Since my last thread went over like a lead balloon (most likely due to my uncontrollable long-windedness) I thought I would try again. ( For the cliffs notes/important questions, jump down to 3) and 4) )
My wife and I are planning to tour from West Glacier to Jasper this summer in late July/Early August. Our proposed route is start by riding the going to the sun road. Next well take 89 to 17 and on into Canada/Waterton Lakes (where it turns into rte 6). We'll then take 6 up to 3, go west on 3 until it hooks up with 93, which we follow all the way on up to Jasper. It looks like this is the route that the Adventure Cycling maps follow (from what I can guess). This brings me to my first 2 questions:
1) How are the adventure Cycling maps? Worth the buy?
2) How are the roads? Being major connections between national parks, I'd think they'd be pretty good, but just want to check.
Now on to equipment. My wife and I both have road bikes we'll be using. The racks are on them, and pannier clearance is not an issue. We are doing a mostly self-supported tour. We'll be bringing everything but cooking stuff (Tent, sleeping bags, clothes, thermarests, necessary bike stuff), and will mostly eat at restaurants. We usually pack quite light (we managed a 2 1/2 week vacation in Italy with only one carry on each). I'd say 25-30lbs of gear each would probably be a reasonable estimation. So this brings me to the wheels. My wheels wont work (16 spokes, bad..). My wife has a set of Ksyrium Elites. One opinion in the other thread (which I share) is that these will work fine for her (they supported my 175lb self for many many miles with no issue). So the next two questions:
3) My light weight wife (me minus 55-60lbs) + 30lbs of gear + rack + panniers on her current Ksyrium Elites- happy money savings, or broken wheels and stranded in the Canadian Rockies forever?
4) My (soon to be) 175lb self + 35lbs of gear + rack + panniers on what? I'd like to stick to something roadish if possible. I was thinking something like a set of Shimano 105 hubs (36H) + Mavic OpenSports.. or will my wife be pedaling off with some hunky Canadian Mountie as I try to figure out a way to Calgary to make the flight with a broken wheel?