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    For last summer's tour I bought a $250 Asus...

    For last summer's tour I bought a $250 Asus netbook from Best Buy. Amazing how the price has come down on these things and how good they have gotten. This one even has a touch screen tho I have...
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    Matched wheels? People ride with matched wheels...

    Matched wheels? People ride with matched wheels AND tires? When did this happen?

    Seriously, on my rigid '80's Stumjumper I've been running the widest front tire I could get. Yhe wheels/rims are...
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    57 yo teacher here. Frequently work 12 hr plus...

    57 yo teacher here.

    Frequently work 12 hr plus days, most of it on my feet, exhausted at the end. Still manage 75-100 mile commuting weeks, through urban areas yet.

    Trick is to bicycle at a...
  4. I like the 70psi 26x2.0 Plus Tours on my...

    I like the 70psi 26x2.0 Plus Tours on my commuting mountain bike so much I plan to put a 85psi 700x35 set on my touring bike.

    They are the most bullet proof tires I have found on my debris-strewn...
  5. Didn't they cover this some time ago with the...

    Didn't they cover this some time ago with the Novara Safari??
  6. Looking for rear fender recommendations for mountain bike commuter.

    This here is my son's old mountain bike that has since become my 75-100 mile a week commuter. Slower than my road bike of course but I like the workout and its a lot more agile and trustworthy in...
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    Louis, Like I expect most people here I am...

    Louis,

    Like I expect most people here I am floored that you would consider long distance touring without being familiar with fixing flats. Certainly if you put in enough miles to prep before you...
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    I started commuting on a mountain bike (75-100...

    I started commuting on a mountain bike (75-100 miles per week) two months ago. Technically I'm urban but even so there's some stretches where I'm running on roadside dirt, such as when going against...
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    Note aimed at this post specifically but my gosh!...

    Note aimed at this post specifically but my gosh! On my recent (and only) tour considerations of speed were miles away from my own mindset, in fact I specifically did not bring a GPS or cyclocomputer...
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    As others have pointed out you can spend big...

    As others have pointed out you can spend big bucks on premium tires.

    But I would do exactly that, I don't like flat enough that its worth it to me.

    Continental Gatorskins are indeed premium...
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    Seen a guy riding wearing nothing but a thong and...

    Seen a guy riding wearing nothing but a thong and hoes and socks once, but that was in Austin. San Antonio's own infamous "thong man" maybe ten years back (a retiree in his 50's) sadly chose to jump...
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    Most of my commuting is either before dawn or...

    Most of my commuting is either before dawn or after dark. Some of the places I ride through frequently I don't WANT to be seen, especially not on a regular, predictable basis. I got lights and a...
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    Forgot about the saddle too. I have a cheapo...

    Forgot about the saddle too. I have a cheapo Zefal from Walmart to replace this one that worked for me very well on another bike. I have a B17 on my touring bike that fits me well. Ultimately I'm...
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    I plumb forgot about the bar. I already switched...

    I plumb forgot about the bar. I already switched to Sram grip shifters on account of an old thumb injury (ancient bike wreck from a past life) makes thumb shifters painful. I do like the fact too...
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    An Urban Commuting Bicycle

    Being a school teacher my year begins in August.

    Last year's project was a Schwinn Voyageur touring bicycle, redone bit by bit over the school year in preparation for that 2,000 mile cross...
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    Ha! In the past twelve months I have spent at...

    Ha! In the past twelve months I have spent at least $400 on tires in search of ones that would last. In the process I have flatted the following brands....

    Continental Gatorskins
    Continental...
  17. I'm gonna suggest the Novara Safari from REI,...

    I'm gonna suggest the Novara Safari from REI, $628.83.....

    Novara Safari Bike - 2014 at REI.com

    Might be the ultimate hybrid.

    43 reviews and still 4.5/5 stars.

    Its a sturdy bike with a...
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    In this case we are talking an old Bontrager...

    In this case we are talking an old Bontrager slime tube of indeterminate age that was discovered while rearranging the garage. I dunno that all slime tubes were created equal. For example I cannot...
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    Wait, it gets better :lol: My many nephews up...

    Wait, it gets better :lol: My many nephews up there knew I was coming, but didn't know HOW I was coming. When I showed up nonchalantly on my bike I became Coolest Uncle FOREVER :thumb:

    To access...
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    Exactly. Do you commute much I the dark? ...

    Exactly.

    Do you commute much I the dark? There's times you're not exactly sure of your footing, especially in the lower-end urban areas I commute through.

    Also, if you have to suddenly bail...
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    Exactly. Also, do you ride much after dark? ...

    Exactly.

    Also, do you ride much after dark? Even with a good light there's times you're not sure exactly of the surface you are riding, at least I ain't.

    'Nother thing... there's times when I...
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    I only live two miles from the school where I've...

    I only live two miles from the school where I've worked for 25 years, so even when I DID ride a bike I couldn't really call it "commuting", hardly broke a sweat, hardly had to worry about bike...
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    For me its actually a safety issue too. My most...

    For me its actually a safety issue too. My most serious bike wreck was caused when riding a rigid fork bike home at night across an empty parking lot, not really paying attention, looking at...
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    I started commuting last year (5 to 20...

    I started commuting last year (5 to 20 miles/dayon an '80's rigid steel frame mountain bike (Rockhopper) running 26" x 2.0 tires @ around 60 psi. It was fun. A great general purpose bike.
    ...
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    Two slime saves in one week

    Well, it was a 120 mile week, so ground was covered.

    Riding home last night the 26 x 2.0 Serfas Drifter on my mt bike geysered for the second time in a week. Last time had been a quiet thin...
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