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Gear Talk / Re: carbon fork or steel?
« on: June 04, 2010, 06:24:32 am »
Yes, I am thinking of a mtn bike or a cross like the Fargo.  I'd like something for touring anywhere, dirt roads and light single track. 

Gear Talk / carbon fork or steel?
« on: June 03, 2010, 06:38:23 am »
I'm building up a 29er for ultra light touring.  I wondered folks opinions about carbon forks vs steel for this type of use.  Thanks. 

General Discussion / Re: Youth tour on bamboo bikes
« on: May 21, 2010, 07:45:52 am »
Thanks for the good words.  I've been in contact with the guys at Bamboo Bike Studio off and on since Feb.  They have been very helpful but, we are 600 miles apart.  I'm currently looking for some help from some previous frame builders who live close enough to visit...  Late model frames with disc brake mount drop outs would make the frame construction easier.  I've not given up yet : )

Youth Bicyle Travel / Re: Youth Cross Country Tour in 2010
« on: May 20, 2010, 07:57:29 am »
Fantastic...  you are about to change some lives forever  :)

Are you going supported? 

General Discussion / Re: Youth tour on bamboo bikes
« on: May 18, 2010, 07:13:36 pm »
Thanks, point well taken.

General Discussion / Youth tour on bamboo bikes
« on: May 18, 2010, 06:18:39 pm »
Next month I am taking a group of students from DC to Pittsburgh.  We want to tour on bamboo bikes that we make ourselves over the next 5 weeks.  We are in need of about 5 late model damaged frames from which we will cut the dropouts, bottom bracket and head tubes.  Why late model?  B/c I want the kids to have descent bikes to keep when they are done with our 9 day tour.  Touring frames or mtn bike frames with disc brake ready rear drop outs would be awesome! 

Our group of 12 is about 75% low income and first generation college bound.  They are good students and first time cyclists.  If you have any suggestions please let me know... thanks,

Gear Talk / panniers vs. BOB-like trailers??
« on: January 21, 2004, 12:49:39 pm »
I have used both.  I switched to the BOB.  It is
handy, heavy on long hills, handles great off road,
pulls behind my full suspension and my road bike.  
It gets the weight off your bike.  I would suggest
that you borrow one from somebody and give it a

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