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    I have used a hacksaw on various chainrings. Hard...

    I have used a hacksaw on various chainrings. Hard aluminium such as 7075 T6 Zicral is much, much tougher than low-end aluminium.
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    Afline grease becomes too viscous at -10C, so...

    Afline grease becomes too viscous at -10C, so sticks in gear for about 20 mins. Always leave it in a useful gear., An oil bath is good for lower temps and is a big improvment.
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    The first rain after a dry spell is always slippy...

    The first rain after a dry spell is always slippy due to deposits on the road surface. Regular rain washes these off. Road surfaces are usually a bit grippier in rainy climates, but white paint and...
  4. Use a downtube shifter for the front mech.

    Use a downtube shifter for the front mech.
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    Tape the frame and use plastic-coated P-clips.

    Tape the frame and use plastic-coated P-clips.
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    Your cruiser style 3-speed is fine for a 3-mile...

    Your cruiser style 3-speed is fine for a 3-mile commute but you may prefer something speedier and more efficient for a 2x7 miler. Avoid anything too flashy, you need something that rides much better...
  7. Bianchi zurigo-tiagra-disc...

    Bianchi zurigo-tiagra-disc comes in classic celeste colour, has a full set of rack/fender eyelets and the mech discs are located for racks to fit easily.
    Don't sweat the cable vs hydro argument....
  8. Burley...

    Burley make adaptors for their hitch that fits inside the cowl of a Ritchey or Breezer style cowled dropout.
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    1.4% is not very steep, but 18.9mph is very quick.

    1.4% is not very steep, but 18.9mph is very quick.
  10. Cycle in the UK. Today's max = 24C (75F)

    Cycle in the UK.

    Today's max = 24C (75F)
  11. I made a rack-top extender out of some 1/4" ply....

    I made a rack-top extender out of some 1/4" ply. I just drilled some holes and thread wire through. Fixing is just with a hand twist of the wire ends around the rack..
    I can lash oversized or heavy...
  12. Chainsatay length is 4.cm which is fine for std...

    Chainsatay length is 4.cm which is fine for std rack. If you are buying panniers it is always wise to get ones with a heel cutout profile.
    The upper rack mount is very low so you may have issues...
  13. 2 large panniers and a rack can haul most...

    2 large panniers and a rack can haul most everyday stuff.
    A rack-top exension is useful for bulky goods.
    Long gardening tools and planks can be lashed to the top tube
    If you want to get serious...
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    28mm designation is probably the most variable of...

    28mm designation is probably the most variable of all tyre widths, in the most critical space for clearance. Some will, some won't.
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    I use a Carry-Freedom Yframe large (20"). I strap...

    I use a Carry-Freedom Yframe large (20"). I strap a plastic bin to the flatbed and fill that with stuff. I have carried bricks, topsoil, building waste. There is a limit to how much you can carry in...
  16. Shimano high end models are fine for hard...

    Shimano high end models are fine for hard commuting use. The one and only downside is difficulty of bearing maintenance. Few shops will crack them open for fear of severing the connecting metal...
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    Modern, shallow drop bars such as 3TTT ergonova...

    Modern, shallow drop bars such as 3TTT ergonova are more comfy for many riders
    Cinelli Spinaci, small bar extensions were prohibited by UCI which probably counts in their favour, if clip-on aerobars...
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    I don't do "helmet and gloves" For me it is...

    I don't do "helmet and gloves" For me it is "gloves and helmet"
    I have taken fairly low speed tumbles, downhill and skittered along the road. No helmet action but my gloves were shaved almost 1mm...
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    There is no reason for a disc commuter bike to be...

    There is no reason for a disc commuter bike to be ultra-heavy duty fat tyre tourer. There are plenty are light, agile aluminium CX style commuter/doitall bikes, with discs, rack, fender mounts and...
  20. You really need a bigger frame. Trek make a 25" ....

    You really need a bigger frame. Trek make a 25" . Specialized Crosstrail comes in XXL
    You can adjust the fit with:
    Longer cranks (180mm)
    Long seatpost with more layback.
    Longer stem.
    Make sure...
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    KM is a quality, respected brand. If it fits and...

    KM is a quality, respected brand. If it fits and has the right features, should be fine.
    For any frame, the easy-to spot signs of quality are :
    Cast rear dropouts, which show 3-D moulding detail...
  22. A good list from 2015 (ie current) here...

    A good list from 2015 (ie current) here.

    Don't get hung up on touring bikes needing drop bars, they don't. You can tour on trekking-style, butterfly bars and do away with all the issues of drop...
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    The only training you need for a tour is enough...

    The only training you need for a tour is enough saddle time so you can ride 5-8 hours without hurting. That is more about conditioning than fitness. I always start tours with easy days. It helps to...
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    Patchin inner tubes ID hole, mark with...

    Patchin inner tubes
    ID hole, mark with cross-hairs if needed.
    Roughen surface with sandpaper, for adhesion. Wipe clean.
    Smear thin film of rubber solution larger than patch.
    Wait until tacky; a...
  25. If you need to work on bike handling, do some...

    If you need to work on bike handling, do some low-speed practice drills, such as slalom and picking up cans from the road. Don't do this in clipless pedals. Ride as slowly as you can and you will...
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