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General Discussion / Re: Getting from Seattle to Anacortes
« Last post by indyfabz on March 21, 2015, 12:44:51 pm »
Get the appropriate map section of ACA's Pacific Coast Route and ride to just east of Anacortes and head east from there. You can camp along the way at Kitsap Memorial Park, Fort Worden State Park and Bay View State Park. That's what I did twice.
Routes / Spokane WA to Albuquerque NM
« Last post by travelbybike on March 21, 2015, 12:19:07 pm »
First long distance self supported ride.

Looking for a route away from major cities.

Prefer to travel highways and byways, spending time in small towns and being with locals.

Doing this trip to help raise awareness and funds for ministry in the country of Papua New Guinea.

Riding a greenspeed recumbent trike, which I just brought out of the crate where it has been sitting for the last six or so years.

Any ideas, suggestions, etc. would be very helpful.

And if anyone would like to join in on stretches of this adventure, I would enjoy anyones company.

Just remember, I will not be traveling fast.

Hoping to stop often, take lots of pictures, and enjoy the ride.

Continuing to joy in the journey,

Gear Talk / Any feedback will help.
« Last post by SteveDennet on March 21, 2015, 12:07:01 pm »
I am planning my first major tour for this summer. Everyone on this site was very helpful with maps and routes so I figured I can get some advice on gear.I am riding my GT Nomad because I love that bike. I am planning on getting the Thule Pack N Pedal Pannier racks because I dig how they are universal for almost any bike.
Does anyone have these?
Can you use different pannier bags aside from Thule brand pannier bags?
What kind of repairs should I prepare for aside from getting flats?
What kind of tires would you recommend for long distance traveling?
What is a comfortable seat for long distances?
What kind of tent would be best?
Any sort of gear feedback would be very helpful. I have done a bunch of weekends but have never geared up for over a week of riding.
Gear Talk / Re: New Adventure Bike...from Trek!
« Last post by PeteJack on March 21, 2015, 11:39:42 am »
I get the general idea of this Trek touring bike, but where are the mud-guards (fenders) and why oh why drop handle bars? Unless you're into down hill racing or fancy yourself in the Tour de France, no one on a long distance bike ride needs drop bars - IMHO.  And unless you enjoy a wet ass, fenders are a great invention.  It looks like Trek are just jumping - belatedly - on the rising popularity of bike touring but are still stuck in mountain bike mode.  Otherwise, not a bad bike.
I like the variety of hand positions you get with drops (my 520 has 50K on it so far) As for fenders I'm agnostic: they are a nuisance when you take the front wheel off to fix a flat, if you are touring with somebody you like it's nice for them to have a rear fender with a mud flap (aka buddy flap), they are a bit of added weight, mine are SKS and Trek might balk at the cost. That said in most cases a back rack and its contents acts like a fender to keep your bum dry but does nothing for your wife behind you.

I like the idea of disk brakes, the Single Digit SD-7s that came with mine were utter rubbish. Braking on a steep hill was like planning for retirement, you had to plan it so far ahead. And they were very noisy, toe-in and all kinds of pads notwithstanding. I replaced the front SD-7 with a Single Digit Ultimate and it's like night and day i.e. it works and is silent. The SD-7 is adequate for the back. As you can see it wasn't cheap.
Gear Talk / Re: Need advice
« Last post by Pat Lamb on March 21, 2015, 11:35:09 am »
Have you considered a recumbent?  I usually dismiss 'bent zealots, but your case sounds like it might be a good fit.

As far as diamond frames, Surly generally has longer top tubes for a give size than other touring bikes (Trek 520, Fuji Touring, REI Randonee, etc.).  Long top tubes are good for getting down low, not so good for getting upright.  So if you want a traditional frame, I'd suggest you look elsewhere.
Gear Talk / What tires?
« Last post by sanuk on March 21, 2015, 11:31:50 am »
Just been looking at the tires on my touring bike.  Actually, it's the only bike I have so it gets around. The front tire is relatively new while the rear looks like it needs replacing.  The bike came with Continental Travel Contact tires which I quite like, especially the smooth central patch which seems to give a faster ride than most other touring bikes I encounter on the road, and the little nobbles on the side seem to give some protection too on rougher trails.  So far no punctures.  Otherwise, however, everyone seems to rave about Schwalbe's - especially here in Germany where they're made.  My partner rides happily on Schwalbe Big Apples.  Others swear by Schwalbe Marathon, or Marathon Plus. Of course, the more 'Plus' the heavier they get as well as pricier.  I have a folding Travel Contact tire as back up so feel inclined to stick with them.  Just wondering what other opinions are floating around on this no doubt endless topic.
Gear Talk / Re: New Adventure Bike...from Trek!
« Last post by Pat Lamb on March 21, 2015, 11:31:15 am »
I agree with the fenders, but I surely do enjoy drop bars on long rides.  Multiple hand positions so I can keep my hands from getting numb, and those drops are wonderful when you're facing a headwind.
General Discussion / Re: Cycling Around the World, but.........
« Last post by Stephen Peel on March 21, 2015, 11:21:19 am »
Mine starts in Southern California.....I do not start until 2018.

It will be an experience for us both ancientcyclist, and one which we are no doubt both looking forward to hugely.
General Discussion / Re: Cycling Around the World, but.........
« Last post by Stephen Peel on March 21, 2015, 11:16:31 am »
...does cycling across the US and/or parts of Canada and the west coast constitute cycling around the world....

Hi Sanuk, as you will be rightly thinking, and as ancientcyclist has pointed out too, there is indeed more to come. This is only my first leg, from there I will cycle down the West coast of the US, Mexico, Central America, down to Chile, over to New Zealand, Australia and as you can imagine, quite a few more countries before I get back home to the UK.
Gear Talk / Need advice
« Last post by Patagonia on March 21, 2015, 10:56:01 am »

I am new to bike touring. Recently had a double fusion neck surgery which requires me to ride in a more upright position. Thinking of getting a 56 cm Surly long haul trucker. Visited 2 bike shops, but they ended up talking more about their own bikes than a set up for me.

Any suggestions on a handle bar configuration recommendations, or recommendations in general. Anyone here in the same boat with a neck fusion?

I plan to do a lot of touring both locally and eventually internationally.

Any help would be appreciated,

Thank you,

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