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Gear Talk / Re: Tires vs. Tyres
« on: April 19, 2012, 10:57:49 pm »
I have been running the Marathon HS 368's for two years and 6,500 miles.  I can't say enough positive.  Yes, they are on the heavy side, but with one slow leak in all of those miles, I can handle heavy.  With two long trips planned for this summer, I have just ordered two HS 420's (the apparent replacement) even though there are lots of miles left in the 368's.

Perhaps I should mention that virtually all of my touring is on pavement.

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New England / Re: Coast of Maine? Anybody do it?
« on: April 19, 2012, 09:29:41 pm »
As I plan a trip from Rockport, Maine to Muscatine, Iowa, I am hearing more than one Maine horror story about poor road surfaces, no shoulders and aggressive motorists.  My plan is to use the Northern Tier route.  Can anyone comment on that route or suggest alternatives?

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Gear Talk / Re: Cantilever brakes for touring bike
« on: May 16, 2011, 10:37:41 pm »
Thanks for the good ideas.  In reading about cantis, I noted Kool Stops were mentioned favorably several times.  Shortening the straddle wire makes sense.

THe Avid Shorty 6 and the Paul Components Tour Canti are highly rated.  Any experience with those?

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Gear Talk / Cantilever brakes for touring bike
« on: May 15, 2011, 11:06:15 pm »
On an extended tour last summer, I had a very difficult time stopping my bike on steep descents.  My T-700 Cannondale has the original cantilever brakes, which I am hoping to replace.  Has anyone had a similar experience?  And did you make a successful upgrade on your brakes?

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