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  1. This will be a fascinating discussion that will...

    This will be a fascinating discussion that will influence selection of my next bike. I'm a commuter/long distance/sport/touring rider and have owned the gamut of different bikes - steel racers from...
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    I've been carrying various versions of the...

    I've been carrying various versions of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air in my rear panniers for several years and have never had any damage at all. I encase them in a neoprene sleeve and then just...
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    I also have the SKS Longboards and they are...

    I also have the SKS Longboards and they are excellent. I like the quiet of the plastic compared to the aluminum fenders, and they seem to "bounce back" a bit better when I bang into something during...
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    I had a Sirrus with the carbon frame and really...

    I had a Sirrus with the carbon frame and really liked it; but it was more of a "flat bar road bike" than anything else and ultimately was not suitable for even credit card touring. My Surly LHT is...
  5. Thread: Custom Bags?

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    +1 on the props for Dill Pickle Bags. Emily...

    +1 on the props for Dill Pickle Bags. Emily built this great rando bag for me for a Specialized Globe Porteur rack. Really great work, quick delivery, and just the perfect bag for me! She has...
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    Indeed, that's a great looking Soma! How do you...

    Indeed, that's a great looking Soma! How do you find the flat bars for touring? I've always gravitated toward drop bars and recently added a Salsa Woodchipper handlebar that seems to me a great...
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    I have Brooks saddles on just about all of my...

    I have Brooks saddles on just about all of my bikes and find the B17 excellent and comfortable. My Surly LHT is currently wearing a Brooks Flyer and the springs really add to the comfort on long...
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    Truly a beautiful bike that has been carefully...

    Truly a beautiful bike that has been carefully thought out. I would love to see an update now that you've had for a while and put some miles on it.

    I have the Marathon Plus on another bike and...
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    Atlanta is actually an excellent place for riding...

    Atlanta is actually an excellent place for riding - commuting or recreational especially. Our network of dedicated bike paths will be ideal for you since you are a student at Georgia Tech. As...
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    Hey Walter! I just finished spending about 45...

    Hey Walter! I just finished spending about 45 minutes on your blog, reading every post, and really enjoyed living your adventures vicariously! I live in the Atlanta area and commute daily from...
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    Sticky: This is my new LHT on an overnight credit card...

    This is my new LHT on an overnight credit card tour. Sure handles nice without the weight of the camping gear.

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    I'm also a big fan of the Sierra Designs Clip...

    I'm also a big fan of the Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight. Mine has served me well for several seasons. Reasonably lightweight, inexpensive, and easy to set up. It does well in rain and packs...
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    As everyone else has suggested, at this price...

    As everyone else has suggested, at this price point all three are excellent and it's all about fit, fit, fit. I built my LHT with Shimano 105 road components for a commuter and credit card touring...
  14. Wow! Congrats to you! Like you, most of my...

    Wow! Congrats to you! Like you, most of my rides are shorter distances, but the odd 70-100 mile ride is a great confirmation of increased fitness and stamina. It's tempting to compare yourself...
  15. +1 on the toe overlap! My Crux will definitely...

    +1 on the toe overlap! My Crux will definitely come screeching to a halt, and dump me on the ground, in a slow speed sharp turn. My only complaint at all with the bike!
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    I like these from Chrome because they help me...

    I like these from Chrome because they help me look like I'm in my mid-20's again. ;)

    http://i1050.photobucket.com/albums/s411/pj6354/ScreenShot2012-12-06at82116PM.jpg
  17. On the other hand.... I started looking at...

    On the other hand....

    I started looking at bikes when I was at 265 lbs, and purchased a Specialized Sirrus Limited at 240. When I reached 215, I was tired of getting beat up by the 23mm tires on...
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    WickedOne- I have been using the Swrve...

    WickedOne- I have been using the Swrve cordura/cotton cycling trousers for a while and really like them. They are durable and comfortable and have a gusseted crotch that reduces friction and have...
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    Exactly right, pierce! That's both the benefit...

    Exactly right, pierce! That's both the benefit and the drawback of the Sirrus Limited. It's a great bike from a materials and componentry standpoint, but it suffers from an identity crisis: it...
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    What a great looking bike! I know you will enjoy...

    What a great looking bike! I know you will enjoy it!
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    Of course, the Specialized will be faster because...

    Of course, the Specialized will be faster because it's red & black. Other than that, they look like peers.
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    +1 on the suspension. I think suspension on...

    +1 on the suspension. I think suspension on lower cost bikes that will mostly be used on pavement and MUP's is a waste of good money that could be used on component upgrades.
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    Pierce, I use my Specialized Crux as an...

    Pierce, I use my Specialized Crux as an all-around fitness/recreation bike, mostly on pavement and MUP's, and the knobby cyclocross tires looked like they would wear quickly. And noisy? -...
  24. The Crux does not have eyelets. But the...

    The Crux does not have eyelets. But the Specialized TriCross might be an alternative. It has eyelets, a little more relaxed geometry, and is also a little less expensive.
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    Sounds like the Surlys and Konas are great bikes!...

    Sounds like the Surlys and Konas are great bikes! I chose the Specialized Crux. Its list price is a bit higher than your $1400 target, but it's a great all-around bike that might be worth...
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