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You want two large-ish (30-40 litres each) paniers in the back, and two small-ish (20-25 litres each) paniers in the front. Having them on both ends of the bike improves handling a lot, and it lessens the pressure on your rear tire, which can save you quite a few flats. I have two Ortlieb back roller classic paniers in the back, and two front roller classic ...
Short answer based on the little information given I'd guess two larger panniers would be enough, especially if the tent and sleeping mat is strapped on top. Watch out for the heel clearance, especially with the largest ones. Long answer and rambling: The length of the trip doesn't matter as much as you'd might think. It really depends on how much you'll ...
It can be all over the map, from a backpack containing a sleep sack and a credit card to a trailer hauling everything including the kitchen sink (a fold-up one). I recall one guy who did a week-long trip with only a sleeping bag, a "bivy sack", and a pair of tennis shoes bungied to his rear rack. I'd suggest you first study what racks can be attached to ...
Crazy Guy on a Bike, while not a social network, has some extremely active forums. While Bikeforums is much larger, since you commented that you're primarily interested in touring, you'd do well to check out CG.
BikeForums.net is a fairly active community with a wide range of topics around cycling. There is a regional section which goes down to the European level.
I finished the ACA southern tier just this last month! I'd usually be carrying bananas, sardines, peanut butter, oatmeal, knorr rice sides, whole wheat tortillas & granola bars. Less could certainly have been carried, but I'd usually go crazy at the grocery store. Most days you'll pass by a couple reasonably priced groceries so you don't actually need ...
Little Debbie Nutty Bars (and the like) are available in most gas stations, nonperishable, and have a lot of calories to the pound and to the dollar. They're not the best food in the world nutritionally, but you're going to need a ton of calories in your body to travel ~70 miles a day. I picked up the idea from 2x RAAM winner Danny Chew.
You want definitely want to be able to replace a broken spoke or nipple while on tour, as riding a wheel missing a spoke any significant distance, especially with the bike fully loaded, can stress other spokes and lead to cascading failures. By Murphy's law, any such failure is guaranteed to happen at the maximum possible distance from a bike store. You ...
When I was a student, I used to re-lace and true wheels using the bike upside-down as the truing stand. When touring, I carry a few spare spokes, and true by eye. It's better than riding a loaded bike on a twisted wheel.
It depends on the tour length. It seems worthless to me to take them for three hours of riding in local park/forest (as pretty much anything beside multitool, purse and hydropack), but good idea for whole day length trip trough the desert.
Truing a wheel and lacing spokes is a big deal, but even a novice like me can replace a spoke and get it good enough to ride if a single spoke breaks. Unless you have a really low spoke count (which seems unlikely on a tour), breaking a single spoke shouldn't make the wheel unrideable and replacing the spoke can improve things and prevent them from getting ...
It's pretty easy/light to carry around a couple extra spokes per wheel and a pretty good idea for a long tour. You'll probably need a few different lengths though for the front, rear left, and rear right sides. Another good option is to carry an emergency fiberfix spoke that can be used with most wheels, which will help in an emergency. ...
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