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Routes / Milage routes for city & towns (not freeways)
« on: February 08, 2005, 11:13:16 pm »
Some local Bike Clubs publish ride maps for their area that show low traffic routes and have both cue sheets and mileage figures. You might be able to find help there.  

Also, many state Tourist Bureaus and/or Departments of Transportation have specific bicycling maps available for the asking. You should be able to find information about them on-line.

This message was edited by DaveB on 2-8-05 @ 7:13 PM

Routes / Cross-Country Tour Route
« on: August 30, 2004, 10:26:25 pm »
I've never done any of these routes so I'm only going on what I've read but isn't the "Western Express" part of the route pretty severe?

I understand it's got very sparse water sources and towns so taking "inexperienced" cyclists on it doesn't sound like a good idea.  

Routes / Finger Lakes Route Help
« on: May 24, 2004, 11:59:52 pm »
A small group of us are planning a week long "credit card" tour of the Finger Lakes Region in mid-August this year and would appreciate your help.
I recall that the Bon Ton Roulet started and finished in Ithaca in 2003 and that sounds like a good start/end point for us as I am somewhat familiar with the city.  

Does anyone here have a copy of the maps and cue sheets used for the 2003 Bon Ton Roulet tour? I would like to use these maps as guidance for our tour as I expect the roads are low traffic and scenic.  We would improvise off of their route but it would be a very good starting point.  

We would, of course, pay for the copying charges and postage.  Please e-mail me at davidhb@telerama. com if you can help.  Thanks.

Routes / Florida trip
« on: May 02, 2004, 05:50:18 pm »
The best riding I know of in FL is north and west of Orlando in Orange and Lake counties centered around the town of Mt. Dora.  The roads are fairly low traffic and rural and there are actually a couple of hills!  Check out "Sugar Loaf Mountain Drive". The Florida Freewheelers Bike Club has maps of several rides in the area on their web site and Orange Cyclery bike shop (on Edgewater Drive) has a big loose-leaf binder of maps they will copy for you.


General Discussion / Newbie Converting a Bianchi Bergamo
« on: January 05, 2009, 10:59:52 am »
One change I'd make is to fit clipless pedals and compatible shoes.  

Shimano's SPD or Crank Brothers Eggbeater pedals with their double sided entry and recessed cleats make a great touring combination. The cost should be reasonable too.

General Discussion / Newbie
« on: January 04, 2009, 01:21:21 pm »
Look up the bike clubs in your area.  Most have local rides and know about all of the organized rides in the area.  Any LBS should be able to tell you how to get in touch with them.  

Also, the LAB (League of American Bicyclists) publishes a comprehensive directory of state agencies, local clubs and organized rides nation (and even world) wide. Check them out at:

This message was edited by DaveB on 1-4-09 @ 10:21 AM

General Discussion / Winter Pacific Coast tour
« on: January 04, 2009, 01:17:33 pm »
Have you seen the news pics of Seattle from this past week? Tons of snow and winter has just begun.  I just looked at the page for Seattle and the current temperature is 31° with a predicted high of 37 and rain.

There is a very good chance of a repeat in February.  If traffic is lower in February, there is a good reason.  

General Discussion / Question Regarding Wheel Strength
« on: December 16, 2008, 05:46:25 pm »
My Litespeed Blue Ridge came with 32 spoke (I think) wheels with Mavic Open rims. This limited me to 28mm tires. I had custom 36 spoke wheels made with wide Rhynolite Sunrims. I can now use 37mm tires.

You probably wasted your money on the new wheels. Open Pros will accept much wider tires than 28mm.  Cyclocross riders routinely use 35 and 37 mm tires on these rims.

General Discussion / Presents for cyclist at Christmas???Not an ad
« on: December 12, 2008, 10:59:58 am »
I even got talc powder years ago from my Gran, to put inside the inner tube. Apparently stops air bleeding through the tube!!!

Thoughtful gift but that's not what it's used for.  

You dust talc on the OUTSIDE of the tube and inside of the tire to keep them from sticking together and to make installation on the rim easier.

General Discussion / Touring Wired, Wireless, Etc.
« on: December 06, 2008, 12:19:45 pm »
Instead of lugging a computer with you, could you carry a USB thumb drive and download the data to it using the  computers in public libraries or internet cafes?  These thumb drives are available in very large capacities these days and should hold months worth of data.  You could even e-mail the files home for later analysis.

Then again, I'm with those who recommend you don't over analyze your trip. Record daily distance, ride time and plenty of notes about what you saw and did. The only major electronic devices I'd want would be a plain cyclocomputer, a good camera and a small cell phone.   I assume this is a vacation and pleasure trip, not a highly structured training ride.  

General Discussion / What book would you recommend to read?
« on: December 01, 2008, 05:50:31 pm »
All of the above recommendations are for reading about other people's touring experience.  

If you want to improve your own touring, read a good repair manual like Bicycling Magazine's repair book or Lennard Zinn's "Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance"

General Discussion / Touring on carbon
« on: December 01, 2008, 05:55:58 pm »
I certainly wouldn't be opposed to touring on carbon, but I think I'll wait until someone actually makes a touring bike in carbon...

Plan on waiting a loooong time.  Carbon road frames are almost all designed for racing or sports riding and are likely to remain so for the indefinite future.  The touring market is too small to warrant making the molds and/or lugs needed to create touring geometry.

If you really want a carbon touring frame you will have to go to one of the few makers that build custom carbon frames.

General Discussion / What Touring bike would you suggest?
« on: November 03, 2008, 06:58:28 pm »
The "standard" ready to tour bike available here is the Trek 520.  There are others, of course, but the 520 is pretty much ready as-delivered and is widely available.  Contact a Trek dealer here before you arrive to be sure they have one and in the size you require.  

Touring bikes aren't big items here so don't arrive "cold" and expect to find what you want without some pre-planning.

General Discussion / Northern Tier -- Start Late May 2009
« on: November 03, 2008, 08:13:10 am »
If you are an "off-and-on" rider, you better be "on" a LOT between now and May.  The  forced-march pace transcontinental bike ride you propose isn't the time or place to get into riding shape and to get used to hours and hours on the bike.

My feeling is you have set an unrealistic pace and time table.  100 miles is a very ambitious daily ride even for very experienced riders on lightly loaded bikes.  Doing it every day for nearly two months with a loaded touring bike will be much more demanding than you can imagine.

I'll also second the warning about going with a companion you don't know extremely well and even good friends can be incompatible on a trip like this.    

General Discussion / Bicycle Trip form Arizona to Alaska
« on: October 11, 2008, 06:21:32 pm »
Do you think I could just change the bars on the Globe?

Short answer; no.  Changing bars from flat to drops reqquires changing the shifters/brake levers too as flat and drop bars aren't the same diameter.  Buy the right bike the firt time.

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