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Something I really appreciate is my woolen cap and my gloves for chilly mornings. However, during summertime on the trans am you would never need that.Not necessarily true. In the Rockies you can get a short cold snap or even snow in any month of the year. We did the TA an especially hot year and still had a few cold mornings and a freezing afternoon/evening once as well. I took my light gloves and cap and used them in the Cascades and Rockies.
I build my own frames ( fillet brazed steel) and am going to build my first touring frame, i'm looking for ideas for tube sets that other builders like to use, this is a small frame ( i'm 5'6" 125 lbs) thanks
I actually have a Pak-Lite, it is a little cap you put on a rectangular 9v battery... it is miniscule and does 600 hours on low... amazing functionality. I think it may be the ultimate in light and functional.Interesting. I can see where it might work well for some.
. After 2 weeks on the transamerica, our least used items are headlamps, collapsible kitchen sink, book/kindle.
I'll be traveling to Montana Headquarters first because I always wanted to see the kind people there.
I have looked at different maps from ACA but I can't seem to find the rights once and there is always the option of using Google Maps and I could buy myself a bike gps unit.
"what do you guys do during downtime / relaxation time"I generally find there is precious little downtime and it is best spent doing nothing much when that is possible. There never seems to be enough downtime for it to be a problem. I usually don't even much/any find time to read unless I do it by listening to audio books while riding.
I stop a lot to take pictures, talk to people, look around and move a few turtles off the road. My day is pretty much consumed by the time I get up, eat breakfast, talk to my camp neighbors, break camp, ride for 6 hours or more, stop for food and water, talk to locals and fellow riders, visit some interesting sites along the way, get lost a time or two, recharge my phone, find some place to camp, get clean, set up camp, eat dinner, go for a swim in the lake, do a bit of laundry, write in my journal, talk to my camp neighbors, explore the area, clean my water bottles, review the maps for the next day, pump up my tires, lube my chain, read a little and brush my teeth.
I only was in that situation once there, but yes they squeezed me in next to the bathrooms.That wouldn't be any worse than some of the "normal" hiker/biker sites in Southern California!
Reading too much will be likely to make you think you need a lot of stuff that is definitely not necessary.
For me, it was just the opposite. The more I read, the more I saw how much trouble people had early in their tours with overloaded bikes and how much stuff they mailed home. So all that reading convinced me of several things: (1) Don't send stuff home--leave it home in the first place, (2) Take stuff you will actually need, not stuff you think you might need, (3) Do at least some riding close to home with exactly the same gear you will be touring with.