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  1. There's great info in this thread. I ditto...

    There's great info in this thread. I ditto staehpj1's comments exactly plus IAMAMRA's comments about tipping the nose of your saddle down a bit.
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    I use a Garmin Edge 500. It doesn't provide...

    I use a Garmin Edge 500. It doesn't provide directions--I use my smartphone (which is normally turned off) if I can't figure out where I'm going using a paper map.

    I really like the data from the...
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    I flew out of Bordeaux France in 2012. I went to...

    I flew out of Bordeaux France in 2012. I went to six bike shops and couldn't find a box (in big cities they haul off the trash and recycling each night). One of the shops suggested a moped shop where...
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    [I do realize I'm bumping an old thread, but...

    [I do realize I'm bumping an old thread, but that's better than starting a new one on the same topic.]

    Per the map (below), I considered three "macro" routes from Salt Lake City to Missoula. The...
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    Similar strategy: Two jerseys, shorts, and pairs...

    Similar strategy: Two jerseys, shorts, and pairs of socks. I alternate clothes every day. Wash them every day or two with Campsuds (biodegradable and concentrated). Put them in the sun for UV...
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    I haven't had them long enough to have a strong...

    I haven't had them long enough to have a strong opinion, but since you asked: (1) The machining is beautiful. (2) I was hoping they'd eliminate the front brake squeal (I've only ridden ~20 miles and...
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    My front derailleur is a Shimano Tiagra FD-4403...

    My front derailleur is a Shimano Tiagra FD-4403 (long cage). It works well on this range and should have no problem with your 22/44 range. The RaceFace came with its own BB (RaceFace Turbine X-Type...
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    You're right. I was using JensonUSA.com (and...

    You're right. I was using JensonUSA.com (and other) chainring finders that weren't coming up with any. I just did a search and found several (including the Shimano Deore FC-M533). Good to know I'll...
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    I had the stock Surly five-bolt cranks with...

    I had the stock Surly five-bolt cranks with 100/74mm bolt spacing. The smallest chain ring for the 74mm was 24 teeth. Switching to the 4-bolt 104/64mm cranks let me go to the 22 tooth ring (there's a...
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    Rejuvenated LHT

    After stripping down my Utility Blue LHT that looked like this:

    http://bruff.com/posts/Elzee-2011-800w.jpg

    It now looks like this:

    http://bruff.com/posts/Elzee-2013-800w.jpg

    I stripped it...
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    France in Pyrenees 2012: 14 days, 633 miles,...

    France in Pyrenees 2012: 14 days, 633 miles, 68,000 vertical feet, $76us/day. I mostly camped but stayed in hotels every four days. This doesn't include airfare. (My CrazyGuy journal.)
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    Not to state the obvious (and I realize you've...

    Not to state the obvious (and I realize you've done this before), but I assume you're doing all the required "tricks" to pack it (e.g., removing the front wheel and attaching it to the frame, taking...
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    Too bad you didn't do this as a poll. It'd be...

    Too bad you didn't do this as a poll. It'd be unanimous. Dumb.
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    Masked the front brakes but not the rear. A...

    Masked the front brakes but not the rear. A little sanding...
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    LHT Utility Blue Turns Black

    After partially disassembling my bike to send it home on the airlines and further disassembling it for a tune-up, I decided I might as well paint it. Here’s the frame in flat-black ($105 for...
  16. I've done overseas trips with both Backroads and...

    I've done overseas trips with both Backroads and REI. BikeToursDirect.com has good hybrid trips (they take care of the logistics, but there isn't a guide or SAG vehicle). The guided trips are...
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    Sticky: I have a set of yellow, Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus...

    I have a set of yellow, Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus rear panniers (those are the ones with the buckles rather than rollers and that use the newer fabric) that I'd be interested in trading. Also, for...
  18. Your trip sounds very fun, Goran. You may not...

    Your trip sounds very fun, Goran. You may not even need a GPS. If you have a list of city names (and maybe a few local maps) you should be able to find you way as you go.
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    My advice: turn off your computer and get on your...

    My advice: turn off your computer and get on your bike. The reason for the shakedown ride is to figure it out--you don't need us telling you what to (or not to) bring. Climb on your saddle and ride.
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    How many days is your shakedown?

    How many days is your shakedown?
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    RideWithGPS.com is based on Google Maps but it...

    RideWithGPS.com is based on Google Maps but it allows you to save your route. So while looking at my route on RideWithGPS.com, I can drag the little Mr. Google and see Street View.
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    I used RideWithGPS.com. It's free and based on...

    I used RideWithGPS.com. It's free and based on Google Maps, but it allows you to save your route. I select the "Avoid Highways" checkbox, set the starting and ending locations, and let Google choose...
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    New stem is more visually appealing to me. You...

    New stem is more visually appealing to me. You could have posted this as a "poll" and we could vote ;).
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    I flew my touring bike to Europe last year on...

    I flew my touring bike to Europe last year on Delta and it cost $150us. I packed the bike in a cardboard "bike box" (i.e., wheels, seat, and handlebars off). Flying back on Air France (Delta's...
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    MapMyRide.com doesn't seem to be limited to 23...

    MapMyRide.com doesn't seem to be limited to 23 waypoints (I just created a map with 40).
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