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General Discussion / Re: Chamoix cream is it worth it?
« on: July 29, 2012, 05:16:09 am »
This summer I did the TA and had many thoughts on how to avoid butt problems. From all my previous trips I would get furuncles that would hurt so much at the end of the day, that onward riding was impossible. A nights sleep would "heal" the problem, but the next day after many hours of riding, the problem would slowly emerge again. So I would be living with the issue.

This time I carried:

Chamois cream
Zink salve/ointment (baby butt ointment)
Wet wipes (a plastic container with 50 wipes claiming to kill some 99,8% of all bacteria)
2 pairs of bike shorts

First of all I never used the chamois cream - I sent it home and was happy about that.

What I did: When I did not have the possibility to shower I would clean my crotch/butt with 1 wet wipe. I did this notoriously from day 1 even though it did not hurt. The next day I would use the other pair of shorts. Normally I would not wash the shorts each day by hand but rather wait some days for a real washing machine. Eventually the furuncles would emerge again, but thats when I used the zink cream: Applied it before sleep and the next day everything was gone. I believe I used the zink cream 5 days out of 30 riding days. On this trip I had no butt problems whatsoever, even after 130 mi riding days!

For me, I have realized that saddles get to much attention when solving butt problems. I do believe that the hygiene in the crotch/butt area is vital and is more important than the perfect saddle. Then again, I don't like the idea of having chamois cream being rubbed into the pad - I'm affraid that the cream will enhance bacteria growth and that it cannot be suffiently cleaned when doing a hand wash in a sink.


General Discussion / Re: What do you use for sunscreen?
« on: July 29, 2012, 04:51:22 am »
Here's my story:

This summer I did the TA and from previous trips I wanted the No-Ad sun screen: Cheap, large bottles, good smell and not greasy. Problem is, that it is difficult finding the No Ad sun screens. I went to Walgreens and Walmart but they don't carry them in their phsysical stores. I ended up buying the Walgreens house brand because it was cheap and "looked" good. I hated it from day 1. It was so greasy and it would never soak in. A few days later I got so annoyed that I went straight into a Walmart to see what they would carry. In Walmart I applied small amount of sun screen (from different brands) to small spots on my arm and started walking around the shop. I was observing how the different products would behave on the skin. An oh boy there was a big difference: I settled with the Walmart brand called Equate, more specifically "Equate General Protection Lotion SPF 50, 16 fl oz" at 8 dollars or so:

This one behaved like the good oll' No Ad which I had missed: No greasyness and very cheap.

The bottle lasted for the entire TA, which in my case means 30 days, and there was more left. In general I applied sun screen 1 time a day.


PS: I do hate sunscreen myself - even though I found a good one.

Gear Talk / Bike shorts + chamois cream (Experience)
« on: May 26, 2012, 08:31:53 pm »

Concerning the use of bike shorts and chamois cream before each ride on a long distance trip:

When applying all that cream, does it become necessary to wash the shorts each night? I suppose that large amounts of cream clogs up the chamois fabric so that it will stay greasy (they will never dry). Planning ahead I have realized that I will not be able to wash shorts each night. What is your experience on that matter?


General Discussion / Re: My TA has begun
« on: May 25, 2012, 11:12:04 am »
note:  do not drink the water on rt 96 unless it comes from an RF tap.  The owners of the stations will tell you first.

What is a RF tap?


General Discussion / Bear spray on Transam in Rocky Mountains
« on: May 24, 2012, 04:24:12 pm »
This poll is for those people who have toured the Transamerica Trail, more specifically the Rocky Mountain sections which is a bear habitat. The poll is targeted towards those cyclists who have camped out at all times, especially in remote USFS campgrounds (or alike).


Gear Talk / Re: First Experience with BOB trailer
« on: May 23, 2012, 04:36:30 pm »
I have read a lot of reviews (elsewhere) on the BOB Yak and so far all people are very happy with the trailer. Except for me.

I have 3000 mi experience with the trailer and 20000 mi experience with panniers.

I don't like the trailer at all. I never got used to it. I feel a dead weight behind me which lives its own life. Of course the trailer stays on track and doesn't jump around, however I don't like the "inertia" in the system. To me, panniers become part of the entire rig and just act as one single heavy bike with no "inertia" problems (I don't feel the weight of the panniers counteracting my movements).


PS: I never had a problem with manouvring the trailer. It was never an issue for me - so this was the least "problem" to me :-).

Thanks for your prompt answers.


Hi Adventure Cycling Mapping Team,

I have two questions regarding the BC-1513 2010 Map (Section 3, Transam) and the corresponding addendum:

Question 1:
Map 23      
At Hell's Canyon RV Park their store and cafe are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. (Oct 2011)

When reviewing the section, I find that the corresponding map is map 24 and not map 23. Please verify.

Question 2:

Map 32      
Jerry Johnson Campground is closed. (Aug 2011)

When checking this link: it seems that the Jerry Johnson is open anyhow. Could you please check up on that too?


General Discussion / Where do you get water from?
« on: May 21, 2012, 02:21:39 am »
When riding in US, where do you get water from? Do you buy it, do you get it from service station rest rooms, do you ask locals? Or something else.


State Hwy. 14 east of Cedar City is closed due to a landslide and the clearing/reconstruction will extend into the summer of 2012 so there's a detour to get around the closure. See this link for updates:,V:3571

Hi Carla,

When hitting the link, it now says the road is open from 7pm to 7am (night time) and during weekends (after June 1st). Do you know if this also applies for bicycles?


General Discussion / Re: Roadside stand/ camping/ B and B
« on: May 04, 2012, 12:05:28 pm »
Hi Dameyon,

Your idea is great. I wish other farmers would do the same thing as you did right now by contacting "us".

I suggest you get listed on the ACA maps as a primitive camping spot. The primitive camping spots are of extremely great value to many cyclists. Many privately owned campground demand 20-30 dollars for a single tent site - thus it is welcome to camp for free or for a few bucks. Don't overdo it in the beginning (too many services).


I suppose you were amazed by extremely heavy traffic and no shoulders

I have two solutions:

1. Go to ACA site and look at the Atlantic Coast maps. Maybe you can see what route they follow:

2. Plug in the cities in Google Maps and choose the bicycle option. Have you tried that?,+NC,+United+States&daddr=Richmond,+VA,+United+States&hl=en&sll=35.536696,-77.113037&sspn=2.976873,6.355591&geocode=FT0-CgIdeqha-ynVrusNovWpiTEyMAmEOElmXg%3BFXXTPAIdcGti-yntyZlXCRGxiTHFPELibT7Yvw&oq=richmond&dirflg=b&mra=ls&t=m&z=7&lci=bike


Routes / Re: Weather: Transamerica E to W for fast cyclists
« on: April 29, 2012, 07:48:09 pm »
April was also dry. Current snowpack on Hoosier Pass is 36% of average.

Thanks :-)

Routes / Re: Weather: Transamerica E to W for fast cyclists
« on: April 29, 2012, 07:10:07 am »

It's too early to ask. March is our snowiest month. We're below average now, but we could easily be above average in a month.

Hi John,

Any updates on the snow/winter conditions in the Rockies?


General Discussion / Re: "Ranch Roads" in North Texas
« on: April 27, 2012, 09:59:45 am »
Maybe using Google Maps or Google Earth you can zoom in and determine the road conditions??


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