@Rob6 

You and @HankG need to do this route. I'm sure you could start tomorrow and be back home by the weekend to beat the crowds!

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Very cool route, thanks for sharing!

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Oh heck YEAH!!!  I would definitely be down for that!  It looks awesome, and right up my alley!  Mostly rail-trails and similar.  If I decide to try more than section rides, I'll have to hit you up @REI-JohnJ for some bike-packing tutelage.

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73420CCB-FE2F-49A0-A768-E96E000C30FC.jpegHere is my surly straggler, built it specifically for touring/packing 2 weeks ago, since then I have put over 200miles on it and currently back on the c&o for 4 days testing out my new REI panniers!

Nice!

what kind of handlebars and what are the tire dimensions?

thanks!

Hank

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Surly terminals with ergo grips, life saver for long rides.

tires are wtb ventures 700c ?42’s? If I remember correctly 

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Thanks I’m going to check out those handlebars. Have you ever had a chance to compare to Jones bars?

all the best

Hank

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Nope, I initial was going to get the surly bars that look like Jones bars. But I couldn’t find them in stock anywhere

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haven't gotten a setup yet but have some family looking to do some bike packing, your setup looks awesome!

 

So... Finally had the maiden voyage on the bikepacker I built. It was a 4 day, 3 night 160 miler from Ithaca to Watkins Glen to Keuka Lake to Sampson State park and back to Ithaca. Great trip and everything worked great! We did have some rain on day 3 but it was all part of the adventure. In the photos (my editing skills are very limited so I will just describe) on the drive side front pannier I had sleep gear (camp quilt and sleeping pad) Drive side rear pannier I packed clothes and off-bike shoes. Non-drive side front bag held cooking and comfort (camp chair, JetBoil & spare fuel, cup, and pillow). Non-drive side rear bag held toiletries, solar panel, and a hammock. Frame bag held hydration system and food. Trunk bag carried tool kit, first aid kit, rain gear, gloves, and head sweats. I also had 2 feed bags for extra water bottle, cell phone, and road snacks. My tent mounted to the handlebars. Including the weight of the bike, I was at 85 pounds (the Surly weighs about 32). So, 53 pounds of gear. Not bad really. LHT Non-drive side.jpgLHT Drive side.jpgPannier Contents.jpg