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Gear Talk / Re: How many people tour with non-touring bikes?
« on: April 03, 2009, 10:37:00 am »
There are race-specific 'bents and, in fact, recumbents hold every unassisted land speed record but those bikes do not do anything except make speed runs (seek human powered vehicles on google).

Except any climbing records.  If you look up the Mt. Evans race and the Mt. Washington race you will find recumbents do not hold the record for those.

General Discussion / Re: New to Touring
« on: April 03, 2009, 10:32:22 am »
I presume that C&O is a crushed gravel converted railroad trail.  Your current road bike will work just fine on that.  Assuming the trail is dry.  I've ridden many miles on gravel roads with a racing bike just fine.  I'd recommend delaying the purchase of any bike until you actually decide to do loaded touring.  For loaded touring a loaded touring bike is the best.  Unless you pull a trailer then I suspect your road bike would work.  I don't understand the logic of getting something like the Cross Check that does most things OK but nothing really well.  If you're going to get a Surly, then get the Long Haul for loaded touring.  If you want a cyclo cross bike then get one with quicker handling and much lighter weight for carrying.  If you want a commuter bike, then likely the Long Haul would work better.

General Discussion / Re: biking across america with diabetes
« on: April 01, 2009, 09:27:58 am »
I currently use a Omnipod diabetes management system and was hoping if I told them I was talking their system cross-country, they might help with finances.

Omnipod sponsors Team Type 1.  They have quite a bit of experience with bicyclists using their pump during stage races and on team RAAM.  Team Type 1 won team RAAM the past couple years.  Omnipod has been out for a couple years now.  So its unlikely you would be anywhere near the first recreational rider using their product on a long ride.

General Discussion / Re: biking across america with diabetes
« on: March 30, 2009, 03:43:33 pm »
Check this out for some inspiration:

Wow, I had no idea a cycling team was dedicated to Type 1 that was completely comprised of people with type 1.  Thanks for the link.

Only two or maybe three members have diabetes.  The rest do not.

General Discussion / Re: biking across america with diabetes
« on: March 27, 2009, 04:26:55 pm »
Do you ride a bike now?  Practice riding around home on one day rides.  You will figure out how the diabetes behaves more or less during these rides.  On extended tours with day after day of activity, the baseload insulin will need to be reduced.  Checking the blood glucose multiple times during a ride is recommended.  Every hour basically.  Look into a CGMS, they enhance control.  CGMS would not work logistically for a three month ride away from home but would aid in the learning around home.

Urban Cycling / Re: Walmart Electric Bicycle Affordable To The Masses
« on: March 24, 2009, 11:47:50 am »
I am on a project down in Sarasota, Florida and there is a large Amish community and I see alot of people riding electric two and three wheel bicycles. The Amish won't ride in cars but I guess an electric bicycle is ok. Interesting

No no.  The Amish won't own a car.  Riding in a car owned by someone else is perfectly acceptable.  This using of your neighbor's resources and generosity can lead to bad feelings.

Routes / Re: How much to save to do the TA
« on: March 20, 2009, 04:33:34 pm »
I am doing LA to NY with my wife's brother in the summer of 2010 and am working on about £3000 (currently about $4000). However, this is to include the cost of flying from the UK to one US destination and then back to the UK from a different airport. In addition, we have yet to look carefully at the pros and cons of bringing our bikes with us and paying the baggage charges, buying two sets of bike carriers etc., or buying a new bike in Santa Monica and arranging a buyer willing to snap up a bargain in Battery Park! Then there is a long list of other things to think about including cell phones, insurances, consummables, camel backs etc.

We will be taking 28-30 days to complete the trip, and are planning for $75-$100 dollars per day to cover food and cheap motels. Emergencies will go on the credit card.


28-30 days?  Most direct route is 2800 miles between LA and NY.  100 miles a day every day.  Doable.  But less direct routes a bicycle needs would be even more mileage per day.  Maybe not doable with any kind of pleasure.  If you motel every day, which is possible, figure minimum of $50 per night.  Minimum.  More likely figure on $60 per night average.  Your $75-100 per day for lodging and food is about right.  Maybe closer to the $100.  Bring your own bike and take it home with you.  $200 airline cost.  Can't imagine a more miserable way to begin a cross country trip than on an unknown bike.  Thats even assuming you could find a suitable bike in your starting town without days and days of searching.

We are wanting to ride from Portland,Or to Des moines, Iowa this upcoming June. Would love some insight to a great route.

For the final 60 miles into Des Moines get on the paved bike trail at Jefferson, about 60 miles NW of Des Moines.  Trail takes you right to downtown Des Moines through the western suburbs.  As for the rest of Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, just get a state road map and pick out some lesser roads.  Most of the non interstate roads in the western states are lesser traveled.

Routes / Re: April Weather in Kansas
« on: March 11, 2009, 04:36:13 pm »
I am planning on taking the TransAm route, starting out in Colorado in late March, does anybody know what the weather will be like in Kansas and Missouri?

Kansas is usually OK by April.  Not hot and not cold, cold, cold.  Can be rainy and cool.  But late March on the Colorado plains can be cold.  You'd be better off leaving a month later.  Missouri similar to Kansas, cool and rainy.  BUT, it can be danged cold too.  I've ridden in the KC area where it was in the 30s in late March and early April.  And not much warmer a month later.

Tornadoes?  Lie in a ditch if you see one.

General Discussion / Re: ‘Camping’: Is it really necessary?
« on: March 11, 2009, 04:31:10 pm »
For all you biker/campers out there, what low weight set up do you use, or would you recommend for a short multi-day tour?

This is where I'm at for now, when packing light.  One downs bag good to 25 degrees Fahrenheit, and weights 2lb.  An emergency tent (>1lb), which could be used  only as a canapy/floor while it is low weight, but may be questionable under torrential rain. Thought of purchasing a bivy to better protect myelf from a rain storm. Note, there's no trailer or pannier, just a back pack carrying emergency kit, food, h20 etc. Riding technical back country trails vs. roads.   Any thoughts are welcome. thanx.

General Discussion / Re: Informatio Please
« on: March 09, 2009, 03:00:09 pm »
The Northern Tier goes through the northern part of Indiana.

The Transamerica goes through Kentucky just south of Indiana.

I presume both maps will have campsites and towns and such listed on the maps.

Gear Talk / Re: Oxford Low Rider panniers
« on: March 05, 2009, 03:13:58 pm »
Nashbar unfortunately doesnt ship to India... Performance does, but they dont really have anything that stands out.

Any other options for bags with good, robust rain-covers?  Worst case, I can probably get covers made locally but it just saves a lot of time to get them together.

They sell the same Waterproof panniers as Nashbar and also the Transit line.  Both were acceptable and I would buy either again.

These would be the Performance version of the Nashbar panniers.

Nashbar panniers below.

Gear Talk / Re: Oxford Low Rider panniers
« on: March 04, 2009, 03:44:06 pm »
You might want to look at the Nashbar waterproof panniers.  I used the Nashbar ATB panniers years ago and they worked perfectly great.  The ATB are not waterproof, which is one of your requirements.  I just put everything in ziploc bags and then put a plastic trash bag inside the panniers and everything stays dry.  Waterproof panniers don't seem to add much for me.  But based on my good experience with the other Nashbar panniers, the waterproof models may be OK.

Gear Talk / Re: Should I get a new bike?
« on: March 04, 2009, 12:54:24 pm »
Building a wheel is rocket science.  Truing a wheel approaches rocket science.  Setting the tightness on cones is like doing drywall (one day it will magically make sense).  Everything else is pretty easy.

You overstate the complexity by a considerable amount.  Drywalling is much much more difficult.  And permanent if its not perfect the first time.  There are various books or online resources for building wheels.  Just takes some time and patience.  Hub adjustments is a feel thing.  You can feel if its right or not.  Although lots of new hubs have no adjustment to them.  Bicycle mechanics is pretty simple with a few special required tools.  I know there are many incompetent bicycle maechanics who ride across the country, but thats not what I would do.  I think everyone should know how to work on their bike before riding it.

and wide--though only a few inches wider than a cyclist's shoulders, actually.

I looked at the Cat Trike website and they list 33" as the width of their trikes.  Greenspeed was also 33" width.  TerraTrike was 30-34" width.  I measured my own shoulder width at 20".  I'm not huge.  I don't consider 13" (33-20) a few inches.  A loaded bike with panniers front and back is only about 20-24" wide.  6" to 10" narrower than a trike.  Might be more perception than anything.

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