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General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« Last post by DaveB on October 15, 2014, 09:27:32 pm »
DaveB, I have a pair of those on my mtb that I'm thinking about putting onto my touring bike. Just a thought at the moment...
As the old ad used to say; "try it, you'll like it."  I expect the great majority of touring bike use MTB-type clipless pedals.
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General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« Last post by etsisk on October 15, 2014, 03:15:26 pm »
DaveB, I have a pair of those on my mtb that I'm thinking about putting onto my touring bike. Just a thought at the moment...
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Routes / Re: California Hike Bike Sites closures
« Last post by John Nelson on October 15, 2014, 01:39:08 pm »
Jenn,

To the best of my memory, Catherine complained about being turned away at San Onofre State Beach because the campground had closed for the season, despite the fact that the California Parks web site says that the campground is open year round. Also, the ACA maps do not indicate any closing dates for that campground. She did not say what date she was there.

She also reported some non-specific problems at some non-specified locations.

John
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General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« Last post by DaveB on October 15, 2014, 12:36:02 pm »
Another vote for clipless at all times but with the caveat that i use double sided MTB-type pedals (Shimano PD-M515 and PD-M780 in my case) and recessed cleat MTB or Touring style shoes.  I can safely put a foot down at stops, clip in without having to flip the pedal over and walk adequately in the shoes. 
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General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« Last post by staehpj1 on October 15, 2014, 12:20:29 pm »
Personal preference rules on this topic but here are my thoughts.  Remember that your preferences and read on this may well be entirely different.

Toe clips and straps aren't much use unless you tighten the straps at which point they become harder to get out of and less comfortable than clip-less.  I was very quick to make the switch away from clips and straps way back when they first became more commonly available and was glad I did.

Those little half clips with no straps manage to have many of the dis-advanatges of clips and straps with no real advantage at all as far as I can tell.  They seem like a complete waste of effort to me.  Some folks seem to love them.  I don't get why, but if they are happy all is well.

Going with just platforms is fine for casual riding and short hops around town, but even then I miss having a retention system.

The bottom line is that you should use what works for you though.  Folks have successfully tour on all of those options and others as well.
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General Discussion / Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« Last post by etsisk on October 15, 2014, 10:57:01 am »
This is probably swatting a hornets' nest, but what the heck, right?

What do y'all use, pedal-wise? I recently did a short 160 mile ride (sort of a 5 day "intro to touring" self-seminar - went pretty good!). When I got to where we went to visit a friend, and I was ready to start the ride back home, I realized I forgot my shoes (I was riding clipless at the time). So we went and bought a set of platform pedals and toe clips and I went from there. I kind of like having the toe clips - easy getting my foot out, which I have to do quickly sometimes with the loaded bike (yeah, I'm new to loaded-bike-wrangling).

What do you folks do, and why?
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Thanks, Jennifer - I do appreciate the reply. I'm a little surprised, though, that you don't have forums for the individual routes. It would seem to me that would be the best and most comprehensive way for information to be supplied and found, sort of like a living FAQ for each route, with info constantly supplied and easily found. But hey, it's y'all's forum - I just visit! I'm glad to have it here in any form available. :)
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General Discussion / Re: Philly to FL...anyone interested?
« Last post by fitz on October 15, 2014, 10:37:37 am »
Absolutely!  I'm leaving Hazleton PA on Sunday.  When were you planning on leaving?
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Routes / Re: California Hike Bike Sites closures
« Last post by JMilyko on October 15, 2014, 10:11:20 am »
Catharine,

I missed your post describing your problem with California Hiker Biker sites. If you think this is a problem other cyclists will encounter, we'd like to know about it so we can track the issue. It might be an one time thing or it might be a long term problem. We can't know unless people let us know.

Thanks,
.Jennifer.
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Hi etsisk,

I've been looking - unsuccessfully - for a forum on the Atlantic Coast Route. Haven't found one yet (thus "unsuccessfully"). Are there forums for individual routes?

We do not have forums specific to individual routes. If you have a question about the Atlantic Coast route, you could try searching some element of the question, or posting a question in the Routes  area (http://forums.adventurecycling.org/index.php?board=2.0)

Also, are you aware of this Atlantic Coast description page? It has a fair amount of information available, be sure to read all of the tabs as well. You might find your answer there.

http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/atlantic-coast/

I hope this helps.
Best,
.Jennifer.
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