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    [–] Daily Question Thread - October 20, 2017 LilBadApple 4 points ago in churning

    Is there status one could achieve to reduce the exorbitant oversized luggage fees?

    My husband and I do a lot of international bike touring and with the $200 per bike fee, one trip is $800 for luggage fees (unless there are multiple legs then we have more!). Are you aware of any status where you get free or discounted oversized luggage?

    [–] Touring with two panniers – where should you carry the load? LilBadApple 1 points ago in bicycletouring

    Well I can definitely mount my rear panniers on the front but not sure if the weight is bound to damage the front fork, or if that weight distribution isn't ideal. Hmm at this point all my gear easily fits in my rear panniers, you think it's better to way-overload all panniers and ride with 4? I don't have very much stuff this tour as we're not cooking much and the weather is relatively warm compared to our last tour.

    [–] Touring with two panniers – where should you carry the load? LilBadApple 1 points ago in bicycletouring

    Yes it's not a touring bike — it's a Salsa Casseroll. But it's steel, it works as my commuter and my tourer and it's had my back more times than I can count so it works for now.

    [–] Touring with two panniers – where should you carry the load? LilBadApple 1 points ago in bicycletouring

    Yep that's what I was asking about (putting the rear panniers on my front rack).

    [–] Touring with two panniers – where should you carry the load? LilBadApple 1 points ago in bicycletouring

    I have a front rack so I can easily just put my read panniers on the front. (I also have smaller front panniers but won't be needing them space-wise for this trip.)

    [–] Adopted my best friend a year ago today. LilBadApple 2 points ago in BeforeNAfterAdoption

    Beautiful post and story, and adorable pup. Thank you for sharing!

    [–] How do you track your tour and share your route with friends and family? LilBadApple 1 points ago in bicycletouring

    Thanks! I have a spot tracker but was hoping to leave one device behind (that being it). I've used it when in the backcountry or places where there is no elk service (like Mongolia) but figured South Korea and Japan were well connected so hoping for a phone app.

    [–] Looking for small (and ideally, quirky) tow vehicle that can manage a 2500lb load LilBadApple 2 points ago in Hookit

    I absolutely love that vehicle and would love to own one -- however I'm in California and our emission rules are really daunting. I feel like it's not likely I could get it registered here. But I would love if it that is not the case! Also when I've looked into this in the past, I've not been able to find anyone who would work on them and it seemed a real challenge to order parts. Is that not what you've experienced (although it looks like you work on your cars yourself).

    [–] Looking for small (and ideally, quirky) tow vehicle that can manage a 2500lb load LilBadApple 1 points ago in Hookit

    You're right, this needn't be road legal. The braking is a good consideration, but we will be driving 5 mph the whole time so hopefully there won't be too much panicked breaking -- and no down slope, the terrain is perfectly flat.

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