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    Thus far, all of the custom builders I've talked...

    Thus far, all of the custom builders I've talked to are happy to hear about this list, even if they aren't on it yet. Will be working on digging up a few more go-to custom touring bike builders to...
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    I did too, then did the same search substituting...

    I did too, then did the same search substituting "Phil Wood hub failed" for name any brand, and got roughly the same or more results, except when I searched for failures of Campagnolo hub failures. ...
  3. Many with 4E wide feet have found success with...

    Many with 4E wide feet have found success with Specialized brand SPD compatible shoes, HERE is one example.

    I second Lake as well for a source for wide spd shoes.

    HERE are your pedals. The...
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    Nice climbing and nice Klein. Just last week I...

    Nice climbing and nice Klein. Just last week I sold my Quantum Race (all Campy) that I was the original owner of. Been holding onto it for years after I "replaced" it.

    Speaking of replacing, for...
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    http://youtu.be/Uy5sYK8BpPE Congrats on...

    http://youtu.be/Uy5sYK8BpPE


    Congrats on getting your camera and having fun with it on the bike. I've had a GoPro for a few years but have only made a few bike vids.
  6. Hmmmm. Is that comment aimed at the person who...

    Hmmmm. Is that comment aimed at the person who locked the OP's bike up, or at some of the responders within this thread?

    :innocent:
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    You'd have to break the remaining spares in the...

    You'd have to break the remaining spares in the right order though.

    Fiber fix. Wonder if they have an expiration date. Been carrying the same two from the beginning of time. Among all the bikes...
  8. Still waiting to hear what the rider's shoulder...

    Still waiting to hear what the rider's shoulder width is, but I'm a bit suspect of the fitter since they are recommending something which doesn't exist.

    I haven't seen problems with narrow...
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    OK, I'll share my "secret" in this regard. THESE...

    OK, I'll share my "secret" in this regard. THESE

    For those of you link-shy, Andiamo cycling liners. Two of these weigh less than one pair of high quality cycling shorts and they dry out much...
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    Nice looking ride NUN. The majority of...

    Nice looking ride NUN.

    The majority of tourers seem to enjoy bags at the bar (handlebar bags) as well as the ultralights embracing high mounted rear bags, but part of my love for riding includes...
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    Carrying gear on any sport/race bike is a...

    Carrying gear on any sport/race bike is a compromise of some sort.

    I credit card tour on a 15 pound carbon race bike (Record SuperSix HM) and having tried many methods of carrying the load on...
  12. What is her shoulder width?

    What is her shoulder width?
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    Waterford won't charge you to talk to them about...

    Waterford won't charge you to talk to them about a frameset they built and in my experience, they'll be happy to do so. There were a few frames from what I've seen online that had to go back to...
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    Thanks. Looks like Brian has been turning out...

    Thanks. Looks like Brian has been turning out thoughtfully designed touring bikes so I'll gladly add him.

    So many builders out there and so many who do not seem to "embrace" building and offering...
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    It sounds like they *may* have been holding onto...

    It sounds like they *may* have been holding onto this bike for a while. I wouldn't insult them LeeG. The components aren't trash, but I'd point out to the shop that the they aren't up to the...
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    Amazing that you two would agree! :) Really! ...

    Amazing that you two would agree! :) Really!

    I happen to see no loss in comfort when I go from my current:
    sport touring mode on my road bike
    to my mountain bike, in backpacking mode...
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    That may be arguable...

    That may be arguable...
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    You're joking right. Tell me you're joking,...

    You're joking right. Tell me you're joking, because that's funny.
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    The latests version of what I'm planning will...

    The latests version of what I'm planning will have me cycling up across the Canadian border rather than taking a ferry up and biking down.

    Wondering if anyone tuned in has biked north across the...
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    I'd consider a killer combo for "touring" (what...

    I'd consider a killer combo for "touring" (what does that word mean to you? It's somewhat important.) a solid and efficient hub, a proven rim (not "New!, the rim you've all been waiting for!"), like...
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    Everything on the spec sheet looked OK to me for...

    Everything on the spec sheet looked OK to me for a touring bike except for the gearing is high for loaded touring in the mountains. The lowest rated component on the bike from what I've seen are the...
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    What frameset is it TrekCommuter? If it's not a...

    What frameset is it TrekCommuter? If it's not a Grand Tour, as stated in the subject of the thread, and rather a Gunnar Sport, this shifts to more of an apples and oranges comparison. The Sport...
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    "Square taper" is an inexpensive, and typically...

    "Square taper" is an inexpensive, and typically very easily serviced (had one of mine adjusted by a chainsaw store once) bottom bracket; Nothing wrong with that. I agree the crankset is on the...
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    I don't agree that the Gunnar Grand Tour is a...

    I don't agree that the Gunnar Grand Tour is a sport touring bike, which in the classical sense would mean that it's a slightly modified road racing bicycle.
    This frameset has:
    45cm or longer...
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    Take a look at the TA Carmina Crankset...

    Take a look at the TA Carmina Crankset. …as another possible option in the future. High quality stuff with a lot of flexibility. I believe there are also other TA cranks that will allow you to get...
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