon you.

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    Any updates?

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    Looks like he is in or just south of Sparwood.

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    Thanks. I figured out how to use the spot tracker just now.

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