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Southwest / Re: Welcome to the Southwest Region
« on: June 08, 2009, 11:17:56 am »
Not an oversight, we're still in the process of getting all the regions up.  Due to the large amount of Adventure Cycling members in California, we'll be giving the state it's own discussion group.  I just finished setting it up, and you can start posting to it now.

Thanks

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California / Welcome to the California Discussion Group
« on: June 08, 2009, 11:15:45 am »
Welcome to a discussion area for Adventure Cycling members and non members to meet, organize rides, and discuss cycling issues relevant to their region.  Please keep posts in this section pertaining to California.

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Alaska/Hawaii / Welcome to the Alaska and Hawaii Discussion Group
« on: June 08, 2009, 11:05:58 am »
Welcome to a discussion area for Adventure Cycling members and non members to meet, organize rides, and discuss cycling issues relevant to their region.  Please keep posts in this section pertaining to Alaska and Hawaii.

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Southwest / Welcome to the Southwest Region
« on: June 08, 2009, 10:54:52 am »
Welcome to a discussion area for Adventure Cycling members and non members to meet, organize rides, and discuss cycling issues relevant to their region.  Please keep posts in this section pertaining to the Southwest states (AZ, TX, OK, NM).

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South Atlantic / Welcome to the South Atlantic Region
« on: June 08, 2009, 10:52:31 am »
Welcome to a discussion area for Adventure Cycling members and non members to meet, organize rides, and discuss cycling issues relevant to their region.  Please keep posts in this section pertaining to the South Atlantic states (FL, GA, SC, NC, PR).

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South / Welcome to the South Region
« on: June 08, 2009, 10:43:09 am »
Welcome to a discussion area for Adventure Cycling members and non members to meet, organize rides, and discuss cycling issues relevant to their region.  Please keep posts in this section pertaining to the Southern states (AL, MS, TN, AR, KY, LA).

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Rocky Mountain / Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Region
« on: June 08, 2009, 09:51:09 am »
Welcome to a discussion area for Adventure Cycling members and non members to meet, organize rides, and discuss cycling issues relevant to their region.  Please keep posts in this section pertaining to the Rocky Mountain states (MT, ID, WY, UT, NV).

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Pacific Northwest / Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Region
« on: June 08, 2009, 09:41:02 am »
Welcome to a discussion area for Adventure Cycling members and non members to meet, organize rides, and discuss cycling issues relevant to their region.  Please keep posts in this section pertaining to the Pacific Northwest states (Oregon and Washington).

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New England / Welcome to the New England Region
« on: June 08, 2009, 09:37:17 am »
Welcome to a discussion area for Adventure Cycling members and non members to meet, organize rides, and discuss cycling issues relevant to their region.  Please keep posts in this section pertaining to the New England states (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ).

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Midwest / Welcome to the Midwest Region
« on: June 05, 2009, 03:20:17 pm »
Welcome to a discussion area for Adventure Cycling members and non members to meet, organize rides, and discuss cycling issues relevant to their region.  Please keep posts in this section pertaining to the Midwest states (ND, SD, NE, KS, MN, IA, MO).

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Mid-Atlantic / Welcome to the Mid-Atlantic Region
« on: June 05, 2009, 03:16:30 pm »
Welcome to a discussion area for Adventure Cycling members and non members to meet, organize rides, and discuss cycling issues relevant to their region.  Please keep posts in this section pertaining to the Mid-Atlantic states (VA, WV, MD, DC, PA, DE).

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Great Lakes / Welcome to the Great Lakes Region
« on: June 05, 2009, 03:01:02 pm »
Welcome to a discussion area for Adventure Cycling members and non members to meet, organize rides, and discuss cycling issues relevant to their region.  Please keep posts in this section pertaining to the Great Lakes states (MI, IL, IN, WI, OH).

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If you've had the hub for five years or less, it's still under warranty and you can send it back to Chris King.  It sounds to me like the internal ratchet system has worn down, and is no longer grabbing.

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Gear Talk / Re: How many people tour with non-touring bikes?
« on: June 05, 2009, 01:53:57 pm »
You can ride whatever you want to ride for a tour.  Here at Adventure Cycling, we see standard touring bikes, old 1970's Schwinn road bikes, new carbon road bikes, cyclocross bikes, mountain bikes, recumbents, folding bikes, and more, all loaded.  The truth is, while one bike might handle the load better than another, it's all about how you adapt to the bike and the load.  Once you get used to the way a bike handles, it's going to feel natural.

If you're worried about whether or not your bike can structurally handle a load, opt for a trailer.  There are a million ways to tour and not one of them is right.  I spent years racing, training, and touring on one cyclocross bike with no problems.  Before that I was touring on a road bike, and now I'm touring on a standard touring bike (Surly LHT).  As far as I'm concerned, they all got the job done satisfactory.

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Gear Talk / Re: panniers
« on: June 05, 2009, 09:16:18 am »
What kind of pannier to buy depends heavily on their intended use.  If you're looking at a pretty long tour and/or plan on taking more trips in the future, I would suggest investing in something that's going to last (Ortlib or Arkel).  They very durable, and have a wide range of options that let you pick out panniers that suit your style.

If this may be your only self contained trip, I suggest looking at a Nashbar variety, or perhaps the Arkel Sakaroo, which are basic, can get the job done, and will save you money that you can spend elsewhere on the bike or yourself.  Just because they are inexpensive doesn't mean they are going to break down on you, but they won't be as bombproof or reliable over the years, or through long expeditions. 

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