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  1. A23s aren't available currently in anything over...

    A23s aren't available currently in anything over 28 holes (all gone to the USA hmmm....) so they're out. The HED 23mm are out of my price range so looks like a conventional wheel build to me.

    The...
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    Exactly! But I'm not a strong enough rider to do...

    Exactly! But I'm not a strong enough rider to do that with a 50 at the front for rides longer than an hour or so, or even on my hilly commute (30km Malvern to Ferntree Gully for those interested) if...
  3. Thanks Rowan, good to hear you and C are back...

    Thanks Rowan, good to hear you and C are back riding and that her leg is settling down.

    I might start off by measuring and weighing the wheels then trying 23mm rubber on them.
  4. Wheel build opinions sought (Mavic / Velocity / Ambrosio)

    Hi all,

    I'm trying to decide between
    - Mavic Open Pro / DT spokes / Ultegra or 105 rims
    - Velocity A23 wheelset, or A23 on ultegra hubs
    - Ambrosio excellite (I think) on similar hubs.
    ...
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    Fantastic C, great to hear you are overcoming...

    Fantastic C, great to hear you are overcoming this problem which has had so many elements outside your control. Keep it up!
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    I don't need the 50x11 and 50x12. 46- or 48x11...

    I don't need the 50x11 and 50x12. 46- or 48x11 should be fine.
    34x28 is OK for my regular rides but won't be enough for longer hillier rides.
    The spacing on an 11-34 cassette is wider than I...
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    Well after a long long time I'm back... bmike,...

    Well after a long long time I'm back...

    bmike, nun and devo (Asana) thanks for you input.

    I've decided to try the VeloOrange 50.4 bcd crankset with 46 and 30 chainrings, along with the 11-28...
  8. http://www.rondswan.com/index.php?p=1

    http://www.rondswan.com/index.php?p=1
  9. I have a Double Rainbow which I ordered direct...

    I have a Double Rainbow which I ordered direct from Tarptent in the US. I think it was about AUD$250 (or was it US 250?). The closest alternatives locally were from backpackinglight.com.au, they had...
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    The shower cap works better if you tape it on a...

    The shower cap works better if you tape it on a bit, and it works better with helmets with a sun visor / beak. I use the disposable ones, they work pretty well for me - although I don't have a mirror...
  11. Have a look at a pertex bivvy (you can get down...

    Have a look at a pertex bivvy (you can get down to ~200g which is about 1/5 of your 2lb bivvy) or as mentioned earlier an Epic or lightweight ePTFE bivvy. Most of these have a headnet option,...
  12. Mass market: - Anaconda has a good range of...

    Mass market:
    - Anaconda has a good range of medium quality gear. You won't find the best / lightest / most exotic stuff. Good selection of cycling gear (again entry to mid-level).
    - Kathmandu - has...
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    Hi Anto, I'm nowhere near Nun or Ivan or Kent...

    Hi Anto, I'm nowhere near Nun or Ivan or Kent Peterson but panniers + gear + tools + consumables for me is about 12kg (26lb) not including racks or bottle cages. I use 2 panniers, 2 water bottles, 1...
  14. Excellent excellent excellent value bike for...

    Excellent excellent excellent value bike for touring / commuting.

    Test ride before you buy. I found the steeing a bit funny on the 26" verison I rode a while back.

    If cost is an issue I'd...
  15. Thread: Ingrown toenails

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    Hi Nance, I haven't read the whole thread so...

    Hi Nance, I haven't read the whole thread so sorry if I'm repeating.

    Re prevention:
    most important thing is to get pressure off the toenails; next most important is how you cut them.

    He...
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    Be careful doing this, boxes often get holes in...

    Be careful doing this, boxes often get holes in them.

    I keep tools with the bike ( in racktop bag) on the grounds that one is useless without the other. If I'm travelling light I carry on my...
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    Start on the bike you've got. It should be fine...

    Start on the bike you've got. It should be fine unless you have a very agressive riding position set up on it. Once you are doing 4-8+ hour rides you can work out if you need something different.
  18. I started with a hybrid and was very happy with...

    I started with a hybrid and was very happy with it. (Shogun metro SE). Bar ends make flat bars much more comfortable esp if you cut the bars a bit narrower; I prefer Vbrakes on my Shogun to the...
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    OMG I've posted over 1000 times... I hate this...

    OMG I've posted over 1000 times... I hate this new forum engine so much now...
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    No... One thing I learned from the Microwave...

    No... One thing I learned from the Microwave Ovens for Touring thread is that Niles Is Not Kidding...

    Actually snakes are one of the more realistic concerns around here - I've ridden over one, and...
  21. I like the look of your pack on rack setup in...

    I like the look of your pack on rack setup in your initial post.

    Maybe find a way to enlarge the platform on your rack - maybe a wire shelf (I'm thinking the same sort of material the Wald baskets...
  22. +1 Any outdoors / travel shop will have...

    +1

    Any outdoors / travel shop will have zip-away nylon duffles. Usually they open on three sides of an end, so they are pretty strong considering the light materials. My one is sold by Kathmandu...
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    You want lighter and faster on the road... AND a...

    You want lighter and faster on the road... AND a suspension fork for harder terrain...

    Start off with some thinner, slick tyres for the road. If that dosen't do it think about getting a 2nd bike...
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    What else are you using the panniers for?...

    What else are you using the panniers for? Commuting? Shopping? If you use them 3 days a week for other stuff and 3 weekends a year touring, that might influence you a different way than if you were...
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    I use one. No functional problems. Has improved...

    I use one. No functional problems. Has improved fit and comfort for me.

    Keep an eye out for a better-fitting frame, once you know exactly what measurements work for you.
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