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  1. Great pics! Ohhh that really makes me want to go...

    Great pics! Ohhh that really makes me want to go there... but that's a bit closer to you than me. As for our touring, my wife and I are going to leave from home on our bikes and head down the...
  2. I'm not that familiar with the Giant Avalanche....

    I'm not that familiar with the Giant Avalanche. But is it gear advice, France advice, distance advice or all of the above that you want?

    My first advice, is that if you have time on some weekends...
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    Hey there Ray. I was wondering how you were...

    Hey there Ray. I was wondering how you were getting along in your tour after your spill. You looked pretty banged up but I'm glad you're OK. I see a lots of familiar places in your photos: The mont...
  4. I just ordered a Canon G9 after my last DSLR...

    I just ordered a Canon G9 after my last DSLR broke... (the DSLR replacement will come later). I got this one because I wanted a rugged point and shoot that would be convenient to take on tours. The...
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    I got 48 out of 100, but I know that score is...

    I got 48 out of 100, but I know that score is completely off, because I live in one of the most walk able places on earth. I have a comic book store right across the street for crying out loud. But...
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    Does he include the price and energy of road...

    Does he include the price and energy of road construction and maintenance? Or does he assume that we ride through fields forests and rivers?

    ...ok yes I am playing Avocat du Diable.
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    I read the post a while back, and that's why I...

    I read the post a while back, and that's why I tensioned the saddle. I gave a few turns of the key this morning. But what is too much? I added perhaps 1-2 mm of tension.

    Anyway, that is a long...
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    My brooks B17N has gone through several phases....

    My brooks B17N has gone through several phases. During the break-in period I would put it around a 6-7 in terms of comfort. And then one day it went up to a 9... just felt comfortable. But that was...
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    Wow! that thing looks nice. But it's getting up...

    Wow! that thing looks nice. But it's getting up there in price. What do you think it will go for? It will probably be somewhere between "steal" and $400 (the price of a Dahon D7)
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    ...oh right, it wasn't that eventful, but I was...

    ...oh right, it wasn't that eventful, but I was quite stressed and thought that it would end my trip. In the end, it just happened to be a day off. I had to go to the police station and tell them who...
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    Lets see... I haven't had anything more than...

    Lets see...

    I haven't had anything more than people here. On tour I've had the following:

    Spokes
    Chain
    Rim (ripped along the sidewall due to brake wear)
    Flats

    Commuting on my touring...
  12. I for one am now car free (but my wife still has...

    I for one am now car free (but my wife still has hers) and I don't think that lowering the speed limit is a good solution to to reducing oil consumption. Yes when individuals reduce speed their...
  13. Hey, the lesson that I learned from my first...

    Hey, the lesson that I learned from my first tour...um 15 years ago, was not to bring too much. I sent excess stuff back to my home by mail. Most of it was a few redundant changes of clothes and a...
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    Awesome! You came all the way from NZ just to...

    Awesome! You came all the way from NZ just to ride to Dijon? You're going farther than that aren't you? Why Dijon, and not the Loire Valley, or some other region? Glad to see that your time here was...
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    For me, I change the tube... I know! But the once...

    For me, I change the tube... I know! But the once in a blue moon that I do get a flat, the patch kit is crumpled up from being in the bottom of my bag for months and the tube of glue is dried out...
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    Hello Ray! I hope you are recovering well from...

    Hello Ray!

    I hope you are recovering well from your spill. Sounds like it was pretty painful. How was buying food and other supplies during the many french holidays in May? How has been navigating...
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    Brooks saddle, check Front and rear racks, check...

    Brooks saddle, check
    Front and rear racks, check
    Ortleib Paniers, check
    36 spoke wheels, check,
    Pump, check
    LHT with the logo scrubbed out, check

    What are you waiting for?

    I would put...
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    Some how I think that this is true... the...

    Some how I think that this is true... the hyperfold is a neat gimmick, but I don't know about the long term reliability. I had now two problems due to the hyper... one with the post not unfolding...
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    Ohh that jetboil setup looks pretty handy, and...

    Ohh that jetboil setup looks pretty handy, and the gold foil in a cup looks like to be the right equipment too. For me, coffee was a problem on tours, since I like to go as light as possible and...
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    I'm no mechanic, since the chain is falling off...

    I'm no mechanic, since the chain is falling off the chainring, could it be that your crank is differently spaced than the old one? I at first thought about the chain length, but re-reading your post,...
  21. I have my registration form filled out but I...

    I have my registration form filled out but I haven't sent it in the mail yet... I didn't know that you had to put the registration number on the form... in fact, I just checked... there isn't any...
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    Nice bike, show us some more angles of that...

    Nice bike, show us some more angles of that beauty. I know nothing about powder coating, do you have to have special equipment and ovens, or can you powder coat from a spray can?
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    Imperial Narrow test ride 10 miles 15 total...

    Imperial Narrow
    test ride 10
    miles 15
    total 220
    comfort rating 9

    Going to work yesterday morning, I had a pleasant revelation. I had an older pair of bike shorts on, and getting on the bike, I...
  24. Yeah, a little oil and the hype is back... folds...

    Yeah, a little oil and the hype is back... folds without a hitch! I didn't think that it would be that simple. And I was looking in the wrong place for the rubber block... I have one on my bike too....
  25. Ok here are a few photos of the bike: ...

    Ok here are a few photos of the bike:

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3198/2486393247_cb6158c8f5_o.jpg
    Here the bike is "swished" with the rear wheel folded. You can see that the hypercable is a...
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