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General Discussion / Re: carrying a firearm on a tour
« on: Today at 07:47:27 am »
It seems like a reasonable safety precaution * when traveling in a remote area--or in an urban jungle (e.g., defense against wildlife, even two-legged ones).
For me, I only tote bear f-o-g-g-e-r.
No firearm.
Always one in handle bar bag.
If I sense a particular venue is *'risky,'
I bring out a 2nd and wear it on my hip.

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General Discussion / Re: TransAm done - What next?
« on: February 24, 2021, 07:19:28 pm »
If motor vehicle-free trails/paths appeal, one can ride the majority of the distance from Washington, D.C. to Lincoln, Nebraska on trails.
TCS - I am most interested in your Trail diagram ... do you have a link to whatever 'this' is? Thx.

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General Discussion / Re: TransAm done - What next?
« on: February 23, 2021, 07:56:11 am »
What route would seasoned bikepackers/tourers recommend for us? Northern Tier, Southern Tier, Atlantic Coast, Pacific Coast, something else completely? :)
Notions for consideration / evaluation / fun contemplation .....
1. Skyline Drive + Blue Ridge Parkway .... Front Royal VA to/from Cherokee NC ... ~ 600 miles [Some documentation: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=skinner+blueridge+parkway&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss ]
2. American Discovery Trail Coast to Coast ... https://discoverytrail.org/
3. Go 'diagonally' to/from Key West to Anacortes WA (as u r probably aware - western terminus of Northern Tier : ).

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General Discussion / Re: Average Weight Loss/Gain on Cross Country Tour
« on: February 22, 2021, 08:12:05 am »
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I typically experience a 1 pound loss per every 100 miles, fully loaded, self-contained, solo.

Almost the same weight loss speed, that I have. And it seems that speed of weight loss also depends on the meal, which you consume and how much protein/fat does it have.

At what total loss do you stop losing Jimmy?

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General Discussion / Re: Communication
« on: February 22, 2021, 08:05:39 am »
I can't figure out why they keep saying these FRS radios have up to a 35 mile range, wouldn't that be considered false advertising?

My 2 cents: by anyone's measure it is an absurd advertising statement.

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General Discussion / Re: Communication
« on: February 21, 2021, 08:15:04 am »
Some thoughts "Ed" ….. 
5.   FRS (aka, Family Radio Service). Power output is 0.5 Watts. No FCC License required.
FROZE - THANK you for the Links + APOLOGIES for my out of date above 2-10-21 Post.
One of your FRS Links have shown me that my statement that FRS is FCC limited to 0.5 Watts IS WRONG ...
as of 2017 FRS was increased to 2.0 Watts on certain channels/frequencies.

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General Discussion / Re: Preparation for climbing . . .
« on: February 19, 2021, 08:11:50 am »
I will be riding fully packed for camping with front and rear panniers . . .
Thanks.
Rix - I comprehend 'fully packed,' in that I have always, and will always, take along my ol'kitchen sink.
With that in mind ... please just keep in mind the old axiom that
'no one needs to get tired touring unless he/she just wants to;'
meaning, as posted ("Jam's" great post : ) previously, 'stopping' is always a wonderful option.
I.e., you will be on 'touring time' ~ and smelling the flowers along the way with each stop is part of the enjoyment for a good number of us.
P.S. You mentioned 'Gearing' ...... a great help to me in enjoying the climbs
is to always be riding with Chain Inches (aka, Gear Inches) under 20.

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General Discussion / Re: Communication
« on: February 10, 2021, 11:44:25 am »
Ed - You are welcome.  - My privilege.

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General Discussion / Re: Communication
« on: February 10, 2021, 10:40:08 am »
Some thoughts "Ed" ….. 
There are 5 main radio 'types' that claim to go 5 miles. 

In summary, as relates to your 5 mile specification:
My experience has been, given that nothing is in the way, that 3 out of the 5 can actually be relied on to do so.   
Furthermore, if one does not want to get an FCC license then it reduces it more so to CB * (& possibly MURS ** …. with an extremely remote possibility of FRS***).

Said 'type' radios are listed in order of stock FCC-legally purchase-able Wattage (aka, power) output which is the biggest determinate, all things being equal, in how far one can reliably communicate 5 miles….
1.   Amateur Radio (aka, Ham Radio). Power output is typically 5 to 100 Watts and even more. The handhelds are 5 to 8.  Legal requirement: FCC License.
2.   GMRS (aka, General Mobile Radio Service).  Power output is 2 to 50 Watts.  I do not know what the typical handheld range is.  Legal requirement: FCC License.
3.   CB (aka, Citizen Band). Power output is 4 Watts.  No FCC License required.
4.   MURS (aka, Multi-Use Radio Service). Power output is 2 Watts. No FCC License required.
5.   FRS (aka, Family Radio Service). Power output is 0.5 Watts. No FCC License required. [2-21-2021 Important Update:
My above statement that FRS is limited to 0.5 is WRONG - APOLOGIES as per my 2-21-2021 Post. One of FROZE's Links
has educated me that as of 2017 the FCC increased the FRS maximum wattage to 2.0 on certain channels.]


Greater Detail:
*Easiest solution is the CB BUT the problem is size and weight on your bike (& part of this is because it takes typically 9 AA batteries to power it … in the vehicle one can use a cigarette plug, IF the vehicle has one – fewer and fewer do.).  IF nothing is in the way, a CB will send and receive 5 miles.   https://www.amazon.com/s?k=cb+radio+handheld&i=electronics&crid=2GL5XD98RRHR5&sprefix=cb+radio%2Celectronics%2C203&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_1_8
**The next most likely is a MURS.  It is much smaller than a CB; however, the power is only a maximum of 2 Watts.  It might go 5 miles if nothing is in the way.  I do not know for sure.  When you see these for sale if is not unusual for advertisements to give greatly exaggerated communication distance capabilities (e.g., keep in mind that the curvature of the earth actually starts to impede communication at 3-4 miles for a 6 foot tall person, thus 6-8 miles for 6 foot person to 6 foot tall person).  IF there are whole lot of Amazon Reviews saying this is successful for 5 miles, then this would likely be your optimal blend of size – weight – power level.    IF not, then it would probably be best to go with the CB. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=murs+radio&i=electronics&crid=1YCAZOSMJKXJV&sprefix=murs%2Caps%2C162&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_1_4
***FRS.  It puts out only 0.5 Watts.[2-21-2021 Important Update : PLS see my above CORRECTION - APOLOGIES - In 2017 the FCC increase maximum FRS Wattage to 2.0] Not withstanding the advertisements that portray the capabilities of FRSs sending and receiving 30+ miles, read allllllll the reviews.  I, personally, have NEVER known of anyone to get more than ONE mile with nothing in the way.  https://www.amazon.com/s?k=frs+radio&i=electronics&ref=nb_sb_noss_1

If you’d care to discuss in more detail, will be glad to do so - hit me with a Personal Message.  I have tabular comparison chart(s) I could attach and send back your way, e.g./i.e.

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Routes / Re: New ACA Route coming
« on: February 09, 2021, 07:29:55 am »
For whatever it is might be worth,
Cape Henlopen State Park is the eastern terminus for the coast to coast American Discovery Trail.
Related link: https://discoverytrail.org/states/delaware/

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Rocky Mountain / Re: Earliest snow in the northern Rockies...
« on: February 04, 2021, 08:19:02 am »
when does snow typically arrive in those states making it difficult to get across the mountain passes .....  Northern Tier routes.
Chris - I have only toured the Northern Tier one time.
I was in the North Cascades, WA mid-July.
The travel was not impeded with any snow falling;
however, there was plenty of unmelted snow along the route in the upper elevations ...
I mention this cause IF that is 'normal' then you'd wanna know so that you prepared with that in mind,
e.g., IF you plan on camping.

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Thx Stae and Jam.

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Are Masks Now Required While Riding on Federal Roads ...
in that and to the extent that it is 'federally owned property?'
I tried to read and understand the related just released Executive Order
(I no longer have the Link)
but my average brain could not figure it out,
so I thought best to post the question herein. 
Thanks.

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General Discussion / Re: Getting to your start with all your stuff
« on: January 23, 2021, 10:39:09 am »
My question is this...
But how have you gotten your gear there? 
I have done it one of any of the following 3 ways,
subject to that which is most practical for each tour route end to end,
and getting back home,
ranked in order of preference of what has worked best for me:
1. One way rental car where by everything is with me.
2. If there is an REI at one end of tour &/or other .... I give it all to REI ....they will even re-assemble the bike.  I ship me by plane.
3. Bike shipped bike shop to bike shop and gear shipped USP to same bike shop. I ship me by plane.

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Anyway, I dislike the thin long seats of the racing bicycles. Can anyone recommend a different seat that I could use on that bicycle? A wider more comfortable seat is desired. I am not out to break any time trials or anything so adding a few more ounces is not an issue. Thanks in advance for your help.
For me, the Terry type seats,
that may well meet your above parameters (?),
have been great for touring....
https://www.rei.com/search?q=terry+saddles
The key is always about which saddles fit to the rider's individual 'sitting bones.'

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