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    I thought I'd take quite a bit of tools on my...

    I thought I'd take quite a bit of tools on my next tour. Enough at least so that I can get the cassette off and swap spokes (although, it's the NDS spoke that usually breaks)
    It would also be handy...
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    I don't degrease my chains or drivetrain. Ever....

    I don't degrease my chains or drivetrain. Ever. Just clean out with a rag and it's good enough. I sometimes spray my mtb with water.
  3. So your argument for straight bar is a situation...

    So your argument for straight bar is a situation where the bar shape is not relevant? :D
    Also what was that before about this all being about touring and not mtb'ing (or tarmac DH wheelieing)
  4. Ok, if you ride down a mountain at 50mph, would...

    Ok, if you ride down a mountain at 50mph, would you rather take a straight bar or a drop bar?
    I'd take the drop bar every time. Cornering is better as the drops are more forward and lower than a...
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    I didn't mention I also used to work for private...

    I didn't mention I also used to work for private security and had quite a few situations where I had to use force against other people. Sometimes I had to engage the situation. Sometimes I was...
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    You can of course use that line of argumentation...

    You can of course use that line of argumentation but I mean you can extend that to pretty much everything from bicycle helmets to rear brakes. "don't want 'em, don't need 'em"
    I live in Scandinavia...
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    Why is there even a debate? Pepper spray is such...

    Why is there even a debate? Pepper spray is such darn good stuff one should always have that handy. I've seen it used on people several times, even gotten it on me after wrestling with said people...
  8. This is not really true though. You get more...

    This is not really true though.
    You get more straight line control with drop bars, and you get massively more control for cornering with drop bars. Straight bar just cannot compare. Also a drop bar...
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    Why not just go with a triple up front and 32 in...

    Why not just go with a triple up front and 32 in the back? Sram wifli and some Shimano long cage rear mechs allow for 32 rear (which is also standard road componentry)
    I'm sure there are still bikes...
  10. Probably since in middle europe Drop bar =...

    Probably since in middle europe

    Drop bar = sport

    Other bars = leisure / other

    Touring =/= sport
  11. Depends. Big if you're big, small if you're...

    Depends. Big if you're big, small if you're small.

    About the saddle, check your sitbone width. Only then will it be possible to give recommendations.

    About the fork. See that it's the correct...
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    Umm... pepper or bear spray will temporarily...

    Umm... pepper or bear spray will temporarily blind the animal while that other stuff will permanently blind them, ie. a death sentence to a wild animal. You might as well shoot them if you're going...
  13. I have a modding operation on my Trek 7.3 FX....

    I have a modding operation on my Trek 7.3 FX. It's going to turn into a drop bar tourer of the finest pedigree. The DS model line is a bit similiar but i guess even more robust and it has that...
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    On a more serious note I've almost found the set...

    On a more serious note I've almost found the set of perfect touring apps on my android phone. Nothing to do with messaging or tracking but everything to do with navigation.
    I've decided to use in...
  15. I mean, yeah, sure the 853 does have chrome and...

    I mean, yeah, sure the 853 does have chrome and molybdenum in it, but also other elements which makes it
    1) air hardening
    2) Stronger and more durable than generic cromoly.

    So it really is not...
  16. Don't know about the shipping but with today's...

    Don't know about the shipping but with today's aluminum it is not a problem. MiddleEurope tours pretty much on aluminum
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    Foam roller. Painful but works.

    Foam roller. Painful but works.
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    I mean yeah, sure you can get that to work, the...

    I mean yeah, sure you can get that to work, the quick release thing is actually very functional (had that with my tubus rack when I did my first real tour)
    But I would be uncomfortable with the...
  19. Man that was a cringeworthy topic... So the...

    Man that was a cringeworthy topic...

    So the Americano frame does have some nice details, such as
    - the 145mm rear spacing
    I've been thinkin about doing this when I get do start building frames...
  20. I can also tour on a touring frame which is also...

    I can also tour on a touring frame which is also made of chromo and fifth of the price. Surly for example. Or dish a bit more in and I can get a Salsa. Or put forward that 2k and I can probably get a...
  21. Umm... No one is going to question that the...

    Umm... No one is going to question that the Americano frame costs over $2000 USD? Just the frame. Made out of chromo. I'd accept 2k out of titanium... Well no, I wouldn't. Carbon maybe. You can...
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    Ehhh. The Cambium would be nice but it's just...

    Ehhh. The Cambium would be nice but it's just waaaay too narrow. Brooks needs to step up their game a bit and start living according to science and not to some ye olde wisdom about saddles...
    We...
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    Hooo boy... So I know these are novel modern...

    Hooo boy...

    So I know these are novel modern ideas but umm... ever heard of water or detergents or washing machines? Also mid layers and top layers don't need nearly as much washing as base layer....
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    Sooo, you haven't tried the new high end stuff?...

    Sooo, you haven't tried the new high end stuff? That's ok. I hadn't before I got the Active. I quite dislike the normal Gore Tex because it's too stuffy. Only really works as a standing still or...
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    Have you tried the new high end stuff such as...

    Have you tried the new high end stuff such as Gore Active? I used to think like you but now with the active jacket I have I almost would like to use it as my primary shell. It's just that good.
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