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General Discussion / Re: Food
« on: August 18, 2010, 05:32:11 pm »
...what could possibly be better than pasta with marinara sauce, salad and bread after a long day in the saddle! ...some other options I have been experimenting with (for an up coming self supported tour of the Adirondack Park Loop) is dehydrating my own "real food".  Prepared, seasoned beans (pinto, black, soy, others...) dry really well as does white or brown rice and reconstitutes extremely well. Dehydrated onions and spicy salsa are a great addition and makes the dish very flavorful...bring along some tostada chips and you have a great one pot meal, especially if you can find fresh lettuce and tomato. (Boil the water, add the mix, stir, let rest while you set up your tent and dinner is ready!) This mix is very light weight, easy to pack, stores well and re-hydrates nicely.   Also for cooler temps I like to make a hefty soup mix of dried vegetables, rice or pasta (previously cooked), vegetable boullion. If you have a dehydrator, experiment with everything...the possibilities are endless. You can make fresh fruit roll ups. I have even made roll ups using a thick protein powder mix, it is really a great snack and an easy source of protein...especially important for us vegetarians to be mindful of.

Gear Talk / Re: Transamerica Gear/Packing List
« on: April 18, 2010, 01:04:48 pm »
Hi David,
Adventure Cycling has a great Handbook with a detailed checklist (page 15) of the items you may need on a self supported long can modify to meet personal needs/preferences but it is a great starting point. Also, you can Google "The Ten Essentials" and modify that as well.  Have a great tour!

Gear Talk / TIRES - 700c vs 26 inch for long tours AND S&S Couplers
« on: April 14, 2010, 07:35:22 pm »
We are planning a cross country tour (among other tours) and are in the process of deciding on a touring bike to meet our needs.  There seems to be much debate about 700c vs 26 inch tires for touring in and out of the country.  The other thing we are considering is having the S&S Couplers installed.  If you have experience (good or bad)/information regarding either of these, I would appreciate hearing from you.  I have done a fair amount of research but personal experience is valuable.  Thanks.

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