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  1. Go very slow and easy on that first 30 miles,...

    Go very slow and easy on that first 30 miles, then slower and easier on the last ten. Watch the heat and your water intake. If you can't make it, turn around and camp at the lower spot.

    I just...
  2. Fat has twice the calorie density of carbs. ...

    Fat has twice the calorie density of carbs. Peanut butter is good, so is cheese, so is olive oil. Tree nuts are more expensive but probably better for you. Tortillas have a pretty good fat content...
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    Thanks for adding that. It'll also mess with...

    Thanks for adding that. It'll also mess with your bowels. When I was a wildland firefighter, sometimes Gatorade was the first thing to come up the line. If I drank one fast, I'd get explosive...
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    My heat wave experience (in the US Midwest in...

    My heat wave experience (in the US Midwest in 2012) was tolerable because there was a steady SW breeze, all day and all night. I pitched my tent to take advantage of the breeze which allowed me to...
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    If your base packed weight is under 20 pounds, I...

    If your base packed weight is under 20 pounds, I agree you can pretty much take any bike you want and pack it however you want, even carry it on your back. If you stay on pavement, wheels and tires...
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    In my experience, ticks abound on higher...

    In my experience, ticks abound on higher shrubbery to hitch a ride on passing mammals. Brush against the wrong bush and you might get dozens at once.

    Permethrin on clothing seems to work for me,...
  7. I agree my statement that most motorists think...

    I agree my statement that most motorists think they own the road is incorrect, and you make a good argument for that. But I don't see what's dangerous about it. I know most motorists can see me on...
  8. All excellent advice above. Try to remember...

    All excellent advice above.

    Try to remember that motorists think the road is theirs, and you will never win that argument. (I find it's easier to think that way as I get older.) In other...
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    I think this is a good discussion because I'm...

    I think this is a good discussion because I'm having a little trouble finding the right bike, now that I've greatly reduced my touring load. I've ridden "classic" touring bikes for the last 40 years...
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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...
  12. 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...
  14. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  21. 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...
  25. And this statement resonates with me. Good...

    And this statement resonates with me. Good point, Rowan.
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