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Routes / Re: Pfeiffer Bridge at Big Sur work around
« on: March 19, 2017, 04:02:43 pm »
If you have a bike that's ok on dirt roads, look up the "old coast road" to Big Sur. I believe that's still open, although that area was impacted by the fires last year. It's a really cool road that winds back through the hills and old growth redwood stands. Starts at the Bixby Bridge south of Carmel and ends near Molera State Park. It's about 10 miles.

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Routes / Re: European touring advice
« on: March 13, 2017, 06:06:08 pm »
I've seen people stealth camping on various routes in Austria, and in parts of Italy and France too (where they generally seem to be more relaxed about these things). In Germany it can be hard to find a place that is truly stealth, as there seem to paths through even the smallest wooded area and the local population loves to get out and walk/hike at all hours.

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General Discussion / Re: Cycling around the Grand Canyon Area
« on: March 02, 2017, 11:21:23 pm »
You could always just rent a bike in GC Village on the South Rim and bike the road along the rim. Makes for a very nice day ride, and the road is closed to cars (park buses only) for a good portion heading out to Hermits Rest. Be aware that the South Rim is high altitude and it can get hot, too, so don't assume that you can do as many miles as you do at home. Thankfully the free park shuttles have bike racks on the front if you tire out.

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General Discussion / Re: Aussies cycling SF to LA re Big Sur
« on: February 18, 2017, 10:30:44 pm »
Note that one of the Hwy 1 bridges in Big Sur is closed at the moment due to structural damage from a recent mudslide. Keep an eye on the CalTrans website to see status when you are traveling. Right now it's closed to vehicles AND pedestrians, and there is no alternate paved route, so you'd have to go inland a good bit to bypass it, and miss one of the most scenic stretches of the California coast :-(

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General Discussion / Re: Transporting Your Bike Overseas
« on: February 02, 2017, 12:40:46 pm »
Hi, lots and lots of similar threads on this topic here and especially on the bikeforums touring section (http://www.bikeforums.net/touring/). I'd recommend doing some searches there to find lots of info.

In general, as Joe also said, for a point-point tour, a throw-away cardboard box is definitely your best option. Get another one at the finish of your trip. Sometimes, but not always, airlines have them available for purchase too.

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A great bike just waiting for your summer tour!

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Gear Talk / Touring tandem: experience with different makes
« on: January 21, 2017, 09:05:56 am »
@dullboot - what size tandem are you looking for? I'll likely be selling a 26"-wheeled S&S tandem this spring (Santana Fusion or Co-Motion Mocha; I have both just need to decide which to sell). Both are medium frames.

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Gear Talk / Touring tandem: experience with different makes
« on: January 02, 2017, 04:46:48 pm »
Unless you need a custom fit or the newest technology, you can likely find a nicely setup used Santana or Co-Motion S&S tandem for between $2500-$4000. For maximum versatility and ease of packing for a couples touring tandem, my preference is 26" wheels, but others will disagree.

I have three S&S tandems: a Co-Motion Mocha (26"), Santana Fusion (26"), and Santana Cabrio triplet (700c). The 26" wheeled bikes are definitely easier to fit in S&S cases.

PM me if you have more questions. We've been touring and traveling/flying wth our tandems/triplet for 17 years or so.

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Urban Cycling / Re: top bicycle-friendly cities and towns
« on: December 18, 2016, 08:08:51 pm »
Philadelphia is actually a very bike friendly city, with plenty of bike lanes and a good network of rail trails in the area too.

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Routes / Re: East Coast Greenway or Atlantic Route
« on: December 09, 2016, 08:26:53 am »
I believe true e-bikes, ones where you have to pedal rather than just power along without input, are considered bikes just about everywhere and are allowed on trails, at least on any trail the ECG would use.

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Rocky Mountain / Vehicle parking in Jackson, WY
« on: December 03, 2016, 03:53:05 pm »
Or call the National Park Service at Grand Teton NP and see if they offer long-term parking in their lots for an extended adventure. Most parks do if you ask in advance.

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General Discussion / Re: Riding with golf clubs
« on: November 28, 2016, 11:11:09 am »
The Burley Travoy trailer seems like it's almost custom-made for golf bags. You could even unhook it and use it on the golf course!

https://burley.com/product/travoy/

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Gear Talk / Long distance tour bike for small lady
« on: November 27, 2016, 05:57:42 pm »
I have a very nice, used Co-Motion Pangea with S&S couplers for sale in your size. It's posted in the classifieds section here on the forums:

http://forums.adventurecycling.org/index.php?topic=13768.0

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Bump: price lowered to $1750 firm. Otherwise I'll wait until spring and put it on ebay.

A great price for a rare and high-quality bike!

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Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Traffic - Bar Harbor going South in May '17
« on: November 17, 2016, 04:14:29 pm »
You can also leave the bike boxed and checked, and use a bikeshare bike.  Or transit.  Our large cities have pretty good transit, elsewhere it's very skimpy.

Yes, Philadelphia has trains 2x/hour from the airport to Center City. I assume Boston has something similar.

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