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General Discussion / Touring Bicycle
« Last post by sxmimb on October 24, 2014, 09:58:39 am »
I'm planning on doing the Great River Route in the spring of 2015.  Route is described as steep hills in Iowa and rolling hills and flat for that portion along Natchez Trace.  Will NOT be doing any big mountain crossings in the future on any routes.  (Did my version of the Southern Tier [San Diego, CA to Richmond, VA] thirty years ago on a K-Mart 10 speed bicycle.)   Will be doing some credit card touring and fully loaded in the future, Bike Across states, etc.  Presently have a Trek 7200 hybrid and want to go to a touring bike.  Here's the request.  With the limited information that you have, make suggestions for a touring bike in the following cost categories:

$500.00 - $1,000.00

$1,000- $1,500.00

$1500 - $2,000.00

Feel free to include a sentence or two as to why you are making each suggestion in each category.

Routes / Re: Amsterdam to Paris Route?
« Last post by hans905 on October 24, 2014, 06:10:19 am »
Can only offer some specific advice on a part of the route :) I live a little bit south of Rotterdam and am familiar with most of this area:

If you want to pass through this area you'll be confronted with some E-W flowing rivers which act as big barriers. There's only a few points where you can cross. The westernmost route will take you along the dams that hold back the sea. Very nice, but windy and since the dominant wind direction is west to southwest it will affect you. Also, close to the coast can be really busy in summer.

A bit more inland there's more options. My preference would be the bridges at Willemstad, rather than the one at Moerdijk for the simple reason that the approaches are nicer (although you'll be riding on a parallel road to the main highway, so sharing it with local car traffic, the bridge at Moerdijk has dedicated bike paths on both sides).

Feel free to PM me for specific route suggestions.
3 bridges will be closed on the Katy Trail between Marthasville  and Rhineland through mid December 2014. See link for details.
General Discussion / leaving May 20 from Willliamsburg
« Last post by ozroller on October 23, 2014, 11:32:25 pm »
Is May 20 too late to leave going East to West??  Will the road be empty of other bikers?  Because i'm riding by myself, i would like to run into other bikers with the same passion / goal.
  I would like to leave from Williamsburg.   Is Richmond the nearest airport?  is there a preferred way to get from airport to Williamsburg?  Is there a good motel/ hotel that i can stay at in Williamsburg that will accept shipment of my bicycle?   I guess i will start my TransAm tour from my motel     Mark
General Discussion / Re: leaving March 2015 long riding for fun
« Last post by milestonerides on October 23, 2014, 08:47:12 pm »
Hi James,

Will you be traveling north or south?

International / Re: Biking New Zealand
« Last post by briancoop on October 23, 2014, 02:51:36 am »
Thanks for all the pertinent information, RonK - it's exactly what I was looking for.

I'm currently using Continental Travel Contacts in 26 x 1.75, but while they've been tough as nails and work reasonably well on all surfaces, they're also very wobbly - enough that it really affects handling. My wife has Schwable Marathon Pluses in 26 x 1.75 - they seem much higher quality, but are ridiculously heavy. I have the Marathon Supremes on my shortlist, but didn't know if they'd be sufficient for gravel or less technical mountain bike tracks.

We aren't going to arrive in Auckland until January 28th and we plan to take transit to the south island to avoid traffic. We figured that doing the south island first made sense so we could move north as the weather cooled off. We do plan to camp some as it seems like we'll be able to explore more out of the way places (especially in the far south) if we don't always have to rush back to town before the evening.

Now I just need to get a copy of those books.
Gear Talk / Re: trikes
« Last post by rtool on October 22, 2014, 10:47:53 pm »
I have ridden an ICE Sprint FSX for nine months now and feel just as safe on it as I did on a diamond frame.  I have two high intensity rear flashing lights and a flashing headlight.  I also have a large flag that is also highly reflective at night.  I mainly road ride, even though I live in the Dayton OH area where we have over 320 miles of paved rail trails.  I have noticed that almost all drivers give me a lot more room than when I rode a diamond frame.  The only close call was when a  young girl cut me off making a right turn in front of me.  Now have over 2,000 miles on my trike this year and I don't really worry about traffic much.  I also have two fender mirrors and a helmet mounted mirror which keep me in touch with what is coming up behind me.  The ICE Adventure is an excellent trike that will give you many miles of carefree riding.  Main things are:  you must be visible and above all predictable.  Drivers need to know what you are doing and what you are going to do. 
General Discussion / Re: Ideas for winter bike tour
« Last post by staehpj1 on October 22, 2014, 04:38:54 pm »
In the US, or are you considering other places?

If in the US, the Southern Tier is the only longish tour I have done that is really suited well to that time of year.  I rode it starting in February and finishing in April and the weather was OK.  There were some cold nights, but daytime temperatures were mostly nice.

If you are considering somewhere else, it would be summer in the southern hemisphere so lots of options there.  I have no first hand experience riding there so I have no specific suggestions.
General Discussion / Ideas for winter bike tour
« Last post by rariaz22 on October 22, 2014, 04:29:09 pm »
Hey guys,

So, I want to do a bike tour this winter starting in January and ending in february or beginning of march.  Does anyone have any suggestions on places to go?  I am honestly open to all ideas big or small! But I am ready for an adventure. 

THanks for the ideas!!!

Pacific Northwest / Re: bicycle friendly accomodation in Portland
« Last post by Pat Lamb on October 22, 2014, 02:35:30 pm »
I'd expect most mid-range or higher hotels would be willing to store bags for you, if you ask when making reservations.  (Mid-range and up meaning Holiday Inn, Country Inn and Suites, Hampton, Marriott, and their various brands.)  Most airport hotels have their own shuttle buses, although it might take two trips to get everyone and their bikes moved.  So pick a few and ask.  Twelve bags might be a lot, but so's 18-36 room-nights.

I cringe when I read "bike bags" and "wrapped bikes," though I've heard it's common in European travel.  You might get lucky when American baggage handlers start moving them, but there was a luggage commercial some years back that showed great apes throwing and jumping on top of the advertised luggage.  Most travelers I know think that was illustrating the hub they usually fly through.  At least if you're staying two nights you have time to work on fixing any problems caused by travel and mis-handling.
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