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  1. No sweat. Like I said, those first few days of...

    No sweat. Like I said, those first few days of riding the eastern shore was one of the highlights of our cross country trip. For being close to so many metropolitan areas, it feels incredibly remote....
  2. Hey Treebound. We began our trip at Assateague...

    Hey Treebound. We began our trip at Assateague Island and rode south to meet up with the TransAmerica Trail. Our starting point pretty much meant that we had to cross the bay at some point to get...
  3. Hey Punkinevil, sorry for the delay. So, this...

    Hey Punkinevil, sorry for the delay. So, this process was actually super easy and straightforward. Basically, the bridge/tunnel has big operating facilities on either side of it. These operating...
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    On lock-related threads, I like to add this...

    On lock-related threads, I like to add this little anecdote. On a 4,000 mile trip across the country, I found that I used my lock (a heavy U-lock, unfortunately) only once. I didn't realize how...
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    +1 for RideWithGPS, although Strava also has a...

    +1 for RideWithGPS, although Strava also has a route builder utility now (just Google 'Strava route builder') that seems to do everything RWGPS does. Still not sure if one is better than the other.
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    The 'Blackburn study' is where all of this...

    The 'Blackburn study' is where all of this started.

    "US carrier manufacturer 'Blackburn' made an extensive study of the best locations for luggage on a bicycle and concluded, not surprisingly,...
  7. This is a fair point. It's probably safe to say...

    This is a fair point. It's probably safe to say that most people reading this, and most bicycle touring folks are more responsible tourists than someone who spends a week at an all-inclusive. We...
  8. This is a really good question that I don't think...

    This is a really good question that I don't think receives the thoughtful dialogue that it deserves.

    If you come from a highly developed country like the United States, touring in a developing...
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    My NeoAir X-therm is as light as I could expect a...

    My NeoAir X-therm is as light as I could expect a quality sleeping pad to ever be. Keeps me warm, and packs incredibly small (about the size of a tall-boy beer can). Only issue is that it's kind of...
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    Love this thread. Can't wait to read through! ...

    Love this thread. Can't wait to read through!

    I am currently living in Philadelphia and have recently begun a twice-a-year tradition of organizing as many friends as I can to do a weekend tour to...
  11. Lightweight backpacking chairs - worth it? What do you use?

    We all know the feeling - that desperate desire to sit and relax after a long day in the saddle. I camp a lot while on bike tours, and like the idea of having an actual chair to plop down in at the...
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    I've also put a few thousand miles on my Brooks...

    I've also put a few thousand miles on my Brooks Cambium and love it. Hurt at first, as all saddles will, but eventually felt great. As a vegan, I was very, very happy to see Brooks release this...
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    I don't currently have time to go through the...

    I don't currently have time to go through the replies to see what's already been said, so I apoligize if any of this information is redundant.

    Last summer, as part of my cross-country trek, I...
  14. I've done several tours with toe clips and...

    I've done several tours with toe clips and standard sneakers. I think there are a lot of people who would recommend going clipless over this approach, but each has its advantages and disadvantages....
  15. Thanks so much for all of the very practical...

    Thanks so much for all of the very practical advice, everyone. I guess the timing of post was pretty good, huh? With relations thawing between the US and Cuba, it sounds like I might even be able to...
  16. CUBA. Who has done it? What's the deal with camping?

    Hi all. Last year I did a cross-island tour of Puerto Rico. See the video here. It was very fun, and very beautiful. A lot of people said that it couldn't or shouldn't be done for various reasons,...
  17. Hey everyone. I meant to update this after I got...

    Hey everyone. I meant to update this after I got back from our cross country tour, but forgot.

    We ended up doing the bridge shuttle. Basically, you just ride up to the bridge plaza (it will be on...
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    Tent space heaters for winter touring?

    Hi all! Ok, I'll preface this by admitting that I am all about those creature comforts. I'm pretty good about not overpacking on tour, but if something can make my life significantly more comfortable...
  19. Cyclist in a pinch - need a ride from Pueblo, CO to Dolores, CO

    Hey all. Long story short, I am in a situation wherein I might be riding the Western Express on my own. Since this is super dangerous this time of year, I am hoping to meet up with another group who...
  20. Riding the Western Express in July - looking for companions and advice (night riding)

    Hey everyone, so I mentioned on here a while back that I was debating on whether or not I should try to cross the desert via the Western Express route this summer.

    Well, it's becoming less of a...
  21. Crossing the Chesapeake Bay by/with a bicycle - is there any practical way to do it?

    Hi everyone. I'm kind of at my wit's end trying to figure out ways to get across the Chesapeake Bay in a way that is at all practical/cheap. It seems that literally all of the bridges that cross the...
  22. Carrying all panniers at once while off-bike?

    Hi all, I just wanted to see what solutions you've found for carrying all of your panniers at once while off your bike.

    I'll be riding across the US soon and am considering making a light, large...
  23. Thanks much. That seems to be the consensus here,...

    Thanks much. That seems to be the consensus here, so perhaps I'll hold off and just pick up chainrings when I see them over the next few months and set them aside for when I really need them. Perhaps...
  24. Thanks so much for the advice so far, everyone....

    Thanks so much for the advice so far, everyone. So yes, I measured the distance between the bolts and the two larger chainrings are indeed 110mm. At first look, these seem to be a lot less common...
  25. My Shimano SG triple crankset is SMOKED. Best way to move forward?

    Hi all. Ok, so I'm preparing my Novara Randonee tourer for a cross country tour that's set to take place this summer. While taking everything off to clean, I noticed that my crankset is in WAY worse...
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