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    Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I was on...

    Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I was on an SA and have been since some time in 2007. The last non-leather saddle that I rode was a Specialized (can't remember the model; started with an "A")...
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    They advertise them as having "watershed"...

    They advertise them as having "watershed" leather. It doesn't work as well as advertised. But with a saddle cover when it's pouring rain, I've had no problems riding mine since 2007, over 42000 km,...
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    [QUOTE=Hypno Toad;17053929] Sounds like this...

    Sounds like this is a good forum for you, anyway, if you're riding centuries in the pouring rain.

    Leather saddles have several features that make them good for long distance. First of all, having...
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    Recently, milkshakes. Basically like chocolate...

    Recently, milkshakes. Basically like chocolate milk --protein, fat, some carbs--but tastier and cooler on a warm August day. While beer tastes great, it's basically just empty calories. So while...
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    With all due respect, you've just demonstrated...

    With all due respect, you've just demonstrated that your knowledge of horse leather doesn't extend to leather saddles. I predict that your "confidence" will evaporate in the face of cold, hard (wet)...
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    +1. The Watershed "feature" is less than...

    +1. The Watershed "feature" is less than worthless because it makes you think you can do without the saddle cover that you'd know you need on a Brooks. That said, the SA saddles are the only ones...
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    2. is a definite. 1. seems to be a YMMV. I know...

    2. is a definite. 1. seems to be a YMMV. I know people for whom it is no problem to ride in the rain with fenders and no saddle cover. For me, that's a major fail. Maybe my rain coat is shorter...
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    Some people can ride leather saddles in the rain...

    Some people can ride leather saddles in the rain without getting them too wet, but for whatever reason that doesn't work for me. After an hour of heavy downpour my saddle is sodden and will then...
  9. You had me worried since I'm almost out of...

    You had me worried since I'm almost out of packets, but Bruce Medical has 1/2 packets at 36 for $35 + $10 shipping:
    Lantiseptic Skin Protectant 14 oz. Jar

    I know the link says "jar" but scroll...
  10. The packets of lantiseptic are very convenient!

    The packets of lantiseptic are very convenient!
  11. Lantiseptic is really, really sticky. To use...

    Lantiseptic is really, really sticky. To use enough that it acts a bit like a lubricant, you have to use so much that it oozes through your shorts.

    Chamois Butt'r is designed to be a lubricant.
    ...
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    In 2011, I spent 11.3 hours awake in controls. ...

    In 2011, I spent 11.3 hours awake in controls. There are 15 controls including the two secret controls, plus on the way out, Mortagne is not a control but practically everyone stops there anyway. I...
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    From my perspective, exactly the opposite is...

    From my perspective, exactly the opposite is true. Having a drop bag is part of preparing for the worst. On BMB in 2006, what I had in my drop bag meant that I finished while what my friend was...
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    I bought 165's for my wife's road bike, since she...

    I bought 165's for my wife's road bike, since she is also short. But when she's on the tandem, she's riding 170's or maybe even 175's, I can't remember. She's never commented on the difference.
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    Have you ridden a 400km in "PBP weather" (i.e....

    Have you ridden a 400km in "PBP weather" (i.e. temperature range from high 30's to high 80's with and without rain)? If so, make a pile of everything you took. Next, take the food and consumables...
  16. No. But I try to keep up somewhat with the...

    No. But I try to keep up somewhat with the literature. If you have other info, please post it.

    Nick
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    I started out with an Arkel Tailrider on a rear...

    I started out with an Arkel Tailrider on a rear rack and a small ditty bag in front. Switched to a Carradice Lowsaddle Longflap on a Bagman support, both to get more carrying capacity with lower...
  18. There are many riders your age who continue to...

    There are many riders your age who continue to ride centuries every weekend. The only thing I'd be concerned about is osteoporosis. There's some evidence that endurance bicycling leaches calcium...
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    Good call -- IT band pain can take a long time to...

    Good call -- IT band pain can take a long time to recover from. Generally, the cause is that your saddle is too high, making you have to stretch for the pedals and creating stress on the IT. Try...
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    That looks like a hugely-challenging route. It's...

    That looks like a hugely-challenging route. It's a little unclear from the ride description which roads are gravel/dirt and which are not. E.g. is the 18 percent grade on Meyers Grade Road on...
  21. I think the bike in the OP's photo is an '81 600...

    I think the bike in the OP's photo is an '81 600 series Trek -- the '82's and '83's were not made in that color, and the headtubes were painted a contrasting color, which this isn't.

    The failure...
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    The Soma GR has pretty beefy forks and stays, I...

    The Soma GR has pretty beefy forks and stays, I think it'd be fine for light touring. The fork has both a rack braze-on and a mid-fork "hole" where you can screw in a bolt for a pannier rack.
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  23. What the literature shows is that tire width...

    What the literature shows is that tire width basically doesn't matter, except that comparable-construction, wider tires are faster on rough roads than narrow, high-pressure tires that just lead to...
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    Yeah, I had big problems with this in 2007. So...

    Yeah, I had big problems with this in 2007. So in 2011, I made a set of cheat-sheets printed on cardstock paper that had all of the controls and their closing times. I had it set up so that I had...
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    If you haven't ridden a 1000 or 1200 before, then...

    If you haven't ridden a 1000 or 1200 before, then I would set my sights on riding a 1000km this year. What you learn on that ride will go a long way toward teaching you what you need to know to...
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