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  1. There are v brakes or linear pull brakes...

    There are v brakes or linear pull brakes available with shorter pull designed for road bike levers. They are often referred to as mini v brakes like the tektro 928a for example.
  2. A much cheaper option is swapping out your cantis...

    A much cheaper option is swapping out your cantis for v-brakes. You won't go back, and apart from wet/muddy performance, they are just as good if not better that discs in many ways. Just do a search...
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    I've found the best way that works for me is to...

    I've found the best way that works for me is to put my foot down, literally. Then I just take both hands off the handlebars. I haven't encountered a driver yet that hasn't seen that as a clear signal...
  4. Thanks to everyone who chimed in. I ended up...

    Thanks to everyone who chimed in. I ended up buying the ultimate bicycle product...a bicycle. I got a pretty good deal on a Dahon at a shop in Slovenia to help me see more on my travels in Europe....
  5. European bike accessories that can't be had in the U.S.

    I'm currently doing some extensive traveling in Europe (unfortunately, not with my own bike) and despite having read about it, I am still blown away by the cycling culture here compared to back home...
  6. Several years ago I was riding onto my college...

    Several years ago I was riding onto my college campus through a parking lot. I was wearing a cycling wind breaker because the morning was cold, but it warmed quickly and by the time I got near school...
  7. Seeking short European tour recommendations

    Greetings All,
    My wife and I are on a year-long globe trotting trip and are just entering our European segment (currently in Turkey). We've only done a few weekend tours in the states and are...
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    +1 on Wilfred's second point. The leading edge of...

    +1 on Wilfred's second point. The leading edge of my front fender grants the tire only about 5mm of clearance. For me it has effectively eliminated that blown-back forward-spray problem.
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    I worked for REI for a few years and ended up...

    I worked for REI for a few years and ended up helping with vehicle rack selection and installation on a very regular basis, not to mention having my own racks, of course. My experience with bike...
  10. I feel like this post and subsequent responses...

    I feel like this post and subsequent responses highlights a larger social issue. When faced with conflict the canned advice seems to be to just avoid confrontation. I agree that on a case by case...
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    "Got a whiff of the gas". Most, if not all,...

    "Got a whiff of the gas". Most, if not all, smaller 12g or 16g cartridges are CO2 (odorless) and have very strong steel cylinder walls. I have seen the 40g "big air"
    canisters, which strangely and...
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    For the cost of nice cantis, you can get cheap...

    For the cost of nice cantis, you can get cheap v-brakes and roadie long-pull levers to go with them, and you'll still have better stopping power and less trouble with adjustement/servicing compared...
  13. I have the Ortlieb Office Bag, available in...

    I have the Ortlieb Office Bag, available in hook-less or hooked back (QL3 and QL2 systems respectively) as noted by fietsbob above where on the QL3 version, part of the pannier/rack interfacing...
  14. vik, that's an awesome photo, and akin to some of...

    vik, that's an awesome photo, and akin to some of the views I'm used to while backpacking. Thanks for the tips. For some reason I figured BF would be my one stop shop for all bike related discussion....
  15. Yes, I have the 700 model. Although I can fit...

    Yes, I have the 700 model. Although I can fit larger tires than what I've got on there now, a fully rigid frame can only travel so fast on rough trails; even worse when laden with gear. I don't want...
  16. On-Road to Off-Road: making the switch

    I have been using a touring bike (Soma Saga) for the past couple years primarily as a car replacement/commuter. I still have a car to get around when needed, just don't use it much for local trips. I...
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    Haven't used toured CC but my backpacking...

    Haven't used toured CC but my backpacking experience tells me that hail is basically a non-issue for 3 season tents. The times you need a 4 season are in high winds and heavy or blowing snow. Hail...
  18. As you are already seemingly aware, it will be...

    As you are already seemingly aware, it will be next to impossible to find cycling shoes in varying widths. The cycling shoe market is a relatively small one as it is, so they tend not to make great...
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    I don't have 105 STI shifters on my bike, but my...

    I don't have 105 STI shifters on my bike, but my wife does. It's really gonna depend on what you put on the top of the rack or how wide your chosen bag is. For shifting, the end of the brake lever...
  20. I looked around a bit for you, out of my own...

    I looked around a bit for you, out of my own curiosity. I found this item, which is pretty cheap (probably in quality as well as price) but it's a seatpost rack where the platform and the support are...
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    The hole dang ride is gorgeous, but my favorite...

    The hole dang ride is gorgeous, but my favorite camping spots along that stretch are:

    Andrew Molera SP, no dedicated bike camping but it's walk-in only, cars park about 0.5 miles from the sites...
  22. Logo Evo here. Had the Logo first (older model)...

    Logo Evo here. Had the Logo first (older model) then was nearly t-boned by a motorist, the rack was destroyed but it saved the rest of my bike. I wanted to replace it but by then the Logo Evo was...
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    that's awesome, thanks so much

    that's awesome, thanks so much
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    Xtracycle Dimensions

    Hey Gang,

    So I'm looking at replacing the lower decks on my Trek Transport and am wondering if the dimensions are similar enough that I could just adapt the Xtracycle parts for my application....
  25. That collar you acquired replaces the seatpost...

    That collar you acquired replaces the seatpost collar on your bike. It keeps the seatpost in place but the design primarily transfers any stress from the rack to the seatpost tube (the frame...
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