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Routes / Re: Southern Tier Shortcuts
« Last post by aggie on August 24, 2015, 05:14:11 pm »
There are "shorter" routes than what is mapped by ACA.  However you must bear in mind traffic, shoulders (or lack thereof) and available services.  For instance you could ride from El Paso, TX to Tuscon, AZ and then over to San Diego.  Unless you ride on the interstate where permitted that aren't that many services and there aren't that many other roads available.  When I've followed the ACA routes I always know how far I have to ride to the next place I can get food and/or water. 
Routes / Re: Southern Tier Shortcuts
« Last post by MattRuscigno on August 24, 2015, 03:36:13 pm »
Bumping this topic because I have similar questions- specifically on the SD-Austin segments. From a quick glance looks like a lot of up and down? Thoughts from anyone who has ridden it? Thank you.
Routes / Re: Las Vegas to Los Angeles
« Last post by MattRuscigno on August 24, 2015, 03:29:54 pm »
Looking to do Stage 2 of the North Lakes route with a 3.5 year old in a trailer next year. I'm wondering if anyone here has done this route. Looking for info/feedback on pacing/length of rides with a kid in a trailer.
US 2 was reopened over the weekend but traffic is being guided by pilot car through the burn area near Essex. The fire is still active as of Aug 24.
Gear Talk / Re: Back To Bar Cons
« Last post by SlowAndSlower on August 23, 2015, 06:43:02 pm »
I have received a set of new MicroShift 10 speed bar end shifters. Quality wise I would put them a grade or two under Shimano's. They work well enough and they have a friction mode that, for me,  is easier to work than the Shimano.

What I like
  • V-Brakes without Travel Agents
  • the V-Brakes open to pull a wheel using the brake lever release retaining the brake set up
  • to me the XT FD is smoother and easier than the Sora FD I was using
  • for me replacing a derailleur cable is easier than with the Shimano 10 speed STI.

What I don't like is my knee hitting the left bar end. I will probably cut the handle bar ends back to reduce this problem. ( have done this before)

I rode the Trans Am Virginia-Colorado with this set up (9 speed) without any memories of issues so will probably stick with it for the 10 speed. I am hoping to do the Astoria to Pueblo in 2016 with this set up.

Thanks for all of the suggested alternatives.
General Discussion / Re: Getting home from Yorktown in Sept.
« Last post by SlowAndSlower on August 23, 2015, 05:37:15 pm »
There are a number of bike shops in the area of Yorktown. Personally I would look at having a shop box my bike, shuttle over to Norfolk and catch a Southwest flight back to Phoenix with my bike.
Classifieds / FS: Patagonia Lightweight Travel Pack $50
« Last post by henry_jackson on August 23, 2015, 04:22:27 pm »
Patagonia ultralight backpack that stuffs into it's own pocket and tucks away into a pannier for when it's needed. Padded back and straps with sternum strap and waist belt. Top loading design, interior pocket, and lid.

Condition is like new - used once.

Size: 22 liters.

Price is firm and includes shipping to CONUS- $50
Classifieds / FS: ENO Hammock w/straps - $50
« Last post by henry_jackson on August 23, 2015, 04:13:21 pm »
Orange and Grey Eno Double Nest Hammock, with Eno Slap Straps.

Condition is good, some minor showings of use, but overall the hammock has been used very lightly and taken care of.

Price is firm and includes shipping to CONUS. $50
Classifieds / FS: MSR Pocket Rocket Stove - $25
« Last post by henry_jackson on August 23, 2015, 04:08:03 pm »
Ultralight, single burner, MSR Pocket Rocket Stove. It's been a faithful companion and has some serious travel mojo. However, I need the money to ride the Southern Tier in November. Stove works great, includes protective plastic case, canister not included.

Happy to send photo/video of stove in operation if needed. Some minor surface corrosion from use, does not affect functionality.

Price is firm and includes shipping - $25
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