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Routes / How do I get a copy Cycling British Columbia? Please help.
« on: September 28, 2013, 12:28:28 pm »
A friend of mine lent me a copy of Cycling British Columbia by Paul Wood ISBN 0-9684826-2-7.
This seems to be a superb guide I would like my own copy but I can't find one anywhere. The only one I've found is on eBay and they want hundreds of dollars for it! I've called book stores all over BC, no luck. I even call the publishers and they have no copies and plans for a reprint

General Discussion / Re: Motivation: why ride?
« on: September 28, 2013, 12:02:36 pm »
+2 for John Nelson. After doing big rides with partners I find that these days I prefer riding solo. I never get lonely.

General Discussion / Re: shipping bikes
« on: September 28, 2013, 11:54:29 am »
If you can get to Seattle (ride there?) with your bike you might try REI. Last May REI in a box they provided, packed and shipped my bike from their Tukwila store in a Seattle suburb, to a motel in Bangor Maine for $50! I kid you not. It got there in fine shape. The only 'glitch' was that instead of removing both pedals they removed the right pedal and the left crank. Not a deal really. Perhaps this was better than just removing the pedals, there's less danger of the crank poking through the box.

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades-Oregon section: Windigo Pass question
« on: September 23, 2013, 11:40:29 pm »
Yes, we did circumnavigate the lake.
Lucky you I did the SC a couple of years ago and the road round the lake was still snowed in. It was a late snow year, I was unable to cross Elk Pass south of Mt Rainier either. Moral of story: check with the relevant authority for pass snow conditions if it's before August.

Someone in Ashland who had done it told me you needed a mountain bike to do the Windigo Pass Alternate. From the above comments it looks like she was correct. Actually the reason I didn't try it myself was hunger: adding another pass sounded attractive but I thought i stood a better chance of getting food in Chemult than anywhere on the Alternate route. A cafe shown on the ACA map on 97 that I was counting on for breakfast turned out to be closed.

Routes / Re: across USA from NY to San Francisco: ROUTES HELP!
« on: September 23, 2013, 11:43:52 am »
Indy you kept better notes than me. I didn't find route S too bad. I followed the signs which meant I missed the abandoned turnpike stretch; seems it's about as well as I didn't have a headlight and I tend to fall off my bike in dark tunnels (like I did in Glacier NP). The part that bypasses it has a very long climb I remember.

The cheapest motel of my whole trip was just off route in Bedford, $29, for a night. Not a bad room either. Incidentally the most expensive was a B & B in CT $140 discounted from a regular $175!! But we're getting off topic.

Routes / Re: across USA from NY to San Francisco: ROUTES HELP!
« on: September 23, 2013, 01:01:42 am »
Pennsylvania DOT has signed bike routes that are quite useful.  In general these routes avoid busy highways and the signage, at least for Route S, is complete. This summer I followed Route S across PA from just north of Philadelphia and took the GAP up to Pittsburgh. After that I joined the Northern tier heading west. You will want to stay further south I presume. Route S is nice riding.

There were a couple of places I was scratching my head as to where the route went but I managed to resolve the issue with a bit of riding back and forth. I once asked two State Patrol officers where Route S went. They had no idea what I was talking about! After about Gettysburg (slightly off route) the hills start in earnest and get steeper and more frequent as you head west. But don't let that put you off. It's no worse than Tuscany.

BTW Philadelphia has a huge Italian community I believe

Gear Talk / Re: Of Tires and Roads
« on: September 23, 2013, 12:06:32 am »
Here's some food for thought

And here's what one person can do with a road bike Though I wouldn't suggest a Pinarello for touring.

Gear Talk / Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
« on: September 18, 2013, 02:34:41 am »
I've been considering some kind of a cover for the back of my neck and ears, but I haven't come up with any ideas that don't seem completely dorky

A Buff pulled over my ears with the end of it hanging over my neck seems to work for me. Who cares what it looks like when your riding? Kids think you look like a pirate when you take your helmet off. If appearance is a big deal to you whip it off and stuff it in a bike shirt pocket when you go to eat.  If you're a bit sparse on top it also prevents sunburn through the helmet vent slots which is why I started wearing them.

General Discussion / Re: bicycles on the roadways
« on: September 16, 2013, 09:07:43 pm »
I remember riding due east  out of Big Bear City CA and being terrified. The rising sun was right in my eyes and those of any motorist behind me. To make it worse much of the road had no shoulder and a drop off of about 12 inches in places so there was nowhere to go if I did see someone behind me who hadn't seen me. I really should have waited an hour or two to let the sun move round (OK Galileo, let the earth rotate) a bit.

General Discussion / Re: riding and camping in thunderstorms
« on: September 16, 2013, 09:00:03 pm »
You may want to check this guide that I wrote about bicycle touring tent. There are several sections including tips when using your tent, and a section on how to choose a touring tent”

Cyclo the link seems broke. Any chance you can fix it?

General Discussion / Re: Self inflating pad / Neo air reliability
« on: August 28, 2013, 12:02:25 pm »
i took a Neo Air on my Northern Tier tour this year. The first time I used it it deflated in about 1/2 an hour. So I traipse into Boston where REI replaced it. I then used the replacement perhaps twenty times without problems. The NeoAir is supremely comfortable and I don't slip off it, a problem I had with self inflating Thermarests. The last time I used it fairly close to home the pad was half deflated in the morning. I wrote and complained to the manufacturer and they wanted me to send it back but by the time I'd got their reply REI had replaced the Neo Air with an XLite version. We'll see how that works out.

I've toured with a ZRest. It insulates well but you feel every pebble under you

Gear Talk / Re: do I have too much crap?
« on: August 26, 2013, 01:54:12 am »
    Scraping my panniers on the ground when you lean it over too much... :)

Has that actually happened to you?

Good question. You either have very low paniers or be cornering tight radii very fast.

General Discussion / Re: Complete newb, TA in 2014
« on: August 24, 2013, 12:40:26 pm »
In my opinion, indoor riding on a trainer is of value, but that value is very limited. Get that bike outside as much as possible. Outdoor riding is much, much better training for your trip.
I second that. Spinning classes and the like just don't prepare you for e.g. long climbs, there's a psychological element to it plus gear selection, in/out of saddle technique etc. that you can only learn by actually doing long climbs.

Good advice somebody gave me: when climbing use a gear lower than you think you need. Sounds daft but it works for me

General Discussion / Re: Bears
« on: April 23, 2013, 05:14:15 pm »
If you hang your food in a tree or put it in a bear box don't forget to take it with you next morning. Sounds daft but it's been done, I know whereof I speak.

General Discussion / Re: The importance of always wearing a helmet
« on: April 23, 2013, 05:01:31 pm »
Had I had a helmet on, my head injuries would not be as severe.

Try telling that to some Brits if you check out the Cycle Touring Club web site you'll find that many people get all up in arms and libertarian about helmet laws. Almost as bad as the tobacco lobby; many of the same words and phrases are bandied about e.g. 'freedom', 'Big Brother', 'personal choice' etc.

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