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General Discussion / Re: What to do with a bike box?
« Last post by Rabbit on October 06, 2016, 02:41:24 pm »
Hi there, I'm also doing the Trans Am east to west at the start of May next year - flying out from London. I've been struggling with the same thing about what to do with bike boxes and thinking of bringing the bike over in a (cheap) hard case and then abandoning or giving it away, then boxing it up for the return flight from Seattle. If I thought I could Fed Ex the hard case across country I'd do that but as someone else here has said it may be prohibitively expensive. Either way good luck and I may see you on the road next year!
This is now open.
Gear Talk / Re: Continental Touring Plus
« Last post by sanuk on October 05, 2016, 04:17:14 pm »
My wife rides on Schwalbe Big Apple tires which she says are very comfortable so long as you don't ride continuously on rough surfaces, which could be said about a lot of other tires too. I however have been using Continental Travel Contact tires for the last several years in the US, Asia and Europe on all kinds of surfaces most recently crossing the Alps on some very rough trails with no problems. My wife had no problems there either. The only time we both got punctures was a couple of years back in Romania while crossing a field with thistles. Travel Continentals also come as fold ups.

Classifieds / FS 2014 Burley Nomad
« Last post by aggie on October 05, 2016, 10:49:56 am »
Burley Nomad trailer.  Purchased in 2014 it has Schwalbe Marathon tires for added puncture resistance.  It has about 1000 miles on it so it almost looks new.  $200 includes shipping.
Gear Talk / Re: Tour crankset modifications from a 48-36 to triple - choices??? :-\
« Last post by staehpj1 on October 05, 2016, 07:21:49 am »
I used to insist on having a big top gear and a low enough low to make it up the climbs.  These days I have found that I don't care so much about the high gear being all that high.  I have also begun to care less about super low gears, but that is because I have started to practice a very minimalist and light packing style.

My last long paved road tour (Southern Tier) I went with a 39/26 and a 12-28 (a range of about 25-48 gear inches) carrying 14 pounds base gear weight and was very happy with the choice.  The 39/26 was a triple with the big ring left off. 

Since then I have spent quite a bit of time on a 2x10 mountain bike and based on my experience with that setup I might go with either a 1x10 or a 2x10 if I were setting up a touring bike from scratch.  I think I'd actually favor the 1X10 (or maybe even a 1x11)

Some of the new MTB clusters are really super wide range.  Enough so that a 1x10 really can work fine for just about any road conditions.  I think that if I were starting from scratch I'd consider a 1x10 with an 11-42 MTB cluster and what ever ring gave me the low gear I wanted.

All that said...  In your case I'd probably just go to a MTB double and stick with the 12-32 unless your current crank can take appropriate sized rings.  I'd err on the side of closer spaced rings and accept a lower high gear.  How low would depend on the load and the terrain.  At 60 pounds of gear, in the mountains you will likely need to go lower than I normally would with my lighter load.
Gear Talk / Re: Single best modification to stock LHT for cross-country tour?
« Last post by Bike Hermit on October 04, 2016, 06:17:17 pm »
definitely the saddle
I agree with the suggestions to stick with the double front chain rings. You know the shifters and  front derailleur will work. Get one of the mentioned MTB cranks or IRD also makes the so-called Wide Compact Road Double with 46-30 tooth rings. Then do the 36 tooth cassette (you may need a new rear derailleur.)   Fiddle around with the Sheldon Gear Calculator to get the gears you think you need.
Routes / Re: Arkansas Highlands Mountain Bike Route
« Last post by CMajernik on October 04, 2016, 09:57:09 am »
At this point in time, nothing has been scheduled.
Routes / Re: Latest possible date to start northbound Sierra Cascades?
« Last post by zzzz on October 03, 2016, 11:19:21 pm »
I will start by saying I loved this ride and if you do it you are in for a treat.

I started from the north in Sumas on 9/1/14 and finished my ride in LA on 9/28 some 300 miles short of Mexico. I think since you're starting from the south and you're asking about the latest you can go I would count backward from a 9/30 finish date at the canadian border as you do hear of the higher passes up north getting snow in the middle of October. I think it's going to be pretty hot at the start whenever you leave if it's anytime in the summer so Bclaydens strategy of leaving early in the am and wrapping early is the way to deal with that.

A few things to consider;

1) Are you going to want to stop along the way? Most obviously, you're going thru Yosemite and Kings Canyon, will you want to take some time off to hike around?

2) Realize that the later you leave the more into fire season you will be. I had extraordinary luck just missing several fires on my trip but they were all around me. Except for huffing some smoke from the "King" fire that was burning in Sacramento at the time I had no trouble, but if things were a little different it would have really affected my trip.

3) Lots of tough days so I'd base your milage expectations on what you were doing on your TransAm trip when you were in eastern Kentucky and that first 50-75 mile into Va. The hills are steeper in Appalachia but not much, and they're pretty relentless and longer on this whole route and it does wear you down.

4) Get the addenda right before you leave and always carry enough water and food that if the next rural store you were counting on is no longer open you are not screwed.. There was at least 2 stores on the map in California that I was expecting to be open that were closed and there was large stretches of the route that did not look like it was doing well economically.

That's what I got for you,

Routes / Re: Latest possible date to start northbound Sierra Cascades?
« Last post by planeguy5 on October 03, 2016, 09:36:51 pm »
Thanks Bcladen for your reply. I didn´t say how many miles or hours I expect to me riding every day, largely because I´ve only just started to think about the trip. When I did the TransAm last year, I averaged ~70 miles/day (not counting rest days); even on the longer days in the saddle (100-135 miles), I still felt pretty good at the end of every day. Early starts were crucial, especially in the Midwest and Appalachians.

Ideally on this trip, I´d have a lighter setup, courtesy of actually knowing what I´m doing this time around. At the beginning of my TransAm trip, that most definitely wasn´t the case.

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