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General Discussion / Re: Touring Nutrition
« on: July 15, 2009, 09:35:11 am »
It is amazing how your body exactly tells you what you need if you only listen. so perhaps you shouldnt worry about the balance of carbohydrates, fat or protein but just listen to your gravings.
+1
I found that on a long tour my body craves what it needs.  I just need to listen to it.  Sometimes it takes a few weeks for things to sort out though.  I lost weight for 2-3 weeks before my body adjusted on my longest tour.

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Routes / Re: Chesapeake Bay
« on: July 14, 2009, 11:24:03 am »
It is 500+ miles if you go around the whole bay.  That seems like a lot for a long weekend.  If you have a general idea of a route I might be able to help with parts of it.

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Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Head Light ?
« on: July 14, 2009, 07:19:45 am »
I just use a backpacking headlamp and a cheap blinkie on the back.  It seems adequate to me for use on tour.
http://www.rei.com/product/751757

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Bikecentennial / Re: Wish I was there
« on: July 07, 2009, 11:44:25 am »
I hope some folks post their experiences.  I wanted to go, but it didn't work out.  I finally rode the route (now the Trans America) in 2007 with my daughter and a friend.

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Gear Talk / Re: Brakes dont work with fenders
« on: July 02, 2009, 02:51:46 pm »
I have Cantilever low profile brakes on a 26in mountain bike. My brakes doent work with my fenders. I really want to keep my fenders and tried new brakes and it still wont fit. I really need some help I have to go out tonight.
What is the problem?  Lots of bikes have low profile cantis and fenders, is it a clearance thing or what?  Can you post a picture?

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General Discussion / Re: Cycling and camping in bear country ? !
« on: June 29, 2009, 05:02:18 pm »
Hey, folks! Let's put the bear risk in perspective.

Good points Fred.

Bears  are a small enough risk to not lose sleep over them, as long as you take reasonable precautions.

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General Discussion / Re: Cycling in TN
« on: June 29, 2009, 04:56:31 pm »
If going to Cherokee sounds right, consider heading west from there to Tennessee via the Cherohala Skyway http://www.cherohala.com/, the less-known cousin of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just as beautiful and just as challenging.
That sounds interesting.  I will have to check it out.  Have you ridden it?

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General Discussion / Re: Cycling in TN
« on: June 28, 2009, 02:29:46 pm »
The Tennessee roads are nice as is the scenery.  There isn't anything attraction-wise that I personally would detour off of the TA for, but if you have plenty of time the Blue Ridge Parkway is nice as are the Tennessee roads in general.  Services and places to stay on the parkway are scarce though and if you leave the Parkway, you have massive climbs to get back to it.  Plan you stops carefully if you do the Parkway.

I generally avoid larger cities when on tour so places like Nashville don't especially appeal to me.  If seeing Nashville is a big plus for you, and you have the time, go for it.

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General Discussion / Re: Bike Related Skin Rashes -- Please Help!
« on: June 21, 2009, 04:30:55 pm »
Bike tour related rashes I have had responded instantly to a night with Balmex or other zinc oxide based diaper cream.

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Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight Wrench for the cassette lock ring
« on: June 16, 2009, 07:57:05 pm »
http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/tools/cassette.html

http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/stein-mini-lock/index.html

At the top of the first page above they have two tools designed to undo the lockring on a cassette using the chainstays and turning the cranks/wheels backwards.  I have the original Pamir Hypercracker mentioned on the page and it works perfectly well.
The other one (the Unior) works fine too

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Routes / Re: Great things to do on TransAm trail
« on: June 12, 2009, 04:34:13 pm »
The rafting in Idaho...what river out of what town?  Also, was it a one day raft trip?
In our case a day trip on the Salmon river while we were in Riggins ID.  It would have been better with higher water levels, but was still fun.  I think there are multiday options depending on the time of year and the water levels.  A local said to use a particular company, but I forget the name.  It was out of town a few miles to the east.  They were very accommodating and had a place to lock up our stuff.

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Routes / Re: Great things to do on TransAm trail
« on: June 12, 2009, 01:33:43 pm »
Make sure to swing through the Adventure Cycling office in Missoula! 
Yeah, I forgot that one!  It is worth a stop.  I assume there is still free ice cream, cold drinks, and a floor pump.  That makes it pretty close to heaven :)

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Gear Talk / Re: Selle SMP saddle?
« on: June 12, 2009, 07:01:29 am »
My bike is set up a little sportier than most tour bikes
Good choice.  That makes for a more comfortable ride in my opinion.  I like the same aggressive position I have on my road bike.  I really think that the more upright posture is a handicap on a long tour.  It is less efficient in a headwind and puts more weight on the butt, and stresses the lower back.  To me is just generally less comfortable.






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Gear Talk / Re: 4 Front (small) panniers?
« on: June 12, 2009, 06:55:03 am »
Glad it is working out.  Have a great tour.

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Routes / Re: Great things to do on TransAm trail
« on: June 12, 2009, 06:48:25 am »
We are biking the TransAmerican trail in 2010 from first of June to ? going from Oregon to VA.  We want to also enjoy the country on the way and can take 3-4 months to do the distance.  There are 4 of us, and two are going to switch off driving a small RV, so we can go slightly off route for side trips.  I'm looking for things that some of you who have done this route either did or wish they did that we can add to our plans.  A raft trip?  Great side trips in Yellowstone?  Particularly great hikes?  Unusual places to eat, visit or see?  What were some of your best memories?  Thanks! 
We went rafting in Idaho and that was fun.  If time were less tight we would like to have seen Glacier NP, Rocky Mountain NP, and more of the Tetons.

FWIW: On our TA we had sag support for a few days in Virginia and it was nice, but I was glad we did most of the trip without.  It was a way different experience and the lack of sag support generally made for a better tour.  We got less of a feel for what the area and people were really like on the portion where we were sagged.  It was great for those few days and we really appreciated the assistance from relatives of one of us.  Visiting with them made it worthwhile.

Carrying our own stuff and being more dependent on the kindness and hospitality of the folks in whatever small town we wound up in each day greatly enhanced the tour.  Many of our best memories are of folks who helped us out with a place to camp, a bed, a spot on their floor, a meal, or even just by stopping and offering us a cold drink of water.

We were a little jealous of the folks who rode the passes without all their gear, but agreed that we would not be willing to trade our experience for theirs.

Just something to consider.

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