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General Discussion / Re: Cycling Around the World, but.........
« Last post by ancientcyclist on March 21, 2015, 09:30:31 pm »
Hi Stephen,

Yes, I hope we can help each other.  I am much older and will be even older when I start my travels, but I went to your website and our lives have some very interesting parallels.  I used to own a bike dealership in the '70's and was hit by a car in the early 80's.  Doctors told me that I might not ever walk again.  I did get back on my feet and can walk, but didn't get on a bike again until last year.  I have one grown daughter not two and plan to make my trip on an electric bike, not a standard bike, as I cannot pedal more than 10 or 15 miles per day without my legs giving out.  I also hope to complete my trip in less than a year.

Gear Talk / Re: New Adventure Bike...from Trek!
« Last post by DaveB on March 21, 2015, 07:47:31 pm »
why oh why drop handle bars? Unless you're into down hill racing or fancy yourself in the Tour de France, no one on a long distance bike ride needs drop bars - IMHO. 
I couldn't disagree with you more.  Having ridden flat bars a bit I wouldn't ever use them for  anything more than local and short distances.  Drop bars are far more versatile in the number of hand positions and riding positions they permit.  There is a good reason almost all touring bikes and most tourists use them.
Gear Talk / Re: Need advice
« Last post by RussSeaton on March 21, 2015, 05:33:17 pm »
You need a hybrid bike.  They have 9 or 10 speed cassette and triple crankset.  Good for touring.  And will have upright 3-speed style handlebars.  Good for sitting upright and not bending your neck.  Surly Ogre and Surly Troll look appropriate.
Routes / Seeking advice on which side of Danube to bike (Passau to Vienna)
« Last post by bobbiedobbs on March 21, 2015, 12:57:30 pm »
Bicycling from Vienna to Passau; seeking recommendations on whether to cycle on north or south (upper or lower) sides of Danube for various stretches. The Esterbuer/Bikeline route guides give details but not that much in the way of narratives.

That is mainly why I am posting, but also interested in:

--Best stretch to do by train to cut down on total distance (wife has some medical issues limiting daily distances) I am thinking of Krems to Vienna
--Recommendations on overnights: Right now looking at: Ansbach, Mauthausen (more for distance spacing), Melk, Krems.
--Best overnights for Salzburg to Passau: thinking of Burgheisen, Obendorf. Tittmoning and Branau sound good also but choosing former for ride breaks.
--Idiosyncratic, cool stuff I won't find in the guidebooks

If there is a good  thread on this feel free to point me. Thanks
General Discussion / Re: Getting from Seattle to Anacortes
« Last post by indyfabz on March 21, 2015, 12:44:51 pm »
Get the appropriate map section of ACA's Pacific Coast Route and ride to just east of Anacortes and head east from there. You can camp along the way at Kitsap Memorial Park, Fort Worden State Park and Bay View State Park. That's what I did twice.
Routes / Spokane WA to Albuquerque NM
« Last post by travelbybike on March 21, 2015, 12:19:07 pm »
First long distance self supported ride.

Looking for a route away from major cities.

Prefer to travel highways and byways, spending time in small towns and being with locals.

Doing this trip to help raise awareness and funds for ministry in the country of Papua New Guinea.

Riding a greenspeed recumbent trike, which I just brought out of the crate where it has been sitting for the last six or so years.

Any ideas, suggestions, etc. would be very helpful.

And if anyone would like to join in on stretches of this adventure, I would enjoy anyones company.

Just remember, I will not be traveling fast.

Hoping to stop often, take lots of pictures, and enjoy the ride.

Continuing to joy in the journey,

Gear Talk / Any feedback will help.
« Last post by SteveDennet on March 21, 2015, 12:07:01 pm »
I am planning my first major tour for this summer. Everyone on this site was very helpful with maps and routes so I figured I can get some advice on gear.I am riding my GT Nomad because I love that bike. I am planning on getting the Thule Pack N Pedal Pannier racks because I dig how they are universal for almost any bike.
Does anyone have these?
Can you use different pannier bags aside from Thule brand pannier bags?
What kind of repairs should I prepare for aside from getting flats?
What kind of tires would you recommend for long distance traveling?
What is a comfortable seat for long distances?
What kind of tent would be best?
Any sort of gear feedback would be very helpful. I have done a bunch of weekends but have never geared up for over a week of riding.
Gear Talk / Re: New Adventure Bike...from Trek!
« Last post by PeteJack on March 21, 2015, 11:39:42 am »
I get the general idea of this Trek touring bike, but where are the mud-guards (fenders) and why oh why drop handle bars? Unless you're into down hill racing or fancy yourself in the Tour de France, no one on a long distance bike ride needs drop bars - IMHO.  And unless you enjoy a wet ass, fenders are a great invention.  It looks like Trek are just jumping - belatedly - on the rising popularity of bike touring but are still stuck in mountain bike mode.  Otherwise, not a bad bike.
I like the variety of hand positions you get with drops (my 520 has 50K on it so far) As for fenders I'm agnostic: they are a nuisance when you take the front wheel off to fix a flat, if you are touring with somebody you like it's nice for them to have a rear fender with a mud flap (aka buddy flap), they are a bit of added weight, mine are SKS and Trek might balk at the cost. That said in most cases a back rack and its contents acts like a fender to keep your bum dry but does nothing for your wife behind you.

I like the idea of disk brakes, the Single Digit SD-7s that came with mine were utter rubbish. Braking on a steep hill was like planning for retirement, you had to plan it so far ahead. And they were very noisy, toe-in and all kinds of pads notwithstanding. I replaced the front SD-7 with a Single Digit Ultimate and it's like night and day i.e. it works and is silent. The SD-7 is adequate for the back. As you can see it wasn't cheap.
Gear Talk / Re: Need advice
« Last post by Pat Lamb on March 21, 2015, 11:35:09 am »
Have you considered a recumbent?  I usually dismiss 'bent zealots, but your case sounds like it might be a good fit.

As far as diamond frames, Surly generally has longer top tubes for a give size than other touring bikes (Trek 520, Fuji Touring, REI Randonee, etc.).  Long top tubes are good for getting down low, not so good for getting upright.  So if you want a traditional frame, I'd suggest you look elsewhere.
Gear Talk / What tires?
« Last post by sanuk on March 21, 2015, 11:31:50 am »
Just been looking at the tires on my touring bike.  Actually, it's the only bike I have so it gets around. The front tire is relatively new while the rear looks like it needs replacing.  The bike came with Continental Travel Contact tires which I quite like, especially the smooth central patch which seems to give a faster ride than most other touring bikes I encounter on the road, and the little nobbles on the side seem to give some protection too on rougher trails.  So far no punctures.  Otherwise, however, everyone seems to rave about Schwalbe's - especially here in Germany where they're made.  My partner rides happily on Schwalbe Big Apples.  Others swear by Schwalbe Marathon, or Marathon Plus. Of course, the more 'Plus' the heavier they get as well as pricier.  I have a folding Travel Contact tire as back up so feel inclined to stick with them.  Just wondering what other opinions are floating around on this no doubt endless topic.
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