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General Discussion / Best day to start on 66 from Santa Monica
« on: December 10, 2023, 06:24:45 pm »
I'm hoping to leave in early March from Santa Monica. The route appears to go traverse some high traffic areas, so on which day of the week would be best to set off?

General Discussion / Re: LA Union station to Santa Monica
« on: November 24, 2023, 07:45:55 pm »
The best way is to take LA Metro.  You will have to transfer once but is better and easier than trying to ride to Santa Monica.

Thank you so much. I had no idea there was a Metro. There was I thinking buses, Uber, car rental etc. I hope I can manage with four panniers.

General Discussion / Re: A few notes on the Sierra Cascades route
« on: November 23, 2023, 01:33:15 pm »
I'm sorry you had such a grim time on the SC I did it in 2011 and had a blast. It seems things have gone very much downhill since then, particularly the camping scene. Mind you I was lucky. I fell in with a couple who had booked a site in Yosemite. We ended up riding 500 miles together. The biggest challenge I came across was the pass to the Columbia that was blocked by snow in June! I had to make a detour and was told later I couldn't have picked a worse route.

General Discussion / LA Union station to Santa Monica
« on: November 23, 2023, 01:20:57 pm »
I'm planning on doing Route 66 W to E next spring having found out the hard way (twice) why E to W is a bad idea.
I would like to take Amtrak to Los Angeles which would land me in downtown LA. I'd rather not ride to Santa Monica from Union Station. Is there another way to get me and my bike to the start of 66? Or is the ride from Union Station quite tolerable?

General Discussion / Re: Continental gator skin bicycle tires.
« on: February 22, 2023, 10:02:04 am »

I'm surprised you're able to get any grip on "wet roads with downhill curves that have soil run off."  That's a recipe for any tire to start sliding.  Perhaps the front wheel grip is from extra width on the front Contact?  A better approach would be to slow down coming into the curve and try to ride as straight as possible across the mud streaks.
Perhaps he's Tom Pidcock in disguise.

General Discussion / Re: Your best single piece of advice
« on: February 20, 2023, 02:11:05 am »

I will be taking a short bicycle tour around the Scottish Highlands, canalligators, a few weeks before my TA trip.

And you won't have to deal with midges.

General Discussion / Re: Your best single piece of advice
« on: February 20, 2023, 02:05:29 am »
Develop a gear and packing list. Start short and work to longer tours.  Take an overnight or weekend trip with all your gear.  Then take a week-long trip.  Update your list as you learn.  The starter trips are good for equipment shakedown, training and fun.
All good advice. If you use stuff sacks attach a label (next to nothing at Staples) with the sack's contents listed, then you aren't opening sack after sack to find that pair of warm gloves.

General Discussion / Re: Lube when long distance touring
« on: February 20, 2023, 01:59:58 am »
What's T-9 ???
A Boesheild product.  It is sold and used for stuff other than bike chains.  The aircraft industry use it as do gunsmiths and enthusiasts to name a few other uses.  It comes in aerosol cans, squeeze bottles, and in larger (gallon etc) cans.  Bike shops tend to have the small squeeze bottles or sometimes the aerosol cans.  I think it is paraffin based.
It says it's paraffin based on the bottle.
A mechanic once advised me "Use the cheapest chain you can find and change them every 800 miles" I may try that in future: not the most convenient for a long tour but I find the chain cleaning quasi ritual a PIA and I'm not sure it makes them last any longer.

General Discussion / Re: Continental gator skin bicycle tires.
« on: January 20, 2023, 05:13:08 am »
One reason for using Conti's rather than Marathon Plus is that if you do get a flat in a Marathon+ they are a nightmare to take off at the side of the road.

General Discussion / Re: Grizzlies in Yellowstone and Glacier
« on: January 20, 2023, 05:08:07 am »
I was riding the Icefields Parkway from Jasper and staying in hostels. At one I noticed cans of bear spray that people had left and I asked if I should carry bear spray myself. I was assured not.

As I was approaching the highest point on the Parkway at a very slow speed a grizzly bear walked into the road in front of me about 20 yards ahead. I stopped. The bear stopped and looked at me for what seemed like forever but probably no more than a second. He/she decided it wasn't interested in me and carried on across the road. It was a stunning sight and I was too scared to take a picture, not wanting any clicking and whirring of cameras to get its attention.

They are amazing beasts that move like greyhounds despite their size. It's shaggy coat looked like an Irish setter's that had been rolling in gray mud. A lady from Alaska I was telling about this assured me it was a grizzly and I did the right thing keeping quiet. It's a strange experience being looked at by a teddy bear: black button nose, black eyes, ridiculous Fozzie bear ears and a head the size of a cow's. Not one I'll forget. Fortunately I'd no food that could have got its attention.

General Discussion / Re: Lube when long distance touring
« on: January 20, 2023, 04:33:29 am »
I’m hesitant to name the product as chain lube debates are almost religious.

Gear Talk / Re: Breaking in Brooks B17 Imperial
« on: February 21, 2022, 01:51:12 pm »
Here's yet another view. I like mine right out of the box without a break-in period. That's for the  B17. Th Pro is a different animal entirely.
My experience too. When a B17 is new I tend to slide around a bit and that's it.

Englishman Tom Vernon was a social commentator, musician, epicurean and the 'Fat Man on a Bicycle'.  He wrote a couple of books under that moniker and even made a number of BBC television programs of his tours, some of which were shown on American PBS. The quote was something he said on one of his six-part 'Fat Man in France' series as he spontaneously stopped to investigate something interesting along the country lane he was riding.  I believe one of the 'Fat Man in France' episodes is on Youtube.
Me and a couple of friends did some of the stuff that the Fat Man claimed to have done and we very much doubted that he made some of the climbs under his own steam

General Discussion / Re: Finding accommodation
« on: December 01, 2021, 11:11:42 am »
Warm showers might be useful. It would not hurt to try it. What I heard is it is kind of a problem. I was a member for a while. Hey cyclist on the Atlantic coast route contacted me for a place to lay over a while. I was perfectly willing to let him stay here and rest. The problem was I was getting to takeoff on a tour of my own. I did not want to alter my schedule. I told him that. In the course of our correspondence he told me I was the only person from warm showers who had answered him when contacted. There is another psych a list on YouTube. That is The Bicycle Touring pro. He said March the same thing about warm showers. He said it took a lot of time to contact members. Some do not even respond. He said it was such a time-consuming thing that he just gave up with it.
When I tried it I contacted quite a few and some got back to me.  You have to expect that.  Some only have the account so they can use it to be guests.  Some may be away.  Some may not check their email.  Some may just ignore it unless they want to host.

The main reason I gave up on it was that setting plans and committing to them didn't fit my style and it was not fair to hosts to ask to stay and then not show up when they wanted notice so they could plan ahead.
I have to agree with all the above; it's a bit of a pain, like my old job in fact all this scheduling etc., having to meet people. I much prefer to take my chances with motels even though they might cost a few bucks more. Perhaps that's easy to say as I'm comfortably retired male.

General Discussion / Re: Finding accommodation
« on: November 29, 2021, 12:47:20 pm »
JC sounds to have come a long way since 2009. ;D

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