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    More clever than I was expecting, but in terms of...

    More clever than I was expecting, but in terms of cost per utility, not overly convinced.

    and that hundred dollar bill is probably a superdollar.
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    Steripen claims that the UV light does destroy...

    Steripen claims that the UV light does destroy the micro-organisms, and viruses and whatnot. It should be fine, even after a few days. I use one myself, and it's pretty awesome. It's trivial to treat...
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    My partner has an Osprey with the air-frame (50L...

    My partner has an Osprey with the air-frame (50L Exos for backpacking, so a bit of a different beast), it works, but it's not magic. I've hiked with it for a bit and it does a pretty good job of...
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    I own a Quarterdome, and while I have no...

    I own a Quarterdome, and while I have no complaints about it as such, I'm still in the market for a new shelter. There's nothing exactly wrong with the Quarterdome, but it's also not quite spot on...
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    Don't worry about the insulation value of your...

    Don't worry about the insulation value of your sleeping pad, your mattress at home is much more insulating, and you can sleep on that.

    The Therm-A-Rest air mattresses are great, but skip the self...
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    It depends on what kind of commuting I'm doing;...

    It depends on what kind of commuting I'm doing; if it's mutli-modal, and if I'm going to be doing stuff off the bike, even if it's just a visit to a local cafe, I want a good looking bag (that means...
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    Pedro's are the best I've used. They still break...

    Pedro's are the best I've used. They still break occasionally, but my LBS treats them as cash, and will give you either a refund for a broken lever, or just let you cash in your stash of broken tire...
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    I think a combination of pinch test, the way the...

    I think a combination of pinch test, the way the bike feels, and stopping by a bike shop now and again to say 'hi' and borrow a floor pump is more than enough.
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    I just like how hard they make patching a tire...

    I just like how hard they make patching a tire seem. It patches holes up to 3mm! It takes less than 60 seconds, rather than the traditional method, which takes 20 minutes! Has anyone ever taken 20...
  10. Thread: touring tents

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    While this thread is going, has anyone had first...

    While this thread is going, has anyone had first hand experience with the new Sierra Designs tents? The Sierra Designs Flashlight UL2 looks really interesting, but I'm not to sure if it's brilliant...
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    It's a pot stand. I'm not overly impressed, it...

    It's a pot stand. I'm not overly impressed, it doesn't even have a bottle opener. A good stove system has to integrate a wind screen as well; this is only an ounce less than a Caldera Cone, and...
  12. Thread: touring tents

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    The one (admittedly slight) difference between a...

    The one (admittedly slight) difference between a backpacking tent and a bike touring tent are the poles. Some backpacking tents use trekking poles to set up in an effort to save weight, this negates...
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    If your patches are lasting one minute, you're...

    If your patches are lasting one minute, you're doing it wrong. I have tubes patches upwards of ten times, (I could patch them more, but I just get lazy after a point), and they are no more likely to...
  14. Thread: TorchGlo

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    I've found that a chapstick cap fits perfectly...

    I've found that a chapstick cap fits perfectly over my Fenix Eo5 (My camp flashlight of choice) and provides a cheery glow. You can even choose your color. It also weighs about a gram, and does...
  15. At work I can keep my bike inside with me, so I...

    At work I can keep my bike inside with me, so I bring a cheap combination cable lock, just in case I need to run a quick errand afterwards.

    If I know I'm going to be parking my bike around town...
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    If you're relying on the tent to keep you warm,...

    If you're relying on the tent to keep you warm, you're doing it wrong. Use your sleeping bag to keep you warm, use the tent to keep you dry and bug free.

    I have a quarter dome, and it's a great....
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    I do like the fork spaced at 135 for a spare rear...

    I do like the fork spaced at 135 for a spare rear wheel.
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    I'd ditch the filter and grab a Steri-pen. A fraction of the weight and bulk, and easier to use to boot. No pumping, no backflushing, just 30 seconds of gentle swirling. True, it is one more...
  19. I've done a few short tours out of a 22 liter...

    I've done a few short tours out of a 22 liter backpack. Self supported, camping, but in nice weather, with no bugs, and the ability to buy food along the way. Of course, doing so did take some...
  20. Thread: quilt query.

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    If you got an Enlightened quilt, it should come...

    If you got an Enlightened quilt, it should come with four straps, of which you can use either set, or none at all.

    The longer, non-stretchy strap can be used to secure your quilt to the sleeping...
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    Have you tried asking Detours? I think I have the...

    Have you tried asking Detours? I think I have the same panniers, and they sent me a free set of the old style replacement hooks just because I asked nicely. They actually sent me a free pair of the...
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    As the proud owner of the Revelation X, I'm not...

    As the proud owner of the Revelation X, I'm not sure you can get a better sleeping bag (well, quilt) for the money. They are made to order, beautifully crafted, warm as you can possible need, and...
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    Strangely enough, I just had a crankset stolen...

    Strangely enough, I just had a crankset stolen from me. The bike was parked in the same spot for far to long, and when I (finally) went to retrieve it, I found it sans saddle (quick release, I know),...
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    just a reminder (because it's one of my pet...

    just a reminder (because it's one of my pet peeves), if you have a hammock, and you expect temperatures below 50 degrees or so, it pays to have insulation underneath you. Your choice if this is an...
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    I'm not sure where you get your data from; 1 inch...

    I'm not sure where you get your data from; 1 inch flat nylon webbing has a break strength of 3000 pounds, 1 inch polyester has a break strength of 3800.

    Polypropylene is weaker, and more prone to...
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