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General Discussion / Cycling Around the World, but.........
« Last post by Stephen Peel on March 01, 2015, 03:26:05 am »
Hi, at 52 I am planning to cycle around the world, hopefully starting later on this year when I have bought a smaller house to free up the
funds.

I have set up a website detailing my adventure, and myself, and I looking for advice and tips. Has anyone crossed the USA and Canada the way I am planning here below, and if so, anything I should be aware of as a solo cyclist. Bears, wolves, visas, or whatever.

Thanks
Steve


My first leg will be across the USA:

UK

Flying to

USA

New York (Niagara Falls) - Pennsylvania - Ohio - Indiana (The 100th Indianapolis 500) - Illinois - Iowa - South Dakota (Mount Rushmore) - Wyoming (Yellowstone Park) - Montana

Cycling to

Canada

Alberta - British Columbia

Cycling to

USA

Alaska (Grizzly Bears)

Ferry from Ryder Alaska to

Canada

Vancouver Island (Killer Whales)

Cycling to

USA

Washington - Oregon - California

Total Cycling Miles - Min 6000
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New England / Re: Vermont to Boston bike route
« Last post by mdxix on February 28, 2015, 11:48:16 pm »
Consider the Harpoon Brewery to Brewery and Boston-Montréal routes.

I do not believe either is running this year, but used to be popular. I would mix the two, using the Montréal route until near Keene, before using the Brewery route to near Woodstock.
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General Discussion / Prep for woman solo across Asia and Europe, and maybe US
« Last post by corey1989 on February 28, 2015, 11:44:44 pm »
Hi all:)

I'm planning for a bike trip from Hong Kong to Portugal, followed by a cross-coutry trip in the US. The latter part is optional. The ideal accommodation is camping or Couchsurfing/ Warmshower, but hostel will be considered too if safety is a concern. I just started the idea not long ago so everything is from scratch.

I am a 25-yo woman of very small size. I am 147 cm tall and I weigh 80 lbs. I am now riding a 24" wheel road bike (Giant R2400). I ride it not very often, only on weekends. Btw I suck at directions and map reading.

Because of the contract of my work, I still have at least 1.5 years before I can go. I know I should read a lot first, but I would also like to seek your advice.

Things I'm going to do for preparation:
- Ride more and longer (so far my longest was only 63 km but that's not my limit yet)
- Join classes on bike repair
- Try some guided bike tours in Southern China
- Try solo bike round-tour in Taiwan
- Learn to drive, to get myself more familiar with road rules (yes I come from a very small place where driving is not necessary)

My questions include but are not limited to:
- Is there a travelling bike for my size?
- Any way to cut down the baggage so that even a 80lb-body can carry it?
- Any good book or good website for a newbie like me?
- Do you recommend a woman doing solo biking and camping?
- Can I rely on GPS as I suck at map reading?
- Any specific advice?

Thank you a lot!

Love,
Corey
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General Discussion / Re: Newbie questions on solo touring.
« Last post by RussSeaton on February 28, 2015, 10:11:37 pm »
I can maybe give some route advice.  If you go over to the Adventure Cycling website and go to their routes and maps page you can show the following routes:

Pacific Coast
Sierra Cascades
Southern Tier
Western Express

These are the road routes going from Portland to Austin.  The simplest would be to get on the Pacific Coast at Portland and ride it with the tailwind down to San Diego.  Then get on the Southern Tier and ride it with likely winds out of the west to Austin.  Another option would be to take the Pacific Coast down to San Francisco, then the Western Express to the Sierra Cascades route.  Go south on the Sierra until it ends at the Southern Tier near San Diego.  Then the Southern Tier to Austin.  This would give you some mountain riding and maybe avoid some of the heat along the coast in southern California.  But the problem with both of these routes is you are riding the routes at the hottest time of the year.  June-July.  Not sure how you like riding and camping in heat.  One other option is the Pacific Coast down to San Francisco.  Western Express to its end in Colorado, south-middle.  Then use state maps to pick out some county roads to get you down to Austin.  From Colorado to Austin its about 600+ miles.  Solid week of riding.

I did not see you wrote the following:
"should I head east after san Fran to avoid the southern/ I-10 heat that time of year? Ideally I'd like to go through Utah/salt lake and Colorado."

If this is a goal then by all means take the Pacific Coast down to San Francisco, take the Western Express to its end in south/central Colorado.  Then county/state roads down to Austin.  Not sure going through Nevada and Utah will be any cooler than southern California.  Expect the heat will be identical.
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General Discussion / Re: Shipping bike to Astoria/ Logistics
« Last post by jimbo on February 28, 2015, 09:36:13 pm »
I have been told that Bike and Beyond assemble about 100 bikes a year for Lewis and Clark/Trans AM cyclist.
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General Discussion / Newbie questions on solo touring.
« Last post by thismachinekillshipsters on February 28, 2015, 09:34:05 pm »
So I have finally decided to do a bike tour.  I have grown tired of all the constant training and dedication and stress of racing at high level. I want to rediscover the joy of riding a bike. Get back to why I started doing this all in the first place. I am an accomplished road racing cyclist (cat 1).  Looking to Ride from Portland Oregon back to Austin Texas starting June 1st. I am on a Surly ogre. I believe I have most all of the gear I need. I know I want to go from Portland to San Francisco along the coast.

My Big question is,  should I head east after san Fran to avoid the southern/ I-10 heat that time of year? Ideally I'd like to go through utah/salt lake and Colorado.  anyone done that before?  Also. I'm setting my time line at 5-6 weeks at most. Planning 70-100 miles per day with 1 rest day a week or maybe a short easy day a week. I'm also setting aside $1200 for the tour. Is that not enough? Too much? (All bills have been taken care of prior to and post tour)

Also I'm doing this solo, and plan on camping 95% of it if I can. Maybe staying with a friend here and there.  Any tips? Advice?  Routes? Financial guidance?  Thank you all. I appreciate any feedback.
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Gear Talk / Re: One link in the chain
« Last post by briwasson on February 28, 2015, 08:50:59 pm »
Chains are cheap. Get a new one if you have any doubts.
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Routes / Flint Hills Nature Trail
« Last post by aggie on February 28, 2015, 12:08:34 pm »
Thinking of incorporating the Flint Hills Nature Trail in a tour later in the spring and I'm wondering if anyone has used this trail.  If so what are your thoughts and impressions.
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Classifieds / FOR SALE: Swrve Pants; Messenger Bag
« Last post by dkoloko on February 28, 2015, 11:36:35 am »
31wx30 Swrve Cordura Skinny Jeans Urban Pants. These sell for $100. Like new condition. $30 plus $7.95 shipping. See description,

http://swrve.myshopify.com/products/cordura-skinny-fit-jeans?variant=331191951

New Sunlite Messenger Bag. apprx 20x14x5 in. Felt lined laptop compartment. Multiple storage compartments. Cordura type fabric. Smaller Sunlite Messenger Bag sells for $86.48. $9.99 plus $14.95 shipping.

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General Discussion / Re: Shipping bike to Astoria/ Logistics
« Last post by indyfabz on February 28, 2015, 11:33:54 am »
and good light rail from the Portland airport to the downtown bus terminal.

+1. And if you happen to fly to PDX with your bike there is a bike assembly area complete with some tools and a repair stand right near the  the airport light rail stop.
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