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Routes / Re: Portland Maine to Portland Oregon
« on: March 06, 2014, 12:36:52 pm »
I'm not sure about leaving as early as May 1, weather wise. It might be better to leave a bit later if you can.
+1 I left Bar Harbor on the NT in May last year and ran into a lot of heavy rain on the E coast.

General Discussion / Re: ACA maps and crummy areas in big cities?
« on: March 06, 2014, 12:18:28 pm »
Thanks John.
2.) The route should be designed to follow “corridors of attraction,” i.e., scenery,
cultural/historic points of interest, varieties of geography, terrain, and inhabitants.
I suppose this helps rule out most high crime areas.

Gear Talk / Re: Bob Yak Trailer? XCountry tour, thoughts?
« on: March 05, 2014, 01:48:51 pm »
FWIW I've been told this by a rider who says he saw it happen. If you go fast downhill with a single wheel trailer they can start to bounce and there's a danger, if you don't brake very carefully, of a crash caused by the trailer jacknifing.

I have to say I'm biased I like to go fast downhill and my 520 with four paniers descends like it's on rails. Last summer I started to get the slightest shake going down Going to the Sun. When I got back to my LBS it turns out I had a worn out headset.

General Discussion / ACA maps and crummy areas in big cities?
« on: March 05, 2014, 01:25:44 pm »
I love ACA maps and I get the impression that they route away from undesirable areas in big cities, at least I have that impression from going through Philly and Cleveland and I further believe that ACA maps in this respect are superior to, say, Google maps which will pick the most direct route from A to B. Am I right or not? I realize this may be a sensitive topic for some but I have just advised a young lady to stick to ACA routes to avoid potential trouble on the Southern Tier.

I take silk pajamas to sleep in and for modesty when walking across a site to the facilities or down someone's corridor. Much easier and quicker than pulling on day clothes.

Never slept under a car - how did that go?!
Grim. the slightest head movement brought a shower of rust and grease into my eyes. When I finally did get a few minutes doze I woke and tried to sit up...

Gear Talk / Re: Retiring, getting into self contained touring
« on: March 03, 2014, 01:34:28 pm »
Congratulations on retiring and getting into touring. You'll wonder why you ever bothered with work and if you're like me you won't miss it. I ride a Trek 520 that I love dearly solely because the guy at the bike shop said I should. I don't have any recommendations but at the Bike Expo yesterday I saw some front wheel drive recumbents, a new one to me, the man selling them said they were as good as uprights for climbing. Anyone know about these? They don't look very practical for touring. A trailer perhaps?

It should go well and safely  for you. Follow the route.
+1 Particularly the "follow the route" part. Under no circumstances should you cross the border. In my experience ACA maps do a good job of keeping you away from crummy areas in US cities as well. You'll be fine. Enjoy your ride

+1 Ace. Been there never done that. Last summer I was wakened at 10:30 p.m. in the middle of a thunderstorm by a state park ranger who wanted my camping fee. Mind you, as a lad I did all kinds of daft stuff. Ever tried sleeping under a car with the bit poking out in a plastic bag?

General Discussion / Re: touring in the rain?
« on: March 02, 2014, 08:04:33 pm »
Be aware that you can get very cold, hypothermic even, descending in the wet. Even if you are not feeling cold at the top of a long descent in the rain it's advisable to be wearing something wind/waterproof as you come down to prevent evaporative cooling. I found this out the hard way coming off Washington Pass with a leaky jacket

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route Northbound
« on: February 19, 2014, 11:21:42 pm »
Besides the likelyhood of headwinds while riding north there's another drawback a friend of mine mentioned to me: you are on the wrong side of the road for all the views.

Gear Talk / Re: Input on buying a bike
« on: February 15, 2014, 05:16:39 pm »
I can't overemphasize the importance of fit. I had a 520 that I rode for months before a fellow club rider noticed my saddle appeared low. I paid for a local outfit to give me a bike fit involving pedaling on rollers while they observed, measuring leg angles and stuff. The result was my saddle went up a couple of inches and my bars down a bit. It was like a whole new bike, a much more enjoyable ride. Since then I have done the Sierra Cascades and the Northern Tier plus other tours without changing a thing.

If there's an REI near you you may want to ask them to get Novarra Safaris in a couple of sizes for you to try. My wife has just got one and it seems a fine piece of kit. Much lighter than my 520.

Gear Talk / Re: Poor Trek520 brakes
« on: February 15, 2014, 05:01:46 pm »
Quote from: DaveB
Well, maybe they would have but no one was ever sorry they bought the best.  As the saying goes; "buy good, cry once".
Thanks Dave.

Gear Talk / Re: (Cyclo)cross-country
« on: February 14, 2014, 09:49:40 pm »
Quote from: zzzz
get rid of the knobbies unless you're planning on a significant amount of off road riding
+1 When you put slicks on it will feel like you've been riding with a binding brake. According to Sheldon tread is actually worse than useless on road tires. I've had very good luck with Panasonic RiBiMo tires. My back one did 4500 miles last year with two flats. There are more puncture resistant tires out there (Marathon Plus, Armadillo etc) but I find these heavy and with a harsh ride; the odd, very rare, puncture is a price worth paying for the comfort. It's all really a matter of taste.

And make sure your wheels are up to touring with at least 32 spokes.

Gear Talk / Re: Poor Trek520 brakes
« on: February 14, 2014, 08:26:37 pm »
Quote from:  DaveB
I did have Avid's higher line SD-7 V-brakes
I did consider SD-7s but then thought "what the hell" and sprung for the much more expensive Ultimate. Water under the bridge now, it's quite possible SD-7s would have done the trick.

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