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  1. I thought that might be the case. Sorry if I...

    I thought that might be the case. Sorry if I wasn't clear about that in my first post about it.
  2. I like to use two bike bottles in cages and as...

    I like to use two bike bottles in cages and as many of the platypus water bladders as I need most of the time. I don't take enough capacity for the few 1 or 2 day dry stretches where extra capacity...
  3. Reasonable enough, but we are talking about a...

    Reasonable enough, but we are talking about a need that lasted for 1 day in the middle of a coast to coast tour. I was happy to put up with a little awkwardness for one day to avoid carrying...
  4. I don't necessarily see it as a problem. It...

    I don't necessarily see it as a problem. It depends on the ride, but for example on my Southern Tier ride, the whole point was to go light and ride an unladen sporty bike. I think there was one day...
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    I am not so sure, it could go either way. I...

    I am not so sure, it could go either way. I figure that a troll is only posting for attention and probably doesn't believe the garbage they spout. I think it possible that this guy actually...
  6. My take as well.

    My take as well.
  7. That sounds like a great time. I find that sort...

    That sounds like a great time. I find that sort of tour both fun and liberating. Probably not for everyone though.

    As a side note:
    On the water situation with minimal gear on a race type...
  8. Mostly I'd just rather be riding a sportier ride....

    Mostly I'd just rather be riding a sportier ride. You kind of need to pack pretty light to actually benefit from a much sportier bike though. I look at being able to choose a sportier bike as one...
  9. Based purely on weights that LHT owners have...

    Based purely on weights that LHT owners have posted I figured it to be about 3 pounds heavier than a Fuji Tour or a Windsor Tour. Maybe not the most reliable comparison though.

    As far as feel...
  10. Thread: Spoke Storage

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    Good point. I never considered that. Luckily I...

    Good point. I never considered that. Luckily I was always able to get by with one size even with regular length spoke nipples, but a good trick to have in case I ever need it.
  11. I don't usually run fenders on tour these days,...

    I don't usually run fenders on tour these days, but when I did I liked the Planet Bike Freddy Fenders pretty well.
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    That is definitely something to consider. There...

    That is definitely something to consider. There are lots of drier options than the Pacific coast. I'd much rather pick a pleasant route than start at or near home if that is the choice.

    One...
  13. Thread: Spoke Storage

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    I always pick the correct sizes for each position...

    I always pick the correct sizes for each position when building a wheel, but find that for carrying spares I can get by with one size that will work for all three places. I find that in most cases...
  14. Heavy vs light is about how much you carry. If...

    Heavy vs light is about how much you carry. If anything that tends to go down with experience (at least until you have settled in to what works for you) and not be affected very much by trip length....
  15. That could describe a 15 pound load or an 80...

    That could describe a 15 pound load or an 80 pound load, so it really doesn't narrow it down much. I'd think how suitable that frame is would be pretty dependent on how much clothing and gear you...
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    So, you are saying that the fact that my only...

    So, you are saying that the fact that my only Brooks didn't work out well for me qualifies me for naysayer status. It's just a saddle, not some magical device. It will work out well for some and...
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    Yeah, I agree that it wouldn't be useful to the...

    Yeah, I agree that it wouldn't be useful to the OP starting that close to California. I only mentioned it for others reading the thread who may want to start farther north..
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    I had both the book and the Adventure Cycling...

    I had both the book and the Adventure Cycling maps when I did the coast and found I much preferred the maps over the book. For Oregon I really liked the free map that the Oregon DOT publishes. For...
  19. Thread: Fat touring

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    I am usually biased toward skinnier tires than...

    I am usually biased toward skinnier tires than most folks run on tour, but...

    I did a mixed dirt/pavement tour on fat XC racing tires and was surprised how acceptable I found the ride. I didn't...
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    I think you can expect lots of rain in the north...

    I think you can expect lots of rain in the north and some rain days in the south as well. Have a look yourself before deciding. Weatherspark is a good planning tool for that....
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    I carry a Unior CassetteCracker, it is less than...

    I carry a Unior CassetteCracker, it is less than an ounce, and was pretty inexpensive. It works well. Not sure if you can still find them for sale. The Stein Hypercracker is another more expensive...
  22. Those questions are very reasonable and some...

    Those questions are very reasonable and some sense of the answers would allow better suggestions from us.

    On the other hand, my observation is that most of the details sort themselves, especially...
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    Different strokes... I know that has a great...

    Different strokes... I know that has a great deal of appeal to some folks and that is great for them. Me, if I ride anywhere near home I'd just as soon day ride and skip the whole touring aspect....
  24. Why, because it is carbon? Geometry? Some other...

    Why, because it is carbon? Geometry? Some other reason?

    The same frame is probably sold under some well respected brand name(s). I'd agree that it isn't the best choice for heavy touring,...
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    I can verify that is the case for the 520's that...

    I can verify that is the case for the 520's that I have seen.
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