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Gear Talk / Re: Mitts or Gloves for extreme cold
« on: November 16, 2010, 09:01:51 am »
Sorry to gang on here but yet another vote for the PI's. I even use them when hiking because I love the extra dexterity they allow where you would otherwise have to remove a mitten. I just where a silk or poly liner if I'm hiking or summer weight bike gloves.

Def try these before you decide.

Gear Talk / Two stone....
« on: November 07, 2010, 11:26:13 am »
Is there a piece of electronics out there that will do it all for a tour cyclist?

Bike computer, GPS, Phone, Txt, Camera etc?

Gear Talk / Hammock Systems....
« on: November 06, 2010, 12:19:25 pm »
I know there must be a ton of you you that have used them on tour! Are they really good for stealh camping/touring? ???

Which complete systems? Hennesy?

Do the "Tree Hugger" type straps work? Tips?

Gear Talk / ToUrIng SHoEs
« on: November 06, 2010, 12:15:40 pm »
I have decided to use platform pedals with toe cages. What would be the best shoe to wear? A regular hiking shoe? Still get a stiff soled riding shoe? What brand?

I want to take only two pairs of shoes on an extended tour. I am open to What would you take?

General Discussion / Re: East to West 80 days?
« on: November 06, 2010, 12:08:39 pm »
I think you are fretting too much about completing a set route when the value of the experience lies in the journey itself. Often getting to the end point is really anti-climactic, and the high points come in the most unexpected moments. While some people might stress the physical training part, I really think that an epic ride is much more of a mental thing. The road never really ends, you just decide when to stop. So my advice is prepare as best that you can, but learn to take it one day at a time after you start off, relax, enjoy, and get something out of it.

Terrific thing to keep in mind. We all get caught up in the "optimum" at times. Train the best you can. Take off in the direction you choose. Stop when you're finished.

I am in the planning and training stages of a 2011 trip myself and as a rough guideline I am planning on an average of 60 miles per day. The interesting days may be considerably less. Who know's? But I figure that's a reasonable mileage goal. BTW, I am 50 years old and about 25lbs overweight. I have never done a tour before. In reading the journals of other travelers I can't say what's best. Some cover barely 30 miles a day while others are try to do centuries on regular basis. Like everyone has stated, it's very much up to you. But yes, 80 days is more than enough time to get from New York to the West Coast. 

General Discussion / Purpose....
« on: November 06, 2010, 11:49:59 am »
I'm already well into the planning/buying/training stages of a 2011 extended tour. Has anyone ever used a tour to fund raise for a cause? Any experience with this out there?

A family friend has Downs Syndrome and I was just thinking........

General Discussion / Newbie Question
« on: November 04, 2010, 04:17:50 pm »
In reading the route forums I am finding a lot of acronyms. I looked around and have not found a glossary or anything like that. So..... what does TCL mean?

Gear Talk / Re: Down to three bikes....
« on: October 21, 2010, 01:32:19 pm »
Thanks for all the replies and advice folks.

I just left a small deposit with my bike shop, (Harris Cyclery), to have them bring in a 60cm LHT and a 60cm Raleigh Sojourn both with 26" wheels.  Now it's down to the ride and how I feel I guess.

...again thanks.

Classifieds / WTB: Atlantic Coast & Southern Tier Maps
« on: October 19, 2010, 09:32:07 pm »
Will buy, (or better borrow/trade) maps for the Atlantic Coast and Southern Tier. Don't really need the Bar Harbor, ME. to CT section if it happens to be missing.

I will buy them or return them as they are used if your the trusting kind.

After contacting Eric I have discovered this bike has long since been sold.

Classifieds / Re: WTB: Surly LHT or similar
« on: October 19, 2010, 09:23:52 pm »
Would also consider a Raleigh Sojourn same sizes.

New England / Looking for a partner....
« on: October 19, 2010, 05:21:52 pm »
Leaving Boston spring 2011 and riding down the Atlantic Coast. Anyone interested?

Gear Talk / Re: Correct Measurment?
« on: October 19, 2010, 04:41:15 pm »
Alright! Two answers combine to give me a complete picture of bike measurments to look for. However, that leads me to another question.

Which measurments of my body are necessary to make sure I get the right bike? Stand over is easy... measure the inseam. What numbers do I need to determine proper reach, etc.?

Gear Talk / Correct Measurment?
« on: October 19, 2010, 11:58:04 am »
While browsing the forum yesterday I came upon a response to a question about proper bike fitting. It referred to a measurment called VTT? Virtual top tube or something like that? (I may have just butchered the term). What is this and why is it more valuable than stand-over height?

Classifieds / BOUGHT AN LHT.......WTB: Surly LHT or similar
« on: October 18, 2010, 08:09:35 pm »
Leaving next spring on an adventure....

Looking for a Surly LHT 60cm spec'd w/26" wheels or a very similar bike. HOPEFULLY $800 or less.

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