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Routes / Questions for Second Time Around
« on: March 15, 2006, 03:28:14 pm »
I used a BoB on the TA last year, my first long-distance tour. It performed OK. I really didn't notice it except for the added weight on uphills. You do want to get enough trials to get used to this unit. Watch you downhill speed. I would surmise the same applies to panniers as well as two-wheeled trailers. One of our party had a two wheeler. He did have to ride out farther on roads with no shoulder. It also got a little dicey when the inside wheel dropped off pavement. Whichever you choose, you have to stay alert and not get too distracted by the scenery. Good luck.

Routes / Portland OR to Astoria along Columbia
« on: January 14, 2006, 11:19:32 am »
Thanks, Lee. Your web travelogue helps in my planning for this summer.

Routes / Portland OR to Astoria along Columbia
« on: January 13, 2006, 10:59:28 am »
Thanks, Mike. Did you camp along the way and, if so, where?

Routes / Portland OR to Astoria along Columbia
« on: October 18, 2005, 12:23:08 pm »
Thanks to all for your help. Looking forward to next summer.

Routes / Portland OR to Astoria along Columbia
« on: September 17, 2005, 10:45:23 am »
Thanks for the info. You've opened some new options for me. Looking forward to next summer.

Routes / Portland OR to Astoria along Columbia
« on: September 06, 2005, 11:19:05 am »
I'm planning a loaded TransAm tour from Astoria to WY in the summer of '06 to complete my TransAm. I thought of flying to Portland and cycling to Astoria. I'd like to correspond with someone knowledgeable about the Columbia route: route out of Portland, river route, campsites, services, et al. My e-mail:
Thanks, JimF

Routes / Katy Trail (MO) and road tires
« on: March 17, 2005, 11:50:21 am »
Thanks for the info. If you are willing to send me an e-mail directly: , I do have some specific questions. I am a member of a small group looking at the Katy as an option for crossing MO.

Routes / Katy Trail (MO) and road tires
« on: March 16, 2005, 11:00:39 pm »
Thanks, Russell, for your information. It will help our group make some decisions on our trip across.

Routes / Katy Trail (MO) and road tires
« on: March 15, 2005, 07:00:18 pm »
Can you traverse the trail with skinny tires (25 mm and greater)?

General Discussion / Getting to Yorktown
« on: September 14, 2008, 01:51:47 pm »
The nearest airport to Yorktown is Newport News/Williamsburg Intl. It's about 12 miles to Yorktown. I did not fly in. Rather, I drove a Hertz rental and dropped off at the airport.

General Discussion / Getting to Yorktown
« on: September 13, 2008, 01:31:32 pm »
Where are you traveling from? Rental vehicle, dropping off nearby (I dropped at the nearby airport, which had a company site there.) If bus is an option, you may want to check if there's a drop-off. I don't know about Amtrak, but you may want to check if that's an available option. If you need an overnight in Yorktown, you may want to contact Grace Episcopal Church; I believe they still offer free lodging (donations appreciated) to cyclists. Hope this helps. Good luck. You'll love the journey.

General Discussion / Tour Planning - Ten months out
« on: August 23, 2008, 01:53:44 pm »
If you haven't reviewed the help on ACA's web site How-to, that's a good start. There is no shortage of advice/help here. Another excellent site is Enjoy.

General Discussion / bearings going out
« on: August 11, 2008, 09:51:57 am »
Hi again, Robert:
My experience with the wheel has been positive; no bearing problem to date. I did switch the MTB tire to a Schwalbe road tire for the TransAm (no flat ever!)

General Discussion / bob trailers
« on: August 09, 2008, 10:17:21 am »
For trail touring, I believe the Ibex is your choice. As to "bouncing," I've never sensed it while pulling the unit. The stiffness of the suspension is adjustable, too. In fact, I rarely sense the trailer while riding. Of course, depending on the load, there is more work in climbing.

General Discussion / bob trailers
« on: August 08, 2008, 12:28:08 pm »
You can attach the Bob to a "nutted axel" using their "Bob Nutz."
I'd like to add that the pin used to attach the Bob to the bike is extremely unlikely to fall out; see their web site for its geometry. I've used it extensively over the past few years, unattaching many, many times and never had one of the two pins come out unintentionally. On trips I always take a couple of spare pins in case I lose one; hasn't happened. In an emergency, some thin wire or a safety pin could probably substitute until something better could be rigged, if one were to be lost and no spare.
Others commented on "bouncing." I've had to ride on some pretty rough roads, including a long stretch with rumble strips. Not fun, but the trailer behaved better than my bike.
As to other designs, I can only speak to one rider I rode with who used a two-wheeler with, IMO, poor structural support for the load. He had some major mechanical problems with the design, as well. In addition, he had to ride farther out from the side of the road due to the dual wheel design. He had a number of instances where the inner wheel would drop off the hardtop, which caused some concerns.

Hope this helps with your decision.

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