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Gear Talk / Trek 520 v Cannondale T2000
« on: December 31, 2006, 06:05:28 pm »
I rode a well fitted 520 on several tours but still had shoulder and neck pains after the first few days.  These days I ride a Rans Wave recumbent and outside of having trouble on some uphills, it's a very sweet ride.  

Routes / Signing the Routes
« on: January 05, 2007, 02:35:22 pm »
There are two interstate bike routes which are at least partially signed, Route 1 and Route 76.  There is an article on wikipedia that talks about these routes:

Routes / Signing the Routes
« on: January 04, 2007, 04:00:11 pm »
Actually there is an organization behind each of the long trails and their business models are much like ACA's.  They sell guides and other information and accept contributions.  They also get involved in helping facilitate the purchase of routes (mostly by local/state/federal governments) to expand and protect the trails.  The Applachain Trail Conversancy is an example.  In my state of Florida, the Florida Trail Association is another example.

Routes / Signing the Routes
« on: January 03, 2007, 12:09:24 pm »
I know it's a big deal and there are lots of problems.  However many of the US log walk trails have plenty of signs including some on public roads indicating the crossing.  It's a safety thing but also a way of drawing public attention to a very cool activity.

Routes / Signing the Routes
« on: December 31, 2006, 05:42:04 pm »
I'm wondering if anyone at ACA has considered the feasability of establishing signage standards for the bike routes.  I live very close to the Southern Tier and see riders on it frequently in the spring and fall, and occasionally during the summer and winter.  

I know that it would cost a bundle for ACA to sign the routes, but if a graphics standard were established, bike clubs and governments along the routes might be willing to participate in the signage.  

I realize that routes change and that signs have a potential downside, but I'm a lot more interested in their use as advertising for cycle tourism then as actual direction signs.  

What do you think?

Routes / Another southern tier rider
« on: January 03, 2007, 12:47:01 pm »
Faye and Jim..I envy your plans and hope you have a great trip.  If you have a few moements when you pass through Tallahassee, I'd love to do an interview with you rfor my Tallahassee Podcast.

General Discussion / Podcast interview of Southern Tier rider.
« on: August 02, 2007, 11:12:34 pm »
Episode 19 of the TallyCast (a podcast for North Florida) is an interview with Lucinda Chandler, a woman who did a solo Southern Tier tour this past spring.  The show notes are at  Click on the title of Episode 19 to listen to the podcast or do the RSS thing by going to  Of course, we're also in iTunes.  

Ride your bike!

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