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    Take the advice above with a grain of salt....

    Take the advice above with a grain of salt. Actually, hundreds of Americans cross the border twice a year from the U.S. to Tijuana for the Rosarito-Ensenada bike ride. But there are always xenophobic...
  2. Is this a classic randonneuse that you have in...

    Is this a classic randonneuse that you have in mind? If so, a few things to consider:

    - Shorter chainstays, around 425mm to keep it somewhat nimble but not twitchy.
    - If you're thinking of using...
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    I believe "Hub Integration" will continue to...

    I believe "Hub Integration" will continue to expand. A much lighter and very efficient hub will have multiple functions: as a dynamo for powerful front and rear lights with minimal drag, a power...
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    Nice recumbent, Steamer! Have you ever considered...

    Nice recumbent, Steamer! Have you ever considered adding a fairing to it?
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    Thank you for the link! We're not debating the...

    Thank you for the link! We're not debating the aero vs weight issue. I think it's quite clear from scientific experiments that aerodynamics will trump weight in the vast majority of riding...
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    I've been doing pilates for the most part of this...

    I've been doing pilates for the most part of this year which involves a lot of stretching. It has mostly helped go much longer without sort of low back pain, but not anywhere near to ride with a...
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    Yeah, the ACP doesn't allow aero bars in the PBP...

    Yeah, the ACP doesn't allow aero bars in the PBP so I've training without them.


    RE: I've read that deep rims help to make some marginal gains. This can be a steep expense also. The deeper the...
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    Drag Reduction For Long Distance Riding

    An aero tuck position is the best way to reduce drag. Maintaining that, however, for hours on end or even for several days as in the case of timed events such as randonneuring and ultra endurance...
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    A friend of mine would completely agree with you,...

    A friend of mine would completely agree with you, Max. He finished touring South America (from Bogotá, Colombia to Ushuaia, Argentina) earlier this year. He decided to use a 26"-wheeled Surly LHT....
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    The popularity of mountain bikes have made disc...

    The popularity of mountain bikes have made disc brakes really common in Latin America -- like BIG TIME common! Even the low-end Chinese MTB's now come with disc brakes. So, no issues at all getting...
  11. Obviously, you can do what you feel is best for...

    Obviously, you can do what you feel is best for your cycling enjoyment. Kickstands, however, add unnecessary weight, they often get loose and some bike manufacturers (e.g., Surly) completely...
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    There are indeed some great expedition/touring...

    There are indeed some great expedition/touring bikes made in the USA, but I believe they are all custom-made.

    "Who's the best American builder?" That's a loaded question that only you will be able...
  13. Whether to go with a modern build or a...

    Whether to go with a modern build or a retro-style bike, it's a very personal decision. Retro all-steel builds, in my opinion, give you a little more flexibility as they come ready with eyelets for...
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    Eyeglasses: Clear for night riding Lights: I...

    Eyeglasses: Clear for night riding

    Lights: I have been running Lezyne's Power Drive XL as it accepts one easily-replaceable 18650 li-on rechargeable battery. I get enough light for about 3 hours...
  15. Front and rear blinkers always at daytime and...

    Front and rear blinkers always at daytime and switch to solid lighting after sunset (or if I'm riding in a group.) I agree with others, after riding with lighting all the time, I believe it does make...
  16. Poll: Another "bar-end shifters on drop bars" user...

    Another "bar-end shifters on drop bars" user here.

    Donnie: I do have a bike that has butterfly handebars, but I agree with you that even though they are comfortable, one tends to sit more upright....
  17. In the land of custom builds, I can see many...

    In the land of custom builds, I can see many future owners easily wanting disc brakes to go with their super light carbon fiber rims.


    They seem to work really in all kinds of weather and terrain...
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    Solid side reflective material on rims or tires...

    Solid side reflective material on rims or tires is perfectly OK. Many tires already come with that feature built in. I personally would focus on having a reliable non-flashing lighting that's visible...
  19. Just curious, does anyone have an idea what's...

    Just curious, does anyone have an idea what's generally the weight range for a built-up steel rando type bike? I usually see them built up with fenders and dynamo hub for lights.
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    In my experience, foot hot-spots are caused by: ...

    In my experience, foot hot-spots are caused by:

    * Cycling shoes that have too flexible outsoles. Your shoes might be great for mountain biking and walking around on technical terrain, but for...
  21. This thread ...

    This thread from 2011 might help. I know there are a few regular posters here who've had a positive experience with the Fizik Aliante for long distance riding. I just don't know if they've used the...
  22. This is my only gripe about the Brooks B17 -- the...

    This is my only gripe about the Brooks B17 -- the weight! I'm in the process of putting my touring bike on a diet for long-distance (brevet) riding. This bike fits me really well. I read somewhere...
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    I think that on a randonnée like this one that includes a 90-mile off-road stretch, I personally would not run road tires. This route is designed in such way that the 145 Km off-road section can...
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    I am assuming you already have your 700c wheels...

    I am assuming you already have your 700c wheels from your Volpe. The extra expense on a new wheelset (i.e., if you go with a 650b frame set) can be significant, plus I don't believe you will gain...
  25. If you're thinking of spending anywhere over $3K,...

    If you're thinking of spending anywhere over $3K, you might want to seriously consider going custom to tackle all the points you've mentioned. Most custom builders use steel though, coupled with a...
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