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Gear Talk / Re: Touring Tent Talk
« on: November 13, 2010, 11:14:11 am »
BTW Im still going with the Northface tent but this thread gave me some helpful info. Thanks riders.
Looks kind of heavy and kind of pricey.  You could do better IMO.

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Get him a mirror and make him practice to get used to it.  It's the most important safety item in the kit.
Were talking about an adult here right?  He probably already either is already a mirror user or has decided he doesn't need one.  Personally I don't feel the need for one, but figure it is a personal choice.

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Routes / Re: West to East, Early Spring
« on: November 12, 2010, 01:00:33 pm »
IMHO if ya can wait a few months to begin, may be better to go in counter clockwise direction.  Not only will western mtns be difficult/impossible to get over, but riding Pacific coast in northernly direction will be real tough due to prevailing wind.
I agree that it is easier to make a US perimeter tour work going counter-clockwise.

Maybe consider starting in San Diego and going counterclockwise instead.  Even then i might start a bit later, depending on your planned pace.

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Routes / Re: Different routes across Washington state
« on: November 12, 2010, 10:06:40 am »
You have not said you prefer it. It's just unusual for most cyclists to even consider Interstates when prettier options exist.
Interstates vary widely.  For example, I found I-80 on the TA to be somewhat unpleasant, but I-25 in New Mexico had lovely scenery and was just generally a great ride IMO.

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The best thing you can do is be very patient and understanding when he is much longer between calling home than he should be.

Treats form home are always appreciated, just don't send heavy stuff that can't be used or eaten fairly quickly.

I agree with Patrick on the AC maps, but didn't take or wish for bag balm, chamois butter, or a netbook.  In fact the biggest thing for me is to keep the load light and skipping the netbook is a part of that.  We thought we started out with a minimal load, but mailed batches of stuff home several times on the TA.  I don't think I was ever sorry I left stuff home, but often wished the load was lighter.  My motto when packing is if in doubt leave it out.

Good advice on sending stuff from home.  We never bothered with two day or next day delivery though.  Try to pick a medium sized town.  That way there is likely to be only one post office and it will have longer hours than the ones in the tiniest towns.  Try to time it so he will be there on a day it is open, but if all else fails he can stop at any PO and arrange for the package to be forwarded to another town.  It is a great way to adjust what is carried to the region you are in.  No point in carrying something you won't need for another 1000 miles when you can have it mailed to you closer to when you will need it.

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Routes / Re: Sierra Cascade
« on: November 08, 2010, 05:03:12 pm »
My impression was that the guy who picked the route for the SC (Bil Paul) actively avoided  anywhere flat.  At least the southern 1000 miles of the route is pretty much all either big climbs or big descents.  Whether that is good, bad, or indifferent depends on what you are looking for.

That said, I agree that the google picture makes that part of 395 look quite ride-able.

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General Discussion / Re: Advice about Unique Bicycle Touring Company
« on: November 08, 2010, 08:13:11 am »
   

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Personally it doesn't appeal to me.  Undoubtedly it would to some.  I suspect that the members here are generally not that likely to be your target audience.  So this may not be a great measure of the market.

Good point, and thanks for your post. My target audience is probably retirees and/or cyclists who would rather not have the additional challenges of a loaded bike and tent camping. Thanks again!
Doesn't hurt to ask here. Just be aware that any given forum will have it's own demographics which may or may not match your market.  BTW, good luck with your venture.

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General Discussion / Re: East to West 80 days?
« on: November 08, 2010, 06:55:41 am »
So when you said, "winds are likely to favor W-E", was that a typo? Did you mean to say, "winds are likely to favor E-W" (where W-E means West-to-East and E-W means East-to-West)?

My experience from the summer of 2010 going westbound is that I got great tailwinds in Kansas, and fairly neutral winds everywhere else (except when riding along the Wind River in Wyoming, where it seems like all westbounders get headwinds--but that's only one day). The eastbounders I met in Kansas were really complaining.
Yes.  Sorry for the confusion.  I read that 5 times and must have been brain dead both when typing it and when re-reading it.

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General Discussion / Re: Advice about Unique Bicycle Touring Company
« on: November 08, 2010, 06:53:28 am »
         I'm considering launching a bicycle touring company and am calling upon experienced or wannabe cross-country bicyclists for advice and suggestions.
         Question: would you be likely to consider a small-group (5-6 riders) sag vehicle-supported bicycle tour where riders stay in a luxury RV instead of in a tent or in hotels? My target customer would be one who would rather not set up and break down a tent every day and one who would prefer not to live out of a suitcase from hotel to hotel. The RV accommodations would range from private master bedroom to bunks.
   The pricing for the tour would be more than for a self-supported camping tour but much less expensive than tours with hotel lodging.
   Thanks very much for your time. The best possible advice I can get is from people like you who understand the needs of cross-country cyclists.
   

Personally it doesn't appeal to me.  Undoubtedly it would to some.  I suspect that the members here are generally not that likely to be your target audience.  So this may not be a great measure of the market.

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General Discussion / Re: East to West 80 days?
« on: November 07, 2010, 05:41:33 pm »
On the Trans America it winds are likely to favor W-E because on the plains the summer winds tend to come out of the SE and the general direction of the TA there is into those winds if going W-E.

Pete, I'm having trouble making sense of this.
Not sure why.  The winds in the middle of the country are typically out of the SE in july.  The TA when Going East is actually going southeast for much of the middle of the country or right into them.  I know that is the way it was for us.


Does that help any?

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General Discussion / Re: East to West 80 days?
« on: November 07, 2010, 11:19:51 am »
We're in our 60's and did a 15-day tour of Wisconsin last summer, averaging about 67 miles a day.  The worst day was 78 miles into a very strong headwind.  It's worth remembering that the prevailing winds in North America are from West to East.  If there is no compelling reason to start in the east and ride west, why not do it the "easy" way?
Depending on the route it can go either way.  On the Trans America it winds are likely to favor W-E because on the plains the summer winds tend to come out of the SE and the general direction of the TA there is into those winds if going W-E.  That may be a less pronounced effect on the NT.  I posted a wind map here before that show this fairly clearly.  See the following thread if interested:
http://www.adventurecycling.org/forums/index.php?topic=7442.0

In any case it is enough of a mixed bag that I wouldn't make prevailing winds the deciding factor.

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Gear Talk / Re: Touring Tent Talk
« on: November 03, 2010, 07:53:10 am »
Suggestions/success stories with certain gear? I'm open for anything that will enhance my trip in any way. What kind of sleeping mats do you tourists out there prefer?
I am a cheapskate and most of my gear is fairly inexpensive, but I do feel like the splurge on a NeoAir medium pad was well worth it.

I personally try to find gear that is inexpensive and lightweight while still adequately durable and functional.  Strangely I actually find that I prefer cheaper stuff in many cases even if you take price out of the equation.

What I avoid like the plague is stuff that is both expensive and heavy.  Things like Beckman or Arkel Panniers and Surly Nice Racks are in that category for me.

I do not find I need a lot of space in the tent, I am generally sleeping or maybe reading when I am there and neither require much room.  My panniers and gear stay on the bike at night so not much needs to come inside.

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General Discussion / Re: Pulling a BOB Trailer with Carbon Bike
« on: November 01, 2010, 05:13:46 pm »
Next summer I plan on riding the Sierra Cascade route north to south. Im thinking of using my carbon road bike and pull a BOB trailer. Ive read articles both positive and negative about using a carbon bike to pull BOB but was hoping to get feedback from actual people that have used this combo.
I have not toured with a BoB, but I have ridden the southern part of the Sierra Cascades Route.  Based on that experience I will suggest that you be sure to have very low gearing available and keep the load light.  There are some serious climbs on the route.

I don't see any reason that a BoB on a carbon road bike wouldn't work OK if you do as I mentioned wrt gearing and weight carried.  Fairly sturdy wheels (especially the rear one) might also be a good idea.

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Gear Talk / Re: Touring Tent Talk
« on: November 01, 2010, 08:28:46 am »
I have no first hand experience with the Bikamper, but it looks like a poor design and it has gotten poor reviews from the folks I have heard of who tried it.

The fact that you can't use your bike once you set it up seems like a real handicap.  I know that I often want to set up camp and ride to a store, diner, or whatever in the evening.  Also what happens when you wind up somewhere that you want to spend a few days.  You either have to take the tent down or not have use of the bike.

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Routes / Re: camping and the southern tier route
« on: October 26, 2010, 06:41:31 am »
Hello-- I've read a few very short blogs from southern tier cyclists who camped a hundred percent of the route.  Wondering if it's true that it's easy to find campgrounds along the route, and wondering as well how much people paid on average for campgrounds along the southern tier.

Also-- has anyone started this ride in February and wished they'd started a few months earlier due to cold? (that's unfortunately the earliest I can start)

--Peter
Never done the ST myself, but...  A friend who has done the ST twice thinks February is the perfect time to start.

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