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But overall this is an interesting thread.
For years I have toured with rear panniers alone and an aero bar. It worked really well, however:
1. I could sometimes miss a handlebar bag for my camera, money and other valuable stuff. The main purpose of that bag would be convenience of just clicking it on-off when going to a shop for doing groceries. Also I would carry some of the "heavy" stuff in the handle bar bag so I could shift my weight ratio more properly. I have really missed that.
2. Oftentimes, maybe my rear panniers struggled with the volume so I was missing a bit of space. But it worked. Having my valuable stuff in my rear panniers in a waist belt kind of bag was always annoying because I felt I had to empty a pannier each time when going to a grocery store.
I have bought an Arkel handle bar bag and it is beautiful and I have made some small tours with it, but I feel I miss the aero bar. Then I see the Revelate bags which enable me to combine both an aero bag wih a handlebar bag. But due to their strapping system and that it basically is a roll only, I will miss the convenience of rapid "in and out" combined with multiple pocket for optimum organization.
I would be happy to hear about some solutions :-) (without hijacking this thread).
The one real problem with MTBs is their straight handlebars which give only one hand position. This can be a problem and cause numbness (aka "handlebar palsy") on successive long days of riding.I like drop bars better for touring, but find that I can manage flat bars by spending some of the time with the heels of my hands resting on the bars and my hands loosely draped forward above or on the brake levers.
We are planning to have the waypoints available by June 1st.Any progress to report? I am planning to go as soon as the snow is out enough. That day is rapidly approaching.
With that in mind, i've been looking at the Surley Disc Trucker- http://surlybikes.com/bikes/disc_trucker/bike_info
Two questions about this bike- What're the views on disc brakes on a tourer? They are cables, not hydraulics and from what i've been told, very good cable-pulls. More expensive initially, but it seems like an investment in the future as no wear on the rims etc.
Also- 26" wheels Vs 700c.
I am sure you are fine with what you normally do on your travels for parking. I did not hear about any problems with break ins. I only asked about more secure options because we actually will be leaving our work laptops, extra camping gear and rock climbing gear in the truck (locked and out of site but you never know...). If we didn't have all of this extra gear, I would not worry about theft.
I don't really know when it'd be necessary tbh. When we haven't showered for a month I suppose?On the TA we had showers pretty often even in a lot of the town parks where we camped for free.
How many days did you do it in? We're not looking to do it too quickly... I reckon 90 days should be doable for us though.We took 73 days. 90 is a reasonable number though.
As a side point: What is your estimate, per day, for cost of food/accommodation? There will be two of us and we have no issue with camping and intent to use motels only when absolutely necessary and as such, will be cooking our own meals.On the TA for accommodations we averaged a bit under $5 per person per day. You could go cheaper yet with a little effort. We managed that cost with no stealth camping, but plenty of camping in plain sight for free and some stays with hosts.
I've seen people suggesting $20/day, does that sound feasible?
So the best time to set out from the West would be as soon as the pass is open? Or better to wait even after that?
I have been advised against cycling East to west due to the fact i'd be cycling into the prevailing wind... From what i've read here though, people have had no issue going East-West.
Anyways, a full set of ACA maps for a route do take up some space, but not a heck of a lot, especially compared to other maps. I'm guessing weight-wise it's probably about a pound and change.
Nah, you can zoom in or out. Glance at the zoomed out map and then zoom into the area you want to see details. No different than Google maps just with more info. It just depends on how comfortable you are with smartphones.To some extent it depends on the map. I agree if it is just a map, like a state map where pretty much everything is just on the map.