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    My bike shop built up my Ritchey Breakaway with...

    My bike shop built up my Ritchey Breakaway with the cable disconnect in the middle of the top tube, and it rattled quite a bit at first. So I put some plastic tubing around the connector and that...
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    You must live in a cooler, less humid climate...

    You must live in a cooler, less humid climate than me. Summer months are the worst for commuting in the Southeast, IMHO. Our summers are very hot and humid, and you get drenched in sweat even...
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    My day started out great as I finally caught the...

    My day started out great as I finally caught the mouse who has been stealing my granola bars for months. I kept hearing a funny rustling sound while I was packing my seat bag, and found the mouse in...
  4. That's one of my favorite Merckx color schemes....

    That's one of my favorite Merckx color schemes. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that color scheme was for the Panasonic cycling team. Should make a very nice bike. I rode a Merckx Corsa 01 for...
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    A lot of cyclists have ridden the entire GAP -...

    A lot of cyclists have ridden the entire GAP - C&O Canal trails on touring or cross bikes. The trails run about 350 miles from Pittsburgh to Washington DC. The GAP, from Pittsburgh to Cumberland MD,...
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    Beautiful weather for commuting this morning, but...

    Beautiful weather for commuting this morning, but my legs were very tired from riding a fast metric century yesterday. I might have taken a rest day but need to "make hay while the sun shines"...
  7. Soma Saga owners: Tell me about your bikes

    I've just about decided to buy a Soma Saga frame for my next N+1 purchase. I would use the bike mainly for commuting and riding on bike trails, with occasional loaded touring. I already have a Bob...
  8. Frames are very personal with regards to style...

    Frames are very personal with regards to style and fit, but I would recommend going to an optical shop and trying on some different styles and brands. My prescription is such that most conventional...
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    I could never wear sandals cycling. My feet...

    I could never wear sandals cycling. My feet sunburn easier than any other part of my body, and I burn easily. I guess you could wear socks but that would seem to defeat the whole purpose of sandals.
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    Pretty cool. I like the color, and it seems...

    Pretty cool. I like the color, and it seems reasonably well designed for touring. I wonder if it would fit in a Ritchey Breakaway travel case?

    I haven't actually used my Ritchey for its intended...
  12. I presume that your bike is not a touring frame...

    I presume that your bike is not a touring frame based on your questions about forks. Simply adding a touring fork with mounts for a front rack might not work in the long run because your frame is...
  13. I have several bikes with canti brakes and...

    I have several bikes with canti brakes and Dura-Ace STI levers. They work fine. The Ritchey Breakaway has a Soma cross/touring fork that cost $95 through my bike shop and has mid-fork mounts as well...
  14. Your question piqued my curiosity. Most touring...

    Your question piqued my curiosity. Most touring bikes have cantilever or disc brakes, or long-reach calipers (57 mm or larger). Thus you will probably have difficulty finding a fork with mid-rack...
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    Warm and extremely humid this morning, and I was...

    Warm and extremely humid this morning, and I was totally soaked by the time I got to work. At least the odds for a thunderstorm are supposed to be lower today, but ramping up again tomorrow. I may go...
  16. Check Soma, they have a lot of nice forks. I...

    Check Soma, they have a lot of nice forks. I bought one of their cross forks for less than $100 thru my bike shop with mid-fork eyelets and fender mounts, but it is designed for canti brakes.
  17. I have the Cargo and can't say enough good things...

    I have the Cargo and can't say enough good things about it. As CCC said, the upturned keeps bags from hitting your brakes. The wider top makes it better for carrying trunk bags. All Tubus racks are...
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    As others mentioned, the surface can be very...

    As others mentioned, the surface can be very different between the GAP and C&O Canal trails. The GAP is consistently surfaced with fine crushed limestone or other rock with very few sections with...
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    I just rode the entire GAP- C&O trails last week...

    I just rode the entire GAP- C&O trails last week with 32 mm Panaracer Pasela PTs, and they worked fine. I would have preferred 35 mm cross tires with tread but they wouldn't fit on my touring frame...
  20. If you're looking for a silver rack in...

    If you're looking for a silver rack in particular, Soma has a nice one called the Deco that is available in black and silver. For some reason, British bike shops stock more silver components, which...
  21. You are over-thinking this decision. Whether a...

    You are over-thinking this decision. Whether a rack is silver or black has no relationship to its function, durability, defects, etc. It's simply a color. Black components seem to sell better, or...
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    After a one-day respite from the heat and...

    After a one-day respite from the heat and humidity, it was feeling much muggier and warmer this morning. Cool, dry days during the summer in the South are about as common as 70-degree days in...
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    C&O Canal photos

    Here are some more photos from the C&O Canal portion of our trip.
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    You might want to see if you can take Amtrak part...

    You might want to see if you can take Amtrak part of the way. I just finished a tour where we took the Amtrak from Washington DC to Pittsburgh for the start of a GAP-C&O Canal tour. The Amtrak...
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    We stayed in hotels, B&B and hostels rather than...

    We stayed in hotels, B&B and hostels rather than camp. I've posted a ride report with photos in the Touring section of Bike Forums.
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