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General Discussion / Re: Bicycle tools for a cross country ride
« Last post by John Nelson on July 29, 2015, 12:53:20 pm »
For any given repair, I'm sure you can find a hundred people who have never needed that repair on tour, and a hundred other people who have.

I find the V-brakes need adjustment every 1000 miles or so. The cable travel is greater on these brakes, so a small amount of pad wear can warrant adjustment. If you ride in the rain or you are timid on mountain descents, you may even need new pads after a few thousand miles. I find brake wear somewhat unpredictable. At times, I've worn out brake pads in as little as 2000 miles. At other times, I've gone 6000 miles on the same pads.
Routes / Re: how should i go east from Santa Barbara to Grand Canyon
« Last post by aggie on July 29, 2015, 11:17:43 am »
There don't seem to be many good roads to get to the Grand Canyon from Santa Barbara.   A good route might be to take PCH or the ACA Pacific Coast route to Santa Monica.  Then take ACA's new route 66 to the canyon.  There may be a more direct route from Santa Barbara to connect with Route 66 but I'm not familiar with those roads.   
Routes / how should i go east from Santa Barbara to Grand Canyon
« Last post by cliffordbarnabus on July 29, 2015, 11:06:31 am »
quick background, i just joined this site!  from 2005-2010 i rode my bike around the world.  i am now on a fl to fl trip.  i went up the appalachians, west across southern canada/northern usa, and am now going south along the pacific coast.  my feet and pedals are now in san fran.

from here i will ride to santa barbara and then...east back to fl via the grand canyon.  at least this is the plan.

the vastness of the desert is fine, but i'm just wondering if anybody has a sweet viable route where i don't have to lug too much water.  fyi, i don't mind, if need be, riding on the interstates.

any help would be awesome,
Routes / Re: KVR - Carmi Subdivision (Trip Report)
« Last post by CopperHawk on July 29, 2015, 11:03:14 am »
Some of the people that we rode with have done the Mickelson Trail.  I'm looking forward to checking it out one of these days.
Routes / Re: Camping Facilities for Green Mountains Loop
« Last post by tourbotswana on July 29, 2015, 11:01:42 am »
Now I really wanna do it, thanks for the reply. Sounds just like heaven. I was gonna do the Atlantic Coast for a similar distance Boston--Philly then after reading reviews online I thought, for my first solo tour that just sounds like hell. Now Vermont is supposed to have some nice quaint little towns and I am pretty excited about that.
Gear Talk / Re: Tandems for Touring
« Last post by brad on July 29, 2015, 11:01:36 am »
I like the look of the Comotion or maybe Cannondale.
General Discussion / Re: Bicycle tools for a cross country ride
« Last post by staehpj1 on July 29, 2015, 10:58:15 am »
I have never broken a cable nor a chain or a spoke. Doing a cross country trip you will not need to adjust your brakes - if you ride during the summer. I believe if you use some Loctite 243 thread locker your screws and bolts will never unwind unless you did not clean the threads before application.

Never need to adjust your brakes?  I worn out brake pads that were new at the start in the middle of a long tour (TA) where there were quite a few mountain passes and I definitely needed to adjust them in between.  On the Sierra Cascades route I definitely needed to adjust the brakes even though I only went from San Diego to Reno.  On the flatter Southern Tier I think I managed to do the whole thing with no brake adjustments, but I wouldn't count on it even there.

I have gone coast to coast a couple times and done a bunch of other longish tours and I too have never broken a cable or chain, but I have used my chain tool to fix a companions bike on two occasions.  Even for a weight weenie like myself I can't see leaving the multi-tool with a chain breaker at home.  It weighs a about 3 ounces and fits all the bolts on my bike as well as having a chain breaker.

Cables on the other hand I can see leaving behind.  Unlike broken chains, broken cables won't leave you walking and breakage is unlikely if you keep an eye on them.

My Unior cassette cracker weighs less than an ounce so while I can see not taking one, there isn't much to save there.
Classifieds / Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker 58CM
« Last post by leitheman on July 29, 2015, 10:36:50 am »
Sorry! The price is $1,650. It is pretty much new. Also it has the Paul Thumbies shifter.


Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Northern Tier Section 9 Map 122
« Last post by dperkheezy on July 29, 2015, 09:39:34 am »
The road has been torn up for paving. There is about a five mile stretch between route 20 and 215. There is still pavement, but it is rough. Looks like they will be doing more work on the stretch of the map heading for Lake City.
General Discussion / Re: Bicycle tools for a cross country ride
« Last post by DaveB on July 29, 2015, 09:15:19 am »
One should also consider that you can walk up to a farm and ask if you can use their wrenches etc for a few minutes.
I wonder how many farm have a set of metric Allen wrenches.  Some tools you should carry with you.
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