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Routes / Florida 3-day circular route?
« on: November 24, 2010, 08:54:53 am »
I'd like to take a three day circular route (beginning and ending at the same point... OK... maybe it's a triangle) in Central Florida over Martin Luther King weekend. Any suggestions? 160-180 miles would be ideal, camping preferred over hotels. I have some friends camping at Fort Cooper SP near Inverness so if I'm there one night that would be great... but not required if you know a good route that doesn't include that. Can do anything south of Ocala. All suggestions welcome!  

General Discussion / Newbie with a really dumb question
« on: October 08, 2009, 03:24:43 pm »
I've really enjoyed reading this forum and am super excited about touring. Here's my deal... I'm a road biker and ride about 150 miles a week (or more). I live in South Florida and I really want to start touring with my goal being to ride from S. Florida to Wisconsin next summer. I plan on doing a bunch of smaller rides between now and then. Here's my question: I have a fairly decent road bike (Trek Pilot) with 700c x 23 tires. My wheels are 24 spoke. I do not planning on packing panniers and prefer my BOB trailer. I'm seeing that all of the touring bikes have much beefier wheels with 36 spokes seemingly the norm. I'm concerned that my wheels are too light for touring, even with the trailer. Is it practical to have a second set of wheels, just for touring, thus saving me the expense of buying a whole other bike for my touring?

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