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    Staehpj1 convinced me to stop cleaning my chain,...

    Staehpj1 convinced me to stop cleaning my chain, although, laziness convinced me he was right.
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    I was truly inspired by "Bike Grease and Coffee."

    I was truly inspired by "Bike Grease and Coffee."
  3. We planned 3,000 miles and did 1,500. 30 day...

    We planned 3,000 miles and did 1,500. 30 day tour, but only 20 days of cycling. So, about 75 miles a day average.

    Why?

    10 days of detours made the trip so worth it. Burlington, Acadia,...
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    Used to use a Nikon SLR. Switched to a...

    Used to use a Nikon SLR. Switched to a "professional" compact.

    Ricoh GR:

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    Honestly, duct tape is worth carrying just...

    Honestly, duct tape is worth carrying just because nothing keeps debris out of a wound better. If you fall, and you scrape up huge portions of skin (and I hope you don't), then duct taping gauze down...
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    For the 1,000 reasons I can think to carry duct...

    For the 1,000 reasons I can think to carry duct tape, I mostly carry it for the 10,000 reasons I haven't thought of yet.

    A dollar bill works as a tire boot, Machka. I tape it in place with -you...
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    Heck, if I was going Soma, I'd go with the...

    Heck, if I was going Soma, I'd go with the Wolverine. I'd never regret getting more tire clearance...
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    The Soma is plenty strong enough for extended...

    The Soma is plenty strong enough for extended touring and would be my choice. I would lean towards the Avid BB7 disc for mechanicals; they have a wicked reputation and should last for damn near ever...
  9. The Evolution of a Raleigh touring bike (Thanks forresterace!)

    I liked forresterace's Sirrus retrospective so much, I had to do my own. Hopefully we can make this a thing. Here's my Raleigh Retrospective:

    The Path to Bike Nirvana is Paved with Ruined...
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    Light touring describes the amount of weight the...

    Light touring describes the amount of weight the bike is designed to carry. On a frame like the Novara, a light to medium load is ideal. Anything too heavy, and the frame will begin to feel a little...
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    I took the chain tool off a multitool and slipped...

    I took the chain tool off a multitool and slipped it in my tool roll. Lighter, and works just as well.
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    Not just possible... Also a great deal of fun! The...
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    There's room on the mounting rail for two sets of...

    There's room on the mounting rail for two sets of clips. Buy extra mounting hook/clips from Ortlieb and double up, and you'll have peace of mind.

    Personally, I just carry one spare, but I had one...
  14. I took my helmet off at a gas station in Maine....

    I took my helmet off at a gas station in Maine. It was our first stop of the morning, and I set it on the ground to fill up on water and snacks.

    Some 38 miles later, I reached up to adjust it,...
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    Did it, for about a year. Worked great. My blog...

    Did it, for about a year. Worked great. My blog still makes a little side-money, and I freelance in between grad school assignments. It's a great life, if you've got the writing ability and patience...
  16. That's a Racktime Topit front rack. I like having...

    That's a Racktime Topit front rack. I like having the "shelf," personally, and I don't mind having the panniers slightly higher up because my panniers are loaded with lightweight stuff. I would tell...
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    Balance it front and rear, even if you don't fill...

    Balance it front and rear, even if you don't fill your panniers. Half-full panniers give you more room for food/water if you want to go off the beaten path, or if a buddy needs help toting their...
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    My opinion after a few seasons of specifically trying to test this is that no setup is more stable than two front panniers. From what you described (and looking at the geometry of your bike) I would...
  19. 7L is a unit of metric measure. S24O touring is...

    7L is a unit of metric measure. S24O touring is Sub-24 Hour Overnight touring. A Randonneur bag sits on a front rack instead of being mounted to handlebars like a handlebar bag.
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    If you can shift your budget and pour another...

    If you can shift your budget and pour another $100-200 into your bike fund, do it. I'm not saying you can't get a great bike with the budget you have, but I never, ever regretted spending too much on...
  21. Mmm, I might be thinking of the cross-check....

    Mmm, I might be thinking of the cross-check. Sorry, OP. I've let everybody down.
  22. My local shop is a Surly dealer (aren't they...

    My local shop is a Surly dealer (aren't they all?) and the actual hub spacing is closer to the middle ground, at least for the past several generations. I suspect that this did not change in...
  23. Luckily, the Surly LHT uses 132.5mm dropouts so...

    Luckily, the Surly LHT uses 132.5mm dropouts so you can use both road wheels and mountain wheels. Interchange all you like.
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    I had the 38mm Little Big Ben's. I liked them a...

    I had the 38mm Little Big Ben's. I liked them a lot. Great speed for a lugged tire, and the "lugs" really did make a difference off-road. For a general purpose tire, it's hard to do better....
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    Used is a good market if you're patient. After a...

    Used is a good market if you're patient. After a month of searching with my ex-girlfriend, we found a Jamis Aurora, fully loaded with racks, fenders, touring tires, etc. for just $550. That bike...
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