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General Discussion / bob trailers
« on: August 06, 2008, 11:29:55 am »
I use the Bob Ibex. I used it for the TransAm, and use it regularly for groceries and other. I found it very effective for the crossing. There are plenty of pro's and con's for trailers and panniers, as you've probably seen. I haven't used it on MTB trails yet. If you buy one, it's important to train with it loaded, especially on steep descents. Good luck.

General Discussion / Addirondack Loop
« on: July 17, 2008, 12:33:53 pm »
I'm thinking about this route in the fall. I'd be interested to get your observations. My email:

Good riding.

General Discussion / Cross Country Bike Trip
« on: June 23, 2008, 12:11:28 pm »
Great goal. You'll find many folks with helpful info. Try "" for lots of detailed journals. Three others and I did the TA back a few years ago. All retired. It was a great experience. Your schedule is ambitious. The 64 mpd doesn't allow for any breaks. Unrealistic. Weather, mechanical problems, need for rest days, and other reasons should be factored in. However, if all are strong cyclists and mentally prepared for the grind, it's doable. As to bikes, "touring" bikes are certainly desireable. Key are reliable components, ability to transport gear (unless doing it in credit card mode (no camping or cooking)), and drive-train gearing for the climbs. (I found the hills/mountains east of the Rockies more demanding, btw.) Good luck. The planning is half the fun.

General Discussion / Communication from the road
« on: February 29, 2008, 11:19:57 am »
I used a pre-paid phone card (Pin Plan) on the TransAm, which worked very well. Almost every town has a pay phone. Using the 800 number simplifies calling and is much less costly than pay phone long distance charges, plus the inconvenience of carrying all that change. Have a great trip.

General Discussion / Transam rt or Northern tier ?
« on: August 14, 2007, 01:48:30 pm »
Fred: You also may want to consider a "Companions Wanted" ad in ACA. I did this two years in a row for the TransAm. It turned out great. Once you decide on your route and time, you can set your requirements (camping, lodging, cooking, et al.)and seek advice. Flexibility and independence were my two primary criteria. Good luck and have fun.

Have you looked into the Cello bike and Bob transporter? I used one for crossing the country both ways. One way by air, the other by FedEx Ground. I put the Cello, sans bike and Bob, in Parcel Post, sending it to my stop points. The folks at Cello are also very customer oriented. An excellent product. Good luck.

General Discussion / train travel with BOB the trailer
« on: October 20, 2006, 04:10:38 pm »
Have you looked at the Cello from wandertec? If you will travel in the future with bike and Bob, the investment may by worthwhile. I used it this year to transport my equipment with me via air across country, Parcel Post the Cello to my tour end point, and ship all back home via FedEx. Wandertec is very customer-friendly. Good riding.

General Discussion / Rider for TransAm-Astoria OR to Jackson Hole
« on: May 27, 2006, 01:29:48 pm »
Interested in a self-supported tour with 3 senior male riders starting June 13 (yes, two weeks away), ending July 18? A rider had to drop out. Contact for info.

General Discussion / Where are you touring to 2006
« on: January 04, 2006, 02:25:03 pm »
Plan to finish my TransAm, which ended this summer in Teton NP. I went east to west, but will go west to east this upcoming summer, finishing where I ended.

General Discussion / Places to stay on the TransAm
« on: November 25, 2005, 09:38:46 am »
The ACA maps list many free camping sites along the route. City parks and churches are excellent. Call ahead when a phone number is listed. Check for many daily journals (I was part of Larry Elswick's TA trek in '05) which give camping info. Good luck. You'll love the tour.

General Discussion / securing a trailer
« on: September 13, 2005, 10:58:42 am »
I tow a Bob and use a computer cable lock to secure it, usually to my bike and, if possible, a secure object. These cables are long (eight feet plus), coated, with a decent key-lock at the business end. Given dedicated thieves' arsenal, however, any system keeps only honest people "honest."

General Discussion / I got halfway there when...
« on: September 12, 2005, 10:57:38 am »
I recently ended my first long-distance, loaded tour (3000+ miles). One bit of advice: consider finding companions. The right folks can make the trip more memorable. And, if you have a major problem, they can make the difference between disaster and managing a successful solution.

General Discussion / Schwaube Tires
« on: September 06, 2005, 11:07:29 am »
I recently used Marathon Plus on a 3,000-mile-plus loaded tour along the TransAm. NO flat. Others with me had their share. Plenty of thread left, too.

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