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Gear Talk / Re: Top Touring Bikes for Ultralight TransAm?
« on: September 18, 2012, 09:20:21 am »
With a load that light you could always go real nuts and ride a Trek Domane 4.5.  I believe it will accept a rack (it definitely takes fenders) but it also takes a 28mm tire and is ridiculously comfortable for a pure road bike

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Gear Talk / Re: Tent fly
« on: August 29, 2012, 11:08:57 pm »
You should definitely check out www.seattlefabrics.com they've been where I've gotten alot of stuff for projects as they have a pretty good selection of outdoor fabric and pretty decent prices.  if I remember correctly they do have a small cutting fee but it wasn't much for a small order.

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Gear Talk / Re: Is a '99 Bianchi Volpe worth rebuilding?
« on: June 27, 2012, 09:59:08 am »
I guess my question really revolves around how suitable the frame is for loaded touring.  I work as a full time bike mechanic so I will be doing all the work myself and can source the parts cheaply.  My dream is to buy a LHT or Rivendell frame and build it up from scratch(or even get into custom frame building) but as of now my budget is too tight.  So would this frame work as a cheap and viable alternative to a LHT while funds are developed for the "real" bike, or is it really just not a good enough bike to justify putting a couple hundred in parts on it. (these part, besides the fork, would eventually transfer to a new bike down the road anyways so it would be building towards that too).

Patrick

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Gear Talk / Is a '99 Bianchi Volpe worth rebuilding?
« on: June 26, 2012, 10:48:00 pm »
I have recently come into a new (old) Bianchi Volpe from 1999.  I was being thrown away because it had a front end collision that bent the fork slightly but upon extensive inspection didn't damage or bend the frame or other components at all.  My question is whether or not this frame would make a good loaded touring bike/commuter, and if putting a hundred or so dollars into a new fork and shifters is a good investment. (btw the shifters are worn out...) 

Thanks for your input in advance.

Patrick

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