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Gear Talk / Re: cold feet! Recommendations?
« on: December 14, 2009, 11:11:53 pm »
Shoe covers help, but they're not the whole answer.  I have some "Sidekick " ones that are fairly thick but they ride up off the toe often and if you don't notice, your toes start to freeze.  Then I have Pearl Izumi thin and hard to get on ones that help and do not come off the toe, but more insulation would be nice.  My latest trick is to but those little hand/foot warmer chemical pads that warm up when exposed to air.  I put one in the toe of each show so my toes go over it.  That helps a lot.  A friend told me to put a layer of aluminum foil under the shoe insert.  I think the real solution is to get larger shoes for winter (they make a winter bike shoe--looks a little like an ankle top hiking boot) and with that you could get thicker, warmer socks in there.  I haven't wanted to spring the $100 or more for them.  When the tempurature's under about 38 degrees or so, I just keep my rides down to about 20 miles or so.

Routes / Re: TransAm starting in mid Aug?
« on: December 13, 2009, 01:01:03 am »
NOvember in the western mountains is not a good idea.  I live in the Cascades in the NW and we get cold rain, snow, etc in October. Some years there is considerable snowfall in November as low as 2000 or 3000 feet.  The passes are higher than this.  If you could veer south about about the time you're getting into the western mountains and end up going down near the Southern Tier, it would be a lot warmer.

General Discussion / Re: Bonking on tour
« on: December 12, 2009, 12:35:19 am »
  As others have said - know your limits.

And remember, as you age, your limits will change.  This can be an unpleasant surprise.

General Discussion / Re: Advice for a cross-country trip
« on: December 10, 2009, 10:11:15 pm »

Different strokes, but I personally have found that I prefer to take no full off days.  I'd rather take short mileage days when I need a break or want to do something.  I consider them half days.  I only take a full day if I need to do something fun, like whitewater rafting or something, and even then prefer to ride a short ways.  The key for me is to not push so hard that I need a day off the next day. 

Well put.  I feel the same way.  I like to do something daily, and it so far has always involved riding, at least a ways.


By the way, what's PB?

Peanut butter.  One of the two food groups.  The other one is chocolate.

I like the cake idea.  I substitute, well, a chocolate bar or chocolate chip cookies, etc.

General Discussion / Re: Advice for a cross-country trip
« on: November 30, 2009, 11:18:21 pm »
Some of my favorite times on bike tours are the times not riding--hanging out with friends, meeting new people, reading, enjoying rest stops in beautiful places, etc.  I've ridden on tours where we had to max out day after day.  Not any more. 

« on: November 29, 2009, 08:42:19 pm »
One huge convenience about road touring is that you can send stuff home if you bring too much.  We have also done this on a tour where we went from north to south in early summer.  Clothing and gear (fenders) we needed in Washington, were superfluous  in California.  Don't carry much food.  You can buy it, usually daily, on the road.

Get a mirror, and make sure it's adjusted correctly and you have practiced with it.  Otherwise, you are taking yourself completely out of control of the continuingly changing geography of the traffic passing you.  You don't want that control to be in the hands of thousands of total strangers each day!

You can get great lightweight tents at reasonable cost and sleeping bags that squish down to the size of a large loaf of bread. 

General Discussion / Re: Keeping Clean
« on: November 29, 2009, 08:32:49 pm »
In addition to all the above great ideas, it's a real treat to stop in a town and wash everything in a laundromat.  I only takes an hour and a half or so, and we sometimes get it going around lunchtime in a nearby cafe, or on a park lawn if we're having lunch out of out bags. 

Routes / Re: Oregon Coast ACA route
« on: November 29, 2009, 08:28:59 pm »
  Also, do you guys think that I would have trouble getting into a hiker/ biker campsite? I'm not hiking or biking, but I would still be touring, just in a different way.


Just do it.  No one's going to argue with that!

It would be safer if you can find a way to have a mirror.  Try a biker glasses mounted one. 

Routes / Re: Advice for first tour.
« on: November 27, 2009, 08:09:49 pm »
the precipitous,
sine wave ups and downs of hill and mountain country.

Ahhh! As a mathematician, I like the trigonometric reference here.  Hopefully, though, you'll never have to deal with tangent "wave" profiles!

Routes / Re: Oregon Coast ACA route
« on: November 27, 2009, 08:01:36 pm »
I know this has been done on rollerblades, but I don't know about a SB.  Sounds like it would be a good adventure, though--if it's legal.  Go online and ask the Oregon DOT.

We sometimes stop in the afternoon to buy hamburger, spaghetti sauce, and pasta noodles, then ride another hour or two.  At camp, brown the meat, add jar or can of sauce, boil the noodles and you've got an easy, quick dinner with protein and carbs.  Once, we did this every day for about 10 days in a row. 

Tuna fish and minute rice, with a can of cream of celery soup is another fast and nutritious meal. 

For breakfast every day I have oatmeal with PB, apple slices, raisins, nuts, etc all mixed in. 

Lunch consists of bagels with PB or cheese, apples, chocolate bars.

We carry very little food when touring in areas where there are towns.  You don't need to--all this kind of stuff is available in even very small towns.

Eating well on a bike tour is much easier than on backpack or climbing trips.

General Discussion / Re: Cycling in Snow
« on: November 25, 2009, 08:25:42 pm »
Your feet will be the coldest part of your body when you bike, as they don't move at all.
After years of frozen feet, I think I finally solved the problem.  I buy those cheapo little chemical hand/feet warmer packs you just expose to air and they warm up.  I now put one on top of the toes either inside or on top of the sock, depending on the temperature.  It makes a huge difference.  A pair costs about a buck.

General Discussion / Re: Oregon to Los Angeles and Gear Questions
« on: November 24, 2009, 11:54:32 pm »
Yes, many parts are beautiful.  The west is wetter than the east part, which contains a lot of high desert.  The Cascades Mountains run N to S all the way down the state.  As with all beautiful places, in my mind, the best way to explore it is on a bike!  Check it out.

General Discussion / Re: Bonking on tour
« on: November 24, 2009, 12:13:38 am »
… we are not racing.  … Stopping is encouraged, admired and respected.  …I kept that mantra in my head all the way across the USA.  Sometimes the most important thing I could do was stop, listen, and absorb the world around me.   And eat a little, too, while I was at it.Mr. Bent

When I'm out on his bike, I try to stop often for photographs, munchies, views, sunlight, lilacs, and newly mown alfalfa.

david boise ID

Yup.  Sometimes stopping is almost the best part of riding, especially when meeting other riders and people along the way.

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