Posted by: bikedave | May 15, 2010

My Bike

I began bicycle touring on a modified ’80s vintage road bike pulling a Bob trailer.

On Vancouver Island with my Schwinn Prologue and Bob trailer

In the fall of 2008 I decided to buy a bike designed specifically for touring.  I looked at a few different touring bikes before purchasing a Surly Long Haul Trucker.  Over the winter I added; Surly racks, front and rear Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus panniers, Schwalbe 26 X 1.75 Marathon Plus tires, and a Brooks B17 saddle, along with fenders, lights, a handlebar bag, a computer, and a tire pump.  I also swapped the 26 tooth small chainring for a 24 to give me a lower gear for steep hills.  In September 2009 I took an 8 day trip, starting and ending in Eugene, with stops in Reedsport, Powers, and Crater Lake National Park.  I was very pleased with the new bike on this trip.  It performed well in the mountains, was reliable, and provided a comfortable ride.

Surly Long Haul Trucker, Rogue River National Forest, Oregon 2009

The only major change I have made in preparation for this trip has been to replace my handlebar bag with an Ortlieb model which matches my panniers.

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Responses

  1. I’m looking forward to following your trip Dave. Bike looks good. Do you use just the water bottles or do you use a Camelback too?

    Bob

    • Bob, I use the 3 water bottles, and sometimes carry some additional water. I’ve never used a Camelback,

      • Not being stupid….what is a camelback??

      • Good question, Don. A Camelbak is a backpack that holds drinking liquid. It has a tube attached which the wearer can drink from while riding.

  2. Have a safe trip. Looking forward to seeing you on your way home. It will be fun watching your progress.

    Love, Mom

  3. Dave, Congrats on your departure! I didn’t get a chance to wish you well prior to your leaving. Have a safe trip and keep me posted. It’s been great working with you. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures.

    P.S. Tell Vicki hello for me

    Travel safe,

    Chris (and Timinie)


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