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    Fixed it, I meant an 11-34 cassette.

    Fixed it, I meant an 11-34 cassette.
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    duplicate post

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    This is a five year old question but will prob'ly...

    This is a five year old question but will prob'ly come up on searches so here goes.....

    I just redid an '89 Voyageur this past year and rode it 2,000 miles to NY State this past summer.
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    No worries, my LBS located a 9 speed with one,...

    No worries, my LBS located a 9 speed with one, and even going to a ten speed I dunno I'd have a problem.

    My non-indexing friction downtube shifters and the original rear derailleur coped with the...
  5. I'll 'fess up...... NO WAY was I ever gonna...

    I'll 'fess up...... NO WAY was I ever gonna do this in spandex and/or padded bicycling shorts......
  6. I believe it is now gone, demolished right down...

    I believe it is now gone, demolished right down to the slab (I was wondering what had been there) although now you mention it I too have vague memories of it being there long ago during my early...
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    Hey thanks, I just ordered a 20 tooth chainring...

    Hey thanks, I just ordered a 20 tooth chainring from the link you provided.

    I'm needing a new cassette anyway and will buy one with a 36 in back.

    My feeling on the tour was I didn't need a huge...
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    Mine is "Speed is irrelevant, as long as that...

    Mine is "Speed is irrelevant, as long as that front wheel is turning you'll get there."
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    I just got done with my first tour: San Antonio...

    I just got done with my first tour: San Antonio to New York State - 2,000 miles.

    Already had the bike; an '89 Schwinn Voyageur redone with new components.

    Probably most of the time I was on...
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    I can honestly say, there wasn't a single time I...

    I can honestly say, there wasn't a single time I enjoyed walking my loaded bike uphill.

    Actually there was another worry too. In Ohio I actually pushed the bike across a steep-sided muddy stream...
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    Wait it gets worse! I didn't wear a hair shirt...

    Wait it gets worse! I didn't wear a hair shirt under my shirt either :)

    But seriously. Throughout the trip all the way to the last 150 miles or so (the hardest) a major worry was my knees.

    So...
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    While I truly appreciate all input I believe the...

    While I truly appreciate all input I believe the "train harder/carry less/walking is fun" folks are missing an important point: Hills are why gears were invented in the first place.

    I was not...
  13. ...and BTW, I came through NY Bicycle Rt. 17, ...

    ...and BTW, I came through NY Bicycle Rt. 17, from Westfield right through Salamanca and Olean.
  14. Thanks. Even with that preparation when I...

    Thanks.

    Even with that preparation when I rolled out my driveway for NEW YORK I thought "This is crazy" :lol:

    Only told a few people around here I was even trying it in case I had to quit after...
  15. One year ago I was in your shoes. I'm a teacher...

    One year ago I was in your shoes. I'm a teacher so my year sort of begins when I go back to school in August. Almost every summer we go visit my many nephews and nieces in New York State. I've done...
  16. My travel blog is posted on a Redneck hunting and...

    My travel blog is posted on a Redneck hunting and fishing site. To find it google on the words "Nothing hard is ever easy campfire". I post there as Birdwatcher (my other hobby). Its gone like...
  17. I have one. The label says "Fits Most". ...

    I have one. The label says "Fits Most". Unfortunately both my helmets must belong to "The Minority" :(

    Here's something I came up with, a collapsible hat with slits cut in the brim to admit the...
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    Thanks for the input all. Yep I'm certain I...

    Thanks for the input all.

    Yep I'm certain I want a smaller granny. Recall this need became apparent AFTER about a whole month averaging 65 miles per day. My current granny moves me along about...
  19. Unorthodox riding gear that worked well for me.

    Here I am at the Hawk's Nest on the Delaware River, thirty-four days and 2,000 miles away from San Antonio :thumb:

    Just throwing out here some different clothing items that worked for me.
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    Needing a smaller crankset than 44/33/22

    I recently completed my first tour, a 2,000 mile loaded touring event from San Antonio TX to New York State. Thirty four days, averaging 65 miles per riding day (not counting three rest days). The...
  21. In this case a small matter of 2,000 miles.

    In this case a small matter of 2,000 miles.
  22. As it turns out the train service is out to San...

    As it turns out the train service is out to San Antonio until September due to track maintenance. If you are going that way they put you on a bus in Ft Worth.

    So, a flight it is.

    I found a LBS...
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    Thanks, And thank you for your hospitality.

    Mike
  24. AAAK, turns out there IS no train service to San...

    AAAK, turns out there IS no train service to San Antonio until September when a track upgrade is done. Well there is but they put you on a bus at Ft. Worth for the last 250 miles.

    Dunno about the...
  25. First (2,000 mile) tour completed. Now, how to ship the bike home.

    Well, its official, I'm a bicycle stud :thumb:

    2,000 miles give or take from San Antonio TX to Orange County NY via Erie PA and NY Bike 17 across the Southern Tier. 34 days.

    Many thanks for...
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