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BikePunky

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Howdy, y’all.

Long time no post since I hit something like 10k miles in saddle during the last tour. I took time off in Tucson, the Slabs, and then started a job at a ski resort in the sierras these last 4 months. I’m down to four shifts at work and a little over a week housed up. I’ve been building a new bike, hustling to sell off my old stuff, and living like a frugal moneyless monk while stacking paychecks. Thought I’d pop in and form a new picture/journal thread for my 2021 adventures.

Here‘s my 2014 Specialized AWOL:

(Adventure Time Edition lol)

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Anyways, it’s nice to be riding a good fitting bike and not a smaller frame I was making work. I’ve nearly broke even on building this bike between budgeting and selling all my old gear. Won’t go too deep into the gear changes on this post, as I’m planning to make a video about my new travel kit and the various changes. The most notable is I invested in a nicer phone and now have a 360 degree camera that shoots in 5.3kx30fps. I intend to make a lot more photo/ video based content in the coming year with it.

My plan is to head out to the coast from here and start heading north to chase the best spring/summer weather. Lots of Oregon and Washington routes cut short by the wildfires last year I’m hoping to finish. Plus after a whole winter in a snow suit breathing freezing temperatures and thin air...I am ready to be beach front on my way to perfect summer temperatures. After that month or so of a warm up, I’m either going to finish the bits of the Northern Tier route I skipped over last year and ride down the east coast...or if I can get a new ID or passport after being vaccinated: Alaska and down through Canada (but depends on a lot).

Also the routes in mind always change.

Lastly to throw out the spange jar in the first post, people can help me fund content by sending money on PayPal or signing up to be a Patreon for as little as $1 a month.

paypal.me/bikepunky
patreon.com/bikepunky

This thread will be where I compile my ‘best of’ photos from sections of my travels and links to video content.

I’m also @BikePunky on Instagram and TikTok for following more closely!
 
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Looking forward to it! You were an inspiration to me last season, and i'm still thinking about maybe trying to get out there and do some short legs at least after the vaccine becomes available. I hope you still post here, since i don't really follow socials. I'll drop some change 👍
 

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Looking forward to it! You were an inspiration to me last season, and i'm still thinking about maybe trying to get out there and do some short legs at least after the vaccine becomes available. I hope you still post here, since i don't really follow socials. I'll drop some change 👍

I imagine I’ll post highlights at a similar frequency. Plus video links. Definitely not as constant as my social media, but probably still once or twice a week. Wish I could wait to be vaccinated, but imagine I’ll get it quicker in the north than in California. Plus getting as far away from the south for the next few months seems like a safer bet for a traveler, covid-wise. Hoping to score the single shot vaccine in a red county along the way and just getting a cheap motel for a bit if I have symptoms. Thanks for the encouragement!
 

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Can I ask why you chose the bikepacking style seat post bag as opposed to a rear rack, trunk, and panniers? It's okay if the answer is "that's what I have" I'm just slowly outfitting my bike for touring and haven't pulled the trigger on front or rear rack systems.
 

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Can I ask why you chose the bikepacking style seat post bag as opposed to a rear rack, trunk, and panniers? It's okay if the answer is "that's what I have" I'm just slowly outfitting my bike for touring and haven't pulled the trigger on front or rear rack systems.
If you find my last threads, you'll see I used to use a full Ortlieb set of giant panniers and even a trunk bag for the last couple of years of touring. Sometimes having 70-100 pounds of stuff strapped to my bike. I went with a more bikepacking design after following other adventurers online and seeing how they switched to a more minimalist kit. My experience was 30-40% of the crap I carried on a loaded bike, I hardly used and often carried out of fears or what ifs. I've now moved from 60-80 pound kit to about 35 pounds. Also on a loaded bike, something people don't tell you is how much quicker chains/rings wear out if you are doing a lot of climbing. Less weight means less drive train wear. It was also mentally exhausting to be going 6mph uphill and maxing at 8-12mph on flats. Basically a lighter bike shaves hours, effort, and wear off the touring life. The bikepacking bags are also more aerodynamic than bulky panniers adding to that. The sacrifices are some lightweight stuff is more expensive and less glamorous. You can't have a bikepacking kit if you have bulky gear, so lots had to change like a bivy instead of a big tent for me. Hydration bladders instead of several bottles. Packable clothes. This will be my first time going the distance with a kit like this, but I think I'm going to like it a lot more. My idea was to care less about the camping aspect and more about the riding/ filming. Stealth camping in a bivy looking up at the stars on an inflatable bed is it's own luxury, but it feels vulnerable. It will make the occasional motel or WarmShowers hosting spot all the sweeter though.
 

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Happy to announce the first change of routes. I conducted a voting poll on Instagram and people voted 20-3 on a route change. I will be taking the Adventure Cycling Sierra Cascades route north of here instead of heading to the coast. Which I think will have its ups and downs, but nothing terrible. I wasn’t going to do it due to mountain weather, but in checking the forecast it’s great along this route. There’s a lot more climbing to start, but even the coast has a lot going into Oregon. I think stealth camping, traffic, and probably COVID safety will be better along the mountains. Just hope I get used to hours of climbing in the saddle again.
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MetalBryan

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If you find my last threads, you'll see I used to use a full Ortlieb set of giant panniers and even a trunk bag for the last couple of years of touring. Sometimes having 70-100 pounds of stuff strapped to my bike. I went with a more bikepacking design after following other adventurers online and seeing how they switched to a more minimalist kit. My experience was 30-40% of the crap I carried on a loaded bike, I hardly used and often carried out of fears or what ifs. I've now moved from 60-80 pound kit to about 35 pounds. Also on a loaded bike, something people don't tell you is how much quicker chains/rings wear out if you are doing a lot of climbing. Less weight means less drive train wear. It was also mentally exhausting to be going 6mph uphill and maxing at 8-12mph on flats. Basically a lighter bike shaves hours, effort, and wear off the touring life. The bikepacking bags are also more aerodynamic than bulky panniers adding to that. The sacrifices are some lightweight stuff is more expensive and less glamorous. You can't have a bikepacking kit if you have bulky gear, so lots had to change like a bivy instead of a big tent for me. Hydration bladders instead of several bottles. Packable clothes. This will be my first time going the distance with a kit like this, but I think I'm going to like it a lot more. My idea was to care less about the camping aspect and more about the riding/ filming. Stealth camping in a bivy looking up at the stars on an inflatable bed is it's own luxury, but it feels vulnerable. It will make the occasional motel or WarmShowers hosting spot all the sweeter though.

Thanks for laying out the details. I did see the "old" setup with the panniers and thought that it was probably a natural progression of ditching what you never needed... but I hadn't considered prioritizing riding vs camping. That's super helpful thinking about what I will need going forward.
 

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Might have pulled the trigger prematurely on this route change. Found out today a pass just 200 miles up from me has 10 miles of road covered in snow still. Then 300 miles above that toward crater lake there is another that is likely closed for a couple more months. Due to timing, I’m either going to see if the nearest pass will clear in the next week or two. If so I’ll at least go to Medford via the route, then take a train to Washington. If not possible, I’m going to go to the coast after all and in a couple months in the north I’ll put the route to a vote against crossing the country to the east. Being beach side still sounds cool, so I’m not terribly hurt about it.
 

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