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Old 04-14-2011, 12:10 PM
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Default Re: will my bike make it from dc to chicago

700+ miles isn't unreasonable in the least. Many of us have accrued much more on our bikes. The trick is to make sure the bike is reliable for a non-stop trek of that distance.
Heed the advice given above. Do some trial rides of a much shorter distance with the bike loaded as you're predicting it will be. You'll be able to weed out some of the bugs, if any, and you'll stand a better chance of not being stranded miles from home, possible in the middle of nowhere.
Good luck. It's an ambitious endeavor but if you succeed you'll be proud.
I wouldn't say which, chain or friction drive would be better, they're both good if done right.
Keep us informed of your preparations.
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