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Old 12-02-16, 08:09 AM
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ah man your joking me theres not much difference in pack size, if you want to loose a bit of weight change those pedals upgrade your chainset carbon job and carbon seatpost.
take the poles out of the stuffsack and put them on top tube .
i had the hilly akto hated the thing like sleeping in a bloody coffin ,get the bigger better tent..
Do you do self-supported tours of duration (like a month or more) in remote areas? If not, why bother with a tent - stay in motels as they have a lot more room than any tent - and you don't need to carry weight. Their costs will also make your wallet lighter Oh, and ditch your cooker and eat in restaurants... Also another weight saver (in your wallet of course) ...

Just another option to losing weight - take less gear and tour "credit card" style. A lot of folks do, but I personally don't bother...

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Originally Posted by tmac100
Do you do self-supported tours of duration (like a month or more) in remote areas? If not, why bother with a tent - stay in motels as they have a lot more room than any tent - and you don't need to carry weight. Their costs will also make your wallet lighter Oh, and ditch your cooker and eat in restaurants... Also another weight saver (in your wallet of course) ...

Just another option to losing weight - take less gear and tour "credit card" style. A lot of folks do, but I personally don't bother...
+1 - I'll never be a credit card tourist. I spent less than $500 on my 3+ month tour this summer. So cheap when I'm on the road
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Some people enjoy credit card touring, and can afford it. Nothing wrong with that. Cheap is okay too. As long as you're enjoying yourself. I'm sure that I'ld spend way more than $500 on food alone. How did you do 3 months for $500? And I think you said no cooking. Doesn't that mean more pre-prepared foods which cost more?
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I'm a big guy. I need more room and always size tents up by one person (a 2 person for me, a 3 if I'm with one other person, etc.). That's just my style as I get claustrophobic easily.
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Originally Posted by Squeezebox
Some people enjoy credit card touring, and can afford it. Nothing wrong with that. Cheap is okay too. As long as you're enjoying yourself.,,,,,
Precisely!. The OP asked about a tent and many of us contributed opnions from our own perspective.

Does it really matter to any one of us what the rest of us are doing? I doubt it! We all tour for different reasons, with different tolerances, with different equipment and with different budgets. One approach does not fit anyone else except yourself. We know that.

The one common thing we all have - including the OP - is that we do it as an optional way of finding pleasure. To each our own wrt finding pleasure.

Still fun and interesting to read others opinions about how they find pleasure while touring...
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Originally Posted by himespau
I'm a big guy. I need more room and always size tents up by one person (a 2 person for me, a 3 if I'm with one other person, etc.). That's just my style as I get claustrophobic easily.
Check out the Lightheart Solong 6 if you are tall. wt around 1 kilo. I've heard good things about it from big tall people. I've never seen one in person.
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Originally Posted by Squeezebox
How did you do 3 months for $500? And I think you said no cooking. Doesn't that mean more pre-prepared foods which cost more?
From reading his and others' blogs, that tour the US for $5 a day, they do count on the kindness of others for some of their food & lodging.

Living on peanut-butter & jelly, tuna, bologna sandwiches with a piece of fruit here and there and you could survive a long time. I'm not recommending but it's doable.

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From reading his and others' blogs, that tour the US for $5 a day, they do count on the kindness of others for some of their food & lodging.

Living on peanut-butter & jelly, tuna, bologna sandwiches with a piece of fruit here and there and you could survive a long time. I'm not recommending but it's doable.
In July 2015, while riding across Australia, a Brit passed me. We chatted and he had almost no gear but was basically living on chocolate bars and chocolate milk. I stopped later that day at a roadhouse for a meal and asked if he came through and they said yes. I asked if he had a meal and they said he only bought a bunch of chocolate bars, drank some tap water and left.

So yes, it can be done. That said, this type of diet is not for me as a Type 1 diabetic. I prefer to cook and have an occasional restaurant meal with a beer or 2. If available I will have a motel room where I can wash clothes, hang them out to dry and move on the next morning - after a breakfast. I spent $1000 AU in 30 days of pedalling from Perth east to Peterborough SA.
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+1 - I'll never be a credit card tourist. I spent less than $500 on my 3+ month tour this summer. So cheap when I'm on the road
How much did it cost you to get back to Portland from Maine?
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Originally Posted by tmac100
In July 2015, while riding across Australia, a Brit passed me. We chatted and he had almost no gear but was basically living on chocolate bars and chocolate milk. I stopped later that day at a roadhouse for a meal and asked if he came through and they said yes. I asked if he had a meal and they said he only bought a bunch of chocolate bars, drank some tap water and left.

So yes, it can be done. That said, this type of diet is not for me as a Type 1 diabetic. I prefer to cook and have an occasional restaurant meal with a beer or 2. If available I will have a motel room where I can wash clothes, hang them out to dry and move on the next morning - after a breakfast. I spent $1000 AU in 30 days of pedalling from Perth east to Peterborough SA.
Living on sugar is definitely a very bad idea. But of course if you're young your body can handle a lot a more harsh treatment.
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Living on sugar is definitely a very bad idea. But of course if you're young your body can handle a lot a more harsh treatment.
As some folks say: Youth is wasted on the young, and wisdom is wasted on the older.
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Originally Posted by Doug64
How much did it cost you to get back to Portland from Maine?
I flew back from Login International (Boston) and my flight was free. One of my roommates freshman year of college at Wazzu was a guy named Scott. His dad is Chief of something at Alaska Airlines. Pretty high up. He flew me back to help with my charity.

Paid $7 to take the Greyhound from Portland, ME to Boston.
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Originally Posted by Ty0604
+1 - I'll never be a credit card tourist. I spent less than $500 on my 3+ month tour this summer. So cheap when I'm on the road
I though you started as a credit card tourist......
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I though you started as a credit card tourist......
No! haha Just my bank card with just over $5K in an account I set up for my trip. Had that much for emergencies. In the end I only stayed at 3 hotels (1 was an emergency when I was caught in a blizzard, didn't pay for the 2 others). Only ate out on my own a few times.
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No! haha Just my bank card with just over $5K in an account I set up for my trip.
I was referring to your time riding the titanium bike in England.
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Originally Posted by nun
I was referring to your time riding the titanium bike in England.
We may have a different definition of what a credit card tourist is.
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