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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    Oh, yeah, I forgot about the rack. A good, solid rack, but I'll probably replace it with another tubus. Anyone want to buy some touring racks for a mountain bike?
    I know your fork got fracked, but did the front rack get damaged?

    I'm debating on what to do, still:

    1) Add a threadless stem extender to raise up the bars.
    2) Replace the suspension fork with a solid threadless fork (that will take a rack)
    3) Rebuild the mountain/hybrid bike as a more road oriented bike, using junker parts I can scrounge up.
    4) Find an old clunker to rebuild, or a couple of old clunkers to swap parts off of to get one decent bike.
    5) Buy a junker off CBN, and rebuild it, using their rental shop space to do the serious stuff, then finish up at home.

    Currently leaning towards #5, but I gotta then get two bikes, and fix one up for my S.O. and then a road bike for me, the mountain/hybrid gets very uncomfortable at over about 65km (40 miles) or so....

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    Novara Randonee, just got it home half an hour back.
    Congratulations on your new bike.

    What was the deciding factor to select this steed over other choices? (just curious)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wogsterca View Post
    I know your fork got fracked, but did the front rack get damaged?
    The Tubus Tara is an awesome front rack, and it's just fine.

    I called up Wayne at The Touring Store, and he suggested that, before blowing money on new racks, I try to install the Tara and the LOCC on the Randonee. The Tara fits very well. The LOCC is a little too wide, but nothing that some spacers won't take care of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bab2000 View Post
    Congratulations on your new bike.

    What was the deciding factor to select this steed over other choices? (just curious)
    My first choices were the Trek 520, the Surly LHT, and the Randonee. The 520 is now out of production, pending the 2009 models coming out in a few months, and the LHT requires you use 26" tires with the smaller frames (I'm not a tall guy). I'm lucky I liked the Randonee!

    The touring forum had quite a few suggestions for comperable touring bikes, I'd have started in on these next, but probably have taken someone up on borrowing a bike. (I know I've said this before, but 6 BF posters offered to lend me stuff.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    I'm lucky I liked the Randonee!
    (I know I've said this before, but 6 BF posters offered to lend me stuff.)
    Well, I suspect this was meant to be.

    It is great that the offers were extended, and could take the edge off making quick decision.

    I wish you the best shaking down your new ride, and know you will always compare to your original bike, yet dialing ain a bike is part of the fun of the newness.

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    Great news, Neil!

    I'm looking forward to letting you guys draft me on the C&O Canal at 25mph from Paw Paw to Williamsport!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barndoor View Post
    Great news, Neil!

    I'm looking forward to letting you guys draft me on the C&O Canal at 25mph from Paw Paw to Williamsport!
    The next two weeks are gonna go very slooooooowly...
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    The next two weeks are gonna go very slooooooowly...
    Neil, it's downhill, and he's 6' 7". The 25 MPH prediction is probably accurate. It'll be like drafting a freight train!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    The rear deraileur skips, one against REI.

    but they shoudln't have let it out of the store like that. No biggie, 5 minutes wuth and allen wrench will take care of it, but it's still another demerit for REI.
    Not really fair to hold these issues against REI. A new bike has new cables and hardware. It takes time for them to break in. I've had bikes dialed in perfectly after installing new cables. 100 yards later, they've stretched and the derailleur is skipping. Same with the brake calipers. I've had some perfect after the first adjustment. Others have taken 1,000 miles to settle in and settle down.

    After a few hundred miles and a free tuneup, then you can dishout demerits. But even then, the cables can continue to stretch. I had to readjust my derailleurs after another few hundred miles after the first adjustment Could be the reason why some shops offer 3 tune ups every 3 months.

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    Woot - congrats!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    Not really fair to hold these issues against REI. A new bike has new cables and hardware. It takes time for them to break in. I've had bikes dialed in perfectly after installing new cables. 100 yards later, they've stretched and the derailleur is skipping. Same with the brake calipers. I've had some perfect after the first adjustment. Others have taken 1,000 miles to settle in and settle down.

    After a few hundred miles and a free tuneup, then you can dishout demerits. But even then, the cables can continue to stretch. I had to readjust my derailleurs after another few hundred miles after the first adjustment Could be the reason why some shops offer 3 tune ups every 3 months.
    But...but... it's new and shiny, it should be perfect!

    Okay, fair enough. I'll have it tuned up before the big ride in two weeks (less, actually) and then I'll see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    But...but... it's new and shiny, it should be perfect!

    Okay, fair enough. I'll have it tuned up before the big ride in two weeks (less, actually) and then I'll see.
    Beanz brings a good point. After about, oh, 30 or 40 miles my LHT was skipping like a sandpaper'd CD. I knew it was normal, but it didn't prevent me from getting pretty irritated, and my ride partner from pointing out that his single speed didn't have those problems .

    Anyway, 10 minutes at the LBS later it was perfect. 30 miles since and I can't complain a bit. Heck, I can't even frame shift the thing, and believe me today I tried .

    My ride partner also pointed out that his brand spank-me-new race bike (a rolling bike p0rno, a Salsa Mamasita with full '08 XT) was skipping like crazy after the first 10 miles too. And then.. the dang speech about how we should all ride single speeds.... oy...

    Speaking of shiny.. and bike p0rn.. where's the pics!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    But...but... it's new and shiny, it should be perfect!

    Okay, fair enough. I'll have it tuned up before the big ride in two weeks (less, actually) and then I'll see.

    Yeah but after the tuneup, it will be purtier and perfecter! Then you'll want to park it next to your bed at night so you can sleep by it!........Like I do!..................I'm not kidding!

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    aaaaand.... here come the pics.
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