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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.

General Discussion / Mid November ride East Coast
« on: September 02, 2008, 11:59:56 am »
I may have to disagree about riding the Parkway into Va. in the middle of November.  My experience is it can be downright cold that time of year.  Its not unusual for the temps. to be below freezing.  And most of the leaves are gone by then, anyway.  Now, middle of October is beautiful.  but November?

Absolutely.  Even October can be very cold there, particularly at the higher elevations.  I recall a mid-October backpacking trip on Skyline Drive in VA.  We hiked in 40°F rain all of one day and woke up to 28°F and completely frozen water bottles the next morning.    

I certainly agree that, if you want to ride the East Coast in November, you start no further north than South Carolina.


General Discussion / Tandem and Touring
« on: July 31, 2008, 12:00:09 am »
Easy answer; pack light, do laundry often.  ;)

General Discussion / Doing A TransAm Ride
« on: July 25, 2008, 10:44:02 pm »
I've heard figures mentioned around $35-$45/day...  
That sounds low to me. A hotel room is going to cost $50 - $100/night even if all of you share one room.  Campgrounds are not free, even if they are National Park or local Park campgrounds and commercial ones approach motel prices.  

Unless you are buying all of your food at grocery stores and sharing the cost, restaurant meals will cost that much and more a day and you will eat a LOT.

One more thing, your van will struggle to get 20mpg and 60 miles/day is at least three gallons of gas or $12 at today's prices.  

For two or more people traveling together, I'd allot an absolute minimum of $50/day and don't be surprised if you spend more.

As an example, on week long supported organized rides (like GOBA, RAGBRAI, etc.) where all of the transportation, "lodging", etc. is taken care of in advance, I find I spend about $30-$35/day just for food and I don't eat in lavish restaurants either.

This message was edited by DaveB on 7-25-08 @ 6:44 PM

General Discussion / New and rather naive...
« on: July 25, 2008, 10:31:05 pm »
The Marin Hwy 1 looks interesting and carbon is light, strong and fatigue resistant but doesn't take abuse well  Scratches that would be of no consequences to a steel or Ti frame can weaken carbon significantly so I'd be a bit cautious for use as a touring bike that's going to have to withstand some beating up.  

As whittierider noted, I don't see any rear rack mounting eyelets on the current (2008) version so be sure mounting a rack is possible.  

General Discussion / New and rather naive...
« on: July 24, 2008, 07:53:21 pm »
Assuming you trip is going to be on roads or or some on multi-use improved trails I would not get a real MTB.  They are purpose-built for real off-road use  and are both heavier and have a lot of rolling resistance from the heavy knobby tires.

If you don't want a true road or drop-bar touring bike, look at "comfort" or hybrid bikes.  They will be lighter and have better rolling tires but will have straight bars and a more upright riding position.  

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