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    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.
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    "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...
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    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...
  4. Thread: Brake upgrade?

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    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...
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    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
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    Sticky: 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.
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    Day 1, continued: ...

    Day 1, continued:


    http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b7/misterpolak/Norwegian%20Riviera%202012/100_0768.jpg
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    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...
  9. 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...
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    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...
  11. Thread: Brakes

    by MrPolak
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    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...
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    Use some sand paper to make the exposed areas...

    Use some sand paper to make the exposed areas silver.
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    Thank you!

    Thank you!
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    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, of all things. :thumb:
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    That is drop-dead gorgeous! ...

    That is drop-dead gorgeous!

    http://www.giostorino.it/images/stories/Immagini/ImmaginiBlog/Eridania_blog/Gios_01.jpg
  16. 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...
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    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...
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    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...
  19. 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.
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    Marathon Supreme, 700x32, 800 miles of riding on mixed roads, zero flats. I have picked glass shards out of the tires, but never flatted.
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    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...
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    Sticky: 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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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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