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  1. This looks pretty uselessly useful to me, ;)

    This looks pretty uselessly useful to me, ;)
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    Jandd bags all the way for touring. I've been...

    Jandd bags all the way for touring.

    I've been going back and forth on whether to use a vintage bike for touring. I suspect I will because I don't really feel like buying a new one. The bike I'm...
  3. + 1. I think I need to start a thread on why...

    + 1. I think I need to start a thread on why cyclists don't wave.

    So I missed that this is a zombie thread. I know that's why they sometimes get resurrected.
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    + 1.

    + 1.
  5. Usually the '92-'94 models are considered the...

    Usually the '92-'94 models are considered the most desirable. That may be because those were the years that B'stone had really cool catalogs and the RB-1 was spec'ed with bar end shifters. The '93...
  6. The UO-8 which you own is a classic touring bike....

    The UO-8 which you own is a classic touring bike. It has a long wheelbase and center pull brakes so there's lots of room for fat tires and fenders. Fixing up an old French bike with new parts...
  7. + 1. I may have 2ds.

    + 1. I may have 2ds.
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    The price isn't bad if the bike is in decent...

    The price isn't bad if the bike is in decent shape and it fits you. Look to see if the frame is straight and the wheels reasonably round. Look at the paint carefully; if it's dimpled somewhere that...
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    The answer depends on what is the size of the 3...

    The answer depends on what is the size of the 3 bikes as I may want one of them, ;). Tough choice but I'd probably keep the Schwinn since you have it dialed in and it is the hardest bike to replace...
  10. Since you want a commuter, figure in a discount...

    Since you want a commuter, figure in a discount for the parts you want on the bike and then add in a number for the value of the bike. $200 for the bike given that it has a lot of parts you'd have to...
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    It depends on what kind of riding you are doing....

    It depends on what kind of riding you are doing. I run 26 x 1.5 slicks on a mtb that I use as an all rounder and run 26 x 1.75 or 2.0 slicks on my commuters.
  12. I've always preferred windshells over rainproof...

    I've always preferred windshells over rainproof stuff because of their superior breathability. Pretty much everything now has some degree of waterproofness now. There is a trade-off between how...
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    I thought they disappeared with the demise of the...

    I thought they disappeared with the demise of the demise of the 8 inch floppy disc. . . .
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    http://www.adventurecycling.org/default/assets/res...

    http://www.adventurecycling.org/default/assets/resources/20140601_MechanicalAdvantageTrail_Heine.pdf
  15. I'm jealous. NW Argentina along the spine of the...

    I'm jealous. NW Argentina along the spine of the Andes is beautiful (Mendoza, Tucuman, Jujuy, Salta). The beer isn't bad but I'd stick to the vino tinto!
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    I have more than a few really nice vintage...

    I have more than a few really nice vintage wheelsets and I know how to build a wheel. You can't beat the price of a complete new wheel though once you figure in the costs of spokes/rims/etc. ...
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    + 1, great fenders and will work well on your...

    + 1, great fenders and will work well on your rockhopper; I'm running them on my late 80s stumpjumper comp
  18. I have 2 commuters. I run studded tires on one...

    I have 2 commuters. I run studded tires on one and continental winter contact II tires on the other. The conti tires work well on mixed conditions that you tend to get early in winter.
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    There's a discussion here (with links) of a...

    There's a discussion here (with links) of a lightweight steel R&E bike:

    The lightest custom racing bicycles | Lighter than carbon fiber | The Steel Rodriguez Outlaw

    Obviously this is ad copy...
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    I'd listen to the advice of the builder and go...

    I'd listen to the advice of the builder and go with the tubing/weight that he recommends. You are paying him for his expertise, right? He knows what will hold up over time.
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    They're around the same price, right? I'd get the...

    They're around the same price, right? I'd get the Raleigh then and have the LBS fit it for you.
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    Hah, my 1991 team miyata is the same frame that...

    Hah, my 1991 team miyata is the same frame that the pros used that year. I was working in a shop when I bought that frame and I remember talking to someone working at the miyata wholesaler that...
  23. We need better pictures esp. of the drive side...

    We need better pictures esp. of the drive side and close ups of the major components. It's also good to take the pics in front of a less busy background (white garage doors tend to be a favorite for...
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    Everything else being equal, I'd opt for the...

    Everything else being equal, I'd opt for the Raleigh as I think the paint job is sharper. The parts group is a little nicer too. But the geometry of the 2 bikes aren't really the same. The Raleigh...
  25. A lot depends on how cold it gets where you live...

    A lot depends on how cold it gets where you live and how susceptible you are to cold hands. I live in IA and my hands really suffer in the cold. I have a pair of ski gloves that work but mittens...
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