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    I would echo the suggestions to ship the bike...

    I would echo the suggestions to ship the bike west, fly west, then tour east. The downside is that you end your trip in familiar territory (so you aren't journeying toward the exciting new place),...
  2. I'm not sure I agree with this if you are going...

    I'm not sure I agree with this if you are going to have off the bike days, which I assume is the case with a 4 month trip. IE, you will want (or at least I want) clean(er), dressier clothes for...
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    Ummm...in most, though not all, states...

    Ummm...in most, though not all, states pedestrians have a right to the road just as much as a car or bike as long as their presence does not obstruct traffic. So while I don't love pedestrians in...
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    So if you t-bone a car who pulls out at an...

    So if you t-bone a car who pulls out at an intersection, you are at fault. I mean, your car has brakes after all. An insurance adjuster would have a field day with you. :rolleyes:
  5. It's a breach of etiquette and safety to draft...

    It's a breach of etiquette and safety to draft without communicating. Doing the entire 8km pull would not bother me, but you better communicate with me if you are planning to draft. If not, as...
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    I would be more concerned with clearance between...

    I would be more concerned with clearance between the tire and straddle cable. I'm not experienced in racing, but I did pit for a very muddy race during Nats a few years ago, and brake pad clearance...
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    Synthetic blend or wool tend to dry out faster,...

    Synthetic blend or wool tend to dry out faster, though the former get a stench quickly. I would also consider using boxer-briefs, due to less chaffing between the legs when you do sweat ('cuz you're...
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    Many rims will work, not just that particular...

    Many rims will work, not just that particular one. I don't have the rim, and a cursory glance across the web suggests this is an OEM rim, so you are going to need to measure the ORD yourself, as I...
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    You need the ERD (Effective Rim Diameter), the...

    You need the ERD (Effective Rim Diameter), the drilling (how many spokes there are) and probably should stick with something at roughly the same width. The ERD is basically the inner diameter of the...
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    I go the opposite way with the rack. I usually...

    I go the opposite way with the rack. I usually have one on year-round, but I use a backpack in the winter and panniers in the summer. Otherwise, I would have to change clothes after a short 3 mile...
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    Honestly, it sounds like the cups are fine (I...

    Honestly, it sounds like the cups are fine (I would be surprised if otherwise), so you just need to replace bearings and seal, which are all available. If you insist on replacing the headset, I am...
  12. Curious about the suggestion of the soma...

    Curious about the suggestion of the soma wolverine; the double cross weighs less, though not a huge difference from the cross check. If you are trying to keep weight down, consider a carbon fiber...
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    https://web.archive.org/web/20100821123752/http://...

    https://web.archive.org/web/20100821123752/http://www.xtracycle.com/longtailtech/files/LongTailDimensions.pdf

    Wayback machine is your friend!
  14. I've done trail runs, and mountain biked a number...

    I've done trail runs, and mountain biked a number of times and map my ride tracked me fine. Since my bikes don't have odometers, I do understand the desire to track a ride. Happy trails!
  15. I think he might have damaged his rear rim...

    I think he might have damaged his rear rim...
  16. Ahh, front tire only? Then I would be a bit...

    Ahh, front tire only? Then I would be a bit quicker to replace it. Either that or, if the rear is in good shape, you could rotate tires. Not the direction I normally rotate, but if the rear is in...
  17. I will run pretty worn tires on the rear (as in,...

    I will run pretty worn tires on the rear (as in, until I can see threads in the tread), but the front is another story. If you have brakes on your fixie (and I would strongly suggest that you do),...
  18. brad self-supported means no support team, unlike...

    brad self-supported means no support team, unlike other races. Only commercially available services can be used (ie, if you break down in the middle of no where, you can't have your uncle's best...
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    That's terrible, but I have to disagree that...

    That's terrible, but I have to disagree that confronting other road users is as a rule unproductive. When I have managed to keep my temper in check, on have had many conversations, usually with...
  20. I have a short commute (3 miles) that is entirely...

    I have a short commute (3 miles) that is entirely on bus lines, so I carry nothing extra. If I hasn't meetings off my route or travel to a field site, I am prepared for flats (tube and pump), but...
  21. OP, are you looking to go tubeless? If so, then...

    OP, are you looking to go tubeless? If so, then there are tapes that should be used instead of velox. If you are using tubes, I would stick with cloth tape (velox), though it does weigh a bit more...
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    Park tool is good. I go with brand-name tools...

    Park tool is good. I go with brand-name tools (Park, some Pedros) for my heavy-use (especially cable cutters!) and more precision tools. For bottom bracket tools, I have primarily off-brand stuff,...
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    If you are set on this spec, go with a Shimano...

    If you are set on this spec, go with a Shimano mountain hub, then remove the correct spacers (you can get am exploded parts diagram for most Shimano hubs online by googling the part number) to arrive...
  24. Just a follow-up note. When you replace the...

    Just a follow-up note. When you replace the chain a year down the road, make sure it is a 10 speed chain, since your cassette is 10 speed (and your crank doesn't make a real difference).
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    I will echo the thoughts that for home use, the...

    I will echo the thoughts that for home use, the CT-5 is plenty. The one caveat is that I believe in quick links. So, the only time I use a chain tool is to break a chain, and then I install a quick...
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