Category Archives: Bike Touring

Gearing up…

Bike Setups:

  • Rachel’s
    • 2014 Surly Disc Trucker
    • Planet Bike ATB Cascadia Fenders
    • Blackburn Outpost Front World Touring  Rack
    • Blackburn Outpost Rear World Touring  Rack
    • Arkel GT-18 (Front) Panniers
    • Arkel Dry-Lites (Rear) Panniers
    • Shimano PD-A530 Pedals
    • Forté Contour XFC Women’s Saddle

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  • Chris’s
    • 2014 Specialized AWOL Comp
    • SKS P50 Chromoplastic Longboard Fenders
    • Blackburn Outpost Front World Touring  Rack
    • Blackburn Outpost Rear World Touring  Rack
    • Arkel XM-28 (Front) Panniers
    • Arkel XM-45 (Rear) Panniers
    • Arkel Tailrider Trunk Bag
    • Shimano PD-A600 Pedals

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Almost ready for practice trips…

IMG_0024Since you left early this morning for the concert, I took that extra time to mess around with getting the racks set up on your bike.  As you can see, your tires are very reflective.  Overall, I think the racks fit your bike pretty well.  I was worried to try to rotate the front one forwards much more, as it might dig into the paint on your fork a little, but I meant to look into that more and never got back to it (in the picture you can see the front rack isn’t quite level).  At some point, I need to cut off the extra material on the extenders, but otherwise your bike is pretty much ready for panniers 🙂

IMG_0027I wasn’t planning to put the racks on mine, since I’ll be taking it back to PA this week for road riding but I’m glad I did because I realized there’s not enough space between the skewer and the braze on in front of the drop out to attach the Blackburn Outpost front rack… so I’m going to go for plan B and get an extra long skewer and mount it that way.  After noticing this, I also checked the fenders I bought and those didn’t fit either.  Anyhow, after checking the racks, I took them back off and hopefully next weekend I’ll have everything I need to get it set up for a trip the weekend of 8/22-8/24 :-).

Inspiration

Wild penguin attackI know you already saw this video, but I thought it was worth saving.  This guy is definitely the man, and his video gets me excited for our trip!  I think it’s a great way to document the trip, but unfortunately, I doubt (no offense) that we could produce our own that would be nearly as much fun to watch :-/.  I wouldn’t be against trying, though, if you wanted.  I suppose if we did try and were relatively successful, we could use it as our Amazing Race audition tape… 🙂

Anyhow, my favorite part was when he said he was overtaken 1,000 times and finally took revenge, while showing the clip of him passing a bus down a big hill.  A close second though, IMHO, was when he mentioned and showed a clip of getting attacked by wild penguins!