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  1. I've got about 13K miles on my Rohloff and I...

    I've got about 13K miles on my Rohloff and I would say that gear 7 is finally starting to quiet down!
  2. Adding weight just makes the bike go downhill...

    Adding weight just makes the bike go downhill even faster! I like to wear a baggy shirt that flops around in the wind when I get going much over 30 mph and acts as an extra brake so my rims don't get...
  3. That's my setup... well, slightly fatter tires......

    That's my setup... well, slightly fatter tires... but I am down in that 17 inch gear all the time! There are lots of hills around here with 8% grade, 12%, even 16%. I've got a BMI around 25, the bike...
  4. A Thorn Raven size 420ST would surely fit the...

    A Thorn Raven size 420ST would surely fit the bill. Might be a reach in the pocket book but a solid bike.

    http://www.sjscycles.com/thornpdf/ThornRavenTourBroHiRes.pdf
  5. yeah gear inches are funny but we need some way...

    yeah gear inches are funny but we need some way to measure high vs low gears and gear inches has been around a long time! I think it goes back to the days of ordinary / high wheel / penny farthing...
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    I've ridden the trail between Phoenixville and...

    I've ridden the trail between Phoenixville and Conshohocken but not all the way into Phila so I can't answer your questions. But my parents live right by Valley Forge Park so I know how to get on the...
  7. on road vs. off road is not a very precise...

    on road vs. off road is not a very precise distinction! The road just gets rougher and rougher!

    You can ride on some pretty rough tracks even on 28 mm tires. Even better to have say 32 or 35 mm...
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    I ride a steel bike, a Thorn Nomad. On handling,...

    I ride a steel bike, a Thorn Nomad. On handling, I find that with my handlebar bag mounted I can easily ride no-hands. Without the bag, the bike is a lot more skittish.
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    The Santos Travelmaster 2.9 has an aluminum frame...

    The Santos Travelmaster 2.9 has an aluminum frame but steel forks, by the look of it. Definitely an up-market alternative but from the reports I have seen they make really solid bikes.

    Santos -...
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    The saddle on my Brompton has always been a...

    The saddle on my Brompton has always been a little low even with the seatpost fully extended. I happened to be passing through Philadelphia today and stopped by Trophy Bikes to see if they had a...
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    I'm back visiting my parents this week. They live...

    I'm back visiting my parents this week. They live right by Valley Forge Park. Today I rode out to Phoenixville & back, along the Schuylkill River Trail. Grand fun. One bit of news: I get onto the...
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    No idea about those bikes. But another game you...

    No idea about those bikes. But another game you can use to mess with the fit is to play with the stem. Generally the key dimension for getting the right size bike is the top tube length, or the...
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    This is a nice point. I have an expedition...

    This is a nice point. I have an expedition touring bike. It weighs 40 pounds! It is very comfortable to ride, very durable, and can carry lots of luggage. It is not very fast!

    The other day a...
  14. I haven't ridden over there very much. I did ride...

    I haven't ridden over there very much. I did ride on Ulster Rte 42 from Shandaken to Lexington once, which is a beautiful ride. I have driven up NY Rte 30 from Arkville to Grand Gorge and then around...
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    I think my 520 is a 1992 - it came with brifters...

    I think my 520 is a 1992 - it came with brifters instead of bar-ends. But the low rider mounts are un-tapped! I always thought it was a manufacturing defect! But now it appears it's a feature!

    I...
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    my brother and I took my parents' Suburbans out...

    my brother and I took my parents' Suburbans out on the Schuylkill trail last year:

    http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r6/kukulaj/Nomad/IMG_1634_zps7f0a6473.jpg
  17. For sure, if you don't mind the extra mileage, I...

    For sure, if you don't mind the extra mileage, I would say that for the most part the riding south of Poughkeepsie is probably better on the west side of the river. Southern Dutchess has lots of...
  18. Hmmm... to get from Beacon to Poughkeepsie......

    Hmmm... to get from Beacon to Poughkeepsie... you're not going to find the Wallkill Valley trail very useful! Beacon and Poughkeepsie are on the east side of the Hudson, the Wallkill Valley is on the...
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    Thanks for the report! Sounds like grand fun!

    Thanks for the report! Sounds like grand fun!
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    check out Bicycle / Pedestrian Information,...

    check out Bicycle / Pedestrian Information, Routes
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    I use the Carradice SQR system: ...

    I use the Carradice SQR system:
    http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r6/kukulaj/Nomad/IMG_2323_zpsmq0zlvq2.jpg
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    Bears on the east coast can be nasty as well as...

    Bears on the east coast can be nasty as well as smart:

    New Jersey hiker took photos of bear before it killed him - CBS News

    http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/regions_pdf/brcfacts.pdf
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    I've used a bear canister in bear country here in...

    I've used a bear canister in bear country here in the Catskills. We have lots of bears! Up in the Adirondacks I think there are places where canister are required because the bears know how to get to...
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    I live in Ulster County. I get over to Columbia...

    I live in Ulster County. I get over to Columbia County from time to time. Lots of great riding, if you like country roads!

    An organized ride that looks like grand fun that isn't too far: State...
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    Someplace I read Joel Friel talking about weight...

    Someplace I read Joel Friel talking about weight and climbing. He was talking pounds per inch. I'm like 5'11" and maybe 182 lb or so, make 2.56 lb per inch. I forget exactly but I think he said above...
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