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We did San Fran to San Diego in early February because that is our time to travel.  Mostly rode in pants, long sleeve shirts and light jacket but we also found lodging each night.  It ranked as one of our top tours and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again at that time of year.

I can't imagine that January would be a whole lot different.
Thanks. I like the bit about finding accommodation, that's what we plan on doing.

I'm hopin Billie Conolly was right. "There's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes"

General Discussion / Re: camping sites in the Western USA
« on: November 12, 2015, 09:56:03 pm »
Someone suggested asking the police for help with campsites. I haven't read all replies so I may be repeating. In my experience the place to ask for help in small towns is the Volunteer Fire Department, they are usually very helpful and before today they have let us sleep in the station. Also try City Halls, sometimes they let you camp in front of the town hall. Be careful and make sure they haven't got sprinkler systems that provide an unwanted alarm clock. BTW there is nothing remotely close to OS maps in the US at any price so don't bother looking. Well, there are US Geological Survey (USGS) maps that are very detailed but the place is so big you'd need a sag wagon to haul enough to cover the Transam, they are just not practical for bike touring ACA maps take some beating but do make sure to check the addenda, campsites have been known to come and go. To this end small towns often have libraries where you can get free internet access, again see the ACA maps. And library staff are a great source of local knowledge about campsites, eating places etc.

You'll have a blast.

General Discussion / San Fransisco to San Diego in January. Is it doable?
« on: November 12, 2015, 09:33:05 pm »
Would we be completely nuts to consider doing the ACA route down the coast this coming January? I'd love to hear from anyone who's done it at that time of year.

I've found it almost impossible to remove a broken screw and leave a threaded hole that you can use but by all means try screw extractors etc.  There are even drills with flutes going the wrong way that you run CCW just for extracting screws. The only ones Ive found are here. Remember to run your drill backwards with these.

There are devices known as Helicoils that require a hole bigger than the screw. Helicoils are inserted in the oversize hole to give you the original female thread. Drill out the screw very carefully using a center punch to mark the center of the screw.

Helicoils are very good and will be in fact stronger than the original. (Boeing use them for stronger fasteners on new parts). The only snags are expense and there's a smidgin of know how to inserting them, you may have luck finding a local auto repair place that will do the whole job for you for about the price of a kit that you are unlikely to need again

General Discussion / Re: What can towns offer cyclists?
« on: August 30, 2015, 09:27:42 am »
I topped up our white gas when we rolled into Pueblo.  As indy notes, there was a markup -- I think I paid $2 for less than a pint (IIRC, the bike shop charged by the size of the container).  Outrageous, when a gallon was $5, maybe; I still saved $3, and didn't have to dispose of the rest of the gallon.
Outrageous? These guys were probably running running a business not an indigent tourists charity, while they were tending to you they may have had a real customer interested in a new bike walk off.

General Discussion / Re: ACA Maps vs. Google Maps - Southern Tier
« on: August 30, 2015, 09:13:42 am »
Good point stae. Bike paths around the PNW where I live are usually pretty good in my experience. I met some grim ones in MA but perhaps my view was jaundiced by the crappy weather. There was one on the TA, I can't remember where, that was about 100 yards long and finished in a field, literally a complete waste of time.

General Discussion / Re: Where next, US?
« on: August 30, 2015, 09:04:02 am »
I second the idea of Whitefish by train. You may even want to rent a mountain bike there and do some off road stuff. Afraid the days are long gone when I could or would tour on $50 a day so I can't give advice on accommodation but the scenery is great. If you do any Great Parks stuff be sure to check the addenda. Also check ahead for campsites, this is the time of year for triathlons etc. that draw a lot of people and some parks are just so popular they may be full.

General Discussion / Re: Tips for giving away books while touring?
« on: August 30, 2015, 08:37:40 am »
I'm like you; I cannot tour without a good book and don't have any good ideas as to what to do with them once finished it. If it's a real classic I might mail it back home otherwise potboilers I'll leave in motel rooms in the forlorn hope that some cleaner might discover literature. I often stop by libraries and they many times have books they are trying to get rid of for a few cents. You'd think that would be a good place to find some reading but it's usually pretty dismal stuff. There's a reason why they are getting rid of it.

General Discussion / Re: ACA Maps vs. Google Maps - Southern Tier
« on: August 30, 2015, 08:24:12 am »
Google Maps bike routes have come a long way. When they first came out they had a tendency to miss out bike paths but just the other day I used Google Maps to cross Seattle and it took me on handy back streets I didn't know existed and I've lived here for 40 years. However I agree with previous respondants GM will tend to take you on iffy roads (unpaved, much traffic) especially in places where there are a lot of them like Texas. Doing the Northern Tier using the ACA map there's a stretch in MT on a minor road that parallels I90, some guys who were riding at the same time as me took I90 with all its noise and traffic thinking it was quicker. I took the minor road and saw one car in 11 miles of paved road (I did have to brake for cows) in about the same time. I'm guessing GM would have picked I90 because it was slightly shorter but I can't say for sure. So use it with care.

FWIW I find Apple Maps dreadful for cycling compared to GM. They don't even have a cycling option, just pedestrian.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring without fenders - big mistake?
« on: August 01, 2015, 11:17:19 pm »
Jand my pump ended up getting filled with water and some grit.
- Tim
I have fenders but water still gets into my Topeak Road Morph pump on the down tube. I've thought of putting something over the top of the pump to prevent this. There are latex devices sold in drug stores and supermarkets that would do the job but...

Beware Meatless; company can be overrated. I love touring solo. Which means setting and achieving your own goals. If you want to stop somewhere you can and nobody's going to pull a face because it's too soon, conversely if you want to bang on and put a long day in there's nobody moaning about sore legs. From your nom-de-plume I take it you're vegetarian; people may say they are OK with this and then find that they can't stand it. (I don't mind the odd vegan e.g. meal myself but I have to have me protein now and then) It's much much simpler on your Jack Jones.

If you really have to ride with someone be sure you both have what I call the same 'style' of touring. Some people are only interested in accumulating miles and some people (me) like to stop and read every wayside point of interest notice and take lots of pictures.

However you do it. Have fun.

Gear Talk / Re: Gearing for Touring Bike
« on: July 10, 2015, 12:10:10 am »
I've just done the Icefields Parkway with bike and paniers weighing 80 lbs (I know this because it got weighed at the ACA HQ) My gearing was and still is 51-38-24 on the front with an 11-32 cassette & 700C wheels. One thing that makes theses climbs hard work is not shifting to your smallest front ring soon enough. It's all too easy to find yourself mashing up long climbs. The Parkway has a lot of climbs with gradients that if they were shorter (like on your day rides at home) you wouldn't shift into a low gear to get up them. The trick is to start spinning in a low gear from the very start of a climb and not wait to shift down when you are half / two-thirds the way up; by that time you've expended a lot of energy. By all means go to the smallest front ring you can fit but think about technique and don't be in too much of a hurry.

General Discussion / Re: Flying With Touring Gear
« on: May 27, 2015, 08:30:31 am »
Never heard of airport theft either. Was once late for a plane in Leeds UK and couldn't get my bike checked "that's OK we'll ship it on a later plane" they said. "Bye bye bike" thought I. Two days after getting home they delivered it to my house. I find Goodwill charges $10-15 for a suitcase these days. TSA did once lose my pedals on a flight to LHR. Easy if not cheap to replace. Not expensive enough to go to the hassle of making a claim mind.

On the whole I'm another vote for the N->S option on the coast, if only because of the side of the road thing for seeing things. The meteorology business is a bit of a gamble, when I was doing the NT from E->W people kept telling me I was going the wrong direction but in general I got tailwinds especially in ND and MT they were wonderful. In IN I ended up riding in thunderstorms instead of taking shelter like I should have simply because I was getting a push from the wind. I don't find the US particularly expensive vis a vis Europe although Norway is horrendous. One thing you don't get in the US is hostels like Europe, they are very few and far between, on the Sierra-Cascades route (highly recommended) there are two in 2800 miles: Ashland OR (v. nice) and Big Bear City CA (fully booked by a school party just like in England). Having said that there are quite a few excellent hostels on the Pacific Coast route between SFO and San Diego. I can't speak to OR and Northern CA I'm afraid. Be worth looking into. Whichever way you go you'll have fun.

A bit off topic but the only hostel I have come across in the US that was like a big European hostel, say Bristol or Hamburg, was in Cleveland OH of all places. Mind you the concierge screwed up and put me in a women's dorm. It didn't bother me, I thought they were unisex like Hamburg, but the ladies informed me in no uncertain terms that they weren't so I had to get myself moved. Hey ho.

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