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    Doc, whenever you get time is fine. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    And why stop there? How about a DIY bike?
    Well finguring in all I learned about hiking and hammocking in the last year in a half, it would not be out of the picture.

    But the whole cost, time, and risking my life thing talk in out of it.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    No need to cover the entire bike with sil...just the seat and maybe the handgrips. I'm not sure what's the better trade...a tarp big enough to keep the bike under, or a tarp small enough to withstand a big windstorm. The MacCat Delux might be just the right size depending on how you pitch it.
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    With whatever tarp for you with, I would get good at setting it up on the ground. This may be a little tricky without treking poles. Maybe use the bike on one end and the tire pump on the other. The pump end would be pretty low. You could guy out the bike to make it stable.

    This is provided you will be in places without trees.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    And why stop there? How about a DIY bike?
    Did that. Here's the link. Scroll down a bit and you'll see it:

    http://biketour.blogspot.com/

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    That's really cool. Took a really long time to make, though.

    Thanks for the link.

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    I was refering to the mechanical ones myself. Although I have watched a ton of American Chopper.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    Hey - remember this thread? What if someone went unicycle camping with a hammock?

    http://www.surlybikes.com/2005_08_01...ogarchive.html about 2/3 down...
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    I guess the biggest difference is that bicycle touring you have anywhere from 2 to 6 bags on your bike instead of one bag on your back. Also the panniers (packs/saddlebags) are heavier: made from 1000 denier Cordura. Abrasion reisistence is far more important that lightwieght. Descending some mountain pass at 45 miles per hour is not the time for freakin silnylon bags, lol. If you fall your bags will disintegrate.

    So you see, tourists tend to use heavier gear since the bike frame is hauling the weight instead of your back. Plus you're hauling six times as many bags. So you could haul a few more luxury items that you probably would on a hike.

    Also, you'll cover more miles. Even averaging 8 miles per hour you'd be moving two or three times faster than a hiker. Most tourists do like 60 miles a day or what they call a Metric Century (100 kilometers). So at 60 miles a day, the Natchez Trace should be doable in a week's time.

    Since you've got that kind of speed, there is no need to do all these complex mail drops and stuff. Just eat in town, local groceries and stuff.

    As a southeasterner, stealth camping is the way to go. Plenty of trees down here. But make sure it isn't hunting season, or that you sneaking onto private lands. Lots of those lands are private hunting lands, be careful.

    I plan to do the Section #1 of the new Underground Railroad Route hopefully next summer: http://www.adventurecycling.com/rout...?pg=detail&s=1

    Here's a good book on bicycle touring: http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Tour...4959642&sr=8-1
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    I know a few MUNI types, they use proper sized ones though. I know ones into lightweight camping, i'll suggest hammocks to him next time we meet.
    Last edited by Drop; 03-26-2007 at 20:47.

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