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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!

General Discussion / Re: Newbie with a really dumb question
« on: October 08, 2009, 09:48:27 pm »
Your "really dumb question" isn't very dumb.  I've been thinking about the same thing with my Trek Madone 5.5.  I use a trailer, too, and don't want to buy another bike for touring, so I appreciate your question.

And as far as safety goes, I felt safe on almost all of the Pacific Coast ride. The few exceptions were around the SF area, for the most part.  On any route, you are really only as safe as you make it.  Wear a helmet, use a mirror, keep aware of the flow of traffic around you  As a cyclist, you really have to be a very defensive "driver".  I avoid accidents every year.  Most of the potential accidents are from cars pulling out in front of me or passing me and immediately turning right on me.  Constant awareness of the dynamic "geography" of traffic and the alertness to "what could happen" will keep you riding for many happy years.

It's way better than it was 30-40 years ago!  Back then, motorists were just not used to bikes being on the road.

General Discussion / Re: Potential Resale Value
« on: October 01, 2009, 10:54:46 pm »
the morality and honesty of what you describe are very poor.  It sounds just like fraud to me.
Well put.  I had the same thought.  It never pays in the end to not do the right thing.

If it's an official trip, the state patrols or departments of transportation for the states involved may have an idea so their whereabouts.  I would think people on such a ride would arrange some sort of contact process.

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