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  1. I"ve about 8,000 miles on my Brooks B17 and it...

    I"ve about 8,000 miles on my Brooks B17 and it still looks almost like new. Other Brooks riders have many years on their saddles.
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    Every couple of weeks or so, I will inspect my...

    Every couple of weeks or so, I will inspect my tires , and when finding a bit of glass etc. will use a pick to extract the debris . I believe it helps and saves time in the long run.
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    Welcome to the forum. BTW I had a few years ago...

    Welcome to the forum. BTW I had a few years ago the pleasure of riding with the Oxbridge loiterers , a good group in your area. They may be worthwhile to contact for not only tips and suggestions,...
  4. An interesting article, that makes it easier for...

    An interesting article, that makes it easier for me to stay with my heavier steel framed Surly. :-)
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    Of course, when you find a dirt/gravel road or...

    Of course, when you find a dirt/gravel road or trail in the hills, a mountain bike is a joy. Different applications require different tools.
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    No guarantee but I've 8000 miles on my Schwalbe...

    No guarantee but I've 8000 miles on my Schwalbe Marathon Mondials with no flats, none.
  7. Yes IMO you'll be fine, start early, take your...

    Yes IMO you'll be fine, start early, take your time, eat and drink frequently along the way. You've been doing 50 miles occasionally, if you've felt fine after that, your 95 will be possible though...
  8. Congradulations

    Congradulations
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    Several bikes here, the backup of choice is a 17...

    Several bikes here, the backup of choice is a 17 year old mt bike. I use it during very rainy days as well
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    You should be ok. Also it's rather easy to learn...

    You should be ok. Also it's rather easy to learn how to change your tube or fix a flat yourself, it's useful, quicker and less expensive. There are several good videos on youtube you may wish to take...
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    Leg extension, reach, are important and your LBS...

    Leg extension, reach, are important and your LBS should be willing to help find a bike that agree's with you. You should be able to find the bike you like, then if you can afford a small amount,...
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    A metal file. Just don't let the pedal hit your...

    A metal file. Just don't let the pedal hit your shin.
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    This is what I use, Forté Convert Platform Pedals - Performance Sales Exclusions my feet never slip, I've used them for many thousands of miles
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    Fit and comfort are most important. BTW you don't...

    Fit and comfort are most important. BTW you don't need a comfort bike to be comfortable IMO
  15. Fat tires may be of help, as you approach the...

    Fat tires may be of help, as you approach the grate , is the grate oriented the same way as presented in your photo ?
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    It indicates that you have a lower chance for...

    It indicates that you have a lower chance for knee problems than you would if you had a cadence of say 60 with equal distance and speed IMO
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    Poll: Crunchy or Creamy, its on every tour I take.

    Crunchy or Creamy, its on every tour I take.
  18. Rivendell bicycle's ( The Shoe's Ruse ) pretty...

    Rivendell bicycle's ( The Shoe's Ruse ) pretty much agrees with your findings.
  19. Then I'd consider asking the cops along the way...

    Then I'd consider asking the cops along the way if there are any lands you could pitch a tent for just one night without charge. IMO you may be surprised with a positive response from them. Or...
  20. I don't cook on tour, cold foods and an...

    I don't cook on tour, cold foods and an occasional restaurant work for me.
  21. Bear Spray, I have been run down by dogs that I...

    Bear Spray, I have been run down by dogs that I could not outrun and that is on flat ground. BTW I rarely have been able to identify the dogs owner. I would not use ammonia, but I have no problem...
  22. Where I tour there are lots of forest service...

    Where I tour there are lots of forest service roads, I just pull off onto one of them and set up my tent along side one of them , I have never had a problem. Yet
  23. Poll: My phone using WiFi along the way provided by...

    My phone using WiFi along the way provided by restaurants, campsites , libraries .
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    I'll cast my vote with those that say running is...

    I'll cast my vote with those that say running is much more difficult. I could only manage a half marathon at a reasonable pace without injury. A century is never a problem.
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    Their more aero and you can easily obtain them by...

    Their more aero and you can easily obtain them by simply spending lots and lots of money.
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