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Routes / Sierra Cascades south of Lake Isabella?
« on: June 29, 2010, 10:45:37 pm »
I now find myself living on an ACA route!  Very cool.  I'm not in the market for the maps, but I was wondering if anyone with a set could tell me if the climb along Hwy 58 goes all the way to Tehachapi, or does the route cut off at Keen and take the Woodford/Tehachapi road--very much preferred?

One MUST take Hwy 58 for about 5 miles (excellent shoulder), but the route really should cut off at Keen for a fine, quiet, super beautiful ascent.  I frequently ride between Tehachapi and Bakersfield, and I've toured a few times from Tehachapi to Lake Isabella and beyond, so I know what I'm talking about.

Cheers!

Scott

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General Discussion / Young lad's touring bike?
« on: April 04, 2010, 09:46:43 am »
Hey, Y'all:  I'm shopping around for a young lad (15).  His family does not have much cash, so I'm getting some folks to chip in for a decent bike.  He's a keen rider and did a 350+ mile mountainous tour with me last year on a bike I loaned him.  He really needs his own ride.  He's about 5'7" with about a 32" inseam, but I don't think he's going to grow A LOT more because his family is Indonesian.  So I'm thinking about a 20" frame.  Anyway, here's the bike I'm thinking about.  I wanted your input.  My plan is to put in a smaller granny--as small as will fit, hopefully 24t--and put on some bar ends.  I'll set it up with the other basics, pump, seat bag, bottles.  For the money, this seems like a great choice. 



Link to bike info.http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/road/fx/72fx/

Thoughts?

Thanks!

Scott


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Routes / Sierra Cascades Bicycle Route
« on: December 28, 2009, 08:30:23 pm »
Looks like this is going to follow Hwy 89 in N. California.  Watch out for this route!  It has many crazy, angry logging truck drivers.  I can't recommend it.  With some careful study, you might be able to find ways around it.  I've never been quite so frightened as when we cycled that route during regular trucking days.  Sundays/holidays suffer from tourist traffic, but that seemed less dicey to us.  We've ridden sections of it on two occasions.  Beware.

Scott

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Routes / San Diego County area tour?
« on: October 31, 2009, 08:25:12 pm »
Ahoy, riders:  My wife and I are looking forward to doing a winter tour this year, probably before Christmas.  We've pedaled a lot through Death Valley/east Mojave and may do so again for want of other options, but I'm wondering if anyone has recommendations for about a week to ten day tour that we could do in San Diego County.  Of course, we're interested in the lowest traffic roads and nice scenery.  Hills and mountains don't scare us.

Any ideas?  Routes?  Specific roads to avoid?  The usual.

Thanks!

Scott

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General Discussion / Camping on Blue Ridge Parkway?
« on: September 02, 2009, 08:48:12 pm »
Hooray, my wife has said she really wants to do a cross country bike ride.  Right now the plan is 2012, when I can get time away from work for a tour starting in the fall.  So, like the nut I am, I'm already thinking about routes.  The plan is to start in Sept. and start working south pretty soon, following the autumn until we hit the Southern Tier (dodging any hurricanes) and head west. 

The idea o hitting the Blue Ridge seems a natural.  After reading a bit on it, it seems campgrounds are far apart, at times, it seems, to far to cycle in a day.  This is especially true for us as we'll be in trikes AND pulling our dog along.  What's the skinny on camping between designated sites?  I've read the park people are really down on this, but is it reasonably doable? 

Any experience/advice greatly appreciated.

Cheers,

Mr. Bent AKA Scott

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General Discussion / Shorts recommendation?
« on: May 25, 2009, 04:26:05 pm »
Greetings:  I need some recommendations on affordable cycling shorts.  I'm taking a crew of three young dudes out on a multi-day tour, but they're pretty inexperienced and come from families without a lot of money.  I'm providing trailers and some other basic touring gear, but I'm putting together a gear list for all the basics they will need.  My main concern is comfort. I don't ride long distance on a conventional bike anymore.  Since getting recumbent, most of the saddle issues that bothered me are long gone.  My charges, however, will be on conventional bikes.

Do you think padded shorts are necessary?  I think so, and I'm going to recommend that that each have two pair: one to wear and another set that can be cleaned and drying for the next day.  I would like to keep the cost at under $40 per pair.  What do you suggest?  Any other hints at helping me make this a success are welcome!

Scott

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Routes / Sierra Cascades Bicycle Route
« on: March 18, 2009, 10:31:25 am »
I'm excited to see ACA putting together this route.  I have one serious concern.  From the rough map on the home page, the route appears to take the main highway between Mt. Shasta and Truckee, Hwy 89.  I certainly hope this is not the case. I've been on that stretch  a couple of times.  While the section north of Truckee is okay for a while, the area around Quincy and north is some pretty hairy riding--tight, shoulderless, and, worst of all, subject to some very high volumes of very fast driving, very angry logging truck drivers.  These dudes are some special kind of unhappy jerks.  They'd lay on their horns, curse, shake fists, even called the CHP with the hopes of forcing us to get off the road.  A cop actually stopped to talk to us.  He was great, and told the truckers that we had every right to be on the road.  I CANNOT recommend this route to anyone.

The country is beautiful, but stay off 89.  You can take some alternates further east, hooking through Susanville and then climbing out and over to Calpine/Sierraville area.

Be well!

Scott

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Routes / Gen. impressions of Washington coast and Mt. Hood, OR?
« on: March 08, 2009, 01:30:52 pm »
My wife and I are planning a tour for this summer, and we're thinking of starting in Vancouver, BC, heading down through Washington to Portland, OR, then heading out around Mt. Hood/Columbia River for a while.

For those who have ridden in these areas, what are your impressions of the ACA Washington route?  Traffic, etc?

For those familiar with Oregon, how is the road around Mt. Hood?  Shoulders, traffic, quality of the ride?  I know a bit more about the Columbia River route because of the detailed maps the Oregon department of transportation puts out.  The Oregon side seems excellent for touring.  What about the Washington side?

Any help/information greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Scott

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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.  ::)

Thanks!

Scott

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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.

Thanks!

Scott

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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?

Thanks!

Scott

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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.

Cheers,

Scott


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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.

Photos: http://community.webshots.com/album/208078289OnsQMe


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.

Scott



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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: http://www.easyracers.com/
Other links:

http://community.webshots.com/album/128337608eIfSEH

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3669049374&category=7298

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

Thanks for checking out my bike!

Scott

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

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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.

Cheers,

Scott


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