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  1. What banks do you guys use that are Europe...

    What banks do you guys use that are Europe friendly?
  2. I'd bet you live a Really exciting life. :P

    I'd bet you live a Really exciting life. :P
  3. Thanks for the heads up. That is one thing I've...

    Thanks for the heads up. That is one thing I've managed to research pretty well. My hope is just that we can get a European airline. If that doesn't work, I know there are a few in particular that...
  4. Regarding the passports, mine is a few years old,...

    Regarding the passports, mine is a few years old, so it's got a while left. I believe my friend just got his, so he's fine. As for the banking, I was planning on getting an account with a bank that...
  5. I ride different bikes if it's going to be...

    I ride different bikes if it's going to be raining. I have a "nice bike" with a very decent vintage steel frame and nice components. It doesn't really see water much beyond the occasional puddle left...
  6. Hmm... Well I don't know if going any sooner is a...

    Hmm... Well I don't know if going any sooner is a possibility. It's already mid-April, so going earlier basically means flying out in 2 weeks. I felt like we weren't leaving ourselves much time as it...
  7. We are looking a tickets now. So far we're...

    We are looking a tickets now. So far we're finding ~$1500, assuming flying out in ~6 weeks. Machka, like I said, we were planning on being there this summer, but since you guys said August isn't a...
  8. We were planning on this year, leaving in a...

    We were planning on this year, leaving in a couple months, but perhaps we'll push that back if August is a bad time. A slight push back is doable. And no need to worry about the McDonalds. Neither of...
  9. We were thinking more along the lines of sleeping...

    We were thinking more along the lines of sleeping in a wooded patch when we can find one vs. pay camp sites. Neither of us has any problem getting off the road a ways and clearing a spot to pitch the...
  10. We're both completely prepared and fine with...

    We're both completely prepared and fine with putting up with cheap, repetitive food sources, sleeping on the ground, etc. Some discomfort is fine if it means we can ride our bikes around for months...
  11. Well, on the plus side, while I have ~$1500 to...

    Well, on the plus side, while I have ~$1500 to get me through, my touring partner has a little better budget. While I will try to pay my share, of course, he might be fine with paying for a couple...
  12. It's going to be a very tight budget, but it's...

    It's going to be a very tight budget, but it's something that I've always wanted to do and a friend and I have a chance to do it, so we're gonna figure out how to make it work. I'm currently trying...
  13. Do you think this set-up will carrry enough for a 2-3 month European tour?

    Keep in mind that I don't have hundreds to spend on nice panniers. I could maybe swing the Nashbar fronts and a cheap low rider rack if my idea won't work out. On to the idea!

    I have a rear rack...
  14. That's a lot to put on a little skewer, and it...

    That's a lot to put on a little skewer, and it does seem like it would be kinda sketchy in the dropout simply because all of those things getting clamped in don't have nice big flat points that will...
  15. Definitely start riding it again! It is a nice...

    Definitely start riding it again! It is a nice bike. Mine must have been in an accident at some point. The fork is a Tange Chromoly replacement. Feel free to post up pictures of yours in original...
  16. Sounds like you have a lot of growing up to do,...

    Sounds like you have a lot of growing up to do, regardless of the food stamp thing. Do yourself a favor and do a lot of thinking while you're out on this tour. And I don't mean daydreaming about the...
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    What he said. I think on that I might run a tiny...

    What he said. I think on that I might run a tiny bit of tread on the front tire just for the occasional time when your front wheel tries to track a tire rut(the tread helps your tire climb back out)....
  18. Thread: 520 or 750

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    No need for the guessing and speculation. The...

    No need for the guessing and speculation. The Trek catalog clearly lays out that the Trek 7xx bikes from that year are the same geometry as the 520 from that year, just with the 7xx bikes having an...
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    I don't know if Vittoria Hypers would have enough...

    I don't know if Vittoria Hypers would have enough tread for you or not, but look into those if you haven't seen them before. They're light and fast rolling. I'd even say they're almost like narrower...
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    I saw that this was alluded to, but not directly...

    I saw that this was alluded to, but not directly mentioned, so just to make sure you're aware, "29er" tires are just 700c tires with a hype name. You can find lots of "29ers" in higher volume sizes,...
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    Ah! OK. That makes sense then. Though I think...

    Ah! OK. That makes sense then. Though I think they do make bags that are on mounts a little further out to accommodate those style levers, I'm sure they're expensive and I don't know of any off hand...
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    She can do a couple nights No problem with just...

    She can do a couple nights No problem with just rear panniers if you're sharing a tent and you have it on your bike. I think she could even comfortably get 5 days out of it if you add a handlebar bag...
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    If I were you, I'd look into going to another...

    If I were you, I'd look into going to another bike shop. The stuff you planned in the original post should all work just great together. Certainly the rear derailer isn't going to be affected at all...
  24. I've thought of the spare rotor thing before, but...

    I've thought of the spare rotor thing before, but always thought "well, a rotor not attached to anything is likely to get bent, so that doesn't seem like a good back-up either." but it just occurred...
  25. Thanks, Clasher. You're right to some extent...

    Thanks, Clasher. You're right to some extent about the flight. At the same time, I don't think a 100% all-or-nothing attitude is terribly realistic regarding pollution and general treatment of the...
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