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Nice Bicycle!!!! Heck the Schmidt Hub, Peter White Wheels, and Edel Lux Light alone are worth more than $500. How did you like that combination?
Trying to choose tent for 3 people (mom, dad, 11 year old) on long tour. Sure, a 3 person would sleep all 3 of us, but a 4 person tent would seem to give enough space to prolong sanity on tour.
Tents in consideration:
Sierra Designs Lightning XT 4 (they now also offer a slightly heavier/less expensive option: Zeta 4)
MSR Mutha Hubba 3
Kelty Gunnison 4.1
Any comments on these or other similar tents in this size/weight/price range?
I work as a freelance photographer and love my Canon DSLR. But if I were you I would want something extra durable, waterproof, and impact proof. I personally take a 10 megapixel W60 with me when I'm traveling light. The newer 12 megapixel W80 is now available for $188.95 at BHphoto a major steel!
I suggest you underpack. Seriously, underpack. If you forget something your truly need, buy it. You are not going to ever be far from civilization. Ask yourself, "Am I absolutely positive that I will use this every day and that life will be miserable without it?" If the answer is no, leave it behind.
Note that overpacking is not merely a matter of working your body a little harder. A heavy load greatly increases your chances of mechanical problems, and greatly increases your chances of handling problems.