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Old 01-04-2012, 07:46 AM   #22606
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Sounds like 45nrth is also working on some winter boots- it'll be interesting to see what they come up with. Most options I've seen, even the Lake winter boots have pretty severe problems with the soles packing up with snow.

I'm particularly geeked about the new Origin8 26x4.0 tire though:
http://www.mellowvelo.com/category/origin8/

Kevlar lined, good knobbie tread pattern, reasonable price, good thread count and a very, very reasonable price. Could make a rocking summer tire.
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:01 AM   #22607
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That bike looks like it was designed by someone dead set against using current fatbike wheel setups.

I'm curious how those tires compare to big fat larrys or some such.

And also why they used that crazy complicated white brothers downhill fork.


P.S. Kiteskiing is cheating if you want to call this "biking across Antarctica". But it's still a hell of an endeavor.
I figured you of all people might find that interesting...

I'll post up if I hear more about how she's doing.
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:41 PM   #22608
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Instead of decent temps and clear roads for my birthday ride, I get overcast, colder'n a witch's (ahem cough cough), and salt all over the roads. The plan was 44mi. Then with the flurries last nite and the overreaction by VDOT it turned into 44min. Even that was looking iffy...

But... I managed to talk myself into going out on the mtn bike. It warmed up to 33-34deg! Heat wave!!

Thank doG for merino wool. I got back and I was soaked! Dressed too warmly.

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Old 01-04-2012, 01:09 PM   #22609
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Near 80's here this week.
But, of course I'm riding the motorcycle to work and back in the dark.

Weekend should be cold for us so I can at least ride then.

Long days in the cube suck. But, I'm real glad I'm not riding in the cold. My run Christmas morning when I froze my thumbs was not up to my level of fun.

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Instead of decent temps and clear roads for my birthday ride, I get overcast, colder'n a witch's (ahem cough cough), and salt all over the roads. The plan was 44mi. Then with the flurries last nite and the overreaction by VDOT it turned into 44min. Even that was looking iffy...

But... I managed to talk myself into going out on the mtn bike. It warmed up to 33-34deg! Heat wave!!

Thank doG for merino wool. I got back and I was soaked! Dressed too warmly.

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Old 01-04-2012, 01:11 PM   #22610
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Touring bike rec

Hi all,
Today was so hot walking 2km to the ATM was not fun.

Anyway, need help with additional info you guys may have on the bikes and rack below .

I am looking at setting up a cyclocross bike for short tours, most of the road around where I live are ok (a bit cracked and bumpy) for road bikes but...I may have to cross some bumpy/gravel/dirt to go on the type of trips I want.

I also need something that can carry light luggage for an overnight trip (tshirt, pants, toothpaste and brush, an ipad or Macbook Air, charger, extra energy gels)

I have a LOOK 566, all carbon so cannot take seatpost mount racks (or so I think)


I have narrowed it down to two bikes;

Specialized CruX Comp Disc Apex


or Felt 65X


Which I suppose can take seat post mount racks for minimalist touring, like this;



Am not planning to do long tours and will use the bike mostly without the rack. Oh, we have like 8 months of heavy rains here, plan is to also fit fenders to the bike.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:18 PM   #22611
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Hi all,
Today was so hot walking 2km to the ATM was not fun.

Anyway, need help with additional info you guys may have on the bikes and rack below .

I am looking at setting up a cyclocross bike for short tours, most of the road around where I live are ok (a bit cracked and bumpy) for road bikes but...I may have to cross some bumpy/gravel/dirt to go on the type of trips I want.

I also need something that can carry light luggage for an overnight trip (tshirt, pants, toothpaste and brush, an ipad or Macbook Air, charger, extra energy gels)

I have a LOOK 566, all carbon so cannot take seatpost mount racks (or so I think)


I have narrowed it down to two bikes;

Specialized CruX Comp Disc Apex


or Felt 65X


Which I suppose can take seat post mount racks for minimalist touring, like this;



Am not planning to do long tours and will use the bike mostly without the rack. Oh, we have like 8 months of heavy rains here, plan is to also fit fenders to the bike.
The answer is really none of the above. What you want is something like the Salsa Vayo (a?) or Fargo, the Gunnar Crosshairs or Rock Tour, or other similar 'not built for racing' cross bikes. I don't remember rack bosses on the Crux I helped build.

My Crosshairs is very versatile. I've raced cross on it. Ridden dirt roads on it. etc. I don't have full fenders, but the bike has fender bosses if I did want to install em.

If I HAD to pick out of the two listed here, I'd get the Crux, but I'm partial to Specialized-eseses

HTH

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Old 01-04-2012, 01:30 PM   #22612
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sufferfest

I've been on the trainer pretty faithfully this season just cranking out an hour every day or so.
I figured I'd been doing pretty good until I tried out my Christmas present.

My loving wife got all the sufferfest videos for me. Today was the first try at Revolver.

Holy crap! I've never done a spin class or ridden intervals so it was incredible.
Anyone else doing the sufferfest or am I the only basement dwelling cycle masochist here?
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:31 PM   #22613
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I've been on the trainer pretty faithfully this season just cranking out an hour every day or so.
I figured I'd been doing pretty good until I tried out my Christmas present.

My loving wife got all the sufferfest videos for me. Today was the first try at Revolver.

Holy crap! I've never done a spin class or ridden intervals so it was incredible.
Anyone else doing the sufferfest or am I the only basement dwelling cycle masochist here?
I try like heck to avoid the trainer. I'm still outside.

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Old 01-04-2012, 01:34 PM   #22614
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I try like heck to avoid the trainer. I'm still outside.

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Yeah but you did notice where the OP lives right?
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:35 PM   #22615
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Yeah but you did notice where the OP lives right?


Ask AKDuc about riding outside. He's up in AK.

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Old 01-04-2012, 01:40 PM   #22616
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Ask AKDuc about riding outside. He's up in AK.

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Old 01-04-2012, 01:42 PM   #22617
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Which I suppose can take seat post mount racks for minimalist touring, like this;
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There are all kinds for handlebar bags, framebags and seatpost bags - those might be a good option for minimalist touring also.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:43 PM   #22618
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You ain't AKDuc either.


Nope.

...but I'm still outside!

I win!





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Old 01-04-2012, 02:35 PM   #22619
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Anyway, need help with additional info you guys may have on the bikes and rack below .

I am looking at setting up a cyclocross bike for short tours, most of the road around where I live are ok (a bit cracked and bumpy) for road bikes but...I may have to cross some bumpy/gravel/dirt to go on the type of trips I want.

I have a LOOK 566, all carbon so cannot take seatpost mount racks (or so I think)
I'm with "Gummee!", I wouldn't choose either of those bikes. I'd look for a steel, light-touring or all-arounder. He mentioned a couple of good options, though I'm not sure what all brands you have access to. And, what you're looking at is too much money for what you get.

You could outfit your existing bike with that rack, if you're not too heavy. Keep that rack as low as possible, on the seatpost. As mentioned, a handlebar or seat bag will work. There are some frame bags out there that'll work. Gilles Berthoud makes slim, carbon fiber fenders for race bikes. Tubus offers eyelet mounts that attach at your QRs that'll allow you to mount a standard rear rack. You can add a eyelet seatpost clamp to attach the upper rack mounts. Axiom offers a few different rear racks whose upper mount attaches to the center bolt of your rear brake. Lastly, go to your LBS and trial fit the largest tire that'll mount up. I've found 28mm to be about the largest that'll clear a standard road caliper. But, that'll help with the ride, on broken pavement, gravel, and dirt roads.
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:56 PM   #22620
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That bike looks like it was designed by someone dead set against using current fatbike wheel setups.

I'm curious how those tires compare to big fat larrys or some such.

And also why they used that crazy complicated white brothers downhill fork.
It's a Hanebrink. They have been around for a long time...... I mean 20 yrs or more.
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