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Pete Staehling is the only person I've seen advocating for downtube shifters.Not sure I exactly advocate for them, but I do like them pretty well myself. I also like brifters quite well, but have a dislike of bar end shifters.
Your lbs has mislead you at best, outright lied to you at worst. Shimano square taper bb's are widely available and cheap, and remain the bb of choice for cycle tourists.I agree that square taper is fine, but would question whether they are necessarily "the bb of choice for cycle tourists". If I were building from scratch I would at least consider a more modern choice. I wouldn't change cranks and BB to get away from a square taper though.
Not sure that makes him a troll. I don't run for a living, but I have been a very active trail runner on and off in the past and often went out to run 10-15 miles before breakfast. I do find that on tour I prefer to nibble pretty much constantly, but I have no reason to doubt his comment. As far as leading others astray, he didn't suggest that others could necessarily do likewise.I also run for a living so I'm fairly use to running 10-15 miles a day and only eating an apple before/after for example.
I congratulate you, sir, for the most excellent troll. You kept us all going for two months!
For the rest of the group, is it better not to respond to a troll? Or, knowing these threads get randomly pulled up years later, is it necessary to respond to mis-information that might get someone in trouble if not corrected?
There's no need to get a hotel even in the worst of the worst weather but to each their own.Need? Maybe not, but a tour is a vacation not a test of how much you can suffer through. So it isn't unreasonable to get a room now and then. I have weathered some pretty bad weather camping, but also have gotten a room when I felt like it. Nothing wrong with either way.
Ummmm - 90 stops?Yeah, I find that it works out best to just wing it and be flexible. A rigid schedule would suck much of the joy out of the trip for me.
Don't overplan - it never turns out the way you plan it.
A rigid schedule can become a straight-jacket.
Slight change of subject on this thread but i am actually interested in the wheres and hows for camping on the TA route.Two points that may help...
My style leans toward a heavier load and a touring bike to carry the load and me, while Pete is one of the main proponents of ultra-light loading and normal road bikes.That is true enough, but even when I was doing heavy touring I still didn't like the more truck like touring bikes. So I don't think they are a slam dunk for everyone, even fairly heavily loaded tourists. It is tough for someone new to touring to know what they will prefer until they have at least a few hundred touring miles under their belt. For someone who doesn't know, I do think erring on the truck side is a safer bet, since some folks don't find the twitchier bikes as safe.
+1. And as John N notes, you have additional capacity for those situations where you might need to pack extra water and food. During a tour across PA last year I had to carry lunch, dinner and breakfast food as well as snacks because there was nothing on route to my destination and nothing for about 15 miles the next morning.A lot of this depends on how much you are carrying. I figure that 4 panniers start to make sense at somewhere above 30 pounds base gear weight (not counting food, water, or other consumables).
At 215 lbs. riding a 60cm LHT, the additional weight of a front rack and two Sport Packers panniers is a very small percentage increase. It's even smaller when you factor in the weight of everything else.This line of thinking can be a bad idea IMO, at least if you want to pack light. It is better too look at each decision based on the relative weights for that item only. If you use percentage of total load as the measure of whether an items is too heavy it can yield huge weight increases. There are many little choices and they add up even when each one is only a few ounces or even less. The a major portion of cutting my base weight from 45 pounds to 15 or less was cutting an ounce or a few ounces here and there. If you make 50 decisions that add only an ounce or two each you have added 5 or more pounds.