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Old 08-07-12, 07:41 AM
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Are you able to bike commute? That is a great way to train as well as get used to carrying loads and work out your gear issues. A touring bike also makes a great commuting bike, and regular commuting will give you a taste of the challenges faced in riding cross country. Eg, I have already ridden the distance of a cross-country tour so far this year, just riding to work and back -- not counting the mileage from weekend rides and tours.
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