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    Senior Member bikemig's Avatar
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    My long distance bikes

    I used to ride long distance events (centuries primarily) regularly and always thought that I'd try some more challenging rides. Life has a way of changing your plans and I haven't done as much riding the last few years (try nothing last year . This year is different. Of course, part of the fun riding long distance events is building a bike or two or three for this kind of event. I have two both sort of old-school bikes I've built for this kind of riding but one is older than the other. I recently built up my 1993 Bridgestone RB-1 with a triple crank (46-36-24) and seven on the back (12-24). I picked up a salsa casseroll frame a few years ago thinking it would make a great long-distance bike as it takes long reach brakes. I built this up recently as well with a compact crank up front (50-34) and a humongous rear cluster (11-32):

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    I have a similar gear setup on my road bike, but I use a 50/36 with the 11-32 cassette. That configuration gives me some half-steps where a 50/34 would give you redundant ratios.

    http://www.kstoerz.com/gearcalc/comp...50,36&ighid2=1
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    Long Distance Cyclist Machka's Avatar
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    Have a look in the Your Century Bicycles sticky for many more "long distance bicycles"
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...tury-bicycle(s)

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    Hey Miguel- I love that RB-1! You should post that Melton. That is a stunning bike.
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    Cool bikes! That's my next project. I have just about all parts, just need to work on it over the winter. No leather saddle? I just ordered a Selle Titanico X because I thought a leather saddle would be a must for a long distance bike.

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    I know you're using different cassettes, but how do you compare a 46/36/24 crankset with a 50/34 crankset?
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