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  1. I've cycled through bad colds before, and a...

    I've cycled through bad colds before, and a one-day bout of fever. I took it easy, rolled with the punches--it happens. Mainly I've found I normally don't get sick where it really matters. ...
  2. Poll: Less than 20 pounds is a pretty light load. Many...

    Less than 20 pounds is a pretty light load. Many cyclists carry that much in body fat and don't think twice about it on the bike.

    I recently reduced my touring load from over 40 to under 20 (part...
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    I added Superfeet insoles to my trail shoes and I...

    I added Superfeet insoles to my trail shoes and I like the slight extra stiffness they provide on the pedals. I have cage pedals and toe clips. I hike a lot of side trips when I'm bike touring so...
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    I thru-hiked the AT to Maine, then a couple of...

    I thru-hiked the AT to Maine, then a couple of years later thru-biked the Northern Tier route to Maine. I spent plenty of time pondering the difference between the two trips.

    Free camping was one...
  5. I know what you mean. Some guys our age can pull...

    I know what you mean. Some guys our age can pull it off, but most people over 40 really should "Just say no" to Spandex (and keep their shirts on--please!).
  6. Could you possibly modify something like this...

    Could you possibly modify something like this, or this?
  7. Hear, hear!

    Hear, hear!
  8. The clothing is very close to what I wore for a...

    The clothing is very close to what I wore for a 4500-mile transcontinental ride. It worked as one layer in wet blowing snow in the North Cascades, kept the bugs off in northern Minnesota, and did...
  9. You'd be very lucky to find the "right" saddle...

    You'd be very lucky to find the "right" saddle the first time. Unfortunately, for many if not most, it does take many hundreds, if not thousands of miles to find the right fit (or to break something...
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    A warmshowers.org guest stayed at my place on his...

    A warmshowers.org guest stayed at my place on his trip from Alaska to Argentina, and he had tattooed on his knuckles, "REST" and "LESS." I guess that was his mantra. Or maybe a description of his...
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    If you're going through hell, KEEP GOING! ...

    If you're going through hell, KEEP GOING! (Winston Churchill)
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    Try it out, and good luck with it! Lots of...

    Try it out, and good luck with it! Lots of cyclists use the front load only. I drove across Oregon's Malheur country high desert just yesterday and met a touring cyclist with a front-only load and...
  13. How about the "awesome moment" when everything...

    How about the "awesome moment" when everything just seems right? It could be rolling into a picturesque coastal town with a lighthouse, a friendly wave from a fly fisherman in a river as you descend...
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    Not sure about the brakes or the rest of the...

    Not sure about the brakes or the rest of the bike, but I just rode cross country on a 7-speed rear cluster. I had no problem getting a new one for about $15 before the ride. I checked at a couple...
  15. I'm not a doctor and I don't generally see one,...

    I'm not a doctor and I don't generally see one, but what you're experiencing sounds like nerve damage. I've experienced that before, and it may take months to heal. If you're "lucky" it's muscular...
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    The more I travel in the wild, the less I treat...

    The more I travel in the wild, the less I treat my water. I carry a set of Aquamira drops, but only use them when I'm close to civilization (such as when bicycle touring). On a recent tour across...
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    How much weight will you have on front? The...

    How much weight will you have on front? The damper may not be rated for a touring load, and may break or stretch. It looks like a good idea and might be a brainless way to solve a problem, vs...
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    I couldn't have said it better. And that's...

    I couldn't have said it better. And that's pretty much my touring diet, with the occasional pint of Ben & Jerry's and a restaurant meal once in a while.

    I'll emphasize the point about not...
  19. Sure, it'll work around town. It may not work as...

    Sure, it'll work around town. It may not work as well or look as good as some other bike built for another purpose, but you may not even notice the difference, depending on your riding style and...
  20. I used Bikeflights.com a couple of times for a...

    I used Bikeflights.com a couple of times for a surprisingly good price. Finding a bike box and a way to get it to a FedEx place is part of the adventure, and hopefully another way to meet a kind...
  21. I like that! I'll change my statement from "to...

    I like that! I'll change my statement from "to get ready for it" to "to be ready for it."
  22. I was going to say this, too. I've heard this...

    I was going to say this, too. I've heard this from other sources (runners, too) and I like it.

    My "normal" weekly riding is about 100 miles. On my last long tour, I wanted to be able to ride...
  23. I took a decade-long break from bike touring to...

    I took a decade-long break from bike touring to hike the AT, PCT, CDT, and some others. On those hikes, I dropped my base load from the 30 pound range to under 10 pounds. I took that UL experience...
  24. Ditto this. Add to it a lifestyle that allows...

    Ditto this. Add to it a lifestyle that allows long absences. You not only need money, you need to make time. The comment I hear most on the road or trail is, "I would love to do that if I had the...
  25. I think your three systems are best used for...

    I think your three systems are best used for varying degrees of load. The constant 20# payload hypothesis would not be valid in my decision-making process. A trailer would make more sense for...
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