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    As stated by the others, I haven't had any...

    As stated by the others, I haven't had any problems with everything in my waterproof bag getting wet. In fact, I just did a tour that ended up being very wet, so I was packing damp clothes in my...
  2. It'll last basically forever. As long as it's not...

    It'll last basically forever. As long as it's not rusting out, or involved in a crash as mentioned before, it'll be fine. There are Tons of old steel bikes from decades ago still riding around just...
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    How much do fatter rims affect tire size?

    My bike has 50mm wide rims and 2.125" Felt "Circuit" tires. The tires on these rims come in at 63mm at the widest point, which is almost 2.5 inches. I don't know if that's just standard tire sizing...
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    ^We ended up in the rain for probably 12+ days on...

    ^We ended up in the rain for probably 12+ days on my last tour. I was glad I spent the money on nice pants. My friend did not, and he wasn't so happy riding in the rain all day over and over again.
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  5. I'm a fan of drybags too. My Arkel Dry-Lights are...

    I'm a fan of drybags too. My Arkel Dry-Lights are basically light panniers/heavy duty drybags. I have a few drybags that I use for organization and keeping wet gear separate in my larger front...
  6. Whatever I end up with, I do want waterproof. My...

    Whatever I end up with, I do want waterproof. My phone and camera will be in there. I ride in the rain a decent amount when home, and I spent probably 2 weeks riding in the rain on my last tour and...
  7. I'm thinking the waterproof bag by Giant/Topeak...

    I'm thinking the waterproof bag by Giant/Topeak and then the cue sheet on the handlebar will end up winning out on this one. I'll try one of the cheapo ones from China and stop by REI or the bike...
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    I thought about just using a handlebar bag on the...

    I thought about just using a handlebar bag on the front rack, but the square ones that would fit the rack nicely tend to be large. I'd like to keep it fairly small. I'd also still have the bar...
  9. Another vote here for ditching the cleat idea. My...

    Another vote here for ditching the cleat idea. My Teva mountain bike shoes work just great for touring when it's wet. When it's not wet, I just ride in my flip-flops. I do recommend decent quality...
  10. Waterproof Top Tube Bag With Map/Cue Sheet Pocket?

    Does anyone know of any top tube bags that are waterproof and include a clear pocket on top for a map/cue sheet? The only one I can find seems to be a crappy thing direct from China, and doesn't seem...
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    Jandd does make good stuff. I had one of their...

    Jandd does make good stuff. I had one of their daypacks for mountain biking. I checked the site, and I don't see anything that will really give me the simple attachment and ease of access that I'm...
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    Small Front Rack Bags?

    I'm looking for a small front rack bag. A friend has a Nitto bag that has a nice attachment system with little loops and snaps to hold it to the rack and a zipper around the top, but it's kinda heavy...
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    I just wanted to clarify on Salsa's behalf, I'm...

    I just wanted to clarify on Salsa's behalf, I'm seeing the rating on their site posted at 6.6lbs for the Anything cage.
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    Hmm... where do I find these girls that you speak...

    Hmm... where do I find these girls that you speak of...


    I agree. People actually seem to like something about a bike tourer. I almost feel like there's some unspoken rule to be nicer than usual...
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    I don't recall accusation of incompetence, but...

    I don't recall accusation of incompetence, but anywho, as he mentioned, the US culture is Much more money and sales focused than Most of the rest of the world. There's plenty of social science data...
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    Awesome. Another thanks for sharing. I now have a...

    Awesome. Another thanks for sharing. I now have a desire to ride there. I've already wanted to do Nepal and the area around Thailand. I guess I'll add this spot to the route.
  17. What do you eat on tour? I'd like to get my...

    What do you eat on tour? I'd like to get my touring budget down more if I can do so comfortably, but I have yet to find a way around needing to eat. Even at only $5/day for food, which I feel is on...
  18. As pointed out by someone else, it sounds like...

    As pointed out by someone else, it sounds like you're one person who actually can tour. Well, If it's a priority to you. Maybe you're just used to a lifestyle that costs much more money than life...
  19. ^ I'm not exactly a whippersnapper anymore, but...

    ^ I'm not exactly a whippersnapper anymore, but not quite a geezer either. One thing I can definitely confirm, at least in my limited experience, is that your pace is one of the least important...
  20. I haven't done coast-to-coast, but I did do the...

    I haven't done coast-to-coast, but I did do the west coast north-to-south. I plan to do a 2 month tour in another year or so. To me, it's about making it a priority.* I saved monthly, saved all of my...
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    I lock my bike up with a decent Kryptonite chain...

    I lock my bike up with a decent Kryptonite chain lock. As someone else mentioned, if the bike gets stolen, I'm completely screwed. The tour would be over, and the nice, expensive bike that I put a...
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    ^ I would run just front panniers before running...

    ^ I would run just front panniers before running just rears. At least for me, and others from what I've read, the bike handles better that way. And my last choice for loading the bike is to put...
  23. With that weight, you'll be Completely fine....

    With that weight, you'll be Completely fine. Don't even worry about it. Just enjoy your ride, carrying practically no extra weight! I know I've read a lot of times here the whole "you're already...
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    ^ Haha. Have you ridden the Washington peninsula?...

    ^ Haha. Have you ridden the Washington peninsula? I'm not sure how it works, but I swear there's a lot more climbing than downhill there. Maybe the "uphill both ways in the snow" thing started in WA.
  25. Another vote for just using the seat-post clamp...

    Another vote for just using the seat-post clamp here. That's what I would do, anyway. Just don't over-tighten it and I don't see what the problem would be. That area is made to have a seat-post...
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