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    I have an opinion, but I haven't toured...

    I have an opinion, but I haven't toured extensively with waterproof packs so it's not very informed. But I agree with the language about condensation because it makes sense to me based on my...
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    To the OP--it's obvious you're going to get more...

    To the OP--it's obvious you're going to get more than a few opinions on this. Everyone has his or her own traveling style and packs accordingly. I lean toward the fewer electronics...
  3. On my first tour in mountainous terrain with a...

    On my first tour in mountainous terrain with a heavy load, I ended up with a pretty good formula for estimating time (and food and water). I had a certain speed for the flats, and another speed for...
  4. All the points in this post apply in my case as...

    All the points in this post apply in my case as well. In fact, after one particularly grueling and life-changing five-month trip (a trek in this case, not a bike tour), I came back to work a changed...
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    One reason to go over the high passes first would...

    One reason to go over the high passes first would be to grab a decent weather window. That's only if you can pick your start date based on weather.
  6. For my spouse and me, it was a matter of...

    For my spouse and me, it was a matter of carefully crafting a lifestyle that would allow such trips. It started when we were in our mid-twenties, over thirty years ago, with a bunch promises to each...
  7. I thought the handlebar bag would be difficult to...

    I thought the handlebar bag would be difficult to give up. But then I bought a $5 cue clip for the map, and used a couple of ziplock bags for the stuff I like to get my hands on quickly and put them...
  8. I think a lot about that ratio, too. I think...

    I think a lot about that ratio, too. I think it's even worse for handlebar bags.
  9. For my last major, multi-month tour, I made some...

    For my last major, multi-month tour, I made some drastic changes to the way I packed. I completely ditched three front packs and went with rear only, with a greatly reduced load (from lessons I...
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    When I started touring, I really couldn't figure...

    When I started touring, I really couldn't figure out if cars and trucks were good or bad. Among the advantages are; emergency help if needed, the occasional free lunch from a friendly, curious...
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    I tried a Thermarest chair adaptor for a while...

    I tried a Thermarest chair adaptor for a while and found it didn't add enough comfort to my trips, given my traveling style, to be worth its extra weight. I sold it on eBay. It was followed soon...
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    Some long-distance hikers carry Aquamira drops. ...

    Some long-distance hikers carry Aquamira drops. It's a two-part system that leaves little trace of flavor after it's activated. It takes at least 20 minutes to work.

    I carry that on my bike...
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    I'm constantly tracking the sun when I travel...

    I'm constantly tracking the sun when I travel without really thinking about it, even in a car, at least as a general check. Same with terrain features such as rivers and ridges. I once missed a...
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    I think you camp in different places than I do. ...

    I think you camp in different places than I do. I can't imagine squishing around in mud at a campsite, so I don't carry the footwear needed for that.

    I agree with using a properly fit, light...
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    This is interesting--I'm considering the same for...

    This is interesting--I'm considering the same for my next touring bike. I see quite a few MTBers out here with a 1x10 set up. Losing the front derailleur is attractive to me. Thanks for the...
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    For my last tour in mountainous terrain (the...

    For my last tour in mountainous terrain (the Appalachians), I trained specifically for steep climbing and greatly reduced my packed load. As a result, I barely used my small chain ring at all--just...
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    It all depends on the relationship, and every one...

    It all depends on the relationship, and every one is different. And relationships change over time. I'm into my fourth decade of marriage. For the first two decades, we did everything together. ...
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    Water bottles galore, and rags to clean my chain...

    Water bottles galore, and rags to clean my chain with. A little money once in a while, a few nice tools. Wild onions. If I ever need to make a soda can stove while traveling, there will be no...
  19. Maybe not in grizzly country!

    Maybe not in grizzly country!
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    No. My kitchen is a plastic cup and spoon.

    No. My kitchen is a plastic cup and spoon.
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    I do, and thank you.

    I do, and thank you.
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    I'm a retired engineer and I like to throw cost...

    I'm a retired engineer and I like to throw cost into the equation. Many who discuss this topic don't consider the cost of pedals and shoes. (Most cyclists I see around here spend more on those two...
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    Here's a link...

    Here's a link to another way to look at things. It's geared to backpackers, but there's some overlap.
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    But **** happens. We ship our bikes in cardboard...

    But **** happens. We ship our bikes in cardboard boxes, surrounded by forklifts. There are hazards on the road. Those hand built wheels get 20,000+ perfect miles on them and finally something...
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    Yup, more or less ready to eat. I make muesli...

    Yup, more or less ready to eat. I make muesli out of rolled oats, walnuts, and raisins mixed in a ziplock. Rolled oats are parboiled in processing--just add cold water, with or without powdered...
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