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Gear Talk / Kick stands
« on: February 28, 2006, 04:09:08 pm »
In listening to the discussion, I find myself going back 30 years for answers.  We did not have touring bikes in the 70's.  I used a road bike that I fitted with commercial bags.  The outfit I used would be a sight to see this very day!

That bike was with a kick stand.  It never worked and I learned at that time to lay the bike down or up against a tree.  I always took a bungee with me to hold it upright.  

Now, getting back into touring, I will get the 520 and leave the stand behind.  My wife and I will tour together and we will have the bungee cords to band the two bikes together and they will be free standing.

As for the added weight, I leave it out.  I carry ample amounts of water at the present time.  I take the freedom of using a trunk right now, in prepairation for things greater.

Gear Talk / Which type of mini stove?
« on: March 22, 2006, 11:24:04 am »

With the mini stove that I can get through outlet stores such as Wal-Mart, and the such, I probably will go with that brand for the time.  None of my trips will take me into the areas where I will be in freezing weather, nor above 5,000 foot level.  When that occurs, I have seen some other things that might be a boon, and that is I have checked in on the web page for the Pacific Crest Trail.  They have one forum that goes into the types of equipment that is feather lite and uses the pellets.  We may go that route, and use a lot of pellets, but at least we can have warm meals and carry two or three stoves.  The stoves are made out of the coke cans that you can toss away.  The fuel, the pellets, can be costly, but you can carry enough of those to last a lifetime in a panier or in the trailer.

Gear Talk / Which type of mini stove?
« on: February 28, 2006, 04:35:41 pm »
I am interested in the Wal Mart brand stove.  Send me more information.  We can always carry bottles to the next city for a re-supply.  I want to make it sure that we have the stuff that we need and can use.


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