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Gear Talk / Good Rainjacket?
« on: February 28, 2005, 07:04:59 am »
I need to buy a jacket and  pants, I guess, for bad weather.
Any advice/experience on what is a good jacket/clothing  for getting caught in the rain while Touring? (recumbent)
Sure, Gore-Tex or similar sounds good but what style/design?
Some have something called "no Shell" backs?
Some have fleece lining? good/bad?


Clear skies, Max.

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Gear Talk / Just Tents
« on: February 14, 2005, 06:45:57 am »
OK guys good info on the "ZOID 2" it's on my shortlist.
Anymore suggestions out there?
At 6'2' I am not gonna squeeze into a tiny solo tent so reccomendations for 3-season 2-person compacts pls. I do'nt wanna hear bout drippy, moist single skinners.
Also let's not get fussed about a coupla Lbs extra weight diff, the experienced riders say it doesnt matter overall and a good nights sleep is %30 of your touring time.
So far i like the Apex2 (4lbs10oz) or Apex2 XT (6lbs4oz) for fully covered vestibules (cooking in the rain)or the Apex Alpenlight XT (6lbs) for a snow job.
 http://www.eurekacamping.com/apexa_03.asp
Anymore suggestions out there please?




Clear skies, Max.

This message was edited by SKYMAX on 2-14-05 @ 4:39 PM

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Routes / credit card the TransAmerica trail?
« on: September 18, 2005, 06:29:56 am »
Is it possible to stay at motels/hotels and hostels on the AC Transam so I dont have to carry all the camping stuff?
The reason I ask is the transam map route guide on this site keeps mentioning long stretches with no services and carry lots of water, etc.
Thanks, Max.
 

Clear skies, Max.

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Routes / AC maps doubts
« on: February 12, 2005, 07:16:51 am »
I'm an Australian planning my first long tour in the States. At first it seemed a good idea to buy the AC maps but now I'm not so sure. For the distance I plan to go (East/West/East various combinations of routes) it is a fair bit of money to buy all the maps and I notice that the amendments to the maps are numerous. This would mean printing and carrying around multiple printed sheets of amendments as well as the maps. Also some tour journals I have read indicate that not all the AC routes may be the best choice.
I am thinking maybe I should just buy ordinary road maps and make my own way.
Any advice on this decision please? Thanx, Mark.
 


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General Discussion / Why no Recumbents Bicycles in AC?
« on: August 04, 2005, 04:24:30 am »
I have been a member of AC for nearly two years now and I cant remember ever seeing an article about Recumbent bicycle touring in the magazine.
Now I could well be wrong as my memory is not so good and I would be happy to be corrected if someone could refresh my recall.


Clear skies, Max.

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General Discussion / Camping or Cheap Moteling?
« on: March 01, 2005, 03:34:27 am »
On my upcoming extended USA tour I planned to camp for 3 days out of 4 because I thought that Motels everynight would be much more expensive than mostly camping.
But today I talked to another Australian guy who toured across the USA 6 years ago and he said the cost difference between Campgrounds and El Cheapo Motels was neglible and worth the little bit extra for a good nights rest.(Campgrounds can be noisy).
Although he did say that the Campgrounds in National Parks were cheap, (but high-density).
In the 6 online journals I have read, the Campsites seem to be usually about $15 and the fleabag Motels about $30.
What say you all? I'm not as young and tough as I used to be. Should I abandon the heavy trailer or panniers and just take my credit card?
Clear Skies, Max.
 

Clear skies, Max.

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General Discussion / Bridge shuttles?
« on: February 19, 2005, 07:36:25 pm »
In several Tour Journals I have read about Cyclists stopping and waiting for a "Shuttle" at bridges where Cyclists are forbidden.
From whence come these shuttles?
Are they a commercial operation, or just Good Samaritans that give you a lift?

And lastly, what is "Oatmeal"?



Clear skies, Max.

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General Discussion / Health + Accident Insurance
« on: February 19, 2005, 07:09:50 pm »
I need to purchase Medical Insurance for my upcoming stay and Bicycle travel in the USA. Can anyone help me with links to Companies that provide that?
My local (Australian) travel insurance company will only provide 6 Months travel cover and I hope to be in the US longer than that.
I am a US Citizen so I qualify for ordinary citizens annual insurance. Any suggestions would be appreciated.




Clear skies, Max.

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General Discussion / G'day from a complete tour NOOB
« on: February 14, 2005, 06:06:24 pm »
I am an Aussie who is about to begin my first ever tour on my first Bent, in the USA.
I have read everything about every type of Bent there is but I still do'nt know which one to buy when I get there. I know nothing about touring or the USA, or even why I want to do this, but I do. The whole idea freaks me out sometimes and I often wonder if I am capable of sustaining the demands and discomforts of an extended(6-12 months)and mostly self-supported tour.
Please excuse me asking a thousand stupid questions in an effort to avoid making too many bad choices.

I am starting in April/May at the town of Alfred NY and heading West to start with, that is my only plan so far. I will be riding some kind of Bent and towing a trailer. look for a tall, fair guy with a Kangaroo flag on his bike.



Clear skies, Max.

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General Discussion / When is the USA Summer/Winter?
« on: April 24, 2004, 07:49:49 pm »
G'Day, I'm planning the "Trip of a Lifetime" to find America.
 But I dont really know when your seasons start and  end which is making it hard to plan my tour times.
 I know its pretty much opposite our Down Under seasons but some more accurate info would really help. I'm starting at Niagra Falls and cycling Southwest to Baton Rouge then across East to Florida and back up the Atlantic Coast to PA (a big circle).
No time limit maybe I'll go further! Thanks, MAX.



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