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The mechanism that allows disassembling the frame is called an S&S Coupling, Bicycle Torque Coupling or BTC. Searching for bikes with this mechanism should allow you find other models of bikes that can be disassembled in the same manner.


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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300 km, Vancouver Island, Canada If you're ever near Vancouver Island (Canada) and are looking for a very challenging, scenic route, Ken Bonner of the BC Randonneurs organizes a 300km ride called "Alive are the Hills" as part of Eau de Hell Week. For less than a double century you get 4100m (13,700') of climbing on plenty of quiet country roads. It's a ...


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200km Ride to Conquer Cancer (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal). It's a fundraising ride and is fully supported. A two day ride (from whichever city you start at) for over 200km. I've ridden the Calgary ride twice, and it's been a great challenge, but also relatively easy because of all of the supports provided


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La Marmotte This summer I rode La Marmotte which is a good organised 174 km (108 mi) timed ride through the Alps with more than 5000 meters of climbing. The finish is on the top of the well known Alpe d'Huez. I was really tired at the end but the scenery was really beautiful.


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Before you decide on a custom frame or coupled bike you should have a very good of idea of what type of touring and how far from home you intend to go. I say this as someone who has made close to 100 multi-day tours since the mid 1980s, none over 14 days long with the average around 7 days. I started with a mid-80s Trek 520 (very different from the current ...


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You can buy a new frame or order a custom frame with S&S couplers. Some builders will also add them after market to some frames; usually steel or titanium. S&S couplers add around 1 pound to the weight of a single frame. Another lighter, cheaper option is Ritchey Break-away frames. They're available in steel or titanium, road or cross configurations. ...


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160 km (100 mile), Levi's Gran Fondo in Santa Rosa, California, US 100 km, Levi's Medio Fondo in Santa Rosa, California, US 51 km, Levi's Piccolo Fondo in Santa Rosa, California, US This is a set of fully-supported (SAG wagon, multiple rest stops) rides in early October starting in Santa Rosa, California and going out to the coast (except for the ...


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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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If you are coming to the Uk then the British Cycling website is probably the place to start.


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European classics There are hundreds of outstanding rides in Europe for amateurs, but here's a few of the classics: Paris–Brest–Paris (PBP), the original audax: a 1,200 km ride from Paris to Brest on the Atlantic coast of Brittany, and back again, with a time limit of 90 hours. It has been run regularly since 1891 and in 2007 attracted more than 5,000 ...



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