As far as steel vs aluminum... I don't really think the ride is that much better with steel. Tires and tire pressure are a much bigger factor. Also I would have to assume the T2 would benefit from the greater stiffness.
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3" seems a bit low to me.+1 That sounds like a bad setup. You must have really big panniers and/or a very low rack.
lol as in vicous dogs or your grans dogs who want to lick your face.
i think im going to take the southern tier, grand canyon connector to western express and along the transam. im assuming these trails are good for camp sites?
i have to stop in wichita and tulsa as im doing it for a company charity....hopefully get some kudos if a make a passing visit.
thanks guys. how safe is the journey? the trans america trail thru kentucky missouri? my partner is a bit wary n im just making sure i've company for all the 3200 mls.
ive got some help from a guy in arizona about roads to use. dnt plan to hike he grand canyon...just a couple a snaps and a nosey around. say ave been there, u know
Suggest you carry a combination lock; too easy to lose a key.I agree on both points. Of the very few bikes that I know of that were stolen from touring cyclists none were thought to have been ridden off. Generally they are thrown in the back of a truck. A lock that only prevents riding the bike is pretty useless.
Putting a lock through the rear mech will not stop anyone from carrying off the bike.
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Out of curiousity, how many of you pull your bag/panniers into your tent when you sleep?
This is something I plan on doing.
We are planning to ride the transam. Many of the journals indicate that people end up sending their stoves home, and eating most meals in cafes, etc. I am thinking of just my pocket rocket and a kettle to boil h2o. Or should I be prepared with something to make real dinners with? We plan on camping 2/3 of the time.We camped most of the time and generally cooked at least one meal a day. We took only one pot and still managed some fairly elaborate meals even if one part of the meal may have gotten cool while the other cooked. Sometimes we did one pot meals and sometimes we just cooked three different courses separately and hoped they didn't get too cold. When we had a fire we sometimes heated one thing in a can, cooked another in a pot, and roasted a third on sticks over the fire.
hey guys, i am going to be riding the TransAm starting this May. there are 4 riders and two drivers. the biggest question we all have is where we will sleep. i am also purchasing the maps for this rout. please any tips or hints would be amazing! thank you all for your wisdom!I missed the part about 2 drivers. I think that having a car or van involved will really limit your options some places. It will eliminate hiker/biker sites as an option for one thing and that means you will need reservations in some places. At least the car can go ahead and scope things out reserving a site early where needed though.
Don't miss the J.C. Motel (or whatever it's called these days) in Jerrfrey City, WY. Real swanky.Was that a joke?
Insect repellent spray and coils. Fold as fold may. No problem. Cold winter, mosquitoes retreat. I've tarped many many nights. Insects? Easy to defeat their purpose.Different strokes, but I don't consider sprays and coils as an adequate solution. I tend to be a bug magnet though and also would prefer to keep the amount of DEET or other repellents on my skin at a minimum.
Sorry, I read it too fast. I rode with a guy once who used a floorless tent, pyramid shaped, and put a tarp on the ground. Bugs can get in that setup. I misread the previous posts and thought they were about a tent that did not come all the way down, like my partner's. You're right. The fly need not reach the ground, as the tent provides the seal. Mea culpa.No problem... I thought maybe you misunderstood.
Not sure I follow. What does the fly have to do with bugs getting in or not? The inner tent's job is to keep the bugs out, the fly is to keep rain out. You can leave the fly off entirely and remain bug free, having a gap at the bottom of the fly in no way that I can see causes bugs to get in.
And I would agree with it. A couple of times, I've used a tent with even a small hole in it. This has led to the sleepless nights of bug hell.
The bugs will find a way in if there are any breaks in the seal. I deal with the hot, muggy problem with a tent with mest ceiling.