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    I haven't ridden all the way from Vancouver to...

    I haven't ridden all the way from Vancouver to San Francisco, but I have done several parts of this route. I rode from Bellingham, WA to Tillimook, OR in 11 days (journal here). I rode from...
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    The Jandd bag came with the bungee cords...

    The Jandd bag came with the bungee cords integrated with the bag. When I hung the bag from my saddle, zipped open the extension, and hooked the bungee cords to the rack drop-outs, the cords were a...
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    I got my hard sided case when I bought my bike...

    I got my hard sided case when I bought my bike over 10 years ago. It is getting to be the end of its life cycle. When it finally gives up the ghost, I might opt for a soft sided case due to the...
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    For now, I use a hard sided case. When packed,...

    For now, I use a hard sided case. When packed, the bike and box come to about 43 pounds. I'm hoping I can get all the metal in the box and still keep it under 50 pounds. We'll see.

    The Italy...
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    My lightweight setup

    I am planning a ride in Italy in April. To try and get all my gear to fit into the airline's baggage restrictions (one checked bag), I have completely my bike touring set-up. In the process, I have...
  6. I can recommend France, the gorges starting with...

    I can recommend France, the gorges starting with the Dordogne and going all the way to the Tarn gorge.

    I can also recommend riding from Glacier National Park up to Jasper, AB. Maybe the most...
  7. My experience using Pocket Earth for off-line maps on an iDevice

    For this year's tours, one in New York and one in Wales, I decided to use an iPhone app called Pocket Earth to hold iPhone maps accessible off-line. I really like it and will now be using it...
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    I haven't ridden all the way to John O'Groats,...

    I haven't ridden all the way to John O'Groats, but I have ridden from Lands End up to Fort William in Scotland. I don't like to camp, so I stayed in B&Bs, friends, and got hosted through warmshowers...
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    I have succeeded in cramming everything in the...

    I have succeeded in cramming everything in the front panniers. It is a tight fit and I have to do a fair amount of squeezing, but it all fits in with a bit of "food" room to spare. However, I have...
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    Not the best of news. My plan is to fly into...

    Not the best of news.

    My plan is to fly into Malpensa (Milan's Airport), stay near there, and ride out the next day up toward the lakes. Then, along the southern part of the lakes east to...
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    I appreciate the good advice. I will try to...

    I appreciate the good advice.

    I will try to scrunch the clothing down further and see if that makes a difference. I currently put my clothes in gallon ziplock bags. Maybe another method will...
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    I just measured the clearance on the bags with...

    I just measured the clearance on the bags with the bike standing in my garage at 7 inches.

    This is the first time I've ridden with low-riders on the bike, so the entire experience is new to me and...
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    Note that taking an additional box on the...

    Note that taking an additional box on the airplane will cost me, at least, $200 extra. It would make more sense to buy a rack in Italy and simply discard it there than to fly with one.

    I'm trying...
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    You and I will not agree on this point. As a...

    You and I will not agree on this point. As a vegetarian, I can't simply assume that I can eat a meal at whatever place happens to be in the village I am staying in. As a result, I have to carry a...
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    Actually, I've cut my gear down significantly: No...

    Actually, I've cut my gear down significantly: No camping or cooking gear and less clothes (both on- and off-bike). As I explain below, the issue isn't weight or even gear bulk, it is trying to fly...
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    Rear Ortliebs on front low rider rack?

    I am planning a ride in Italy and I want to get my gear weight down to save on flying with an extra piece of baggage and because some serious climbing will be involved. As such, I am reconfiguring...
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    In my experience, there are 2 variables that ...

    In my experience, there are 2 variables that need to be experienced: daily distance and weight.

    If you plan to ride 50+ miles a day, you have to know that you can do that day after day. Even a...
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    As Pete said, it depends on what you eat and...

    As Pete said, it depends on what you eat and where you spend the night.

    Will you be camping? Will you bring cooking gear?

    If you camp, there are special campsites in campgrounds along the...
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    I try to stick to the smallest lanes I can when...

    I try to stick to the smallest lanes I can when riding in the UK. But, even those now have traffic as cars and trucks using GPSes are finding their way onto all kinds of roads. Also, in the 10...
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    Journal of my recent ride across Wales

    In the second week of September, 2014, I rode across Wales, north to south on the Lon Las Cymru, a signed Sustrans Bicycle Route. The 9-day ride started in Holyhead, on the northern tip of Holy...
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    This page has 36 links to information about bike...

    This page has 36 links to information about bike touring in Spain.

    Not all of them will be of interest to you but it might be a good place to start in your planning process.
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    I use a camera that runs on 2 AA batteries and I...

    I use a camera that runs on 2 AA batteries and I always carry spare batteries.

    As for a GPS, I recently got the Pocket Earth app on my iPhone. I downloaded the country maps and, without a data...
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    I don't want to go to the big passes, this being...

    I don't want to go to the big passes, this being April and all. But, I though the ride up to Bormio would be a pretty one to do. Since it is an up and back, it is strictly something to do if I have...
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    Anyone ridden to Bormio in April?

    I'm planning a bike tour in Italy for next April and have found a bike path up to Bormio, a common starting place for the big alpine passes like the Stelvio. I don't intend to ride up those, I'm...
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    Journal for a bike tour across New York

    In late August, 2014, I rode from Rochester, NY to Lambertville, NJ in 9 days. I started out along the Eric Canal, went south through the Finger Lakes over to Ithaca, down to the Susquehanna River,...
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