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Routes / Re: Best/easiest route from the Pacific to Michigan
« on: February 18, 2017, 09:09:50 am »
Not to interject, but another option from Missoula to Three Forks is through Drummond, Philipsburg, Anaconda, Butte and Whitehall. It requires a few, relatively short stretches on I-90. (One fewer if you can handle a relatively short stretch of tame gravel/dirt.) Highlights include Georgetown Lake, the Pintler Scenic Byway and Pipestone Pass just east of Butte, which is not that difficult west to east. It also goes through a nice canyon area via MT 2 passed Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, which has a campground. There are also several other camping options along the way, including in Philipsburg, which is a neat little town with old time ice cream shop. Butte has a KOA, but it's near I-90. An alternative is the motor lodge portion of the Hotel Finlen in the historic part of Butte. Reserve a room on the first floor and you can roll your bike into the room. Let me know if you want more details.

General Discussion / Re: Recommendations for a tour beginning in Chicago
« on: February 18, 2017, 08:51:41 am »
What's your anticipated range for 8 days of riding? Seems like it would be difficult to truly reach/see the west in only 8 days starting from the western 'burbs of Chicago.

Gear Talk / Re: Rohloff Speedhub
« on: February 17, 2017, 02:18:41 pm »
You spin out of something like a 48x12, which with 172.5mm cranks and 700x35c wheel/tire set up would give you a top gear inch of 108.7? At a cadence of 100 that's about 32.5 mph.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier 2017 Thread
« on: February 17, 2017, 02:09:10 pm »
OP?  Who is that?
In forum lingo, "OP" stands for "original poster". I.e., the person who started this thread. (It can also stand for "original post," depending on the context of the comment.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier 2017 Thread
« on: February 17, 2017, 01:19:27 pm »
FYI...I heard the OP was struck and injured in CA when a car turned in front of him, presumably during the first few days of his tour. Last word is that he's in the hospital with rib and other injuries.

Gear Talk / Re: Sources for Ultra Violent Protective Clothing
« on: February 16, 2017, 03:39:05 pm »
I prefer non-violent clothing.  ;D

Here is an article I found by Googling "upf cycling clothing." The search also returned links for specific items.

Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless
« on: February 16, 2017, 01:40:32 pm »
There has been some recent discussion of it on bikeforums:

There was also a relatively recent thread about it on this forum.

I ride tubeless on my road bike. Love them, and I have had no problem putting a tube in a tubeless tire when necessary. (Not all punctures will seal at an acceptable pressure, so you would be wise to carry at least one tube and tire levers.)

Until I am shown a tubeless tire that can stand the test of time for moderate to heavy load road touring, I will stick to my luddite ways.

Gear Talk / Re: How to know tire size
« on: February 15, 2017, 02:44:28 pm »
For the A319 (Not sure what the S signifies. Maybe silver since it appears that the 36h comes in silver, not black?), Mavic recommends 28-47c:

Pointing out facts and asking a question related thereto is not trolling.

And Bikeforums would be the place you were temporarily banned from for "harassment" and then permanently banned from for "high maintenance", correct?

Routes / Re: How to get home. Anacortes to NJ
« on: February 15, 2017, 09:22:41 am »
Where will you have to take your bike for BikeFlights?

You can take the boxed bike to any FedEx shipping location, including any FedEx/Kinko's store. For $5 more you can have it picked up at a LBS. For return shipping, I opt for the latter when I do loop tours away from home. Whatever shop I ship the bike to holds my box. When I am done, I simply drop the bike off at the shop, give them the shipping labels and go have a beer. For shipment out, I use a LBS for packing that is less than a block away from a FedEx/Kinko's location. The shop packs the bike and walks it to FedEx/Kinko's.

In this and at least one other forum you have repeatedly stated that you are homeless by choice and live on a low, fixed income yet you don't patch tubes because you can simply by a new one for far more money than you could patch a tube?

General Discussion / Re: Trans-America Camping Options
« on: February 15, 2017, 07:49:00 am »
I just tried this method for my location (where I live), Juneau, Alaska, and it identified all the campgrounds I am aware of in this area.
There are a number of advantages of using the camping identified on the ACA maps. The two I find most valuable are: (1) they list places to camp that aren't campgrounds, and thus would never be identified by Google, and are mostly free,

Definitely. City parks are a good example. In this case, the OP is concerned with the lack of camping along sections of an ACA route, so I thought I would propose an option.

Routes / Re: How to get home. Anacortes to NJ
« on: February 14, 2017, 06:47:22 am »
I did the reverse when starting tours from Seattle up to the Northern Tier. Took the Bremmerton ferry from town up through Deception Pass to join the route between Anacortes and Bay View. Wasn't bad at all. Fort Worden in Pt. Townsend is a great place to camp. Also stayed at Kitsap Memorial S.P. Find a LBS in town, have it box your bike and have it shipped home from there via bikeflights.

I got out there via Amtrak, but that is when you only had to take one train from NYC though Philly to Chicago and then one from CHI to Seattle. It's more complicated now since they got rid of the Broadway Limited that went from NYC to CHI. The NYC to Pittsburgh service, where you hook up with the Capitol Limited to CHI doesn't have a baggage car.

General Discussion / Re: Trans-America Camping Options
« on: February 10, 2017, 01:42:59 pm »
IIRC, the maps only list off route camping options that are with about 3 or so miles from the route. If you want to locate camping further away, you can also try Google Maps. Pick a town along a stretch where there is a lack of camping and search Google Maps for "Campgrounds near [name of town]". If nothing shows up, zoom out. I use this method often when planning trips. On at least one occasion I found a nice, private campground that is just a little too far off the Atlantic Coast route to be included on the map. There is one shown that is about 1.5 miles off route, but the one I found was about 3 or so miles off route.

Routes / Re: Best/easiest route from the Pacific to Michigan
« on: February 10, 2017, 01:34:44 pm »
Not sure what you mean by the upper three routes, but assuming you mean the TransAm, Lewis & Clark and the Northern Tier, I think the L&C, using the option through Lincoln to Great Falls, and the Northern Tier, will have less climbing than the TransAm. The thing with the Northern Tier, though, is that if you leave from Astoria you climb the North Cascades Highway around the third or fourth day. Here is the profile from the last camping spot on the west slope to the summit of the second pass:

Then you basically have a mountain pass each of the next three days. After that, it's relatively tame until Glacier National Park, although the stretch between Libby, MT and Rexford/Eureka, MT is pretty tough (I am planning to ride it again this summer) due to lots of ups and downs along the lake:

If you make the foray in Alberta after St. Mary, MT, which I highly recommend, you have a hard, hilly day to get to Waterton Village (great place for a rest day). After that, you have no more mountains, but Magrath, AB back to Cut Bank, MT was tough because of the distance, lack of services and wind.

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