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I started using handlebar bags when I got into...

I started using handlebar bags when I got into randonneuring back in 2006, and in that time I've tried a small variety of bags and forms. I've used big boxy things similar to the Topeak Tour Guide...
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For a straight line ride, it may be about 400km...

For a straight line ride, it may be about 400km (or 250 miles), which can take anywhere between 18 and 24 hours. The northeastern corner of Connecticut and Central Mass is filled with several steep...
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I have an S3X that I use for in town commutes. I...

I have an S3X that I use for in town commutes. I personally find that the gear range isn't wide enough for the mixture of terrain that one finds in New England, so I personally wouldn't use one for...
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oh sorry, for clarification, the Saratoga Springs...

oh sorry, for clarification, the Saratoga Springs 400k that I was referring to was the one that Don runs out of New Horizons, which goes from Westfield to Saratoga Springs by way of Lee, Stephenstown...
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I hope to do the GRR 'one of these days'. Just...

I hope to do the GRR 'one of these days'. Just hasn't quite fallen in line with my calendar since (I think) it's always on Columbus Day weekend and I usually have standing plans on that day. All...
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On PBP 2007, I made a point of stopping in as...

On PBP 2007, I made a point of stopping in as many patisseries and bakeries as my time, wallet and stomach would allow. I could specifically recall being able to get a Paris-Brest at bakery outside...
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I think all of the brevet distances have their...

I think all of the brevet distances have their charms. The 100k can be a nice social event, and the sort of thing that doesn't have to take up an entire day. 200's and 300's are nice full daylight...
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10-05-10, 10:12 AM
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to bring along a spare bike? ;) I have a...

to bring along a spare bike? ;)

I have a Burley flatbed trailer that I use for utility tasks. As a grocery getter and urban errand runner it's fine, but it's not something that I'd take on a...
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I finished PBP 2007...

I finished PBP 2007 (http://cris.livejournal.com/tag/paris) but from my recollection, the first 24 hours were fairly miserable for many of the 80 and 90 hour starters. Rain started about halfway...
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for disclosure, Coluber (Hi, E!) is designing the...

for disclosure, Coluber (Hi, E!) is designing the bag for me and I find it kind of funny how common complaints about map cases are as that's one reason why I've looked into getting a custom bag...
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personally, i tend to go...

personally, i tend to go "year-heavy","year-light" when it comes to randonneuring ... and have found that works really well for staving off burnout. I don't necessarily mean taking a break...
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... or for riders who were recovering from...

... or for riders who were recovering from stroke, as my friend was.

I also recall taking a 15 minute catnap on someone's lawn in the middle of Connecticut during a fleche. A teammate waited...
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My experience has been a bit of 'all of the...

My experience has been a bit of 'all of the above'. On 400k's that might start at some indecent hour, like 3am, I'll sometimes get sleepy after lunch or dinner and will pull over to the side of the...
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4Rings6Stars -- I've done both the 180k and 100k...

4Rings6Stars -- I've done both the 180k and 100k version of the D2R2. With regards to tires, I've done it with both Pasela 28s and Jet 30s and have had better experiences with the Jet 30s. There...
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ultralight and self-supported don't necessarily...

ultralight and self-supported don't necessarily go together in terms of extreme distance riding. when they do, they are usually held together by a glue that is made of Unbridled Optimism.
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Viper, I'll go against the grain and say that you...

Viper, I'll go against the grain and say that you actually can have a 'do-it-all' bike, given your requirements, which are fairly middle of the road. Since you say that you won't do anything more...
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fwiw, I did my first three MS 150s on a Trek 730...

fwiw, I did my first three MS 150s on a Trek 730 hybrid bike. It was fine. The MS rides are all pretty chill and the time allowances that they give you are fairly generous. I picked up a Trek 520...
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I live about 13 miles from the start of the...

I live about 13 miles from the start of the Boston brevets and have generally ridden to most of them. I used to drive to the start in my first couple of years but invariably found that whenever I...
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yeah, I had the hallucinations thing on PBP,...

yeah, I had the hallucinations thing on PBP, riding past fields just outside Rambouillet on the way to the controle in Dreux and I imagined that there were feral rabbits the size of wolves pacing me...
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skiffrun, to clarify: you do not really need to...

skiffrun, to clarify: you do not really need to reach the common destination within the 24 hour period. It is best to do so within 24 hours for matters of form, but arriving at the destination in...
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generally ok. if you submit an itinerary...

generally ok.

if you submit an itinerary with a start at 7pm on Friday and your finish point is town A, with your 22 hour control at town B, but find that, at 5pm on Saturday, you're at town C,...
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I have not done the Outriders specificaly, but I...

I have not done the Outriders specificaly, but I have done Boston to Provincetown as part of the Great Mass Getaway for the NationalMS Society. It's a great first century route -- flat, scenic and...
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awesome. hopefully it will be a recurring event....

awesome. hopefully it will be a recurring event.

oddly, I find that it's not so much the 1000k that some riders have issues with but the fleche. I think that for all of friendships and...
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I qualified for an R-5000 in 2009, but didn't get...

I qualified for an R-5000 in 2009, but didn't get the paperwork back from my 1000k in time to apply so will have to wait until 2010 to pick it up. Congrats, claire, it's a very worthy...
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for the sake of your RBA's, respect the...

for the sake of your RBA's, respect the randonneur's maxim: "Don't start the ride if you don't think you can finish."

With that said, brevets can be intimidating events, and I think a lot of...
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Joe Kurmaskie wrote a book...

Joe Kurmaskie wrote a book (http://www.amazon.com/Momentum-Your-Friend-Pint-Sized-America/dp/1891369652) about how he rode across the US with his seven year old son on a tag-along and his five year...
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physical fitness issues aside, the other thing to...

physical fitness issues aside, the other thing to keep in mind with winter riding, especially for those of us who live in cold and snowy climes is that it is excellent for mental conditioning. A wet...
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this is a slight derail, but I was out in...

this is a slight derail, but I was out in Honolulu for a few weeks last year for work, and I managed to squeeze in a few rides around O'ahu during that time period, including a century from Honolulu...
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I think that this and the prior comment from csmo...

I think that this and the prior comment from csmo are correct in that some riding is better than just sitting in the car, waiting in traffic; and I don't think any of us are saying, "don't bike...
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yeah, it depends on the commute. I had a 25 mile...

yeah, it depends on the commute. I had a 25 mile round trip commute a few years ago that was mostly suburban, and had some good climbing options and I found that, combined with long weekend rides to...
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Before I started randonneuring, I did a local...

Before I started randonneuring, I did a local tour of eastern Massachusetts that basically involved me riding from one friend's house to another's over the course of the entire weekend as I rode...
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oh my god, yes. I remember getting lost with a...

oh my god, yes. I remember getting lost with a friend somewhere around that stage, because of how bad the visibility was, having to fix a flat tire somewhere off the course and then retracing our...
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Riding through the unsettled, forested northern...

Riding through the unsettled, forested northern half of Vancouver Island in the middle of the night on the VanIsle 1000k, cresting a climb to descend around a bend into a fog bank, then briefly being...
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Hi Ctech, I've ridden NYC to Boston as part of...

Hi Ctech, I've ridden NYC to Boston as part of the now defunct AIDSride series back in 2002. I've also done several brevet/endurance rides around New England (mostly MA, VT, NH and northern RI & CT)...
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I live in Boston and I still ride year round ;p ...

I live in Boston and I still ride year round ;p

I also snowshoe and do indoor rock climbing.
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I don't bring a bike lock on distance rides, but...

I don't bring a bike lock on distance rides, but I'm also the sort of person who rides their $3,000 custom brevet bike as a year-round commuter and leaves it locked up outside of bars and pubs in the...
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if you've been able to take your hands off your...

if you've been able to take your hands off your handlebars to unzip a rain jacket, peel it off, then fold it up and place it in your handlebar bag, all while riding down a stretch of road with...
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if the intention is just to carry baggage from...

if the intention is just to carry baggage from one point to the other, then a trunk bag will give you cargo capacity with less handling problems than a handlebar bag. It does decrease aerodynamics...
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your question is more or less answered in this...

your question is more or less answered in this previous thread (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=505773). The randon thread linked by mattm and the summary provided by randochap are what...
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like barend shifters, they're simple and reliable...

like barend shifters, they're simple and reliable and easy to maintain. an additional benefit with DT's if you like the form factors, is that the levers are much larger than with barends, and it's...
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if his next ride is the D2R2, as the OP indicated...

if his next ride is the D2R2, as the OP indicated in his post, then it certainly won't be easier ;) but that moonlight populaire does sound like it would be quite memorable.
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I like eating at a nice restaurant with normal...

I like eating at a nice restaurant with normal attire too, but I don't like it when said attire is encrusted with sweat from 50 or 100 miles of strenuous riding. I also don't like wearing out my SPD...
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what you've listed so far for tools sounds pretty...

what you've listed so far for tools sounds pretty good, assuming that your bike is in good working order.

For 180 km, I find that packing all off the food that I'll need for the ride in my...
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yeah, I'd also caution about chafing. ...

yeah, I'd also caution about chafing. Specifically, I found that when I was riding long distances in the winter, even having leg warmers that I'd pull up to my hips would cause chafing on the inside...
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nice, bengeboy! I also managed to make a stop...

nice, bengeboy! I also managed to make a stop there a few years ago (http://cris.livejournal.com/163235.html) while visiting Japan. I agree that Mr. Tsuchiya is a quite the nice, hospitable host. ...
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oh understood. I'm not saying that you shouldn't...

oh understood. I'm not saying that you shouldn't carry a GPS or bring Perpeteum if that's your plan. I was just providing the list that I used on my last 1000k, and explaining the variances between...
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for my recent running of the Hare and Tortoise...

for my recent running of the Hare and Tortoise 1000k on Vancouver Island, this is what I took

from your list (with some modification):

toothbrush, toothpaste, suntan lotion, chamois cream
2...
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12 liters of space is indeed cavernous. ......

12 liters of space is indeed cavernous.

... but, 12 liters of space for $135 at Velo-Orange equals roughly .09 liters / dollar. Whereas a $35 Trek handlebar bag has 4.5 liters of space for $35,...
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My first few years of randonneuring, I just went...

My first few years of randonneuring, I just went with a map pouch that mounted to my handlebars, but after losing this pouch on a recent trip, I replaced it with a cheap handlebar bag from Trek...
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hey, akahn ... are you also on LJ\bikepirates? ...

hey, akahn ... are you also on LJ\bikepirates? The username seems familiar. If you are who I think you are, then I believe that you're already familiar with the terrain of the Berks (ie. can't...
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