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    Just a quick note on Soma, Surly and other steel...

    Just a quick note on Soma, Surly and other steel sub $1000 framesets. You don't get what you pay for! Most of the time you actually get much more. Fitting fenders and racks, stopping squeaky brakes...
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    I'm not sure buying a bike you can't test ride is...

    I'm not sure buying a bike you can't test ride is a good idea.... Hunt down a dealer and test ride this bike.

    http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/steel-road/commutertouring/clubman-mixte-13/

    Good...
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    I have one with about 400 miles on it. The...

    I have one with about 400 miles on it. The Randonee is what it is..... a heavy touring bike. The 10 speed drive train is a mix of Sram and Shimano LX.. it works fine. The Tektro mini-V brakes and...
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    I'm also a big Nashbar fan.... but I'd stick to a...

    I'm also a big Nashbar fan.... but I'd stick to a Surly frame. it's 2X the money, but 3X as good. Plus you can sell a used Surly frame for $250 very easy if he out grows it, or doesn't ride it. But...
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    Take a look at these.... ...

    Take a look at these....

    http://www.rei.com/product/764688

    ....and keep those Sidi MTB shoes....
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    I'm going to ad that there is a lot of cycling...

    I'm going to ad that there is a lot of cycling wisdom in this one. Riding with a group is faster, and easier than going alone. If you are with a group of riders and making great time and they go a...
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    I'd just buy that Surly and ride it! (the...

    I'd just buy that Surly and ride it! (the Crosscheck or LHT). Both these bikes offer really great value. The parts alone are worth the $1200 you pay for a complete bike. Bike shops sometimes buy...
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    One of the great things about cycling in 2011 is...

    One of the great things about cycling in 2011 is how many lower priced touring bikes are out there. Both these bikes offer great value for money.

    Test ride both and buy the one you like more....
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    All of the stuff is good.... the JANDD rack isn't...

    All of the stuff is good.... the JANDD rack isn't a bad choice, but it really helps to buy racks in person with your bike so you can see how it fits.
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    Everybody has a right to their own opinion.......

    Everybody has a right to their own opinion.... but Tubus racks are way, way better than anything Surly has ever come up with. Go check out the Tubus website. Tubus has real engineers who design great...
  11. The Verita uses a Sram Apex drive train mostly--...

    The Verita uses a Sram Apex drive train mostly-- that the standard 34/50 compact double teamed with a 10 speed 11-32 cassette. It's really a great system for general riding, long distance riding,...
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    Good stuff costs money and Adventure Cycling is...

    Good stuff costs money and Adventure Cycling is good stuff. Now, there are a lot of ways to tour by bike, some of them are really cheap, fly by the seat of your pants ways of having fun! I wouldn't...
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    You're running 10 speed right? Because of the...

    You're running 10 speed right? Because of the narrow chain, don't get aftermarket rings, stick with the same ones you have been running. That way you can be 100% sure it's going to work.
  14. No one really knows? I'd guess the Trek has...

    No one really knows? I'd guess the Trek has shorter chainstays, shorter wheelbase, sightly quicker handling? It's OK to like the 520 more than the LHT. I like the Surly bikes for value, but honestly,...
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    Because you're stopping every week or so for a...

    Because you're stopping every week or so for a few days, plus the fact that you're young, 50 miles a day (average) isn't that hard. Plan on less miles in the hills and more on the flats.

    As far as...
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    This a great thread! Money is the thing that...

    This a great thread! Money is the thing that stops most would be bike tourists. Getting your financial house in order is the absolute best thing you can do to go on holiday.
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    Stick with tig welding and call Co-Motion. I...

    Stick with tig welding and call Co-Motion. I think they are the absolute best touring bikes in the world.
  18. Thread: How's my bike?

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    Raim77-- Don't worry another minute about the...

    Raim77--

    Don't worry another minute about the bike, tires, gear, ect .... just slap your new panniers on it, stuff in the camping gear and go!

    You'll learn as you go along.
  19. One more thought about bars on a light touring...

    One more thought about bars on a light touring bike (also something to think about on a loaded tour bike as well. How the bar is might be way more important than the shape of the bar. Personally I...
  20. It's really a matter of personal choice, but I...

    It's really a matter of personal choice, but I like the FSA compact bars as well.... and I also like the FSA headsets (orbit), stems, and seat posts. Don't get carbon... just the middle of the line...
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    Although it may not fit your *all classic sliver*...

    Although it may not fit your *all classic sliver* theme, (and I understand the desire to make a new build that way), why not just roll with the XTR unit you currently own? Finish your build and ride...
  22. the Masi is cool..... great bike for bombing...

    the Masi is cool..... great bike for bombing around town on.
  23. What does the LBS say about the fit? Do they have...

    What does the LBS say about the fit? Do they have any ideas to fix it? It's still their bike, make them work on fixing it for a sale. It's why your LBS is there.

    I'd guess more sweep on the bars,...
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    Ah, I was 19 then. It does look kind of silly...

    Ah, I was 19 then. It does look kind of silly looking back, of course. The biggest trouble with the Bike Industry is that it can't seem to really grow up. The core supporters of most bike shops in...
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    Cool story Gerry, Now that's how to buy a...

    Cool story Gerry,

    Now that's how to buy a bike. You're going to love your now bike! Sram Apex is really nice stuff.

    For anybody who hasn't seen the new bike....
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