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    I wonder how the 530's ride compared to the 520's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yen View Post
    What color Brooks and tape is that? I'm longing for that color on my new blue LHT.
    The Brooks B17 is "Honey".
    The Velo Orange elkhide bar covers are "macchiato" -- they start out a lighter color, but after applying the same Proofide that I use on my saddle they darken up to be similar to the Brooks Honey color. The elkhide bar covers are nice, but be forewarned that they took me almost 4 hours to lace them up (partly due to the time it took me to cut and lace around my Campy brifters without having to remove all the brake and shifter cables).

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    Skyler-
    I'd like to hear a bit about how you got campy to work with 135mm hub spacing. What is your wheelbuild? Particularly curious about the hub. Its occurred to me I could pull some freehub body swapping magic and end up using some of my campy stuff, but I always get stumped when I start thinking about mixing campy 10 speed with mtb spacing.
    i guess i haven't thought about it that much, but i'd love to hear your take.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fueled by Boh View Post
    Skyler-
    I'd like to hear a bit about how you got campy to work with 135mm hub spacing. What is your wheelbuild? Particularly curious about the hub. Its occurred to me I could pull some freehub body swapping magic and end up using some of my campy stuff, but I always get stumped when I start thinking about mixing campy 10 speed with mtb spacing.
    i guess i haven't thought about it that much, but i'd love to hear your take.
    It's simpler than you're thinking. I started out with a standard Surly LHT Complete with Shimano 9-speed components. Then I bought a set of Campy Centaur brifters on clearance from Nashbar and a Jtek Shiftmate (model #2). I removed the original bar-end shifters and clamped the Campy brifters where I wanted them, and then I took my bike to my LBS mechanic to finish the job by replacing all my cables with the Campy cables that came with the brifters, installing the Jtek Shiftmate, and adjusting everything to work smoothly. He told me afterwards that mine was the first Shiftmate he had ever installed, but the instructions were easy to follow and he is now recommending them to his other customers who want to mix Campy and Shimano components.

    I've got over 2000 miles on my bike since installing the Campy brifters and I love having them.
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    There she is... I leave Wednesday... Nothing left to do but smile and wait.
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    With all do respect, and as much as I agree, I'm not sure you'll make too many "friends" on the road with an anti-car sign on your Bob flag waving in their faces. Whether in the right or not, I still try to minimize my distraction (or contempt) to drivers.

    Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twodeadpoets View Post
    With all do respect, and as much as I agree, I'm not sure you'll make too many "friends" on the road with an anti-car sign on your Bob flag waving in their faces. Whether in the right or not, I still try to minimize my distraction (or contempt) to drivers.

    Just a thought.
    Hmm, I kinda got really excited when I got the trailer that I had to put my creativity to work. I wasn't really thinking about the road and all the cars and what not that would be passing me. Impulsive decision I guess. Scrubbing the drawing off would be a smarter decision.
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    ^^^ I replaced mine with a small US Flag.

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    This is my setup when I rode the Katy Trail in Sep 08.

    I rode 242 miles in 6 days. Sedalia to Kirkwood. Camped 4 nights and stayed in a motel in St. Charles.
    Enjoy the ride.
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    Photos from 3 (+1) tours

    So I thought I would add 3 pictures from my 2006, 2007 and 2008 tours

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    Riding down the Rhein from Mulhouse to Koblenz. Then up and back down the Mosel before continuing down the Rhein to Rotterdam -- back by ferry to Hull in UK and thence home



    The velo is a Dawes Discovery 601 which I rode for only 1 year. But I liked the Bob Yak trailer a lot.

    2007 From Nemours down the Saone and Rhone to Narbonne ( France)



    This is my current bike. A Thorne Raven Tour which has a Rohloff 14 internal gear hub which is the best thing since sliced bread. The trailer is a Carry freedon Y frame flat bed which I have now used for 2 years now -- but I prefer the Bob Yak by far!

    2008 A horrible very wet tour round central France. Starting and finishing in St Malo. I had days on end with torrential rain and went through 2 tents! Not even written up my journal yet but here is a photo just South of Nantes -- Muscadet Wine Country! Taken in May 2008



    Just compare it with this photo taken at exactly the same spot in April 2004 on my pilgrimage from home to Santiago de Compostella. The bike was a dawes Discovery 501 which was a great, inexpesive, hybrid that took me on 2 tours before it was stolen




    Not posted on here before so I hope it all works!
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    A cold morning before sun appears. Just two Front-rollers on a three day trip.
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    Do Illinois Prairie Path weekend rides to and from friend's houses and to Church count as touring/bikecamping?

    Shes loaded here at the last Chicago Crit. A little counter to the current trend but it works.


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    hello

    Each and every one has to dream to ride a bike across his states and across the world. In this forum there are some great photos of bikes. I really like those bike which show in photos. Every one wants to go on tour of whole world with the help of such bikes. It will be such a great experience for one who does this.

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    Not Bad for $100

    Here's Betsy, she's my ex. Bought her in Lhasa for $100 new, rode her to Southern India and sold 'er for $70. This pic is in Nepal where my 100-dollar Betsy was a big hit among the locals - especially kids. Now I'm planning another trip and planning on building a Surly LHT. If you have a sec, check out my other post (LHT Owners and Others: Please Help Me Build a Sweet Bike!) and help me build a sweet bike - or just give me some advice;-) Thanks.
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    My Dawes Horizon (aka Anna) posing in Slovakia. Ortliebs on the rear, Carradice on the front.

    After completing 4000 miles all she required was one change of brake blocks, not bad for a budget tourer.
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    Here's my Moots.


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    ^
    Your moots is my dream sports tourer. I'd do it up with campy, but that is certainly a fine bicycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruzMOKS View Post


    This is my setup when I rode the Katy Trail in Sep 08.

    I rode 242 miles in 6 days. Sedalia to Kirkwood. Camped 4 nights and stayed in a motel in St. Charles.
    Somewhat like this one... How does the Volpe work out for you when loaded?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buildrunbike View Post
    Here's my Moots.


    That's the coolest looking bike I've seen in a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilare View Post
    A cold morning before sun appears. Just two Front-rollers on a three day trip.
    I woke up to snow and 32deg F. I need to relocate.
    I hate cars,

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    Just started a ride from Margaritaville Myrtle Beach to Key West for MOTM. Here is a pic from the start. Posting a blog as I go at
    http://www.parrotpartyadventures.com


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    Well it's not loaded for touring, but here's my new LHT loaded with something: groceries.



    This is probably more weight than I would tour with (at least initially), but the bike handled the extra heft without any problems at all. Hopefully this winter or spring I can take a few days off and do a mini-tour here in my home state. I've never done it before, and I have limited vacation time, so I will start small and probably just stay in an inn.

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    Finally a picture of my 08 LHT, will post a thread on my first tour that I did over this weekend. It was a complete success!
    The thread will also include drive-train side pictures so take a deep breath.

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    Lamplight,
    Which front rack is that and how do you like it?
    "Ride Like an Orca!" ~tdp
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    Quote Originally Posted by twodeadpoets View Post
    Lamplight,
    Which front rack is that and how do you like it?
    That is a Nitto Campee front rack and I like it fairly well so far. I like that I can remove the pannier supports, which makes it great for commuting. I have a matching rear one as well, but it won't work right with my Arkels.

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