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Gear Talk / Re: Titanium vs. Steel: Worth it?
« on: November 02, 2018, 12:29:46 am »
Over the past 35 years I have had three touring bikes, all steel.  All were comfortable to ride and I never had any complaints or problems with steel frames.  Having said that, I would go with titanium if the expense is no issue.  I have ridden road and mt. bike ti frames and really liked the ride quality.  A lot of road vibration seemed to be absorbed by the frame and made for a nice smooth ride.  My only complaint with the road frame was that I got more flex in the rear triangle when climbing than on my other bikes.  I think that was more an issue of frame design than material, but may be something to look at.  Also it was in race conditions so relatively big gears and pushing hard.  I like the idea of the frame being rust "proof" (for all practical purposes), and anytime you can save a little weight, why not.  I'm no expert on frame building or material, but have ridden a lot of miles on all the different frame materials so this is just my opinion.  I'm sure there will be others. 

Routes / Re: Surprise present
« on: October 02, 2018, 08:18:08 pm »
Barb, Portland has many excellent bike shops.  Two that I used while living there until recently were Universal Cycles and REI.  Both carry good touring bikes and are very customer friendly.  They also have informative web sites.  Universal is  a good source for almost anything you need for cycling.   

Gear Talk / Re: mixte
« on: August 14, 2018, 12:33:22 pm »
You might look at Bike Friday.  They make a range of bikes from touring to tandems and are very well made.  Easy to mount and nice to travel with.

Yakima at one time made a fork mount that was raised about 6 inches.  It would work for bikes with front racks or fenders.  Not sure if it is still available, but you may find one at a used rack store such as ReRack in Portland, Or.  I have one that works well with blackburn and surly low rider racks.

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