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I have in mind to cook my meals most of the way along the TA trail when I converse it next summer considering I enjoy making a nice meal for myself and so my question would be-We found isobutane canisters to be very hard to find across the middle of the country. I was surprised that we had trouble on our tour in the Sierras too. I think some of these are a butane propane mix. It that what you mean? If so I think you will be disappointed with availability.
1. What is a camping stove that you guys have had good success with (lightweight, ease of use, maximum efficiency)?
2. How common are fill stations where I can access a gas such as propane to power my burner?
Im making a trip to REI by Philly this upcoming week so I want to have a base for what to look at.
Are Arkels really the best? That seems like an awful lot of money for a bit of fabric and plastic. Are they really worth it?If You care about weight at all, the Arkels are very heavy. That probably equates to a long life, but I would want lighter. It depends on what you want though.
My first big trip starts in April 2011 and will, hopefully , be a perimeter of the USA trip...
The guy we talked to in Kremmling in 2009 said they changed the route because of the lack of services on the Steamboat Springs route. If the Hot Sulphur and Rand route have bounteous services, it was surely desolate on 14/40!There wasn't much in the way of services, but we found the route pretty and the road decent. I actually remember that day (Walden CO to Kremmling CO) pretty fondly. If you go that route take plenty of water right from Walden
OOPs. Yes I'll edit the original post...A Bike Friday could work, but I'd be inclined to use a regular bike and stay with bike friendly airlines like Northwest or Frontier.Uh, do you mean Southwest Airlines whose current motto is "Bags Fly Free"?
Even at that a full size bike will pay significant excess baggage charges. A Bike Friday or S&S coupled bike packs into a case that meets standard size luggage requirements so there is no surcharge.
Thanks Wittie, some good tips on there that I, until now, was unaware of. I have just recently learned some tricks just by doing it to result in a nice frictionless spin for loose bb hubs. I guess my main concern on the tour is getting dirt and grime in the bearings and having it crap out on me in middle America. Am I being overly cautious to think this? Should I be prepared for something like this somewhere along the tour?I wouldn't expect any problems for properly adjusted and greased bearings. They should last the distance of the TA without any attention, but if need be you could easily repack them along the way.
Do not take 14 to 40 between Walden and Kremmling (your #1). That was previously on the TransAm, but they changed the route (and the ACA does not change the TA lightly) to use 125 instead.We did that route in 2007 and didn't find it bad. I can't compare with the alternates, but I wouldn't rule it out.
Is there a really great folding tour bike? I'm looking for a bike that will do well on the Transamerica route with panniers. It seems that most folding bikes are more for cross town commutes. Any suggestions?A Bike Friday could work, but I'd be inclined to use a regular bike and stay with bike friendly airlines like
I don't know what you mean by long. We have an MSR Hubba Hubba. While MSR has a lighter version, the gossamer-thin fabric only saves a few ounces and feels like it could be gone in a storm. And, as I recall it was a hundred bucks more expensive.That would be my choice as well.
I'm 6'3". This works for us. It also has two doors with vestibules. Not as cavernous as the Mutha Hubba, but not as much weight either.
You might ask a bike shop how much they'd charge to fix it -- I'd guess free to $5, unless they're one that has a $25 minimum labor charge. (Even then, this is so easy they might do it for free.)If it happens during a longish tour the odds of them either doing it for free or handing you the tools to do it yourself go way up. At least that has been my experience.
I've never done a spinning class but do have a few friends who manage to stay in impressively good shape by way of spinning classes.Anyone have an opinion on spinning classes?
My experiences with spinning classes has not been good. I have yet to go to one taught by a cyclist. Call me old school, but when I am told to crank on a load and spin at a cadience of 40, I believe that to be foolish and dangerous. It strikes me as a good way to do soft tissue damage to a knee.
The spinning classes I have gone to have been taught by at best runners and at worst, graduates of some spinning program (but still non riders). Your experience may vary, but mine have been all bad.
Tools are cheap and easy to use for removing and replacing cassettes. For home use, you'll need a lockring tool ($8-10) and a chain "whip" ($15-20). Good to have them to fix spokes, clean the cassette and the hub, etc.If the budget is tight it is pretty easy to make a chain whip. You can also improvise one pretty easily with a chain and some kind of clamp or vise.