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Gear Talk / Re: Fiberfix Spoke
« on: May 11, 2012, 09:52:31 am »
I am a bit confused.  You have ridden 80 miles on one and you replace the spoke when you get home.  Do you mean when you get to the end of the day or have you not used one in the middle of a multi-day tour.
The latter.

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Gear Talk / Re: Do I need a water filter
« on: May 10, 2012, 10:31:02 pm »
I wouldn't carry a water filter all the way across the country because I might need it for one day. When I know there's a long, dry stretch coming up, I carry as much as I need. With a combination of water bottles, water bladders, bottles of Gatorade and other beverages, you can carry as much as your bike and legs can support.

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General Discussion / Re: Looking to Bike From Vegas to DC
« on: May 10, 2012, 05:17:46 pm »
The "regular" Google maps route says 2458 miles. The "Avoid Highways" route, which often produces an acceptable bicycling route, and is useful for planning bicycling distances, says 2620 miles. At 240 miles a week, that's 76 days. At 300 miles a week, that's 61 days. So it's just a bit outside your parameters, but still probably doable. Note that there won't be good stopping points every 40 or 50 miles, so your mileage may vary, sometimes considerably. Also note that some people (e.g., me) find that they neither want nor need rest days.

If you want to use ACA routes, the mileage will probably be higher yet.

Eating out will cost about half as much if you buy your food in grocery stores rather than restaurants, even if you don't cook. If you do cook, you can save even more.

I'm curious as to what your plan is to "raise awareness". Are you planning to set up speaking appearances? Or newspaper interviews? Or???

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Gear Talk / Re: Fiberfix Spoke
« on: May 10, 2012, 04:12:00 pm »
Yes, I've used them. In fact, I've used the same one three times. They work well. I've ridden as much as 80 miles at a time with one, but I always replace it with a real spoke when I get home. I find it helps to temporarily loosen the spokes on either side while you're putting it in. That helps with getting the FiberFix tight enough. Then you can retighten the spokes you temporarily loosened. It trues up the wheel really well.

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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Dickinson ND to Glendive MT
« on: May 08, 2012, 12:33:53 pm »
I received my new Northern Tier Section 3 map almost two weeks ago. Panels 48 to 52 of that section take you from Dickenson to Glendive. It uses a combination of Old Highway 10 and I-94, with a bit of CR 106.

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General Discussion / Re: Bike Shipping Info.
« on: May 08, 2012, 12:27:25 pm »
That said I think most if not all airlines require that you deflate your tires.
Yes, but it's not a good idea to do so. The tires provide quite a bit of cushioning and protect the wheels from damage. I know the airline is worrying about transporting compressed gasses because of the explosion risk, but really--that's not a hazard with a bicycle tire. It isn't going to explode even if the pressure doubles, and it would cause no problem even if it did.

What do you guys do? Deflate or not deflate? Or maybe reduce the pressure a bit?

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General Discussion / Re: Bike Shipping Info.
« on: May 08, 2012, 10:03:10 am »
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Tires should be deflated to aid with packing.
That's a very odd sentence.

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General Discussion / Re: Bike Shipping Info.
« on: May 08, 2012, 12:17:50 am »
BTW, what are the bike friendly airlines? They all seem to be about the same nowadays.
Frontier and Southwest.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tire width - 28 too narrow for touring?
« on: May 07, 2012, 10:23:54 am »
I remember reading somewhere that wider tires, and the reduced pressure that goes with them, lessens the chances of breaking a spoke. That tips the scales for me. I really don't want to mess with a broken spoke if I can avoid it.

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General Discussion / Re: How many cloths for a tour?
« on: May 06, 2012, 09:13:25 pm »
If my jersey is still wet in the morning and it is too cold to wear a wet jersey, then I just wear something else. Also, if I know it's going to be cold in the morning and I'm not sure my jersey will dry overnight, then I don't wash it.

Everyone's experiences are different, but I have put on wet shorts in the morning with no bad consequences. It's not much different than riding in the rain, which is sometimes unavoidable on tour.

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Gear Talk / Re: Bar-end mirror & front down tube shifter?
« on: May 04, 2012, 10:46:58 pm »
I use the Take-A-Look on my helmet visor. Of course that's not an option unless your helmet has a visor. One trick I learned is that once you find the correct positioning, tape the mirror to the visor with electrical tape. That will keep you from accidentally knocking it off all the time.

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General Discussion / Re: How many cloths for a tour?
« on: May 03, 2012, 10:34:05 pm »
My simplistic approach:
Figure out what you would wear on the coldest day.  Bring that.
Add some extra socks,shorts, and a shirt so they can be drying after a wash at any given time.
Add rain gear.
Add some shoes other than your cycling shoes.
+1
Simple and to the point. Although the rain gear can serve as clothes to wear while washing the others. My approach to laundry is to wash a couple of items each night in the sink--I almost never wash everything at once.

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General Discussion / Re: Roadside stand/ camping/ B and B
« on: May 03, 2012, 10:21:16 pm »
Just one more opinion:

(1) Fruit, vegetables and fresh bakery items were hard to find on the TransAm until Missouri, so those items would be very much appreciated. Freshly made sandwiches would probably also be a success. Food packaged to be eaten later down the road would also be in demand. A guest book for cyclists to write in is a good way for cyclists to communicate with those behind them.

(2) About $8 to $10 per person per night would be in most cyclists' budget. It'd be worth another $5 or $6 for breakfast. You could probably get $3 a bundle for firewood. Some comfortable chairs around that campfire would be very nice. You could probably sell supplies for s'mores.

(3) I don't do massages, but I know that a lot of other cyclists do.

(4) I wasn't much interested in rides other than the route. I would only spend one night somewhere unless there was something pretty compelling to stay for.

(5) You should get listed on the ACA maps if possible, although that may take a year or two to reach many cyclists. Word of mouth works great along the TransAm, so positive experiences will get passed on--much of your early business will probably come this way. You should request that your guests pass it on. You'll also need a sign out on the actual route. Most cyclists would be very interested in exactly how far off route you are, if any, and what kind of riding surface (paved or unpaved) exists between you and the route. If you're ore than a half-mile off route, especially if unpaved, cyclists will need considerable motivation to drop by.

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General Discussion / Re: Cycling Yellowstone
« on: May 03, 2012, 03:29:28 pm »
From what I have heard, traffic after July 4 is much worse than before July 4. My experience on the TransAm, as I would guess most cyclotourists' experience on the TA, is of Yellowstone before July 4, and I didn't find the traffic to be a problem at all. One of the nicest things about being on a bicycle is that you can cruise past any traffic obstructions caused by animals on the road or animal sightings off the road. I cruised by a 5-mile backup of cars trying to enter from West Yellowstone because of bison on the road near Madison. Since I was going in the other direction, I had my side of the road all to myself.

There aren't many roads in Yellowstone, so planning a route is pretty trivial. The main roads form a figure 8, so you either do the upper loop, the lower loop, or both if you have time. Campgrounds in Yellowstone have hiker/biker spots at good prices, so that's not a worry.

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Routes / Re: Possible Route Change...need help!
« on: May 02, 2012, 11:42:19 am »
I don't want to go down to Astoria but want to get on (connect) to the TransAm route as quickly as possible starting from Bellingham.
I believe that the quickest way to connect to the TransAm is to go to Astoria, but you have ruled that out.

Let me assume that you what you want is not the quickest way to connect to the TransAm, but rather the quickest route to Yorktown using as much of the TransAm as feasible. I might also assume that you would temper quickest with a nice route (e.g., the quickest would probably be to use I-5 and I-90 to get to Missoula, but that would not be an attractive route to me--but maybe it would to you). I might also assume that you want to do this entirely by bicycle.

So I might suggest you follow the Northern Tier to Sandpoint, ID and then take Idaho 200 and Montana 200 to Missoula. There are many factors and tradeoffs, and I don't know your view of these factors, so this might not be the right option for you.

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