I will email them and report back.
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You should be able to go from east coastal Florida to Bangor, Maine in a month. It would be flat along the Atlantic coast. ACA has special maps for it.It depends on what you call flat. It will be hilly in places, judging by a quick look at the maps. I am not familiar with the whole route but much of section 3 is hilly. Don't get me wrong it isn't in the mountains, and will probably be pleasant, but it does have some steep if not all that long climbs.
I was under the impression that I could fit a 24t sprocket on the FSA. I chose 3 new chain rings 48-36-24 to replace the OEM 50-39-30. I think this will get me in the ballpark for a good climbing gear......24 front 27 rear.....that works out to 24 gear inches....Not that bad even for the Appalachians.You are correct about a 24t fitting. My mistake, sorry for the confusion. I did not know it had a 74bcd inner.
For touring nothing beats wool jerseys. They don't stink even after several days of wear and are cool in hot weather too. Lots of sellers: Ibex here at Adventure Cycling, Jones Wear, Boure', Kucharik, Wasabi to name a few.I would not advise stocking up on a lot of wool without trying one garment for a while first. You may love it or you may hate it. I found that for me the stuff stunk to high heaven after a few days without washing and I much prefer synthetics. Maybe the difference is in individual body chemistry because a lot of folks say that wool avoids the stink for them.
My LBS seems to think I should Leave the FSA Mega EXO cranks and just change the chain rings...Makes sense to me. The FSA cranks are pretty sweet and it doesn't seem necessary to change out the whole crank....right?The reason a MTB crank makes sense is because since you only have a 27 on the back you are likely to want to go as low as possible on the front, hence an MTB crank that takes a 22t. I think the smallest the FSA takes is 30t which you already have, right?
I previously suggested leaving the back end of the bike alone and putting a mountain crank up front. It would be great for touring, but probably limited for regular riding.That is probably the smartest approach at this point and can probably work out well. Personally I would have never bought the bike with 10 speed as a touring bike now. Down the road when/if 10 speed becomes mainstream for MTB and touring that may change. I think that both Cannondale and Jamis are off their rockers WRT how they spec'ed their higher end tourers.
when you say long cage what do you mean? Also I know that these are typically MTB derailleurs, and this brings me to another question...what is the difference between typical road derailleurs, and MTB?The following link explains that better than I could: