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Gear Talk / Re: Cycling Shorts vs. Padded Liners?
« on: January 02, 2012, 07:56:22 pm »
My wife and I both like these

which have only a thin, synthetic chamois and avoid that soggy diaper feeling and the chafing that comes with having a  thick, soggy, bacteria breeding pad next to you skin.

We each carry two par on tour -- one worn and one in the panniers and wash out a pair every night.  If they aren't dry in the morning, we clothes pin them to the cables and finish drying on the road.


General Discussion / Re: Light Touring
« on: November 13, 2011, 11:59:59 am »
I've been seriously cycling for more than 40 years and CC touring about 35.

It only takes a couple of tours to realize how little you need.

General Discussion / Re: Light Touring
« on: November 12, 2011, 05:08:15 pm »
Paul, your list implies you're in the southern or southwestern USA with narry a care for the weather. Even in Idaho, I'd need to add two or three more layers to know I'd be safely warm cresting 6000-9000 foot passes where the weather can turn within moments.

Don't forget, besides water, you need some food on the bike and a place to put it.

Lite touring also implies your'e doing laundry every night.

We toured on the north east in the summer but can ride year 'round since we retired to semi tropical Florida last November.

Of course, we have water bottles and can carry a couple of cliff bars or bananas in our jersey pockets but we eat where we can on the road, stay in motels, and wash one set of cycling clothes every night. If they aren't dry in the morning, we carry a couple of spring type clothes pins and hang them from the cables to dry while we ride.

General Discussion / Re: Light Touring
« on: November 11, 2011, 03:08:01 pm »
That's exactly the way we tour.  We each have a pair of the old, tiny Cannondale panniers to keep even the very lite the loads down low.

FWIW, here's our packing list in addition to the shorts/jersey/shoes/ gloves we are wearing:

One pair bike shorts

One bike jersey

Gore Tex jacket

Zip front fleece hoody

Off bike shorts

Off bike shirt

Off bike shoes/sandals

Merino  wool leg warmers

Small toilet kit



Bike tool kit

Cell phones and chargers

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