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    One thing to keep in mind, the trip will be the...

    One thing to keep in mind, the trip will be the puppy's trip, not your trip. And that could be a very good thing.
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    The electrical engineer in me knows that a few mm...

    The electrical engineer in me knows that a few mm of wet rubber probably isn't a safe insulator from a 100 million volt charge that just traveled thousands of meters to reach me. But I try to...
  3. My opinions are in bold: Does...

    My opinions are in bold:



    Does Bikeflights.com or something similar work in Canada? Some say shipping between bike shops works well, too.

    Generally it takes a few trips to get your kit...
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    I haven't had it happen on a bicycle, but I often...

    I haven't had it happen on a bicycle, but I often hike the high ridges in the Rockies in lightning season. If I can't bail off the ridge, my response is to pitch my tarp and sit on my dry insulating...
  5. Thread: permethrin

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    Why would you treat your bug netting? I use...

    Why would you treat your bug netting? I use permethrin on my clothing and never considered using it on netting. I'm not sure netting would absorb permethrin enough to be effective.

    If I...
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    If you do carry a spare cable and don't carry a...

    If you do carry a spare cable and don't carry a cable cutting tool, cut off the crimped-on end caps before you leave or you won't be able to replace the cable in the field. Then you have to deal...
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    If you make that commute a part of your life,...

    If you make that commute a part of your life, you'll be amazed at several things and being in shape for a 90 mile ride is only one of them. For me, a lifetime of bicycle commuting lead directly to a...
  8. When I tour, I typically wear a long sleeved...

    When I tour, I typically wear a long sleeved nylon trekking shirt with buttons and a collar (good for sun and bug protection). I carry a pair of light weight long trousers (for bugs in camp). I...
  9. A few miles once, no more than ten, with a...

    A few miles once, no more than ten, with a drive-side spoke and I had to find a shop with a wrench to fit my cassette tool. Other spokes get fixed immediately.
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    What works for me is a breakfast of rolled oats...

    What works for me is a breakfast of rolled oats with nuts and dried fruit (maybe another cup or two of that during the day), tortillas with cheese or peanut butter at a couple of stops, nuts and...
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    Very nice. I'm jealous of the set-up. I'm not...

    Very nice. I'm jealous of the set-up. I'm not quite to the point where I want to give up my rear panniers but that's all I carry and I use them every day commuting and shopping anyway.

    One...
  12. Thread: Soap

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    I carry a small scrap of motel bar soap and...

    I carry a small scrap of motel bar soap and hardly use it. Most places I stop to wash up have soap dispensers. My kitchen consists of a cup and a spoon, easily rinsed off.
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    Actually the larger problem is getting too much...

    Actually the larger problem is getting too much help. When pesky townspeople keep offering you food and lodging, and all you want is a little privacy and rest!

    Sure, some spots will be less than...
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    I'm one of those people who has never been able...

    I'm one of those people who has never been able to gain much weight. Friends joke I have negative body fat (it's below 5%--first time I got it measured the tech had to recalibrate--it actually did...
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    My wife tried an Ursack on her AT thru hike and...

    My wife tried an Ursack on her AT thru hike and didn't like it and sold it off. It was too heavy for what it did. She's really good at hanging. It's a two minute chore for either of us, faster if...
  16. And this statement resonates with me. Good...

    And this statement resonates with me. Good point, Rowan.
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    I started a long tour once by getting off Amtrak...

    I started a long tour once by getting off Amtrak at Klamath Falls, looping around Crater Lake, then following the Umpqua River down to the Coast. Then I rode up to Florence then got on the...
  18. In answer to the OP's question, I think the...

    In answer to the OP's question, I think the 'chronic posters' here are fairly representative of the touring population. And I agree it's a very small sample.
    When I ride on a popular route, I see...
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    This is my experience as well. I don't think...

    This is my experience as well. I don't think Google Maps knows the difference between a road bike and a mountain bike. Around here, they definitely include single track mountain trails as bike...
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    I've found titanium tent stakes to be very...

    I've found titanium tent stakes to be very worthwhile. They will literally split rock. I've driven them into pavement cracks. Since they're so expensive, I just carry a couple of them for the...
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    I've only done it once on a bike tour, to replace...

    I've only done it once on a bike tour, to replace some lost ACA maps. I don't make a habit of it for the possible downfall listed above--arriving too late on the Friday afternoon before a three-day...
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    Those who cycle in flash flood-prone areas should...

    Those who cycle in flash flood-prone areas should NOT do this! And be wary of sheltering in shallow caves in lightning storms--ground current arcing across entrances has killed people.

    I recently...
  23. I have always ridden east-bound to take advantage...

    I have always ridden east-bound to take advantage of prevailing westerlies in the US. But those who go the other way seem to find ways to deal with it. Some areas have prevailing east winds, and...
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    I've never had a problem either pushing them in...

    I've never had a problem either pushing them in by hand in good soil with no rocks, or if it's rocky soil there are, well, rocks nearby. Free standing tents still need to be anchored for wind if...
  25. One simple "rule of thumb" I've heard before an...

    One simple "rule of thumb" I've heard before an extended trip is to work up to 1/3 of your planned weekly mileage before the trip, with maybe one long day per week. Listen to your body--everybody...
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