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I'm not sure I understand the original post. Eating "wholesome food" is no doubt a laudable goal, but to then supplement that with prepackaged junk seems to defeat the purpose.Using "prepackaged junk" as a suplement and quick energy source doesn't defeat the purpose of eating healthy foods most of the time. We are not recommending junk as a routine diet, just a special event expedient.
Hmm, a year is a long time to risk going with a non-touring bike. For now, Fuji Touring remains my top choice at the moment. I recently found out I may be able to get a decent discount off Tifosi bikes through my work. The Tifosi Classic looks like it could be decent, any thoughts? Might not have enough gears...The Tifosi is also not suitable as a touring bike and has the same problems. Gearing isn't low enough and the components are entry level at best.
His crank may be one of Shimano's "Trekking" cranks and, if so, would have 104/64 BCDs and take a 22T granny chainring. 22x36 with 700c wheels is 16.5 gear inches and you can't reasonably get any lower.I have a Surly Disk Trucker with 48-36-26 chainring and 11-36 cassette.
Comment on crankset. Your crank will almost certainly take a 24 tooth inner chainring. 74 mm bolt circle diameter. So you could change the 26 ring for a 24 tooth ring easily. $15 and 15 minutes. Little bit lower low gear. Probably won't make much if any difference. But it will be the lowest you can get with your current equipment.
Let us know how those 28 spoke wheels hold up. There was previously a lot of discussion about them on another forum.Yes, I remember that rather heated thread that didn't resolve anything.
Down tube shifters are simple and weigh less than any other kind of shifter.Not to get too far into "weight weeneism" here but, while the downtube lever themselves weigh less than other shifter types, you have to add the weight of the brake levers to get a fair comparison. STI's, Ergo's and the Gevenalle shifters include the brake levers in their weight claims.
LOTS of downtube shifting here in Madison WI and LOTS of manual transmission cars Russ. Jetta especially sells lots of them without having to special order them.I'm with Russ on this one. Maybe in very flat areas downtube shifters and manual transmissions are a bit more common but nowhere else. I think you have seen a few of both and generalized that they are far more common than they really are.