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Old 10-27-09, 06:21 PM   #1
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Ultimate touring bike.

You just checked your lotto ticket, and found your the winner, of enough money that you could retire and go on the ultimate tour. Of course you need a new bike for this tour. Budget is effectively unlimited.

What bikes would you look at?

If you answer full custom, then what components.
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Old 10-27-09, 06:33 PM   #2
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I'm satisfied with what I have: Co-Motion Americano Co-Pilot (S&S Couplers), Tubus racks, Ortlieb panniers.

Can I spec new legs?
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Old 10-27-09, 06:38 PM   #3
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Custom made Reynolds 953 air hardened stainless steel, further surface treated and hardened by a skilled and qualified metallurgist.

All components would be custom made by world class jewelers and artist-metallurgists.

Any lettering would be selected from designs submitted by the Queen's calligrapher.
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Old 10-27-09, 06:42 PM   #4
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Surly LHT Frame (Money can buy a better looking but not a better riding frame)
XT crank 44-34-22
XT FD
XT RD
Paul Neo Retro canti's on the front
Paul Touring canti's on the rear
Paul brake levers
Paul Thumbies w/ Dura Ace shifters
King Headset
King Classic Hubs
Mavic EX721 36h rims
Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires
Brooks B 17 saddle
Race Face Deux straight MTB bar

This IS my bike minus the lottery and if I did hit the Lotto I wouldn't change a thing except of course I'd have allot more free time.

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Old 10-27-09, 06:56 PM   #5
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I still need to put some pump pegs on the back side of the seat post, and I need to laminate up some fenders.
I also have some janky race face cranks on there now which I'll change over to Paul's, and I'm using his touring cantis for the brakes. The current bar is a North Road, I'm not real thrilled with it, I may go with a Mary or an Albatross. I've got a tubus rack for the rear, still need a front rack--not sure what I'm going to use yet.

It's still a work in progress, but this is my dream touring bike.



Bassed off of the LHT and a Rivendell. LHT superimposed.

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Old 10-27-09, 07:11 PM   #6
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I would get a custom build which would include:

Front & Rear rack welded to the frame.
Custom made lockable aero hard shell front & rear panniers. (Tested in a wind tunnel)
U-Lock that is part of the frame that would swivel out, or possibly a retractable cable lock (that retracts into the frame)
Aerobars with shifters as well as brifters.
Probably Rotor 3D cranks, but I've never tried them, so I can't be sure.
Probably XTR deraileurs and Dura-Ace everything else

What I'm not sure is if I'd want this as a road bike, or a low racer...
If i had to buy something that already exists (no custom parts), it'd probably be an
M5 Low Racer with 88Liter tailbox
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Old 10-27-09, 07:23 PM   #7
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Custom bike with integrated rear rack and suspended (lockable) front rack (highrider). Disc brakes, Rohloff and Schmidt hubs, B&M lights, Brooks saddle. Custom panniers similar to Panpack's.
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Old 10-27-09, 07:25 PM   #8
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Are those carbon lugs with bamboo tubes?
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Are those carbon lugs with bamboo tubes?
Hemp fiber core, carbon outer shell.
Black bamboo tubing.
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Old 10-27-09, 08:04 PM   #10
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I would be happy with a bike that would change its own flats and pitch and repack my tent for me.
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Old 10-27-09, 08:58 PM   #11
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Whatever I got, I would have it powder coated instead of painted. Maybe S&S couplers, given what the airlines are charging to transport an intact bicycle anywhere.
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Old 10-27-09, 09:35 PM   #12
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I just got my ultimate tourer

I just took delivery on my ulimate touring bike. Bruce Gordon Rock 'n Road frame, retrofitted with S&S couplers. A Rohloff hub on the rear coupled to a retrofitted eccentric bottom bracket. Son20s front hub with Edelux light. Paul touring cantis and cane creek ergo levers. Road style bars and BG chicken neck integrated stem. It's a beauty...
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Old 10-27-09, 09:43 PM   #13
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hell I'd get a personal trainer to kick my ass and lose 30lbs, it wouldn't matter what kind of bike after that
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Koga-Miyata World Traveler.

Why not an LHT equipped the same for less cash?

Ask any Miyata owner.
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Old 10-28-09, 05:46 AM   #15
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Koga-Miyata World Traveler.

Why not an LHT equipped the same for less cash?

Ask any Miyata owner.
But not easy to come by in the states...But this is the bike that inspired my build with a few upgrades.
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