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Our MSR Dragonfly campstove
broke at a weak point.  Rich
called MSR and they said they
corrected this weakness on the
new model. They admitted the
problem and offered a free
replacement.  Great company!
Bike Equipment
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Water Filter
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Pedals
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Image of a broken Stein Hypercracker mini cassette removal tool
A chain whip and cog wrench are heavy tools
to carry on a bike tour, but we had to have
some way to remove the cassette in case we
broke a few spokes on the rear wheel or
broke some teeth on the cassette.  So we
purchased a Stein Mini-Cassette removal tool.

One morning Rich tried to remove the
cassette from my bike.  I heard a lot of
grumbling, and finally a loud crunch from my
bike and a "Oh no." from Rich.  Fortunately
the tool -not my bike- broke.

While it is a beautiful design, it just didn't work
for us.  
We have not been
sponsored by any
company.
If a product stinks,
we'll tell you
F  A  I  L  U  R  E
MSR Dragonfly
S U C C E S S
China Airlines:  We flew from Los Angeles to Bangkok
on China Airlines with bicycles and tons of luggage.  At
check-in the agent did not even bat an eye and did not
charge us excess baggage fees.  Very good service
for cycle travelers.  
S U C C E S S
Orikaso Plate and Bowl

Imagine, after eating a
scrumptious meal you
wash up your dishes,
unsnap them and pack
them away in a folder the
size of an envelope.  
These Orikaso pieces are
remarkable space and
weight savers.  They have
proven to be one of our
best purchases
S U C C E S S
Merrill Lynch came through once again.  In Northern
Thailand someone swiped our Visa number and began
using it to purchase train tickets in London.   I noticed
the fraudulent charges in our online statement two days
before Christmas, called Merrill collect from Thailand,
disputed the charges and cancelled the card.  They
sent us new cards by UPS International Overnight
Express and we had them in our hands the day after
Christmas.  REMARKABLE.  Merrill Lynch has saved
us more than once on our world wanderings and we
highly recommend them.
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F A I L U R E
Nashbar Suspension
Seat Post.  It stinks.  The
seat wobbles back and
forth but the spring is so
firm it is impossible to
set it so that anyone
weighing under 200 lbs.  
Receives the suspension
benefits.  
Rich's Cateye Bike
Altimeter/Computer has
been giving us trouble
from the start.  The wiring
harness got crimped in
three different places and
had to be rewired twice.  
Then the rubber coating
over the waterproof
buttons came apart.  This
computer seems to be
one of those products
that is made to fail after a
few months.  
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S U C C E S S
Salomon Amphibian Shoes
Salomon Amphibian Shoes
These shoes have proven to
be great for cycle touring.  

Here's the details.