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Gear Talk / Re: How this forum works
« Last post by jsieber on December 16, 2014, 07:32:06 pm »
I get a pop up to enter a verification code below when posting.  Where do I get the code and on my ipad I can't find the "below" to enter a code.

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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by Westinghouse on December 16, 2014, 06:10:39 pm »
In west Texas through hill country. Nice following wind today, but yesterday had many steep hills and side / head winds. Schwalbe Marathon tire on back is delaminating. The nearest bike shop I know of is in El. Paso. Hope I make it. Doing roughly 65-67 miles daily.
Routes / Re: before I'm 70
« Last post by bikemig on December 16, 2014, 04:42:24 pm »
I would skip big cities on a cross country bike trip unless you can leave the bikes somewhere secure. They're generally a pain to cycle in and out of.  It's hard to beat the ACA routes. I did the northern tier and mapped part of my route by myself since I went through the UP and Ontario before getting back on the route in NY.  My theory was that I wanted to be as far north as possible to beat the heat and it worked. But I'm glad I had the ACA maps for most of my route.
Routes / Re: before I'm 70
« Last post by etsisk on December 16, 2014, 04:25:45 pm »
Or you could take your bikes on the train, but then you're in Chicago with your bikes...
Routes / Re: before I'm 70
« Last post by etsisk on December 16, 2014, 04:24:40 pm »
High, don't know if you're still checking this, but one suggestion would be to avoid all that Chicago/Gary mess. I'd hook up with the Lake Erie Connector, ride across Michigan and take the ferry across Lake Michigan to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. If you want to see Chicago, and who wouldn't, take the train down. You could probably find a bike shop that would store your bikes for not much money.
Routes / Re: Southern Tier in North Florida
« Last post by etsisk on December 16, 2014, 03:31:50 pm »
Thanks for the info! I'm looking to knock out a chunk of the ST in the early spring, maybe.
Routes / Re: Southern Tier Section 4 Map 56 and 57 and Beyond
« Last post by etsisk on December 16, 2014, 03:08:20 pm »
I've heard that truck traffic on some of the roads in that area proved dangerous to cyclists, resulting in some redirects. That might be what you're talking about.
Routes / Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« Last post by etsisk on December 16, 2014, 03:04:14 pm »
Just bumping this up - I'd like to do this section as a way to chip away at my end goal of circumnavigating the US. I figure every little bit helps, and if I'm already going past St. Augustine (figured out that Jax isn't the best place to start this section), I won't be in a better spot to do this! I'll have already done the Wilmington NC to Key West chunk of the Atlantic Coast Route and will be heading back up towards NC with my wife. So any wisdom and knowledge shared will be appreciated!
Gear Talk / Too tight spokes causes wheel buckling.
« Last post by zerodish on December 16, 2014, 02:32:55 pm »
I've done this twice the first time was an experiment. The arguments never end about tight spokes should be so I did a wheel build making the spokes as tight as possible. I build dishless wheels though I expect this also applies to a real wheel with dish. In order to get the spokes as tight as possible I did a standard build then adjusted the out of round 1/4 turn at a time using both a spoke wrench and a screw driver. The spokes were checked for equal tension by comparing the sound of opposite spokes on both the left and right sides and the top and bottom sides. After a certain point the wheel buckled into potato chip shape. This did not hurt the rim and after backing off on the tension I ended up with a useable wheel. The second time was an accident. I used a combination of transmission fluid and Mobil One to lubricate the nipples and the wheel potato chipped while stressing the wheel by squeezing the rim and the chainstay. This did not photograph well but you can see the wheel here after backing off on the tension. I estimate the spokes were twice as tight as the store bought Stay True front wheel by squeezing the spoke and comparing the deflection at the cross. I'm leaving this one tight and will inform you if there is a problem. The wheel is being ridden with 160 pounds on it. Nothing special there is a fh475 hub refitted with a 7 cog freehub. Generic stainless steel spokes of 2 types. A Weinman 519 clone rim. !0mm solid axle. Search for zerodish and spoke protector on flickr to the the wheel.
General Discussion / Re: Best Time to Leave
« Last post by BobG on December 16, 2014, 01:57:30 pm »
As noted above by staehpj1, even traveling East to West it's possible to be too early to ride McKenzie Pass. It was still closed on July 31, 2009 when our Westbound ACA TransAm group came through. We had to ride Santiam Pass. In 1999 McKenzie Pass was open for bikes only in late July. Still closed to cars, we got to ride it traffic free!
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