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General Discussion / Re: Overcoming butt pain
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:15:46 am »
A leather saddle will give good support with most of the pressure on the sit bones, not on the soft tissues. Leather starts out firm but has some give or spring immediately and the leather softens with use conforming to the anatomy. Finding the right shape and width is the challenge....a wider saddle generally works best with an upright  riding position when more weight is on the saddle. Correct saddle height becomes more important with a leather saddle. I don't think it's reasonable to assume there is any saddle one can ride without getting off once in a while or shifting weight around. I can't sit in my arm chair indefinitely without changing positions once in a while. But there shouldn't be any "pain"

Gear Talk / Re: Surly Disc Trucker v. LHT
« on: July 18, 2012, 08:17:19 pm »
After writing my recent post on the Disc Trucker I realized I could not come up with a lot of downsides. As to the fork's ability to withstand the disc brake forces I will say that even though the Surly crew bolsters the image of being a bunch of beer swillin' yahoos, they have top notch engineers.

Gear Talk / Re: Bike Shorts
« on: July 09, 2012, 11:17:58 am »
There are three brands I like: Endura, Endura and Endura

Routes / Re: Route Advise Needed: Across Idaho
« on: May 11, 2012, 04:10:36 pm »
I would discourage you from riding from Banks to Horseshoe Bend (as suggested in another reply) or any part of 55 between Boise and McCall. You will probably get run over. That is a scary road to drive in a car. Your original idea of taking 20 to 84 at Mountain Home would work- highway 20 would not be too bad on a bike (traffic wise). From Mountain Home look at the Oregon Trail Back Country Byway which is largely dirt but well graded.

General Discussion / Re: Is the ST Near Mexico Safe?
« on: May 07, 2012, 02:48:36 pm »
I rode from Midland Texas down to Big Bend and across the Southern Tier to Austin in 2010. I rode from Austin to Baton Rouge last year. Always felt completely safe (except in cajun country). There are 20,000 border patrol employees in the US and I think most of them must work in Texas. There are more of those trucks than any other vehicle. And Nuevo Laredo is a long way from the Southern Tier. If one is looking for trouble they will be able to find it anywhere. No fear mongering! 

General Discussion / Re: Must have iPhone apps
« on: February 17, 2012, 02:45:13 pm »
AllStays Camp and Tent

I have been using the Camp and Tent App for iphone, ipad and droid. It works well and is intuitive. Includes links to more info about the listed sites. You can filter results for tent only, rv park, state park, forest service,etc.

Gear Talk / Re: Your Portable Repair Kit - What's Inside?!
« on: October 06, 2011, 11:39:47 pm »
I always carry the Unior cassette lockring tool.

General Discussion / Re: Great Music For My Tour? Suggestions?
« on: October 06, 2011, 11:28:09 pm »
Metal or punk for the climbs
  Red Fang
  Who Rides The Tiger
  The Pogues

Delta blues
  Johnny Shines
  John Hammond Jr.
  John Mooney

I listened to REM's Dead Letter Office on the last tour.

General Discussion / Re: How cold should I expect?
« on: July 08, 2011, 01:24:07 pm »
I like touring with my Hennessy Hammock. With the Supershelter insulation system I have been relatively comfortable sleeping down to 25 degrees F. Now I see they have a bubble pad to go with the system for a little extra insulation. The whole package still weighs less than a tent and sleeping pad, and I think it's more comfy. The downsides are -finding a place to hang the hammock and -the hammock is not that great for just hanging out (no pun intended).

General Discussion / Re: Nightly Accomodations & Bicycle Traffic
« on: June 21, 2011, 01:10:52 pm »
Sign up at warmshowers dot org.  Most Rv parks will have tent sites and can be pretty cheap ($7-$10) with laundry and showers. Some even have coin op showers you can use whether or not you stay there. And people will talk to you when you are traveling by bike. So be open and ask where to stay. You might be surprised. A lot of times people will offer a place to stay without even asking.

General Discussion / Re: Making the Commitment
« on: June 10, 2011, 05:12:04 pm »
If it seems daunting, why not give yourself permission to take it off the "bucket list"? Setting an extreme goal like riding coast to coast might suck all the fun out of it. What if you don't make it all the way for whatever reason. Will you be obsessed over the failure? Bicycle touring is not an extreme sport! What if you start out with the idea of going as far as you can or as far as you feel like? Go as slow or as fast as you want. Don't over plan. Stop if and when you feel like it. Take a nap. Relax. You might end up riding all the way and feel like riding back too. You might go two or three weeks and decide to pick it up again next year. Who cares? What if you did it in two or three week chunks, coming back to the business and family and doing another two or three week chunk the next year. Touring should be relaxing and you should have a great time. I give you my permission! ;D

General Discussion / Re: Getting a Bike to where you are going
« on: May 31, 2011, 04:56:37 pm »
I helped a customer use the Pika Packworks
soft sided bike carrier to take on the plane for her tour of the English countryside and she was happy with it.
I have used a reusable box which any bike shop can get from Quality Bicycle Products. These are good for about 3 tours before they start getting pretty frayed. I ship the bike via FedEx to the motel at the start of the tour, put the bike together and ship it to my destination, put the bike back in when I get there and ship it home. Pretty easy.

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks Saddle - Some helpful tips before I purchase
« on: May 13, 2011, 06:14:09 pm »
It's all a guess at this point. The only thing that I know is that I don't like the stock saddle that came with the LHT. I haven't ridden bikes much either so I have no past experience, so I'm trying to go on borrowed experience from others who have experience. I realize this isn't fool proof, but I come in to it knowing that and based on others experience, I can make up my mind.

Any thoughts on the Brooks B66 with the springs?

Also, I realize that everyone's butt is different and that it's not the same for everyone, so no need to tell me that, but I would be interested in hearing about your trial and error.

I have about 1 month before the trip where I plan on riding 10-30 miles a day, every day. I also weigh about 165 and do not have a big butt, just in case that makes any difference.

Thanks for the input.

Also, never mind the handlebar question, I'm sticking to what I got. I found that if I tilt the handlebars back a bit, it helps a lot.
I'm not sure the B66 would work with the LHT. From the Broooks website: "B66 and B66 S are the ideal all-rounders for daily city or touring use in a rather upright posture. They are most appropriate for cyclists who set their handlebars higher than their saddles." If you want springs you should look at a Flyer. I have been using a Berthoud saddle for two years and It's been great.

According to the LA DOT, because the river is at the stage when protocol calls for closing the ferry, they have decided to close the ferry permanently as of May 5, 2011. The bridge is not 100% finished, but is open for traffic.  cajunpedaler do you know if bicycles can get across without riding in traffic?

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