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  1. I recently got a pair of Mountainsmith...

    I recently got a pair of Mountainsmith Switchbacks from Sierra Trading Post. $55 per set. On the smallish side, which is good, not waterproof. They seem well made and well thought out. A fairly basic...
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    I have used Gators for a few years. I just...

    I have used Gators for a few years. I just recently replaced them with a set of 700 x 32 Vitoria Voyager Hyper. These tires roll very well, have great ride quality and have puncture protection. They...
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    Very happy! 370001

    Very happy!

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  4. I tend to buy the best quality equipment I can...

    I tend to buy the best quality equipment I can justify. I am a bargain buyer and rarely-never pay retail. I am not at all opposed to buying second hand if the stuff is in good enough shape. I have...
  5. I wish I had every bike I have ever owned,...

    I wish I had every bike I have ever owned, including two previous tandems.
  6. My son and I will bikepack in Utah in April...3...

    My son and I will bikepack in Utah in April...3 days in the Johns Canyon area. Not much mileage but lots of exploration. All camping. In June we will do the Silverthorne to Platoro section of The...
  7. And a related thought...buying performance...

    And a related thought...buying performance sportswear from place like target can save lots of $$. The fleece you buy there is 99% as good as Pearl Izumi at a fraction of the price.
  8. I currently have a rack on my mountain bike in...

    I currently have a rack on my mountain bike in anticipation of touring in early summer. I did some trail riding with it on a little earlier and it was not a problem at all. Serious trail riding might...
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    I am down to one bike and it is a 29er hardtail...

    I am down to one bike and it is a 29er hardtail mt. bike. Lightweight so it makes an acceptable road bike, perfectly adequate for touring/bikepacking, and a superb off road bike. Here it is in...
  10. I have used STI shifters on a number of bikes...

    I have used STI shifters on a number of bikes since their very early days and many thousands of miles. I have had one failed shifter in all that time. I would be completely confident to use them for...
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    I recently got this little propane stove but I...

    I recently got this little propane stove but I haven't tried it out yet. Very cheap on Ebay or Amazon. I'm sure it wil be fine for boiling water and other light weight cooking tasks. Search for...
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    Garmin GPS Map questions

    I'm sorry if this has been beat to death but I couldn't find an answer by searching. I plan to buy a Garmin Etrex 20 for touring and hiking. Do I have to have the 100K base map? Is it suitable for...
  13. Thread: Tire Talk

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    I don't have enough miles on them to speak to...

    I don't have enough miles on them to speak to durability but they do claim to have serious flat protection built in. The side walls don't seem to be a weak spot but that's just my first impression....
  14. Early July should be fine. It is not out of the...

    Early July should be fine. It is not out of the question to have snow at the highest elevations year round.
  15. Thread: Tire Talk

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    I recently put some Vittoria Voyager Hyper 35mm...

    I recently put some Vittoria Voyager Hyper 35mm on my bike for road use. I am very impressed by their quality, ease of installation and exceptional ride quality. They are pretty slick but I did a...
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    Sticky: I agree that it is very easy to over-think the...

    I agree that it is very easy to over-think the equipment side of touring. I have pared it down to a single bicycle. My titanium 29er works as a mt. bike, long distance tourer, or bikepacker.351232
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    I would say, no I wouldn't buy a repaired carbon...

    I would say, no I wouldn't buy a repaired carbon frame. I have had a few carbon bikes but got rid of all of them. I got squeemish about carbon mt. bikes and afraid of dropping them on a rock of...
  18. I think mdlithey's big issue for now is staying...

    I think mdlithey's big issue for now is staying warm. If you make it down to Walsenburg (maybe 40 miles south of Pueblo) you can find a hotel. Maybe a little warmer there but I am expecting single...
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    Extensions for narrow handle bars?

    I have some titanium handle bars that are a little too narrow for me. Is there any way to extend them a couple of inches?
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    Johns Canyon UT

    My son and I plan to do a bike packing trip to the Johns Canyon area in the spring. Has anyone biked there before? Any route suggestions? What other info do you have? Thanks!
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    Me too.

    Me too.
  22. I think saddle comfort involves proper bike set...

    I think saddle comfort involves proper bike set up, saddle time, and the right saddle. If you,re not riding much or your position is not dialed no saddle will be comfortable. I say saddle selection...
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    Costs of being in business are what drive the...

    Costs of being in business are what drive the cost to the camper. Utilities, taxes, payroll, and insurance are expenses the campground revenue has to cover, plus a living for the owner. You are not...
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    Simplex derailleurs and Mafac brakes. No Suntour...

    Simplex derailleurs and Mafac brakes. No Suntour on it.
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    Motobecane Grand Jubile

    This is my Motobecane. I bought it new in 1983(ish). It's in very nice shape. Good to excellent paint, mechanically solid. Wheels are not original but of proper vintage. Seat post moves freely. It...
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