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    hi Ul, have fun riding these shakedowns. All the best with the B17, I am pretty much convinced that warmer temperatures will help with it forming to you quicker, but I hope it is reasonably comfortable for up to an hour at least for now, thats how mine was for a while (and the used one I bought recently is similar as I have it on my bike now on an indoor trainer, and tend to do 45 to 90 min sessions on it)

    as for weight, you know, at first I thought it was a bit much, but then going over your list, I saw that you have essentially the same amount as I always have on a trip----but, now, with the electronic doo-dads, the phone, D40, laptop etc means that your 48lbs is probably "X" amount more than what I used to have, but all the electronics and chargers.

    In any case, these rides will be good to see how you like the weight distribution, I personally like a lighter front end, and while I initially thought your front rack was way to burly, I see with the extra electronic stuff, you probably do need the extra upper rack part of that front rack.

    going back to the saddle, I would suggest also keeping a real eye, ear?? more like "feel" out for how it is, and perhaps making some small adjustments with it to see if it would be more comfortable.

    back to gear--I would find 3 spare tubes a lot, a tire? dunno, I was never one to carry a spare tire--as you can see, I am generally pretty darn careful about my total gear weight and while I forget exactly what weight my stuff used to be, I am fairly certain it was around 40 lbs (again, this makes sense if you subtract tire, 2 spare tubes, and all electronic stuff)

    oh, as for fenders, I find that they make a real difference for keeping crap off the front derailleur, and your feet too.--*oh, no rain pants and rain botties? I wouldnt tour without either. In my opinion, wet shoes take so damn long to dry, and wet feet suck big time, especially if you are run down a bit and if its the least bit cool. I find these indispensible:

    http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...34374302692723


    good riding.
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    Just wanted to add to this thread that the bike performed without failure or issue on my TransAmerica Cross-Country Adventure, more on the ride here - www.work2ride.com

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    I would like to say that is one of the cleanest looking builds I've seen to date.

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    brilliant piece of work alltogether ,i'm just going over to drool on your website fair play to you .

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    Quote Originally Posted by djb View Post
    not sure if you are familiar with gear inches, but your 30granny-34rear gives a 24 gear inch low. A bit lower than my present cross bike with 30-32.

    As a reference for touring however, my old touring bike originally had about a 25 inch low, but I changed it to about a 22 inch low, which was essentially a "gear" lower, which was very very appreciated when I was fully loaded and in hilly areas.
    Quote Originally Posted by djb View Post
    "44-32-22 with a 12-34"

    I personally would find this too low, not that it wouldnt be fine for loaded touring, but more cuz unloaded it really is waaay to low overall. ~I dont like using the 11 and 12 tooths that much, but from my experience with the 50-39-30, I could see a 48-36-26 being a really good touring crank, while still being very useable for allthe unladen riding we do as well.
    Thanks for the compliments and also wanted to let those touring know that I decided to end up going with a Sugino XD 600 46-36-24t crank and it was perfect; rarely if never spun out of the top end (maybe that one time when I hit the touring bikes top speed of 41.5mph in Wyoming).

    Here are some of the rest of the stats from the ride:

    Total mileage: 3743
    Average miles per day: 65
    Average pace: 13 mph
    Hours spent on the bike seat staring at asphalt: 290

    Number of days the trip took: 70
    Number of days ridding: 58
    Longest riding day: 104
    Shortest riding day: 32 miles
    (technically 5 miles on the last day, but I consider that a parade ride)

    Nights spent in a sleeping bag: 42
    Flat tires caused by the road: 3
    Flat tires caused by me for not performing a proper flat change: 3

    Daily calorie consumption goal: 6,000 – 6,500
    Favorite junk food: Peanut M&M’s followed by Dairy Queen Blizzards (Chocolate with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups)
    Least favorite junk food: Pop Tarts and most anything fried
    (a box of pop tarts for breakfast gives some of the best calorie per $ available)
    Body weight loss: about 10%

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    glad the bike and gearing worked out, as well as the whole trip.
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by djb View Post
    glad the bike and gearing worked out, as well as the whole trip.
    cheers
    Hey DJB, I know it's years later, but I just went back to re-read this whole post (noticed a bunch of broken pics) and have to say Thanks Again!!!! You were really great about giving good advice and experience. Cheers Mate!

    PS - The B17 never broke in (my arse broke in more at the time.... I think)

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    Your very welcome, too bad the b17 didn't work out. Guess it shows how personal a bike seat is, different from one person to the next.
    Have a good season of riding.

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    That is beautiful and a thing to be proud of. Imagine riding that across country and answering the question, "what kind of bike is that?"

    Quote Originally Posted by ullearn View Post
    Having trouble getting the Trekking handlebars in from Nashbar otherwise the build would be complete. Here is the progress so far -


    Full Size

    FSA Triple Crank 30/42/53
    Cane Creek S2 Headset
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    Brooks B17 Saddle (needs breaking in)
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    Thanks, I finally got around to fixing the previous broken pictures.

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