My point is that any style of bike or saddle has a different set of advantages and disadvantages and every human is different as well. There are no universal best answers.
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I have a ProLite Plus. I don't think I could do a NeoAir. All that work just to save 10 ounces.I love my NeoAir. It is one of my favorite pieces of gear. It packs to the size of a waterbottle, weighs 10 ounces less than the Prolite Plus, and is much more comfortable.
If you like lots of company RAGGBRAI, a yearly ride across Iowa, might be good for you. It's an organized ride done by several thousand people. Iowa is not flat, on-road, and I believe they camp.There are a lot of other similar cross state rides, if that sort of ride appeals to you. Personally I don't think they are much like the typical tour and are not the best way to get you feet wet if more typical touring is the goal. They are really a very different type of experience and it is likely a rider may like one and hate the other. They are often more party than tour. If that sounds appealing then they may be a good choice.
QuoteWhile morally not acceptable, it's not fraud, as REI does offer an unconditional money-back guarantee, which would presumably cover "changing your mind."The reason I consider it fraud is that the original purchaser set out expressly to buy, use and then return the item. He/she didn't "change their mind", they used the return policy as a specific tool to get value from someone else's property with no intent to pay for it.
Can anyone let me know who prints the kind of maps that cyclists would find useful and where can I buy them.I always just pick up state maps when we enter each state and give/throw them away when we leave the state. I can usually get them for free from state visitor centers. Also when going cross country some places that usually sell them gave them to us for free, that may have been mostly because my companions were attractive young women though.
The other issue being that my tour will be self supported and I am wondering what size panniers I should be getting to hold everything I will need. Any thoughts?That depends on how much you carry and how you pack. I found that with front panniers of about 1000 cubic inches and rear ones of about 2300 cubic inches I had plenty of room even on a coast to coast tour where I was carrying a good portion of the community gear. On my last tour they were nowhere near full, but I packed fairly light and carry the tent on the rear rack. If you are more of an everything but the kitchen sink packer and want everything inside the panniers they might not be adequate.
Hmmm .. I did think that having compartments would be a big plus for me.It may actually work out to be for you. Some find them a big plus. I may be in the minority on this one so don't make the decision based solely on my opinion, but do give some thought as to whether they are really better for you.
Thanks for your input. I am hoping someone will contribute to some of the positives of the semi waterproof panniers so I can make an educated decision between the two, unless there aren't any positives.Well since I have used both. I'll take a stab at that.
Not too sure what the air carriers cost plus, never too keen to cycle from airports as always seems to be very busy highway traffic.On the other hand, I like riding directly out of an airport. Not sure why, but I get a kick out of not using any ground based transportation other than my bike at that point.