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General Discussion / Re: ACA Maps vs. Google Maps - Southern Tier
« on: August 30, 2015, 05:13:58 am »
Google maps is great for manually planning a route, especially through towns and cities, but I wouldn't trust its directions, especially on a bike. I've tried it locally and the directions were pretty poor and hard to follow.

Ive used ACA maps on two routes and sight seeing doesn't appear to be a big factor. Sometimes they have an alternative route to a city, or somewhere such as the Gila cliffs, but those are optional and rejoin with the original route.

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General Discussion / Re: Atlantic Coast Trail Question?
« on: August 09, 2015, 06:18:24 pm »
I rode North to South, but only because of logistics. Can't say I remember any significant wind in either direction during the 3 weeks I was riding. I set off at the end of May :)

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General Discussion / Re: Riding distance questions (noob)
« on: August 02, 2015, 04:47:10 am »
When my partner toured with me for the 1st time, she had been lazy about training and hadn't ever ridden more than 30 miles in one go. By the end of 2 weeks on the road, she completed 115 miles in a day (not without a lot of complaining!)

To echo John Nelson, the fitness part will be easy for you, but you never stop gaining experience on the road, so ride often, be safe and take the time to learn how to fix things by the side of the road :)

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Thanks. Yeah, I think drilling a hole would need the tiniest bit and a hand steadier than mine, but maybe a drill could turn it...  I live a long way from anywhere that might sell something like that, so if I can't get it out, I'll ask a car mechanic :)

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Unfortunately not, it's quite clean to the frame. (aluminium). I wonder if I have to find a strong glue and stick it to something that I can turn it out with....

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Just managed to snap a screw head off when tightening my bike rack and wonder if anyone has any tips for retrieving it, (before I end up covered in various glues and swearing a lot....)  :)

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General Discussion / Re: Bicycle tools for a cross country ride
« on: July 29, 2015, 06:06:28 pm »
ive got through a cheap pair of V pads in a week during a winter cold spell.

I certainly wouldn't carry a spare cassette.

I've had 2 snapped gear cables in the past and it's no fun at all to be stuck on the hills with just 3 useable gears, so now I always take a spare.

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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica bike tour- travel East or West?
« on: July 26, 2015, 07:27:02 am »
But I believe you will hook up and share the experience with more riders going east-west. This is from reading several journals and my experience as well.
I didn't notice that, but I have only done it W-E.  Not sure why that would be the case.  I am curious, care to elaborate?
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If you're riding in the opposite direction to the majority, you will meet more riders. When I biked the West coast S to N pretty much everyone was headed the other way, so I got to chat with many riders and when I stayed at camps, there were always fresh faces. A lot of riders were complaining that they kept meeting the same people.

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Routes / Re: Summit to NYC via GW Bridge
« on: July 22, 2015, 05:16:00 am »
Nobody knows how to look in six directions at once and stats show that as a biker you're just as likely to be seriously injured by a collision with a motor vehicle in NYC as any other US city.....

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/bicyclefatalities.pdf

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If you're worried about the spokes, then change the wheels. but before you do, why not go out for a few rides fully loaded and see for yourself if they're up to the job?  I bet they're fine.

I ride my giant escape with as much load as my old surly LHT and it has never looked like breaking. And the same with a Claud butler urban hybrid, which was a really terrible bike, but never broke under weight.

My advice is go out and test people's theories and then you can base your decision on your own experience :)

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Sounds to me that you've got everything you "need". A Trek fx will carry everything you need on just rear panniers. There is plenty of space between the panniers to tie a backpack etc. I always tour with rear loading only, simply because that's how I did my first tour and now I prefer it.

You don't need cooking equipment and you don't need a sleeping pad. I always tour without them and I'm still here to tell the tale.

the more money you have in your pocket, of course means you have more options available, but if you're prepared to lose a few comforts from your routine, you don't need much at all.

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General Discussion / Re: Bicycle guidance
« on: July 20, 2015, 12:52:56 pm »

I've know some people for whom more of the pleasure comes from obtaining and having a lot of fancy gear than from making the pedals go round.  I don't know how common that is, but having the stuff is what makes them happy.  I guess that if it makes them happy there is nothing wrong with that, but it is a shame when folks who are not so inclined get sucked into that mindset.

yes, it's really great to see cycling so popular at the moment, but there are a lot of "emperors new clothes" on the roads around here at least. My local bike shop offers "power bike fitting" for €100. thats a third of the cost of my current bike just to adjust the seat and handlebars, (by means of cutting edge technology of course.....)

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Routes / Re: Summit to NYC via GW Bridge
« on: July 20, 2015, 06:45:20 am »
I think it's quite possible to do safely enough. I wasn't brave enough to try it on my first trip to the states, but I would probably ride in or out of NYC if ever I go back as getting a train to Summit wasn't as easy at should have been.

I don't know New York to well, but wonder if option 3 in this article is of any help to you?

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2012/jul/20/new-york-cycling-bike-share

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General Discussion / Re: Bicycle guidance
« on: July 19, 2015, 07:45:12 pm »
A hybrid bike is perfectly fine for touring and im sure nearly all hybrids have rack mount points. I'd recommend something with room for 700c wheels. 10mph isn't a bad at all average for a days riding and if you're riding a lot, you will naturally get quicker, so don't worry about it.

As someone mentioned, spending a lot of money isn't necessary. My partner toured for a month with me on a bike that cost £300 with no problems at all.  :)

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Maybe start out with a few day trips to see how you feel about spending long periods on your bike.

Assuming you have some sort of camping gear and a way to fix it to your bike, I'd say you could make $60 last a few days. perhaps a long weekend is a good way to see if you'll enjoy a bigger tour. Try picking somewhere fairly local, depending on your fitness and preparedness. Make a good plan, decide on a route etc and just go for it.

As for fixing the bike, there are a heap of YouTube videos. At the very least, you'll want to be able to fix a flat, clean/lube the chain and tighten brakes,  but it's also a good idea to learn how to index gears. The more you know how to fix, the safer you are if you get stuck somewhere remote and of course you save a load of cash not having to pay someone to fix your bike :)

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