2005 Long Haul Trucker touring build photos, set 6:

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(These are on tour in the UP 2015)

Now some 'beausage' photos, taken on tour fall 2015 at the suggestion of Leftennant Philip Clark, septic inspector.

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The pedal-flip somehow got bent back,
but I sort of like the way it looks and it still works as before -- maybe safer even in event of crash. MKS Sylvans, of course.
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I've been adding cloth handlebar tape to areas where the Grab-Ons, old Modolo anatomic brake hoods, and older cloth tape have become ragged.
It looks pretty good when wearing thin, like old bluejeans. Unfortunately, it's also a bit grimy, principally because after I'd toured the last time the bike was put away filthy, then in fall 2015 when I went to get it ready for the next tour I sprayed it down all over with 'simple green', intending to go to a 'spray it yourself car-wash, only finding that apparently such washes are now too much work for the average automobilist, and the ones I knew of close to Ishpeming have been replaced with 'keep your precious lazy ass in the car and play with your infernal i-phone while the spraying mechanism moves by itself' types; obviously unusable to rinse down a bike.
Anyway, so the 'green sort of turned to grime. I think that 'look' is popular nowadays, for when I've wanted to buy new jeans mostly what I see is the 'all of the FILTHY and worked-out look with none of the actual work'-colored ones.
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More cloth tape wear on the bends. A couple of layers, added as the one wore through.
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I like the way here that both the pedal cages are worn down, plus the body end near the caps that has been worn flat.
Oddly, this is after ~3500 miles of riding together with my French-made Carnat touring shoes, which show almost no perceptible cage-wear on the soles. Evidently the sole is quite resistant vs. the pedal-cages and bodies (similar on both sides).
Occasional grit from sand roads or near-lakeshore sands probably help some, esp. in wet weather, but mile after mile of UP roads ... well, this is like a badge of glory.
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Not such a great photo, but: general wear from panniers to the front rack.
Taken after the tour, right in front of storage garage. The duct tape and PVC bits are to adapt the rack diameter to compensate for lost mount-inserts on the Ortlieb bags; they kept falling out and all four got lost until I glued-in the two replacements I bought (not knowing if or if not they'd fit, as ortlieb keeps changing it's stuff so there's little comparability between years...)
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A good-looking picture of the chain.
This of course is a SRAM PC-50; now renamed/numbered to something 'higher', but still my only chain of preference, being the descendent of the great Sedisport. Still made in Portugal, by the way.
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Just a picture of the green B-17 seat; formerly covered with a faux-sheepskin cover that I lost in Calumet when I posed for someone's photo wearing it on my head like a British barrister...
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A nice-looking frayed brake cable end - front, I think.
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Rear derailleur, morning of last touring day.
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Rear mech again, but just after the tour.
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A piece of grass on the fenders (Phleum pratense [Timothy]?) and Lake Superior sand from H-58 a day or two earlier.
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This is leftover from set 1 since I only had 11 pix ready!
On the Denali Road 3, Alaska, 2006.04
Olympus XA | which film??, scanned and developed by supermarket film place
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