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General Discussion / Re: Novice coming to America !
« on: January 10, 2011, 01:20:10 pm »
Apologies folks, not been viewing this thread for a while...but still got the vision of touring in the spring.  It all depends on my job.

This may have been answered before but it is it best to stay away from the Interstates, and stick to smaller roads, or do you have to mix them up ?

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General Discussion / Re: Novice coming to America !
« on: October 08, 2010, 06:30:09 pm »
This might be another silly question - to the experienced bikers at least - but what do you wear on your feet ?

Speciailised bike shoes ?...or what ?

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General Discussion / Re: Novice coming to America !
« on: October 03, 2010, 02:29:59 pm »
Hi Richard,

yes I am still reading this thread - there's been some fantastic advice (I think), and I am taking note of it all.

Any more advice suggestions welcome,

tim in (a wet ryder cup) wales

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General Discussion / Re: Novice coming to America !
« on: September 10, 2010, 05:37:19 pm »
Thanks Shane.

You sound like you are at home in England now ???

Got itchy feet ?  Been home long ? Working ? Travelling ?  What is next on your horizon ?

Just being nosey, sorry.

tim

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General Discussion / Re: Novice coming to America !
« on: September 06, 2010, 04:43:56 pm »
Shane ...got as far  as leaving Wyoming so far in your story.......having looked at your route, I'm curious to know how you chose your route, did you do it as you went along ?, how many and what scale maps did you carry with yo.

tim

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General Discussion / Re: Novice coming to America !
« on: September 06, 2010, 02:26:02 pm »
I hope to ride east to west....I understand the wind blows the other way ???

Is this a big consideration ?...is it a problem ?

Thats what I thought, and it is generally true, except when I did it of course (w-e). I had a headwind for most of 2000km through the midwest.There might be some good tips for you in my trip report (which includes videos and an easy reading section for lazy people)
the epilogue is a good read imo ;D

thanks Shane - I am looking at your trip report as i type...

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General Discussion / Re: Novice coming to America !
« on: September 06, 2010, 02:23:46 pm »

Some great information  - yet again - thanks everyone....

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General Discussion / Re: Novice coming to America !
« on: September 03, 2010, 11:09:43 am »
I hope to ride east to west....I understand the wind blows the other way ???

Is this a big consideration ?...is it a problem ?

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General Discussion / Re: Novice coming to America !
« on: July 11, 2010, 05:17:25 am »
 Another security question - how do most bikers carry their valuables ?

- money, credit cards, cell phone etc?


....money belt....panniier....pocket...under your hat !!... ??????

I can imagine valuables in a pannier could disappear in a flash if you turned your back for a second in the wrong place. 

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General Discussion / Re: Novice coming to America !
« on: July 06, 2010, 04:00:42 pm »
Thanks everyone for your tips...some great suggestions and advice.

Any more  ?...keep them coming.... 8)

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General Discussion / Re: Novice coming to America !
« on: June 19, 2010, 06:11:40 am »
I really need a bike Guru to advise me on everything !

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General Discussion / Novice coming to America !
« on: June 19, 2010, 06:10:22 am »
Hi - I am a novice cyclist, hoping to tour East to West coast next spring (2011). Starting in Maine - I am in the early stages of planning the trip.

I don't really have a timescale, just want to see a lot more of the USA, and a bike seems a fun way to do it.

Can you reccomend a good bike ?, a good bike shop ? price to aim at ?   ..probably in the Portland or Standish area.  I will need other bits and pieces etc too - clothes, carrier etc.  What is the advised amount of clothes etc to carry?

I don't have any definite plans for overnighting - could be hotel or tent...is tent a good idea ?...type of tent ?

Is it safe to cycle alone ?

Any suggestions welcome.

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