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This weekend... going to be turning this pile of parts into a functional bicycle
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The epoxy also feels very liquidy in the can. Feeling good about this working, as long as I don't eff it up
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Watch, it'll rain for a week straight now with this cursed bike ๐Ÿ˜›
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Gonna name it Warlock, I think. It's earned a name now
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Holy crap, there's absolutely no documentation how to remove the suspension bearings in the frame of this bike
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... OK, found something. Requires a special tool ๐Ÿ˜›
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Bearing puller won't do it?
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| |===| |x| | - There's three bearings, one on the left, a spacer, then two with a small gap. They're all flush
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The "special tool" is essentially an expansion nut. Then you bang the bearings out by the inner race. Which is annoying because that's considered a 1-way trip for the bearing's life (as in, can't just rebuild them, it's likely to damage the balls or races)
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I didn't realize this before, and my next frame won't have encapsulated bearings. That's annoying
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If you press a bearing out by the outer race, you can rinse and rebuild them to extend their life, if they just have some junk or are washed out
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Gonna just slap the bike together this weekend and order that crap and deal with it later
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Oh that's annoying
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It is what it is. I'll put that tool in the mail, and some bearings and be fresh for the year. I'll just keep an eye on them and keep them filled up with waterproof grease from one side
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A dry bearing is a dead one ๐Ÿ˜›
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Are they already shot or are you just doing it as a precaution?
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The ones in the frame, illustrated with my amazing ascii art, they're not doing so great. Going to pry the seals off the two outer ones I can access, flush with silicon and see what a repack does. Can't hurt at this point
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The others are just fine, going to just pack them up with grease
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ascii art was very illustrative. I got the idea
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Well I suppose the inner ones will have to wait a bit
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Yeah, it'll be OK for a bit
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Just sad. Usually with bearings you can replace as a set and keep the serviceable ones as spares. Not this bike
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I am enjoying driving this
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crogqwwfuimddvwm and you look cool while doing so
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Hell yeah
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Nice! That's a lovely looking bike
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Nice bike. sgsqvzvkxkwyrgfo What is the model?
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hnezbzvnkhxhfv Did you ever thought that maybe Universe is trying to tell you _stay away from things with two wheels_? ๐Ÿ˜‚
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the universe is just a giant jerkface, and takes pleasure from ruining everything I love ๐Ÿ˜„
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It's still just an infant, in the grand scheme of things. Can't blame it, really. Doesn't know any better
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Put it in the corner for time out ๐Ÿ˜„
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Did you buy or rent?
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omg I thought for a moment that it's a 4-cylinder in-line engine
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the new rebels look sweeeeet
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just make sure your armpits are always shaved properly
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fmejpmxswvp just renting
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Doing a tour of North Thailand in mid November and want a decent bike for it
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fiyrmbucfhsgzkqi what makes it decent? is it a comfortable ride?
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that looks more comfortable than the Honda Winner
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Very comfortable
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I don't think this is the bike I will take on the loop tho
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Nice, I've not seen places that you can rent bikes quite like that.
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Only more the adventure bike kind
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Why you are not taking it on the loop?
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Well for starters it's in Koh Lanta
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Also I want something a little more nimble on turns
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I found lightweight dirt bikes good for island life
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If you have a god... Pray for me
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... that it doesn't turn out like this poor red cup
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It was actually smoking!! ๐Ÿคฃ
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At least I know I mixed the resin right. The stuff in the red cup is nearly solid
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Electric mountain bikes would be excellent on a small island
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What moto are you riding?
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The carbon layup seems to have cured well. Need a bit more patience, and will unwrap it and clean up my messy layup spots later
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TIL We need more bridges made from glass
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prpomtqmzwlrzs OMG that looks like so much fun, want want want ๐Ÿ˜‚
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^ people who are decidedly less excited.
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Nice :)
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As someone who kind of has a fear of heights I love this kind of stuff ๐Ÿ˜„
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Moto is back home now... Going to start tearing into that once the MTB is finished
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only kind of related, but apparently there is big drama in the world of cross iowa bicycle rides :joy:https://whotv.com/2019/10/15/ragbrai-staff-resigns-starts-new-bike-ride-across-iowa/
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Nice looking machine
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Referring to my filthy bike, or the neat custom moto tow truck? ๐Ÿ˜†
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The carbon fiber bike had a few days to cure... The carbon layup is super solid and now passes the coin test. I've got mess loose epoxy runoff to cleanup, but that's NBD
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Sanded it down... Looks super good in most spots. Some cosmetic run off, but if I filled that in and painted, wouldn't be able to tell
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Feeling really good about this, for my first time working with carbon fiber
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Could spend another hour or two cosmetically, but might do that later. Right now I want the rain to stop, slap this thing together and go ride!
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how to balance renting a motorbike when you suddenly realise it's a good option with not having taken any protective gear. Just having a decent helmet isn't enough really
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to go offroad I wouldn't risk it going alone and without a guide.
for normal riding I think the helmet is just fine
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uzminjmdn I guess that really depends on your tolerance for risk. I always ride with a jacket, gloves and helmet in town. When touring, I'm in the full kit
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tolerance is pretty low! I've really been pushing my luck and relying on a "just never crash", while mostly touring. I'm trying to think of gear that will be travel friendly, as I'm accustomed to carry on only ๐Ÿ˜ฌ was considering buying armoured base layer and gloves, but its then I'll just be worried about lower half
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annoying this is I even have decent kit, but its all in India and didn't make it from place to place with me
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Context Are you intending to go touring or just getting a bike to poke around town?
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I always end up touring (because how can you not once you have a bike)
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Fair. Can you ship that kit up?
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Also, don't discount budget gear. Joe Rocket, FirstGear, etc, or the like, which is like $100 per item, still can serve you well
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I understand why you don't want to carry it around. Quality moto gear is super heavy
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I wouldn't be surprised if my riding gear weighs as much as my mountain bike ๐Ÿ˜†
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(moto riding)
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haha yeah, I've been travelling with 8kg for a couple of years
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If you can't ship the gear, I'd at least get a quality helmet, passable jacket with armor, thick gloves (cheap riding gloves would be best though), and some sort of over the ankle boot for touring.

What's your body worth? hehe
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yeah I think feet might need the most though. I bought a pair of royal enfield low tops with basic toe/heel capโ€ฆmaybe something bit better than that but along same lines
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Yeah, riding boots are good. It's all about that crush protection
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(ie not getting your foot crushed by the bike in an oopsie)
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If you have crap ankles, they're also good support to dab and just stop at a red light
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Also, don't forget to check the used market for things. Don't ever buy a used helmet, but other gear is fine
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yeah. just thinking realistically if they don't fit anything else I'm doing I'll just not cart them around
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There is under-armor type gear, that's easier to cart around, then you can get whatever abrasion/weather layer as you see fit. But, might have to import that
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www.forcefieldbodyarmour.com/ - these guys make the best under-armor style gear
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still heavy as sin, but at least it's more compact than a full jacket/pants
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yeah do like the look of the forcefield stuff, on the Christmas list!
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I do carry on only and wear my motorbike kit on the plane
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I used to bring a helmet on, but now I have an additional bag instead
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I usually check a duffle with the soft gear, and bring the helmet on
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Nah I'm all in
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Boots, jacket, pants
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On the plane
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I wear shorts underneath though, then sneak to the bathroom and take the pants off when I'm on
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I think I have a photo someplace, where I buckled the photo into the empty seat next to me hehe
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I was once made to check my helmet in by a ridiculous airport employee
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The check in desk staff at first thought I was mad
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Saying no you don't have to check this in
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You know, I think we have enough NomadList motorcyclists to organize our own tour now
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We all fly in someplace, with our gear, and rent bikes and just go
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Then when they realised this particular employee made me, they rolled their eyes as if this is commonplace, put it into priority luggage and gave me a security fast track pass
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I'd be down for a tour
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In a country where it doesn't cost a bajillion bucks to rent a bike
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I'll ask around here in Mexico. It's big enough we won't get bored in a week or two and don't have to worry about crossing borders with rentals
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I'd love to find someone with a small fleet of DRZ-400's to rent
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Hmm it could be a fair while till I'd be in Mexico
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Here, I could organize and lead. Other countries, I'd have to inquire with friends who organize tours where they get their bikes
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I'm happy to take y'all around Ladakh ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
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if the political situation settles down
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.... OK, definitely need to prioritize a bearing kit for this mountain bike. They're just not going to cooperate nicely, and upon further inspection a few more are pretty crusty
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No doubt why. I didn't realize how many parts I neglected to clean up. There's sand everywhere in this bike - including in those crunchtastic bearings
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I rebuilt the assembly for the headset. Cleaned it, greased it, put it back together, and spun it in my fingers. Could feel a piece of sand in there. It's everywhere now!
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sand is hell. You gotta rinse with oil to have a chance of it tracking smoothly. Have you gone to a shop to see if they have a bearing puller that will work?
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I'm going to get the pullers from that place in europe so I can service it myself in the future, and get some bearings from the USA
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I'm on the fence about keeping this frameset for a few years or replacing it. I guess we'll see how well it holds up over the next few months
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I have kind of a schedule to replace parts over the next year or two, and if I keep them... Will have most of a loaner/toy bike built up to just keep here in Mexico
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Current problem Trying to determine where some spacers go. I took this apart so long ago.... ๐Ÿ˜†
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you're not doing it right if there aren't parts left over. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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I have a pretty good idea where it goes, but just researching to see if i can get some reference diagram/image
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Great, finally found a diagram
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Odd design, leaves a bearing exposed, but IIRC that's the way it was on that side
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Unironically, that's one of the bearings that's shot
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maybe time to fashion a cover for going forward?
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Was thinking that. Could 3D print something that keeps out most of the crud, but can be pulled back easily to periodically flush and dry
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Cone washer with a pinch bolt and a recessed groove for an oring should be easy enough to design and print
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You could also ask the rent place if they include some gear. Like I was looking for renting a motorbike in Tenerife, one place did not had that info on website, but email confirmed that the rent price includes helmet/jacket/gloves, a different place for an extra 5โ‚ฌ per day you could rent a jacket (if you stay for long probably not worth it). You could always check if where is something used to buy, or just buy something cheap (those usually provide good protection but longevity is only a couple of years) and sell before leaving. Do keep in mind that if you buy it might be hard depending on your size, I went to shop to get gloves their eyes/jaws dropped just from the thought about how big the glove would have to be. You might also look into video by Fortnine, he did one about casual wear, haven't looked into it myself, but it does look like it won't take as much space as regular gear while still providing basic protection.
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Almost there...
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Finally I see the problem
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Dude, it doesn't work properly unless you put both wheels on the ground at the same time
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No wonder it doesn't go forward when you pedal it
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hehe, hey now... I paid a lot of money for that stand!
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It's so much better to work on bikes
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Damn, modern bikes are super complicated. There's lots of little nuances I didn't even realize until rebuilding this whole damn thing
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This ๐Ÿ‘†
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No unknown parts left over this time, sorry
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Shit, so was having a friend over for dinner and the bike and stand accidentally fell over, and bent a thing. It's a thing designed to be bent, but still. This bike is eff'n cursed. It's 99.9% working and then... smash!

Now watch, there's not a thing I bent in all of Mexico ๐Ÿ˜›
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(rear derailleur hanger, for the curious)
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odblarvznsfhzg Just make sure that cursed bike doesn't bend you in ways you are not supposed to be bent
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Yah man, the curse is a worrying thing. I'm going to have to get some sage and smoke all that bad joo joo out
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Ask one of your enemies "Hey can you bring me my bike over to __DISTANCE WHERE IT WILL CONFIRM IT'S NOT CURSED ANYMORE__?" ๐Ÿ˜„
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So considering getting a mountain bike primarily to do some longer trips with it in 2020, but curious if people have thoughts for great places to hang out as a nomad if you have a mountain bike.

Basically the requirement would be reliable internet (occasional video calls for work) and gravel/dirt riding in cycling distance from town.

Preference to Latin America.
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Medellin. You're welcome.
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(using a very liberal definition of "cycling distance from town")
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Honestly, Medellin kills it as an outdoor hub with good internet. Finding outdoor activities in Latin America is easy enough, but good wifi is hard to come by. Quito has great mountain stuff nearby too, but isn't the greatest city imo, and I'm pretty sure it's on fire right now. Bariloche Argentina should have good mountain biking, and has acceptable wifi.
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Puebla (Cholula) and Oaxaca have mountain bike parks just outside town

Playa del Carmen has one, but it's mostly technical trails

Mascota has tons of trails outside of town

Anywhere in Baja with serviceable internet
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Antigua apparently has some, but haven't checked in detail
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What I'm hoping to explore in the near future is using Puebla as a hub, so with a rack on my moto (or a car) to explore all the surrounding mountains that go into many many states
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I need to make some MTB friends here
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Oh Antigua is a good call
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I struggled to find stuff near Oaxaca. Most of the mountain stuff I found there was pretty far out of town, but that may have been just my experience
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There's not a defined trail network in Antigua, afaik. It's kind of, cow paths with loose permission
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I'm not surprised. I bet a guide would be able to share some great trails, but good luck getting them to find it on a proper map ๐Ÿ˜‚
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She's rolling!
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really is a nice bike
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26" wheels?
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ooh fancy fancy
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29" might have been better for long trips, but I wanted to see what 650b full suspension was about
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yeah I was planning on getting a 27.5 bike next, but I got distracted by things. I think it's a nice balance between the two, but 29 is definitely the winner for distance
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Exactly, but I want to play too... Practice some basic trials skills on it
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also, how tall are you?? between the frame size and seat height it seems like a smaller bike
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If you get the correct frame, you can stuff 2.8-3" tires on the 27.5, and it gives the same rollover advantage
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I'm ~1.85m, and that's a size L
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I can stuff 2.6" on the back, and 2.8" on the front
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that's fantastic
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I'm trying to find my old tires, but I remember they were tiny on my 26
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yeah, no go. I'm pretty sure I bought them in person
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I'm going to experiment with tire sizes a bit later. Right now there's just some cheap 2.2's on there, so I can put butt time in on the asphalt loop in the park nearby. I have some nice 2.4" tubeless ready to go. And want to get a 2.6 and 2.8 to tinker with for bikepacking
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I do like feeling the trail on smaller wheels, but I've taken some nasty spills that bigger tires might have helped prevent
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tubeless, eh?
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Tubeless is the way to go, I might actually convert my moto
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Wasn't convinced for many years, but I'm converted now. It's gotten better
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Yeah I read similar a few years ago, but...tubeless....how do I fix??
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Small punctures, it self repairs. Larger punctures, you cram in a worm just like a car/motorcycle tire. Really large tears, you tape it off and put in a tube
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So, most people carry a spare tube somewhere on the bike
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ah that makes sense
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There's these UL tubes available in europe I've been meaning to get my hands on
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actually, probably more reliable than standard tubed tires
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That'll be my spare to carry, because it's super compact and light
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tubolito is german?? I can't say it in german
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that's clearly spanish/italian
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Also, a neat thing about this Specialized, is the down tube opens up and I can cram stuff in there. All the way from the bottom bracket to the headset!
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wait what??
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Tubes. Spare spokes. Fill it full of burritos
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srsly?
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Dead serious, it's a big selling point of modern Specialized carbon bikes
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"Stumpjumper, Rhyme and 6Fattie"
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I hate outdoor gear names
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Mine came later, the "Camber"
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camber is a good name
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6fattie is weird
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6Fattie is a Stumpjumper with a wider rear triangle and front fork to take 3"+ tires
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It looks utterly stunning
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I almost bought one! haha
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ugh, fine. I'll google 6fattie, but i'm not going to be happy about it
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shit that's nice
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that's really nice
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the frame storage system looks fantastic btw. exactly what the biking worlds needed for ages
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Jah, but I opted for the lighter one and the restrictions. Not too concerned, I think 2.6/2.8 is just fine for my needs
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you can pack a tube and repair kit in there and never have to worry
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The "Camber" is a Stumjumper, but with a shorter rear triangle and lighter kit for XC/Trail
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2.6/2.8 is quite big already. short of going full multi-month bikepacking I can't imagine needing more
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Nowadays they just make "Stumpjumper" with a variety of letters to designate what it is
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awesome
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It's a classic ๐Ÿ˜„
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interesting
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you saw the sidearm frame?
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The new one? Yeah, it's... interesting
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yeah
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weird
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They do a lot of R&D, something about it works over the previous design, likely especially for the carbon frames
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carbon fiber gives them a lot more strength than bike frames have had before. this is probably the first of many small adjustments
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Going to be keeping mine for a bit though... Unless it breaks again, then I might dump it into the ocean
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haha you've been very patient
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ok I'm dead, later mate
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were we talking about navy showers in here before?
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axgkslxq Yah, so here's quick pros list of tubeless...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNmrhFubgPs
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Sold. It's all about puncture resistance and repairability, and tubeless does seem superior
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It is, in almost every way
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It's a bit of a maintenance chore though... to drain out the liquid when changing tires
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But, all the other upsides are completely worth it
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Spent some time destickering and blacking out my bike. Looks so much better without so many little stickers on it

More tire manufacturers need to sell tires without painted crap on them, the bike would look sick without the sidewall markings
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I still need to find a sweet sticker for the head tube... Like this guy
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That sticker is feckin awesome!
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Dark mode, it's a sickness ๐Ÿ˜†
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Yeah, but I really don't recall going through tires that frequently, so trade off is worth it
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So, tubeless moto too? Does the premise still hold true there?
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For dual sport bikes, yes, it's identical
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Road bikes are tubeless anyways, like car tires
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Yah, knew that. No way I'm putting tubes in my sport bike ๐Ÿ˜„
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The thing about dual sport motos is the volume is so high, it can be difficult to set the bead if it rolls off. You also carry a front tube at all times for those oh shit moments
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I might convert the moto over... But, not sure yet
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Right, so I'd expect to carry a puncture kit, tube, tools, and pump as repair/emergency
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Yah, I already carry most of that. Just would need to add plugs to the mix
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Not sure. Need to get it running first ๐Ÿ˜†
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Right, I have all that already, but would probably ditch the tube patch kit
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One thing at a time
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So the bike is home now?
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Yah, it's downstairs now. Going to tear into that next month if the MTB can keep it's shit together for a bit
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Exciting! Send updates
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Will do, that's going to be yet another epic saga, sadly
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The KTM is also a glorious looking machine
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I'm sure. I want a little vicarious drama
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Haha they are pretty
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I was thinking I might want my next bike to be a ktm
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www.instagram.com/p/BEeCIqER0yy/ - I love the way it looks in black and silver
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You'll love a KTM, they're spendy but, damn... They ride like nothing else
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Mmm it is nice
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I like the orange too ๐Ÿ˜‰
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I didn't want an ocular wedgie of a bike
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Black and silver just disappears from sight. Out of sight, out of mind.
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I went from Chicago to South Carolina to ride it home, over an arguably better orange bike. No regrets.
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Yeah, I mean I'm coming from BMWs, so it's not a huge step up. But reliability and repairability are the end all for me. I think the KTMs beat the beamers here
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... same, kind of. KTMs can be reliable, but they can be a nightmare. They're not Honda's, that's for sure
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Hahaha orange is so fun
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Just, do the work on time, correct and to spec. Don't skimp on anything
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I had this old yellow racing bike in college. All the cops knew me ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ
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hehe
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OK, now it's bedtime for me. I'm done dark mode drunkingly destickering ๐Ÿ™ƒ
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Later
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was a little worried about cities that large though due to distance, is there anything rideable from places you would live in the city?
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i guess public transit could make it all fine too, just mostly don't want to need to pay a tour guide or rent a car lol
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hmmm, yeah Medellin is quite big, especially along the North/South axis. And with the exception of the fantastic metro, public transit is mostly those private busses that just decide to run that route. It's not like a European city. Not sure how much time you've spent in places like that, but it might be especially challenging if you don't speak Spanish. I'm also not sure how they'd handle you getting on with a mountain bike. These are all excellent questions. It might be worth looking into area with good biking trails and seeing what neighbourhoods are nearby. You're welcome to PM or tag me if you have any questions
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Medellin has Cabify, which is very reasonable and very convenient.
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glrgaajpjpgbgp Oaxaca and Puebla are definitely on my list of places to hang out if I'm gonna have this bike with me, but was looking for other (non Mexico) options with similar trail accessibility
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Love Mexico but kinda getting to the feeling that I either need to just get residency and an apartment as a home base or stop spending so much damn time there ๐Ÿ˜‚
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haha, you've got a point there kuifrmmsoyxk I mentioned up those places because I'm aware of them
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I'll do some more research in the coming weeks, and if you find a great hotspot, share with me too and I'll come visit ๐Ÿ˜„
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This is the worst part of nomad life IMO hahah
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When so many of the places you want to hang out don't have strong enough wifi to work a tech job ๐Ÿ˜‚
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I think we're hoping someplace is going to be like Moab, but with tacos. I don't think that exists just yet. But, on the flip side, I'm sure there's places with nice trails that are an easy drive. Maybe a long term car rental too?
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i think i just want more places like oaxaca
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honestly a lot of gravel/dirt roads would do it for me too
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not necessarily out for world class single track, just want places i can get out of town and explore by bike
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Yeah, now I'm kind of fixated on the car rental idea... So many more options open up if you have a car and can drive 30-60min in any direction and be out of a city
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this is true, but nothing (imo) beats riding out your front door in the morning ๐Ÿ˜‚
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I agree there. Smaller latin american towns aren't really noted for their fast internet though
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Maybe there's a city that has a techie residential area near the edge of town?
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medium sized cities pushed next to mountains tend to work though
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Monterrey has mountains nearby, ever been?
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like you can be on dirt roads in LA in an hour
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more fire access roads than single track though ๐Ÿ˜›
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I wish Canada wasn't so expensive, I'd definitely spend some time in Vancouver
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i've wanted to do a squamish summer for a while
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may happen this year
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Or, I guess British Columbia
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have summer and then fall obligations in the US, so might be good to spend the 2 months in the middle somewhere in canada
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I've heard excellent things about Squamish for climbing and biking
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revelstoke would also be solid
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i don't mind the price, given the rest of the year should be cheap
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Right now, it's looking like I have to spend the next year in low cost of living places. Not ramen budget, but I'm taking time off work
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Have in mind 2 considerations for the van the house and the car. If you take the house criteria, from your list the ducato would be the best as it's wider and you can do a setup with a transversal bed which helps you gain additional living space rather than a longitudinal bed. Of course, you can add some widening to any vehicle as replacement for side windows but with additional cost and energy. In terms of vehicle, I would look for the ease of repair (parts, knowledge) at the same position with the reliability. This depends a lot of the generation of the van.
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Ducato, Boxer and Jumper are more or less the same vehicle.
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Yeah. Thankfully I'm short. So I have options for the bed.
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qqfseppxdddbckkrrxetn I see from your profile youโ€™re currently building your van home?
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Howโ€™s that going?
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I think all of those are common enough to make repairs relatively easy.
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reahcmtmc Yup. The base is a '99 4x4 Sprinter 312. Until now I have the bed, heating, water heater and stove installed ๐Ÿ™‚ But still have to do a lot of the furniture.
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Nice looking van
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hfxnzkgtyippofekxcbxa Is that dirt bike on the back?
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oh yesss! This is the van I need in my life. Portable dirtbike!
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Slight problem with dirtbikes is what they are not really legal to drive ๐Ÿ˜ž
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sure they are, they just need lights and mirrors! I rode a dirtbike across africa last year
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actually, that one may not have been legal tho grimacingrolling_on_the_floor_laughing
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Well depends on your country, for example in my country even if you put all the mirrors and stuff you still can't register it (unless you import it from some country where it was registered, then it's fine), one of the reasons why I'm looking into Enduro bike instead so could ride around forests and stuff undisturbed (otherwise you can only drive around closed circuits)
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that's super strict. many dirtbikes are manufactured with both a road and off-road variant. usually the only difference is things like a bigger stator, lights, mirrors, maybe e-start. but it comes from the manufacturer as road-legal. would you be unable to register the road variant in that case?
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Well maybe it's road-legal from the manufacturer when buying new it might go through (like I said you can still register it if you import from a country where it was legally registered), but otherwise it's not really allowed, and if police catch you riding around forest roads or even some grassland with it it will be confiscated as it's not road legal.
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You can ride road legal bikes in OHV areas, but you can't ride off road bikes on pavement
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I'd love a van with an electric dirt bike and a huge solar array to charge the batteries
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Yes, it's a ktm freeride and it's registered. As I have a license plate (not mounted btw - because I mostly use it on enduro) it can be driven it anywhere.
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They come from factory with headlight and turn signals and they are also very light weight which is a plus in enduro.
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Awesome. I bet that's a fun bike
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So Iโ€™ve got a 10 day motorbike ride coming up
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Each night Iโ€™ll stop somewhere and Iโ€™ll have my computer
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Probably riding for about half the time
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Any thoughts on managing videos of this?
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Iโ€™ve got a neat little GoPro and three batteries for it
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Also an SD card with 15-16 hours capability
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I guess what Iโ€™d really want to do is each night just upload a few gigs of what Iโ€™d taken to S3 or something, and then pay someone on Fiverr to turn it into a highlight reel
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In which country are you doing the tour? (just curious ^^)
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Thailand
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yeah, I have hours of footage I've done nothing with. just sits in the cloud. I've always wanted to hand it over to someone and have them edit something together, just never did it. I think fiverr is a good idea
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ujrmqfjrxgfuykut Could be one of the ways to manage it www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jZWEkmzOls but yeah for your trip your option would probably be best (record, upload, let someone else deal with it)
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sfkdjtmjoo Great link, thanks
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xoyksqrfgoznysni Glad to help. One problem I could see with shooting in small clips the important things is that you might miss something interesting, but at the same time having camera running all the time gets tiring quickly (used to do that after getting my license on every ride, this year took off the camera and never missed it)
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Haha I do love the Africa twins ๐Ÿ‘€
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Nice bikes, but jesus I didn't think they are so big ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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Yeah they're beasts. I love them, but I could never own one
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`I could never own one` why?
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Made my first 500kms of my moto trip and cam chain tensioner died on me ๐Ÿ˜ž
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That's the risk of going on a new bike... No shake down time
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Have a plan?
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Well he guy opened it up and turns out it was balance shaft failing
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I'll wait for update tomorrow, but it's going to take forever to get replacement
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so I'll probably fly to mexico and then come back sometime to finish the trip
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maybe with less stuff
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Kinda sucks ๐Ÿ˜ž
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At least it's covered by warranty
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In Guatemala or Panama?
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panama
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David
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they have dealership here so got lucky with that
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Cool, I'm glad your near somewhere to take care of it
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Too big and heavy for me. I like smaller bikes
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Got it. Same, I thought they are regular size from watching videos so was a bit surprised at how big it is.
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"regular" is highly subjective ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Well I mean something which won't feel like you are riding a cow ๐Ÿ˜„
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Was thinking, wish I could help you get it up to Mexico, but can't cross borders on a bike not in my name ๐Ÿ˜ž If you had broke down in Chiapas, would have gladly rode it up the countryside
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Yea, that's why I got it in panama, because I could get it in my name
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Oh well adventure will continue at some point
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When you start planning you trip up north again, let me know. This time around, it wasn't possible for me to go to Chiapas, but I might be game next time
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(with my moto)
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Will do
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pnqmjdcbmhg are you doing your trip solo or with your gf?
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I have like 20 hours of video to edit
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Suggestions for Mac software I can use to tag clips?
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Iโ€™m terms of editing software I like DaVinci Resolve
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My flow is to then set an in and an out point for various parts of a clip and pull it into a new clip
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Those could then be shoved into folders or whatnot
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I find iMovie so unintuitive to use
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Nah I just wanna tag it up, gonna give it to someone on Fiverr to actually edit
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ipceqanss She's in mexico atm, so was going to do it solo. The new idea is probably come back in couple months and at least go explore Costa Rica together
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My duke is also too short for bags and pillion. And while she does have bike license she can't get a bike that can cross borders unless we get one in argentina
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... or she gets an Argentinean plated bike in Mexico/USA/CA :wink:

Overland travelers sometimes ditch their bikes
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there's a pretty big collection of bikes in Anchorage and Punta Arenas ๐Ÿ˜‚
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still needs ownership papers in her name
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I already miss my moto and I just arrived at Guadalajara
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I'm planning a Euro road trip from May-July next year in my Motorhome, starting & ending in London. The main spots I'm visiting are Spain-Portugal- Italy- Luxembourg. Of course there will be other places in between, but these are the 'must haves'. I'll be working remotely 4 days of the week, with 3 days off. If anyone would like to join for part of it, let me know ๐Ÿ™‚
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I may be joining you for part of the trip as I also plan to live in Portugal for few months next year. I'll bring my own home, too ๐Ÿ™‚
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That would be cool!
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Sounds legit
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he's a real camping-out type of digital nomad long term traveller
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cooking rice in a plastic container ๐Ÿ˜ฌ but the rest of it seems okay.. why not ๐Ÿ˜‰
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camping is a state of mind, you can do it anywhere! in the woods, or in civilization!
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_[CRINGE]_
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You know... I completely empathize for the low cost self sufficient living on the road. But, even just watching a few seconds and scrolling through the channel icons, this guy is a bit cringey
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sometimes you just pay the fucking money
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he's a different sort for sure.. he's continuously been traveling since 1998
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i've stumbled across his site quite a few times when googling about some places
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or on the topic of traveling light
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huxsfsm I'd say, go for it. If you're going to be up in the mountains, you'll want at least a 250cc... 400cc is better
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Like, above 5k meters elevation
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need the license first...
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Grab it next time you're back home
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this is a bit random but...
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thing is that a couple of years back I learnt my uncle has been keeping my grandpas old motorcycle (a spanish 60s 125cc, nothing fancy, but cute :P) in his garage. So I immediately felt obliged to refurbish it and make a nice trip with it
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problem is I got no f idea of mechanics, and the 2/3 ppl i've managed to contact who know how to fix em just do it for a fixed price (not a big issue) but dont want to show how they do it
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plus almost everyone has recommended me against it, because since it's an old motocycle, it has old brake (i mean old technology)
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So... I'd pay that fixed price, then tootle around town with it for a bit. Maybe short trips. But, old bikes are notoriously unreliable. You'll want to wrench it (when it breaks down around town after)
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that's the thing, they said that it is quite a bad motorcycle for longer trips
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Yeah, likely it's air cooled with a small oil capacity
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biggest issues they named were no sit suspension (so your back dies) + old brake system (way less safe)
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they made a newer version of the bike in the 70s and I once read a blog of 2 guys who went from Barcelona to Vladivostok with those, but ugh
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those had improved sits, brakes, etc
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Look, I'd say... Refurb the bike, but unless you're willing to sacrifice it or risk the money and time touring, you're better off with a newer bike
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Especially one with a track record (of running) when you buy it
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I think it was just a romantic idea. My plan was to refurbish it and do 40 on secondary roads, like no hurries, just spend a couple of months trying to get it somewhere
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but frankly, and even though the bike's not worth much my biggest concern is getting it stolen
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Right now, that bikes been sitting for years. Even if it runs, who knows what else is wrong with it, and you don't want to find that out 400km from anything
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hahah no of course i'd make sure it's like new
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they managed to start it a couple times in the late 90s
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and I need to manage to get papers for it because god knows where they are
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Then, as I said, get it working and use it around town first for a month or so
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anyways, didnt want to bore you with this random stuff x) just one project I'd like to tackle at some point
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yep, that way I'll see how reasonable a longer trip is
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Go for it. Let's be honest, nothing about a motorcycle is a rational decision. They're super emotional entities, and if it makes you feel good, then do it. Just, with attention and care to reality
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yeah, i can't say i'm being very rational here haha
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i think part of what I'd find cool is to refurbish it myself
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it's almost like a bicycle with an engine, it feels like a super cool project to learn about the basics
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Then, YouTube is your friend
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i'll keep trying to find someone with experience to help me do it
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yeah, didnt find any vids for that one though, but I guess it's a matter of commitment really
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I'd say, have someone do the engine, but you deal with cleaning and tuning the carbs. Change the oil and filters yourself. Change the brake pads yourself
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Don't underestimate the tools and space needed for a full rebuild
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this is how a refurbished one looks
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yeah, need a garage
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damn
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Yeah, so look... First get it running good.
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i need to get my priorities straight
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Have someone with experience do the valves. You can clean and rebuild the carb, but have them adjust it. Have someone else change the suspension oil, but you do brakes, chain, sprockets, misc electrical, and whatever rubber parts are going to hell
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Baby steps ;)
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yeah, half of those are rotten
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Once it's running, you still find new issues. Have someone diagnose it, pay them for that and then take it back to try and fix it
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rusty, I meant rusty
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Oh, that's a different problem altogether
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Pay someone to inspect the frame and swingarm then
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I think the frame was quite good, but the wheels and the electrical stuff didnt look too good
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Don't worry if the tank is rusty. It's a chore but they can be fixed
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I need to do a more thorough inspection next time I get the chance
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You need to start cramming on YouTube about vintage moto restoration, friend
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I want to swap it for a bicycle and surprise my uncle xD
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"barn finds"
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that's a good keyword
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Trust me, I have a moto (maybe?) Back in my home town that even I can't sort out
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It's a money and time pit
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Hell, even my touring bike is a money pit lately
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haha, it's a good money pit!
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did you learn mechanics by yourself?
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Yes, over time
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I had running bikes that broke down, and did my own maintenance, read a lot, and have previous experience with cars
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Some things I still ship out though, because it's a chore or requires special tools
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top, I'm an urban ignorant
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Then... Be prepared to dedicate time and money. It's not impossible, but there's definitely a to learn...
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just a random question, how much weight would you say that motorcycle can carry?
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There's things I know I take for granted. Like using a torque wrench correctly, or breaking free rusted bolts, or how to not strip out threads, or how to bodge together things
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yeah, practice!
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Let's assume you're an average weight man, it could huck around you and 40lbs fine. You'll feel it on a hill
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Yes, practice but also time to read up how to do things correctly
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But, it's a small bike. And a small old bike. Definitely going to need to account for that as large trucks are blowing by you
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I'm 160lb
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Keep in mind, you'll be spending a lot of time riding on the shoulder
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yeah... specially mountain passes or smth I think I'd let people just go by
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Even a 80kph road...
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Flat
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With no headwind
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yep
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but look at it this way! I'll need to find the least ttransited roads!! isn't thatt beautiful xD
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i think the key to this trip is to be able to have no deadline, go super minimal, low key, no hurry, it rains? stop, not feeling it? stop
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ah, it's so much an idea still
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are you on the road now?
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Naw, I've taken a break for a few years from ongoing moto travel, but am still location independent
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kqmyvye I would say refurb it yourself, lots of youtube (just today watched someone starting a 1937 old motorcycle), but once it's done just do short trips as I would not trust to go on long trip (especially if it's far away from civilization) with something like this.
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cptlxahlsr yup, that'd the feedback I get ๐Ÿ˜• which was also the most motivating bit... my initial idea was to try Barcelona-Nordkapp
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cus i'd be going through rather populated areas, good secondary roads without much traffic, etc
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Still, it's no fun. Imagine being stuck for days while you're trying to figure out how to get some part in, or determining what's wrong. I've had to crate up my bike and ship it before, because it broke down
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but isn't that tthe point of the challenge with an old bike? x)
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also, if I have managed to refurbish it myself (heh) I'll probably know how to fix it in the road, can bring some spare pieces for the most "obvious ones" no? I just want to think that it's so simple that there's very little that can break up
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(i guess i'm a complete idiot, also)
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True, like I said... just know what you're getting into
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Take it a step at a time. First step Get it running, and quickly. Second, ride it around town and keep working on it smartly. Then, you're better prepared for a trip,
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Want to know how a freshly built bike can fare? Ask zfszqtnacwv ๐Ÿ˜„
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yeah, step by step ๐Ÿ˜› it's really just an idea i've done a couple of research steps so far, so let's pretend we didnt have this convo
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what conversation?
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lalalalal
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My 200km new bike broke down at 1.5k kms. Faulty engine, repairing under warranty.
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ouch
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come on, that's just bad luck. Hope it didn't cause you any trouble beyond that!
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Well had to change my travel plan a bit, but I'm just happy I don't have to pay for that.
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Yeah, personally after dropping my bike in the woods and it not starting again my thought was "well I guess time for a good exercise pushing it 30km back home". It seems like not a big deal your bike stoping to work because hey you are near civilization, but from personal experience my mind usually responds with "Oh fuck no, I don't have time or patience to deal with this shit, I just want to ride" ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ
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Lucky for me it was still running, but had horrible clicky sound at low RPM.
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So I uncomfortably drove it to the dealership
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well, i meant it didnt lead to any injuries or anything, couple of years back I was driving Mike (a 97' Nissan Micra) and was doing 120 on a polish highway when the waterpump literally blew up killing the engine, thankfully there wasn't much traffic and I managed to veer off to the right safe lane
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it could've been bad if there had been more traffic >.<
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so you never know
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waiting 2h for the tow truck doesn't matter when you are alive xD
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I would say that even when you are at home and notice the brake light not working during 90 second pre-ride check is just as annoying, and you still at home with all the conveniences
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