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General Discussion / Re: Weight Distribution
« on: March 04, 2017, 07:36:00 pm »
Is this tour on paved roads?

Anyway, 60/40 is a good thing to shoot for, with 60 in the front, but it's very hard to achieve. I put all the heavy stuff I can in the front: tools, spare parts, lock, etc. The best I get is usually about 40/60 with the 60 in the rear. But that's not what I'm shooting for.

Don't forget, there's already plenty of weight on the back. That's where you are, mostly.

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General Discussion / Re: Receiving mail on the road
« on: March 01, 2017, 10:19:41 pm »
Thanks Pat, that's very useful advice!

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General Discussion / Re: Receiving mail on the road
« on: March 01, 2017, 05:31:04 pm »
I've never had a problem with General Delivery. I choose a post office in a town small enough to only have one post office, which is about five days away, a town that I expect to pass through in the middle of the day in the middle of the week. I check the post office address carefully, and the hours. I've never had a problem with the hours listed on the web being wrong. Be careful of the weekends, as some post offices have little to no hours there. Some post offices also close some afternoons, and many small post offices close for lunch. I choose a delivery method (e.g., priority mail) that will get the package there at least two day in advance of when I plan to be there.

As mentioned earlier, make damn sure you have the right zip code. The zip code trumps everything else written on the package.

Cities with more than one post office typically designate one of them as the general delivery post office. That may or may not be the main post office, and it may or may not be the post office that corresponds to the zip code you chose. That's why I always try to choose a town with only one post office to avoid the hassle of potentially ending up at the wrong one.

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General Discussion / Re: Transamerica trail temperatures
« on: February 27, 2017, 06:03:31 pm »
If you leave in July, the cold temperatures will probably be towards the end of the trip. If you leave in April, the cold temperatures will probably be towards the beginning. Some people try to game the system by having cold-weather clothing and gear sent to them or sent back from them in the middle of the trip. This doesn't always work out well, especially for people who send home all their cold weather gear on the assumption that the cold is over. I camped one night with a very cold cyclotourist who had already sent home his sleeping bag. Mistake.

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General Discussion / Re: Transamerica trail temperatures
« on: February 26, 2017, 10:02:43 pm »
I'm not sure if you're asking to plan your camping, or to plan your riding. If for camping, you probably do not need to consider the weather on the passes, because you're not likely to camp on the passes. Anyway, I plan my clothing and camping choices to be the least that will keep me alive in the worst possible conditions. It's okay to be uncomfortable in unusual weather--you just don't want to die. I plan my clothing such that on the coldest night, I will be wearing everything I brought at the same time.

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General Discussion / Re: Cycling around the Grand Canyon Area
« on: February 24, 2017, 10:18:28 pm »
do some cycling in and around the Grand Canyon
Around, yes. In, no.

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Gear Talk / Re: How to know tire size
« on: February 22, 2017, 01:19:21 pm »
I see no advantage to tire rotation on a bicycle. It makes sense on a car, but those reasons don't apply to a bicycle. I treat each bicycle tire individually. When a tire wears out, I replace it. The algorithm could not be more simple. Sometimes a tire seems to go from okay to not okay overnight, so I recommend keeping a few tires on the shelf so that you can replace a "not okay" tire immediately.

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General Discussion / Re: Application for keeping a journal
« on: February 21, 2017, 01:40:04 pm »
I'll second Pat's thought that a well-done journal takes more time than you think. Nevertheless, I think it's worthwhile. It provides me with three things: (1) a way to reflect on my day and cement it into my memory, (2) a way to keep my friends and family informed, and (3) a keepsake to look at in the future. But I'm often struggling to finish each days entry before falling asleep. It is important to me to make a journal entry at the end of each day while the details are still fresh.

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General Discussion / Re: Application for keeping a journal
« on: February 20, 2017, 06:12:33 pm »
I use crazyguyonabike, and I do it all with my smartphone. Because some of my friends prefer Facebook, they have requested I put a link to each day's crazyguy journal entry on Facebook. Facebook doesn't suck time if you don't read anything there. Just make your post and get off. Takes me just a minute.

If I'm without Internet access, I just make notes in my Notes app and copy it to crazyguy when I get access.

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General Discussion / Re: Recommendations for a tour beginning in Chicago
« on: February 18, 2017, 08:30:47 pm »
I recommend Bicycle Route 66. It's a great route.

Just curious, how do you plan to get home from the first chunk, or get back to your car from the other chunks? And won't you need a travel day on both ends, no matter which route you do (except for the starting end of the first chunk, if you start from home)? In fact, when you're doing, e.g., the chunk in Arizona, you probably need two or three travel days on each end. The logistics of a segment bike tour are tricky, just like the logistics of an AT segment hiker. I have a buddy doing a segment hike of the CDT, and he spends almost as much time traveling as hiking.

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Routes / Re: Hi Everyone! First Timer Cross Country Rider - ROUTES NEEDED
« on: February 18, 2017, 06:53:06 pm »
So what do you all do?
You pick the most out-of-sight place you can find and hope for the best. It's incredibly unlikely that you would get arrested, even if discovered. You might be at more risk from a bull.

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Gear Talk / Re: Newbie Needs Advice
« on: February 16, 2017, 08:23:21 am »
Upgrading a brand-new bike is throwing money away. It's much more cost-efficient to buy the bike you want in the first place. For now, just wear out what you already have and then replace things as they break or are worn out. If you want better replacement parts, you can get them then.

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General Discussion / Re: Trans-America Camping Options
« on: February 14, 2017, 03:18:34 pm »
I just tried this method for my location (where I live), Juneau, Alaska, and it identified all the campgrounds I am aware of in this area.
There are a number of advantages of using the camping identified on the ACA maps. The two I find most valuable are: (1) they list places to camp that aren't campgrounds, and thus would never be identified by Google, and are mostly free, and (2) they don't list campgrounds that do not allow tents, and that's a lot of campgrounds that you don't have to waste time going to and getting turned away from.

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I don't patch tubes and I use new Continental 26x1.75-2.5 42mm Presta Valve Tube only $6.99 from http://www.bikeman.com/
I patch tubes and it costs me 10 cents. And I've never in my life spent as much as $6.99 for a new tube.

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