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Routes / Re: Shelf life of A.C.A. maps
« on: August 23, 2011, 12:50:00 pm »
I would say that maps up to five or six years old are probably quite usable. Just mark them up with changes from the addenda. If your maps are older than that, you probably want to get newer ones. I did the TransAm with a couple using 1984 maps. We often found ourselves doing different routes, and they usually had to consult my maps for services. But they got across anyway.

great. Then i can get the sections I want and use them for initial planning. Can they be uploaded to a PC or are they just available for GPS and "analog" (paper maps)?

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Gear Talk / Re: Your Portable Repair Kit - What's Inside?!
« on: August 23, 2011, 12:36:19 pm »
On all rides I carry:

On the bike:
  • A pump (full size, works great on dogs as well as tires ::) )
  • Spare spoke (one size fits both the front and rear wheel, both sides (a little "Macgyverism" of mine  ;D )!

In a small wedge shaped pack nestled in the rear triangle:
  • Spare tube
  • Patch kit
  • Wide jaw 6" crescent wrench
  • "Swiss Biker's Knife" which has an Allen set (2-6mm) Phillips and slotted screwdriver
  • Tiny chain tool (about 1/3 the size of a disposable lighter) works with an Allen key and the crescent wrench.
  • Spare chain link and a few "quick release" links.

The latter two fit inside the patch kit box, and with these tools I can repair 85%-90% of the bike. For longer tours (over a week), I also carry;

  • Spanners for headset and BB.
  • Cone wrenches.
  • Misc spare parts (folding tire, bearing cones, balls, more than just one spare chain link, cables.)
  • Small containers of lubricants (White Lightning and waterproof grease)

With these additions I can repair the entire bicycle.

This is why I stubbornly hang on to older technology; it is user serviceable. I even use the old style UniGlide cog sets, These let me remove the cogs without any tools to get at a broken spoke on the chain side. Also, if a cog wears I can also reverse it and get a few thousand more miles of use out of it. I dare any of you to try either of those with the newer one piece cog sets with their "handicap ramps".

IMO, the newer "no need for maintainance" s**t has only one purpose: Not to make thing easier for us, but to make more money for the manufacturers. With simple maintainance the old stuff will last longer (because it is getting maintainance. The new stuff forces you to use it until it wears out. Then pray the more expen$ive replacement will still be compatable with the thirteen other things it is supposed to work with. Otherwise you will have to replace them a$$$$ well.  >:(

~End of rant~ ;D

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That's what it is made for. I would like to add that in addition to the necessary pre ride checks mentioned above, you may wish to carry a few replacement parts, like bearing balls and cups for hubs, for example. This is actually an advantage your bike has over newer machines: It's user servicable. Blow a bearing on one of the newer hubs and you are [fornicated] unless you happen to be near a bike shop that carries replacements. :o

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South Atlantic / Best [bicycling] roads from Asheville to Nashville
« on: August 21, 2011, 10:47:25 pm »
Asheville area, actually.

I know how to get as far as Hendersonville, if Asheville itself is an area to be avoided.  I will also be riding self contained, Camping is an option as I will be equipped for it. My goal is the Natchez Trace parkway.

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Routes / Shelf life of A.C.A. maps
« on: August 21, 2011, 08:11:11 pm »
Do they change them a lot? If I were to buy on now, would it still be reliable in, say 2 years? Aside from unpredictalbe things like road closures due to construction or damage, naturally.

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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Has anyone ridden any parts of route 66?
« on: August 21, 2011, 08:08:03 pm »
Actually, I just got finished reading that journal (a very good read, BTW), and it looks very doable, at least at a more sensible time, like April rather than August! :o However he only takes it as far as Needles. So now that is the section I need to know about, How feasible is it from Needles west? Or is there a good alternate. I'm can handle riding freeway shoulders if I have to, I know it's legal in California (what about Arizona?). Assuming no reasonable alternate route exists, that is. I will be taking my camping gear, so I could theoretically stop in the middle of nowhere if absolutely necessary.

EDIT: I just consulted my mapping program, and the biggest stretch that I can see west of Needles is between it and Newberry Springs*, which is the first large enough collection of roads that is too large not to exist (it lies about 20 miles east of Barstow). The distance between them is 118 miles. This is the largest gap I can see, unless "Ludlow", which lies about halfway actually exists. Once I'm past Barstow I'm free and clear.  :D

*There aren't even any freeway rest stops, is that legal? I thought there had to be one every 50 miles or so?

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South / Jackson mississippi to "Dallas" Texas
« on: August 20, 2011, 02:40:29 pm »
I am in the process of making route from my home on South Carolina to my daughters in Denton Texas, which is just north of Dallas. The Natchez Trace looks like a good way to get as far west as Jackson, Mississippi, does anyone know of some good bicycling roads from there to Denton? ???

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Bicycle Route 66 / Has anyone ridden any parts of route 66?
« on: August 19, 2011, 10:10:39 am »
The "parts" I am interested in are from Oklahoma to California. Any info, especially ways aroung parts where the interstate has cut it up would be greatly appreciated. I am currently planning a southern route to Los Angeles in 2013 so waiting for the A.C.A.'s proposes routing is not a viable option.

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Routes / Re: Need help planning route through "the land of cotton".
« on: August 13, 2011, 05:41:37 pm »
"Silver Comet / Chief Latiga trail"? If I type this into google will it bring up something I can use?

As far as US 70 is concerned, I have no intention of going into asheville, although i hear it is bicycle friendly, it is also out of my way. I will probably pass south of it. I was using asheville more as a reference point, as it is better known than, say Hendersonville or Brevard. Which would make a much more scenic trip, as I am more a 'mountain man" than Lowlander.

Don't get me wrong, I love the mountains. The problem I see with an outbound mountain route (and I will have to cross over the Blue Ridge just to get to Tennessee) is the time of year. I plan to start at the end of February - beginning of March. What will the weather be like then?

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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Welcome to Bicycle Route 66!
« on: August 12, 2011, 11:16:27 am »
Alas, that is at least a year too late, I'm planning to depart in March of '13 :-[  I don't suppose you know of a web site that shows places to spend the night either on or near the highway (camping or motel)? I can find alternate routes on my map program for the sections where the interstate covers it.

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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Welcome to Bicycle Route 66!
« on: August 10, 2011, 01:37:59 pm »
Unfortunately, living in South Carolina I cannot give much physical help. However I am very interested in the progress of this route, as I am currently in the early planning stages of the east/west leg of a cross country and back grand tour. My biggest problem so far is I want to pass near Dallas, TX on my way to Los Angeles. I have found a possible way as far west as Anniston, AL. (about 70 miles east of Birmingham). so the first part of the way is pretty well off. Dallas to Los Angeles is still a big blank spot though.

A long time ago I drove from San Diego to Dallas along US 380. A very nice road, but that was 30 years ago, and I don't remember there being much along the way as far as overnight stays were concerned. At least not close enough to each other for practical self contained bicycle travel. And it only goes as far west as I-25 in New Mexico. Still, it remained my only known corridor. However[comma] it is just a little over 300 miles from Dallas to Amarillo (200 to Oklahoma City). If the 66 route is finished by then it would be perfect, as I could pick it up there and it will take me all the way to El Lay! :D So obviously I am going to watch this thread with great interest. Anybody have any wild ideas as to when this A.C.A. route might just come into existence?

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Routes / Re: Need help planning route through "the land of cotton".
« on: August 10, 2011, 12:37:42 pm »
Excellent! Silver Comet / Chief Latiga will take me from Atlanta to Anniston. I know SC 72/GA 72 is a good road to get almost all the way to Atlanta. I can include Stone Mountain into my itinerary too. :) I'll have to loop around the city, but that shouldn't be hard. Anyone have a good route around Atlanta from Stone Mountain area to the start of the SC/CL trail, that would be appreciated. I'm a quarter of the way there!

Still left is the stretch from Anniston to Denton, TX. And then on to El Lay CA.

EDIT: I just found the Route 66 forum, if this is finished in time it would very nicely complete my route! It is only 200 miles from Dallas to OK city (300 if I want to take the "hypotenuse"). And Route 66 goes all the way to Santa Monica beach. Keeping my eyes open. :D
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EDIT: So much for that idea, the first maps aren't scheduled to come out untill a year after. :-[


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General Discussion / Re: Best seat for your butt
« on: August 10, 2011, 12:23:57 pm »
Asking some one else which saddle (or bike style) would be best is like sending someone else out to try on shoes for you and tell you which will fit you best; it won't work.  ::)

That said, I have had great luck with by trusty old Brooks B17, but I have rather wide sit bones for a male. I have tried gel saddles, and "soft torture" would be the best description, As far as the plastic axes that the racers use, well, let's just say I can see why they stand up so much! :o

But again, the best thing you can do is ride various models and take notes as to what works best for you.

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Routes / Re: Need help planning route through "the land of cotton".
« on: August 03, 2011, 07:21:12 pm »
"Silver Comet / Chief Latiga trail"? If I type this into google will it bring up something I can use?

As far as US 70 is concerned, I have no intention of going into asheville, although i hear it is bicycle friendly, it is also out of my way. I will probably pass south of it. I was using asheville more as a reference point, as it is better known than, say Hendersonville or Brevard. Which would make a much more scenic trip, as I am more a 'mountain man" than Lowlander.

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Routes / Re: Need help planning route through "the land of cotton".
« on: August 02, 2011, 02:59:41 pm »
The Natchez Trace is a scenic parkway going from just south of Nashville to Natchez, Mississippi. A good guidebook is the "Guide to the Natchez Trace Parkway' by F. Lynne Bachleda. For bicyclists there is Glen Wanner's "Bicycling the Natchez Trace: A Guide to the Natchez Parkway and Nearby Scenic Routes". Also the national Park Service offers a packet of materials for bicyclists on The Trace.

There are also web pages, some of which have maps and updates, probably more reliable than an unchangable book. Although I will check it out as well. I know good roads to get up to the Asheville area at least, and from there US 70 meanders more or less the same corridor I-40, so it should be a good choice; most of the traffic taking the faster interstate, yet still "populated". However it does require me to climb across the Blue Ridge very early in my tour (I'm starting end of February start of March), weather and my own lack of conditioning so early in the year may make this a rather tough start. I would still prefer to travel around "under" (south) of the mountains, through Georgia and Alabama if I can.

BTW, anyone know what US 380 is like these days as far as bicycle touring (supplies, motels and campgrounds) is concerned? It was a nice drive when I took it eastward back in 1982, and it goes almost all the way from Denton to San Antonio NM, and from there it's just a short hop up to old US 66. Hopefully there will be a useable bike route in place by then.

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