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Routes / Canada: Any cross country routes?
« on: August 10, 2013, 06:32:30 am »
Hi,

Similar to ACA routes, is there a Canadian cross country route (coast-coast) with listed campgrounds, grocery stores etc? Alternatively, what is the best option?

Lucas

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Routes / Re: What's the best cross-country route in the US?
« on: August 06, 2013, 03:50:17 pm »
I have also done the Northern Tier and the Transam. I agree on most of the comments/observations listed in the crazyguyonabike-link. However, I disagree on a few subjects:

1. There is a big difference in temperature and humidity. The Northern Tier is much more comfortable and not so humid. On the Northern Tier you mostly have cool mornings. On the Transam you often have warm mornings with +70 degF at 6am (east of Pueblo, CO).

2. The New England hills are easier than the Appalachian and Ozark hills.

Lucas

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General Discussion / Re: Brooks Sadles
« on: July 18, 2013, 02:05:22 pm »
I own 2 Brooks saddles:

1. Brooks B17 Aged
2. Brooks Flyer (which is basically a B17 with springs)

Summer 2012 I biked across America on the B17 Aged. I really liked it but could ask for a bit more cushioning. The saddle coupled with my Assos bike shorts made me do the entire trip without any serious butt soreness.

When I came home I bought the Flyer and wanted to break it in during the year to come (during commuting and have it ready for another big trip). I thought the Flyer was the perfect saddle beacuse of the springs.

Now a year has passed on with my Flyer saddle. I don't like it at all. I weigh 155 pounds and the springs are SO rock hard that I can barely feel any improvement in terms of cushioning. It also makes a lot of cracking noises. Thus, at the moment my aged B17 is my preferred saddle.

Note: If you really start reading about the Flyer saddle you will experience that many other users (in different bike forums) are complaining about the rock hard springs.

Lucas

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General Discussion / Re: Low Carb and Long Distance Touring
« on: July 18, 2013, 01:55:50 pm »
I still find the topic highly interesting.

Let's assume you are traveling without a stove and you rely on cold food and restaurants (family, fast-food, pizza, subway, whatever that you see on the roadside). You happen to be in the middle of Kansas and you arrive in let's say Tribune, KS in the evening and all stores are closed, so are the restaurants. The 24h gas station is open however. The gas station carries those "normal" gas station foods (probably all packed up). The next morning you want to leave early before the grocery stores open.

What sort of low carb food do you buy for both late dinner and breakfast?

Lucas

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General Discussion / Re: Low Carb and Long Distance Touring
« on: July 18, 2013, 06:03:15 am »
I weigh 155 pounds and my problem is, that I loose weight too rapidly. Doing 125 mi/day you need approx 5000-10000 kcal pr day (standard everyday person is 2000-2500 pr day). That is SO much energy that basically you need to eat almost all the time. And if you have a blood sugar low - carbs are the only way to rapidly get on top again. My 2 cents.

Lucas

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General Discussion / Re: Low Carb and Long Distance Touring
« on: July 17, 2013, 11:51:07 pm »
Never a problem riding many miles and I feel that it actually enhances my athletic performance (fat burning as opposed to sugar burning).

What are many miles for you?

My standard pace is 125 mi/day. Anything 125-200 mi/day is many miles for me. I would consider it amazing doing 125 mi/day for 30 days without any single rest day on low carb food.

Lucas

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Gear Talk / Re: Jetboil: Possible to cook real meals?
« on: May 27, 2013, 01:48:55 am »
Standard Jetboil Flash/Sol etc. "pot" won't do 5oz. of dry pasta - too small. You could get one of their 1.5l or 3l group pots (the Sumo is 1.8l) but if you're traveling solo it's getting into overkill ('tho of course YMMV).

What do you mean by overkill if you want to use the Sumo as a stove for solo tours?

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Gear Talk / Jetboil: Possible to cook real meals?
« on: May 26, 2013, 03:14:43 am »
Hi,

I'm interested in the Jetboil stoves because their size really appeal to me. However I have no intentions to use the stove just for making tea and coffee. I need to be able to cook real meals. As a reference, when cooking pasta, I need at least 5 ounces of pasta (on a dry basis) and the water that goes along.  Can a Jetboil handle that? What about the Jetboil Sumo?

Lucas

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General Discussion / Re: North Nevada & Utah in summer
« on: May 06, 2013, 02:38:09 pm »
Hi Lucas

Understand what you mean, I just ended my first Ultracycling event from Paris to Milan and believe me...it was terrible talking about terrain! Exactly hills like yours in photo, I did 1322 km in 6 days and 9102 mt of altimetry! Crazy ;) Better an high pass than 30 hills right! I think that the very hard part of my trip will be in the first part until Big Horn National Forest, then with the central states should be a more relaxed and fast trip. I thought to take northern tier from the start, but Yellowstone and Grand Teton have a very strong appeal!

Andrea

Andrea:
I think we share some cycling experiences because I have also biked to Nordkapp, I also circled Australia and I also circled Iceland. Moreover I have done the Continental Divide passing the outskirts of Yellowstone, Grand Teton etc. I did the Northern Tier, Southern Tier, parts of Western Express ... I have seen a fair amount.

From ALL what I have seen in my entire life, nothing comes close to the scenery in southern Utah along the Western Express - not even the Grand Canyon. I was completely amazed - I could have taken photographs constantly. It is just SO beautiful and picturesque. The scenery up North in the Yellowstone is well ... something you can find many places - you find similar scenery even in Norway - however without any grizzly bears.

A Utah promotional video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6ut9vDAgXk

Lucas

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General Discussion / Re: North Nevada & Utah in summer
« on: May 05, 2013, 05:30:34 pm »
Although too late already ...

+1 on Northern Tier suggestion. I did both the Northern Tier and the Transam and I would choose the Northern Tier any time.

Andrea: You mention hard terrain in Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming ... wait till you get to Missouri, Kentucky and Virginia ... it will hit you like a sledge hammer :-).

Many cyclists try to explain the severeness of the hilly roads in the Eastern states. Below I personally think I managed to illustrate what people are trying to explain. In one day you might have 20-30 of those crazy hills - I would prefer 2 Rocky Mountains passes in one day at any time:

Lucas

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General Discussion / Re: Tents
« on: April 28, 2013, 02:10:32 am »
I agree on the N-1 formula. On all my solo touring I have used 2 person tents. If you do a cross country trip, your tent becomes your home for many weeks and it is nice to have some comfort and space. If, however you do a mix of tenting and lodging/motels etc, you could maybe consider a 1 person tent.

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General Discussion / Re: Cycling partner(s)
« on: April 23, 2013, 01:57:18 am »
I have done the ST a number of times, the atlantic coast three times and more, 2600 miles of the NT, the pacific coast, and several other areas of the USA.

I have a more "mental" question: How do do manage to do (for instance) the Atlantic Coast 3 times? When I have ridden a route myself (it might be a very short one), riding it again becomes just plain boring to me. My first grand tour was the Northern Tier, which was the most memorable one. I would love to do it again, but I am afraid that a lot of adventure has gone because I will remember the road ahead of me.

Lucas

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General Discussion / Re: Do we need to do any training?
« on: April 23, 2013, 01:49:11 am »
Hi All,

My girlfriend and I will be cycling the TransAm West to East this August. Although we both cycle to work currently (3-4 miles each way) neither of us have any touring experience.

We are both relatively young (25 and 24) and have a lot of enthusiasm. We will have to complete the TransAm in 90 days.

I am getting a bit concerned that this might be too much of an ordeal. I am less worried about myself, but I wonder whether it might be too much for her.

What do people think? Should we be training, or can we just rock up and go?

One nice thing about such a 90 day trip: If you manage to do it without any fights, extensive arguing etc, you can safely get married and remain as a couple for the rest of your lives :-).

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I also stayed at Dave's place last summer (2011). It was one of the evenings I clearly remember in full details, positively. The stay is even better thinking about the area you are riding in: Very often you do not feel welcome. So Dave's place is like an oasis.

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General Discussion / Re: Getting hungry too fast while riding
« on: April 08, 2013, 02:57:31 pm »
Thanks for all your answers.

Concerning proteins: As already suggested plenty of times, this is the way to go. However as paddleboy mentions, they take more time to digest: I read somewhere on the internet that proteins need to broken down to carbs in order to fuel the muscles. This break down process (break down before they get available as fuel) requires energy. And that energy is taken from 1st hand carbs (like pasta, potatoes etc). Thus, it should be an "evil" cycle where valuable carbs are used for processing protein instead of being used as "fuel" right away.

I was always told that Tour de France racing (and alike) cyclists eat carbs alone.

I do drink Gatorade, however cannot remember if it is the G2 version - I just pick whats in the fridge. Or Powerrade. I like the stuff and could easily spend 10 dollars each day on "gas station Gatorade/Powerade". Alternatively I tried buying Gatorade powder (which is more economic) but that is a bit messy and tastes more chemial.

I never experience muscle cramps.

Lucas

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