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Gear Talk / Re: 2 people, 6 panniers for a cross country tour. Bad idea?
« on: February 12, 2013, 03:14:45 am »
As some others have said, you should have empty space in your panniers when packed. Rule 1: things expand. Rule 2: wet things expand more. That box of dry cereal that you start to crave will need space. I use a third water bottle holder on the bottom side  for white gas (metal container of course). The propane stoves are a lot more convenient, but I carry each type in case of malfunction or availability of fuel. I would avoid a heavy handle bar bag. Use one that can hold your personal items and slip off easily when you are away from your bike.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tires for Southern Tier
« on: February 12, 2013, 02:15:00 am »
I can't see going with less than 28mm. You might consider having your valve holes sized for shrader tubes, and using presta adapters if that's your preference. Presta valve tubes might be hard to come by. Carry your bicycle off the road in CA;AZ; perhaps other places or you may spend time removing thorns and patching tubes. I went across decades ago,before there was a "route". I made the mistake of not starting with new tires and had to try to find some in Mississippi. They barely had heard of a 700cc tire, let alone have any.With UPS shipping and such you can get emergency parts pretty easily these days.

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