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    For touring vertical adjustment is good, it would...

    For touring vertical adjustment is good, it would be even better if it worked like seats on those MTBs that go up and down with a spring and a quick release. Current bike is threaded, but the bike I...
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    My first bike had lugs, well the first decent...

    My first bike had lugs, well the first decent one. 10 speed touring bike at the time. It's just how they put bikes together when they didn't know any better. It isn't high or low end unless the...
  3. Where I would draw the line on tool is buying...

    Where I would draw the line on tool is buying some general junk like a multi tool in Ti. The lightest and best way to go is to use parts that require the minimum of allen wrenches, no other tools,...
  4. Right, but you have to not suffer a coronary on...

    Right, but you have to not suffer a coronary on the parts of the trip that precedes weight loss.
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    One thing I find really difficult to tell is how...

    One thing I find really difficult to tell is how much better the stuff they put into a custom frame, actually makes it. I mentioned my LHT level touring bike from 05. I hadn't had a road type bike...
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    I have a flashback to Feris Beuhler where they...

    I have a flashback to Feris Beuhler where they park the sports car, and as they leave the garage, you can see it pulling out behind them, for a joy ride.

    I like his overall thing, but his frames...
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    Wow, the Tektro are a lot cheaper than the...

    Wow, the Tektro are a lot cheaper than the DiaComp.

    https://www.benscycle.com/images/Product/icon/154-106.jpg

    https://www.benscycle.com/images/Product/icon/154-109.jpg

    So in this picture you...
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    Mechanical advantage works such that if you are...

    Mechanical advantage works such that if you are geared so that you move a lot of cable with a small hand movement, you have less leverage. And if you require a small v-brake arm movement to close...
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    That is my premise also, but the responses so far...

    That is my premise also, but the responses so far are ecstatic as though no compromise exists.
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    I've heard all that story too, but it isn't the...

    I've heard all that story too, but it isn't the only story. Sure they ran down the sainted mountain on those bikes, but that isn't any reason for the whole industry to snag the same details when...
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    The standard bike wheel for people 160 pounds is...

    The standard bike wheel for people 160 pounds is 36 spokes on 700C. They build them lighter than that these days, by a lot, but that is the original design spec. If you have special durability...
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    On the main question I agree on the Como is in a...

    On the main question I agree on the Como is in a different category, LHT is still a cheap build. In fact it was originally sold most as a frame only. Then they rolled out the complete bike, and...
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    The original reason for the 26 was to have the...

    The original reason for the 26 was to have the same wheels size as road bikes with the larger tire. I think a lot of 29ers may have been a fad, a lot of the bikes have suspension and there is no...
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    The traditional practice has been rear panniers;...

    The traditional practice has been rear panniers; then rear pannier and a bag up front; The front and back; then trailer back, panniers front; then trailer and front and back.

    However there is a...
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    Hey there are lots of people who ride aeros just...

    Hey there are lots of people who ride aeros just fine, and most people here are a lot more dialed in that some. I have seen people who were making a bigger target on their aeros than if they used...
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    Not with road levers they don't. There isn't any...

    Not with road levers they don't. There isn't any problem running vs and the intended levers, just not a good solution on drops. I think there is more coherence on brakes in CX threads, and from...
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    http://www.bikeforums.net/touring/997890-good-bala...

    http://www.bikeforums.net/touring/997890-good-balanced-rim-recommendation.html

    and 100 other threads have your answer.

    Obviously most people would probably say 26er, but for your situation,...
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    There is a lot more to it than tubes, that is a...

    There is a lot more to it than tubes, that is a reference to building standard steel. Though carbon tubes could be similar.

    Monocoque to build a perfect bike would probably be involved, but there...
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    It is an everything related to the wheel size...

    It is an everything related to the wheel size issue. Whatever goes wrong with your wheels the replacements are easier to find. Second, if you run two inch tires it is a better set-up, and larger...
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    V's don't have significant additional stopping...

    V's don't have significant additional stopping power, and with the long pull road levers they can be worse. Since all these levers can be set up to work, you will find plenty of people with levers...
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    I guess if you did triathlons aero bars would...

    I guess if you did triathlons aero bars would feel like home, and there are lots of times on tour when they would be safish enough. My main warning would be to avoid them if you run high bars. I...
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    You are only going to loose function, not gain it...

    You are only going to loose function, not gain it with the set-up you are mentioning. Meanwhile, with cantis, all you do it adjust them so the straddle cable is 90 deg or more obtuse at pad contact....
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    On a touring wheel crazy comes to mind, it isn't...

    On a touring wheel crazy comes to mind, it isn't simply "arguably some disadvantages". Flange failures are common, and the info I saw was people mostly discussing 28s and 32 on racing rides. If you...
  24. Optimal may be stronger than necessary, and if...

    Optimal may be stronger than necessary, and if there is any concern you can cap the fillet with some bias. In practice there probably isn't any reason to have a large gap when a fit is so easy to...
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    Right on. To the OP, the first post was for...

    Right on.

    To the OP, the first post was for a blend of durabilty on through to Alphine. There was nothing in that post to suggest you wanted a time tria bike for a guy weighing 140. If i were...
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