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Gear Talk / Touring Bike
« on: November 25, 2008, 09:30:00 pm »
I do not understand about the STI shifters. Why would you NOT want them on a touring bike?

Gear Talk / Touring Bike
« on: November 19, 2008, 05:22:55 pm »
I have moved my attention to the Jamais Elite. I have done long rides on my 26 wheel mountian bike and the same with 700c road. Both bikes seem to have a lot to offer, but the Jamis won out with wheel size.
Also, if you scroll down to the bottom of my blog spot, you can click on previous posts to see the performance MT201

Gear Talk / Touring Bike
« on: November 17, 2008, 05:55:20 pm »
Could not find the blog site or the bike? The bike is the first post ( or very last in the way that it is in order.)
Thank you all for the replys ! I do not plan on any touring over the winter so it will give time to do some research and spend time on my trainer. I am leaning twards the Jamis. Someone commented on the bar end shifters, any reason that they would be such a plus?

Gear Talk / Touring Bike
« on: November 13, 2008, 08:32:26 pm »
OK, Surly though a wrench in the mix. I contacted Surly about a question I had concerning two wheel sets they have listed. They told me that the 700c wheel set only comes on bikes 56 cm and up. I take a 54 cm. which would have 26 wheels. The Performance (if you checked my blogsite) has 26. It just seems to make more sense  to use a larger wheel.  True?
I went back to the computer and dug deeper on touring bikes. The Jamis  Aurora Elite is looking very favorable. Anyone have any pros and cons ?

Gear Talk / Touring Bike
« on: November 12, 2008, 11:01:34 pm »
Here is my dilemma. I have been cycling for a number of years. The bike I use for light touring is a mountain bike with many modifications. (please visit my cycling blog at to view my Performance MT201)
I am getting serious about the touring end of cycling and have planned a couple of adventures. My price range is somewhere around $1500. The bikes that I have been looking at are the Trek 520,  Specialized, Fuji touring and the one I am leaning toward, the Surly Long Haul Trucker. Im really digging on the Surly but am looking for some expertise in this area. The trips I am planning are trail and some pavement. They are two to three day trips. Any help would be great. Thanks Greg

Routes / Morris to Springfield
« on: November 18, 2008, 06:26:38 pm »
HELP! Looking for route from Morris Illinois to State Capitol in Springfield Illinois. Did MapQUest and Bikley and fond a bunch of dead ends and even parts where I need to go on the highway! I promissed the ISP I would not do that anymore. Has anyone made the trip?

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