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    That's hard-core. OTOH, tires tend to stretch...

    That's hard-core. OTOH, tires tend to stretch over time too so what was once a 25mm tire might become 27mm after a couple years of being inflated at 100 psi.

    Of course, tire pressure, rim width,...
  2. Wild camping in France is pretty much illegal...

    Wild camping in France is pretty much illegal (there are some places where it's allowed, but you really have to know the area). I wouldn't try it if your French is too limited to ask for permission...
  3. My 8sp chains last about 25% longer than my 10sp...

    My 8sp chains last about 25% longer than my 10sp chains and cost half as much. That's a pretty good value. However, good 8sp cassettes are hard (and getting harder) to find, especially if you want...
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    My touring bike had a 22/32/44 triple with 11-32...

    My touring bike had a 22/32/44 triple with 11-32 cassette. I eventually replaced it with a 26/36/48 because I'd often spin out on descents and I really never used the 22-32 combination anyway. I...
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    My crosscheck started out with cantis, and even...

    My crosscheck started out with cantis, and even with koolstop pads (I tried salmon and black), I was never happy with the incessant squealing. I tried everything to fix the noise issue, but it...
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    If you're going to build your own commuter, might...

    If you're going to build your own commuter, might as well do it right. Nice bike!

    Am I mistaken, or is the saddle on the floor in the first picture not the same as the saddle on the bike in the...
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    climbbybike.com has a rating system which is...

    climbbybike.com has a rating system which is based on length, elevation gain, and height of the peak.

    Climbbybike.com - most difficult climbs in the world

    Looks like Hilo to the top of Mauna...
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    I live in the Alps and the terrain here is...

    I live in the Alps and the terrain here is similar. All hills/mountains, except along lakes and riverbeds where it's relatively flat. I enjoy it, though. Makes me a better climber and the scenery...
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    ^^^ Those are great touring tires, but note...

    ^^^

    Those are great touring tires, but note that they're heavier and slower than the supremes. Also, the 105kg rating is per tire so 130kg for rider + bike is about 65kg per tire and well within...
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    10cm is where riding gets difficult and cars...

    10cm is where riding gets difficult and cars start losing control. If I were on a dedicated bike path, then I might take my mountain bike with spiked tires out in it. But on a shared road? No...
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    I put 700x40 Schwalbe Marathon Racers on my...

    I put 700x40 Schwalbe Marathon Racers on my commuter. They're HUGE, but roll very well, have good grip, are not very expensive, are flat resistant (so far), and weigh 490g per tire which is pretty...
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    I've owned 4 racktop bags over the years and...

    I've owned 4 racktop bags over the years and they've all eventually lost their shape. When this happens, I build a light wooden frame that I can place inside the bag. Works well, but adds some...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbSMfL5UEZk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbSMfL5UEZk
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    I have 6 bikes and one is set up much like your...

    I have 6 bikes and one is set up much like your C'mute and another is a steel frame (carbon fork) road bike. The one like your C'mute is a Surly Crosscheck with 10sp dura-ace barcons, 105...
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    I did the same conversion as the OP about 6...

    I did the same conversion as the OP about 6 months ago. I replaced my Shimano BR-550 cantilevers with Tektro RX-5s. The stopping power difference is like night and day. Much better with the...
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    I, too, have a set of Mondials as well as a set...

    I, too, have a set of Mondials as well as a set of the older XRs. These are great tires for most surfaces: road, gravel, hardpack, etc... I have over 10,000 miles on the XRs and 2000 miles on the...
  17. If I'm not well enough to ride, I'll simply work...

    If I'm not well enough to ride, I'll simply work from home.
  18. I, too, have a crosscheck. It's not a racing...

    I, too, have a crosscheck. It's not a racing bike, but it's pretty much perfect for commuting. I built mine up from the frame with full Shimano 105 components (triple crank), Shimano R501 wheelset...
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    Gorgeous bike. In 1985, I bought my first...

    Gorgeous bike. In 1985, I bought my first mountain bike, a Ross Mt. Whitney. Like yours, it was chrome plated. Great bike. We had so many adventures. I left it behind in a move in 2005 and truly...
  20. I have to disagree. I lived in Portland for 14...

    I have to disagree. I lived in Portland for 14 years, so I know what winter there is like. It's not bad. After a month of cold and wet, you get used to it and just wait it out until March. The...
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    One of my bikes has a pair of Schwalbe Marathon...

    One of my bikes has a pair of Schwalbe Marathon XR tires 700x37 (Schwalbe discontinued this model in 2010). They're 5 years old and have about 20,000 km. I've ridden them on all kinds of mixed...
  22. LOL! As for the French terms being bandied...

    LOL!

    As for the French terms being bandied about, I live in France and I've never heard anyone use the terms constructeur, homage, and vielle de velo when talking about bikes. Well, maybe if...
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    I was wondering how the OP's insurance works in...

    I was wondering how the OP's insurance works in this case. Our HO policy covers the bikes in our garage, but only if our garage is locked. If we leave the door open, we're responsible.
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    A couple years ago, we had snow at the end of...

    A couple years ago, we had snow at the end of August. This year, the temperature swings have not been so extreme, but it's been much wetter than normal. July is normally dry, but last month was the...
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    On flat terrain, speed is mostly about power...

    On flat terrain, speed is mostly about power output. Weight isn't a big hindrance and can even help if it allows you to pack on more muscle to increase your total power.

    In the hills, though,...
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