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    I took two pairs of gloves. A pair of Bontrager...

    I took two pairs of gloves. A pair of Bontrager full fingered gel gloves and an old pair of Nashbar neoprene winter gloves. The latter ones have no gel but the material is quite thick all around. I...
  2. Given the large spectrum of bikes I saw at PBP, I...

    Given the large spectrum of bikes I saw at PBP, I would say that there is no right or wrong answer as far as the bike you choose and the material it is made of: carbon, steel, aluminum, titanium,...
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    Thank you for the tip, RR7! The technology on...

    Thank you for the tip, RR7! The technology on those new Assos bibs sounds amazing. I was pretty badly chafed upon finishing PBP but pretty much healed 3 days later. I changed shorts in Carhaix (525...
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    I made it back to the finish line in the nick of...

    I made it back to the finish line in the nick of time. I felt strong until the 1,000th Km at Villainess-La-Juhel. The last night, however, was plagued for me with deep fatigue (sleepiness) and a...
  5. Great video indeed! Thank you for sharing it.

    Great video indeed! Thank you for sharing it.
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    I would be really shocked if the 5mm in crank...

    I would be really shocked if the 5mm in crank arms difference was the only thing that made your rental bike feel sluggish.
  7. Your Garmin and possibly your helmet are most...

    Your Garmin and possibly your helmet are most likely the only things they will allow to take onboard in a carry-on. Check in everything else. If the officer believes it can cause harm, s/he will...
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    It obviously trumps weight for you. Just curious...

    It obviously trumps weight for you. Just curious about how you've proactively tackled this point in regard to your gear selection.
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    Funny you asked Hypno Toad. I am experiencing a...

    Funny you asked Hypno Toad. I am experiencing a very similar issue on my longer rides as I exceed the 100 Km mark. It only happens when daytime temps are warm/hot -- over 80F. So far, no nail...
  10. Is it true that these bars, given their shape,...

    Is it true that these bars, given their shape, they feel really flexy?
  11. Not in Asia but in Mexico. A friend completed a...

    Not in Asia but in Mexico. A friend completed a tour in South America and was very unhappy with the LHT on the rough roads he encountered. He complained its maneuverability was compromised with drop...
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    My builder used Frame Saver on my custom build,...

    My builder used Frame Saver on my custom build, so I don't worry much about the inside of that frame anymore. Having said this, I use a microfiber cloth and apply Fluid Film onto it to clean my bikes...
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    Alright, I phoned my mechanic to ask him the...

    Alright, I phoned my mechanic to ask him the question. He does pry off the seals, then uses a high pressure air blow and lastly refreshes the grease. He actually said that in the U.S. very few...
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    OK. Good to know! I am not sure if BB...

    OK. Good to know!



    I am not sure if BB "failure" is a suitable description. The reason for BB replacement has been mostly rust in the bearings due to the high humidity/warm climate where I...
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    It's a Shimano Deore M610 crankset paired with an...

    It's a Shimano Deore M610 crankset paired with an XT BB70. I was informed they're fully compatible.

    I was actually wondering not so much about the crankset, but whether if a more refined bottom...
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    Thank you! Excuse my ignorance, but does the...

    Thank you! Excuse my ignorance, but does the center tube rotate as you pedal? I'm trying to understand how this plastic piece, that supposedly sees no stress or pressure of any sort, would produce a...
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    Bottom Bracket's Plastic Center Tube

    A couple of weeks ago, I took my bike to my LBS for regular maintenance. I explained to the mechanic that I was experiencing a clicking noise with each revolution of the pedals. He called me a few...
  18. +1 on bikepacking with your bike. Basically, a...

    +1 on bikepacking with your bike. Basically, a system of rackless bags. For a fixed bag, you can still get away with a handlebar bag (good thing you also have an aluminum handlebar) which is nice for...
  19. It can be if you add front/rear racks, etc. The...

    It can be if you add front/rear racks, etc. The Rodriguez Rainier is a little sportier that will still work for light touring (e.g., credit card touring). If you really want a sporty bike despite any...
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    The Rodriguez Adventure seems to fit the bill. It will work for touring, gravel riding and randonneuring. It will allow up to 35mm tires with fenders. I would suggest getting it with two forks to...
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    The 90-hour time limit is the most popular. Just...

    The 90-hour time limit is the most popular. Just to give you an idea... At the 2011 PBP, 3,104 people signed up for the 90-hour starts, 722 people signed up for the 84-hour starts and 1,176 signed up...
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    Since 2011 there are no more " per country"...

    Since 2011 there are no more " per country" quotas. You should be able to register on the 31st (mid-to-late afternoon on the 30th in North America) but be ready to just take any start time slots...
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    Sure have! No issues as far as damages. The...

    Sure have! No issues as far as damages. The compression members do an amazing work of protecting the content. The frame, as it's already separated into three major pieces (fork + two pieces for the...
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    Hi Chris, Puddle jumper = term sometimes used...

    Hi Chris,

    Puddle jumper = term sometimes used to refer to small passenger aircrafts. They usually limit the size of luggage to 62 linear inches maximum.

    The Ritchey "breakaway" method is also...
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    An idea is to make a smoothie out of several...

    An idea is to make a smoothie out of several bananas (you might want to add blueberries, too), add ice and drink it over several hours while still cool. You need to drink it before it gets too warm....
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