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ACA Mobile Route Apps / Route Directions
« on: March 25, 2017, 07:40:22 pm »
I downloaded the free sample for Rt 66 and Transam and it looks like I will use this format on my next ride (if available).  It appears there is a lack of written directions or am I not looking in the right place.  Also on my phone and IPad the street names for the route are very small and difficult to see.  Since I only stop periodically to check the map when I'm riding I look for the street sign to turn.  I won't be using a phone mount on my bike to monitor my progress so larger street names just for the route will be very helpful.

Routes / Re: Pfeiffer Bridge at Big Sur work around
« on: March 18, 2017, 01:22:36 pm »
There is a link in the "Temporary ACA Road Closures" forum.  At this time this is the work around.  The footpath looks like it will be for locals only and will not accommodate bicycles.  The pictures posted on the Big Sur facebook page show a narrow trail with lots of climbing (steps).  Unless something changes it looks like the route through Big Sur will be closed at least until December.  They just started the demolition of the bridge and the estimated completion of the new bridge is 9 months.

No.  It will just be extra weight and in the way.

General Discussion / Re: Bike security - Southern Tour camping trip
« on: February 06, 2017, 01:10:36 pm »
About the only time I locked my bike on the Southern Tier was when I went into a restaurant in a "larger" town.  Then I used a thin cable with a small lock.  Just to keep them honest.  Anyone with some wire cutters could have cut the cable but it was light and served its purpose.

I haven't ridden over the Paris road bridge just driven.  The road does have low to moderate traffic depending on the day and time of day.  I wouldn't attempt to ride most of the bridges during rush hours.  Unfortunately, the old bridges in Louisiana didn't make any accommodation for any form of alternate transportation. 

There are two other industrial canal crossings that you could use.  The one with the least traffic is Florida Ave and the other is St. Claude Ave.  Both have a sidewalk to keep you out of traffic.  Don't use Claiborne.  If you get on St. Claude you will pass by Chalmette National Historical Site.  This is where the British were defeated during the War of 1812.  Then take Paris Rd north to Gentilly Rd.  You'll pass by NASA's Michoud Facility (where they use to make the big tank for the shuttle).  Then you are on Hwy 90 and past most of the city traffic.  In Biloxi, MS the bay bridge has a nice sidewalk that is on the other side of a barrier so you don't have to worry about traffic.  (Same thing on the new bridge near Bay St. Louis, MS.)  Should be nice weather, enjoy.  Just off Hwy 90 you should be able to find some hotels that aren't as pricey as the ones right on the water.

Routes / Re: Redondo Beach (L.A. area) to Lake Tahoe
« on: January 27, 2017, 10:26:30 am »
You shouldn't have a problem with motels except maybe during weekends during the summer unless you make reservations.  The distance between Ridgecrest and Lone Pine is about 80 miles and this is the max distance between locations with motels available. 

Routes / Re: Redondo Beach (L.A. area) to Lake Tahoe
« on: January 25, 2017, 01:33:35 pm »
I haven't ridden it but it looks like you can ride on Sierra Hwy as it parallels hwy 14 until it ends near Mojave.  You should be able to ride on the 14 after that.  It has a wide shoulder when it has 4 lanes.  Once it becomes 2 lanes there is almost no shoulder until it runs into the 395.  You could take the 395 all the way from Hesperia but until you get to Ridgecrest there also isn't munch of a should and it has high traffic.  The 14 will also have moderate to high traffic.   Be prepared for some long climbs.

Routes / Re: Redondo Beach (L.A. area) to Lake Tahoe
« on: January 25, 2017, 10:03:06 am »
Most of the 395 has a very wide shoulder.  I've ridden it near Bishop without any problems.  A couple of areas north of Mono lake don't have much of a shoulder.   You should be fine just carry a good supply of water for the long stretches without services.

General Discussion / Re: How to transport bike box?
« on: December 16, 2016, 11:49:51 am »
For this particular trip I would suggest taking Amtrak back to Eugene.   Take the ferry over to Oakland.  The train leaves very late in the day and you will be in Eugene the next day. 

General Discussion / Re: What is the best to repair Ortlieb Bags???
« on: December 04, 2016, 12:28:15 pm »
Ortlieb makes a repair kit for their bags although I'm not sure how they will work on the ends.  I've used their patch kit on holes in other bags and they do a very good job repairing the hole but they aren't folded or rolled where I've patched.

Gear Talk / Re: trailers vs panniers
« on: November 29, 2016, 06:30:10 pm »
As you can see there are various opinions on the topic.  I've tried both and I prefer a trailer for a longer tour.  I don't like the way my bike handles with loaded panniers and I've never had a problem packing the trailer.  By the time you add the racks and the panniers they aren't that much lighter than a trailer unless you count ounces like a racer.  You will have to just try them both and see what works for you.

Classifieds / FS 2014 Burley Nomad - Sold
« on: October 05, 2016, 10:49:56 am »
Burley Nomad trailer.  Purchased in 2014 it has Schwalbe Marathon tires for added puncture resistance.  It has about 1000 miles on it so it almost looks new.  $200 includes shipping.

Routes / Re: Road 395 south in USA?
« on: October 02, 2016, 07:14:33 pm »
I've driven the 395 from Reno to its terminus in Hesperia.  For the most part the road is decent for cycling.  There are a couple of high passes south of Carson City but they do not close during the winter.  At most you would have to wait a couple of days for the road to be plowed.  Again for the most part it has a wide shoulder and has moderate to heavy traffic depending on the section.  The route south from the junction of hwy 58 may be a little sketchy.  There isn't much of a shoulder until you get close to Victorville, CA. and it has pretty heavy traffic.  You could detour over to Barstow and ride down the National Trails Highway. 

General Discussion / Re: Touring bike wheel
« on: September 21, 2016, 07:30:41 pm »
I had a similar problem.  I had a hand built wheel made with 36 spokes and 3 cross.  Haven't had a problem since. 

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