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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-16-2016, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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Biking for Steelhead

Just wanted to share a short video that is my application to be sponsored by Blackburn, a bike touring company, and ride my bike from Canada to Mexico, in winter, to fish for steelhead. I find out in March if my application is accepted. Thanks for watching.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VZ3OylLKNs
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Looks like you're planning well for the trip of a lifetime!

best of luck!
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Looks like you're planning well for the trip of a lifetime!

best of luck!
Thanks Bob, having the support of Blackburn will help make this a reality.

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Great video. I wish you well in your application. Biking and fishing with the double hand rod are two of my favourite things.
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Very nice Brain, I do the same thing here in Idaho. Riding a Bike,and Fly Fishing lets you stop and smell the Roses.
Good luck in your adventure.
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Nice!

Very nice job on the video. Professional quality production. I hope you are successful. I'm spreading the word.
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Thanks for the kind words. I had some awesome help from the local high school film class. Kids these days!

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This sounds like a terrific thing and makes me wish I were able to head out again myself. I've never rode the kind of distance in one trip that you will but I've done a whole bunch of bicycle fishing trips. I'll try not to hijack your post but since you are a biker I figured you may appreciate this...........

I can't let the topic get past me without posting these old pictures of my 1983 Fuji Sundance.



This one gives you a better look at the rod rack, it'll carry fat 2 hand tubes also



Buying that bike was my reaction to the advent of 4 wheeler off road vehicles. I had been riding since I was a kid but when I moved to the more rugged design that this Fuji exemplifies I fell in love with this type bike. I've used that one year after year and it's been all over the continent with me. I've changed out the derailleur twice - the main crank bearings once - the cables once, and modified the steering stem as well as replaced the stock Fuji handlebars. Get this: the wheel bearings are original as are the rims Honestly, I have no idea how many thousand miles are on that frame and wheels but it's over ten. I used to try keeping track based on total annual cyclometer mileage but through all the moves I've lost track of the old list. Now it sees only around 300 miles per year and sometimes less but I still enjoy every ride. It makes a conversation piece when I run into other cyclists who know bikes.

The luggage kit was purchased way back in 1983 and everything is still working as it should, the original Cannondale stuff was bombproof. If I recall there is 3400 cubic inches of storage in all those bags, with a sleeping bag and tent strapped on top of the caboose it was a good way to handle a complete camp. One thing about bike travel as you know it will make you efficient. The bike is out in my garage now and I'll be putting it to use in April if this weather holds up the way it is going. I do ride it to the post office during winter when the path is clear but the serious use comes in early spring.

Good luck on your ride and I hope to remember to check for updates

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Love the Fuji Ard! Very interesting rod carrying system you have rigged up. Bikes are one of those few pieces of technology, when we'll maintained, will last a lifetime. That's one of the reasons why o love them so much. If everything goes as planned, my trip won't happen until next year. Plenty of time to plan and refine the bike!

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Wish I could tell you where you could get a rod rack like that. They were a 90's product marketed by the maker and no longer available. I found this in a quick search Finally You Can Ride Your Bike To Your Favorite Fishing Hole - Carry Your Fishing Pole On Your Bike - The Bike Fisherman and it looks like a 2 tube rack although I can't vouch for the quality. I like the rack a lot, I used to strap a rod or 2 onto my load but always worried about them. With the rack anchored right on the fork system you know where the rods are all the time. I have some other bikes but left them all in storage 12 years ago and they are still there. I use the antique Fuji more than all others combined. By the way I have another of them, another Fuji Sundance that is. I actually bought 2 so I would have a loaner for people who didn't have an off road capable bike. The second one is stored in Colorado...........
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I caught my first steelhead mountain biking on a river in Oregon in the mid eighties. I tied it's head to the handle bars and its tail was dragging the ground! I told my girlfriend at the time
Steelheading was easy!!!! How wrong I Was!
I would recommend a rod tube along the top tube, I still carry my rod like this when fishing on the Klamath. Have you thought of a trailer instead of those heave bags? Make sure you travel from north to south since the prevailing winds are that way. I drive highway 101 on a regular basis and I feel sorry for those going the other way with a headwind! It's a hard trip, but very enjoyable if you take your time.. You might also consider a bit of saltwater fly fishing for the odd rockfish
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