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I was initially going to cycle alone but supported, we are now traveling unsupported but i have already purchased my bike for training earlier in the year etc so am now faced with prospect of a small trailer on the back of my trusty Roubaix hoping this will be ok. (any advise as not the norm i know)We met folks who were doing OK with similar bikes and trailers when we were on the Trans America. You might consider going with wider tires than came on the Robaix. I would go with lower gearing as well. Beefier wheels might be a good idea, too but then you are getting to the point where maybe a different bike might be the answer. If you stick with the Robaix use at least 25mm tires (28mm if they fit). Also in my opinion at least, low gearing can't be stressed enough. I found a 26/32 granny gear just barely adequate in the Appalachians and fine in the Rockies. Also keep the load light especially with a bike like the Robaix.
May, June July - Assuming these these months suitable?
West to East - Westerly wind (how important and factor that time of year)
I think we will start further up the coast. Seeing the west coast is not old hat to us. I have wanted to get out there for sometime now. When i think about it i havent been past ohio. We live in maryland.You won't regret it. The coast is beautiful and good riding. We flew in to Portland and got a one way car rental (medium sized SUV reserved from Enterprise $143.69 in 2007) to Newport and started the ride there. It worked out well for the three of us.
I don't know what the laws are in New Mexico, but I've ridden on I-40 and other interstates there with no problems.I greatly enjoyed riding I-25 in New Mexico. On my KC to Santa Fe tour in the New Mexico portion I rode from Springer to Santa Fe on I-25 (part of it on the frontage road) and found both the frontage road and the interstate to be very pleasant riding. It was all posted as legal for bicycles.
I believe the Windsor Tourist above comes from BikesDirect, doesn't it?Yes. Some of their marketing leaves a bad taste, but I was involved in four very satisfactory bike purchases from them. These included three Windsor Tourists, one for each of my group on the TA, and later a road bike (SprinTour) for me. All of them were ordered by me and shipped to my house. The only glitch was that one of them came in the wrong color. They were happy to swap it for the correct one with the shipping being at their expense. It is a little weird that they do all their transactions and correspondence either by web or email and don't take phone calls, but they have been very responsive to all emails I have sent them. After 4 very satisfactory purchases I would not hesitate to deal with them again.
Thanks for all the advice and encouragement! I've decided to do the Southern Tier. Not quite as appealing as TransAmerica to me, but I think I'll still love it. I think the Southern Tier will be much more enjoyable at this time of year.A good choice given when you are going. Have a great trip.
I hear you, Steaph. We are experienced touring with doggie, but the amount of climbing on this route is giving me pause (paws?). Our style of touring means doggie walks up any hill/grade of significance, and we scale back our mileage when the grades get big.
Thanks Fred - I'm new to this. I'm going to use one of the organized/supported ride companies and they seem to take either the northerly route (in early summer) or the southerly route (in fall). Because of work, time is an issue for me, so think I currently favor the southern route, which TrekTravel does in 4o days. Was hoping that someone may have done both and had comments or a preference to offer.Just a few thoughts...
We would agree to go our own speed and meet at the PO in the next town.I am not sure why you would tour with someone unless you were going to ride with them. Care to elaborate on the advantages? Do you just camp the same place with them? Share cooking? Something else?
About the only advice you can rely on is to pick your companions VERY carefully. Even otherwise lifelong friends can be very incompatible after days or weeks of close confinement with each other.I agree that it can be tough. We met lots of folks on the TA who had split off after not getting along.
In the meantime, have begun reading the GPS forum. OMG. Daunting.I found the GPS to be more weight and hassle than it is worth to me on tour, at least when using AC maps. That is kind of strange because I never run without a gps and I usually use one when hiking, kayaking, or sailing. I figured it was a no brainer that I would like it for touring as well, but sent it home after 4 days on the Trans America. With the AC maps I just didn't feel the need for the GPS.