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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: November 17, 2011, 08:30:10 am »
On the western half (Oregon coast to Pueblo, CO), I'd say motels averaged ~$75 including tax, but they'll be a bit cheaper on the eastern half.

Doing a modified NT last year, we found the opposite pricing. Motels in the East were $80+, in the West $40+. We found best way to find a cheap price was to check and Warmshowers is great, too.

General Discussion / Re: Bike Friday or S&S Couplers
« on: November 17, 2011, 08:19:28 am »
The hard part about making this decision was switching to the small wheels.

You may want to consider putting on something like Schwalbe Big Apple tires. (The 20" tire comes in several widths.) They provide a more cushy ride and are quite bombproof w/Kevlar.

General Discussion / Re: Hi, I'm a newby after advice!
« on: November 15, 2011, 09:04:24 am »
You can also read journals of previous trips on the crazy guy website.

Here's results of a search with the words SF and NY:

and SF and Austin:

General Discussion / Re: Camp Coffee That Doesn't Suck
« on: October 28, 2011, 08:43:49 pm »
No kit required.   Boil some water in your pan, chuck in a handful of coffee and bring back to the boil.   Lift off the flame for a few seconds then repeat twice.   Pour into mug, drink and remember to leave the last half inch or so of liquid in the mug unless you like chewing grains :)   You can also add sugar if required at the first stage.   

This is actually the traditional method of making Turkish coffee although they use a very small copper utensil.

Also known as "Cowboy Coffee". But then, the name of this thread is "Camp Coffee That DOESN'T Suck". :-\

General Discussion / Re: Stupid Hotel Question
« on: October 26, 2011, 04:13:50 pm »
For campgrounds I would type: Campgrounds (and the state I was looking for) on Google which would bring up every campground in the area.
We also used and enjoyed staying with folks via
You can also use google to find hotels, but to find the best deals we used and

Gear Talk / Re: Sleeping pads
« on: October 04, 2011, 11:26:02 am »
After much research, the Exped Synmat pads served a family of 3 for 4 months of bike touring. Since there were 3 of us, we bought the version w/o a built in pump and then bought their separate lightweight pump to save even more weight. Even when we hit snow in Yellowstone and night time lows of 20 degrees at the Grand Canyon, we slept warm. Great, comfortable pad!!!

Gear Talk / Re: Trailer tires
« on: October 04, 2011, 10:47:55 am »
Good high pressure tires on a trailer make a huge difference in rolling resistance (you notice pulling a trailer far less). On a recent cross country tour we had Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires on 3 bikes and Schwalbe Marathon tires on 3 trailers. For the whole trip, the bikes had 0 flats and the trailers had 7. I highly recommend Marathon Plus.

New England / Re: Hello NE riders. Are ya out there?
« on: October 01, 2011, 12:40:49 am »
Keene, NH checking in. Still too early for fall foliage colors here in SW NH at the end of September. However, it has been decent touring/riding weather.

Bikecentennial / Re: The Good Old Days
« on: September 30, 2011, 12:12:01 am »
Some folks have posted memories of '76 in the Touring section of

General Discussion / Re: Camp Coffee That Doesn't Suck
« on: September 27, 2011, 05:51:09 pm »
Starbucks via is pretty decent for touring, but it gets expensive after a while. I've carried plastic french press devices but they usually break. My current travel and home favorite is the Aerobie Coffee Press. Your water doesn't have to be as hot, it is fast, is far easier to clean than a french press, and the coffee is delicious.

Cycling Events / Live in SoCal? Ever considered a Recumbent for touring?
« on: September 21, 2011, 05:33:08 pm »
I toured for years on a Trek 720. I grew tired of the butt/neck/wrist/hand pain experienced on it (yes, I added a Brooks saddle and padded handlebar tape). I tried a recumbent and found it to be the ultimate pain-free touring machine. Last summer/fall my wife, son, and I rode from Boston to Seattle on recumbents and loved every mile.

If you have ever considered trying a recumbent and live in the southern California area (or are willing to travel there), there is a Recumbent Convention taking place in October. The third day of the show is open to the general public for folks to look and demo ride 'bents.

Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine is producing the first annual Recumbent Cycle-Con Convention & Trade Show, an exciting, all-new event designed specifically for the recumbent bicycle industry and recumbent bicycle enthusiasts. The Recumbent Cycle-Con Convention & Trade Show will be held October 21 - 23, 2011, in Southern California at the Pomona Fairplex, near Los Angeles.

Sunday’s Public Hours will provide the opportunity for excited recumbent enthusiasts and the interested public to see and test-ride bikes right on the grounds of the Pomona Fairplex.

General Discussion / Re: Great Music For My Tour? Suggestions?
« on: September 06, 2011, 07:48:40 pm »
Um, yeah, the sounds of the wind/birds/rivers/streams/crickets/and my fellow riders are about the best sounds on Earth for me when I tour.

General Discussion / Re: What about your Bike??????
« on: August 31, 2011, 08:01:57 am »
Most hardware stores sell cable by the foot. I bought 12 feet of thin (lightweight) stuff and had them loop the ends and crimp with a metal piece. Total cost: $6. On tour, I use this in combination with a 6' cable/combination lock to string through wheels and parts, or to a distant heavy object, or through one of the loops in my tent (so as to wake me at night if someone tried walking off with the bike).

General Discussion / Re: removal of post
« on: August 28, 2011, 11:47:15 pm »

Wouldn't be much of a forum left if everyone did that. :o

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