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General Discussion / Re: Advice on likely my last bike
« on: November 15, 2023, 09:41:56 am »
A few random thoughts (since I can't make your decision for you!):

Don't sell the Coda until you're sure the new bike is The One for you.  It's possible you'll spend the next few months reading all about bikes, and riding, and pick the absolute best bike on paper, and find you like the Coda better.

I wouldn't write off drop bars until you've tried some that have the bars about the same height as the saddle (like a touring bike).  If you like cycling and keep at it until you're doing some longer rides, it's possible you'll want the drops when you face a stiff headwind coming home.

Some people have found that the typical drop bar position is more comfortable than a straight/mountain bike bar.  If your torso is around 45 degrees, there's some flex at your hips you don't have if you're sitting upright.  Any bump that makes it past your tires and bike suspension (if your bike has it) goes straight into your lower back if you're upright.

Think of this as your next bike, not necessarily as your last bike.  That gives you some mental agility down the road.  If you need some exercise and perhaps a way to take off some weight, that's a lifetime goal.  Even if you find and buy that perfect bike this year, in 10 years things may change so you need something else to keep on riding.  A recumbent trike may be big, heavy, and unwieldy this year; but in 10 years your balance may decline, and that's just what you'll need then.

Final recommendation (for now): start planning ahead.  Touring bikes and frames are usually made in a small batch every year.  They'll likely hit the stores around March, and be gone by June.  So contact bike shops in your area, see if they're willing to order something in your size, and you can test ride them next spring.

General Discussion / Re: start tour operator business
« on: November 03, 2023, 09:12:22 am »
What's with the habitual digging up of old threads?

Nothing else to talk about at the end of the "season" I guess.  It's either dig up old threads (for some of these, you need a degree in archaeology) or start swapping old jokes.

What's brown and sounds like a bell?
(Pretty sure, this joke goes better with a British accent.)
Strikes me that a couple of the motorcycle fora I keep track of have joke threads that get some action this time of year.
(Be the life of the party: check out hundreds more funny jokes like this one!  ::) )

Dung! Dung!  ;D

Yuck, that joke stinks!

General Discussion / Re: Pedals and Shoes for the TransAmerica
« on: October 31, 2023, 11:37:33 am »
I am considering the Crank Brothers Candy 7 when mine go bad, but the guy at the bike shop didn't know if the float has a spring return or is it a free float like the Frogs, and the Crank Bros website doesn't say either.  Do you know?

I don't know if the Crank Bros. are completely free float -- there may be a slight residual from spring pressure on those transverse bars.  However, I do know that my Eggbeaters are much, much lower than the lowest spring pressure I ever felt on the SPD pedals I used briefly before I found Frogs.

General Discussion / Re: start tour operator business
« on: October 30, 2023, 10:09:27 am »
What's with the habitual digging up of old threads?

Nothing else to talk about at the end of the "season" I guess.  It's either dig up old threads (for some of these, you need a degree in archaeology) or start swapping old jokes.

General Discussion / Re: Pedals and Shoes for the TransAmerica
« on: October 30, 2023, 10:08:03 am »
Two more sets of cleats to wear out here...

FWIW, as I noted up-thread, I've got Crank Brothers Eggbeaters, now on two bikes.  IME they're not as easy to clip in or out as the Frogs, but they're better than SPDs for a bit of float.  I've read, in another forum, that Time ATAC are even better for float.

General Discussion / Re: Barge and Bike in the USA?
« on: September 20, 2023, 10:49:30 am »
Thanks, that's the very thing I was looking for.  Unfortunately, the McCready tours look great but I think my family would balk at $5,000 per head.

They'd probably balk at the price of a Santana, too!

Routes / Re: 3-4 month USA 2024
« on: September 15, 2023, 08:55:39 am »
First comment: Switching from roads (say, Kentucky or Ohio to Colorado) to the Great Divide means you're either overbiked (mountain bike with twice the drag) on the roads, or underbiked on the Great Divide (hope you brought good walking shoes).  Although if you start out on the C&O in April, that might be a good thing.

Second comment: I'd strongly suggest planning on indoor housing in larger cities (hotels/motels or BnB) to secure your gear while you hit the clubs or whatever you want to see.  Budget accordingly; it floors me how much prices have gone up.

Next, airlines are easier in Seattle than most other places in the northwest.  You'd have to go to San Francisco or Salt Lake City to match overseas terminals without small town connections.

Your route choices seem to parallel much of the TransAm.  Are you trying to stay off that route, and if so, why?

Lastly, I'd suggest a couple days' layover in Yellowstone, if you hit it, and a day to see Glacier.  You won't really get to see it like you would in a week, but it's worth the time to scratch just a bit deeper, IMHO.

Gear Talk / Re: Endurance bike advice
« on: August 21, 2023, 08:35:06 am »
I'm still riding two 14 year old bikes and one that, depending on whether you count a warranty replacement frame as new, is either 25 or 17 years old.  Frames rarely wear out, and components can be replaced as needed.  (For instance, only the fork and brakes on that 25 year old bike are OEM; everything else has been replaced.  I'd probably be using the original bars if not for accidents.)

I think that 5-10 years is how long many (most?) people can stand to read Buycycling magazine before they succumb to the lure of new! shiny! upgraded! and buy a new bike.

Westinghouse, what's with the bold, large font on your posts?  Are you having trouble reading on your device of choice?

General Discussion / Re: Picking up the Trans America from DC
« on: June 09, 2023, 04:50:03 pm »
I would suggest taking the W&OD rail trail to Purcellville, Virginia. From Purcellville it is about a thirty-five mile distance to Front Royal, VA, the northern end of the Skyline Drive. You would need to come up with your own route between Purcellville and Front Royal, but there are plenty of tracks on sights such as Ride With GPS where people have ridden between the two.

In Front Royal you can take the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park, a distance of 105 miles. The southern end of the Skyline Drives is the northern terminus of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Trans-America trail intersects the Blue Ridge Parkway there at Afton, Va.

This is the route I would take, but it seems like O.P. is trying to avoid the Appalachians.  Having grown up as a young boy in southwest Virginia, I can't figure out why anyone would do that.  :) 

Rocky Mountain / Re: Grand Canyon connector Weather
« on: June 08, 2023, 08:48:59 am »
Short answer: check the averages for locations along your route and the dates you're looking at.

Long answer: If you're going to try this, plan on checking in to a motel (or other indoor housing) by shortly after noon every day in southern and/or low elevation Arizona.  You can expect lows of 80F (but it's a dry heat!) and highs around 110F.  It's really hard to drink enough to stay hydrated and cool off enough to sleep at night, and that's before you start cycling, unless you're already acclimated.  And most of the "acclimated" cyclists in the Phoenix area treat summer like most of the country treats winter -- their end of season sales are in April and May.

Gear Talk / Re: Sandals for colder climate?
« on: May 18, 2023, 09:29:23 am »
I've also ridden with sandals and wool socks.  However, I'll take a plastic grocery bag, cut it in half, and wrap a half over each sock before I put the sandals on when it dips below ~50F.  It's a good wind block that keeps my toes warm(er), and also helps against rain (though I have not done a long ride below 40F in the rain with sandals.  Yet?).

Routes / Re: help needed: route selection (June-July)
« on: May 11, 2023, 05:00:09 pm »
Given the four options A, B, C, and D, I'd suggest E: fly into Jackson, WY.  Pick up the TransAm (I'd go up the east side of the Tetons, and go through Yellowstone, but AC has an alternate route up the west side).  When you get to Missoula, go north to Glacier, then take the Northern Tier west.  When you get to Anacortes, WA, make your way down to Port Townsend, then down to Bainbridge Island where you can catch the ferry into Seattle.

Urban Cycling / Re: Touring in New York City?
« on: May 10, 2023, 09:02:17 am »
depending on your panniers, Ortlieb offers what they call „anti-theft“ devices:

They are really more like „theft-delay“ devices, the wires can probably be cut easily with a Leatherman - still, they might keep the occasional burglar off.

I suspect the Ortlieb "anti-theft" wires are more appropriate for popping into a store in Owl Creek, MO, than they are for day touring NYC.  Remember that 3/8" cables aren't recommended for NYC because bike thieves carry cable cutters to handle them (and lightweight U-locks).  What chance does the much thinner Ortlieb have against those cutters?

Gear Talk / Re: rear lighting
« on: May 10, 2023, 08:58:05 am »
I've been able to clip a rear flasher to either the tent bag or the bungee net I use to strap the tent to the rack.

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