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    In my experience, foot hot-spots are caused by: ...

    In my experience, foot hot-spots are caused by:

    * Cycling shoes that have too flexible outsoles. Your shoes might be great for mountain biking and walking around on technical terrain, but for...
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    This thread from 2011 might help. I know there are a few regular posters here who've had a positive experience with the Fizik Aliante for long distance riding. I just don't know if they've used the...
  3. This is my only gripe about the Brooks B17 -- the...

    This is my only gripe about the Brooks B17 -- the weight! I'm in the process of putting my touring bike on a diet for long-distance (brevet) riding. This bike fits me really well. I read somewhere...
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    I think that on a randonnée like this one that includes a 90-mile off-road stretch, I personally would not run road tires. This route is designed in such way that the 145 Km off-road section can...
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    I am assuming you already have your 700c wheels...

    I am assuming you already have your 700c wheels from your Volpe. The extra expense on a new wheelset (i.e., if you go with a 650b frame set) can be significant, plus I don't believe you will gain...
  6. If you're thinking of spending anywhere over $3K,...

    If you're thinking of spending anywhere over $3K, you might want to seriously consider going custom to tackle all the points you've mentioned. Most custom builders use steel though, coupled with a...
  7. Which year model do you own? 2013 Roubaix...

    Which year model do you own?

    2013 Roubaix disc - 28mm max tire clearance
    2014 Roubaix disc - 35mm max tire clearance
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    Nice Disc Trucker! What size tires are you...

    Nice Disc Trucker! What size tires are you running?
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    We did almost 100 km on Sunday. It gets into the...

    We did almost 100 km on Sunday. It gets into the low 90s here with high humidity in afternoon. We got started at 5.15 am. We finished around 9.30 am. I agree with those suggesting to consider a...
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    You seem to have your leather saddle quite level,...

    You seem to have your leather saddle quite level, possibly even pointing down a little bit (hard to tell on the pic.) This is very likely putting pressure on your neck/shoulders that will become very...
  11. I would suggest to check out the All City Space...

    I would suggest to check out the All City Space Horse. Just get a light 700cx28 set of tires for it. I doubt, however, that you will save lots of weight, unless you go with a proper road bike spec'd...
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    The Rodriguez Rainier mentioned above can be had...

    The Rodriguez Rainier mentioned above can be had for exactly $2,000 for the limited version. This is a COMPLETE build with custom geometry based on your body measurements. The frame is entirely...
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    Brooks saddles, unlike other saddles, need to be...

    Brooks saddles, unlike other saddles, need to be ridden with the nose tilted up a little bit. Try that and see how it works. I have mine tilted up about 3°. Having said that I have two Brooks...
  14. We visited that beautiful part of the world last...

    We visited that beautiful part of the world last year: Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. We only biked in Laos: from Luang Prabang to Vientiane through mountainous terrain (although mostly paved.) Being...
  15. I would suggest to replace the handy wipes by...

    I would suggest to replace the handy wipes by baby wipes to clean yourself in areas with little to no water -- basically a dry shower. Bring an antibacterial gel for your hands instead.

    I find...
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    I've read in several magazines that the 29er...

    I've read in several magazines that the 29er craze never really caught on in continental Europe. Yes, you will indeed find lots of skinny 700c tubes used on road bikes, but the wider tubes for your...
  17. You might want to have this thread moved to the...

    You might want to have this thread moved to the framebuilders forum for expert advice.

    In short, I believe your hunch is right... that the beefier/stiffier fork has a negative impact on ride...
  18. Hmmm. Sounds like brake-induced shimmy. At speeds...

    Hmmm. Sounds like brake-induced shimmy. At speeds of just over 20 mph, that's not good. Check that the caliper bolts are tight and that the rotors are true (take to the bike shop if necessary for...
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    This thread on the Thorn forum has first-hand user experience with the CSS rims. The rim seems to be remarkable as far as durability. Users do report noticeable loss of braking power when wet with...
  20. I looked into Thorn a couple of years ago. As...

    I looked into Thorn a couple of years ago. As TouristInMSN alluded, if I'm touring and something goes terribly wrong with the Rohloff, I would like to have options for a drivetrain. They were unable...
  21. A friend here has that same exact bike -- a...

    A friend here has that same exact bike -- a Specialized Secteur. I was quite skeptical last year when told me he was using it for a 3-day tour. So, he installed a rear rack and went on a 3-day credit...
  22. 2h15m seems reasonable for immigration/customs at...

    2h15m seems reasonable for immigration/customs at FCO. If it were me, however, I would spend a few days in Rome before catching another flight or train (or do a car rental.) I thought that airport...
  23. Years ago I used to work for a multinational tool...

    Years ago I used to work for a multinational tool co. It is known in the shipping industry that asking to route a cargo or shipment through FCO is asking for trouble. Things get lost there all the...
  24. Chris, Is it possible that you might be...

    Chris,

    Is it possible that you might be overthinking this? Given the total extreme elevation this race is likely to have, I wonder if the heavier deep rims should be part of your tactic. If this...
  25. This is my biggest worry for the very long...

    This is my biggest worry for the very long brevets: not being able to sleep enough (for good recovery) to repeat the same feat the next day. Just curious, how much sleep on average do you get each...
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