Most folks have a strong preference for avoiding the interstates. I kind of like riding on the interstate sometimes, but am not convinced that it is much if any safer due to having to cross merge areas at the intersections.
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Like any endeavor involving humans, there is the chance, maybe even a likelihood, that poor behaviors of the odd individual can ruin a good thing for the rest of us. I'll be curious about what Gillian has to say. I will try to contact her.There was an article in Adventure Cycling. My memory is foggy on the details but I think there may have been an open letter from her. Here are a few things I recall about her, her hospitality, and her falling out with the cycling community.
I'm beginning to think that the recommendation for washing out at the end of the day and air drying is probably the best solution. No more plastic bags loaded with unwashed clothes for me.
I'm thinking about biking from Oklahoma City to San Fransisco next year, but I really don't know where to start as finding good routes or general travel issues I may not be aware of, as well as picking gear. I have a fairly cheap Raleigh right now that I ride everywhere (I don't own a car), but I don't know much about bikes and know nothing of long distance biking. Obviously I'll need a much better bike. I know I need to be getting into shape and familiarizing myself with far distances before doing this, which I will be doing this entire next year. I also know it will take about a month for me to get there at 50 miles a day, and I'm thinking about taking camping gear with me and just staying at campsites along the way. I don't know much else besides this though, and I'm figuring there's a lot I'm not considering... so any tips on this would be greatly appreciated.A better bike isn't a slam dunk. Pretty much any bike in good working order would be capable of the trip.
Are you sure you counted right Pete?
We are just finishing the Lewis & Clark. The map panels have a elevation profile along with mileage chart. Also on the map it would show mileage between point byway of black dots. These features are not on the Subject maps.Maybe a bit off topic, but the ODOT bicycle map of the coast is free and IMO easier to use while riding than the AC maps. The mileage and countour are laid out in a very intuitive way that works great for this route. The AC maps have additional info that I liked having as reference material, but for on the bike I found the ODOT map much nicer. So for the Oregon section I highly recommend picking one up. Bike shops there generally have them. If you re still in Astoria or about to go there I know that the bike shop there usually has them.
YMMV, but with a decent set of hybrid pedals, you get used to clipping in very quickly. People often imagine they are hard if they haven't used them before (or perhaps if they use cheap pedals), but I have been using different hybrids for years and they work very, very well for me. I would never substitute for one or the other again, from my very positive experience.
there are definitely times for many of us when we prefer not to be clipped in (such as this example, on a sketchy road surface, like gravel or ice, etc.). It is also nice sometimes to have the comfort and freedom of a plain-old platform pedal.
Why not have both? I love hybrid pedals like these ones below -- why not have the best of both worlds?
and then those silly little wheels.
the seat post supposedly working as a stand-up pump! That's inovative -if it works.
But my personal observation is that if wind is going to be a factor in your touring I believe a BOB trailer would prove to be advantageous over a front and rear pannier set up. Especially in a quartering headwind where the panniers will tend to act act as speed brakes. This was the effect I experienced coming across Kansas riding with a mix of panniers and BOBs TransAm riders.