Scraping my panniers on the ground when you lean it over too much...
Has that actually happened to you?
Good question. You either have very low paniers or be cornering tight radii very fast.
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In my opinion, indoor riding on a trainer is of value, but that value is very limited. Get that bike outside as much as possible. Outdoor riding is much, much better training for your trip.I second that. Spinning classes and the like just don't prepare you for e.g. long climbs, there's a psychological element to it plus gear selection, in/out of saddle technique etc. that you can only learn by actually doing long climbs.
Had I had a helmet on, my head injuries would not be as severe.
I did do a route in Missouri a few months back that was mostly hills.
Buy newspapers each day and send postcards.+1
cheap, breathable, waterproof, windproof, and light weightReminds me of the adage for anything to do with bikes: light, cheap, strong; pick any two. Similarly, cheap, breathable, waterproof: pick any two. My experience with Tyvek is that it lets nothing in and lets nothing out. It's also irritatingly noisy. If you sign up for Cascade Bicycle Club's Seattle to Portland ride you get a Tyvek jacket as part of the sign up package (at least it says Tyvek by DuPont on the label) so I have a couple of them. I have a Gore Bike Wear jacket that I think is very good.