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Thanks for the plug for Stan's. I appreciate real world feedback.
As for the fenders, I'm going to give it a try. I'll buy from a shop with a liberal return policy in case they don't work.
Seem you left that word out of your earlier posting.
I'm planning to put fenders on my bike and convert the MSO tires to tubeless.
I currently have tubes installed. Running 30 psi front and 35 rear unloaded. They are very nice on hard packed gravel.
I also own a Co-Motion Americano. I recently installed Clement X'Plor MSO 40 x 700c tires. They are lighter than the 35 x 700c tires I replaced. No fenders yet. They will be next. After that, Old Man Mountain racks. USA made. I ride gravel roads. I hope to ride the GDMBR.
Oh, 24-34 low gear. I won't tour with anything less.
I plan to tour with an all up weight under 235 pounds. If I hit my target, my touring weight will be less than some riders without touring gear.
Sent from somewhere around here.
You recommend a 38 tooth front chainring and a 17 tooth rear cog for climbing mountains on a touring bike. Professional Tour de France riders use easier gears than that for climbing mountains. And they don't carry panniers and gear on their bikes. 38x17 low gear. Sure.
I have 26" wheels, 26x32 is my lowest gear. Would it be best to go with a 22" in the front?
26" wheels kind of implies you are using a mountain bike for touring. Fine.
I've often found that campgrounds have more flexible rules for bicycle tourists. I stayed in some RV oriented sites that do not allow car campers, but DO welcome bicycle tourists.