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    I also have had tire liners cause a couple flats...

    I also have had tire liners cause a couple flats right where it over lapped, I would just replace the tire, you are going to have to do it anyways.

    On my commuter I do run very thick tubes mostly...
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    700c availability in Israel?

    We have a customer who will be moving to Israel soon and he currently rides a bike with 700c wheels and I mentioned to him it would not be a bad idea to research parts availability before spending...
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    If this is your plan I would try to find a...

    If this is your plan I would try to find a quality bike shop brand bike on CL, it will be even cheaper than a big sporting goods store bike and likely much nicer quality.
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    I have seen people tour on much worse than a...

    I have seen people tour on much worse than a brand new Hardrock. The only real weak points for that bike might be the rear wheel because it is a freewheel and the fork might get a little slop in the...
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    I have never ridden the Thorn but I do own a...

    I have never ridden the Thorn but I do own a Troll so I will only comment on that one, although I have heard nothing but good things of Thorn.

    I use my Troll as a daily commuter, mountain bike and...
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    Cable "stretch" on new bikes is more from housing...

    Cable "stretch" on new bikes is more from housing settling into their ferrules and the ferrules settling into their stops, some of it is also the lining wearing just a tiny bit. You can greatly...
  7. Thread: Tubes??

    by nubcake
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    I just run whatever is in the shop, they all are...

    I just run whatever is in the shop, they all are of very similar quality. On my commuter and also if I were to do a very big tour I tend to buy the very thick "thorn resistant" tubes, even with...
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    To really offer up an ideal tire for your touring...

    To really offer up an ideal tire for your touring bike one needs a lot more info. How much weight are you carrying, where are you going, what surfaces will you be riding, how much of your riding is...
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    If you want to save some money and still run...

    If you want to save some money and still run campy shifters I would just use campy shifters with a travel agent (I think the ones for shifters are made by jtek) and still run shimano drivetrain. I...
  10. As much as I love steel bikes for touring you...

    As much as I love steel bikes for touring you will be just fine, the only time I don't think I would want aluminum would be a massive year long tour in remote countries. Chances are if your frame...
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    Don't forget to recover, you could just be...

    Don't forget to recover, you could just be pushing too hard if you have not really done much 2 years prior to going after this goal.

    This is one of the best resources I have found if you want to...
  12. The worst was probably when I wore through the...

    The worst was probably when I wore through the rims on my commuter, I knew they were getting thin and I had actually ordered a new set from the shop a few days prior.

    I have ripped off my derailer...
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    I there has never been anything in my life I...

    I there has never been anything in my life I regret doing but there are certainly things I regret not doing. If you have the cash I would go, if I had some money saved right now I would be out on...
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    The Karate Monkey can take gears although...

    The Karate Monkey can take gears although sometimes you have to use what Surly calls Monkey Nuts to keep the tire out of the FD but they are very cheap. I would just set up the KM with gears and use...
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    Weird, I agree completely with cyccommute...

    Weird, I agree completely with cyccommute...
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    I don't think weight is much of an issue as...

    I don't think weight is much of an issue as similar level hubs have done many miles even on tandems. Since they failed so shortly after servicing them I really am leaning towards him having them...
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    I agree with a lot of what you say except I can...

    I agree with a lot of what you say except I can not see any advantage to a freewheel over a quality freehub. Freewheels are notoriously hard on axles, have very few options for quality replacements...
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    I am with the people saying chances are your hubs...

    I am with the people saying chances are your hubs were too tight, QR hubs need a very tiny amount of play in the axle outside of the bike, once you clamp down on the QR you compress everything and...
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    I think it comes down to disposable income,...

    I think it comes down to disposable income, someone like myself who makes under $20k a year would have a much harder time justifying a Ti frame than someone who makes $100k a year. If the cost of...
  20. How set are you on the under 20lbs thing> If you...

    How set are you on the under 20lbs thing> If you are, you probably need to up your budget or hopefully get lucky finding something used.

    Bikes with upright riding positions tend to be a little...
  21. Thread: solid tires

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    My Xtra will likely never see a tubeless set up...

    My Xtra will likely never see a tubeless set up but I am very much a convert on my mountain bike. Mostly because I do change tires every now and then on the xtra, if it wasn't for that I would...
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    I have these ...

    I have these http://bike.shimano.com/publish/content/global_cycle/en/us/index/products/pedals/mountain/product.-code-PD-A530.-type-.pd_mountain.html

    And the pedals almost always stop vertically...
  23. I average about 2 flats a year on my commuter and...

    I average about 2 flats a year on my commuter and we get a lot of broken glass and goat heads here, Big Apples seem to be pretty puncture proof though.
  24. Thread: solid tires

    by nubcake
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    The amount of flats a good tubeless set up...

    The amount of flats a good tubeless set up prevents on a mountain bike along with the improved ride quality and grip more than make up for the slight hassle it may be...on my mountain bike. For my...
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    by nubcake
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    I am with you on most of this. Tubeless is...

    I am with you on most of this. Tubeless is actually great although I do not use it on my commuter as I change tires between knobbies and slicks depending on the ride I want to do somewhat often. ...
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