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Gear Talk / Re: Ultra light sleeping bag, tent and pad?
« Last post by bikemig on January 16, 2017, 05:35:52 pm »
I wouldn't just focus on weight since you want stuff which is durable and which fits your needs.

Around 2 years ago, I bought a Marmot atom sleeping bag which is a pretty standard light weight down 3 season bag. I like the bag a lot but if I were looking today for a light weight sleeping system, I'd take a long hard look at a quilt system rather than a sleeping bar. I used one last summer for the first time and loved it. I can't recommend what I bought since it's really only a summer quilt and you're better off with a 3 season one.

For a tent, there are a number of reasonable weight double wall tents. I'm looking to get a new one and I'm leaning towards the MSR bubba nx 1. It's not the lightest tent out there but the weight is reasonable and, by all accounts, it is a sturdy tent. I like the size as well. It also has a usable vestibule which I like.
Gear Talk / Re: Ultra light sleeping bag, tent and pad?
« Last post by zzzz on January 16, 2017, 04:28:34 pm »
Sure. Get out your checkbook.

ZPacks Solplex or Altaplex tents: 1lb± - $500.00
Katabatibc gear "Palisade" down quilt (30°): 1lb± - $450.00
Thermarest NeoAir: 12 oz - $120.00

I bought these 3 items 3 years ago in an attempt to go as light as I could go. They still appear to be the lightest things on the market. You can spend considerably less by carrying 3 more pounds.


edit: I thought about this answer some more and decided it wasn't complete. Most times when you go ultra light, in addition to the price going way up, the stuff may not be quite as functional. This is  true for the tent I listed above, it is not self-supporting and there is no fly. There are places where it's hard to drive your stakes and if it's pouring all night, having a fly is very nice. I'm okay with that trade-off between weight & livability because most nights I stay in a hotel. If your camping all the time you would notice it more.
Gear Talk / Ultra light sleeping bag, tent and pad?
« Last post by camasa45 on January 16, 2017, 03:20:13 pm »

Can anyone recommend a super ultra light sleeping bag that compresses down to really small plus very light tent?

Routes / Re: Tour de SRAM USA 2017- unique cross-country route
« Last post by DSchweikert on January 16, 2017, 03:03:36 pm »
Thanks again- will look at those details and continue to fine tune the route.

On timing, I'm planning to leave San Luis Obispo about May 20.  My thinking is that will maximize daylight, and is the best time to avoid extreme weather at the elevations and before the worst of the summer heat and vacation traffic.
Routes / Re: Tour de SRAM USA 2017- unique cross-country route
« Last post by MrBent on January 16, 2017, 01:45:52 pm »
Oh, another thing to consider:  See if you can follow some dirt road alternatives in Colorado.  There are A LOT of ways to go, and you'll have a much more scenic, enjoyable time.  The route from Pagosa Springs to Del Norte, for example, is beautiful, but twisty and often without shoulders.  We pedaled it in mid-Oct. and it was pretty good but mid-summer might be hairy with lots of RV's.  I wish we'd searched out more dirt options.

Oh, looks like you'll be able to pick up the Katy Trail in MO from Clinton to Sedalia--don't miss it!  Great car-free riding on a crushed limestone trail. 
Routes / Re: Tour de SRAM USA 2017- unique cross-country route
« Last post by MrBent on January 16, 2017, 01:42:35 pm »
Looking better.  Just east of Barstow at Newberry Springs (Baghdad Cafe) swing onto I 40 until Ludlow.  It's legal there.  Route 66 degenerates into the world's worst pavement.  Get back onto 66 until Fenner--water, snacks--then I 40 again until Needles.  Swinging up to Goffs is okay but you'll have to run the gauntlet to get back to I 40 on Rt. 95--not nice.  It's better to just deal with I 40, which isn't bad as far as freeways go--huge shoulder, moderate traffic--smooth, too.  You'll love the ride through Oatman to Kingman--great stuff!  Do what you can to go during the cool part of the year.  Needles area is usually about as hot as Death Valley in the summer.  I've only pedaled through in late fall and winter.  When I went through in early Nov., for example, it was 80 deg. F.

You'll have a blast.
General Discussion / Re: What about travel other country to cycling?
« Last post by madonarosy on January 16, 2017, 01:38:05 pm »
I have  plan to travel from USA to Mexico . but Mexico is far away from USA . it almost 1,629 kilometers .. And In near Feature I would like to travel in other part of the world by riding my bike . But seem to impossible for a single man like me . Recently I have bought a best road bikes under 500 dollars . But I think to travel world over the world , I need to buy a folding bicycle . Also I have to join a cycling community to know the details about bicycling . Thank you for this topic . I am following this topic to get more awesome and informative thing from you guys . 
Routes / Re: Tour de SRAM USA 2017- unique cross-country route
« Last post by DSchweikert on January 16, 2017, 12:45:09 pm »
Correct on all counts.  Started with ridewithgps (which uses Google maps), am a Easterner who hasn’t ridden in the west much, and lots of planning yet to do.  Since I posted this in Dec, I used Adventure Cycling and a couple other sources to revise the route to this (sorry, I should have revised the original post):

It’s not accurate in the eastern US, where I’ll use the Great Rivers route, USBRS, and state bike routes (such as NC).

The idea is to get from San Luis Obispo, California to Colorado Springs to Chicago (due to planned stops in each city).  So I now have the route hitting Route 66 in Barstow and follow it to near Flagstaff, then part of the Transamerica Trail in Colorado and Kansas (but it drops too far south as it goes east).

So specific questions are now the section to Barstow (from San Luis Obispo), and is the route feasible through 4 Corners that mostly follows US160?

I appreciate the input from everyone- thanks very much.  Physical training is going well, but the planning needs work.
Classifieds / Re: Big Agnes Seedhouse 1 tent
« Last post by EAkerberg on January 16, 2017, 12:20:34 pm »
Interested in the tent.  Please call 603 817-3586 to discuss.
Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« Last post by zzzz on January 16, 2017, 12:15:44 pm »
I'm all for more possible routes but I find all the concern about the dogs in Kentucky did not match my experience on route. Yes, I had 4 or 5 dogs come out for the chase but only one of them looked like he would like to bite me if he got the chance. I will admit that my sample size of 1 does not make me an expert but I wondered after riding it if the stories of dogs may be worse than then they actually are.

It felt to me like it was kind of a throw back to the "good(?) old days" when I started cycling in the 70's before the advent of "invisible fence". If you rode in rural (and especially poor) area's, you sometimes need to deal w dogs.

I live in Pennsylvania now, which would be a likely alternate to Kentucky, and when I'm out in the country, there's dogs here too.
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