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I might disagree slightly with John's climbing strategy, but it is only in the name of diversity.Hats off to you paddleboy! I think that's the most diplomatic disagreement I've ever seen. I'm all in favor of diversity.
Extra tubes are your lightest and most-likely-needed repair item.Yes, but don't get carried away. On my bike, tubes weight about one third of a pound each. That's not exactly light. Patch kits, on the other hand, really are light, so I take two. The main reason I take extra tubes is so that I can swap tubes on the road and patch in camp. Occasionally, of course, a failure is unpatchable, which is when the extra tubes are critical.
You might also consider the Selkirk Loop in Northern Idaho & Washington States and British Columbia.+1
I will change the cassette to 9 speed 11-34.Make sure your rear derailleur will handle it. I don't know how to do that, but somebody here does.
I plan to leave San Francisco in mid-June and arrive Sag Harbor, NY... well sometime in early August.That is a cross-country ride, but it's not the TransAm.
The bike I have has come with two spare spokes attached, so I guess that I can use those.Maybe, maybe not. Bikes almost always use at least two different length spokes, and sometimes three. The spokes that typically break are the drive side rear, and those cannot be changed unless you also bring something to remove the cassette with (e.g., the Stein Mini Cassette Lockring tool). If you get a FiberFix (about $10), you can temporarily replace a spoke anywhere with no tools. Those two spare spokes attached may come in handy, however, even if you don't have the tools to use them, if you happen to come to a bike shop that is out of spokes in your size.