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Old 03-03-20, 07:05 PM
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My wife and I had these Tamarack touring bikes built for us around 21 years ago. Built with Reynolds 725 steel by Mark Beaver of Halifax Nova Scotia. We had them re-painted a few years ago and I built new wheels for them and hung new 9 speed XT components. Ready for 20 more years of touring! Photo taken in Summerside, PEI a few summers ago. Heading to Gaspe, Quebec this summer.
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Old 03-21-20, 06:19 AM
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Old 03-21-20, 07:27 PM
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Italy, last summer.
Nice set up.

What size tires are you running?
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Old 03-22-20, 01:57 AM
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Schwalbe Almotion, 50 mm. Like most Schwalbe tires they run a bit less, 47 mm or so. Great touring tire, super comfortable on paved road and pretty decent off-road, as long as it's dry.
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Old 03-23-20, 03:19 PM
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They look in excellent shape. Is Mark still building bikes? Or randonneuring? I remember he was pretty active in that endeavour with the randonneur club.
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Old 03-27-20, 09:15 PM
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More progress from today on my 2006 GF Marlin metamorphosis into my budget ground pounder.





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Old 03-29-20, 05:38 PM
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Old 03-29-20, 07:08 PM
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Nashbar front rack? Any problems with it interfering with the brake mounts? I've got one, tried to install it, but the brakes would get stuck (usually closed around the rim). It was a great deal ($10 IIRC) and I'd love to get it to work as I don't like handlebar bags.
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Old 03-29-20, 07:47 PM
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Sunlite front rack. Worked fine for me, they come with a spacer that keeps the contact away from the pivot point. I think it may be good up to 10-15 lbs. Blackburn also makes a "Local" model but it's 3 times the cost, it may be sturdier. Don't know.
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Old 03-29-20, 08:17 PM
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They look in excellent shape. Is Mark still building bikes? Or randonneuring? I remember he was pretty active in that endeavour with the randonneur club.
Yes, Mark is still building and is active in the Nova Scotia Randonneurs. I was hoping to join him on a 1000k brevet this summer before the virus stymied my plans.
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Sunlite front rack. Worked fine for me, they come with a spacer that keeps the contact away from the pivot point. I think it may be good up to 10-15 lbs. Blackburn also makes a "Local" model but it's 3 times the cost, it may be sturdier. Don't know.
Thanks. I'll have to try mine again, see if I can make it work with some fiber/plastic spacers so somethin similar.
FWIW: The Nashbar one I have has "10kb/22lbs" stamped into the metal, so your Sunlite one is probably the same (they look really, really similar to me).
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Old 03-30-20, 03:18 PM
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Thanks. I'll have to try mine again, see if I can make it work with some fiber/plastic spacers so somethin similar.
FWIW: The Nashbar one I have has "10kb/22lbs" stamped into the metal, so your Sunlite one is probably the same (they look really, really similar to me).
I have no complaints concerning my rack. But I wouldn’t trust it on a transcontinental ride, for sure.
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Old 03-30-20, 05:32 PM
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More progress from today on my 2006 GF Marlin metamorphosis into my budget ground pounder.





Love the add-on bar drops! Make & model?
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'10 Specialized Hardrock
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Old 03-31-20, 10:09 AM
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Love the add-on bar drops! Make & model?
Origin8 drops. Very nice in my opinion.
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Old 04-02-20, 10:29 AM
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Awesome drops, no idea these existed.
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Old 04-10-20, 07:23 PM
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2010 Trek 520 (46,000 miles)


As configured for a solo trans America tour.
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Old 04-14-20, 08:10 AM
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Here is my Fuji Touring as it looked like in 2018.
Since then I have changed the handlebar bag to an Ortlieb, improved the design of the adjusting plate for the main bottle cage, added a Cinq usb charger and precisely these days I am replacing the Avid Shorty with TRP revox.

Parts that came with the original bike and are still on are the rear rack, seatpost, saddle, stem, crank arms and front derailleur.
The wheels are hand built and you can barely see my "signature" of three triplets of coloured nipples at the bottom of the front wheel (orange - gold - orange)

Another thing that I am quite proud of is the transmission: Tiagra 4503 brifters with 44-32-22 on the front and 14-28 (Miche) on the back. FD is an Alivio I think and RD is a Sora 3500 medium cage. The first two gear jumps are just 1 tooth apart and all other are 2, which allows for a very smooth riding. Also, last year in Scotland the 22-28 proved more than enough for basically anything that you would tackle with a fully loaded bike.


My Fuji Touring as of 2018
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Old 04-18-20, 02:38 AM
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Colored nipples as a personal code or signature, brilliant detail!
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This year's revision of my 94 Trek 520

I'm a tinkerer at heart, so every year, (like many of us I imagine) I have to make little updates and changes to my bike. This year I incorporated a 12v electrical system for all my LED lighting, which can also charge my phone etc. The battery isn't very large or heavy, fits in the side pocket of my cellphone carrier, and lasts for at least 20 hours without a charge.
A few years ago, I searched for bicycle directionals, but everything I saw was cheap, toy grade crap. With the 12v system, I was able to use motorcycle directional signals front and back. The ones made for motorcycles are a little better quality and are very lightweight. It's so nice when I enter a busy intersection now and don't have to take my hands off the handlebar and away from one of my brakes in order to signal.
I also bought new rear panniers that have integrated taillights, which I was able to add the pulsing rear directional signals to. I imagine some of you might be thinking that they look too heavy, but they're ABS Plastic and really not much heavier then the Nashbar fabric panniers (with their stiffening frame) that I used to have. They certainly wouldn't work for someone who is traveling across the country with camping gear and are no replacement for your Ortliebs or Arkels etc, but I've been using these types of panniers for a few years now and they've worked out well for me. I've found that for the relatively short 2 to 5 day credit card tours that I do, they work out just fine. They're also entirely waterproof and they lock.

The XT groupset is still serving me very well, so with a few tweaks, a tune-up at the LBS, new brake cables & shoes, she's ready for another summer. I just hope, what with COVID-19, I actually get to go somewhere with it!
So here's a photo I took the other day at one of my favorite Catskill swimming holes:


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Old 04-29-20, 06:04 PM
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Making me want to get a touring bike! Amazing pictures.
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Heres my frankenbike, ready to go for a tour of Northland, NZ
3x10 Tiagra, SLX triple crank, front mech modified to work with STI shifters

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Heres my frankenbike, ready to go for a tour of Northland, NZ
3x10 Tiagra, SLX triple crank, front mech modified to work with STI shifters

I especially like the modification so that it runs on wood chips, brilliant!

But seriously folks, why the need for a modified fd?
There are fd's made to work perfectly fine with triples and sti's, in fact I've used one happily for 10 years.
I assume you had a double fd and did something like spread the cage by hand or something?
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But seriously folks, why the need for a modified fd?
There are fd's made to work perfectly fine with triples and sti's, in fact I've used one happily for 10 years.
I assume you had a double fd and did something like spread the cage by hand or something?
I use a MTB front crank, so I needed a mtb mech to get the swing right.
What are these fable front mechs that work with sti triples on a 50mm chainline?
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Originally Posted by SquishyBiker View Post
I use a MTB front crank, so I needed a mtb mech to get the swing right.
What are these fable front mechs that work with sti triples on a 50mm chainline?
ha, another crazy nut job using mtb cranks for touring!
I'm a converted, I think they work great, or at least my 44/32/22 makes me and my knees happy with it loaded up on my dropbar bike, especially in hilly terrain, which is mostly everywhere I ride.

as per specifics, I know the 9 speed era tiagra triple fd that I have on one of my bikes works great, a regular here has set up numerous bikes with it along with mtb triples.

ps, I do know the 10 speed tiagra shifters have a specific weird slightly different cable pull for the rear derailleur, but I wouldn't have thought the fd would be a problem, although I readily admit my ignorance of 10 speed tiagra specifics.

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