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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.
Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route - Florida
« Last post by indyfabz on September 23, 2014, 03:17:44 pm »
Try searching Google Maps for "campgrounds near [insert name of town along route]". I just completed a 500 mile trip across PA with eight nights of camping using this method. Once I had the basic route down, I used this method find camprgounds, making adjustments to the route where necessary.

For example if you do the above for Fort Pierce, FL, which is on the ACA route north of Seven Mile Bridge, you get a number of results. You will need to weed out the mobile home parks and other non-applicable results this method sometimes produces, but overall I think it works rather well.

BTW....If you need any suggestions for the section of the route from the Philadelphia area to Port Jervis, NY, get in touch when the time draws closer. I am very familiar with that portion.
General Discussion / Re: Handlebar Grips
« Last post by adventurepdx on September 23, 2014, 02:24:14 pm »
I know the trend of this discussion thread is moving towards whether the OP has a properly fitted bike, but the main problem the OP is having (at least how I'm interpreting it) is mounting Ergon grips with a twist shifter.

And the solution is pretty simple: get an Ergon grip designed for use with a grip shifter. Something like this, for example:
It's shorter than the standard grip to allow for a twist shifter.

As for fit, sounds like the OP has a hybrid with straight handlebars. So an easy fix (besides new grips) would be to get a more swept-back bar.
Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route - Florida
« Last post by etsisk on September 23, 2014, 01:05:47 pm »
Seriously? Three days and nothing? Surely someone has experience riding through Florida! Thanks!
Gear Talk / Re: Panniers vs. BOB?
« Last post by canalligators on September 23, 2014, 01:05:28 pm »
Single wheeled trailers have maximum speeds specified, and for most riders and machines it is a very good idea.  So if you're planning to descend Washington Pass at the 40 mi/hr that is possible, don't use the BOB or its clones.  Two wheeled trailers do not generally have this restriction.

Also look at the Extrawheel.  I understand (but don't know for sure) that it can safely operate at higher speeds.

We have used both, and have come to mostly prefer panniers.  Our BOB weighs more than the equivalent large pans and rack, so it will take more effort to climb.  It's a good choice in flat land for long trips.  In any case, strive to reduce your load first, then worry about packing after.
General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« Last post by canalligators on September 23, 2014, 12:49:39 pm »
Speeding traffic on a back road may be driving 50 mph.  On an interstate it'll be 80-90.  That's three times as bad if you get hit.  (Square the velocity!)

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.
General Discussion / Re: Handlebar Grips
« Last post by canalligators on September 23, 2014, 12:35:51 pm »
Improper fit may also cause neck problems, which can also cause pain and numbness in the hands.
General Discussion / Re: Handlebar Grips
« Last post by DaveB on September 23, 2014, 09:37:03 am »
Along with what may be excessive weight on your hands, do you move your hands around while riding?  The major disadvantage of straight bars is that they offer only one hand position.  Adding barend extensions will give you an alternative hand position and avoid constant pressure in one place.  One reason drop bars are popular (beside aerodynamics) is the multiple hand positions they allow. 
I just finished the IHSMBR:  Many thanks to whoever was responsible for cutting the trail above the road washout. Great route; I have a lot of road touring experience so the IHSMBR was harder than I expected but I hope to do it again some day.

Louis Melini
General Discussion / Re: Handlebar Grips
« Last post by RussSeaton on September 22, 2014, 08:21:40 pm »
I am going to go along with Paddleboy on this.  Something is not adding up right.  You have a hybrid bike.  You should be sitting pretty much straight up and down with all of your weight on your backside.  Your hands should just be touching the handlebars with absolutely no weight on them.  You probably should not be bent over at a 45 degree or 30 degree angle with your hands holding up your upper body.  And you stretching forward a lot.  Are your handlebars low?  Below the saddle?  Maybe, maybe, maybe trying a shorter stem with it angled upwards would work to get your upper body more upright and you not leaning forward and down.
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