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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by 22hornet on November 20, 2014, 11:58:23 am »
Rachel I will be doing the same trip starting feb 14 from Jacksonville, also solo, so if we happen to meet you are more than welcome to share the road. Jim
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Routes / Re: Southern Tier, highway 78 Glamis to Palo Verde, Ca
« Last post by zzzz on November 20, 2014, 11:45:00 am »
The poster Westinghouse has laid out quite the scenario here for bicycle harassment.

And he has doubled and tripled down on it in his postings now so I'm sure these are deeply held beliefs.

And I have never ridden the Southern Tier route.

And over the 40 years and 100,000+ mile I have ridden a bike I have run into my fair share of drivers of every stripe that were clueless or malevolent and what I am about to say in no way exonerates drivers who put a cyclist's life in danger because they are clueless or stupid or psychotic.

Having qualified all of that, What he has described here does not remotely pass the sniff test.

The claim that over a course of 5 states and 2000± miles there is a cabal that lies in wait (I can only presume for hours) for passing cyclists, while in coordination with another driver coming in the other direction, just so they can pass said cyclist simultaneously on a bridge or some other tight spot for some mysterious motivation is simply not feasible. If for no other reason then the majority of truck drivers are paid by the mile they are not going to sit by the roadside in wait for a rider just to get there jollies(do they throw camouflage netting over their trucks so you won't recognize what is going on when you ride by?).

Everyone is entitled to believe what they want and I'm quite sure Westinghouse will continue believing very strongly that this is happening. But I am writing this for anyone who has not spent much time on the road and wants to know if it's safe out there. You will always be somewhat more vulnerable on a bike than in a car. But the take away I have had and you hear again and again and again from people when the come off a tour is that these long rides reinforce a belief that the vast majority of people are decent and  you will run into a number of people whose kindness will stay with you forever.

Pete
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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by Catherine on November 20, 2014, 12:11:44 am »
Rachel,  I'm a woman cycling solo on the ST.  This is my second solo tour.   I  also backpack solo and haven't had any incidents in thirty years. 

I do a mix of camping and motels; preferring to camp whenever possible. 

I can't remeber the name but there's a website that has a list of trips of women currently cycling solo as well as links to blogs if they have one.   If you'd like some inspiration Google to find the site.

Email me if you'd like to chat or want the link to my blog.  I'm really enjoying the trip. Touring solo gives you a lot more flexibility.  You set the pace and determine how far you go everyday.  There are definitely perks to traveling alone. 

I recommend not watching any episodes if "Criminal Minds" bedore your trip.  :)

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Routes / Re: Southern Tier, highway 78 Glamis to Palo Verde, Ca
« Last post by Westinghouse on November 19, 2014, 11:20:19 pm »
78 was the least of it. It was extant in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona and into California. One person said there were too many trucks on 78and could have missed the pattern. I admit it took me a while to see it for what is was. Someone else said there was no such problem for them on 78. These criminals do not do their dirty work 24 and 7 but they do it.
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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by Westinghouse on November 19, 2014, 11:01:46 pm »
Generally, you are safe alone. You must understand this country is riddled with crime and there are no guarantees. The fact is anything can happen at any time. Being alone on a bike with all those drivers passing you puts you in eyesight of a great many more people than would see you in a car. In a car only those going faster than you get a look. On a bike just about everybody passes you. A loaded touring bike attracts attention at stops and on the boulevard. There are psychopaths, drunks, crack heads, inexperienced drivers, and the impaired elderly out there cruising around. Weeks ago a cyclist was stabbed to death at McDonalds in Vero Beach, Florida by a mentally ill homeless man. There was no reason whatsoever for the attack. Cycling cross country means many stops at C-stores, restaurants and other places for food and drink. You are generally safe. Be vigilant. Trust your senses and hunches. If he looks suspicious or sinister, he probably is. Beware of anyone who will not give you a last name or proof of it. Be very vigilant at any truck stop. Serial murderers working as long haul truckers have abducted and killed many women. Most if not almost every one of the women were prostitutes. There is a website about this by the FBI. You should be safe. Do not throw caution to the wind. Be careful and aware.
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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by rariaz22 on November 19, 2014, 09:38:36 pm »
Hey,

I am thinking about doing the southern tier either starting in jan or feb going east to west (all ready bought the maps!!!!) But for any of those who are doing it/ done it, Do you think it is relatively safe to do it alone?  If I do it alone are there any precautions you would take?

-Rachel
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Classifieds / FS: Almost New Pair Schwalbe Marathon Supremes - Updated
« Last post by HoolieWA on November 19, 2014, 06:04:19 pm »
I have a "nearly" new pair of 700x35 Schwalbe Marathon Supremes. They have the reflective stripes on the sidewalls. There is maybe 120 miles on them.  All of the dimples and seams from manufacturing are like new.  No punctures or deformities with these tires.  Why am I selling them?  I found that they are not quite the tire for me.  I have a couple of favorites that I really like such as Conti's TravelContacts and Clement's MSOs(which are on my Salsa Vaya).  So..the Supremes just sit. Actually I use a simple plastic garden hose holder to store my tires and tubes inside.  I purchased the Schwalbe's about 6 months ago.  I'm asking $40 each or $76 for the pair, plus postage.  Or make a reasonable offer.  If ya want photos, let me know and I'll post them.

Julie
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Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« Last post by DaveB on November 19, 2014, 09:11:20 am »
Big dollar shoes are not necessarily a necessity on a bike tour.

On the Nashbar website they have six shoes which take SPD cleats for $29.99 or less.  Before using a 20% off coupon Nashbar frequently has.  On the Amazon site the Crocs shoes are about $25-30.  These are official Croc brand shoes so they might be much more than the copy shoes sold in flea markets.  $30 or less for a pair of shoes does not meet my definition of "Big dollar shoes".  All of the $29.99 or less Nashbar bike shoes looked like sneakers so I would guess they are comfortable.
Big dollar bike shoes are as much a fashion accessory as a necessity and are aimed at competitive riders where weight and great stiffness are important. 

There are plenty of well made, comfortable and fully functional road and MTB type shoes by well known manufacturers available in the $100 or less range, sometimes much less if having the latest color or "style" and the most advanced technology aren't issues. 
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Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« Last post by RussSeaton on November 18, 2014, 04:40:17 pm »
Big dollar shoes are not necessarily a necessity on a bike tour.

On the Nashbar website they have six shoes which take SPD cleats for $29.99 or less.  Before using a 20% off coupon Nashbar frequently has.  On the Amazon site the Crocs shoes are about $25-30.  These are official Croc brand shoes so they might be much more than the copy shoes sold in flea markets.  $30 or less for a pair of shoes does not meet my definition of "Big dollar shoes".  All of the $29.99 or less Nashbar bike shoes looked like sneakers so I would guess they are comfortable.
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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by Westinghouse on November 18, 2014, 11:30:07 am »
The answer to both questions is no. I posted once a long time ago on Crazyguyonabike.com. They guy who runs it, Neil Gunton, was so rude. I would never post anything there. Never would I post on that website.
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