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    Totally off topic, and not meant to...

    Totally off topic, and not meant to sidetrack...........Love your avatar. I have the Hogan's Heros theme song for one of my friends. Every time he rings, I get a big grin on my face. So cool.

    Back...
  2. 1. Recovery time (as in sometimes you just need...

    1. Recovery time (as in sometimes you just need more than a day or even two), 2. cadence, 3. you're not going to make huge improvements in a short amount of time.

    Last summer, I rode my bike...
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    I have a 2014 520. Great bike for touring. I find...

    I have a 2014 520. Great bike for touring. I find it a bit heavy for a daily rider, but it is all I have for a road bike, and that's not going to change any time soon. Have fun!
  4. Take it easy on yourself, take a break. This past...

    Take it easy on yourself, take a break. This past summer while riding up the mountains in BC, I was so exhausted, I could only ride about a hundred meters at a time, I wouldn't even clip in I was...
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    only if you don't have bar end shifters. I prefer...

    only if you don't have bar end shifters. I prefer Take a look. Then I have the same mirror on the tandem, on touring bike, on the mountain bike, on what ever bike I rent when I go out of town. Easy...
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    +1 on the Swagman. I have a Draftmaster, but I...

    +1 on the Swagman. I have a Draftmaster, but I find that it is a little heavy, and if you are looking to save some money, Draftmaster is not the way to go. If you were hauling a tandem as I do, it...
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    Never heard of a trainer skewer. Googled it, and...

    Never heard of a trainer skewer. Googled it, and it is a specially designed QR for certain trainers, to keep the wheel securely in place in the trainer-rather than falling out and the rider toppling...
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    Too old now? WTH? This past summer I rode across...

    Too old now? WTH? This past summer I rode across Canada with 12 others-the oldest was 68! and he was one of our stronger riders-kicked my 50 year old butt every day!
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    Not to take over your thread, but it is an...

    Not to take over your thread, but it is an appropriate place for my question. Is there any reason why a stoker crank couldn't be a 165, and the captain's crank a 175? Or do they have to be the same...
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    All of the following on my Trek 520, I hit 79.78...

    All of the following on my Trek 520, I hit 79.78 km/h (49.5 mph) on a mountain downhill in BC. On flat land, I have hit 47 km/h (29 mph) with a tailwind. But my best day was when I averaged 30 km/h...
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    Wrong saddle. Are you wearing "good" padded cycle...

    Wrong saddle. Are you wearing "good" padded cycle shorts? None of my riding shorts are under $150, but the newest Assos, ($200) are not as comfortable as the lesser expensive Assos or the Pearl...
  12. First off, I wouldn't consider anything from the...

    First off, I wouldn't consider anything from the big 3. I don't ever buy new. I drive a 2006 Toyota Sequoia, bought 2 years old off Ebay from a Toyota dealership, and it was "certified". Had 58K...
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    I use Gore Bike booties, and SPD pedals.

    I use Gore Bike booties, and SPD pedals.
  14. I disagree with the word Ultimate. IMO, the...

    I disagree with the word Ultimate. IMO, the Marathon Tour Plus would be closer to ultimate. But then again, what is your definition of "Ultimate"?
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    The cost of a silk liner is silly. I took a...

    The cost of a silk liner is silly. I took a cotton twin bedsheet, folded it in half, cut it smaller and in the shape of my synthetic down military grade sleeping bag, and sewed it up half way on one...
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    I used SPD's and A530's for my last 74 day tour....

    I used SPD's and A530's for my last 74 day tour. Mountain biking shoes were D2 Kongs. Extremely stiff, and VERY comfortable. I wouldn't even take them off when I got to camp until after dinner and...
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    Thanks for all of your input. The nail was hit on...

    Thanks for all of your input. The nail was hit on the head in regards to the bike book, as it does not allow for upgrades. I own a 2013, 520-with Ultegra, and XTR components, oh, and S&S couplers,...
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    price guidelines

    I'm considering buying a Trek 520 that is 15 years old and in good overall condition. Asking price is $1000. I figured closer to $350? Or, is there a better place to post a question like this? Thank...
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    My wife decided today that the Felt F65X was the...

    My wife decided today that the Felt F65X was the bike for her. I knew we had nailed it, when she said that the bike rides like a Cadillac! Ended up shortening the stem by 15 or so mm to tighten up...
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    The Gevenalle set up has piqued my interest for...

    The Gevenalle set up has piqued my interest for sure. I was considering 6700 Ultegra's, but after reading some reviews, I am more cautious about that idea due to maintenance issues, and them not...
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    RD M971 Shimano XTR 10 speed

    RD M971 Shimano XTR 10 speed
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    Currently, I am running an 11-36, 10 speed. Bar...

    Currently, I am running an 11-36, 10 speed. Bar ends as I recall were Dura Ace, but almost all printing is worn off, so can't be positive. They work fine, I just want to have quicker shifting. This...
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    The right bar end is indexed. The left is not....

    The right bar end is indexed. The left is not. The whole reason for the change over is what I found on my past tour, is that bar end shifting is slow-because you are moving your hand from the hold...
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    hmmm. So I'm not real familiar with brifters, but...

    hmmm. So I'm not real familiar with brifters, but do they not have "half" shifts? Isn't this the same as the trim I currently have on the bar end?
  25. Last cross country tour (74 days, nearly 5000...

    Last cross country tour (74 days, nearly 5000 miles), I carried 4 patches with glue, 2 self adhesive, and one tube. Last day of the tour, I got my first flat. Glue was dried out. This is the reason...
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