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  1. Thread: LOW gearing

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    http://static.wixstatic.com/media/be9aca_72d60e328...

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    One of the benefits to touring on a trike is you can gear as low as you want...
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    As you have seen there is no answer to this...

    As you have seen there is no answer to this question that doesn't originate from you.

    Lots of folks are content with touring setups I think are ludicrously heavy and others get by with so little...
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    I had the same experience with my LHT riding it...

    I had the same experience with my LHT riding it unloaded or with a light load [I'm 180 without clothes for reference]. I got some very fast supple tires to ensure it wasn't the tires. My test route...
  4. Thieves are lazy and are not going to be...

    Thieves are lazy and are not going to be wandering around the woods looking for a stealth bike.

    If you think about the traffic flow at a trailhead it's pretty clear where people go once they park...
  5. Your bike being out of sight is far better...

    Your bike being out of sight is far better protection than any lock.

    If it's like most parks 99.9% of people come in cars/buses and don't stray too far from the well trodden route to the scenic...
  6. Thread: LHT & Rohloff

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    If you are going to the trouble get them to drill...

    If you are going to the trouble get them to drill and tap a hole in the non-driveside dropout for an M5 bolt that can interface with the Rohloff OEM2 axle plate. That means no Monkey Bone or long...
  7. Thread: LHT & Rohloff

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    I could live with a Disc Trucker + Rohloff +...

    I could live with a Disc Trucker + Rohloff + tensioner, but if you go with a rim brake Trucker + tensioner + long torque arm that's a pretty ugly setup I'd avoid.
  8. Thread: LHT & Rohloff

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    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4056/4362982401_3ed...

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4056/4362982401_3eddce98b1_b.jpg

    I've had a couple Rohloffs and a couple LHTs, but never combined them.

    You'll need to run a chain tensioner since the LHTs...
  9. Thread: Touring weight!

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    There are local prices I typically pay....so not...

    There are local prices I typically pay....so not cheapest, but I figure my wheel builder's gotta eat.

    - labour $50
    - spokes $1 - $1.5 [depending how fancy]
    - rims ~$100
    - hubs $100 front/$225...
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    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3190/2730843942_27decc2d66_b.jpg

    My LHT and my friend's LHT. Not much seatpost showing and never had any issues.
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    I've got more Brooks saddles floating around my...

    I've got more Brooks saddles floating around my garage than I can remember. Maybe 8 or 10?

    Never had a problem with any of them.

    I got two that were super stiff and needed help breaking in,...
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    I don't have OMM Pioneer racks, but I have used...

    I don't have OMM Pioneer racks, but I have used Ortlieb panniers on other OMM racks.

    I have had the panniers come loose on rough roads and singletrack.

    There are a few solutions:

    - I use 1...
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    +1 - I just installed some similar skewers on my...

    +1 - I just installed some similar skewers on my Straggler. You can fill the hex key hole with Shoe Goo for a harder to steal, but still removable skewer.
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    Thanks :) That reminds me now that the...

    Thanks :)

    That reminds me now that the Straggler is up and running I need to clean up the LHT and take some pics to sell it. I tore a muscle in my arm MTB touring so I'm off the bike for a while....
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    https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8382/8610019451_e9c...

    https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8382/8610019451_e9c2311dc9_b.jpg

    I use these purpose built soft bags from Porcelain Rocket on my touring MTBs, but I have seen folks use the same bags on road...
  16. Thread: Brooks Bike Change

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    I've done several swaps between bikes and not...

    I've done several swaps between bikes and not noticed any issues. I expect to make many more swaps as my bikes tend to last ~5yrs in my fleet and these saddles will last many decades.

    I should...
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    You don't need special shoes to tour in. Anything...

    You don't need special shoes to tour in. Anything with decent support and a shape that fits your current pedals/clips will work.

    You can try the shoes you have and if they don't work go to a...
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    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3836/14950695585_c3...

    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3836/14950695585_c31fbf67fb_b.jpg

    I just built up ^^^ this Straggler to replace my LHT as a commuter.

    I mostly tour on a MTB these days, but my rear hub can be...
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    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3836/14950695585_c3...

    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3836/14950695585_c31fbf67fb_b.jpg

    Well I think life is too short to keep/ride a bike you don't love. I built up ^^^ this to replace the LHT for my 50km commute.
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  20. Thread: wheel opinions?

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    There is a life beyond bike forums. If anyone...

    There is a life beyond bike forums. If anyone actually wants to look into problems with Phil hubs just Google the subject.
  21. Thread: wheel opinions?

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    No I linked to one failure. I have come across...

    No I linked to one failure. I have come across many. Enough that I have no interst in spending a lot of money on a heavy hub that doesn't live up to its reputation.

    I haven't regretted the...
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    I've dealt with Surly and NRG a few times...

    I've dealt with Surly and NRG a few times resolving warranty issues or questions. I may not have rec'd a same day reply, but I always got the info/action I needed in a reasonable time.

    Knowing...
  23. Thread: wheel opinions?

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    I've read so many Phil Woods hub failure stories...

    I've read so many Phil Woods hub failure stories that I would never spend the $$ for one myself.

    Guitar Ted Productions: The Saga Of The Snow Dog And The Phil Wood Hub

    I've done fine with...
  24. If you are just trying to protect the frame buy...

    If you are just trying to protect the frame buy some clear tape and apply it to the affected areas. It's easy, cheap and has no affect on the bike. It can also be removed and/or replaced as desired...
  25. Thread: honesty check

    by vik
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    Start with a well maintained bike. Buy any parts...

    Start with a well maintained bike. Buy any parts you have any concerns about in advanced and leave with a relative or friend. Source parts on the road as needed and if you run into trouble you have...
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