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    Yes. For example my ideal roadie size is 57-58...

    Yes. For example my ideal roadie size is 57-58 cm using a top tube length of 56-57 cm. My touring bikes are 23" (58.4 cm) with 56.5 cm top tube and fit like a glove. Originally I set fitment on...
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    GP, Welcome to the forum. While it's prudent...

    GP, Welcome to the forum.

    While it's prudent advise to keep an eye out for any cracks in the tubing, I imagine your children's children will still be able to ride it. In other words, I just...
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    I'll correct my calender, Bob. :) I am not...

    I'll correct my calender, Bob. :)

    I am not surprised that your third trip up the hill was fastest yet, however I think the engine is becoming better. I'm jealous weather wise, I've had some...
  4. From looking at the Salsa Vaya frame geometry...

    From looking at the Salsa Vaya frame geometry chart I'd hate for anyone spend so much money for so little difference. What exactly is the fitment problem?

    I have a four cm difference among my...
  5. Thread: Fuji Touring

    by bradtx
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    jargo432, Bikes Direct has a less expensive...

    jargo432, Bikes Direct has a less expensive version, but I think the Fuji is better equipped: Save Up to 60% Off Touring Bikes | Commuting | Commuter Bikes | Windsor Bikes - Tourist .

    The remarks...
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    I'll be rooting for you and BluesDaddy this...

    I'll be rooting for you and BluesDaddy this Saturday, Bob!

    I don't think the Cannondale will be a major improvement, if any at all, climbing that hill except if there was any BB flexing. Still...
  8. I've never measured, but it feels uniform...

    I've never measured, but it feels uniform throughout the RD's lateral movement, but can be slightly looser when the RD is resting on the H travel limiting screw. The thing to remember is that the...
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    dave s, Because the Ultegra 6500 group used a...

    dave s, Because the Ultegra 6500 group used a short production span BB model, no matter what compact crank set you find, it'll most likely require a new BB just as a triple would. I thought there...
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    PJB1, The parts of a quill stem are: The...

    PJB1, The parts of a quill stem are:

    The quill is the section that is inserted into the steerer tube.
    The stem is what extends from the quill to the clamp.
    The clamp holds the handle bar.
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    Robbie, I am an amateur, and I know it. I just...

    Robbie, I am an amateur, and I know it. I just don't think I'm as good as the average LBS mechanic.

    I have a good relationship with my favorite LBS. In the early '90s I started building my...
  12. Within roughly the same time frame, I guess about...

    Within roughly the same time frame, I guess about the same excluding the kid's bikes. Perhaps more on coffee tho'. ;)

    Brad
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    Saddle, shoes, handle bar...the ones I like are...

    Saddle, shoes, handle bar...the ones I like are simply what I think I need. Tires are high on the list, but comfort is king.

    Brad
  14. Thread: Frame Crack?

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    Doug64, With a only a week left before the start...

    Doug64, With a only a week left before the start of your tour I think the best fix is to drill a pin hole at the end of the crack to prevent propagation and have the crack TIG welded. I doubt a...
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    DeadGrandpa, An exec would build a spread sheet....

    DeadGrandpa, An exec would build a spread sheet. Some datum:

    -Modifying the RB-1 to either handle panniers or tug a trailer will cost some moola and when adding trailer weight to bicycle weight...
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    DeadGrandpa, My distance roadies are race bikes...

    DeadGrandpa, My distance roadies are race bikes with triples and while versatile, really are limited to only around 20 lb. of baggage.

    Yeah, touring bikes are heavy, they are more robustly built...
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    I've sanded and repainted using Automotive Trim...

    I've sanded and repainted using Automotive Trim Black (different brands) on racks and aero bars. The touch-up is invisible.

    Brad
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    bjur85, Good find at a fair price. This bike...

    bjur85, Good find at a fair price. This bike can teach you how to care for a new-to-you bicycle, if you don't already know. Give it an overhaul, a good cleaning and waxing, then bomb the streets...
  19. You may not be wrong, I can be. I used Wiggle's...

    You may not be wrong, I can be. I used Wiggle's info.

    Brad
  20. SJC, I forgot to add that Shimano has a non...

    SJC, I forgot to add that Shimano has a non group FD, the R453, that will probably work. It is designed to work with the diameter of a 50T large chain ring.

    Brad
  21. Thread: Toe cage pedals

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    This sums the pedal options for me also. Plus,...

    This sums the pedal options for me also. Plus, shoes made to work with clips and straps are now-a-days few and far in between.

    All of my bikes, except one of the touring bikes are SPD equipped....
  22. There was a time where some touring bikes were...

    There was a time where some touring bikes were OEM spec'd with road FDs and STI shifters, my '96 Cannondale T700 is an example. The Tiagra is a popular FD for tourers wanting to use STI levers.
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  23. spinachface, I'd overhaul the bike first. If...

    spinachface, I'd overhaul the bike first. If you don't find a brown saddle a color change in the bar tape would be in order.

    Brad
  24. I think I'd build the 531 Professional frame set...

    I think I'd build the 531 Professional frame set and worry about it later. ;)

    Brad
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    jimmuller, Excellent word "frankenponents". ...

    jimmuller, Excellent word "frankenponents".

    OrangeBike, My definition of a Frankenbike has nothing to do with period correctness. It's either defined, in my mind, as a modernization of an older...
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