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General Discussion / Re: Useless advice/help
« Last post by indyfabz on November 16, 2014, 11:52:20 am »
A ranger at Bay View State Park in WA swore up and down that it was only 8 miles round trip to the grocery store in Burlington and back despite the fact that our map suggested it was 8 miles each way. "I drive it all the time." It was 8 miles each way.
General Discussion / Re: Touring Bicycle
« Last post by LongTallEandM on November 16, 2014, 10:57:45 am »
Just completed the TransAm on a Jamis Aurora Elite.   Love love love it.  Lighter 631 steel tubing, good components, disk brakes, rear rack, nice looks, great tires.  More bang for the buck than a Surly LHT (bought one of those used first, then sold it; liked the Aurora Elite SO much better). You can find them new sometimes on ebay, usually a previous model year.  I bought mine new on ebay 2 years ago for $1200.  Just be sure to confirm that the model year, gearing, etc. are what you want:  Jamis has gradually been dialing in the ideal touring components over the past few years.   Oh, and the paint job is smooth and incredibly durable (powdercoated?).  My bike has not a single chip or scratch after 7000 miles, including 4700 miles of loaded touring.  This despite plenty of fall overs onto metal posts, park benches etc.  Each time I thought, "oh well, so much for the nice paint job..."  But then I'd pick up the bike and not. a. nick.
Classifieds / Re: Seeking 60 CM Surly Long Haul Trucker with racks
« Last post by Radica on November 15, 2014, 09:59:24 pm »
No problem.  I am 6' tall and wear 34'length jeans.  (Does that mean I have a 34" inseam? I don't know.).  My  local bike shop thinks I should be on a 58cm but I like it.  My 58cm Vaya feels small to me. 
General Discussion / Re: Useless advice/help
« Last post by johnsondasw on November 15, 2014, 06:53:42 pm »
I have received repeated worthless advice on tour.  Most of it was about routes. One time I was in a small town in Western WA and asked at the ice cream shop about different roads out of town on the map.  The lady said she only had lived there three years and only knew one way out of the 4 or 5 on the map because she was afraid of getting lost and so only used that one route.  Also, she then told me she was not sure if it was hilly or not.

Another time we were in the far NE part of WA and met three locals who were walking along and we told them we were heading from Tiger over to Colville. They told us that we would have to climb Tiger Hill and that it was probably close to impossible to do that on a bike and it would take hours.  I got up that hill  in just over a half hour.

Another time we stopped in a bike shop in Oxnard CA to ask how to get south along the Pacific Coast because construction had affected the normal route. The guy working there just said something like "How would I know that?"  We later found the necessary trail over a dry creek bed about a half mile away.  Jeez! 

Locals often know little to nothing about local geography and especially about topography.  If you always driver everywhere maybe you lose all ability to notice ups and downs!  I've seen that over and over when asking about upcoming routes in the west. 
General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by Westinghouse on November 15, 2014, 05:41:16 pm »
That is great' I  am on the ST now and resting in Gainesville. I set out again tomorrow. A wet cold front is coming late Sunday. My highest mileage day so far is 83. I am going E to W. I do not follow ACA all the way. The weather has been good.
Classifieds / Re: Salsa Fargo 2 2013 For sale LOW PRICE LOWER PRICE
« Last post by spatrickmanning on November 15, 2014, 12:20:58 pm »
Have you unloaded this bike yet?
General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by staehpj1 on November 15, 2014, 11:13:28 am »
Surprisingly, because I'm not very social, many of the highlights of the trip thus far are the people Jve met.

I am not surprised.

I met more interesting local people on the ST than on any other route.  I also met a few interesting folks that were riding the ST.  I found a lot of interesting and really good food along the way too.  Good Mexican food, Cajun food, barbecue, and seafood were highlights of various sections.

On the downside I found the scenery pretty uninteresting or even dreary much of the way, especially in Texas (which was a full 1/3 of the trip).  YMMV on that though.  I tend to like forests and mountain streams, and found day after day of dry brown scrub as far as the eye can see a little depressing.  I hear that some folks actually thought the ST was pretty scenic.  There were some pretty areas, they were just a small portion of the trip.  Fortunately, the people and the food, both of which were awesome, made it worthwhile to me.
Routes / Re: Appalachian mountain bike tour? Great Divide prep.
« Last post by craigt on November 14, 2014, 06:51:11 pm »
This may be a little farther than you wanted to travel, the Trans North Georgia Mountain Bike Adventure would mirror many aspects of the Tour Divide.  It runs about 350 miles and combines pavement, graded Forest Service roads, and Pinhoti Trail single track. For a shorter challenge, I've put together a 120 mile route that encircles the Cohutta and Big Frog Wilderness Areas in North Georgia and Tennessee.  The route also combines pavement, graded FS roads, and single track.  You could stage out of Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-away, or Chatsworth, GA and ride a circular route. 
General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by Catherine on November 14, 2014, 02:35:57 pm »
I'm a little less then 1/4 way through.  Yes, a bit challenging out of SD, but beautiful.  I did it towing two dogs and lived to tell about it :)

My advice is to make enjoying the experience your first priority and working to stay out of the tunnel of accumulating miles.  Plan in extra time to give yourself wiggle room so that you're not backed into a corner to make time and distance.

Surprisingly, because I'm not very social, many of the highlights of the trip thus far are the people Jve met.

If you haven't already, consider going to a certified bike fitter to fine tune how your bike fits you.

Have fun!
General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by catfishsue on November 14, 2014, 02:06:49 pm »
I am planning on doing this trip west to east beginning in April.  This will be my first big tour. Excited and a little nervous too. I will be with an experienced rider as I am fairly new to this.  I am training as much as I can and hope I will be up to the challenge.  I hear the first part of the trip out of Sand Diego is the hardest as far as the climb. Any advise about riding the ST?
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