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One of the parameters we asked for was 48 hours notice. No one has ever complied with that request, so maybe it is unrealistic.When I'm on tour, I often don't know where I'll be in 48 hours. Furthermore, I sometimes need a place to stay at the last minute when other plans fall apart (e.g., the campground I was planning on using is closed or disgusting or full, or when a tornado is in the forecast). So I sometimes call or email with less notice than requested. I've given as little as 5 minutes notice. Although I would be perfectly fine if they turned me down because of the short notice, nobody ever has yet. Warm Showers hosts are just that great, and I really appreciate it!
We often get questions on this forum asking if this or that bike can be used for touring and some posters say; "yes, any bike can be a touring bike." I believe that's misleading. A 16 pound carbon frame racing bike that barely clears 700-23 tires and is geared 53/39 with an 11x23 cassette is not going to be a rewarding touring bike.
I live in Indianapolis and am planning a week-long loop tour in southern Arizona in late February. I'd like to fly out to Tucson and ship my fully racked and fendered LHT. Is there any shipping option available where I can ship it without having to remove and reinstall the racks and fenders? Thanks.
I get plenty of suggestions for bikes with drop down bars, but a back problem requires me to sit as upright as possible when riding.Everyone's back is different so I will not presume to say what will work for you, but I suspect that many folks who say they need to sit upright because of their back would be better off to gradually work their way to a more aggressive bent forward posture. I have found that for me the best was to work on flexibility, strengthen my core muscles, and gradually acclimate to a bent posture on the bike. Sitting bolt upright means the road shock all goes right up your spine. At one time I thought my back would prevent me from ever riding again and I thought camping was out as well, but these days happily I ride with the bars several inches below the saddle and have racked up a lot of touring miles with that setup. One of the biggest keys to my success at that was figuring out which stretches I needed to do and learning to do them properly.