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O.K. Here's a link of someone we met on our last tour who laid unconscious for two hours in a ditch because her BOB trailer whipped her bike out of control. Fortunately a passerby found her. Her Trans Am trip was way-laid for months.Link?
County roads are generally better for cycling than state routes, state routes better than US routes, US routes better than interstates. However, the roads that are better for cycling are almost always longer and hillier than the major roads, but cyclotourists are not usually after the shortest path between two points anyway.I agree that a lot depends on personal preference. It also varies with geographic location and individual road. That said I don't find smaller better in many cases.
A lot of road choice depends on personal preference. Some prefer broad shoulders on high-traffic roads, and others prefer no shoulders on low-traffic roads. It's seldom you get both shoulders and low traffic.
Hey Henry,Whatever works for you is fine, but I do the opposite. That stuff, all my electronics, and any other theft worthy items stay in the handlebar bag. It makes it much easier to keep them with me at all times and I am therefore very unlikely to lose them. The handlebar bag is the only thing that goes with me into diners, stores, attractions, and into the tent at night so it is the logical place for stuff that needs to have an eye kept on it.
When carrying cash, cards Etc, carry them in different places. Not in the same pannier or wallet. This way if you lose one, you have a backup. Also, when I left for my trip, I got all new cards. Those magnetic strips always fail at the worst times. And check the expiration dates!
Not sure what the stuff was, but I think the claim was that it was supposed to shed. This was in 2007, not sure if the formulation has changed since then.QuoteBTW, we got horrible build up when we tried a wax-based lube (White Lightning)Have you tried their "shedding formula"? I expect that probably fixes that problem.
Crocs or the nock offs+1
Unfortunately, my vision is so bad that I can't get a prescription lense made from anyone, in a cycling-specific model. I tried. So, I'm stuck with inserts. I have to call Lensecrafters, in advance, so they can order in the material for my lenses. Otherwise, I wait a week on any new pair of glasses. Most people's eyes aren't this bad. The Doc assured me that I won't go totally blind. We'll see.
You definitely need to look into cycling-specific glasses. The ones I have are from Rudy Project and have prescription inserts. Cycling glasses have much better eye coverage, arms that grip the sides of your head without the need to wrap around your ears, and lenses that are designed to filter UV rays. They're not cheap, but, your vision, safety, and comfort are worth it.I agree that it is worth spending on some cycling specific glasses. That said, I found that for me inserts were not as nice as just having the lenses be prescription. The inserts made for extra surfaces to fog up or get dirty. I used glasses with inserts on the Trans America and they were OK, but I like my new cycling glasses much better.
A lot depends on where you are touring. In a tiny town with a population of under 100 where no one locks their doors even when away on vacation, and the next town is 40 miles down the road, I don't bother to lock at all.Sounds good... I have a combo lock cable I will just take with me for good measure.
I would always use it. I've got too many friends who have lost their bikes to theft. In one case, the thief took the bike right outside the window the owner was watching from, hopped on the bike and rode away. The owner gave chase on foot and almost caught the guy but could not keep up when they hit a downhill. I use a 6' cable with a combo lock and a lightweight 4' one with an inline barrel lock and lock to a tree or picnic bench, etc.
Thanks so far. but I had in mind a bike shop, so a recommended one would be most helpful. Well accustomed with air travel with a cycle so no problem there.There are a ton of bike shops in San Diego and I'd probably just google it and pick one close to the airport or maybe close to my hotel if staying in one. A google search for "san diego bike shops" returns dozens, several of which are within a mile of the airport.
I'm not sure I'd want to use an Amtrak box to ship a bike on a plane. I've used the Amtrak boxes when I travel by train but knowing how they pack a plane I'd be afraid they would load the box in such a way that the wheels could be tweaked (bent). If I were traveling by plane I'd want a regular box like you can get at any bike shop. San Diego has a pretty good trolley system that should have stops that are reasonably close to a bike shop. You should be able to have them box it up. If it isn't rush hour you should be able to take it on the trolley back to your starting point. You may have to take a cab to the airport as I don't think they have a line that goes to the airport yet.Airline policies are vague enough that I try not to push it with a bigger than necessary box. I figure that the smaller the box the less chance there will be a problem checking it.
Despite many years of riding and touring and putting up with a sore neck finally figured it out. I've tried all sorts of adjustments to the bike but it has just dawned on me that my glasses slip down slightly or just block out my upward field of vision causing me to lift my head slightly higher than is natural and I think that this is the cause.I do two different things.
However, I don't seem to be able to come up with a solution, does anyone else have this problem, maybe like me you don't even realise it, and what have you done?
I feel that gear for bike touring has to be durable enough to take a good whack. You never know when you will take a fall or hit something. So I use a conventional fuel bottle for my opened alcohol bottle. I feel pretty confident that foil on the top of the HEET bottle provides thet needed seal. I am less confident about the HEET bottle once you peel the foil off.The Heet bottle is actually my first choice as a fuel bottle. It is light, the right size, has a long thin neck for easy pouring, and I have never had a problem with leaking. I own a few different "real" fuel bottles and actually prefer the Heet bottles over any of them.
As for fuel bottles, alcohol is supposed to be corrosive to aluminum. Trangia makes a nice plastic fuel bottle. Others make an epoxy lined aluminum fuel bottle. MSR fuel bottles are not lined. I have an 11 ounce MSR fuel bottle that I sometimes use. I no longer use it for white gas, and I check the bottle for corrosion. You will have to decide what standard you want to follow. I wrap my windscreen around the fuel bottle.