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Rick Huffan, bike traveler extraordinaire

This is a followup to my post of July 7th:

When you look at Rick and his bike, you immediately see that something is right. It's so obviously a pared-down-to-essentials setup that it resonates.

"All you need are the bare necessities," says Rick. Firefighter's sleeping bag, 2-man tent, ground tarp, bike tools. Food: cans of tuna, kippers, bread, flatbread,His carefully-crafted setup is sleek and light.

Rick worked as a bike mechanic for 2 years. He now travels about 3 months out of the year, otherwise living in Washington. He designed the rack in front that carries his sleeping bag and tent. He sleeps in campgrounds or wherever he finds a good spot.

We had coffee and shared a sandwich in Pt Arena last week. I showed him Builders of the Pacific Coast and he studied it pretty intently. When I offered to give it to him, he didn't consider it for a minute. "Nah, I learned a long time ago, you pack your burden…it'd be more pressure on the hubs, the brakes, the bearings…."

He told me he'd passed a young guy that morning. "A brand new bike, new gear and equipment…it looked like 200 pounds…"

I said, "It's all in the weight,isn't it?"

"That's right. I want to enjoy myself, not kill myself."

"Yesterday I was way up on a hill, and I seen a red-tailed hawk take a dive, and he got what he was after. You don't see that passing through in a car, just the road ahead of you…"

Note: Oh for the ability to do layout in Blogger! It's a fabulous resource, but trying to position text and photos is like driving a car without a steering wheel.


The Flying Tortoise said...

You like me Lloyd are using 'old blogger' I'm very happy with it because after some messing about I now know how to place the photo and copy where I want them. There is however a 'new blogger' that you will find I think, on the setup page, if not there, it's somewhere where you'll find it... it's supposed to enable you to do proper layouts... my thinking is that if it isn't broken, don't fix it... good luck with it anyway

daltxguy said...

I've toured extensively and that is pretty minimal! The layout on a touring bike is very personal and very revealing about the person mounted on it. With a car everything is inside and hidden and it's easy to throw in a few extra things that you *think* you'll need. On a bike, each item is considered and then considered again. Each item is a piece of you, carefully assembled for a balance between ease and comfort vs effort and luxury.

Personally, I wouldn't want a lot of stuff up front there on the handlebar but that probably says something about me :)

Nadezda Appolat * Надежда Апполат said...

))))"...driving a car without a steering wheel."...:-)"do layout in Blogger" is easier, I think...)))

DeDuva said...

Lloyd, sure you noticed this but your work was mentioned in (an excellent) article in the NY Times today...


"Nobody paid much attention to this hardy Plains vernacular until the early 1970s, when Shelter, the building bible of budding counterculturalists, was first published."

--Scott Reynolds

Lloyd Kahn said...



Had not seen it.

Anonymous said...

Did Rick build his Bike or just improve a stock mountain bike?

Anonymous said...

Looks like a stock FELT Q520

Anonymous said...

wonder what this fellow is up to these days? seems like an interesting sort.

ran accross this, for the little folks, nice idea


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