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General Discussion / Re: TransAm summer 2015 - timing and solo female
« Last post by DaveB on January 23, 2015, 05:58:55 pm »
To cross the Appalachians easily, take the C&O Trail/GAP out of DC to Pittsburgh.  Lots of single females on that run.  Again your option.
The GAP is pretty easy riding but the C&O can be miserable riding, particularly if it's wet.   Neither are particularly good on a narrow tire road bike so plan on 700-28 or larger tires if you go that route.
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Gear Talk / Re: Should I be worried about my frame?
« Last post by Pat Lamb on January 23, 2015, 05:39:52 pm »
Just MHO; I'd give it a very careful once-over, and if everything looks OK, enjoy the ride.  Hang the frame up on something (ropes tied to rafters, bike stand, car rack), take the wheels off, clean everything as best you can, and inspect the frame under bright light at close range.  If it's outside, check it once, turn it around and check again; if inside, use a bright work light.  Look for things like bubbles in the paint, hairline cracks, paint delaminating, etc.  While riding, listen carefully for unexplained clicks, groans or squeaks.  Drop the fork out and give it the same kind of once-over.  Look particularly near the joints (head tube, bottom bracket, seatstays), dropouts, around penetrations into the tubes, like the water bottle bracket bolts, and near the braze-ons.

The good news is that steel will normally fail gradually, giving you time to catch (and possibly correct) impending failure.  The bad news is that most of us, like me, cheerfully go for a ride instead of spending that lovely spring afternoon checking the bike.
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Gear Talk / Should I be worried about my frame?
« Last post by PeteJack on January 23, 2015, 02:58:59 pm »
I have a Trek520 that I love dearly with 46000+ miles on it. I was in an LBS the other day and mentioned this to the fella and he asked if I was getting cracks in the frame. I haven't found any cracks but then I haven't done a penetrant dye inspection on it or any such thing. About the only thing that hasn't been replaced is the bottom bracket which still seems smooth as silk. Should I be undertaking another big tour with this bike or should I be looking to replace it? If I do it will probably be with a Disc 520, my one beef with my current bike was the brakes it came with were very noisy and not very good.
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General Discussion / Re: TransAm summer 2015 - timing and solo female
« Last post by staehpj1 on January 23, 2015, 02:23:07 pm »
I'd recommend West to East because of the prevailing winds.  I remember meeting people coming from your direction.  When I asked them how they were doing, they said that besides riding against the wind for 3,000 miles, they were doing just peachy. But that's your option.

My experience is that with the Trans America route, summer winds favor going  E-W, but I really don't advise choosing direction of travel on the TA based on wind direction.    In the middle of the country the TA tends toward southeast and the prevailing summer surface winds tend to be out of the southeast.  The map below matches what we found on the TA pretty well.
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General Discussion / Re: Fort Myers to Key west
« Last post by dayjack119 on January 23, 2015, 01:41:48 pm »
The Everglades to me was a boring run of 70-90 miles (can't remember which).  My choice would be to take the ferry to Key West and come back up the Keys.  But then again, you may have a special affinity for alligators.
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General Discussion / Re: TransAm summer 2015 - timing and solo female
« Last post by dayjack119 on January 23, 2015, 01:36:15 pm »
I'd recommend West to East because of the prevailing winds.  I remember meeting people coming from your direction.  When I asked them how they were doing, they said that besides riding against the wind for 3,000 miles, they were doing just peachy. But that's your option.

To cross the Appalachians easily, take the C&O Trail/GAP out of DC to Pittsburgh.  Lots of single females on that run.  Again your option.

Whatever, have a great ride.  You will never regret it, no matter what happens.
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General Discussion / Re: How picky are you?
« Last post by dayjack119 on January 23, 2015, 01:26:42 pm »
I don't oil until it squeaks.
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General Discussion / Re: Knees.... not the bees knees...
« Last post by dayjack119 on January 23, 2015, 01:25:31 pm »
The solution to my bicycle knee problems that got so bad I couldn't drive my car, was to use a prescription anti-inflammatory drug called Naproxen.  Maybe there is an over-the-counter equivalent.  After 2 pills the pain was gone and a month later I did a 7,000 mile ride without so much as a twinge.  (The first doctor had said that I had a torn meniscus.)

I would hope everyone would be so fortunate.
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General Discussion / Mancave Training Accessories
« Last post by dayjack119 on January 23, 2015, 01:09:01 pm »
I was just downtown in Des Moines where the Iowa Bike Expo is being held tomorrow. I wandered around the booths setting up. They weren't all ready yet but the most interesting and truly innovative products I saw were from a new start-up company, "Cave Competitor". They are unveiling their product line at the show. http://www.cavecompetitor.com/

Their market target is the hardcore Ironman and Triathlon crowd that have training bikes in their basements. The Cave Competitor products are high-end stands to use while training. One is the Media Stand for in front of you that holds anything from a phone for music to a 17" TV screen. The other big item is the Caddy which sits alongside the trainer. This is for your food, drinks and whatever. It includes a slip-in freeze tray that keeps your Gatorade at 40 degrees for 5 hours. And it even has a add-on service post for working on your bike.

The items are made by a fabricator in Iowa who uses the same steel and paints on these stands that they use for making parts for John Deere tractors. The items are heavy duty and well thought out.

I would get too bored training in my basement, but this might be helpful to those of you out there that do.
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Pacific Northwest / Re: Anyone ridden the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in WA?
« Last post by HoolieWA on January 23, 2015, 01:06:19 pm »
I rode a section of the trail from Falls City To Easton, fully loaded in September, 2014.  The Forest Service campgrounds are very nice and well cared for.  I have never seen tent sites that were so perfect!!  I rode my 700c Salsa Vaya with Clement MSO tires.  Very plush on this trail.  My advise for this section is; when you reach Fall City, get off the trail and get on Road  #202 (on the North Side of the river). Take 202 till you get into North Bend and then get back on the trail.  Otherwise like me, you will be getting on and off the trail for closures that are not expected.   Believe me it was a pain, and sucked up a bunch of time/energy. 

There is a very good brew pub in the town of Snoqualmie with a really good menu.

When I reached Hyak, I rode "UP" (via road) to Snoqualmie Pass to a pizza place that sold beer also. Was really good!!!
There is also a very good brew pub back in the town of Snoqualmie with a really good menu.

For what it's worth; at Rattlesnake Lake, there isn't camping. But very nice restrooms at the ranger station/visitor center.  Next camping spot is 11 miles further up.  Also of note.  At Hyak there are 2 public use pay showers.  Each shower is a full bathroom and is big enough to bring your loaded bike in with you.  Yes I did!! ;-)    Have quarters ready to be able to pay.

Have fun!!
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