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  1. When I mentioned heavy mtb, I was referring...

    When I mentioned heavy mtb, I was referring relative to my 7.9kg carbon road bike. My friends were all on their racing Klein Adept Comp, weighing around 10 kg.
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    Simply 448403
  3. I'd would listen to the tour leader. He has the...

    I'd would listen to the tour leader. He has the experience, and know what to expect. Personally, I blow away my stronger friends with their heavy mountain bikes, while I'm on my light road bike....
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    Below is my latest love. I'm the least...

    Below is my latest love. I'm the least mechanically inclined, preferring to pay my bike mechanic for peace of mind. BTW, the TRP HyRd works really great. My first experience with disc brakes....
  5. May not pertain to your requirements, but I've...

    May not pertain to your requirements, but I've just got a new fairly light gravel aluminum bike that can be used for light touring GT Grade Alloy 105 review - BikeRadar You can easily put a rear...
  6. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear...

    You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's earWhat type of touring do you have in mind? If you're planning around full loaded touring, You should keep your 2015 Kona Sutra, and forget riding with...
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    :thumb: Quite a few elderly riders have problem...

    :thumb: Quite a few elderly riders have problem with constipation, after a few long days. You don't meed that pleasure (privilege?).
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    :thumb: I also put a couple of huge protien bars...

    :thumb: I also put a couple of huge protien bars in my cycling jersey back pocket, to munch while on saddle.
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    I bulk up before a long tour, and start to...

    I bulk up before a long tour, and start to deplete myself of visceral fat after about 10 days into touring. After about 3 weeks, I'll notice fat around my belly disappearing. In about 6 weeks, I'll...
  10. :thumb: Exactly. You saved me time.

    :thumb: Exactly. You saved me time.
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    Sticky: I'm 69, but have been doing the reverse. Since...

    I'm 69, but have been doing the reverse. Since turning 64, I've gone from CF road bike to chromoly CX and now enjoy alloy gravel bike. My hams feel the strain after 50km ride, but I perssit to 75km...
  12. This is my chromoly 26" wheels touring bike, with...

    This is my chromoly 26" wheels touring bike, with Panaracer T-Serve PT 1.5" tyres, weighing 11.52kg. It can't hold a candle to GT Grade Alloy 105 gravel tyre 28c, whether it's speed or...
  13. If you were to use mtb cassette with mtb RD, you...

    If you were to use mtb cassette with mtb RD, you can make it work with 10 speed STI shifters. You just need the 9 speed RD from Shimano.
  14. I think you do a remarkable job of maintnining...

    I think you do a remarkable job of maintnining your chain, and 10 speed shouldn't be a problem. I used to tour with 9 speed, and I was happy with slightly <3,500km. with my chain. Maintainance was...
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    :thumb: I've camped a lot in my younger years,...

    :thumb: I've camped a lot in my younger years, in the Arctic, Alaska,Yukon, way down to Arizona. I also camped in Zambia and Tanzania. So I'm not too hung up on sleeping out door. Setting up a...
  16. Want to build a FAST light tourer Toe...

    Want to build a FAST light tourer





    Toe overlap may be a problem with road bike, but rarely with gravel bike and cyclocross bike. I'm 5'7". #51 GT Grade Alloy 105 stock stem is 90mm, and...
  17. I was a firm believer in the T-SERV PT, ...

    I was a firm believer in the T-SERV PT, until the GRAVELKING was introduced. Now I regret that I've got a few spare T-SERV PT to use up, or trade.:cry:
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  18. :thumb: Don't rule out 700c tyres. I have...

    :thumb: Don't rule out 700c tyres. I have steel 26" tyres tourer, and I was reasonably happy with it. But with GT Grade Alloy 105, I was blown away. The modern gravel tyres are as good as 26"...
  19. I have Bianchi Volpe, which I loved it for every...

    I have Bianchi Volpe, which I loved it for every day bike + light tourer.
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    But now I have a GT Grade Alloy 105 which is quicker and has screw holes tapped at dropouts. To put on a rack, you...
  20. New touring bikes apear yearly, with...

    New touring bikes apear yearly, with improvements. Drive train and brakes, wheels and tyres also improve. Unless I visit local bike shops frequently, I'll not be up to date on improvements. Also...
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    I assume that you'll be camping under roof from...

    I assume that you'll be camping under roof from time to time. In that case, you'll probably not need the fly.
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    GT Grade. Any owner or rider?

    I'm intrigued by GT Grade, paticulrly the Grade Alloy 105, Grade Alloy 105 - EnduRoad - Road - Bikes and would like to hear from owner or rider of this bike.
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    +1 :thumb:
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    +1 :thumb: But I only tour in fine weather. I...

    +1 :thumb: But I only tour in fine weather. I try to end my tour by 2pm, and look for laundry service around college campus (Thailand). Failing that, I do my own laundry.:D
  25. How true. Presentlythe bike has "5 arms"...

    How true. Presentlythe bike has "5 arms" 46-36-24 XTR crank, and it does shift with current deore FD, but not to perfection. My bike mechanic suggested that I replace it with SLX 44-32-22 crank, ...
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