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    I, too, ride with rain pants (and jacket) when it...

    I, too, ride with rain pants (and jacket) when it rains enough to warrant it. The main issue for me is the water running off my pants and onto/into my shoes. I've tried a couple different rain shoe...
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    With panniers only on the rear, I have had the...

    With panniers only on the rear, I have had the front of the bike come off the ground when riding up steep hills and standing on the pedals to push hard. In addition, putting all the weight in the...
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    Define "Full equipment." Wool cycling jerseys...

    Define "Full equipment."

    Wool cycling jerseys would be my recommendation.

    I did a 12 day ride around Switzerland in 2009 (journal here). Great place to tour.

    Buy the bike route map. Better...
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    I wrote a guide for biking from SF to LA...

    I wrote a guide for biking from SF to LA that you might find informative.

    If you don't camp in Big Sur, you will have to have reservations at the few, expensive places available for the night.
    ...
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    I like to do detailed planning for my tours and I...

    I like to do detailed planning for my tours and I created a webpage that puts all my research in an on-line database that I can access from anywhere I have internet access.

    In the US, I can...
  6. I would say the Western Express route starts at...

    I would say the Western Express route starts at the ferry building, not the GG Bridge. They are several miles apart.

    Be prepared for some hard climbing in the first few days. The climb from...
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    Check out this thread from 2010:...

    Check out this thread from 2010: http://www.bikeforums.net/touring/686928-diabetic-touring.html
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    Yes. It is supposed to be fun!

    Yes.

    It is supposed to be fun!
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    Forget the GPS. Get the Pocket Earth app for the...

    Forget the GPS. Get the Pocket Earth app for the iPhone and load the route via GPX (email the GPX file to yourself, read it on the phone, and then load it into Pocket Earth). That will save you...
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    I used duct tape once on my handlebars and had to...

    I used duct tape once on my handlebars and had to replace the entire wrap job due to the stickiness left over from the duct tape. I now carry a roll of electricians tape for the those few instances...
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    The route I've taken through LA is the beach bike...

    The route I've taken through LA is the beach bike path: South Bay Bicycle Trail

    As for places to stay, I grew up in LA, so I use family homes. But, there has to be hundreds of available hosts...
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    Bruce/Spinnaker, Thanks for the feedback. ...

    Bruce/Spinnaker,

    Thanks for the feedback. I'll check out your recommendations.

    I am basing my route out of Malpensa on this site: Lakes of Lombardia and Piemonte - Overview - Italy Cycling...
  13. I've weighed the things I might have to carry-on...

    I've weighed the things I might have to carry-on and tried to prioritize them based on weight and cost.

    Cable 10 oz
    Lock 7 oz
    Pedals 13 oz
    Tube 5 oz

    All 4 of these are close to 3 pounds,...
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    Bruce (Spinnaker), Thanks for the detailed...

    Bruce (Spinnaker),

    Thanks for the detailed comments. I will print them out and try to work them into my route.

    I will be riding counter-clockwise from Milan. I riding along the southern part...
  15. Lanovran, Thank you for your insight and the...

    Lanovran,

    Thank you for your insight and the link. I searched for both bike pedals and bike lock and both were said to be allowed in carry-ons. While I still might have a problem, it gives me...
  16. I bit the bullet and tore down my bike this...

    I bit the bullet and tore down my bike this morning and put most everything in the box and then on the scale. While I don't trust the scale, it consistently showed the box at just under 49 pounds. ...
  17. Normally, the fenders go in the bike box. But, I...

    Normally, the fenders go in the bike box. But, I am having to pack many things in the bike box I don't normally put in there. If the weight of the box is over 50 pounds (it is around 43 pounds...
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    You don't ask a question so I'm not sure what you...

    You don't ask a question so I'm not sure what you are looking for. I have been following your thread at the CTC forum and made a couple of comments there. Now that you've posted your latest route...
  19. Thanks for the useful responses. Anyone have...

    Thanks for the useful responses.

    Anyone have trouble carrying intertubes in carry-on luggage?
  20. To save space, I'm not taking a stove. If I need...

    To save space, I'm not taking a stove. If I need one, I'll buy a cheap one there (or make a pop-can stove).
  21. What metal bicycle parts have you taken on a plane?

    I am hoping to pack for my Italy tour by putting everything in either my (S&S coupled) bike box or in my carry-ons. The bike and the box weight about 45 pounds. I'll have to add more metal to the...
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    First off, nice photos! The route is a first...

    First off, nice photos!

    The route is a first approximation as the mapping site I am using won't follow bike paths that aren't roads. I see the path on the other side of the river and will ride on...
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    Going to Italy -- Just bought tickets

    I have plane tickets from SF to Milan for a 3 week loop starting and ending at the airport (I likely won't even go into Milan--been there already). It heads east along the southern parts of the...
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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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