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You're almost certainly better off spending that money on going touring. I'd go so far as to say that until you have done enough touring to have a list of things that you want from your touring bike that you can't get from any production bike, don't bother thinking about it. Well, unless your other hobby is spending money, in which case I suggest buying one ...
Unless you are of extremely uncommon proportions, you won't find much riding advantage in a custom-made bike— there's plenty of room to tweak a mass-production bike for the a perfect fit through component swaps. Moreover, unless you buy from an experienced touring-bike specialist, it's entirely possible that a custom-designed bike might have little ...
I realize this thread is old, but I'll share my experience: I compete in major marathon races (4+ hours) and finish in the top 30% (at worst). For 4-5 hours of trail riding (not racing) I usually pack a banana, and apple, and 1/2 of a peanut butter and honey sandwich. I eat every hour(ish). Usually the banana first (to help block lactic acid build up late ...
List of upcoming keirin races: http://keirin.jp/pc/dfw/dataplaza/guest/top List of velodromes in Japan: http://keirin.jp/pc/dfw/dataplaza/guest/jyolist If you need help translating the page, Google Chrome's auto-translation is pretty good.
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