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  1. Thread: Shim!

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    I've used spacers of maybe 10mm tops but I...

    I've used spacers of maybe 10mm tops but I suspect the issue here is being on gravel roads which will be a heck of a lot rougher riding than anything I've ever done. Lots of variables and tire width...
  2. Neat read, thanks for the update.

    Neat read, thanks for the update.
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    I've always used cheap plastic sheeting for the...

    I've always used cheap plastic sheeting for the same reasons Doug put up. Have used pieces of mattress plastic or paint drop sheet plastic, cut to slightly smaller than tent floor.
    Always under...
  4. What about something like this, MEC Etape Top...

    What about something like this,
    MEC Etape Top Tube Bag - Mountain Equipment Co-op. Free Shipping Available

    But mount on top tube just in front of the seat tube? I've never used these bags so...
  5. Are you dead set against a seat post bag? There...

    Are you dead set against a seat post bag? There are tons on the market and cheap ones too that have the proper steps and whatnot to stay securely under your seat. Or as suggested, just stick all this...
  6. First of all I would disagree with your term...

    First of all I would disagree with your term lower end, as tiagra is very much in the middle. Along with agreeing with much of the reasons put up here, I would say that from experience, mid range...
  7. seems that it has a 52/42/30 and the rd seems to...

    seems that it has a 52/42/30 and the rd seems to be more of a medium cage one rather than the long cage that mine came with--meaning there is more of a limit to how big a cassette you can put on your...
  8. Hi there Doug, ya I kinda figure it's similar to...

    Hi there Doug, ya I kinda figure it's similar to your Volpe in how it rides. Probably better off keeping the load to not "really heavy" and being a light guy surely helps. With the cf fork I've been...
  9. Makes sense to me that selectively working on the...

    Makes sense to me that selectively working on the sitbone area is the safest route. When I was breaking mine in a few years ago I ended up putting a bit of proofide on the sitbone spots to help speed...
  10. PS with 28 slicks , the 26t granny and 11-32 I...

    PS with 28 slicks , the 26t granny and 11-32 I get about 21 gear inches as a low gear, your front derailleur should handle a26t with no issues, a good bike store can help.
  11. As someone who once rode a bike for years with a...

    As someone who once rode a bike for years with a bit too much reach, I agree 100% on the shorter stem. Some people claim that a short stem like a70mm will make the steering twitchy but from personal...
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    have you adjusted ball bearing bbs before (or...

    have you adjusted ball bearing bbs before (or hubs?) the key thing is the adjustment. Doing it properly and properly tightening the locknut thingee without overtensioning the bearings is the key...
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    about your bb, honestly, just get a sealed unit...

    about your bb, honestly, just get a sealed unit put in. A good bike shop that has been around for a while can measure the axle and may have a sealed unit in store. I know good stores here in Montreal...
  14. Thread: Chain care on tour

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    Re enjoying your trip vs worrying about...

    Re enjoying your trip vs worrying about drivetrain and time spent cleaning--when on a trip or not, my rag wipe of chain, pulleys, quick rag floss of the cassette if needed (wheel on bike) and then...
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    funny, seeing that photo makes me recall on that...

    funny, seeing that photo makes me recall on that very hill or one just before it, but pretty certain it was heading down into town, I hit a pothole or dip in the road and one of my rear panniers...
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    Restaurants, larger grocery stores all take...

    Restaurants, larger grocery stores all take credit card as in most places you are used to but having can. funds make sense as you'll be in Canada and we use can dollars. As in small towns anywhere...
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    And I'd add that as you don't have much riding...

    And I'd add that as you don't have much riding experience, when you do some longer rides of an hour or two or whatever, take diff things along and see how some changes feel, ie, don't wait until you...
  18. Thread: Chain care on tour

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    Pretty much every lube spins out excess after...

    Pretty much every lube spins out excess after riding for a while, so even after wiping right after application, post ride I do a rag 5 sec wipe again. Less buildup on pulleys, cassette, chain ring s....
  19. Thread: Chain care on tour

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    from my experience, I've done both way, your way...

    from my experience, I've done both way, your way and the change chains out at 1/16th wear.
    Yes, you can go a long way on one chain one cassette, but you will be wearing out your chainrings by doing...
  20. Thread: Chain care on tour

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    over the years of trying all kinds of chain...

    over the years of trying all kinds of chain lubes, I've been on the Tri-flow kick for a bunch of years now--I like that its not as gunky as the thicker ones I've used like Phils Tenacious--which...
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    I'm with you there. I've never been bitten...

    I'm with you there.

    I've never been bitten while on a bike but clearly remember the sound of a pit bulls nails doing a cartoon burnout on the pavement as the little ********* tried his/her/it's...
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    your title made me chuckle, made me think of...

    your title made me chuckle, made me think of "tongue on metal pole" --- in winter, just about every Canadian kid has gotten suckered into doing that by other kids and learned that lesson, never to do...
  23. so you are going to decide on your own behavior...

    so you are going to decide on your own behavior about your own health from the opinion of strangers on the interwebs?

    do what you want and learn from the experience, apply lesson next time, or not.
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    Canada DHL Uk personal experience--had to pay a...

    Canada DHL Uk personal experience--had to pay a fee that was basically $15 fee + the two taxes I would have normally paid. The one thing is that the "taxes" amount may or may not have gone back to...
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    heck, next time just toss him, her or it one of...

    heck, next time just toss him, her or it one of your aluminum propane camp containers, one chomp and BLAMMO it'll be like the shark at the end of Jaws.....
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