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    Love the new wheels. Had them hand built by a...

    Love the new wheels. Had them hand built by a mechanic who's garage at homerivals anything I've seen at a LBS. :)

    As for the terrain I'd be on- I plan on being 100% on paved road. Unless Iget...
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    The tires I have on now are the SMALLEST that...

    The tires I have on now are the SMALLEST that would fit on the rim. So I would have no problem going to a bigger tire. Thanks for all the feedback.
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    700 x 28 tire for a clyde?

    After my first shakedown tour where I discovered I needed better built wheels, I had an amazing friend build me a new set of double butted 36 spoke wheels.

    I'm about 300 lbs and will tour with...
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    Sticky: My rig

    This was taken right before my first shakedown tour. Trek Hybrid 7.2 fx. I'll be upgrading to 36 spoke wheels.

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  5. Yep, I'm staying with my bike and will get...

    Yep, I'm staying with my bike and will get somebody to build me a set of wheels. Will probably look at getting larger tires too.
  6. I'm using armadillos- 700x25's. Pretty small,...

    I'm using armadillos- 700x25's. Pretty small, right?
  7. The Clyde forum. Very nice, never new that...

    The Clyde forum. Very nice, never new that existed. I love my Trek and will certainly look into the new wheels. Love the feedback, thank you!
  8. How to spend my money: New Touring bike or new wheels?

    On my recent shake down tour I realized my wheels aren't up to snuff. I lost a spoke up front after just 65 miles despite having them looked at before I left on my shake down. I have a 32 spoke...
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    I've had some people reach out to me, but they've...

    I've had some people reach out to me, but they've mostly said the same thing: "I'll take them off your hands if nobody else wants them".....

    So since you were one of the first to reach out to me...
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    I'll be happy to sell them to whoever wanted...

    I'll be happy to sell them to whoever wanted them. Just send me a PM, but remember because I'm a "newbie" to the site, I can't PM back till I hit 50 posts. So you may need to send me an alternative...
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    $49.99 for the rear and $44.99 for the front.

    $49.99 for the rear and $44.99 for the front.
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    Sticky: Ortlieb panniers. Never been out of the box. ...

    Ortlieb panniers. Never been out of the box. Front and rear. New to touring and fell into these at Best Buy of all places. Not 100% what I'm looking for. But would like to hear what you got. :)...
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    I went ahead and picked up an extra set of front...

    I went ahead and picked up an extra set of front and rear bags today.

    Backstory: I ordered some online from Best Buy in January during this big sale but they were on back order for 2 months. I...
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    For the 3rd straight week (I go to BB on Tuesdays...

    For the 3rd straight week (I go to BB on Tuesdays for new music) I have found the front and rear Ortlieb bags on sale. I'm tempted to buy the 5 they have on sale and resale them online for a nominal...
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    Found some in store

    Just walked in to BB in Houston at the Galleria store. Found 4 packages of rear Ortlieb panniers. 49 bucks!!!!! They have 3 more left. I'll probably wait to see if I still get my other ones that are...
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    Ordered mine on 1/11. Still nothing. Called...

    Ordered mine on 1/11. Still nothing. Called twice: once around the 26th when they said I'd get it and again on 2/7 when they said I'd get it. :(
    I guess the theme here is to be patient. These...
  17. I was there for the ride too. I did the 25 mile...

    I was there for the ride too. I did the 25 mile ride, though I thought about the 33 miler route. I rode the next day in Deer Park and didn't know if those extra 8 miles would have killed me the...
  18. Thread: How's my bike?

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    Thanks mbcharbonneau. I have the clipless pedals...

    Thanks mbcharbonneau. I have the clipless pedals and will look into a new saddle and bar ends. I've heard nothing but good things about the B17. But I see xilios likes the Champion Flyer. The...
  19. Thread: How's my bike?

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    Nice to see a bike like mine in a place like...

    Nice to see a bike like mine in a place like that. Great page too! Thank you for sharing.
  20. Thread: How's my bike?

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    I plan on doing the first tour soon. Just...

    I plan on doing the first tour soon. Just waiting on panniers I bought during "THE Best Buy sale" to come in. Then test the camping equipment in the back yard. Probably mid February I'll take a 40...
  21. Thread: How's my bike?

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    All weekend touring at first. My next tour will...

    All weekend touring at first. My next tour will be my first tour. So I'll stay close to home, 45-75 miles max. This will help build to my first big goal: 2 week tour from Houston to El Paso. That'll...
  22. Thread: Hey y'all!

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    Hey y'all!

    Glad to join the group. I've read a lot of posts here for a month or two and really appreciate all the questions and answers. To cut right to it- biking saved my life. I've lost 80 pounds in 8 months...
  23. Thread: How's my bike?

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    How's my bike?

    I have an '09, Trek 7.2 fx hybrid bike. Since I'm 99% on the paved paths I put on 700x25 Armadillo tires. Can I tour on these tires if I plan on staying on paved roads? Also, will this type of bike...
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