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    Sure have! No issues as far as damages. The...

    Sure have! No issues as far as damages. The compression members do an amazing work of protecting the content. The frame, as it's already separated into three major pieces (fork + two pieces for the...
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    Hi Chris, Puddle jumper = term sometimes used...

    Hi Chris,

    Puddle jumper = term sometimes used to refer to small passenger aircrafts. They usually limit the size of luggage to 62 linear inches maximum.

    The Ritchey "breakaway" method is also...
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    An idea is to make a smoothie out of several...

    An idea is to make a smoothie out of several bananas (you might want to add blueberries, too), add ice and drink it over several hours while still cool. You need to drink it before it gets too warm....
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    Everyone follows a different diet. It really...

    Everyone follows a different diet. It really falls to a discovery process for each one of us.

    As for me, snacks, energy bars, water, liquid electrolytes (e.g., pedialyte) worked on the 200. For...
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    It sounds like a nobel idea if you can find the...

    It sounds like a nobel idea if you can find the right folding bike. But don't let the folding bike thing deter you from your accomplishing your dream trip(s). The two scenarios you presented above...
  6. Yes, that's a great endurance bike. And if it...

    Yes, that's a great endurance bike. And if it fits you as well as you say, even better! Make sure you get a relax fit suitable for long distance (e.g., they shouldn't even cut the fork steerer tube...
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    Schwalbe also has the Marathon Racer which is...

    Schwalbe also has the Marathon Racer which is consistently rated as the fastest tire from their marathon line. You'll need to increase the width by another 2mm as it comes in 700c x 30mm. I have used...
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    ^^^ This!

    ^^^
    This!
  9. Yes. Although I wouldn't recommend them if you're...

    Yes. Although I wouldn't recommend them if you're aiming for PBP. Aerobars are not allowed there.
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    I couldn't have said the above any better!

    I couldn't have said the above any better!
  11. The Schwalbe Marathon Racer are excellent tires....

    The Schwalbe Marathon Racer are excellent tires. My bike has currently the 1.5" (folding bead version) for randonneuring and I love them. Believe it or not, I have never had a flat with them. If...
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    I agree with RNAV that most production frames...

    I agree with RNAV that most production frames made higher-end tubebets will usually cost as much as a custom frame. So if you're already at the $1,000-$1,200 for a brand new production frame, I would...
  13. Thank you! My frame is indeed ready for an IGH...

    Thank you! My frame is indeed ready for an IGH (chain or belt). In trying to keep things a little simpler, I haven't installed a Rohloff. I am actually really satisfied with the way my traditional...
  14. A 26" wheeled Disc Trucker might be the way to go...

    A 26" wheeled Disc Trucker might be the way to go in your case. It is the only mass produced bike that seems to meet most of your needs as far 26" wheels, disc brakes, designed for drop bars, able to...
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    A safety vest is now part of the registration...

    A safety vest is now part of the registration fee, according to the literature on their website. I believe in the past one had to buy it separately.
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    I use this safety vest (Amphipod Xinglet Pocket)...

    I use this safety vest (Amphipod Xinglet Pocket) that contains a pocket right in the front center. This should work for your qualifying brevets.

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    The caveat is that for PBP, safety vests...
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    I agree that the 600K will give you a really good...

    I agree that the 600K will give you a really good idea of what you'll need to carry for PBP. This is what my bike looked like for my 600 Km brevet two weeks ago. It got really hot the second day of...
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    Completed these brevets: Dec. 6 - 200 Km Feb....

    Completed these brevets:

    Dec. 6 - 200 Km
    Feb. 7 - 300 Km
    Feb. 28 - 400 Km
    March 27 - 600 Km

    The goal is now the Paris-Brest-Paris in August.
  19. +1 My rando/touring bike is set up with 3x9...

    +1 My rando/touring bike is set up with 3x9 drivetrain: 48/36/22 front and 11-28 cassette. Completed my 600 Km brevet last weekend. The very first 200 Km were over very mountainous terrain I had...
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    Just a quick follow-up...

    I successfully completed my 600 Km brevet this past weekend. I used my own special preventative anti chafing/saddlesore formula and applied it right on my sitbones...
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    Poll: Even down here in dry and sunny Mexico, it has...

    Even down here in dry and sunny Mexico, it has been a little wetter than usual this winter. When I had my custom-built rando/touring bike a few years ago, the plan was to have fenders all the time....
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    Rawland is taking orders for their new gravel...

    Rawland is taking orders for their new gravel bike. It looks interesting but it's based on a 26" wheel platform and no disc brakes.

    There is the Rodriguez UTB disc which falls more in the custom...
  23. "Not on the course?" Do you mean that someone...

    "Not on the course?" Do you mean that someone cannot wait for you at a hotel near a checkpoint unless that person is registered?
  24. That's it... 5 Km from a checkpoint. Thank you!

    That's it... 5 Km from a checkpoint. Thank you!
  25. Does anyone know officially how far from a...

    Does anyone know officially how far from a control point are you allowed to receive external assistance (e.g., from a relative) at PBP? Let's suppose someone is waiting for you at a hotel just...
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