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Price Reduction... This is an incredible deal at $4500!

Classifieds / Greenspeed GTO Schlumpf HSD- Rohloff Hub - Price Reduction!!
« on: February 06, 2012, 03:01:10 pm »
Custom Greenspeed GTO - Schlumpf High Speed Drive, Rohloff Automatic 14 Speed Hub (no derailleur!). This trike is pristine - less then 100 miles on it. Schwalbe Marathons on the front Big Apple on the back (two additional new Big Apple's are included). Big Magura Disc Brakes. Front mounted Princeton Tec Light. Rear rack day pack. Clipless Pedals. I will also throw in a PVC Trike Stand that I made specifically for the GTO. Makes it much easier to work on. Green with yellow seat - this GTO rides like a dream and can climb a wall if you have the time! Great for a bigger guy or gal. Absolutely perfect for long distance touring. I have only taken it out two or three times. Sadly health issues require that I sell it. This trike is one of a kind - I paid over $6200 without some of the extras that are now installed.

The price is $4400. I live in Northeastern CT and will be happy to deliver within 100 miles of my home.

Routes / Southern Tier East to West beginning in September
« on: June 07, 2011, 07:58:26 am »
I was going to start in March but plans change! Any experience heading that way in late summer or early fall? Not too, too hot in the east and not too cold in the Mts out west, I hope!

South Atlantic / Re: Daytona Beach to Tallahassee
« on: March 07, 2011, 06:11:07 am »
The easiest way would be head north on the ACO's Atlantic Coast Route until you reach St. Augustine and then head west on the ACO's Southern Tier. I like riding throught the Ocala National Forest (hot springs) to Ocala. You can also take Rts 26 and 40 west to Gainesville, from Palm Coast. If in Gainesville eat at Satchels, the best pizza and salad!!!!! I believe, from Gainesville, there is a railroad trail (to St. Marks) that might get you closer to Tallahassee. I road out of Tampa to Ocala then via Palatka to St. Augustine, last summer, a very nice trip.

Interesting - I am actually starting the Southern Tier but was looking at options for getting to the starting point in St. Augustine with my large Trike. That's why I was looking at Daytona Beach as a starting point. Having to fly into JAX and somehow get to a St. Augustine hotel near the beach seemed problematic. I suppose that I could just ship it ahead to my hotel. So you think the ACA route is the best heading northwest from the east coast?

South Atlantic / Daytona Beach to Tallahassee
« on: March 06, 2011, 07:30:44 am »
Anyone with experience with this route. Looks like there are at least a few bike paths that you can utilize. Maybe two general routes - one that goes through Gainesville, one further north. How are the county roads in the north central part of the state? Looks like a whole lot of nuthin west of I75. Google maps plotted a route that appeared to go over many non-paved roads.


Routes / Getting to the FL start of the Southern Tier with a Trike
« on: March 05, 2011, 09:51:08 am »
Okay - more of a logistical question (sorry that it is so long..). I'm looking at my options for starting the Southern Tier (I have another post considering Daytona Beach which seemed easier to me) and I'd like to get some feedback from others who have already gone through the process. I will be flying down from CT with my Greenspeed GTO Trike. I can break it down into a large box or two large suitcases.. pretty hard to lug around either way. I suppose that I could ship it ahead and have it reassembled by a Trike dealer in or around St. Augustine - (although I didn't find a local shop that was well versed in Trikes). I did look into renting a van one way from CT but that was hugely expensive. It looks like I will have to fly into JAX and somehow get to a hotel near the start of the route. Do St. Augustine hotels have shuttles from JAX? If not - how do I get to my hotel (I will be alone) near the beach with my trike? (large Limo, I suppose). Then assemble my trike and work my way to the ocean to dip my wheel and begin.. Seems like a complicated process.. Any suggestions that make the beginning a little easier? I only have 8 weeks so I doubt I will be able to simply begin from New England. I picked the Southern Tier due to it's shorter length although I am open to beginning anywhere on the east coast or even in San Diego if the logistical issues are less of a pain in the rump heading west to east. Either way I'll be flying to/from San Diego as well.


Connecting ACA Routes / Starting the Southern Tier in Daytona Beach
« on: March 05, 2011, 07:07:12 am »
Daytona Beach makes more sense as a starting point for me. Beginning March 2012 heading west. I used Google Maps "bike" routing to get me to Woodville FL and pick up the ST westbound. Looks like it leverages at least a couple of long bike trails which is nice.. not sure about the roads as I would be cutting through some pretty sparse areas of Florida. Here is a link to what Google recommended.. Let me also add that it appears to shave off 30 miles from the ACA route. If you are from the area and don't mind - I'd love some advice!,+FL&daddr=Woodville,+FL&hl=en&geocode=Fb-4vQEdj7Ar-ymDVgIllNvmiDHrKssdtztqNg%3BFWuOzgEdm3z6-il5lDcai2HsiDGmLq4JLmDRHg&mra=ls&dirflg=b&sll=29.762425,-82.63436&sspn=2.250623,4.927368&ie=UTF8&z=8&lci=bike


General Discussion / Re: Traveling This Year? too
« on: February 24, 2011, 11:42:58 am »
Okay - it's officially next year but I'm still excited. ACA Southern Tier East to West beginning the first week of March 2012!! On my Lime Green Greenspeed GTO... ;D

Routes / Re: Average Number of Days for Southern Tier on a Trike
« on: February 24, 2011, 10:39:22 am »
Thanks for the kind wishes. Actually the Trike (Lime Green with a Bright Yellow Seat) with my orange flag behind me is very visible. Just the novelty of it seems to bring additional attention... folks give me a wide berth! As far as the days... I'm a working man and that time will exhaust my vacation time from work - so I'm somewhat time boxed...  :-[


Routes / Re: Average Number of Days for Southern Tier on a Trike
« on: February 23, 2011, 09:50:00 am »
Thanks!! I am looking to leave in March 2012. Based on feedback, I will be allowing for 8 weeks but shooting for seven....

Instead of starting in St. Augustine and dropping southwest through Gainsville... would beginning in Fernandino Beach (fly into Jacksonville) and heading west and picking up the ACA Southern Tier in Wellborn Fl be a viable option? Looks like I could even enjoy about 14 miles on the Jacksonville - Baldwin bike path... Although looks like I would be on RT 10 much of the way.. anyone know how rideable that road is??? Or would in be rt 90 (can't tell...)


Routes / Re: Average Number of Days for Southern Tier on a Trike
« on: February 11, 2011, 12:02:43 pm »
Thanks Scott! Great advice! I guess maybe I was being a bit to aggresive... I have a job and getting more then 7 weeks off will be a chore. Maybe I can shoot for 8 weeks (56 days) as a compromise. Interesting comment about the Bob Trailer. A major concern I have is around the stability of the Trike with a load (besides me) on the back. I just assumed that a trailer would be more stable during those long downhills in CA, NM and AZ.

Routes / Average Number of Days for Southern Tier on a Trike
« on: February 11, 2011, 09:45:04 am »
Sorry if it has been asked before. I am planning an East to West Southern Tier tour beginning either March or September. I will be riding solo on my Greenspeed GTO Trike - probably pulling a Bob trailer. I am in decent shape and I'd like to complete the trip in under 49 days. From what I can tell that sounds reasonable. Any thoughts from folks that have completed the trip on a Trike.


Okay  - I figured out the second question. The Road Trip software is very frustrating. I need to map out a bicycle friendly route (about 70 miles)... and Google Maps actually does a great job. I know that Google only allows the destination address to be downloaded to the Garmin. I also tried the GMaptoGPX utility but could not import the file into the Garmin software (not sure whay... I used the GPX extension when I saved it locally) ... I have to believe that someone has come up with an easy way of accomplishing what I am trying to do.


My apologies if this has already been discussed.. two questions.

1. With the Garmin Road Trip (City Navigator NA Map) Software, it won't allow me to create an auto-route and truly avoid highways - even if I tell it so! Could simply be a flaw of the program... I have heard that there are other more bicycle friendly software programs that will avoid highways and hopefully "no shoulder" roads, etc.. that I can then download to my Edge 705?

2. Lastly - is there any way to down load ACA maps to my Edge 705?

Sorry for any redundancies here - I appreciate the help.


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