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Routes / Re: Southern Tier in 36 days?
« on: November 21, 2011, 09:04:40 pm »
certainly doable, but a shame to miss so many great experiences. the weather will play a big part too....

Routes / Re: Southern Tier favorite section? Advice needed!
« on: November 14, 2011, 01:20:37 pm »
i'd guess that only about 40% (or maybe less) of the southern tier is desert riding. from phoenix, you would have climbed back towards the mountains and new mexico. that was the most challenging and rewarding section for me. all a matter of personal preference of course, but i loved riding the deserts, especially the dunes between blythe and brawley CA.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier favorite section? Advice needed!
« on: October 25, 2011, 10:03:53 pm »
i was there in august, but i imagine it's hot all year's definately a good idea to plan each day in advance on those sections.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier favorite section? Advice needed!
« on: October 25, 2011, 01:14:38 pm »
i went east to west. it was challenging, but worth the effort. i imagine the climb out of san diego will be tough (as was the climb in), but it was very pretty. some of the imperial/yuhaw desert sections are remote, with very few chances of shade or refreshment. many of the grocery stores on the aca maps were long ago closed, so you need to be careful depending on the weather. it was 114f when i was there!!!!   to be honest, there are very few parts of the southern tier that i didn't enjoy :)     here's a link to my blog, if it might help.....

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route
« on: October 21, 2011, 03:40:17 pm »
i just road north from san diego to washington and the wind was never really a factor, compared to any other road i've ever biked. the guys riding south were often complaining about headwinds though!!

Routes / Re: Southern Tier favorite section? Advice needed!
« on: October 21, 2011, 03:36:04 pm »
In ranking order:

1. New Mexico (especially the Gila Cliff Dwellings)
2. Texas Hill Country


i agree! along with the glass mountain section of texas. that was stunning.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier- Route Safety/Hazards
« on: October 21, 2011, 03:30:52 pm »
i made it on my own during the summer. i had a great time :) pablo escobar was nowhere to be seen ;) i never once felt worried for my safety, aside from a few busy roads. no killer bees, the coyotes were heard but never seen.

 you'll need to get used to carrying large ammounts of water. i camped mostly in RV parks across the desert parts and often the owners would let me camp for free.

and yes, i also recommend marathon plus, with thorn resistant tubes. no flats at all once i put them on :)

it was easily the friendliest and most enjoyable section of my tour. it was also the most challenging, so make sure those legs are strong and have a great time!!

Hello, the components are the standard LHT setup out of the box. I changed the pedals to bmx style (wide) steel platforms (not sure of the brand, but they cost about $65) and I changed the tires to schwalbe marathon plus (700c, 35) with thorn resistant tubes. The back one will need replacing for another tour, but still has a few miles left.

Send me an email (address on my profile) and I can mail you some pics next week. it's going to need a good clean after all this oregon "sunshine"    or I can mail some pics now, but it's very wet and muddy here, so no point cleaning it yet.

The frame is in very good condition, with no significant marks or scratches. Would just need a standard service. Indexing is starting to go out a touch, brakes could be tighter etc.

I'll be ending my 4 month tour in next week and will be in Portland Oregon for two weeks. I want to sell the bike to raise funds for further travels.

 I bought it in May and have been riding since June so it's fairly new, but settled in! Will need a new back tyre before setting off again.

 I'm looking for around $900 which includes the rear rack and upgraded wide platform pedals. Altogether, it cost me around $1350 brand new after tax.

Anyone interested, I can send pics and answer any questions. Happy to ship, but at your cost.

Offers considered, but only sensible ones ;)

Routes / Re: Pacific Route 101 Between Leggett and Crescent City.....
« on: September 26, 2011, 11:25:14 am »
thanks, that's a relief. i got stopped by the highway patrol a couple of times riding on the freeway sections of route 1. it's not always obvious when you have to leave!

Routes / Pacific Route 101 Between Leggett and Crescent City.....
« on: September 25, 2011, 07:44:28 pm »
Hi, I've been biking North' mostly on route 1. On my maps, I can't find a route around the freeway sections between Leggett and Crescent City. Can I legally ride 101 North from Leggett?    Thanks :)

Routes / Re: San Diego to Portland
« on: September 06, 2011, 10:32:45 am »
Thanks everyone! I decided to go with a gas station map of main highways and a compass! setting off this morning in the rain. looking forward to those headwinds ;)

Routes / Re: San Diego to Portland
« on: August 28, 2011, 09:40:42 am »
valygirl, thankyou! i wasn't having any luck in finding a ready made route. and i'll check out the book when  i get to san diego. i don't mind a bit of a whine either. i just can't get a train or plane to make the ride easier. it's not in my character. on the uk hills, i'm used to riding strong winds (not 80mph) almost every day, so i know to pace myself. it's not a race!

John, thanks. i have 2 months left. i figure 3 weeks to Portland, then who knows........

Routes / Re: San Diego to Portland
« on: August 27, 2011, 11:26:45 am »
Fred, I couldn't have said it any better  :)   attitude makes a huge difference to your ride. keep smiling and always remember why you started the ride in the first place.

  did you follow the ACAA maps or plan your own route?

Routes / Re: San Diego to Portland
« on: August 27, 2011, 09:17:05 am »
Thanks pgash, i'll check that out now.  :)

whittierider, i'm sure it's not suicide! have you made the ride south to north?  there's no way i would fly to oregon!! i wonder what equipment that biker used to measure the 80mph windspeed....  east coast is getting those speeds right now and they're evacuating  ;) i wouldn't ride at all in those conditions no matter which direction!

  i haven't seen a single tourer in two months on the southern tier. i think this is mostly down to people with no experience of it warning of the problems to face. 

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