I would like to know how you guys communicate while long distance touring. If you use multiple ways of communication, please vote for the thing you do most.
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wipe it down with a damp rag after a rain.What's the reason for that?
There was also a bit of riding around home so the chain had maybe 8000 miles on it at last check and was still under the requisite 12-1/16" for 12 complete links.
I've ridden in some pretty beastly hot conditions, but I've never found that my black shorts contribute to the problem. All my bike shorts are black.My words also.
2. Heavy: I suppose they are a few mg heavier than others, but I did not notice.
A few mg? The Marathon Plus series weigh more than twice what some other touring suitable tires weigh. In the size you mention they are just under 2 pounds a piece. Also they have a very dead feeling ride that is at least partly due to the stiff sidewalls.
They are very flat resistant though, so if flat resistance at all costs trumps ride feel and very a significant weight difference they may suit you. I rode on a set for a few hundred miles and hated them enough to take them off.
Personally I would pick a lighter tire from their line. I don't have much experience with their other models so I won't recommend a specific one.