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    Light Touring, Commuting, All-Around - Novara Verita?

    This is looking interesting: http://www.rei.com/product/807242.

    I have been looking at a Casseroll, Raleigh, etc. However, with my dividend and the REI 20% member coupon (which has worked on Novara bikes in the past) . . . I am intrigued.
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    I was intrigued looking over that bike, but then... only a 57.5cm top tube on the XL size? That's about 30mm too short compared to what I want in an XL frame. And the 70* head angle is kind of odd on a road bike.

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    Nice road bike.
    Gearing is not suited for touring.

    CranksetFSA Vero Compact, 50/34
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
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    Better for touring.
    Put on an 11-34 casstte for touring.

    http://www.rei.com/product/791137
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

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    with that 11 t mtb cassette top gear , a 46 30t crank would do better ,
    but often parts picks are a cost consideration,
    Brifter, FD, and cranks a set.

    for touring, Shimano's 90's K 7 speed cassette 13-34 was a great ratio combination.

    but marketing wanted to sell Speeds as a increasing number of cassette cogs ..

    My personal preference , triple crank , 24 on the crank 28 on the hub.

    when not hauling panniers full of stuff. ..
    Last edited by fietsbob; 02-06-11 at 12:27 PM.

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    The Verita uses a Sram Apex drive train mostly-- that the standard 34/50 compact double teamed with a 10 speed 11-32 cassette. It's really a great system for general riding, long distance riding, light touring. I wouldn't try to do loaded touring it, but then I'm old with bad knees. Back in the 80s I toured on bikes with roughly the same granny gear-- if I was young I'd do it again.

    Plus, the Apex stuff really excels in the faster club style of riding... it's a lot of fun!

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