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    Craigslist is your friend here. Once you pick out...

    Craigslist is your friend here. Once you pick out a few likely looking bikes, you can post them on the C&V appraisal forum. We'll give you some feedback on whether the bikes are worth buying or not.
  2. Not a gas stove but I love the trangia cooking...

    Not a gas stove but I love the trangia cooking system. It's lightweight, very well designed, and fuel is easy to find.
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    I've done one of each. The big advantage of the...

    I've done one of each. The big advantage of the trekking bars (if you can handle the looks, :)) is that it works well on a bike that has a long top tube where a drop bar might not work well. A lot of...
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    Those are good wheels; I'd keep them as well....

    Those are good wheels; I'd keep them as well. I've had good luck with velomine wheels.

    What kind of handlebar are you running? Trekking bars are a nice change for a mtb that you are touring on....
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    I wouldn't bend an aluminum rack either.

    I wouldn't bend an aluminum rack either.
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    I think given your needs, price range, and...

    I think given your needs, price range, and height, it will be tough to beat a good quality vintage mountain bike (one with a rigid fork). They make great all rounders and you can swap the knobbies...
  7. minimal camping set up then with bags you can...

    minimal camping set up then with bags you can mount to the frame, seatpost/saddle, handlebar; google bike packing and you'll get lots of hits on this. Here is one:

    Bikepacking & Off-Road Touring |...
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    + 1. We all have our politics but that shouldn't...

    + 1. We all have our politics but that shouldn't matter when it comes to this proposed tax. It's just a dumb tax on the merits (cyclists pay taxes just like anyone else) but could be defensible if...
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    One possible (and serious) downside to a 700c to...

    One possible (and serious) downside to a 700c to a 26 inch wheel conversion is that your crank arms may clip when leaning the bike into a curve. You may be OK since you are running really fat tires...
  11. If you're not wed to 3 inch tires, the velo...

    If you're not wed to 3 inch tires, the velo orange camargue could make a good platform for a build along the lines you suggest.
  12. The cyclist is a thoughtless jerk. The original...

    The cyclist is a thoughtless jerk. The original post is also way off base as well. There are times when riding on the sidewalk is legal and a prudent thing to do if one uses some common sense.
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    Isn't there a middle way? You could care a lot...

    Isn't there a middle way? You could care a lot about light weight and pay a premium to make that happen. Or you could care less and never give it a moment's thought. Or you could (at least for your...
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    Yeah I need to stop using my robin hood special...

    Yeah I need to stop using my robin hood special to go to the farmers market and start using my orbea with a carbon fork, :).

    So is that a carradice bag? How do you have it attached? I've been...
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    That's great. Not easy doing a sub 6 hour century...

    That's great. Not easy doing a sub 6 hour century solo.
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    If you had the know how and some of the equipment, I'd say go for it if you want to convert it to a city bike. As it is, though, it will be expensive. The bike has a value. You should be able to sell...
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    Even when I raced, my racing bikes were not that...

    Even when I raced, my racing bikes were not that light. The bike I mainly raced on was a team miyata that weight right around 23 pounds. Today I mainly ride a soma doublecross with 700 x 32c tires, a...
  18. I don't know prices in Canada but in the States...

    I don't know prices in Canada but in the States you can pick up a sugino xd600 for a little over a $100 and ditch the inner ring to get a compact double.
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    This bike is a basket case. I'm always skeptical...

    This bike is a basket case. I'm always skeptical of bikes that come as basket cases because who knows what else is wrong with the bike. It might be OK, it likely is not. In any case, $100 is too high...
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    + 1. I think getting a quality steel frame with...

    + 1. I think getting a quality steel frame with sensible parts makes a lot of sense. Getting it to 19 lbs given the OP's needs and requirements may not make a lot of sense and will be pretty...
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    The fairness argument--that somehow cyclists are...

    The fairness argument--that somehow cyclists are freeloaders who don't pay for infrastructure via gas taxes and the like--is pretty dumb. My guess is that transportation budget probably needs...
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    Not much to go on (the picture is pretty...

    Not much to go on (the picture is pretty insubstantial) but not worth $300. If you post a few ads from your local craigslist, you'll get some advice. First you have to figure out the size of bike you...
  23. I like my messenger bag (the smallest on that...

    I like my messenger bag (the smallest on that Jandd makes) a lot. I use it for my paperwork. I have a rack and one pannier as well. The pannier holds my rain jacket, lunch, tools, lock, etc.

    Good...
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    You can feel it. Just make sure your legs are...

    You can feel it. Just make sure your legs are turning nice and easy. If you feel a strain, gear a bit lower. You don't have enough miles in your legs at this point to push a big gear but you do have...
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    + 1. This is a solid deal. Quality vintage mtbs...

    + 1. This is a solid deal. Quality vintage mtbs are getting harder to find. The u-brake is a mixed blessing. They're not great for going offroad (having a brake on the chainstay is a problem when...
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