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    Saturday I rode in Ohio's Tour de Donut....

    Saturday I rode in Ohio's Tour de Donut. Basically it is a road "race" with two donut stops along the way. Every donut you eat knocks 5 minutes off your time. There are usually 800-1000 riders. The...
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    As a Vaya owner, I can tell you that it is an...

    As a Vaya owner, I can tell you that it is an excellent commuter, touring bike and all around road bike. Not to mention it has a nice endurance style geometry that you can ride all day. It will never...
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    Yeah, it is pretty clean...especially considering...

    Yeah, it is pretty clean...especially considering it has around 10K miles on it. Funny that I ride my Salsa just as much and in worse conditions, commuting, touring, etc and I probably only clean it...
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    I use whatever automotive spray cleaner\polish I...

    I use whatever automotive spray cleaner\polish I have onhand.

    On my Spec Roubaix, I pull the wheels, put the frame on the stand and completely wipe the entire bike down after pretty much every...
  5. Easy....Salsa Vaya. Road bike, commuter bike,...

    Easy....Salsa Vaya. Road bike, commuter bike, touring bike and gravel grinder.

    Commuter Mode
    http://watsonfx.com/svu2.jpg

    Mule mode
    http://watsonfx.com/gap_2014_1.jpg
  6. Thanks, it is an awesome bike! My inseam is about...

    Thanks, it is an awesome bike! My inseam is about 33-34. I did not try a 55. I ordered my frame based on the size chart. We just recently got a Salsa dealer and I tried a 54 they had in stock. Wish I...
  7. I'm 5'10" and I ride a 56 with a 90mm stem. Fits...

    I'm 5'10" and I ride a 56 with a 90mm stem. Fits me perfectly. 54 was too cramped.

    http://watsonfx.com/gap_2014_1.jpg

    http://www.watsonfx.com/svu2.jpg
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    Sticky: L-R - Surly Disc Trucker, Surly LHT and my Salsa...

    L-R - Surly Disc Trucker, Surly LHT and my Salsa Vaya. Pic taken in Ohiopyle, Pa. Just rode in from Cumberland Md on the GAP.

    http://watsonfx.com/tgap5.jpg

    Better pic of the Salsa
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  9. Thread: Fender Passion

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    Over the winter, I put on a set of SKS P50...

    Over the winter, I put on a set of SKS P50 Longboards. They are a nice wide plastic fender that won't break the bank. My buddy has the regular SKS P50 and these are bit longer. They also have a nice...
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    The Vaya only has one mount, so the top is zip...

    The Vaya only has one mount, so the top is zip tied. Put a small piece of cut inner tube under it to protect the frame from rub
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    A still image shot from my buddy's rear facing Go...

    A still image shot from my buddy's rear facing Go Pro. Me and another friend coming through the Big Savage tunnel on the Great Allegheny Passage. The red above my helmet is the LED from my Contour...
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    I have two sets of wheels. One built up with the...

    I have two sets of wheels. One built up with the knobbier WTB All Terrains and another set with WTB "Slicks". Even though they are called Slicks, they do have a nice tread. The cool thing about them...
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    We rode the GAP from Cumberland to Ohiopyle and...

    We rode the GAP from Cumberland to Ohiopyle and back on a weekend bikepacking trip. We've ridden the length of the GAP and the Katy as well. Left to right are a Disc Trucker, LHT and my Salsa Vaya....
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    Do you like your Secteur? If so, then I would say...

    Do you like your Secteur? If so, then I would say check out the Roubaix. The obvious choice will be the one you pick after a test ride. Personally I would test ride all of the comfort, plush,...
  15. I think building a bike is a great idea. I built...

    I think building a bike is a great idea. I built my Salsa Vaya from a frameset. Sure, it may have cost a little more but it was a great learning experience. Since then, I've built up a couple of...
  16. Double bag??? That adds like .000341 grams. :lol:

    Double bag??? That adds like .000341 grams. :lol:
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    Congrats! I'm a grandpa X4. My old man bike was...

    Congrats! I'm a grandpa X4. My old man bike was switching from a Tarmac to a Roubaix.

    you could always borrow my 1928 Elgin single speed

    http://www.watsonfx.com/sr2.jpg
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    There is a point where a decline is impossible.

    There is a point where a decline is impossible.
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    When I built up my gravel/touring/commuting bike...

    When I built up my gravel/touring/commuting bike a few years back, I just had to have disc brakes so I went with Salsa. There really weren't that many disc brake options back then. I have no...
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    My LBS doesn't carry Salsa or Specialized, so I...

    My LBS doesn't carry Salsa or Specialized, so I drive about 40-50 miles away and buy my frames. I do all my own wreching and have pretty much every bicycle specific tool known to man. I press in my...
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    I'd recommend one of the endurance style bikes...

    I'd recommend one of the endurance style bikes like the Specialized Roubaix, Cannondale Synapse, Fuji Grand Fondo, etc. Pretty much all brands have something similiar. Usually the geometry is a...
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    Cause we all ride for different reasons. Last...

    Cause we all ride for different reasons. Last summer I had a blast finishing a 30 mile TT in under 90mins. I was pretty darn proud of myself. At the same time, I took an entire day to cover 30 miles...
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    Poll: My Salsa Vaya before heading out on a tour was...

    My Salsa Vaya before heading out on a tour was 71lbs on the nose. Steel bike, 36 spoke wheels, 37c tires, water bottles, handlebar bag, front/rear panniers loaded with clothes, tools, spare tubes,...
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    I knew what you meant though. It isn't a GG...

    I knew what you meant though. It isn't a GG purpose built bike like their Warbird.

    Just poking fun at how Salsa has a hard time categorizing their bikes these days.
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    Shhhh....Don't tell Salsa...they refer to it as...

    Shhhh....Don't tell Salsa...they refer to it as "Road Touring / Gravel / Road Riding" on their website.
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