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  1. I have toured on 32mm, 28mm, 25mm, and 23mm tires...

    I have toured on 32mm, 28mm, 25mm, and 23mm tires with various loads and did not find the tire size made nearly as much difference in pace as you might think. Weight did though.

    You mention Cuben...
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    I doubt it would be a problem with a small dog. ...

    I doubt it would be a problem with a small dog. I have met folks carrying fairly large dogs that way without a problem.


    They typically are 4-6 pounds so either his isn't a pure bred Chihuahua...
  3. Yeah, I do something similar except I usually...

    Yeah, I do something similar except I usually don't take a liner. I start out uncovered, partially cover using the sleeping bag as a quilt, and progress from there. I don't get why you say it is...
  4. You can get there from my list pretty easily. ...

    You can get there from my list pretty easily.

    Substitute Sea2Summit 2.4 oz backpack for REI Flash. Save 8 oz
    Substitute stuffsack for handlebar bag. Save 13 oz
    Skip Camera and use cell...
  5. That is the right attitude IMO.

    That is the right attitude IMO.
  6. That reminds me... I should have mentioned that I...

    That reminds me... I should have mentioned that I often start out on top of the bivy with no tarp if rain doesn't seem too likely and the bugs aren't biting. I climb in as conditions dictate and...
  7. >First off, am I physically ready? I have...

    >First off, am I physically ready? I have accomplished a ride of 144-miles in a day and have done a total of 7-centuries this past year on my Trek 7.1FX. I have also been averaging about 30-miles per...
  8. Yeah, most of the places I want to hike are just...

    Yeah, most of the places I want to hike are just places along the way. So locking up at a campground, motel, or hostel is very seldom the answer for me either.



    I kind of flip flop on that...
  9. I guess you were asking Max, but here is one of...

    I guess you were asking Max, but here is one of mine:
    https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=T6&page_id=287481&v=41
    It was about 11 pounds. I have since cut the weight a bit further, but...
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    I am always kind of puzzled by comments about...

    I am always kind of puzzled by comments about saddle rails breaking or plastic saddles wearing out prematurely. I have ridden hundreds of thousands of miles in the last 50 + years and never broken a...
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    Or if you came to your senses you would have...

    Or if you came to your senses you would have either thrown it away or mailed it home, long before 3000 miles.
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    That about sums up what I was going to say. So...

    That about sums up what I was going to say. So rather than bother to echo it I'll just say that I agree with what you just said.
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    A little harsh don't you think? The OP related...

    A little harsh don't you think? The OP related their experience with their brooks saddles. They didn't bash them, or suggest that others would necessarily have the same problems that they did. You...
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    People tour on tandems with team weights above...

    People tour on tandems with team weights above your weight, so I don't see any reason you can't tour. Pack light (or if you can't pack light enough use a trailer) and use good heavy duty wheels.
  15. I agree with Max that the Axiom racks are a good...

    I agree with Max that the Axiom racks are a good value. I find my Streamliner rock solid. There are a number of different models in the streamliner line.

    I have also been happy with the...
  16. Poll: I almost agree, except I'd add the qualification...

    I almost agree, except I'd add the qualification that there can be a wrong approach if the person is either ill prepared or just unhappy with their choices, but that can happen with someone packing...
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    Don't be too quick to do anything that rushes the...

    Don't be too quick to do anything that rushes the break in. Some proofide is fine, but don't go too crazy with treatment at least until you gave ridden it a bit and know that you need it. I'd...
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    Different strokes but I have never had any...

    Different strokes but I have never had any problems with premature failure of synthetic saddles. I have a couple from the early 80's that probably have a couple hundred thousand miles on them and...
  19. Poll: I can think of a few reasons why someone might...

    I can think of a few reasons why someone might and since we are talking light touring the reasons are more likely to apply. Remember that the OP was asking about touring with less than 20 pounds...
  20. Poll: We know quite a bit though. We know that he is...

    We know quite a bit though. We know that he is asking about touring across the US. We know that he will have <20 pounds of gear. We know that he currently does most of his riding with about a...
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    Sometimes I've been asleep for 3 hours by then,...

    Sometimes I've been asleep for 3 hours by then, but I am often on the road hours before sunrise. That probably accounts in part for the differences in our approaches.

    Bottom line, we all do what...
  22. It seems to me that getting sick with the flu on...

    It seems to me that getting sick with the flu on a Saturday and starting a tour on a Thursday leaves plenty of time to bounce back. I'd plan on going and bail at the last minute if I felt awful.
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    Not sure where you were, but in a lot of the...

    Not sure where you were, but in a lot of the country (most rural small town areas well away from either coast) I often do the opposite. I try to make sure I am seen early so that if they are going...
  24. Poll: I have used a variety of setups and packed a...

    I have used a variety of setups and packed a variety of weights. For the weight you describe or a bit less I used 25" gear on the Southern tier and was happy with it, so I voted 25" or less.

    That...
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    I cowboy camped or used a bivy in quite a few of...

    I cowboy camped or used a bivy in quite a few of those Texas picnic stops. I have stayed under bridges in Texas and Louisiana. I have also camped in many small town parks in the west and in the...
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