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  1. A very light cable lock is all I ever carry and a...

    A very light cable lock is all I ever carry and a lot of the time I don't even bother with it. It depends on where you are. On the PCH there were places where I don't lock and places where I won't...
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    Fall is probably the best time of year, but...

    Fall is probably the best time of year, but anytime it isn't too cold or wet is OK. The mud can be pretty bad at times and it is hard to predict far ahead of time. I am not a hammock camper, but...
  3. Thread: Touring Texas

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    Based on my experiences there, I wouldn't worry...

    Based on my experiences there, I wouldn't worry about it. There are lots of nice folks there and it isn't that hard to catch a ride if you do have any problems. Out in the desert most folks will...
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    A few possibilities... Use Adventure Cycling...

    A few possibilities...

    Use Adventure Cycling routes if you want a planned route and are frustrated with making your own.
    Just have a general idea of where you want to go and wing it.
    Bite the...
  5. I have found that for both touring and...

    I have found that for both touring and backpacking I can go lighter than just about everyone I have met on tour or on the trail without spending any money on Cuben fiber and the like. That stuff is...
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    Me too when that works out, and since I tend to...

    Me too when that works out, and since I tend to get on the road really early and knock off early it usually does. Still drying depends to a large extent on the relative humidity and the presense or...
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    I have gone with a pretty wide variety of base...

    I have gone with a pretty wide variety of base weights starting with 45 or 50 pounds on my first tour and cutting back over time to 9-15 pounds. In all cases that was for cooking and camping and...
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    That is exactly how I think of it myself. I...

    That is exactly how I think of it myself. I think some folks are just very "in to" the hardware for its own sake. If that makes them happy that is great, but I don't see it as having much to do...
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    I have found that thin, light, and inexpensive...

    I have found that thin, light, and inexpensive coated nylon rain gear works best for me. I figure that I am going to be wet and the rain gear is to keep me warm, but not dry.

    I always leave the...
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    There is some truth to that. I personally tend...

    There is some truth to that.

    I personally tend to subscribe to the good enough is good enough approach. I think folks get way more wrapped up in the bike itself than they need to. When I was...
  11. It certainly depends on your individual use and...

    It certainly depends on your individual use and locale, but for me I found that rain/wind pants were not worn all that much, were not used that hard when they were, and as a result last for a very...
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    That can be fun. The days are kind of short...

    That can be fun. The days are kind of short there in December though. I found the scenery a bit uninspiring on the ST especially in Texas, but the people and the food helped make up for the...
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    I have used a variety of baggage and racks for...

    I have used a variety of baggage and racks for light touring. I find that if I get the base weight below 12 pounds or so I can split it equally between a bar roll (or handlebar bag), a dry bag on...
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    I think electronic maps get a worse rap on this...

    I think electronic maps get a worse rap on this than they deserve. Yes you should carry a backup, but that is probably true regardless of what type maps you use paper or otherwise. Paper maps are...
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    If weight is a concern for you you may want to...

    If weight is a concern for you you may want to take a closer look at the numbers. I think you will find that the weight difference between rim choices for suitable rims is actually not all that much...
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    By the way, if the person affected has trouble...

    By the way, if the person affected has trouble swallowing it or is incapacitated, I am told that placing Benadryl under the tongue is a good way to go. If someone is known to have severe reactions...
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    I don't have personal experience there as I have...

    I don't have personal experience there as I have not done that part of your loop but, it looks like the Adventure Cycling Lewis and Clark Route might be appropriate there and I met some folks on the...
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    McKenzie Pass is very nice and pretty likely to...

    McKenzie Pass is very nice and pretty likely to be open this year given the lack of snow. If a late snow closes McKenzie Pass then use Santiam Pass which is open year round.
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    One easy solution to that is to turn it off 99%...

    One easy solution to that is to turn it off 99% of the time. I find that most of the time my directions are full of things like stay on route X for the next 50 or more miles, so for the parts away...
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    I don't carry much. Other than something serious...

    I don't carry much. Other than something serious like a severe bleeding situation most treatment can usually wait until the next town. Also most treatment could be done with improvised items in an...
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    Does your android app use the google maps...

    Does your android app use the google maps database? Mine does and I always thought it was way more complete and up to date than my car type GPS.
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    Before I had a phone with a GPS, I took a hand...

    Before I had a phone with a GPS, I took a hand held GPS on the Trans America. I mailed it home the first week into the trip. These days I am more likely to use one, but my phone is plenty adequate...
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    It seems odd, but I too have found the worst...

    It seems odd, but I too have found the worst places the least accommodating.
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    Yeah, that was one guy, so who knows how valid...

    Yeah, that was one guy, so who knows how valid his impressions are. I did find his comments interesting, but they certainly are not to be taken as conclusive.
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    In theory, but in that case at least I think it...

    In theory, but in that case at least I think it is safer without the super bright blinkie, for the reasons I mentioned. Visibility is good, but the question to me is how much is enough. I think...
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