So Howdy 'Yall.
Let me just come out and say it: I'm a no-brakes fixie rider. I can practically hear the rage welling up in some of you, but I'm sure we can both get over it. I started off as a roadie, and did a bit of (supported) touring in my teens. I was lucky enough to have loving parents who splurged on a neat-o road fuji for me. I can remember the model, but I do remember it was nicer than I should have had. I think I was 15 or 16, but I did Oregon Bike Ride. I was the youngest rider on the tour, and I didn't have a chance to train beforehand. I think it was 550 miles over 7 days? But who knows. It practically killed me, although I never rode the sag wagon. Pretty much destroyed any interest in bicycling that I had.
Fast forward a bit, I started to feel a bit of an urge. I used to be a pretty avid rock climber, competing and traveling, but one injury too many left me with a bit of a bum arm. I mean it's not nearly as bad as some peoples, but it was enough for me to drop it. Earlier this year, I built a single speed from an old centurion frame. That got stolen, and I happened to find my way to a 1985 fuji boulevard frame. I slapped a new bb in, chopped the chainring down, and commenced. Just last week I splurged on a set of Deep V's (hate me all you want).
I always knew I wanted to do a bit of touring, and I did a bit of ghetto fixie touring. Throw a sleeping bag and pad in my messenger bag, go a few miles outside of town. Come back the next morning in time for work. And then, I found it.
When I moved into my new apartment, it was just sitting there.
A 1983 Specialized Expedition.
Apart from a few nicks on the fork, once I wiped the dust off of it, could have been new. Just needs new tires 'n tubes (pretty big punctures). Everything looks stock on it, except for the rack they threw on the back.
My job ends in August, and then I have three weeks off. I probably won't tour for a full three weeks, probably just 1.5-2 (depending on my work situation). I'm not thinking about anything particularly ambitious, just 70 miles a day or so. I'm a pretty experienced outdoorsman: I've worked as a guide in a few different disciplines, I've actually spent the last 4 summers living outside (tarps, tents, and cabins mainly).
So, all of the experienced riders out there, any advice? Training tips? Whatnot?