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  1. Veeerrrrrrry pretty! Great purchase! Have you...

    Veeerrrrrrry pretty! Great purchase!

    Have you ridden it on the road yet?
  2. Being in the middle chainring + biggest or...

    Being in the middle chainring + biggest or smallest cog in the back will definitely induce rubbing of the chain on the derailer cage, and should be avoided. I don't think that's especially specific...
  3. Exciting stuff! Can't wait to see pics of your...

    Exciting stuff!

    Can't wait to see pics of your touring trips! ;)
  4. Buddha_Bellies is right. It can be costly and not...

    Buddha_Bellies is right. It can be costly and not all switches are straightforward. Going from a double to a triple especially. (Changing between doubles can be easier, but certainly not cheap.)
    ...
  5. Thanks ginny, that's a kind would-have-been offer...

    Thanks ginny, that's a kind would-have-been offer :) We're going to France from Canada with Air Canada, on points. (Actually I don't think Lufthansa flies to Canada because it's a member of the same...
  6. The advantage of a compact is that it has only...

    The advantage of a compact is that it has only two chainrings, so there's less shifting involved to reach the higher and lower gears. People who have no experience riding a triple sometimes find them...
  7. My sweet partner and I are going to go ride in...

    My sweet partner and I are going to go ride in the Alps next summer, and we're taking our own bikes, but we're also going to have a car. Neither of us has a bike that's appropriate for touring, in my...
  8. Just to make sure things are clear: Crank sets...

    Just to make sure things are clear:

    Crank sets / Chaingings for road bikes
    Compact double = 50/34 or similar (can be 50/35, for example)
    Regular double = 52/39 or similar (can be 53/40 but I...
  9. I hope it doesn't sound rude, but being "adequate...

    I hope it doesn't sound rude, but being "adequate for longer hills" doesn't have very much to do with the make and model of the bike or the luxuriousness of the componentry (105 in this case), and...
  10. It really depends on the size of the mountain and...

    It really depends on the size of the mountain and the size of the engine (your ability as a climber). And are you really going to be just carrying 20 lbs?

    If you're going to have any kind of long...
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