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    Whether if / when / where he plans to tour is his...

    Whether if / when / where he plans to tour is his business. He asked a simple question about bear protection. If you don't feel like participating, just move on. No need to be nasty about it.
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    This forum is for people to ask questions. That...

    This forum is for people to ask questions. That includes people who are new to touring. The OP doesn't need your approval before he is allowed to post. You are being antisocial.
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    Coming to this discussion late. Here are my...

    Coming to this discussion late. Here are my thoughts:

    1. I assume you will be traveling somewhere with a significan bear population.
    2. Wasp spray is designed for wasps. If wasp spray was...
  4. 9) The Earth is smaller than you think. 10)...

    9) The Earth is smaller than you think.

    10) The world is safe.
  5. I generally only take my smartphone, but on very...

    I generally only take my smartphone, but on very long trips, I take an iPad. It's mostly for morale support: watching a movie in the tent, and such. I've been eyeing those Microsoft Surface tablets....
  6. Thread: S&S couplings

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    I have an S&S True North bike. Hugh did an...

    I have an S&S True North bike. Hugh did an excellent job with the frame. It was not a retrofit, so I can't give a before-after comparison, but I can vouch for his craftsmanship.

    I also want to...
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    Bar ends. I've never had brifters break, but I've...

    Bar ends. I've never had brifters break, but I've had plenty of derailleurs and derailleur hangars damaged. When the indexing goes south, the first thing I do is switch my shifter to friction mode....
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    9, plus three unicycles.

    9, plus three unicycles.
  9. WTF? Probably mentally ill, or got divorced that...

    WTF? Probably mentally ill, or got divorced that morning, or something similar.
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    I have a 1989 Miele Tivoli sitting in my mother's...

    I have a 1989 Miele Tivoli sitting in my mother's basement in Toronto. Here's the thread from years ago, when I acquired it:...
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    I've biked around Lake Ontario, so that covers...

    I've biked around Lake Ontario, so that covers your Kingston to Sandbanks segment. From Kingston onwards, stick to the waterfront Hwy 33, take the the ferry at Glenora, check out Lake on the...
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    No personal experience, but having just looked at...

    No personal experience, but having just looked at the photos, I prefer the blue.
  13. I'm a unicyclist. Back when I used to commute to...

    I'm a unicyclist. Back when I used to commute to university at a small place in Ontario, I found the "you lost a wheel", "where's your other wheel?" remarks extremely tiresome. Half the people who...
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    You can use any modern 130-74 BCD road triple...

    You can use any modern 130-74 BCD road triple crank and install 48-38-24 t chainrings. Throw in a mountain rear derailleur with sufficient capacity for your chosen cassette-chainring combination and...
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    I never understood why frame builders design an...

    I never understood why frame builders design an offset between the top tube and the seat stays. Any deviation from perfect triangles weakens the frame. And unicrown fork, ugh.
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    Tighten your bolts properly and they won't shear....

    Tighten your bolts properly and they won't shear. Load bearing is by friction first, then shear. Friction is a function of the normal force times the coefficient.

    Bolt Mechanics

    Grease doesn't...
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    On the contrary, domesticated animals, cows,...

    On the contrary, domesticated animals, cows, chickens, etc., are some of the most successful species on earth. According to Wikipedia, there were 1.47 billion cattle in 2013, and 24 billion chickens...
  18. Regarding clipless vs. platforms, I'm solidly in...

    Regarding clipless vs. platforms, I'm solidly in the clipless camp. I use Time ATAC mountain pedals. I've owned the ATAC ROC, Alium, 2010 regular, and 2013 regular pedals. The 2013 model has a widely...
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    I've been wearing Shimano mountain / touring...

    I've been wearing Shimano mountain / touring shoes for years. I use them with clipless, but there's nothing preventing you from using them with platforms. They are stiff enough for cycling and very...
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    Rim brakes for me. I tour with an S&S bike and...

    Rim brakes for me. I tour with an S&S bike and discs would be yet another thing to disassemble for packing. Even if I was to use a full sized bike case, I'd still be worried about the discs being...
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    What kind of place do you work at?

    What kind of place do you work at?
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    No, it's still about the rear. Tubus makes...

    No, it's still about the rear. Tubus makes seatstay clamps as well. These look nothing like their fork clamps. They are just beefier versions of hardware store p-clamps.
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    For what it's worth, back when I used p-clamps, I...

    For what it's worth, back when I used p-clamps, I used the hardware store variety without issue. They come rubber coated and were very convenient.
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    I was on a four month tour and found a porn disc...

    I was on a four month tour and found a porn disc on the road. Happiest day of my life.
  25. What do you think about the aesthetics of sloped stems?

    We all know the classic bike look: horizontal top tube, -17 degree (horizontal) stem.

    I have a custom tourer, threadless headset, traditional geometry. The steerer is cut so that I can achieve my...
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