Hi Gang...I don't usually post in this forums because...well I have never done a tour before. I am a roadie and a bicycle commuter and have decided to do my first tour with my father (I am starting June 11th). I am not too worried about the distance, though being on rail trails I am sure the body takes a bit more of a beating than if this were going to be done on the road.
I will be riding my commuter which is a Main Mill Valley (photo below) outfitted with Salsa DelgadoX/105 wheels and I am switching from my standard 700x28 slicks to a set of 700x32 Specialized Borough CX tires which are pretty smooth in the middle but have some tread out toward the edge. I am packing 3 spare tubes, pump, patch kit (in case it REALLY gets bad), multi tool, some extra chain, pins, and lube along with my clothes etc. This will be a credit card tour so no camping provisions needed. I am thinking 2 days worth of cycling cloths plus something for off bike wear will be enough. Of course a camera to document this journey. I am also going to put an adjustable stem on it this week to raise the bars a little more and a set of the Nashbar Trekking bars (on sale right now for $10 BTW) with Specialized Barphat to get some additional cushin and a couple more hand positions. Last but not least I picked up a pair of Specialized Gel gloves (don't normally wear gloves) for the padding and safety in case I lay the bike down for some reason. Also going to get one of those reflective, bright green safety vests for the couple of miles we will be doing on the road.
Our route will be similar to the one in this report, though we will be starting at the trail head in Pittsburgh rather than out in McKeesport and after a photo op in DC we will head down to Lorton VA where my car is waiting for us (dropped it off this past weekend at my brother in law's house).
Anything I am missing here? Any tips from the expierenced crowd...or even someone who has done this specific ride?