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  1. Tested that option today and was able to see the...

    Tested that option today and was able to see the map.
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    I too prefer and still use thumb shifters; I like...

    I too prefer and still use thumb shifters; I like friction mode which I prefer over index mode.

    Thumb shifters can still be found, although most are not inexpensive.

    Inexpensive options:

    *...
  3. There may be some benefits of the Garmin Edge --...

    There may be some benefits of the Garmin Edge -- maybe longer battery life -- but for the money a more versatile option an Android phone.

    I have a Nexus 5 and use the GPS for backpacking, biking,...
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    Does the Blackburn Outpost front rack fit your...

    Does the Blackburn Outpost front rack fit your specifications?

    OUTPOST FRONT WORLD TOURING RACK
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    I have 52cm Surly LHT and ride with Schwalbe Big...

    I have 52cm Surly LHT and ride with Schwalbe Big Ben 2.15" tires. I use SKS P65 fenders (black) and they work fine with the wide tire on the LHT. Mine look like these:

    SKS Germany
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    That bike looks fine for touring, but the key is...

    That bike looks fine for touring, but the key is whether it fits you. When test riding it, make sure it is comfortable. Many folks use older MTB for touring. See, for example, this thread:
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    While not narrow, I use Schwalbe Big Ben (2.15")...

    While not narrow, I use Schwalbe Big Ben (2.15") on my Surly LHT. They roll very well on and off road, are durable, and add comfort from the balloon-tire design. Highly recommended, excellent tire.
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    I have Ribmo and they have worked well for...

    I have Ribmo and they have worked well for several thousand miles. No flats yet. I also have Schwable tires, though not the model you seek, and they too work well.
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    I disagree and I do like that the rack outer rod...

    I disagree and I do like that the rack outer rod drops straight down rather than bend/slant toward the axle. Too many of my racks, both front and rear racks, slant toward the axle and the result of...
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    For 26" rims that are strong (e.g., Sun Rhyno...

    For 26" rims that are strong (e.g., Sun Rhyno Lite), 32 spokes can very easily handle 265lbs. I use 32 spoke 26" wheels (Deore 525 hubs, rhyno lite wide rims, Schwalbe Big Ben 2.15 tires). I weigh...
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    I recommend you consider using a wider rim for...

    I recommend you consider using a wider rim for wider tires. I use Schwalbe Big Ben 2.15 tire, which I think is a great tire, and have used it on a 21mm and 28mm rim. The fit on the 28mm is much...
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    A number of folks use wood stoves under their...

    A number of folks use wood stoves under their tarps when hammock camping. Some of the designs posted on hammock forums are excellent, lightweight and suitable for backpacking. Very small stoves can...
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    Here is one with 32mm setback for $33 (marked...

    Here is one with 32mm setback for $33 (marked down from $149). Not sure of diameter.

    FSA K-Force Lite Seatpost (100002146) at CambriaBike.com
  14. If you buy one of those wheelsets, it would...

    If you buy one of those wheelsets, it would represent a good opportunity to learn to true wheels. I would also recommend buying a wheel truing stand, or make one (lots of examples online), and truing...
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    As you noted, one may camp for free in any...

    As you noted, one may camp for free in any national forests in the USA. One could plot a route through various states hitting many national forests and thereby have day-after-day of free camping.
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    I don't think others have mentioned this...

    I don't think others have mentioned this potential con: odd frame specifications. I don't know if the bike you are considering presents this issue, but my older Schwinn Voyager certainly does. The...
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    Longer wheel base is not an issue for off-road....

    Longer wheel base is not an issue for off-road. Consider that many older mountain bikes had similarly long wheelbases.

    The primary difference between the Safari and Trucker is top-tube length....
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    Audio pronunciations: ...

    Audio pronunciations:

    http://bildwoerterbuch.pons.com/sounds/all/28869.mp3

    Schwalbe - Wiktionary (see audio button half-way down page)

    Schwalbe pronunciation: How to pronounce Schwalbe in...
  19. Off-topic suggestion -- I ached too from ground...

    Off-topic suggestion -- I ached too from ground sleeping then I moved to a hammock. Maybe that could help with your aches. Here's an image of my hammock and tarp from a trip two weeks ago.
    397225
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    Wald #257 Multi-Fit Front Pizza Box Bicycle...

    Wald #257 Multi-Fit Front Pizza Box Bicycle Basket

    Wald Ewald?s 257GB Front Rack | Urban Velo

    257 Ewald?s Multi Fit Front Rack - Waldsports
    Robot Check


    Sunlite Cargo King Front Rack
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    I think a better option is to buy Co-pilot Live...

    I think a better option is to buy Co-pilot Live or GPS Navigation & Maps.

    CoPilot - Your Best way to Navigate
    skobbler | Apps | Smart mobile navigation based on OpenStreetMap | OSM

    Those are...
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    It's rare not to find at least one tree or pole....

    It's rare not to find at least one tree or pole. In such cases one can use the seat post of a bike as the other end to support a hammock. Here's an example I posted on Hammockforums:
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  23. My mistake - I was referring to the Keen cycling...

    My mistake - I was referring to the Keen cycling sandal. It was too narrow for me. I found the Shimano cycling sandal, however, to be more comfortable.
  24. I use BMX platform pedals, and I have had...

    I use BMX platform pedals, and I have had excellent experience with Nashbar's land cruiser pedal (I have 4 pairs installed on different bikes). Not sure they sell these now, but most any similar...
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    Another: Ventura Universal Bicycle Carrier Rack ...

    Another: Ventura Universal Bicycle Carrier Rack

    Amazon.com: Ventura Universal Bicycle Carrier Rack: Sports & Outdoors
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