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Routes / Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« Last post by etsisk on January 28, 2015, 03:58:33 pm »
I read somewhere else here that 20 was flatter and quieter, neither of which I have a problem with!
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Routes / Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« Last post by staehpj1 on January 28, 2015, 03:49:30 pm »
US 90 would probably be my choice for that section based on what I have seen of it and the other choices.  For this section that opinion is based on having driven most of it in a car as I have not ridden most of that section.

Different area, but I rode the ST from San Diego to Pensacola and used US 90 more than AC recommended,  I think that I'd consider using it for it's entire length (Van Horn TX to Jacksonville FL) if riding the ST again.
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General Discussion / Re: folders
« Last post by staehpj1 on January 28, 2015, 03:33:35 pm »
Are we talking about a bent or an upright bike?  I'll limit my comments to upright bikes since that is what I know.

For a car trip I see pretty much zero advantage to a folder.  A rack outside of the car makes more sense IMO.  I like roof racks, but there are other choices that can work too.  Even for shipping a bike to a tour or checking one as baggage I don't see any real advantage to a folder unless it fits in a standard checked bag size (l x h x w<= 62").

Most folders are not the best bikes.  I have a Dahon Helios and wouldn't dream of touring on it.  It is OK for short errands or to have in the deck locker of a small boat, but it really isn't that nice to ride.  The two biggest problems are that:
  • It is hard to set them up to an efficient riding position
  • They can be really noodley with the tall masts for seat post and stem.

The Bike Friday is reportedly better on both counts though.  Still it doesn't sound to me as if a folder suits your needs.

If you are thinking of a folding bent, I have no idea.
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General Discussion / Re: folders
« Last post by John Nelson on January 28, 2015, 03:01:29 pm »
S&S would be too much trouble for frequent assembly and disassembly. For a car trip, I would think options other than a folder would be better, e.g., a rack (roof or hitch), or even putting your bike inside and carefully packing around it. You might also consider a soft case, where you take off both wheels. Then you could just throw your bike on top of your other luggage without worrying about getting your other stuff dirty.

If you stick with the folder idea, then certainly Bike Friday should be at the top of your list.
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Classifieds / FS: Brand new Brooks Team Pro chrome saddle
« Last post by Yukon Jack on January 28, 2015, 02:31:50 pm »
Selling my brand new Brooks Team Pro. Too narrow for my sit bones. Paid $190 new, will sell for $150 or best offer + shipping.

Reply here or email Andy.grow at gmail.com

Located in Grand Haven, MI 49417

Thanks!
Andy


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Routes / Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« Last post by etsisk on January 28, 2015, 02:24:48 pm »
That's pretty much what I'm aiming at for April, but I'll be riding from Wilmington NC to St. Augustine, then across to the gulf on 20/27 (I think 27) and joking up with the ST in northern Florida.
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Routes / Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« Last post by Chad on January 28, 2015, 02:16:48 pm »
I have the ACA maps and was planning on going off those, but may choose my own adventure as I go. My initial plan is to take the Southern Tier to St Aug, then the Atlantic Coast trail up to Charlston SC, then hop on a train back home to Chicago from there.
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If possible, I prefer to know where I'm going to end the day before I get there, or at least know the possibilities. If I have no idea where I might spend the night, the anxiety is a bit uncomfortable. It always works out, but it makes me a bit uneasy.

Everybody is different.  I like having an idea of what the options are at least to the extent of knowing how far the next few towns are, but I really prefer not to commit to where I will stop, because I never know if I will feel like stopping at 40 miles, 140 miles, or something in between.  For me the flexibility that offers is liberating.  OTOH it makes it pretty much impossible for me to stay with warmshowers.org hosts who typically want a little notice.
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If possible, I prefer to know where I'm going to end the day before I get there, or at least know the possibilities. If I have no idea where I might spend the night, the anxiety is a bit uncomfortable. It always works out, but it makes me a bit uneasy.

It's useful to know what things to look for. Most of these have already been mentioned: churches, fire stations, gas stations, city parks, swimming pools, public buildings, etc. In between towns, a flat spot by the side of the road is an option. Try to pick some place where the cows won't trample you, where a truck won't run over you, where the sprinklers won't soak you, and where you won't get flooded if it rains. Getting roused by the police is usually the least of my worries. Even if it happens, they will usually either allow it or help you find alternatives. As Pete says, ask if you can, and hope for the best if you can't.
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Routes / Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« Last post by etsisk on January 28, 2015, 10:39:37 am »
That would be great! I'm sure you'll have fun on the ride. What route are you planning across Florida? ACA says 90 (?) but someone posted that 20 might be the better road.
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