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    Personally I buy for the higher end use, not the...

    Personally I buy for the higher end use, not the every day, for you to decide which falls into which. I remember my tours well, I only have a hazy sense of excitement as regards years of commuting. ...
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    If your body thinks it is OK, should be fine. Of...

    If your body thinks it is OK, should be fine. Of course racing norms have changed.

    Tires: How Wide is too Wide? | Off The Beaten Path
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    While those are doubtless great, you can just get...

    While those are doubtless great, you can just get the allen ones. Most thieves probably aren't carrying allen keys around with them, as far as I know. Plus they are a significant upgrade over the...
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    As you know, Rob worked for Bike Friday, and has...

    As you know, Rob worked for Bike Friday, and has an engineering background, and he seems to make big and rugged use bikes that way. Also, the wall thicknesses I saw were thin, so whatever his...
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    To me, function is the purpose of making custom...

    To me, function is the purpose of making custom touring frames. But if you actually meet the functional idea the client has in mind, it is not likely to be the most versatile imaginable ride. ...
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    I notice on that yellow bike that the rack is a...

    I notice on that yellow bike that the rack is a bolt on...
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    I know who Hibbel is, and I have seen the picture...

    I know who Hibbel is, and I have seen the picture of the bushwhack in the Darian Gap: standing thigh deep in water with a machete. I respect his guts, but what the heck? The Darian Gap "ride" is...
  8. Generally speaking the dropped bars are the...

    Generally speaking the dropped bars are the comfort riding position. They have the correct hand positions, and you can put them as high or low as you like. Upright might be ok for a few miles, but...
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    Going light is important to me, but it isn't...

    Going light is important to me, but it isn't always possible, if you are buying a conventional touring bike, which is still my preference for touring, light or heavy, I can't see any reason to buy a...
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    That English bike is a winter bike, by the way,...

    That English bike is a winter bike, by the way, not a flat out touring bike. I wouldn't want that rack on a tourer.

    http://www.englishcycles.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Yellow_Web_011_9733.jpg
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    I think the removal for packing is a big...

    I think the removal for packing is a big practical problem.

    Marketing wise, when you integrate the rack, you have to sell the rack and bike combo as one. A guy might not like your rack, but...
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    The repairability of steel is mostly a myth, not...

    The repairability of steel is mostly a myth, not because it can't be repaired, but all materials can be repaired, about equally.

    The real reason to go for steel is if you are among the approx 30%...
  13. I really recommend this unit Special Lens...

    I really recommend this unit

    Special Lens Headgear

    https://www.tinmantech.com/html/eye_protection.php

    The rig fits around your crown, and when you want to raise the goggles, you just pull...
  14. A lot of these suggestions are cool, literally. ...

    A lot of these suggestions are cool, literally. But for touring they are kinda posh. Where are we getting clean ice out there in the waterless wilderness. If you come up with a way to carry water...
  15. There were some enormous threads on porteurs and...

    There were some enormous threads on porteurs and trail a few years back. Seemed as though it all worked. Or more accurately there was some load that carried well with some trail. The wild card is...
  16. You can buy whole touring frames and forks for...

    You can buy whole touring frames and forks for what even some medium price forks costsay 125-200. Equip them with a few MTB cast-offs and you have a specific bike or frameset.

    You can get...
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    Drop bars are somewhat misnamed, the implication...

    Drop bars are somewhat misnamed, the implication being that they are lower than some other bars. Of course relative to the tops, the lower section is dropped, but it could just as well be regarded...
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    I think touring frame drop is all over the map. ...

    I think touring frame drop is all over the map. I have had some stock bikes that were in the 12 inch range. Felt like riding on stilts. Didn't really hurt much until I attempted a dismount on a...
  19. http://www.backpacking.net/MAKEGEAR/panniers/index...

    http://www.backpacking.net/MAKEGEAR/panniers/index.html
  20. Shorter wheelbase means steeper steering angle,...

    Shorter wheelbase means steeper steering angle, in your example, by a lot. That should be bad, depending on your standard of comparison. It is an all else equal deal, so other contributors to...
  21. Yes and no. I think that it is still the easier...

    Yes and no. I think that it is still the easier thing to find by far. And it isn't just a mater of tires, but you could score a whole bike's worth of replacement parts most garbage days.

    My...
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    I'm the guy who made the comments about the...

    I'm the guy who made the comments about the amount of welding. Good to hear you have been riding it and having some fun. 049 is really stout, so you shouldn't have a problem there. The rear drops...
  23. You could be right about some of those things,...

    You could be right about some of those things, but frame repairs are simple with carbon and epoxy, or glass, you just would need to carry more of the latter. Working with carbon is easy and pretty...
  24. That was bs, he so screwed up that repair,which...

    That was bs, he so screwed up that repair,which was easy, It should never have happened. He had a long period of calm weather to effect the repair. He was carrying lots of stuff, and he seemed...
  25. Carbon weighs next to nothing. Epoxy is...

    Carbon weighs next to nothing. Epoxy is available almost everywhere, though you can't get the best stuff on the spot. In fact, for those who are all about "you can get it air freight over night,...
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