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General Discussion / Re: Lions and tigers and bears oh my!!!
« on: December 06, 2016, 10:41:48 am »
Bears: Do not store or prepare food, or eat, in your tent.  Store it properly (bear bag or bear lockers).  Stick to designated campgrounds in National Parks (which is required by regulation).  If you follow posted signs in bear areas, your chances of being eaten by a bear drop from unlikely to really, really remote.

Bison, elk, moose: read the brochures you get when you enter Grand Tetons/Yellowstone, and follow directions.

Lions: There have been a few confirmed sightings of mountain lions in the east in the last few years.  If you see one, you're really lucky.

Dogs: I'm a fan of Halt! pepper spray on a handlebar mount to deal with eastern Kentucky dogs.  Practice a time or two so if you're surprised by a charging dog, you can deter it by squirting in the right direction.  Get off the bike for a better aim if you have time.  Mount the Halt! in central Virginia and keep it available through Missouri, just in case.

Turkey: make sure your heart is in good shape, because if one moves in the ditch while you're passing, it'll scare the **** out of you.

Snakes: stay out of brush, and if you hear rattling, go the other way.

Turtles: if you see a green turtle with a long neck and tail, stay away from that snapping turtle.

Cows: if you can get past them, see if you can shoo them back into the fence they came out of.  Make sure you close and latch all farm gates, not that you'll have much call to go through them in the first place.

Recreational Vehicles rented by people who drive small cars back home: these are the worse killers in Yellowstone, and don't make the news because they're so common.  Wear bright colors, try to get off the road by late afternoon, find something else to do if it's foggy.

Despite this long list of things to worry about, don't worry about them.  Deaths are so rare they make the news in Britain, apparently.  Injuries are probably more common, but there's a large number of people who ride across the country, go visit the highlights of the tour, etc., that come out of it just fine.  If I had to make a list of things to worry about, it would start with how to drink enough water, how to ingest enough salt, what to eat, where to sleep, have I pumped up my tires lately, is there enough brake pad left, etc., etc.  Lions, bobcats, and bears are right above how do I secure and transport that half pound gold nugget I might find lying beside the road on my personal list.  Hey, it might happen!

General Discussion / Re: Trans am route, map or gpx Garmin.
« on: December 06, 2016, 10:04:54 am »
If you don't know how to read a map and follow written directions, go with a GPS.

If you do use the maps, do supplement them with state maps (as mentioned earlier).

Rocky Mountain / Re: Vehicle parking in Jackson, WY
« on: December 03, 2016, 01:11:41 pm »
Economy parking at the airport?  You should be able to get a motel shuttle into town.

Gear Talk / Re: Recommendation for front light?
« on: November 28, 2016, 06:30:06 pm »
O-o-o-o-Kay.  Are we talking about gear for touring, or for commuting?  And if it's for touring, how often do you bike tour at night?  Night is a great time for sleeping if I'm on tour...

Gear Talk / Re: Recommendation for front light?
« on: November 28, 2016, 01:52:20 pm »
Only thing for me is that it charges through a USB cable. I don't take any electronics with USB ports so I would never take it on tour unless there is some sort of adaptor I can get that will allow me to charge it through a regular outlet.

Last time I was in Walgreen's there was a bucket of AC-USB adapters near the front counter for $5.

Gear Talk / Re: Recommendation for front light?
« on: November 28, 2016, 10:13:11 am »
I'm with John on this one.  Bright clothes -- yellow, blaze orange, high-vis green, or a bright red -- are going to be noticed well before a puny light.  (And be-seen lights are generally pretty puny!)

The exceptions might include riding in fog, rain, or heavy overcast.  Even there, bright clothes beat a be-seen light in my experience.

Note that you need to beware of confirmation bias if you're judging how soon other drivers can see you.  (When you decide to test out flashing lights, you'll weight drivers slowing down much more than drivers that don't.)  It's much better to note how soon you see other riders under those adverse conditions.  My experience is that bright clothing and/or panniers beat lights during daytime, period.  Often I'll see the bright clothes two or three times further than even the best flashing lights.

General Discussion / Re: best sleeping bag for bike packing?
« on: November 28, 2016, 08:28:45 am »
Sounds like a variant on "good, fast, cheap; pick two."

For compactness, down can't be beat.  But I haven't seen a -5 degree down bag for less than $200 for years.  Which of the price, cold, or packable requirements are you most willing to compromise on?

General Discussion / Re: Riding with golf clubs
« on: November 28, 2016, 08:24:26 am »
This begs for a trailer.  Attach a BOB to your bike, bungee the golf bag in, and tie a red bandana to the club heads.

Gear Talk / Re: Long distance tour bike for small lady
« on: November 27, 2016, 02:08:29 pm »
There was a similar thread back in the summer:

To recap, 5'1" woman was thinking about a custom bike from Terry.  A number of specific models were recommended, and there was a fairly good discussion about when custom is a great, good, and not-so-good choice.  (Spoiler: rider height extremes are good-to-great.)

Gear Talk / Re: Prius and racks
« on: November 18, 2016, 10:17:37 am »
I can easily believe jonc's story.  We took a trip a year after buying a 2005 Prius using a hitch rack to carry three bikes.  There was about a 20 mph headwind for 100 miles, filling up as we left and driving 65 mph.  The Prius got 30 mpg.

The 50 (+/-) mpg mileage is really sensitive to external conditions, and speeds over about 60 mph is one of the things that cuts it down.  Drag from bikes on a hitch rack seems to cut mileage by 5-10 mpg in quiescent conditions IME.  Add bikes, high speed, and headwinds, and you're asking for lousy mileage.

You don't necessarily need a new tube, but you do need one that doesn't leak. Patch it.

Given the OP, it's worth it for our peace of mind (and peace of forum) to replace the tube with a new one.

General Discussion / Re: Which Route Would You Suggest?
« on: November 10, 2016, 09:54:00 am »
Agree that August will be hot in the south (and central) U.S.  I've arranged to go north for a week's cycling vacation two of the last three years to escape the heat and humidity.

If you're looking at ACA routes, the western (and northern!) parts of the TransAm or Great Parks North would be good.  You might start at Anacortes and take the Northern Tier to Glacier NP, then head south to Yellowstone and the Tetons, before flying out of Jackson.  If you've got a bit of extra time, head south into Colorado.

Gear Talk / Re: Prius and racks
« on: November 03, 2016, 04:13:00 pm »
How about "none of the above"?  I got a bolt-on hitch for my wife's Prius, and use it with a trailer rack.

Gear Talk / Re: Shifters-integrated vs bar-end
« on: November 03, 2016, 04:10:49 pm »
This choice is pretty much all personal preference.


I found that I really didn't like bar end shifters.

Eh, not me.  I've got a bike with Shimano brifters, one with Campy brifters, and one with bar-ends and like riding them all!.  Frankly, the worst part about switching between bikes is the difference between the Shimano and Campy, but I normally re-adjust within a couple blocks.

I'm not sure if I'm the only one who doesn't know, but seriously, I can use my tennis shoes in biking?  :)

Sure, and you can eat salted caramel peanut butter cup ice cream.

Personally, I wouldn't recommend either, but it depends on your tastes.

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