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  1. You will notice. Be aware 14T small to middle...

    You will notice. Be aware 14T small to middle jumps can have more issues.
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    No, No, No I rode from Ayachucho to Quito with...

    No, No, No

    I rode from Ayachucho to Quito with three bags (theft). Having three bags loses the #1 benefit of using two.

    What is that you ask?

    The ability readjust weight quickly based on...
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    --Extra Cleat bolts-- Extra rack bolts ...

    --Extra Cleat bolts--
    Extra rack bolts

    Ability to take the crank off. --IF you are running asquare taper BB buy 8mm self extracting crank bolts and an 8mm wrench--
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    I am not fond of 32t middles for street utility...

    I am not fond of 32t middles for street utility riding on 26in wheels and 38T for four bag touring on 700c.

    14 T jumps can have more issues. For me is was 24 to 38 jump.

    Someone asked me once,...
  5. Most North Americans carry a nice supply of...

    Most North Americans carry a nice supply of emergency calories around the middle. Until that supply has been depleted I really don't worry about energy levels or calorie intake. My uncle on the other...
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    The seat and seat post completes me. 371443 ...

    The seat and seat post completes me.

    371443

    El-OS 61cm. First ride on the spring season.
  7. Thread: 26" or 700C

    by escii_35
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    26in, are easier to origami into airplane legal...

    26in, are easier to origami into airplane legal cases.

    and what everyone else said.

    5ft nothing on a good hair day. 26in
    Going to Central of South America 26in
    700c vs 26in tire choice. Not...
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    Be flexible and use both. Buy some maps and fill...

    Be flexible and use both. Buy some maps and fill in with electronic.

    Take a look at Sustrans Shop :: Welcome to Sustrans' online shop

    Riding with sustrans can turn into a bit of a love-hate...
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    Go ghetto common 26in wheels, 7 speed...

    Go ghetto common

    26in wheels, 7 speed freewheel drive train, 104/64 4 bolt square taper cranks and 135 rear spacing.

    or go with what you like. Just remember replacing that super cool wiz...
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    I'll second that. Cell phone service and power...

    I'll second that. Cell phone service and power was pretty darned available in Peru... an nice bathroom not so much. In the USA hiding at a McDonalds during the heat of the day drinking a $1 beverage...
  11. Another twist. Bar con the RD and buy a new...

    Another twist.

    Bar con the RD and buy a new integrated crank. If your FD is clamp on you should only be out one bar-con a smidgen of cable and a crank.

    Why do I like this setup? Finickiness...
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    Does six months in south america count? #1...

    Does six months in south america count?

    #1 ick. 2 amp power.
    #2 no forward facing camera
    #3 does not play nice with a particular wifi router which I would randomly come accross.
  13. I have toured on older/newer c-dales, Mid 80's...

    I have toured on older/newer c-dales, Mid 80's Miyata 3xbutted and custom Tig.


    Older T-Series c-dales may run 27in wheels, ick.
    Older T-Series unloaded will rattle your teeth unloaded (I had to...
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    Sweet sport tour bike heavily component tweaked...

    Sweet sport tour bike heavily component tweaked to the sport side.

    If the front dérailleur is clamp-on you can buy a perfectly -some brand- serviceable triple with BB for less then $200usd and...
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    My current frankensetup is which made it from TDF...

    My current frankensetup is which made it from TDF to Quito:

    Mirage 9sp shifters on drop bars hooked to canti
    DA bar con for the cog shifter (for extra style reuse a front shifter)
    clamp on...
  16. Avoid the pack craziness and just cruise until...

    Avoid the pack craziness and just cruise until the Spanaway stop. All the nasty bike on bike accidents I have seen occurred on the groovey fast nice tar flat section near Roy.

    Getting into and...
  17. For bad tar roads the best thing I have come...

    For bad tar roads the best thing I have come across is the soft ride suspension stem. I can't give it a thumbs up on single track or in the soft.

    Im still on the lookout for a reasonably priced...
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    Cranks used: 700c No name 48-38-28 x 13-28...

    Cranks used:

    700c
    No name 48-38-28 x 13-28
    Sugino 48-36-24 x 13-28

    26in
    Alivio 48-38-38
    Truvativ 48-38-28(26)
    Deore 44-32-22
  19. Thread: "Travel Bike"

    by escii_35
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    If you are below 6ft I would push you toward a...

    If you are below 6ft I would push you toward a small wheeled folder. Otherwise price performance the LHT DLX is hard to beat.

    On the packing side:

    Dropping the fork is no big deal these days...
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    Off tar 4 bags 22x32 on 26 in wheels is my limit....

    Off tar 4 bags 22x32 on 26 in wheels is my limit. On tar I could probably step it up one notch but how often are you climbing at over 8500 ft at 6% on tar.

    TBF and a nice ACL MCL on one knee...
  21. For an across or down the Canada/USA go for it...

    For an across or down the Canada/USA go for it and have fun. Check to see if you can put on a 26 or 24 small ring without any funkiness. South America is going to beat up your bike and I highly...
  22. Like other folks have said gearing is personal. ...

    Like other folks have said gearing is personal.

    I like to "tune to the middle ring" so I can avoid shifting the front as much as possible

    On 26in wheels a 32T middle is way to small unloaded...
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    2012 Crossed from Chile to Arg - Dec 9 Crossed...

    2012
    Crossed from Chile to Arg - Dec 9
    Crossed from Chile to Arg - Dec 23
    Crossed from Chile to Arg - Dec 29
    2013
    Exited Arg on Jan 9.

    I was given huge amounts of grief for not having a some...
  24. For non RT trips I buy a suitcase at a local...

    For non RT trips I buy a suitcase at a local charity shop and cut down a box to airplane legal. All packing supplies are left at the airport. Wheels go in the box tubes into the suitcase.

    For RT...
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    Thread is done but I wanted to comment. 5-8sp...

    Thread is done but I wanted to comment.

    5-8sp chains are available all over the world in every corner shop. 9 and 10 not so much.

    Gear Density: 5 speed 13-28 free vs 7 speed 13-28 free vs 9...
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