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Forum: Touring 08-23-12, 06:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,836
Posted By MrPolak
Oh no. Just speaking from personal experience. ...

Oh no. Just speaking from personal experience. The Bianchi is a fabuluous ride. At 135lb of body weight and a bit of cargo you don't need a truck.
Forum: Touring 08-23-12, 12:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,836
Posted By MrPolak
"Both steel frames are equal in terms of quality...

"Both steel frames are equal in terms of quality and class."

Not true. It's apples and oranges. Chromoly 520 vs. Tange double-butted goodness? You're comparing a chain store brand truck bike to...
Forum: Touring 08-22-12, 07:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,836
Posted By MrPolak
The Bianchi looks like a very nice bike. My...

The Bianchi looks like a very nice bike. My concern would be heel strike with panniers due to shortish chainstays, so you'd have to manage around that. This can be done by using smaller rear...
Forum: Touring 08-17-12, 06:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 849
Posted By MrPolak
I used Tektro dual pivots with good results on my...

I used Tektro dual pivots with good results on my Cannondale Synapse. I found that Ultegra long reach dual pivots have a smoother action, though, for not a whole lot of dough. They can be found on...
Forum: Touring 08-16-12, 12:53 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 10,541
Posted By MrPolak
Mine is in a separate post with pictures: ...

Mine is in a separate post with pictures: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/836109-Touring-the-Norwegian-Riviera
Forum: Touring 08-13-12, 08:38 AM
Replies: 3,792
Views: 1,600,938
Posted By MrPolak
When and where was that taken? I was doing a...

When and where was that taken? I was doing a short tour up hwy 61 from Two Harbors to around Grand Marais the weekend of Aug 4th.
Forum: Touring 08-12-12, 06:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 482
Posted By MrPolak
Day 1, continued: ...

Day 1, continued:


http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b7/misterpolak/Norwegian%20Riviera%202012/100_0768.jpg
...
Forum: Touring 08-12-12, 06:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 482
Posted By MrPolak
We have concluded our "tour" of the Norwegian...

We have concluded our "tour" of the Norwegian Riviera. The route was extremely pleasant with Gitchi Gami trail taking us part of the way, part riding on nice wide shoulder roads, part on reasonable...
Forum: Touring 08-11-12, 11:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,232
Posted By MrPolak
Since you are at the end of a long tour, what do...

Since you are at the end of a long tour, what do YOU think about your XR800? That's far more important.

You already mention a wheel upgrade and switching to a triple crank. I would add a...
Forum: Touring 08-11-12, 10:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 359
Posted By MrPolak
Here's the corrected link: ...

Here's the corrected link: http://www.adverts.ie/bikes/specialized-tricross-competition/1913590

Here's the picture of the bike for sale you mention:

266813

I have a Specialized Tricross...
Forum: Touring 08-11-12, 09:00 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,725
Posted By MrPolak
Based on my experience the less expensive...

Based on my experience the less expensive polymer-sprung suspension forks have a problem with seal stiction and fork flex. The better suspension solution came with Cannondale's Headshok in-headtube...
Forum: Touring 08-10-12, 06:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,521
Posted By MrPolak
Use some sand paper to make the exposed areas...

Use some sand paper to make the exposed areas silver.
Forum: Touring 08-02-12, 09:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 482
Posted By MrPolak
Thank you!

Thank you!
Forum: Touring 08-01-12, 07:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 482
Posted By MrPolak
It's a region famously settled by immigrants from...

It's a region famously settled by immigrants from the Scandinavian countries. The nickname is widely used by Minnesotans. There you will find places like Finland...
Forum: Touring 08-01-12, 07:05 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,777
Posted By MrPolak
That is drop-dead gorgeous! ...

That is drop-dead gorgeous!

http://www.giostorino.it/images/stories/Immagini/ImmaginiBlog/Eridania_blog/Gios_01.jpg
Forum: Touring 08-01-12, 07:01 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,083
Posted By MrPolak
I just caught this thread. I had an ST700 of...

I just caught this thread. I had an ST700 of same vintage. It was an awesome, light frame, at least lighter than your typical touring bike. I really liked the ride, and the fact that mentioned...
Forum: Touring 07-31-12, 04:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,109
Posted By MrPolak
Look for an older square-taper Campagnolo Centaur...

Look for an older square-taper Campagnolo Centaur 10sp compact double. You will need a Campy square-taper bottom bracket as well. If later you decide you want to make it a triple, IRD sells a sexy...
Forum: Touring 07-31-12, 09:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 482
Posted By MrPolak
Touring the Norwegian Riviera

I have spent a bit of time working in Minnesota about 10 years ago and fell in love with the place and the people. This Friday I'll be flying into Minneapolis where my friend will pick me up and...
Forum: Touring 07-31-12, 08:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,209
Posted By MrPolak
Excellent info. I'll be cycling from Two Harbors...

Excellent info. I'll be cycling from Two Harbors to Cascade River State Park and back starting this Saturday.
Forum: Commuting 01-18-12, 01:37 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,266
Posted By MrPolak
Marathon Supreme, 700x32, 800 miles of riding on...

Marathon Supreme, 700x32, 800 miles of riding on mixed roads, zero flats. I have picked glass shards out of the tires, but never flatted.
Forum: Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking 01-18-12, 12:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,844
Posted By MrPolak
My personal experience of three brake systems...

My personal experience of three brake systems based on actual usage in terms of braking power and set up:

1. V-brakes with travel agents. Currently on my wife's Cannondale T700. Work freaking...
Forum: Touring 05-04-11, 04:51 PM
Replies: 3,792
Views: 1,600,938
Posted By MrPolak
From the recent light tour from Atlanta to...

From the recent light tour from Atlanta to Alabama down the Silver Comet. 130 miles full of perfect weather, interesting people, wonderful scenery, and NO CARS. We rode on 2011 Specialized Tricross...
Forum: Touring 05-04-11, 08:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 574
Posted By MrPolak
http://www.appalachiantrail.org/hiking/hiking-basi...

http://www.appalachiantrail.org/hiking/hiking-basics/regulations-permits

"Bicycles and mountain bikes are not permitted on the Trail or the Trail corridor. "

Ooooops.. didn't catch all the...
Forum: Touring 04-12-11, 09:25 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,524
Posted By MrPolak
The AT starts in North GA, so go a little further...

The AT starts in North GA, so go a little further north to Cherokee, North Carolina, near the Great Smoky Mountains. There you can get on the Blue Ridge Parkway and cycle it's ~470 mile length to...
Forum: Touring 04-12-11, 09:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,376
Posted By MrPolak
There are several reasons: 1. It makes for...

There are several reasons:

1. It makes for good TV.
2. It brings something different to the bicycle touring world.
3. It makes for interesting posts on bicycle forums.

Had you not posted...
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