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Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a combination road / light touring bike
« on: November 12, 2015, 07:56:11 pm »
I have 3 bikes that work for the various types of rides mentioned earlier.  My favorite bike is a Moots and it fits what you described.  I've used it for multi-day supported rides, cross country self-supported and just riding for exercise.  I'm sure you can find a similar bike and have it geared to do what you need.  I have several different rear cassettes so I can change the gearing especially if I'm not touring and carrying gear. 

Granted my favorite bike was a little expensive but it will last until I can't ride anymore and it was made to fit me.  Check out the bike shops in your area to see what they have to offer.  ACA magazine has an annual issue that lists manufacturers and it may be a good idea to check the bike makers web sites to see what they have to offer. 

Routes / Re: Diversion from Western express - advice needed !
« on: October 23, 2015, 05:20:32 pm »
The 163 from Kayenta to Mexican Hat can be a very hazardous route.  It is a very heavily traveled road with no shoulder.  Expect a lot of RV's driven by gawking tourists.  The road passes by Monument Valley (think John Wayne westerns) so it gets lots of tourists.  If all the beer cans on the side of the road were smashed flat you could repave the highway with aluminum.  That is part of the hazard.  The scenery is beautiful but I refuse to ride a bike on that highway.   The rest of your route should be OK just expect high traffic. 

General Discussion / Re: Transporting 8-12 Bikes
« on: October 13, 2015, 07:28:27 pm »
I've seen a trailer that holds 12 bikes.  It was a small modified boat trailer that used yakima racks.  It had four bars that ran across the trailer.  The mounts were the type with a strap to hold the rear wheel and front fork minus the wheel is held in the other half.  Not sure what the mount is call but it is two separate pieces.  It appeared to securely hold the bikes and they were easy to access.  Not sure Yakima still sells the rear wheel holder but you could do the same thing with their Viper rack.  You may be able to find the discontinued racks on ebay or amazon.

Routes / Trans Alternative route Section 8
« on: October 10, 2015, 02:32:49 pm »
When traveling the Trans Am through central Kansas you may want to consider a slightly different route.  I rode this alternative this summer and I found it to be a good alternative especially since there is very little in Cassoday, KS (Map 95).  Traveling east (Map 93) leave Newton on the mapped route.  After turning on east on E. 1st St. continue about 12 miles to NW. Butler Rd.  Right Turn (South) for about 6 miles to Hwy 198.  Follow Hwy 198 east until your reach SW 10th St (W. Towanda Ave) and continue east into El Dorado.  If you head north 2 blocks you will run into Hwy 54 and this will rejoin the route at Rosalia. 

El Dorado State park is just outside the city with good facilities and there are plenty of other places to stay, eat, and resupply.  This route is low to moderate traffic, it is good road in most places with a wide shoulder and provides more services than the published route.

General Discussion / Re: How much is this bike worth?
« on: September 15, 2015, 12:44:18 pm »
The price seems a little high based on what I paid for my custom made bike (Moots).  It's Ti and I paid significantly less that $9k.  Granted it wasn't painted but it didn't need the paint.  As was mentioned if you add up the full retail cost of each component and an expensive paint job it could approach $9k.  If you sell it you might be able to get $3k-$4k.  Just depends on much someone is willing to pay. 

South / Re: Darrow, LA
« on: September 14, 2015, 10:46:38 am »
The MRT  bicycling guide lists the Bocage Plantation B&B, 39050 Hwy 942, Darrow, La, 225-588-8000  Right across the river from Darrow is Donaldsonville and it appears to have several hotels.  A few miles past Darrow is hwy 70 and you should be able to cross the river.  Google maps shows a narrow shoulder over the bridge however.

Routes / Re: Late summer route options Colorado to West
« on: September 01, 2015, 07:10:37 pm »
It would be unusual to encounter snow in Nevada at the time you would be going through.  The weather should be just about perfect.  Cool in the morning and nice in the afternoon.  Traveled Hwy 50 many times in Sept and never encountered snow.  Cold and wet yes but no snow.  Make sure to carry enough water to make it between towns between Baker and Middle Gate.  There isn't any available except in towns.   

Routes / Re: Southern Tier Shortcuts
« on: August 24, 2015, 05:14:11 pm »
There are "shorter" routes than what is mapped by ACA.  However you must bear in mind traffic, shoulders (or lack thereof) and available services.  For instance you could ride from El Paso, TX to Tuscon, AZ and then over to San Diego.  Unless you ride on the interstate where permitted that aren't that many services and there aren't that many other roads available.  When I've followed the ACA routes I always know how far I have to ride to the next place I can get food and/or water. 

General Discussion / Re: ACA Maps vs. Google Maps - Southern Tier
« on: August 22, 2015, 02:19:47 pm »
ACA staff in previous posts have indicated their criteria.  Unless I'm mistaken tourist sites play little role in route selection.  A major factor is finding roads that are cycle friendly.  Not sure what the Google route is but having ridden the ACA route in Texas I can state that the roads are generally low to moderate traffic.  Very few many tourist sites.  As with any route there are always interesting places to stop. 

I rode hwy 190 in La and it was a miserable experience.  High traffic and rough road.

Routes / Re: Las Vegas to Los Angeles
« on: August 13, 2015, 05:41:36 pm »
I recommend that you take Hwy 95 south from Las Vegas.  It will run into ACA's Route 66.  This will take you into LA.  You could take I-15 but it would be a very noisy ride with lots of truck tire debris that will likely result in flats. 

Routes / Re: CA/AZ desert questions
« on: August 03, 2015, 07:39:25 pm »
I don't recommend cycling up the "hill" on 62 from I-10.  It has high speed traffic and in several places there is no shoulder with poor visibility for drivers.  I suggest getting on I-10 in Indo at Dillion Road.  You can ride on the wide shoulder until you get to Cottonwood Springs road.  Take this north through Joshua Tree National Park and connect to hwy 62.    If you ride early and late in the day you will most likely see some of the wildlife in the desert. 

Broken screws are "common" in auto repair so there are a few devices available that will allow you to retrieve it.  Most auto parts store will most likely have one you can purchase.  Sears may also have them in stock. 

Routes / Re: how should i go east from Santa Barbara to Grand Canyon
« on: July 29, 2015, 11:17:43 am »
There don't seem to be many good roads to get to the Grand Canyon from Santa Barbara.   A good route might be to take PCH or the ACA Pacific Coast route to Santa Monica.  Then take ACA's new route 66 to the canyon.  There may be a more direct route from Santa Barbara to connect with Route 66 but I'm not familiar with those roads.   

General Discussion / Re: Bicycle guidance
« on: July 17, 2015, 11:04:22 am »
Do a forum search on bikes.  There have been numerous threads discussing the various bikes for touring.  This includes their approximate cost as well as their pros and cons.  There are a number of bikes that have good reviews and they run a little more than $1000.  (not sure if that is in your budget)

I started touring by first starting on a supported tour using a road bike.  As I got more experience and confidence I bought a bike that was better equipped for touring and started my solo touring. 

Routes / Re: TA to the Katy Trail from KS
« on: July 07, 2015, 10:19:43 am »
I followed the TA through Newton, KS and deviated shortly after leaving Newton.  I turned south on NW Butler Rd (good road low traffic) and connected with Hwy 196 east (Very good road with shoulder and low to moderate traffic).  Follow 196 until you pass over the 254 and I-35.  The road becomes W. Towanda Ave in the city of Eldorado (very good camping options)  At the 4 way stop head north on SW Boyer Rd and then go east when you Hwy 54.  Follow Hwy 54 (it connects again with the TA in Rosalia and then diverges again) until you get to Iola, KS.  In Iola take the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail (great trail and state park $3.50 per day to use) to Ottawa, KS.  Then get on the Flint Hills Nature Trail (another rail trail) to Osawatomie, KS.  Just north of Osawatomie get in 279 east which becomes W 343rd St.  South at Block Road.  Follow the paved road south until you get to W 359th St.  Follow that east to Drexel, MO.  There you connect to Hwy 18.  Follow that east until you get to Clinton, MO and the beginning of the Katy Trail.

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