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    Sounds like a good start. Now take the bike down...

    Sounds like a good start. Now take the bike down to the frame and thoroughly clean it and repack headset, bb, and hub bearings. Take apart and clean all the components. The wheel with the broken...
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    Kickstands depend on the bike. On a lightweight...

    Kickstands depend on the bike. On a lightweight racing bike why would anyone add a kickstand? On a utility bike or a touring bike, a center kickstand is a nice piece of equipment to have. On a...
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    Ride on the road. The road you pictured is fine....

    Ride on the road. The road you pictured is fine. Don't ride too far to the right. Make sure you are visible and position yourself so that cars are forced to give you wide berth. I hesitate saying...
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    I have broken two buckles on my panniers and...

    I have broken two buckles on my panniers and ortlieb has sent new ones free of charge. You should not have to pay $20 shipping for a defective product. Keep on them and insist that they pick up the...
  5. Yes, the Voyageur is a very nice bike for your...

    Yes, the Voyageur is a very nice bike for your purpose. 1990 or 1991 is probably the last year Schwinn produced the Voyageur touring bike. Mine is a 1980 which I modified with 700 wheels. I've...
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    On our way through western New York last summer...

    On our way through western New York last summer we rode on the Erie Canal towpath which is gravel for part of a day until we figured out it was much easier and faster to jump on NY Bike route 5 on...
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    With a little elbow grease you can strip the...

    With a little elbow grease you can strip the black coating off the rack. I used Zipstrip, a putty knife, steel wool and sandpaper to strip my Jandd front back. Here it is as black and after...
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    Dr. Bronners. I tend to bathe in lakes or...

    Dr. Bronners. I tend to bathe in lakes or streams when I am camping and Dr. Bronner's is kinder on the environment than other soaps. Plus I like to read the tidbits of wisdom on the label.
  9. I have a Saga as well. Right now I'm running...

    I have a Saga as well. Right now I'm running Panaracer Pasela PTs in the folding version- 700 x 38. They are a smooth, high volume tire and fairly plush. Great for riding on paved surfaces but I...
  10. To those more knowlegible than I: Is there a...

    To those more knowlegible than I: Is there a reason that Shimano uses the connecting pin when other chain manufacturers use the quick link system which is so much easier? I never purchase Shimano...
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    rim width/ tire width question

    My nephew has a Gravity Liberty flat bar with disc brakes Save up to 60% off new Flat Bar Road Bikes - Gravity Liberty FB | Save up to 60% off new road bikes. The outside width of the rims is 19mm...
  12. I love adventures and I love bikes. Put the two...

    I love adventures and I love bikes. Put the two together equals bike adventure. Thinking about up and coming bike adventures occupies a lot of my thoughts and I'm interested in what you all have to...
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    Ed, I rode with a friend from Columbus to...

    Ed, I rode with a friend from Columbus to Burlington, Vt. and spent a good deal of time on NY bike route 5. We did not have a map of the route but it was easy to simply follow the signs along the...
  14. In 1980 I was at a campground along the Pacific...

    In 1980 I was at a campground along the Pacific coast in Oregon on a motorcycle trip from Ohio to Alaska when two guys pulled up on touring bicycles. I remember being envious of these guys for the...
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    I do not use any lights during daylight hours...

    I do not use any lights during daylight hours unless overcast or foggy, etc. I did have a motorist tell me once that the big reflective patches on my Ortlieb panniers reflected a lot of sunlight and...
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    I recently bought a Deore 590 crankset from Chain...

    I recently bought a Deore 590 crankset from Chain Reaction for $65. You have a choice between 46-32-22 or 48-36-26 (I opted for this one). Coupled with my 8 speed rear cassette 12-32 it give me a...
  17. I camp as well. I like the idea of carrying the...

    I camp as well. I like the idea of carrying the minimal necessities and being self sufficient.
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    Take a ball cap or cycling cap with a bill which...

    Take a ball cap or cycling cap with a bill which helps keep the rain out of your eyes. This and a light rain jacket is all you need in the summer. You might want chamois cream so you don't chafe...
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    I upgraded a 1980 Schwinn Voyageur similar to...

    I upgraded a 1980 Schwinn Voyageur similar to what you've done and rode it on several long tours. It performed very well but I still had the same questions you do about why spend money upgrading...
  20. I went to the hardware store and bought 4 feet of...

    I went to the hardware store and bought 4 feet of light steel cable with plastic coating, steel ferrules and a light padlock and made my cable lock. It weighs just 4oz. It is a deterence at best...
  21. Here's an idea. Buy the Randonneur and sell the...

    Here's an idea. Buy the Randonneur and sell the 1989 Schwinn Circuit that doesn't fit. That way you'll recoup some money from a previous impulse buy. It sounds like you have enough interest in...
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    Here is a picture of my current mountain...

    Here is a picture of my current mountain drivetrain. Deore level crankset- 46-36-26, XT level derailleurs, SRAM 11- 32 cassette, SRAM 9 speed chain. Don't have to spend a ton of money. Also, you...
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    I just use it for groceries, etc. For touring, I...

    I just use it for groceries, etc. For touring, I use panniers.
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    Dogs and groceries! 437444437443

    Dogs and groceries!

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    I made a footprint out of a vinyl tarp (the...

    I made a footprint out of a vinyl tarp (the lightest weight- very cheap) complete with grommets for tent poles, etc. . There are lots of videos that show you how to make one. It is cut in the exact...
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