Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - John Nettles

Pages: 1 ... 15 16 [17] 18 19 20
241
Gear Talk / pedals?
« on: October 30, 2006, 10:46:22 am »
Thanks for the Yellow Jersey link.  As far as numb feet, I have only gotten them since started wearing clipless as my shoes have to be tight to feel like they are not slopping around in the pedal.

I have over 40k miles in old-style cleats and straps with no problems and yes I did use them properly to get the 100% powerstroke in the cadence (used to race so I learned that valuable skill).  Only time I got sore feet is if I used tennis shoes instead of cycling shoes.

Obviously, some definately prefer and are better off with clipless (my 'bent is much better with clipless), but for some of us weirdos, old school is often better, i.e. steel touring frame versus other.  Not trying to start a flame war, I'm just a old school cyclist thinking about the "good old days" :).

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

242
Gear Talk / pedals?
« on: October 29, 2006, 05:33:59 pm »
For road touring, I am sooo old school that I strongly prefer (but can't find anymore) the old Dettio Piedro??? riding shoes with the old nail in cleats with leather straps and steel toe clips.  I have tried Look, SPD, and bolt-on cleats but I still like the old style.  Technological  "improvements" can sometimes not be improvements. :)

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

243
Gear Talk / Touring Rear Wheel Recommedations
« on: December 10, 2005, 09:08:22 pm »
I guess I'm too much from the old (ancient ;) ) school.  The only times I have broken spokes (other than a crash) have been when I am loaded touring (under 35 pounds of gear including panniers)while in my 24t chainring.

I weigh less than 150 and used to be the strongest hill climber in the ol bike club when I was in my teens/early twenties so I could really torque when I wanted to.

After many many years and thousands of miles loaded touring, I swear by a few things:  48 spoke wheels, Phil Wood hubs (ok, I bought mine many moons ago), Brooks saddle, a helmet, and gloves.  Of course, I don't expect everyone to agree...just my 2 cents worth :).




Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

244
Gear Talk / touring shoes
« on: November 13, 2005, 11:24:47 pm »
My LBSs don't carry cleats (or the shoes they nail to) anymore.  Where do you get them.  I especially miss the really comfy Italian shoes which, to me, are like what a Brooks saddle is to the fanny.

Happy Trails and may be wind be always at your back!

Tulsa John

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

245
Routes / Paved Great Divide maps?
« on: August 28, 2008, 12:40:47 pm »
 :) :) :)  I liked how you ended the commentary with "cheers".  Seriously not being negative, just thought it seemed funny going from a "negative" (don't know which word to use) to "cheers".

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

246
Routes / Pac coast help 2
« on: August 23, 2008, 10:35:05 pm »
If you are thinking about if you get hit and go sailing over the side, if I remember correctly, there are very few areas that close to the drop off.

Plus when you are on the ocean side of a curve turning to the to the right (imagine the position that I am saying), the line of site may be greater for the car (greater safety) than if you are northbound and have a hill or cliff to your right on a curve turning to the right.

If you are comfortable riding in traffic in your local area, you should be fine on tour.  Also, the ACA maps give a summary of the riding conditions as does the website (more limited).

Enjoy the ride!

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

247
Routes / Pac coast help 2
« on: August 23, 2008, 08:16:08 pm »
Can't reply accurately to your other PCH post as it was decades ago I went, but prevailing winds are definately in north to south direction.

I did the coast S-N and had headwinds most days.  A couple of days it was so bad I never got out of my inner chain ring.  Go over to crazyguyonabike.com and look at some of the journals as that may help.

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

248
Routes / recommended route for cycling with children
« on: August 28, 2008, 12:37:53 pm »
I forgot to ask where you are flying into but perhaps your idea of renting a car (mini-van is better)and going to different locations is not a bad idea.  It would give you flexibility but give you opportunities to hit the highlights.  You may need to get a bike rack stateside however with that many bikes.

Look up the website railtrails.org to get a idea of which rail trails are available.

In Colorado between Breckinridge & Vail is a bike path but has a few steeper sections and the 10,000ft (3,300m?) elevation may get you.  Great scenery though.

The pacific northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana, British Columbia, is a very pretty area.

California has a wide variety of terrains & scenery and there is lots to do for the kids.

The George Mickleson rail trail in South Dakota is in a scenic area with Custer State Park and its wild herd of bison (buffalo) and is within proximity to Yellowstone & the Tetons which is a nice area to bike can exceed the 7% grades.  Lots of camping and there are special "hiker/biker" campsites so you are always guaranteed a spot if you arrive under your own power (not car).  Remember though when driving out west that "proximity" can be 500k-1000k!

While I don't know much about it, the Route Verte opened recently in Quebec area.  This area might be good as it is scenic, much more European in flavor, and the temps are definately cooler than out west.

Finally, you might post this question over at crazyguyonabike.com as there are a LOT of tourists there.

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

249
Routes / recommended route for cycling with children
« on: August 26, 2008, 09:35:42 am »
Can you give a little more info on what type of tour you want.  For instance, do you want mountains, desert (probably not in the summer!), open plains, rain forest, historical, etc.  Can you give a location in Europe so we might get an idea, i.e Holland or southern Italy.

What about temperature?  Since you are from Holland, you probably are not used to our summers where in many parts of the country it can top 33 degrees celsius every day while other areas never get above the upper 20s.

When you say "July/August", do you mean 60 days or 7 days during that time period?

Do you want dedicated cycle paths (most will be finely crushed gravel coverted railroad paths and the longest is less than 500km long), rural country roads, big cities, etc.  When you say "relatively flat", are you talking road grade or geography as the long shallow grades Colorado roads are easier (to me at least) than the lung-bursting thigh-burning short-but-steep roller coaster hills of Missouri.

If you are as strong as a Holland grandmother rider we met (BIG SMILE) you will have not a problem with ability.  I was doing a tandem tour in Holland and one day a 70+ year old lady passed us on a single-speed upright bike into a strong headwind.  That humbled and impressed me.

The answers will help everyone not second quess what you are looking for and hopefully suggest a wonderful ride.

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

250
Routes / Girard, KS to Little Rock, Ark - Help
« on: April 22, 2008, 03:07:05 am »
Do a Yahoo (hate google) search for "Freewheel" which is a ride across Oklahoma.  Look at the archive maps and piece something together.  Oklahoma is much flatter but the eastern section is almost as pretty as western Arkansas.  Perhaps head east just below I-40.  Try to avoid the Fayetteville, AR; Eureka Springs, AR; & Branson, MO areas...especially on the weekends.

You didn't mention when and if you are camping, cooking, etc.

If you come thru OKLA, let me know and I can try to let you know where to go/stay.

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

251
Routes / Brits Tackle Transamerica
« on: March 14, 2008, 02:01:43 pm »
I met a guy his summer doing the northern tier short route in 30 days with LOTS of 100+ days & credit card touring.  I personally wouldn't enjoy a speed trip like that but to each their own.  I did the original NT in 60 days but felt I was rushed.

Perhaps you could take 2-3 trips over 2-5 years to complete it?  That way you are not gone as long per time (makes the Mrs. happy) and you can enjoy the trip.

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

252
Routes / US Perimeter Tour?
« on: March 03, 2008, 02:10:18 am »
Sorry for late reply.  I did a last-minute 3/4 perimeter tour (9k miles in 4 months) many moons ago.  They had not developed the ST yet so I headed home.

I think your 60mpd is fine but my biggest hassle was the weather.  Due to me going on at with about 10 days notice, I started late in early July in San Diego to Vancouver to Maine to Key West.  I left San Juan islands August 1st so I had to hook it to beat the snow in Maine.  Then the cold chased me down south to southern Virginia.

If you route timing is not totally finalize, you may want to reconsider heading into AZ in late August/early September as the temps can be quite brutal.  If time/money permit, at Missoula, go north and do some Canadian touring for a couple of weeks so you can not sweat to death and maybe make up some time going to Florida.

Either way, enjoy the ride!

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

253
Routes / Northern Tier vs TransAm
« on: September 04, 2007, 03:22:01 pm »
My experience is 20 years old so bear that in mind.  

The TransAm gives a more varied experience of the USA.  Services slightly closer together.  New scenery or terrain every week.  Sea level to 11,500 feet.  Much more varied weather (hot to cold).  Seemed to have nicer people east of Mississippi River if doing the Lake Erie Connection on NT.

The Northern Tier seemed flatter overall but less scenic (especially in Michigan), nicer overall temps but more rain.  Loved Washington State.  If doing the original NT the route thru Iowa to central Ohio, seemd to be similar geography but really nice people.  Had to push a little to get to Portland, ME because evenings would get too cold for me (30s & 40s at times in September).

Overall, when I do it again, I may do a combi trip with NT in west then dip down thru Yellowstone onto TA.  Either route is good though.

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

254
Routes / MidWest Route info
« on: July 11, 2007, 11:38:31 am »
I don't know about Iowa, but both Kansas and Missouri have websites showing cycle friendly roads.  Do a search and you can locate them.  You might want to do the Katy trail as you mentioned also.


Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

255
Routes / southern tier: summer ok? Credit Card ok?
« on: April 17, 2007, 11:39:03 am »
The temps will be 90s & 100s (high 60s to maybe low 80s at night depending on where you are at) but it is the humidity that will be tough.  You don't say where you are from but the humidity will be high and combined with the heat, it can really zap your strength if you are not used to it.  Like anything else, your body will adjust, but the first week or two could be a little rough.

As far as camping equipment, I guess I am confused?  Do you mean sleeping outside but with no gear (the mosquitos could be a pain) but if hotels are what you are looking at, I can't answer that.  The ACA maps should provide an idea on that.

Hope you have a great ride!

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

Pages: 1 ... 15 16 [17] 18 19 20