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Routes / Re: trans am records
« on: June 24, 2011, 01:51:13 pm »
I've raced the great divide mountain bike route twice and have done countless road trips across the country.  To ask me "what's the point?" for just wanting to set a record across such a thing is nearly identical to the person who went about setting a record on the great divide mountain bike route back in 99.  I've done enough self-discovery and searching in the wilderness and less traveled parts of the United States.  What I'm trying to do is blaze my own path, and it's certainly not going to be blazed at a touring pace.  I know I am racer inquiring about a touring route and that I am the black sheep in this forum, deal with it folks!  I am not surprised there is no known record for the trans am, but let it be known there is a sub 18 day record for the great divide mountain bike route.  My butt moves quite consistently and solidly on pavement and being as the trans am starts/ends in my home state of oregon and goes through my original hometown of Fair Grove, MO, it seems like the perfect route for a record attempt.  I am well aware of RAAM but it's format is not my cup of tea, the trans am is a beautiful route which I have biked/driven/lived on chunks of and I'm mostly sure it's my calling to set a record on it.  I am dead serious, if anyone has any knowledge of a record on it, please let me know.  I am guessing it's a route no one has really considered yet for racing and that leads me even more to believe that I am heading in the right direction.  I will save my touring days for when I pass 40/50, but I'm only 29 and I've got some energy to burn.

I'm not aware of a standing record for a transam crossing, but I think it is a cool idea. Everyone gets enjoyment in different ways and your idea will also allow for self discovery as well. I wish you good luck and would enjoy hearing about the journey.

Routes / Re: Going to the Sun Road Status
« on: June 09, 2011, 04:11:26 pm »
ACA had a really cool poster of someone doing the Going to the Sun Highway a Logan Pass.

If this is the one it is still available.

General Discussion / Re: Bicycle Travel Bloggers
« on: June 09, 2011, 03:55:40 pm »
I have been looking at it.
Thanks for checking it out!

General Discussion / Re: Bicycle Travel Bloggers
« on: June 09, 2011, 11:51:36 am »
Just wanted to provide an update on the website for those that have not checked it out. The site is now aggregating the posts from 53 different bicycle travel related blogs and the list is growing each day. If your looking for daily inspiration, it is worthwhile to check out the site.

All of the people that I know with Salsa Fargo's absolutely love them!

I have just Googled Salsa Fargo and came up with this from this very forum,

Routes / Re: Going to the Sun Road Status
« on: June 08, 2011, 08:33:43 am »
Amazing photos, thanks for sharing the link!

General Discussion / Bicycle Travel Bloggers
« on: May 25, 2011, 02:45:33 pm »
Today, Adventure Cycling is rolling out a cool new resource for the bike-travel community: It's a simple site that will aggregate bike-travel and touring blogs into one place. This is pretty cool. It will allow you to tap into a steady stream of inspiring posts by different traveling cyclists and adventurers from around the world.

On a bike trip and blogging? Submit your bike-travel blog and, once approved, your posts will appear in the feed. To submit your blog now, visit the site and click on "Submit Your Blog" in the top menu.

Touring bicyclists -- and other passionate cyclists who want a daily dose of inspiration -- can subscribe to via RSS feed, or follow the feed on Twitter @BTBloggers.

General Discussion / Re: Planning Route - NO Shoulders...common?
« on: May 17, 2011, 08:27:09 am »
Watching that video got me excited!

I decided to go with 32s for my tires. They are the Schwable Supremes. Would my tires be to thin to, for example go on a dirt road like that one? Is the dirt usually packed hard enough or are my tires too thin and I should avoid any dirt roads?

Thanks for the help.

I think that you would be fine on 32 on dirt roads similar to that. I ride dirt roads on 32 cyclocross tires all the time and find them to be perfect.

Gear Talk / Re: new OFF product
« on: May 11, 2011, 03:19:19 pm »
I've tried one of those last year while floating the river during mosquito season and it seemed to work pretty well. Not much more info to provide other than it seemed to be as effective as spray.

GPS Discussion / Re: More Navigation Questions than when I Arrived
« on: May 11, 2011, 11:04:02 am »
Thank you very much Fred for taking the time to thoroughly answer my questions!  I very much appreciate it.  Very informative and I feel much better about making a decision now!


I second the "Thanks" for Fred. Fred donates a ton of time to not only make the GPS discussion area, but the entire Adventure Cycling forums a great source of information pertaining to bicycle travel.

Gear Talk / Re: Best compact camera for a Tour? Help me decide.
« on: March 10, 2011, 04:54:47 pm »
Fred, awesome info! It looks to me like the best option. I just don't know what a hot shoe is?
Hot Shoe is where you would mount an external flash.

General Discussion / Re: Traveling This Year? too
« on: February 18, 2011, 10:12:31 am »
It would be cool if somehow there was a way of all who were on the road were to keep in touch and help each other out or to meet up...etc.

I just think it would be neat to know who else was on the road at the same time doing the same thing...
Some people are doing this already by using Twitter and hash tags for the Adventure Cycling routes. You can see recent tweets using the routes from individual route pages on the aca site. Since it is winter many of the routes do not have active conversations, but a few like the Transam have some current conversation,

Instructions about how to use twitter with hash tags for the Adventure Cycling routes can be found in this blog post,

General Discussion / Re: Motorbike riders out there?
« on: February 14, 2011, 01:39:56 pm »
Also a lover of two wheels, outside of my numerous bicycles I also have a 2000 Ducati M750.

General Discussion / Re: Cutting Weight
« on: August 03, 2010, 04:17:35 pm »
You can might be able to gather some ideas from this article by Aaron Teasdale:

Gear Talk / Re: Which pedal?
« on: August 03, 2010, 11:45:26 am »
I'm riding mainly on the flat side of the SPD (what does that stand for?) pedals, especially in traffic and definitely on anything resembling a steep hill. 
I believe SPD stands for, "Shimano Pedaling Dynamics". After some more use I think that your pedals will start to release a little bit easier after some initial wear on the cleat itself. I at least find that new cleats are often a little more difficult to get out of when first installed. Pedals are clearly one of those items that people have personal feelings towards. There are lots of brands and models to choose from, but over the years I have been very happy with the Shimano SPD pedals that I have used.

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