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Messages - John Nelson

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Routes / Re: Two Weeks/Early Oct/900 miles max
« on: July 21, 2017, 12:07:50 am »
If BC means that you're somewhere near Vancouver, then in two weeks you could ride down the Pacific Coast to the California border.

I chose to ride through SF from Samuel Taylor State Park to Half Moon Bay, for the reasons you stated. I didn't want to pay SF prices. There's a nice campground at Half Moon Bay, but watch out for the raccoons there.

General Discussion / Re: Bicycle Dynamo Charger
« on: July 19, 2017, 12:29:34 pm »
Batteries are too good, too inexpensive and too readily available. Hills are too steep. There's no need.

General Discussion / Re: GPS Tracker
« on: July 18, 2017, 12:18:02 pm »

Routes / Re: Advice on route from NYC to Santa Monica
« on: July 17, 2017, 05:20:30 pm »
I loved BR66. The interstate wasn't that much of a problem. Not that much of it is close enough for it to be bothersome.

61 miles a day is doable. A bit more of a challenge as the days get shorter, but still doable.

do I really need 12-36t cassette for Bicycle Touring?

Routes / Re: Advice on route from NYC to Santa Monica
« on: July 17, 2017, 03:25:48 pm »
I finished Route 66 in late September in Santa Monica. I think a late October finish would be fine, weather-wise. The California desert was still hot as blazes in September, so I think it would be better in October. The only reason I finished in September was to avoid the shorter days of October, since I really like long days to ride.

I would check the historical weather for the places you'll be on the days you'll be there. I always do this before a trip. I like weatherspark. I'm guessing that Flagstaff will be your coldest spot. The average low is about freezing for when you'll be there, but the average high is still a pleasant 60 degrees F.

Gear Talk / Re: Tent ground cloth?
« on: July 14, 2017, 11:46:16 am »
If you camp in campgrounds, or other areas where the ground is generally smooth and free of debris, then a ground cloth is probably unnecessary. But if you sometimes camp on rocky ground or in areas where the ground may be covered with thorns, I would think a ground cloth would be useful.

Routes / Re: TransAm Halfway Point?
« on: July 13, 2017, 08:14:26 am »
It's going to be a bit different for each rider, depending on route options and overnight stops (e.g., I took the Mammoth Cave option). My exact halfway was 5 miles west of Eads.

Gear Talk / Re: Tent ground cloth?
« on: July 08, 2017, 11:51:23 am »
Lasts forever, but you'll wake up the whole camp when you shake it out in the morning.

Food Talk / Re: Sports/Endurance Drinks on Tour?
« on: July 04, 2017, 07:50:17 pm »
Just give it up.

At home, I used to use Gatorade on all long rides. Then I quit using it, and haven't missed it at all.

On tour, it's just too much trouble. And it makes keeping your water bottles clean harder. And a sports drink is not as versatile--you can't dump it over your head or wash your hands with it.

As was said earlier, it's better to get your nutrients from actual food.

Gear Talk / Re: Endurance bike advice
« on: July 03, 2017, 10:55:04 pm »
A hundred different bikes will work fine. Most manufacturers make bikes designed for long distances. They have longer wheelbases and wider tires. I have a compact double with a 34x28 low gear. I ride it all over the Colorado Rockies, and I'm an old fart who's a lousy climber. Your requirements are not very constraining. Get a bike from a local shop that fits you well and feels good to ride. Or just use a bike you already have.

General Discussion / Re: Need help choosing new bike
« on: June 19, 2017, 01:10:28 pm »
Get a starter bike. Ride it. Lots. When and if you outgrow your starter bike, then hopefully funds will allow you to buy a second bike. If you become an avid cyclist, then one bike will never be enough anyway.

General Discussion / Re: Need help choosing new bike
« on: June 18, 2017, 06:41:18 pm »
What kind of riding are you going to do? Are this just fitness rides by yourself? Group rides? Rides to the grocery store? Touring?

I'd probably recommend a hybrid bike with 32mm tires. You can find decent new ones in your price category, or better quality in used ones. They will work fine on good-quality dirt roads and smooth trails, but not really for singletrack and marginal on rough gravel. If you're thinking about group rides, you probably won't be able to keep up on a hybrid. The hybrid is pretty decent for shopping, but a bit underwhelming for long tours. And although it would be fine for 30-mile rides, if you graduate to 80-mile rides, you may not like it anymore--but you can deal with that later.

General Discussion / Re: What state is your favorite to ride in?
« on: June 16, 2017, 08:57:14 pm »
California between San Fransisco and San Diego
You didn't like Big Sur?? How can that be?!?

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