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    The end of each day on tour

    Just to recap, I'm planning to try for 2,000 miles from San Antonio to New York in June. My first tour.

    As I've been posting I've got the bike, bought the bags and equipment, found tires that...
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    Just an addendum. My approach to this tour is...

    Just an addendum.

    My approach to this tour is going to be about hours in the saddle rather than miles per se. Based up the 50- 100 mile rides I've done so far, what works for me is to divide the...
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    Since I have never actually toured before, I'm...

    Since I have never actually toured before, I'm sort of leaving the planning of the exact route in Pa. to the time I actually arrive at the Pa. border.... which is like 1,500 miles from here.

    I...
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    Well hey, three months later and I'm still on...

    Well hey, three months later and I'm still on track.

    Did some google bicycle directions.

    If I come into Pa. east through Wheeling WV to pick up your route....

    West Alexander Pa. (western...
  5. Sandal weather can hit any month of the year down...

    Sandal weather can hit any month of the year down here.

    But with repect to Ergon pedals I took a long look at them at REI, never had 'em on a bike but did put them on the floor with my foot on...
  6. I have about 400 miles now on a pair of Dollar...

    I have about 400 miles now on a pair of Dollar Tree slip on-sandals (might have been $4 I dunno), on my cheapo platform pedals :lol:

    But... prob'ly need to upgrade both before the trip in case I...
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    Hey, lower-income West Side :lol: I stopped and...

    Hey, lower-income West Side :lol: I stopped and yelled at pursuing dogs three times this morning riding in, expect the about same number going back on a twenty-five mile round trip commute. That...
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    I have used bear spray on dogs six times over the...

    I have used bear spray on dogs six times over the last ten years: two pits, two rottweilers, one boxer and one big yellow mutt.

    In every case the occasion was I was walking my dogs through the big...
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    Ain't toured yet but I'm putting in quite a lot...

    Ain't toured yet but I'm putting in quite a lot of long miles preparing (managed to put in a thirty-five mile round trip commute yesterday, two fifty-milers last week)
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    Music while riding...
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    This is a cluttered pic what with my helmet...

    This is a cluttered pic what with my helmet hanging off of the headlight and the front pannier down below. But here's a mirror arrangement which is working for me, said mirror gotten for the princely...
  11. Actually it is, not so much from that angle. ...

    Actually it is, not so much from that angle.

    Thanks for the advice all.
  12. Since getting back into bikes in a big way last...

    Since getting back into bikes in a big way last August I have variously lacerated and found wanting 26" Conti Town and Countrys w/kevlar strips, 26" Serfa Drifters w/kevlar strips, 27" Panracer...
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    The deciding factor for me was hearing of two...

    The deciding factor for me was hearing of two separate jackknife wrecks on downhills by people pulling trailers, that and the fact that a guy who has done both says he switched to panniers because...
  14. Conti Gatorskins vs. Conti Gator Hardshells

    I've done both....

    Better than 600 miles of tough urban riding on 27" wheels shod with 1 1/4" (32mm) Gator Hardshells...... some spectacular cuts and lumps of glass embedded in the tread, no...
  15. Bit the bullet and sprung for a Brooks.... ...

    Bit the bullet and sprung for a Brooks....

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v148/Sharpshin/bikebrooks_zps0b94d4b9.jpg

    Still hard as a 2x4 after 100 miles of course, but I'm learning I'm pretty...
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    Hey thanks! Another sixty mile loop around the...

    Hey thanks! Another sixty mile loop around the city today in six hours, that time including a half hour for lunch, pee stops, stretches of sidewalk riding where necessary, and many traffic lights. ...
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    The back wheel hub was so loose it had actual...

    The back wheel hub was so loose it had actual play when I took it off of the wall. I took both wheels in to have the hubs greased. Also the bottom bracket sounded like gravel when we spun it, we...
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    The other guy is retired military who also does...

    The other guy is retired military who also does triathlons and road races and has toured in the Rockies. Me, I just hope to be able to keep that front wheel turning long enough to get where I want...
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    Ya, exactly so, to maximize the hours I can fit...

    Ya, exactly so, to maximize the hours I can fit in (I have a sort-of target weight of 30 pounds of gear for the actual trip). Also for testing the bike, if stuff (like wheels) is going to break...
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    Here ya go, this is how she looked this morning...

    Here ya go, this is how she looked this morning right before leaving for work. All kinds of room in those Ortleibs.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v148/Sharpshin/bicycle1_zpsa25918d6.jpg
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    Where I ride (lower income side of San Antonio...

    Where I ride (lower income side of San Antonio TX) appears to be very rough on tires. Cuts and gouges appear quickly and I even had a double flat (same object, apparently round) punch through the...
  22. Makes sense, the more critters and highways there...

    Makes sense, the more critters and highways there are per square mile the more vultures you're gonna see, although the range of the Turkey Vulture also encompasses the Four Corners. Specific to the...
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    Not hard to do; 80's Schwinn Voyageur touring...

    Not hard to do; 80's Schwinn Voyageur touring bike, Nashbar front rack clamped to the forks, Racktime rack on back (lets the rear panniers sit low too). Large Ortleib bags in back (the version with...
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    Agreed, turns out I've been carrying fifty pounds...

    Agreed, turns out I've been carrying fifty pounds on my daily commute (I was thinking 40ish), not that hard to do at all with twenty of these pounds in a set of panniers carried low on the front...
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    Crap, I'm looking at my bike as I write. Turns...

    Crap, I'm looking at my bike as I write.

    Turns out her name is "Mandy"

    :wtf:
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