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  1. The ride from San Francisco down to San Luis...

    The ride from San Francisco down to San Luis Obispo is worth doing, if you are so inclined. South from there has its moments but they are few and far between.

    I don't know anything about hot...
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    I unlocked my old iPhone4 and when I travel out...

    I unlocked my old iPhone4 and when I travel out of the U.S., I use it with a local sim as a local iPhone. It also serves as a backup for all the navigation on my newer iPhone. (Yes, I take 2 phones...
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    I use an old aluminum bottle I got free from some...

    I use an old aluminum bottle I got free from some volunteer gig I did. It holds about a quart of alcohol. I've heard that alcohol can degrade some metal containers, but I've never had a problem.
  4. Here is a thread on Wild Camping in the UK you...

    Here is a thread on Wild Camping in the UK you might find informative: CTC Forum ? View topic - Wild camping in England ???
  5. Let me start by saying I don't like to camp. On...

    Let me start by saying I don't like to camp. On my trips to the UK, I don't even bring camping gear with me. I did bring camping gear to France and used it a couple times. I prefer to get hosted to...
  6. I've done much of the route you are describing,...

    I've done much of the route you are describing, though not as a single tour.

    Some thoughts:

    Your route skips the southwest, Devon and Cornwall. The coastal views from Lands End and up are...
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    San Francisco is the first part of the ACA...

    San Francisco is the first part of the ACA Western Express route. I've ridden it as part of a ride from SF to Carson City, Neveda. Here is the journal entry for the day I rode from SF to Davis....
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    Biketouringtips.com...

    Biketouringtips.com was designed to do what your site is trying to do.
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    I am currently touring in Switzerland. It rained...

    I am currently touring in Switzerland. It rained all day yesterday. I rode using my water bottle shoe covers and while my shoes and socks got a bit damp, they didn't got soaked. My feet got cold...
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    For me, it depends on what waits for me at the...

    For me, it depends on what waits for me at the end of the day. If I am being hosted that night, I try very hard to get where I am going. If I can't I try to call early enough in the day not to ruin...
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    In the end, I couldn't get all my gear into the...

    In the end, I couldn't get all my gear into the box with the bike without taking the tires off the rims. Oh well.
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    Scrunching tires a bad thing?

    I am packing my bike into its box for my flight and then tour of the Italian Lake District.

    My bike has 700c (27 inch) wheels and the bike box has 26 inch sides.

    In the past, I have simply...
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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...
  18. 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...
  25. 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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