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Paddleboy17's situation is mine. If I eat at camp in the morning, the first thing that enters my mind after hitting the road is eating another breakfast. Why is this? I don't know.
With the often high cost of flying with a bike and other checked baggage, it may be more economical to ship your bike via UPS, FedEx, etc., to a shop and have them reassemble and tune it. Going this route also eliminates the need to schlep the thing with you, and there should be no waiting assuming you make an appointment and ship the bike far enough in advance.
Water is usually carried in water bottles cages on your frame or in a Camelback on you so the rack won't see that weight either.
Water... I have needed to carry more than fits in my bottle cages quite often. Best to allow for the likelihood of needing to carry some water in your panniers. The notion of wearing a camelback doesn't appear to me, but even if it did sometimes in the desert you need a bit more.
I jumped on the REI sale and ordered a set of Ortileb front classic rollers to match my back classic rollers and last but not least I ordered the Jannd front low rider rack and hope I don't have a problem with because of my new SKS fenders.
The pannier's are Yellow
A few friends and I are planning a 2011 coast to coast cycling trip. We plan to start in June and take about two months. We're going to start somewhere on the Atlantic and end somewhere on the Pacific but specific start and end cities have not been established. So truly we may not be on the Trans America trail the entire time. We we're thinking about Boston, New York, possibly DC to Los Angeles, Portland, OR, etc. but really I just want to find the best route (both start and end points and possible cool destinations along the way). I'm sure we'll stay in a motel every once in a while but mostly we're planning on camping most nights.
Here are some of my main concerns and questions:
-Safety (traffic, width of shoulders, bike lanes, etc.)
-Fun destinations along the way
-Resources (Food resupply, gear resupply)
-What are the best start and end cities and why?
-What are some great destinations, not too far out of the way?
-Are there any places I'll have to worry about not finding a good camp or stealth-camp spot?
-Feel free to throw any other advice at me.
All the airline baggage policies I've read have specific exemptions for S&S coupled bikes or Bike Fridays, as long as they're packed in a 62" case.
Having said that, "Bike parts" is accurate and deflects the person behind the counter.
Could I trouble you for a link to an airline policy that exempts S&S coupled bikes packed within 62 linear inches from treatment as a chargeable "special baggage item"? Also, I think "bike parts" would deflect no one. It would prompt the direct question of whether it is a bicycle. "Camping gear" is better because then you'll have a conversation about whether you've packed fuel or bear spray.
Bear in mind that if the airline check-in person discovers that you're packing a bike he/she may charge you anyway.
Airline Person: "Sir/Maam, what do you have in the box?"
Traveling Person: "Oh... just some bike parts!" or "Oh... just my camping gear!" ;-)