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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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General Discussion / March on the East Cost
« on: January 21, 2008, 09:31:52 pm »
We drive through Southwest VA on I-77several time a year going to Florida and to the Winston-Salem area in NC.  My experience is that unplesantly cold weather is just as likely in that part of VA as it is in the north, mostly due to the altitude and the weather doesn't improve noticcably until we get to the VA/NC line as we go south.  Some of the coldest, nastiest evenings I can remember were in Wytheville.  

My feeling is that even late March is pushing the boundary of favorable weather.      


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General Discussion / Solo touring and protection
« on: January 23, 2008, 04:21:17 pm »
I believe that in the United States of America anyone should be able to ride a bicycle wearing a jersey with a Canadian, Mexican or an Iraqi flag on it without harassment.  Peoples differences should be not only tolerated, but openly celebrated.

Very noble thoughts and it certainly would be nice if the world would only listen to them and act accordingly.  Unfortunately a significant portion of it doesn't and to assume it will is naive at best and dangerous at worst.  Hope for the best, plan for the worst.  


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General Discussion / Bike Tour
« on: December 09, 2007, 11:01:49 am »
Are you looking to do a fully self-contained (camping plus cooking plus plan your own route) tour or do you want an organized tour where your luggage is sag'ed and the route preplanned?  

If the later, consider GOBA in Ohio which isn't that far from you.  This year it starts in Lorain County west of Cleveland.

GOBA is a 3000 rider annual event that always starts on Father's Day weekend in June. It's a week long organized tour that averages about 50 miles/day with a couple of optional days.  It's camping but your baggage is transported by the organization every day so you only need your emergency tools on your bike.  Food is available at routine food stops.  Each night is spent in a small town with the campground being a county fairgrounds, school grounds or similar.

There are similar week long tours in other states too.  Wisconsin has one (SAGBRAW) every summer as does Michigan (PALM).

Most of thes rides have a motel option if camping isn't your thing but the cost is significantly higher as with any "credit card" tour.

This message was edited by DaveB on 12-9-07 @ 7:04 AM

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General Discussion / SFO to BHB?
« on: November 29, 2007, 07:55:10 pm »
You may be able to fly into Portland or Bangor, ME, both of which will be closer.


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General Discussion / Getting in shape
« on: November 23, 2007, 11:48:47 am »
There are dozens of books on bicycle training techniques and programs.  Most are intended for competitive racers but the general rules also apply to recreational and touring riders. A search on Amazon should locate several titles and your local library may have some.    

BTW, John Schubert had a very good summary article in a the July/August '07 AC magazine.


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General Discussion / biking yosemite and sequio nat. parks
« on: November 20, 2007, 08:56:46 am »
Camping in National Forests is free.

These are National Parks the OP is asking about.  The regulations are far different than in National Forests.


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General Discussion / Mosquitoes repellents?
« on: November 07, 2007, 09:41:41 am »
Consumer Reports periodically tests a variety of insect repellents and always concludes that there is DEET which is effective and there are a bunch of alternatives that don't work.


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General Discussion / Bringing pets on long trips?
« on: September 30, 2007, 07:35:01 pm »
My opinion: I've seen folks (mostly women) bring small dogs on week long supported rides and thought it was the dumbest thing I've ever witnessed and they didn't even have to carry the dog's (or their own) supplies on the bike.  

Taking a dog on a several months long cross country trip is even worse.

Do both yourself and the dog a favor and don't do it.


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