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Old 01-05-2012, 07:14 AM   #22516
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Yeah, sort of picked that up when reading more on them. Still not sure if they have something really good there, or if it's just an idea that worked for a time when nothing else was available.
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Yeah, they are really pricey. They have become more simple in recent years, they used to have a kind of two stage drive system to get the chain out that wide.... I think the current line of fatbikes makes MUCH more sense.
I'd think the current fat bikes would be more sensible. Even though that Hanebrink has wide tires, they're only 20" in diameter. That means much less tread length on the ground and more susceptible to bumps/holes/etc. The fat bike might have narrower tread, but, the length of tread put down by its much taller tire will provide more traction and better ride. Plus, there are too many fat bikes running all around the northern regions of North America for them to not be right. IDK, maybe I don't know.

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Am not looking for a touring bike, more for a road bike that can take a bit of punishment and larger tyres.

Thanks, I'll look at the racks and mountings. I mounted a handlebar bag, then no room to mount a light!
I was thinking "light-touring" along the lines of this, this, or this. And, the Salsa Vaya is not really a MTB. There are tons of gravel racers, in the midwest US, using them. I nearly bought one, but, let a dealer talk me into a Specialized Tricross (I chose the Comp model and my GF is on an Expert). In hindsight, I should've went with the Vaya, as it has a steel frame and better damps the road chatter one gets from riding gravel. I'm, currently, shopping a steel replacement for my 'cross.

At 165lbs, I can't see your road bike frame failing because you added a little extra weight/leverage to your seatpost.

As for your handlebar bag, look into a decaluer or rack. I've seen a decaluer that mounts between the headset and spacers and the lower mounts into the front brake post. Either setup offers a provision to mount a light. Another option is to use the aforementioned Tubus QR rack mounts and use a Paul Component light mount. Afterall, the lower the light source, the better one is able to see the road surface. I've had several crashes, on gravel roads, because I couldn't see the composition (deep/loose gravel) of the road.

Lastly, I'm just throwing out ideas. You've gotta' buy what feels right for you.
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:25 AM   #22517
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As many of my teammates have started "trainer regimens" for the winter, I found this particularly funny: http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2012...rican-way.html

And I heartily endorse the "drinking beer" part.
I love Bike Snob! He always has a brilliant take on the obvious.
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:49 AM   #22518
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I love Bike Snob! He always has a brilliant take on the obvious.

As long as you realize Bike Snob is really a team of professional writers
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:17 AM   #22519
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The problem with some bike shops......

So my MTB partner breaks the swingarm on his Gary Fisher (nearly 2 years old). Trek, being a standup company, happily warranted it with a new Fuel EX9 frame. However, they weren't going to pickup any of the labor or adaptation (headset and rear spacer axle spacer kit) needed to swap his current components over. His LBS ordered the appropriate parts and billed my buddy for those and the swap labor. He picks up his bike and rides it a few weeks. He'd been having a knocking sound inside his fork. He figured going into the off-season, he'd just send it off for repairs and have the crown swapped to the correct offset for the Fuel. When he called Fox for service, the tech was confident that a particular internal part had broken. The tech said that they would warranty it, swap the crown, revalve, and suggested swapping the lowers to a 15mm thru-axle, as my buddy is 6' 4" and varies ~250-270lbs. The tech knew the frame and suggested, while buying a new wheelset, to upgrade the rear to 12mm X 142mm via the spacer kit. My buddy pays for the upgrades, including rear shock rebuild/revalve and receives everything back from Fox. He, then, discovers he doesn't have all the parts needed. He calls his LBS owner, via the guy's cell phone. The owner told him that he'd need to buy another headset and rear axle spacer kit specific to the new 1-1/2" crown and 12mm X 142mm rear axle. He, also, tried to sell him a used wheelset for full MSRP. My buddy heads to the shop, to order the parts. While the employee was looking up the part numbers, it occurred to him that he'd seen some parts in bags, tucked away, on a shelf. He goes and finds them and discovers that those parts were all included in the kits that my buddy had already paid for with the frame/component swap. Basically, the shop owner was going to re-order/re-sell him the parts he had already paid for. Thankfully, the employee was astute and honest. Because of this deal, the LBS owner has lost the business of a dedicated, 6+ year customer. Oh yeah, my buddy found a wheelset online, called the shop, discovered the guy is a hardcore MTB rider who weighs 240lbs and rides the same wheelset, and ordered the wheelset, tires, and several other items from him. The stuff arrived, 3 days later. Everything perfectly fit, as it should. We rode, last week, and my buddy said the bike is, night-and-day, stiffer. He, also, says the Fuel is head-and-shoulders above the GF Hi-Mod that he broke. He says everything about the bike is much better.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:20 AM   #22520
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Ahhh, you go and ruin it for me.

Doesn't matter, though. I'm still entertained by the column. It just seems so accurate to the TT crowd I left behind, when I started riding gravel and dirt roads. They may snicker at me, now. But, I don't care, as I'm having way more fun.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:30 AM   #22521
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Ahhh, you go and ruin it for me.

Doesn't matter, though. I'm still entertained by the column. It just seems so accurate to the TT crowd I left behind, when I started riding gravel and dirt roads. They may snicker at me, now. But, I don't care, as I'm having way more fun.

Yeah, those weight wenies have it all wrong. I'm sure it's fun marketing to them though... just advertise your useless product as lighter and more aerodynamic; the TT crowd will eat it up.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:37 AM   #22522
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Yeah, those weight wenies have it all wrong. I'm sure it's fun marketing to them though... just advertise your useless product as lighter and more aerodynamic; the TT crowd will eat it up.
Elitists suck!
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:09 AM   #22523
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Yeah but you did notice where the OP lives right?
Thanks. AB is Alberta, not Alabama.
While we've been having wildly warm weather, my usual route is a mix of road and paved trails
that are covered in ice. Never mind dealing with road salt.
I spent the big bucks on studded tires for my wife's bike that she commutes on
so I'll stick to the trainer.

It could be -30c here any day now.
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:20 AM   #22524
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Doesn't matter, though. I'm still entertained by the column. It just seems so accurate to the TT crowd I left behind, when I started riding gravel and dirt roads. They may snicker at me, now. But, I don't care, as I'm having way more fun.
Yeah, same here. And I'd kind of hope it was a team of people given how prolific "he" his.

Not as prolific, but still funny: http://www.almanzo.com/p/letters-from-mallory_30.html
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:32 AM   #22525
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My Goals for 2012

Not that anyone cares, but I need to keep track of this stuff somewhere. It might as well be here. I have three of them.

1. Ride 3500 miles. (I started at 2350 on the bike computer).

2. Do a Century.

3. Ride 20 miles in under an hour.

I'm a little behind already because I'm getting over pneumonia (yay!). I'll check in once a month to let you guys know how I'm doing.

I managed 17 miles today in 32 degree weather. Dammit, that was cold. At one point I thought my left eye had frozen in my head.
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:35 AM   #22526
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Yeah, I hadn't made it that far into the Alamanzo site.

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I managed 17 miles today in 32 degree weather. Dammit, that was cold. At one point I thought my left eye had frozen in my head.
I couldn't believe how cold the forecast showed for FL. It was warmer, up here, than there.
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:37 AM   #22527
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I couldn't believe how cold the forecast showed for FL. It was warmer, up here, than there.
I know! it's a bunch of crap. I didn't pay a lot premium for this bullshit.
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:46 AM   #22528
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Yeah, same here. And I'd kind of hope it was a team of people given how prolific "he" his.

Not as prolific, but still funny: http://www.almanzo.com/p/letters-from-mallory_30.html

I used to follow Swobo's blog -- 'How to Avoid the Bummer Life.' Too bad they pulled the plug.
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:30 PM   #22529
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Fat Bike touring?

Are you fat bike guys catching this stuff?

I figure everyone here probably reads drunkcyclist.com. if you don't, check it out.
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:07 PM   #22530
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Are you fat bike guys catching this stuff?

I figure everyone here probably reads drunkcyclist.com. if you don't, check it out.
I stopped checking him out when he dropped the porn....

Cool read though.
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