Old 05-12-21, 09:28 AM
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Bikes: 2010 LHT (Blue), 2005ish Fuji Club LE, 1998 Schwinn Moab (converted for commuting).

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If I only get one tip, I will re-state a recurring statement: Don't overpack. The most important items to take are ones that you can't get on the road.... glasses, prescriptions, CC's/ID, etc. I now take about 1/3 of the clothing than when I started. I also suffer from "food insecurity," and had to parse down my groceries over time also.

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Test ride the bike with the load you intend to carry for a considerable distance to ensure gearing is low enough, and that the bike is stable.
Keep the distance reasonable until you get a feel for touring. It is far better to get to camp thinking I could have easily done more, than to get there dogged-dizzy-tired and/or injured.
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