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  1. I have no experience, but by the looks of their...

    I have no experience, but by the looks of their videos the Extra Wheel is extra good for off road.

    John
  2. I've had the same idea. Although I don't...

    I've had the same idea. Although I don't consider myself a "cook," I do enjoy doing my own cooking. Even at home I usually cook one pot meals and always use cast iron. However, there is a 7 lb....
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    I'm vegetarian and often have problems getting...

    I'm vegetarian and often have problems getting enough protein. It's tough to bring along the tofu. I didn't see much protein in your tour diet. How do you handle that?

    John
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    Don't fall down!! My first tour ended on day...

    Don't fall down!! My first tour ended on day three when I crashed and ruptured a shoulder tendon!!

    John
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    Thanks Tom, By the way, I forgot to mention --...

    Thanks Tom,

    By the way, I forgot to mention -- that's one sweet ride you've got there.

    John
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    Great advice and will make all hills doable. ...

    Great advice and will make all hills doable.

    Though I've not been to Crete, I go to Greece every year. (I'll be a few hundred Km's north of you in Kaphalonia and Kerkyia in September) Greece is...
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    I've got this same bag and it's great. I like...

    I've got this same bag and it's great. I like the two side pockets that I put my phone and billfold in. It comes off easily and I take it off whenever I leave the bike. The only thing wrong is it...
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    Tom, did you put the same VO on this new bike? I...

    Tom, did you put the same VO on this new bike? I thought I read on the VO site that gel-pads wouldn't fit under their leather handlebar wraps.

    Also, since we're supposed to take care not to let...
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    I'm considering the sewn-on leather for...

    I'm considering the sewn-on leather for handlebars. Have you used them before, and, if so, how do you like them? Any pros or cons?

    John
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    Hi Nancy, I'd like to add a professional's...

    Hi Nancy,

    I'd like to add a professional's opinion. I've been in education for 38 years as teacher, administrator and now as educational consultant involved in state transformational education at...
  11. If were me I'd take the Trek 500 and switch out...

    If were me I'd take the Trek 500 and switch out the crankset for a tour friendly set. There're lots of ways to attach racks, fenders and bottle mounts without braze ons.

    John
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    If you look at the ACA magazine and count the...

    If you look at the ACA magazine and count the numbers of flat bars and drop bars (disregarding the advertisements) you usually find there are more flat bars being used than drop bars for touring in...
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    I've got the Nemo Losi 2 and I think it's the...

    I've got the Nemo Losi 2 and I think it's the best tent I've ever had. Plenty of room, two doors, two vestibules and has been through a pretty good storm with no problems. I especially like the...
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    I went into my local bike shop the other day and...

    I went into my local bike shop the other day and asked if they had 700x35 Panaracer Pasela's. They went back in the back room and could only find 27" tires in that brand. So, I would look around...
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    I think the best part of the state is the...

    I think the best part of the state is the northwest lower peninsula. The Traverse City Cycle Club puts our a great map with favorite trips around the area. ...
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    I've been using the Bontrager Interchange for a...

    I've been using the Bontrager Interchange for a year now. Sometimes I've had up to 47 lbs. I've had no problems with it. You might want to try it and see if it holds up.

    John
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    If you add up your weight, let's say 180 lbs., 30...

    If you add up your weight, let's say 180 lbs., 30 lbs. for many of the bikes listed and 50 lbs. of gear, you're at 260 lbs. With the Continental, you'd be at 271. In that context, the Continental...
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    I've got the Trek 7.3 FX set up as a touring bike...

    I've got the Trek 7.3 FX set up as a touring bike and it works great. I don't think the original wheelset is quite up to the task, but everything else works well. Do notice though, that if you go...
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    I really like the colour scheme you describe. So...

    I really like the colour scheme you describe. So buy the dang thing already, fit it out, and let's get a picture!!

    John
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    Living in Michigan, I've crossed the border...

    Living in Michigan, I've crossed the border hundreds of times and have never heard of that type of background keeping one from getting in Canada. In Michigan, and some other states, we can get an...
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    I've bought a Trek FX 7.3 that is very similar to...

    I've bought a Trek FX 7.3 that is very similar to the your Atwood. I turned it into a touring bike by adding fenders, rear and front racks and bar ends. It's been a terrific bike for that, although...
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    Every spring, Bruno comes to visit and eat our...

    Every spring, Bruno comes to visit and eat our bird feed that we put out in the winter. Then, we take in the bird feed and no more Bruno. We have a saying in Northern Michigan, and it's probably...
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    There are a lot of cheap rear racks for under...

    There are a lot of cheap rear racks for under $20. Nashbar has one for $14 right now. Buy it, attach whatever you want to it for the trip.

    John
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    I think most companies have similar bikes to the...

    I think most companies have similar bikes to the Trek 7.3. I've got the 7.3 and it makes a good bike for what you're describing. I've ridden it fully loaded with camping gear, both front and rear...
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    Nice story Nancy. I used a stick many times to...

    Nice story Nancy. I used a stick many times to fix my old "rat bike" Harley back in my younger days. At my age, I hope I can still walk in 20 years.

    You, and your family, are in a different...
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