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    I started my frame building apprenticeship in...

    I started my frame building apprenticeship in 1991 with Mark Nobilette and then went on to build quite a few frames for myself and other builders. I was also an instructor at Barnett's bike institute...
  2. This is an incorrect statement. This coming from...

    This is an incorrect statement. This coming from a frame builder with more than 20 years at the jig.

    Wheelbase is indeed very important, but it plays no part in speed. Speed is the product of...
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    Awesome images, Andrew. I will coax this route...

    Awesome images, Andrew. I will coax this route out of you. Might require a lot of whiskey, but I'll do it.
  4. Eric, there's no way to really apply any specific...

    Eric, there's no way to really apply any specific digits to your question. Needless to say, a bike with 2.2 mountain bike tires will invariably be slower than a bike with 28c tires, but that also...
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    Having driven the Renegade for a couple days...

    Having driven the Renegade for a couple days including a few hours off-road at the press launch, I have to say I really like it. Not sure I'd own one, but then again if it fit my needs I would. It...
  6. Only slightly less offensive than outright theft.

    Only slightly less offensive than outright theft.
  7. Ya, I just don't see it as a viable competitor to...

    Ya, I just don't see it as a viable competitor to my inReach. Aside from the fact my inReach worked just as well in my own zip code as it did just a few miles south of the Arctic Circle in Iceland is...
  8. It's important to understand how PLBs work. Once...

    It's important to understand how PLBs work. Once the signal is received by either the Air Force or Coast Guard, the signal signature is then compared to the PLB registry database. The contact...
  9. I'm almost always solo. I rely on a Delorme...

    I'm almost always solo. I rely on a Delorme inReach Explorer and it is positively awesome. I've used it in Iceland, Ecuador, Baja, and even in my backyard with cell reception. Since it uses the...
  10. So the real question...when will the Spearfish be...

    So the real question...when will the Spearfish be available with Ecuadorean poncho-inspired graphics?

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  11. I think you still fail to see the greater...

    I think you still fail to see the greater reasoning for ER not pursuing your concept. It's because they have a proven concept that is in high demand. With a 15 month waiting list, and people lined up...
  12. Having spent the day in their facility as the...

    Having spent the day in their facility as the guest of Bill and his team, I can fully understand his position here. This is not a fabricator shop where they build one-offs or anything of the sort....
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    It's interesting - I love bikepacking bags of any...

    It's interesting - I love bikepacking bags of any kind and prefer hard cases on my moto. For wildly different reasons.
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    Ya, whatta rip off! Then again, today I rode in...

    Ya, whatta rip off! Then again, today I rode in short sleeves and shorts and believe it or not...broke a sweat. This is a bizarre year. I'm headed to the BCT next week to ride and even mid Feb think...
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    I had one of the last pairs of boots made by...

    I had one of the last pairs of boots made by Peter Limmer before his sons took over most of the custom work. That was a long time ago, maybe mid-90s. They were fantastic boots. Then...they got...
  16. I think if you look at the Helinox cot for what...

    I think if you look at the Helinox cot for what it is, the price isn't out of the norm. For most tents, about 40% of the cost of manufacture is in the poles. With the complexity of the Helinox cots...
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    This is a sad, but salient point. I started road...

    This is a sad, but salient point. I started road racing at age 13. Won my first state championship the next year, was on the US National development team by 17, and podiumed at my last state...
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    Well THAT is impressive.

    Well THAT is impressive.
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    This is always a touchy subject, and I realize...

    This is always a touchy subject, and I realize you are aware you are positioning this query in the forum section where the firearm advocates are likely to support you, which is fine.

    I just want...
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    I can't stress enough how little instruction...

    I can't stress enough how little instruction Americans get with regard to on-road safety. For every one safety tip taught in the US, European riders, particularly in France, learn an additional half...
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    Yes. The spec on this bike is super tight. The...

    Yes. The spec on this bike is super tight. The brakes are solid and surprisingly close in performance to the Guide brakes on the Bucksaw. The X11 drivetrain is tack accurate. The Bucksaw made me a...
  22. I used the Hemisphere system in Ecuador and...

    I used the Hemisphere system in Ecuador and really liked it. My number one "like" was the roll top closure. I love to throw a fit when a zipper pisses me off. The roll-top not only opens up wide,...
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    The crazy light setup, good down to 40º, sub 5 pounds and could almost fit in my riding suit pockets:

    MSR EC Bivy - one pound
    Sea To Summit Ultralight Mat - sub one pound, 12 ounces
    Sea To...
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    Yes indeedy. Carbon frame and fork. So fun.

    Yes indeedy. Carbon frame and fork. So fun.
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    Uh...kudos for the innovative idea, but it's not...

    Uh...kudos for the innovative idea, but it's not exactly solving a problem I've ever encountered. Plus, it's always so much easier to maximize the storage space of a soft container.

    Years ago a...
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