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Messages - John Nelson

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Gear Talk / Re: Sleeping pads
« on: September 07, 2011, 11:11:04 pm »
I think you will not get cold with any of those with temperatures in the high 40s. Go for comfort.

Gear Talk / Re: Shorts question
« on: September 01, 2011, 10:23:54 pm »
I doubt anybody makes shorts with a real chamois.  If so, it would be very rare. And I would not want them.

Routes / Re: Western Express - Nevada & Utah
« on: August 31, 2011, 04:38:27 pm » houses 95 journals that use all or part of the Western Express. Not all of them have the same parameters as yours, but here's one that looks close.

I'm sure you can find others. They will give you an idea of different itineraries that have worked (or not worked).

Gear Talk / Re: Yet Another Newbie Gear Question, OH YEAH!
« on: August 30, 2011, 12:08:57 pm »
One cool thing about getting a real touring bike is that it solves problems that you may not even be aware of. Need a third water bottle for long stretches without services? A touring bike will have fittings on the bottom of the down tube. Heels hitting your panniers, or moved your panniers so far back to avoid it that your front wheel is too light for secure steering? A touring bike has long chain stays. Need a strong wheel to carry the weight? A touring bike has 36 spokes. Need wider tires and room for fenders? Touring bike. STI cables interfering with where you want to put the handlebar bag? That's a better reason to use bar-end shifters. Need lots of hand positions for 8 hours a day in the saddle? Need a rock-solid frame for stability in high-speed loaded descents. Need a wide range of gearing for those steep hills at the end of a long day? Need strong braking for a loaded descent?

What else might you need that you won't even discover until you've been out on the road loaded for a week or two? Get a bike where somebody has already thought all that through for you to avoid unpleasant surprises.

And yes, there are many, many satisfied customers of the Windsor Tourist, and there have been a lot of long, successful tours on them.

General Discussion / Re: removal of post
« on: August 26, 2011, 10:25:57 am »
I agree. It's a bad idea. The answer is not solely for the one person who asked the question.

Gear Talk / Re: DEET dissolves helmets
« on: August 25, 2011, 10:34:01 pm »
I would never use a spray DEET. You just cannot adequately control where it goes. I always use lotion DEET, and I prefer to do it after removing clothing that might potentially be damaged.

Reportedly, DEET damages plastics, acetate, rayon, Spandex, synthetic fabrics (other than nylon), furniture finishes, leather, watch crystals, painted or varnished surfaces, plastic glass frames and goggles, and car finishes and interiors. It will not damage nylon, cotton, or wool fabrics.

Routes / Re: Addenda Confusion
« on: August 25, 2011, 08:02:37 pm »
I agree, the addenda are not always up to date. The Oswald West State Park permanently closed its campground four years ago but this change didn't show up on the addendum until this month. Grandma's Cafe in Lamont WY had already reopened before the addendum got around to show it had closed. Jerry Johnson campground along the Lochsa River in Idaho is marked as closed, but it is not closed permanently, only seasonally. This is perhaps an example of acting on a report from a cyclist who found it closed but didn't realize what was really happening.

Routes / Re: Addenda Confusion
« on: August 25, 2011, 07:41:48 pm »
If there is no addendum for the 2011 edition, that means that either the 2011 edition doesn't exist yet, or that nothing has changed since it was printed. In this case, the 2011 edition does exist (according to the ACA store). So if there are August 2011 changes to the 2009 edition, it seems to imply that the 2011 edition of this map is so hot off the presses that it already includes this change.

If there is some other explanation, then I like you am confused. The logical explanation I offered above does not seem especially probable.

Here's a direct link to Phil's route.

I did the regular ACA route last year and had no problems with it. Except for the bridge itself (which I did early in the morning), it all seemed very tame. I cannot, however, compare it to Phil's proposed route.

Routes / Lamont, WY
« on: August 22, 2011, 03:26:14 pm »
On the TransAmerica route, section 5, map 58, the addenda now shows that a new restaurant has opened in Lamont, WY to replace Grandma's. Here are some additional details. I ate there two weeks ago.

The new restaurant name is "Anna-Lope Cafe". It opened on May 8, 2011. Its hours are M-F 6-8, Sa 7-8 and Su 7-3. Its phone number is 307-324-9080. The sign on the road still says "Grandma's" so you'll still have to look for that (there isn't anything else in Lamont so it's unlikely you'll miss it).

General Discussion / Re: Best touring blog sites?
« on: August 22, 2011, 10:13:18 am »
No, please, let's not discuss CGOAB here. If you really must, and I do not recommend it, go read it over there:

Routes / Re: Shelf life of A.C.A. maps
« on: August 21, 2011, 11:03:34 pm »
I would say that maps up to five or six years old are probably quite usable. Just mark them up with changes from the addenda. If your maps are older than that, you probably want to get newer ones. I did the TransAm with a couple using 1984 maps. We often found ourselves doing different routes, and they usually had to consult my maps for services. But they got across anyway.

General Discussion / Re: Best touring blog sites?
« on: August 21, 2011, 10:57:58 pm »
I see a lot of people using wordpress for bike touring journals.

Gear Talk / Re: MTB or Toruing bike for touring with bob yak
« on: August 21, 2011, 10:31:50 pm »
Yes, I would have recommended panniers too if you had asked. But you seem set on the trailer, and there are certainly people who prefer trailers.

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