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Gear Talk / Re: Thoughts on 2011 Salsa Fargo Complete bike build?
« on: November 21, 2010, 05:38:38 am »
The current trend is 2x10 in both Shimano and SRAM's Mt bike component groups

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Gear Talk / Re: Newbie question re: tire size
« on: November 21, 2010, 05:24:39 am »
Maybe they where talking about tubes. I've seen people use a 26 inch tubes on a 29er mt bike rim

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Gear Talk / Re: Touring Tent Talk
« on: November 18, 2010, 03:54:38 pm »
Big Agnus SeedHouse SL2

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General Discussion / Re: Surly Cross Check Touring Bike?
« on: November 18, 2010, 01:51:17 pm »
Yes the fork eyelets on the CC are new this Fall. I do believe 700cc  wheels are faster both in Mt and road riding once up to speed. I'm sure this will stir up debate. I think a Cross Check works just fine fully loaded. Although my experinece is limited

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General Discussion / Re: Mountain Biking the Colorado Trail
« on: June 14, 2010, 09:52:26 pm »
Check out this website for all your bikepacking needs
http://www.bikepacking.net/

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Gear Talk / Re: Epic Design or Carousel Design Works Bags
« on: June 05, 2010, 05:39:17 pm »
They are both highly regarded in the Bikepacking world. I`ve herd that Carousel has had some delivery issues. I think it depends on the time of year. It seems they`re both a one man show with Custom and quality as they bussiness model

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Gear Talk / Re: breaking spokes
« on: June 05, 2010, 05:33:56 pm »
The shop is having Schwinn replace the wheel.

I`m going to be a harsh sob, but there is the problem. Schwinn is now Pacific. The same folks that bring you a bunch of crap Walmart bikes. They slap a Schwinn sticker on a Huffy bike. It pains me because I grew up with Schwinn = quality. I still have my USA made Schwinn Homegrown Mt bike. The last good thing the real Schwinn made. Now you have to go to Waterford or Gunnar to get a real Schwinn

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Gear Talk / Re: Salsa Fargo - Lemon of the year!
« on: May 17, 2010, 09:52:45 pm »
Shimmying is a common problem with light touring bikes.  The Salsa Fargo is a light touring bike.  They may imply with advertising that you can round trip it to Tierra del Fuego‎, but don't count on it.  That is why some of us have spent the big bucks for a heavy touring bike.  They don't shimmy.

The specification for a light touring bike is credit card touring.  Are you mad yet?  We all should be angry.

Most light touring bikes sold never even see panniers, so I have some sympathy for the bike companies.  I also think you should not have to invest in a $5000 Co-Motion to get a beefy enough frame.

The only way you can be confident about a light touring bike is to take it for a test ride with panniers that have real stuff in them.  You are lucky that you did not buy the bike for a trip that you were going to do in 6 months.  But you should be able to read specs that indicate if the frame would flex and shimmy. And be able to work with a LBS that has a clue.
    Being new I was wondering what frame options are considered real fully loaded heavy touring chioces

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Gear Talk / Re: Cross-USA touring bike choices
« on: May 09, 2010, 10:22:41 pm »
You where going to spend $1000 and now your spending $200 to up grade your old bike right? You have $800 to play with to get a good set of wheels. Next to the frame, the most important part of the bike imo

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Gear Talk / Re: For you Surly Cross Check owners
« on: April 24, 2010, 09:35:08 am »
Very nice Thanks

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Gear Talk / Re: Salsa Fargo - Lemon of the year!
« on: April 18, 2010, 04:24:57 pm »
All I know is everything that I have Salsa, is good stuff.

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Gear Talk / For you Surly Cross Check owners
« on: April 18, 2010, 03:31:15 pm »
What type of front rack do you prefer? I`m building up a Cross Check right now and would like your input. The fork has one eyelet which I have the fender attached to. Are you attaching the front rack to the quick release, or is there a way to attach both rack and fender to the same eyelet.

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Gear Talk / Re: Salsa Fargo - Lemon of the year!
« on: April 13, 2010, 01:22:35 pm »
Interesting.I`ve read good reviews and I know some Fargos where used on the Great Divide Race. I`ve bought many frames and only my Niner came faced from the factory. All others I had faced at a LBS. Even your LHT at the very least need the paint removed from the BB and headtube area after you got it. Salsa and Surly share the same parent company btw

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Bike Clubs / Chicago Area
« on: February 22, 2010, 07:33:30 am »
Any touring clubs in the Chicago area.

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Routes / Re: Great Divide Route - Type of Bike
« on: February 24, 2009, 10:37:59 pm »
TB are pretty nifty. I used one for a couple of years, just keep the pivot points lubed

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