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Yea, that looks exactly like the one I bought ten years ago. I don’t think “new” is all that new.

What if you or someone would 2 or more Broken Spokes on the Rear Wheels?
I carry two FiberFix. I also carry the Stein and several metal spokes of each length. I'm not walking because of spokes.

When did the change take place?

Is there really an “old” Stein Mini Cassette Lock Ring tool and a “new” Stein Mini Cassette Lock Ring tool? I thought there was only one.

I have a Stein Mini Cassette Lock Ring tool and have used it a number of times out on the road. Works fine. I don’t think I’d want to use a FiberFix for thousands of miles, although I have used a FiberFix many times as a temporary fix.

General Discussion / Re: more photos
« on: January 11, 2018, 04:15:03 pm »
Most photo applications, such as Microsoft Office Photo Manager, have the ability to compress the picture to various sizes.

Gear Talk / Re: Can I use a carbon road bike for ultralight touring
« on: January 11, 2018, 04:12:33 pm »
It's fine. I've done it. As you say, just a saddle bag (like an Apidura) and a handlebar bag. Most of the weight of the saddle bag is on the saddle rails, not the seat post.

Wow! they are expensive! :o
I have found that they easily pay for themselves by helping you find free places to sleep. They also considerably improve your safety by keeping you on off-beat roads. But they aren't any good unless you follow the exact route they lay out.

Many bridges do not have a pedestrian or bicycling track. How do you act in this case?
Depends on the route. Going across the country east-west, the longest bridges you will encounter are across the biggest rivers, such as the Mississippi. Going down the Pacific Coast, there are many bridges more than a mile long. As you say, most bridges don't have a good accommodation for bicycles. The best bet is to try to arrange your route so that you can ride them early in the morning. This isn't always possible, so you just have to grit your teeth and go for it. As Ty said, take the lane, completely blocking the cars from trying to pass you. They might get annoyed, but they'll deal with it.

John Nelson: How do you quote multiple people at once?

While you are in the middle of composing a reply, look for "Insert Quote".

3 gallons is a lot! I can only carry about a gallon with me at any given time. I don’t consume too much water though. I plan to add extra water carrying capacity before I hit the desert on tour this year.

Plenty of water is the secret for not dying in the desert in the summer. I spread the water around. Three quarts in water bottles on the frame. One quart in each of the four panniers. A two-liter platypus strapped to the top of each rear pannier.

How much cost is a long journey for you. How much, for example, cost the trans-American travel.

When I did the ACA TransAm route, I averaged $16 a day. $12 of that was for food. The secret to cheap travel is never to pay to sleep. The ACA TransAm route is the most well-established route in the country, and the ACA maps tell you how to find free places to sleep. Also, since people along the ACA TransAm are used to cyclists, there are many that will offer you food. When I have done other routes, I have indulged in campgrounds that require payment, and received less hospitality. On those tours, I average $32 a day. I eat in a restaurant about once a day and eat grocery store food the rest of the time. You can save more money by staying out of restaurants and never buying alcohol or sports drinks.

Loader, it's fun to have someone here with lots of basic questions! Your questions are pretty easy for us to answer.

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more gallon to take with me, too heavy.

Really? With all the stuff you're carrying, a few gallons of water is practically nothing.

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How safe is a bicyclist on the road?

Safer than most people think, and probably safer than you are at home. Getting hit by a car is your biggest risk. Getting attacked by a psycho killer or a grizzly bear are your smallest risks. Having your stuff stolen is a medium risk, but you can control that risk by being careful.

I’ve never been in a place on all my tours where water wasn’t available at some point in the day.
Rare, but such places certainly exist in the U.S. I've carried as much as three gallons for crossing the Mojave desert.

Do you need to filter water or boil enough?

You can carry a filter if you want. However I've found that, except for wilderness touring on a mountain bike, places that lack available potable drinking water also lack available surface water to purify (at least in first-world countries).

What kind of diet do you prefer on the road?

What kind of diet do you prefer at home? It varies by person and by how much you enjoy cooking, and if you have dietary restrictions. I can get by just fine with cold food, so I don't feel the need to cook (although I do anyway sometimes, just for fun). I take non-perishable food (energy bars, jerky, peanut butter, candy bars, pop tarts, etc.) for emergencies and the rare places where there is no food available for purchase, and consume perishable foods within a few hours of purchase. I sometimes carry a small alcohol stove for making dried foods such as oatmeal or rice.

Yes, up the hill, I have to push my bike by hand.
As long as you're okay with that, then I'd say you're good to go. What you're doing is certainly not the norm, but that's okay. Have fun!

Of course you can take anything you want, but make sure you take some shorter test runs before you set out on your epic trip. Take some long, fully loaded rides on some very hilly routes. I don't know where you live, but most of the small back roads are very hilly.

Gear Talk / Re: New Master Link Combo Pliers for Bicycle Chain Links
« on: January 10, 2018, 05:11:52 pm »
Handy and interesting, but unnecessary.

The coldest you will likely be on the TransAm while riding is descending Hoosier Pass (and perhaps a few other passes). You might be going 40 MPH in near-freezing weather. You'll need a good windbreaker or rain jacket. You can put non-cycling clothing underneath for warmth (or maybe even newspaper like the Tour de France riders of old did). If you like to start a daybreak or earlier, you may also need to have clothing suitable for near-freezing temperatures. I don't think you need to take anything special for that. Just wear everything you brought at the same time for a while. Full-fingered gloves and a lightweight stocking cap would probably be appreciated.

As Ron says, put all your panniers inside something. You can use a cardboard box, a cheap duffle bag, a thrift store suitcase, etc. I usually use a 20x20x20 cardboard box from an office supply store. Throw the container away when you arrive. If you use a duffle bag and you don't want to discard it, send it home in a fixed rate postal service box.

Take a front pannier or your handlebar bag on board as your free personal item. If the airline doesn't charge for carry-on, you can take two on board. A front pannier is within the personal item size limit.

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