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  1. I have struggled with this for a few years. You...

    I have struggled with this for a few years. You can get two bikes in almost any SUV if you take off the seats/post, and of course the front wheels. I did not look at any domestic vehicles, but...
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    Thanks for the advice. I decided to follow the...

    Thanks for the advice. I decided to follow the suggestions and do a shorter ride at a pace higher than anticipated for the event, with some interval rides during the week and nothing too long the...
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    Advice for final rides before 24 hour

    Hi, I will be riding the national 24 hour in 3 weeks. I have ridden it several times, without great results. I am looking for some advice for the final few weekend rides before the event.

    My...
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    I have no experience with Ortlieb but do with...

    I have no experience with Ortlieb but do with Arkel. We have both the GT54 (bought when not so expensive) and T42. I like the various pockets on the GT54 but agree there are quite heavy. I think...
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    One funny thing when checking in on my last trip...

    One funny thing when checking in on my last trip in Toronto. I had the bike in a typical box, about 8 inches wide. One of the Air Canada staff who is doing a sort of pre-screening and organizing...
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    I recently flew with Air Canada from Toronto to...

    I recently flew with Air Canada from Toronto to Rome and back. Note that the excess baggage charge is $100 for international flights, not just $25. The bike also get a $50 handling charge and counts...
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    Tips in Rome and Tuscany

    Hi, I thought it might be useful to others to share my recent experiences with self directed touring around Rome and Tuscany. Hope it helps someone.

    It is very easy to ride into and out of...
  8. How about the fact I am replying using a tablet...

    How about the fact I am replying using a tablet and wifi while on tour, from a hotel booked using an online site while travelling, after following a route with my garmin from the train station to...
  9. Good suggestion. I checked several points along...

    Good suggestion. I checked several points along the road and it had decent shoulders. Also did for the tunnel you mentioned. At this point I am getting tired of route planning - all the routing...
  10. Hi Professorbob, thanks for the information. It...

    Hi Professorbob, thanks for the information. It is helpful to have some local knowledge. I decided to go on the west side of the lake, as you suggested. We will go inland at Tarquinia, up to...
  11. Italy - Lake Bolsema north or Rome area route

    Hello, I am planning a trip riding from Rome Airport to Florence. I am considering some routes from Civitavecchia or Tarquinia up to Pienza, both routes going through Acquapendente.

    One choice is...
  12. I am looking for similar information, but for the...

    I am looking for similar information, but for the opposite reason - while on tour I would like to be able to create a route on a tablet and download to a Garmin Edge 800. I would prefer to do this...
  13. Thread: France

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    I agree with others comments that all of the...

    I agree with others comments that all of the regions are nice. I was in Brittany a long time ago, and while nice not as much cycling infrastructure, but that might have changed. I really liked...
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    I am looking for a rack as well and have a...

    I am looking for a rack as well and have a general question. Why do the "touring" racks not have a flat shelf on top while commuter one do? I would like a rack with substantial weigh carrying...
  15. More Info. The brifters are ultegra, 7703 era 10...

    More Info. The brifters are ultegra, 7703 era 10 speed. The cables were new at start of season, maybe 1000 miles. Everything was fine for first maybe 60 miles of a 100 mile ride, then happened two...
  16. Ultegra Triple Chain Falls off Middle Ring

    Help please. A problem happened several times this past weekend after starting all of a sudden with no explanation.

    Riding along with my ultegra triple. Riding in middle chainring, all is fine....
  17. A trekking series will work, FD-t671. It is...

    A trekking series will work, FD-t671. It is specifically designed for road bikes with flat handlebars. It is 66-69 degree and has related 44 and 48 max chainring cranks. Works with related flat bar...
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    Careful with Metal Mounting Brackets

    Just riding along on a little bumpy chipseal road when hear something hit the ground. Not sure if I ran over something or something fell of the bike. Circled back and my light was on the ground in...
  19. Thanks for the info. I tentatively gave it a try...

    Thanks for the info. I tentatively gave it a try and nothing blew up! It worked, and the supplied cable was fine. Only minor problem is the cable has multiple attachment bits so ends up need about...
  20. External Battery - Proper Power Output for Edge 800

    Hello, MEC in Canada has a SolarFocus external battery pack. The specs say the output voltage is DC 4.2+/-.005V. The charging current is MAX 500mA (I don't know if this is input or output).
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    I am not trying to make an offroad bike. Trying...

    I am not trying to make an offroad bike. Trying for a road touring bike with lower gearing and a flat handlebar.

    Jeff, I would like to run smaller chainrings - eg 46-36-26, or even 44-34-24, and...
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    Mountain Components on Road Frame

    I am converting a road touring bike to a flat handlebar, and would like to use Shimano 10 speed for some compatability reasons, but it seems very difficult. There are specific touring components...
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    Thanks for all the input. With my current rack...

    Thanks for all the input. With my current rack the bottom of the bag lines up with the skewer, and I have not had problems with my foot hitting the bag, so I will go for that level again. It is a...
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    How Low to Hang Panniers

    Hi, I need to get a new rear rack and thinking of getting something that has two rails, like the Bontrager BackRack Deluxe. I like the idea of a second rail for the panniers, and using the top for a...
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    Thanks for the information. I would prefer a...

    Thanks for the information. I would prefer a tablet as lighter, but don't wanted to get into hacking (rooting) it. A chromebook seems good, just concerned about weight. I had never heard of a...
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