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    Consider the resale value as well. Moto is going...

    Consider the resale value as well. Moto is going to have crap resale value. You will retain better resale value with the Surly.
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    Yes, old school rocks. Here is my almost-complete...

    Yes, old school rocks. Here is my almost-complete gravel bike. Just need a front brake and different handlebar. The Pasela TG 32's fit fine with 3-4mm clearance on each side (rear). Long reach front...
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    People, he specifically said he's not looking for...

    People, he specifically said he's not looking for studded tires and if it's icy, he'll hitch a ride.
  4. They're pretty cool bikes. I have an '89 MB-4...

    They're pretty cool bikes. I have an '89 MB-4 myself. Your bike looks to be in much better shape than mine, though...
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    For me, just about any tires worked for non-icy,...

    For me, just about any tires worked for non-icy, packed snow. Even skinny 23's were ok (though not preferred). I was on a 20 mile ride last week on semi-knobbish tires (700x43), which I had zero...
  6. If you get the urge to get a LHT fork, just saw...

    If you get the urge to get a LHT fork, just saw this one for sale. No affiliation.

    http://www.bikepacking.net/forum/index.php/topic,6653.0.html
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    If the Verita deal doesn't work out, I'd suggest...

    If the Verita deal doesn't work out, I'd suggest a Black Mountain road frame. Supposed to fit 33's. For brakes, Paul Racer brakes can be used for the fatter tires.
  8. Thread: Tire help

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    Local dude about 220, and several posts years ago...

    Local dude about 220, and several posts years ago on RBR. All were 32 size, I believe.
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    Don't forget that the Strag comes with ED...

    Don't forget that the Strag comes with ED coating, which adds a little weight. But besides all that, you're not paying for the name (maybe a little), but all the R&D and innovation that goes into the...
  10. Thread: Tire help

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    I'd recommend Conti Gatorskins. Less than $40 on...

    I'd recommend Conti Gatorskins. Less than $40 on Amazon Prime (700x28)

    My Pasela's are ok, but some heavier folks have commented they are a little squirmy. I heard better things about Jack Brown...
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    I used this for a couple of years with no issues:...

    I used this for a couple of years with no issues:

    http://www.benscycle.com/p-913-sugino-rd-trackfixed-crankset.aspx


    On my 83 Trek, I bought some Shimano 600 cranks for $30 on ebay, added...
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    I've had DA 7800, Ultegra, 105, Nashbar and...

    I've had DA 7800, Ultegra, 105, Nashbar and Tektro. All were spec'ed with salmon Kool Stops. They all performed well and I wouldn't hesitate to put any one of them on my bikes. I'm currently on...
  13. What about a Surly LHT or Disc Trucker fork? ...

    What about a Surly LHT or Disc Trucker fork? 390mm A/C, 45mm tire clearance, crown and mid mounts, cheap and durable.

    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=61018
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    I don't think Retrospec did any research when...

    I don't think Retrospec did any research when specing the rear cable routing. But seems like a good price.
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    Ah, right. The budget. Bicycleoutfittersindy...

    Ah, right. The budget. Bicycleoutfittersindy currently has a 25% off coupon good through the beginning of the year. If they will sell you a complete, it should come to around $1,300 or so (if...
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    Surly Straggler. Steel, discs. ...

    Surly Straggler. Steel, discs.

    http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/26/qetavaje.jpg
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    I keep wondering when BD will actually have an...

    I keep wondering when BD will actually have an original idea of their own.
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    Honestly, I think you're way overthinking this....

    Honestly, I think you're way overthinking this. Unless you're a courier looking to zip across town, "agility" isn't going to be a big factor. Just find something that will be comfortable and will...
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    As blackcloud said, not a big deal. If you have...

    As blackcloud said, not a big deal. If you have fenders, could be a little more hassle if you have the wheel set all the way back in the dropouts. But it comes with limiter screws so you can set it...
  20. Thread: SS Noob Questions

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    I think it just depends on your local terrain....

    I think it just depends on your local terrain. Just start with the traditional 42x17 and go from there. Or just go with what you got to see if it will work.
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    Based on your intended usage (no racing), seems...

    Based on your intended usage (no racing), seems to be the Straggler has the better geo on paper. Lower BB, longer CS. I would get the Straggler personally, due to the better tire clearance and being...
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    Cross Check. Although for commuting and touring,...

    Cross Check. Although for commuting and touring, I would opt for a Surly LHT or Disc Trucker. Little more upright position and can take a ton of stuff.

    My Cross Check:
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  23. Thread: Wabi Cycles

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    I did look at the WT's when they first came out....

    I did look at the WT's when they first came out. Back when BD used to post almost every single day on every single bike forum I know, they (he) just rubbed me the wrong way. This may be a bit of the...
  24. I wonder how many suggesting track bikes have...

    I wonder how many suggesting track bikes have actually carried a load of cargo on a bike? High BB, twitchy geo, and short CS don't do well when you're trying to carry a rack full of groceries.
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    I actually had a Cross Check. It was a good bike...

    I actually had a Cross Check. It was a good bike with a ton of clearance. Just never got along 100% with it for some reason. When I had a Steamroller, I liked taking it on dirt/gravel roads and...
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