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General Discussion / Re: Realistic time requirements
« on: June 26, 2013, 07:26:32 am »
I was going to say there are unknown variables that reduce and add to daily mileage on a bike that are no so important in enclosed motorized transportation, but that has been said in word and in deed. Snow had me  tied down for six days in Van Horn, Texas while cars and trucks went flying by on the interstate. You need to allow for some leeway when you are scheduling for a transcontinental bicycle tour. Plans don't always go as we would like them to go.

General Discussion / Re: To Go Home or Not...That is the Question?
« on: June 26, 2013, 07:17:49 am »
Cat's answer is right too. If you are determined to complete your journey, visit your family, and keep on going no matter what they say or think.

General Discussion / Re: Touring sideways in time.
« on: June 21, 2013, 10:15:40 pm »
I think I'm already in a parallel universe, and I guess anything parallel to it is a parallel universe too. Where can I get one and how much does it cost?

General Discussion / Re: Guide to Poor Woman's Cycling
« on: June 21, 2013, 05:37:22 am »
I just saw you blog and youtube. You should keep going. You're in Pittsburgh, so I think you took the tow paths. That's good. The comparatively flat terrain will give you time to get your legs under you before you hit the hills.

There are three designated bike paths running NS / SN in Ohio. I have not used them. I saw them only on a map. If you google designated / dedicated bike paths in Ohio, you should be able to locate them.

General Discussion / Re: To Go Home or Not...That is the Question?
« on: June 21, 2013, 04:59:22 am »
Keep on keeping on.

General Discussion / Re: riding and camping in thunderstorms
« on: June 21, 2013, 04:53:59 am »
Jamawami took the words right out of my mouth, so to speak. There isn't much to add. In fact, some storms can be lethal, and if not that, at least harmful if you are caught out unprepared. I use a 10 by 12 polytarp when I bike tour. The part about making a lean-to shelter with a fence line is good.

I have been caught out in some freakish deadly storms, and I weathered all well enough except for one where I got chilled to the bone. That was High Island, Texas across the road from the beach. Later I was told that if I had camped on the beach side of the road where I was, I would have been toasted because there were over 90 lightning strikes all over the beach there.

If you carry a tent, freestanding or other, set it up right away. Usually, the conditions for such storms present themselves before all hell breaks loose. When out in the middle of nowhere, set up your shelter right away just in case. If it storms, you're covered. If it doesn't, pack up and go. All you've lost is a little time, and you're better safe than sorry.

Weather is always a major concern to people who cross oceans in small sailboats such as thirty and forty foot sloops. What they learn to do is read the wind and clouds which presage certain kinds of weather systems. This is an extremely important part of sailing because reefing sails and putting up a storm jib can range between pure hell and impossible to do in a gale. You can do the same weather predicting on land. Read books on sailing and there are usually sections detailing cloud formations which indicate certain types of approaching weather systems. You can get small, light weight, inexpensive radios which have weather radio stations at the flip of a switch. They had them at Big Lots for about $10.00.

The thing about heavy weather is it often goes unreported unless it is a killer storm because people who live in houses and work inside are not to be concerned with it. They stay inside or in their vehicles. Being out there on a bike is a whole different world when the devil comes to visit. That's why weather radio is a good thing. 

General Discussion / Re: Cycling partner(s)
« on: June 06, 2013, 09:20:30 am »
Edmilkman. The FBI say the majority of women seem to have been abducted from truck stops on interstates. They suspect longhaul truckers in many cases. Many trucks are equipped with GPS by their companies. If a serial killer is driving and stopping at interstate truck stops, it is normal for him to be there with a great many others. If he drives away from his appointed route, he can be traced. If a woman suddenly disappears, and he is traced there where he is not expected to be at the time of the disappearance, and he can be located at points of other disappearances at truck stops, he will be seen.  As long as he stays on his route, and operates at truck stops where many other truckers are normally expected to be, there are no detectable anomalies in his route, and no reason for suspicion. That's one reason. That way he is anonymous. The killings have been happening at an alarming degree of frequency. And keep in mind, the numberof those murdered are only for those whose remains have been found. There are a great many more who  disappared, perhaps never to be heard from or seen again.

Just a word of caution. Cross country cycling is great, but the bears you really have to watch out for walk on two feet and drive trucks and cars.

$1994.00  I believe I can do the same for $300.00 with almost identical functionality. For one small example, you need  hundred-dollar pedals like you need a hole in the head. $25.00 pedals will get you there just fine, no problem. An $18.00 seat in Wally's is almost identical to the expensive ones and just as good. A $30.00 Shimano derailleur will get you across the continent and a great deal farther. Why the camel back? I have cycled 37,000 miles around the world. I've never had a problem reaching down to the bottle and getting a swig. Tires and wheels are things you do not want to scrimp on. Cables and housings can be had in Wally's for $10.00. I have gone on very long, heavily loaded, tours over extremely hilly and mountainous terrains without the first problem with such cables. Those are just a few examples.

I have always said, within certain limits you can spend as much or as little as you want on bicycle touring.

I've done the ST quite a few times. Winter or Fall is a good time for it. Don't ask me about camp grounds. I am adverse topaying for sleeping on the gound. It's a good time to go.

General Discussion / Re: Choosing a bike and could use advice
« on: June 06, 2013, 08:43:14 am »
It's expensive for 25 years old. It probably did not cost that much new. It's ok for someone who just wants to cruise around town, maybe. I don't think they fitted that bike with long-distance, loaded, touring in mind. For about $100.00 more you can get a new Giant Sedona. Go to Youtube and write---the world's best touring bike, Giant Sedona.

When it comes to very long road trips over varying topography, you need certain kinds of components and a certain kind of frame. That bike is the wrong combination of frame and components for the kind of traveling you mention here. Can you do it on that bike? Yes, you can. You can also hike the Appalachian trail in lead boots too, but what would be the point in that?

General Discussion / Re: Cycling partner(s)
« on: May 26, 2013, 11:50:34 am »
I averaged over 90 miles a day from SE coastal Florida to Bangor, Maine. That was twenty-three years ago. I don't think I would want to try and do that kind of mileage now,

General Discussion / Re: In low gear and can't ride up hill!
« on: May 26, 2013, 11:38:41 am »
You need to supply more detailed information to get sufficient correct answers to your question. There are hills and then there are hhhiiiillllllsss. Some are long and gradual. Some are short and abrupt. Some are long and steep. How about a one in four. Does that describe your hill or is it a one in twenty? Then there is the subject of your gear ratios. There is also the human factor. Are you the 90 pound weakling in Charles Atlas advertisements, or are you Lance Armstrong's worst nightmare? It's kind of like asking--How long is a pieceof string? or How high is up? 

I can recomponent a bike frame for $250.00, and some more if you are looking for new cranks and rings. I do it just about every time I do a transcontinental cycling trip. The $250.00 will get you lower level quality components. You can get brake cables and deraileur cables and housings for eight or nine dollars at Wally World that will easily get you 8000 miles depending on the number and steepness of hills for the brake cables.

General Discussion / Re: Inspire or Scare the Begeebees?
« on: April 26, 2013, 01:08:35 pm »
Do not focus on fears of what might happen. Focus on the fact that thousands of people have cycled and camped cross country without incident. If, by some offhand chance, you are a woman and are aproached by a stranger at a truck stop or gas station, just stay around where people are, get away from the stranger, and do not encourage him in any way. Women have cycled the perimeter of the US alone in safety and security. Get your bike. Get your gear. Plan, practice, and go. The most likely scenario is that you will have the experience and adventure of a lifetime.

General Discussion / Re: Inspire or Scare the Begeebees?
« on: April 25, 2013, 04:51:36 am »
I agree. Cycling cross country is safe enough to do without undue concern. I have not heard of any cyclists attacked or killed. Crime can happen to anyone anywhere. There is no need to be more concerned with it just because you are riding a bicycle across the continent or across the state. However, this world has always been a dangerous and uncertain place. For example, consider this.

If you ever get a strange feeling that something just isn't right, don't go looking for tangible reasons to justify those feelings. Obey your intuitive senses, and get out of the situation ASAP. That is what my experiences have taught me.

But really, cycling is safe enough. It is the world that is messed up. People generally do not want to mess with cyclists. You can easily cycle across the USA totally without incident. Just know which kinds of social situations, people, and places to stay away from, and you are in for some free sailing and you are home free.

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