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  1. Is it worth 500? For me it would all about the...

    Is it worth 500? For me it would all about the wheels. "upgraded from the original Helicomatic to a set of 700c." The original wheels used 27in tires with a 126 spaced hub. Was the bike respaced for...
  2. If you are "4 bagging it" one bag should be...

    If you are "4 bagging it" one bag should be pretty much empty after cramming in all your regular gear. Around the world, winter touring or up and down the Americas may require partial filling of that...
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    53-39 cranks are big boy gears not for mortals. ...

    53-39 cranks are big boy gears not for mortals.

    Your knees will thank you.
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    Stealing my style mixing black and silver spokes...

    Stealing my style mixing black and silver spokes on the same bike. Bonus points for the utilitarian freewheel.

    I feel your pain. My bianchi took a major step back when my latest wheel arrived....
  5. Thread: Dilemma

    by escii_35
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    I would tour (with a nicer rear wheel) and bust...

    I would tour (with a nicer rear wheel) and bust out an occasional century on a FX 7.2. Medium pace club ride or Double, no. If you are adding to the stable get something markedly different. The FX...
  6. 56 or 58. You may be able to squeeze into a...

    56 or 58.

    You may be able to squeeze into a 54 but that would be a more of a modern race fit.

    I ride a 61cm to 25in at 6'1
    My dad rides a 54cm to 23in at 5'10

    We are not built with the...
  7. Finding a suitcase which will fix 26 in wheels is...

    Finding a suitcase which will fix 26 in wheels is an easter egg hunt. My normal technique now is to cut down a bike box to fit the wheels then split the rest between the box and a charity shop...
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    If this was one month ago the following would...

    If this was one month ago the following would have happened.

    Bought and parted out to my stable.

    Shifters and front wheel to bike A.
    Rear wheel to bike B.
    RD to the parts bin
    Buy a crappy...
  9. Walk into the bike shop needing to replace many...

    Walk into the bike shop needing to replace many drive train wearables. One seven speed free wheel, one slightly upgraded chain, one un-55 square taper. < $70 inc tax

    Let the LBS have it's labor...
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    Unless the riding is technical friction is fine....

    Unless the riding is technical friction is fine. When I did my last drive train change out the LBS started stressing over rd compatibility and Brifters replacement. Upon saying -friction- a big light...
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    Babyshoe pass tire size

    I want to leave the gravel grinder at home and take the oh so comphy winnibego. aka jumbo c-dale.

    What tire size front at back would you go with when riding babyshoe pass.

    25lbs of gear
    front...
  12. Probably the best model year for the nouvo sport....

    Probably the best model year for the nouvo sport. It's an entry level 86 ish sport tour japanese bike. The next model up added areo levers , Dual water bottle mounts and if memory serves me a switch...
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    1. 9 speed DA bar ends married to a 7 speed free...

    1. 9 speed DA bar ends married to a 7 speed free wheel.

    2. I also grew up on DT shifters. When I changed to bar con's the front shifting left hand down and to the left motion drove me batty. I...
  14. Ski Jacket -> Proof Bike specific Jacket ->...

    Ski Jacket -> Proof
    Bike specific Jacket -> Resistant

    Pemco insurance ad. "Ski in the rain guy. You are one of us."
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    I lob rain gear tops into three categories. 1....

    I lob rain gear tops into three categories.

    1. Rain Proof - Gore-tex and clones low breath ability
    2. Rain resistant - some sort of Nylon with bonded membrane. Tends to have high breath...
  16. Luck on the fit. Don't low ball, that is a solid...

    Luck on the fit. Don't low ball, that is a solid price for a bike in the size sweet spot with all the extras.
  17. If you were leaving on your very first big tour...

    If you were leaving on your very first big tour and heading to remote south america or buying a folding touring bike I would say deal breaker. Since you will have more than a few shake down days...
  18. You will notice. Be aware 14T small to middle...

    You will notice. Be aware 14T small to middle jumps can have more issues.
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    No, No, No I rode from Ayachucho to Quito with...

    No, No, No

    I rode from Ayachucho to Quito with three bags (theft). Having three bags loses the #1 benefit of using two.

    What is that you ask?

    The ability readjust weight quickly based on...
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    --Extra Cleat bolts-- Extra rack bolts ...

    --Extra Cleat bolts--
    Extra rack bolts

    Ability to take the crank off. --IF you are running asquare taper BB buy 8mm self extracting crank bolts and an 8mm wrench--
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    I am not fond of 32t middles for street utility...

    I am not fond of 32t middles for street utility riding on 26in wheels and 38T for four bag touring on 700c.

    14 T jumps can have more issues. For me is was 24 to 38 jump.

    Someone asked me once,...
  22. Most North Americans carry a nice supply of...

    Most North Americans carry a nice supply of emergency calories around the middle. Until that supply has been depleted I really don't worry about energy levels or calorie intake. My uncle on the other...
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    The seat and seat post completes me. 371443 ...

    The seat and seat post completes me.

    371443

    El-OS 61cm. First ride on the spring season.
  24. Thread: 26" or 700C

    by escii_35
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    26in, are easier to origami into airplane legal...

    26in, are easier to origami into airplane legal cases.

    and what everyone else said.

    5ft nothing on a good hair day. 26in
    Going to Central of South America 26in
    700c vs 26in tire choice. Not...
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    Be flexible and use both. Buy some maps and fill...

    Be flexible and use both. Buy some maps and fill in with electronic.

    Take a look at Sustrans Shop :: Welcome to Sustrans' online shop

    Riding with sustrans can turn into a bit of a love-hate...
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