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General Discussion / bearings going out
« on: August 10, 2008, 11:26:35 pm »
My BOB has about 5000 miles on it. It doesn't come with a super hub. There is some slop in it now and being sealed bearing hub can't tighten down, but it still took me up to Crater Lake last month with no problems. My bag probably weighs 35#.


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General Discussion / Maine bike tour questions
« on: August 10, 2008, 11:30:52 pm »
We recently used FedEx to get our bikes from Wisconsin to Portland Oregon. I have asked motels to keep the box with the promise of staying there at both ends of the trips. I also have used bike shops but one jerk shop in Portland wanted $10/day for each box (there were 3 of us). When you fly with them it becomes a big hassle at the airport. How many cabs can carry one bike box let alone 2 or 3. I would never check my bike with the airline.


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General Discussion / First tour, No Experience
« on: August 03, 2008, 11:29:13 pm »
Given your inexperience and lack of time to prepare, I advise buying a new bike not a used one. You need to have something that won't break down. You don't have to spend a lot, $1000 will get you a good Trek or Novara at REI, and a couple of others are in that price range. Buy it now and ride it so you can take it back to the shop and have any cable stretch taken care of. Make sure the shop adjusts it to fit you well! That is as important as the bike choice itself. Realistically, if you leave in less than 3 weeks you don't have time to get in good physical shape so don't push it. You will be getting in shape on the road. Your main task is in making sure your gear works.

You will get hot and sweaty, and there is no way to say this politely: smear some lube (many to chose from in bike shop or good old Vaseline which lasts longer but doesn't wash as easily) in your crotch and buttocks to prevent heat rash as well as chafing. Nothing ruins a tour like sores. Cycling clothes are beneficial but many people tour without them. Don't sweat the decisions about shoes and pedals now. Just get a bike and make sure it works! Finally, read the articles on touring on this website.  Good luck!



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General Discussion / Where to camp
« on: August 03, 2008, 11:32:43 pm »
Warmshowers is great. I used it recently and had a wonderful visit with our hosts. Thanks Paul and Monica!


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General Discussion / Laptops while touring?
« on: March 22, 2008, 11:26:58 pm »
Nothing beats a colorful postcard.


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General Discussion / Eating on Tour
« on: May 28, 2008, 10:30:48 pm »
Hamburger with tomatoes of some kind (canned stewed, chopped or fresh if possible), and any number of seasonings: lots of paprika, those dry packets, over whatever starch you can find: noodles or rice or potatoes.  Lentils cooked with onions, carrots and soy sauce. TVP (texturized vegetable protein) requires no refrigeration and can be added to anything for some protein. Carrots and onions carry well.

On a tour in Iowa on the Mississippi River we stopped at a small commercial fisherman's shop (shack really) and had fresh fish that night. MMM.



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General Discussion / Hip Bursitis
« on: March 11, 2008, 11:24:22 pm »
Ditto to the professional fit. Do it. Get someone who doesn't just use the jig but looks at your body and how it sits on the bike. You won't be sorry you spent the money!


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General Discussion / Shipping the bike when trip is over!
« on: March 03, 2008, 10:59:14 pm »
DHL is often cheaper than either FedEx or UPS or the airlines. Also check out http://www.sportsexpress.com/BikeShipping/ and http://www.shipbikes.com/.



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General Discussion / Communication from the road
« on: February 23, 2008, 08:39:35 pm »
I had pretty good luck with Verizon on the NT a couple of years ago while others with me didn't. Not total coverage by any means but better than the others.


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General Discussion / Travel on Sheldon
« on: February 05, 2008, 11:31:13 pm »
Travel on.


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General Discussion / Single Riders on Tours
« on: January 27, 2008, 10:51:01 pm »
On my one ACA ride, none of us (all 14) knew each other beforehand, though many of us were married. On local/state supported rides most, but by no means all people came with someone to ride with.


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General Discussion / Magazines That Offer Bicycle Reviews
« on: January 27, 2008, 10:47:17 pm »
BICYCLING MAGAZINE treats us like a curiosity at best and routinely shows their ignorance about touring.


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General Discussion / Tire width recommendations
« on: January 06, 2008, 12:46:50 am »
The Waterford T-14 Adventure Cycle is a fantastic bike. Congratulations on a great choice. This frame is already relaxed abit, so narrow tires, which would normally make the ride a little harsher, on this bike may not feel harsh. Wider tires though will absorb bumps better which on a long ride is important. You are a heavy rider which along with the weight of the gear negates any gain you may get with narrower tires. Beefier tires with your weight will protect your rims too. Have a great tour!


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General Discussion / Thanks ACA and this Forum!
« on: December 05, 2007, 12:00:31 am »
Glad you both had great trips this year. As a starting point for your Oregon planning I invite you to see three routes I'm refining for a two week trip next summer. You can see them at http://www.routeslip.com/ a mapping site for cyclists. Look in Eugene for routes named "Eugene-Crater Lake Loop," Eugene-Crater Lake-Bend-Sisters--Salem Loop," "Oregon 2008 version 1."


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General Discussion / Getting in shape
« on: November 28, 2007, 11:11:20 pm »
Most experts believe that training starts with aerobic conditioning. There are many programs and books written about it generally around using HEART RATE MONITORS. Chris Carmichael, Edmund Burke, Fred Matheny, to name just three authors. Libraries have these and/or others. Matheny's books are out of print but are available electonically at www.roadbikerider.com. (Lots of great information for free via their weekly email and much more for a fee at the "premium" site) You can also do ONLINE COACHING coaching with businesses such as Carmichael's CTS (he was Lance Armstrong's coach). Bicycling Magazine also always has training tips and in their online version.


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