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  1. Scandium and Aluminum is a marketing spin. What...

    Scandium and Aluminum is a marketing spin. What really matters in the stiffness of a bike are the diameter of the tubes. There are stiff aluminum bikes with and without scandium, and there are flexy...
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    It wasn't a review. I didn't say "old" or "retro"...

    It wasn't a review. I didn't say "old" or "retro" or "grouches" and a set of handlebars with a full inch and a half of play under force is pretty easy to identify as "flexy."

    The real problem...
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    In the Northeast, they're pretty rare. I'm sure...

    In the Northeast, they're pretty rare. I'm sure there's a ton in Maine, but in Massachusetts, if I remember correctly, it's considered extirpated, but there's still a slighting every now and again.
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    I don't know what state you're in, but look into...

    I don't know what state you're in, but look into telling someone over at your local university. The wildlife people in my program would be jumping for joy to hear about a mountain lion sighting....
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    Let me grab my Plastidip, vise, and release wax...

    Let me grab my Plastidip, vise, and release wax and we'll reinvent the wheel, too. ;)

    Fizik makes bar gel to put under bar tape. More bar tape works, too.

    If there's a handlebar configuration,...
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    And my motivations are... young upstart wants to...

    And my motivations are... young upstart wants to stick it to old-fashioned bike building?
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    The one I rode was a 60cm. 6'2"+ riders....

    The one I rode was a 60cm. 6'2"+ riders. Definitely accounts for some of the loosey-goosey, but it was mostly the stem even so. The feel I got from the frame was one of vibration-damping. But it's...
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    I don't dislike the aesthetic at all. As someone...

    I don't dislike the aesthetic at all. As someone noticeably detached from the generation these bikes market to (or harken back to, at least), I still admired the bike and the craftsmanship, from...
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    Wow, someone pay the marketing guy a bonus! What...

    Wow, someone pay the marketing guy a bonus! What a product description!

    Those are most likely synthetic, not gel. One thing you can count on with gel pads is that they'll tell you; they can't wait...
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    It was a Sam Hillborne.

    It was a Sam Hillborne.
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    Tried out a Rivendell today...

    A Rivendell rolled into the shop. I gave it a spin (with permission from the mechanic). My thoughts:

    1. Wow. So much flex. Great for riding on pavement at low speeds. Seems poor for sprinting,...
  12. I had 50/34 for years. I never had a problem....

    I had 50/34 for years. I never had a problem. Now, I'm pretty strong, but I'm still not Mr. Turbo Athlete and I can do mountain climbs on a single ring, 38T, with a mountain bike cassette in the back...
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    THe more I look into the XTrawheel, the more I...

    THe more I look into the XTrawheel, the more I like it. It does make a lot of sense as a trailer, without even considering the "spare wheel" part.

    There's value in having a "spare tire," too, in...
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    Think about the possible accidents you're...

    Think about the possible accidents you're preparing for. You need to be in an accident that fatally damages the wheel without affecting the frame.

    Unrealistic:


    You're bombing a mountain...
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    Check in at your local bike shop. They'll help...

    Check in at your local bike shop. They'll help you outfit the bikes and get them touring-ready.

    Mountain bikes make great touring bikes. Don't worry about spending more money for a new bike;...
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    It's noticeably better than all the other...

    It's noticeably better than all the other knobbies I've used, including the Smart Sam, but it's still not a slick. If you want side teeth for cornering on dirt, this is (in my opinion) the...
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    Thanks! A little sample that I think sums this up...

    Thanks! A little sample that I think sums this up perfectly:

    "...most of cycling is scientifically ambiguous marketing claims mixed with actual advances. There’s infinite permutations of...
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    My Journey through Touring Tires

    New post up! Tires are one of those super-personal, super-ambiguous areas of bike touring, so hopefully this is less "review" and more "spirit quest."

    Hope you like it!

    Ride Long and Prosper...
  19. A local!!! Parker and Luke are both definitely on...

    A local!!! Parker and Luke are both definitely on board. I volunteer a lot of time over at the shop, so they'll cut me a little slack, too.

    What was said earlier rings true. I'd sell the current...
  20. This bike is like a Toyota Corolla. Some cars are...

    This bike is like a Toyota Corolla. Some cars are legendary for being cheap, others are legendary for being super reliable, or fast. This bike is legendary for being decidedly middling; not bad at...
  21. Brad, thanks, you reminded me how unbelievably...

    Brad, thanks, you reminded me how unbelievably bad the roads are in Massachusetts right now. Unless they repave New England in April, these touring wheels will probably be the better option this...
  22. Would you use Touring Wheels on an "Endurance" Bike?

    As mentioned in a previous thread, I'm about ready to turn my current touring bike into an "endurance" bike. No touring load, racks, or panniers, but plenty of long riding and long days in the...
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    I like all these options suggested above. I,...

    I like all these options suggested above.

    I, myself, use Maxxis High Roller 2.4 in the front and Maxxis Minion 2.4 in the back. The slanted knobs provide pretty good street performance, but I'm...
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    I did browse the web on my Kindle once in an...

    I did browse the web on my Kindle once in an emergency, and found my way to the nearest bike shop. Took me like 15 minutes, though. That was on an older model kindle, no experience with the new ones...
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    Woohoo, Kindle is on Sale

    Not sure if you guys already saw this, but Amazon dropped the price of the baseline Kindle, so it's pretty cheap. I like having a Kindle on tour, it lets me read every night in camp, or when rain...
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