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Routes / Re: Badlands NP & Mount Rushmore is it possible?
« on: October 05, 2009, 09:24:17 pm »
In my opinion, if you are going out of your way just to see Mount Rushmore, you might as well tough it out and go through Wyoming. Far more scenic than North Dakota or Montana. There are some long climbs though, like Ten Sleep Canyon, and you'll probably have to do quite a bit of wild camping. For an epic ride head out to Yellowstone-Virginia City-Dillon, then hook up with the Lewis and Clark Route.

General Discussion / Re: What is the daftest thing you ever carried?
« on: October 03, 2009, 08:23:04 am »
Wait until THIS GUY gets out and goes on tour :)

General Discussion / Re: Problem shifting to low gears
« on: September 27, 2009, 01:11:05 pm »
I imagine you are taking about the chainrings and the front derailleur. You just need to properly adjust the front derailleur, checking that it is properly installed first or that the height and the angle have not moved over time. A lot of problems regarding the failure to shift into the smallest and largest rings is due to the adjustment of the high/low limit screws. there are tons of videos on YouTube that can help you with this, just enter "front derailleur adjustment" in the search

General Discussion / Re: Neck and shoulder pain
« on: September 26, 2009, 09:18:05 pm »
My advice would be to get some upper body and abdominal exercises as part of your workout routine. I think too many people rely on just cycling to get themselves in shape. While cycling might seem like mostly a leg workout, it also demands quite a bit from your obliques, latissimus dorsi and trapezius muscles, which are attached to your back and neck. Sneak in some oblique crunches and a few pushups regularly, and if you have access to a gym, some lat pull downs. As you gain strength in these muscles, you'll be surprised as to how much it improves your cycling since the more force you exert on the pedals, the more your upper body has to counteract with a balancing force. In the end you may find yourself readjusting your bike to be closer to the recommended posture.

Routes / Re: route from Jacksonville to Pensacola
« on: September 08, 2009, 10:43:44 pm »
I second the US 98 route. I didn't find Fort Walton Beach and Destin to be a real problem.  The worst part was the 10 to 15 miles around Carabelle which had no shoulders.

Check out my route that I took earlier this year at and see if parts of it are helpful. I imagine you would be able to do your planned route in a week.

Canada / Re: How's the bike riding/touring in Nova Scotia?
« on: July 16, 2009, 12:28:44 am »
It's very scenic riding, especially if you like coastal scenery. The roads aren't great – there are no shoulders on most secondary highways – but for the most part, the drivers are quite courteous, and traffic is generally light outside of the Halifax region. I lived in Cape Breton for two years and I've cycled out there to visit old friends.

There should be a few rental places in Halifax. The Lighthouse Route is really pretty and it is chock full of historical sites. The Marine Drive is equally nice, and if you are up for more challenging terrain there's always the Cabot Trail.

Routes / Re: Vancouver to Florida or the other way?
« on: July 12, 2009, 11:33:30 pm »
If you are taking off in April, in my opinion, start in Florida. Any issues regarding the wind are easily offset by the cold wet/snowy weather in the northwest at that time of the year. Hitting the BC/Montana Rockies in April or early May is still leaving quite a bit to chance.

Gear Talk / Re: Headlight Recommendations for use w/ handlebar bag
« on: July 03, 2009, 10:46:37 pm »
Depending on how far down your handlebar bag goes, you could also get one of these and mount your light below:

General Discussion / Re: Cycling and camping in bear country ? !
« on: June 20, 2009, 02:10:33 pm »
Bears are most dangerous when they are startled or surprised, and given ample warning and a clear way out, they usually prefer to get out of your way. Making noise in bear country is usually advised, whether it's whistling or attaching bear bells to your bike. I think people who snore have a rare advantage when sleeping in a tent at night!

General Discussion / Re: What kind of bike should I get
« on: June 11, 2009, 11:29:12 pm »
Splurge and get the Salsa Fargo. I'm lusting for that bike! Ride it on the road with slicks, then when you get to the off-road part of your tour, switch back to knobbies

Gear Talk / Sizing a 29er for off-road touring
« on: June 09, 2009, 09:28:06 am »
I'm thinking of getting a 29er mountain bike to add to my growing stable of bikes. There's a great network of ungroomed rail trails out where I am and I'd like to tour more of the Trans Canada Trail in the future which is mostly off-road and unpaved.

A question to those who tour on 29ers: did you size it as a mountain bike fit (upright riding) or get a slightly larger so you're a bit more stretched out?

I'm looking at a Gary Fisher Ferrous 29. Seems like an awesome steel framed bike perfect for my intentions. I am also thinking of getting an Extrawheel trailer to use with it.

The only map where the Kettle Valley trail would "show up" is the Canada Topo map, and it will only be indicated as an abandoned railway, meaning you won't be able to do any routing functions and it will only serve to show you where you are (no ETA calculations, etc.)

Gear Talk / Re: Tough Touring Tire
« on: May 28, 2009, 11:59:16 pm »
I currently have Vittoria Randonneur Hyper kevlar tires on my touring bike and they are the toughest tires I've owned. I rode it up to Alaska from Vancouver last summer and did not have a single flat despite the long stretches of unpaved roads (especially on the Top-of-the-World Hwy). I rode the same pair from Orlando to Houston a few months ago, switching the back and front to even out the wear. I did have one flat on that ride, during a rainy day when particles seem to penetrate small fissures in the rubber. Despite all that riding the whisker-like things on the sidewalls are still intact. The only issue I have with them is they fit really tight on the rims and I've broken several plastic tire levers taking them off and I've had to get metal levers.

Routes / Re: Syracuse NY to Pittsburgh PA?
« on: May 26, 2009, 11:41:14 am »
I'm in Ottawa ON and I usually enter the States at Ogdensburg NY via the bridge or Cape Vincent NY via the ferry from Wolfe island. Getting to Syracuse from both points is pretty straightforward.

I suppose I could follow the ACA route to the Lake Erie shore and the question remains what the best route to get to Pittsburgh from there?

Routes / Syracuse NY to Pittsburgh PA?
« on: May 24, 2009, 11:31:33 am »
Anyone have some good advice on roads to take from Syracuse to Pittsburgh? I'd like to do the GAP and C&O sometime and I'm looking for a good route to get there from Canada. I've cycled to Syracuse before, but not farther southwest.

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