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Routes / outdated maps
« on: March 03, 2019, 09:50:04 pm »
how often does aca update maps? i bought the full set of transam maps a few years ago while prepping for the trip, and a digital version about a year ago. made it 800 miles before  breaking some bones, but going back in may to do the rest. if i can find a year on my maps, is it possible to get an idea -- at least a ballpark -- on whether  i should replace any or all?

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Routes / TABR route
« on: February 28, 2019, 08:47:27 pm »
I understand the TABR is adding an optional route through Nebraksa. Is ACA going to sanction it as a Transam alternative? What are the advantages of Nebraska? Maps coming?



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General Discussion / april weather transam
« on: September 25, 2018, 01:48:07 am »
After my fall and broken bones in July, I'm planning to resume my Transam effort in April, where i fell in Kentucky, 700-800 miles in. Wet spring, I suppose, but what's the coldest I'm likely to find?

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Gear Talk / mixte
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:23:27 pm »
hope someone can help. i've got mild balance issues and some arthritis. it is getting harder to get my leg over the bar of the surly. i have to lean on a wall or a post to get the job done. i'm wondering about a mixte frame, like the soma. would it flex so much as to be squirrely? any other ideas? thanks.

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General Discussion / job or pharoah?
« on: June 29, 2018, 09:14:18 pm »
Somebody tell me it gets easier. Started  the Transam east to west recently and so far have had 102 degree day, the route barricaded by flooding, what some tell me is the most severe single climb -- steep switchbacks to Afton/Rockfish Gap and the scariest downhill I have ever done -- steep, sharp slalom Blue Ridge Parkway to Vesuvius, Va. with some seriously useless disc brakes by the bottom.  Unavoidably, I started late and trained in flat Florida, but i still feel some plagues are falling on me. Not giving up, but seriously hope better days are ahead.

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General Discussion / e-thical issue
« on: February 05, 2018, 04:35:46 am »
Background: Have done marathons, ultras, mountain climbing, moderate bike tours (up to 129 mile day on Oregon coast). planned for years to do the Transamerica this summer. "Silent" heart attack in 2017 (at age 68), with some heart muscle loss and two MD scripts and a couple of naturopathic doc tablets. Planning 60 miles per day, supported. Upping the training and still believe I can do it. leaving mid-June. The dilemma: What if mid-May arrives and I see i cannot average 60? Time is not an issue, but snow is. To save my dream, I'm wondering about electric. I know that when I'm puffing along at 12 MPH and an electric bike flies by it bothers me a little. I certainly can't find too many bike-club and speedier riders who feel anything but disdain for e-bikes. But then some roadies and MTB types are hopeless snobs. I have found fellow Adventure Cycling folks to be much less so. Finally, the questions: Part of the reason I want to ride Transamerica is for the camraderie along the road, lunch picnics, campground beers, flat tires, etc. So, first question: On an e-bike, would I be a pariah along the route? Second question: Any recommendations for an e-bike with minimal weight as well as minimal assist? I do not want to ride a motorcycle, just maybe get a little boost with the headwinds and the steeper climbs. See you out there. And thanks.

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General Discussion / Heart for TransAmerica?
« on: November 26, 2017, 10:10:16 pm »
I've been planning for years to ride the TransAmerica next summer. But this summer, was diagnosed with congestive heart disease. I'm still planning to go. Any advice from other heart patients who have done it? My wife is driving support, so will have a minimal load. Related topic:  If you have the time, or think maybe you don't want to ride all the way, we might take you on as a companion. You could jump in the van as you wish. East-west, leaving first week in June and taking as long as it takes. To discuss details, answer here or fastrog@yahoo.com

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Gear Talk / front gears
« on: August 06, 2017, 02:15:36 am »
I'm thinking about having a Surly frame built up locally because I do not like the stock bar-end shifters. My mech thinks I would do well with an electronic 11 or 12 in the rear and zippo in the front, partly because I have never been one to be a stickler and use all  my gears. Have done tours in Oregon, Washington, Montana and other hilly places. Plan to do Transamerica next year. Can I survive with such a gear setup? 68 years old and in moderate shape. Hope to be better by next year's ride -- well, better condition but not younger. Supported, by the way.

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General Discussion / have a heart
« on: July 27, 2017, 05:10:55 am »
Just found out I had a "silent" heart attack with some muscle damage. Some tests still to be done. Was planning to do Transamerica next summer. Hoping not to give it up. Any heart patient/tour riders out there with advice/encouragement? Thanks.

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General Discussion / internal hubs
« on: May 12, 2017, 01:02:50 am »
Planning to ride the TransAmerica Summer 2018. I'll be 69 by then, and am planning to have a Surly built at my local bike shop by two mechanics who ride Surlys. Am thinking about an internal hub. Enough range for Hoosier Pass? Going supported this time, but plan to use the same bike for light-to-loaded touring also, before and after Transam. Thoughts?

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General Discussion / ti trike
« on: December 26, 2016, 08:03:10 pm »
thinking about a recumbent trike. bought a terratrike, but my wife liked it so much she took it over. i liked it too, but kind of heavy. since, i have discovered the TiTrike. titanium, of course, with 20 speed shimano. patterson 28/45 planetary gear in front, sturmey archer drum brakes. to me, some unusual components. although i have heard the names. also has a huge load limit -- 400 pounds, although i would not go past 250-275 for fully loaded touring. also choice of 20 or 26 rear wheel. any thought from anyone who owns one or thoughts in general. red flags? like enough gears for transamaerica? thanks

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General Discussion / trikes
« on: November 29, 2016, 02:53:25 am »
I seem to be having increasing problems with hand, arm, foot and butt pain, as well as some balance issues. I've tried all sorts of shoes, cleats, old cages, saddles, etc. I'm thinking about a trike, but my touring goal is Transam. I'm worried about seeing and being seen as well as weight. Any thoughts? Yes, big topic.

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Gear Talk / trailers vs panniers
« on: November 02, 2016, 03:56:51 am »
I've heard various opinions on trailer versus  panniers. At 200 pounds and over 6 feet, the bike, tires and wheels, etc., already have a substantial load. A trailer seems a good solution. I realize it adds weight and rolling resistance. So, is there consensus or an "absolute," or is it all personal preference? Has anyone done any science on the topic? I'm talking about long, self-contained tours on pavement. Thanks

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General Discussion / folders
« on: January 27, 2015, 02:52:48 am »
I rode road bikes for years, but have been riding a Trek FX 7.5 with road tires for mostly rails=to-trails rides of 25 to 30 miles and occasionally longer. And I'm breaking into a Bacchetta recumbent thanks to lots of hand, arm, foot and other numbness. The goal is touring, building up to south-north florida, maybe the cross georgia and cross-iowa tours and eventually cross-country.  This summer, we plan a car tour across the southern tier, into new mexico, Utah and Colorado. Idea is to drive half-day, then take a scenic loop or up and back to camp to hotel. And some days take turns driving and playing sag wagon. Since space is limited I'm thinking about a foldable. Any advice on whether a foldable is practical for 40 to 50 miles a day? Would one of the brands with an 8-speed internal and gates belt be at all practical? any preferred brands? thanks. roger

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