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You can have creature comfort without so much heavy gear, especially your heavy trailer.  You need a good tent, a ground pad and sleeping bag or backpacker's quilt.  A light sleep sack can be inserted in your sleeping bag for cooler nights, or used as a sheet for warmer nights.  Take a pillow if you prefer.  DO ensure you'll sleep well, this is very important.

You can find a lot of information on Crazyguyonabike.  Many people put their gear lists in their journals.

The problem with heavy kit is that it's very hard to drag it up hills.  You do not need to go ultra light, but you could easily take 20 lbs. off your kit.

On first glance, I would not use the Thule carrier on the trailer.  Use a waterproof bag, such as the BOB bag or drybags that are used for boating.  I would not take a cooler, you can buy cold items as you go.  If you must take a cooler, say if you have medications to keep cold, you can use a soft-sided insulated bag. 

As for camping, you should respect signs that say No Trespassing or Posted.  You can camp in town parks, or along waterways.  Often you can camp along bike trails.  Public campgrounds usually have showers, so that takes care of your hygenic needs.

Good luck, and have a pleasant trip.

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Gear Talk / Re: Search for the perfect touring bike mirror
« on: January 07, 2018, 08:29:23 am »
Maybe the problem isn’t worse because eye dominance comes in degrees. I’ve been told (in shooting instruction) that I can lead with either eye.

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Gear Talk / Re: Search for the perfect touring bike mirror
« on: January 06, 2018, 10:42:21 pm »
I think the key choice is flat mirror vs. convex.  Mirrors on the helmet and eyeglasses are closer, so they can be flat mirrors (and almost always are).  Mirrors farther away have to be larger and convex to give you the needed field of vision.  I prefer flat mirrors because you can tell passing clearance more accurately, and you can see farther back to see trouble brewing earlier.  That said, some folks can't get used to an eyeglass or helmet mirror because their dominant eye is on the non-traffic side, or they don't like the obstruction.

Bottom line: get a mirror that you like and get in the habit of using it.

See https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1mr&doc_id=5276&v=22.

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General Discussion / Re: Bike Computer
« on: January 06, 2018, 10:32:42 pm »
Another opinion.  I detest the clumsy operability of almost all speedometers.  (Another pet peeve, they're not computers, ferchrissakes.)  Exception: the Planet Bike protege series.  And the cheap Bell units from WalMart were said to be simple, though I haven't checked.

The last time I looked at a CatEye, their products had two buttons and  you had to do a litany of presses to change the display.  And initial programming was far worse, including missed steps in the instructions.  The PB Protege 5 units have four lines displayed and only one alternate line when you press the button.

Simple operation beats unused features, in my book.

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Gear Talk / Re: Best type of saddle (besides Brooks)
« on: December 06, 2017, 10:07:35 pm »
I still like the Rans standard width, foam bottom seat best.  Vision a close second.

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Routes / Re: Southern Tier with hammock or tent
« on: December 01, 2017, 12:25:08 pm »
Heck, the Northern Tier has days at a stretch with few or no places to hang a hammock.  No utility poles, picnic tables, whatever.  Probably worse on the Trans Am and worse yet on the Southern Tier.

I find my hammock to be much more comfortable than a tent, but I don't use it much anymore.  It's just too much hassle to find two stout trees, 10-16 feet apart, especially in state parks where your site selection is limited.

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General Discussion / Re: Bike from NYC to Las Vegas?
« on: December 01, 2017, 12:20:06 pm »
Maybe the sponsor is going to sag with spare batteries.  That makes it less of a stunt, but much more doable.

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Classifieds / Re: WTB: 1983 Trek 520 or 500 Fork in Pewter Grey
« on: November 13, 2017, 07:41:20 pm »
As for a made to order fork, I wouldn’t be as concerned about matching the original, as getting a fork with the desired handling.  Go for a particular trail distance.

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General Discussion / Re: Oregon Hiker/Biker Rates go up Nov 1, 2017
« on: October 28, 2017, 03:01:12 pm »
What’s a buck or two? I have no objection to paying for goods and services I receive.

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Urban Cycling / Re: commuting by bike
« on: September 28, 2017, 05:54:11 am »
If your ride involves trails or multi use paths, I caution against use of extremely bright headlights.  On a path, they blind oncoming cyclists.  If the light is EU compliant and has a "cutoff" pattern, not so bad.  Also not so bad if you mount it on your helmet and you remember to turn your head and aim it away from the oncoming riders.  The very bright lights are not a problem on streets, where you aren't so close.

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General Discussion / Re: Avoiding highways
« on: September 03, 2017, 05:25:22 pm »
It sounds like you had a "worst case" situation.  While quiet backroads are almost always safer and more pleasant, not all highway riding is terrible.  I suggest that you pick an area or destination for a tour, then figure out a good route.  Find roads with low traffic volume, or moderate volume and wide shoulders.  Use an online map street view, or in some states/provinces, the transportation agency publishes cycling maps with volume, shoulder and rumble strip info.  They also publish construction information.

Just be careful with online maps.  Sometimes the roads are not improved enough for cycling, especially in the US western states.

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General Discussion / Re: Recumbent trike practicality on routes
« on: August 30, 2017, 05:43:43 am »
I've helped with lifting a trike tandem over bollards that were too narrow.  Some places they're narrow in an attempt to keep motorcycles out.

jcostanz, that's a good list of criteria.  Maybe AC can consider those factors when planning a route.

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This section of trail is now re-opened.  The trail is complete and the barricades are removed, although there are a couple of detour signs that have not been removed.  I think it reopened yesterday, or perhaps late last week.

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Gear Talk / Re: Should have learnt the easy way.. some advice guys
« on: August 21, 2017, 09:18:57 pm »
Agree, don't rely solely on the mirror for critical maneuvers.  I check with the mirror, then before executing the lane change or whatever, I quickly look.

On the tandem, we both have mirrors and confirm with each other before maneuvers.  Captain: "Going left, looks clear."  Stoker: "Clear".

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General Discussion / Re: What is your first bike?
« on: August 21, 2017, 09:08:15 pm »
Do you mean, what is my primary bike?  The one I use the most?  Or, do you mean, what was the first bike I owned?

My primary bike is my Rans V-Rex.  It's a great commuting bike, a great touring bike, a great utility bike, a great rando bike.  Recumbent... probably not the answer you were looking for.  Most people ignore recumbents.

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