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Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: San Juan Island, Washington
Bikes: 1985 Raleigh Alyeska Touring, Reynolds 555 CroMoly (heavy and comfortable), 2004 Litespeed Palio, (more bike than I'm used to...)
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I wanna ride Seattle-Denver in May...which bike?
I'll have about 3 weeks in May/June to attempt to ride from San Juan Island to Denver, one way. I have this nutty dream to try and pull it off self-contained with under 15 lbs of stuff total. (Plus a credit card). Sleeping bag and mat and hammock weigh in at under 6lbs total, alcohol stove etc, all under 4 etc...Here's what I'm wondering:
Which bike to I try and pull this off with? I only own 2. My old 28 lb Raleigh Alyeska touring bike, circa 1985 has about 15K miles on it and half-step gearing, comfy steel frame, down-tube shifters, etc and it's truly an old friend. But it weighs a ton.
I finally broke down and bought an aluminum-framed Litespeed Palio last winter that, to me at least, is a 19 lb. rocket ship. I love both bikes, but they're very different. I plan on putting no more than 10-11 lbs of equip. on the bike total and keep the rest on my back in a svelt camelback. I'm wondering which one I should take if I want to make a sprint to Denver on it. I'm prepared to try and avg 80 miles/day . Which bike would you take? What am I forgetting to consider?
Thankful that I'll have a credit card, but still seeking the opinions of others.