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General Discussion / Re: Potential Resale Value
« on: November 01, 2009, 07:07:37 pm »

It amazing how often a "good idea" is ruined by the few percent that abuse it.   
Ain't that the truth!  There are lots of things in life like that.  We wouldn't even have to have locking doors or security systems on houses and cars if there were not that small percentage of creeps that rip people off.  In fact, think about how much we all pay for insurance to protect us from such problems. 

General Discussion / Bonking on tour
« on: November 01, 2009, 07:01:56 pm »
Anyone had the experience of bonking big-time on tour?  Boy, I've had a few.  One time, on a 91 mile solo day in 80+degree heat, some headwind and 4000 feet of gain, plus heavy panniers and insufficient water and no services for most of the way, I hit the wall with 25 miles to go.  I called ahead and reserved a motel and did a lot of walking on hills.  I was a little worried for awhile but, of course, made it.  I've learned a lot about how to sustain myself since then.  I bring extra water, electrolyte powder, good, sufficient food, and work to pace myself.  Using a trailer instead of panniers seems to help for me, as I think I get a lot less drag that way.  I know there are some different opinions on this, and it's an individual thing with different riders having different preferences.

What are some of your experiences and what do you all do to avoid bonking? 

Gear Talk / Re: Touring (Ageing?) Compromises
« on: November 01, 2009, 06:50:39 pm »
At 61 I'm sticking with my fast bike (CF)  for day rides and tours.  I use a trailer on self supported tours and the same skinny tires, etc.  For long selfsupported tours, however, I'm thinking of bringing my old Bianchi Eros out of retirement.  I'll get a sturdier, less sensitive ride with more durable wheels anbd less chance of a serious breakdown.  I just love the CF ride and the super light, responsive ride, so I haven't changed yet.

Gear Talk / Re: Tire Question
« on: November 01, 2009, 06:41:50 pm »
After using all kinds of tires over 50 years, a couple of friends talked me into trying Continental 4000's.  I was getting only about 1000 miles or so out of tires, and they told me they get up to 3000 miles.  They cost avout $60 each, but I figured if I can get three times the mileage, they'd be worth the price.  I'm up to close to 1000 miles on them and see no wear yet.  Also, I love the ride.  I'm using 700x23c on paved roads only.  I'm wondering if anyone else has experience with these and, if so, how they held up.   Also, how many miles are all of you getting on whatever road tires you're using?

Gear Talk / Re: Tire Question
« on: October 29, 2009, 12:10:48 am »
The whole route is paved.  I rode almost the whole thing with $30.00 Bontrager 700x23c road tires and had one flat, just out of Santa
Cruz.  And the tires weren't even brand new when I started.  I have also never changed tires for any paved road tour in 30 years.  On the Pacific
Coast ride, I was hauling a trailer, so all the weight wasn't on the bike tires, but on all the other tours (all were shorter than that one), I was using panniers.  Anyway, I wouldn't change anything, unless I anticipated lots of dirt/gravel roads. 

Routes / Re: Suggestions For Our Next Trip
« on: October 21, 2009, 11:45:25 pm »
Take a look at the Pacific Coast trail from San Francisco to LA.   

I agree, great idea.  Or, if you can arrange it, the PC from N California, say around Eureka, south to SF is spectacular, and sections are deliciously remote ( say around Elk, Westport, etc).  Also, there are the redwoods for days in this area.

General Discussion / Re: boredom on cross-country?
« on: October 21, 2009, 11:37:03 pm »
and look at a map of Montana in the evening and it didn't hardly look that they moved at all.

I've never had that experience.  Everyone has the bad day, or maybe a few consecutive days, but even in the wind, you can plug along and get 50 miles or so.  Those miles add up, and soon you realize you really have covered some ground.  To me, every day's a new adventure, and it's an internal adventure as much as a bike one. 

General Discussion / Re: Seat Problem
« on: October 13, 2009, 11:05:25 pm »
Sorry, yes good cycling shorts! 

We took Amtrack from LA to Seattle.  We paid $10 to bring the bike, box included.  No padding was offered, and you just did it yourself off in some warehouse section upstairs in the LA train station.  It was available about 1/2 hour after arriving in Seattle. 

General Discussion / Re: Seat Problem
« on: October 12, 2009, 11:31:18 pm »
As mentioned earlier, seat tilt is important--it must be level.  Also, not mentioned yet, good cycling make all the difference.  I've tried a lot of different types and finally settled on ones that I really like.  However, I have to pay close to $100 a pair.  It's worth it, though, considering I get several thousand miles out of a pair.

Routes / Re: portland to SF realistic time frame and advice needed
« on: October 11, 2009, 02:44:23 pm »
We die that part in about 11 days.  It's very hilly, but worth every mile of it.  It really helps to get the book Staephi recommends.  Also ACA maps are available for the ride. May and June are good, and you should have tailwinds most of the time.  In 2005, campgrounds were $4/nignt in Oregon, and varied in California from $2 to $5--showers were usually a couple of quarters.  If possilble, I would think about going farther south.  Some of the best riding is from Carmel to Santa Barbara.  For all of it, you need a bike with low gearing; it's roller-coaster up and down most of the time. 

I've done the NT Washinton part and the PC.  Your timing's great and you'll have a wonderful adventure in some of the best cycling country in the world.

General Discussion / Re: Cycling in Snow
« on: October 09, 2009, 11:36:16 pm »
Some people actually have studded tires.  You should have a mountain bike with off road tires.  I ride a road bike with skinny tires and don't continue riding if the snow's sticking on the roadway.

Hi - just wondered if it was possible to start W to E in late April or will I hit snow/real cold? 
You will probably hit snow in the Cascades and Rockies in the early spring.  Also, count on lots of cold nights and rain off and on.  I've done several short tours at this time of year in Washington.  It is cold in the mountains!  We bring shoe covers, waterproff coats, insulation layers, ski gloves, etc.
I've been snowed on many times in April in the Cascades where I live.

Routes / Re: northern tier or transam?
« on: October 08, 2009, 10:06:21 pm »
Since you live in Winthrop, it would be very convenient to just head east on the NT!

PS Ever hiked the Maple Pass loop out of Rainy Pass parking lot?---Beautiful!

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