Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - staehpj1

Pages: 1 ... 105 106 [107] 108 109 ... 154
1591
Gear Talk / Re: Good Cycling Shorts w/ Chamois
« on: July 17, 2010, 09:11:44 am »
I really like Pearl Izumi Ultrasensor shorts and do not feel the need to wear anything over them.  That said if you either don't want to look like a cyclist or want pockets you can wear whatever you want over them.

Personally I find the handlebar bag a much better place for the stuff I might be inclined to put in pants pockets.  I do sometimes carry something like lip stuff or a snack in my jersey pocket, but more and more I find I prefer the handlebar bag for even those items.

1592
Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Shipping Cases
« on: July 16, 2010, 01:10:27 pm »
Preparing for RAA in 2011 and inquiring what folks use to ship their bicycle to the starting point?  I read the article on ACA.   I am looking for a case that is durable, will hold the bicycle pretty much assembled, and does not cost a lot.  Can you rent cases from somewhere?  Thank you in advance.
What kind of case or box is best depends on how you plan to ship it.   Assuming travel within the US...
  • On Amtrak - Use the box they sell.  It is huge and you only need to take off the pedals and turn the handlebars for most bikes.
  • For UPS and FedEx - Use a box that bikes come in or a similar sized case.  This means a lot more disassembly, but a beyond a certain size cost goes way up.  You can generally get a box for free from a bike shop.
  • For Flying - The same kind of box or case as with FedEx or UPS.  Stick with South West or Frontier Airlines if in the US.

The thing with cases is that you have to do something with them while on your tour.  If you are returning to the start before flying home that might be easy, but if starting in one city and finishing in another it will be tougher.  That is why I use cardboard boxes.

The hassle is usually at the end of the trip when you need to send the bike home.  The easiest way to handle that is to have a bike shop pack and ship it for you.  It typically costs $30-60 for the bike shop and $40-60 for UPS or FedEx for domestic shipping.

1593
General Discussion / Re: Recovery drinks and Cytomax.
« on: July 15, 2010, 04:11:05 pm »
As a runner I have been given Cytomax at aid stations in races and did not like it.  Personally my favorite recovery drink is chocolate milk, but I also drink Gatoraid and Powerade.

One product we tried on a recent tour is Gu Chomps and we loved them.  We also tried Clif Shot Bloks and I did not like them at all.

1594
General Discussion / Re: Novice coming to America !
« on: July 13, 2010, 10:33:48 am »
it is safe during day but not during evening hours
What is unsafe in the evening? Southampton? America? Inquiring minds want to know.

Fred
I am puzzled by that one as well.  Hopefully marriemb will elaborate.

1595
Gear Talk / Re: Packing Thermarest
« on: July 12, 2010, 01:51:06 pm »
We have been carrying both pad and bag inside our panniers lately, but it does depend on what bag, pad and panniers you have.  Most models of thermarest self inflating pads can be rolled up pretty small.  As was already mentioned, fold it in half lengthwise first before rolling and take pains to roll it tightly getting all of the air out before closing the valve.  For the sleeping bag a compression sack helps a lot to get it packed small.

I used to carry my thermarest on top of the rear rack and just put in a plastic bag, but I only bothered with the plastic bag if it rained.  If you have one of the huge base camp models of pad you may have to do the same and bag it when it rains.

1596
General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica: Which direction?
« on: July 09, 2010, 06:18:10 pm »
I can verify that crossing the Appalachians is the hardest part of the TransAm.  They took a toll on my bottom that I had to quit 30 miles before Kansas.  My saddle sores got infected and were absessed.  I'm in St. Claire hospital right now after getting surgery.  The absess had to be drained.  Its still very painfull.  But, I'm hoping to heal in 2 weeks and rejoin my group somewhere in Colorado.

My journal is at crazyguyonabike.com/doc/ted2010tour, if your interested.



Heal quickly and well!

1597
General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica: Which direction?
« on: July 09, 2010, 10:18:22 am »
:) :) Wow, Great stuff. I especially like the wind maps. I had not considered that Apalachians may be our toughest climbing. We are going to start out in May, this leads to the East to West based on best time to cross the mountains in the West. All in all great information. I will keep reading.
Yes I think I read that Virginia had the most elevation change of any state on the Trans America and the climbs were definitely steeper in the East than the West.

I agree that for a May start, starting in the East makes sense.

I see you list SF and an end point.  Does that mean you will be riding the Western Express?  If so I personally would consider either riding the whole TA and then riding the coast to SF or just using the train or a plane to get to SF.  It looks to me as if the Western Express misses most of my favorite parts of the TA.

1598
General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica: Which direction?
« on: July 09, 2010, 08:08:31 am »
I will personally be doing the trip in 2014. I decided many factors of the way im going. Im gonna do it west to east. Starting in Astoria,OR and finishing in VA. Approx mileage 4,200 miles. 2 of my main reasons i choose west to east was the wind direction for the most part goes west to east or some what that way vs going east to west where you might have the wind in your face more. 2nd being getting the worst of the mountains out of the way towards the beg of your trip. Whatever way you choose hope all is well and good luck :).
I read that all the time and in my experience this bias toward W-E based on wind direction is just not true for the Trans America.  Prevailing westerlies do not necessarily equate to prevailing surface winds in that direction.  It may be true for the Northern Tier and I suspect it might be close to a wash for the ST, but it probably depends on when you go.  I never looked very closely at the wind maps for the ST in different months though so I may be wrong on that.

We went West to East on the TA and did not regret it.  There are many advantages/disadvantages either way you choose.  That said I found that the winds did NOT favor that direction of travel.  The maps below seem to match our experiences for the trip perfectly.  If winds are your primary criteria for the Trans America then going East to West is better.  That said I would not make the decision based exclusively on wind direction. 

If you look at these maps you will see that in the parts of the country where the winds really matter (the plains) the summer winds favor E-W travel on the TA.



We chose W-E for a number of reasons, but if surface winds are your primary concern and you will be on the AC Trans America Route I would go E-W.

1599
General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica: Which direction?
« on: July 09, 2010, 06:49:34 am »
There are lots of reasons why you might choose one or the other direction.  Here are a few.  Some assume the actual Trans America Route, but if your route is substantially different one or more may not apply.
  • Do you want the sun in your eyes in the morning or evening?
  • If you live on one coast or the other, do you want to ride away from or toward home?
  • Do you want to follow the direction US history followed?
  • Winds...  Contrary to popular belief prevailing surface winds favor E to W.  In the Summer prevailing winds in the plains come out of the SE and the TA heads SE in that area.
  • Climbing...  Want to get the worst out of the way early or save it until you are road hardened a bit?  Strangely the hardest climbing IMO was in the Appalachians
  • It is real nice if family and friends can meet you at the end so finishing near home is nice.
  • Do you want air travel out of the way in the beginning?
  • Flying to the farthest point commits you more to the ride and makes bailing less of an option.

1600
Gear Talk / Re: fiber fix spokes and stein mini lock
« on: June 03, 2010, 06:05:30 am »
If you are going to carry the Stein or other cassette cracker, why not just carry "real" spokes?

For what it is worth, I have found the Unior cassette cracker to work fine, be cheaper, and also be lighter.




1601
Routes / Re: Best Cross Country Route with Hotels ever 50-70 miles
« on: June 02, 2010, 07:29:29 pm »
TransAm you've got a few long days (50-70 miles), but I think it's doable.

I agree that it is do able, but doubt that you can get by without doing some days a good bit longer than 70 miles.

We weren't looking for motels on our TA, but I think there were a number of days where motels are farther apart than that.  I am pretty sure there were some places where it was closer to 100 miles than to 70 between motels.  I would have guessed that there would be a few 100 mile days required.

1602
Routes / Re: TerraTrike Recumbent on TransAmerican
« on: June 02, 2010, 06:40:18 pm »
I don't know anything about the Terra Trike, but we met a number of trikes on the TA and they seemed to be doing just fine.

1603
General Discussion / Re: Sierra Cascades - how tough a route?
« on: May 31, 2010, 08:16:43 am »
Thanks for the feedback.  I'm getting a picture.  If I have the strength left for a part of it - maybe cutting inland from SF, maybe a bit further north -  it'd make a great return loop after coming down on the coast.  But I'll still need some maps and I'm not sure what'll be available when I get to Seattle.  I'm not going to order in advance as anyway these ACA maps are expensive and I'd need several!
I bet Adventure Cycling would be willing to ship them to you on the route via general delivery if you called them.  You could buy them one at a time if unsure how far you were going to go with them.

1604
OK, OK.  I admit to a certain degree of exaggeration.  It's a bit like the half full or half empty glass perspective.  Maybe the weather thereabouts got better since I left about seventeen years ago.  The saying used to be that in Vancouver you don't tan, you rust. I remember the sun shining a couple of times.
Your comments were spot on for the coastal part of the area the OP asked about.  My only quibble was lumping in the whole PNW.

1605
I've seen someone just give a tyre a kind of figure 8 twist to pack it, but that doesn't look too healthy a way of doing things either.
Why do you say that?  If you buy tires on line or by phone they typically will come that way.  It doesn't hurt them at all if done properly.

Pages: 1 ... 105 106 [107] 108 109 ... 154