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  1. That seems to be a consensus. The real variable...

    That seems to be a consensus. The real variable is how many hours you like to ride. Those long, 16+ hour days up north in June can lead to some big mileage days!
  2. My last 4400 mile tour on paved roads took 55...

    My last 4400 mile tour on paved roads took 55 days including five days off, or exactly 80 mpd. My average daily time in the saddle was about eight hours, or about 10 mph while cycling.
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    Wow--that goes into the "one more bloody thing to...

    Wow--that goes into the "one more bloody thing to worry about" category.
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    I do this routinely on my bike tours. I have...

    I do this routinely on my bike tours. I have cycled hundreds of km to get to a trail to hike 30 km or more. I have tried MTB shoes and the Specialized shoes I used were definitely NOT good for...
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    The answer is highly personal. My wife and I...

    The answer is highly personal. My wife and I need to find a place to live that has both hills and flats, so Golden, CO is a perfect place for us.

    The character of hills definitely varies, like...
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    A couple of the best friends I've ever made I met...

    A couple of the best friends I've ever made I met on long tours. If you meet someone on the road with a compatible or complementary traveling style, it can be an incredibly rewarding relationship.
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    I'm fine with running shoes, but I use a stiff...

    I'm fine with running shoes, but I use a stiff insole like Superfeet.

    I don't carry any spare shoes with me, and the running shoes work well for the many things I do on a bike tour beside ride a...
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    Ditto the quilt, and ditto checking for an EN...

    Ditto the quilt, and ditto checking for an EN rating.

    A high quality down quilt will be less expensive, lighter, and more compact than a bag. The one I got, made by enLightened Equipment, is long...
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    That's a pretty heavy tire. I would minimize...

    That's a pretty heavy tire. I would minimize tire weight and go with 28 (about 20% lighter, it looks like).

    It looks like the smaller tire will support your load, and the smaller tire allows a...
  10. Thread: Fenders

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    Fenders keep everything cleaner, including your...

    Fenders keep everything cleaner, including your face. I don't like wet road grit in my teeth. I use them on most long tours and when I'm living in a wet environment. I remove mudflaps.
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    Rowan's story is a good one and very...

    Rowan's story is a good one and very inspirational.

    I've had one other warmshowers.org guest who was living on the road on about US$5000/year. He was a single father who raised a son to adulthood...
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    +1 on this. Read Mr Money Mustache's blog...

    +1 on this. Read Mr Money Mustache's blog. Ordinary amounts of money saved over time can yield extraordinary results.

    Or invent Facebook.
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    I also vote "neither." It took a while to figure...

    I also vote "neither." It took a while to figure out, but I ditched enough stuff to tour with rear panniers only and the things I used to keep in my handlebar bag are in ziplocks in the rear...
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    You asked about using a lighter front wheel. I...

    You asked about using a lighter front wheel. I tried that once and broke a spoke on a tour while braking on a steep hill. Then I learned that the front wheel sees the majority of the load when...
  15. Okaaay, I think I'll wait to eat dinner. (But I...

    Okaaay, I think I'll wait to eat dinner. (But I do enjoy menudo in pho, very occasionally.)

    Last time I went to Pizza Hut, sometime in the last millennium, I was very disappointed in both food...
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    My experience too. Mine was a real a$$ hatchet. ...

    My experience too. Mine was a real a$$ hatchet. The Selle Italia saddle I successfully replaced it with is one that other riders have told me they can't stand (or sit, rather). My conclusion is...
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    One "formula" I've heard that works well for me...

    One "formula" I've heard that works well for me is to gradually work up to one third of the distance you'd like to ride on tour. I had a goal of riding 600-mile weeks on my last tour and I gradually...
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    It looks like it's already been done...

    It looks like it's already been done.

    I saw one of these the other day. It looks like it's meant for on-piste travel. The track and ski would have to be a lot wider for any kind of powder...
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    I ski the Divide in Colorado weekly. Snow...

    I ski the Divide in Colorado weekly. Snow conditions on the Divide itself are usually pretty terrible because of the wind, mostly blown clear above treeline. Cycling up there would be possible in...
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    This is about the same as my experience.

    This is about the same as my experience.
  21. Thumbs up to this! Another factor not often...

    Thumbs up to this!

    Another factor not often mentioned is cost. I'm a retired engineer and I always had to factor cost into my efficiency decisions and designs. The client wouldn't pay for a...
  22. My recent long tour in the US cost about...

    My recent long tour in the US cost about $750/month, and I averaged about 2400 miles per month, so I'd say your estimate is right on.
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    Yes, that's happened to me at UPS. I used...

    Yes, that's happened to me at UPS. I used Bikeflights.com leaving home for about $60, but you need a computer and printer. One the way home, sans printer, I checked online and UPS's site quoted...
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    As usual, it depends. If I'm going solo, I'll...

    As usual, it depends. If I'm going solo, I'll ship the bike and go by plane and not deal with luggage. If I'm going with a companion or two, car rental can be better with bikes on board. If Amtrak...
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    Tape the spokes to the seat stay, or somewhere in...

    Tape the spokes to the seat stay, or somewhere in the rear triangle. Use a little extra duct tape, for a spare stash.

    I agree in minimizing bulky clothing. One way to look at it is that you...
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