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    Sticky: All set and ready to go for my cross USA tour,...

    All set and ready to go for my cross USA tour, departing 4/21 :)

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    Congrats man! I got one of these myself for my...

    Congrats man! I got one of these myself for my cross country tour coming up. It's a wonderful machine and very attractive:

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    The pepper spray I'm bringing for dogs will be...

    The pepper spray I'm bringing for dogs will be the same pepper spray I use on people if I have to , but I don't expect to have to.

    Think about it this way--a lot of crime is because of an easy...
  4. I have a friend in Walla Walla I'd like to visit,...

    I have a friend in Walla Walla I'd like to visit, and if I'm dealing with strong headwinds as mentioned above, a hot meal will be most welcome :D

    And I don't mind adding a week or more to the...
  5. Cross Country Tour -- How to get Thru Washington / Into CA

    So, I'm planning the final legs of my cross country tour, and am hitting a decision point--How to get down to CA? My end point is San Francisco so I'm looking at ways to get down there.
    I'm...
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    One thing of note that people have mentioned--I...

    One thing of note that people have mentioned--I just bought a Novara Randonee and you CAN'T get take-off credits for components you want. All their bikes are SKU'd so you have to buy the complete...
  7. This is all fantastic information. Definitely a...

    This is all fantastic information. Definitely a point for posting in the Regional forums vs. the regular Touring forum!! Manhattan is certainly not "necessary" for me...I was going to visit a girl,...
  8. USA Cross Country trip -- Getting from CT to VA route options

    Hey all, I'm going to be biking cross country in April (ahh so close) and I'm just looking for some input about route options.

    I'll be starting in Bar Harbor, and heading straight towards...
  9. I like bar end shifters, actually. I got used to...

    I like bar end shifters, actually. I got used to them on my Cross Check and like how they feel on the Randonee.

    Also, here's an update, done a little work to 'er (added fenders, swapped rack, new...
  10. How would you recommend getting from Walden to...

    How would you recommend getting from Walden to 130? I see 230 is more a straight shot, but I'm more interested in scenery and good rides. My end destination in WY is Gillette.
  11. Hey Jamawani, thanks for this awesome advice. I...

    Hey Jamawani, thanks for this awesome advice. I think you're right about me going to Grand Junction. The people there are my aunt and uncle's brother-in-law and sister, and I think I've met them a...
  12. 2014 East to West USA trip -- need CO->WY routing advice.

    Hey all, long story short--I'm figuring out my potential routes for my upcoming tour, starting in April. I have a pretty straightforward idea of how to get to Denver, CO from Maine, but it's within...
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    I think you can see by the range of responses in...

    I think you can see by the range of responses in this and other saddle threads that you really just have to try stuff out. I got a Brooks B-17 and have put over 5000 miles on it, but I honestly have...
  14. Just so everyone knows, I went with the Randonee...

    Just so everyone knows, I went with the Randonee today. Picture is a little "outdated" as I swapped on my Brooks, Tortec expedition rack, and a couple bottle cages.

    Oo baby:

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  15. [QUOTE=cyccommute;16547130]Good nitpicky...

    [QUOTE=cyccommute;16547130]Good nitpicky detail!QUOTE]

    This is the kind of response I was hoping for! I've hammered "YMMV, try it" as the ultimate bike advice but I want little details about the...
  16. I have another thread with more details about the...

    I have another thread with more details about the tour, this is one specific aspect (a big one, at that) I'm looking for advice on :) Seems like people have spoken! I know it's not good to get...
  17. I have a Tortec Expedition rack that is super...

    I have a Tortec Expedition rack that is super beefy but lightweight, and I'm going to stick with it over the stock Randonee rack...doubt they'll take off the cost of the rack though :)

    Thanks for...
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    Hey dude--I'm going E-W this summer too. Hope to...

    Hey dude--I'm going E-W this summer too. Hope to see you out there :)
  19. 2014 Novara Randonee vs. 2014 Surly Long Haul Trucker

    Hey all, I'm going to be taking a cross-USA tour in April, and I know it's a little late, but I'm looking to buy a new bike for the trip. Right now I pretty much have it narrowed down to the 2014...
  20. Thanks for the responses everyone. The six...

    Thanks for the responses everyone. The six months isn't a timeframe set in stone--I set it to be "more than enough" and to make sure I overbudgeted both money and time for visiting people.
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  21. I have done a few short tours here around...

    I have done a few short tours here around Illinois, so I know I'm going to like it :) I also read Crazyguy blogs every day at work on breaks to keep myself motivated! Thanks for the answers!
  22. Geoff's 2014 Cross Country USA Megathread

    Hey all, I've set a hard departure date of April 21st for my cross country bicycle trip. Put in my letter of resignation at work and everything. I figured it would make it easier for me to start one...
  23. Yeah, I figured if I'm going coast to coast I...

    Yeah, I figured if I'm going coast to coast I may as well start on the East East coast. I would really like to start in Bar Harbor because of Acadia national park, but is it even going to be...
  24. How was ti to load your gear and such onto the...

    How was ti to load your gear and such onto the bus? Any hassle? Did you have a lot of stuff?
  25. Ok guys, I'm back to necro my old thread as the...

    Ok guys, I'm back to necro my old thread as the date is getting closer and I really need to get details down. Still working on the "getting out there" part.

    Here's the current plan I have:
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