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Old 02-24-13, 09:51 PM
Hooked on Touring
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Wyoming
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Many of these questions have been addressed either here or at CrazyGuyonaBike.

I have toured close to 100,000 miles on a mountain bike and would never go back to a tourer.
I like going anywhere on any road surface - plus I like the sturdiness.
Plus I use platforms with toe clips - that way I don't need "special" shoes and can hike the Grand Canyon.

You can spend as much as you want - $20/day - low budget, $30/day - frugal, $40/day - moderate.
Remember, motels below $50 are rare these days and a lot of state/national parks charge up to $20 for camping.
If you have the time, Amtrak from DC or NYC to SAC is relative cheap - esp. for your bike - $10 for the box and $10 for baggage.
With all the items you use, airlines will kill you on baggage fees -
some people have even had to argue about whether panniers count as 1 or 2 pieces.

Good tires should last the whole trip - I only carry an extra tire to Alaska or such places.
I always carry at least one extra tube - cause I'm sometimes lazy or it's raining.
I also use Mr. Tuffy liners - so usually have few flats.
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