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  1. I did something like what chrobi is planning last...

    I did something like what chrobi is planning last summer - I used a bicycle to ride to the trailheads of a number of different 14ers in Colorado. Nothing higher than class 3 scrambling, so I didn't...
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    I've toured with panniers and with a B.O.B., and...

    I've toured with panniers and with a B.O.B., and I prefer the panniers for almost any situation. In addition to the weight penalty, the trailer typically puts all of your stuff in one bag, which...
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    If you're a Warmshowers member, you might ask on...

    If you're a Warmshowers member, you might ask on the forums there - that site seems to have a larger number of European users compared to Bikeforums and Crazyguy.
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    My two cents: (1) Why not get a button-head bolt...

    My two cents:
    (1) Why not get a button-head bolt and put the bolt head on the inside of the fork blade, with the nut on the outside? That makes the bolt length a little less critical. Also,...
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    If you're on warmshowers, you might contact some...

    If you're on warmshowers, you might contact some hosts there and ask if you can park your car at their house. I've done that on a short loop tour before.
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    I use a pair of running shorts that I got at...

    I use a pair of running shorts that I got at Walmart for about $10 a few years back. They pack down small enough to (barely) fit in a jersey pocket, though I don't generally keep them there.
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    I used a 2-wheel burley trailer with front...

    I used a 2-wheel burley trailer with front panniers several times, none of which were on tour. I briefly did a mobile bike shop operation where I carried tools and a repair stand in the trailer, and...
  8. This is the sort of thing that makes me wish I...

    This is the sort of thing that makes me wish I still lived in Colorado and could go take advantage of this. This is the way to go if its still open to bikes but closed to cars when you get there. ...
  9. There are four paved roads into Leadville: (1)...

    There are four paved roads into Leadville:
    (1) Highway 24 from the South from Salida and Buena Vista. This is the flattest option - you gain about 3000 feet over 60 miles, but there are no big...
  10. Sounds like me, but in 2002. I had an old MTB...

    Sounds like me, but in 2002. I had an old MTB that I rode to and from school, and then used for Ride the Rockies the summer after I graduated. Someone else noticed how badly out of true my rear...
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    I really don't understand this recall. It seems...

    I really don't understand this recall. It seems like not having your QR skewers tight enough puts you at serious risk of crashing even if the lever doesn't lodge in the brake rotor. From, you...
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    From what I remember of Wyoming, water sources...

    From what I remember of Wyoming, water sources are few and far between. Make sure that you know where you can get water, and then plan to carry enough to get you across whatever the longest stretch...
  13. Thread: Route Advice

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    It isn't clear exactly what advice you're looking...

    It isn't clear exactly what advice you're looking for - do you want suggestions on how to get between each successive pair of places?

    I haven't toured in any of those places except the Great...
  14. I have a 2009 Sojourn. It does not have a pump...

    I have a 2009 Sojourn. It does not have a pump peg, but its entirely possible that Raleigh may have added one for later model years.
  15. I rode across TN, then across Great Smokies, and...

    I rode across TN, then across Great Smokies, and up the Blue Ridge parkway through NC and VA back in July/August 2008. My first piece of advice is not to ride too much in the heat of the summer...
  16. I like Vittoria Randonneur Cross for mixed...

    I like Vittoria Randonneur Cross for mixed paved/gravel riding. I also like Schwalbe Marathon Mondial, but for something that's 80% paved, its probably not as good as the Vittorias. How much tire...
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    I use the Mondial 700x40 on my touring bike, and...

    I use the Mondial 700x40 on my touring bike, and that has worked well for dirt roads.
  18. My guess would be that most people are looking...

    My guess would be that most people are looking primarily for "good enough" components on a touring bike. Tiagra (about $300 for the groupset), for example, shifts well and shifts reliably. So why...
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    Whitefish state park in Montana has hiker-biker...

    Whitefish state park in Montana has hiker-biker sites; I suspect that at least some other MT state parks do to. Fall Creek Falls SP in Tennessee also has hiker-biker sites (and hot showers for no...
  20. Thread: Shim!

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    I went on a tour with a buddy once, and he had an...

    I went on a tour with a buddy once, and he had an MTB with disc brakes. The cheap trek rack he got avoided the disc brakes by using a 1" spacer on the bottom bolt. After about five days of riding...
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    When you put the front wheel next to the bike,...

    When you put the front wheel next to the bike, make sure the rotor faces inward, and zip tie the wheel to your frame in a couple of places so they stay together. Also, IGH's suggestion about the...
  22. About four years ago, I hosted a touring cyclist...

    About four years ago, I hosted a touring cyclist going from Austin to Minneapolis. He didn't blog about his trip, and I don't remember what his route was, but it went through Tulsa. If you do go...
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    I've left my truck with warmshowers hosts before...

    I've left my truck with warmshowers hosts before when I went on a short loop tour. If there are any warmshowers types in Anchorage, I would try that first.
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    A lot of states publish a bicycle map showing...

    A lot of states publish a bicycle map showing what highways have shoulders and sometimes what the traffic volume is. You might look for those. I've used those maps for Colorado, Tennessee,...
  25. Thread: I give up

    by gorshkov
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    Realistically, you probably don't need to worry...

    Realistically, you probably don't need to worry about load capacity unless you're going to be carrying VERY heavy loads. Just make sure that you put enough air in the tire to avoid pinch flats when...
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