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South / Re: Cycling The Natchez Trace
« on: November 08, 2015, 07:24:14 am »
I have no knowledge of this person but I would contact Downtown Karla Brown in Natchez.

Routes / Re: Route suggestions for apr-may-june 2016
« on: October 16, 2015, 02:26:12 pm »
Washington & Old Dominion

Routes / Re: Route suggestions for apr-may-june 2016
« on: October 16, 2015, 11:22:27 am »
Blue Ridge Parkway is very nice, however April is too early to do a tour there although day rides can be quite nice when the weather is good. Services such as camping do not open on the BRP until the middle of May with the exact dates published early in the year, so check early 2016 on park web page. Temperatures at night certainly at the higher elevations will still be below freezing. Daytime temperatures can be cool as well and throw in the high probability of rain and fog in the mountains it can make for a miserable time doing descents.

Summer months are better on the BJP as the weather is warmer and getting caught in the rain isn't as dangerous. Longer daylight hours are a plus as well to ride some of the longer remote stretches. I have found that campground spaces are usually easy to obtain with the exception of Mount Pisgah on the weekends. More of a problem can be that not all the campgrounds have been open the last several seasons and it can make for some long distances between NPS campgrounds.

Routes / Re: which route in usa
« on: September 29, 2015, 02:55:58 pm »
There is train service between Washington DC and Williamsburg, VA. Williamsburg is on the Trans-Am and about 15 miles from Yorktown.

However, you could just ride from DC and intersect the Trans-Am near Ashland, VA and do that in one day and just skip Yorktown.

The ride from DC to the Trans-Am can be done in one day and probably the train to Williamsburg would take one day then it would be one days ride back to Ashland.

From a UK perspective, why start at the site of a British defeat when you could start in DC and know the British army burned that city.

I would suggest that before you do anything you go to Georgina Terry's web page and watch every video and read every document she has about bike fit and what you are up against as a small framed female. She has made her living by dealing with the problems you face with bike fit. She explains the design constraints and the compromises that have to be made in order to build a bike for someone who is smaller. You need to know what these are in order to buy a bike that fits you and to cope with what sales people will tell you in stores.

She has good information about what bicycle companies do when they make their build choices and how it effects the bike and the rider.

The information there will give you the knowledge that most bicycle shops will not explain or perhaps even know about fitting a bike to someone your size.

I understand about staying within a budget, but remember it is cheaper to buy once and have something work for you than to buy twice when the first thing you buy doesn't fit. Your main concern has to be the fit of the bike.

Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast - In the area of Bogue Sound
« on: July 29, 2015, 03:20:15 pm »
The route through Camp LeJeune is permanently closed I suspect as long as we have the current situation with terrorism in this world. I believe that if you have the proper military credentials you can still travel that way, but for most of us that isn't the case.

General Discussion / Re: Help me and my Dog get set up for touring?
« on: July 25, 2015, 08:39:48 am »
"My Bike is a 6sp freewheel, does anyone know if I can easily put a 7sp on there? I am looking at the Shimano TZ30 (6sp 14-34) and the TZ31 (7sp 14-34). I like the middle gears in the 7sp better, and would rather go with that."

It kind of depends. Six speed freewheels came in two widths, a standard width which fit on a hub that had a 126 mm long axle, and a narrow spaced freewheel which fit on a hub with a 120 mm axle which was the standard axle for 5 speed freewheels. Seven speed freewheels have the same narrow spacing as a narrow six speed freewheel and fit on a hub with a 126 mm axle. So, if you have a standard six speed w/ a 126 mm axle then it should work just fine. If you have a narrow six speed with a 120 mm axle then it won't work as it stands now. You could get a new rear wheel that has a 126 mm rear axle and it should be no problem to spread your rear spacing on the frame out to take the new hub but that is going to cost you more money to buy a new rear wheel.

The freewheels you mention above have a very large cog, I would be concerned about whether the rear derailleur on a bicycle of that vintage could shift into a 34 tooth cog. I would guess that the largest cog that your derailleur could handle would be a 28. Those freewheels were probably more oriented toward a MTB coming from that era. I would try to do some research on your bike before spending a lot of money on it. It is hard to say what will work with the information given in your question and not really knowing what a World Sport has on it. Keep in mind that if you picked this bike up somewhere used it might not have original equipment on it as that could have been replaced at some time.

I would like to tell you that when you are young and have ambition, you can do more than you think. Don't put all your eggs in one basket and listen to the people who have your best interest at heart but pursue your dreams.

Svein Tuft is a Canadian riding the Tour de France right now. He has won national championships, participated in the Olympics and has medaled in the World Championships. He started out just like you with those same ideas. This article is from a few years ago but tells his story very well.

I think you just need a set of sun sleeves. These are just arm and leg warmer like things but designed to protect you from the sun rather than to keep you warm. All the clothing companies have them and most bike shops will carry them in sun intense areas. They can be ordered online as well. I imagine there is not much need for these in a place like Scotland so that probably isn't the place to shop for them.

Here is a link to the ones Pearl Izumi makes:

General Discussion / Re: What can towns offer cyclists?
« on: June 28, 2015, 03:37:27 pm »
I would suggest having a store in town that sells supplies that a touring cyclist might need, mainly I have in mind stove fuel. The stores in a RV park or the hardware and grocery stores generally don't have the type of stove fuel a touring cyclist needs, often only selling the 1 lb Coleman propane bottles or the 1 gallon cans of Coleman fuel. It can be difficult to find the correct stove fuel in rural America and carrying more than about a weeks worth of fuel can be difficult.

Touring cyclists often use the 8 oz butane/propane thread on canister fuel containers or would like to buy Coleman fuel to fill their 20 oz fuel bottles. Having the canister fuel or selling Coleman fuel out of the gallon can by the ounce would be wonderful I think.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring Bike Selection
« on: June 22, 2015, 07:05:18 pm »
It seems to me that the common denominator in your list of bicycles is a Rohlloff hub. I don't think you are going to find that type of hub unless you buy a high end bicycle like a Co-motion. I would think that the average Co-motion buyer is not a first time touring bike purchaser, knows what type of touring they like to do and is able to choose between the multiple models they offer and understands the cost rewards of buying a high end bicycle.

I think you need to decide if you really need and want to pay for a Rohloff hub and if you decide that you might not need it then try a Surly or a Trek. The local shop I deal with usually has a small and a large frame Surly LHT in stock. They can put most people in the door across one or the other and give you a test ride. They can then fine tune the size you need by ordering a different one and also select from the other choices they have such as disc brakes and 26" wheels etc. I think that is more than 95% of shops in America are capable of doing. Most shops have absolutely no knowledge of touring bicycles. I purchased a Co-motion from this same shop. They worked with me quite a bit on sizing and I was pleased. It was also not my first high end bike or my first touring bicycle.

Routes / Re: Route from Damascus, VA to Greensboro, NC?
« on: June 11, 2015, 04:04:22 pm »
I am going to agree with Pat on US-58 / Mouth of Wilson / NC Bike Route 4.

From Damascus you can either follow the Virginia Creeper Trail to Whitetop and join US-58 there, or I would suggest joining it at Green Cove, a mile before Whitetop and it's a little closer to US-58. The Trans-Am also leaves Damascus on US-58 and you can just follow it from there as well. After about 15 miles the Trans-Am will continue straight and US-58 will turn right so follow US-58. It will then past the turns for Green Cove and Whitetop before descending down to Mouth of Wilson, VA.

After passing Mouth of Wilson, US-58 will parallel the New River and VA-93 will turn to the right. Take this turn across the river, it is obvious with the bridge there. Immediately after crossing the river you will enter NC and this is the western terminus of NC Bike Route 4. NC Bike Route 4 runs east and west across the state along the northern border counties with Va. NC bike routes have signs, but signs can be missing. Pat provided the link to order the maps. If you send me an email I can send you pdf scans I have made of my maps of the route.

I would follow NC Route 4 to Danbury, NC / Hanging Rock State Park. Here is a link to a cue sheet the North Carolina Bicycle Club has from the Greensboro Amtrak station to the park and back as a round trip. I would give that a try to get into Greensboro.

If you are really aiming for Raleigh, and don't really need to go to Greensboro and just through that in your note as an aiming point then I would just stay on NC Route 4 until it intersected NC Route 1 north of Oxford, NC and the Kerr Lake area and then follow Bike Route 1 into Raleigh.

If you need to go to Greensboro and then continue on to Raleigh then you can leave Greensboro on Alamance Church Road which will intersect NC Bike Route 2 outside of town. NC Bike Route 2 will take you to Raleigh after going through Chapel Hill.

Hope this helps.

General Discussion / Re: Which shops stock ACA maps?
« on: April 30, 2015, 06:55:26 pm »
My REI store carries a couple of sections for the areas near where I am located. That is the only place I have ever seen them in stores. You certainly could not count on finding them in stores for your long distance trip.

General Discussion / Re: TransAm summer 2015 - timing and solo female
« on: March 18, 2015, 08:33:14 am »
The latest Bicycle Touring Pro podcast deals with the subject of women touring alone. The OP may enjoy listening to the information.

Routes / Re: Need to book ahead on Blue Ridge Parkway?
« on: February 23, 2015, 11:16:20 am »
Doughton was closed a few years ago as there was construction work on the parkway. The last couple of seasons it has been open. I would not expect it to be full in September. It has two large sections, one for RV's and one for tents.

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