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  1. I put both "struts" as you call them in a vise at...

    I put both "struts" as you call them in a vise at the same time. I line them up so that they are sitting at the same height and the mounting holes are concentric. Then I just take a soft mallet and...
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    As a backpacker as well as a bike camper (haven't...

    As a backpacker as well as a bike camper (haven't done any extensive touring yet) I am partial to the Big Agnes Fly Creek Series of tents. They are super light with each model running around 1 lb per...
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    When nothing else seems to work, in cases like...

    When nothing else seems to work, in cases like these...I use Break Free CLP. I already had it in my shed because it was recommended by the salesman when I purchased my gun. But then I had found a...
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    I have another piece of bike luggage that uses...

    I have another piece of bike luggage that uses the QL3 system (Ortlieb Vario Backpack/Pannier). My bicycle does not have disc brakes so this may not be of great value to you but... I have a Tubus...
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    Yeah, I know about the bic pen thing. I have the...

    Yeah, I know about the bic pen thing. I have the NY fughettaboutit (sp?) so no round key issue here.
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    Rumors of a Kryptonite master key?

    So I heard from a an acquaintance who works for the city of Santa Monica, CA who overheard a conversation with a police officer that bikes are being stolen by people who seem to have keys. Apparently...
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    +1 on the Boeshield.

    +1 on the Boeshield.
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    0. Chain tool 1. Spoke wrench 2. Cone wrenches...

    0. Chain tool
    1. Spoke wrench
    2. Cone wrenches
    3. Cassette lockring tool and chain whip (if you have one you'll need the other)
    4. Crank arm puller and bottom bracket tool (if you have one you'll...
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    I came to that conclusion by personal experience....

    I came to that conclusion by personal experience. As far as I know, my kickstand is properly set up. I have the greenfield kickstand and cut it according to the manufacturer's instructions. As I...
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    Of course that would happen, Ortliebs are...

    Of course that would happen, Ortliebs are waterproof by definition. That means no water in AND no water out.
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    All Ortlieb Products 25% off

    Just a heads-up for all my fellow cyclists out there. REI is having a sale on many things, but perhaps most importantly, anything Ortlieb is 25% off. At $115+tax, I haven't found a better deal...
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    All Ortlieb Products 25% off

    Just a heads-up for all my fellow cyclists out there. REI is having a sale on many things, but perhaps most importantly, anything Ortlieb is 25% off. At $115+tax, I haven't found a better deal...
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    Right side. Sometime I feel like I ought to have...

    Right side. Sometime I feel like I ought to have it on the left for reasons mentioned above (buffer from traffic?, reflective accents on the pannier...) but I keep it on the right anyways. My reasons...
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    +1
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    All this talk about tire aging has me all excited...

    All this talk about tire aging has me all excited about swapping out my spares that have been hanging in the shed for two years. Also, glad to read some reviews of the schwalbe's...I nearly just...
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    I don't know how you could forget your helmet if...

    I don't know how you could forget your helmet if you hang it on your bike (like I do). I suppose the assumption must be made that you have one bike and one helmet...
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    Long Beach, CA seems to be trying. On the...

    Long Beach, CA seems to be trying. On the building at city hall they have a big steel badge that claims long beach as "the most bicycle friendly city in America". The problem is that as far as I can...
  18. Never bothered with a lock on tour. So far I have...

    Never bothered with a lock on tour. So far I have always gone with someone else who can watch my bike if I ever need to leave it unattended during the day. When sleeping, I partially disassemble it;...
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    Sticky: I have: Geax Evolution 29x1.9 (700x48) tire...

    I have:

    Geax Evolution 29x1.9 (700x48) tire set. Less than 50 miles use. Great condition. Retail $20-30 each.

    2012 Marin Four Corners 58 cm Touring Bike frame/fork only. Frame/fork in excellent...
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    Sticky bottom bracket cable guide

    After my bike was locked up on a bike rack all day, I hopped on and the first time that I needed to change chainrings (to go uphill) I pushed my bar-end shifter but the FD didn't shift for a second...
  21. Thanks for sharing!! I really enjoy seeing new...

    Thanks for sharing!! I really enjoy seeing new ideas for great places to ride.
  22. We were talking about this in the shop the other...

    We were talking about this in the shop the other day. About how more higher end ($1000) road and mt bikes would probably be sold with SPD or SPD-SL pedals and clips if it weren't for this law. They...
  23. Use these: 349509 ...

    Use these:

    349509

    http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-SPD-platform-reflector-SM-PD22/dp/B003UWBR7U/ref=sr_1_6?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1383773577&sr=1-6&keywords=spd+platform

    They only occupy...
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    Rack repair

    Aside from generally being stronger, that is, able to carry more weight, the other reason I have read for why so many cyclists (tourists) recommend steel racks is that in the unlikely even that you...
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    +1 on the fenders. I live in southern california...

    +1 on the fenders. I live in southern california and almost no one has fenders on their bikes here. I ride my bike to school everyday 10 miles RT and fenders have saved both me and my bike from nasty...
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