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    good to chat with your local bike shops. Anyway,...

    good to chat with your local bike shops. Anyway, Breezer makes some nice basic bikes, like:

    Breezer Bikes - Greenway - Bike Overview

    Giant is another basic brand, good value:

    Escape 2 (2015)...
  2. That's the thing - it was the pizza that was...

    That's the thing - it was the pizza that was attracting the crowd! I was just a side show!
  3. We just moved over by here and haven't found...

    We just moved over by here and haven't found really good pizza so far. This place was quite busy! Discovering good pizza nearby could just about qualify for happening of the year!
    ...
  4. Just this week I got a nasty flat in my rear...

    Just this week I got a nasty flat in my rear tire. Huge sheet metal screw right square through the thing. By strange coincidence I was carrying some inner tubes and a tire - a Mondial 50-559 - to my...
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    The Surly Long Haul Trucker is probably the...

    The Surly Long Haul Trucker is probably the reference bike for a big trip like that.

    Here is a bit of reading: The Adventure Cycling Guide - Choosing a bike: Information for adventurous cycle...
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    how about: Tour Plus, 47-622, Black-Reflex,...

    how about:

    Tour Plus, 47-622, Black-Reflex, Wire | Schwalbe North America

    seems like ETRTO 47-622 corresponds to 700x45c
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    The good old Schwalbe Marathon would be a great...

    The good old Schwalbe Marathon would be a great start: Marathon, 32-622, Black-Reflex, Wire | Schwalbe North America
  8. here are my hoopless front racks, showing the...

    here are my hoopless front racks, showing the connections to both sides of the braze-ons:
    http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r6/kukulaj/Fearless.jpg
  9. You can turn the question around: why do skinny...

    You can turn the question around: why do skinny tires require more pressure? The main answer is, to prevent pinch flats. Suppose you drop off a curb. You don't want the rim to hit the ground. The...
  10. What a horrible experience! Glad that it was the...

    What a horrible experience! Glad that it was the bike that took the worst of it. Treat yourself to lots of fresh fruit etc. - good nutrition helps healing, and just treating yourself well doesn't...
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    I have sekuclip reflectors on my spokes. They do...

    I have sekuclip reflectors on my spokes. They do a good job of reflecting from a wide range of angles.

    I have dynamo driven LED lights front and back as well, but the reflectors help too.
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  12. Here is a fun way to look at the climbing on a...

    Here is a fun way to look at the climbing on a route. I download the data from mapmyride and then in excel I compute the distance and grade for each little segment and then sort those pairs of values...
  13. I'm 58, got back into biking about three years...

    I'm 58, got back into biking about three years ago. I've put in about 9000 miles of riding in that time. I am seem to be getting very gradually faster, maybe from 10.3 mph to 10.7 mph!

    My 14 mile...
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    I'm wearing Five Ten shoes, like these: Five Ten...

    I'm wearing Five Ten shoes, like these: Five Ten - Impact Low - Team Black with my VP-191 platform pedals. I'll also just wear my Teva sandals when it's hot. The sandals were nice when I forded a...
  15. egads, under $1K??? well here is something...

    egads, under $1K???

    well here is something that might work. Look at the Breezer Greenway...

    Breezer Bikes - Greenway Elite - Bike Details

    the XL size has a virtual top tube of 630mm which is...
  16. A Thorn Nomad size 620L could work for you. ...

    A Thorn Nomad size 620L could work for you.

    http://www.sjscycles.com/thornpdf/ThornRavenNomadBroLoRes.pdf
  17. The Catskills have lots of bears! Here is my...

    The Catskills have lots of bears! Here is my canister on my rear rack:

    http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r6/kukulaj/Nomad/little%20pond%202013/IMG_1770_zps3e2e401d.jpg
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    A perfect start, a proof of concept!

    A perfect start, a proof of concept!
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    One of my fantasy design projects is to figure...

    One of my fantasy design projects is to figure out a way to hook some blades up to a front wheel with a generator hub so when you're not riding the wind can do the work. Maybe the wheel stays in the...
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    Here is my nifty table of suggested tire...

    Here is my nifty table of suggested tire pressures:

    Interdependent Science: Bicycle Tire Pressure

    If you put on 47mm tires and the total weight on the wheels is up around 280, then you might...
  21. Yeah these are very nice and quite expensive...

    Yeah these are very nice and quite expensive bikes, so if you are in that market, it's good to be a bit thorough! They are also not such common bikes so it's hard to get as much information as you...
  22. My bottom gear is more like 17 inches. I find...

    My bottom gear is more like 17 inches. I find myself crawling up hills at 2.2 mph quite regularly! So my cadence down there is probably more like 45! With my mildly corpulent BMI 25 body and my...
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    It's certainly a good idea to get up off the...

    It's certainly a good idea to get up off the saddle to navigate rough patches. But that tactic has its limitations too. If you've got loaded panniers etc., then getting your own weight off the pedals...
  24. I really like the Flyer's springs. Mostly it's...

    I really like the Flyer's springs. Mostly it's the same as riding on a B17. It's just when somehow I get caught hitting something on the road when I was too distracted to get off my rear ahead of...
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    Sticky: A 20 mph headwind really is brutal! Another way...

    A 20 mph headwind really is brutal! Another way of looking at the numbers: my usual level speed in still air is around 12 mph. Into a 20 mph headwind, the same power output would have me going about...
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