I'd go again at a similar time of year if doing it again.
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I think that's very good advice, do the first trip from home, make it as simple as possible. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed, lol. Apparently there's more to do on these trips than just riding my bike.
Is the first week of June too late to start the TransAm east to west? Also, any women out there who have done it solo, I would love to hear about your experience, particularly in terms of safety (men too of course!).
No you are not allowed to bicycle on the Freeway.I don't think that is true for Texas. I know that I have ridden quite a bit on I-10 and the cops riding by paid me no mind. I have had lots of cops pass me by so if it is illegal (which I doubt) it isn't well enforced. I found I-10 to be a good way to go for some of my crossing of Texas. That said I do think I'd consider using US 90 more of the way if doing a ST again.
Completed my fifth STcrossing yesterday January 12, 2015, 2803 miles in 42 days of cycling and 63 days total.
I'm planning on using the C&O and GAP as the first leg in my cross-country tour at the end of April. Can you expand on it a bit as to why it is so far down your list? Are there better alternatives for getting to Ohio?
We're wondering if Kanab to Saint George is a doable distance in one day? I've been using mapmyride and google maps to look up distance/elevation but since you can't bike through the tunnel it gets messed up for this part of our trip.
"Windsor" is a house brand of Bikes Direct, a company that sells bikes mail-order. Their prices can be very attractive and the bikes are generally well equipped for the money BUT the term "some assembly required" definitely applies. You will hear a wide variety of experiences from customers varying from:
"Assembly was very easy, everything worked well right from the start and I'm very pleased".
"Assembly was a nightmare, nothing came adjusted properly, parts were missing and the wheels required complete retensioning and truing".
The upshot of this is that if you buy from Bikes Direct you should either be a reasonably competent bike mechanic or plan to use some of your cost savings to have an LBS properly assemble and adjust the bike before you ride it.
You might also consider the Novara Randonee. It's above the $1000 price right now, but REI will have a 20% off sale in March that'll get it down below that target. Since I own a Randonee and a Fuji Touring, and I've ridden an LHT, I can tell you the Randonee is between the Fuji and the LHT. The Randonee is a fair bit stiffer, and therefore more suited for a heavy load, than the Fuji. The Randonee is also much closer to the ride of the Fuji than the "truckness" of the LHT.
(At least for the 2006 Fuji and 2009 Randonee models. Some of the peripherals have changed since then, but the frame is pretty consistent from year to year on all touring bikes.)
Like the time I came out of a cafe in Ellensburg WA and a passing stranger informed me my back tire was flat. Now I think there's a fair chance I would have noticed that on my own. I know the guy meant well but nevertheless I found it irritating and felt obliged to thank him for pointing out the obvious. Anybody else had a similar experience?
I'll try more frequent oiling and see if that makes a difference. I can live with oiling more but the cleaning razmtaz is insufferable.