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General Discussion / Re: Need advice from you! (the pros)
« on: April 17, 2011, 01:23:28 pm »
I agree with the above. Don't train with a backpack. Just wait until you get your panniers. For a small amount of carry-around stuff, the handlebar bag will be fine. When I need more room (e.g., if I'll be away from my bike all day), I might carry one of my front panniers. Both have shoulder straps.

You will need enough mileage with your loaded panniers to learn how to handle the loaded bike and whether there are any problems with how you have arranged your gear, but 98% of your training miles can be done unloaded.

General Discussion / Re: Need advice from you! (the pros)
« on: April 16, 2011, 11:19:31 pm »
Does your website actually use the word "backpack"? How does a backpack fit into your plans?

it's hard to weed through all the different opinions
You're just going to get all the same opinions over again.

If you're following ACA maps, you won't need a GPS. When you're camping, it may be a bit annoying trying to find a place to recharge it every night.

I hope you can find a way to get more time for this trip. Day after day of 100+ miles is going to rob some of the enjoyment--it's going to turn into a grind. It's not a question of whether or not you can do it. I'm sure you can do it. But it's a question of how much fun it will be. Also, remember that if you have X miles to cover in Y days, you're not going to find services at exactly X/Y mile intervals, so some days you'll have to do more than X.

General Discussion / Re: Medication
« on: April 14, 2011, 11:19:44 am »
I,m glad for this topic.   Lots of states will arrest you if not in correct bottles.. Ive 8 bottles to carry on my tour coming up. So what to do???
I find it kind of hard to imagine anyone searching my panniers in the first place and even less likely that I would be arrested for that.

That said if I were concerned, I would probably take the original label or a copy along.  That is what my wife did for a cruise.  She peeled them off very carefully and stuck them all on a sheet of paper.
I think it would only ever come into play if crossing an international boundary.

General Discussion / Re: Possible cause of crashes?
« on: April 14, 2011, 09:50:26 am »
The article says that exercise can "make a large number of people pass out, and this does not refer only to people who are not usually active, but also highly to trained athletes." I don't know how many people it takes to be a "large number," but it's not large enough that it has ever happened to me or anybody I know, nor have I ever heard of it. That doesn't mean, of course, that it doesn't happen.

If you google the name of the lead researcher, you can find out more about his study, but it starts to get very technical.

Even if you start alone, you will hardly ever be alone. You'll meet many wonderful people and make some long-term friends. Don't be the slightest bit afraid of starting alone.

General Discussion / Re: Possible cause of crashes?
« on: April 13, 2011, 10:36:03 pm »
PeteJack, has your friend gone back to the scene of the crashes and looked carefully for anything unusual? Something in the road? A pothole? Railroad tracks? Wet leaves? Gravel? A rock? Might also be caused by high-speed shimmy.

If you hit your head in a crash, it would be expected that you might not remember what caused the crash because the impact would erase your short-term memory.

General Discussion / Re: Touring
« on: April 10, 2011, 12:49:33 pm »
how to distribute the weight in the panniers to equalize our speeds.
If you are going to carry a tent and/or stove, those are obvious thing to give him. You are going to want to keep certain stuff with you in case you get accidentally separated. Keep some money, some food, your water, a map, your tire patching stuff, your cell phone, and some warmer clothes if there is any chance of it getting cold. He can carry the toiletries, non-essential drugs, camping stuff, spare clothes (including all off-bike clothes for both of you), and extra tools and parts. This might enable you to use only one pair of panniers. You might experiment with using only small front panniers, with perhaps a small bag strapped to the top of the rear rack. This will save you the weight of the extra pair of panniers, which can be significant all by itself.

You can only equal out the speeds somewhat, however, with weight. There's a good chance he'll still be faster. You should decide in advance what strategy you'll use. Will you ride together at all times? Will you stay in sight? Will you meet at the top of the hill? or the next town? or a preselected restaurant? If you do agree to sometimes ride out of sight, then I suggest that whenever one of you stops, you leave the bike in clear sight by the side of the road so that there's little chance of the other one passes by without noticing.

What’s the best way to break up our daily rides so we can keep going day after day?
Stop frequently, at least once an hour. Have something to eat before you start. Then start early. Stop for a second breakfast. Take a break for lunch. Stop at points of interest. Take a small side hike. Overnight, get lots of sleep--at least an hour more than you do at home.

General Discussion / Re: air travel and bike touring
« on: April 10, 2011, 12:35:01 pm »
Although I personally would use the cardboard box approach, if you want to take your hard shell, you can surely find some place to store it. I just don't think that that place is likely to be the airport.

General Discussion / Re: air travel and bike touring
« on: April 09, 2011, 07:52:09 pm »
You want to store it in one place for several years? Or you want to store it in multiple places for shorter periods?

No, I don't believe airports have storage space. It's a security risk. You may be able to rent a storage locker elsewhere. You may also be able to find a Warm Showers host to store it for you. If the period is not excessive, you may be able to get a hotel to store it for you assuming you spend the first and last night there. If you're going point to point, you can ship it ahead and most shipping companies will store it for a fee. Or you could ship it to a Warm Showers host in the city you will be leaving from.

Details probably depend on your travel plans.

10 days to do 1000 miles is doable, but it will be a lot more enjoyable if you can get a few more days. Or maybe your wife could drive you the first 150 miles go give you a head start. Remember that it will be somewhat longer than 1000 miles on the back roads you will want to use.

Are you in fact planning to stay in motels and eat in restaurants?

You don't need to take much if you are using motels and restaurants. Russ has already given you a good start. Take enough to allow you to fix a flat tire. Get the maps for the ACA Atlantic Coast route, and maybe also for the Florida Connector. Order them TODAY! The biggest mistake you can make is to take too much, so if in doubt, leave it out. Take sunscreen. Consider taking a rain jacket, but you can decide at the last minute depending on the 10-day forecast. The forecast may also help you decide what you might need in the way of warm riding clothes. Take a camera and a cell phone. You really don't need anything else except your credit card and some cash.

General Discussion / Re: Mistakes and Attitude while on the road.
« on: April 05, 2011, 05:54:21 pm »
As long as you have a good time, there's no one right way for everybody. But your comments are indeed thought-provoking and might encourage me to be a bit more spontaneous.

General Discussion / Re: Bike locks
« on: April 04, 2011, 10:15:52 pm »
You might try searching, because this is an oft-discussed topic. The discussion runs long and people come down on all sides of the issue. Simply put, different people have different tipping points between weight and cost and risk and worry.

I think most people agree that how much you protect your bike and gear depends on circumstances, most significantly where you happen to be at the moment. Also keep in mind that locks aren't the only way to protect your gear. You can bring your bike inside, have a buddy watch it, or watch it yourself. With a little effort, you can usually bring your bike into more places than you might expect.

There's no perfect answer.

My personally? I lean towards a more minimal approach, with a very lightweight lock and try not to leave my bike in risky-looking places any more often than I have to. I also tend not to worry much in general, so I just sometimes trust in the goodness of my fellow man and hope for the best.

Gear Talk / Re: Wireless Comps....
« on: April 04, 2011, 10:05:02 pm »
I've never had an interference problem, but a lot of people report them. It can apparently occur on something as simple as leaning your bike against the front of a cafe with a neon "open" sign. I use wireless for my everyday bike, but chose wired for my touring bike both to get longer battery life and to reduce the risk of interference. The wire up from the fork is no big deal, but it would be more annoying if your cadence sensor was wired.

Gear Talk / Re: Panniers = racks= bike
« on: March 31, 2011, 09:56:27 am »
.... you want to be able to mount the pannier toward the back of the rack.

Assuming heel strike is not an issue, why is it preferable to mount panniers toward BACK of the rack?

Unless necessary to avoid heel strike, moving the weight back is absolutely not preferable. In fact, moving the center of mass of your panniers behind the center of the rear hub is dangerous. If you must do it to avoid heel strike (which likely means you're not riding a touring bike), then it is important to have front panniers for balance.

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