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General Discussion / Re: Bike security - Southern Tour camping trip
« on: February 06, 2017, 01:10:36 pm »
About the only time I locked my bike on the Southern Tier was when I went into a restaurant in a "larger" town.  Then I used a thin cable with a small lock.  Just to keep them honest.  Anyone with some wire cutters could have cut the cable but it was light and served its purpose.

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I haven't ridden over the Paris road bridge just driven.  The road does have low to moderate traffic depending on the day and time of day.  I wouldn't attempt to ride most of the bridges during rush hours.  Unfortunately, the old bridges in Louisiana didn't make any accommodation for any form of alternate transportation. 

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There are two other industrial canal crossings that you could use.  The one with the least traffic is Florida Ave and the other is St. Claude Ave.  Both have a sidewalk to keep you out of traffic.  Don't use Claiborne.  If you get on St. Claude you will pass by Chalmette National Historical Site.  This is where the British were defeated during the War of 1812.  Then take Paris Rd north to Gentilly Rd.  You'll pass by NASA's Michoud Facility (where they use to make the big tank for the shuttle).  Then you are on Hwy 90 and past most of the city traffic.  In Biloxi, MS the bay bridge has a nice sidewalk that is on the other side of a barrier so you don't have to worry about traffic.  (Same thing on the new bridge near Bay St. Louis, MS.)  Should be nice weather, enjoy.  Just off Hwy 90 you should be able to find some hotels that aren't as pricey as the ones right on the water.

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Routes / Re: Redondo Beach (L.A. area) to Lake Tahoe
« on: January 27, 2017, 10:26:30 am »
You shouldn't have a problem with motels except maybe during weekends during the summer unless you make reservations.  The distance between Ridgecrest and Lone Pine is about 80 miles and this is the max distance between locations with motels available. 

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Routes / Re: Redondo Beach (L.A. area) to Lake Tahoe
« on: January 25, 2017, 01:33:35 pm »
I haven't ridden it but it looks like you can ride on Sierra Hwy as it parallels hwy 14 until it ends near Mojave.  You should be able to ride on the 14 after that.  It has a wide shoulder when it has 4 lanes.  Once it becomes 2 lanes there is almost no shoulder until it runs into the 395.  You could take the 395 all the way from Hesperia but until you get to Ridgecrest there also isn't munch of a should and it has high traffic.  The 14 will also have moderate to high traffic.   Be prepared for some long climbs.

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Routes / Re: Redondo Beach (L.A. area) to Lake Tahoe
« on: January 25, 2017, 10:03:06 am »
Most of the 395 has a very wide shoulder.  I've ridden it near Bishop without any problems.  A couple of areas north of Mono lake don't have much of a shoulder.   You should be fine just carry a good supply of water for the long stretches without services.

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General Discussion / Re: How to transport bike box?
« on: December 16, 2016, 11:49:51 am »
For this particular trip I would suggest taking Amtrak back to Eugene.   Take the ferry over to Oakland.  The train leaves very late in the day and you will be in Eugene the next day. 

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General Discussion / Re: What is the best to repair Ortlieb Bags???
« on: December 04, 2016, 12:28:15 pm »
Ortlieb makes a repair kit for their bags although I'm not sure how they will work on the ends.  I've used their patch kit on holes in other bags and they do a very good job repairing the hole but they aren't folded or rolled where I've patched.

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Gear Talk / Re: trailers vs panniers
« on: November 29, 2016, 06:30:10 pm »
As you can see there are various opinions on the topic.  I've tried both and I prefer a trailer for a longer tour.  I don't like the way my bike handles with loaded panniers and I've never had a problem packing the trailer.  By the time you add the racks and the panniers they aren't that much lighter than a trailer unless you count ounces like a racer.  You will have to just try them both and see what works for you.

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Classifieds / FS 2014 Burley Nomad - Sold
« on: October 05, 2016, 10:49:56 am »
Burley Nomad trailer.  Purchased in 2014 it has Schwalbe Marathon tires for added puncture resistance.  It has about 1000 miles on it so it almost looks new.  $200 includes shipping.
 

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Routes / Re: Road 395 south in USA?
« on: October 02, 2016, 07:14:33 pm »
I've driven the 395 from Reno to its terminus in Hesperia.  For the most part the road is decent for cycling.  There are a couple of high passes south of Carson City but they do not close during the winter.  At most you would have to wait a couple of days for the road to be plowed.  Again for the most part it has a wide shoulder and has moderate to heavy traffic depending on the section.  The route south from the junction of hwy 58 may be a little sketchy.  There isn't much of a shoulder until you get close to Victorville, CA. and it has pretty heavy traffic.  You could detour over to Barstow and ride down the National Trails Highway. 

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General Discussion / Re: Touring bike wheel
« on: September 21, 2016, 07:30:41 pm »
I had a similar problem.  I had a hand built wheel made with 36 spokes and 3 cross.  Haven't had a problem since. 

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Gear Talk / Re: Getting bike and gear to start of tour
« on: September 12, 2016, 11:07:02 am »
I like to travel by Amtrak.  As was previously mentioned they sell a bike box ($15 + $10 for shipping) that is easy to use and they will give you the tape to seal it up.  The first time I traveled on Amtrak with a BOB I nested two boxes with some gear and put it on the train as baggage (free) (It was smaller than their max dimensions for luggage).    When I got to my destination I just put the boxes in the trash so I didn't have to lug the extra weight and they were inexpensive.  Ortlieb has a bag called the Big Zip that will hold a BOB and some gear.  It can also be shipped as baggage on Amtrak or the airlines as long as you keep the weight below 50 lbs.  You can ship it home when you get to your destination or fold it it and put it on the bottom of the BOB.  If you take Amtrak and get a sleeper it does include the meals plus it's easier to sleep.  The small room is called a roomette.  The earlier you make your reservation the cheaper the price.  It will be more expensive than airfare but depending on the cost of taking your bike it may not be that much more than flying and it is much more relaxing. 

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Routes / Re: Western express to transAm
« on: August 07, 2016, 11:40:04 am »
There are a number of posts about the western express.  Just do a search and you will have a wealth of information.

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General Discussion / Re: Bike touring in the desert?
« on: August 06, 2016, 02:17:09 pm »
When are you planning to do the trip and what is your route.  If you are taking hwy 89 south to connect to hwy 60 over to Blythe and hwy 78 you will be going through a number of small towns where you can get water.  The long stretch is between Blythe and and Brawley which you should be able to make with the water you are carrying.  Time of day and heat will make a big difference in the amount of water you will need.  Riding early and late when it is cooler will make it easier.

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