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Gear Talk / Re: Raingear
« on: March 26, 2011, 05:12:23 pm »
FWIW, I don't use anything on my legs.  Never needed to on summer rides, and my winter rides in the rain are limited by getting to work or home.  Ordinary tights work well for limited cold weather, or much longer cool weather, and it's one less thing to carry.
I forgot to mention that I don't recall ever wearing my rain pants on the bike at all when on tour.  I was happy to have them in camp sometimes though.

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Gear Talk / Re: Raingear
« on: March 25, 2011, 03:24:45 pm »
None of the breathable stuff ever worked well for me.  I much prefer coated nylon.  I sweat way faster than breathable fabric can pass vapor if exercising.

Personally I like fairly inexpensive Sierra Designs packable jacket and pants that come in little stuff sacks.  I find that I can ventilate well enough using the front zipper, but I you really want to be dry pit zips and other vents are way more effective than breathable fabrics.  Me I just figure I will be wet when when I exercise rain or not.   So I expect my rain gear to keep me warm, not dry.

On a typical Trans America you will probably only have a few rainy days and some of them will be warm days so I would go with the lightest rain gear you can find.  I know that I really only used my rain gear a few times on the TA.  I did use the jacket a lot as a windbreaker. 

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Routes / Re: Bannack State Park
« on: March 24, 2011, 06:09:36 pm »
I slept in the Lion's Park there on June 20, 2010.
Yeah we stayed there too.  Good times. 

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Routes / Re: Bannack State Park
« on: March 24, 2011, 02:54:46 pm »
Worst mosquitoes I encountered were in Jeffrey City, but Wisdom was second place.
Just curious... What time of year was that.  They weren't a problem when we were there in 2007 (July 14th).

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Routes / Re: Bannack State Park
« on: March 24, 2011, 10:39:56 am »
Hmmm, my post went off into never never land so I'll tray again.

+1 on hitting the Patagonia Outlet in Dillon.  We got some good bargains there and they shipped items purchased home for free for cyclists.

Sorry, but I can't comment on Bannack State Park either.  I will add another place in the area worth checking out if you pass through there.  Twin Bridges is a nice friendly town and has a free cycle camp.  http://www.cyclecamp-twinbridges.com/Cycle-Camp-project.html

The camp wasn't built yet when we passed through in 2007, but it sounds pretty cool.  We stayed in the fairgrounds then and found the town nice and friendly.

Edit:
FWIW we got less enchanted with state parks and also less enchanted with going off route for camping more and more as our Trans America tour went on.  We did love the Oregon parks, but after that state parks were just not the best places to stay when there were other options.  We also found planning individual stops more than a day or two in advance was not for us.  You may or may not find the same.

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Gear Talk / Re: Touring weight
« on: March 24, 2011, 09:37:33 am »
I don't know.  I will try to remember to weigh them and report back.  They are pretty well worn by now and I don't know how much that will affect the weight.  Also size is a factor.

They were much lighter than whatever else I looked at from REI, but REI may stock other lighter pants that I didn't look at.  The material is kind of like some shirts are made of.

I tried to check but could not find my good scale due to some home improvement stuff going on.  I did put them on a scale designed to weigh heavier stuff and it looked like maybe 8 ounces.  Hefting them in one hand and a one pound weight in the other verified that was in the ball park at least.  If I find the scale I'll post an actual weight.
Edit: It looks like I was wrong they were more like 15 ounces.  They do have a built in brief that probably weighs a few ounces.

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Gear Talk / Re: Touring weight
« on: March 23, 2011, 01:18:36 pm »
I use some really lightweight and inexpensive nylon ones (http://www.basspro.com/World-Wide-Sportsman-Hybrid-Angler-Pants-for-Men/product/10210017/-1756810) that have a built in brief so no underwear is needed.
So what do they weigh?
I don't know.  I will try to remember to weigh them and report back.  They are pretty well worn by now and I don't know how much that will affect the weight.  Also size is a factor.

They were much lighter than whatever else I looked at from REI, but REI may stock other lighter pants that I didn't look at.  The material is kind of like some shirts are made of.

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General Discussion / Re: Does a bum toughen up?
« on: March 23, 2011, 11:45:47 am »
I ultimately want to just use the one on the new bike as otherwise I would have to fly over with my current saddle and as I am moving to North America to live for a while I am already struggling with luggage space and weight.

In that case...  There are bike shops along the way that will have saddles if the saddle should be a disaster.

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General Discussion / Re: Hypothetical question...
« on: March 23, 2011, 11:42:00 am »
I would put racks and panniers on your bike and add weight every week.

Different strokes...

My theory is that :
1. When preparing for a tour, conditioning is mostly about time in the saddle.
2. You will spend more time in the saddle if it is fun.  As a result I think riding an unladen bike is better and if you have a sportier bike than your touring bike for much of your riding so much the better.  I do recommend riding on the bike you will tour on some of the time though.

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General Discussion / Re: Does a bum toughen up?
« on: March 23, 2011, 10:34:43 am »
Some people are super fussy about saddles and really need to find THE right saddle.  Personally I seem to be fine with the original saddles on all my bikes.  I do find that I sometimes have an adjustment period of a few hundred miles though.

Bottom line is that there is no harm in starting out with one you know works for you and there is some chance that you could hate the one on the new bike.  If you know what bike you will be buying you could possibly try the saddle it comes with out before hand.

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General Discussion / Re: Cross Country Trip: Money, What To Do?
« on: March 22, 2011, 02:56:39 pm »
Hi do you guys have access to something like a Caxton card, which is basically a debit card through Visa but it is one which you "load" with whatever amount of $ you want.  You can then use it most places and if ever lost/hacked then any losses are contained.
The card can be topped up whenever you get to an internet access providing you bank on line.  Very safe way for extended touring.
We have the Visa Prepaid Debit card, but they tend to hit you with too many fees.  Monthly fee, ATM fees, etc. can be pretty bad.  It may depend on which one you get but I checked a couple and balked at the fees.

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General Discussion / Re: Cross Country Trip: Money, What To Do?
« on: March 22, 2011, 07:04:31 am »
Most Credit Union are members of the Co-op ATM network which has about 25,000 no-fee machines in the U.S. and Canada.  A lot of 7-11 stores also have a machine with that logo.  My credit union also has a lower "foreign ATM" fee than my big bank charges.  Another way to get cash with no fee is to use your debit card at a grocery store that lets you get cash back with the purchase.
Yes,  I found I could avoid fees most of the time and never paid an double fee.

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General Discussion / Re: Cross Country Trip: Money, What To Do?
« on: March 21, 2011, 05:08:46 pm »
Also, i plan on having my parents mail things to me along the way, including valuables like money or whatever else. How exactly would I go about it. Would I simply have to know where I will be in, say, a week, tell them the city and have them mail it to the post office? How does that work to have them mail things to me along the way?
It is easy and works well.  Pick a town down the road a bit.  Ideally pick one big enough to have a real post office, but only one post office.  Try to also pick a town you will pass through on a day that the PO will be open.

If you screw up and they aren't open just stop at any post office and let them know that you need to forward it down the road a bit.  Repeat until you manage to get the package.

Address the package something like:
    Joe Blow
    General Delivery
    Smalltown, MT 12345

If using ACA maps the zip codes are in text part of the maps.

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General Discussion / Re: Cross Country Trip: Money, What To Do?
« on: March 21, 2011, 12:23:11 pm »
$100 in cash at all times kept in different places about your person and bike
I hear that from folks, but don't really get it.  Personally I'd rather have it all in one place and with me at all times.

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General Discussion / Re: Cross Country Trip: Money, What To Do?
« on: March 21, 2011, 12:20:36 pm »
And expect to encounter higher prices than normal in some places.  You may find youself having to shop at Ma & Pa Kettle's Mercantile.  Places like that don't get the same wholesale prices as Wal Mart.
Don't ignore this factor.  The fact of the matter is that some of the mom and pop stores I stopped at in the west actually bought their stock at walmart retail and had to drive 40-80 miles to do that.  No surprise that they were pretty high and had a poor selection.


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