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General Discussion / Re: How to transport bike box?
« on: December 27, 2016, 10:14:39 am »
I'm with sleepy (zzzz) on two points.  First, even though there's a back way out of Dulles, it'd be a whole lot easier to go to a local motel via cab or (free?) shuttle and ride out of there the next morning.  Second, you should have little to no problem getting the front desk to help ship the bike the next morning (or shortly afterwards).  There just aren't any Bates Motels left in the high-priced area of Dulles.

Routes / Re: Camp Pendleton - access North to South for touring cyclists
« on: December 16, 2016, 09:58:52 am »
Your best bet would probably be to find an active or retired military man who lives in the area and who's also a cyclist.  Ask them if they'd do a day ride with you through the Camp.

(Don't look at me, I haven't been within 500 miles of the place for nearly 20 years!)

Gear Talk / Re: Front rack and fender question
« on: December 12, 2016, 10:00:07 am »
You can mount both on the most convenient eyelet..It's really best if you put the rack right next to the fork, since there's less shear stress on the long bolt that way.  You'll want to bend the fender stays out slightly (do it near the fender, so you don't have to bend them that much) to go outside the rack mount.

General Discussion / Re: How to transport bike box?
« on: December 09, 2016, 01:25:23 pm »
BTW, I avoid going to a UPS store and having them ship.  Both times I did that the price was crazy high despite it being the same size and weight as when I paid way less via a bike shop.

The UPS Store is a retail affair, and they'll charge a lot more than if you take it to the UPS facility (where trucks drive in and out).  I think pricing is generally facility cost < pickup cost (from home or business) < store.  Unfortunately, UPS seems to choose the most remote spots imaginable to site those facilities - even worse the REI!

Gear Talk / Re: Rain Jackets
« on: December 08, 2016, 09:20:56 am »
The DC will probably be better for packability -- you don't really want to wear it all the time!

I've got their commuting jacket (wore it to work this morning!).  Love the bright color and reflective stripe, but it's pretty bulky; I don't think I'd pack it for touring.

The only other plus for the Elite is the color; I suspect the plum on the Double Century won't be as conspicuous as the yellow Elite.

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.

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