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Offline tonythomson

Re: Novice coming to America !
« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2010, 03:00:01 pm »
Southampton is pretty safe in the evenings & never felt unsafe in USA - maybe it's the fishing.  ;D
Just starting to record my trips  www.tonystravels.com

Offline johnsondasw

Re: Novice coming to America !
« Reply #16 on: July 14, 2010, 01:51:38 am »
Another security question - how do most bikers carry their valuables ?

- money, credit cards, cell phone etc?


....money belt....panniier....pocket...under your hat !!... ??????

I can imagine valuables in a pannier could disappear in a flash if you turned your back for a second in the wrong place. 

Cell phone--back pocket of jersey, money and credit cards in one of those waterproof plastic wallets on the string around the neck.  I got mine from bicycle gifts.com.

You can get ripped off if you leave that kind of thing in a bag that's not right with you. 

May the wind be at your back!

Offline tim in wales

Re: Novice coming to America !
« Reply #17 on: September 03, 2010, 11:09:43 am »
I hope to ride east to west....I understand the wind blows the other way ???

Is this a big consideration ?...is it a problem ?

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Novice coming to America !
« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2010, 01:25:03 pm »
I hope to ride east to west....I understand the wind blows the other way ???

Is this a big consideration ?...is it a problem ?

In a word, no.  At least, not if you're cycling below 30,000 feet altitude.

The worst of the winds on our trip were in Kansas and Wyoming.  One really bad day in Wyoming, and lots of SE to SW winds in Kansas.    See if you can find (and understand) a wind rose for sites along your way, and in most places, it's like a rose - the wind at ground level comes from all directions, so there's no real benefit (from the wind) to riding east.

On the other hand, most TransAm riders eventually rise and ride early.  The heat and wind come up as the day wears on, so if you get done riding early, you miss the worst of both.  And if you're going west at dawn, the traffic on your side of the road (right) will not be blinded by the sunrise.

Also, as you go west, you give the western passes time to melt.

Both are reasons to go west, young man...

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Novice coming to America !
« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2010, 01:33:39 pm »
Another security question - how do most bikers carry their valuables ?

- money, credit cards, cell phone etc?

....money belt....panniier....pocket...under your hat !!... ??????

I can imagine valuables in a pannier could disappear in a flash if you turned your back for a second in the wrong place. 

We kept wallets and camera in a bar bag, and took wallets with us when off the bike (in jersey pockets).  Lunch where we couldn't see the bike, the bag came inside.  Some places one of us stayed with the bikes, while the other one went inside to shop.

I usually kept about a week's spending money in cash, replenishing it from ATMs along the way.

I suppose a pannier could disappear in a flash, if the thief could figure out how to get it off the rack.  Most people wouldn't want to root through two or three days of damp, sweaty laundry to find what's in the bottom of a pannier.  And most Americans have a hard time figuring how to get a pannier off the rack, which is sometimes very nice for me!

Offline Shane

Re: Novice coming to America !
« Reply #20 on: September 04, 2010, 08:14:28 am »
I hope to ride east to west....I understand the wind blows the other way ???

Is this a big consideration ?...is it a problem ?

Thats what I thought, and it is generally true, except when I did it of course (w-e). I had a headwind for most of 2000km through the midwest.There might be some good tips for you in my trip report (which includes videos and an easy reading section for lazy people)
the epilogue is a good read imo ;D
« Last Edit: September 04, 2010, 08:22:21 am by Shane »

Offline tim in wales

Re: Novice coming to America !
« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2010, 02:23:46 pm »

Some great information  - yet again - thanks everyone....

Offline tim in wales

Re: Novice coming to America !
« Reply #22 on: September 06, 2010, 02:26:02 pm »
I hope to ride east to west....I understand the wind blows the other way ???

Is this a big consideration ?...is it a problem ?

Thats what I thought, and it is generally true, except when I did it of course (w-e). I had a headwind for most of 2000km through the midwest.There might be some good tips for you in my trip report (which includes videos and an easy reading section for lazy people)
the epilogue is a good read imo ;D

thanks Shane - I am looking at your trip report as i type...

Offline tim in wales

Re: Novice coming to America !
« Reply #23 on: September 06, 2010, 04:43:56 pm »
Shane ...got as far  as leaving Wyoming so far in your story.......having looked at your route, I'm curious to know how you chose your route, did you do it as you went along ?, how many and what scale maps did you carry with yo.

tim

Offline Shane

Re: Novice coming to America !
« Reply #24 on: September 07, 2010, 03:57:06 am »
Tim,

I wanted to start in Oregon and I wanted to cross the Rockies over trail ridge road, the rest I made up as a went along. I used google maps for the general planning, but for the local work I used state maps which you can buy at every fuel station(about $5), and usually for the next state too. IF you buy the tourist version some campsites are marked too.  

I see that my videos are no longer in the trip report text (I'll fix that later), in the mean time you can find my videos HERE.

Shane
« Last Edit: September 07, 2010, 04:19:06 am by Shane »

Offline tim in wales

Re: Novice coming to America !
« Reply #25 on: September 10, 2010, 05:37:19 pm »
Thanks Shane.

You sound like you are at home in England now ???

Got itchy feet ?  Been home long ? Working ? Travelling ?  What is next on your horizon ?

Just being nosey, sorry.

tim

Offline Shane

Re: Novice coming to America !
« Reply #26 on: September 11, 2010, 11:59:20 am »
Ha Tim,
This is keeping me busy:



I haven't lived in England for 10 years. Finished my trip in the US October 2009, My feet are very itchy so once my knee is sorted I;ll be cycling for a month in Uganda.

Working my nuts off saving money so that in 2012 I can pack up and bugger off for a couple of years .....Amsterdam-Cape town in 2012 after that who knows.....

My tip for you is, as this is your first trip, do one of the ACA routes, they make life alot easier and you'll meet more cyclists on the routes too which is always fun. That and www.warmshowers.com

From time to time I update my site blog and other bits, I'd say watch this space  ;) www.shanecycles.com

« Last Edit: September 11, 2010, 12:00:56 pm by Shane »

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Novice coming to America !
« Reply #27 on: September 11, 2010, 11:30:44 pm »
It is safe enough. The roads you use can make quite a difference. You need to do some research on routes. A simple cheap poly tarp works just fine unless insects, most particularly mosquitoes and biting flies, are a problem. Any good touring machine will meet your needs.

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Novice coming to America !
« Reply #28 on: September 21, 2010, 03:46:22 am »
Tim, you should be safe  just about anywhere. There are certain areas of large cities you might want to avoid unless you are in a tank. I have cycled all over the USA, well, not ALL over, but quite a bit. I have not encountered the first crime such as theft, robbery, assault, battery, and that sort of thing. All that and worse is going on, yes, but the touring cyclist is not likely at all to be bothered by it. I would advise using cycling maps. I assure you it can make a difference which roads you use. Some roads are as close to ideal for cycling as you can get. Others, especially at rush hour, can be roads from hell with noise, no shoulders, pollution, and mad-dash traffic.
Do not expect the same network of hostels as in the U.K. They are here and comparatively few and far between. The west coast will give you a good choice of cheap hiker-biker campsites. ACA's northern tier route is mapped coast to coast. Get the maps. Pay attention
to details. I would not tell anyone what touring bike to get. I am still using my old one and it works just fine. This past winter I cycled from coastal Florida to San Diego, CA in 55 days total with 43 days actually on the road. The frame may be old but it's efficient enough, and I am 60. I would recommend using Continental Travel Contact tires. Rotate when you are half finished with the trip, and one set should take you all the way across. Don't skimp on carrying patches and glue and tire levers. Don't go anywhere without a pump.

Offline cyclocamping

Re: Novice coming to America !
« Reply #29 on: September 21, 2010, 06:31:19 pm »
Here are some good online sources: www.cyclocamping.com (check the tips and tricks section), www.travellingtwo.com and www.crazyguyonabike.com

As for the tent, here are a series of articles to help you to make the right choices along with some tips to use your tent:
How to choose a bike touring tent?

www.CycloCamping.com "Gear Up and SAVE on the Best Touring Equipment!
Silver Corporate Partner of Adventure Cycling Association
www.CycloCampingForum.com - www.facebook.com/cyclocamping