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Gear Talk / Road Bike for Touring?
« on: January 21, 2005, 07:03:52 pm »
I'm interesting in starting to do some self-supported touring and am wondering if my current road bike (which i love dearly) will be ok.

I have a Cannondale R1000.  Will it support the weight of panniers?  Trailer?  Aside from the pros/cons of each, is one better to use with a road bike?


Routes / Washington -- Inland or Coastal?
« on: May 26, 2005, 03:37:16 am »
After reading through Kirkendall & Spring's book and looking
at the Adventure Cycling maps, there seem to be two pretty
different ways south through Washington (I'll be starting in
Seattle -- or Bremerton to be exact).  Adventure Cycling
has you go more inland, close to interstate 5.  Meanwhile,
Kirkendall and Spring have you going along the coast.  

What would you suggest?  Inland seems shorter, but it's hard
to argue with being on/near the coast.  

Routes / Pacific Coast - Getting out of Seattle
« on: March 31, 2005, 05:01:17 am »
I'm planning to do the Pacific Coast this summer, starting in
Seattle ... But in looking at Kirkendall & Spring's book, as well
as the adv cycling maps, am struggling to figure out how to
get out of Seattle and onto the suggested routes.  Any

General Discussion / Solo Touring?
« on: March 04, 2005, 05:47:27 am »
I'm looking at doing the Pacific Coast this summer and am
torn about doing it alone, or asking a friend to come along.  

In my idealistic mind, several weeks with just me, my bike
and the road sounds amazing.  On the other hand, several
weeks alone is a long time!

For those who have toured alone -- what insight/advice do
you have?  

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