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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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General Discussion / Miami->San Francisco advices-ccompanions
« on: December 20, 2007, 08:23:26 am »
Your trip timing of February through May will put you into the worst of Winter and early Spring weather.  It can be relatively cold even in the deep South and Southwest and as soon as you get into any higher elevations the roads will be impassible by bicycle.  


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General Discussion / 55 + cross country
« on: August 10, 2007, 10:35:33 pm »
I assume the "55+" in your thread title refers to your ages, right  ;)

There is a group called "Wandering Wheels" that I believe caters specifically to "mature" riders. Their web site is www.wanderingwheels.org


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General Discussion / Problem companion
« on: September 03, 2007, 08:52:33 pm »
This thread covers a subject I always wonder about when I see the "Companions Wanted" page in every issue of Adventure Cycling Magazine.  People there advertise for traveling companions sight unseen and personality unknown. This sounds like a recipe for both disappointment and possible danger.  

I would like to know how these things have worked out. Good, bad, terrible?  How do you screen the respondents for suitability and have you rejected someone based on what you discussed before the actual ride?  How do you part ways if, despite the initial screening, the companion isn't what you thought?    


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General Discussion / Team Bike Case anyone?
« on: June 28, 2007, 01:05:26 pm »
Instead of UPS consider Fed-Ex for your shippig.  Bike boxes or travel cases are assessed as "oversize" by UPS and the shipping is calculated as if the box weighed 90 pounds.  

I've done a lot of cost comparisons and Fed-Ex is always much less.


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General Discussion / Toruing shoes
« on: May 24, 2007, 03:10:14 am »
I don't think anyone makes this type of shoe anymore as the demand just isn't there.

I had the same Avocet shoe years ago but stopped using them when I discovered clipless pedals and can't imagine going back.  

I agree that good quality MTB shoes will make using SPD-type clipless pedals much more comfortable.    


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General Discussion / Ok advice and insights.
« on: June 03, 2007, 09:52:01 pm »
One item I noticed missing from your list is a sleeping pad of some sort for padding and insulation.  Either a foam pad or one of the self-inflating pads such as a Therma-A-Rest is a must unless you KNOW you can sleep on the cold, hard, rock and root infested ground without one.

These are available in a variety of sizes and thicknesses and the smaller, thinner versions are very light and pack into a small roll.

Second, a flashlight.  There are very small single AA cell LED lights that are bright, the battery lasts a long time and the bulb lasts nearly forever. An LED headlight can be substituted if you want to read at night.  

One other omission: a towel.  Get one of the quick drying microfiber synthetic types made for back packers as they are also small and light but quite effective.

This message was edited by DaveB on 6-3-07 @ 5:55 PM

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General Discussion / Incects to Bears
« on: June 07, 2007, 07:45:36 am »
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But I reckon some night i'll just want to pull off somewhere nice, near a river and sleep under the stars.

This sounds very romantic but it's a guaranteed method for waking up in a soaked sleeping bag.

A nearby source of high humidity and a night when the temperature is going to drop fast (the stars are out only on clear nights, obviously) will assure you of plenty of dew in the morning.


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General Discussion / Couriers and bike cases?
« on: April 14, 2007, 04:48:27 pm »
UPS, Fed-Ex or one of the other package delivery services will ship your bike case anywhere you wish. The cost will be about $50 since it will be based on size as well as weight.  

Both shippers many locations and have shipping points in several other businesses as well.  Go to one of their web sites and look up "shipping l;ocations" and you should find one near where you require.  


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General Discussion / SPD Sandals for air travel
« on: April 10, 2007, 08:10:10 pm »
I don't know why they would be a problem.  You take them off like any other shoe, pass them through the X-ray scanner, the TSA person looks at the image, shrugs and you put them back on. If questioned about the "funny metal thingy" on the bottom, you describe what it's for.  

They are looking for weapons and/or explosives and the cleats are neither.


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General Discussion / Eating and spending on a two month biking spree
« on: April 05, 2007, 09:43:35 pm »
You only live once and you dont need their permission to do it.

Of course she doesn't need out "permission" but she did ask our opinions and we shared what we thought.  She is free to accept or reject any advise at her whim.  If you don't want to hear what people think, don't ask.  


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General Discussion / Eating and spending on a two month biking spree
« on: April 01, 2007, 07:49:37 pm »
You have to understand that there is no group of people a naive or as accepting of populous rhetoric as recent college graduates.  They really believe all that philosophical babble they have been exposed to really describes the way things work.  They totally lack personal experience and perspective.  

Give her a break, she will probably grow up sometime. In the meantime let her live out her delusion that she can really change the way people behave.


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General Discussion / Eating and spending on a two month biking spree
« on: March 29, 2007, 11:32:50 pm »
....bicycling is one of those last frontiers that does not require a huge bank account to be richly rewarding.

That's true but how much can you enjoy a trip where every penny must be carefully watched.  Poverty and privation are poor traveling companions.  

I think Russell was a bit harsh but his overall concept is valid.  You don't need huge resources or lavish accommodations but  you do need enough money to more than barely get by.  you need to eat adequately, sleep in a safe place and be prepared for unexpected expenses and bike repairs.  

Also, as a woman, do you really want to sleep by the road side with no other shelter?  Face reality, that's not a safe or intelligent plan.

Finally, the vegan diet doesn't strike me as an attractive option either but it's your choice.  Just be careful to get a well balanced meals as your riding will be very demanding on your nutrition.  It's difficult to get all of the proteins you need on that diet unless you choose very wisely and that won't be the cheapest food available.  


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General Discussion / how much weight?
« on: March 27, 2007, 09:36:05 pm »
I've only credit-card toured so my bike and load are a lot lighter than needed for a camping/cooking tour.  My bike complete with a rear rack weighs about 24 pounds and my load, panniers and all, is about 18-20 pounds.  I do laundry almost every day.

This message was edited by DaveB on 3-27-07 @ 5:36 PM

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General Discussion / Bicycle security in hostels
« on: March 30, 2007, 11:29:56 pm »
One way to improve bike security when you are away from it is to enlist the help of someone who is going to be near your bike anyway.   For example, I've asked store clerks to keep an eye on it while I'm shopping or I'll have lunch in a restaurant within walking distance of where I want to go and ask if the waiter/waitress will watch it.  Generally they don't mind and you do have another pair of eyes working on your behalf.    


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