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    Just fine for 3 1/2 season touring. If you were...

    Just fine for 3 1/2 season touring. If you were summer or riding I'd say lighten up but for multi season and elevation the gear list increases.

    You tent, pad, bike, and sleeping bag will all...
  2. 401467Same specs as you size wise with orangatan...

    401467Same specs as you size wise with orangatan arms. Traditional double diamond frames in the 25in size gives me a fist full of saddle height. If I put on "29'ers" aka extra fluffy 700c tires the...
  3. My size in purple with a crome fork and campy...

    My size in purple with a crome fork and campy bits. N+1 It would have no real purpose in my stable other than to be well, purple.

    The Logic in my head says I need is a mid 90's steel trek MTB in...
  4. Try these instead of commando Pure Essential...

    Try these instead of commando

    Pure Essential Luxury Portfolio Boxer by Perry Ellis

    88% Polyester/12% Spandex
    4-way stretch

    Cotton is icky always and compression undergarments are icky in...
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    Meh on frame failure. Most common is braze-on...

    Meh on frame failure. Most common is braze-on doodad breaking off or something going on around the rear dropout.

    Spend money on a sweet rear wheel and just ride.

    Heck I saw a couple from...
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    Yes, but keep the rear rack if you plan on...

    Yes, but keep the rear rack if you plan on descending on gravel. In -nearly- all situation double front gives a better ride then double rear.

    My favorite setup is two racks, two bags and one stuff...
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    Clown bike on some 6ft plus a smidge.

    Clown bike on some 6ft plus a smidge.
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    No way that is a 2004 nor is it a tall person...

    No way that is a 2004 nor is it a tall person bike.

    1997-1999

    Why? No slope to the top tube. The headbadge logo is the BIG give away. To my eyeballs it looks like a 21in. The touring c dales...
  9. Is it worth 500? For me it would all about the...

    Is it worth 500? For me it would all about the wheels. "upgraded from the original Helicomatic to a set of 700c." The original wheels used 27in tires with a 126 spaced hub. Was the bike respaced for...
  10. If you are "4 bagging it" one bag should be...

    If you are "4 bagging it" one bag should be pretty much empty after cramming in all your regular gear. Around the world, winter touring or up and down the Americas may require partial filling of that...
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    53-39 cranks are big boy gears not for mortals. ...

    53-39 cranks are big boy gears not for mortals.

    Your knees will thank you.
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    Stealing my style mixing black and silver spokes...

    Stealing my style mixing black and silver spokes on the same bike. Bonus points for the utilitarian freewheel.

    I feel your pain. My bianchi took a major step back when my latest wheel arrived....
  13. Thread: Dilemma

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    I would tour (with a nicer rear wheel) and bust...

    I would tour (with a nicer rear wheel) and bust out an occasional century on a FX 7.2. Medium pace club ride or Double, no. If you are adding to the stable get something markedly different. The FX...
  14. 56 or 58. You may be able to squeeze into a...

    56 or 58.

    You may be able to squeeze into a 54 but that would be a more of a modern race fit.

    I ride a 61cm to 25in at 6'1
    My dad rides a 54cm to 23in at 5'10

    We are not built with the...
  15. Finding a suitcase which will fix 26 in wheels is...

    Finding a suitcase which will fix 26 in wheels is an easter egg hunt. My normal technique now is to cut down a bike box to fit the wheels then split the rest between the box and a charity shop...
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    If this was one month ago the following would...

    If this was one month ago the following would have happened.

    Bought and parted out to my stable.

    Shifters and front wheel to bike A.
    Rear wheel to bike B.
    RD to the parts bin
    Buy a crappy...
  17. Walk into the bike shop needing to replace many...

    Walk into the bike shop needing to replace many drive train wearables. One seven speed free wheel, one slightly upgraded chain, one un-55 square taper. < $70 inc tax

    Let the LBS have it's labor...
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    Unless the riding is technical friction is fine....

    Unless the riding is technical friction is fine. When I did my last drive train change out the LBS started stressing over rd compatibility and Brifters replacement. Upon saying -friction- a big light...
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    Babyshoe pass tire size

    I want to leave the gravel grinder at home and take the oh so comphy winnibego. aka jumbo c-dale.

    What tire size front at back would you go with when riding babyshoe pass.

    25lbs of gear
    front...
  20. Probably the best model year for the nouvo sport....

    Probably the best model year for the nouvo sport. It's an entry level 86 ish sport tour japanese bike. The next model up added areo levers , Dual water bottle mounts and if memory serves me a switch...
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    1. 9 speed DA bar ends married to a 7 speed free...

    1. 9 speed DA bar ends married to a 7 speed free wheel.

    2. I also grew up on DT shifters. When I changed to bar con's the front shifting left hand down and to the left motion drove me batty. I...
  22. Ski Jacket -> Proof Bike specific Jacket ->...

    Ski Jacket -> Proof
    Bike specific Jacket -> Resistant

    Pemco insurance ad. "Ski in the rain guy. You are one of us."
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    I lob rain gear tops into three categories. 1....

    I lob rain gear tops into three categories.

    1. Rain Proof - Gore-tex and clones low breath ability
    2. Rain resistant - some sort of Nylon with bonded membrane. Tends to have high breath...
  24. Luck on the fit. Don't low ball, that is a solid...

    Luck on the fit. Don't low ball, that is a solid price for a bike in the size sweet spot with all the extras.
  25. If you were leaving on your very first big tour...

    If you were leaving on your very first big tour and heading to remote south america or buying a folding touring bike I would say deal breaker. Since you will have more than a few shake down days...
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