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General Discussion / Re: Transamerica in April and traveling within U.S.A.
« Last post by mathieu on August 17, 2014, 11:22:39 am »
I recommend to delay the start, if possible, to mid-May for more agreable overall temperatures.

Flying to Washington-Dulles airport, I rented a large car (small minivan) to transport my boxed bike to a hotel in Williamsburg. A few days later I returned the car to Dulles, took a shuttle to Washington-DC and the afternoon train from Union Station to Williamsburg. This eliminates hauling an unwieldy box and other bags in shuttles and trains. It even allowed a few hours of carefree sightseeing in Washington. Returning a rented car was much less expensive than dropping it in Williamsburg.
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Routes / Re: Seeking Advice for a Cross Country Route
« Last post by Zoesf on August 17, 2014, 11:08:19 am »
Thank you for all the replies! Adventure cycling has departure date recommendations as well so I am very curious to learn more about the routes themselves. We have time so can snake a bit between the two as well. I know the TA is most popular but also takes us to scenery a bit more like what we've seen on the NT. Aside from the weather, what are highlights or drawbacks of the TA and ST? Which sections of each route did folks especially like?

*we are biking to Maine, taking winter off, then can start again whenever.

Thanks again for everyone's time.
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I'm thinking about biking from Oklahoma City to San Fransisco next year, but I really don't know where to start as finding good routes or general travel issues I may not be aware of, as well as picking gear. I have a fairly cheap Raleigh right now that I ride everywhere (I don't own a car), but I don't know much about bikes and know nothing of long distance biking. Obviously I'll need a much better bike. I know I need to be getting into shape and familiarizing myself with far distances before doing this, which I will be doing this entire next year. I also know it will take about a month for me to get there at 50 miles a day, and I'm thinking about taking camping gear with me and just staying at campsites along the way. I don't know much else besides this though, and I'm figuring there's a lot I'm not considering... so any tips on this would be greatly appreciated. :)
A better bike isn't a slam dunk.  Pretty much any bike in good working order would be capable of the trip.

It is really easy to take too much stuff so I'd advise taking pretty minimal gear or at least carefully thinking out what you need trimming where you can.  Figure out your camping gear and clothing first, then decide what baggage is needed to carry it, then decide if the bike is up to the task or you need something else.  You will find that you actually need very little.  I personally find that it is really easy for excess gear to detract from the trip both from a weight perspective and a simplicity of life on the road perspective.

There is a lot of good info on the crazy guy site.  I have a couple articles there that might be helpful.
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/Ultralight
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/frugal

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You could start by spending some time here and reading other peoples reports some of which contain a list of what they carry.
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/
If you are on a budget a second hand quality bike might be a better buy than a new one for the same price, you might even get one with racks, panniers and other useful equipment included. In my opinion the most important components are the seat, chain and tyres, for the latter most people seem to use something from the Schwalbe marathon range which I have found to be excellent.
Start by doing short trips, even one night away to get used to what you need and how best to carry it, you will get used to managing with very little on a bike.
Good luck with your planning, cycle touring is a great way to see your country and the wider world.
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Colorado / Northern Colorado Adventure Cyclists
« Last post by djlusk on August 16, 2014, 02:11:46 pm »
Hey All,

I recently moved to Northern Colorado and enjoy mixed terrain bike touring.  I've been riding solo for year but I'm looking to join a club or meet up with others who have similar interests.  Is anyone on this forum aware of any clubs in my area (Ft Collins) for this type of riding?  Thanks for any info you can share. 

Cheers
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General Discussion / Re: Great divide route
« Last post by djlusk on August 16, 2014, 01:58:36 pm »
Hey Steve.  I can only account for a small section of the GDMBR, but can say that the section i rode was beautiful and challenging (especially if you're riding solo/self supported).  The section i rode was from Rawlins to Dillon, CO.  The Great Basin can be tough for sure.  Make sure your water sources are there!  I rode during a dry, hot summer following a very dry winter in that area from Rawlins to the CO border.  65 miles of little water, high winds, and temps in the mid 90's and I had a VERY bad time.  Streams were dry.  Try to check ahead to make sure you'll be able to fill up your bottles where you'd expect. 

That all said, Im sure you'll have an amazing trip!  Cheers
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Routes / Re: Connector Advice: WE to Northern Tier
« Last post by scottskaja on August 16, 2014, 09:54:56 am »
We had some adversity out there with routing and lodging that put us on US30. And I wasn't doing the routing, and I forgot to consult the traffic volume map, my bad.
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Current information on this project can be found on
http://map.wyoroad.info/hi.html

Note the phone number provided, 307-200-9188. They actually called us back.

In mid August 2014 we did this (southbound) by arriving at the construction at 5pm and riding until dark, then rising early to get through the rest. In most of the 27 miles the surface was adequate to good. The closure barriers were not up when we passed, but it appeared that the southermost 8 miles were the actual closure area.

We have heard of angry workers and conflicts from other travelers trying to cross this, but we had no trouble, nor did another couple on the same day.

If I had it to do again I'd just do the suggested reroute if only because of the length of the construction zone.

Here is a copy/paste from today's info on wyoroad.info:
WY 71 Sage Creek Road
Project Number: WY PFH 26-1(3)
Scheduled Completion Date: 2015-Jan-01
WY 71 (Sage Creek Road) has construction starting Monday May 12, 2014. The road will be CLOSED to vehicles Monday-Saturday 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm excluding federal holidays. If you need accommodations call 307-200-9188. construction expected to last 6-7 months.
Road   Milepost(s)   Surface   Delays and Scheduled Closures
US26   26.0 to 34.53   Gravel, Dirt   
Closed, on -MTWTFS, from 1300, to 1700
Closed, on -MTWTFS, from 0800, to 1200
Last Updated: 2014-06-25 00:17:52.428
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Routes / Re: Kentucky and Virginia trans am shortcuts
« Last post by staehpj1 on August 16, 2014, 06:53:41 am »
Are you sure you counted right Pete?

 I figured the OP had moved on by a day or so by the time I read and posted.  I was counting from Burgin (perhaps incorrectly).  Also we did quite a bit of visiting with family and friends on that section and could have pushed harder, although some of the section was the hardest riding of the tour IMO.

Also I forgot that we were riding without baggage a few of those days, so that made a few days easier.

I still think it would be pretty doable.  I do hate a deadline or rigid schedule though.
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I'm thinking about biking from Oklahoma City to San Fransisco next year, but I really don't know where to start as finding good routes or general travel issues I may not be aware of, as well as picking gear. I have a fairly cheap Raleigh right now that I ride everywhere (I don't own a car), but I don't know much about bikes and know nothing of long distance biking. Obviously I'll need a much better bike. I know I need to be getting into shape and familiarizing myself with far distances before doing this, which I will be doing this entire next year. I also know it will take about a month for me to get there at 50 miles a day, and I'm thinking about taking camping gear with me and just staying at campsites along the way. I don't know much else besides this though, and I'm figuring there's a lot I'm not considering... so any tips on this would be greatly appreciated. :)
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