- Fuji Touring
- Cannondale Touring 2
- REI Randoneer
- REI Safari
- Windsor Touring
- Trek 520
- Jamis Aurora
- A bunch of others that I am probably forgetting
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I hear you, Steaph. We are experienced touring with doggie, but the amount of climbing on this route is giving me pause (paws?). Our style of touring means doggie walks up any hill/grade of significance, and we scale back our mileage when the grades get big.
Thanks Fred - I'm new to this. I'm going to use one of the organized/supported ride companies and they seem to take either the northerly route (in early summer) or the southerly route (in fall). Because of work, time is an issue for me, so think I currently favor the southern route, which TrekTravel does in 4o days. Was hoping that someone may have done both and had comments or a preference to offer.Just a few thoughts...
We would agree to go our own speed and meet at the PO in the next town.I am not sure why you would tour with someone unless you were going to ride with them. Care to elaborate on the advantages? Do you just camp the same place with them? Share cooking? Something else?
About the only advice you can rely on is to pick your companions VERY carefully. Even otherwise lifelong friends can be very incompatible after days or weeks of close confinement with each other.I agree that it can be tough. We met lots of folks on the TA who had split off after not getting along.
In the meantime, have begun reading the GPS forum. OMG. Daunting.I found the GPS to be more weight and hassle than it is worth to me on tour, at least when using AC maps. That is kind of strange because I never run without a gps and I usually use one when hiking, kayaking, or sailing. I figured it was a no brainer that I would like it for touring as well, but sent it home after 4 days on the Trans America. With the AC maps I just didn't feel the need for the GPS.
May I ask some dumb questions? Do you put the headlamp over the helmet? It doesn't stretch the headlamp elastic too much? Does the headlamp unit stay in place? One would think it would slip up and off. Does the little visor thingy on the helmet interfere with the angle of the beam? Thanks for your thoughts ~~Basically I don't. I put it on my head and then put the helmet on. I guess it may depend on how low your helmet fits on your head, but it works fine for me.
any help on arkel panniers are they worth the money?I tried to respond yesterday, but I see my post isn't here so I'll try again.
I have the maps from Adventure Cycle but they stray west more than I would like. Is there a good way to follow the coast more. would a bike gps work? thanks TomFor what it is worth I have not found a GPS to be all that useful for bike touring despite the fact that I am an avid GPS user in other activities like sailing, kayaking, and hiking. I find that plain old paper maps work better for me especially if using the AC maps. YMMV