I have bought and read the book by Burke and Pavelka on long distance cycling. I just found the equipment survey done for Bicycle Quarterly at the 2007 PBP-that is a fantastic contribution to learning about this sport!
Has the survey been done since? I am not finding it.
As an aside, if I had a wish it would be that the authors of the survey had "named names" regarding manufacturers of equipment. And then followed up if respondents were happy with what. But, that is not a complaint. Research is a HUGE amount of work. That is just a wish if it is ever done again.
One of the authors of the survey was Jan Heine. I have just gotten Jan Heine's gorgeous book, The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles for my 48th birthday. I love it so much I signed up for a subscription to BQ and I ordered all the back issues.
I am reading through this forum as quickly as I can.
I also did an 84.3 mile ride this week, since my wife is very understanding-
Please point me to some other places to look for more information if you can-
And I think what you guys do is really amazing-
btw- here is a link to that ride. Not much but my longest so far: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/333945