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  1. Chris, Is it possible that you might be...

    Chris,

    Is it possible that you might be overthinking this? Given the total extreme elevation this race is likely to have, I wonder if the heavier deep rims should be part of your tactic. If this...
  2. This is my biggest worry for the very long...

    This is my biggest worry for the very long brevets: not being able to sleep enough (for good recovery) to repeat the same feat the next day. Just curious, how much sleep on average do you get each...
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    I highly suggest ending your bike tour in Lucca....

    I highly suggest ending your bike tour in Lucca. It's a MUCH more interesting town than Pisa and the road from Florence is more scenic. If the leaning tower is a must or if you need to fly out of...
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    The Four Corners area in the USA (check out the...

    The Four Corners area in the USA (check out the forest roads used by the San Juan Huts), Northern Laos south to Van Vieng (avoid it around Chinese New Year though), Baja, along the Appenines in...
  5. The Surly Troll makes a great frameset, IMO. I...

    The Surly Troll makes a great frameset, IMO. I like that it gives you the option for either disc or rim brakes.


    My experience is that a good wheelbuilder can get you similar (sometimes even...
  6. "Minimizing any possible risks to the max" - I...

    "Minimizing any possible risks to the max" - I was referring to his selection of components: heavy-duty MTB 29er frameset, custom wheelset, 2.4" fat knobby tires, Rohloff drivetrain, etc. It is...
  7. +1 - $3,500 for a fully built USA-made Rod UTB...

    +1 - $3,500 for a fully built USA-made Rod UTB Basic, including S&S couplers. You can reduce costs if you already have a few components lying around (e.g., 26" wheels.)

    The Reynolds 725 frame...
  8. In Latin America it happens more often than you...

    In Latin America it happens more often than you might think.


    Why go through that trouble when you can find tons of 26" rims in Latin America. There are people who have been known to take a cheap...
  9. As you ride to Ushuaia, Argentina you'll...

    As you ride to Ushuaia, Argentina you'll encounter a lot of rough terrain, more than you'll find in North America. In fact, the most beautiful sceneries will most likely be off the beaten path....
  10. What kind of bike is it? 12,000 Km. loaded...

    What kind of bike is it? 12,000 Km. loaded touring or simply unloaded riding?
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    John, Not sure if the endurance bike in...

    John,

    Not sure if the endurance bike in question is for you, but let's assume it is since you indicate a "yet to buy" in your profile.

    As mentioned, no need to spend huge amounts of money on...
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    A neat project with that kind of money would be a...

    A neat project with that kind of money would be a custom bike that would integrate various interchangeable parts and components. These parts and components would completely change the feel and...
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    I own both brands of hubs (disc versions.) The...

    I own both brands of hubs (disc versions.) The Chris King hubs have an excellent engagement system, but you pay for that with hubs that don't roll as fast. The White Industries hubs, on the other...
  14. Ditto. After 20 years of hanging on the wall,...

    Ditto. After 20 years of hanging on the wall, please take the bike to a mechanic and have the wheels thoroughly checked and trued. In the best case scenario, you might have to replace only the spokes...
  15. True that you can use any debit/credit card...

    True that you can use any debit/credit card virtually anywhere in the world. Transaction fees and foreign exchange fees, however, have also become the norm worlwide. Add the two up on monthly basis...
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    I've been doing part of my rides on liquids. I...

    I've been doing part of my rides on liquids. I eat solid carbs/proteins the eve before a long ride though. I have been drinking for breakfast 2-3 glasses of fruit smoothies with bananas as the main...
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    Picture please?

    Picture please?
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    Glad to know you found a solution. It sounds like...

    Glad to know you found a solution. It sounds like you're all set. It's a good idea to go with components found or manufactured near you.
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    ^^^ Unless something drastically changes by...

    ^^^
    Unless something drastically changes by 2015, my understanding is that there are no support vehicles allowed at PBP. You could manage having a friend or relative wait for you just outside of...
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    Yes, boutique hubs might be the way to go. If...

    Yes, boutique hubs might be the way to go. If you're wondering about the differences among these three hubs. DT Swiss are the lightest, but for what they are (technology and craftsmanship in them),...
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    The two major decisions with purchasing a LHT are...

    The two major decisions with purchasing a LHT are wheel size (700c Vs. 26") and brake type (V-brake Vs. Disc). If this is your first touring bike, buying used is the way to go which will get you the...
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    The Surly forks are the only (new) forks that...

    The Surly forks are the only (new) forks that I've come across for rigid 26" wheeled bikes. If you don't like those, you will need to go with a custom fork but those will cost way more.
  23. Yes to this hub option. Road, cyclocross,...

    Yes to this hub option. Road, cyclocross, all-rounders and touring bikes are all quickly moving in that direction. It makes sense to include such hub in your line in both 32 and 36-spoke versions.
  24. Ditto on Velocity rims. I also like Mavic, but...

    Ditto on Velocity rims. I also like Mavic, but some high end wheels might require an inexpensive proprietary tool to replace the spokes.

    For spokes, double butted spokes. The following is personal...
  25. Schwalbe Tubes! Pricier than most, but super...

    Schwalbe Tubes! Pricier than most, but super reliable.
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