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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.  

General Discussion / Addirondack Loop
« on: July 18, 2008, 12:10:18 pm »
Are you staying in a local hotel/motel the evening before you begin the ride or the evening of the day you finish?  If so, the hotel may allow you to leave your car in their parking lot for the time you are away.  We've been able to do that for a couple of multi-day trips and the hotel staff looked out for the car.  

General Discussion / Where to camp
« on: July 14, 2008, 08:15:58 pm »
KOA's are always quiet at night.
With one exception.  KOA's all seem to be located near railroad tracks (the land is probably cheaper there)!  

If train whistles in the middle of the night aren't a problem, KOA's have a lot to recommend them. :)

General Discussion / National Rally
« on: July 10, 2008, 10:18:41 pm »
Since most attendees would have to drive to attend a National Rally, wouldn't that be a bit self-defeating?

General Discussion / Planning for the Western Express
« on: June 29, 2008, 11:20:00 am »
The problem with a truck is that they are almost all two seaters so, unless two of your family fly home, you can't fit everyone.  A large van may be a better solution if you can get all of your people and equipment in it (or on it with a rear or roof rack).

Another possibility is to Fed-Ex a lot of your stuff back and rent the smallest vehicle that will hold your family and what's left.

General Discussion / Biking and Camping
« on: June 28, 2008, 11:11:51 am »
it actually is kind of helpful so bare with me!

Is it a nudist camp?   ;)

General Discussion / White gas on the GDMBR?
« on: April 17, 2008, 10:24:21 pm »
If you already have a white gas only stove it's too late for this recommendation but, if not, MSR and others make multi-fuel stoves that will burn just about anything.  

They will take an almost unlimited diet of unleaded gasoline and you might get a pint or so for nothing by hanging around a filling station and intercepting someone who is filling his car.  Or by just draining the remaining liquid in the hoses that have been hung back on the pumps.  

They will also burn Kerosine which is a safer fuel than white gas.  Odorless kerosine is available in 1 qt bottles at nearly any hardware, home store or Wal-Mart, etc. since it is used in decorative lamps.

This message was edited by DaveB on 4-17-08 @ 6:24 PM

General Discussion / travel survival
« on: April 10, 2008, 02:09:15 pm »
You are asking for something that is basically impossible.  You want all the benefits and respectability money provides but you don't want to earn it or use it.  You can't have it both ways.

General Discussion / Looking Backward
« on: April 05, 2008, 12:08:47 pm »
I think DaveB is joking, but just in case a newcomer believes this, note that a 3/4" mirror mounted four to six inches from your eye has a somewhat larger field of view than a car's outside mirror, assuming both are flat glass.

Sure, I was joking.  My problem is that I could never find a good spot for an eyeglass or helmet mirror where my own glasses didn't interfer with its easy use.  The inherent field of view is no problem, just positioning it so I could use it.

As noted YMMV.  

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