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Routes / Re: Transamerica route question
« Last post by currinbrandon on March 18, 2017, 03:37:16 pm »
Thanks John for that thought.. I haven't thought about what milage I'm expecting, not in no rush so I guess conservatively between 30 and 60 miles a day.  But I wouldn't want to be stuck out in any late winter storms if avoidable.

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Routes / Re: Transamerica route question
« Last post by John Nettles on March 18, 2017, 03:04:28 pm »
How many miles a day do you plan on averaging?  I would not plan on getting to Pueblo until June 1st at the earliest unless you want to wait out any late winter storms in the mountains and/or be cold at night.
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Routes / Transamerica route question
« Last post by currinbrandon on March 18, 2017, 02:33:46 pm »
I plan to do the transamerica trail East to West then go down the pch and follow the southern tier back home... Is starting the Transamerica trail in April a good idea or should I wait another month?
Any advice is appreciated.

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Routes / Re: Pfeiffer Bridge at Big Sur work around
« Last post by aggie on March 18, 2017, 01:22:36 pm »
There is a link in the "Temporary ACA Road Closures" forum.  At this time this is the work around.  The footpath looks like it will be for locals only and will not accommodate bicycles.  The pictures posted on the Big Sur facebook page show a narrow trail with lots of climbing (steps).  Unless something changes it looks like the route through Big Sur will be closed at least until December.  They just started the demolition of the bridge and the estimated completion of the new bridge is 9 months.
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Routes / Pfeiffer Bridge at Big Sur work around
« Last post by superpletch on March 18, 2017, 11:26:08 am »
I have Pacific Coast tour planned in May.  Due to winter storms Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Hwy 1 was damaged and is being demolished.  I am new to touring and this will be my first Pacific Coast ride.  What are options to get around the road closure?  Obviously an inland route will be required if they don't open a walking trail around canyon bridge.  I'd hate to miss this section of the tour and it's views, furthermore if there is a walk around it would greatly reduce vehicle traffic.  Any specifics would be appreciated.  Thanks in advance.
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Routes / Re: Northern Tier vs. TransAm
« Last post by staehpj1 on March 18, 2017, 11:12:09 am »
1 On the NT you will have much more twilight. What does this mean? It means that you will not be surprised that it gets pitch dark too quickly. As the sun slowly sets you can still ride for a long time finding food and shelter and still set up tent in pitch darkness without a flashlight. This of course is important for people who really try do many miles a day. Overall you WILL have more riding hours each day (about 1 extra hour NT compared to TA).
It depends on how you look at it....  Personally I never found that to be an advantage.
Even on the TA, that is one thing I found kind of annoying while in the NW portion or the trip.  It seemed to stay light forever, long after I wanted to turn in for the night.  There were plenty of daylight hours in June to do 150 mile days in daylight, but few people really want to go that far IMO.

Since I like to get on the road at the crack of dawn and seldom do much over 100 miles on any given day, I often wound up wanting to sleep hours before it was dark.  Judging by how often I rolled into camp and found that there were cyclists already turned in for the night with the sun still high in the sky, I'd have to say I am far from alone on that.
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Routes / Re: Northern Tier vs. TransAm
« Last post by BikeFreak on March 18, 2017, 10:05:01 am »
2 more things worth considering:

1 On the NT you will have much more twilight. What does this mean? It means that you will not be surprised that it gets pitch dark too quickly. As the sun slowly sets you can still ride for a long time finding food and shelter and still set up tent in pitch darkness without a flashlight. This of course is important for people who really try do many miles a day. Overall you WILL have more riding hours each day (about 1 extra hour NT compared to TA).

2 Due to the cooler non-humid climate on the NT you will feel more clean and hygienic. On the transam your clothes will feel nasty and stick to your body every single day and you will crave a shower each night. On the NT, esepcially if you do stealth camping, you will do fine if you cannot shower each day.

Lucas
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Gear Talk / Idworx Easy Rohler
« Last post by RonK on March 18, 2017, 05:07:37 am »
Several years ago I researched this kind of bike in detail, and eventually bought one.

The Easy Rohler impressed greatly. High quality is obvious and innovative features such as a steering stop, clamping bottom bracket, and integrated Magura hydraulic brakes mark it a special machine.

As I recall, whilst based in Germany, idmworx is located near the border with the Netherlands and is operated by a branch of the family who run the Koga Miyata bike company.

Sadly I was not able to find a supplier willing to ship to my country. Ultimately I bought a Van Nicholas Pioneer Rohloff.

I found Rohloff a disappointment, and did not keep the Pioneer, but sold it on and returned to my preferred bike - a titanium Sabbath Silk Route with derailleur transmission.

My advice - do not buy a titanium bike with Rohloff. The resonant titanium tubes amplify the noisy Rohloff significantly.
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General Discussion / Re: Cell phone service on Lake Erie connector
« Last post by jwrushman on March 17, 2017, 10:30:09 pm »
Thank you for you input.  I'll contact Verizon next week about TravelPass'.
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General Discussion / Re: Cell phone service on Lake Erie connector
« Last post by dhelder on March 17, 2017, 07:39:20 pm »
I did LEC last summer and I have Verizon.
I added the "TravelPass" option to my plan, which makes it $2/day in Canada.  This option is free, but I had to opt-in to it.
When I entered Canada, I got a text message that said it was activated.  I think I got one each day it was activated.
I had no problems getting service - Ontario is pretty flat.
I have an iPhone, so I don't know about how well a Samsung will work.
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