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General Discussion / Seeing in the rain
« on: April 16, 2007, 05:05:48 am »
Hi Bishop. I wipe mine with a finger every few minutes.

Fred


1097
General Discussion / how much weight?
« on: March 28, 2007, 05:32:48 am »
My bike loaded for a long camping tour with food and water for the day comes in at 75 pounds. This is probably close to average. One Thermarest, one paperback, no furniture.

Fred


1098
I'd like to second Paul's comments about that route, adding only two points of interest. Waterton National Park, the Canadian sister to Glacier and also on the Northern Tier route, is worth a day or two for the scenery and is especially good for hiking. The San Juan Islands at the northwest corner of Washington are another little piece of cycling heaven.

The Rockies mark a sharp divide of climate, Jan. The westerly winds dump most of their moisture on the west side. Spokane on the east is nearly desert: high, dry, and cold. The west side is milder and wetter but at its best in September. Snow is possible in the passes, but not likely to close roads that early.

My ride on this route was solo also, San Francisco to Yosemite, back to the coast for the redwoods and the Oregon dunes, the San Juan Islands, Cascades, Glacier, Waterton, and on to the east. If you have free choice, I'd suggest the other direction to finish the high passes earlier and to take advantage of the prevailing northerly wind on the west coast.

Fred


1099
General Discussion / Family Rides
« on: February 11, 2007, 08:49:50 am »
Hi Fan. I can't answer directly (try the Contact Us link on the ACA home page if no one pops up here). You might consider one of the many cross-state rides, which are about the right duration, have plenty of support, and lots of parties. You won't be alone, for sure, but I think you meant alone = not with family. The January issue of Adventure Cyclist has a nice article by susan Weaver that gives the flavor.

Fred


1100
General Discussion / Bicycle Insurance
« on: January 29, 2007, 06:40:10 am »
Good question, Nobachi. Most states consider a bicycle to be a vehicle but not a motor vehicle, putting us in the same category as, say, a horse and carriage. Check your state at http://www.massbike.org/bikelaw/statelaws.htm and check your policy to see whether you are already covered as operator of another vehicle or another motor vehicle. If in doubt, ask your insurance company.

Fred


1101
General Discussion / Searching the web
« on: December 29, 2006, 08:01:54 am »
You probably have found Loose Screws. They have supplied me parts that are long gone elsewhere on a few occasions. Good folks.

Fred


1102
General Discussion / Do I really need to carry a spare tire?
« on: November 10, 2006, 06:40:34 am »
I carry a small piece of light canvas in my patch kit. A boot between tire and tube has got me to the next bike shop after one blowout and a couple of sliced tires over the years. I have read that a folded dollar bill works too, but have never tried it.

Fred


1103
General Discussion / Spam from this forum
« on: November 09, 2006, 05:35:41 am »
Hi Paul,

My address has been in the profile since day 1 with no evidence of trouble. The logon requirement here would keep the spambots from scanning it.

Fred


1104
General Discussion / Trailer vs Panniers
« on: October 14, 2006, 05:05:34 am »
Hi TheWind,

It has been discussed to death. You are not likely to evoke any opinions or experiences signifigantly different from what you can find quickly by searching this forum and the Gear forum for the two terms.

http://www.adventurecycling.org/features/bigdebate.cfm is an excellent place to start by reading a summary of pros and cons.

Fred


1105
General Discussion / Camping on private land
« on: August 30, 2006, 05:52:51 am »
Having ridden the same route, I would say that he was having a bad day. He must have forgotten the Cascades, the Rockies, the Adirondacks, and the White Mountains that he just rode through. He may be right about the roads, though.

I found rip-off accommodations and decent alternatives all along the way. Prices do average higher in the East.

I doubt we need yet another listing service for people willing to host cyclists. A Google search for "list bicycle host homes" without the quotation marks returns several.

Fred


1106
General Discussion / just some silly questions
« on: August 24, 2006, 05:01:21 am »
Hi, gman,

You have found the right place. An excellent start is the "How To Department" link on our home page http://www.adventurecycling.org/. Read the articles for a good general background and come back here with specific questions.

Fred


1107
General Discussion / suggestions for mapping needed for fundraiser
« on: August 23, 2006, 05:27:56 am »
Oh my! You need a quick dose of reality. You have found the premier bicycle route mappers here, and should get in touch http://www.adventurecycling.org/ac/contact.cfm with Carla Majernik http://www.adventurecycling.org/whoweare/staff.cfm of routes and mapping pronto.

Just to start, you will have to make some compromises. "Usable roads" and "shortest possible routes" are contradictions. Cycling through big cities and between them can be done safely, but requires the local knowledge of experienced cycle commuters, possibly gained by contacting bike shops and bike clubs in each city. Adventure Cycling avoids big cities for good reasons, but has made routes through a few of them.

Your proposed route is twice the length of a typical Adventure Cycling cross-country route. Ask Carla how much work goes into scouting and mapping one of those. I'll guess it is many man-years and tens of thousands of dollars.

You have not mentioned the number of riders you plan, but if it is more than a handful, the logistics are not trivial. Carla will refer you to someone who has done it, no doubt. This is not a job for beginners.

In sum, I think you have planned more than you can handle in the time (and probably the money) available. You have surely considered alternatives that will get your cause on the local TV news just a well. One might be local rides in each city.

Fred


1108
General Discussion / Artificial joints on tour
« on: July 15, 2006, 05:47:25 am »
I rode a ten-day tour in 2000 through the Rockies from Kalispell to Jasper with a young lady in her seventies who had two plastic knees. That was a van-supported trip of 50 - 80 miles per day, every one of which she cycled happily.

There is a small risk of diminished function, probably much smaller than the likelihood of diminished function without the repair. One of my cycling buddies had to install a shorter crank arm because he could not comfortably flex the knee enough to ride his regular crank.

Fred


1109
General Discussion / Chain Longevity
« on: July 02, 2006, 03:42:58 am »
See also the thread "Chains" starting on June 27 in the Gear Talk forum.

Fred


1110
It is a mild base, but extremely weak and not at all reactive with steel and aluminum. Not a problem. Engineers build steel bridges on it and railroads use it for rail beds around here (Vermont) where it is common and cheap.

Gritty dust, from limestone or any other source, is far more important. Keep that chain clean to make your gears last long. And if you ride in the winter, rinse salt off aluminum parts, which will get surface pits if salt stays on them for weeks or months.

Fred


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