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  1. I would be really shocked if the 5mm in crank...

    I would be really shocked if the 5mm in crank arms difference was the only thing that made your rental bike feel sluggish.
  2. Your Garmin and possibly your helmet are most...

    Your Garmin and possibly your helmet are most likely the only things they will allow to take onboard in a carry-on. Check in everything else. If the officer believes it can cause harm, s/he will...
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    It obviously trumps weight for you. Just curious...

    It obviously trumps weight for you. Just curious about how you've proactively tackled this point in regard to your gear selection.
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    Funny you asked Hypno Toad. I am experiencing a...

    Funny you asked Hypno Toad. I am experiencing a very similar issue on my longer rides as I exceed the 100 Km mark. It only happens when daytime temps are warm/hot -- over 80F. So far, no nail...
  5. Is it true that these bars, given their shape,...

    Is it true that these bars, given their shape, they feel really flexy?
  6. Not in Asia but in Mexico. A friend completed a...

    Not in Asia but in Mexico. A friend completed a tour in South America and was very unhappy with the LHT on the rough roads he encountered. He complained its maneuverability was compromised with drop...
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    My builder used Frame Saver on my custom build,...

    My builder used Frame Saver on my custom build, so I don't worry much about the inside of that frame anymore. Having said this, I use a microfiber cloth and apply Fluid Film onto it to clean my bikes...
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    Alright, I phoned my mechanic to ask him the...

    Alright, I phoned my mechanic to ask him the question. He does pry off the seals, then uses a high pressure air blow and lastly refreshes the grease. He actually said that in the U.S. very few...
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    OK. Good to know! I am not sure if BB...

    OK. Good to know!



    I am not sure if BB "failure" is a suitable description. The reason for BB replacement has been mostly rust in the bearings due to the high humidity/warm climate where I...
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    It's a Shimano Deore M610 crankset paired with an...

    It's a Shimano Deore M610 crankset paired with an XT BB70. I was informed they're fully compatible.

    I was actually wondering not so much about the crankset, but whether if a more refined bottom...
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    Thank you! Excuse my ignorance, but does the...

    Thank you! Excuse my ignorance, but does the center tube rotate as you pedal? I'm trying to understand how this plastic piece, that supposedly sees no stress or pressure of any sort, would produce a...
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    Bottom Bracket's Plastic Center Tube

    A couple of weeks ago, I took my bike to my LBS for regular maintenance. I explained to the mechanic that I was experiencing a clicking noise with each revolution of the pedals. He called me a few...
  13. +1 on bikepacking with your bike. Basically, a...

    +1 on bikepacking with your bike. Basically, a system of rackless bags. For a fixed bag, you can still get away with a handlebar bag (good thing you also have an aluminum handlebar) which is nice for...
  14. It can be if you add front/rear racks, etc. The...

    It can be if you add front/rear racks, etc. The Rodriguez Rainier is a little sportier that will still work for light touring (e.g., credit card touring). If you really want a sporty bike despite any...
  15. The Rodriguez Adventure...

    The Rodriguez Adventure seems to fit the bill. It will work for touring, gravel riding and randonneuring. It will allow up to 35mm tires with fenders. I would suggest getting it with two forks to...
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    The 90-hour time limit is the most popular. Just...

    The 90-hour time limit is the most popular. Just to give you an idea... At the 2011 PBP, 3,104 people signed up for the 90-hour starts, 722 people signed up for the 84-hour starts and 1,176 signed up...
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    Since 2011 there are no more " per country"...

    Since 2011 there are no more " per country" quotas. You should be able to register on the 31st (mid-to-late afternoon on the 30th in North America) but be ready to just take any start time slots...
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    Sure have! No issues as far as damages. The...

    Sure have! No issues as far as damages. The compression members do an amazing work of protecting the content. The frame, as it's already separated into three major pieces (fork + two pieces for the...
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    Hi Chris, Puddle jumper = term sometimes used...

    Hi Chris,

    Puddle jumper = term sometimes used to refer to small passenger aircrafts. They usually limit the size of luggage to 62 linear inches maximum.

    The Ritchey "breakaway" method is also...
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    An idea is to make a smoothie out of several...

    An idea is to make a smoothie out of several bananas (you might want to add blueberries, too), add ice and drink it over several hours while still cool. You need to drink it before it gets too warm....
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    Everyone follows a different diet. It really...

    Everyone follows a different diet. It really falls to a discovery process for each one of us.

    As for me, snacks, energy bars, water, liquid electrolytes (e.g., pedialyte) worked on the 200. For...
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    It sounds like a nobel idea if you can find the...

    It sounds like a nobel idea if you can find the right folding bike. But don't let the folding bike thing deter you from your accomplishing your dream trip(s). The two scenarios you presented above...
  23. Yes, that's a great endurance bike. And if it...

    Yes, that's a great endurance bike. And if it fits you as well as you say, even better! Make sure you get a relax fit suitable for long distance (e.g., they shouldn't even cut the fork steerer tube...
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    Schwalbe also has the Marathon Racer which is...

    Schwalbe also has the Marathon Racer which is consistently rated as the fastest tire from their marathon line. You'll need to increase the width by another 2mm as it comes in 700c x 30mm. I have used...
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    ^^^ This!

    ^^^
    This!
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