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General Discussion / Help with: From Jasper to ??
« on: January 05, 2015, 09:35:48 pm »
I'm intending to ride from Jasper to at least Whitefish this year and I am trying to get a friend in the UK interested in joining me. One way of arm twisting would be to have my mate's non cycling wife drive a SAG wagon (i.e. We get to ride. She gets to do the Great Parks in comfort) Is there any way of doing a one-way car rental to facilitate this? Any suggestions for alternatives that would be attractive to a non-outdoorsy person would be appreciated. My mate isn't a problem; winters in Scotland tell me that.

If my mate comes over I plan on: train to Jasper, ride to WF, train to Seattle. If he doesn't I'll be doing L&C to Portland rather than train to Seattle. Can't wait either way.

Thanks in anticipation.

General Discussion / Re: TransAm 2015- Looking for others
« on: January 05, 2015, 10:12:16 am »
chiptoothed, I have to totally agree with what PeteJack responded with. Going alone is a great way to travel for sure on such a personal adventure taken, and for the obvious reason he mentioned. My own travels alone have been chock full of many great memories and experiences had, as well as other similar travels having been made with fellow cyclists. Remember, the TransAm route is an established bicycle route, and odds are pretty good that you will easily see, and come across many other cyclists who are both coming & going while your out there on the entire distance.

I myself will be starting the same route as you at the end of April - east to west direction. I am cycling solo too, well kind of I guess I would say since my wife and family pet will be traveling along just shortly ahead of me daily in a family vehicle.
+1  One thing I would urge you to do is to tell your new friends "You guys go ahead. Don't wait for me" if they are obviously more comfortable with a faster pace than yours. It's all too easy to let your ego spoil your fun. I did that twice on my last NT.Edit. Told people to go on that is.

General Discussion / Re: TransAm 2015- Looking for others
« on: January 01, 2015, 12:17:58 pm »
Going solo is not the end of the earth. Nowadays it's how I prefer to do it, no disputes about pace, destinations where to eat, what to eat etc.. doing a big tour with someone has parallels to getting married. You find out all kinds of things about your partner you didn't know before you set off, sometimes you find things you would rather not have found out. Personally I love the flat bits in the middle where I can pedal for hours on end in my own little world. It's Zen like.

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« on: January 01, 2015, 12:09:20 pm »

If you haven't already, consider going to a certified bike fitter to fine tune how your bike fits you.

Have fun!
+1 It is amazing what a difference a properly fitting bike makes.

There are definitely suitable trees in the state park in Humptulips. I've used them for a Hennesy Hammock. I've given up in the thing because it is so damned cold. Whatever i put under me ends up slipping out and i wake up freezing, have you cracked that problem? Any solution I've seen defeats the big advantage of a hammock i.e. its small size and weight.

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« on: December 21, 2014, 02:44:24 pm »
I met a guy in Kentucky who'd rode from LA on a Schwinn he'd found in a ditch. his front tire had a bulge the size of a tangerine. When I mentioned it to him he said it had been like that for a month!

Gear Talk / Re: Panniers vs. BOB?
« on: December 19, 2014, 06:03:06 pm »
It will be interesting to see how long this thread goes.  Panniers vs Trailer has the same potential for heated discussion and disagreement as Shimano vs Campy and "whats the best chain lube?" questions.
+1 Unless you've got plenty of space trailers present the problem of finding somewhere to put it when you ain't using it.

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« on: December 16, 2014, 07:41:46 pm »
In west Texas through hill country. Nice following wind today, but yesterday had many steep hills and side / head winds. Schwalbe Marathon tire on back is delaminating. The nearest bike shop I know of is in El. Paso. Hope I make it. Doing roughly 65-67 miles daily.
I take it that's a Marathon and not a Marathon Plus. I had bad luck with a Marathon on the TransAm it wore down to the brown stuff and started getting flats after about 2K. My helpful companion told me I should have put new tires on before I started. (I had) Someone once told me that  NASA has done a study and found that things generally last a lot longer than you think they're gonna. That could be BS but I've found that in general stuff wears slower than you think. So fingers crossed. I don't know your schedule but you could get a tire sent to a post office a few days ahead. I had good luck with that when I found my debit card had expired in the middle of the NT.

Stay upright. Pete

Routes / Re: NT or L&C Going West from Missoula?
« on: December 15, 2014, 12:10:28 pm »
I was in Minnesota and met two brothers who had rode the NT from Anacortes. They had set of with their dad and when they go to the summit of Washington Pass he refused to go any further. And the whole trip was his idea!

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« on: December 13, 2014, 10:38:46 am »
Boy, Westinghousse really knows how to sell this place. Among 300 odd million people you will get the occasional fruitcake, pay close attention to Fox News or National Enquirer they are on top of them. Or not. Your chances of meeting said fruits are about the same as your chances of winning a state lottery, pretty small. I've crossed this country solo a couple of times E-W and once N-S plus done some big chunks in amongst and the major objective hazard, as the climbers say, seems to be dogs particularly in reservations. A can of Halt readily accessible fixes 'em. At least the two times I used it it did. One thing to avoid is going into Mexico, Do not do it. The chances of coming across bad guys rocket in Mexican border towns. My main recollections are of kindness and polite curiosity in this awful and crime ridden country.

Do it. You'll be fine.

General Discussion / Re: That go-to meal
« on: November 26, 2014, 10:51:20 am »
There never seems to be a Subway when I need one, though!
You must ride is some very remote areas.  Those things are EVERYWHERE.

Including Cardston Alberta, the largest Mormon community in Canada. It's the only thing open on a Sunday.

General Discussion / Useless advice/help
« on: November 14, 2014, 09:33:29 am »
I've often benefited from the kindness of strangers like a night's stay in CT or a bottle of Snapple at the top of a hill in PA while on tour but once or twice the 'help' was anything but. Like the time I came out of a cafe in Ellensburg WA and a passing stranger informed me my back tire was flat. Now I think there's a fair chance I would have noticed that on my own. I know the guy meant well but nevertheless I found it irritating and felt obliged to thank him for pointing out the obvious. Anybody else had a similar experience?

The previous time someone pointed out a flat tire was in Valence France, I was pushing my bike because my left arm was in a cast, I'd broke it a couple of days before. The man not only pointed out the flat tire but he fixed it as well! He was a master, fixing the flat without taking the wheel off and re-inflating it for me in about 5 minutes. I was so grateful I was going to tip him my last 12 euros and then I found my wallet had been lifted. The same man recovered it for me. (I'll never know but I suspect he was the lifter. All the cash was gone but my credit cards etc were still there.) All in all quite a day.

Gear Talk / Re: chain ring sizing
« on: November 06, 2014, 11:54:31 am »

You don't mention how many times you have removed your chain.
The chain had about 1000 touring miles on it and had never been removed. Maybe it's QC on the QLs (!) but sometimes they separate easily and other times they can be a bear to get apart. I only separate when replacing a chain, never to clean a chain.

Gear Talk / Re: chain ring sizing
« on: November 06, 2014, 09:13:33 am »
I've come up with an explanation for the Quicklink separating. The derailer cage pushed the left side of the Quicklink backward and the ramps on right side pushed it forwards thus opening up the QL, the sideways push to move to the middle ring pulled it apart. I think not shifting quickly enough gave it time to separate. It hasn't happened since (about 2000 miles). Probably nothing directly to do with chain ring sizes but the size difference does mean the chain is quite slack on the granny. I found out the hard way not to do anything about that by shortening the chain.

Gear Talk / chain ring sizing
« on: November 05, 2014, 11:48:33 am »
A friend of mine who is an expert(!) was appalled that the front triple on my 520 was 51-38-24. He claimed that you're not supposed to have more than a 20T gap between the largest and smallest rings. Does he have something?

the only odd thing I have had happen was when I got to the top of a longish hill and shifted up from the granny perhaps a bit too soon and the Quicklink came undone. It was all twisted when I checked it so I replaced it with a spare and was on my way. Other than that strange incident I've rode any thousands of trouble free miles with this arrangement.

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