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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica bike tour- travel East or West?
« on: July 05, 2015, 11:08:55 pm »
I can only surmise myself as why that may be the case, if indeed it is.
First there is typically one start point on the east, Yorktown, whereas on the west you have Florence, Newport, and Astoria. It seems the majority starting in the east start around the first couple weeks in May and their first three or four overnights center around Willis Church, Ashland RV campground and then Mineral. So there are these opportunities to connect early on.

For the first 10-11 days going west it tests your endurance, especially Afton and on, causing short days and rests days for many. This generates opportunities to play leap frog and frequent meet ups. Plus everyone seems to shoot for the known hospitality stopovers like Troutdale, The Place, Rosedale, Outlook, and Hindman for example.

I have followed maybe 8-10 CGOAB TA journals for 2015. However there are not that many west to east journals in the mix this year so I have limited data there. I'm only looking at 2015 to sort out an itinerary for myself for a possible 2016 run at the TA again.

General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica bike tour- travel East or West?
« on: July 05, 2015, 06:45:56 pm »
IMHO West to East will be easier if you are low on conditioning. East to West has more steeper climbs early on.

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.

There are several sources for long sleeve jerseys (REI, Performance Bike) but somewhat limited for leggings.
I like

BTW I also like the Da Brim for the helmet.

General Discussion / Re: What can towns offer cyclists?
« on: July 03, 2015, 05:39:34 pm »
It's always nice when I ride into town if there is some type of sign directing me to approved camping spots.  The symbols used on the ACA maps for signs would be helpful.  Often times I have to consult google maps to find the available services.  A big plus for me is the availability of a warm shower.

+1 I would like to see ACA develop a sign format that a town could promote it's services to the touring cyclist;
  • Free water
    Camping free/public/commercial
    Places to eat
    B&B's, hotels, motels accommodating touring cyclist.
    Stores where bicycle and camping supplies can be bought.
Sort like the Interstate exit signs for services and lodging.
A "newspaper" box about events and local maps.

Routes / Re: Southern tier in the summer time
« on: June 01, 2015, 03:02:21 pm »
But on the other hand the early morning rides in the desert are really nice starting around 4:30 am.

4:30 AM?

This morning it was out the door at 5:15 am. Will be earlier and earlier until the 21st of the month. It was quite nice as some of the cactus blooms were still open.

Routes / Re: Southern tier in the summer time
« on: May 31, 2015, 05:54:44 pm »
  On the other hand, if you love 100 F heat and drab brown land you may love the ST in Summer.  Apparently some folks do.

Phoenix is around 106 F with 14% humidity now. We'll be in the triples mostly through the summer and the monsoons will up the humidity considerably soon. But on the other hand the early morning rides in the desert are really nice starting around 4:30 am. The desert shows itself off best in the cooler parts of the day.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring without fenders - big mistake?
« on: May 20, 2015, 09:47:22 pm »
I don't like fenders just because of the "fiddle factor" and the two more things to go wrong.

That being said I now have Planet Bike Cascadia fenders on the touring bike because I ruined my cycling jersey form gunky road crap in Kentucky.

Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« on: May 20, 2015, 09:37:31 pm »
Sandals do offer a wide choose of warmth from bare feet to SealSkinz's and can "open up" to adjust to thickness.
I like the Shimano two strap version and they are comfortable for me to walk in. Especially up hills pushing the bike:)

Gear Talk / Re: How heavy is your touring bike (unloaded)?
« on: May 19, 2015, 12:12:25 pm »
My Bruce Gordon R&R with racks fenders and bottle cages is about 30 pounds give or take a pound or two.
Fully loaded wet for dry camping three days including 4 Ortlieb panniers it clocked in at 70 pounds.

In the overall scheme of things the bike weight it pretty immaterial. Its in the loading where the bike becomes "heavy." So out of my 300 pound moving weight 1/10 is actually the bike.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring Shoes - High Cuff or Low Cuff?
« on: May 08, 2015, 08:03:57 pm »
I wear SIDI spds which are low cut for the road bikes. For touring I use Shimano sandals almost exclusively. The only footwear I take with me.

So its okay, from your perspective, to bag your stuff but you are against the idea of using waterproof bags because?? Too practical??
I am not against waterproof bags, I have no experience with them.  However, from my perspective they aren't necessary and I won't be rushing out to replace my non-waterproof bags until they wear out, and even then the next set may not be waterproof.
@tstevent4 Sorry but the target of my question was to dkoloko's responce to your post.

I agree it's not necessary or essential but my point is why not? Why avoid using them? As some one said "things happen." On my trip to Europe in the French Landes I encountered flooded road crossing and I had no choice but to ride across. My BG panniers literally floated across and I would have hated to think if I had dumped the bike.
I guess I'm just more risk adverse from backpacking solo for weeks at a time.

I have always just used garbage bags inside various non-waterproof panniers. 

This is commonly suggested. I tried garbage bags; also compactor bags. The solution I posted is far easier to use, neater, and tougher. I also see no reason for belt and suspenders, waterproof stuff sacks inside waterproof panniers. I bag or pouch like items, but the bags or pouches maybe net, or otherwise not waterproof.
So its okay, from your perspective, to bag your stuff but you are against the idea of using waterproof bags because?? Too practical??

Once a long time ago I bought racks and panniers from Bruce, I believe Beckman was making them at the time. I used zip loc bags and bought some Performance pannier covers and toured in Europe early spring and did not have any issue with stuff getting wet.

Now I have Ortlieb Packer plus and I still put everything in zip loc and dry bags because I want my stuff to be dry. The bags become little compression sacks and organizers.

BTW I did like the way the BG panniers packed and latched on to the BG racks. Rock solid.

I did it just the opposite. Clinton to Eureka.

Eureka 54, 3, 31, 52, 69, 52, Y, 18 to Clinton. 54 has a narrow shoulder. 69 is almost an interstate, 4 lanes and wide shoulders.

St Louis Airport take metro to Belleville, IL take 13 to Murphysboro and the TA. I took 13 all the way to Kentucky and then 56 into Sebree.
13 has a good shoulder all the way across.

General Discussion / Re: Traveling the Transam Supported by RV
« on: February 06, 2015, 11:11:46 am »
ACA runs a van supported TransAm tour and that is mainly tenting. In my experience it is easier to find RV spaces than tents sites in the East.

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