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    I like low rolling resistance tires, so I always...

    I like low rolling resistance tires, so I always tour on slicks. And I normally run reasonably high pressures. maybe 80. I have toured on "racing" clinchers, but I am led to believe they are not...
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    They are adequate, not sure current testing...

    They are adequate, not sure current testing indicates there is any advantage to running narrow tires. I have been on pee gravel trails where even 35mm sank in a little much, but the main point would...
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    The main rule in touring for me is that I have to...

    The main rule in touring for me is that I have to be able to stay comfortable. That is a combination of things, from saddles to gearing, weather to food. If you can stay comfortable you can keep...
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    That bike is nuts for what you are trying. You...

    That bike is nuts for what you are trying. You can do the whole trip which I gather is a trans-am great divide link-up on 1.5 inch tires. That would be the sweet spot. 3 inch tires are laughable. ...
  5. Marine alloys are different. This would need a...

    Marine alloys are different. This would need a complete heat treat if one wants near to original specs, which is unlikely to be a factor in boat welding. Hulls can be made of 1/4" plywood right up...
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    With diamond frames the straight tubes are more...

    With diamond frames the straight tubes are more efficient in most cases. It's basically a truss, and straight sticks rule in most trusses.

    Could one come up with a situation where a curve in...
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    It is basically meaningless. And there isn't any...

    It is basically meaningless. And there isn't any glory involved.

    Is this lightweight touring? I would imagine it was if one bagged everest in the loop:
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    That's a nice looking frame H33. It looks like a...

    That's a nice looking frame H33. It looks like a nice long wheel base which is key to any kind of decent conversion. I wouldn't worry about it's classic status, you aren't doing anything to harm...
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    I have several headsets set aside that have...

    I have several headsets set aside that have roller bearings in them for extra bearing and heavy loads.

    The additional weight of front panniers probably has some effect, but for the most part the...
  10. The only problem with all these systems is the...

    The only problem with all these systems is the huge load they add to bags. My panniers weigh 6 pounds and they are the lightweigt MTB sized ones. My backpack weighs 8 pounds loaded. This is the...
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    I think that is a dangerous way to think. As a...

    I think that is a dangerous way to think. As a motorist I don't think I own the road, I think I have rights and responsibilities on the road. If ever I hit a soft target on the road and killed a...
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    If there is more than one of you, spread well...

    If there is more than one of you, spread well out. Instances of cars plowing into numbers of peds or cyclists are not unknown.

    Always be aware of the exit and be decisive about taking it even if...
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    I had the full on euro electrics on a recumbent,...

    I had the full on euro electrics on a recumbent, that had the features for stopping and all that jazz. It was about 10 years ago, and it was pre led. The bottle generator was still a chore at that...
  14. I like the Flat Cat type stoves or the Minibull. ...

    I like the Flat Cat type stoves or the Minibull. There are so many different types to choose from. But I don't carry them bike touring.
  15. I used to do that on bikes that had bolts on the...

    I used to do that on bikes that had bolts on the axles, and no wrench on the bike. Some of the very old bikes had wing nuts though, that shows that even in the day they were trying to get away...
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    Standard S&S bikes in my size (58) no longer fit...

    Standard S&S bikes in my size (58) no longer fit all airline minimums.
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    Yeah, and most of these pics of those bikes show...

    Yeah, and most of these pics of those bikes show them in wide open country that the specialized single track bikes are not in the least required for. It's just more I follow the fad, not the path...
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    Touring bike geometry is about a lot more than...

    Touring bike geometry is about a lot more than heel strikes. That is just the kind of simplistic marketing they get into where they can find one thing that deals with a fear that may have driven the...
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    What I was referring to is the newbie who thinks...

    What I was referring to is the newbie who thinks that racing tech will sweep away touring tech. That was back there in the 40s, which is as far back as I can get through family, but was probably...
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    I have seen far too many instances where that has...

    I have seen far too many instances where that has happened and it has been to the detriment of the original user. That is what is happening to urban cycling infrastructure in Toronto where along...
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    I am currently building up a classic touring bike...

    I am currently building up a classic touring bike in AL frame, with maybe a carbon fork. It is hard to see how much weight one can save, over that. With carbon the cost would be around 350 all in. ...
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    I don't really think that promoting, if that is...

    I don't really think that promoting, if that is what I am doing, touring bikes in the touring forum is a controversial point of view. The tendency to tendentiousness is probably on your side of the...
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    "Does anyone need a "true" touring bike anymore?...

    "Does anyone need a "true" touring bike anymore? If you want to go lightweight with your gear, you don't need a classic touring bike. If you want to carry a lot of weight, why not buy the more...
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    Land mines are one thing, and bomblets are...

    Land mines are one thing, and bomblets are another. I believe that cluster bombs were used in Bosnia, and there are other UXBs, there are sites that discus all this stuff. There are lot of ways in...
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    Threading a hole in your drop is a trivial thing....

    Threading a hole in your drop is a trivial thing. The steel is easily tapped.It's good advice to actually measure the hole which is easily done with different sized drill shanks. Here is a chart...
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