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    Top 5?

    Can you list the top 5 purchases that you've made in the last few years which have made your cycling, in general, and cycletouring, specifically, more comfortable and enjoyable?



    I've got a whole list of purchases, but making the top 5 cut would have to be:

    -- Machak: my Marinoni Ciclo. A bicycle that FITS!

    -- MEC Rain Jacket. I have lived in that jacket for the past couple years.

    -- Brooks B-17 Saddle. I sit in that saddle for thousands and thousands of kilometers and it just keeps getting more comfortable.

    -- Lake Mtn Bike shoes. I can ride thousands of kilometers AND do long hikes in them!

    -- Thermarest mattress. There is nothing like a good night's sleep at the end of a long day's ride.


    Honourable mention also has to go to:
    -- Bento Bag - it made eating while on the bicycle a piece of cake ... sometimes I eat pieces of cake now!
    -- Sarong - one of the most versatile pieces of ... clothing? ... I've ever owned.
    -- Topeak Road Morph Pump - even I can pump my own tires up now.
    -- Topeak Alien Multitool - I could build a bicycle from scratch with that thing.
    -- Balaclava - I don't leave home without it!

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    Bike Friday Pocket Gnu...suspended folding mtn. bike. It's just a blast to ride around town or out in the 'Glades.

    Terry Liberator Gel saddle...I'm forced to ride in an upright position (hand/wrist issues) and this saddle does the job without being TOO soft.

    Burley Canto recumbent...not quite as fun to ride as my BF. It's a bit too passive...just sit 'n spin. But, unlike with my upright, long rides don't result in my hands going numb.

    Shimano cycling sandals...cold weather is not a problem in my neck of the woods...not sure how practical they'd be in colder climates. I haven't toured any distance while wearing them.

    Fenders...don't leave home without 'em.

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    37c slicks.

    good lube.

    three pound tent that's HUGE on living space, and small enough to pack in the pannier.

    camoflage tarps for stealth camping.

    titanium pins in my hip to fix a pesky broken femur.
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    --Thorn Nomad 26" tourer - always ready to go offroad
    --Showerspass elite jacket - finally a rain coat that doesn't drench me in sweat
    --Marmot size-zipper rain pants - way easier/faster to get on
    --Shimano Gore-tex SPD touring shoes (MT90) - don't need shoe covers (but gators with shorts)
    --Pauls thumbies - because stuff would always hit bar-end shifters out of gear, knees included
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    Cannondale T800 Much better than my old steel whippy touring bike.
    Subcategory extras: - Phil hubs and DT Alpine III spokes
    - RaceFace Turbine LP crank. Smooth and crisp with way low gears
    - King headset. It's purty. Say no more.

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    My top 5 comfort purchases:

    1. Brooks B-17 - for the Trek
    2. Brooks Conquest - for the hardtail
    3. Brooks B-17 - for the Raleigh
    4. Brooks B-17 - for the fixed gear
    5. Brooks B-17 - for the wife's bike

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    -- Bento Bag - it made eating while on the bicycle a piece of cake ... sometimes I eat pieces of cake now!


    What is a "Bento Bag"??

    Thx
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    This: http://tinyurl.com/fy98b
    Sits on your top tube for easy access. Mine even has a little tiny pouch for lip balm, which I always seemed to lose before I had this!

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    1. Flip-up aero bars -- Provides new riding postures including efficient positions for hill climbing and headwinds. Also, it gives a zero-force, non-gripping hand position.

    2. Granny gear -- 24 teeth in the front and 34 in the back. I use it on most hills of any size. If I could go lower next time, I will.

    3. Mirror -- How did I get along without one for so many years? A quick glance in the mirror gives important information about traffic coming up from behind.

    4. Gatorade -- I never used sports drinks until last summer's trip. Now I am hooked. The sugar and salt content seems to keep muscles nourished longer than juice or milk, and the fat content takes the edge off of hunger. Interestingly, the moment my trip ended, I stopped drinking it, and have not a drop since. But I will definitely take it on my next trip.

    5. Fenders -- What was I thinking by not installing fenders on my bike 25 years ago???

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    Quote Originally Posted by acantor
    2. Granny gear -- 24 teeth in the front and 34 in the back. I use it on most hills of any size. If I could go lower next time, I will.
    Look at a mountain bike crank. You can go down to 20 teeth in the front. A 46 tooth front ring and an 11t cog makes for a great high gear. I put a RaceFace Turbine on my touring bike and couldn't be happier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute
    Look at a mountain bike crank. You can go down to 20 teeth in the front. A 46 tooth front ring and an 11t cog makes for a great high gear. I put a RaceFace Turbine on my touring bike and couldn't be happier.
    1. Brooks B-67 saddle
    2. 14-34t Shimano mega gear
    3. Schwalbe Marathon XP 700 x 32 tires
    4. Pearl Izumu jacket with zip sleeves (forget the name)
    5. Kucharick big tights w/o the chamois - Branford Bike (go on over everything else)

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    I just bought a Pearl Izumi Vagabond jacket--it has zip-off sleeves. I really like it. It is bright, bright yellow. I am definitely more visible wearing it.

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    1. Camelbak.

    2. Trekking bars and thumb-shifter adapters for my bar-ends + lots of padding on bar.

    3. Lower gearing: 44-34-24 crank with new 11-34 cassette. Effectively gave me three new low gears, lowest is 17 G.I.! Much better for my current hilly environment.

    4. Nice racks. Er, Surly Nice Front Rack. . . mostly cause I love to look at it . . . + Tubus Logo Rack. . . very elegant. Also works well.

    5. Gore windproof booties/Seratus waterproof booties -- both have helped my feet be happy in weather I never would have considered riding in othewise.

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    1. Camelbak.

    2. Trekking bars and thumb-shifter adapters for my bar-ends + lots of padding on bar.

    3. Lower gearing: 44-34-24 crank with new 11-34 cassette. Effectively gave me three new low gears, lowest is 17 G.I.! Much better for my current hilly environment.

    4. Nice racks. Er, Surly Nice Front Rack. . . mostly cause I love to look at it . . . + Tubus Logo Rack. . . very elegant. Also works well.

    5. Gore windproof booties/Seratus waterproof booties -- both have helped my feet be happy in weather I never would have considered riding in othewise.

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    1. Brooks B17 special
    2. Carradice seat bag
    3. Garmin Legend GPS
    4. RAM stem mount for Legend
    5. Nagalene 20 oz flip top bike bottles

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    -- Lake Mtn Bike shoes. I can ride thousands of kilometers AND do long hikes in them!

    Which Lake shoes. I spend as almost as much time hiking and walking when I tour and haven't found the right shoe yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aroundoz
    -- Lake Mtn Bike shoes. I can ride thousands of kilometers AND do long hikes in them!

    Which Lake shoes. I spend as almost as much time hiking and walking when I tour and haven't found the right shoe yet.
    These:
    http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1144385946683

    Fabulous shoes!!! I've got a pair from a couple years before them too (with blue eyelettes instead of the red). I have ridden about 18,000 kms in my blue pair, and about 11,000 kms in my red pair .... through summer, winter, monsoon-like rains, hail, sleet, heat, cold. I've done everything from short rides around the block to my long 1200K randonnees. I've also walked probably a couple hundred kilometers in the blue pair during my tours to Europe and Australia.

    Both pairs are still in great shape and are incredibly comfortable.

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    1. My Miyata 210 touring bike. Not top of the line, but I love, cherish and spoil it. A wonderful bicycle, it changed my life.

    2. Shimano MegaRange 13-34T 7-speed freewheel. Getting the extra cog was nice. Having that extra cog be a 34 was even better. I now have a low gear of 22 inches. Someday, a new couple of chainrings to drop that by a couple inches or so and downsize my middle chainring (a stupid-big 44T) will make my life that much better.

    3. Fenders! Currently using SKS Chromoplastics (I have a pair of Planet Bike basic Freddy Fenders for moving around to various beaters, these fenders are okay.)

    4. New Tektro cantilever brakes to replace the OEM Dia-Compe and used Shimano XT wide-profile cantis I was using before. I'm not a big advocate for solving problems by replacing brakes, but boy, it really did make all the difference here.

    5. New Timbuk2 messenger bag. A little strange, in a touring forum, I guess. It's like this: panniers are for touring, longer commutes and for shopping. A messenger bag is for riding to classes. Backpacks are for walking.

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    - Good wheels

    - Flat tire tools: Topeak road morph, quick stick, and instant press on patches

    - Fenders, they weren't cool when I started cycling, but when it rains they are essential.

    - B-17

    - Touring Sandals


    I need some better brakes, but I haven't solved that problem yet.

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    # 1 - had my '72 bianchi touring bike frame, fork and misc. parts chromed and professionally painted. my old friend looks entirely spiffy again. more of a pleasure to ride than ever. now if i could just source some nice regina 13-34 5-speed freewheels....., and maybe one of those plastic tubes that no longer covers one of the springs on my gran turismo derailleur... and......

    # 2 - mec bernoulli rain jacket

    # 3 - mec full-length side zip rain pants

    # 4 - mec waterproof panniers

    # 5 - park work stand; what a difference from working on my bike upside-down or on various jury-rigged set-ups

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    Xenon flashlight on my keychain, Placebo lock (Big burly chain ends, with a fake plastic chain in the middle, hidden in an inner tube...HA!) Swiss Army knife, Thermarest, silk long undies, air zone horn, Brooks B-17, Ipod, Maui Jim sunglasses, breakfast.

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    top five added comforts for touring:

    arm warmers
    sunglasses with interchangeable lenses for various light conditions
    kevlar belted (not just beaded) tires - like the armadillo, they are super tough
    One of those dorky helmet mounted rearview mirror - it has saved my life touring on a busy highway
    booties/shoe-covers - on cold wet days it is nice to have warm, dry(-ish) feet

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    Big Agnes insulated air core mattress
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