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    Seems to me this is 5% about raising money for...

    Seems to me this is 5% about raising money for charity, 5% about bike touring, and 90% about selling fine leather goods for profit.

    I hate when advertising gets confused for content, though to be...
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    Air circulation creates convective heat loss-...

    Air circulation creates convective heat loss- basic thermodynamics... I'm not certain it's physically possible for a fan to create heat in a tent, but I'm betting it isn't.

    Alpinists use a small...
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    This is something I've wrestled with. Here's how...

    This is something I've wrestled with. Here's how it usually goes down for me:

    1) I pull the bike up to the edge of a beach or pond and I swim. The bike is in sight, safe.

    2) I am staying with...
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    My shop used to wrap my bars in two or maybe...

    My shop used to wrap my bars in two or maybe three layers of tape, with the assumption that since I was touring, I "needed" it.

    I didn't. I've gone all the way down to a single layer of...
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    Alright, alright. Nice jokes. She's happy to use...

    Alright, alright. Nice jokes. She's happy to use Ortlieb. I'm looking for a gift that has utility AND style.

    I want to "wow" her. ;)
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    Waterproof pack for women?

    I was looking to get my girlfriend a waterproof pack for her birthday. I use a waterproof ILE pack on my commute and I can't imagine not having rain protection for my stuff. Now that she's bike...
  7. Rowan hit it. In practice, also, our iPads and...

    Rowan hit it. In practice, also, our iPads and iPhones, sacred devices though they may be, like to "talk" and tell us when they're plugged in. Every time we went under a single tree branch or road...
  8. As far as I've seen, even the $400+ solar...

    As far as I've seen, even the $400+ solar chargers aren't perfect. They can't charge at all while you're moving, and won't charge very fast when you're standing still. They can probably offset the...
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    This forum is so cool.

    This forum is so cool.
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    I would look at 26" touring bikes like the Surly...

    I would look at 26" touring bikes like the Surly Troll or the Surly 26" LHT. The smaller wheels will make for a slightly better standover height for you.

    It's easier to get a frame that is small,...
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    Basically, it's a parking brake. There are some...

    Basically, it's a parking brake. There are some flip-down metal brackets that are designed to sweep thorns out of a tire on some mountain bikes. neat tool for riders in AZ/NM/UT
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    Most people keep guides on what they bring for...

    Most people keep guides on what they bring for multi-day rides. Here's mine.

    As for the bike, if you're using a traditional road bike, you'll want to minimize your carry weight. it sounds like...
  13. Try a shorter stem, too!

    Try a shorter stem, too!
  14. I got handlebar lust once. I was 100% sure I...

    I got handlebar lust once. I was 100% sure I wanted bullhorn bars, went so far as to spend hours researching and looking at all the different brake/shifter combinations. Paul Thumbies made the most...
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    Bike fit can mean the difference between hellish...

    Bike fit can mean the difference between hellish riding and the fun and ease we're all spoiled by. I've met tourists complaining of debilitating knee issues. Raise their seat two inches, and...
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    Don't get caught up in sensational writing. First...

    Don't get caught up in sensational writing. First off, this tent has been on the market for months, it's nothing new and nothing fancy.

    Second off, there are much better tents near this weight....
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    There's a section on this forum for Clydesdales...

    There's a section on this forum for Clydesdales and Athenas. No offense, but you're a big dude! You want to make sure whatever bike you get is going to be forgiving to your size, since popping spokes...
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    I have a light stomach, and all three that I...

    I have a light stomach, and all three that I tried made me sick. Very thick, creamy recipes with lots of salt. Also, for the price... jeez. I prefer lots of other things before these.

    Dehydrated...
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    Let's do this: Post pictures of your...

    Let's do this: Post pictures of your classic/vintage touring gear!
  20. Alongside most major roads in the U.S, there are...

    Alongside most major roads in the U.S, there are vast stretches with forest. If you do it right, even 10 feet into the woods is pretty invisible at night. Leave before morning, and you likely won't...
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    Shame on everyone for avoiding the question! Let...

    Shame on everyone for avoiding the question! Let me make a list of my favorite do-anything touring bikes:

    Surly Long Haul Trucker
    Surly Troll
    Salsa Vaya
    Salsa Fargo
    Bianchi Volpe
    Jamis Aurora...
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    +1 to Big Agnes. I have since switched to a bivy,...

    +1 to Big Agnes. I have since switched to a bivy, but I loved my Big Agnes Fly Creek on my Colorado tour.

    http://maxthecyclist.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/max_4736.jpg
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    Neither do I anymore... This is a confirmation...

    Neither do I anymore... This is a confirmation that it's better to stay off the radar.
  24. I wish it were special. It's a cheap stuff sack...

    I wish it were special. It's a cheap stuff sack that came with my thermarest wrapped in a Snow Peak mesh sack. There's a raincoat in there.
  25. Yeah, I don't take it for granted. Still, the...

    Yeah, I don't take it for granted. Still, the last little bit is important; everyone's got some epic ride in their backyard.
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