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General Discussion / Re: Ideas for winter bike tour
« Last post by Westinghouse on October 24, 2014, 09:58:35 pm »
Leeazjr has it right. Arizona and NM are good for winter cycling.The weather can be fairly good.
General Discussion / Re: Touring Bicycle
« Last post by ozroller on October 24, 2014, 09:41:35 pm »
I test rode the Surly Disc Trucker (the long haul trucker with disc brakes) at a bike shop.   The bike felt good, but i wanted something different.   I researched and ended up buying the 2015 Jamis Aurora Elite for $1600.    I liked it because it has Shimano 105 with Dura Ace bar end shifters.......superior disc brakes.   I like the gearing ratios too, compared to some other bikes.    high gear 50 x12 and low gear 30x30......i don't believe i will need any lower than bike had a could pull out tree stumps with
if you buy ....sizing runs big.....i ride a 56 road bike...bought 55 Jamis......and it is almost too big frame for me.

I liked the Kona Sutra also
General Discussion / BMW 1200GS Motorcycle:
« Last post by Greyghost on October 24, 2014, 08:11:37 pm »
Maybe this isn't the forum or place, but would a motorcycle be welcome on the Great Divide route? Please be honest....I would not want to spoil someone's bicycle trip.

Kind Regards,

General Discussion / Re: Ideas for winter bike tour
« Last post by leeazjr on October 24, 2014, 01:25:50 pm »
Arizona has great weather during winter. At least most of the Sonoran Desert does. You could put together a great trip on the Arizona trail. Most sections from Mexico to Pickett post outside of Phoenix would be a good choice. The Arizona trail association website is a great resource for trail conditions and info, also suggestions for bypassing wilderness areas which are off limits to bikes. They also released a really nice guide book to the az trail this year. There are tons of options and lots of info out there to help you out.
Have fun!!
General Discussion / Re: leaving May 20 from Willliamsburg
« Last post by indyfabz on October 24, 2014, 12:47:08 pm »
On the MT section of the TransAm I have met several people who started in the east in mid to late May.

You can use Google Maps to find hotels/motels in Williamsburg. Go there and search for "motels near Williamburg, VA". There are also at least three bike shops in Williamsburg. You could ship your bike to one of them for assembly and tuning.
General Discussion / Re: Touring Bicycle
« Last post by John Nelson on October 24, 2014, 11:52:21 am »
Although you can tour on any bicycle, I would always recommend a touring-specific bicycle if your budget and garage space allow. It has at least a dozen features specifically optimized for touring.

Although there are many touring bikes available (and you should consult the ACA buyers guide on this site), I would generally recommend one of the standards, i.e., either the Trek 520 or the Surly Long Haul Trucker. If you can find a bicycle shop with touring bikes in stock (unlikely), however, I would probably test ride and buy one of those, whatever it is. Most bike shops, however, do not carry real touring bikes and will probably try to convince you that some bike on the floor is just as good. Don't fall for that. Get a shop to order you a real touring bike, preferably with no obligation to buy (many shops offer this service). REI is the most likely place to find touring bikes on the floor. They often stock two different Novara touring bikes and the Long Haul Trucker, although perhaps in limited sizes.

There's no sense in figuring out what the perfect bike on paper is and then finding out that you can't practically get it. I'd suggesting doing it the other way around. Figure out what touring bikes you have reasonable access to and then deciding which one of those suits you best.
General Discussion / Re: leaving May 20 from Willliamsburg
« Last post by John Nelson on October 24, 2014, 11:43:58 am »
No, May 20 is not too late. You should see many other cyclists.

Richmond is the nearest major airport, although there are many other smaller airports in the area. I flew into Newport News. If you do that, you can even start in Yorktown if you want.

The ACA guided TransAm typically starts in Williamsburg. Get their handout and it will give you suggestions for motels and transportation. Sorry, I don't really know how to get a copy of the handout. I saw one years ago.
General Discussion / Talk 2Me
« Last post by bikeHANSEN on October 24, 2014, 10:47:14 am »
please contact me with my email address:
because that will get you a much faster response from me instead of you posting on here
General Discussion / Reply to Johnny
« Last post by bikeHANSEN on October 24, 2014, 10:43:38 am »
sorry i thought i put it up there but i guess i didnt
leaving out of Columbus Ga
going NORTH
on the 3rd day of February or March (waiting on the weather)
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.

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