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    Senior Member Wogster's Avatar
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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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    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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    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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    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.
    Last edited by Dave Nault; 10-27-09 at 07:03 PM.
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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.
    Last edited by Allen; 10-27-09 at 07:09 PM.

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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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    Lentement mais sûrement Erick L's Avatar
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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.
    Erick - www.borealphoto.com/velo

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    Are those carbon lugs with bamboo tubes?
    09' LHT
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    I have Chuck Norris on speed dial

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Nault View Post
    Are those carbon lugs with bamboo tubes?
    Hemp fiber core, carbon outer shell.
    Black bamboo tubing.

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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.
    Its more than just a bicycle, it changed my life.

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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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by The Figment View Post
    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.
    09' LHT
    06' Specialized Tarmac
    82' Eisentraut Custom
    76' AD Vent Noir

    I have Chuck Norris on speed dial

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