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General Discussion / Re: overnighting en route
« on: August 20, 2011, 09:23:10 pm »
You might want to check out warmshowers (.org?) to see if there are people willing to host cyclists where you want to overnight.

General Discussion / Re: foods for road trip
« on: August 19, 2011, 09:56:00 pm »
Without cooking?  You've set an interesting problem.  60-70 miles a day (within CONUS) usually got us through at least one small town with a grocery store (which does NOT say anything about the quality of the groceries!).  How many days do you expect to have to pack for?

With cooking, I'd say rice or noodles of some sort.  (Have you checked out the discussions of alcohol stoves on the Gear forum?)

Without cooking, I'd go with our normal lunch routine of fruit (oranges, apples, bananas in that order); cheese; dried or canned meat; and of course the old standby, PBJ.  You might want to use bagels or english muffins instead of bread, as they'll normally pack and ride better, and of course bagels have a ton of carbs.

I could never stomach more than one or two "energy bars" per day.  Luna bars are my favorite, as they almost taste like food (unlike, say, Powerbars), and they don't melt and get too gooey.  But for a day or two, I suppose it's possible to eat nothing else; just make sure you have plenty of fluids to wash them down with.

General Discussion / Re: Gotta eat, but don't want to cook/boil
« on: August 19, 2011, 04:58:06 pm »
I did a ten day tour around Florida and the only food I ate was trail mix,nutrigrain bars and 2 footlongs from Subway a day. I am planning a 2500 mile ride in 9 months and will stick to that, maybe mix it up here and there with some of the suggestions above.

I'm curious; how often is that possible?  I don't recall seeing a Subway between Hutchinson, KS, and Pueblo, CO, some 400 miles, just to name one stretch.  To be honest, I may have missed one or two.  I expected to be eating a lot more subs than I actually did on that trip.

General Discussion / Re: New Member Question
« on: August 19, 2011, 04:51:38 pm »
Tim, I had to look up Bridgeport, CA.  Looks like you may be able to head north towards Fallon, NV, and pick up the Western Express into Pueblo, if you're inclined towards the AC maps (as I would be).

I'd expect your biggest challenge is going to be snowed-in passes in the Sierras and Rockies, given your early spring departure.  Others may chime in with more detailed local knowledge, but of course the real, acid test is going to be how much it snows this winter.

Good luck!

Routes / Re: Southern Route in June
« on: August 12, 2011, 10:31:25 pm »
Starting in June?!?

The heat bothered me in Kansas in June a couple years ago.  The combination of long days plus heat just about wore me out.  I've worked outside in the New Mexico desert for a few days, and it's even hotter there.  While training in Florida, do you normally ride 5-8 hours daily for weeks, with only an occasional day off?  That's what you're talking about doing.  I'd consider a month of southern California through Texas in the summer to be, quite literally, life-threatening.

Touring, and riding daily, means you have to be really careful about water and electrolytes.  If you decide to go there, then, be very careful about packing and drinking enough water, and pull a trailer to tote all the Endurolytes you'll need.

And with all due respect to the weather channel, I'm not convinced this summer has been all that unusual.  Any place I go, any time I go, the weather seems to be abnormally hot, cold, rainy, dry, etc.  The Southern Tier goes where it's usually hot in the summer.  If it's 108F in Arizona, I doubt most people could stay outside for four hours without a thermometer and swear it wasn't 112.

Sorry if I'm rambling.  This sounds like such a bad idea I don't know if I can be any more coherent.  I'd go north.  Either to the TransAm or Northern Tier.  It'll still be hot, but not quite as hot; it'll be cooler in the mornings; and you'll occasionally get a break in the heat.

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier transam ride
« on: August 10, 2011, 04:30:09 pm »
Most ST rides are in the winter; not many people want to fight summer heat in the south.  I think you're starting at the right time.  You might want to start in San Diego, so as to get over the Arizona and New Mexico mountains before winter sets in.

Also, contains a wealth of information.  Search for Southern Tier tours, and you can read them from now through September!

Gear Talk / Re: Your Portable Repair Kit - What's Inside?!
« on: August 10, 2011, 09:11:15 am »
It can't apply as much torque as a real pedal wrench, but there's no need to get pedals very tight since precession keeps them from loosening as you ride.
Despite the thread arrangement I have had pedals loosen up.  A nice thing about the 8mm hex hole is that you can use a torque wrench instead of an allen wrench (at home).  Shimano specifies a torque of 35-55N-m (26-41ft-lbs), which I consider to be fairly tight.

Some of the multi-tools on the market how have an 8 mm hex gadget that slips over the 6 mm.  If you're worried about sufficient torque, you could start with your multi-tool, then stop at the first auto shop and ask either to borrow their torque wrench or to have the mechanic could check it for you.  I've been looked at oddly, but never turned down when I asked for something simple like that.  (If you feel guilty for asking, slip him a fiver when he's done.)

Gear Talk / Re: "SKS" Fenders??
« on: August 08, 2011, 09:02:46 am »
I agree the clearance looks excessive, but I'm not sure it matters.  The main thing is that the width of the fender catches the overwhelming majority of spray off the wheel.  If the fender is too far out, and not much wider than the tire, then you may have lots of spray coming out that the fender could, and should, catch.  We almost need a 3-D view to see what's going on, but you'll figure it out shortly after the first time you get caught in the rain.

Gear Talk / Re: Your Portable Repair Kit - What's Inside?!
« on: August 08, 2011, 08:58:19 am »
I don't see the point of a spare quick release axle.  For one thing, you'd need two to cover both front and rear.  For another, I've read axles don't break nearly as frequently with the modern freehub/cassette as they did with the older freewheel/cluster.  That sounds like a holdover from ancient days.

Having needed and used a spare tire, I'd keep that on the list, but look for a lightweight, foldable tire.

I took a spare chain, which I didn't need.  I'd add a small bottle of chain lube, and leave the chain at home.

I'd also add spare Koolstop Salmon brake pads to fit your bike.  Everything else seems to pick up grit, and listening to my rims get ground away as I brake to make that next hairpin going downhill -- well, no thank you!

Gear Talk / Re: Front rack
« on: August 05, 2011, 05:29:09 pm »
Assuming your mountain bike is old enough not to have suspension, you probably used P-clamps to brace the rack up high on the fork.  $1.79 a pair at Home Depot.

Gear Talk / Re: RX Cycling Sunglasses
« on: August 05, 2011, 05:27:19 pm »
How's the difference in scratch resistance?  I was concerned that all the salt from my abundant sweat drying on the glasses would scratch the lenses when I clean them.  I've always gotten real glass until the ones I got a couple of weeks ago, because I keep my glasses for ten years or more.  I still have virtually the same prescription I got 23 years ago (only 1/4 diopter different, which is the minimum).

BTW, I find plastic (polycarbonate) is more difficult to get smear-free when cleaning than glass is.

I finally got new normal glass lenses this winter after 10-12 years because I'd worn off the scratch-resistant coating.  Poly is usually softer than glass, and it's difficult to get a hard coating to stick to a softer substrate.  I'd suggest you try rinsing your new glasses in the sink (running water) when possible.  Doesn't do much for wiping sweat off on the road, I know.  :/

unless you know why you might want the additional impact/shatter resistance.

When I mentioned glass to the people at the glasses store next to the optometrist, they thought that was terrible because it could shatter and get glass in your eyes.  I told them that when we were kids, they were all glass (tempered, unlike what our grandparents had), and we all got hit in the face with balls on the playground many times, and the glasses never broke on our faces.  Never.  What did happen sometimes is that the glasses would get knocked off and fall and, on very rare occasion, break when they hit the concrete-- but never on our faces.  One woman there had a "horror" story about someone she sold glas to who got in a car accident and the edge of the lens was pressed into the skin above the eye and cut it; but the lens did not break.  It only got popped out of the frame.  The same thing could have happened with plastic.

Same here.  The only lenses I broke were my first ones, when they fell out of my book bag and the neighbor ran over them with her car.  However, to get my new high-index light weight blah-de-blah lenses I had to sign a waiver to acknowledge they were too thin for federal regs.  Should I wear goggles while road cycling?

Gear Talk / Re: RX Cycling Sunglasses
« on: August 04, 2011, 08:55:44 pm »
Is "black mirror" "transition" what replaced "polarized sunglasses"?  ;)

At a certain age, I don't think you need to worry about style, unless you just decide you want to.  The black mirror is stylish, but it really sounds like polarized would be at least as good ("polarized" does have a specific meaning).  If "transition" means you have darker lenses on top, that sounds like more style -- doesn't add much, if anything, to the glasses.

Of course, I may just be a grouch because I can't wear polycarbonate.  My prescription is NOT moderate, and polycarbonate lenses to my prescription would be so thick and heavy I'd have to get a head strap to hold them up.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Seattle to Northern Tier
« on: August 04, 2011, 05:13:24 pm »
I thought Washington and Rainy Passes were more spectacular than Sherman, at least from the east.

And don't forget the huckleberries on the right just past the river from Kettle Falls!

Rather than try to hand racks on what is essentially a light road bike, I'd suggest you look at a trailer.  Put a bit more stress on the skewer (which can probably handle it) rather than lightweight frame tubes and fork.

Gear Talk / Re: "SKS" Fenders??
« on: August 03, 2011, 09:05:52 am »
By the way, in case I decide to cut the stays myself, any suggestions on exactly how to do this or what tools to use?

If you've got a Dremel, use a cutoff wheel.  Otherwise, a hacksaw or bolt cutters should work.

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