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My only addition to the above is to ensure that you have enough space left in your panniers for the times you need to carry extra food and waterGreat point Tony, although the extras need not necessarily go "in" your panniers. I often strap these extras on top of the pannier. I can strap a Platypus or Gatorade bottle to the top of my Ortlieb rollers using the same strap that closes the pannier. The top of the pannier creates sort of a "shelf" to put these things on. I do, however, like to have extra space in my panniers and like to put extra stuff inside whenever it fits.
Whether he goes heavy with bags or trailer, or ultralight with bags, he needs much lower gearing to get any gear over the mountains.Many thousands of cyclists who ride the mountains every day with standard road bike gearing might disagree. If the load is light and the rider is fit, standard gearing is fine. Given the option, my preference is low gearing too, but it's not a requirement in all situations.
This may sound stupid, but what is LTC Florida 2013? I live in Tampa about an hour from Clermont and was just wondering?Like most questions, Google answers all. LTC is the ACA's Leadership Training Course. It's a prerequisite for ACA tour leaders. In 2013, the ACA is offering six sessions of this course. One of them is in Florida.
I count on least $12 with a tip for dinner not including drinks.An $8 sub sandwich at Safeway is two pounds and provides me the better part of three meals.
don't forget to budget for repairs and/or replacement parts like tubes and tires.I consider bike repairs to come out of my emergency funds, and I don't typically count them in my daily expenses. I count tires, tubes and chains as equipment costs. I figure out what tires, tubes, chains and pads I'll need for the whole trip before the trip, buy them ahead of time (on sale), and then either carry them or have them mailed to me. It is often difficult to find good parts on the road (especially tires appropriate for touring).