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well i only have a road bike that needs some replacement on tires.Your "road bike" may or may not be suitable. Can you tell us more about it? What make, model and year? The problem with many road bikes is that they are not suitable for mounting racks and panniers to, or the chainstay length may be too short to avoid heel strike, or they may not have low enough gear or strong enough wheels to haul a full load, or the tires may be too narrow to be comfortable for the varied road surfaces you may encounter. Tell us more.
My budget is around 3000 dollars for getting all equipments i need.That should be plenty. Figure something in this ballpark:
I am planning to order all of the equipment online and send them to my friends house in Rochester NY because that is where I am starting.The problem with this approach is that you'd really like to have the opportunity for a dry run before you start your tour. I'd at least allow a few days to ride around Rochester with all your gear loaded to make sure it all works okay. Be sure to set up the tent and try the other gear before you start.
I have a question regarding shopping for equipment, I really need help with finding the right kind of equipment that i need to get for the tour, this is my first time and I am not sure which is which is right for meSo are you asking where to shop? or what to shop for?
I will be traveling through almost all of the states, around 35 states, and I wanted to know if anyone who lives in those areas could help me out find good places to eat, or shop or get my bike fixed up or even maybe a place to crash.You're in luck. This is exactly what the ACA does. Order up their maps covering where you plan to ride, and you'll have just what you need.
I hope i can get so really awesome advices from you guys.You're in luck again. The "how-to department" of this web site has advice on all aspects of touring. We'd be happy to help with any specific questions that remain.
I was more concerned about the handling characteristics of a rear-heavy load.Lots of people successfully tour with only rear panniers. It can be an issue with short-chainstay bikes, but should be fine with your LHT. Keep the panniers as far forward on the rack as you can without hitting your heels on them. If you mount any load on the rack platform, keep that forward too.
Might like to ride to parks in car and ride bikes within parks or might like to ride whole way.I'm sure you realize that these two possibilities are not remotely similar. I suspect you don't need any advice on Plan A, so I assume you're asking for comments on Plan B.
4. You're more likely to be seen if you're between the drivers and the scenery they are looking at.
- The wind is generally out of the Northwest and can be strong.
- The shoulder is often wider on that side of the road.
- The view is often better on the ocean side of the road.
If you drive under a low overhang or into your garage with bikes still on the roof rack the damage is strictly your responsibility.Not according to my policy. And one of the Allstate commercial shows this type of accident specifically as a reason to have insurance. If insurance companies didn't cover the policy-holder's own stupidity, then they wouldn't cover much.