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    Sticky: My new Bacchetta Agio. I've switched the...

    My new Bacchetta Agio.

    I've switched the tires to Schwalbe Marathons, and I've added the mid-ship rack, lights, and clips & straps. Also a Sigma bike computer.

    Bought it Saturday, and used...
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    Poll: Bacchetta Agio (LWB), Bacchetta Giro 20 (SWB) ...

    Bacchetta Agio (LWB), Bacchetta Giro 20 (SWB)

    I put 2000 miles on the Giro last year, and just got the Agio a few days ago. I also ride a Trek 520.
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    Bill - where is this? I live in St. Louis (south...

    Bill - where is this? I live in St. Louis (south city) and can't quite picture an area with this kind of hill.

    My 6 mile commute through the city and "The Hill" neighborhood and into Forest Park...
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    When you start your tour just take it easy. ...

    When you start your tour just take it easy. Unless you have a tight schedule planned, you can take all day to make your destination. When I tour I try to forget about the speed and just try to get...
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    I once rode the entire trail and back starting on...

    I once rode the entire trail and back starting on a Labor Day weekend. It was busy at the start in St Charles, a little busy around Jeff City, but mostly quiet. Of course I was taking several days,...
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    Yes - but... If it has rained a lot it can be...

    Yes - but...

    If it has rained a lot it can be a little softer on the edges, and you also have runoff that creates gullies in some areas. You always have to keep an eye on the trail, just like...
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    I've done the entire Katy twice: once on 700x32s...

    I've done the entire Katy twice: once on 700x32s and once on 700x35s. Either tire was fine, and I weighed over 180 pounds and carried tent, bag, food, clothes, etc. I think the 26x1.95s would be...
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    Sticky: My Giro 20. I've had it a couple weeks and have...

    My Giro 20. I've had it a couple weeks and have put about 100 miles on it. I look forward to using it as a moderately loaded touring bike. I'll still use my Trek 520 as a commuter, but I like the...
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    As the others have pointed out, make slow...

    As the others have pointed out, make slow changes. My 520 came with a stem that held the handlebar a little too low, and couldn't be flipped for more height. I switched to a more upright stem of...
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    I switched my 520 over to a flat-handlebar with...

    I switched my 520 over to a flat-handlebar with extensions. This may give me extra leverage and reduce the possibility of wobbles. Also, I've only had the bike up to about 38mphon a downhill. I'm...
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    Well maybe you had to experiment with the...

    Well maybe you had to experiment with the front-to-back weight ratio. Maybe 30lbs up front upset the steering.

    I have relatively light items in my front panniers: tent, bag, pad. In the back...
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    Last year I did my touring with most of the load...

    Last year I did my touring with most of the load on the back except for a moderate-sized handlebar bag. The bike was generally OK but I didn't like slow speed handling.

    This year I installed a...
  14. Maybe I just can't make out the details from the...

    Maybe I just can't make out the details from the small picture, but:

    1) It looks like the crank has only two chainrings up front and fairly small cogs in back. If so, that means it doesn't have...
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    I recently got into a situation where I kept...

    I recently got into a situation where I kept passing a guy. I'd get ahead, then he'd pass me by blasting through a red light or stop sign, then I'd catch him again within a block.

    Eventually he...
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    I started a ride on Labor Day last year, and it...

    I started a ride on Labor Day last year, and it was kind of busy at the St. Charles end, and a little busy at some of the early stops, but it was not anything that detracted from the ride. ...
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    I have Vittoria Randonneurs on my Trek 520...

    I have Vittoria Randonneurs on my Trek 520 touring bike. About 2600 miles, tread looks good, and only one flat, and it was from a large industrial staple. That tire is still OK.

    I use the wire...
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    Look at http://www.adventurecycling.org/ for info...

    Look at http://www.adventurecycling.org/ for info on routes and equipment.

    Look up the state resources in the areas you will pass through. For example, I can get moderately detailed maps rating...
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    I've had no luck with the Bontrager rims on my...

    I've had no luck with the Bontrager rims on my 520.

    I think the stock rims for my '03 model were Bontrager Fairlanes. The rear rim developed cracks around several eyelets after one year of...
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    The makers of Soma bikes make welded frames, and...

    The makers of Soma bikes make welded frames, and say the following (emphasis mine):

    We chose REYNOLDS 631Air-Hardened steel for all our frames. Mainly for its lively ride characteristics and more...
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    I think there's some confusion over terms: ...

    I think there's some confusion over terms:

    Lugged = the steel tubes of the bike are put together using lugs at the joints. I don't now if older trek 520s were lugged, but the newer ones are tig...
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    Do you like the Trek 520 as it is? I have a...

    Do you like the Trek 520 as it is?

    I have a 520, and I have had it modified considerably from the stock configuration. It now has an MTB crank, flat bars with thumb shifters, better rack,...
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    I have a Trek 520 that is modified to have flat...

    I have a Trek 520 that is modified to have flat bars, thumb shifters, MTB crank, along with front and rear racks. It weighed about 27 lbs before the switch, I'm guessing it's about 30lbs now.
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  24. Thread: Compact Crank?

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    What's the lowest chainring you can put on a...

    What's the lowest chainring you can put on a compact? I *think* I've seen something like a 48/32 combo. If you can haul your loaded bike up the terrain you wish to cover using a 32 up front and up...
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    One venomous snake (copperhead), lots of harmless...

    One venomous snake (copperhead), lots of harmless snakes, lizards, turtles, wild turkeys, hordes of grasshoppers, a cloud of mosquitos, and a standoff with cows (not wildlife - but they were outside...
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