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  1. Urbane on John St off of Queen West makes their...

    Urbane on John St off of Queen West makes their own touring specific frame. I test rode one and enjoyed it but ended up going with a surly. A riding friend of mine uses the Urbanite Touring for...
  2. If you need any help with border crossing at...

    If you need any help with border crossing at Buffalo/Niagara Falls send me a message. I'm located in St. Catharines, and have hosted quite a few cyclists the day of/day before they crossed the...
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    I use road signs when available and then a map. I...

    I use road signs when available and then a map. I found that when I had computers on my bikes it took away from the experience, "Oh no, my average is only 12km/h!" It got kind of depressing. After...
  4. Warmshowers is great! I've been lucky to host 4...

    Warmshowers is great! I've been lucky to host 4 individuals over the past two summers, and was a guest while touring New Zealand.

    I have declined 2 requests to stay with me because those...
  5. Thread: summer tours

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    I have 2 weekend tours planned, both are...

    I have 2 weekend tours planned, both are relatively easy rides to a provincial park and a conservation area I have yet to camp at.

    I also have 2 weekends that I am planning on driving to mountain...
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    Sticky: How do you like the deuters so far? I saw some...

    How do you like the deuters so far?
    I saw some for sale when I was on tour in New Zealand and almost picked up a set for the front. They seem really nice quality, and I have used deuter backpacks...
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    Poll: It isn't. If your #2 is running into untreated...

    It isn't. If your #2 is running into untreated water systems it causes issues. Just like when there are overpopulations of certain animals. A number of freshwater beaches here in Ontario are closed...
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    Poll: Digging a cat hole helps prevent feces from being...

    Digging a cat hole helps prevent feces from being flushed into a water system and contaminating it with various pathogens. Depending on where you are it can be pretty important, that said it really...
  9. Touring is about getting away from it all, for me...

    Touring is about getting away from it all, for me at least. Laptops and ipods are all out of the questions. I had a cellphone on my last tour that I really only used as a flashlight. My life is very...
  10. Having taken quite a few tourism courses in...

    Having taken quite a few tourism courses in university I would love to see more cycle-tourists out there. There are seemingly endless problems associated with mass-tourism, and cycle-tourism has been...
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    I was looking at the Denali's as well, they are...

    I was looking at the Denali's as well, they are onsale at MEC for $110 right now, which is still out of my price range right now. Luckily we only have about 5cm of snow right now so there is still...
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    I ride my trainer for 45 minutes to an hour a...

    I ride my trainer for 45 minutes to an hour a minimum of 3 times a week. I used to go to the gym but couldn't dedicate enough time to it so I cancelled my membership. Now I just do some core strength...
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    I have had a set of Mavic XC 717 Rims with 36...

    I have had a set of Mavic XC 717 Rims with 36 spokes laced up to XT hubs on my LHT since I built it up in the summer of 08. When they were first built the valve hole was machined a little rough and I...
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    The Toronto thread in the Fixed gear forum race...

    The Toronto thread in the Fixed gear forum race section probably has the best local knowledge on the boards.
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    1.5 Schwalbe Marathon Racers. Been on since it...

    1.5 Schwalbe Marathon Racers. Been on since it was built up last august and 5,000km (3,000 on a recent New Zealand tour) and no flats to date. I really dig these tires, work great on any type of...
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    I just got my first mountain bike, new to me 07...

    I just got my first mountain bike, new to me 07 Specialized stumjumper comp with a pro xcr carbon fork. Having no idea what suspension feels like it has been a blast. I've had it for a week and been...
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    Seconded! After that and my frame I would say...

    Seconded!

    After that and my frame I would say my tent. MEC Hummingbird 2, technically a 2-person tent but I had some rainy days where the extra space really helped out, it's a breeze to set up and...
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    When I built up my LHT I put Cannondale Fire 44cm...

    When I built up my LHT I put Cannondale Fire 44cm drops on which are aluminum. I liked the width since they provide a lot of flat space but over the course of my tour I found the drops don't curve...
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    Yeah I like the sheep one, I just meant the...

    Yeah I like the sheep one, I just meant the larger ones. Looks good!
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    Looks great! I really like it withough the...

    Looks great! I really like it withough the decals, so much silver!
    Have fun and keep us posted on what you are up to, I look forward to hearing about your trip.

    Goodluck!
  21. I'm currently studying in Dunedin, kind of the...

    I'm currently studying in Dunedin, kind of the south-east corner of the south island. I really recommend the Otago area which is where I have been based. I have explored about 100km in every...
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    I learned about world/geographical maps in...

    I learned about world/geographical maps in school, but never navigation. I went to elementary school in Hong Kong and primary school in California so maybe I just missed out. All is well, cycling...
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    There's a definite learning curve when you first...

    There's a definite learning curve when you first start using maps, but by no means should this hold you back. I still make mistakes readings maps but that is part of the fun, the trials of travels...
  24. I'd also like to add then when I do have the...

    I'd also like to add then when I do have the money I want to add a front rack and panniers.
    I am planning a week-long tour around Lake Erie in August when I get home from New Zealand and hopefully...
  25. Bike and year: Surly Long Haul Trucker, 2008...

    Bike and year: Surly Long Haul Trucker, 2008
    Primary nature of your bike: touring specific bike
    Tires: 26" schwalbe marathon racers
    Rack: old man mountain cold springs
    Panniers: Ortlieb Rollers...
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