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General Discussion / Re: San Diego to Phoenix in January
« on: December 02, 2014, 06:34:56 pm »
January is the cold wet time for this area.  It is possible that you will encounter snow as you climb out of San Diego.  Once you get over the summit it will warm up but may still be cold and wet.  You find hotels in Alpine and then again in El Centro.  When you leave El Centro you won't find a hotel until you get to Blythe.  There are several small towns along the route to Phoenix that have small hotels.

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« on: October 11, 2014, 04:28:47 pm »
I use both either Keen sandals or Specialized Taho Mtb shoes.  Both use the SPD cleats and I use them as regular off bike shoes.  If it going to be warm I use the sandals, otherwise I use the mtb shoes.  Both are easy to walk in.  If I use the sandals I don't take flip flops

Routes / Re: riding into Los Angeles from 395
« on: October 08, 2014, 10:27:20 am »
There is another option that is a little longer but may have less city riding.

You can continue on 395 until you get to main street in Hesperia.  Go east then turn south on Sante Fe Ave.  It turns into Summit valley Rd.  Follow this road until it ends on at the 138.  Take 138 west and go over the I15.  Get on the I15 south (only about 1 mile) and get off on Cajon Hwy (old I15 route not much traffic and scenic).  Follow Cajon until it ends at Kenwood Ave.  Take Kenwood under the freeway until you get to Devore Rd.  Take a right going downhill and cross the freeway again.  Then get back on Cajon Blvd (south or left).  Continue south Cajon ends at Mt Vernon but continue on Mt. Vernon.  Follow Mt Vernon and you will cross under I10.  Just after the freeway is the Santa Ana River Trail.  Take this south.    I recommend following this until you get to Van Buren.  Get off and follow until you get to Magnolia.  Take a right on Magnolia and follow until you get in Corona.  Then get on 6th through Corona until just before you cross over Hwy 91 (freeway).  Turn left at Paseo Grande tog et on the frontage road.  Follow frontage road until it ends on Serfas Club Make a lef t(1/2 mile).  Make a right on Palisades and follow until it ends at Green River.  Make a right.  Follow Green River until it ends and you can rejoin the Santa Ana River Trail.  From there it is about 30 miles to the coast.  At the coast you can head north and follow the ACA pacific coast trail until you get to Redondo Beach.

Gear Talk / Re: WoMo Designs Gadget Mounts
« on: September 25, 2014, 11:07:23 am »
I have the mount on two of my bikes.  (You can order it through the Ortlieb website and it shows the different mounts they offer.) The light mount is specific for only a couple niterider lights (I use the 700 light).  I also have the Garmin Edge.  Unfortunately it is made only to fit a couple of different makes of equipment.  That said I really like the mount.  It is secure and it keeps my handlebar uncluttered. 

It would be nice if they made it for other equipment but that may come if they get enough requests.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Las Vegas ?
« on: March 22, 2014, 11:20:32 am »
In early June it will be warm to hot but it is doable if you carry lots of water and ride early/late to avoid the worst of the heat.  It may even be pleasant but its hard to predict the weather.

If you start in Long Beach would could ride along the coast (part of it on the Pacific Coast Highway) until you get to the Santa Ana River Trail.  The river trail will take you to Corona.  From there you travel city streets into Riverside and San Bernardino.  You can parallel the 215 through San Bernardino.  You'll come to a small town called Devore.  Go through this small town and you'll wind up on Cajon  Blvd.  This will keep you off the 15.  You do have to get on the 15 for about a mile then you get off at the 138 and go a little east to Summit Valley road.  This will take you into Victorville.  You can avoid the 15 to Barstow if you take the National Trails Highway (old route 66).  To avoid traveling on the freeway you take a few surface streets that take you through Daggett and upto Yermo.  Yermo road parallels the 15 for quite a few miles.  Then you'll have to get on the 15.  Once you get to Jean you get off the freeway and follow Las Vegas Blvd into Las Vegas.

Don't know much about the route through AZ.  Take a look as the discussion board on route 66.  I do know that some of 66 no longer exists so you'll have to get on I40.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier Questions
« on: February 09, 2014, 07:25:44 pm »
I took a detour along Hwy 90 from Van Horn to Marfa.  It is about 70 miles and the road was good with just a little traffic.  About midway is Valentine and there are no services (food/water) between Van Horn and Marfa.  It is a good one day ride.  Just make sure you have enough food and water for the 70 mile trip.

Routes / Re: Huntington Beach to Palm Springs Details?
« on: February 03, 2014, 08:35:52 pm »
I've ridden on parts of this route but haven't done the entire trip at once. 

When the Santa Ana River Trail ends take Green River (cross over 91) .  Make a left on Palisades and then a left on Serfas Club.  Just before the freeway make a right on the frontage road.  This will put you on 6th.  Stay on 6th and it changes to Magnolia.  Stay on Magnolia until you get to Arlington and make a right.  Follow Arlington as it crosses Allessandro it changes into Chicago.  Then make a right on Central.  Just before the 215 make a right on Sycamore Canyon.  Make a left on Box Canyon road (cross the 215).  Follow Box Canyon and it changes to Ironwood.  Make a left on Redlands.  Make a right on  San Timoteo and follow it into Beaumont.  It becomes Oak Valley and dead ends at Highland Springs.  Make a right.  Then make a left on 6th/Ramsey.  This will take you to the ramp to I10.  Just before you get on the freeway see if you can find an opening that will allow you to walk your bike onto a frontage road that parallels I10.  Follow this frontage road (its a bit rough in spots) until you have to get on the I10.  You are at the ramp for the 111 into Palm Springs.   

Routes / Re: Southern tier motels
« on: December 08, 2013, 06:39:27 pm »
I rode from Van Horn to Marfa instead of going to Ft. Davis to avoid the climb.  It's easily doable in a day but there isn't much in between.  I stopped in Valentine to eat a MRE.  Valentine isn't much more than a wide spot in the road.

Routes / Re: Southern tier motels
« on: December 07, 2013, 06:50:22 pm »
I rode from El Paso to Baton Rouge a couple of years ago.  Only in a couple of spots were the hotels what I considered expensive (Marfa and Marathon TX).  All the others were relatively inexpensive.  Some were bare bones but adequate.  It was a long way between Sanderson and Del Rio so I had to camp in Langtry.

Gear Talk / Re: Shipping a Bob Yak trailer
« on: December 03, 2013, 09:41:22 pm »
I shipped mine by buying two small boxes (can't remember the size) and nested them together and taped shut.  I removed the fork and the wheel on the bob and it worked just fine.  I also have an Ortlieb big zip bag which I've used to ship my bob when I traveled by Amtrak. 

California / Re: Bike shuttle Santa Barbara to Monterey
« on: November 17, 2013, 06:38:46 pm »
If you don't find a ride you could take amtrak from Santa Barbara to Salinas.  It's about 30 miles from Salinas to Monterey so you could ride your bikes but the main road has heavy traffic.

Routes / Re: Money and access
« on: November 12, 2013, 06:43:59 pm »
Some hotels will "reserve" an amount larger than the daily rate.  They do this to protect themselves from phone calls or other charges to the account.  It may take several days for the "reserve" to clear and show the actual charge.  The only time this may be a problem is when the balance is not very large.

Routes / Re: April to early for West Express and Trans Am
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:17:05 pm »
It is possible to get snow at the higher elevations during April especially if a strong arctic storm  comes south.  Even if it doesn't snow you may find the passes pretty cold and there may be snow along the sides of the road.

If you can afford it you may be happier with the ride if you have a bike for touring and one for regular road riding.  I did one tour with my carbon frame bike but then I bought a bike that is customized just for touring and with the components I wanted.  It is way more comfortable for touring than my road bike even though it will pull my trailer.  I still use my road bike for rides around home or supported tours and my touring bike for self-supported tours.

I've used my Trek 5200 (carbon) to tow a BOB Trailer on a tour.  Changing the crank back and forth will not be practical.  The best option is to get as large a cassette as your derailleur can accommodate.   I'd also change the tire size to one that is as large as the gap between the chain stays will allow.  The bike will ride better and will help prevent blowouts (my rear sidewall blew out at the AZ/NM border).  Also have a bike shop re-true the rear wheel.  Better yet have them re-spoke it to a 3-cross.  It will help prevent broken spokes during the ride (again personal experience).

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