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    I rode the crap out of a Giant sport tourer (the...

    I rode the crap out of a Giant sport tourer (the OCR Carbon) at that weight. Giant makes some of the best carbon on the planet. I trust them.

    The only thing you *may* have to worry about are the...
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    I ride these on my road/cross bike, with 36...

    I ride these on my road/cross bike, with 36 spokes to King hubs.

    I've had them when I was as heavy as 320, and now when I'm closer to 270.

    They have held up perfectly, requiring only the...
  3. First, I am personally not a minimalist. I can...

    First, I am personally not a minimalist. I can see how you got there, but...I'm not. I'm carrying a 2-man Hilleberg, not a tarp. I also have a rather big inflatable mattress because I'm a clydesdale...
  4. A few things from someone who tours with panniers...

    A few things from someone who tours with panniers and also bikepacks.

    First, I've seen plenty of pannier tourists that haphazardly strap stuff everywhere, just as I see bikepackers with incredibly...
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    Yes, someone being an absolute jerk against the...

    Yes, someone being an absolute jerk against the spirit of the thread is totally OK.

    Calling out that person for being a jerk - now that is the real problem. :roflmao:

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    PS - this is a...
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    To contribute, the Apple 'Find Friends' works...

    To contribute, the Apple 'Find Friends' works pretty well. It can sync your location from your iPhone to iCloud, and anyone with an iPhone or a Mac laptop/desktop can be invited to know your...
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    It's really tiresome to read a thread about ways...

    It's really tiresome to read a thread about ways to let relatives/friends have real-time tracking and have half the posts be chest-thumping about how much you don't need it.

    We get it. You're SO...
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    Yeah, Salsa is seriously dropping the ball on...

    Yeah, Salsa is seriously dropping the ball on that one. I'm getting a custom rear rack made for my Vaya just because the Alternator is so heavy, high, and just plain awful looking.

    The 50 pound...
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    Why not the Salsa Marrakesh? I have the Vaya,...

    Why not the Salsa Marrakesh?

    I have the Vaya, and I'd say it's more for light touring and also being lots of fun for gravel grinding, rather than having a primary job of carrying lots of stuff...
  10. I'm a big fan of Specialized saddles, mostly...

    I'm a big fan of Specialized saddles, mostly because they have different widths to handle different sized people. They even have a specific tool that you go sit on for a bit that will determine the...
  11. Yeah, I have 2.0 Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires on...

    Yeah, I have 2.0 Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires on my Vaya, and it feels a bit like a couch on a smooth road - not a zingy little road bike - but when I zone out and hit a pothole at speed, or cruise...
  12. Nope, you'd need a 29er MTB rim with a 2.2"-2.4"...

    Nope, you'd need a 29er MTB rim with a 2.2"-2.4" tire to fit a 27.5+ bike. Otherwise your BB would drop.
  13. http://snowdesign.com/fun/tarck_nz/05.jpg Yep,...

    http://snowdesign.com/fun/tarck_nz/05.jpg

    Yep, that's what I do. I put more weight on front. It's not traditional, but it's way better than traditional.

    First, I use a bikepacking setup in the...
  14. Finland / Estonia / Latvia / Lithuania - as far...

    Finland / Estonia / Latvia / Lithuania - as far as I can get - next July.
  15. For fat bikes, most run 4" wide tires on 80mm...

    For fat bikes, most run 4" wide tires on 80mm rims. Those can also run regular 29er wheels/2.4" tires, as well as the new 27.5+ wheels / 3" tires. Those are usually what's used for groomed trails,...
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    I've broken Hopes and Deores. Hope failed at the...

    I've broken Hopes and Deores. Hope failed at the axle, Deore cracked a flange.

    I'm a Clydesdale, ex powerlifter, not the usual cyclist. YMMV.

    Now I'm only DT Swiss and King.
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    I'm 270, I tend to tear hubs to shreds, I've...

    I'm 270, I tend to tear hubs to shreds, I've tried many brands in various types of cycling, and the best touring hub I've found is DT Swiss.

    Their mechanism is simple, robust as hell, easily...
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    Sounds like you want to do it then?

    Sounds like you want to do it then?
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    Eh, I always go Tubus. There are places to cheap...

    Eh, I always go Tubus. There are places to cheap out, but the racks aren't one for me.
  20. Those master links that require being squeezed...

    Those master links that require being squeezed can be removed easily with a standard pair of pliers. https://youtu.be/WNqtRleH1WE?t=55s
    I've changed them a bunch of times with my Leatherman. You...
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    Why use an antique like a Brooks when we have...

    Why use an antique like a Brooks when we have Specialized BG saddles?

    I love the fact that they have different widths for different hip bones. Best saddles ever.
  22. I have a buddy that's toured all over the world...

    I have a buddy that's toured all over the world recumbent. He wouldn't have it any other way.

    That said, he also has multiple PhDs and a long beard, which I think you must have at least one of...
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    You didn't owe him any explanation at all, let...

    You didn't owe him any explanation at all, let alone that.

    But I do appreciate your explanation for the way you explore. I like the way you leave yourself open to being surprised.
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    I'm your height, 50+ pounds more than you, and I...

    I'm your height, 50+ pounds more than you, and I ride road.

    Look into different kinds of bikes than a pure racer - like a 'sport tourer', with a longer wheelbase, taller head tube, and overall...
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    Somebody said they're heavy? How? For the...

    Somebody said they're heavy? How? For the carrying capacity I couldn't find a lighter bag.

    I also dig the new super-reflective versions too. The fabric is woven with reflective fiber so the whole...
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