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General Discussion / Re: Tec talk: loose casette
« on: November 30, 2010, 08:42:20 am »
I could move the entire upper cassete back and forth by about 3 cms each way
You must mean 3 mm, right?

The last time I had a cassette that rocked, my lockring was tight but I had installed the smallest cog incorrectly (i.e., not lined up correctly with the splines) and it prevented the cassette from coming together tightly.

General Discussion / Re: Yellowstone for up to 4 days
« on: November 25, 2010, 08:59:30 pm »
Camping in Yellowstone and Grand Teton for a bicyclist is generally easy to arrange. This will be especially true in early June, which is well before the peak of the season for these parks. It may, however, be pretty chilly at night. There are a number of good campgrounds in these parks.

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier...Food storage at night
« on: November 23, 2010, 06:41:23 pm »
Used the Opsak  odor-proof barrier plastic bags on last couple tours.  
Yeah ... no midnight dramas!

+1 on the odor bags. Take care not to get food smells on the outside of the bag. Then I put the odor bags inside my Ortlieb roll-top panniers and roll them up for extra protection.

Of course, if bears are an issue (which shouldn't be a big problem on the ST, AFAIK), you need to hang the pannier too or use a bear box.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier - travel direction
« on: November 19, 2010, 08:32:48 pm »
Anecdotal evidence is very unreliable. Everybody thinks the winds were against them. You just notice headwinds more than you notice tailwinds. I'd try to find objective wind studies. And be sure you focus on the month you'll be in each area, since wind varies by time of year.

General Discussion / Re: Camping in the east
« on: November 19, 2010, 02:19:29 pm »
If you're on the ACA TransAm, you can probably "camp" all the way across Virginia and Kentucky and Illinois without paying a dime and without even setting up your tent. A combination of churches, fire stations, town park shelters, WarmShowers and good Samaritans will keep a free roof over your head the whole way.

That's a pretty good list gpshay. Although nobody would take all that stuff, each person's subset would be different, so it's a good starting point.

Let's not turn yet another thread into a mirror debate. Everything that could possibly be said about mirrors has already been said dozens of times. We'll never agree.

Routes / Re: Route information.
« on: November 11, 2010, 10:29:50 am »
In the US, terms such as "route 90" can be ambiguous. It's better to say "Interstate 90" or "US 90" or "State Highway 90" (identifying which state) or "County Road 90" (identifying which state and county).

I think it depends on what kind of person your husband is. If he's out to prove his manhood (like most middle-age men), he'll have the pioneer, adventurer, do-it-alone, do-it-without-help mentality. In that case, you might just want to mostly stay out of his way (although a box of cookies in the mail from time to time is never a bad thing). If he's the out-to-see-the-world family man, then he might like more connection with home. If he's going to be staying in motels, he might like a bit of internet research on what's available on the road ahead. He might also like a weather report or construction report for where he's going to ride the next day. If he's the I-don't-want-to-miss-anything type, he might like to know what there is of interest to see along the way in the coming miles.

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascade
« on: November 08, 2010, 09:07:57 am »
Not I-395, but US 395. I see it running north-south about 100 miles east of Mt Shasta, close to the Nevada border. It doesn't look like it comes anywhere near Mt Shasta, however.

General Discussion / Re: East to West 80 days?
« on: November 07, 2010, 06:09:47 pm »
So when you said, "winds are likely to favor W-E", was that a typo? Did you mean to say, "winds are likely to favor E-W" (where W-E means West-to-East and E-W means East-to-West)?

My experience from the summer of 2010 going westbound is that I got great tailwinds in Kansas, and fairly neutral winds everywhere else (except when riding along the Wind River in Wyoming, where it seems like all westbounders get headwinds--but that's only one day). The eastbounders I met in Kansas were really complaining.

General Discussion / Re: East to West 80 days?
« on: November 07, 2010, 12:34:17 pm »
On the Trans America it winds are likely to favor W-E because on the plains the summer winds tend to come out of the SE and the general direction of the TA there is into those winds if going W-E.

Pete, I'm having trouble making sense of this.

General Discussion / Re: East to West 80 days?
« on: November 07, 2010, 12:31:47 pm »
I'm confused. The Pacific Coast is in the West. On which coast do you want to start?

By the way, there are airports almost everywhere, and for an extra $100, you can start in any city you want, even small ones. You can fly to within 9 miles of Yorktown in the East, or to Portland, Oregon and take a bus to Astoria to start in the West. Or if you want to start in San Franscisco, the ACA maps will guide you out of town.

I recommend you decide what you want to do first, and then work out the logistics. Almost anything is possible, and the cost differences won't be that great.

General Discussion / Re: East to West 80 days?
« on: November 06, 2010, 04:01:36 pm »
It's worth remembering that the prevailing winds in North America are from West to East.
There is no evidence to support this urban myth. East to West is just fine.

General Discussion / Re: Purpose....
« on: November 06, 2010, 09:02:44 am »
It's done incredibly often, and there are many ways to do it. It's so common, the ACA has written a how-to article on it.

I believe the most important thing is to establish your ground rules very clearly right from the start. If you're not going to be taking a single penny from the donated funds, then say so very clearly. If possible, have the donations go directly to the charity without passing through your hands. Or have them give checks to you made out to the charity, not you.

On the other hand, if you intend to use a portion of the donated funds to offset your costs, then also state that very clearly. If the funds are given to you in your name, then the donors will not get a tax deduction and you will need to claim the money as taxable income. So this isn't the best idea.

The simplest way is to establish a journal somewhere (e.g., blogspot, wordpress, crazyguyonabike, facebook, etc.), and put a link there directly to your charity's donation page. Another alternative is that many charities provide a way to track donations from a specific fund-raising effort. Contact the intended charity for details. A third alternative are independent organizations (e.g., firstgiving) that provide a way to funnel money to charity.

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