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Routes / Nevada route info.
« on: February 15, 2009, 04:36:39 pm »
I'm researching a tour for this coming summer that will involve a section of Hwy 50 from Silver Springs to Middlegate.  On looking at Google Maps, I discovered a set of roughly parallel roads from Lohatan Res. : Cadet Rd. and Pioneer Way, among others.  Does anyone know the road surface on these?  In short, is it possible to ride  good dirt, preferably pavement between the reservoir and Fallon without getting on Hwy 50?  Contrary to marketing claims, that hwy is NOT especially lonely on that stretch.  ::)



I'm totally taken by the photos from the latest magazine of Frank Lenz, especially the title page.  Is there any way to get copies or high quality jpg's of these pictures?  The sepia tone, cool bike, old gear, I love it.  A wonderful and sad story about that young man.  Sad to say, the Middle East is still pretty sketchy place to ride.  So little has changed in a hundred years.



Youth Bicyle Travel / Sag or not to sag?
« on: January 31, 2009, 08:26:37 pm »
Greetings:  I'm in the initial stages of putting together a big touring club in my area with the goal of getting local kids and others to train for and undertake a challenging tour.  I've already made my first pitch to some high school boys, and they seem keen.

Without getting too detailed, I'm planning a challenging approximately two week, 500 mile tour.  I'll be leading lots of training rides over the next three months or so to get the kids in shape (youngest will be 15). My thinking right now is to go fully self-supported.  The idea is to prepare them well enough so the group can do it in a pure style, but I could possibly get one or more of the parents or a teacher to provide some sag support/back up.  What are your thoughts on this?



Connecting ACA Routes / New Mexico/Arizona info.?
« on: September 01, 2006, 11:27:13 am »
I'm interested in riding conditions for Hwy 60 from NM into AZ.  I'll be riding a TransAm next year, doing a diagonal from Maine to San Diego.  I want to cut through Taos and Santa Fe then work my way further south and across AZ.  It looks like Hwy 60--then 260--would provide a nice line through places like Pie Town, Show Low, Payson.  Has anyone ridden this stretch?  Traffic? Road conditions?  I'll be passing through in Oct.

Thanks, everyone!  This forum is wonderful.



Classifieds / TerraTrike Recumbent for Sale
« on: October 30, 2004, 09:43:24 pm »
We've got a TerraTrike 3.4 (I think) for sale. I always get the model numbers confused. This is the bright yellow model with the very nice, black aero rims. The trike only has a few hundred miles on it and is in very clean condition. My wife doesn't ride it much, and we need the $. Besides the rims, this trike has upgraded XT rear dr. and XT mega-range cassette (11--34) and Truvative 165mm cranks (Isis hollow, splined BB) with a big 55t. ring for better top-end speed. It also comes with Avid brake levers, rear view mirror, flag, Trek rear rack, and PowerGrips pedals--a nice option for people starting out with a high BB trike. This trike comes with the SHORT boom for shorter riders--approx. 39--43in. x-seam. My wife is 5'3". There is certainly room to move the boom out and the seat back some. The only blemishes on the bike are a paint flaw on one of the front cross members and some abrasion on one edge of the seat mesh. As you can see from the photos below, this trike is in great shape. We paid over $2,300 new before upgrades and accessories. Asking $1400 + shipping.


We live in the southern part of the Sierras in California. We are within a few hours of areas like Los Angeles, Fresno, Santa Barbara, Las Vegas, so meeting half-way or having someone come out for a ride is certainly an option. We could even deliver to some areas depending on specific location and circumstances. Otherwise, shipping is in order, which will be handled by a local bike shop and should run about $50 or so.

Happy Riding, one and all.


Classifieds / Custom Tour Easy recumbent touring rig
« on: March 27, 2004, 12:57:46 pm »
Reduced! Custom Tour Easy Recumbent Bike!

This Easy Racers "Tour Easy" is a fantastic, custom model put together by Angletech of Colorado.  The bike is less than 6 months old and has about 1,300 miles on it.  It's a smooth-riding, fantastic bike, great for a trip to the store or across the country.  Recumbents offer a "heads-up" view of the world not to be missed.  I've loved this bike, but it's a bit long for my current needs, and I want to go back to a more compact model.  I've invested almost $4,000 in this fully equipped touring bike.  You'll only need to add a few basics to this rig in order to strike out cross country.  Easy Racers has been a leading US recumbent designer and manufacturer for 25 years.  These bikes are built to last.  This one handles like a dream, even when heavily loaded, brakes smoothly, and shifts like melted butter.

Here's what you get:

Full tinted Super Zzipper fairing (some scratches) and mounts suitable for lycra body sock

Adjustable stem for incredible ergonomics

Shimano Dura Ace barcon shifters

Shimano XT rear derailleur (w/Rollamajig for even smoother shifting)(some slight scratches) and 443 front derailleur

Suntour Superb cranks with Salsa rings (24/38/48)

Mega-range cassette (11--34)

Philwood stainless steel  bottom bracket

Ritchy Pro Hubs and and WCS "Lifetime" Headset

Avid brakes:  "7" Speed dial levers, Arch Rival front and Ball-Bearing disc rear

Cyclestar mirror

Velocity Aeroheat rims w/black spokes: 700c rear/ 406c front

Tires: One touring set of Schwalbe Marathons and another set of slicks (hardly used)  Unused folding rear tire for touring spare also included

Rear rack and mounts for Tail Sok (pictured) for visibility and aerodynamics

Cool back seat (slight scratches low down)

Two kickstands: a light-weight, single-leg model AND a very stable, expensive ESGE two-legged model--great for touring

Frame bag for tools, tubes, etc. AND a handlebar bag for misc. items

Pedals, pump and computer found in photos not included.  I will include some basic pedals and toe clips, however, and some tubes!

The touring finale: Also included (featured in the photos with me on the bike) are the Llooongg under-seat panniers (bags) and rack.  

In short, this is a bike almost ready to go.  Just add pump, tools, water bottles, and a pair of legs, and you're ready to go.  It breaks my heart to auction this baby off, but it's just not the right bike for me at this time.  For more information, you can check out the manufacturer's website:
Other links:

Was $2,800--NOW $2,500 w/underseat rack and panniers
$2,300 without

Thanks for checking out my bike!


This message was edited by MrBent on 3-30-04 @ 4:38 PM

Gear Talk / Bike + Trailer advice for Great Divide
« on: February 20, 2004, 02:38:44 am »
Hi, my wife are in the long (!) term planning stages for a stint on the Great Divide trail.  I've noticed that most folks take a trailer, and I was wondering what folks think about two-wheeled Burleys over the single-wheeled BOBs.  Also, with a trailer of any sort on such a route, is dual suspension OK?  Or is a hard tail really the only way to go? Your advice on back country touring bikes and trailers much appreciated.



Routes / California Hwy Ques.
« on: October 05, 2008, 10:04:25 am »
Ahoy, Cyclists:  I'm researching a possible route that includes a section of the south-central California coast.  I'll be riding north from Santa Barbara.  Since I've already done the standard coast route a couple of times, I was wondering about the safety and general riding qualities of Hwy 154 past Lake Cachuma.  

Also, since it would be our plan to hook back inland over Hwy 58--a good route btw--we need to cut inland after San Luis Obispo.  By far the most direct route is to take a short stretch of Hwy 101 from SLO to Santa Margarita, less than 9 miles by my AAA map.  My map indicates that the route is no longer a "highway" for this stretch, and I have driven it but not in some time so I don't recall shoulder quality, general safety issues, etc.  What's the deal with this stretch?  Is it death alley?  The other alternatives include riding further north along the coast and taking some rural routes in combination with either route 41 or 46.  What about these options?

Thanks in advance for any help and advice!


Scott--dreaming of a winter bike tour

Routes / Big Sur fire effects?
« on: August 31, 2008, 01:33:50 pm »
Ahoy,cyclists: I was wondering if anyone here has ridden the central California section of the PCH since the big fire.  What are the consequences for the touring cyclist in Big Sur?  Is it a big piece of toast?  We might ride it again this winter.  I'm afraid of what I might find.



Routes / Paved Great Divide maps?
« on: August 27, 2008, 10:44:38 pm »
I heard a rumor that ACA might be working on a paved Great Divide route.  I suspect the fellow was thinking of the Cascade/Sierra route currently under construction.  Is there any truth to these paved Great Divide map rumors?



Routes / Good news about CA coast!
« on: June 28, 2008, 04:23:59 pm »
I was in northern California recently and stumbled upon an article in the SF Chronicle.  It seems that a huge bypass construction dealing with the whole Devil's Slide section between Pacifica and Half Moon Bay is "nearing" completion.  I've ridden the central CA coast a couple of times--Sonoma County to Santa Barbara--and Devil's Slide was always devilish, primarily because of the narrow road, tons of traffic, tight turns.  We found it to be the only seriously unpleasant section of the ride.  Almost everything else was fun--much, much better than the Oregon coast in my opinion.

The new bypass will involve major tunnel(s) and bridge (s)--forget how many--and bicycle travel has been explicitly, specifically worked into the design!  Yahoo! The bad news?  It won't be open for travel until 2011 or 2012.  If I recall, the bridges are just about done but the tunneling is taking longer.

I'll almost certainly ride the coast again before the construction is finished, but when it's done, sweeeeet.



Routes / Problems with Western Express
« on: June 09, 2008, 01:08:52 pm »
Ahoy, Riders:  My wife and I recently did a portion of the Western Express, and we have to say that some of it seems poorly routed.  Our main complaint is with Carson and Green Valley Rds. between Folsom and Pollock Pines especially.  The last few miles (heading west) into Folsom have a good shoulder, but the traffic is very heavy.  This same heavy traffic exists further up but the shoulder is zero, and one is faced with frequent climbs on the way down.  In the drop from 7500 + ft. we gained over 2,000 ft.--ugh.  We really hated riding this section, and it was the low point of our tour.

A couple of years ago, we rode this same region of the Western Express, but because Mormon Immigrant Trail was closed due to snow, we had to keep heading down Hwy 88.  This turned out very well.  A few miles west--virtually all fast downhill--of the Mormon Trail turnoff, we took Shake Ridge Rd. down to Fiddletown.  This was fantastic--down, down, down with virtually no annoying climbs and virtually no traffic.  From Fiddletown we made our way to Plymouth, took Hwy 16 to Latrobe Rd, which we took north to Folsom.  Even on a weekend, this had pretty light traffic.  Further out Hwy 16, there's another road that also head's north to Folsom--I forget the name, which also might be good.

I strongly urge Western Express riders to look into this option.  Fiddletown and Plymouth are great places and you'll do less climbing overall to get over the Sierras.  If you have the option, do your best to tackle the crossing mid-week.  We came over on a Sat. the first time and battled a fair amount of tourist traffic.  We did it on a Mon./Tues. this time and had a better experience.

One very nice thing we did was camp near the top of Mormon Immigrant Trail.  As it was early season, we could melt snow with our stove.  We had a very quiet camp in the trees.  Riders could still camp in this area and back track to 88 for the remainder of the descent.

Happy, safe riding one and all.


Routes / Wester Express Conditions?
« on: May 10, 2008, 07:21:45 pm »
Hi, Tourists:  Does anyone know what the road conditions are in the Sierras at this point?  My wife and I are heading out on a tour up the East Side and will cross at Monitor and Carson Passes, which I know are open, but I'm wondering about the Mormon Immigrant Trail that cuts over to Placerville.  We'll be heading west.  Is the road open?  Who might I contact for info.?  We're doing the ride regardless, but it would be nice to know beforehand.



Routes / MidWest Route info
« on: June 29, 2007, 07:49:05 pm »
Hey, Cyclotourists:  I'm riding across the country this summer, starting in Aug. in Maine.  I'm following the N. Tier route as far as Muscatine, Iowa, but then I need to put my own route together to get down to Manhattan, KS, to visit with a relative.  From there I'm heading south a bit to hook up with the standard TransAmerica route through KS and into CO.

Here's my route (first draft) based on AAA maps to get me from Muscatine to Manhattan:

In Iowa:
S. and W. on Rt. 92
To S. on Rt. 1
To W. on Rt. 2
Turn south at Centerville on Rt. 5 to enter Missouri.

In Missouri:
S. on Rt. 5
To SW on Rt. 6
S. on Rt. 13 at Gallatin
W. on Rt. 116 to Atchison, KS

In Kansas:
SW on Rt. 59
To W. on Rts. 116/16
S. on 13/113 to Manhattan (Phew!)

Does anyone have information on the riding conditions of these roads?  Any contra-indications, things to avoid? Any advice/experience greatly appreciated!

Cheers and safe riding,

Routes / Riding the Mogollon Rim?
« on: May 05, 2007, 12:39:54 am »
I'm starting a TransAm in August, leaving on the Northern Tier from Maine.  I'll be dropping down through NM and Arizona.  Today while I was looking at maps, I noticed a dirt road cutting across AZ north of Hwy 260 to Hwy 87--The Mogollon Rim road.  Depending on the route or the  description, its between 40 and 60 miles of dirt.  This looks like a fantastic route.  Has anyone ridden it?  I'd certainly take two days with one camp in some dramatic place, but does anyone know about water availability?  I'll be on the route in mid/late Oct. as far as I can estimate now.  I'm thinking I'll just have to load up before starting out on this stretch and have a dry camp about midway, give or take.  Any advice/experience would be greatly appreciated.



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