HI. I biked all thru my teens, did three 2-week tours in Ireland, was a bike messenger in San Francisco for a while, biked the USA west coast, and toured across the US with a buddy... all many moons ago. The bike I did the big tours on got stolen - and after buying a mountain bike, I found my old bike! so now I own two. The cops could NOT believe I recognized my own bike... but they checked the serial number, and not only cut it loose, but gave me and my two bikes a ride to work! Me and my touring bike are badly out of shape and I want to get us both back up and running. I already found some great info here, and hope to get more help. I in turn can give some hard-won advice on long-haul touring, or just swap stories.