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  1. I have rando bars on my Soma Saga and I find them...

    I have rando bars on my Soma Saga and I find them very comfortable. Since the drops flair out the angle of the brake hoods makes for comfortable hand position for long days.

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  2. I think the Axiom streamliner rack will be fine. ...

    I think the Axiom streamliner rack will be fine. As long as you have the Axiom rack, why don't you pair it up with Axiom waterproof panniers. They are similar to Ortlieb but not as expensive and...
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    I consider gatorskins more intended for fast...

    I consider gatorskins more intended for fast riding than for loaded touring where you may encounter all kinds of road surfaces. I like to run a wider tire that has tread like the conti contact or...
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    No special discount. But they show up at 141.3...

    No special discount. But they show up at 141.3 and 114.3 for me and free shipping. I don't get it. At any rate you are close to your budget. Good luck.
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    Here's a source: AE Bike-Quality wheels...

    Here's a source:

    AE Bike-Quality wheels pavement rim brake rear wheel 26" 36h Shimano LX/ Mavic 317/ DT Champion all siver $141.3

    Quality wheels pavement front wheel 26" 36h Shimano LX/ Mavic...
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    Thanks, I am very happy with it. Good luck with...

    Thanks, I am very happy with it. Good luck with your build. It looks like you already have your 10 speed deore xt hub. Select a 26" rim and spokes and have your lbs build you a wheelset. Once you...
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    I have had good luck with SKS. I have had them...

    I have had good luck with SKS. I have had them on at least three bikes. I have also used Planet bike, the regular ones as well as Cascadia with the built in mud flap. All are plastic and have...
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    I also built up a Soma Saga last summer. I am...

    I also built up a Soma Saga last summer. I am really enjoying it. Riding from Columbus to Burlington, Vt this summer.

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    Here is my build list. The one upgrade so far is the...
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    I am now in my 50's (hate to admit it). I was a...

    I am now in my 50's (hate to admit it). I was a runner from 25 until about 48 when I developed a hip issue. When I started biking I was into carbon fiber and pace lines,etc. but I soon discovered...
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    It may all be in my mind but I feel like I go...

    It may all be in my mind but I feel like I go faster with 700c wheels and I like the looks of the more traditional taller touring frame.
  11. I have two bikes with shimano 3n72 dynamo hubs. ...

    I have two bikes with shimano 3n72 dynamo hubs. Absolutely cannot tell the difference. However, I have found that the hub might need a slight adjustment when new. From the factory the bearings are...
  12. [QUOTE=Pedal_Inn;16591073] Is that a VO Diaja...

    [QUOTE=Pedal_Inn;16591073] Is that a VO Diaja rack on the back? It's the first time I've seen one.

    No. It is an Axiom pro tour inox- stainless steel and very sturdy. Unfortunately, I think...
  13. I put bar end shifters on my new Soma Saga. ...

    I put bar end shifters on my new Soma Saga. Previously had used friction downtube shifters- the absolute utlimate in simplicity. I have grown to like the bar end very much, the only issue is I...
  14. I bike camp or take short tours to test equipment...

    I bike camp or take short tours to test equipment or to test my fitness for longer tours. To Pedal_Inn: How do you like your saga? I built one up last fall and am anxious to get it out on the...
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    Walter, the legal definition of trespassing is...

    Walter, the legal definition of trespassing is entry onto the land of another without permission. It is not "my" definition. If you want to stealth camp, fine with me, but don't be under a...
  16. Alps Mountaineering make very good tents at...

    Alps Mountaineering make very good tents at fairly low price. It is a small company that doesn't have huge marketing expenses so they can offer quality tents for a good price. Last year I purchased...
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    You may not be guilty of criminal trespassing and...

    You may not be guilty of criminal trespassing and subject to fines and penalties where there is no sign but it is trespass nonetheless if you set up camp on private property without permission. I am...
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    Yes, as a general ranking system but see all the...

    Yes, as a general ranking system but see all the previous responses in this thread.
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    What I said is a general statement of the law of...

    What I said is a general statement of the law of trespass to land in the U.S.- Black's Law dictionary. There may be slight variations in definition. What is your authority for saying otherwise.
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    See "the rules" below. This is tongue and cheek...

    See "the rules" below. This is tongue and cheek but there is a fair amount of truth and perhaps will explain what you experience.

    http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/
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    The tour you are planning is short I remember...

    The tour you are planning is short I remember from another post. A headlight is probably unnecessary. What you have now is fine. However, as a long term investment for your Dutch style bike, a...
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    If you enter someones land without permission and...

    If you enter someones land without permission and without legal excuse (emergency, etc.), it is trespass regardless of whether or not there is a posted sign. If you stealth camp on private property...
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    Last summer a friend and I rode south from near...

    Last summer a friend and I rode south from near Mackinaw City to Columbus. We rode old US 27 to Grayling. From Grayling we took South Military Rd to N. Higgins Lake Rd which becomes Roscommon Rd....
  24. Have a great trip.

    Have a great trip.
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    In Columbus, a very similar city to Indianapolis...

    In Columbus, a very similar city to Indianapolis in size and culture, etc. the main bike path into downtown gets plowed immediately. Several years ago the county wide metroparks organization took...
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