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General Discussion / Handlebar Grips
« Last post by sxmimb on September 22, 2014, 04:21:13 pm »
I have a Trek 7200 Hybrid with straight handlebars and have used it for riding the Natchez Trace. On longer rides I'm now having problems with numbness and tingling in my hands, wrists and palms.  Standard stuff that riders experience.  Apart from buying the most expensive gloves out there or using gel or cork handlebar tape, I'm looking at buying something like the Ergon GR1 or 2 handlebar grips for the increased surface area.  Of course I have a problem.  The key to the grips working is getting them in the right position with the set screw and keeping them in that position.  The shifters on this bike are on the handlebar grips, hence, if I shift I have changed the position of the grips.  Can someone suggest another solution to the problem or am I looking at this wrong?  These grips would work for commuting on flat terrain where no shifting is required, but not for terrain that requires shifting.     
On map 30, state hwy. 24 between turns A and B is closed through the fall of 2014. Use state hwy. 165 as a detour around the closure.
Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Atlantic Coast Section 4 Map 51-- Sep 2014
« Last post by ntaylor on September 22, 2014, 12:02:28 pm »
Already posted by dobsonjv. However, the correct map is Atlantic Coast Section 4, Map 51. And yes, Sidbury Rd to US 17 is a viable detour from Castle Hayne to Hampstead (going NB). Completion date according to NCDOT is Nov 1 2017.

Nathan Taylor
GIS Specialist
Adventure Cycling Association
Routes / Re: Western Express to Los Angeles
« Last post by jamawani on September 22, 2014, 10:45:41 am »
US 6 used to go all the way to L.A.  Now it is truncated at Bishop, Calif.
Riding thru Vegas is tough - tougher recently that I-15 had major washout damage.

If you choose to go via US 6 - stay on the Western Express to Ely.
Then take US 6 via Tonopah to Bishop - - even more remote than US 50.
Then follow US 395 and/or side roads to Hwy 14 - runs along the eastern escarpment of the Sierras.

Hwy 14 has some expressway section with parallel service roads.
Then Soledad Pass Road to Santa Clarita.


Or you can turn south at Tonopah and ride thru Death Valley - still hot.
Reconnecting to US 395 and Hwy 14.


Or if you are in a hurry -
From Cortez, Colo - head west on McElmo Road to Bluff, Utah.
Then take US 163 thru Monument Valley - tough but very scenic.
Then US 160 to Tuba City and US 89 / Hwy 64 to Grand Canyon.
Continue on Hwy 64 to Williams - then you have to ride I-40 a few miles.
Get on to Old Route 66 thru Peach Springs to Kingman -
Then take Old Route 66 over the pass to Oatman and Needles.
Another short stretch of I-40 - then Old Route 66 via Amboy to Barstow.

These are the best preserved stretches of Old Route 66 - lots of roadside history.
BUT, BUT - - you need to be aware of temperatures and water in the Amboy stretch.
The Amboy Café is kinda reopened - you should be able to get water, but check first.
General Discussion / Re: Strange sounds from below
« Last post by PeteJack on September 22, 2014, 03:21:01 am »
"Strange sounds from Below" You might try Beano.
Routes / Western Express to Los Angeles
« Last post by Ben the Slow on September 21, 2014, 07:01:31 pm »
Hi All,

In will be on the western express (east to west) in a few days (almost to Pueblo, Co).  Please let me know if you have a route that takes me from the western express, maybe inUtah tothe LA area.  Maybe SW Utah to Las Vegas then on into the eastern LA area.

Thanks, ben
Classifieds / 2013 Salsa Fargo 3
« Last post by Bebling on September 20, 2014, 05:12:57 pm »
Have not had time to use my Fargo.  Large size frame. Less than 150 road miles on it.  Not a scratch or blemish; in perfect like new condition.  Has Salsa rear rack and fenders.  Have over $1400 invested.  Would like to get around $1100 OBO.  Bike is located in Eugene Oregon.  Would prefer local pickup but can ship CONUS.  Will charge bike box fee plus actual shipping (would guess around $150) although I have never shipped a bike before.
Routes / Re: CDT Ride - Anaconda MT area (2-3 day)
« Last post by finster on September 20, 2014, 01:45:35 pm »
Sounds good. I will be up in the Georgetown Lake area. Glad to hear how nice the riding will be. Do you know if the Beaverdam Campground can be used offseason? I noticed their season ends mid-Sept but did not see if they prohibit offseason. Also if I end up driving to the trail are there good places in Butte or Wise River (maybe WRC) to leave a vehicle overnight? How is the bear/cat activity in Oct?
Gear Talk / Re: Thule towbar rack and fenders help please
« Last post by PeteJack on September 20, 2014, 12:29:06 pm »
Cutting the fenders is not a solution. That's mutilation. Just take them off.
Thanks for your interest. I'll do whatever I see fit with my fenders

I finally got the rack installed and it seems to work OK with the fenders as they are. Every bus in the greater Seattle area has a rack for three bikes with a similar attachment system, I've never heard of fenders being a problem with their racks so I guess I'll take my chances. I suspect it's all CYA on Thule's part.
Routes / Atlantic Coast Route - Florida
« Last post by etsisk on September 20, 2014, 10:57:26 am »
I'm thinking about riding that next year from Key West to Bar Harbor Maine (and then on to Oshkosh, WI, for Airventure). I'm looking at south Florida and as best I recall from living down there, there aren't a lot of options for camping and such. Anyone have any advice for camping from the Seven Mile Bridge northward? Thanks!
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