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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendations for Long Sleeved Jerseys & Tights for Sun Protection
« Last post by 2Trikes on October 03, 2015, 08:14:54 pm »

I have to give it up to pptouring! Merino wool is a winner!

My wife bought an Icebreaker 100% Merino wool long-sleeved top for me. I have been wearing it on every ride and just hanging it up afterwards.

I have been cooler than in any synthetic top ever.

The shirt doesn't smell (although it did go into the wash last week after a particularly hot ride).

I am riding tomorrow, starting in cooler, mid-60F (18C)  temps, so I will see how warm I am.

Classifieds / Re: Price Reduced: ACA Atlantic Coast Route Maps
« Last post by obinja on October 02, 2015, 10:49:47 pm »
I'm interested. Do you still have them?
Classifieds / WTB
« Last post by obinja on October 02, 2015, 10:46:13 pm »
Looking for used Carradice Camper longflap. I really want to try one of these for ultralight touring. I will have to modify it some and I'm not actually sure it's going to fit my small frame bike. That's why I want to find one used. I also like to upcycle stuff.
General Discussion / Re: What's an 'average' day?
« Last post by Dreux on October 02, 2015, 07:17:57 pm »
Lots of good info given on this posts. Where to eat (did not carry cooking equip) and sleep add or subtract to your daily mileage. I often spent time at the end of the day on these items where I could have been riding.
I did the TA this summer averaging 89 miles per day for 50 days with no rest days. I rode sole so not  too many side trips. I could/should have spent 3/4 days on side trips in hind-site.
I camped every night so I carried a full load, on the lite side.
I had some big days, 125+ and some shorter days, 50-65 miles due to where to find food and services on the TA
Enjoy your trip!

General Discussion / Re: What's an 'average' day?
« Last post by litespeed on October 02, 2015, 04:42:23 pm »
Northwestern Nevada? I assume you mean Reno or Winnemucca. North of Reno and west of Winnemucca is the Black Rock Desert - lots of nothing except for a private opal mining outfit and the Burning Man festival once a year.

100 mile days are fairly easy to knock off once you get cranking on a trip. It takes me a week or so of touring to get in proper shape. I have gotten in a little trouble occasionally - exhaustion, cramps or just plain feeling lousy - pushing it too hard right off from my home. If you run out of gas just take a rest day or a short day. Allow for it on your schedule.

Like a horse smelling the barn I have cranked out fairly high mileage coming home from a long tour out west. I once did the 667 miles from Chattanooga TN to my home in Florida in six days with ease - arrived home feeling fine, even rested. I once made it home from San Antonio TX in 15 days in the short days of winter. I live in Holiday - 30 miles north of St Petersburg.

Like you I can take the heat. I've lived in Florida for 39 years without air conditioning. But I will admit 114 degree weather in the Badlands of South Dakota once had me doing a short day. 

I used to make the 430 miles up to my brother's place in Savannah GA in four days. At 74 years old I now allow 5 or 6 days but I still make the return trip home in four days easily.

Bicycling is a forgiving sport - non weight bearing and easy on the joints. You are basically just using a couple of big muscles in the upper legs. Once you build them up you can crank out mileage the non-cyclist finds incredible.
General Discussion / Re: Anyone familiar with writing sponsorship letters?
« Last post by indyfabz on October 02, 2015, 01:46:37 pm »
FYI...The subject of tax liability recently came up on another forum in connection with a guy who was seeking (and getting) a sizeable amount of money for allegedly riding across the country to lose weight and win back his wife.. (I say "allegedly" because there was at least some indication, and belief by some, that the thing was a stunt to for personal financial gain and publicity. Last I checked he had been on the road for some three months yet only managed to ride about 150 miles or so, and even that was subject to some doubt. His expenditures also seemed imprudent in many cased. But I digress.) One could donate either though a GoFundMe account or directly though the person's PayPal account. One forum member provided a link to an article discussing IRS implications. The article indicated that if you raise money for the purpose of defraying expenses incurred as a result of the trip (e.g., food and lodging), it's possible the IRS would consider that taxable income. In the case referred to above, the GoFundMe page expressly stated that the guy was seeking donations to cover the cost of the trip. I am no CPA, so I cannot speak authoritatively. But I found it interesting and though I would throw it out there.

In any event, over the year I have written fundraising letters for a weekend charity event. They were directed at friends and co-workers and sought donations to the charity at issue. There really is no magic formula. Just include what you are doing, why you are doing it, that you are looking for donations and the mechanics of donating. (E.g., sending a check made out to whom, donating on line, etc.).  I would give you an example but I stopped doing the event, and it looks like I deleted my form of letter from my directory. I recommend that you limit it to one page.
You will have better luck if the contributions go directly to the charity.

That is exactly what I'll be doing. Any charity I choose will have a website to allow contributors to make donations directly to the charity while receiving a donation receipt for tax purposes and at the same time be able to view my progress on my bike trip and essentially follow me across the country. I hope the people you know who scammed people for such were arrested, charged and convicted of charity fraud.

In terms of sponsorship? I'm not expecting a lot. However if I don't try then I get nothing and if I try and still get nothing, at least I tried. Certainly doesn't hurt to try. I'm financially stable for the trip and don't need money and would donate any money donated to me to the charity if that ever came up. I'd be more interested in the free food in exchange for sponsoring them honestly. Recently read a book where two people rode across country wearing Clif Mojo shirts in exchange for coupons for free Clif bars. Since you obviously can't carry 100 days worth of bars. All attempts to reach the authors (the riders) has been unsuccessful.
Routes / Re: Norther Tier - options around the Great Lakes
« Last post by CMajernik on October 02, 2015, 10:23:36 am »
None of the AC routes have ever gone through Madison - whomever told you that must be thinking of something else. The main Northern Tier route doesn't get anywhere near the sprawl of Chicago, though John is correct about the corn fields.
General Discussion / Re: Anyone familiar with writing sponsorship letters?
« Last post by staehpj1 on October 02, 2015, 08:37:07 am »
A coast to coast trip is a pretty commonplace thing to do.  I don't think you are all that likely to get much sponsorship from companies.  You may have better luck hitting up the general public for donations to a cause.  You will have better luck if the contributions go directly to the charity.  Many charities will assist with setting that up.

I know of a few who raised $10-20K for a cause.  I also know a few who scammed their contributors by funding the trip with donated money.  Please don't be one of the latter.
Has anyone on here done a long distance bike ride and asked for sponsorship? I'll be doing a cross country trip starting in April 2016 from the Pacific Northwest to somewhere out east to raise money for cancer awareness after losing both of my parents to cancer in the past 10 years. The route is still being planned but am debating between the TransAm Trail or a Porland to Portland run that I could brand pretty easily. I'm 23 and have a ton of riding experience already but that's not my point here.

I'm looking for help on writing the sponsorship letters. I'm thinking about companies like Clif, Fuji (the brand of bike I'll be using), Odwalla etc. What do I want from them? A variety of things would suffice. Coupons for free energy bars, a donation to the charity (which I'm still choosing as well) or a donation to myself to support the ride in exchange for sponsoring their brand.

Also ideas on the letters I'll be sending out to people asking them to sponsor me along the ride by donating to the charity. (i.e. Sponsoring me $0.01/mile so if I ride 4,500 miles you make a $45.00 donation to XXX or larger $0.05/mile and $0.10/mile options and an option for a flat donation not based on the mileage I ride. These letters will also have a link to a website I'll be doing to keep everyone updated on my ride. So far I have about 70 people these letters will be going out to and I just started making the list yesterday. I'm sure it'll top 200 by the time I am done. Oh and I am handwriting every single one of these letters. Why? It's way more personal and meaningful than a copy and paste!

This is all new to me so please forgive my naiveness. I know how to write a proposal; I double majored in college and did a ton. BUT writing a sponsorship request letter is totally new to me. As is writing letters to friends etc asking for their donations.

Questions, comments, concerns?
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