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General Discussion / Re: Paniers vs. Trailer
« on: April 09, 2016, 12:41:51 pm »
Have used both (i.e., single wheel trailer) for paved riding.
All factors, for me, considered, prefer panniers.

Gear Talk / Re: Gear Inches for the Northern Tier
« on: April 03, 2016, 03:00:15 pm »
Did the N. Cascades Northern Tier w/ 17 chain inches.  I love extra low cause I prefer to carry more gear than most. 
Anyway going west to east w/ 17 worked out fine ... I would not have wanted less cause then I would have fallen over from going too slowly :- ).
- Wishing you a great tour.

Thank you. 
Happily watched your entire collection of shots/vids. 
On every level and in 1 word: "A++."
June the Cookie Lady would have loved your 'balance diet' pix.
I loved your church & related images, as well.
You did it ... thanks again ....cause you really did capture it all.  It has been a half dozen years since I have toured and this prompts me to realize I need to get back on out there.

General Discussion / Re: How many bags do you carry on your bike?
« on: March 24, 2016, 10:08:52 am »

I tend to like things tidy.....

I don't understand why people don't mind having more than 5 bags on their bike; the handlebar bags, piles and piles of extra stuff on top of the wrack, triangle frame bags, etc. seem somehow like overkill to me (and I'm far from a minimalist).

If you're someone who puts on more than those 5 basic bags - why do you do it?

- Tim
Have thought thru your Q(s) 4 or 5 times .....
.... your Q(s) are of value to me because I always have to ask myself the same in preparation of every tour.
How much I find myself packing (& on some tours I do have more than 5 bags) for each tour is a balancing out of mainly 3 dimensions:
risk factors, creature comforts and weight/bulk ....
while I, also, have an interest in "appearance/tidy-ness," it gets pushed lower on my list of priorities by the above .... I am just endeavoring to enjoy and survive the tour conditions, whatever may be thrown at me; thus, sometimes 5+ bags have happened!  :)

Routes / Re: Atlanta to St. Louis route ideas?
« on: March 21, 2016, 02:39:38 pm »
US Bicycle Route 21 ( ) will get your from downtown Atlanta to Chattanooga.
GA DOT announced their approval of this as a bicycle route per their October 2015 press release:

General Discussion / Re: So I bought a bike now which panniers?
« on: March 19, 2016, 10:59:10 am »
Have only had experience w/ Ortlieb..... bought them 15 years ago cause I was told by an knowledgeable tourist they would never leak ... have been thru countless rain downpours w/ said Orliebs ... I am happy to report to you that he was right  :)

General Discussion / Re: Newbie
« on: March 15, 2016, 11:26:52 am »
Yo Tim - Regarding 'local demographics' and/or absence of shoulders (I try to be alert for both), what has helped me immeasurably is to, if there is anyway possible, car drive the route I wish to take before I bicycle ride it. 
Some related things I have learned:
(1) Because most of my touring has had to be done in segments/legs rather than end to ends I have shorter sections to analyse before launching a tour than the longer distance tourist.  Thus, it has been easier for me to car drive a route in advance; 
(2) The detail found in the ACA maps have been valuable to me in staying on itineraries that are demographically friendlier and shoulder friendlier.  Times I have gotten off the ACA routes (which has been frequent) is when I have most often found myself in riskier circumstances.   

General Discussion / Re: Found on the road
« on: March 12, 2016, 10:00:20 am »
I noticed enough pennies (& occasional nickles, dimes & quarters) in parking lots that I started a collection of them.  The best "finds" ;) were the the 1981 & earlier pennies cause they have a higher melt value than their face value.

which portion to definitely not skip?
My view is that you will be happy with FL & AL.

Gear Talk / Re: Mirrors
« on: March 05, 2016, 11:10:14 am »
Use bar mounted mirrors ..... a convex/fisheye on one side and a flat mirror on the other.  Thus, probably have more rear vision coverage than forward :- ).
Helmet mirrors confuse me.

General Discussion / Re: Found on the road
« on: March 01, 2016, 12:51:53 pm »
By far the most common item I have seen is 1 (not both :- ) work glove.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring with hammocks: any other Pros & cons?
« on: February 21, 2016, 05:39:13 pm »
I absolutely love hammocks (for all the many 'pro' reasons you have cited) and, yet, have never been able to find enough places to tie one up at the end of the tour day .... I just gave up on the idea .... cause for me it, thereby, proved too limiting, sadly.

Gear Talk / Re: Anyone with experience with a Novara Mazama?
« on: February 19, 2016, 02:42:20 pm »
I'd buy it - based upon my 15 years of touring with a Novara predecessor model ... not specifically the Mazama.
The rig I have won't wearout/breakdown (wish I could say the same for me :- ).
AND ..... the money I saved going Novara enabled me to have the funds I needed to acquire really, really waterproof panniers ... that I'd otherwise probably not have had the money to buy.

General Discussion / Re: Locks for a solo Trans-Am camping tour?
« on: February 19, 2016, 02:09:32 pm »
Yep ..... I'd consider getting a little heavier lock and, meanwhile, I'd encourage you to consider keeping your cable along for the ride, as well.
Here is how come I personally love cables....  if the prospective thief knows that panniers are typically easily lift-off-able from the bike racks, he/she could be gone with one or more of my panniers in short order .... thus my paranoia has always been put at a little more rest with stringing a lockable cable.
Of course, the cable need not have a lock built in ... just use the other u-bolt or whatever you have chosen to lock up your cycle.
I have never experience a theft .... but the thought is so sobering .... not even so much about how much asset $ value that'd be lost or even all the time value invested in all the components brought together to enable a successful tour .... but because, subject to what was stolen, the theft could very well cause the termination of that particular tour.
- Wishing you a great tour.

South Atlantic / Bicycle Ride Across GA ?
« on: February 12, 2016, 01:25:08 pm »
Anyone doing the Bicycle Ride Across GA (Atlanta to Savannah June 4-11) ?
FYI link:!brag/c1tti

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