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    You can build a bike with just an air mapp torch....

    You can build a bike with just an air mapp torch. Or even an air propane one, which is cleaner in my experience. But unless you enjoy the actual investigation in these techniques, you are better...
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    If is really a pro he is getting paid for the...

    If is really a pro he is getting paid for the Otliebs as well, and just about anything else that makes an appearance, including at times stuff that isn't bicycle related. Read Jack Sampsons book on...
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    The retros are theoretically available on a hydro...

    The retros are theoretically available on a hydro road brakes which would be a game changer.
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    I'd keep the pieces to 3 or 4 on the flyrods. ...

    I'd keep the pieces to 3 or 4 on the flyrods. Just don't like too many joints, not even sure who makes a serious 8 piece flyrod. Normally a 4 piece will tie in with your tent, but it depends how...
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    Really, I doubt it? For one thing, where else...

    Really, I doubt it? For one thing, where else can you put it. You could throw S&S money at a crap frame, other than that, where do you spend that kind of cash other than on hubs, Rohloff is one...
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    Good catch, I meant freewheel hub. The cassette...

    Good catch, I meant freewheel hub. The cassette hub was Shimano's the answer to the freewheel weakness, which turned out in the real world to be a mater of specifying an stouter axle, not something...
  7. It is all about objectives. While touring I...

    It is all about objectives. While touring I prefer to ride, not stop and see stuff. I can't really see Fort William on a bike, what about winter climbing on Point Five Gully. I would rather just...
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    By the way, while I would use velo orange for...

    By the way, while I would use velo orange for small parts, they don't have crdibility on the major parts. They say stuff that isn't really true like comparing their rims to MA2 when they didn't have...
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    Yeah, White is the option to Phil, it is lighter...

    Yeah, White is the option to Phil, it is lighter and cheaper, but still strong. Phil gets my top vote, but somehow I ended up with White, not sure how that happened, but it is a great hub. I think...
  10. I average 80 miles a day, that is just tooling...

    I average 80 miles a day, that is just tooling along smooth shoulders. I find hills, rain, wind average out. Only a few of the days are easy in a long tour.
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    I would just use the road morph. I am not all...

    I would just use the road morph. I am not all that sure that people can sense the pressure reliably enough to know the difference. Of course, with 2" tires you aren't going to get pinch flats, but...
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    Really, it is going to come down to who you find....

    Really, it is going to come down to who you find. Give them, or show them some scraps, and see what the say. For the most part I agree with the reservations, but it might be possible.

    Another...
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    I don't know about Brooks, because there are...

    I don't know about Brooks, because there are English sources for real veg tan, but they are probably too expensive. Other than that kind of attention to detail the modern day leather is not as good...
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    The Russian style one is sold by an edged weapons...

    The Russian style one is sold by an edged weapons company the rest are for digging. Your fantasies either run to decapitating hobos, or being a plumber, take your choice.
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    Bechman has a good detail for that which is...

    Bechman has a good detail for that which is welded into the fork, possibly side to side. I have a picture somewhere of that.
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    He must have passed bike store after bike store...

    He must have passed bike store after bike store on the way, probably had trouble finding campsites.
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    The distinction is a little arbitrary, 3 season...

    The distinction is a little arbitrary, 3 season tents are what most of us use for winter camping. There are some things people like on a winter tent: bias against netting tent walls; bias for...
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    The low rider boses silver brazed are a high...

    The low rider boses silver brazed are a high success type deal. Tig welding, almost 100% that you will blow them through the fork.

    TIG is reasonably difficult to learn if you are in someone...
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    Gearing is the key, but part of the gearing issue...

    Gearing is the key, but part of the gearing issue is the road. The angle of the road is a gearing issue, I have climbed huge passes on rail trails, at 4% or whatever they are, and it was a pleasure...
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    At some spiritual level that is crazy. ...

    At some spiritual level that is crazy. Transactionally you can shoot your way out of some situations you otherwise wouldn't walk out of. Whether a *** is the most useful piece of gear to strap to...
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    while I certainly don't expect you to get your...

    while I certainly don't expect you to get your bike on a plane, as carry on, which is all that really counts... It is a fact that you can carry on guitars, they don't fit in overhead, and you just...
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    The downside is that with welding you almost...

    The downside is that with welding you almost certainly dirty the joint, maybe not if you had tig with a purge. So when you subsequently go to braze the joint it is dirty on the inside, and you will...
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    Well he doesn't have to like Brooks, but ranting...

    Well he doesn't have to like Brooks, but ranting is another matter. Are we really in your view supposed to take the product rants of the ignorant or lazy seriously? Buy whatever one wants, spread...
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    Not so long ago Walmart carried a Bell kevlar...

    Not so long ago Walmart carried a Bell kevlar road tire for the 27 inch wheel. While 27 stopped being the norm on boutique bikes, it lasted quite a bit longer on America's bikes. In a lot of ways...
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    I think it is the marine who is to be cordial to...

    I think it is the marine who is to be cordial to everyone, while formulating a plan of how to kill them should it be required. Principles to live by, other than perhaps at family reunions. I'm 55. ...
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