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... bungies ...  Look at all the broken ones you see on the road. 
: ) a most worthy point.

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attaching with bungee cords
While bungee cords are a modern convenience miracle,
if one breaks as you are in motion and entangles in your spokes
it may not be good.
I'd encourage you to consider good straps
in lieu of bungees?

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Routes / Re: US bike route 21 Atlanta to Chatanooga
« on: October 04, 2021, 09:31:36 pm »
Oops , I screwed up. my destination host posted Asheville by mistake .
No prob at all ... lots of us (i include myself : ) enjoy dreaming about routes as much as we doing riding 'em !!!
You helped me recall about the previous fun times i have had on the Cherokee to Asheville slab
and, as said, you got me dreaming about the next time i'll be able to give the Blue Ridge Parkway my next spin !!!

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Routes / Re: US bike route 21 Atlanta to Chatanooga
« on: October 04, 2021, 10:20:06 am »
... Blue Ridge Parkway from Cherokee into Asheville.  Take lots of water!...
Pat does knoweth that of which he speaketh.

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Routes / Re: US bike route 21 Atlanta to Chatanooga
« on: October 04, 2021, 07:43:39 am »
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I just have to figure out a safe route from Chattanooga to Asheville.
You are developing a great adventure that i hope you will document, by which many might well benefit.

My 2 cents, IknowU ..... re. 'safe route' to Asheville...
IF you can find a 'safe route' from Chattanooga to Cherokee, NC,
then, the rest is very safe from Cherokee to Asheville via The Blue Ridge Parkway

(i.e., commercial traffic not even permitted, unless 'local' ... posted speed limit is 45mph which is not even possible alotta the time due to the curves... no paved shoulders but typically well maintained grassy shoulders .... you would need 1.5", or better, wide tires.... 1/2 dozen unlit tunnels, hence, you need great front AND rear lighting .... please Private Message me IF you'd care to know stuff about the Blue Ridge Parkway / Skyline Drive .... have done it all  ... love it / my most favorite 600 miles stretch of pavement ... won't take up your time further mumbling allllllll about it here, when your Original Post is not focused on it. : ).

Chattanooga (to Cherokee, NC, & then on) to Asheville, NC ~
As i am certain that you already know, Google by Bicycle wants to take you via US 74.  Could be treacherous for cycling? .....
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Chattanooga,+Tennessee/Cherokee,+NC/@35.0872724,-84.8768185,9z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x886060408a83e785:0x2471261f898728aa!2m2!1d-85.3096801!2d35.0456297!1m5!1m1!1s0x8859431093d68437:0xa39957b8c6be1696!2m2!1d-83.3205859!2d35.4770574!3e1

Will say this with certainty about a nearby section of road that IS a suicide ride ....
know that US 441 between Cherokee, NC and Gatlinburg, TN is, so sadly, not built for bikes ...
if there are any shoulders, it is by accident ...
RVs passing by each other in opposite directions on the curves leave little to no room even for themselves,
e.g./i.e.  I say sadly, cause it does have lotsa beautiful scenery when one has a chance to take a gander.

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Routes / Re: US bike route 21 Atlanta to Chatanooga
« on: October 03, 2021, 09:46:39 am »
Is the campground on the Silver Comet Trail any good? (no food/water, I got that)
Thanks, God Bless*.
IKnow - IF : ) you are referring to The Rock Campground, which is a few miles east of Rockmart and about 3/4 mile just south of / adjacent and easily accessible from the Silver Comet Trail ( https://therockrvpark.com/tents )....
i highly recommend it ....
have camped there at least 2 times over the last 5 years. 
The owner / manager John Hitchcock is a fine gentleman (you will see his profile on the above website).
It may be that you are referring to different campground, cause you mention 'no water,' and The Rock had potable water.
Regarding the Bike Route 21 in general, in my humble view, you will likely find the beauty and wonder of *God's great outdoors in this route thru northwest Georgia fairly inspiring. Full disclosure: i have not cycled this specific route; however, have camped and traveled throughout it over the years.
Regarding your question "Any noteworthy stops and services?" - Rockmart has all services and that which i have found to be a most friendly town the 8 or so times i have had the pleasure of stopping there. 
Hope you will send along updates of your ride.

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Routes / Re: going up north from Atlanta into Tennessee
« on: September 17, 2021, 07:35:55 am »
You may already have full awareness of this...
but on the outside chance, no.....
Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG.org) does an Atlanta to or from Chattanooga every year.
They typically do US.BikeRt.21 as you will see here:
https://www.brag.org/21-2/
They may well be a source of information (?) for you.
This year's ride is in a week, 9/24-26.
The Route/Que data is here:
https://www.brag.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-USBR21-Ride-Guide-web.pdf

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General Discussion / Re: The Big American Bike Ride
« on: September 15, 2021, 08:46:26 am »
Let freedom ring....
for me, one of motivational elements of biking is
the freedom to ride when, where and how i want.
Let biking be biking for cryin' out loud
when, where & how any & all want.
Nobody is stopping anyone from riding both.
Not to mention that both will promote biking
more than just one ride, even if one or the other doesn't materialize.

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South Atlantic / Re: Road Trip Suggestions
« on: September 14, 2021, 07:52:21 am »
We will be taking a road trip at the end of September. Going from GA to Maine.
I am looking for any recommendations or suggestions as to some trails, bike parks, riding in general that I can find along the way.
The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Skyline Drive (commercial traffic free) will be following along your itinerary (for 597 miles of it anyway : ) and there are about 500 documented (used to be, anyways* ) trails off of the Parkway.
Take a look and see if it offers the type of riding opportunities in which you might have an interest...
https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/
https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/maps.htm
Adv.Cycling used to sell this book for years ... don't see it on the site at present,
hence, here it is on Amazon ( covers both Blue Ridge and Skyline )
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=blueridge+skinner&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss
* Best i could find on trails radiating off the The Blue Ridge Parkway -
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=blueridge+parkway+trails&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_2
~ Best wishes for a great trip (from a 'Georgia boy' : )

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General Discussion / Re: Shout Out
« on: September 11, 2021, 07:18:14 am »
Yo Mike ~ Happy for you having completed your enjoyable passage coast to coast. 
Should you at some point choose to trek north/south whereby you wend your way thru the southeastern U.S.A. ....
know that there is a free cup of coffee in your future awaiting you anytime in Georgia.

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General Discussion / Re: What cyclists see, and nobody else.
« on: September 04, 2021, 08:24:44 am »
It was a very large snapping turtle. Shell was at least 2'. A motorist and I both stopped. I tried to pick it up by the back of the shell to move it out of harms' way. The thing went nuts. So strong. I dropped it like a bad habit. Add "Picking up a large snapping turtle" to the list of things I will never try again.
County maintenance guy ...  responds "You can't hurt these things." He finally got it off into the grass.
You got me wondering something about turtles that has occurred to me in the past when I see 'em crossing the road,
what other critter travels so well 'self-contained/fully loaded?' Answer: Bike Tourist?

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General Discussion / Re: Staying out of the breakdown lane; staying safe
« on: September 01, 2021, 09:06:25 am »
I've a few questions for those who've done long tours. 
(1.)  Do you carry spray lube for derailleurs or just do the best you can with liquid?
(2.)  Assume you've been on the road for 1,000 miles, your bike is running just fine, but you have another 1,500 miles to go.  There's a bike shop ahead.  Would you stop to have your chain and cassette degreased/cleaned? 
(3.)  Do riders typically plan town stops in places with a bike shop to have that and other adjustments done that require more than a multi tool?
(4.)  I'm studying Park Tool videos more intently than I ever prepped for the GRE.  My goal is to be competent in changing tires, adjusting brakes and derailleurs, and replacing cables.  Any other repair skills that you consider "must know" before doing a long tour?

Keep in mind that I'm going solo. Any and all comments and suggestions would be most welcome.
(1.) Small can of WD-40 spray.  To everyone who reviles the use of WD-40 ~ yes, I know it is not technically a lub; however, it is light, slippery and stands for 'Water Repellent.'  Light and slippery for me has worked well for years.  I'll spray about every 4 days .... more if I am in a lot of rain.
(2.) Every 1000 I pick up a small degreaser aerosol foaming spray-on from the auto depart. of Walmart ... spray it on and find a hose & wash off.  Done.
(3.) I do not.
(4.) When I had my 1st flat I discovered : ) that the average frame mounted pump would actually not adequately re-pressurize my tires.  Hence I looked into both the most robust frame pump I could find, as well as, air pressurized cans (with the cans I learned I would lose a lot of air from the can as I fumbled around trying to get it properly seated on the value stem - hence, had to consider carrying enough cans with me to make up for my ineptitude - gave up on cans as it was easier to just keep a great pump on the frame.).

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General Discussion / Re: What cyclists see, and nobody else.
« on: August 31, 2021, 08:13:25 am »
Oh yeah, the last post reminds me that I see turtles shufflin' cross the road from time to time.

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General Discussion / Re: What cyclists see, and nobody else.
« on: August 25, 2021, 07:19:36 am »
I think we trigger the imagination of some people.
Have had folks tell me such was the case.

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