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General Discussion / Laptops while touring?
« on: March 21, 2008, 10:00:01 pm »
I'm not really up on these gadgets but don't many cell phones and PDAs have internet and e-mail capabilities?  These would be a lot cheaper and lighter than any laptop, if less convenient to use.

WiFi is available in many chain coffee shops and restaurants like Starbucks and Panaras as well as most chain motels.  


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General Discussion / WiFi in Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky?
« on: March 21, 2008, 09:51:26 pm »
I don't remember seeing too many Starbucks on the TA.  Also a lot of the towns are too small to have a hotel or motel.
They must be REALLY small towns if they don't have a Starbucks OR a motel. I thought having both was a legal requirement! ;p  

I agree that a lot of Mom-and-Pop motels may not have WiFi but all of the chains do.

Another chain that usually has WiFi is Paneras' Cafes


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General Discussion / WiFi in Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky?
« on: March 16, 2008, 06:40:55 pm »
I would expect any Starbucks or similar chain-type coffee shop would have Wifi as well as many hotel lobbies, and possibly local libraries.  


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General Discussion / Trans Am Bicycle Choice???
« on: April 05, 2008, 12:03:41 pm »
I wouldn't put Octalink and ISIS bottom brackets in the same category despite their similar designs.  

My experience is that Shimano Octalink bottom brackets are quite durable.  I have 15,000 miles on an Ultegra-level triple Octalink and it is still smooth and free of play. I've had reports of good service life from other users of these bb's too.  

ISIS bb's are highly variable in quality and durability.  Many of them had poor quality bearings and were built to a price point.  They gave the entire design a deservedly bad name.  Some of the better ones lasted well.  

External bottom brackets have their issues too.  They put a high premium on accurate bottom bracket shell alignment and face parallelism as they rely completely on the bb shell to align the spindle with the bearings.  A poorly faced bb shell can ruin these bearings in short order.    


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General Discussion / Trans Am Bicycle Choice???
« on: April 04, 2008, 10:09:58 am »
If you are doing a Trans-Am you can't travel Russell's version of ultra-light (spare shorts and a toothbrush only) because it is likely, maybe certain, you will hit some cold and/or rainy weather. So you will need at least a jacket, tights, etc. as well as extra shorts, jersey , light shoes and clothes for off the bike.

I've taken several very hilly multi-day credit card tours using a pair of small panniers and a rack top bag for a total load of 19 pounds which included the rack's weight.  I washed my riding clothes every night in the motel's sink or shower and could have traveled that way indeffinitely with the clothing and accessories I had.

My bike is a Co-Motion Co-Pilot, a solo sports bike, not a full-on tourer, but it has rack mounting eyelets that many pure racing bikes don't. It also has a Shimano road triple with the 30T granny changed out for a 26T ring and a 12x27 cassette so it has a 26" low gear which is plenty for the light load I was carrying.  Lower gearing woould be easily possible by substituting a MTB 12x32 cassette and changing to a MTB rear derailleur.

I agree about avoiding low spoke count boutique wheels but a good quality carbon fork will be plenty strong and reliable.  


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General Discussion / Travel on Sheldon
« on: February 04, 2008, 07:34:03 pm »
His passing so suddenly was certainly a shock.  He will be missed by a lot more than the bicycling community but we, particularly, are diminished by his loss.  At least it was mercifully quick.  


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General Discussion / Stealth Camping?
« on: February 03, 2008, 01:55:00 pm »
You can't equate backpacking with bicycle touring unless you are MTB touring.  Backpacking is done on public land and is nearly always away from other people and their property.  You are generally out of sight and out of mind.  

Bicycle touring is done on public roads but most of what you are near is private property and certainly in the public eye. Unless you are riding through a National Park or National Forest or similar you will be on someone else's property.


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General Discussion / Maps: opinion on ACA maps
« on: February 10, 2008, 07:57:22 pm »
If you are an AAA member, their state and regional maps are free.  They available at most AAA offices so you could pick them up as  you need them instead of getting (and carrying) everything in advance.

They also can prepare detailed "Trip-Tics" of your route which have a lot of detail but are mostly intended for automobile travel so you have to specify secondary roads.      


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General Discussion / Highway question
« on: January 27, 2008, 09:46:35 pm »
In the mid and far West, riding a bicycle on interstate highways is sometimes legal since there are no alternative roads.  It will vary and you will need to ask about specific roads and locations.  

As a general rule, in the East and Southeast it's illegal everywhere.


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General Discussion / Single Riders on Tours
« on: January 28, 2008, 08:14:56 pm »
On the organized rides I've been on, a lot of the "singles" were indeed married or otherwise committed but their partner wasn't a rider so they were there by themselves. However there were also a lot of single singles, particularly among the younger riders.  There were also a lot of kids, often teens or older with one or more parent.  

I rode GOBA several times just with my son and son-in-law.  We were all married but none of the wives wanted to or could come along.  


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General Discussion / Magazines That Offer Bicycle Reviews
« on: January 28, 2008, 08:09:35 pm »
BICYCLING MAGAZINE treats us like a curiosity at best and routinely shows their ignorance about touring.

I've seen it better described as "BUYcycling" magazine.  It certainly is the most sophomoric bicycle magazine out there and has almost no relevance for the bike tourist, or for that matter, any adult reader.  


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General Discussion / Magazines That Offer Bicycle Reviews
« on: January 27, 2008, 09:42:02 pm »
+1 on Adventure Cycling for road and some off-road touring.

If by "back country trail riding" you mean real MTB riding, probably Dirt Rag is the most factual and least influenced by advertisers.  

Most other bicycling magazines are nothing but mouthpieces for their advertisers.


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General Discussion / One way rental
« on: January 24, 2008, 09:45:32 pm »
I think getting a U-Haul from Australia to New England might be a bit difficult.  I don't believe they float very well.   ;)


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General Discussion / One way rental
« on: January 24, 2008, 10:15:47 am »
I would be very surprised if a bike shop would rent under those conditions and, if they did, the cost (rental plus shipping it back) would likely exceed the cost of either taking your own bike on the airplane or shipping your bike to a shop at your starting point and shipping it back home from your ending point.  

The other negative of rentals is getting a bike of the type you want and that fits. Most rentals are cheap hybrids or cruisers meant for tooling around the local area by sightseers.  Renting a true turing bike is next to impossible.  


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General Discussion / Bicycle Insurance - Comp, Collision and LIability
« on: January 21, 2008, 09:33:27 pm »
Can you get extra coverage under your automobile policy?


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