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General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« on: October 17, 2014, 07:26:16 am »
what are skate shoes??

Canvas vans type shoes...

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General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« on: October 16, 2014, 09:20:57 pm »
I've ridden clipless and adjusted to them but I never really like the feel. I feel safer on platforms for those rare times when you have to get a foot down very quickly. I've been completely happy with BMX platforms with skate shoes. I find this combination very comfortable and it reduces the need for camp shoes.

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General Discussion / Re: Strange sounds from below
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:48:04 am »
I had something similar and it turned out to be be loose rear skewer. The knocking for me was intermittent throughout each ride. There's a thread somewhere on bike forums about knocking sounds with each pedal revolution. Someone there listed many possible causes.

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General Discussion / Re: General Advice- TransAm Route
« on: September 19, 2014, 09:06:16 am »
Hey guys,
Thanks for the replies.

Definitely not doing my proposed route then- Thanks Miller!

staehpj1:
My biggest issue with riding the TransAm from E->W starting at the end of April is timing... I don't really want to wait until the end of April to go... I've been trying to select a route that would allow me to start early to mid March.

I suppose the more general question here then is what do you advise I do if we want to set out that early?

(Actually live in the UK by the way :) )

I don't know if this matters to you but yet another consideration is that there probably won't be very many leaves on the trees in March and early April, which IMO greatly detracts from the views. You also won't encounter many other riders with a March start.

If you really wanted to leave earlier you could cross America diagonally and start in Key West, Florida, rejoin the TransAm in Virginia, and end in the northwest corner of Washington (or Astoria, OR). See Jeff Arnim's Journal below...

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=7645

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General Discussion / Re: General Advice- TransAm Route
« on: September 11, 2014, 10:57:38 pm »
Why not leave as late as you can in April and do the entire TransAm east to west. Then if you'd like you can ride back down the pacific coast.

With your proposed route you'd be riding the least scenic part of the pacific coast, picking up the less than stellar scenery on the Southern Tier, and then missing the best part of the TransAm. Just my thoughts. Let's see what others have to say...

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General Discussion / Re: Quick fixes for cyclist's palsy?
« on: September 03, 2014, 07:30:43 am »
The advantage of the recumbent is not having any of those issues from the start. Not any. Not at all.

You come across a bent rider on your journey and you ask him or her how they feel, how's the road treating their body, how's their ride? They don't ever say anything like, "I can't wait to get off this bike so my arms/neck/wrists/hands/butt can stop aching/hurting/twitching/numbing."

While the cure for cycling palsy is to never get it, the way to never get it is to have a bike that has the affliction designed out of it.

Just my opinion, of course, not really part of this discussion. I have a seat that is four inches thick, a backrest and a headsup riding position that is relaxed and natural; high definition cycling, a bike designed with the behind in mind.

I put about 5,000 miles on my bike in a year mostly because it's so comfortable.


Yes and I should have mentioned that to the OP. I do move my hands around some for brief periods but 90% of the time I am on the hoods and that's what has made the difference for me.

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General Discussion / Re: Quick fixes for cyclist's palsy?
« on: August 30, 2014, 10:41:08 am »
I don't know your handlebar set-up but simply getting drop bars and riding on the hoods solved all of my hand numbness issues. I like oversized 31.8 diameter bars with flat tops. I use gel pads and Cinelli cork/gel tape to the give the bars a cushy feel. Works great.

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General Discussion / Re: Busiest ACA or other trail intersection?
« on: August 25, 2014, 04:01:37 pm »
4. Some time later (a few years maybe?) she reported that folks manners had gotten worse and worse and that guests were not cleaning up after themselves and expected too much in the way of hospitality.  She complained that they didn't offer to help by doing some work around the place.  I confess that I didn't either.  We did clean up after ourselves, thanked her, and tried to have generally good manners.  After the fire the three of us kicked in and sent her a check.  We think of her as a friend.

I had mixed feelings about the news of her stopping hosting cyclists, which she obviously had every right to do.  On one hand I was saddened that folks were rude and left her place a mess.  On the other I thought it odd that she expected folks to do things like work on the roof or what not.  I know that about the time we rolled into Ordway we were dog tired and the next in a hurry to make time.  The guests that have stayed with me have all been the same in that regard.  In general expecting much more than guests being thankful, polite, and cleaning up after themselves can only lead to disappointment.

Her arrangement toward the end was that people that stayed with her agree to work for 15 minutes on her property. So maybe it wasn't that people weren't offering to help but that they weren't following through on the agreement?

Regarding Ordway as a place for a future hostel, I read in a CG journal that the people from the Newton bike shop/hostel were thinking of moving there. Just an FYI for the OP...

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General Discussion / Re: Heading West in May, Advice Appreciated!
« on: December 11, 2013, 01:25:16 pm »
"jamawani- I'm glad you understand my general fear of my mom. I'll definitely sell her on the technology."

A Spot Tracker is yet another way to let your mom know you're OK without having to call every night. A list of a few of the features below...

Track your progress by sending and saving points along your route to Google Maps™
"SOS" function dispatches emergency responders to your exact location
Use "Help" feature to request assistance from friends or family
"Check-in/OK" allows you to transmit your location and that you are okay

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General Discussion / Re: How to Blog? Crazyguyonabike?
« on: April 28, 2013, 08:52:46 pm »
Crazyguy journals are the easiest to navigate, the site get tons of traffic, the guestbook feature is nice, and overall it's a wealth of information (thousands of journals from all over the world). Not to mention lots of gear lists, reviews, articles, and decent forums.

There are many ways to explore crazyguy. You could go to journals, categories, routes and look at different routes. You can also browse by locale. You can sample journals by looking at featured journals on the home page or by perusing the "hit list." At this time of year there are also a lot of people beginning cross country rides on ACA routes (Southern Tier, TransAmerica, and Northern Tier)... 

To start a journal you register with the site and then go to the "my" option and there is a button to start a new journal.


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General Discussion / Re: Bears
« on: April 18, 2013, 10:18:32 pm »
Miller - It depends on how you plan to use your tent.  If you are planning on doing significant backcountry hiking in the northern Rockies, then maybe I'd use another one.  If you simply will be camping in developed sites, then I would wash it according to manufacturers' instructions - light non-degreasing liquid - and allow it to air for an extended period.  Campgrounds already have so many food odors, I suspect your tent will provide little attraction.

PS - Make sure your tent is totally dry before packing it unless you like that mildew-tent smell.

Thanks, Jamawani. Yeah, probably campgrounds this year in NY but maybe some more primitive campgrounds next year (in the northeast). I'll wash and air out the tent this year regardless and I would hope that between that and the passage of another year that I would be OK with primitive camping (next year).

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General Discussion / Re: Inspire or Scare the Begeebees?
« on: April 17, 2013, 02:54:51 pm »
+1 to indyfabz and others... I've found this group to be fairly level headed and to possess a wealth of experience that has helped me to put at lot of things in perspective. It's obviously a healthy impulse for people to educate themselves about bears if they have no experience with bears, to develop safe touring practices. Simply asking the question doesn't indicate a belief that there is danger around every corner. Recently someone asked about guns in the U.S., which made perfect sense to me... I've read scores of cross country touring journals and aside from the occasional joke in bad taste I don't think that people fear rural Americans. If they did this group would quickly put them at ease and suggest basic precautions that would be wise to take anywhere.

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General Discussion / Re: Bears
« on: April 17, 2013, 11:33:03 am »
I took food in my tent last year in an area with no bears. Should I be concerned about using that same tent this year in black bear country?
Some would say yes.  Me. I wouldn't worry unless maybe you cooked and/or really slopped food around in there.  My impression is that you will carry some food odors in on your body and clothing.  I think bears can tell the difference between some odor on a human and food actually in there.

No cooking or spills. Crumbs at the most and I shook those out a long time ago. I agree that even if you do everything right--cook in different clothes than you sleep and eat in, eat far away from camp, etc there are bound to be odors (even soap from showering) and hopefully that is less attractive to a bear than food per se.

If I wanted to err on the side of safety is there anything I could do to reduce possible lingering odors? Wash with water or some special kind of soap (or would that cause more problems)?

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General Discussion / Re: Bears
« on: April 17, 2013, 09:07:34 am »
I am from grizzly country and have cycled, hiked, and camped without incident.
I have had grizzly tracks around my tent the next morning.

First, NEVER take any food into your tent.
If you've had food in your tent, I would suggest getting another.

In a similar vein, do not pack you tent in a pannier with your food.

Second, in bear country change out of your cooking/eating clothes.
You may not smell the food odors, but a bear can and will.

I took food in my tent last year in an area with no bears. Should I be concerned about using that tent this year in black bear country?

Third, learn to hang you food and toiletries in a bearproof manner.
Grizzlies are too large to get correctly hung packs,
But black bear cubs - esp, around Yosemite NP have figured out how to get them.

In areas with bad bear problems, you must use a bearproof cannister.
Most frontcountry campgrounds have bear boxes - -
But you should know how to hang your food - just in case.

Parks Canada - Appropriate for Northern Rockies, too -
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/mtn/ours-bears/sec7/og-bm7.aspx

I took food in my tent last year in an area with no bears. Should I be concerned about using that same tent this year in black bear country?

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