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  1. Thread: My N+1

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    I have a 2006 aluminum Allez and with a Brooks...

    I have a 2006 aluminum Allez and with a Brooks saddle it is so comfortable I can't justify buying something more comfortable. If I could I might buy one of these. Enjoy!
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    +1. My Ace hardware store sells little Velcro...

    +1. My Ace hardware store sells little Velcro straps. I use them for organizing cords - mic cords, speaker wire, etc. - but they also work great for parking brakes and for keeping my pants out of...
  3. I bought some large Ergon grips for my Great...

    I bought some large Ergon grips for my Great Divide bike. They have bar ends which are connected to the grips. This is a bad thing. When I get the grips rotated so they feel perfect, the bar ends...
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    I think touring elevates things, including...

    I think touring elevates things, including stress. I have a little experience touring in groups, and have heard stories. My nephew rode the west coast with a close friend from childhood. They...
  5. What kinds of guitars are you taking?

    What kinds of guitars are you taking?
  6. If you're doing a supported tour and not carrying...

    If you're doing a supported tour and not carrying weight I have very little advice: ride as much as possible prior to the trip and get used to successive 60 mile days and you'll be fine.

    If you're...
  7. A few years back while touring the Oregon Coast,...

    A few years back while touring the Oregon Coast, my group encountered a couple in their 70's who had been touring together happily for decades. A couple of us had been trying to get our wives to try...
  8. I rode the ACA Lewis and Clark route from...

    I rode the ACA Lewis and Clark route from Portland to Missoula a few years ago. I took the Oregon side as far as I could, then rode across the bridge at Biggs and continued east on 14 on the...
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    Back in the day I used to choose polarized...

    Back in the day I used to choose polarized sunglasses over others. On a recent tour I did what I often do - broke or lost my sunglasses. I stopped at Fred Meyer for provisions, including a...
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    My recommendation is to average about 50 miles a...

    My recommendation is to average about 50 miles a day on your first trip, and start out easy - the first day go no more than 35 miles.

    That's what I recommend. I like to enjoy my trips, not...
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    Would you consider an electric piano? I've...

    Would you consider an electric piano? I've thought about bringing one of those - the kind with 88 keys, speakers, and battery power.
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    I like to collect jerseys as souvenirs of rides...

    I like to collect jerseys as souvenirs of rides I've done - centuries, ACA routes, etc. I also like to collect jerseys that appeal to me for whatever reason. Now I've got so many it's kind of...
  13. I knew some gals who were crossing the country in...

    I knew some gals who were crossing the country in thirds - a third each year for three successive years. Whatever you can do.
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    I bought a Garmin Etrex after missing a turn and...

    I bought a Garmin Etrex after missing a turn and riding past a campground one year. I found it useful sometimes, but clunky other times. It takes a long time to transfer waypoints from Adventure...
  15. I almost always tour alone, but I often meet...

    I almost always tour alone, but I often meet people along the way and "fall in with" them for awhile. The one time I went with a group (I met via the internet) it didn't go well. Most of the group...
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    My rig is too heavy as it is. My tool bag is...

    My rig is too heavy as it is. My tool bag is part of the problem. I carry repair equipment based on how likely it is I'll use it and how light it is. I've never needed to replace a cable on a...
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    It depends on the route. On some tours I've...

    It depends on the route. On some tours I've carried a Camelbak in addition to my three water bottles. However, if I know that I'll be able to refill them all during the day I never have all of them...
  18. I installed some of those similar-purpose "upper...

    I installed some of those similar-purpose "upper brake levers" ("suicide bars"?) on my 10-speed in the 70's. I found them very convenient, especially when negotiating busy MUP paths around campus. ...
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    I don't know what's common for others. For me,...

    I don't know what's common for others. For me, stopping for a sit-down breakfast is very enjoyable. My favorite breakfast café is about 6 miles from home. I ride over, get a nice breakfast, then...
  20. I got into a group put together via the internet....

    I got into a group put together via the internet. It was for a ride on the Great Divide where the thought of being alone was daunting. Most of us got along great. One person drove the rest of us...
  21. For almost all of my tours over the past 40 years...

    For almost all of my tours over the past 40 years I've gone alone, but I've often met people along the way who became partners. If you tour on one of the ACA routes you will meet other tourers. The...
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    I built my own wheels on my tourer and a 29er I...

    I built my own wheels on my tourer and a 29er I built for a ride on the Great Divide. Neither has broken a spoke. The tourer has been on about 6 tours and I carry a lot of weight. So it's possible...
  23. My Ace has these. I also recommend stainless...

    My Ace has these. I also recommend stainless steel. I've had rust problems, though never anything I couldn't crack, so stainless is worth looking for. I concur on the thread locker. The only...
  24. My personal view is that any shifter...

    My personal view is that any shifter configuration will be fine. I've toured with bar-ends, downtube shifters, and thumb levers on my mountain bike. They were all fine. Each has advantages and...
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    I did the clothes-in-a-stuff-sack for years. The...

    I did the clothes-in-a-stuff-sack for years. The results were mixed, from night to night, even from hour to hour. Sometimes it was comfy, but lost of times it was lumpy and I'd spend a lot of time...
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