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  1. About four years ago, I hosted a touring cyclist...

    About four years ago, I hosted a touring cyclist going from Austin to Minneapolis. He didn't blog about his trip, and I don't remember what his route was, but it went through Tulsa. If you do go...
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    I've left my truck with warmshowers hosts before...

    I've left my truck with warmshowers hosts before when I went on a short loop tour. If there are any warmshowers types in Anchorage, I would try that first.
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    A lot of states publish a bicycle map showing...

    A lot of states publish a bicycle map showing what highways have shoulders and sometimes what the traffic volume is. You might look for those. I've used those maps for Colorado, Tennessee,...
  4. Thread: I give up

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    Realistically, you probably don't need to worry...

    Realistically, you probably don't need to worry about load capacity unless you're going to be carrying VERY heavy loads. Just make sure that you put enough air in the tire to avoid pinch flats when...
  5. I lived in Seattle for three years, and commuted...

    I lived in Seattle for three years, and commuted by bicycle pretty much every day, so my bike has seen a lot of wet weather. Generally, the key to using a bike in wet weather is preventative...
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    Before you head over there, go on some shorter...

    Before you head over there, go on some shorter tours. Start with an overnight out-and-back, then try another one in the 4-10 day range. In my experience, a tour of 4 or 5 days requires about the...
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    Whenever you shower, wash your riding clothes. ...

    Whenever you shower, wash your riding clothes. Get some soap on them while they're on you. Then put them on inside out and soap the inside surface. Rinse well, and then wring out and hang up the...
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    If you're touring on a very small budget and/or...

    If you're touring on a very small budget and/or your bike doesn't have braze-ons for racks, the kid trailer is a good idea. It's not the best solution, but it will work, especially if you're willing...
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    +1 on Sidi. I used to work at a bike shop, and...

    +1 on Sidi. I used to work at a bike shop, and whenever we had someone with hard-to-fit feet, Sidi was usually what worked for them. As far as I know, they're the only bike shoe that comes in...
  10. I don't know whether they build their wheels or...

    I don't know whether they build their wheels or anything about the quality of workmanship, but the price blue sky has is probably less than what you'd pay for the hubs, rims, and spokes if you built...
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    As I understand it, UV doesn't actually kill most...

    As I understand it, UV doesn't actually kill most bugs, it just neutralizes them and prevents them from reproducing for a certain amount of time. The idea is that they get through your digestive...
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    I carried an MSR Waterworks filter on my last...

    I carried an MSR Waterworks filter on my last tour (3 weeks in Central Colorado, combination of dirt roads, hiking, and a little bit of singletrack), and was pleased with it. It takes about 1 minute...
  13. Have a look at Adventure Cycling's Northern Tier...

    Have a look at Adventure Cycling's Northern Tier route - it's pretty close to what you're planning. Also consider the Iron Horse rail-trail across Washington if your bike can handle some gravel. In...
  14. I used to have a Burley Flatbed that I used to...

    I used to have a Burley Flatbed that I used to haul stuff around town. The fastest I ever went with it was a bit over 30 mph (in a straight line, I wouldn't corner at that speed), with about 80 lbs...
  15. I've used an Army surplus duffel for that before....

    I've used an Army surplus duffel for that before. Its cheap ($5-$10), folds up small, isn't very heavy, and can fit four panniers worth of stuff in it, though you may need to remove some stuff from...
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    I use a Tubus Tara on a Raleigh Sojourn (which...

    I use a Tubus Tara on a Raleigh Sojourn (which has disc brakes), and the rack doesn't interfere with the caliper at all. Attaching fenders has been the problem, and I eventually just used gaffer...
  17. +1 on finding some way to cut down. Go on a...

    +1 on finding some way to cut down. Go on a short tour. See what you really need. If you absolutely must take the battery, use a trailer. I've pulled a 120 lb trailer behind my bike before (not...
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    Which kind of panniers do you have? The roller-...

    Which kind of panniers do you have? The roller- varieties have PVC coatings, while the packer- varieties have Polyurethane coatings. PVC allergies have been documented and that may be what's...
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    Tire sizes are weird. Sheldon Brown has a good...

    Tire sizes are weird. Sheldon Brown has a good explanation of how they work, but the 622 is the bead-seat diameter of the tire. I don't know what 700c actually refers to, but 26" and 29" refer to...
  20. My touring bike originally came with a 30-39-50...

    My touring bike originally came with a 30-39-50 crankset and a tiagra FD with a bar-end friction shifter. I very quickly replaced the small chainring with a 24 tooth, and didn't have any problems. ...
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    My question would be what kind of wind speeds it...

    My question would be what kind of wind speeds it needs for its rated 15 watts. Wind speed increases dramatically with height, and the turbine is less than 3 feet high with the legs fully extended. ...
  22. +1, especially if you're using brifters. You...

    +1, especially if you're using brifters. You shouldn't have problems if you use friction shifters.
  23. I rode Logan pass West to East in late June 2009,...

    I rode Logan pass West to East in late June 2009, just a few days after the road opened. I'll remember as best I can what I did. The night before, I stayed at Avalanche Creek campground, which is...
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    I don't know the region you'll be camping, but a...

    I don't know the region you'll be camping, but a camp stove will be much easier and faster to cook over. A good camp stove (can't address the alcohol stove, since I've never used one) is much easier...
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    Thanks for all the replies. I think I'll go with...

    Thanks for all the replies. I think I'll go with the dedicated GPS unit. I did find something called Earl (link: https://www.meetearl.com/). It doesn't come out until January, so I plan to wait...
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