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Hello StaehPJ. Thank you for the response. It's not a carry list. In which case, the question arises, why post on this  forum? I started out as a standard recreational cyclist, using a racing bike. More and more, I came to see that touring and randonneuring practices, cycles, gear, and thinking make the most sense to me. Hence, while a general road-bike list, it shows some favoritism to the kind of riding people on here do, touring.

Posting it was intended to serve three purposes, ideally. One, save some beginners countless hours of research. Two, let more experienced cyclists take away the one good idea or product they may have overlooked. Three, gain suggestions for both deletion and addition.

I say ideally: I wasn't sure anyone at all would read it; figured it'd at least organize that greasy portion of my brain devoted to cycling "stuff". Turns out that twenty-five hundred riders in fifteen countries have read it, so the first two purposes have been served. The third has been served partially (relatively low rate of suggestion). One unintended purpose has also been served: a few of the cottage-industry sized companies look to have benefited, rightly, from their provision to us of really good products. For instance, Cyclelogical: Design & Ideas posted a thank-you for the mention, and Velo Orange's Dajia stand received the first or second-most clicks on its link. I have not spoken with these folks, but I suspect some orders have been placed and some riders' needs have been met.

That's the thinking behind the little piece. Sounds like you're an experienced rider, so I'd love to hear any suggestions for items missing. May also add a blurb of intent next I update the post. A couple of suggestions have already been snuck in without the magic 50 number changing, but three items will be added later today or tomorrow bringing it to 53.

Dan




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Thanks Litespeed, for the Gorilla tape and pliers suggestion. I'll put a tape post for the traditional three: black electrical, duct tape, Gorilla tape. How do you carry yours? I've heard many carry the latter two kinds of type on pieces of plastic straws, or broken pencils, rather than on a full roll.

Appreciate the notice on stuck valve nuts.

Dan

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Dave B, I think it's time I start expanding the list beyond a nifty fifty items, if slowly. Yes, I have often wondered why few cyclists carry pliers, as there's no other way to make significant corrections to cables. I myself carry the Leatherman Squirt PS4, and I have marveled at its quality. Will put both that and the Swisstech in the post per your review. Thank you for the suggestion.

Dan

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Thanks. Zip-ties have been added, grateful for the reminder. My mirror assertion has been rephrased to acknowledge how personal is the choice. Right now, I have a Take-a-Look on my helmet and the Ortlieb at the very end of my drop, with both mirrors set vertically. For years, I went without any.

Your question, Tony, reminds me of the Robinson Crusoe question popular among academics: "Of all books, which would you take with you if you knew you'd be left on a deserted island?" In fact, I am facing just this scenario both with books and with bicycles, as I am to enter service in the Peace Corps.

Perhaps the expected choice, I have to say the Brooks. Whether or not I ship a bike out (and one will be issued), the Brooks will be in the luggage. I can ride anything that's given me contentedly and for a long time, as long as that's my saddle. Were it not for my B17 Narrow, I'd no longer be cycling.

However, I will also be taking with me a pair of friction shifters with Paul's thumbies (mountain bike issued), should I not be shipping out an LHT.  Those would be Shimanos for unquestionable simplicity and reliability, leaving Silver/Dia Compes Stateside.

Lastly, Lake shoes with rubber grips and dual-platform pedals might be included, if there's room, or at least Gripsters (never liked clips). The Fiberfix, zips, and a replacement derailleur hanger will certainly make it along with other items of minute size and weight, such as quality levers. The trusty Lezyne floor-drive pump will more than likely make it, especially given its feather weight.

But to pick one--the Brooks. And to pick two, the friction shifters.

Dan (Maine)

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In holiday spirit, I compiled a list of a few (50) of my favorite things for road bikes. Would love to hear about a few of everyone else's. I posted the list and the reasoning behind each choice on my nascent blog as a public conversation starter. http://danieldube.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/50-less-usual-but-very-helpful-road-bike-components-and-tools/.

It is continually astonishing to me how the cycling industry has developed to meet even the most esoteric needs.The longer I ride (now since 2003, in Montreal, Maine (coast/inland), Middlebury, Santa Fe, Cleveland (Chargin Falls/Hunting Valley), DC), the more refined become my problems, but there always seems to be a solution available. Would love to hear the thoughts of those many who know that better than me.

I'm sure some would also disagree with a few of my selections or reasons. I'm here to learn.

Dan
(Maine)

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Gear Talk / Re: Brooks Saddle help
« on: November 23, 2012, 07:44:39 am »
I've ridden a Brooks B-17 Narrow extensively since 2007 both with running shorts over completely unpadded sports underlayer, and with CW-X triathlon shorts that have limited chamois. For four years prior to that, I was riding stock saddle (and am lucky still to have my reproductive organs, we can be sure).

I wore the running shorts/unpadded underlayer (the combination being even less thick than basketball shorts) when the saddle was new and that was far and immediately superior in feel and endurance to wearing standard cycling shorts on a stock saddle. I purchased the CW-X's BECAUSE they have limited chamois while offering other characteristics that I enjoy, not because I found padding to be necessary on the B-17, even in its narrow form.

More important than break-in I found is getting the perfect seat-angle with a Brooks. I now have mine just ever so slightly rearward. Using a carpenter's level helps.

I love, love, love Brooks, but Selle Anatomica is also worth checking out, one has to admit. Best of luck.

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Gear Talk / Re: Outfitting a Trek 7.5 FX for a full summer tour
« on: October 25, 2012, 09:06:21 am »
In re spoke repair for potential issues with the Trek 7.5 FX's wheels. JA Stein makes a lock-ring tool for emergency replacement of driver-side rear spokes. No need to carry a chain whip, etc. as one respondent suggested. Also, FiberFix, a kevlar repair kit for spokes has been highly rated and is very, very small and light.

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