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Routes / Re: GDMBR Salida to Abiquiu logistics
« on: April 17, 2009, 09:27:07 am »
Long ago I rode through and stopped in Salida.  Road ride.  Started in Canon City and made a big loop out west and back.  Loop.  Started and finished at my vehicle.  Easy.  Alternatives:  Fly into Colorado Springs, ride the bikes to Salida.  One long day ride.  Its about 60 miles of big rollers from Colorado Springs to Canon City then another 70 miles over to Salida.  Only one long hill to climb.  Easily doable.  Then ride the trail out X days and back X days, then ride the roads back to Colorado Springs.  Loop.  Makes life a lot simpler than figuring out transportation at both ends of a bike trip.  You're only giving up two days of the trip for road riding instead of trail riding.

Gear Talk / Re: Cycling Sandals
« on: April 17, 2009, 09:20:19 am »
I have the Lake sandals.  Ridden 150 miles in a day just fine with them.  700 in a week just fine with them.  SPD pedals.  Brother had a pair of the first Shimano sandals.  Loved them.  Wore them out wearing them all the time on and off the bike.  Got another pair.  Hated them.  Didn't fit the same.  New Shimano have three velcro straps.  Stupid for sandals.  If/when I go on another tour, sandals will be the only shoes I take on and off the bike.

On the Adventure Cyling website they have articles about ultra light mountain bike touring.  Everything carried in a big seatbag or seatpost rack bag.  Light and minimal.  And they are camping out and cooking too.

Routes / Re: Boulder to Chicago
« on: April 08, 2009, 11:58:33 am »
I've ridden Hwy 36 from Louisville CO to about the middle of Kansas and back.  Got onto Hwy 36 60 miles east of Denver.  Good riding road.  I know someone who has ridden Hwy 36 from St. Joseph MO clear out to Denver all the way through Kansas.  When you get over to Iowa, I'd sure recommend staying off of Hwy 34.  It has traffic and is not where you want to be bicycling.  Hwy 2 in the south part of Iowa is OK for bicycling.  Some traffic but not too much.  There are also lots of county roads in Iowa and likely Illinois that will get you from west to east and off the main roads.  Just get a state map from the DOT.  On the east side of Iowa Hwy 6 is OK.  Some traffic but not too bad.  Hwy 36 in CO and KS has a town of sorts every 30-40-50 or so miles.  Nothing in the towns.  Accomodations and food and water are scarce.

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.

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