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General Discussion / Re: Which non greasy sunscreen?
« on: August 14, 2020, 08:43:14 am »
It happens that what I use meets (I think?) your parameters other than I believe the max size is 8 oz....
Coppertone Tear Free Kids' Spray.

Gear Talk / Re: Tents Designed for Bike touring
« on: August 08, 2020, 08:26:58 am »

Gear Talk / Re: Tents Designed for Bike touring
« on: August 03, 2020, 07:40:24 am »
FWIW, I don't trust bungee cords. I prefer nylon straps,
1.  Consistent with JOHN's above comment I refrain from the use of bungee cords ... If one breaks while I'm riding / in motion and gets entangled in my spokes the outcome is likely to not be desireable.
2.  While, yes, the REI Dome design 'hangs over' a bit ... and it is (or initially, was : ) a bit annoying ... I have been so well served by the REI tent that I no longer let it prompt my thinking.
However, will continue to monitor this string to learn if there is tent that does not hang over....
e.g., that which has been posted about the handle bar hang-on-able-design.
3.  Thank you  for posting your inquiry LIMA.

General Discussion / Re: A Bicycle Chain
« on: July 31, 2020, 08:08:56 am »
IF mostly off-pavement - I'm happy if I can get to 1000 miles before the chain (and sprockets) need to be replaced,
not due to probability of breakage, just due to wear/looseness.
IF mostly pavement - 3000 miles and then I routinely change out (including sprockets) in advance of a break;
while I do carry a chain breaker in my tool kit - never have had a chain break.

General Discussion / Re: eBikes for touring
« on: July 18, 2020, 04:43:40 pm »
I recognize that the question I am about to post is probably kinda on the order of inquiring,
"How high is up?" : );
however, please indulge me?
Here goes ~
On level pavement what is the typical high end sustained (say 4 hours) speed that would be reasonably anticipated from an e-bike with say 80 pounds of gear/food/water & a 200 pound rider?
- Many thanks.

Gear Talk / Re: A must item
« on: July 12, 2020, 09:29:15 am »

Routes / Re: Bike Tour across America in june/july 2021
« on: July 12, 2020, 09:11:34 am »
Hi everyone! My name is Prisha
Could anyone please mentor me through the organization of this trip through email?
Hello Prisha - Your 'researching first focus' is so wise because it will result in your fastest most direct enjoyment and accomplishment while being safe.
May I offer 2 thoughts?
1. The maximum comprehensive and ACCURATE information source for me was a couple of editions earlier version of this reference text available from ACA .... I studied it cover to cover and it precluded me from many otherwise self-inflicted mistakes : ).  From time to time I still page thru it to remind me of how much I can forget from Tour to Tour....
2. Please consider the value to you of crossing the country in segments, rather than all at once.

General Discussion / Re: Great American rail trail
« on: July 03, 2020, 08:12:07 am »
A 'sort of' alternative that has been repeatedly many times traversed + is documented...
Qualifier (my best current understanding - subject to others' corrections, as I have not ridden it in years)...
there, at present, is 10-15% that requires a detour(s) for the bikepacker/tourist,
while keeping in mind that we are good a detour adjustments, no? : ).

Classifieds / Re: Novara Randonee and Bob trailer
« on: June 07, 2020, 08:07:13 am »
no idea how to ship,but am willing to split the cost.
If y'all are both near REI locations, be aware, if you are not already (therefore simply a reminder : ), that REI will ship REI to REI, as well as 're-assemble.'

General Discussion / Re: Solo Trip Cooking Logistics
« on: June 06, 2020, 07:50:53 am »
For whatever it is worth.....
for me, over time I learned / acclimated to no stove at all. 
What I thought was going to be the biggest related adaptation / adjustment was the absence of hot coffee;
...thinking: no hot coffee = NO way!
Took the plunge & tried a day or three w/ no hot coffee replacing it with (yukkie : ) cold instant.
No one could have been more surprised then I .... it worked.

Routes / Re: Riding from Greenville, SC to Columbus, GA? Yes or No?
« on: June 02, 2020, 07:58:52 am »
While I am not knowledgeable enough to offer specific routing,
I can knowingly generally offer to you that the
'safety of roads/communities' you mention' and the
'pretty nice Georgia roads'
will be in your greatest number of options if you are willing to consider
Greenville as directly as possible to Macon to Columbus,
rather than routing anywhere even near the outskirts of metropolitan Atlanta.

General Discussion / Re: The Katy Trail- What tires?
« on: May 26, 2020, 07:29:53 am »
When The Katy is wet I have found the wider the better..... Times I've done it I've always had intermittent showers, thus if I were to go after it again I could only go wide for max enjoyment.
Knobs not needed.

Routes / Re: St. AUgustine to San Diego, soon
« on: May 24, 2020, 03:23:53 pm »
For me, &, in a perfect world  : ), I am thinking I'd probably launch about March 1.

General Discussion / Re: "Least amount of car traffic"
« on: May 21, 2020, 08:54:52 am »
A sorta outside the box trans am to accomplish max safety/min. traffic + most fun route selection cycling:
Employ 'Longitude Linking.'
I can also see it being a transportation nightmare given that the goal is to get to traffic free places not major cities ... but it may be someone's cup of tea.
Fits best with the tourist who is already anticipating going coast to coast in multiple sections/legs,
wherein transportation/logistics to & from multiple start and stop points is already baked into the methodology.

Which raises a long time curiosity in my mind
(not to get off Original Post target - and may well be addressed elsewhere/somewhere on the Forum)...
have long time wondered how many folks that do make it coast to coast do so in a mostly end to end/thru all at once tour
in comparison to how many folks accomplish it in multiple sections/legs.

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