Bikes similar to Surly Pacer?
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    Bikes similar to Surly Pacer?

    Looking for a randonneuring bike and this seems to be what I'm looking for (thanks to bikenben). Any other ideas? Thanks!

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    The Surley Pacer is a sturdy steel road bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by rcnute
    Looking for a randonneuring bike and this seems to be what I'm looking for (thanks to bikenben). Any other ideas? Thanks!
    Lemond offers similar bikes. Gunnars are a step up frame and price wise.
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    these are better than i was expecting, and my expectations were already rather high.

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    Kogswell Model D

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    Looking for a randonneuring bike and this seems to be what I'm looking for (thanks to bikenben). Any other ideas? Thanks!
    If you can get one, a Kogswell Model D is very similar, only lugged. A couple of years ago on GRABAWR, I ran into another rider (who had a gorgeous baby-blue pacer. I was drooling over it while he drooled over my Kustard Kolored Kogswell. I've since repainted mine in (deep) blue, but I still love it. Here's a fairly recent photo.
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    Soma Fabrications

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    Looking for a randonneuring bike and this seems to be what I'm looking for (thanks to bikenben). Any other ideas? Thanks!
    Soma Fabrications has frames of a similar ilk to many of the Surlys: Soma Fabrications

    The Soma Smoothie ES (Smoothie ES) is quite similar to the Surly Pacer.

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    one more idea

    I sent you a pm about the Pacer and Soma but there's one more I forgot: the Audax off-the-peg frames at bobjackson.co.uk. It's an overseas builder, so a bit more work (and probably no test ride), but it's a 631 steel frame with lugs if you're into that sort of thing. I like lugs. And there are a lot of color options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcnute
    Looking for a randonneuring bike and this seems to be what I'm looking for (thanks to bikenben). Any other ideas? Thanks!
    i did a full randonee series and some mountain centuries on a surly cross-check, 'cross bars, brooks b17n saddle, open pro rims, ultegra triple. very comfy.

    why skip over the pacer? cheap, tough, unbreakable, comfy...

    imho, ymmv.

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    Just wish they offered it in something other than black!

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    Krylon offers different paint jobs at very affordable prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcnute
    Just wish they offered it in something other than black!
    they change it every year, no?

    plus, on a randonee, it's going to get covered in mud/snow/blood/dirt anyways.

    judiciously stickerize it, no worries.
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    Electricians tape comes in lots of fun colors.

    Quote Originally Posted by rcnute
    Just wish they offered it in something other than black!
    Easy to apply, make patterns and change too.
    Quote Originally Posted by the_dude
    these are better than i was expecting, and my expectations were already rather high.

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