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General Discussion / Re: How to become a bike guide
« on: September 04, 2020, 11:00:44 pm »
You might enjoy this story (at least it will be enlightening).

General Discussion / Re: Cycling across the US (east to west)
« on: September 04, 2020, 10:57:04 pm »
Have a great trip! If you can possibly make the trip without monetizing it, please do so.  Big bike trips are all about the people you meet along the way, and when they discover/sense that you're doing it to make a buck, the experience changes.   Authentic connections will make the story life changing and one people will want to hear.   

General Discussion / Re: Which bike should I travel the U.S. with?
« on: November 01, 2016, 10:13:22 pm »
You don't provide enough details for much advice; route, timing, etc. but in general it would be a hell of a long ways across the states on a fatty.  What about lacing narrower rims on the Pugs so you can run a little more distance-friendly tire?

General Discussion / Re: bike vs. bike
« on: December 24, 2015, 08:44:41 pm »
This is a little off topic but I hope you think it's worth mentioning.  The Vaya can flex a bit around the bottom bracket on a bigger rider when fully loaded. 

General Discussion / Re: Cost of a cross country USA trip?
« on: November 26, 2015, 11:56:50 pm »
Sorry if i missed it but is this your first long tour?  If so, you should try to sock a way a bit more if you can as it's hard to know just how you are going to feel being out for that length of time.  Personally, I found it really easy to justify 8-10 bucks for a meal if it meant included all I could drink, a change to charge the electronics, wifi, etc.   

Classifieds / Re: WTB: Touring bike size 60cm or so
« on: November 20, 2015, 10:39:38 pm »
There's a 60 Disc trucker over on the CGOAB classified page right now

I had very good luck building a cross country route by mapping one based on my best guess and then asking people in the regional section of for their advice on what I had proposed.  It paid off big time.  Even made a couple friends out of the deal.  Good luck!

General Discussion / Re: Brooks Sadles
« on: June 29, 2013, 09:42:47 pm »
Another male here albeit a 140 lb one if that makes any difference.   Started a coast to coast with 800 miles on a Brooks B17.  Best purchase I ever made.  Butt is NEVER a limiting factor for length of ride.   2 years and 10,000 miles later, the saddle goes on whichever bike i'm riding.  Interesting side note:  I put it on my newest ride (Salsa Fargo) and the local collective have all been taking it for test rides.  Based on the feedback i've gotten, the LBS has sold three Brooks because of it.

General Discussion / Re: Need help picking a route
« on: February 07, 2013, 07:35:27 pm »
Is your route completely open?

General Discussion / Re: When You Are the Only Cyclist in the Family
« on: January 26, 2013, 11:09:04 pm »
My kids are 24 and 29.  Long distance cycling has absolutely changed my life the last 6-7 years or so-I am having an absolute ball.  However, I can't imagine for a minute missing out on the kids growing up while I was out on a bike. Yours will be grown quicker than you can possibly imagine.   Figure out what kind of bikes they like to ride now, join em and grow into long distance stuff together over time.     Or, you could just pull a Metal Joe Kurmaske's Mud, Sweat and Gears ;)

General Discussion / Re: Advice on Heading South in Winter
« on: November 16, 2012, 10:24:17 am »
Sounds like "snowbird" might be your key word.  Lots of folks heading south with their monster homes on wheels.  Sorry I don't have any good advice on how to connect with them.  I've found that even though we disagree on transportation mode, many of them have the same spirit for travel as us.  I bet finding a ride wouldn't be too difficult.

Have a great trip.  What's your cgoab journal going to be titled?

I think the Caprock Canyon Trailway might be a good option for you assuming you wait until the weather cools.  Shade can be VERY difficult to come by.

General Discussion / Re: Chamoix cream is it worth it?
« on: July 06, 2012, 09:52:51 pm »
I had never used/needed it until i rode 5 days straight in the rain.  Worth it at any price.  I little dab will do you.

General Discussion / Re: Share how you got $ & time off to tour
« on: June 03, 2012, 03:06:35 pm »
Here's my story.  Today happens to be the 1 year anniversary of my "trip of a lifetime".  It started as a dream and to be honest, i didn't ever really think it would happen.  However, I had worked for several years to acquire the gear "just in case".  The majority of my equipment (including bike, panniers, tent, stove, etc) was purchased used.  As far as funding the trip itself, be sure to include the saving of money you won't be spending if you were living life as usual such as fuel/commuting costs, work related expenses, entertainment purchases(i had very little/need interest to seek outside "fun" while on the road, others may be different).  It also helps to justify the cost by comparing what you might spend on a normal vacation. 

The time came when I unexpectedly changed careers.  You can read about that here   The interesting thing is 2 1/2 years after I made the career change, i'm back with the same organization in a different role.  So i guess I would just say have a plan in place and take advantage of the opportunity when it presents itself.  I'll also say i'm twice the employee i was before the trip because my perspective on so many things has changed.
Good luck!

General Discussion / Re: Bike shipping / Lesson learned?
« on: May 15, 2012, 08:22:55 am »
Here's another twist in the box size equation.  Fedex will not cover the bike against shipping damages unless there is a couple inches clearance between the bike and the box. 

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