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Bicycle Route 66 / Route 66 (Part 2) - Flagstaff to Santa Monica
« Last post by jfinchgo on September 24, 2014, 11:39:54 am »
Having completed Part 1 (see our blog at, we are getting ready to complete the route beginning late October (around the 25th) with an estimated completion date of Nov. 2nd.  For this segment, we will have a SAG vehicle, so we will have a few more options re: accommodations (still can't convince my wife to camp).  One of those options will be to drive the segment from Needles, CA to Barstow, CA since its 150 miles with virtually no accommodations (although I understand there is a place to stay in Ludlow).

I would love to hear from anyone who has cycled through the LA area, particularly from San Bernardino to Santa Monica, with suggestions on a good route to take through the metro LA area, or where we might find maps/routes that are bicycle friendly.

If you're considering Route 66 as a bicycle adventure, we can highly recommend it.  Our trip from Flagstaff to Chicago was full of great places and fabulous people.

Thanks in advance,

Jeff & Ellen
Routes / Re: New York - Virgina Beach
« Last post by indyfabz on September 24, 2014, 10:52:15 am »
A couple of things:

1. Have you taken a look at Section 3 of ACA's Atlantic Coast Route?:

Conshohocken is near KoP, and the route goes through D.C. with an option to avoid Baltimore and then on to Richmond. Section 4 continues south and comes somewhat close to VA Beach.

2. The only way to actually ride your bike from NYC to NJ is via the George Washington Bridge, which is up north in Manhattan. All other bridges are off limits to bikes. That can be a very difficult part of the world to navigate by bike if you don't have experience. New Jersey is the most densely populated of the 50 states and northeast New Jersey is the most densely populated part of the state. Making it all the way to KoP in 100 miles seems like it would be tough, but if you have a route mapped out I am willing to look at it.

Fortunately, there are several train options out of NYC. You can easily get as far south as Trenton, NJ via New Jersey Transit. You can also get as far west as High Bridge, NJ. Section 2 of ACA's Atlantic Coast Route has a NYC spur that utilizes a train line between Summit, NJ and NYC. There are also ferry options between Manhattan and places like Hoboken. Without local knowledge and experience, I highly recommend taking some form of Public transportation out of the NYC area.

Every year my local club does a ride from New Hope, PA, which is on ACA's Atlantic Coast Route, to Brooklyn via Manhattan that goes into Hoboken, NJ and reaches Manhattan via a ferry ride across the Hudson River. The ride is held the Sunday before Labor Day. To do during a weekday would be suicide since, among other things, it goes through the Port of Elizabeth & Newark, which is usually non-stop speeding truck traffic. (The Port is empty on Labor Day weekend.) There is a way to take a train beyond that point, however. Still, that would leave you with some miles to get to New Hope.

Finally, March can be iffy depending on the type of winter we have been having. It could be decent or it could snow, especially if you are talking about early March.

Have I confused you enough?
Routes / Re: New York - Virgina Beach
« Last post by CMajernik on September 24, 2014, 10:45:36 am »
Don't know if you looked at our Atlantic Coast Route but there's 2 maps that can give you routing. Atlantic Coast #2 shows routing from NYC to Conshohocken. Atlantic Coast #3 shows routing from DC to Richmond. Click on the following link, then click on the word Detail after numbers 2 and 3 which gives you a idea of where the route goes. The NYC routing doesn't start in the city - we recommend that you take a train to Summit, NJ, then begin riding from there.

You can also get in touch with the bicycle coordinators for the states in which you will be traveling through and need routing. Many have online resources as well as printed materials. Nearly every state publishes a bicycle map of some sort that they will send out for free and the coordinators often have more information they can distribute for no charge as well. And while the maps aren't as detailed as ours, they generally offer suggested roads for cycling through their state. Here is a link to the contact information for all of the bicycle coordinators:

For more tips and ideas on how to create your own route, see this blog post on the topic:
Routes / New York - Virgina Beach
« Last post by Maxto99 on September 24, 2014, 10:12:38 am »
Hi everyone,

Apologies for the ignorance - first time poster and a newbie to cycling in the States (I hail from the UK).

Visiting NYC in March and then planning on cycling down to relatives in Norfolk, Virginia. I've tried to do what research I can, but outside of really rough routes and google maps, I'm struggling.

Planning on doing it in 5 days:

Day 1 - NYC to King of Prussia/Conshohocken
Day 2 - KoP to Aberdeen, MD
Day 3 - Aberdeen to DC, (avoiding Baltimore)
Day 4 - DC to Richmond
Day 5 - Richmond to Virginia Beach

Averages about 100 miles a day. Any thoughts/suggestions? Finding suggested stopping places/routes online is proving pretty difficult - open to anything at this stage!

General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« Last post by DaveB on September 24, 2014, 09:17:57 am »
Don't forget that the higher the speed differential, the shorter the reaction time.  Even if you see it coming, in front or in the mirror, your ability to evade is reduced.  This one isn't a v-squared problem, but once you've used up your reaction time, what's left over to actually move is a lot less.
Yes, but it is extremely unlikely there will be any problem in front of you since there are no side roads, driveways or drivers coming the other direction turning left in front of you.  Also, from behind, everyone is going the same direction and has multiple lanes to do it in.   The major danger on Interstates is at the entrance/exit ramps and cyclists have to be very aware at these points.

As noted, I would not ride any Interstate through or near a large city, even it it was permitted, as the interchanges are much too close together.
General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« Last post by Westinghouse on September 23, 2014, 08:55:02 pm »
Yes, if anything like that were to happen at the last moment, the cyclist would not stand a snowball's chance in hell of surviving it. I cannot recall any real close calls on interstates, but to say it cannot happen would be wrong. It could happen. The high speeds would make it all the more disastrous. No doubt. The fact that there might be only a very slight likelihood of its happening would not be any consolation to the one mutilated and dying in a ditch, and to their family and friends. IMO there is a much higher chance of being in an automobile crash than of being hit while on the bike. Interstates are safe enough away from cities. I know one thing. I would not want to ride an interstate during rush hour in Jacksonville, FL or NYC.
General Discussion / Re: Handlebar Grips
« Last post by sxmimb on September 23, 2014, 06:01:46 pm »
Thanks for the product information on the Ergon GP1 with the Twist Shift Grips.   Saw several products but didn't make the connection on that one.  Still not sure how the grips will remain in place and allow for shifting but rep on a chat line says it will work.   Thanks to others that made suggestions on fit and handlebar and seat height.   
Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route - Florida
« Last post by etsisk on September 23, 2014, 05:49:29 pm »
New Mexico 152 is closed between San Lorenzo and Hillsboro due to flooding and road repair.   
We were advised to take US180 to Deming, then NM26 to Hatch. 
NM549 looks like a possibility too.

Check this website for updates:
Routes / Re: CDT Ride - Anaconda MT area (2-3 day)
« Last post by finster on September 23, 2014, 03:58:38 pm »
Hi Carla,

Took me a few calls to get a warm body. The campground is still usable there just aren't any of the on-season amenities available. I definitely won't have food in or near my tent. And thanks for the Outdoorsman tip.
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