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Offline Iceman

trike riding the transam and rumble strips
« on: March 04, 2012, 09:50:16 pm »
I am planning a cross country ride this year on my recumbent trike and am considering the transam route. I am interesting in knowing how much of the route has rumble strips that would make it difficult for a trike when traffic is heavy. I can stradle the strip if it is narrow and the shoulder is a few feet wide and I don't mind taking the lane if traffic is light.

Any info is much appreciated especially would like to hear from other trikers, thanks.

Offline John Nelson

Re: trike riding the transam and rumble strips
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 10:25:32 pm »
Well, I don't remember every mile, but I don't think there are too many rumble strips to worry about. A lot of the Wyoming roads do have rumble strips, but the traffic is so light that you can usually take the lane. Sometimes the shoulder is in such poor shape (such as between Rawlins and Lamont, WY) that you will want to ride in the lane as much as possible anyway. I used my mirror a lot to ride in the lane whenever traffic allowed and moved over to the shoulder only when a car came up behind that didn't look like it was going to move over.

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: trike riding the transam and rumble strips
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2012, 01:04:08 pm »
The only spots I can remember where it might be a problem are in Colorado, where the state police want you to ride on the shoulder, period; and the stretch north of West Yellowstone.  For the most part Colorado roads on the TransAm are lightly traffic'ed.  That stretch in Montana, though, had moderate traffic and a shoulder that was about 1.5 panniers wide.

Offline shootrrdave

Re: trike riding the transam and rumble strips
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2012, 08:59:33 pm »
I can only remember a few instances where the strips were unavoidable and it was usually for fairly short distances and always seemed like a slightly wider trike would have been able to straddle. I rode a TerraTrike 3.4 back in 2007. If (more likely when) I do it again I will buy a trike with the widest track possible and there are also now a few models with full suspension.

For something totally different I am touring on a tandem quad this summer. Will have no trouble straddling rumble strips...lol

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/shootrrdave

Will have the new journal started sometime in the next week.

Offline yumadons

Re: trike riding the transam and rumble strips
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2012, 01:40:03 pm »
Shootrrdave, we met what I think might be a tandem quad on the TransAm last summer:

http://bicyclelife.topicwise.com/doc/page/pic/?pic_id=1035440

 He said they weren't allowed in Yellowstone and had to go around it. His website is onebulbtour.com


Offline shootrrdave

Re: trike riding the transam and rumble strips
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2012, 01:33:56 am »
Mine is a converted Greenspeed tandem trike so its not any wider than any other trike. I can see where a side-by-side could be a problem in high traffic areas like Yellowstone. We'll be doing the Sierra Cascades route and will go through several Nat'l Parks. Hopefully we won't have a problem.

Iceman: sorry for the hijack