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Practice. Learn to ride in rain and wind by getting out and doing it. You quickly learn how to cope with the conditions and learn how to decide when it's time to go home or find cover or grind it out. You also quickly discover what kind of clothing or gear works and what was a waste of money. Do all of that experimentation close to home.
Also a good idea to practice setting up camp in wind and wind-driven rain. You quickly learn how not to let your tent get destroyed, how to keep your gear under the fly till the thing's up, what's important to keep dry and what can get soaked.
As for the weight thing, I am carrying 300# on a 5'7" frame, have been overweight my entire adult life.Gastric bypass will still require that you learn to do what it takes to maintain a healthy weight eventually or else you will ultimately wind up putting the weight back on some years down the road.
I think my next step is to simply call the Bar Harbor Bike Shop and/or the Villager Motel to see how/if they could accommodate us.
If you are an A/C staffer, indyfabz, your response comes across as arrogant/unappreciative to feedback.
I would like the flap straps longer.
I rode the 60cm Long Haul and it felt awesome. I loved riding it and thought from a fit perspective that it was great. My concern is that it feels like a giant bike (big wheelbase, very upright) and once loaded up with 40+lbs of gear it will be tough to handle.