I guess it depends on how you want to use it though.
Maybe check out http://www.amazon.com/Burley-FLATBED-Bicycle-Cargo-Trailer/dp/B001MS4JDS/ref=pd_sbs_sg_2 It is lighter, but still heavy and is rated to carry more.
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Along with the Advbenture Cycling maps there is a mapping web site www.viamichelin.com that allows you to specify a "bicycling" option so their suggested route avoids prohibited Interstates, etc.Interesting that Bicycle routes can't exceed 200km on that site but auto routes can be thousands of miles. What is up with that?
Nashbar unfortunately doesnt ship to India... Performance does, but they dont really have anything that stands out.They sell the same Waterproof panniers as Nashbar and also the Transit line. Both were acceptable and I would buy either again.
Any other options for bags with good, robust rain-covers? Worst case, I can probably get covers made locally but it just saves a lot of time to get them together.
You overstate the complexity by a considerable amount.I agree. I have built wheels that held up very well using Sheldon Brown's instructions. I am reasonably mechanically inclined, but it wasn't all that hard.
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I think saying you could do it easily on $2000 is a little unrealistic. You have to be really committed to being cheap to do that. Not saying you can't, but you're not going to be showering very much, not eating in restaurants at all, not drinking any alcohol, not staying in a hotel even if the weather is really horrible or you're sick, etc.Everyone is different. $2000 is about what I spent and it was probably a bit less. I am naturally frugal, but did not feel like I pinched pennies much on that trip. I think I only drank alcohol twice on the trip (a beer with a meal). No I didn't stay in motels much (one night we paid and one night a friend put us up), but I did eat in restaurants a good bit (usually second breakfast or lunch). There were three of us sharing expenses and sometimes we saved by splitting expenses, but more than half of the time we stayed for free. In addition when we did pay a good portion of the time it was priced per person. So we saved a little by being in a group of three, but I don't think it was all that much.
Note that if you are solo it is more expensive per person, because you can't split the cost of lodging (camp sites & hotels). Also, food can be a bit more expensive solo, because it's pretty hard to cook a healthy varied meal for yourself and not end up with leftovers that you can't use - so you end up either cooking really boring stuff with only a few ingredients, carrying leftover items which may spoil before you eat them, or eating out a bit more.
3 months is probably a little more than most people take.
You could always try a solar stove, they are super light, no fuel required, and easy to DIY. Only problem is that its a slow cooker, kinda like a crock-pot. Here is a link to the one I'm gonna try out . . .Looks interesting...
and a nice article on solar cooking . . .
Hello, I'm fairly new to the world of biking but I've started to entertain the idea of going cross country next summer. I've been reading what I can find online and it looks as if most people bike from West to East because of the prevailing winds. I live in New York and was hoping I could start at home but it looks like that would be a little more difficult. My question is, if I wanted to start in the West and head towards home how would I go about getting my bike and all my gear to the starting point? I can't imagine what kind of fees I'd have to pay to bring my bike on a plane. Would it be easier to just ride E-W rather than worrying about getting myself and my bike to the other side of the country?East to West has a slight edge on prevailing surface winds for the TA. not sure about the NT or ST. Summer winds in Kansas and eastern Colorado tend to be out of the SE and the TA goes kind of into them. That said prevailing winds should not be the main factor in your decision.
Hey everyone, I am coming from NZ to cycle the TA, and am keen to get an idea of how much I will need to save to ensure I dont run out of money!It is really variable depending on your choices. It is best to have plenty available and just spend what you want/need to. $2k or so very do-able. $1k is possible, but you have to watch your pennies. That said some folks might spend $5k. I prefer to keep it down to $2k, but like to have a good cushion so I don't have to watch too closely. Having 1.5-2 times what you expect to spend keeps it laid back.
I will be camping the majority of the time, and have my cooker with me, trying to do it on the cheap. Thinking 3 months shuould be enough to cross.
Any rough ideas? Thanks in advance!
I'm starting the transam + western express next thursday as part of my round the world tour. But now have to get to San Fran within 40 days. So I'm looking at taking a few shortcuts.That will put you at high altitudes in the Rockies way too early. Iffy weather and a firm deadline can be a recipe for disaster. Be careful. That is a fairly ambitious schedule in good weather. That time of year you really can't count on good weather. Don't let a deadline get you into trouble.