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  1. 32 spokes in the rear might well be fine for your...

    32 spokes in the rear might well be fine for your weight and intentions, consider 36 rear-only if you want greater insurance
    DT Comp. spokes will be fine, bladed spokes will do nothing but add cost...
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    I've owned/own 4 sets of Axiom panniers and have...

    I've owned/own 4 sets of Axiom panniers and have been pleased with them overall, that is if you're looking for something less expensive than Orts.

    Amazon.com : Axiom Monsoon LX Pannier Set...
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    What's the condition of the I & M these days? ...

    What's the condition of the I & M these days? It's been several years since we rode the length of it but there were parts that were in very poor condition. We were coming from the west, crossed the...
  4. Thread: Motivation.

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    Actually, I've always felt the opposite, that my...

    Actually, I've always felt the opposite, that my bike touring vacations have been rather cheap compared to say "Disneyland with the kids"
    Now if you're talking about commercial organized tours...
  5. Thread: Quick tire poll

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    Vittoria Randonneur Pro 1.5 but I have not...

    Vittoria Randonneur Pro 1.5

    but I have not ridden the Ritchey Tom Slicks to compare, the conti's weren't bad but did flat a little more frequently for me.

    Edit: don't make too much of my...
  6. Thread: Motivation.

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    Yea, but if you have toured long enough, it's not...

    Yea, but if you have toured long enough, it's not uncommon to find that the motivation which was there in the beginning can escape you later on. Maybe it's because things didn't turn out as planned...
  7. Thread: Cool Tools

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    Shipwreck, you are the SAG man! btw,...

    Shipwreck,
    you are the SAG man!

    btw, several years ago my Topeak multitool chain tool broke the first time I used it. Fortunately for me I was at home and was able to grab my Park chain tool...
  8. Thread: Cool Tools

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    Thanks for the timely advice, I don't know about...

    Thanks for the timely advice, I don't know about you but I rarely check every bolt on the bike, the rack, the panniers, every nipple on each spoke, etc. before I leave, I probably should but having...
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    Is that a Brooks banana saddle?

    Is that a Brooks banana saddle?
  10. Thread: Cool Tools

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    I do now because I had a 4 day mini tour ruined...

    I do now because I had a 4 day mini tour ruined when somewhere and somehow my left crank arm bolt backed out and was lost without me knowing it. It doesn't affect you right away, not until the left...
  11. excellent choice and find, I'm not sure I could...

    excellent choice and find, I'm not sure I could build them from scratch for that cheap
  12. Thread: Cool Tools

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    yea, but does it have a secret decoder ring and...

    yea, but does it have a secret decoder ring and whistle?
  13. what is the hub used on that wheel and/or do you...

    what is the hub used on that wheel and/or do you know the rear axle length needed? Find someone to build a set of Sun Rhynolite 32 or 36h rims, 14g non-butted spokes and something like a tiagra...
  14. they're built up with paired spoke design but...

    they're built up with paired spoke design but they are crossed.
    thanks
  15. Question on Bontrager Rim - spoke tension recommendation

    A friend asked me to rebuild his rear wheel which included a Bontrager Racelight 850 rim and 24 bladed spokes (12 pairs of 2). Unfortunately he had already removed the spokes before handing it to me...
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    A riding buddy of mine loves his Specialized...

    A riding buddy of mine loves his Specialized saddles and it comes in at least 2 or 3 widths. I'm guessing it is well thought of because I'm told they named a movie after it ?

    Specialized Bicycle...
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    Dare I say, a "doggie bag"

    Dare I say, a "doggie bag"
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    I guess I'll throw in my 2 cents at this zombie...

    I guess I'll throw in my 2 cents at this zombie since I've owned and/or ridden both. My Surly LHT is definitely more robust and heavier duty than was my Miyata. If I was to take a solo expedition...
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    I'm not surprised, though many years ago we were...

    I'm not surprised, though many years ago we were able to order the fork uncut on a Trek road bike. It was one of the last aluminum frames that Trek made here in the US. If there being assembled...
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    Many times you can ask the dealer to order the...

    Many times you can ask the dealer to order the bike with steerer tube uncut if it concerns you. Often not a bad idea.
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    Brooks saddle.... check front bar bag..... check...

    Brooks saddle.... check
    front bar bag..... check
    kick stand.......check

    Looks great, let us know how this gravel grinder works out for you.
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    I ran into a fellow one time that was touring...

    I ran into a fellow one time that was touring with a cat, he had a front handlebar basket in which I guess the cat slept/toured. Over the years we've owned countless cats and none of them would have...
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    Foldable tires fit inside rear panniers well

    Foldable tires fit inside rear panniers well
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    I'm somewhat partial to the Vittoria Randonneur...

    I'm somewhat partial to the Vittoria Randonneur Pro and Voyager Hyper (which are not on your list). The standard Schwalbe Marathon 420's are as heavy as I will go and that's not too often. I almost...
  25. Thread: C&O - Hang food?

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    Ok, Snopes trumps BBC, but I have a theory, the...

    Ok, Snopes trumps BBC, but I have a theory, the photograph was taken by another raccoon and put out there for propaganda purposes, damn they're good.
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