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Old 01-30-11, 05:35 PM   #2026
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Jesus Murphy, especially here in Montreal! the roads are pretty poopy. Mind you, I imagine given the Earth's population, many many angels must be getting their wings.....
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Old 01-31-11, 01:15 AM   #2027
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Ok here's my Thorn Nomad, currently going around the world. See http://www.michaelbragg.co.uk for some info, or direct to http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebragg/ for some more photos.

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Old 01-31-11, 07:54 AM   #2028
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I think they're bar-end bells. I put one on my wife's MTB and it "dings" on the slightest bump. Two of them would be nearly unbearable...

Yep, they are bar-end bells. They don't ding on pavement, but I have not had them on gravel roads yet. If they are too noisy, I will probably swap them out for a single bar mount. I ride enough on bike trails around here that it got tiresome always yelling "on your left". The dual bells allow me to ring with whichever hand is free.

The bike is set up with 2 X 10 brifters.

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Old 01-31-11, 09:51 AM   #2029
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bragg-all the best with your travels

and 12K, tks for the info, was just curious tis all.
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Timberline - Are those midge bars? They look comfortable, but do they give you enough control over the bike? I'd think the narrow bars would make that harder, but that's just a guess. (I decided against midge bars a while back, so I'm curious. I might still get them on my folding bike one day.)
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Old 01-31-11, 12:41 PM   #2032
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Ok here's my Thorn Nomad, currently going around the world. See http://www.michaelbragg.co.uk for some info, or direct to http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebragg/ for some more photos.
thanks for sharing, cool site - I'll be following!
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Old 01-31-11, 01:38 PM   #2033
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Yep, they are bar-end bells. They don't ding on pavement, but I have not had them on gravel roads yet. If they are too noisy, I will probably swap them out for a single bar mount. I ride enough on bike trails around here that it got tiresome always yelling "on your left". The dual bells allow me to ring with whichever hand is free.

The bike is set up with 2 X 10 brifters.
I did find that they can be mostly quieted with some experimentation; if they're noisy, try loosening the fixing screw and re-positioning them in 1/8-turn increments until they don't spontaneously ring. It's not a 100% effective solution on my wife's bike, but it's also possible that I got a faulty bell...
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Old 01-31-11, 09:49 PM   #2034
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After months of waiting it finally arrived, Extrawheel Voyager!

Extrawheel extra feel by Madanial, on Flickr

Now i can easily put everthing i want into it while touring, and simply remove it out and turn my Touring bike to a clean look Commuting bike.

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Old 02-03-11, 11:59 AM   #2035
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Awesome group of loaded rig photos:
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?..._id=8000&v=160
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Here's a shot not long after I got it from the shop June 2010 (actually, whilst riding it home!)

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Timberline - Are those midge bars? They look comfortable, but do they give you enough control over the bike? I'd think the narrow bars would make that harder, but that's just a guess. (I decided against midge bars a while back, so I'm curious. I might still get them on my folding bike one day.)
The handlebars are Salsa Woodchipper 46cm. They are very comfortable, allow several hand positions and offer good control.
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Old 02-07-11, 08:51 AM   #2038
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Here's a shot not long after I got it from the shop June 2010 (actually, whilst riding it home!)

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Wow zanf - Great first post, and awesome bike! I hope you introduce yourself and tell us your plans for that bike, it looks like it's ready to go around the world!

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Here's a shot not long after I got it from the shop June 2010 (actually, whilst riding it home!)
zanf, I have looked at the Thorn website and while I would not be in the market for a Nomad, I was very impressed with their products--pricey, but you can see that they are very serious about the quality of their bikes.
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Wow zanf - Great first post, and awesome bike! I hope you introduce yourself and tell us your plans for that bike, it looks like it's ready to go around the world!
There is a long term plan to do that. I will do some sort of introduction. I didn't realise that I hadn't even though I joined in April last year! [edit to add] well, I have now!

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zanf, I have looked at the Thorn website and while I would not be in the market for a Nomad, I was very impressed with their products--pricey, but you can see that they are very serious about the quality of their bikes.
No doubt about it. I absolutely maxed out on what I've ever paid for anything but I expect to never have to replace this bike and the intention is for it to serve me for at least 20 years!

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London to Brighton, my grandparents were from Worthing, came over in the 20s. My sister has lived in Wales for quite a while now.
as for your bike, yup a well made bike will last and last (if taken care of) so enjoy it. I find that if one is good with cleaning and lubing, even a mid range bike can last quite a long time, even more so with one that has better quality components.
I've also found that paying the modest fee a good wheel person charges to go over the spoke tensions every season or so (or when needed of course) goes a long way to general wheel life and not having issues, especially if you carry weight regularly, poor roads, if you are heavy etc)

ps, I shall say this very very quietly, but do have a good lock/s....Montreal is pretty bad for bike theft, so I don't make a habit of leaving a nice bike out at all. Tend to use my older mtn bike for errands.
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Locks: I have 2 kryptonite locks: one of the NY fahgedaboutit things that locks the back wheel and the other is a chain with a small D lock that secures the bike to a post & through the front wheel.

TBH, the bike has never been left out for longer than about 15 mins, whilst Ive been in a shop. I wouldnt dare leave it anywhere for a length of time in London (UK, not the one in Canada!) either. It would end up at Brick Lane (renowned for stolen bikes being sold on the market) faster than I could cycle there
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Old 02-19-11, 08:38 PM   #2043
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Start of the Natchez Trace (Novara Randonnee front, Fuji Touruing Back
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Start of the Natchez Trace (Novara Randonnee front, Fuji Touruing Back
Is that the North end, near Nashville?

I'd like to hear how your trip goes. I'm planning to go from Natchez to Nashville in less than 2 weeks.
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Took it for a test drive loaded yesterday. About 65 miles and handled really well. Ready to go.
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65 miles on stock saddle? not sure i would survive
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Good catch. And as a matter of fact shortly thereafter I ordered a Brooks B17 for myself and one for my son. He's got a new Trek 520 and said after a 38 mile ride his butt hurt.

So I guess I should have said, "Nearly ready to go".
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scroca, do keep in mind that when new, a B17 will be (most likely, as in my case) uncomfortable after about an hour riding or so for the first "X" amount of hour long rides. My experience last summer was that it took about 7 rides before my bum bones werent sore after an hour. (and it was hot and muggy when I was breaking mine in, which I am convinced helped with all the sweating and heat) as always, ymmv

just so you know and so you can put in rides before heading off on a long trip.
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scroca, do keep in mind that when new, a B17 will be (most likely, as in my case) uncomfortable after about an hour riding or so for the first "X" amount of hour long rides. My experience last summer was that it took about 7 rides before my bum bones werent sore after an hour. (and it was hot and muggy when I was breaking mine in, which I am convinced helped with all the sweating and heat) as always, ymmv

just so you know and so you can put in rides before heading off on a long trip.
Yes thanks. I am aware of that. I plan to put it on my commuter so hopefully I will get in almost 2 weeks with it before the journey begins.

I am going to advise the same for my son, who commutes to college. Except I will insist that he remove the saddle when he's not home. Mine is pretty secure at work so I don't have to fear theft.
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re theft--you know, if my bike was stolen with my B17 that is so comfortable now, I would actually be more upset about the seat. House insurance would cover the bike, but it certainly couldnt cover the time spent getting the Brooks nice and comfy and I'd have to do it all over again.

also, given the relatively short time with them before you go, I would recommend being open minded or rather very observant about the saddle position (fore/aft/angle) during your time before the trip as well as during the trip. I guess all seat position changes can make a real diff in comfort no matter what the brand, but my feel is that Brooks ones might be more sensitive to small changes. In any case, if you are at least familiar with trying some slight changes before you go, you can quickly do some during the trip if you feel the need (it is tricky with these leather saddles, as they definitely will change slightly as they break in and your sit bones begin making the little indents.)

hope they work out for you two this season.
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