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Routes / About the Pacific Coast Route
« on: May 08, 2009, 05:21:33 pm »
I've read some threats about this route but I'm a little concerened about the busy highway (101 I think?), are there any other ways of doing this trail through a safer route? Or do you guys think we'll be fine using the ACA maps? I'd like to go from Sacramento all the way to Portland.

Any suggestions/advice?


General Discussion / Pacific Coast Route vs. TransAm
« on: May 07, 2009, 09:00:43 pm »
Hi, we had planned to do the TransAm but we had to cut our travel time short so we're thinking about doing the Pacific Coast Route starting a week from now. Has anyone biked this route and what kind of advice to you guys give if different from doing another route?

We have all of our equipment ('cept for front racks)...but just wondering if there are different precautions to take than the TransAm.


Gear Talk / Front Racks
« on: January 01, 2009, 05:01:18 pm »
Hi! I've been looking for front racks for my trek bicycle for touring in April. I'm not sure which are good for touring that will hold enough weight.

I was looking at the Jandd Low Front Rack because it's pretty inexpensive (around $55). The others seem pretty expensive to me, I'd like to pay less than $100 if possible.

Any advice? Thanks!!!


Gear Talk / TransAm Cold Days Gear
« on: October 14, 2008, 10:44:06 am »
Hi, I'll be touring the TransAm route May 09 (West to East) and I was wondering if anyone can give me some advice on what type of clothes to take for the coldest days (Rockies primarily). I'm concerned about being too cold and not having the appropriate clothes but also about carrying too much stuff. I know I can send them home once I'm done using them but then I'm afraid I'll need 'em later.

I bought a MEC rain jacket but that's not going to keep me warm, that just blocks wind and its waterproof. I've been looking at the Under Armour cold gear but it's kind of pricey although the long sleeve shirts feel pretty good. I can't even think of what kind of pants to wear to keep me flexible and warm at the same time.

What do you guys wear on cold days? Is it breatheable? Would I need it after we pass the Rockies? And I'm assuming that's the coldest part of the route? I haven't even looked that up but I was just assuming that was the case.


Gear Talk / Touring Tires & Brakes
« on: October 02, 2008, 03:45:14 pm »
I've read different people saying they changed the original tires their bikes came in and brakes before touring. I'll be doing the TransAm and wondering if this it is necessary, to get better tires and brakes. I've heard about v-brakes but no idea what those are or how they are better.

Also, as a replacement if I were to get flats, how many extra tires, tubes and brake pads should I pack before touring?

Thank you!

Gear Talk / Touring Stove
« on: October 02, 2008, 01:32:03 pm »
I will by making my first TransAm tour this upcoming May and I was wondering which stove I should take that's light, affordable, easy maintenance/use, and easy to find fuel for if we run out during the trip.

I wouldn't want to spend more than $100 if possible on it.

Any ideas?

Gear Talk / Racks & Panniers
« on: September 25, 2008, 08:37:01 am »
Hi everyone, I'm pretty new here and we'll be doing the TransAm route next summer. I was thinking of getting some Arkel panniers online. Does anyone know if these would be ok for rain?

Also, should I go to a bike shop and get racks or is it ok to buy them online? and what should I buy first, the racks or the panniers?

Another thing I'm concerned about is weather and clothes. Especially during the colder areas, what minimal clothing (type) do you guys recommend for those areas, I mean what type of fabric for colder areas? I'll be taking a jacket that'll be good for snow/cold/wind and rain but I'm a little concerned about pants. Any suggestions/advice?

Thank you! I'll be posting more questions, this is my first trip :)

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