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  1. Schwinn Sidewinder. Just get new pedals for it...

    Schwinn Sidewinder. Just get new pedals for it and you are good to go for 1,000s of miles. Rode one from SC to TX back in 2005.



    I personally wouldn't want to tour on a road bike but that would...
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    Thanks for the replies, been looking at a smaller...

    Thanks for the replies, been looking at a smaller bike that can be transported much easier, say on a greyhound or when I ride up north with the family. Wanted to hear opinions directly from here.
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    Foldable or portable bikes for touring.

    I know you can tour on anything, in fact, I preach it all the time.

    What I am curious about is for those who have actually toured on one of those. You know the 20 inch tires and low center of...
  4. Shipwreck, you will get a wide variety of posters...

    Shipwreck, you will get a wide variety of posters in here but the for most part, the topics in here involve gear that actually have little to do with a successful tour.

    If you run into ANYONE who...
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    What can happen is one of two things 1) They...

    What can happen is one of two things

    1) They raise the premiums for the driver
    2) They cancel the insurance of the driver
    Driver will have to get new insurance through another company and...
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    I also learned this trick, if being passed by a...

    I also learned this trick, if being passed by a truck on a two lane road without a shoulder, assume there is a car behind them that you can't hear. Of course make yourself easily seen and don't ride...
  7. Glad you posted this. US 76 once you get west of...

    Glad you posted this. US 76 once you get west of Chapin isn't that bad at all for a US route, I've ridden it from Chapin to Laurens in sections, plus it follows a railroad keeping it nearly flat for...
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    Not a real factor on the East Coast like it is on...

    Not a real factor on the East Coast like it is on the West Coast or Prairies.
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    I was just in Florida and those roads are many...

    I was just in Florida and those roads are many many times better then South Carolina's. A lot of your roads have shoulders, even the turnpikes had paved shoulders often marked as bike lanes. Your...
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    Never ride against traffic. Never, ever, never,...

    Never ride against traffic. Never, ever, never, never, ever, never...

    I live in a state that has virtually zero shoulders on any roads period. You are much much safer riding with traffic. Riding...
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    And a single ticket won't be written for it...

    And a single ticket won't be written for it unless an collision happens. Without the funding make it into a major public awareness campaign, these laws are worthless.
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    Plus n+1... Can't think of a single downside on...

    Plus n+1... Can't think of a single downside on riding with 32 tires vs a thinner tire for touring.
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    Camping because I can stop whenever I find a good...

    Camping because I can stop whenever I find a good spot and set up camp. When I did my long tour, I camped every single night but if money was no object, I would probably stay at a hotel room every...
  14. I live in South Carolina.... Excellent plan in my...

    I live in South Carolina.... Excellent plan in my opinion... The google maps from Charleston to Congaree are excellent, US 176 outside of metro Charleston area is lightly traveled. And once you are...
  15. It's not enforced anywhere it's enacted. Only if...

    It's not enforced anywhere it's enacted. Only if a series of signs saying "3 feet is the law" will these laws have any effect along with a major TV campaign. Right now what happens, law gets passed,...
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    A car GPS unit touring is a bad idea. They don't...

    A car GPS unit touring is a bad idea. They don't play nice outside the cozy confines of a car and you'll discover that the first time it gets wet. Also as others have mentioned, battery life is...
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    Yes, you can tour on that. I toured on nearly...

    Yes, you can tour on that. I toured on nearly that same model back in 2006.

    You can actually tour on anything although using a super ultra-lightweight road bike probably isn't the best idea. This...
  18. I ride nothing but department store bikes,...

    I ride nothing but department store bikes, usually over 3,000 miles a year. What you are asking is for someone to do zero maintenance on the bike, which is unrealistic for any bike, including a...
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    One or two large trashbags makes the perfect...

    One or two large trashbags makes the perfect groundcloth. Super lightweight, does the job, really simple to air out.
  20. I have nothing people who buy $7.000 bikes......

    I have nothing people who buy $7.000 bikes... Heck, the profit margin and repair cost on them help keep LBS shops alive. But for some people who compete either professionally or amateurs, a high end...
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    Google Maps for cycling can be very good,...

    Google Maps for cycling can be very good, especially the one's highlighted in green. It has a whole lot of input from bicyclist including myself who have marked good cycling routes. But it's not...
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    I disagree. You and them can always walk in and...

    I disagree. You and them can always walk in and order at the counter. I hate to say it, but arguments like this make bicycling advocates come across as nut jobs. We need to be spending our energy on...
  23. You my friend just showed everything wrong with...

    You my friend just showed everything wrong with all the bike supremacist out there. A bike is about exercise about getting to point A to point B. Don't let the fashion nazis tell you otherwise.
  24. I ride my Walmart bike 3,000-4,000 miles a year. ...

    I ride my Walmart bike 3,000-4,000 miles a year. And I guarantee you I spend far less on maintenance then those who buy a bike costing ten times as much. LBS repair shops prove that, as they make...
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    I wouldn't want to wait in a line of cars blowing...

    I wouldn't want to wait in a line of cars blowing fumes or whatever in my face while on a bicycle on a drive-thru. What are you going to do afterwards, eat your food while riding your bike??? I...
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