Personally I have usually had chains last 10,000 miles or so and chain rings longer. Don't go by mileage though, measure it regularly.
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For touring nothing beats wool jerseys. They don't stink even after several days of wear and are cool in hot weather too. Lots of sellers: Ibex here at Adventure Cycling, Jones Wear, Boure', Kucharik, Wasabi to name a few.I would not advise stocking up on a lot of wool without trying one garment for a while first. You may love it or you may hate it. I found that for me the stuff stunk to high heaven after a few days without washing and I much prefer synthetics. Maybe the difference is in individual body chemistry because a lot of folks say that wool avoids the stink for them.
My LBS seems to think I should Leave the FSA Mega EXO cranks and just change the chain rings...Makes sense to me. The FSA cranks are pretty sweet and it doesn't seem necessary to change out the whole crank....right?The reason a MTB crank makes sense is because since you only have a 27 on the back you are likely to want to go as low as possible on the front, hence an MTB crank that takes a 22t. I think the smallest the FSA takes is 30t which you already have, right?
I previously suggested leaving the back end of the bike alone and putting a mountain crank up front. It would be great for touring, but probably limited for regular riding.That is probably the smartest approach at this point and can probably work out well. Personally I would have never bought the bike with 10 speed as a touring bike now. Down the road when/if 10 speed becomes mainstream for MTB and touring that may change. I think that both Cannondale and Jamis are off their rockers WRT how they spec'ed their higher end tourers.
when you say long cage what do you mean? Also I know that these are typically MTB derailleurs, and this brings me to another question...what is the difference between typical road derailleurs, and MTB?The following link explains that better than I could:
Ok.....I just want to make sure that everybody is talking about he same bike....I have been asking about the Jamis Aurora 2009 model which is pretty seriously overhauled from last year.Yep. That is the one I was looking at the specs for
I have a friend the rides a Cannondale T-2000 (now called the Touring-2). It is in the same price range as the Aurora Elite, and has mostly sensible components on it. The Cannondale touring bikes have that shorter wheelbase more nimble ride. So far Cannodale has stayed true and not bastardized the bike with a cheap Chinese made carbon fiber fork.I agree with all of that about the Aurora and Aurora Elite. I also agree that the Touring 2 is a nice touring bike. Not to quibble too much but... The wheelbase is a bit longer on the Cannondale touring models than on either Aurora though.
So perhaps a Touring-2 would be a good alternative.